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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SPRINGFIELD–State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) issued the following statement on the Senate’s override of the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1:

Senator Mulroe during a debate on the Senate floor“Today’s vote was about doing the right thing not only for students heading back to school this fall, but also for the next generation of students that will be educated in our public schools.

“Senate Bill 1 fixes a broken system and implements a fair school funding formula for the first time in decades. I supported this legislation because it will benefit every single school district in the state—there are no losers.

“Senate Bill 1 is the result of four years of hearings and negotiations. Though the governor attempted to drastically change this bill in the eleventh hour and take away resources from certain districts, I’m glad that the Senate was able to override his veto and do what’s right for all students in Illinois.”

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) released the following statement on the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1, a landmark school funding reform measure:

Senator Mulroe listens to testimony in a committee“I am disappointed that today the governor chose to make Chicago the only loser by issuing an amendatory veto to Senate Bill 1. Under Senate Bill 1 as it passed the Senate and the House, no school district would have received less funding than it did last year.

“The governor has toured the state claiming that this legislation is a Chicago ‘bailout’ when in actuality Senate Bill 1 gives CPS the same resources that every other school district in the state receives. It is time to put aside the divisive slogans and do what’s best for all students.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that all students have access to a quality education regardless of where they live.”

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Senator Mulroe

July 11, 2017

Dear Friends,


Senator Mulroe on the Senate floorI know many of you are frustrated and have questions about the recent budget votes. I want to take this opportunity to walk through what this balanced budget includes and explain why I decided to support it.


I am deeply concerned about the effects of the two-year budget impasse. Our universities have been starved. Road work was halted. People with disabilities and the elderly have suffered. Parents have worried if schools will open on time.



Backlog of billsThroughout the impasse, the governor has been spending billions of dollars more than the state brings in each year he's been in office. Our backlog of bills has grown from approximately $6.5 billion to nearly $15 billion while Gov. Rauner has been in office. With credit agencies threatening to downgrade the state to junk bond status, and Illinois on the brink of being unable to make mandatory monthly payments, it was time for action.


Last week, I voted to ensure schools open on time, that universities and colleges receive a full year of funding for the first time in two years, and vital government services continue. This budget is the result of more than six months of negotiations and compromises with Senate Republicans. I supported a balanced budget that received both Democrat and Republican votes in the Senate and the House. It will put our state on a path toward fiscal stability.


This budget spends $36 billion while bringing in $36.4 billion, spending $1.2 billion less than what Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed in February. It includes nearly $3 billion in spending cuts. Most programs and agencies will see a 5- to 10-percent cut to their budgets, including my staff.


Raising revenue is a responsibility we took seriously. Our approach was to cut first before asking for a tax increase. Lawmakers began this spring by inviting Gov. Rauner’s agency directors to pinpoint for us possible spending cuts and areas of waste, fraud and abuse within their departments, but none of them were able to identify a single dollar in savings.


Under the budget plan that has passed in both houses of the General Assembly with bipartisan support, Illinois’ personal income tax will increase by 1.2 percentage points – from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent, the rate Gov. Rauner agreed to and less than the rate that was in effect three years ago.


This revenue plan will provide the long-term stability our state needs. We cannot continue to spend more than we bring in.


Outside of budgetary matters, the Senate passed numerous reforms this spring, several of which are sitting on the governor’s desk. We passed property tax relief, workers’ compensation reform, pension reform, term limits, procurement reform and a measure that allows local communities to consolidate duplicative government offices. Many of these came at the request of the governor, and all were negotiated with Senate Republicans.


Gov. Rauner waiting to sign a budgetAfter presenting the governor with a balanced budget and numerous reforms, he vetoed the package. The Senate and House overrode his veto, ending the budget impasse.


I voted for this budget plan to provide Illinois with fiscal stability and to stop the chaos that the budget impasse has caused. There is more work to fix the problems the impasse created, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to provide certainty for the state.


Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at my district office, 773-763-3810; my Springfield office, 217-782-1035; or through my website. To stay up to date on legislation and events in the district, like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter @SenMulroe.


John Mulroe
Senator John G. Mulroe
10th District – Illinois


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