The ringing-in of the New Year on January 1st will also mark the start of 237 new state laws. In a legislative session marked by partisan differences on the budget, several of the new laws adopted highlight what members of the General Assembly can accomplish when they agree to work together. Laws scheduled to take effect include: 

Long-Term Care Facility Electronic Recording (P.A. 99-0430, HB2462)Allows for residents of long term care facilities to use an audio or video surveillance system in his or her room at the resident’s expense.

Elimination of Some Mandatory Sentences (P.A. 99-0069, HB 2471)
Eliminates mandatory sentences of life imprisonment for offenders convicted of crimes committed before the offender turns 18. Also allows courts to use discretion in declining to impose sentencing enhancement based upon the involvement of a firearm in the crime.

Read the full list of new laws taking effect here.
The numbers released on Thursday, December 17 by the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service show that Illinois residents volunteer numbers and time at a rate that exceeds other top-5 states. The numbers, taken from the 2014 Volunteering and Civic Life in America report, included an hour-count of more than 274 million hours of service time volunteered by Illinois residents in 2014.  The service hours were donated by 2.5 million Illinoisans.  Their time, valued at $6.8 billion, helped make Illinois the top-volunteering state out of the most populated states in the top tier of the U.S. census.  Smaller and rural states tended to demonstrate a higher overall rate of volunteer activities than larger ones.

The Serve Illinois numbers were released in cooperation with the national Corporation for National and Community Service.  The CNCS summary for Illinois contains informational data on the current state of volunteering in the Land of Lincoln.  Illinois volunteering activities include tutoring, fundraising, and the collection and distribution of food to the hungry.  Bodies that organize Illinois volunteer work include churches and synagogues, schools, social service agencies, and health-care institutions.  

State Representative Michael McAuliffe recently hosted a food drive at both Ada's Market and Deli and Happy Foods grocery stores. The successful drives, taking place over the course of the last two weeks, garnered well over a dozen bags worth of groceries. The food, which was donated to the New Hope United Methodist and Windy City Community Church Food Pantries, will benefit families that need it most during this holiday season. If you missed out on participating in the drives and are still feeling the holiday giving spirit, email Windy City or New Hope for information on how to volunteer and donate food or money. 
Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger on Monday said legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor will allow her office to swiftly process payments for local governments, 911 emergency phone services, Lottery winners and domestic violence shelters.

Approved by the House last week, SB2039 unanimously passed the Senate Monday, and was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner.

"I have directed our staff to process payments for domestic violence shelters, local governments, 911 services and Lottery winners as soon we receive the necessary vouchers," Munger said. "Domestic violence shelters have entered their sixth month without payments and are turning away women and children. Local governments also provide critical services to our families and communities. I am committed to ensuring these organizations and local governments are paid promptly so they can avoid further hardship."

Munger noted that payments for local governments, 911 services, and the Lottery can be made swiftly because the necessary dollars are set aside in independent state funds dedicated to those purposes. However, domestic violence shelter payments come from the state's General Revenue Fund, which currently has a nearly $7 billion bill backlog. To provide relief to those social service organizations, Munger has directed that domestic violence shelter payments be prioritized and paid upon receipt of a voucher from a state agency.

Munger encouraged shelters and other vendors with payment questions to contact the Budget Hotline she established at 1-855-IL-ASK-US. She applauded the General Assembly and Governor for reaching an agreement on the newly authorized funding, and encouraged all involved to build on that momentum.
House and Senate Vote on Appropriation Authority

Last week the House overwhelmingly passed SB 2039, a bill which authorizes appropriations from a number of funds, including the motor fuel tax (MFT) fund, to local municipalities and state agencies. On Monday, the Senate reconvened to vote for the bill. The Governor acted immediately and the bill has now been signed in to law. 

With the holiday season in full swing, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies are offering tips to help people stay safe now and into the new year.

“December can be a fun but hectic time of year,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “Throughout the month, we’ll be offering tips to help people stay safe, as well as provide ideas on gifts that can help friends and family stay safe during all types of emergencies.”

