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Chicago, IL... State Representative Michael McAuliffe is offering residents in the 20th district the opportunity to show their support for police officers by picking up a blue light bulb they can display on their porches or in their driveways.

“In light of recent events, the brave men and women of our local law enforcement agencies deserve to know the support they have within our community,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “It is a small gesture, but one way we can show our respect to those who go to work every day to make sure our communities are safe.”

Residents may pick up a light bulb Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm at Rep. McAuliffe's office, located at 5515 N East River Road in Chicago. Limit one per household. The light bulbs are free, but a donation of $5 is suggested. The money will benefit the Illinois Police Memorial Fund. The Illinois Police Memorial is a statue in Springfield that bears the names of the officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities. 

For questions or more information, please contact Rep. McAuliffe’s office at (773) 444-0611.

Springfield, IL… A newly signed bipartisan bill, sponsored by State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), will assist veterans in their effort to receive help for mental health issues. Senate Bill 3401 amends the Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act to allow Veteran’s Assistance Commissions (VAC) to provide assessments, mentoring, and treatment programs to veterans. 

“By expanding treatment options available to veterans we can ensure that veterans are getting the help they need,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “Our veterans deserve the best and quickest treatment possible and this added flexibility will help to increase their access to these important services.”

Under current law, veterans can only receive addiction treatment and other mental health services at a federal Veteran's Affairs (VA) or the Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs (IDVA) office. VACs are units of local government created by the Illinois Military Veterans Assistance Act to provide additional assistance to veterans.

“The Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act was passed because too often veterans unfairly encounter the criminal justice system as a result of invisible injuries or mental health problems stemming from their service to our country,” Rep. McAuliffe continued. “This new addition to the law will help to meet the specialized problems of veterans who are charged with crimes by providing more alternatives to criminal punishment through mental health treatment.” 

Governor Rauner signed the bill over the weekend on Veterans Day at the Illinois State Fair. It is effective immediately. 

State Representative Michael McAuliffe joined with members of the district on August 2nd to celebrate National Night Out. National Night Out is an event which brings communities together to promote camaraderie between neighbors and with the police that protect us. It is an effort to foster relationships that will make us safer and our communities better. National Night Out has been held annually since 1984 on the first Tuesday in August. The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, neighborhood watch ,and other anticrime efforts.

Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that his office has reinstated the mailing of vehicle registration reminder notices to Illinois drivers. To offset the cost of the mailings, White is drafting legislation allowing his office to offer advertising space on the mailings. In addition, White is urging the public to sign-up for email notices to further reduce mailing costs.

The Secretary of State’s office discontinued mailing reminders in October 2015 due to the lack of funding as a direct result of the state budget impasse. The stop-gap budget recently passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor allows White’s office to reinstate the notices.

“The notices are an essential tool for the public to be sure their vehicles are in good standing and avoid paying late fees and fines resulting from tickets issued by law enforcement,” White said. “The driving public paid the price for the budget impasse and it proved to be an unfair burden. With the funds from the stop-gap budget the notices will resume. In addition, we are reducing the number of mailings and seeking alternative funding sources for the postage costs.”

“Although we are now able to reinstate mailing the vehicle registration reminder notices, I continue to strongly urge motorists to sign up for email reminders,” said White. “Saving taxpayer dollars is always a priority of our administration.”

White noted that more than 2.3 million people have registered for the email notification, 800,000 of which signed up since October 2015.

Vehicle owners can sign up for email notifications by visiting the Secretary of State website. To register for the program, vehicle owners will need their assigned registration ID and PIN, which can be found on their current vehicle registration card. If that information is not available, they can call the Secretary of State public inquiry division at 800-252-8980 to obtain the Registration ID and PIN.

The one-time registration process will allow vehicle owners to receive a series of three email notices per vehicle each year highlighting the upcoming vehicle expiration date.
The AARP will be hosting a special "Night Out" to supply caregivers with helpful tips, update them on important legislation, and most importantly say THANK YOU for all the work that they have done. The event is conveniently located in the 20th Distict at Moretti's in Edison Park and I will be speaking and available for discussion. To register for the event follow the link here.
Pictured between Sen. Mulroe and Rep. McAuliffe are
 DrsMemmel and Fagin, co-medical directors
of  Caldwell Breast Center
Park Ridge, IL…Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 466, sponsored by State Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) and State Sen. John Mulroe (D-Chicago) to require insurance plans in Illinois, including Medicaid, to cover breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography. The signing took place today at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

“This bipartisan legislation signifies the commitment of the General Assembly to the fight against breast cancer and protecting women's health,” said Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), chief sponsor of the legislation. “The best way to fight cancer is with early detection; I'm proud we're taking this step that will expand women's access to this important diagnostic tool.”

Springfield, IL… State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) today filed a resolution to pay tribute to the five Dallas police officers killed last week in a malicious attack. House Resolution 1360 recognizes the fallen officers and those injured in the attack who were struck down as they worked to maintain public order and safety. Rep. McAuliffe, whose father served as a Chicago police officer, has been a longstanding supporter of police and firefighters in the community and in Springfield.

“What happened in Dallas was a national tragedy,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “I'm honored to put forth this resolution to recognize their sacrifice. We here in Illinois are not immune to the dangers that police officers face on a daily basis. In my role as State Representative, I meet upstanding officers every day; in Springfield I have worked hard to represent them and advocate on their behalf.”
Rep. McAuliffe also recently took charge of legislation that would make specifically targeting a police officer or firefighter in Illinois a hate crime. The recent uptick in attacks against police officers, spurred Rep. McAuliffe to spearhead House Bill 6587.

“Given recent events and the rash of outbreaks of violence against officers across the country, legislation to protect those who put their lives on the line to protect us is more important than ever.” Rep. McAuliffe continued.

HR1360 has been filed and awaits committee assignment. Upon adoption of the resolution, copies will be shared with the Dallas community.