• Senators sport sneakers to raise cancer awareness

    sneakers 050918Senators swapped their wingtips and pumps for sneakers on Thursday during Suits and Sneakers Day at the Capitol.

    Each January, the American Cancer Society teams up with the National Association of Basketball Coaches for Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week, during which the coaches wear sneakers instead of dress shoes on the court. The week’s mission is to increase awareness of the pervasiveness of cancer and promote fundraising and healthy living initiatives.

  • Morrison advances proposal to help combat opioid crisis

    morrison 050918SPRINGFIELD – Home nurses and members of law enforcement would be able to safely dispose of unused liquid medication under a proposal sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) that advanced Tuesday in the Senate Public Health Committee.

    “A key component in our fight against the opioid crisis is limiting access to highly addictive painkillers and other drugs,” Morrison said. “While we have seen success in combating doctor shopping and the over-prescribing of opioids, we must also ensure leftover painkillers – especially in home health situations – are disposed of and not readily available for potential abuse.”

    Morrison’s proposal, which is contained in House Bill 1338, would expand the ability of nurses and law enforcement to properly dispose of leftover medications.

    Currently, hospice and other home nurses are legally allowed to dispose of solid medications left over when a patient no longer needs them or is deceased. Liquid medications – including pain medicine often used in end-of-life care – are not currently allowed to be disposed of by nurses.

    Opioid abuse continues to affect counties across Illinois and the nation. In 2016, more than 1,800 individuals died in Illinois from an opioid overdose. Between 2013 and 2015, emergency personnel administered more than 7,500 doses of naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose.

    House Bill 1338 passed the Senate Public Health Committee this afternoon without opposition and will now head to the Senate floor for further debate.

  • Morrison passes Tobacco 21 (VIDEO)

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  • Parks and recreation take center stage in the Capitol (VIDEO)

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  • Morrison measure would reform redistricting process (VIDEO)

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  • Morrison advances plan allowing municipalities to ban assault weapons

    morrison 041718SPRINGFIELD - Municipalities across Illinois would once again have the ability of regulating military-style assault weapons under a plan advanced today by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield).

    “At a time of continued inaction in Washington, it is imperative we give local communities who want to regulate assault weapons the legal ability to do so,” Morrison said. “This is a commonsense proposal that empowers local communities to make the decision about assault weapons that is in their best interests.”

  • Illinois Senate leads on gun safety changes (VIDEO)


  • Morrison leads Senate in passing gun violence prevention package

    morrison 031518SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) led the Senate this morning in passing several proposals aimed at preventing gun violence and mass shootings. Morrison’s first proposal would increase the waiting period to purchase an assault weapon in Illinois from 24 to 72 hours.

    “Increasing the waiting period to obtain an assault weapon ensures sufficient time to complete a background check and increases the ‘cooling off’ period for those who may cause harm to others,” said Morrison. “Requiring a 72-hour waiting period is a commonsense reform that will help keep our neighborhoods safe.”

    Current Illinois law requires a 72-hour waiting period to obtain a handgun after purchase. Assault weapons, including the AR-15 and other military-style weapons, are only subject to a 24-hour waiting period.

    House Bill 1468 would modify Illinois law and bring assault weapons in line with handguns that are already regulated under a 72-hour waiting period.

    Morrison was the chief cosponsor on two additional gun safety measures passed by the Senate today, including a plan that would increase the age to purchase assault weapons to 21 and a measure that would ban “bump stocks” and give local control back to communities wishing to regulate assault weapons.

    Bump stocks are attachments that enable a weapon to fire faster. A similar device was used in the shooting death of 58 people in Las Vegas in October.

    “Today’s action by the Senate represents a common-sense response to the epidemic of gun violence in our neighborhoods and communities,” said Colleen Daley, Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICAHV). “On a day when students across our country say ‘Enough is Enough,’ we must strengthen our commitment to protecting every student in a classroom, every concert goer in a music hall and everyone who has been affected by senseless acts of violence.”

    House Bill 1468, which would increase the waiting period to purchase assault weapons, now heads to the governor for his signature. House Bill 1465, which would increase the age to purchase assault weapons, and House Bill 1467, banning bump stocks and allowing local control of assault weapons, now head to the House for a concurrence vote. If passed, both measures would then be sent to the governor.

