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  • New legislation gives veterans paid time off for Veterans Day

    mulroe vets holidaySPRINGFIELD – As many state and federal workers prepare for a work holiday on Wednesday to support Veterans Day, many veterans do not have the option to take the day off created in their honor. Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) is looking to change that.

    “Every year, men and women who fought hard for our country’s freedom are required to work a holiday that was created specifically to honor them,” Mulroe says. “That’s just not right, and I think that as a state Illinois can better serve the people who served in the armed forces.”

    Under the new legislation, veterans would have the option of taking the November holiday off if they otherwise would have had to work, receiving paid leave. Their employers would need a documented request for the absence. Only Oregon and Iowa currently have similar laws; Minnesota and the U.S. Congress are currently considering similar measures.

    “This proposal is a win-win situation, because it doesn’t require a veteran to take the day off, but empowers them through state statute to do so if they wish,” Mulroe says. “We are also looking to protect the employers by placing safeguards in, making this pro-veteran and pro-business.”

    Employees who are veterans would not have to take the holiday off; however, they would be required to give 30 calendar days’ notice to their employer that they intend to take the time off and would be required to provide documentation to the employer that they are indeed a veteran.

    If the employer would not be able to award the time off due to significant economic or operational disruption, the employer would need to notify the employee within 14 calendar days prior to the holiday and make a good faith effort to award an alternate paid vacation day. In addition, the legislation would create a tax credit for employers for 100 percent of wages paid.

    The measure was introduced in the Senate on October 20.

  • 3D mammography to be covered by insurance

    mulroe 3d passedSPRINGFIELD – Thanks to new screening methods such as tomosynthesis, breast cancer occurrences have been steadily decreasing since the early 2000s. A new law sponsored by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) adding the screening method to the list of covered low-dose screenings was signed today by the governor.

    “This is a medically proven screening method that increases detection rates and because of its sensitivity, helps reduce unnecessary call backs during an already stressful time,” Mulroe said. “It is a good practice to keep the medical industry moving forward when the technology is available.”

    Previous technologies only took a single dimension view of breast tissue when screening for cancerous cells. Tomosynthesis, also known as a 3D mammogram, takes a multidimensional view of the breast during the screening. As a result, a 3D mammogram has a higher success rate of detecting cancerous cells that are often difficult to detect, due to either size or dense breast tissue.

    Senate Bill 54 amends the insurance code by adding tomosynthesis to the list of definitions of low-dose mammograms. As a result, the insurance mandate will cover 3D mammograms as well as the traditional 2D mammograms.

    “This law will not only help save lives of at-risk women who may not have known about this technology or may not have been previously covered, but also save them from additional stress and discomfort,” Mulroe said. “It is our duty to protect the health and well-being of people in this state, and if we can save them time, money and emotional hardship then that is a bonus.”

    The law becomes effective July 1, 2016.

  • 3D mammography to be covered by insurance

    3dmam insuranceSPRINGFIELD – Last year the General Assembly passed a measure that would add 3D mammography to the list of low-dose mammograms covered by insurance agencies. In an effort to correct issues with that proposal, Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) has sponsored a new piece of legislation.

    “When we worked on the previous measure, I told the insurance companies ‘Get on board or I’m coming back,’” Mulroe continued. “This is too important to drag our feet on.”

    Under the previous measure, insurance companies were required to cover 3D mammography but only Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield covered the screening. Other insurance companies followed suit, but not quickly enough.

    Previous technologies only took a single dimension view of breast tissue when screening for cancerous cells. Tomosynthesis, also known as a 3D mammogram, takes a multidimensional view of the breast during the screening. As a result, a 3D mammogram has a higher success rate of detecting cancerous cells that are often difficult to detect, due to either size or dense breast tissue.

    Senate Bill 466 amends the insurance code by adding tomosynthesis to the list of definitions of low-dose mammograms. As a result, the insurance mandate will cover 3D mammograms as well as the traditional 2D mammograms.

    “I strongly believe that this legislation will help save lives of at-risk women who may not have known about this technology or may not have been previously covered,” Mulroe said. “It is our duty to protect the health and well-being of people in this state, and if we can save them time, money and emotional hardship then that is a bonus.”

    After the legislation’s success in the Senate and House, it now moves to the governor’s desk.

  • Continuing care facilities to see licensure streamline

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    SPRINGFIELD –The mentally and physically disabled individuals who receive care from Misericordia Home are unique as many receive services from the time they are born to their final breath. Thanks to Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) the facility’s licensing will be as unique and streamlined as the service it provides.

