* Subscribers were told about this last week. Here’s Hannah Meisel at the Daily Line…
State Rep. Art Turner (D-Chicago) submitted his resignation from the Illinois House on Friday, cutting his last term in the General Assembly six months short. Turner, who is expected to become a lobbyist, announced he would not run for a sixth full term last year and backed his brother, Aaron Turner, for the seven-way race for the 9th District seat. SEIU Healthcare organizer Lakesia Collins ultimately won the primary in March. Turner has served in the House for nearly a decade, including rising to deputy majority leader, after being appointed to replace his father, Art Turner Sr., in 2010 after he served for 30 years. In a statement, Turner noted he’s resigning at a time of renewed awareness of the challenges faced by the Black community. … Chicago Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24) is the committeeman with the most weighted votes to choose Turner’s replacement, which must be done in the next 30 days.
* Turner’s press release…
“It has been the honor of my life to serve as state representative for the people of the 9th District, ensuring that the voices of Chicago’s West Side communities were heard loud and clear in Springfield,” Turner said. “While this is a bittersweet moment for me, I am proud of the work of I’ve done building a stronger Illinois through criminal justice reform and creating economic opportunity for communities that are too often left behind.”
Turner has served in the Illinois House since December 2010 and rose to the rank of Deputy Majority Leader in the House Democratic Caucus. Turner’s legislative work focused on improving opportunities for communities that have historically faced disinvestment, disproportionate contact with the criminal justice system and a lack of economic opportunity.
During his tenure as a legislator, Turner was a leader in criminal justice reform efforts, fighting to improve conditions for incarcerated individuals and working to reduce recidivism for formerly incarcerated individuals by making it easier for them to find employment.
Turner also fought for educational equity to help level the playing field for Illinois students and families and stronger personal privacy measures to protect consumers. New education funding formulas help ensure that students and schools most in need receive their fair share of education funding in order to reduce academic achievement gaps while Turner’s push for greater consumer protection would ensure that Illinoisans are able to know what personal information online companies and services collect.
“Every day I have had the opportunity to serve the community I’ve always called home, my focus has been on showing the leaders of our state the realities that people in historically underserved communities face on a daily basis, and building consensus for change,” Turner said. “Now at the conclusion of my time in the House, we see that not only people across our state, but throughout our country are awakening to those realities and committing to work together for change. Like everyone in our community, I look forward to seeing this resolve continue to shape our city, our state and our country for the better.”
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