To the Ross family from Springfield, the Marriage Equality legislation pending in the Illinois House hits home.
“We want to make sure we have protections in our own state,” Miranda Ross said.
Jennifer and Miranda Ross, including their four-month-old son Asher, joined the estimated 3,000 supporters of Senate Bill 10 at the Capitol this week, calling on legislators to extend the rights of marriage to committed same-sex couples.
Getting health insurance
There are two websites available for accessing the health care exchange or the webpage where you can choose from different health insurance plans.
If you are small business owner click here to find out information on getting your employees covered.
Senate Public Health Committee Chair John G. Mulroe has made arrangements to bring a visible symbol of breast cancer awareness to the Capitol during this week's veto session.
On October 23, Chairman Mulroe will be joined in Springfield by the Hologic Breast Tomosynthesis Armor Mobile Coach. The tomo-coach is a customized motor coach and Hologic is partnering with Mulroe in Springfield to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Chairman Mulroe wants to increase knowledge about breast cancer prevention. The traveling coach displays information on the newest form of breast cancer detection, 3D mammography. 3D mammography is considered one of the most powerful diagnostic tools for the early detection of breast cancer to date. Illinois boasts 34 hospitals providing this technology.
Are you a veteran? A hunter? Drive a car? Own a dog? Smoke cigarettes? Have children? Visit wineries?
Laws enacted by Illinois this year are taking effect that apply to all of these situations and several more. Take a few moments to review this summary of new or changed laws that could touch your life. (Click anywhere on the graphic below for a full-size pdf.)
Three suburban Democrats will join Downstate Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill on a new committee charged with finding legislative solutions to Illinois’ growing teen heroin problem. State Senators Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant of Shorewood, Melinda Bush of Grayslake and Julie Morrison of Deerfield will help provide unique perspectives from Cook, Will and Lake counties.
Over the past decade, as heroin has become cheaper and purer, use and death have rapidly spiked in the Chicago suburbs and Downstate – especially use by teenagers and men and women in their early 20s. Heroin use remains a problem in parts of urban Chicago as well.
“Young people in rural areas and the suburbs have been using heroin more and more frequently in recent years,” Manar said. “They need to be made aware of the dangers of using heroin and the reality that it can kill them the first time they try it.”
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