DES 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.

Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi will lead the seminar which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Niles Senior Center Room 217, located at 999 Civic Center Dr. in Niles.

“Property taxes can be a source of stress for many, but residents don’t need to handle the appeals process alone,” said Murphy (D—Des Plaines). “This event will ensure residents of Maine Township have access to the resources they need to address their property tax concerns.”

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 about filing an appeal, including webinars and online appeal options, visit

black mask speakingDES PLAINES – State Senator Laura Murphy encourages residents to show their appreciation to emergency personnel on First Responders Day, which is this Friday, Oct. 28.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe,” said Murphy (D-Des Plaines). “This day is dedicated to celebrate the courage and strength of Illinois’ remarkable heroes.”

First Responders Day is a day to thank 911 dispatchers, firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics for their commitment to Illinois public safety. Murphy encourages residents to extend gratitude to first responders year-round for their dedication and remember those lost in the line of duty.

“I want to extend my gratitude to our first responders who deserve the utmost respect and recognition for the job they do,” Murphy said. “Our first responders deserve our thanks every day of the year for their bravery.”

Murphy encourages residents to recognize the contributions of first responders in their communities with ceremonies and activities.

Gray Jacket white mask smiling resizeDES PLAINES – State Senator Laura Murphy encourages high school-aged women to apply to participate in the Illinois Council on Women and Girls, where they will gain the opportunity to learn the legislative process firsthand.

“It is more important than ever to have women raise their voices in legislative discussions, and this council is an incredible opportunity for young women who are interested in making a positive change in their communities,” said Murphy (D-Des Plaines). “Participating in the council will give young women the chance to have a real impact in their communities, and learn to lift their voices and stand for not only their own rights, but for the rights of all women in Illinois.”

The selected young women will serve a one-year term, during which they will participate in bi-weekly meetings to plan events and projects. Starting in December 2022, there will be quarterly meetings with different Illinois committees.

The Illinois Council on Women and Girls seeks to bring the voices of young women into important policy conversations. Participants have the opportunity to provide policy recommendations on legislation that impacts the lives of women and girls in Illinois, critical topics such as health care, academic and economic opportunities, and gender-based violence.

Applications are open for young women grades 9 through 12 and are due no later than Oct. 23. For more information and to apply click here.

“This is also a chance for legislators to learn from the youth of the state, often they have insights that prove vital to creating a better future,” Murphy said. “I’m grateful to the Illinois Council on Women and Girls for providing this opportunity for young women to work towards creating a better future for Illinois.”

Senator Murphy’s office is available to answer questions, please contact 847-718-1110 or through her website at

murphyblackandwhiteshirtDES PLAINES – Millions of Illinoisans are waiting to receive their tax rebates as part of the Illinois Family Relief Plan. State Senator Laura Murphy is reminding residents they can easily check their rebate status online.

“Financial relief is on the way for millions of Illinois residents,” said Murphy (D- Des Plaines). “My colleagues and I fully believe the most important investment is into the people of Illinois.”

Supported by Murphy, the Illinois Senate championed Senate Bill 157, which provides millions of Illinois taxpayers with financial relief – including direct tax rebates. The rebates began to roll out Sept. 12, leaving many to wonder why they have yet to receive their relief.

People who filed taxes will automatically receive their rebate – otherwise they have until Oct. 17 to do so. To check the status of a rebate, people can click here and select “Where’s My Rebate?” An IL-PIN number is necessary to check the status. To find an IL-PIN number, click here and select “IL-PIN Inquiry.”

Under the law, people who filed 2021 Illinois taxes are eligible to receive up to $700. Individual filers who make less than $200,000 will receive a $50 income tax rebate, and couples who make less than $400,000 will receive $100. Filers are also eligible for $100 per dependent, with a maximum of three.

Additionally, people who paid property taxes in 2021 on their primary residence in 2020 – and make less than $250,000 individually or $500,000 jointly – are eligible for up to $300. The rebate will be equal to the property tax a resident was qualified to claim on their 2021 taxes.

“Millions will be receiving much-needed financial relief thanks to the Illinois Family Relief Plan,” said Murphy. “Don’t worry if you haven’t received your rebate yet, you can check your status online today.”

For more information on how the funds will be dispersed or to see qualification criteria, people can visit

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