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Mulroe's firefighter safety proposal passes Senate

mulroe-ff-manningThe role of firefighters in our communities has drastically changed over the last few decades. Firefighters are now considered our primary first responders. They are our EMTs during accidents, tragedies and times of crisis. They mitigate the challenges of natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents and even acts of terrorism.

That is why State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-10) passed a proposal out of the Senate today that will preserve the right of firefighters to negotiate safe staffing levels, also known as manning.

“This is an issue of safety, both for our firefighters and the residents who put their trust in these men and women every day,” Mulroe said. “Manning determines whether they go home at the end of their shift. Without proper levels of manning they put themselves and citizens at risk.”

The Illinois Public Labor Relations Act deems that wages, hours and conditions of employment are mandatory subjects of bargaining. There is no more important working condition in the fire protection service than the staffing level necessary to address emergencies in our community.

However, a 2011 Appellate Court decision paved the way for numerous lawsuits alleging that safe staffing is not a condition of employment and should not be subject to bargaining and arbitration.

Since that decision, the issue of manning and whether it should be considered mandatory or permissive has been litigated at all different levels and has cost taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees.

Mulroe’s proposal clarifies the intent of the law by stating that manning will continue to be a subject of negotiations for firefighters and, therefore, subject to arbitration if the parties fail to reach an agreement in the collective bargaining process.  The legislation does not increase manning levels or allow for manning levels to be inserted into contracts. Worries that this bill will increase manning levels are unfounded. In fact, an arbitrator has never ruled in favor of changing status quo in cases where manning was an issue.

“By settling this issue once and for all, we will reduce litigation costs and actually save taxpayers money,” Mulroe said.

Mulroe to host Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

p-mulroeSenator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) will be co-hosting a foreclosure prevention workshop Saturday, November 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Atrium at Wright College in Chicago (4300 N Narragansett, Chicago, IL 60634).  He will be joined by State Representatives McAuliffe and Martwick and 38th Ward Alderman Cullerton in hosting the event.   

“I am pleased to continue to provide foreclosure prevention services to residents of the 10th district,” said Sen. Mulroe.  “The recession has affected everyone and it is important for people to get the information needed to help keep them in their homes during these difficult times.”

This free workshop is nearly the 60th of its kind to be held throughout Illinois since 2009 as an initiative of The Mortgage Relief Project (MRP).  MRP is a part of the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network and is dedicated to providing information and resources that can help homeowners take advantage of programs to lower their mortgages, avoid foreclosure and keep their homes.  MRP also provides information on legal rights, credit counseling and avoiding scam artists. In addition, homeowners can also take advantage of private, one-on-one housing counseling with HUD-certified counselors during the workshop.

“The foreclosure process can be intimidating,” Mulroe said. “These events allow homeowners to meet with teams of staff members from major lenders who can answer their questions and help take the fear and frustration out of the process.”

Homeowners interested in attending the event should bring the following documentation in order for IMRP to best serve them:

  • Mortgage statement
  • 2010 and 2011 W-2 and tax returns with all schedules
  • copy of rental agreement, if necessary
  • two months of recent paystubs
  • budget of household expenses
  • documentation of other income
  • two months of recent bank statements
  • recent utility bill
  • profit/loss, if self-employed (last six months)

To register for the event, for more information or to receive immediate assistance in advance of the event, please call IDFPR's toll-free consumer hotline 800-532-8785 during regular business hours or visit www.idfpr.com or www.ihda.org.

Mulroe to host 4th annual Community Resource Fair

Senator Mulroe will be hosting his 4th annual Community Resource Fair September 13 in Dunham Park from 10 am until 2 pm.  The fair will feature many state, county and city agencies including: Mulroe-Fair-thmb

  • Illinois Department on Aging (SHIP Senior Health Insurance Program
  • IDOT
  • Illinois Hunger Coalition
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Northwest Side Housing Center
  • Chicago Police Department
  • Wright College
  • Regional Transportation Authority
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
  • Illinois State Treasurer
  • Eisenhower Public Library
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Illinois Tollway
  • Niles Public Library
  • Secretary of State
  • Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Leyden Family Services
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Maryville Crisis Nursery
  • Illinois State Comptroller
  • Village of Niles
  • Cook County Board of Review
  • Triton College
  • Village of Harwood Heights
  • Chicago City Clerk's Office
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Chicago Fire Department
  • Cook County Assessor's Office
  • Attorney General's Office
  • Village of Schiller Park
  • Park Ridge Park District
  • Secretary of State
  • Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Leyden Family Services
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Maryville Crisis Nursery
  • Illinois State Comptroller
  • Village of Niles
  • Cook County Board of Review
  • Triton College
  • Park Ridge Park District
  • Village of Harwood Heights
  • Chicago City Clerk's Office
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Chicago Fire Department
  • Cook County Assessor's Office
  • Attorney General's Office

The primary goal of these agencies will be to provide information on their services to the public; however some booths will also provide on-site services.  The Secretary of State will have the capabilities to renew or correct driver’s licenses and State ID cards, as well as renew license plate stickers and provide organ donor registration (applicable fees apply to these services).  The Department of Employment Security will be providing assistance with preparing resumes and resources for job seekers. Adults can inquire about unclaimed refunds on property and children can receive free ID cards .

In addition to the various agencies listed a health tent will also be on-site and providing free flu shots, osteoporosis screenings, stroke risk assessments, hearing & blood pressure screenings, medication information and much more.

Healthy cooking demonstrations, a reptile show and various music and dance performances will take place on the 2014 Fair Stage. Free refreshments, music, a rain barrel raffle, lots of giveaways, face painting, bingo and an inflatable bounce house will also be available.

“This fair is a chance for members of the community to learn about valuable state services and receive health and education information all in one location,” said Mulroe.  “I am honored to be able to provide this opportunity to the people of the 10th District.”

For a complete list of services provided by each booth, please visit www.senatormulroe.org or call  773-763-3810 for more information.

Mulroe law increases awareness, access to 3D mammograms

Mulroe-3DtomocoachA new public health measure was signed into law on Friday that will increase awareness of a live-saving new medical tool: 3D mammograms.

The law, sponsored in the Illinois Senate by John G. Mulroe (D-10), requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to include information on the newest form of breast cancer detection in their pamphlets. That new form of breast cancer detection is 3D mammography.

3D mammography is a relatively new technology that is able to more quickly and accurately detect breast cancer, especially among women who have dense breast tissue.

“Lives will be saved by making information on this technology available,” said Mulroe, who is Chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee. “Women, especially those with dense breast tissue, will receive more accurate results from this kind of mammogram and will have fewer instances of return visits and unnecessary biopsies.”

Experts believe 40 percent of women in the United States have dense breast tissue.  Because dense breast tissue can make cancerous masses more difficult to detect on a regular 2D mammogram, this new law will give women important information about alternative mammogram options if they have dense breast tissue.

“The earlier that we can detect breast cancer, the better a woman’s chance of survival,” Mulroe said. “Knowledge that this technology is available will give women the option for cleaner and more accurate screenings. It will also reduce retesting and callbacks and the anxiety associated with them.”

In addition to sponsoring this new law in the Senate, Mulroe has also held a hearing to inform the Public Health Committee and members of the Senate about the benefits of 3D mammography for women with dense breast tissue and the locations of hospitals throughout Illinois that provide the new technology. Mulroe is also working on legislation that will require Illinois’ health insurers to cover 3-D mammograms.

“Every woman in our state deserves affordable access to the best breast cancer screening tools available,” Mulroe said.

The new law will go into effect January 1, 2015.

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