Mulroe on the senate floorSPRINGFIELD – The number of runways allotted to O’Hare International Airport is officially raised from eight to ten thanks to a proposal introduced in the Senate by State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago). The measure was signed into law by the governor today.

“We wanted to get the FAA and the City of Chicago to engage us in the conversation about the ill effect the noise was having on the residents in mine and others’ districts,” Mulroe said. “It had become clear to us that the noise problem greatly escalated following the completion of the O’Hare Modernization Program.”

The O’Hare Modernization Act was passed in 2000 with the intention of increasing efficiency and safety of the airport by adding multiple parallel runways to accommodate the greater number of East-West travelers. The number of noise complaints in January 2015 was 39,500, whereas the number of complaints the previous January was 1,357 prior to the opening of a new parallel East-West runway.

The language of the new law would allow O’Hare to keep the existing runways intact, including the existing diagonal runways, which allowed air traffic to be more evenly distributed. During the passage of this bill and a companion proposal, the City of Chicago began to decommission one of the diagonal runways leading to the issuance of a Memorandum of Understanding between all involved parties delaying any further work until previously agreed upon open house meetings with the public are held.

“The goal was to involve the community and hopefully address some of the very real concerns that people are having about the noise levels and the decreasing property values,” Mulroe said. “While it is unfortunate that the decommissioning process began prior to these meetings being held, I am optimistic that all involved parties will be able to walk away at the end of this process satisfied.”

Under the new law, more families would be eligible for sound proofing. The law becomes effective January 1, 2016.

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Senator Mulroe on the floorSPRINGFIELD – Victims of human trafficking can now receive newfound protections under a proposed law sponsored by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago), which was signed into law by the governor today.

Senate Bill 1588 provides victims of sex trafficking with an affirmative defense when charged with prostitution. By using an affirmative defense, the legal ramifications of criminal charges would be defeated by that action. Under the current law, a person who knowingly performs any sexual act in return for something of value is guilty of prostitution, which holds a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of $2,500.

“Imagine living in a dark and heart-breaking world that traps you in a terrible cycle you did not choose, and then you are charged as a criminal, adding insult to injury,” said Mulroe. “By allowing for this affirmative defense, these women will get their lives back on track and live healthier and more fulfilling lives, and hopefully serve justice to the real criminals in these cases.”

Janell Wheeler testified in the Senate Criminal Law Committee that while she was a victim of human trafficking, her pimp ruptured her eardrum, burned her body and beat her until she suffered broken bones. All the while, this man forced her to sell her body, for which she was arrested and faced criminal charges.

“I want to make sure that we are helping these people, not incarcerating them,” Mulroe said.

The proposal passed both chambers of the General Assembly with overwhelming support. It becomes effective January 1, 2016.

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The budget isn't made up of numbers; it is made up of people.

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of speaking with some people from the Sunshine Activity Center. If we allow the funding for human services to get cut, people like Conor and Brian will be without Sunshine and the care it provides them. So will the other 25 adults with developmental disabilities, and their families will be without the respite services they have come to depend on.

I urge the governor to take a moment to step away from his current course of action and think about the people that will very soon become affected by having no budget.

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Senator Mulroe on the floorSPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police, the Illinois Department of Aging, the Illinois Department of Public Health and other vital state personnel would continue to be funded not just for this month, but for the entire year under votes Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) cast at the Capitol on Wednesday.

“Protecting the public is obviously a top priority for Illinois. Today, I voted to make sure State Police, the Illinois National Guard, our elderly and other emergency service agencies have the resources they need to do their crucial jobs,” said Mulroe.

State lawmakers approved a state budget earlier this year. But Gov. Bruce Rauner chose to reject the entire budget, with the exception of the K-12 education budget. Rather than use his authority to make changes to parts he disagreed with, he unilaterally rejected the entire budget. The result is a budget deadlock at the Capitol that threatens to shut down services and leave key personnel unpaid.

Mulroe joined his Senate colleagues in sending a one-month, emergency budget to the governor’s desk in an effort to keep key the State Police and other emergency personnel and agencies open and functioning. He then went a step further and voted for a proposal to maintain that funding for the entire year.

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