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Rauner’s agency directors no-show Veterans Committee (VIDEO)

tc 042018SPRINGFIELD- Two key department directors no-showed another committee meeting Thursday that was aimed at finding solutions to infrastructure problems that led to an ongoing outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy.

The bipartisan House and Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs adjourned without receiving a status update from the Illinois Director of Veterans Affairs Erica Jefferies and Director of Public Health Nirav Shah.

Mulroe: ‘Information can save lives’

mulroe 041918Proposal seeks to increase awareness of dense breast tissue

SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) to notify women if they have dense breast tissue advanced out of the Senate today.

“We know that early detection of breast cancer can save lives,” Mulroe said. “This legislation is designed to empower women to talk to their doctors about additional preventative measures.”

Stadelman proposal to increase transparency on car rental agreements advances (VIDEO)

stadelman 041918SPRINGFIELD – With the proliferation of cashless tolls, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) advanced a proposal that offers protection for rental car drivers. After returning a rental car, many drivers may be surprised to find they were charged additional fees for a tollway collection device, similar to an I-PASS. Stadelman advanced a proposal through a Senate committee today to allow drivers to opt-out of using these devices.

“Drivers deserve to know up front what they are paying for, instead of finding out when it is already too late,” Stadelman said.

Hunter works to close disparities in special education

hunter 041918SPRINGFIELD – In response to the alarming report released by WBEZ in 2017, which uncovered that Chicago Public Schools had been intentionally scaling back their special education funding and services, State Senator Mattie Hunter (D- Chicago) sponsored legislation to reexamine the school system's approach.

“Children with special needs should have the same opportunities regardless of race or socioeconomic background,” Hunter said. “It is our job as public officials and the mission of CPS to provide an opportunity for every student to reach his or her full potential academically.”

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