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, its time for ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ and ‪#‎ILGive‬. #ILGive is a statewide, non-partisan movement to support nonprofit communities in Illinois by increasing individual giving. Last year, they raised over $4 million dollars. This year, over 500 organizations, individuals, and foundations from all over the state have joined the movement to provide creative ways for people in Illinois to give. 

For more information and a list of participating Illinois nonprofits, click here.
Chicago, IL…  State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) is pleased to announce he will be hosting a community food drive for the holidays during the month of December to fill the holiday need at the New Hope United Methodist and Windy City Community Church Food Pantries.

“The holiday season is a great opportunity to reach out to the community and help those who are in need enjoy the holidays,” said State Rep. McAuliffe.

The first week of the drive will be from Sunday November 29th- Saturday December 5th at Ada’s Market, 6165 N Northwest Hwy. The second week of the drive will be from Sunday December 6th- Saturday December 12th at Happy Foods 6783 Northwest Highway, Edison Park.
More than 45,000 people will be adversely affected by jet noise if the runway expansion project at O'Hare International Airport is completed, according to a new analysis released Thursday that said Chicago and the Federal Aviation Administration severely understated how many residents would be significantly disturbed.

The study also said that the number of nighttime flights will be almost double what the FAA estimated in assessing the environmental impact of the $10 billion O'Hare overhaul.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune
As we head into the holiday season, I wanted to provide you with an update on news from both Springfield and back home on the issues we are facing and work we’ve done on behalf of the 20th District.  Needless to say, the good news from Springfield is in short supply as the budget impasse continues to take its toll on service providers and local governments. 

We as House members have remained in session since May, travelling to Springfield each week and month in hopes a budget breakthrough happens.  I’ve done my best to work across the aisle on solutions to these issues, and remain committed to working with all sides on bringing about a compromise.  As we saw last week, this is possible if we work together.

The House will reconvene on December 2nd.  If prior to then you have any comments, questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact my office.  And now we’ll get to some state and local updates.  

Report to the Community by Representative Christine Winger:

O’Hare Noise Measures
Several measures were introduced in the Illinois General Assembly this year by a bipartisan group of lawmakers that would provide relief to constituents impacted by adverse noise from O’Hare airport. Rep. Christine Winger was a sponsor on all of these bills. Only one of these bills became law, the others will be reworked and introduced again next year.  Here is the list of legislation that was considered:

Last week a bipartisan agreement involving both business and labor leaders was reached regarding unemployment insurance. It covers the procedures that take place when a worker is laid off or otherwise subjected to no-fault unemployment, was reached. Many of the benefits created by the Illinois unemployment insurance (UI) statute were scheduled to sunset at the end of 2015, creating an incentive for Illinois business and labor to come to the negotiating table. 

In Illinois, most people in this position are granted the right to receive unemployment insurance (UI) for up to 26 weeks in any one-year period after they are laid off. UI payments are overseen by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, which provided staff support for the agreement. Under an important provision of the agreement, the new UI law will explicitly protect the interests of employers that terminate an employee who has demonstrated grossly negligent conduct and thereby endangered self or co-workers, or damaged an employer’s property. Under the revised UI law, these individuals will not be eligible to receive UI payments. There is an appeal process that provides administrative review, upon separation, to former workers who believe they were improperly treated.

In a key facet of the agreement, recently separated workers who are also eligible for Social Security will now be eligible to both collect Social Security and receive a full Illinois UI benefit. Illinois is currently only one of two states to subtract 50 percent of the Social Security unemployment benefit from dual eligible recipients.Moving to full UI benefits will lead to an addition $25 million/year being paid to Illinois senior citizens who have suffered layoffs.

