Sens. Julie A. Morrison, Doris Turner, Sara Feigenholtz

Senate prioritizes safety of social workers

In response to the tragic deaths of two Illinois Department of Children and Family Services caseworkers in recent years, a new measure led by members of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus will increase penalties for people who commit crimes against DCFS employees.

“The legislation we’re proposing sends a clear message – acts of violence against social workers will not be tolerated in our state,” said State Senator Doris Turner (D-Springfield). “We all deserve to work in peace, freedom and under safe circumstances, and I am committed to protecting those who work in this field.”

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Sen. Scott Bennett

Greater support coming to higher education students thanks to new laws

SPRINGFIELD – Recently passed laws to help support higher education students across Illinois took effect Jan. 1.

“I have always prioritized education during my time in the Senate, and I believe people will need higher education and job training more than ever after this pandemic,” said State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee. “I’m proud of the bipartisan work the General Assembly accomplished this past year to help students flourish in Illinois.”

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Sen. Tom Cullerton

Laws to protect Illinois veterans now on the books

SPRINGFIELD – A number of laws to support veterans across Illinois went into effect Jan. 1.

“Prioritizing our veterans who have given so much for our country is always a top priority,” said State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), a veteran and chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “I’m proud of the bipartisan work conducted during the spring and fall sessions to bring us these new laws to help our military members and veterans thrive in Illinois.”

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