SPRINGFIELD – What do you do when you are convinced that you have found a lump in your breast, but doctors fail to see it? It is an incredibly frustrating and frightening position to be in, and it is one with which Jennifer Hoeft and Linda Racki are both intimately familiar.Senator Mulroe, with Dr. Jessica Guingrich, MD, Jennifer Hoeft and Linda Racki

Hoeft and Racki, both of Peoria, shared similar experiences. For one woman, she was convinced she had developed a tumor and wanted it out. Traditional methods for detection failed to spot the growth. For the other, years of routine mammographies revealed no growths. For both women, tomosynthesis was the saving grace in their diagnosis and eventual treatment.

Tomosynthesis is better known as 3D mammography, and it differs from standard mammograms in that it has the ability to better detect growths in dense breast tissue that often go unseen. Imagine the difference between looking at and understanding a book by its covers versus actually reading each page.

The technology reduces false positives, greatly increases the visibility to sense invasive cancers and reduces cost to patients and hospitals. SB 54 would add tomosynthesis to the list of insured low-dose mammograms. The proposal is sponsored by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago).

“If there is a better way to do something, we very much should be doing it,” Mulroe said. “These 3D mammograms have the ability to save more lives while reducing the pain of an arduous diagnosis. This is a common-sense bill.”

The measure passed favorably out of committee today and now moves to the Senate floor for further debate.

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Senator Mulroe poses with Collette Payne (left) and Janell Wheeler (right)SPRINGFIELD – Most people would not point to an arrest and say that it was the moment that saved their lives. For Janell Wheeler, the last time she was arrested may very well have served as a final lifeline in what seemed a hopeless, vicious cycle.  

Wheeler was raised by her mother in Chicago, but unfortunately a family trauma led her to seek shelter on the streets. She met a man and then began dating him, thinking they were in love. He forced Wheeler into selling her body on the streets, a deal from which her pimp profited and Wheeler received little more than room and board.

Wheeler was often abused for not making enough money or refusing to work. She suffered burns from a curling iron, was hit so hard her eardrum ruptured and was beaten and forced to work the streets with a broken leg.

As a result of her final arrest and sentencing, Wheeler ultimately entered the WINGS and Feathers Program, which is a sex trafficking rehabilitation program in Cook County. Wheeler has since earned her high school diploma. She was also assisted in finding housing and part-time employment through WINGS and Feathers. But not all victims of trafficking are so fortunate.

Wheeler was in Springfield today testifying before the Senate Criminal Law Committee in support of Senate Bill 1588, which would amend the current criminal code and provides affirmative defense when charged with prostitution for victims of sex trafficking. The measure is sponsored by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago).

“Ms. Wheeler’s testimony was heartbreaking,” said Mulroe. “This legislation is an attempt to free women who are trapped in the inhuman enterprise of trafficking and help them safely emerge from unspeakable acts by despicable criminals.”

Mulroe’s legislation now advances to the full Senate for debate.



Click the link below for a video with Janell's story.

Janell Wheeler's story in her own words

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Senator John G. Mulroe speaking at Tuesday's Hepatitis C press conference

SPRINGFIELD – The Joint Hepatitis C Task Force held a press conference on Tuesday at the Capitol to discuss measures that will help at-risk individuals and people suffering from the disease.

“Hepatitis C is a silent killer and often goes untreated until it is too late,” Mulroe said. “That is why I am sponsoring legislation to get Hepatitis C screenings covered by providers, making it easier to get them and hopefully saving lives in the process.”

Individuals would have access to screenings and follow-up appointments relating to treatment. Additionally, Senator Mulroe is advocating for the mass adoption of a new medication that has been proven to not only cure Hepatitis C in a matter of weeks, but also cuts the costs and the trauma of existing treatments, such as interferon.

“The most at-risk individuals are baby boomers who have either received a blood transfusion or have in the past used drug intravenously,” Sen. Mulroe said. “Your past shouldn’t dictate your future. We are working hard to ensure that the people in Illinois currently suffering with Hepatitis C have a stronger prognosis for a better tomorrow.”

For more information about Hepatitis C or to find a screening location near you, please visit the American Liver Foundation website http://hepc.liverfoundation.org/ or http://caringambassadors.org/ or call the toll free Hepatitis C helpline 800-GO-LIVER (800-465-4837).

Click below to listen to Senator Mulroe’s speech during Tuesday’s press conference.



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Senators Mulroe and Delgado shake handsCHICAGO – Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) is continuing his advocacy for students to understand how to administer  compression only CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in an upcoming event co-hosted with Illinois Heart Rescue.

“Compression-only CPR is an extremely effective method of resuscitation in the event of an emergency,” Mulroe said. “CPR alone can double or triple the chances of survival for victims of cardiac arrest, so it stands to reason that the addition of an AED machine could only stand to further multiply those odds.”

Along with State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago), the event will be held at 1 PM Feb. 9 at the Roberto Clemente Community Academy, 1147 N. Western Ave. in Chicago.   

Illinois Heart Rescue is a not-for-profit organization founded with the intention of increasing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates. Last year, Mulroe sponsored HB 3724, which added CPR and AED training to health education programs in high schools, also known as Lauren’s Law.

“The problem is that even if these devices are available in schools, not enough people know the proper procedure to use them or they have some fear of becoming engaged,” Mulroe said. “This course at Roberto Clemente Community Academy is the first of many opportunities to show students that not only is it easy to perform CPR or use an AED, but it can make the difference between life and death.”

At the event, ILHR will be announcing a statewide competition inviting high school students to create a video showing others how to administer CPR and use an AED to save lives.


To view photos from the event, please click here.

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