Pictured are Margie Carter of Tuscola and State Rep. Brad Halbrook testifying at
the Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.

State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) passed his legislation out of the House to require a school district to take into consideration the classroom placement of twins or higher order multiples in kindergarten through grade 5 as requested by the children's parent or guardian upon registration. The measure passed nearly unanimously and now goes to the Illinois Senate for consideration.

“House Bill 4368 is a constituent lead initiative that I am pleased to work on,” said Rep. Brad Halbrook. “It is a bi-partisan effort and I look forward to its passage in the Senate.”

Earlier this month, Margie Carter from Tuscola, a mother of twin daughters, came to Springfield to testify on House Bill 4368 that would require schools to allow parents of twins to decide if their children are better in a classroom together or in separate classrooms.

Once the bill is signed into law by the governor, it would take effect immediately.

Thirty-seven Illinois hospitals got the highest grade for patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Group assessment. Leapfrog, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, grades acute-care hospitals across the country twice annually on 30 patient safety measures. The assessment does not include children's hospitals.
"Congratulations to Carle Foundation Hospital on this designation and recognition," commented Rep. Brad Halbrook, who's district residents in the Champaign County area are served by Carle Foundation Hospital.
Of the 107 Illinois hospitals included in the current survey, 37 earned an A. Among those, 11 have received A grades for the past five years:
• Amita Health St. Alexius Medical Center Hoffman Estates
• Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana)
• Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
• Loyola Medicine Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (Melrose Park)
• Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield)
• OSF St. Joseph Medical Center (Bloomington)
• OSF St. Mary Medical Center (Galesburg)
• Rush Copley Medical Center (Aurora)
• Rush University Medical Center (Chicago)
• University of Chicago Medical Center (Chicago)
• West Suburban Medical Center (Oak Park)

Nationally, Illinois is No. 15 this spring, up from No. 26 in fall 2017. Leapfrog calculates national rankings based on the percentage of A's in each state. Leapfrog includes only hospitals that respond to its surveys. If a hospital does not have enough data available for all the measures in the survey, it is excluded from the report.
You may read the full Crain's Chicago Business article with rankings by clicking HERE.
Rep. Brad Halbrook debates his legislation in the Illinois House.

State Representative Brad Halbrook announced that three of his bills have been heard in committees this past week and one has passed the House and moved over to the Illinois Senate for consideration. House Bill 4253 which would amend the Public Water District Act and provides that an appointing authority may remove a public water district trustee it appointed for misconduct, official misconduct, or neglect of office.

“The legislation that is moving through the process this past week focuses on township and county government and may not be glitzy for most people but it is about good government practices and helping our local township governments function more efficiently,” said Rep. Brad Halbrook, a member of the Government Consolidation & Modernization Committee.

HB 4271 Amends the Counties Code to provide that the county authorities may (rather than shall) require that all auxiliary deputies be residents of the county served by them. HB 4697 would amend the Township Code to provide that if a vacant township supervisor office is filled by appointment, the appointed supervisor shall fulfill the bond requirement for township supervisors.

The fourth bill which passed out of committee this last week was House Bill 4822 that would create the Local Government Electronic Notification Act. It would allow a unit of local government to establish a process to allow people to select electronic notifications through an electronic notification delivery system for governmental mailings that are being sent by United States mail.

“With the ever-growing comfort level of people to use electronic systems to do business, permitting government to save money in postage and use electronic notifications makes sense,” added Rep. Halbrook.

To follow legislation and watch or listen to the proceedings of the House, you may click HERE to connect to the Illinois General Assembly web page.
Rep. Halbrook met with (l-r) Abby Radcliffe, Director of Small and Rural Hospital Constituency Section at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association,  Aaron Puchbauer, President/CEO HSHS Good Shepherd Hoispital, and
Sam Brown, Administrative Fellow for HSHS Central Illinois.

Rep. Brad Halbrook pictured with Amy Arnett - RN, MS, CPHQ, the Quality/Infection Prevention Manager
and Darcie Mathews - RN, the Medical/Surgical Manager at Paris Community Hospital.

Rep. Brad Halbrook pictured with Michelle McLain - Physical Therapist at
HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville.
Greg Parrott - Director of Environmental Services and Taffy Creviston - MPH, MT, CIC at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana talk about the services they provide to residents  in Champaign County of the 102nd District .

State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) welcomed representatives from hospitals in his area this past week at the Illinois State Capitol. HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville, Paris Community Hospital, and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana were all represented this year.

“Health care is a huge issue everywhere and we are fortunate to have in our area quality healthcare facilities for our families and seniors,” said Rep. Halbrook. “We have worked with our facilities on a variety of events including the diabetes awareness and prevention luncheon with Paris Community Hospital this past year.”

