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.”
One of Illinois’ best economic indices, the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs Flash Index, jumped to its highest level in six years. The index was at 106.5 in August and increased to 107 in September. Readings below 100 suggest a shrinking economy and above 100 indicate the economy is growing. The last time the flash index was above 107 was in April 2007.
Economist J. Fred Giertz compiles the data to calculate the monthly index based on tax receipts for corporate income, retail sales and individual income. All three measures were up in September from September 2012.
The Advisory Committee on Education Funding met for a second time at the state capitol today, hearing testimony from the Illinois State Board of Education regarding the current state funding formula for school districts in Illinois.
"We have incredible inequity that we have to start to address in this state," chairman State Senator Andy Manar (D - Bunker Hill) said. "The situation is getting worse, it is not getting better."
The committee held their first hearing in late August, beginning a series of hearings that will be held across the state over the coming months.
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