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The buzzer beater that changed history

loyola 1963Loyola’s latest run renews interest in 1963 team that broke basketball’s color barrier on way to title

Loyola’s buzzer beater has Rambler faithful looking ahead to the second round of the NCAA tournament, but at the same time, basketball fans across the country are looking back at the school’s historic 1963 run to the national championship and its role in breaking through the evils of segregation.

In the 1963 national championship game – the first to be televised -- Loyola trailed two-time defending champion Cincinnati by 15 points with 10 minutes left, but rallied to force overtime and then won on a tip in off a missed shot at the buzzer.

Mulroe seeks to improve breast cancer early detection rates

mulroe 031518Proposal would require dense breast tissue notifications

SPRINGFIELD – Women would have access to vital medical information that could increase early breast cancer detection rates under legislation sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe.

Senate Bill 2442 requires every mammography service provider to inform patients if they have dense breast tissue and provide information on the related risk factors. Dense breast tissue and cancer cells can appear similarly on mammograms, making detection more difficult.

Sen. Aquino votes to approve gun safety measures

aquino 031518SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to stop gun violence in Illinois, State Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) voted in favor of restrictions on people under 21 years old owning assault weapons, a measure banning devices that turn firearms into fully automatic machine guns and legislation to institute a 72-hour waiting period between applying for and purchasing an assault weapon.

Sen. Aquino released the following statement:

“As students across the country advocated for better gun laws, I voted to take real action and stop the bloodshed. After last month’s massacre in Florida and countless other incidences of violence in our schools, places of worship, homes and neighborhoods, it is long past time to do something.

“Governor Rauner recently vetoed legislation that would require gun dealers to be licensed and held accountable by the state. This time, I hope that he will put the safety of our communities above the interests of the gun lobby by signing these proposals into law.”

Cunningham’s identity theft protection bill passes Senate

cunningham 031518SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents will no longer have to pay a fee to protect their identity by freezing their credit thanks to legislation passed unanimously by the Illinois Senate today.

House Bill 4095, an initiative of Attorney General Lisa Madigan, is sponsored by State Senator Bill Cunningham, a Democrat representing Chicago and the southwest suburbs.

Once signed by the governor, the measure will bar credit reporting agencies from charging consumers a fee to place or lift a freeze on their credit report.

“Illinois residents should not have to pay a fee because of the negligence of a credit reporting agency,” Cunningham said. “It is simply unconscionable that a company would charge consumers any fee after they failed to protect their personal information.”

Under current law, credit agencies may charge up to $10 for each freeze request and each request to lift a freeze. For a freeze to be effective, consumers must contact and pay all four major credit rating agencies, which greatly expands the cost. Currently, only senior citizens, identity theft victims with police reports, and active duty service members are not charged to place a credit freeze. House Bill 4095 would extend that fee exemption to all Illinois residents.

This comes in response to the massive data breach suffered by Equifax from May to July of last year. As many as 143 million Americans nationwide and 5.4 million Illinois residents may have been impacted by the breach of sensitive consumer information.

Indiana, Maine, North Carolina and South Carolina do not allow credit agencies to charge fees for freezes and lifts. Additionally, six other states have introduced credit freeze legislation in response to the Equifax breach.

The bill will take effect immediately once it is signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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