032415CM0975 r“If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.” Mark Twain said this, and could just as well have been speaking about the Illinois media covering this week’s work by the General Assembly to negotiate with the governor on a budget.

This week, the Senate and the House both voted on measures to provide one-month funding for core state services to provide more time for negotiations for a full year budget. The governor’s response was that he would veto this offer as he has our full 2016 budget, with the exception of the education budget we sent him which he signed without one Republican voting for that bill.

The media’s coverage of these developments? That we failed to pass anything. This is totally inaccurate. The Senate passed a measure to shield Illinois' most vulnerable residents from the impact of Gov. Rauner's disastrous decision to veto most of the state budget the General Assembly sent to him last month.

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mulroe-041014 js 1220SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-10) passed two proposals out of the Senate Public Health Committee on Tuesday that seek to further protect children from the harmful effects of e-cigarettes. 

The first proposal, House Bill 5868, states that electronic cigarettes must be sold behind the counter of convenience stores or in sealed display cases to keep them out of the curious hands of underage children.

“E-cigarettes contain nicotine, just like regular cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco,” said Mulroe, who is chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee. “These other products must be contained behind a counter or in a sealed case, so it stands to reason that electronic cigarettes should be contained in the same fashion.”

The second measure, House Bill 5689, would require the nicotine liquid marketed for refillable electronic cigarettes to be sold in child-proof containers.

“The number of calls to poison control centers across the nation has increased exponentially in the last few years due to accidental child consumption of e-cigarette’s nicotine liquid,” Mulroe said. “These liquids are often flavored and have an appetizing aroma, but consumption of an entire vial can cause nicotine poisoning.”

Both proposals passed out of the Senate Public Health Committee unanimously and will now move to the Senate for a full vote.

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State Senator John Mulroe joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPS CEO Barbara Boyd-Bennett, and Alderman Mary O’Connor (41st) yesterday in announcing major changes to Taft High School.

Beginning next school year, Taft High School, located in the Norwood Park community, will become a Wall-to-Wall International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, with several “tracks” meant to accommodate all ranges of abilities preparing students for higher education or direct entry into the workforce. 

“I am excited to see such a well-performing program come to Taft,” Senator Mulroe said. “Through this program, local students will have the opportunity to benefit from investments in technology and science laboratories, preparing them for the future.”

In an IB school program, 9th and 10th grade students participate in the Middle Years Programme, which consists of either an honors or regular track. Students in grades 11 and 12 then have four “tracks” to choose from, including a program for academically advanced students and a program offering career-related educational services.

Recent studies performed by the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago found students attending IB Programmes enter college with strong academic skills and attend more selective colleges than similar students in comparable honors programs.

“Ensuring Taft is a premier High School has been a goal of mine since entering office,” Mulroe continued. “I would like to thank Alderman O’Connor for her efforts to make this announcement a reality for families residing in the 41st Ward.”

Currently, four IB schools exist in Chicago, including Roberto Clemente Community Academy in Humboldt Park, Back of the Years High School, Senn High School in Edgewater, and Hyde Park Career Academy High School.  

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