HB 1285, with the UI amendment attached, unanimously passed the Senate on November 10 and is expected to be passed by the House when it returns on December 2.
State Rep McAuliffe attended the street dedication for officer Joseph P Cali, who was killed in the line of duty. P.O. Joseph P. Cali was shot and killed by a sniper on May 19, 1975.  He lived in the 6400 block of Oxford Street. After 40 years, the City of Chicago is dedicating a street in his honor.  Oxford, from Devon to Avondale, now has street signs honoring Joe. The dedication was on Saturday, November 14.
State Representative McAullife was invited by AT&T to join in the check presentation of $75,000 to "Avenues to Independence". At the request of AT&T, Rep McAuliffe recommended this worthwhile charity in the 20th district located in Park Ridge. Avenues is a non-profit organization that provides homes, jobs and community living programs to Chicago area adults with physical, intellectual, and other developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. The check was presented with AT&T Pioneers, a group of current and retired telecom workers that volunteer to help communities. The contribution will support computer and workforce training, in partnership with Donka, Inc, a non-profit that provides the training, for up to 170 people with developmental disabilities working toward employment. 

The nonpartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability(CGFA), the in-house budget agency of the Illinois General Assembly, released their October 2015 fiscal report this week. The CGFA “monthly briefing” covers ongoing State revenues, particularly key State General Funds revenue numbers, and ongoing trends likely to affect future State revenues. For example, the October briefing includes a discussion, based on nationwide trends and economic models, of the likely health of the 2015 Christmas retail selling season and its expected impact on State sales tax revenues.

CGFA, working in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Revenue, uncovered continued dismal trends in State revenues this October. Illinois general funds revenues were $319 million lower in October 2015 (fiscal year 2016) than they had been in October 2014. General Funds revenues come from income taxes, sales taxes, and other sources. As in previous months, the decline was paced by a year-over-year shortfall in State personal income tax revenues and corporate income tax revenues. The accumulated deficit for the four months of FY16 so far experienced is $1,456 million. The current fiscal year began on July 1, 2015.

State Rep McAuliffe convened the fall meeting of his women's advisory group last night. Several times a year, the group gathers for a conversation about the issues important to them and discusses legislative initiatives he could work on. Rep McAuliffe gave an update on the budget and Springfield before opening up the room to questions and input. Senate Bill 54, a new law sponsored by Rep McAuliffe expanding health insurance coverage to 3D mammograms, was also discussed.  
Rep McAuliffe with Congressman Quigley, Cook Co Commissioner Silvestri, and State Sen Mulroe
On Friday State Representative Michael McAuliffe took part in Congressman Mike Quigley's seventh annual Senior Fair in Norridge. The fair offered a variety of services for senior citizens in the fifth district community including free state identification cards for those 65 and older, free 911 cell phones for those over 60 or with a disability, and  free medical identification cards. The event was co-hosted by State Senator John Mulroe. 

October is breast cancer awareness month. 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer in their lives. Senate Bill 54, championed in the House by State Representative McAuliffe, now known as Public Act 99-0407 will help Illinois women have improved access to life-saving 3-D mammography. The act expands healthcare coverage for breast cancer screenings by adding the use of “breasttomosynthesis,” 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. This law took effect in August when the governor signed the bill. Early detection is the key to the best prognosis for those diagnosed with breast cancer, don't forget to get your yearly mammogram. 
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.
Governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed into law a bill that will help bring relief to thousands of Illinoisans who are enduring excessive noise pollution generated by low-flying planes near O’Hare Airport.

SB636, now Public Act 99-0202, permits O’Hare Airport to increase the number of operational runways from eight to ten, which will provide for the use of four diagonal runways that produce less noise over surrounding communities. “When O’Hare realigned their runways in 2013, homeowners who were previously only minimally affected suddenly had to deal with rattling windows and extremely excessive noise any time a plane flew overhead,” said State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), a Chief Co-Sponsor of the bill in the House of Representatives. “This new law allows for the use of six parallel and four diagonal runways at the same time. The use of the diagonal runways produces significantly less noise pollution over nearby neighborhoods.”

In addition to allowing for an increase in the number of operational runways, the new law also seeks a more effective method for measuring loud airplane noise at night. “This measurement tool, the Community Equivalent Noise Level (CENL), allows for the calculation of sound levels utilizing a weighted numeric scale that takes into account loud noise in the evenings and overnight, and the frequency of aircraft activity over people’s homes” McAuliffe said. “It should allow more families to qualify for federal financial assistance for soundproofing improvements at their homes.”

