CHICAGO (CBS) — Governor JB Pritzker signed three more bills Thursday in an effort to better protect the state’s first responders.
In addition to strengthening Scott’s Law, the state is making mental health services easier to access for paramedics, police and firefighters.READ MORE: Chicago Police Union President Urges Aldermen To Repeal Mayor's Vaccine Mandate For City Workers; 'This Tyrant At The Top Needs To Stop What She’s Doing'
“Our first responders face intense physical and mental health challenges every sing day on the job. We want our first responders and their loved ones to know the signs to know what they need and most importantly, to how to get help,” Pritzker said.READ MORE: Landlord Is In Debt To Village Of Riverdale, And Tenants Say They're Being Threatened With Water Shutoff
Starting January 1, courts have more options to hold Scott’s Law violators accountable. New language in Scott’s Law also clarifies a driver’s responsibility when their vehicle enters an emergency zone.MORE NEWS: Chicago Group Engages In 'Mobilizations' After Food Delivery Drivers Are Carjacked In Austin
Emergency professionals experience higher rates of PTSD and depression than the general population.
Governor Pritzker signs a package of legislation that improves the physical safety and mental health of first responders in Illinois. https://t.co/yOcsn1UsD4
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) August 12, 2021