State Rep. Art Turner

State Rep. Art Turner Home for information about the legislative work of State Rep. Arthur Turner. Representative Arthur Turner (D)
9th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Springfield Office:
109 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8116
(217) 782-0888 FAX
District Office:
3849 West Ogden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 277-4700
(773) 277-4703 FAX
Email: [email protected]

Years served: December 2010 - Present

Committee assignments: Economic Development & Housing; Executive; Insurance; Judiciary - Criminal; Juvenile Justice & System-Involved; Revenue & Finance; Sentencing, Penalties, and Criminal; Property Tax Subcommittee; Sales and Other Taxes Subcommittee; Economic Growth and Mod.

Sub.. Biography: Attorney; born July 17, 1982 in Chicago; B.S., political science, Morehouse College; J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law; former community organizer and youth mentor.

Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin and Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs will host a Juneteenth Virtu...

Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin and Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs will host a Juneteenth Virtual Town Hall this Friday at Noon discussing racial equality in the banking industry.

Juneteenth, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in The ...

Juneteenth, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in The United States. This weekend over 70 black owned restaurants will celebrate Juneteenth with $6.19 specials. For more information visit Black People Eats

Because the COVID-19 crisis has hit working families especially hard, I passed a state budget focused on relief that ful...

Because the COVID-19 crisis has hit working families especially hard, I passed a state budget focused on relief that fully funds resources for workers who are facing layoffs and furloughs, and increases funding for job training programs to help workers recover and rebuild their careers.

Your voice matters. To help make sure every voter can safely make their voice heard this November, I supported an electi...

Your voice matters. To help make sure every voter can safely make their voice heard this November, I supported an election protection package to expand vote by mail programs in Illinois.


Calling all teens! After School Matters is offering hundreds of summer programs where you can tap into your passions and develop skills to help – all while receiving a financial stipend for participation. Choose from a wide variety of programs including culinary arts, fashion design, drawing, dance, or coding. Programs start the week of July 6 and run remotely until August 15. Apply now:

Chicago Mayor's Office

Chicago Mayor's Office

BREAKING: A date has been set. On June 3, Chicago will cautiously reopen in a way that protects the health & safety of our residents.

Today and every day, let us remember to show our gratitude for the brave men and women who have given their lives to ens...

Today and every day, let us remember to show our gratitude for the brave men and women who have given their lives to ensure our freedom.

Today Governor Pritzkner announces "Restore Illinois" a five-phase plan for reopening the state.  Based on regional heal...

Today Governor Pritzkner announces "Restore Illinois" a five-phase plan for reopening the state. Based on regional healthcare availability and the impact of COVID-19 on those regions.


Governor Pritzker extends the stay at home order through May 30th. As part of the stay-at-home order, starting May 1, face coverings will be required in public places where social distancing isn't possible.

In conjunction with today’s announcement, the Governor released modeling today put together by top academic institutions and researchers in Illinois that predicts the course of coronavirus in the state over the coming months. On our current trajectory, the state is projected to see a peak or plateau of deaths per day between late April and early May, but if the stay at home order were lifted this week, the model anticipates a second wave of the outbreak in Illinois starting in May, which would claim tens of thousands of lives and greatly exceed the state’s hospital capacity.

“Make no mistake, Illinois has saved lives. By staying home and social distancing, we have kept our infection and death rates for the months of March and April thousands below the rates projected had we not implemented these mitigation strategies,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “I know how badly we all want our normal lives back. But this is the part where we have to dig in and understand that the sacrifices we’ve made as a state to avoid a worst-case scenario are working — and we need to keep going a little while longer to finish the job.”


Lifting mitigation measures is only possible with widespread availability and access to COVID-19 testing, tracing and treatment. The data show that if the state were to lift mitigations abruptly this week, this would result in a second wave of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

After consulting with doctors, scientists and experts in Illinois and across the world, the Governor has announced he will sign a modified version of the state’s stay at home order that will go into effect on May 1 and extend through the end of the month. The modified order will strengthen the state’s social distancing requirements while allowing residents additional flexibility and provide measured relief to non-essential businesses in the safest way possible.

