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Springfield, IL... State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) passed a bill that would benefit the Chicago police officers and their families unanimously from the House today. Senate Bill 2431 passed on a 116-0 vote and would require the Secretary of State to make the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation license plates for motorcycles. 

"Chicago police have an incredibly tough job and the memorial foundation helps to ensure some peace of mind every time an officer leaves his or her home to go to work," Rep. McAuliffe said. "This bill will help to increase the foundation's awareness and resources, fundamentally assisting our heroes in blue." 

Currently, specialty license plates featuring the foundation’s logo are available for purchase through the Illinois Secretary of State, but only for cars. The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a non profit dedicated to honoring the lives and memories of fallen Chicago police officers by providing support and assistance to their families. The foundation receives $25 dollars for every plate purchased through the Secretary of State's office. 

The bill now heads to Governor's desk. 
Springfield, IL… The House today passed legislation to address Chicago police and fire survivor’s benefits to achieve parity with the rest of the State according to Chief Co-Sponsor of the legislation, State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago). It would correct an issue that was overlooked in previous law with the ultimate effect of increasing widow’s benefits.

“Those who put their lives on the line deserve to know that their families will be taken care of should something happen,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “This legislative change won’t be a significant financial burden on the City, but it will make a huge difference to surviving family members.”

Senate Bill 440 changes the Chicago pension codes to increase the Tier 2 survivor’s annuity as well as the Tier 1 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for retirees born before January 1, 1966. It also increases the minimum annuity for widows from $1,000 a month to 125% of the Federal Poverty Level, which is $14,850 annually.

SB 440 passed the House by a vote of 86-24. It previously passed the Senate unanimously and now heads to the Governor’s desk.
Springfield, IL…. State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) passed a bill unanimously from the House yesterday that would expand women’s access to better breast cancer diagnoses. Senate Bill 466 amends State law to provide that insurance plans and Medicaid cover breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography. This form of breast cancer screening is newer and more effective than low-dose mammography. The State is not expected to be obligated to defray the costs of the expanded coverage.

“One in eight women develops breast cancer, a truly awful statistic” Rep McAuliffe said, “This is a national medical issue that deserves our full attention and support. As with any form of cancer, the earlier you catch it the better and this bill will help women get diagnosed and start their journey to recovery sooner.”

Rep. McAuliffe passed similar legislation last year, Senate Bill 54. SB466 is a follow-up bill to ensure that the intent of last year’s legislation is seen through and women are provided with the necessary screening coverage. Both SB 466 and SB54, now Public Act 99-0407, were carried in the Senate by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago).

SB 466 now heads to the Governor’s desk for further consideration. 
Springfield, IL… Veterans will soon see more flexibility in seeking help for addiction treatment and other mental health services according to the House sponsor of Senate Bill 3401, State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago). The legislation would amend the Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act to allow Veteran’s Assistance Commissions (VAC) to provide assessments, mentoring, and treatment programs to veterans. Under current law, veterans can only receive such services at the federal Veteran's Affairs (VA) office or the Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs (IDVA).

“It is imperative that we provide our veterans with the best and quickest treatment possible,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “This bill will increase access to important services for veterans.”

The Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act was passed because some veterans encounter the criminal justice system as a result of post-traumatic stress, brain injury, and depression that is related to their service to the country.  The purpose of the Act was to provide necessary flexibility to meet the specialized problems faced by the veterans who are charged with crimes through the creation of an alternative court system that could provide alternatives to criminal punishment including treatment for mental health issues and addiction issues. VACs are units of local government created by the Military Veterans Assistance Act to provide assistance to veterans. 

SB3401 passed the House on a unanimous 111-0 vote. The bill, filed by State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), previously passed the Senate in April without opposition. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for further consideration.

Springfield, IL … Today State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) moved House Resolution 960 out of the House Executive Committee on a unanimous vote. The Resolution urges the Federal Aviation Authority to revisit the O’Hare noise contour map and use new ‘community noise equivalent levels’ (CNEL) to expand those areas newly effected by runway reconfiguration.

House Resolution 960 further commends the Federal Aviation Authority and the Chicago Department of Aviation for their work in supporting the usage of CNEL data to in order to find ways to bring noise relief to the communities surrounding O’Hare Airport.

“Over the course of the past year, we have worked with the FAA and Chicago Department of Aviation in trying to find ways to help mitigate the increased noise and air pollution of our constituents living in the shadow of the airport,” explained Rep. McAuliffe. “Today, we are asking them to use the data that we have collected over the course of the past year to help redraw the noise contour map in order to include those areas newly impacted by the extreme noise pollution cause by low flying jets.”

In passing committee, House Resolution 960 will now be read on the House floor for consideration.