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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.”        

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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.

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Senate Democrats take a stand against cuts to child care program (VIDEO)

Senate Democrats take a stand against cuts to child care programMore than 160,000 Illinois children had access to child care services last year thanks to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which helps working families pay for the ever increasing cost of daycare services. Drastic cuts instituted by the governor on July 1 have greatly reduced the number of new applicants this year to just 30,000. Families still utilizing the program will also be affected by the cuts in the form of higher co-pays for already financially stretched families.

A host of Senate Democrats took a stand today against these cuts, drawing attention to the human face of those on CCAP.

“These families are doing everything right," Senator Linda Holmes (D - Aurora) said. "We’ve already seen what cutting this program would do. During the budget shortfall earlier this year, the Aurora Child Development Center, which is in the district I represent, had to close its doors because parents couldn’t afford to keep their children enrolled. This is a cut that sends working mothers and fathers the message that they should just stay home.”

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