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Mulroe: Governor’s transparency, pay equity orders long overdue

mulroe 031518SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) released the following statement on the governor’s executive order, signed today, directing state agencies to review disclosure laws and take steps to bring themselves in compliance with them.

“This is a welcome first step from Gov. Pritzker, one I hope sets the tone for his administration,” Mulroe said. “State government must be accountable to its citizens, and the failure of many state agencies and offices to disclose data in an expedient manner is a failure of accountability. Making this a priority of the executive branch is a welcome and long-overdue course of action.”

Executive Order 2019-01 directs all state agencies to conduct a review of their statutory obligations and audits within the last four years and, within 60 days, provide the governor a plan to ensure they comply with state disclosure laws. It also orders them to conduct a comprehensive review of laws and regulations requiring the publication of data and take action to ensure compliance within 30 days. Within 60 days, agencies must also conduct a review of and provide the governor a report on their data publication practices, including an analysis of past practices and a plan to make more data accessible to the public.

Pritzker also signed legislation protecting worker wages and promoting diversity in employment by state contractors. Additionally, the new law requires the disclosure of data on employee demographics and pay among businesses which contract with the State of Illinois.

Mulroe announces $20.5 million project for Chicago Veterans Home

mulroe 112618SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) released the following statement on news that funding will be released for a $20.5 million renovation project at the Chicago Veterans Home.

“Caring for the men and women who fight for our freedom is a sacred duty, and we have seen what happens when we neglect it,” Mulroe said. “The improvements and equipment replacement planned as part of this $20.5 million project will ensure the Chicago Veterans Home can continue serving the people who so selflessly served their country.”

Mulroe awarded Illinois Health Care Association award for major senior care legislation

mulroe 052418CHICAGO – In light of several pieces of legislation he sponsored this year to improve health care for seniors and disabled persons, the Illinois Health Care Association awarded State Senator John Mulroe its Voice of Senior Care Award this month.

“I am honored to be recognized by the IHCA, and glad that these important measures have become law,” Mulroe said. “It’s never been more crucial that we help seniors in need of lifesaving long-term care to access, afford and understand their options.”

Senate Bill 2913, signed into law Aug. 2, provides for the passive renewal of Medicaid eligibility for seniors and disabled persons residing in nursing homes and creates an expedited process for collecting data for processing applications for eligibility.

Senate Bill 2385, signed into law Aug. 2, helps seniors and disabled persons navigate the financial red tape required to demonstrate their need for long-term care assistance. In the past, financial institutions have been reluctant to provide nursing homes with financial documents when the nursing home is trying to assist the patient with filling out a long term care Medicaid application. The new law creates a form signed by a senior or disabled person and delivered to the financial institution that speeds up that process and ensures the financial records get to the state departments responsible for approving their Medicaid eligibility.

Mulroe: Governor’s vetoes side with money over families, bureaucracy over children with special needs

mulroe committee 22614CHICAGO – State Senator John G. Mulroe announced his intent to overturn two vetoes by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Senate Bill 3052 would allow a construction contract to release 50 percent of a job’s retainer amount after a contractor completes 50 percent of the project. This would facilitate contractors receiving their retainers in a more timely fashion. Many contractors are waiting as long as two years to receive the full amount of their retainer.

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.