McAuliffe applauded the bipartisan work that led to the creation of PA 99-0202. “This is a quality-of-life issue for those living near O’Hare International Airport, and lawmakers were able to come together and advance a legislative remedy that should provide a lot of people with some real relief,” said McAuliffe. “The signing of this new law is not a full solution to the O’Hare noise issue, but it is certainly a very positive step that will mitigate some of the problems these people are experiencing.”
Springfield, IL … Today at noon, the Governor signed a much-needed, bipartisan measure to extend employment protections for individuals employed in Illinois but who are members of the National Guard of another state. Prior to today’s action, the term “military service” in state law applied strictly to Federal service or any duties conducted in Illinois under the direct orders of the President. House Bill 3721, now law, strengthens the re-employment protections for individuals who reside in another state but who hold a job within Illinois upon the completion of active duty service in the National Guard of their home state.

State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), a Chief Co-Sponsor was present at the bill signing and was happy to witness these strengthened employment protections enacted into law:

“I was proud to be a part of this afternoon’s signing of House Bill 3721. State law now protects the jobs of Illinois workers who are called to service by the National Guard of another state,” said McAuliffe. “No service member should fear whether their job will still be there for them when they return home from active duty. I continue to be encouraged by Illinois’ commitment to ensuring that members of every branch of military service have equal access to employment.”

McAuliffe is the current Republican Spokesperson for the House Veteran’s Committee and advocate for military personnel.
State Representative Michael McAuliffe would like to remind everyone that as temperatures approach 90 and 100 degrees, it is important to stay cool to avoid heat related illnesses. Even more so, he emphasizes the importance of checking-in with the elderly during these hot days to ensure that they are remaining cool and not suffering from the extensive heat.

Should you, a friend or loved need a place to seek relief from the scorching temperatures, please visit a local cooling center. There are 124 locations state-wide and are open from 8:30am - 5pm. To find the nearest cooling center location to your home, please click HERE.
Help the Park Ridge Park District celebrate 30 years of "Park & Recreation Month" by attending some fun, family-friend events being held through the month of July! 

Chicago, IL …State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) invites residents from the communities surrounding O’Hare International Airport to have their voices heard at one of four upcoming public meetings about proposed new runways and noise concerns in the areas near the airport.

The meetings, which the FAA describe as having a workshop and open house atmosphere, will provide residents with a chance to speak directly with aviation officials in order to receive direct answers to their questions and concerns about future runway plans.

McAuliffe is satisfied to have open meetings scheduled by officials of the FAA. “Residents of my district have had, for far too long, the increasingly unpleasant experience of living with the unacceptable loud noise created by the realignment of runways at O’Hare. The noise, which has exponentially increased in the past few years, is something that has affected the daily lives of my constituents,” explained McAuliffe. “I am hopeful about the outcome of these open house meetings, as residents living near the airport will at last be given the chance to speak directly with FAA officials. The location of two of the public meetings will be very convenient for residents of the 20th District, as the first meeting will be held at White Eagle Banquets followed by a second meeting at Taft High School the following day.”
Beginning July 1st, U.S. military veterans are now able to receive updated driver's licenses with a veteran designation displayed on the front of the card. Details on the new licenses can be found on the Illinois Secretary of State website.

Parole of Cop Killer Sends Wrong Message and Dishonors Police Officers

Back on the streets

Chicago, IL- State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) is calling for a public explanation by the Prisoner Review Board for their reasoning in granting parole in favor of convicted cop killer Joseph Bigsby. Last week the board made the unconscionable decision to grant early parole for a convicted cop killer.