The new executive order will include the following modifications effective May 1:
• OUTDOOR RECREATION: State parks will begin a phased re-opening under guidance from the Department of Natural Resources. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted. A list of parks that will be open on May 1 and additional guidelines can be found on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website HERE . Golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and when ensuring that social distancing is followed.

• NEW ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES: Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses. These stores must follow social distancing requirements and must require that employees and customers wear a face covering. Animal grooming services may also re-open.

• NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL: Retail stores not designated as non-essential businesses and operations may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.

• FACE COVERINGS: Beginning on May 1, individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.

• ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND MANUFACTURING: Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing, as well as follow new requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers. This will include occupancy limits for essential businesses and precautions such as staggering shifts and operating only essential lines for manufacturers.

April 22 is Earth Day.  During the stay at home order, we can still celebrate Earth Day by gardening, taking a nature wa...

April 22 is Earth Day. During the stay at home order, we can still celebrate Earth Day by gardening, taking a nature walk or remembering to recycle properly.


Private Student Loan Relief, Governor Pritzker shared that the administration’s approach to this crisis has been to wage the war on 2 fronts: protecting the health and safety of the people of Illinois while mitigating the economic impact caused by the steps taken to save lives. He cited several actions taken thus far and went on to add some good news for those hardest hit by the economic consequences of our Stay At Home order. Although the Stay At Home order is set to expire in 9 days Governor Pritzker has made frequent references to upcoming “changes” to the Stay At Home order and will be making announcements related to these changes in the days ahead.

The Governor noted that while the most recent federal relief act included relief for people with federally managed student loans, that left out huge numbers of people who have privately managed student loan debt. Just as our state’s Department of Financial and Professional Regulation was able to negotiate with several financial institutions and other regulated industries in the state to pause vehicle repossessions, limit negative credit rating reporting and encourage mortgage forbearance, today’s report was that Illinois has entered into a multi-state collaborative agreement with 20 different student loan servicers which will provide relief to 140,000 borrowers in Illinois. The agreement including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia, New Jersey, and Washington will allow borrowers in these states the ability to contact their loan servicer to get relief including: 90 days payment forbearance, waived fees, no negative credit reporting, and 90 day relief from debt collection efforts.

The loan servicers who have agreed to participate are:

Aspire Resources, Inc.
College Ave Student Loan Servicing, LLC
Discover Financial Servicers
Earnest Operations
Figure Lending, LLC
Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation
Launch Servicing, LLC
Lendkey Technologies, Inc.
Reunion Student Loan Finance Corporation
Rhode Island Student Loan Authority
SoFi Lending Corp.
Tuition Options
United Guaranty Services, Inc.
Upstart Network, Inc.
Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

If a borrower is unable to access relief after contacting their loan servicer, they should contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Banking or the Office of the Attorney General.

“The Future Is Shared”: Why Supporting Renters during COVID-19 Is Critical for Housing Market Stability

Urban Institute: Strategies for Stabilizing the Housing Market

While gaps in the housing safety net have left renters at risk long before the current COVID-19 crisis, tenants and now their landlords are facing even greater financial instability—which, in turn, could destabilize the broader community.

A new article from Urban Institute experts explains how policy solutions at the federal, state, and local levels can help the rental housing ecosystem recover from the current recession. Researchers provide an overview of the current challenges and how policymakers can immediately respond to the crisis , such as expanding emergency rental assistance programs, helping landlords to refinance their mortgages, or using flexible funding from the CARES Act to help renters directly.

Actions to stabilize renters can in turn support landlords and rental properties. And policymakers can use this opportunity to ensure the housing market is better equipped for another unexpected crisis in the future.

Click Link Below:


Open Application for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund .

The United Way of Metro Chicago and Chicago Community Trust created the Chicago Community Response Fund (CCRF). CCRF is now accepting grant proposals from established direct service providers providing emergency response services to people in the Chicago area impacted by COVID-19. The CCRF grant-making working group will consider competitive proposals from organizations using a targeted approach – serving a particular need, population, or community – to respond to COVID-19.

