Quinn signs Diabetes Awareness Day into law
By Tina Akouris firstname.lastname@example.org July 17, 2012 10:34PM
Governor Pat Quinn (center) hands a pen to House Minority Leader Tom Cross (far left) as Cross' daughter Reynolds Cross (at left) and Western Springs resident Caroline Durkin, 10, (far right) stand nearby as Quinn signs a law to proclaim Nov. 14 as Diabetes Awareness Day at Edward Plainfield Campus Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 24600 W. 127th St. in Plainfield. Reynolds and Durkin are managing type 1 diabetes. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 19, 2012 6:10AM
PLAINFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn signed a diabetes awareness law Tuesday at Edward health facility, proclaiming Nov. 14 as Diabetes Awareness Day in Illinois.
The bill was sponsored by House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, whose daughter Reynolds was in attendance for the signing. Reynolds, 19, a student at North Central College in Naperville, has Type 1 diabetes.
At one point, Quinn tried to get Reynolds to say a few words.
“Your father is never at a loss for words,” Quinn said.
Also in attendance was state Rep. Jim Durkin, R-LaGrange, and his daughter, Caroline, 10, who also has Type 1 diabetes.
Quinn signed the bill on the heels of a new national health care plan that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last month and his elimination of the Illinois Cares prescription plan for senior citizens.
“We want decent health care for everyone in Illinois,” Quinn said during the event.