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Plan to streamline Illinois court fees clears Senate

mulroe 052418SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe to simplify Illinois’ complicated court fee system recently cleared the Senate.

Because court fees in Illinois vary greatly among counties, House Bill 4594 aims to standardize them by establishing four categories for civil fees and fines and 13 categories for criminal and traffic cases.

“Court fees should not be so confusing that they prevent people from accessing the justice system,” Mulroe (D-Chicago) said. “This measure creates a uniform system that will increase efficiency.”

If signed into law, the changes to the fee structure would not take effect until July 1, 2019, allowing ample time for counties to adjust.

The legislation is based on the findings of the Statutory Court Fee Task Force, which Mulroe helped create in 2013. The task force was established to evaluate statutory fees on litigants and present recommendations to the General Assembly.

The task force found that courts have been passing on administrative court costs to the parties that bring court cases. It also found that court fees have increased at a rate that outpaces inflation and that there is excessive variation across the state for these assessments. The high price tag and disparities on these fees have a disproportionate effect on low-income residents.

House Bill 4594 passed the Senate with a vote of 45-8.

Mulroe promotes breast cancer awareness measure

mulroe 051618SPRINGFIELD – Women may soon have another tool to fight breast cancer under a measure sponsored by Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) which passed the Senate today.

“Over the years of working on legislation to address breast cancer, I have heard the heart-wrenching tales of how this disease has ravaged women and their families,” Mulroe said. “If this legislation can save just one life, or start just one conversation between a patient and their doctor, it will be well worth the effort.”

House Bill 4392 would require every mammography service provider to inform patients if they have dense breast tissue and provide patients with information on the related risk factors. Dense breast tissue and cancer cells can appear similarly on mammograms, making it more difficult to detect cancer when dense tissue is present.

The measure also requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to update its published summary to recommend follow-up tests for individuals with dense breast tissue.

House Bill 4392 is identical to Senate Bill 2442 which passed the Senate and is currently under review in the House.

Mulroe supports students with disabilities

mulroe 042718SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) to allow students with disabilities who attend a special needs cooperative school to continue their education even if their home district withdraws from the agreement recently sailed through the Senate.

“Students with special needs who are thriving in their school should not be forced to change educational programs due to bureaucratic decisions,” Mulroe said. “I think continuity in education is vitally important to the development of all children.”

Mulroe fights for disabled public safety officers

mulroe 042618SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator John Mulroe to help disabled firefighters, police officers, paramedics and first responders remain in their homes was approved by the Illinois Senate today.

“These men and women risk their lives for us every day,” Mulroe (D-Chicago) said. “I strongly believe it is our responsibility to take care of public safety officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty.”

Senate Bill 3197 would offer a $5,000 homestead exemption to disabled police officers, firefighters, paramedics and first responders. The exemption would carry over to the surviving spouse if the spouse holds the legal or beneficial title to the home, permanently resides in that home and does not remarry. The exemption would only apply if the home’s equalized assessed value is less than $250,000.

Mulroe said he was inspired to bring this legislation by the story of Chicago Police Officer Jim Mullen, who became a quadriplegic after being shot in the face while on duty, and the tragic case of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer.

“If we can’t bring back their mobility, I think the least we can do is help them stay in their homes,” Mulroe said. “It’s our turn to protect them.”

Sen. John G. Mulroe

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10th District

Years served: 2010 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Insurance (Chairperson); Judiciary; Public Health (Vice-Chairperson); Telecommunication and Information Technology.

Biography: Born July 21, 1959, in Chicago; BBA, accounting, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University School of Law; member of Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations; full-time attorney; former assistant state's attorney and arbitrator for Cook County; certified public accountant; married (wife, Margaret), four children.