The board voted to allow Joseph Bigsby an early release from prison with just under 40-percent of time-served after being convicted of the slaying of Chicago Police Officer Edward Barron in 1973. Bigsby was 16 years old when he delivered a fatal shot to the head to Officer Edward Barron. Barron and his partner were responding to a string of 911 calls reporting a series of gunpoint robberies on the south side of Chicago. Bigsby was later convicted of murder, three counts of attempted murder and two counts of armed robbery and sentenced to 200 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Barron was 36-years old and married with two children.

“This is a deplorable injustice to the memory of Officer Barron, his family, Chicago Police Officers and law enforcement throughout the nation,” stated Rep. McAuliffe. “There should be no question that there is a zero tolerance policy for retaliating against the brave men and women that risk their lives every day to serve and protect our communities.”
On Friday, the Park Ridge Park District along with the City of Park Ridge and High School District #207 will host the annual Independence Day fireworks show. The presentation, which is held at Maine East High School, is set to begin at approximately 9:20pm and will be preceded by various musical entertainment.

Always a fun-filled family event, make sure to arrive early to claim the perfect spot to enjoy the show!

Click here for the full details!
Great turnout! Attendees visit the outdoor attractions including "Touch-a-truck" exhibits as well as a bouncy house and inflatable games.
Rep. McAuliffe greets consituents as they enter the Kid's Health and Safety Expo.
Rep. McAuliffe visits with local vendors as well as municipal and state organizations promoting a safe and healthy lifestyle.

This Saturday, June 13th from 9am until 12pm, State Representative Michael McAuliffe will be hosting his second annual Kid's Health & Safety Expo. The event will be located at Maine Park at 2701 W. Sibley in Park Ridge and will feature several organizations offering information for families on making healthy and safe decisions. Also featured will be a live reptile show, kids Zumba fitness demonstration and many public safety and utility trucks for the children to explore.
Placing telemarketing calls to wireless phones is - and always has been - illegal in most cases.

Why the confusion about telemarketing to wireless phones?

Consumers report receiving emails saying they'll soon begin receive telemarketing calls on their wireless phones. The confusion seems to stem from discussions in the wireless phone industry about establishing a wireless 411 phone directory, much like your traditional (wired) 411 phone directory. A number of email campaigns seem to suggest that if your wireless telephone number is listed in a wireless 411 directory, it will be available to telemarketers, and you will start to receive sales calls. In addition, some of these email campaigns suggest that there is a separate do-not-call "cell phone registry," which you must call to have your wireless phone number covered by the do-not-call rules. This information is inaccurate.

The facts

Even if a wireless 411 directory is established, most telemarketing calls to wireless phones would still be illegal. For example, it is unlawful for any person to make any call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made with express prior consent) using any automatic telephone dialing system or any artificial or prerecorded voice message to wireless numbers. This law applies regardless of whether the number is listed on the national Do-Not-Call list.

Read more here.

Illinois' Central Management Services will be auctioning off chairs from the 1980's fan favorite, the Breakfast Club. The movie, which was filmed at Maine North High School; the school has since been decommissioned, but serves as storage and office space for various state agencies.

"Like many young people who experienced the 1980's, the Breakfast Club quickly became one of my favorites. The movie is a great example of pop culture during that era. The soundtrack makes it even better," explained State Representative Michael McAuliffe. "Those interested in owning a piece of American film history have an opportunity to get their very own chair."

The auction began on Friday, May 29th and will continue throughout June. There are thirty chairs in total. If interested please click here for more information.

Springfield, IL … In an effort to show solidarity, lawmakers whose districts surround O’Hare International Airport joined together to urge the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to halt the deconstruction or decommissioning of any runway until a series of public hearings are held. The resolution calls for the FAA to conduct, an already agreed upon, four open forum discussions with individuals affected by the noise generated by the airport. Further the resolution requests that the FAA hold three additional private meetings with members of the FAiR Coalition, a citizen-led group which advocates on behalf of those affected by the noise.

