Springfield, IL... Today in an unprecedented move, the Illinois House passed a balanced budget with overwhelming bipartisan support.  State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) joined colleagues on both sides of the aisle in supporting the budget and released the following statement:


"For the first time in what feels like forever the General Assembly managed to handle the budget process in a meaningful manner and negotiate a bipartisan balanced budget. I am most proud that this budget will ensure that we are following up on our commitment to education by ensuring an additional $350 million for our K-12 schools and fully funding MAP grants. It will also provide much needed money for the Quincy Veterans Home in addition to putting significant funding towards other capital investment projects, including ones in the 20th district.

The budget is not perfect, but it does manage to offer new pension reforms and cut spending while protecting our State’s priorities. It is a great first step and proves that we can work together to achieve better policies and reforms in the future."
Anticipated FY19 projects are in green. Anticipated FY20-24 projects are in red.
The Governor announced a plan today to invest $11.05 billion in the state’s roads and bridges over the next six years, including $2.2 billion of state and federal funding in the upcoming fiscal year. The Illinois Department of Transportation Multi-Year Proposed Highway Improvement Program will focus on projects that provide the greatest economic benefit to communities and take advantage of long-term strategies that save money over time.

Based on current funding levels, the FY2019-2024 Proposed Highway Improvement Program aims to improve a total of 1,945 miles of road and 525 bridges maintained by the state. The multi-year program also includes funding for upgrades to more than 750 miles of local roads and 922,933 square feet of local bridges.

This multiyear plan is the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) first to embrace asset management strategies that commit to smaller repairs avoiding the higher costs of deferred maintenance. Using this approach, IDOT will realize savings over multiple years to eventually invest in other projects throughout the state. The plan also builds upon the latest in data-driven tools to help identify projects that provide the most value to the public while improving quality of life and regional mobility.

The plan in its entirety can be found here. Specific projects affecting infrastructure in the 20th district can be found here
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Springfield, IL… Legislation introduced by State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) has unanimously passed both legislative chambers. The bill requires women to be informed if they have dense breast tissue, which raises a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. It also requires mammography providers to inform them of additional tests that may be needed for a proper diagnosis of breast cancer.
Non-dense breast tissue appears dark and transparent on a mammogram. However, many women have dense breast tissue, which appears as a solid white area on a mammogram. This makes cancer much more difficult to detect as it is difficult to see through and because cancer tumors also appear white. In these cases, a mammography alone can miss cancer diagnoses; as often as one third of the time.
 “The earlier cancer is detected and treated, the better the outcome,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “Unfortunately, many women are left unaware that their mammogram results were inconclusive and that they have a right to additional testing.”
In 2017, Illinois passed legislation to require that insurance cover MRIs or ultrasounds in addition to mammograms if a mammogram shows the presence of dense breast tissue. House Bill 4392 will serve to improve that mandate by requiring mammography providers to inform women if they have dense breast tissue and advise them of any supplemental tests they may need.
HB 4392 was sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago). It now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
Chicago, IL … State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) is set to offer his yearly Senior Driving Seminars in collaboration with the Illinois Secretary of State. The classes are offered through June and give senior citizens an opportunity to refresh their memory for the written driving test when renewing their licenses. The seminars are taught by an instructor from the Secretary of State’s Office and include an extensive overview of the contents of the Rules of the Road booklet and sample test.

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office imposes additional requirements and measures for senior drivers:
·                 Illinois drivers can renew their licenses for 4 years between ages 69 and 80.
·                 Until the age of 86 licenses drivers can renew for 2 years and after 87 years the license needs to be renewed annually.
·                 All drivers have to take a vision test.
·                 Drivers will be asked to take a written knowledge test every 8 years, unless they have no traffic violations. If your driving records indicate an accident, then you will need to pass a written and/or driving test.
·                 Drivers over 75 years have to take a road test at the time of renewal.

