Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) presided over his first meeting of the Senate Public Health Committee as chairman this past week.

“I am honored that the Senate President appointed me to chair the Public Health Committee,” Sen. Mulroe said. “I appreciate the faith and trust he has in me, given my short tenure in the legislature.”

The Public Health Committee hears testimony on a variety of legislation that affects the health and well being of the people of Illinois. On Tuesday, the Public Health Committee heard testimony and subsequently passed a Medicaid expansion bill out of their meeting and to the Senate for a full vote, which is expected to happen next week.

In addition to his chairmanship of the Public Health Committee, Mulroe was also appointed vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee and is a member of the Criminal Law and Insurance Committees.

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Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) introduced new legislation making  a change to the “aggravated battery” statute in Illinois criminal law by providing that aggravated battery that causes permanent disability or disfigurement is increased to a Class 2 (rather than a Class 3) felony.  

A Class 2 felony can result in three to seven years in prison and fines up to $25,000 while Class 3 felonies carry a prison sentence of only two to five years and fines up to $25,000.

There have been a number of reports of violent aggravated attacks in and around Chicago in the last few years. Under current law, a person who gets in a fight in a public place is subject to the same charge as an offender who permanently disfigures or disables another individual.Senator Mulroe feels that defendants should be more appropriately punished for causing life-long injuries to victims.

“The punishment should fit the crime,” Sen. Mulroe said. “The punishment should not be the same for a couple of guys who get in a fight after a football game on the street and a person who causes a lifelong injury or deformities to another individual.”

The bill also states that if a vehicle is used in the commission of an aggravated battery that causes permanent disability or disfigurement, the vehicle may be seized. The legislation also forbids persons found guilty of aggravated battery involving a vehicle from receiving a school bus driver permit and mandates that the Metropolitan Transit Authority Act add this crime to the list for which they investigate prior to hiring drivers.

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Mulroe-McCotterMichael J. McCotter, supported by Sen. John Mulroe (D-10), was recently appointed Inspector General of the Department of Human Services. McCotter had been the acting Inspector General and the appointment solidified his position.

 

“I am thrilled with Mike’s appointment,” Sen. Mulroe said. "DHS got a great man for the job and I expect superior work to come out of the agency with him at the helm.”

 

McCotter brings nearly 40 years of law enforcement to his new position. Those who know him consider him to be a hardworking man of integrity with an impeccable record.

 

McCotter’s laws enforcement background and experience with investigation will be an asset to the agency. That, coupled with his adherence to procedure, fairness and objectivity will be instrumental in moving DHS forward and maximizing the results for the people they care for.

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State Senator John Mulroe joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPS CEO Barbara Boyd-Bennett, and Alderman Mary O’Connor (41st) yesterday in announcing major changes to Taft High School.

Beginning next school year, Taft High School, located in the Norwood Park community, will become a Wall-to-Wall International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, with several “tracks” meant to accommodate all ranges of abilities preparing students for higher education or direct entry into the workforce. 

“I am excited to see such a well-performing program come to Taft,” Senator Mulroe said. “Through this program, local students will have the opportunity to benefit from investments in technology and science laboratories, preparing them for the future.”

In an IB school program, 9th and 10th grade students participate in the Middle Years Programme, which consists of either an honors or regular track. Students in grades 11 and 12 then have four “tracks” to choose from, including a program for academically advanced students and a program offering career-related educational services.

Recent studies performed by the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago found students attending IB Programmes enter college with strong academic skills and attend more selective colleges than similar students in comparable honors programs.

“Ensuring Taft is a premier High School has been a goal of mine since entering office,” Mulroe continued. “I would like to thank Alderman O’Connor for her efforts to make this announcement a reality for families residing in the 41st Ward.”

Currently, four IB schools exist in Chicago, including Roberto Clemente Community Academy in Humboldt Park, Back of the Years High School, Senn High School in Edgewater, and Hyde Park Career Academy High School.  

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