Foreclosure bill signing 2Senator John Mulroe attended a bill signing ceremony for a new abandoned property strategy that he worked closely with Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th) in passing. As Governor Quinn signed the bill, Mulroe acknowledged the Quinn administration, Senator Collins, housing advocates and financial institutions for working together on the proposal, which addresses the massive number of abandoned residential properties tied up in lengthy judicial proceedings.

“We all know that there is a foreclosure crisis in Illinois,” Senator Mulroe said. “Abandoned homes magnify the crisis because they decrease the value of everyone’s home. This bill accelerates the foreclosure process for abandoned homes and provides much needed resources to the communities that are forced to care for the abandoned homes.”

This legislation creates a fast-track process for foreclosures when the property in question has been abandoned, shortening the total time from more than 500 days to approximately 100 days in such cases.

The law also increases the foreclosure filing fee. The funds collected through these
means will help offset the costs incurred by the municipalities that have had to care for,
maintain and in some cases demolish the abandoned properties.

In addition, this law will provide resources to help prevent foreclosures.

Proceeds from the increased foreclosure filing fees will go toward the Foreclosure Prevention Program Fund for homeowner counseling grants, as well as and the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which will award a projected $28 million in grants to counties and municipalities to maintain, renovate or demolish abandoned properties.

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Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) presided over his first meeting of the Senate Public Health Committee as chairman this past week.

“I am honored that the Senate President appointed me to chair the Public Health Committee,” Sen. Mulroe said. “I appreciate the faith and trust he has in me, given my short tenure in the legislature.”

The Public Health Committee hears testimony on a variety of legislation that affects the health and well being of the people of Illinois. On Tuesday, the Public Health Committee heard testimony and subsequently passed a Medicaid expansion bill out of their meeting and to the Senate for a full vote, which is expected to happen next week.

In addition to his chairmanship of the Public Health Committee, Mulroe was also appointed vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee and is a member of the Criminal Law and Insurance Committees.

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Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) introduced new legislation making  a change to the “aggravated battery” statute in Illinois criminal law by providing that aggravated battery that causes permanent disability or disfigurement is increased to a Class 2 (rather than a Class 3) felony.  

A Class 2 felony can result in three to seven years in prison and fines up to $25,000 while Class 3 felonies carry a prison sentence of only two to five years and fines up to $25,000.

There have been a number of reports of violent aggravated attacks in and around Chicago in the last few years. Under current law, a person who gets in a fight in a public place is subject to the same charge as an offender who permanently disfigures or disables another individual.Senator Mulroe feels that defendants should be more appropriately punished for causing life-long injuries to victims.

“The punishment should fit the crime,” Sen. Mulroe said. “The punishment should not be the same for a couple of guys who get in a fight after a football game on the street and a person who causes a lifelong injury or deformities to another individual.”

The bill also states that if a vehicle is used in the commission of an aggravated battery that causes permanent disability or disfigurement, the vehicle may be seized. The legislation also forbids persons found guilty of aggravated battery involving a vehicle from receiving a school bus driver permit and mandates that the Metropolitan Transit Authority Act add this crime to the list for which they investigate prior to hiring drivers.

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Mulroe-McCotterMichael J. McCotter, supported by Sen. John Mulroe (D-10), was recently appointed Inspector General of the Department of Human Services. McCotter had been the acting Inspector General and the appointment solidified his position.


“I am thrilled with Mike’s appointment,” Sen. Mulroe said. "DHS got a great man for the job and I expect superior work to come out of the agency with him at the helm.”


McCotter brings nearly 40 years of law enforcement to his new position. Those who know him consider him to be a hardworking man of integrity with an impeccable record.


McCotter’s laws enforcement background and experience with investigation will be an asset to the agency. That, coupled with his adherence to procedure, fairness and objectivity will be instrumental in moving DHS forward and maximizing the results for the people they care for.

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