The Majority Report 02/01/15 - How Senate Dems are protecting health, communities


Mulroe regards Illinois measles case as serious

Mulroe regards Illinois measles case as seriousA measles case has been officially diagnosed in Illinois and as chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Health, Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) stressed the seriousness of this issue facing Illinoisans and the importance for Illinoisans to understand the risks and treatment for the virus.

"Despite efforts to eradicate this virus through immunization, it has continued to pose a very real threat to the population," Mulroe said. "The measles virus is in fact dangerous and can be deadly, but with proper preventive methods and treatment in the event of infection, patients will likely not have any need for concern."

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Dangerous powdered alcohol should be banned: Silverstein

Dangerous powdered alcohol should be banned: SilversteinA recently introduced proposal is aimed at banning powdered alcohol, a new product that last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved but then reversed its approval days later. State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) introduced the proposed ban.

"When the FDA reneges on an approval, it's a huge warning sign. Alcohol powder could lead to more cases of alcohol poisoning, abuse by minors and its potential use in date rape is alarming," Silverstein said.

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Jones addresses child care funding

Jones addresses child care fundingThe Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program provides low-income working families with access to child care. It allows parents to continue working and contributes to the development of a child. Unfortunately it ran out of money and has been suspended.

"The suspension of this program brought hardship to working families in our communities," Senator Jones said. "Families are being denied child care, and parents are afraid of losing their jobs because they have no other options."

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No e-cigs for children

No e-cigs for childrenState Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) believes that Illinois law has a loophole that needs to be fixed: it's illegal to provide minors with e-cigarettes and other tobacco-free nicotine products, but it's not illegal for children to have them.

"Two years ago we made it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18," Morrison said. "It's common sense that if it's illegal to sell these products to kids, it should be illegal for kids to have them."

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Manar backs high-speed rail oversight commission

Manar backs high-speed rail oversight commissionThe Faith Coalition for the Common Good, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Rep. Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) announced a proposal to create the Springfield High-Speed Rail Oversight Commission during a press conference Thursday.

"Openness and accountability are the keys to success of any government project. We simply want to make sure this project benefits the affected community as much as possible," Manar said.

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Hunter applauds library Internet program

Hunter applauds library Internet programLow-income Chicago neighborhoods will soon benefit from a joint effort from the Chicago Public Library, Knight Foundation and Google to bring "Internet to Go," a hotspot lending pilot program, to public libraries. Newly appointed Senate Energy Chair, Mattie Hunter supports the CPL's efforts to close the digital divide.

"Increasing Internet access in underserved communities will help residents become competitive. People, especially young people and job seekers, need digital literacy to enter the workforce," Hunter said.

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