Sen. Laura Murphy

SPRINGFIELD – In a conversation following the governor’s annual budget address Wednesday, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) offered her perspective on the proposal and pointed to areas that need further negotiation.

“I think this starts our discussion,” Murphy said. “First off, we have to finalize, hopefully, addressing COVID-19—we have to get everybody vaccinated so we can go forward from that.”

Murphy expressed her support for certain parts of the governor’s proposal, including plans to fully fund the state pension system and increase funding to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, which has been overwhelmed with unemployment insurance claims since the onset of the pandemic.

Using the governor’s proposal as a starting point, Murphy says she hopes lawmakers will be able to negotiate more assistance for middle-class Illinois families, especially parents with college-age students struggling to afford tuition.

The full interview is available here.