State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) issued the following statement on today’s budget votes in the Illinois Senate:

Senator Mulroe on the Senate floorToday, I voted for a complete and balanced budget to end the historic 692-day budget impasse. It includes revenue reforms and spending reductions that result in more than $3 billion in savings. The Senate has also passed a number of non-budgetary reforms, such as pension reform, term limits on Senate leadership, procurement reform and local government consolidation. In addition, the Senate is working on other requests made by the governor, including workers’ compensation reform and a property tax freeze. The impasse has had a detrimental effect on Illinoisans across the state, and it is past time for Illinois to pass a balanced budget.

The budget plan that passed the Senate today will provide fiscal stability and certainty for Illinois families, businesses, social service providers, schools and universities that so many have been clamoring for. It will end the practice of adding $11 million in unnecessary debt each day that has been the case during the impasse. This is a responsible budget plan that will provide the fiscal stability that our state needs.

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Sister Catherine Ryan testifies before the Senate Public Health CommitteeSister Catherine Ryan testifies before the Senate Public Health CommitteeMaryville Children’s Healthcare Center may soon be able to care for additional children under a plan sponsored in the legislature by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago). 

House Bill 763 would increase the number of children allowed for treatment under the community-based health care center model.

“This legislation will enable Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center to care for four more medically fragile children,” Mulroe said. “Maryville is an invaluable resource within the district, and I am happy to sponsor this legislation that will allow them to help even more children and families.”

Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center cares for children that depend on medical technology, such as ventilators, and other medically fragile children. The center also trains parents to provide a smooth transition when a child returns home after hospitalization.

“Our Children’s Healthcare Center provides transitional care for young patients who still require complex medical care but are not yet ready to go home,” said Maryville Executive Director Sister Catherine M. Ryan, O.S.F. “We teach families and caregivers how to provide for their children’s medical needs for a safe transition from a medical setting to home. This reduces the re-hospitalization rate dramatically and advances the well-being of our young patients and their families.

House Bill 763 was passed out of committee and moves to the Senate floor for further discussion.

“Every year we must decline to accept patients who need our services,” Ryan said. “We are grateful to Senator Mulroe and the Public Health Committee for supporting this kind of transitional care.”

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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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