Senator Mulroe in a committee hearingState Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) is disappointed that the governor vetoed yet another measure to support firefighters. The governor recently vetoed House Bill 688, which addresses a pension issue for firefighters that worked outside of Chicago and then transferred to the Chicago Fire Department. This marks the third pro-firefighter piece of legislation that the governor has vetoed in the past 18 months.

“Firefighters that have served in communities outside of Chicago should be able to transfer their pension contributions from their previous fund to their current pension fund,” Mulroe said.

House Bill 688 allows active firefighters to transfer up to 10 years of creditable service from the Downstate Firefighter Pension Fund to the Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago. Active firefighters would also be able to transfer up to six years of creditable service from a police pension fund to a firefighters’ pension if both funds are administered by the same unit of local government. These transfers must occur within six months of this legislation going into effect.  

Last year, the governor vetoed Senate Bill 440, a measure Mulroe sponsored to support widows, widowers and family members of Chicago police officers, firefighters, and paramedics that die in the line of duty. The legislature took action and overrode the governor’s veto. The legislature also overrode the governor’s veto of a measure to refinance Chicago’s police and fire pension funds last year.

“I will support Senator Cunningham’s efforts to override the governor’s misguided veto of House Bill 688,” Mulroe said. “It is time to do what’s right for those who risk their lives to protect our communities.”

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Senator Mulroe

July 11, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Mulroe on the Senate floorI know many of you are frustrated and have questions about the recent budget votes. I want to take this opportunity to walk through what this balanced budget includes and explain why I decided to support it.

 

I am deeply concerned about the effects of the two-year budget impasse. Our universities have been starved. Road work was halted. People with disabilities and the elderly have suffered. Parents have worried if schools will open on time.

 

 

Backlog of billsThroughout the impasse, the governor has been spending billions of dollars more than the state brings in each year he's been in office. Our backlog of bills has grown from approximately $6.5 billion to nearly $15 billion while Gov. Rauner has been in office. With credit agencies threatening to downgrade the state to junk bond status, and Illinois on the brink of being unable to make mandatory monthly payments, it was time for action.

 

Last week, I voted to ensure schools open on time, that universities and colleges receive a full year of funding for the first time in two years, and vital government services continue. This budget is the result of more than six months of negotiations and compromises with Senate Republicans. I supported a balanced budget that received both Democrat and Republican votes in the Senate and the House. It will put our state on a path toward fiscal stability.

 

This budget spends $36 billion while bringing in $36.4 billion, spending $1.2 billion less than what Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed in February. It includes nearly $3 billion in spending cuts. Most programs and agencies will see a 5- to 10-percent cut to their budgets, including my staff.

 

Raising revenue is a responsibility we took seriously. Our approach was to cut first before asking for a tax increase. Lawmakers began this spring by inviting Gov. Rauner’s agency directors to pinpoint for us possible spending cuts and areas of waste, fraud and abuse within their departments, but none of them were able to identify a single dollar in savings.

 

Under the budget plan that has passed in both houses of the General Assembly with bipartisan support, Illinois’ personal income tax will increase by 1.2 percentage points – from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent, the rate Gov. Rauner agreed to and less than the rate that was in effect three years ago.

 

This revenue plan will provide the long-term stability our state needs. We cannot continue to spend more than we bring in.

 

Outside of budgetary matters, the Senate passed numerous reforms this spring, several of which are sitting on the governor’s desk. We passed property tax relief, workers’ compensation reform, pension reform, term limits, procurement reform and a measure that allows local communities to consolidate duplicative government offices. Many of these came at the request of the governor, and all were negotiated with Senate Republicans.

 

Gov. Rauner waiting to sign a budgetAfter presenting the governor with a balanced budget and numerous reforms, he vetoed the package. The Senate and House overrode his veto, ending the budget impasse.

 

I voted for this budget plan to provide Illinois with fiscal stability and to stop the chaos that the budget impasse has caused. There is more work to fix the problems the impasse created, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to provide certainty for the state.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at my district office, 773-763-3810; my Springfield office, 217-782-1035; or through my website. To stay up to date on legislation and events in the district, like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter @SenMulroe.

 

Sincerely,
John Mulroe
Senator John G. Mulroe
10th District – Illinois

 

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Senator Mulroe presents legislation to designate a bridge in Corporal Bollman's honorIn honor of his service and sacrifice, the Illinois General Assembly has designated the bridge on Illinois Route 19 that runs over the Des Plaines River as the Corporal Donald W. Bollman Bridge. Senator John G. Mulroe introduced the legislation to honor Corporal Bollman’s memory.

Corporal Bollman was a lifelong resident of Norridge. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1965. He served as a Marine Guard in California before beginning a tour in South Vietnam where he served with the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, India Company.

Corporal Bollman was killed in action on March 1, 1967 when his company came under heavy attack from a North Vietnamese Army battalion. He was 23 at the time of his death. Corporal Bollman received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with a V for Valor for his heroic actions.

“It is important to remember the sacrifices of our servicemen and women who have given their lives in defense of our country,” Mulroe said. “It was a privilege to carry this legislation to honor Corporal Donald W. Bollman, a lifelong resident of Norridge, for his heroic actions in the Vietnam War.”

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Sen. Mulroe on Inauguration DaySPRINGFIELD – The Senate President and Senate Minority Leader will now be limited to five terms each under a rule change supported by State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago).

“This rule change sends a clear message to the people of Illinois that we are listening, and we in the Senate agree that Senate leadership should not have that much power for too long,” Mulroe said. “Changing leaders every 10 years will help bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to the Senate.”

The rule goes into effect immediately and does not require the governor’s signature.

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