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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced recently that, as a result of the budget impasse, his office will suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminders to the public. When making the announcement, White noted that suspending this service will save approximately $450,000 per month, and allows his office to prolong the mailing out of vehicle registration renewal stickers, titles and license plates to vehicle owners. According to White, unless a budget is approved, his postage account will be completely depleted in a few months.

 If you want to receive a reminder, sign up to receive electronic notices through the Secretary of State’s website. While those who receive emailed vehicle registration renewal notices via email will continue to have access to a pin number needed to renew their sticker online, those who do not sign up for the electronic alerts will now have to renew their vehicle stickers in person at a Secretary of State office.
Please join me today in thanking all police officers who have chosen to put their lives on the line in order to protect us. Today is "Thank a Police Officer Day," and in addition to these brave men and women, we also thank their families. When you see a police officer today, stop them, shake their hand, and let them know how much you appreciate their service and sacrifice!

Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger announced Wednesday that her office is setting up accounts and will immediately begin making payments to Early Intervention providers as soon as it receives vouchers from the Department of Human Services (DHS).

"This is great news for those who provide valuable services to very young children who have shown a developmental delay," said State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago). "These programs are vital, and I am pleased to know that even in the absence of a state budget that Early Intervention is going to receive it's state funding.

To read more about Munger's announcement, click here.

I am disheartened that we continue to see wait times increasing for veterans at VA facilities. I see veterans waiting prolonged periods of time without the health care they need, and there is more we should be doing as a nation to address the problem.

The Veterans’ Health Administration is considering a logical step that would help with the excessive wait times. The VHA is currently considering a proposal that would extend full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). These highly educated healthcare professionals presently serve active duty personnel, and it is just common sense that they should be able to treat veterans to the same extent they treat active troops.

If we don’t do something soon, the problem will only get worse. Already, hundreds of thousands of veterans are forced to wait a month or longer just to get an appointment at a veterans’ hospital. Without action, we will see longer wait times for the men and women who deserve much better from our nation.

Allowing full practice authority for APRNs at VA facilities is the right move for veterans. I hope our elected officials and leaders in Washington will rally behind this proposal.
In partnership with AT&T's Investing in Illinois Awards Program, State Representative Michael McAuliffe on Tuesday presented the Norridge Senior Center with a check for $2,000.

"It was with great pleasure that I could nominate and present to the Norridge Senior Center the AT&T Investing in Illinois Award," said McAuliffe. "Executive Director of the Center Carole Creason has said she is very excited to put the award money toward a computer update."

AT&T’s Investing in Illinois Award provides resources and recognition to organizations and programs in Illinois that are improving lives in their communities and the state by advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.

As thousands of Illinoisans prepare for an onslaught of window-rattling noise brought on by new runway patterns at O’Hare International Airport, State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) is supporting a bill that would provide income tax credits for those who choose to purchase noise mitigating windows, doors and other soundproofing items.

This week McAuliffe signed on as a Chief Co-Sponsor of HB 4273, a measure that would help cover the costs associated with the purchase of materials to help soundproof homes in the path of the new runway configuration. “These families will endure the noise of jet aircraft flying less than a mile over their homes as planes take off and land at O’Hare,” said McAuliffe. “While federal grants are in place to assist homeowners in other areas near the airport, the FAA has decided not to provide relief to those impacted by the new runway patterns. It’s unacceptable.”

HB 4273 creates an income tax credit for taxpayers impacted by aircraft noise who purchase and install soundproofing materials in their homes. According to the provisions of the bill, the credit could equal the cost of qualified materials and services, and would be available for up to five years after soundproofing expenses were incurred.

“These people are facing a significant decrease in their quality of life due to a decision that was not of their making,” McAuliffe said. “Soundproofing materials are expensive, and since these families do not qualify for federal grants, I believe the State has a responsibility to step in and help provide some relief.”

The new runway configuration at O’Hare will take effect in October of this year, and FAA officials estimate the patterns will be in place for at least the next six years.
Illinois women will now have improved access to life-saving 3-D mammography because of a bill signed into law this week by Governor Bruce Rauner.

SB 54, now known as PA 99-0407, expands healthcare coverage for breast cancer screenings by adding the use of “breast tomosynthesis,” or 3-D breast screening technology, to the procedures that must be covered by health insurance plans. The improved technology provides for cross-section 3-D images of breast tissue that can more accurately detect early stage breast cancer.

“Early detection is the key to the best prognosis for those diagnosed with breast cancer, and this enhanced imaging technology will save lives,” said State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), the Chief House Sponsor of the bill. “Ensuring that this 3-D technology is covered by insurance will allow more women to be properly diagnosed early so they can begin a treatment plan sooner.”

According to the provisions of the new law, healthcare plans will only cover breast tomosynthesis if the technology is not considered as a mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law took effect immediately upon being signed by the Governor.