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Hastings: Homeland Security confirms Russians responsible for voter database security breach

hackersTINLEY PARK- The United State Department of Homeland Security confirmed Russian hackers were responsible for the malicious 2016 cyber-attack on the Illinois Voter Registration System database that compromised personal information for as many as 90,000 Illinois residents.  

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) is working to prevent similar breaches in security from ever happening in Illinois again.

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.

‘Conor’s Law’ enacted to protect young DUI offenders in Illinois

manar 092617 2CARLINVILLE – Police in Illinois would have to make a reasonable attempt to find a responsible adult to take custody of anyone under the age of 21 who has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs under a new law that was prompted by the 2015 death of a college student from Staunton.

The law, signed Tuesday afternoon at Blackburn College in Carlinville, is called Conor’s Law after Conor Vesper, a 20-year-old Blackburn student from Staunton who died May 23, 2015, following a series of tragic events including his arrest for DUI, followed by his release from the police station alone after he paid a fine, a subsequent car chase with police from multiple agencies and a fatal self-inflicted gunshot.

Lightford disappointed in governor’s veto of cursive writing proposal

cursiveSPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D – Maywood) released the following statement today after news that Governor Rauner vetoed her proposal that would have guaranteed students receive cursive writing instruction in elementary school:

“The governor’s veto threatens the ability of students to learn a fundamental skill that they will need going through life. Practical benefits, including writing a check, developing a motor skill and even interpreting historical documents like our Constitution, all require using and understanding cursive writing.