    “Misericordia is unique in that it provides exceptional care for its vulnerable residents over lifetimes,” Mulroe said. “It makes sense to me that the state should recognize facilities like it under a new, streamlined licensure process to ensure the patients continue receiving the best care they can without experiencing any delays.”

    Currently, facilities like Misericordia are required by the state to hold multiple licenses for the various services it offers. It can get especially tricky when trying to transfer a patient from one part of the facility to another: An individual may show up on a transfer, but the paperwork placing them there has been held up, causing a delay of care.

    The measure would create a continuum of care license for large-scale facilities like Misericorida, removing the necessity for multiple licenses. The facility currently works under five differently issued licenses.

    The proposal passed both houses and today was signed by the governor.

  • Continuing care facilities to see licensure streamline

    mulroe 041416SPRINGFIELD – Tucked away in a quiet northwest Chicago neighborhood, the sisters at Misericordia Home dedicate their lives to caring for some of the most vulnerable citizens. The mentally and physically disabled individuals who receive care from Misericordia are unique as many receive services from the time they are born to their final breath.

    “Misericordia is privileged to provide to more than 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Sister Rosemary Connelly, who currently serves as director of the facility. “What we are looking for is something to streamline the licensure process and reduce the bureaucracy that is associated with having multiple licenses on one campus.”

    Currently, facilities like Misericordia are required by the state to hold multiple licenses for the various services it offers. It can get especially tricky when trying to transfer a patient from one part of the facility to another: An individual may show up on a transfer, but the paperwork placing them there has been held up, causing a delay of care.

    Thanks to a new proposal sponsored in the Senate by State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago), the care would be seamless. The measure would create a continuum of care license for large-scale facilities like Misericorida, removing the necessity for multiple licenses.

    “Misericordia is unique in that it provides exceptional care for its vulnerable residents over lifetimes,” Mulroe said. “It makes sense to me that the state should recognize facilities like it under a new, streamlined licensure process to ensure the patients continue receiving the best care they can without experiencing any delays.”

    The proposal passed the Senate Human Services committee on Tuesday, unopposed and now moves to the Senate floor for further debate.

  • Lawmakers call on governor, AFSCME to continue labor negotiations (VIDEO, AUDIO)

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  • Mulroe delivers support for Maryville Children's Healthcare Center

    mulroe maryville 092717SPRINGFIELD – Under a new law sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago), Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center will be able to care for additional medically-fragile children.

    “I am thrilled that Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center will now be able to care for additional medically-fragile children,” Mulroe said. “Maryville does such good work in our community. I am proud to be able to assist them with this measure that helps them open their doors even further.”

    House Bill 763 increases the number of children allowed for treatment under the community-based health care center model. Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center cares for children that depend on medical technology, such as ventilators, and trains parents to provide a smooth transition when a child returns home after hospitalization.

    “Our Children’s Healthcare Center provides transitional care -- from hospital to home -- for young patients with complex medical conditions,” said Maryville Executive Director Sister Catherine M. Ryan, O.S.F. “We teach caregivers how to provide for their children’s medical needs once they are back home. Our transitional care reduces the re-hospitalization rate dramatically. This is good healthcare policy, but more importantly, it helps our children and families resume their lives.”

    “We are grateful to Senator Mulroe for his work on behalf of the children and families who need this care,” Ryan said.

    This legislation goes into effect on June 1, 2018.

  • Mulroe extends statute of limitations for victims of child sex crimes

    mulroe 082517SPRINGFIELD – Under a new law sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago), victims of certain child sex crimes will now have until they are 43-years-old to prosecute the transgression. Previously, victims of child sex crimes only had until they turned 19 to bring charges.

    “It can take years for victims of child sex crimes to process what happened to them and decide if they want to press charges,” Mulroe said. “This new law gives victims 25 years from when they turn 18 to make that decision.”

    Senate Bill 1842 applies to victims of involuntary servitude, involuntary sexual servitude of a minor and trafficking in persons.

    According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 100 cases of human trafficking have been reported in Illinois in 2017.

  • Mulroe fights for Chicago police and firefighters

    mulroe veto 111616SPRINGFIELD –Legislation to support Chicago police officers and firefighters and their widows and widowers passed the Senate today in a veto override.

    Senate Bill 440, sponsored by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago 10), passed both houses of the legislature with bipartisan support in the spring but was vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

    “I think it’s important that we provide for the families of our firefighters and police officers,” Mulroe said.

