Monday, Apr 18, 2016

April 18, 2016 show

Sr. Rosemary Connelly of Misericordia and Scott Mendel, an attorney and parent of a Misericordia resident, join Bob to talk about state legislation that would create a special state license to oversee the continuum of care for the developmentally disabled. The license would allow for a streamlining of operations at Misericordia, which offers a variety of living situations for the developmentally disabled. Next, state Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Westmont, talks about the extension of the All Kids health insurance plan to 2019, since the 10-year program initiated by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will expire this coming July 1. House Bill 5736, which extends the deadline of the program to Oct. 1, 2019, passed out of committee last week and is ready to be called for a vote before the full House. The program is for children who do not qualify for the traditional Medicaid  program. Then, state Rep. Marcus Evans, D-Chicago, discusses House Bill 5973, which would make it easier for ex-offenders to get occupational licenses — barber, cosmetologist, real estate, public accountant, etc. — unless their crime was connected to the profession. Closing out the show, Ralph Rivera, lobbyist for Illinois Citizens for Life, joins Bob to talk about House Bill 4013, which would allow taxpayer money to be used for elective abortions.