030723KP0030SPRINGFIELD – To ensure that Illinoisans in need of insulin have affordable access to the life-saving medicine, State Senator Laura Murphy has introduced a measure to cap its price at $35.

“No Illinois family should have to go into debt or skip meals to afford life-saving medications,” said Murphy (D-Des Plaines). “We have made great strides in Illinois to make insulin more affordable, but we will not stop our work until every person who needs this medication has continuous access to it.”

In addition to capping out-of-pocket insulin costs at $35 per month, Murphy’s measure would also outline a plan to ensure that residents in urgent need of insulin are able to receive it in a timely manner.

Approximately 1.3 million Illinoisans have insulin-dependent diabetes. Insulin prices have continued to increase since the early 2000s, leaving many people to forgo the life-saving medication. Murphy’s measure would make insulin more affordable and accessible so no person has to choose between purchasing the medicine they need or putting food on their family’s table.

“It’s vital we make this medicine more accessible to the people who need it,” said Murphy. “It’s past time to put people’s health ahead of financial gain.”

Senate Bill 1559 passed the Senate Insurance Committee Tuesday and now heads to the full Senate for further consideration.

Sen Murphy 2 28 23 FEB Giving Warm HeartsDES PLAINES – State Senator Laura Murphy is teaming up with Versiti and the Des Plaines Park District to host a blood drive Tuesday, Feb. 28.

“Blood transfusions are required for many life-saving operations and procedures,” said Murphy (D—Des Plaines). “When there is a short supply of blood—life-saving operations can be at risk of being performed safely—leaving many people without the immediate medical attention they need. I hope this drive will bolster our local blood supply to make sure those who need medical care can get treatment as quickly as possible.”

The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the Prairie Lake Community Center at 515 E. Thacker St. in Des Plaines.

In 2022 the Red Cross announced they were experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. Hospitals across the country were only receiving one-quarter of the blood products they requested, severely limiting the amount and type of procedures doctors would be able to perform.

Individuals interested in donating are encouraged to sign up at https://bit.ly/BloodDrive-2-28-23.

Maine Township Property Tax SeminarDES PLAINES – Residents of Maine Township have the opportunity to learn how to appeal their property taxes at an upcoming Tax Appeal Seminar sponsored by State Senator Laura Murphy.

“Property taxes can be confusing for many—especially the appeals process” said Murphy (D—Des Plaines). “I am happy to sponsor this event to make sure Maine Township residents have access to resources they need to get their property tax appeal concerns in order.”

Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Samantha Steele will lead the seminar, which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Maine Township Building Board Room at 1700 Ballard Rd. in Park Ridge.

Analysts will be available to answer questions after a brief presentation. Interested residents will need to bring either their second installment property tax bill or property tax index number.

For more information, contact Murphy’s office at 847-718-1110.

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) issued the following statement after hearing the governor’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget proposal:

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“Our educational system remains the path to fiscal stability, and the governor’s proposed budget reflects this commitment. We must continue to uplift Illinois by ensuring our students receive the best possible education. Providing the necessary funding for all schools from pre-K through college ensures we meet this goal.

“I am committed to ensuring college is more affordable for working families. This proposal’s increase in MAP grant funding will give even more students the ability to pursue higher education.

“I look forward to working with my fellow lawmakers to ensure that we continue to protect Illinois families by ensuring secure housing, providing students educational opportunities, improve our fiscal health by continuing to pay down our state’s debt, and prioritize funding for developmental disability services. It's time to focus on protecting our working families and this budget proposal does."

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Springfield, IL 62706
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Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
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