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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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 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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