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Springfield, IL … The House unanimously approved legislation, chief-sponsored by State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), expanding healthcare coverage for breast cancer screenings. In order to provide greater access to proper healthcare and screenings, the legislation extends the definition of low-dose mammography to include bread tomosynthesis. The radiological procedure provides cross-section 3D images of the breast used for breast cancer screening and is also referred to as 3D Mammography.

“Breast cancer while very serious, can be manageable and fade in remission if detected early with proper screening technologies. Breast tomosynthesis is a crucial tool used by medical professionals and can provide valuable information in determining a patient’s health status,” explained McAuliffe. “Ensuring that these life-saving screenings are covered in healthcare plans was a priority and I am happy to see that my colleagues have agreed.”

State Representative McAuliffe played a crucial role last year in raising awareness on the new breast cancer screenings, such as 3D Mammography and their impact in detecting breast cancer quicker. Last year, McAuliffe toured an area hospital and had the opportunity to see a 3D Mammography machine. He had the unique chance to get instruction from some of the leading healthcare professionals on the machine and the benefits of the screening procedure.

The legislation further states that healthcare plans will only cover breast tomosynthesis should the procedure not be considered a mandate under the Affordable Care Act. Since the legislation was amended in the House, the bill will revert back to the Senate for concurrence.
Springfield, IL … Yesterday some of the first steps were officially taken at the Illinois Capitol to help bring relief to residents affected by noise pollution being generated by O’Hare Airport. Communities surrounding the airport have fallen victim to a drastic increase in noise generated by low-flying aircraft due to the realignment of runways in 2013. The legislation, known as Senate Bill 636, permits O’Hare Airport to increase the number of operational runways from eight to ten. In doing so, this allows for the operation of all four diagonal runways to run simultaneously which are the airstrips that produce the least amount of noise over surrounding neighborhoods.

State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), a chief co-sponsor of the bill, was encouraged to see the measure advance:

“For far too long, residents in my district have had to adjust their lives to cope with the deafening noise of low-flying aircraft over their homes. I have spoken with many families who cannot sit in their back yards anymore or open their windows to let a breeze in on a nice day. They essentially could not enjoy their home without a constant rattling of their windows and doors. Increasing the amount of operational runways at O’Hare is one way in which the General Assembly can help alleviate the noise and encourage the airport to operate the diagonal runways.”

The bill also makes changes to bring current electronic noise monitoring systems surrounding the airport, including an updated noise contour map showing the noise being generated by the aircraft as they depart and arrive over the surrounding areas. The results of the updated monitoring will help lead towards better soundproofing in homes within those contour maps.

“Those of us who represent communities surrounding the O’Hare Airport were able to work together towards a common goal,” explained McAuliffe. “We can go back to our districts to let our constituents know that, while progress seems to be moving slowly, there has been advancement made and we will continue to find creative ways to bring noise relief to our constituents.”

Since Senate Bill 636 was amended in the House, the measure will return to the Senate where it be will reheard with the respective amendment.
Today, three members of the Chicago Fire Department were awarded with the Illinois Medal of Valor which recognizes firefighters and paramedics for their acts of heroism and courage in times of danger.

Paramedic-in-Charge Timothy Rottman, Paramedic-in-Charge Christopher Soda, and Fire Paramedic Tomasz Oszkinis were in Springfield this morning to attend the Fallen Firefighters Memorial and also be presented with the Medal of Valor. State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) presented these brave men with a special recognition certificate from the Illinois House of Representatives honoring them for their heroics.

National Nurses Week Extends from May 6th - May 12th. During this week nurses are celebrated for their hard work and superb level of care provided to patients. 

The event which is being co-sponsored by State Representative McAuliffe will be held at the Salvation Army at the corner of Foster & Cumberland Avenues. Bring confidential documents, banking information or any documents needed to be shredded.