Senator Mulroe introduces legislation to assist victims of domestic violenceVictims of domestic or sexual violence would be able to use paid sick time to address their physical and mental needs under legislation introduced by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago).

“The goal of this legislation is to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to get the help they need,” Mulroe said. “If a victim has accrued paid sick time, I think they should be able to use it to address their needs after being abused. Our workforce is strengthened when employees are able to take paid time off to heal.”

The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act allows workers to use sick leave benefits to attend to their medical needs and the medical needs of their family members. Under the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA), victims of domestic or sexual violence are permitted to take unpaid leave to seek medical care, receive victim services, to participate in safety planning or to seek legal assistance. The act does not require employers to allow employees to use paid sick time for a VESSA leave.

Mulroe introduced Senate Bill 2242 following a constituent inquiry.

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Bollman siblings with Sen. MulroeToday State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) honored Corporal Donald W. Bollman by dedicating the bridge on Illinois Route 19 that crosses the Des Plaines River in his memory. Corporal Bollman, who gave his life during the Vietnam War, was a lifelong resident of Norridge before serving in the Marines.
“It is important for us to remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives for our safety and our freedom,” Mulroe said. “I was privileged to sponsor the resolution to dedicate this bridge across the Des Plaines River to Corporal Donald Bollman. Though he died 50 years ago, his memory and sacrifice will live on with this bridge.”
Corporal Bollman enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1965. He served in California as a Marine Guard before beginning a tour in South Vietnam. While serving in South Vietnam, his company came under attack from a North Vietnamese battalion. Corporal Bollman was killed in action on March 1, 1967 at the age of 23. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with a V for Valor for his service.
“This bridge dedication means so much to our family because it not only honors the loss of our beloved brother Donald, who sacrificed his life for his country, but after all these years we know now he will never be forgotten,” Norman Bollman, brother of Corporal Donald Bollman said. “I know that it will help my brothers and sister to finally have some closure even though he will always be a part of our lives.”
The bridge is located on West Irving Park Road. A sign commemorating Corporal Donald Bollman is now in place at the entrance to the bridge.

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Senator Mulroe in a committee hearingState Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) issued the following statement on today’s school funding vote:

“Today I voted to provide adequate and equitable school funding for all districts in the state. Though I am disheartened that the governor inserted last-minute ideas into legislation that has been debated for years, this measure needed support from both sides of the aisle to pass. Ultimately, a price tag of $75 million for a five-year pilot program for private school scholarships was worth it to fix our broken school funding system.”

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04252017CM1078SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) to improve public safety and address other issues that passed in the Legislature with broad bipartisan support was signed into law by the governor Friday.

Senate Bill 1343 establishes continuing education standards for probation officers and expands access to training programs, with the goal of better preparing them for the range of issues they encounter on the job.

“These officers have challenging but incredibly important careers helping adults and children find success during their probation and rehabilitation,” Mulroe said.

“The complex situations they deal with, such as addressing the mental health needs of children, and the skills required to do their job are constantly evolving, making continuing education a vital part of their professional development.”

The governor also signed the following Mulroe-sponsored legislation into law:

  • Senate Bill 1946 – allows insurance companies and salvage dealers to obtain a junk or salvage car title through the secretary of state in certain cases.
  • Senate Bill 1834 – exempts third-party contractors from the requirement for re-possessors to register as repossession agents.
  •  Senate Bill 1297 – provides that the Federal Home Loan Bank will not be subject to a stay or prohibited from collecting collateral pledged by an insurance company member who becomes subject to an insolvency proceeding.
  • Senate Bill 883 – allows children born within 36 months of the death of a parent to inherit from the deceased parent if the mature sex cells of the deceased are preserved and the child was born with the decedent's consent.
  • House Bill 2499 – allows tollway vehicles weighing 9,000 pounds or more to use red or white oscillating or flashing lights and adds them to the definition of authorized emergency vehicle.
  • House Bill 2585 – provides that if there is not a newspaper in an area, then public notices required by law may be published in a secular newspaper that has general circulation within the unit of local government or school district.

Mulroe said he appreciates the bipartisan support his legislation earned during a time when it seems like partisanship has overtaken Springfield.

“Working across party lines is the foundation of our democracy,” he said. “I am proud to have sponsored so many bills that received strong support from Republicans and Democrats, as well as the governor’s signature.”

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