State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) receives the 2021 Des Plaines Chamber Community Partnership Excellence Award from the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. From left to right: President of the Heiser Group and 2021 Chamber Board President David Heiser, Senator Laura Murphy, General Manager of LSG Sky Chefs Rob Mower, and Chamber Executive Director Andrea Biwer.DES PLAINES – State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) was awarded the first-ever Des Plaines Chamber Community Partnership Excellence Award on Thursday in recognition of her service and dedication to the community and its businesses.

“It is the greatest pleasure and honor to continue to serve this community,” Murphy said at the ceremony. “The people in Des Plaines make this community the fabulous place it is. None of us do this work alone—it’s only because of the support of the residents that we’re able to do it.”

The Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry selected Murphy to receive the award because of her longtime efforts to improve pedestrian safety in the community, particularly along Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines.

Multiple pedestrians have been struck by oncoming vehicles along Touhy Avenue in recent years, resulting in two fatalities.

Both fatal accidents involved employees of the LSG SkyChefs facility located across Touhy Avenue from the Pace Suburban Bus stop. Formerly, LSG SkyChefs employees who took the bus were forced to cross seven lanes of heavy traffic to get to work.

Murphy acted swiftly in response to these accidents to prevent further tragedy, successfully securing $3 million for repairs and improvements to the road in 2019. She also worked with Pace and the Illinois Department of Transportation to make immediate changes to increase safety, including installing better lighting, lowering speed limits and moving the bus stop to a safer location to reduce Touhy Avenue crossings.

Murphy also sponsored Senate Bill 1791 this spring to require IDOT to conduct a traffic study following any fatal pedestrian accident on a state highway, which she hopes will help identify problem areas and find solutions. The legislation passed both houses of government and now awaits the governor’s signature.

“Senator Murphy has spent the last 20 years as an active member of the Des Plaines community,” said Andrea Biwer, the chamber’s executive director. “The senator has supported the Des Plaines Chamber as our partner and our friend through the years, and whenever we needed anything, her help and support helped get us through.”

Biwer spoke at the ceremony praising Murphy’s work on behalf of the Des Plaines business community, and Rob Mower, general manager of LSG SkyChefs, thanked the senator for her quick work and collaboration to improve safety for the community.

“I am so blessed with the honor to continue to serve you in the General Assembly,” Murphy said. “I look forward to continuing in that role.”

Shred Day 2021 SmDES PLAINES – To help community members protect their personal information from fraudsters, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) is hosting a community shred event on Saturday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Acuity Brands Lighting, located at 1300 S. Wolf Rd. in Des Plaines.

“One way we can all prevent fraud and identity theft is by securely disposing of sensitive personal documents,” Murphy said. “Take advantage of this free and convenient opportunity to help keep your information out of the wrong hands.”

At this free community event, residents can securely dispose of any sensitive or confidential documents, like bank statements, paid utility bills and receipts.

The event will take place in the parking lot on the Wolf Road side of Acuity Brands Lighting, formerly known as Juno Lighting Group.

All residents, including those who are vaccinated, are asked to continue to adhere to COVID-19 prevention measures at the event by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing for the safety of anyone still waiting to be vaccinated.

Murphy is hosting the event in partnership with State Representative Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines).

“You can never be too careful when protecting yourself against financial fraud or identity theft which is why I strongly encourage any resident who has sensitive documents they need to get rid of to take advantage of this service,” Moylan said.

SummerReadingDES PLAINES – To encourage kids to become lifelong readers and learners, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) is offering prizes to kids who participate in her summer reading program.

“Becoming a stronger reader will benefit kids in school and in life for years to come,” Murphy said. “Keeping young minds active during summer break can help maintain critical literacy skills when school isn’t in session.”

To join Murphy’s summer book club, students must read eight books of their choice, record the names of the books and return the form to Murphy’s office by Aug. 2. Everyone who completes the program will receive a prize.

“Kids who read, succeed,” Murphy said. “This program gives kids an incentive to explore our local libraries, stay engaged and maybe even discover a new favorite book.”

To participate, download and print the form here. Parents can also call Murphy’s office at 847-718-1110 to request a form by mail.

Murphy urges interested residents to call her office with any additional questions.

Salt CreekDES PLAINES – Residents of Elk Grove Village and surrounding communities will be able to enjoy safer, uninterrupted access to the area’s natural wonders thanks to an upcoming $1.7 million reconstruction of Clearmont Pedestrian Bridge over Salt Creek, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) announced.

“Infrastructure isn’t just about roads and bridges. It’s about the paths families walk and bike to school, to work or simply for recreation,” Murphy said. “Safe, attractive sidewalks and bicycle paths are critical components of a well-maintained community.”

The proposed improvements to Clearmont Pedestrian Bridge include replacing the existing structure with a new 14-foot-wide, 400-foot-long bridge crossing. At nearly twice the length of the existing bridge, the proposed long-span structure will touch down outside floodplain limits, allowing residents to use the bridge even during flooding.

A new creek overlook will allow pedestrians to stop and view wildlife in the area. New lighting, pathway reconstruction and drainage improvements will also help provide a safer, more attractive experience.
Clearmont Pedestrian Bridge serves Elk Grove Village and surrounding communities by providing a crossing over Salt Creek to connect to the Salt Creek Trail, Busse Wood Forest Preserve and Rainbow Falls Waterpark. The bridge also provides connectivity to the Clearmont Elementary School, Salt Creek Elementary, Grove Junior High School and Elk Grove High School, as well as several parks and recreational fields.

These improvements are funded through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP), for which the Illinois Department of Transportation has selected 99 projects totaling $105.7 million. Projects receiving funding in this round of investment include biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification, and other projects designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation at the local level.

Residents of the Northwest Suburbs will also see improvements to a number of other area trails for pedestrians and bicyclists through ITEP, including Des Plaines River Trail in Rosemont, County Farm Road in Hanover Park and Oakton Street Sidepath in Des Plaines.

“It’s important that residents, commuters and visitors have a variety of options for getting from here to there,” Murphy said. “These investments help develop a local transportation system that works for everyone.”

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