Turner Flood rSPRINGFIELD New construction projects will soon pop up around the historic Illinois State Fairgrounds to address years of deferred maintenance thanks to advocacy of State Senator Doris Turner.

“The investment into the State Fairgrounds will provide an extensive facelift, further improving the fair experience for everyone,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “People from all over Illinois come to Springfield to enjoy the fair, and these investments will draw more tourists and provide them with a better State Fair experience for years to come.”

The fairgrounds will see a number of vital improvement and repair projects over the next year – and of Renovations to the Multi-Purpose Arena has already begun. The $8.6 million project will repair sidewalks, walls, steps, and expansion joints, while also repairing electrical systems, readjusting the tension structure, installing a new canopy, and rebuilding the retaining walls around the facility.

Another project of note is the beginning of phase 2 of Coliseum repairs. Phase 2 will focus on an electrical overhaul, underground plumbing, new seating, new restrooms, an elevator and adding an HVAC system that will allow for heating and cooling of the facility. The anticipated costs for the Phase 2 of the Coliseum renovations is approximately $16.3 million.

“These projects will reinvigorate the magic of the State Fair,” said Turner. “I’m excited to welcome Illinoisans from all corners of the state to our ever-changing fairgrounds.” 

Other projects around the fairgrounds include roof replacements, HVAC replacements and various road resurfacing plans.

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TURNER SB 3865 rSPRINGFIELD – A new pilot program to provide crime survivors with more comprehensive resources and support is coming to Springfield thanks to a law backed by State Senator Doris Turner.

“Victims of violent crime often trauma and repercussions long after the crime occurred,” Turner said. “This law aims to support those victims and help them find closure and better manage their lives.”

Turner serves as a chief co-sponsor on House Bill 4736, which will create a Co-Responder Pilot Program within the Springfield Police Department. The program’s primary focus would be to provide crisis intervention, case management, advocacy and ongoing emotional support to victims of all crimes, particularly to those that cause a high level of trauma. The program – which will launch within the next six months – will allow social workers and mental health professionals to work alongside law enforcement officers on calls involving those who may need mental or behavioral health services. 

“By supporting victims and witnesses of violent crimes, we are focusing on public safety as a whole,” Turner said. “Early access to this program will make Springfield residents feel safer and more supported.”

The Co-Responder Pilot Program will also be implemented in the Peoria, East St. Louis and Waukegan.

House Bill 4736 was signed into law and took immediate effect.

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TURNER HB 3459 rSPRINGFIELD –State Senator Doris Turner (D-Springfield) championed a recently signed law to honor the families of our state’s fallen heroes with the presentation of an Illinois flag.

“Our country would not be where it is today without the sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform,” Turner said. “This law will help show the respect we have for the families that pay the ultimate sacrifice.”

Under Turner’s law, if an Illinois resident dies while on State Active Duty or Federal Active Duty, their next of kin would be presented the Illinois state flag by military personnel.

“The families of fallen heroes are presented with our nation’s flag as a token of gratitude and condolences from a grateful nation,” Turner said. “The presentation of our state flag serves as a symbol of our esteemed gratitude.”

SB 3459 was signed into law on Friday and goes into effect July 1, 2023.   

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