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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.

New law by Mulroe protects buyers of foreclosed properties

foreclosure 082418Technicalities were being used to exploit homeowners

CHICAGO – To eliminate a legal loophole that has allowed self-styled “distressed property consultants” to exploit homeowners over decades-old paperwork, State Senator John Mulroe’s sponsored legislation was signed into law yesterday.

An appellate court ruled that the formatting of a summons document rendered a foreclosure case invalid, a move that has encouraged such “consultants” to dig through old foreclosure judgments, offering to reopen them in exchange for a cut of the proceeds from any litigation. The judgment turned on the fact the defendant’s name was printed in an attachment to the summons rather than on the front page.

“This practice exploits both the original homeowner and any subsequent purchaser,” Mulroe said. “This legislation closes a disingenuous loophole and protects homeowners, and I’m glad to see it signed into law.”

Senate Bill 2432 clarifies that a summons is still valid even if it contains a formatting inconsistency, so long as the summons has been issued by a clerk of the court and other basic procedures are duly followed. It also bans distressed property consultants from making agreements with a foreclosure defendant in exchange for a cut of the proceeds.

Lastly, it provides new protections to purchasers of foreclosed property, including:

    •        requiring future purchasers of foreclosed property to be named as parties in actions to reopen the foreclosure
    •        allowing them to remain in the property during the action to reopen
    •        requiring actions to recover foreclosed property to be brought within two years of the date a future purchaser takes possession
    •        and clarifying that a future purchaser who holds the property and pays property taxes for two years holds legal title to the property.

Signed by the governor yesterday, the new law is effective immediately.

New law by Mulroe streamlines court fines and fees

courtroom 082218CHICAGO – To ensure that fines and court fees paid by those going through the justice system in Illinois remain fair and consistent, a new measure by State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) was signed into law Monday.

“Court-related fines and fees support the justice system’s operations, but we can never lose sight of the fact that they should always be consistent and never seem arbitrary or unfair,” said Mulroe, the legislation’s sponsor in the Illinois Senate. “This broad realignment of the fine and fee structure came about based on the findings of an intensive study by the Statutory Court Fee Task Force, and I’m pleased to see it become law.”

The law will expand the ability of those assessed with fines to receive waivers as well. The legislation also clarifies to which agencies fines and fees are to be given and in some cases how they are to be used: It specifies that in misdemeanor traffic, conservation, and ordinance offenses, the arresting agency keeps the fine, and for other offenses the fine goes to the county to defray costs of prosecution. In addition, fees collected by the Illinois State Police would be marked specifically for the funding of cadet training.

House Bill 4594 takes effect July 1, 2019 and will sunset Jan. 1, 2021, giving the General Assembly the opportunity to reassess how well the new fee structure has worked.

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.