State Senator Doris Turner Defends Social Media Posts Regarding Township Bill
State Senator Doris Turner On Friday, she defended a tweet and Facebook post in which she criticized a fellow lawmaker and compared citizen representation in the capital’s government to a slavery-era plantation.
“I don’t regret doing it,” Turner, D-Springfield, told reporters after a press conference on a clean energy bill being negotiated on Capitol Hill.
“What I regret, though, is that some of you in the media haven’t taken the time to do your due diligence research on this and put it into context,” Turner said.
Former city councilor and first-year senator, who was appointed in February to complete the term of Senator Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, who has resigned, did not respond directly when asked if she had slandered the representative. Tim butler, as Butler alleged in a statement Thursday.
“I would encourage Rep Butler, as I have encouraged all of you, to come back to my Facebook page and you will see all of what I said,” Turner said.
She said the Facebook post offered more perspective on her thoughts than the more limited text allowed on Twitter posts.
Turner’s social media posts on Wednesday referred to a bill she sponsored in the Illinois Senate that passed in the House but did not win enough votes in the House on Monday to pass. return to Governor JB Pritzker’s office for his signature.
Turner’s bill would have repealed a single section of Illinois law that allows Sangamon County government officials to serve as the supervisor, assessor, clerk, and tax collector of the Capital Township without be elected only by the voters of the canton.
Based on state law passed over 100 years ago and pertaining only to Sangamon County, jobs are divided between the Sangamon County Treasurer and the County Clerk, both elected by the voters. from the township of the capital and the rest of the county of Sangamon.
Turner’s bill would have called for township-wide elections for the supervisor, assessor, clerk and tax collector of the township of the capital. Republicans argued that the scenario would cost more to township taxpayers.
Butler, R-Springfield, whose own bill authorizing a binding township-wide referendum to amalgamate the township with the Sangamon County government, was killed by Democratic leaders in the House earlier in the spring session.
Butler opposed Turner’s bill, and Rep. Mike Murphy, R-Springfield, who also opposed the bill, said the Sangamon County government is helping run the township effectively.
In Turner’s Facebook post, she referred to Butler and apparently referred to the fact that the votes of residents of the capital township have less weight in the election of township officials due to the votes across the board. who elect people who also hold township positions.
As a township voter, Turner wrote on Facebook, “I only have ⅗ of a vote at some township polls. She wrote that the notion of county government effectively managing township funds was an “interesting analogy.”
“Slave masters said slaves should continue to be counted as ⅗ of a person because we manage our plantations very efficiently, ”Turner wrote. “The planting mentality is not working for any of us in 2021! “
Turner said she would continue to work to get her Capital Township bill passed and enacted. She said eight bills she sponsored are heading to the governor’s office.
The bills “bring more than $ 25 million in resources” to her senatorial constituency “and that probably does not yet include $ 20 or 30 million in road projects,” she said.
Turner said the social media kerfuffle hadn’t hurt her working relationship with Butler, who couldn’t be reached for comment.
The two were seen shaking hands, smiling and laughing together ahead of Friday’s press conference.
“People have disagreements, we have different disagreements on politics,” Turner said. “You know my husband and I have been together for almost 50 years and we have disagreements, but that doesn’t mean that, you know, we have a separate relationship.”
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