• Mulroe: RHA protects the health, safety and autonomy of women

    Sen. John MulroeSPRINGFIELD – State Senator John G. Mulroe issued the following statement as Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law the Reproductive Health Act (RHA):

    “It’s wrong to say that the attacks on women’s health care in other states are ‘unprecedented,’ because there is an overwhelming amount of precedent when it comes to the suffering of women who are denied the most basic of rights over their own bodies. The RHA undoes long-overturned laws that read like dystopian fiction and ensures that a woman’s course of action in regard to her own health is her choice with her doctor’s guidance.

  • Firefighters honored in Springfield

    ff mem 2019SPRINGFIELD – Firefighters from across the state gathered in Springfield Tuesday to honor firefighters for their service to their communities and to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    The 26th Annual Firefighters Medal of Honor ceremony began at the Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial statue on the southwest side of the Capitol. Firefighter Juan Bucio of the Chicago Fire Department gave his life in the line of duty. His family was presented with the Duty Death Gold Badge.

  • Mulroe: Tobacco 21 is a major win for the health of Illinoisans

    mulroe 040819SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) released the following statement the day after Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation raising the smoking age in Illinois to 21:

    “When I originally introduced Tobacco 21 legislation several years ago, it was met with a lot of resistance. After years of building support and talking with the public, it’s gratifying to see my colleagues in the General Assembly and Gov. Pritzker commit to reducing smoking in Illinois.

    “The harmful effects of tobacco are well-documented enough that we know a reduction in smoking translates pretty directly to a reduction in health problems over a long period of time. We also know that addiction tends to set in at an early age. By raising the smoking age, we’re heading off these chronic health problems before they start.”

    The smoking age in Illinois will become 21 on July 1.

  • Senate passes new guidelines for keeping stray animals put forth by Mulroe

    lost dog 040319SPRINGFIELD – Everybody knows somebody who has discovered an abandoned furry friend by the side of the road or whining at the back door, without a collar, and wondered what responsibility they have to report the lost dog to authorities.

    In response to concerns raised by Susan Taney of Lost Dogs Illinois and Chicago Police Lt. John Garrido, legislation by State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) clarifies what responsibilities good Samaritans have when they choose to keep wayward or abandoned dogs. The measure passed the Illinois Senate last week.

    “It’s the most natural thing in the world to want to bring a lost pet into your home and show them compassion, but we also need to make sure we do our utmost to reach their owners,” Mulroe said. “This will give concerned citizens and the authorities clear direction on how they respond when someone shelters a lost dog.”

    Under Senate Bill 1572, a person who decides to harbor a lost or stray dog would be required to report the dog to the police and animal control agencies closest to where the dog was found within 48 hours. Concerned citizens should be prepared to disclose where the dog was found, whether it had identification tags, and details about its appearance such as tattoos, color, approximate age, size, and pedigree of the animal. It also requires the person who recovered the dog to arrange for it to be scanned to look for a microchip.

    Failure to report a lost or stray dog within 48 hours of taking possession of the dog would be punishable by a fine between $50 and $500.

    “This proposal would give all parties involved clear responsibilities, and ensure we’re all working together to get a lost dog back to its owner,” Mulroe said.

    Having passed a Senate committee last week, the legislation is scheduled for consideration before the full Senate.

  • Mulroe celebrates topping off ceremony of Chicago Veterans Home

    State Senator John Mulroe speaks while Gov. JB Pritzker and others attend the topping off ceremony of the newly-renovated Chicago Veterans Home in Chicago, March 15, 2019.“This day should have come sooner.”

    CHICAGO – State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) released the following statement today after attending the topping off ceremony of the Chicago Veterans Home after long delays in the project’s completion.

    “This marks a major step forward in our efforts to provide the best care possible to the men and women who served our country,” Mulroe said. “This day should have come sooner, but rather than focus on the past, I want to look forward to seeing this facility's completion.”

