Mulroe puts firefighers' safety firstState Senator John G. Mulroe is helping Chicago firefighters benefit from money that is supposed to go toward materials and supplies to ensure their safety but often is withheld for other purposes.

“Firefighters risk their lives for us every day, and they should have the tools they need to safely protect our communities,” Mulroe (D-Chicago) said. “After hearing that firefighters in Chicago are dealing with gloves that do not provide the necessary dexterity for them to do their jobs, I knew I had to do something to help them.”

Mulroe fought for funding for Chicago firefighters that every other Illinois municipality benefits from. He helped to advance House Bill 5197, which creates a Foreign Fire Insurance Board in Chicago to control foreign fire insurance funds.

These funds are received through a 2 percent tax on out-of-state fire insurance companies that sell policies in Illinois. The board would use the funding to support maintenance or enhancement of fire stations, training facilities, emergency response vehicles, tools and equipment or to benefit firefighters.

“This newly created board will draw on the knowledge, experience and expertise of the rank-and-file to purchase items that allow them to safely operate in the many hazardous situations they routinely encounter,” said Robert Tebbens, legislative director of Chicago Firefighters’ Union Local 2. “It will also give their families confidence that they will return home safely.”

Currently, all Illinois municipalities with fewer than 500,000 residents have a foreign fire insurance board. In Chicago, the money is distributed to the city’s general revenue fund. In other municipalities, the Illinois Municipal League collects and remits the money to the various boards.

Proponents believe the Chicago Foreign Fire Insurance Fund has a balance of more than $4 million.

“This funding is supposed to support firefighters and fire stations. Rather than go directly to firefighters like it does in every other municipality, in Chicago this money goes straight to the city,” Mulroe said. “This legislation brings Chicago in line with the rest of the state and sets up a local board to control the funding.”

Under this proposal, board trustees would be elected by their peers and serve pro bono. The measure is awaiting a concurrence vote in the House before it can be sent to the governor’s desk.

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05242018CM0359 rA measure sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe to simplify Illinois’ complicated court fee system recently cleared the Senate.

Because court fees in Illinois vary greatly among counties, House Bill 4594 aims to standardize them by establishing four categories for civil fees and fines and 13 categories for criminal and traffic cases.

“Court fees should not be so confusing that they prevent people from accessing the justice system,” Mulroe (D-Chicago) said. “This measure creates a uniform system that will increase efficiency.”

If signed into law, the changes to the fee structure would not take effect until July 1, 2019, allowing ample time for counties to adjust.

The legislation is based on the findings of the Statutory Court Fee Task Force, which Mulroe helped create in 2013. The task force was established to evaluate statutory fees on litigants and present recommendations to the General Assembly.

The task force found that courts have been passing on administrative court costs to the parties that bring court cases. It also found that court fees have increased at a rate that outpaces inflation and that there is excessive variation across the state for these assessments. The high price tag and disparities on these fees have a disproportionate effect on low-income residents.

House Bill 4594 passed the Senate with a vote of 45-8.

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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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