02272018CM0595 mCHICAGO – State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME:

“Today the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to not only organized labor, but also to anyone who works within the public sector, including teachers, first responders and state workers. Labor unions do not only negotiate on behalf of their members, but also for non-members within the organization. The Supreme Court’s decision today will cripple public sector workers’ rights across the nation.

I am disappointed with this decision and with Gov. Rauner’s involvement in this case to dismantle collective bargaining rights.

I remain grateful for the role that labor unions have played in our nation’s history and will stand by them as they weather this storm.”

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05292018CM0729 RState Senator John G. Mulroe today voted for a balanced budget that supports schools, our most vulnerable Illinoisans and fiscal stability for the state.

“I am proud to support a bipartisan and balanced budget,” said Mulroe, a Chicago Democrat. “This budget aids our schools, provides for Illinoisans in need, and spends within our means to keep us on a path toward fiscal stability. Today’s vote came after months of hearings and negotiations and represents what a democracy should be about – compromise.”

The budget includes an additional $400 million for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education and an additional $60 million for higher education over last year’s funding level. The majority of that money will support the evidence-based school funding model, under which no school district would receive less funding than it did the year before. It also prevents a pension cost shift to local school districts that the governor proposed, which could have increased local property taxes.

“Nearly a year ago, the evidence-based school funding model was signed into law in my district at Ebinger Elementary School,” Mulroe said. “I am delighted that this year’s budget continues to prioritize and increase funding for education.”

Additionally, the budget package prevents a rate cut to Medicaid service providers as the governor proposed in February. Illinois has one of the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates in the nation. Further reductions to Medicaid service providers could make it more difficult for patients to access care.

“As a society, I believe it is our responsibility to take care of our neediest members,” Mulroe said. “That includes funding institutions and programs that support Medicaid patients, child care assistance, homeless prevention services, the elderly, and mental health services as this budget does.”

The budget package now moves to the House for consideration.

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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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