SPRINGFIELD – President Trump this week signed into law legislation to allow states to withhold family planning funds from women’s health care providers, such as Planned Parenthood.
Earlier this year, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) joined with her colleagues in the Senate Public Health Committee to block legislation that would have made it more difficult for women to have access to health care from advancing.
“These actions taken by President Trump are just another example of an attempt to strip away women’s access to health care,” Murphy said. “I remain committed to stopping President Trump and his extremist proposals that will set women’s health care decisions back decades.”
Senators Laura Murphy, Des Plaines, and Andy Manar, Bunker Hill, are working with Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs to return thousands of dollars in unclaimed property to constituents through the treasurer’s I-Cash program.
By law, the state treasurer must safeguard unclaimed property until its rightful owner can be found. Currently, the Treasurer’s Office is holding approximately $2.7 billion in recovered cash and working with legislators to find its rightful owners.
“In my district, I have been able to unite people with lost money: $40,000, $316,000, $356,000 in three instances alone,” Murphy said.
As part of the I-Cash program, the Treasurer’s Office attempts to contact people who are owed unclaimed money and property. Frerichs said that it sounds odd, but giving people their money back is difficult because many people assume that the calls from the Treasurer’s Office are fraudulent. The treasurer works with Senators because they know their districts and are better equipped to contact individuals and businesses that are owed unclaimed property.
Des Plaines – Earlier today, Mariano’s groceries opened it’s newest location in the city of Des Plaines, creating 375 new union jobs for area residents.
State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) joined with local officials and Mariano’s President Den Rosanova to announce the opening.
The new jobs announcement is in stark contrast to the ongoing message from Governor Bruce Rauner, who continues to demand anti-worker measures that will lower wages before he will sign a state budget. His demands have led to a nearly two-year budget impasse.
“These 375 new jobs are proof that Illinois is ready and open for business,” Murphy said. “The governor’s anti-worker agenda will do nothing to create a single job in Illinois. He needs to drop his radical agenda and focus on passing a budget to create economic stability in our state.”
The new store is part of a public-private partnership with the Des Plaines Park District and Mariano’s. Mariano’s has pledged $670,000 for park improvements.
SPRINGFIELD – Only about 18 percent of Illinois companies have women on their corporate boards, despite a recent study by the Credit Suisse Report that shows that companies with women on their boards tend to be less risk-averse and have higher income growth.
State Senator Laura Murphy is authoring Senate Resolution 140, which encourages more equitable and diverse gender representation on corporate boards and urges corporations in Illinois to increase the number of women on their boards.
Sen. Laura Murphy
Years served: 2015 - Present
Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Criminal Law; Higher Education; Revenue.
Biography: Park Ridge native; B.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University; former Des Plaines alderman; currently lives in Des Plaines with her husband and son.