Signing Bills Into Laws

Governor Pat Quinn paid a visit to nearby suburbs recently to sign two bills into law.

Quinn joined DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin at the county offices in Wheaton to sign house Bill 4687. The bill requires government entities to have descriptions available to the public of every agenda item for their meetings. The legislation is an addition to the open meetings act, which gives the public the right to know in advance of any government meetings and the right to attend them.

The act and this latest bill attempt to make state government more transparent.

“What we want to do with the legislation is make sure that we have information flowing to the tax payers who are the heart and soul of our government,” said Quinn.

The bill’s sponsors State Representative Sandy Pihos and State Senator Kirk Dillard were also at the ceremonial signing.

And over at the Edward Outpatient Center in Plainfield, Quinn signed a law that will help raise awareness of diabetes. The bill passed through both the state house and senate unanimously as part of a continuous effort to improve healthcare in Illinois. Under the new law, November 14th will officially be Diabetes Awareness Day in the state.

“Wherever you live in Illinois, people band together and that’s what this bill is all about,” said Quinn. “We want to help our neighbor.”

Quinn’s no stranger to diabetes, as his 94-year-old mother has the disease. Also diabetics are the two daughters of State Representative Tom Cross, who sponsored the bill.

“I very much appreciate that they’re here,” said Cross. “And I admire every day the strength of these two girls and all the others who struggle with Type 1 diabetes.”

Cross also said that by the year 2050, as many as 30% of Americans will have Type 2 diabetes.

In the meantime, the Edward Diabetes Center provides outpatient treatment and education to more than 600 patients every year.

“I think we need to raise the awareness of diabetes because it’s the leading cause of healthcare problems because many patients are diagnosed after having severe complications,” said Marilyn Dun, Director of the Outpatient Center for Edward Hospital. “So early awareness and treatment is very important.”

Representative Cross will return to the Edward Plainfield Outpatient center on November 17th to help host a free Diabetes Awareness Fair, just a few days after the now official Diabetes Awareness Day on November 14th.

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