Arthur L. Turner
3849 West Ogden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 277-4703 (fax)
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-0888 (fax)
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Arthur Turner is serving his third full term as State Representative of the 9th District, which includes parts of Chicago's Near West, Near North, University Village, Little Italy and North Lawndale neighborhoods.
Turner was born, raised and continues to live in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood. He is a graduate of Chicago's Providence St. Mel High School. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from Morehouse College and his law degree from Southern Illinois University's School of Law.
After college, Turner served as a community organizer and mentor to youth in North Lawndale. As a legislator, he has committed his efforts to preventing violence in our neighborhoods and cracking down on gangs. Turner helped pass legislation to help prevent dangerous persons from buying weapons illegally while requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen weapons within 72 hours of discovering the loss to help keep dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands. Turner supported a measure to help stop gang recruitment in our communities, making it a felony to recruit new members in places where school children may be, and he will continue working to ban assault weapons like those use in shootings in Cornell Square Park and other Chicago neighborhoods.
Turner is committed to helping Illinois get back on the right track by helping local businesses create jobs. He knows they To help cut expenses, Turner cut legislators' pay, including his own, and forced the state to pay down billions old dollars in old bills to help improve the state's credit rating and make sure service providers that local residents count on get the money they are owed.
Turner knows that too many seniors and families are struggling to make ends meet and pay their bills, especially when the costs of day-to-day necessities continue to go up. That's why he supports putting struggling families on a path to a living wage by sponsoring legislation to increase the minimum wage. He also introduced legislation to help encourage more local natural gas consumers to invest in energy efficient items to lower their energy costs.
Turner knows public servants have a responsibility to help provide needed health care for those who are unable to afford it. He passed a law taking advantage of more than $2 billion in federal and other non-state dollars to provide health coverage to low-income and high-need Illinois residents, including children on ventilators, children in wheelchairs and children with cancer.
Arthur Turner currently serves as an Assistant Majority Leader in the House of Representatives.
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