Proposal seeks to increase notification of dense breast tissue

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Women may soon have another tool to fight breast cancer under a measure sponsored by Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) which passed the Senate today.

“Over the years of working on legislation to address breast cancer, I have heard the heart-wrenching tales of how this disease has ravaged women and their families,” Mulroe said. “If this legislation can save just one life, or start just one conversation between a patient and their doctor, it will be well worth the effort.”

House Bill 4392 would require every mammography service provider to inform patients if they have dense breast tissue and provide patients with information on the related risk factors. Dense breast tissue and cancer cells can appear similarly on mammograms, making it more difficult to detect cancer when dense tissue is present.

The measure also requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to update its published summary to recommend follow-up tests for individuals with dense breast tissue.

House Bill 4392 is identical to Senate Bill 2442 which passed the Senate and is currently under review in the House.

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Proposal would provide $5,000 property tax exemption for disabled public safety officers


SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator John Mulroe to help disabled firefighters, police officers, paramedics and first responders remain in their homes was approved by the Illinois Senate today.

“These men and women risk their lives for us every day,” Mulroe (D-Chicago) said. “I strongly believe it is our responsibility to take care of public safety officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty.”

Senate Bill 3197 would offer a $5,000 homestead exemption to disabled police officers, firefighters, paramedics and first responders. The exemption would carry over to the surviving spouse if the spouse holds the legal or beneficial title to the home, permanently resides in that home and does not remarry. The exemption would only apply if the home’s equalized assessed value is less than $250,000.

Mulroe said he was inspired to bring this legislation by the story of Chicago Police Officer Jim Mullen, who became a quadriplegic after being shot in the face while on duty, and the tragic case of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer.

“If we can’t bring back their mobility, I think the least we can do is help them stay in their homes,” Mulroe said. “It’s our turn to protect them.”

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 Senator Mulroe delivers support for Maryville on the Senate floor

Under a new law sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago), Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center will be able to care for additional medically-fragile children.

“I am thrilled that Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center will now be able to care for additional medically-fragile children,” Mulroe said. “Maryville does such good work in our community. I am proud to be able to assist them with this measure that helps them open their doors even further.”

House Bill 763 increases the number of children allowed for treatment under the community-based health care center model. Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center cares for children that depend on medical technology, such as ventilators, and trains parents to provide a smooth transition when a child returns home after hospitalization.

“Our Children’s Healthcare Center provides transitional care -- from hospital to home -- for young patients with complex medical conditions,” said Maryville Executive Director Sister Catherine M. Ryan, O.S.F. “We teach caregivers how to provide for their children’s medical needs once they are back home. Our transitional care reduces the re-hospitalization rate dramatically. This is good healthcare policy, but more importantly, it helps our children and families resume their lives.”

“We are grateful to Senator Mulroe for his work on behalf of the children and families who need this care” Ryan said.

This legislation goes into effect on June 1, 2018.

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Under a new law sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago), victims of certain child sex crimes will now have until they are 43-years-old to prosecute the transgression. Previously, victims of child sex crimes only had until they turned 19 to bring charges.

“It can take years for victims of child sex crimes to process what happened to them and decide if they want to press charges,” Mulroe said. “This new law gives victims 25 years from when they turn 18 to make that decision.”

Senate Bill 1842 applies to victims of involuntary servitude, involuntary sexual servitude of a minor and trafficking in persons.

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 100 cases of human trafficking have been reported in Illinois in 2017.

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