Access to Health Care (grants range from $25K-$100K)
Stable Housing, Emergency Shelter & Supportive Services (grants range from $25K-$100k)
Community Hubs Providing Emergency Supplies, Financial Assistance, or Outreach (grants at $25K)
Populations: African Americans, Latinx, undocumented immigrants, aging adults, families with children, individuals surviving domestic violence, people with disabilities, justice-involved individuals
Geographic priorities: communities with high instances of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (rate or number), high rates of chronic disease, and poverty
Intersectional & Data-Driven: priority will be given to organizations with services that are cross-cutting and driven by real time data (e.g., increase access to health care for Black residents at high risk of contracting COVID-19; provide direct financial assistance to undocumented workers unable to access relief from the CARES Act)
Applications close 5pm, Monday, April 20.
You can find more information here:

For the latest information on COVID-19, text “COVID” to 312-500-3836. For more information, visit

For the latest information on COVID-19, text “COVID” to 312-500-3836. For more information, visit


$100k in Emergency Micro Grants Deployed to Local Food Pantries in 11
West Side United has earmarked a total of $100,000 in emergency Micro Grants to support 11 local food pantries that serve residents in Austin, Belmont Cragin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Near West Side, North Lawndale, Pilsen, South Lawndale, West Garfield Park and West Town.

“As COVID-19 continues to impact Chicago residents, there has been an uptick in the number of food pantry participants. West Side United’s Micro Grants will aide food pantries in providing vital resources while addressing the need for emergency food during this global pandemic.” Says Jennifer Norsworthy, WSU Healthy Food Program Manager.

The following pantries will receive micro grants:

Community Served, Supported Food Pantry
Austin, Beyond Hunger,
Belmont-Cragin, Evangelical Emmanuel Church
East Garfield Park Marillac House
Humboldt Park European American Association & La Casa Norte
Pilsen, UI Health Food Pantry
South Lawndale, Little Village New Life Community Church
Near West Side, TSA Chicago Temple
North Lawndale, Harmony Community Church
West Garfield Park, New Mt. Pilgrim Church
West Town, Santa Maria Adolorata



(Springfield) The Conference of Women Legislators (COWL), a bipartisan, bicameral, nonprofit organization of women legislators in the Illinois General Assembly, announces the 2020-2021 Annual Scholarship Awards Program. COWL created the scholarship program as part of its mission to promote economic independence, community service and leadership development.

Rep. Kathleen Willis, Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee, announces that up to ten scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded. These college scholarships are aimed at helping women who are earning their college degrees, in some cases, later in life.

“One of the gaps in the state college aid programs is assistance for women, 25 years of age or older, who may have had their education interrupted or who never had a chance to start college until later in life. These non-traditional students don’t fit neatly into any programs,” Willis said. “Rather than pass a law to create a new grant, we started raising money to fund scholarships on our own. This scholarship program has made a difference in the lives of many women by enabling them to achieve their educational dreams.”

Scholarship applicants are required to enroll in an Illinois accredited college or university for a minimum of six credit hours to qualify, making the scholarships available to part-time and online students. Applications are accepted at until Friday, May 1, 2020. Awardees will be notified by Monday, June 1, 2020.

Jessica Becker
Executive Director
Conference of Women Legislators

Everybody Counts, An accurate count of Illinois' population is essential to ensure that the State receives the funding i...

Everybody Counts, An accurate count of Illinois' population is essential to ensure that the State receives the funding it needs to properly care for its residents and provide critical services and programs. You can complete your census by phone (844) 330-2020, online, or return the form you received by mail free of charge to the US census Bureau.

Governor JB Pritzker

Governor JB Pritzker

I’ve taken virtually every action available to me to protect our residents and slow the spread, and now, our strongest weapon against COVID-19 is you.

Join us in our new statewide initiative — #AllInIllinois

“All In” is our anthem and our point of pride – Illinoisans staying home for the good of each other and our state.

All in for our neighbors.

All in for our grandparents.

All in for our cancer survivors and those who are immunocompromised.

All in to protect essential workers like grocery & drugstore employees & food delivery workers.

All in for our heroic doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, EMTs, pharmacists, ER technicians, registration staffers, sanitation & food service workers.

Join us and take the pledge.

Update your Facebook profile picture with our frame.

Post your own videos on social media demonstrating your pride.

Print your own yard or window sign.

Display the words 'All in for Illinois' proudly.


All in Illinois means we care about each other. We care about our communities.

