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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Senator Mulroe speaking in a committee hearingSPRINGFIELD – Senate Bill 1799 introduced by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) seeks to reduce the time juveniles are kept in custody upon arrest to, in turn, decrease the likeliness that a juvenile will be re-arrested later in life. SB 1799 requires juveniles to appear before a judicial officer within 48 hours of being taken into custody, regardless of weekends and court holidays.

“Studies have shown that reducing the amount of time that a juvenile spends in custody will decrease the likeliness that that individual will be arrested again and their likeliness of joining the adult prison population,” Mulroe said. “This is a common sense piece of legislation.”

Under current law, a minor must appear before a judicial officer within 40 hours of detainment, not including weekends or court holidays. To help facilitate the change of including weekends and court holidays, the minor may appear through two way audio-visual communication.

“While working as an assistant state’s attorney, I saw defendants with criminal records extending back to when they were teenagers,” Mulroe said. “Plenty of crime occurs by repeat offenders. This legislation is another approach to curb the rates of re-arrest.”

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Senator Mulroe on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD –Today the Illinois Senate declared March 15, 2017 as Adult Down Syndrome Awareness Day, approving a resolution introduced by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago). Approximately one in every 700 children born in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common chromosomal condition.

“I think it’s important to recognize the strides that have been made to improve the quality and length of life for adults with Down syndrome,” Mulroe said. “Now, many adults with Down syndrome are able to live independently or with some assistance, hold jobs and participate in volunteer work. In my district, many adults with Down syndrome have received help and support from the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.”


The Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital was established in 1992 and provides care at nearly 7,000 annual patient visits, making it the busiest clinic of its kind in the nation. The clinic works to enhance the well-being of adolescents and adults with Down syndrome through community-based health care services.

Though the life expectancy for an individual with Down syndrome has increased dramatically over the past 40 years, adults with Down syndrome still have a higher rate of additional medical complications such as congenital heart abnormalities and Type 1 diabetes as compared to the general population.

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Senator Mulroe in a committee hearingSPRINGFIELD – Patients with chronic conditions often juggle multiple medications and several trips to the pharmacy. Senate Bill 1546, introduced by State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago), seeks to streamline that process by allowing patients to synchronize their prescription refills so that they can pick them up at the same time.

“I hope that this legislation will make managing a chronic condition a little easier,” Mulroe said. “By streamlining the logistics of prescription refills, I aim to relieve some of the stress of a chronic condition. SB 1546 will also simplify the refill process for pharmacies.”

Studies have shown that prescription synchronization increases patient adherence to medication directions. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, medications are not taken as prescribed 50 percent of the time. Over $100 billion are spent annually as a result of prescription non-adherence.

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