Senator Mulroe works to lower premature birth rates on the Senate floorIllinois may soon see a decrease in premature births due to legislation sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago). Mulroe’s plan will allow pharmacists to administer progesterone injections to pregnant women who have a history of delivering prematurely.

“A prescription for progesterone injections requires pregnant women to receive a weekly shot over the course of 20 weeks, which can be a barrier to women living in rural areas or far from their doctors,” Mulroe said. “I think it’s important to make it easier for individuals to receive the care they need. This legislation seeks to lower the frequency of premature birth by increasing the completion rate of progesterone regimens."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, preterm birth affects about one in 10 children born in the United States and a little over a third of infant deaths are due to complications related to premature birth. Preterm birth can cause cerebral palsy, developmental delays and vision issues, among other problems.

Senate Bill 317 passed the Senate without opposition and moves to the House for further consideration.

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April is Distracted Driver awareness month

In the time it takes to look at a text message, a car traveling at 55 miles per hour will cover the length of a football field. Because a lot can happen in that time, State Senator John G. Mulroe sponsored legislation in 2013 to curb distracted driving by prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. Distracted driving includes any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from driving, including texting, operating navigation systems and eating.

The law went into effect in 2014, making driving while using a phone a ticket-able offense. Drivers are still able to use hands-free features on their phones and one-touch dialing.

“I want to remind everyone that April is distracted driver awareness month,” Mulroe said. “This is a great opportunity for parents and guardians to discuss the dangers of distracted driving with teens, who are at a higher risk of being involved in a fatal accident that involves distracted driving. Though it may seem like just a moment, a lot can happen when cars are traveling at high speeds.”

Since Mulroe’s bill went into effect, a study conducted by Cambridge Mobile Telematics found that drivers in states with laws against using hand-held devices like Illinois spent less time on their phones than in states that did not have rules against cell phone use while driving. However, the study also found that one in four drivers was using a phone within a minute before getting into an accident.

Distracted driving remains a serious concern. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 400,000 people were injured and 3,477 individuals were killed in car crashes that involved distracted drivers in 2015 alone.

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Senator Mulroe seeks answers to curb gun violenceState Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) supported a plan to make neighborhoods safer by helping pass the Safe Neighborhood Reforms Act, which encourages courts to enact stronger sentencing for repeat gun offenders.

“I am proud to support this legislation and efforts to curb gun violence in Chicago and around the state,” Mulroe said. “A large portion of crime is committed by repeat offenders, and I believe they should be held accountable by our criminal justice system. This is not a silver bullet to solve gun problems in our state, but it is a step in the right direction.”

Senate Bill 1722 guides courts to implement higher sentences within the existing sentencing range for individuals charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapons and unlawful use or possession of a weapon by a felon. The legislation also seeks to reduce the prison population by addressing sentencing for nonviolent individuals.

“SB 1722 combines tougher guidelines while also increasing access to educational and rehabilitation programing for offenders,” Mulroe said. “With efforts like this, I believe we will be able to curb gun violence in Chicago and bring it down from its historic levels.”

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Senator Mulroe on the Senate floor

 

Chicago residents may no longer be forced to drive to the suburbs for their vehicle emissions testing based on new legislation sponsored by State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago). After emissions test sites closed in the Chicagoland area in November, Mulroe introduced legislation to require the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to locate vehicle emissions inspections stations within a five-mile radius of those subject to testing.

“By closing emissions testing facilities in Chicago, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has created an undue burden on Chicago residents to meet the emission testing requirement” Mulroe said. “Getting a vehicle’s emissions tested can already be a time-consuming task in and of itself. We should not add to that by forcing Chicagoans to driver further to fulfill this obligation.”

The Illinois Vehicle Emissions Testing Program was established by federal law to improve air quality and public health in large cities. Current state law requires emissions test sites to be located within a 12-mile radius of vehicle owners subject to testing. Cars manufactured in 1996 or later must have its emissions tested after it is 4 years old.

“The goal of the emissions testing is to reduce air pollution from vehicles,” Mulroe said. “We shouldn’t be increasing pollution by forcing individuals to drive further from their homes for testing.”

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