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.”

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