We are one Illinois, and we are all in this together.


Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced they are implementing remote online learning for students during the COVID-19 crisis. In accordance with the The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), students will begin the curriculum beginning Monday, April 13.

Parents should expect to receive information directly from schools. A “Remote Learning for Parents” guide and enrichment activities are available now at

Students will be offered both digital and non-digital learning options, as well as dedicated “office hours,” where students and families can receive support from teachers via Google Meet, phone, or email. While students are expected to complete assignments and schools are able to grade work, grades will be counted only if they improve a student’s grade and will not negatively impact any student’s academic standing. Students who do not engage in academic work can be issued an incomplete and will be expected to make up incomplete assignments following the remote learning period.

CPS plans to deploy more than 100,000 electronic devices to its highest-need students. The district is working with Comcast and AT&T to provide internet service to low-income families.


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Hello, I was wondering where Representative Turner stands on HB4870. Thank you
I hope this finds you well. I wanted to write you expressing concern over some current bills being considered. These bills, HB4870 and SB3668 are a violation of parents’ rights. The government has no business mandating and threatening us with losing our children and being charged with child abuse if we choose to not administer something with a risk of DEATH right on the insert. This is not ok! These bills would force me to endanger my children. And my oldest was almost lost to vaccinations as an infant. Please please hear us as parents, it is for the safety of our children. Not every child can handle what is in these. And we found that ours are part of that grouping. My children wouldn’t survive this! Please hear us! PLEASE OPPOSE these bills on behalf of families in your district. We do. Thank you for your time, Natalie Wroblewski
Hello rep [email protected] we came to see you in Springfield on the 29th of January and left a packet concerning HB4260 the "Defining our Futures Act" We look forward to meeting soon and to you co-sponsoring HB4260 #HB4260 #ADOS
Hello rep [email protected] we came to see you in Springfield on the 29th of January and left a packet concerning HB4260 the "Defining our Futures Act" We look forward to meeting soon and to you co-sponsoring HB4260 #HB4260 #ADOS
My name is Jokari Miller. I am a scientist, engineer, and futurist who advocates for ethical science and technology, and innovation to serve as "checks and balances" on science/technology that could prove itself to be "problematic" in our near future (advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, etc.). As a Black man and father of 3, I decided to go back to college to finish my degree with hopes that I could be a positive example for my children. After many years of hard work and perseverance through unbelievable obstacles, I finally received my bachelor's degree from Chicago State University. I am currently pursuing my master's degree at Northern Illinois University (NIU). I have also consistently since my late teen years, been an advocate for stopping drugs, gangs and violence in our Black and Brown communities. During my time at Chicago State I was a staunch proponent of educational integrity, free speech, and administrative transparency. I was a student advocate who served as president in several student clubs/organizations, student government senator, speaker of the senate, student government president and Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) Representative. I somehow was able to manage this all while still finding the time to take my children to school, pick them up, help them with homework, play chess with them, take them to various places and teach them that there is more to life than the drugs, violence and economic disparity they see all around them. On May 9, 2014, less than a week before my graduation I was beaten, put in an illegal choke-hold and assaulted by University police upon my protest during a break at a board of trustees meeting in which I merely wore a Northern Illinois University hat. Two days prior to a court case that was common knowledge that the outcome was to be preceded with a federal lawsuit, I was taken out of grad school (right out of class) at NIU, brought to Chicago where I was being charged with a "purse snatching" that was said to have been committed way back in January of 2012. The police claimed that an entire wardrobe was left at the scene of this alleged purse snatching, and that my DNA was found on this wardrobe. What they were not aware of at the time, is that during this exact day and time back in January of 2012, I was on the campus of Chicago State University, miles away, working towards my bachelor's degree. I was heavily engaged in campus politics and would literally be on campus all day from early morning until 11:30pm (the time that my then girlfriend, who was the supervisor of the cafeteria at the time would close up for the day). Furthermore, I had upwards of $12,000 in the bank, a house in East Chicago, IN that I had just purchased, and a modest but sufficient stock portfolio. Also, the witness and victim to this alleged incident both stated that the assailant was 5'8", but I am 5'5". In the midst of all these circumstances, the police still somehow tried to accuse me