Wallace supports bill aimed at supporting fire training services, cancer screenings and SIDS Program

Staff Report

State Rep. Litesa Wallace (D-Rockford) is supporting legislation that will fund crucial health and fire prevention services to help programs continue during the ongoing budget impasse.

“The governor continues to play politics with critical services that many vulnerable citizens rely on and put them at risk because of non-budget issues that do not have support,” Wallace said. “That is why I will continue to support measures that will help to reduce the burden of the impasse by assisting services that directly impact the health and safety of residents in our community.”

Wallace is supporting House Bill 4155 which aims to fund life-saving screenings conducted by the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. The program, which requires some state funding in order to receive a portion of federal dollars, provides for free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests for women who qualify. Those who are diagnosed with cancer from a test are eligible to receive treatment benefits. The bill also would provide funding for the state’s Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program, which provides counseling and support services for parents who face the tragic loss of their child due to SIDS. Additionally, the proposed legislation would help fund fire training programs, support the Illinois Fire Service Institute and maintain emergency response equipment.

“These are important programs that need funding and deserve our attention,” Wallace said. “I encourage my colleagues and the governor to look out in the best interest of Illinois residents and work to secure this bill’s passage and signing.”

For more information, please contact Wallace’s full-time constituent service office at 815-987-7433, or email Litesa@StateRepWallace.com.

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