Tom Kacich

SPRINGFIELD — "Gabby's Law," the legislation named for a 5-year-old Monticello girl who died from sepsis four years ago, is on its way to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.

The Illinois House voted 115-0 for HB 2403, which will require Illinois hospitals to adopt, implement and periodically update protocols for the early recognition and treatment of patients with sepsis or septic shock.

Tom Kacich

SPRINGFIELD — Not only would the closing of the Clinton nuclear plant west of Champaign damage the central Illinois economy, legislators said Thursday, but it also would result in higher electric bills.

About a dozen community leaders from DeWitt County and the surrounding area met Thursday morning with Gov. Bruce Rauner at the governor's Capitol office, explaining how the loss of 700 jobs and the nuclear plant's assessed valuation would be harmful to the region.

Rauner was unavailable for comment but state Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forysth, said Rauner listened and said he is studying a Senate bill that would give Exelon, the owner of the Clinton plant and a second endangered nuclear plant near the Quad Cities, financial assistance to continue operating the units.

"It's a large bill and they're looking at it," Mitchell said of the 613-page proposal. "That's all that we could hope for."

Springfield – Legislation to protect patients from life-threatening sepsis infections is making its way through the Illinois House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 2403, aka “Gabby’s Law,” is named in honor of Gabriella Giada Galbo of Monticello, who passed away from sepsis at the age of 5. Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Anyone can develop sepsis; however it is most common and dangerous in older adults and those with weakened immune systems. 

“Gabby’s Law” requires Illinois hospitals to implement evidence-based protocols for the early recognition and treatment of patients with sepsis. It further requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to establish a sepsis information collection and reporting procedure.

State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) is sponsoring “Gabby’s Law” in the House and presented the bill Wednesday to the Human Services Committee, where it was unanimously passed. Gabby’s parents, Tony and Elisabeth Galbo, were with Rep. Mitchell at the committee hearing and Mr. Galbo gave heart-wrenching testimony about the medical complications and lack of action taken early that could have prevented Gabby’s death.

“I am thankful to the Galbo family for bringing awareness to this issue and for showing great strength in their testimony to the committee today,” Rep. Mitchell said. “Illinois hospitals need to implement sepsis protocols to help ensure that no other family has to go through the pain and loss the Galbos suffered. Senator Rose and I are hopeful that our legislation will help advance medical treatment to prevent sepsis deaths.”

Senate Bill 2403 (Rose/Mitchell) is modeled after legislation in New York, which is the first state to require all hospitals to adopt best practices for the early identification of sepsis. Illinois does not currently have a sepsis reporting law for hospitals.
Monticello, IL – With last month’s announcement that the State of Illinois has overpaid $168 million in tax revenue to local governments since 2014, State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) is sponsoring legislation to forgive the overpayments.

A recent tax system modernization initiative at the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) has uncovered a misallocation to the Personal Property Replacement Tax (PPRT) Fund that began under the Quinn administration. The error has resulted in overpayment of an estimated $168 million to the taxing districts that receive PPRT disbursements. Approximately 6,500 districts are impacted by the misallocation that began in 2014. Monticello CUSD 25 owes the State $830,884. The City of Monticello owes $153,806 and Piatt County owes $222,537.

Representative Mitchell was in Monticello Monday to announce his legislation with local school officials.

“Today is the 300th day of the State of Illinois not having a budget. We have $7 billion in unpaid bills, owe 50,000-plus vendors and are pro-rating funding for our schools. We have no business demanding repayment of millions of dollars from local governments and schools already facing financial difficulties. The State messed up and misallocated PPRT funds, through no fault of our local officials. My legislation forgives the overpayment, allowing local districts to keep the funds, rather than having to repay the State,” said Rep. Mitchell.

With the future of the Clinton Power Station in question, area legislators and local officials met in Clinton Thursday to discuss efforts to protect the continued safe operation of the nuclear plant.

State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) is backing legislation that would provide a market-based solution to protect the future of the Clinton Power Station and other nuclear plants in Illinois.

“The Clinton power plant is a major economic engine for Central Illinois,” Mitchell said. “Families throughout the area depend on it for good-paying jobs and our schools and other units of local government receive significant tax revenues from the plant. Not only are the jobs important, but with Illinois’ nuclear plants producing about half of our state’s power, this is about maintaining our energy independence.”