“Every year the seniors in my district express to me the importance of these driving seminars. They really accredit their successes on the written portion of the driving test to attending this refresher course,” explained Rep. McAuliffe. “I invite any and all senior citizens to these driving seminars as I know they will benefit greatly.” 

WHAT: Senior Driving Seminars 
WHEN: Thursday, June 7th at 6pm – Olympia Park, Chicago
Tuesday, June 12th at 10am – Oriole Park, Chicago 
Friday June 15th at 10:30am – White Eagle Banquet Hall, Niles

If you have any questions or would like to attend, please RSVP by calling Rep. McAuliffe’s office at 773-444-0611 or register via the button on the right hand side of the website. 

Springfield, IL… Recognizing the need to change the culture both in the public and the private sectors, State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) overwhelmingly advanced legislation through the House to require sexual harassment training for state licensees.
Last fall hundreds of female legislators, lobbyists, and staff signed on to a letter revealing the open secret of Springfield’s culture of sexual harassment. The General Assembly took action, passing new ethics legislation and creating the Illinois Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force. Rep. McAuliffe serves on the task force and has heard firsthand how prevalent the issue in both government and politics as well as in private businesses.

“Over the course of the past six months we’ve conducted a thorough review of the legal and social consequences of sexual discrimination and harassment,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “Given what we’ve heard, this legislation is sorely needed. Everyone has the right to feel comfortable in their place of work.”
House Bill 4953 requires professions licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) that have continuing education requirements include at least one hour of sexual harassment prevention training. The newly required training would take effect for license renewals beginning in 2020. IDFPR already requires training on other issues including domestic violence.
“If IDFPR requires licensees to be trained in a number of issues, it is common sense that ensuring a safe workplace environment be included,” Rep. McAuliffe continued.

HB 4953 unanimously passed the House, 103-0. The bill is awaiting further action in the Senate and is sponsored by Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake).
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The Combined Veterans’ Capital Needs Task Force, created by Governor Bruce Rauner to analyze infrastructure needs and develop key strategies on how to improve the health and safety of residents at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy (IVHQ), has submitted a final report to the Governor and General Assembly.

The Task Force provided four recommendations for continued remediation efforts at the home and notes that “anything less than complete reconstruction will fall short” of its full support. The recommendations include: 

  • Building a new, state-of-the art skilled nursing care facility that could house up to 300 residents.
  • Constructing a new, underground water loop that feeds existing buildings and new construction.
  • Develop an alternate water source and make improvements to the existing water treatment facility as necessary.
  • Purchase and renovate the closed, off-site nursing facility to provide a safe and comfortable temporary living environment for up to 180 IVHQ residents. The facility could hold up to 90 residents permanently.
The estimated cost of complete reconstruction is between $202 and $245 million dollars, which requires the approval and appropriation of the General Assembly.

The Task Force report also put forth the following legislative initiatives that will expedite the process on rebuilding the campus and protecting Illinois’ heroes for generations to come.
  • Pass SB 3128, which will extend the sunset date for the Design Build Act (30 ILCS 537/5) and permit CDB to use the design-build delivery method on public projects.
  • Pass SB 667, SB 3127, and SB 3144, which will allow the state to access federal reimbursement funding for capital projects. There is currently more than $12 million in the fund, with an additional $4 million expected in the near future.  The bills have cleared the Senate and are currently awaiting action in the House.
  • Increase thresholds for financial disclosures in the Illinois Procurement Code. Section 50-35 of the Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-35) requires financial disclosures from all vendors and subcontractors with a contract over $50,000 prior to work beginning on a project.  Waiting for compliance from vendors and subcontractors can slow the project start time.  Increasing the threshold for financial disclosure requirements form $50,000 to $250,000 can help expedite the projects referenced in this report.
  • Modify the Veterans Affairs Act, granting licensing and control of off campus buildings to ensure continuity of care for residents who are housed at the off-site nursing facility.
The full report is available here.