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The Majority Report 03/22/15 - Making people the priority


No one to fall back on (AUDIO)

No one to fall back onThree young people told a Senate committee this week they don't know what they will do if Department of Children and Family Services programs and scholarships currently keeping them in college and in homes are eliminated due to the governor's proposed budget cuts. DCFS programs assist them beyond age 18 to finish school and become productive adults.

"Many of these children have no parents and no support system to fall back on once they reach the age of 18," said Senator Steve Stadelman (Rockford). "As a parent of four, I know my children will still call me for help and advice once they reach 18. These children don't have that safety net. If we cut these programs, these young adults will have no one to fall back on. We need to keep these programs to help these kids break the cycle of poverty, to grow up and become productive members of our society."

Listen to a young woman whose college education will end if a DCFS scholarship program ends: (AUDIO) >


Putting corporate loopholes under the microscope (VIDEO)

Putting corporate loopholes under the microscopeAt a time when the governor is targeting school funding, day care assistance and services that keep seniors in their homes for cuts, Senator Toi Hutchinson (Chicago Heights) believes corporate tax loopholes need to face the same scrutiny in helping balance the state budget.

"If we are going to be questioning every dollar that the state spends on programs for seniors, people with disabilities and working families, we need to ensure we are also looking at the other side of the ledger in regards to corporate giveaways."

Sharing the sacrifice >




Saving lives with better technology

Saving lives with better technologyTomosynthesis is better known as 3D mammography, and it differs from standard mammograms in that it has the ability to better detect growths in dense breast tissue that often go unseen. Imagine the difference between looking at and understanding a book by its cover, compared to actually reading each page.

The technology reduces false positives, greatly increases the visibility to sense invasive cancers and reduces cost to patients and hospitals. Senator John Mulroe (Chicago) is the sponsor of legislation that would add tomosynthesis to the list of low-dose mammograms covered by insurance.

"If there is a better way to do something, we very much should be doing it," Mulroe said. "These 3D mammograms let us save more lives while reducing the pain of an arduous diagnosis. This is a common-sense bill."

Listen to Senate testimony from two women who say this technology saved their lives >


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