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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.

Springfield, IL – Today State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) joined other representatives in introducing a measure widely supported by both the business and labor communities. House Bill 5864 would create the Blue Collar Jobs Act, legislation designed to incentivize construction projects in the State of Illinois and create jobs for the middle class.
“Our state workforce is unmatched; they deserve an economy that can put them to work,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “Cook County has an unemployment rate of 5.5%, higher than the state average of 4.8% and the national average of 4.1%. This Act will spur much needed economic development and help strengthen the State’s middle class by creating good paying jobs.”
The Blue Collar Jobs Act offers tax incentives to companies making significant capital improvements in Illinois based on the withholding tax paid to construction workers. It does this through the creation of four new tax credits, including:
-          High Impact Business construction jobs credit
-          Enterprise Zone construction jobs credit
-          New Construction EDGE Credit
-          River Edge construction jobs credit
The program will work under the same structure as the current EDGE program:
-          Tax credit value is 50% of Illinois income tax withheld of workers covered under the agreement;
-          Tax credit value rises to 75% of Illinois income tax withheld of workers covered under the agreement in areas designated to be in an underserved area that meets certain poverty, unemployment, and federal assistance rates;
-          Tax credit is issued to the organization that builds, renovates or expands the building just as the EDGE tax credit goes to the company hiring the workers. The tax credit is meant to incentivize the company to construct new buildings or improve existing buildings which can’t be built without the use of Illinois labor.
“With an unemployment rate ranked at number 40, Illinois lags behind the rest of the country in ensuring people have access to quality jobs,” Rep. McAuliffe continued. “Illinois needs to encourage investment and growth if we are ever going to stop the population outflow. ”
The tax credits only become available after the work has been fully completed. There is no risk to the State for a company not meeting its requirement as the State has already captured the withholding tax prior to the tax credit being issued.