Senator Mulroe files legislation, tightens vaccination exemption

measles-vaccineIn the face of a recent suburban measles outbreak, many Illinoisans have grown increasingly concerned with the loopholes and exemptions regarding vaccinations. Senator John Mulroe (D-CHICAGO) filed legislation today that will help close the gap on religious exemptions for vaccinations.

“In recent years there has been a groundswell of parents who see vaccines as a harbinger of other diseases despite evidence to the contrary,” Sen. Mulroe said. “What we don’t want is someone’s personal beliefs putting other people at risk, which is often the case with vaccination exemptions.”

This new measure would amend the state law in a couple of different ways. First, it would tighten up religious exemptions for vaccinations by requiring that any parent or legal guardian must present a valid Department of Public Health objection form. The form would detail the parent or guardian’s reason for exemption as well as providing a bona fide religious exemption statement from any religious official.

Additionally, the Department of Public Health would then work together with the Illinois State Board of Education to publish these certified exemptions from local school districts to ISBE’s website. All statements must be signed by the child’s regular doctor or medical practitioner before being presented to the local school districts.

“Every person has the right to good health and we as elected officials must make sure that by law, we are protecting that right for the public,” Sen. Mulroe said. “Vaccinations are a good and easy way to ensure that your child won’t be affected by this possibly life-threatening disease.”

The legislation was filed as Senate Bill 1410.

Sen. John G. Mulroe


10th District

Years served: 2010 - 2019

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Executive; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary (Chairperson); Public Health; Subcommittee on Const. Amendments.

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.

Associated Representative:
Robert Martwick
Michael P. McAuliffe