IMG 6679 rLegislation sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) to allow students with disabilities who attend a special needs cooperative school to continue their education even if their home district withdraws from the agreement recently sailed through the Senate.

“Students with special needs who are thriving in their school should not be forced to change educational programs due to bureaucratic decisions,” Mulroe said. “I think continuity in education is vitally important to the development of all children.”

Senate Bill 2344 allows students with disabilities that attend a special education cooperative in a different school district than their own to continue to attend that co-op if the district withdraws from the co-op.  The home school district would be required to pay the costs of sending children to out-of-district cooperatives.

Additionally, the withdrawing district would be required to present evidence to its board and other member districts that prove that withdrawing from the joint agreement is in the best interest of the students.

“If a school district decides to withdraw from a special education cooperative and disrupt the lives and education of students, I feel that they need to have a thorough explanation as to how the withdrawal would improve the students’ education,” Mulroe said.

This legislation was introduced in response to Norridge School District 80’s decision to withdraw from the Leyden Area Special Education Cooperative. If the withdrawal is approved, five children with special needs living in Norridge would be forced to leave their current school.

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Senator Mulroe on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – State Senator John G. Mulroe, a Chicago Democrat, issued the following statement in response to the passage of Senate Bill 2332, also known as Tobacco 21:


“Cigarettes kill. That’s the main reason why we need to raise the age of purchasing tobacco in Illinois to 21. Smoking is a costly habit to individuals and to the state in the form of health care costs. We should do everything in our power to prevent teens from ever picking up a cigarette.”


Mulroe sponsored similar legislation to raise the age of purchasing tobacco to 21 in 2016.

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Proposal seeks to increase awareness of dense breast tissue

04172018CM0802A measure sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) to notify women if they have dense breast tissue advanced out of the Senate today.

“We know that early detection of breast cancer can save lives,” Mulroe said. “This legislation is designed to empower women to talk to their doctors about additional preventative measures.”

Senate Bill 2442 requires every mammography service provider to inform patients if they have dense breast tissue and provide information on the related risk factors. Because dense breast tissue and cancer cells can appear similarly on mammograms, it can be more difficult to detect cancer when dense tissue is present.

Senate Bill 2442 passed the Senate today with a bipartisan vote of 53-0. It now advances to the House for further consideration.

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03132018CM0273Illinois State Police and state conservation officers could join local police in enforcing Illinois’ anti-smoking laws.

A measure sponsored by Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) expands the number of law enforcement agencies that can enforce the state’s prohibition on smoking inside public buildings, vehicles, places of employment and within 15 feet of building entrances.

“Secondhand smoke has serious public health consequences, which is why Illinois barred smoking in public places years ago,” Mulroe said. “Despite efforts to raise awareness, people continue to flout the law and smoke where they please. It’s time to strengthen enforcement efforts on behalf of everyone who doesn’t want to inhale poison.”

The Smoke Free Illinois Act took effect on Jan. 1, 2008. It allows local law enforcement to cite individuals who violate the act by smoking inside public buildings, within 15 feet of building entrances and within public vehicles.

Senate Bill 2514 passed the Senate 54-0 today. It now heads to the House for further consideration.

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