  • Mulroe honors fallen Vietnam War Marine

    mulroe 031617SPRINGFIELD –Today State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) honored Corporal Donald W. Bollman by dedicating the bridge on Illinois Route 19 that crosses the Des Plaines River in his memory. Corporal Bollman, who gave his life during the Vietnam War, was a lifelong resident of Norridge before serving in the Marines.

    “It is important for us to remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives for our safety and our freedom,” Mulroe said. “I was privileged to sponsor the resolution to dedicate this bridge across the Des Plaines River to Corporal Donald Bollman. Though he died 50 years ago, his memory and sacrifice will live on with this bridge.”

    Corporal Bollman enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1965. He served in California as a Marine Guard before beginning a tour in South Vietnam. While serving in South Vietnam, his company came under attack from a North Vietnamese battalion. Corporal Bollman was killed in action on March 1, 1967 at the age of 23. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with a V for Valor for his service.

    “This bridge dedication means so much to our family because it not only honors the loss of our beloved brother Donald, who sacrificed his life for his country, but after all these years we know now he will never be forgotten,” Norman Bollman, brother of Corporal Donald Bollman said. “I know that it will help my brothers and sister to finally have some closure even though he will always be a part of our lives.”

    The bridge is located on West Irving Park Road. A sign commemorating Corporal Donald Bollman is now in place at the entrance to the bridge.

  • Mulroe measure to reduce premature birth becomes law

    mulroe 031617SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) that works to increase the rate of infants carried to term was recently signed into law. Senate Bill 317 allows pharmacists to administer progesterone injections, a hormone used to decrease the risk of preterm birth, to women who have a history of delivering prematurely.

    “I sponsored this legislation to improve health outcomes by decreasing barriers to care,” Mulroe said. “Over 10 percent of children in Illinois are born prematurely. Something had to be done to lower that rate.”

    According to the March of Dimes, the preterm birth rate in Illinois was 9.1 percent for Asian and Hispanic women, 9.4 percent for white women, and 13.6 percent for African American women in 2016. Preterm birth can cause cerebral palsy, developmental delays and vision issues, among other problems.

    “It can be difficult for pregnant women to get to the doctor each week for a progesterone shot, especially if they have to travel” Mulroe said. “By allowing pharmacists to administer this medication, I hope that more women will be able to complete the regimen.”

    A progesterone regimen requires pregnant women to receive a weekly shot for 20 weeks. Senate Bill 317 includes public safety precautions such as ensuring the patient has a valid prescription, notifying the physician and confirming that the pharmacist is properly trained before administering the medication.

    In addition to Senate Bill 317, the governor also signed the following Mulroe-sponsored legislation into law:

    • House Bill 2957 which allows patients with chronic conditions who take two or more medications to synchronize their prescriptions such that all medications are dispensed and picked up at the same time.
    • House Bill 3106 which consolidates security functions within the Supreme Court Marshal’s Office and provides that Illinois Supreme Court Marshals are peace officers and have the same powers as police officers and sheriffs.
    • House Bill 3874  which clarifies that no person shall operate, register or maintain registration of a motor vehicle anywhere in Illinois, including on private property, unless the vehicle is covered by a liability insurance policy. 
  • Mulroe plan would save Illinois up to $1.8 billion

    Sen. John MulroeSPRINGFIELD – With ongoing negotiations to end Illinois’s historic budget impasse, State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) has introduced a plan to examine the billions of dollars that the state gives away in tax credits every year.

    “Before increasing taxes and burdening the middle class, we must have an honest assessment of our budget priorities and examine every dollar the state is spending,” Mulroe said. “While many of the state’s tax credits benefit important components of our economy, we are facing a fiscal crisis and have to ensure that we create the best deal possible for taxpayers. Every dollar counts.”

  • Mulroe supports school funding reform

    mulroe 031617SPRINGFIELD – Illinois school districts that have struggled for decades under Illinois’ education funding formula may soon see increased funding under legislation to implement a new funding model supported by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago). Illinois is currently ranked worst in the nation for school funding.

    “I proudly supported this measure, which will provide additional funding to public schools, with special attention given to those in need,” Mulroe said. “Education is supposed to be the great equalizer, but under our current school funding formula, it is not. Senate Bill 1 will ensure that high-poverty school districts that have been shortchanged for years would see greater funding to level the playing field.”