  • Mulroe: 2019 is the year for Tobacco 21

    Sen. John G. MulroeSPRINGFIELD – Calling for his colleagues to join an effort that will save lives and money, State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) spoke to reporters at the Capitol today to introduce a plan to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco in the state of Illinois to 21.

    Mulroe was the original sponsor of the effort, which for the past four years has been debated in Springfield. The General Assembly passed a measure last year, only for then-Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto it.

    “Persistence pays off,” Mulroe said. “This shows that our stumbles haven’t affected our commitment to making this the law. Raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 will save lives, but it will also save money. Young people will spend less money on packs of cigarettes, and the state will spend less money mitigating the harmful health effects of tobacco. Currently, the state spends approximately $1.9 billion on health care costs related to tobacco usage.”

  • 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 puts firefighters’ safety first

    mulroe 031518SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John G. Mulroe is helping Chicago firefighters benefit from money that is supposed to go toward materials and supplies to ensure their safety but often is withheld for other purposes.

    “Firefighters risk their lives for us every day, and they should have the tools they need to safely protect our communities,” Mulroe (D-Chicago) said. “After hearing that firefighters in Chicago are dealing with gloves that do not provide the necessary dexterity for them to do their jobs, I knew I had to do something to help them.”

  • 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.”

  • Mulroe: We should do everything in our power to prevent teens from smoking

    mulroe 031518SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John G. Mulroe, a Chicago Democrat, issued the following statement in response to the passage of Senate Bill 2332, also known as Tobacco 21:

    “Cigarettes kill. That’s the main reason why we need to raise the age of purchasing tobacco in Illinois to 21. Smoking is a costly habit to individuals and to the state in the form of health care costs. We should do everything in our power to prevent teens from ever picking up a cigarette.”

    Mulroe sponsored similar legislation to raise the age of purchasing tobacco to 21 in 2016.

  • Mulroe: ‘Information can save lives’

    mulroe 041918Proposal seeks to increase awareness of dense breast tissue

    SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) to notify women if they have dense breast tissue advanced out of the Senate today.

    “We know that early detection of breast cancer can save lives,” Mulroe said. “This legislation is designed to empower women to talk to their doctors about additional preventative measures.”

  • Mulroe works to strengthen smoke free Illinois

    mulroe 031518SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police and state conservation officers could join local police in enforcing Illinois’ anti-smoking laws.

    A measure sponsored by Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) expands the number of law enforcement agencies that can enforce the state’s prohibition on smoking inside public buildings, vehicles, places of employment and within 15 feet of building entrances.

    “Secondhand smoke has serious public health consequences, which is why Illinois barred smoking in public places years ago,” Mulroe said. “Despite efforts to raise awareness, people continue to flout the law and smoke where they please. It’s time to strengthen enforcement efforts on behalf of everyone who doesn’t want to inhale poison.”

    The Smoke Free Illinois Act took effect on Jan. 1, 2008. It allows local law enforcement to cite individuals who violate the act by smoking inside public buildings, within 15 feet of building entrances and within public vehicles.

    Senate Bill 2514 passed the Senate 54-0 today. It now heads to the House for further consideration.

  • Mulroe: ‘We need to support those who risk their lives for our safety’

    mulroe 041618Proposal would provide $5,000 property tax exemption for disabled police and firefighters

    SPRINGFIELD – While working as a tactical officer in Rogers Park in 1996, Officer Jim Mullen responded to a “shots fired” call. The suspect was shooting at passing “L” trains from his back porch. While leaving the scene after unsuccessfully entering the offender’s apartment, the offender fired two shots, and one hit Officer Mullen in the face.

  • Mulroe seeks to improve breast cancer early detection rates

    mulroe 031518Proposal would require dense breast tissue notifications

    SPRINGFIELD – Women would have access to vital medical information that could increase early breast cancer detection rates under legislation sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe.

    Senate Bill 2442 requires every mammography service provider to inform patients if they have dense breast tissue and provide information on the related risk factors. Dense breast tissue and cancer cells can appear similarly on mammograms, making detection more difficult.

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  • Murphy and Mulroe work to increase early detection of breast cancer

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