State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), who represents Chicago’s far northwest-side and portions of its neighboring suburbs, is a chief co-sponsor of the resolution. Since 2014, McAuliffe has worked with area state and municipal officials in order to find answers for their constituents who have been impacted by the increase in jet noise. Rep. McAuliffe explained:

“The people of my district have been impacted by the increase in noise produced by O’Hare Airport for about two years now. There should be no question, that members of the communities that are most affected by the increase in jet noise should have an opportunity to air their grievances. They deserve a fair hearing in which they can get answers to their questions from the FAA.”
In an about-face, Chicago is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to delay action that would cause "irreparable damage'' to diagonal runways slated for closure at O'Hare International Airport, officials said Monday.

The postponement would be in effect at least until the FAA conducts public meetings this summer about noise associated with O'Hare's ongoing airfield expansion project and after city officials meet with an anti-noise group.

That's according to a memorandum of understanding between the Chicago Department of Aviation and 13 members of the Illinois General Assembly that went into effect Friday. The Tribune obtained a copy of the document.

The Emanuel administration has until now refused to compromise on potential noise-abatement measures that would help diffuse jet noise by spreading out flights over more arrival and takeoff corridors. Using O'Hare's diagonal runways is one way to help scatter the volume of planes over a wider area, rather than the existing plan that funnels almost all airliners onto parallel east-west runways.

The memorandum of understanding follows passage by the legislature of a bill that authorizes O'Hare to operate up to 10 runways. The bill has been sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner. Existing state law limits O'Hare to eight runways.
State Representative Michael McAuliffe welcomes students from Saint Monica Academy in Chicago to Springfield. The students had the opportunity to visit the Capitol and meet Rep. McAuliffe.

Park Ridge, IL … State Representative Michael McAuliffe will host a free Kids’ Health and Safety Expo on Saturday, June 13th at Maine Park in Park Ridge. The Expo will host a variety of government and local organizations which will provide information for area families on making healthy and safe decisions.
Click here for more information!

The event will feature several live demonstrations including Taekwondo, the Traveling World of Reptile Show and Kids Zumbatomic. Also on display will be local utility, emergency and public works vehicles for children to explore.

“The Kids’ Health and Safety Expo is an excellent opportunity for parents to have some fun with their children while also learning together about health and safety,” explained McAuliffe. “We held our first event last year and it was a huge success. Many local families were able to obtain some valuable information from some fantastic state and local agencies and organizations. I hope to see many of my constituents take advantage of this free Expo.”

Details for Representative McAuliffe’s Kids’ Health and Safety Expo are below.

Maine Park
2701 W. Sibley Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Saturday, June 13th
9:00am – 12:00pm

Speaking from personal experiences, State Representative Michael McAuliffe calls for the passage of legislation that will provide greater access for Hepatitis C screenings. Nearly 75% of the at-risk group, those born between the years of 1945 and 1965, are unaware that they have the virus.
Springfield, IL … In an effort to continue to bring the “Silent Epidemic” into the forefront, State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) advanced legislation out of the House that would provide individuals born between the years of 1945 and 1965 with the opportunity to be tested for Hepatitis C. The measure would require physicians to offer the screening to patients who are part of the at-risk group.

“Nearly seventy-five percent of those living with Hepatitis C are unaware that they are infected with the virus. Those unknowingly infected has reached such a staggering amount because of the lack of awareness in both patients and the medical community,” explained Rep. McAuliffe. “The major at-risk group, our Baby Boomers, have not had appropriate access to screening opportunities which could have life-saving implications.”

The provisions of the measure originate from recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and apply only to the specified age cohort. Patients who are members of the at-risk group are not required to be tested for Hepatitis C, however they must be offered the opportunity to be screened by their physician. Hepatitis C screening can be completed via a routine blood or finger-prick test. The measure would sunset in 2020 giving those at-risk groups ample time to receive proper testing.

“This is a simple bill that has a large impact in bringing medical attention to an at-risk group living unknowingly with a potentially fatal virus,” continued McAuliffe. “There is no fiscal impact as these screenings are already covered by Health and Family Services and giving our Baby Boomers an opportunity to have a better grasp on their health just makes common sense.”

In passing both bodies of the General Assembly, the legislation now will be sent to the Governor to await his signature.
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.