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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.

Senate Bill 2344 would require a school district that wishes to withdraw from a joint cooperative agreement, which provides special needs education, to allow the families of special needs children the option of staying in their current placement unless the withdrawing district proves that it has its own special needs plan in place.

“Both these vetoes ignore the needs of the working families of Illinois,” Mulroe said. “It is our duty to champion their cause in state government. Governor Rauner seems uninterested in doing so. I will move to override these vetoes and urge my colleagues in the General Assembly to join me in supporting the people of Illinois over moneyed interests.”

The General Assembly convenes again in November.

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.