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Mulroe's 3D mammography insurance coverage measure passes Senate

mulroe-3d-passedSPRINGFIELD – Breast cancer incidences have been decreasing since the early 2000s thanks to new therapies, treatments and screening methods. One of the most effective early screening methods is now covered by some existing health insurance thanks to new legislation sponsored by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago).

“Cancer screenings like 3D mammograms can be compared to reading a book,” Mulroe said. “Would you rather read one page and hope you understand the whole meaning of the text or rather read every single page for a full understanding? That’s very much how 3D mammograms work.”

Argonne National Laboratory: An Illinois-based world leader

argonne-groupLast week, several members of the Senate’s Environment and Conservation Committee visited Argonne National Laboratory, one of the world’s top scientific research facilities.

Located in the western suburbs of Chicago, it is the United States’ oldest national laboratory and the largest in the Midwest. At Argonne, dream teams of scientists from across the globe gather to research scientific discoveries and create innovative new technologies that shape our understanding of the universe and have a major impact on our daily lives.

Senate hearing finds proposed cuts would devastate Southern Illinois economy

siu-approp-4815The Illinois State Senate held a joint Appropriations I and II Committee Hearing to collect testimony about the impact the governor’s proposed budget cuts would have on Southern Illinois’ economy. Representatives from Southern Illinois University, local health care organizations, and the cities of Marion and Carbondale attended to speak about the drastic cuts they will be forced to make if the proposed budget plan is enacted.

“These cuts will result in mass layoffs at some of the largest job providers in our area. To propose cutting first responders like policemen and firemen, along with a large number of university employees, is unacceptable. We need a state budget that supports Southern Illinois, not one that devastates it,” said State Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton).

Bush cracks down on payroll abuses in state commissions

bush-payrollState Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) advanced a plan last week that targets the creative scheduling practices used by some state commissions to increase pay for their members.

“Many state board and commission members are compensated on a per-meeting basis,” Bush said. “Unfortunately, this has led to commissions that split up meetings, sometimes meeting only for half an hour.”

The legislation passed the Illinois Senate in a unanimous 49-0 vote.