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Sandoval: Decatur hearing moves us one step closer to infrastructure bill

Senator Sandoval

DECATUR – The Subcommittees on Capital for the Senate Transportations and Appropriations II Committees held their third joint hearing in Decatur Monday, hearing from local groups about capital infrastructure needs.

Representatives from local government, health care professionals, transportation experts and other interested parties testified before the subcommittees about existing capital and needs that should be addressed in a potential bill to release funding for infrastructure improvements around the state.

Mulroe celebrates topping off ceremony of Chicago Veterans Home

State Senator John Mulroe speaks while Gov. JB Pritzker and others attend the topping off ceremony of the newly-renovated Chicago Veterans Home in Chicago, March 15, 2019.“This day should have come sooner.”

CHICAGO – State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) released the following statement today after attending the topping off ceremony of the Chicago Veterans Home after long delays in the project’s completion.

“This marks a major step forward in our efforts to provide the best care possible to the men and women who served our country,” Mulroe said. “This day should have come sooner, but rather than focus on the past, I want to look forward to seeing this facility's completion.”

Bush demands ethylene oxide testing in Lake County

bush 031419SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) passed a resolution in the Illinois Senate Environment and Conservation Committee today calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct ambient air monitoring and testing in and around the two Lake County facilities that emit ethylene oxide.

“While I’m pleased the U.S. EPA is conducting testing around Sterigenics, it’s well past time they do the same in Lake County,” Bush said. “Residents need to know if the air they’re breathing is safe. They deserve to know if they’re at a higher risk for cancer, but right now they’re being left in the dark.”

Manar leads fight on behalf of rural pharmacies

Sen. Andy ManarLegislation targets middle men who drive up costs to taxpayers, customers, pharmacies

SPRINGFIELD – Pharmacy middle men are driving up the costs of prescription drugs for customers and squeezing out rural pharmacies, all while putting taxpayers on the hook for greater costs, State Senator Andy Manar said.

The Bunker Hill Democrat is renewing his effort to impose state oversight on pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, that negotiate drug prices and benefits on behalf of insurance plans. This week he introduced Senate Bill 652. House Majority Leader Greg Harris (D-Chicago) has introduced similar legislation, House Bill 465, in the House.

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