of a $6 purse snatching. It must be noted that there has been no purchase orders, nor alterations of the university's surveillance system, and the video footage that would show me on campus all day from approximately 9am until 11:30pm is still on the university's DVR hard drive. Information on a hard drive is never erased and even if it has been rewritten 1000 times over, can still be recovered through a "forensic" audit of the drive. This is where every single state that the hard drive has ever been in will be recovered. While I was awaiting all discovery in the purse snatching case, I was arrested again in July of 2016, ironically in front of Chicago State University (my Alma mater), during an unlawful stop. The police officer claimed (later) that my plate was not visible. After conducting an illegal search, officers allegedly found body armor, a non-working stun gun, and a "movie prop" ID that was to be used in a military workout video entitled "Break a Sweat". The police also claimed that I just casually had a knife on my lap during a police stop (in today's highly volatile climate for Black men encounters with police). During this time period, I was "on-call" for unarmed security at a local McDonald's, a neighborhood store, and a church. Now it is 2019 and the police are still claiming (in court) that there was no body cameras present nor dash cameras present during the arrest. At least 4 of the officers who arrived on the scene had body cameras and every police car that arrived on the scene had a dash camera. In fact, upon entering Cook County Jail, I immediately submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Chicago Police Department for the body cam footage and dash cam footage. The CPD responded with an official letter claiming there was no body cams present, but they admitted that there was dash cam footage, but they "deleted" it. If the police were confident that the stop was lawful, the search was legal, and all the information they reported was accurate, they would "rush" to "come forth" with the footage and not hesitate to proudly show it, even publicly, as they did in the Jussie Smollet incident. They instead have chosen to "stonewall" my defense, and continue to violate the "Brady Rule", which lays grounds for dismissal of charges where it is found that evidence, in this case video, that would exonerate me has been hidden by the prosecution, altered or deleted. There is body cam and dash cam footage of the incident of my arrest, and it must be brought forth if I am to stand a chance to get justice. There is an attempt to take my freedom away for 14 years for an illegal stop, a stun gun that wasn't working, a body armor vest, and a "novelty" or "movie prop" ID, and I will not "roll the dice" and put my life in the hands of a biased system that will not even be forthcoming with the fact that there was multiple videos of the arrest. I am asking our new Mayor, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, to please review the actions of the CPD and to compel them to come forth with the body camera and dash camera records of the officers involved in the arrest, and I am asking that State's Attorney Kim Foxx please review the actions of the Assistant State's Attorneys in leveling incorrect charges of a Class X UUW for a non-working stun gun and "Brady Violations" committed by the Assistant State's Attorneys in her office, who were well aware that video footage existed yet still insisted on hiding this fact. Also, I am submitting an official complaint to the appropriate Bar Associations in reference to the Assistant State's Attorney's unethical practices and blatant Brady Violations. In reference to the initial "purse snatching" case, I am asking that State's Attorney's office retrieve the DVR hard drive that is located on Chicago State University, which is itself State property, and perform a forensic audit of the hard drive that has proof that would exonerate me of the initial "purse snatching" charges.
Representative Turner- Thank you for your support for infrastructure. This plan means Illinois can remain competitive as an integral part of the country's infrastructure system. This not only will improve our transportation systems, but also create new jobs. Transportation infrastructure is one of the core responsibilities of government and is why we voted to protect funds invested for this purpose. Thank you for focusing state investment on such an integral part of our communities.
Since I cannot seem to find anything on your page...I want to know more about your support and sponsorship of HB 5596 that will be discussed during the Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee Hearing April 10th 2018 10:00AM Stratton Building Room C-1 Springfield, IL. Do you have examples of what books you would like to see being taught in schools? Do you have curriculum examples? Would parents be able to opt out of biased instruction?Our schools are already drastically underfunded and can barely teach correct history as it is. What types of grants and funding would be available to offset these costs of new/more books? Would teachers be required to attend and complete more training for this program? How will areas pay for that extra expense as well? Chicago's pensions for teachers is already draining the state and the borrowing has already surpassed set limits. If there are parents who do not agree with teaching these subjects but cannot afford private schooling, what accommodations will be made available for them? Will those parents be able to apply for more grants and scholarship types of programs in order to send children to private schools who do not have to abide by this initiative?