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) is outraged that very important pieces of public safety legislation were not advanced out of the House Judiciary-Criminal committee yesterday. With the committee deadline today, these bills will not advance to the House Chamber this legislative session.

“The message from the House Democrats yesterday is clear – partisan politics are more important to them than protecting the most innocent and vulnerable in our state,” Durkin said. “Our message to them is that the House Republicans will not stand down and will continue to fight for victims of crime, first responders and all the citizens of Illinois.”

Some critical public safety bills that were killed by Democrats in committee yesterday are:

  • House Bill 5649, introduced by Leader Durkin, would deny bail for offenders who commit battery against a police officer while in police custody.
  • House Bill 5079, introduced by State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), increases the penalties for human traffickers.
  • House Bill 4586, introduced by State Rep. Tony McCombie (R-Savanna), increases a battery charge to aggravated battery if the victim is an employee of the Adult Protective Services Program, the Ombudsman Program or Department of Child and Family Services and the offender knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement of the victim. This bill was the result of the tragic death of DCFS employee Pamela Knight who was murdered while trying to take an abused child into custody.
  • House Bill 4318, introduced by State Rep. Michael Unes (R-East Peoria), would make it illegal for a sex offender to knowingly reside within one mile of the victim of the sex offense. Currently, the law allows sex offenders to live as close as 500 feet to their victims.

“Our single, greatest duty as legislators is to protect our constituents, and these actions by the House Democrats are appalling, egregious and unacceptable,” Durkin said, who previously served as a felony prosecutor at the Cook County State’s Attorney Office. “These bills are responsible, thought out, and will have an immediate impact in providing protections for innocent victims of crime.”

Pictured are Margie Carter of Tuscola and State Rep. Halbrook testifying
State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) welcomed Margie Carter from Tuscola, a mother of twin daughters, to testify on House Bill 4368 that would require schools to allow parents of twins to decide if their children are better in a classroom together or in separate classrooms. The school may recommend classroom placement, but the school shall provide placement requested by the parent or guardian.

“Our children are not all the same and the school policy needs to recognize this and give parents the right to determine which setting is best for their twins or triplets,” said Rep. Brad Halbrook. “A big ‘Thank You’ to Margie Carter from Tuscola for testifying in front of the Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.”

This legislation sets forth a process of when these classroom placement requests must be made and also provides for the local school board to make the classroom placement determination, after a hearing, if the principal determines that placement in the same classroom is disruptive to the classroom environment.

You may follow legislation and watch or listen to House proceedings live at www.ilga.gov.

“I know we all appreciate the work by IDOT construction workers to keep our roads and bridges in a safe condition," said Rep. Brad Halbrook, who serves on the Cities & Villages Committee and the Counties & Townships Committee. "I join in asking that drivers slow down in work zones and not text and drive to help save lives."

Governor Bruce Rauner joined state and federal transportation officials this week to kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week in Illinois. Drivers are being reminded to slow down and give workers adequate space as construction season ramps up.

“Construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the state. They put themselves in harm’s way every day to make sure we all have decent roads to travel,” Rauner said.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway and other local and national partners to spread the word about work zone safety. The theme this year is “Work Zone Safety – Everybody’s Responsibility.”

There are about 5,200 work zone crashes in Illinois each year. In 2017, 29 people died in a work zone. IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says it’s not just construction workers who are killed or injured in these areas.

“Almost four out of five work zone fatalities involve someone other than a worker. That’s why it’s critical that work zones be safe for all – workers, motorists, freight haulers, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike,” Blankenhorn said. “As the transportation hub of North America, Illinois will have work zones of all sizes this construction season. Everyone has to be diligent when it comes to keeping safe.”

In recent years, Illinois has strengthened laws to increase safety in work zones. Fines for speeding in work zones are $375 for first-time offenders and $1,000 for a second offense. The penalty for hitting a worker is a fine of up to $10,000 and 14 years in prison.

“The Illinois State Police is committed to ensuring the safety of the motoring public, construction zone workers, and emergency personnel who are working in areas where highway construction is occurring,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Our Troopers will strictly enforce work zone posted speed limits and distracted driving violations. Please be extra cautious when traveling through Work Zones. Give Them a Break! Slow Down and Move Over!”

To promote safety in the field, IDOT is working with its industry partners to host “tailgate talks” at construction sites throughout the week. The discussions provide workers with refreshers on work zone protocol to encourage safety throughout the construction season. This Friday, April 13th, Laborers will continue their tradition of staffing rest areas across the state and distributing materials that stress the importance of safe driving through work zones.

To learn more work zone rules and driving tips, an online quiz is available at idot.illinois.gov
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