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The Majority Report 06/24/19 - Mulroe retires from Senate to become circuit court judge


Mulroe retires from Senate to become circuit court judge

Mulroe retires

State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) retired from his seat in the Illinois Senate and will continue his career in public service as a Cook County circuit court judge.

Mulroe first joined the State Senate in 2010. During his tenure, he sponsored nearly 200 measures that were signed into law by three different governors. He worked extensively on public health issues and issues facing first responders. He also served as the chair of the Public Health and Judiciary committees.

In 2015, he passed legislation that would require insurance companies to cover 3-D mammograms that more effectively detect breast cancer. He also passed several measures aimed at protecting the pensions of Chicago’s police officers and firefighters and secured a property tax break for permanently disabled first responders. Continue reading.




Senators join governor to work toward full Census count

Sen. Omar Aquino

State Senators Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) and Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) joined Gov. JB Pritzker as he signed an executive order providing resources to ensure a full count in the upcoming 2020 Census.

The executive order builds on the $29 million allocated for census outreach efforts in this year’s balanced budget by establishing a new Census Office within the Illinois Department of Human Services. The office will administer grant funding and conduct outreach and education to ensure an accurate and complete count.

“It is a joyful day today. We do not have time to waste. We have to get to work quickly,” Aquino said at the event. “We need to make sure that we are having everyone, all residents of the state of Illinois counted, no matter their immigration status. If you live in this state, you should be counted. You are one of us, you are a neighbor, you are family and we care for you.”

“The census is a sacred constitutional provision and it should be respected, not used to push a political agenda,” Castro said. “The census was created to find the most accurate data on all persons, not just citizens, and if the citizenship question was to be added it would shy people away from answering. I’m glad that the governor would not allow this political intrusion affect the accuracy of the census that we use as a guide for the next decade.” Continue reading.


New Murphy law to crack down on human trafficking

Sen. Laura Murphy

State Senator Laura Murphy’s (D-Des Plaines) measure to fight human trafficking in Illinois by requiring more training on the issue as well as creating stronger penalties is now law.

Senate Bill 1890 creates the Lodging Establishment Human Trafficking Recognition Training Act, which will require hotels and motels to train their employees on how to recognize human trafficking and how to alert authorities.

Murphy’s new law will also require the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board to provide training for police officers to detect human trafficking. Additionally, it will extend the statute of limitations for all offenses related to human trafficking to 25 years. Continue reading.




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