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Sen. Hunter, Institute for Positive Living, IIT’s health fair a success (VIDEO)

hunter fairCHICAGO – Over the weekend, several hundred Chicago youth, adults and seniors attended State Senator Mattie Hunter’s 12th Annual Health, Fun and Fitness Fair on the South Side. Free health services and back-to-school supplies were offered.

Mourning families joined the Hunter family for commemorative balloon releases for violence prevention and breast cancer awareness.

Hunter released pink balloons with Carolyn Adams’ family, the namesake of the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure, in honor of those who lost loved ones to breast cancer. Gatherers released red balloons alongside the Hunter family while calling out the names of victims of violence.

Read more: Sen. Hunter, Institute for Positive Living, IIT’s health fair a success (VIDEO)

   

Mulroe law mandates defibrillator machines in police stations

mulroe aed signedSPRINGFIELD – Municipal police stations and county sheriff’s offices will soon be equipped with AED (automated external defibrillator) machines thanks to a new measure sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago). The proposal was signed into law by the governor today.

“AEDs are proven to save lives when used in emergency situations,” Sen. Mulroe said. “The fact that even a small percentage of police and sheriff’s offices do not have these machines is cause for alarm. This plan seeks to change that.”

Read more: Mulroe law mandates defibrillator machines in police stations

   

Tom Cullerton’s crowdfunding initiative signed into law

tc crowdfundSPRINGFIELD- New businesses struggling to raise money to take their companies to the next level will soon have another method to find funding.  

State Senator Tom Cullerton’s (D-Villa Park) initiative to make Illinois more business-friendly by instituting intrastate crowdfunding exemptions was signed into law today.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. If we want to continue to grow as a state, we need to continue to give small businesses the tools to succeed,” said Cullerton. “This initiative will create a vital partnership between investors and small businesses to spur economic development in our communities.”

Read more: Tom Cullerton’s crowdfunding initiative signed into law

   

Lightford's new law makes needs of developmentally disabled a priority

lightford PUNS signedSPRINGFIELD – Students with developmental disabilities will soon find it easier to get the help they and their families need. Sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D – Maywood), a new law requires the Dept. of Human Services (DHS) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to train public school case workers to register students with the PUNS (Prioritization or Urgency of Need for Services) database.

Experts argued that due to a lack of awareness, PUNS is under-utilized, and therefore, people with developmental disabilities across the state are not getting the services they need. The law will ensure students in Illinois public schools and parents have the information they need to register with PUNS if they so choose.

Read more: Lightford's new law makes needs of developmentally disabled a priority

   

Delgado meets with seniors to discuss impact of budget impasse

Delgado meets with seniors to discuss impact of budget impasseAs the state continues into its fourth week without a spending plan in place, individuals and families who receive services from the state have been left to wonder when, and if, the funding for their programs will be restored. Today, State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) visited with residents of the Victory Centre of Galewood, a supportive senior living facility, to discuss their concerns over their state funding and the looming cuts that the governor has proposed.  

“For every day that we continue without a budget, the worry and the concern of those individuals who rely on state programs grows,” said Delgado. “It’s terrible that the fight in Springfield is impacting the ability of some of my senior communities to live comfortably and worry free. I know that my colleagues, the Senate President and myself are working each and every day to find a solution to this and give our constituents peace of mind.”        

Read more: Delgado meets with seniors to discuss impact of budget impasse

   

Bertino-Tarrant, Silverstein drug bans signed into law

jbt-iraTwo emerging drug products are joining the long list of substances threatening public health, particularly that of young people: powdered caffeine and powdered alcohol. Two senators' measures have been signed by the governor this week to ban the sale of both. One has already caused deaths, the other is expected to.

Read more: Bertino-Tarrant, Silverstein drug bans signed into law

   

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