I am proud to serve as the State Senator from Illinois' 10th District. I hope you’ll find this site a useful resource in keeping up to date with what’s happening in our district and in Springfield.
Please contact any of my offices with questions or ways I can better serve you. It is my honor to represent you in Springfield.
The day after the legislative session ended, the governor began an organized campaign tour over 10 cities to decry the efforts of the legislature and place all blame at the feet of the Democrats. It is my opinion that we are all equally responsible in the situation. We passed a number of budget measures and the governor has vetoed all but one, calling them out of balance and saying that “all Democrats want is a tax increase.” Let me be the first to say that I don’t want a tax increase, and neither do the people I represent. They do, however, want a balanced budget that provides for the essentials of state government. So what I want to say to Governor Rauner is this: Show us your cuts. For the second year in a row, you have accused the legislature of not living up to its constitutional duties, while you have likewise failed in that task. So show us your cuts. 90% of the budget appropriations are either required by consent decree, court order, state statute or federal mandate. 100% of our current revenues (taxes) cover 90% of our current expenses (appropriations). So what of the remaining 10% would you cut? That 10% includes higher education and other social service programs. The General Assembly has sent budgets that we view to be socially responsible. If the governor does not agree, then it is well past time for him to indicate where he feels cuts should be made. I call on him to aid us in the cuts that need to be made. Does the governor want to cut higher education? Does the governor want to cut services to our elderly or disabled? Show us your cuts, governor. If you don’t agree with our ideas on what it should look like, then get off of the road and join us at the table. The entire state is waiting. Don’t let our most vulnerable wait in vain. And if you can’t cut the costs, where’s your plan to pay for them?
I’ve been back home for a few days since the end of the legislative session, taking phone calls and answering emails from constituents who are outraged about the condition of the state. Through those discussions, I have realized a couple of things.
The number one issue I hear is that people are frustrated that the state isn’t serving the people of Illinois. Loudly and clearly, I hear calls from my constituents for unity between General Assembly and the governor. They want us to pass a budget that doesn’t leave people stranded without the support they desperately need.
No one wants the disabled to go without essential care. No one wants to force classroom cuts or layoffs at public schools. No one wants to continue down the path that we seemingly can’t get off of.
At the same time, the governor has been traveling around the state on a rampage to not only divide the legislature, but to divide the state. Instead of using his time and resources to endlessly tour the state talking about what’s wrong, I call on the governor to do the right thing. Sit down with legislators, compromise on a budget, continue to hash out reform ideas. While it may seem like we are far from getting anything done, I’m still hopeful that we can come together and resolve the impasse. We need to put our differences aside and work toward a common goal: to fund essential services in the state. We are already in a dire position and can’t wait any longer. Unity is the only way forward.
SPRINGFIELD – Last year the General Assembly passed a measure that would add 3D mammography to the list of low-dose mammograms covered by insurance agencies. In an effort to correct issues with that proposal, Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) has sponsored a new piece of legislation.
“When we worked on the previous measure, I told the insurance companies ‘Get on board or I’m coming back,’” Mulroe continued. “This is too important to drag our feet on."
Under the previous measure, insurance companies were required to cover 3D mammography but only Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield covered the screening. Other insurance companies followed suit, but not quickly enough.
Previous technologies only took a single dimension view of breast tissue when screening for cancerous cells. Tomosynthesis, also known as a 3D mammogram, takes a multidimensional view of the breast during the screening. As a result, a 3D mammogram has a higher success rate of detecting cancerous cells that are often difficult to detect, due to either size or dense breast tissue.
Senate Bill 466 amends the insurance code by adding tomosynthesis to the list of definitions of low-dose mammograms. As a result, the insurance mandate will cover 3D mammograms as well as the traditional 2D mammograms.
“I strongly believe that this legislation will help save lives of at-risk women who may not have known about this technology or may not have been previously covered,” Mulroe said. “It is our duty to protect the health and well-being of people in this state, and if we can save them time, money and emotional hardship then that is a bonus.”
After the legislation’s success in the Senate and House, it now moves to the governor’s desk.
Page 1 of 22
Springfield Office:Senator 10th District127 Capitol BuildingSpringfield, IL 62706(217) 782-1035(217) 782-2331 FAX District Office:5940 North Milwaukee AvenueChicago, IL 60646(773) 763-3810(773) 763-3881 FAX