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State Legislature did something right



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Updated: July 24, 2013 6:29AM

The Illinois General Assembly did manage to accomplish a few important things this year, contrary to headlines and popular belief.

For example, the Legislature passed HB 2166, which will ensure that every Illinois newborn is screened for potentially deadly heart defects via a fast, cheap and non-invasive test called pulse-oximetry. And the Legislature did this in a bipartisan and bicameral effort.

It also began to take heed of the recent House EMS Task Force Report by passing several bills designed to help put our state’s battered emergency medical services system on a path toward sustainability.

While controversial issues like pensions understandably get the headlines, unsung bills like these end up saving lives. The legislators and advocates who helped make progress on these critical public health priorities deserve our thanks, as will Gov. Pat Quinn if and when he signs these important bills into law.

Lynne T. Braun

Illinois Advocacy Committee Chair

American Heart Association & American Stroke Association

Thank you, CPS teachers

As the mother of a senior graduating from Walter Payton College Prep, I want to thank the teachers who taught my son. You have taught him physics, math, Latin, history, reading, writing and an appreciation of literature. More important through mentorship and example, you have helped him grow as a person. You recognized his strengths and helped him cope with difficulties. You helped him develop his passion for physics and math. He is a better person for having you in his life.

Teaching is a hard profession. With the news describing budget cuts, school closings and the pension crisis, you continue to show dedication to our children.

Thank you for helping our teens become positive young men and women looking forward to the future.

Lisa Barbe, Lincoln Square

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