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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Senator Mulroe in a committee hearingPatients may soon be able to skip the doctor’s office and head straight to a physical therapist under a measure sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe.


“This legislation will save people time and money,” Mulroe said. “Our current system forces patients to see a doctor, pay a co-pay, receive a referral and then start treatment. Physical therapists are highly trained within their field and should be able to diagnose a patient.”


Under House Bill 4643, patients would be able to visit a physical therapist for diagnosis and treatment without first visiting a doctor for a referral. Physical therapists are limited to diagnosing and treating patients within the realm of their practice.


House Bill 4643 advanced out of the Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee last week with a 9-0 vote.

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05022018KS3648 rLocal libraries in Harwood Heights and Schiller Park will benefit from more than $43,000 in funding through the Illinois Public Library Per Capita grant.

“From computer literacy classes and story time to sidewalk drawing contests and seminars on healthy living, libraries support individuals from all walks of life,” State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) said.

“Our libraries provide so many valuable services to our neighborhoods. I hope these grants will help them further their efforts to support the community.”

More than $15 million in funding was awarded to 630 libraries statewide through Secretary of State Jesse White’s Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid grants.

Per Capita grants help fund library expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid grants help qualifying public libraries with a low library tax base ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

The following libraries in the 10th Senate district will receive funds:

Library Name

City

Amount

Eisenhower Public Library District

Harwood Heights

$28,980.00

Schiller Park Public Library

Schiller Park

$14,741.25

Applications for these grants are due Jan. 15. For more information, visit http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/plpc_equalization.html.

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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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