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Mulroe measure strengthens lead poisoning prevention

mulroe-041014 js 1220CHICAGO — A measure sponsored by Sen. John Mulroe (D-Chicago) clarifying and tightening Illinois’ Lead Poisoning Prevention Act was signed into law yesterday by the governor.

The Illinois Department of Public Health requested technical changes better defining locations considered as “regulated facilities” where lead exposure is suspected. The changes also refined the age range of children to whom sections of the act apply and address violations and enforcement of the act.

Sen. Mulroe, chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee, co-sponsored the legislation with Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston). Mulroe said the new provisions reflect current federal and industry standards necessary for Illinois to be eligible for federal lead abatement funding.

“Even though lead poisoning has declined, children in metropolitan areas and in public or private housing built before 1978 are still at risk for lead poisoning,” Sen. Mulroe said. “Continuing to improve prevention efforts and tracking blood lead levels can help us keep reducing and potentially eliminate exposure.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, dust and soil contaminated with lead from old paint, leaded gasoline emissions, lead pipes, paint and dust from old toys, furniture, hobby materials and children’s metal jewelry are the most common causes of lead poisoning in children.

Sen. John G. Mulroe

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10th District
(Retired)

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