  • Morrison calls on DCFS to immediately release child abuse data

    morrison 022118SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) expressed bewilderment today at news that the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has not published child abuse and neglect numbers in Illinois since July.

    “It is completely mindboggling that DCFS would arbitrarily stop reporting data on child abuse in Illinois,” Morrison said. “I am publicly calling on DCFS to immediately begin releasing this data without delay.”

  • Senators outraged at governor's veto of gun safety measure

    gun dealerIn spite of repeated pleas from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers to support commonsense measures to curb gun violence and help sweep unregistered firearms off the streets, the governor vetoed Senate Bill 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.

    According to a 2014 report from the University of Chicago Crime Lab, almost 20 percent of all guns recovered from crimes scenes in Chicago between 2009 and 2013 came from three of the state’s 2,400 dealers. Although Democratic and Republican lawmakers supported the gun dealer licensing legislation, along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson and many gun safety advocates and victims' families, the governor vetoed the bill today.

  • Senate passes Morrison’s “Red Flag” proposal creating Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act

    morrison lvop 022818 2SPRINGFIELD – Family members concerned about dangerous behavior in a loved one with access to a firearm would be able to take action and potentially prevent tragedy under a measure passed today by the Senate and sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield).

    “Too often, family members of an individual displaying threatening or self-harm behavior do not know where to turn for help,” Morrison said. “We cannot wait for Washington to act to stem the horrific toll of gun violence in our country. We need to ensure there are tools available in our court system to step in and respond before a tragedy occurs.”

  • Illinois Legislators Create New Children’s Health Caucus (VIDEO)

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  • Morrison advances Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act

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  • Senate Dems react to governor's Fiscal 2019 budget address

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  • Tobacco 21 advances in the Senate

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  • Morrison sponsors Tobacco 21, joined by health advocates

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  • Suburban schools receiving grant for library books, materials

    school library grants 0118SPRINGFIELD – Eight suburban school districts in the area have been awarded library grants from the Illinois Secretary of State’s School District Library Grant Program. The program is designed to help provide more library books and materials for public school students in Illinois.

    More than $12,800 will be awarded to the eight school districts.

    “The more we can incentivize reading and improved comprehension skills in our students, the more well-balanced and prepared they will be as they progress into college and the workplace,” said State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield).

    The grant award amount is based on funds appropriated by the General Assembly and the school’s official enrollment as of the previous school year.

    The following local schools are receiving funds from the School District Library Grant Program:

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  • Morrison introducing ban on bump stocks, pressing forward on assault weapon ban

    bumpstockSPRINGFIELD – In the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this week, State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) announced today she is filing legislation to ban “trigger modification devices” such as “bump stocks,” which are attachments to semiautomatic rifles that drastically increase the number of bullets fired from a weapon.

    “Bump stocks serve no purpose but to inflict maximum carnage on a target and have no place in our communities,” Morrison said. “The federal loophole allowing bump stocks is essentially giving the green light for individuals to purchase and unfortunately use weapons that act just like a fully automatic weapon – which has been banned in this country since 1986.”

  • Morrison plan would prohibit firearms in churches, places of worship

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  • Morrison’s plan to end municipal pension abuse signed into law

    morrison 082817SPRINGFIELD – A plan passed by State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) that would end the practice of local government officials using vehicle allowances to boost their future pension payments was signed into law on Friday by the governor.

    “Taxpayers should not be expected to pay for an inflated pension for a mayor because they received a vehicle allowance,” Morrison said. “The practice of endlessly adding sweeteners to pension plans is one of the reasons so many pension funds are in poor fiscal health.”

    While is it is not uncommon for local governmental officials to have access to taxpayer-purchased vehicles or receive vehicle allowances for use in conducting city business, several suburban officials have the ability of using their vehicle allowance perk to boost their pension payments when they retire.

    Morrison’s new law, which was contained in Senate Bill 701, will exclude vehicle allowances from the definition of earnings, changing current Illinois law to prohibit the perk from increasing a future pension.

    Senate Bill 701 passed the Senate without opposition in May and takes effect immediately.