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Kotowski’s prescription reform passes Senate

“This measure will help patients get the medicine they need in a timely fashion.” - State Senator Dan Kotowski

Rx ImageRSPRINGFIELD - Currently in Illinois, when patients need medication, their doctor must complete a “prior authorization” form detailing why a particular treatment is necessary.  State Senator Dan Kotowski’s (D-Park Ridge) plan to simplify this process so that people with serious medical conditions can get the health care they need passed the Senate today.

“This measure will help patients get the medicine they need in a timely fashion,” Kotowski said. “It makes it easier for people with serious health conditions to get life-saving treatment.”

Senate passes measure to prevent concussions in sports

“I sponsored this measure so that coaches can be informed about the consequences of traumatic head injuries and take steps to reduce their frequency and keep athletes safe.” - State Senator Dan Kotowski

ConcussionsRSPRINGFIELD - The Senate passed a measure today that develops a concussion certification program for all Illinois high school coaching staffs.  State Senator Dan Kotowski sponsored the proposal.

“Research has documented the negative impact concussions have on athletes,” Kotowski said. “I sponsored this measure so that coaches can be informed about the consequences of traumatic head injuries and take steps to reduce their frequency and keep athletes safe.”

The proposal would require the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) to develop a concussion certification program for all high school coaching staffs. The program would be free to IHSA members and offered to non-members for a fee.

Plainfield Park District Board expansion plan passes General Assembly

JBT052214State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed a proposal out of the Senate today that seeks to restore justice and accountability to the Plainfield Park District Board.

Problems within the Park District Board have been the thorn in the side of the Plainfield community for over a year. There have been numerous labor relations act violations, ongoing criminal investigations and allegations of ethics violations and mismanagement.

“This is a difficult proposal for me to present but it is evident that our community needs it,” Senator Bertino-Tarrant said.

The proposal would change the makeup of the board by adding two members that will be appointed by the General Assembly for a single two-year term. These appointments, one made by Senator Bertino-Tarrant and the other made by Representative Tom Cross, would expand the board to seven commissioners and break up the current voting majority. When the appointments expire, all board members will be required to seek re-election should they be interested in maintaining their posts.

Last week, Senator Bertino-Tarrant testified before the Executive Committee with Plainfield township trustee Ernie Knight and Plainfield township resident Mike Kelly, who implored the members of the committee to assist them with their community’s plight. Nearly 100 members of the Plainfield community signed electronic and paper witness slips supporting the proposal prior to the committee hearing.

“I represent the residents of Plainfield, and this issue is of great concern to them,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

The legislation, House Bill 5593, will now move to the governor’s desk for his consideration.

Proposed law would keep children who need mental health treatment with their families

052114CM0012RSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) and State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) want to end a disturbing trend: parents turning their children over to the Department of Children and Family Services because it is the only way the kids can get the mental health care they need.

“DCFS exists to help children who are the victims of abuse and neglect. It’s common knowledge that the agency is underfunded and struggles to meet its obligations,” said Morrison, who is working with the agency to try to help improve performance. “The fact that there are parents who are so desperate to get their children mental health services that they will surrender them to DCFS is a real black mark on our state. This situation needs to change.”

Morrison and Feigenholtz are sponsoring a plan that would give exhausted parents the ability to get state assistance without giving up their children to the foster care system.

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