    Senate Bill 1 implements an evidence-based model for school funding, which accounts for factors such as students with disabilities, English language learners and low-income students. It provides additional support for the neediest districts in the quest for adequate funding. Illinois currently operates under a school funding formula that has not been updated in 20 years and relies heavily on local property taxes. Under Senate Bill 1, high-tax school districts are also eligible for property tax relief up to 1 percent of their EAV.

    No school district would receive less funding under Senate Bill 1 than they have received under Illinois’ current school funding formula.

    An analysis of Illinois State Board of Education figures released by Funding Illinois’ Future, a school funding reform advocate, shows potential funding increases for all local school districts in the tenth Senate district under Senate Bill 1.

    To review the Funding Illinois’ Future analysis, visit fundingilfuture.org.

  • Mulroe won’t quit stopping smoking - UPDATED

    mulroe 051216SPRINGFIELD – The Senate took another vote today on a measure that would raise the legal smoking age to 21. The measure’s sponsor, John Mulroe (D-Chicago), believes that the timing is right to take up the issue. After not receiving enough votes a week ago, the Tobacco 21 bill passed today.

    “It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing,” Mulroe said on the floor, following derisive opposition. “ California, Hawaii and Massachusetts, along with the city of Chicago have already passed similar measures. There’s no reason we shouldn’t take this stand for Illinois youth.”

  • Mulroe works to expand care for medically fragile children

    Sister Catherine Ryan testifies before the Senate Public Health CommitteeSPRINGFIELD – Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center may soon be able to care for additional children under a plan sponsored in the legislature by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago).

    House Bill 763 would increase the number of children allowed for treatment under the community-based health care center model.

    “This legislation will enable Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center to care for four more medically fragile children,” Mulroe said. “Maryville is an invaluable resource within the district, and I am happy to sponsor this legislation that will allow them to help even more children and families.”

  • Mulroe works to move emissions testing centers back to Chicago

    Emissions testingSPRINGFIELD – Chicago residents may no longer be forced to drive to the suburbs for their vehicle emissions testing based on new legislation sponsored by State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago). After emissions test sites closed in the Chicagoland area in November, Mulroe introduced legislation to require the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to locate vehicle emissions inspections stations within a five-mile radius of those subject to testing.

    “By closing emissions testing facilities in Chicago, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has created an undue burden on Chicago residents to meet the emission testing requirement” Mulroe said. “Getting a vehicle’s emissions tested can already be a time-consuming task in and of itself. We should not add to that by forcing Chicagoans to driver further to fulfill this obligation.”

  • Mulroe, Frerichs urge Rauner to sign unclaimed life insurance benefits (AUDIO)

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  • Mulroe, Senate Public Health committee talk Zika

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  • Mulroe: All of this could have been avoided

    mulroe 041416SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) issued the following statement on the motion filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to stop paychecks to state workers until a budget is approved:

    “Governor Rauner has neglected his constitutional obligation to present the legislature with a balanced budget for nearly two years. If he had engaged in budget negotiations rather than holding them hostage until he received portions of his turnaround agenda, we would not be in this situation. All of this could have been avoided had the governor presented a balanced budget.

    “I am willing to engage in budget conversations and make cuts where necessary. I think it’s important that we ensure that core services like higher education and social services receive proper funding. I want to fulfill the legislature’s responsibility to appropriate funds.

    “This budget impasse has been detrimental to our state, and the Attorney General’s motion just adds to our budget crisis. I will fight for our state workers and for the families across Illinois that are being unduly influenced by the governor’s inaction. We need a solution for all services now.”

  • Mulroe: decrease re-arrests by reducing juvenile custody time

    mulroe 031617SPRINGFIELD – Senate Bill 1799 introduced by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) seeks to reduce the time juveniles are kept in custody upon arrest to, in turn, decrease the likeliness that a juvenile will be re-arrested later in life. SB 1799 requires juveniles to appear before a judicial officer within 48 hours of being taken into custody, regardless of weekends and court holidays.

    “Studies have shown that reducing the amount of time that a juvenile spends in custody will decrease the likeliness that that individual will be arrested again and their likeliness of joining the adult prison population,” Mulroe said. “This is a common sense piece of legislation.”

    Under current law, a minor must appear before a judicial officer within 40 hours of detainment, not including weekends or court holidays. To help facilitate the change of including weekends and court holidays, the minor may appear through two way audio-visual communication.

    “While working as an assistant state’s attorney, I saw defendants with criminal records extending back to when they were teenagers,” Mulroe said. “Plenty of crime occurs by repeat offenders. This legislation is another approach to curb the rates of re-arrest.”