Senator Mulroe and Andrew Lawson testify to the bill in the Insurance Committee.SPRINGFIELD –The Senate Insurance Committee heard testimony today from Andrew Lawson, a young man who suffers from mitochondrial disease. A new proposal would cover vitamins for sufferers of mitochondrial disease and is sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago).

“I lost my vision one day when I was in high school,” Lawson said. “I was changing classes and I went from one room to the next, and BOOM, it was gone, like that.”

Lawson is a sufferer of mitochondrial disease, which causes systemic failure because of non-functioning mitochondria. Mitochondria are organelles within the cells of the body that produce the vast majority of the energy humans need to consume to function. Mitochondrial disease occurs when mutated mitochondria in the body stop working. There is no cure.

As a result of his diagnosis, Lawson is on a constant stream of vitamins, as there is currently no medication that corrects this problem. Under current law, health insurance providers do not cover vitamins, and while many over-the-counter vitamins are available, they are not potent enough for his needs and often contain fillers that make absorption difficult.

“Andrew needs something more to truly live his life, because his cells aren’t doing what normal cells do,” Mulroe said. “Moving forward we ought to do everything we can to assist people like Andrew in achieving a better quality of life.”

The measure is currently being considered in the Senate.

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Senator Mulroe speaks to the bill on the Senate floor.SPRINGFIELD – Municipal police stations and county sheriff’s offices will soon be equipped with AED (automated external defibrillator) machines thanks to a new measure sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago).

“AED’s are proven to save lives when used in emergency situations,” Sen. Mulroe said. “The fact that even a small percentage of police and sheriff’s offices do not have these machines is cause for alarm and this plan seeks to change that.”

Police officers are often placed in intense situations within seconds causing extreme stress on their bodies and health. Officers have died as a result. The AED will save police officers and others that may be at the police station.

The proposal will affect only those facilities with 100 or more employees. Under the original AED Act, county sheriffs and municipal police departments are exempt from civil liability.

“This is a very common-sense plan that seeks to empower, equip and protect those who we task with serving and protecting us with the knowledge and tools they need to protect each other and others,” Mulroe said.

Following passage by the Senate by a 51 to 0 vote Tuesday, the proposal now goes to the House.

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Senator Mulroe speaks to the resolution on the floor.SPRINGFIELD - Seventy years ago on August 14, Emperor Hirohito accepted the terms of the Potsdam Proclamation effectively ending the four year engagement of the United States of America in World War II. While we formally recognize September 2 as the day the Japanese delegation attended the formal surrender ceremony  aboard the USS Missouri in the Tokyo harbor, Senator John Mulroe (D-CHICAGO) has sponsored a resolution that would mark the third Saturday of every August as “Spirit of ’45 Day.” Illinois becomes the second state to recognize this date and mark it as a holiday.

Senator Mulroe released the following statement regarding the resolution:

“The final days of World War II were marked with some incredibly trying times, from the deaths of President Roosevelt and Adolf Hitler to the first military use of nuclear weapons in history. The American people had sacrificed everything in a war that our country had not intended to become involved in. With the passage of this resolution we are able to in some small way honor the men and women who gave their blood, sweat and tears during the brief but arduous time of our military involvement. With the “Spirit of ’45 Day,” Illinoisans are reminded of those sacrifices as we remember and give thanks to the memory and spirit of those times.”

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Senator Mulroe discusses legislation on the Senate floor.SPRINGFIELD – In response to a growing number of complaints and concerns that Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s noise levels have become unbearable for surrounding communities, State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) has introduced two companion proposals intended to address the issue.

“My district is immediately East of O’Hare with Rosemont and Schiller Park situated right next to the airport, but these aren’t the only communities being affected,” Mulroe said. “It’s 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.

Under the new proposals, O’Hare would keep the existing runways intact, including the existing diagonal runways, which allowed air traffic to be more evenly distributed. Currently the diagonal runways are only running at roughly 3 percent capacity. The effect of not using these diagonal runways, was to force 97 percent of the air traffic and noise to communities directly east and west of the airport, resulting in the increased number of noise complaints.

“With these two measures, we are trying to reach a compromise,” Mulroe said. “The airport will continue to work toward its goal of higher efficiency and the people in the surrounding communities would regain some of the peace and quiet that attracted them to these communities initially.”

SB636 passed the Senate by a 52 to 0 vote, while SB637 passed the Senate by a 52 to 0 vote. Both measures will continue to be heard by the House.

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