Founding Resolution


Resolution Establishing the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus

WHEREAS, more than 8% of the population of Illinois has diabetes and,
WHEREAS, type I and type II diabetes are serious conditions with far reaching physical, public health and fiscal implications; and
WHEREAS, type I diabetes, often referred to as juvenile diabetes, is a condition in which the body’s immune system destroys pancreatic cells responsible for the production of insulin; and
WHEREAS, the cause of type I diabetes in children is not fully understood; and
WHEREAS, type I diabetes is not preventable and it is essential that effective treatment options are made available to all Illinois citizens; and

WHEREAS, type II diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently; and
WHEREAS, type II diabetes will affect one of every three children born after the year 2000; and
WHEREAS, type II diabetes accounts for approximately 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes in adults; and
WHEREAS, minority population are at a significant and increased risk for developing type   II diabetes; diabetes rates are 18% higher among Asian Americans, 66% higher among Hispanics/Latinos, and  77% higher among non-Hispanic blacks; and
WHEREAS, diabetes is among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality associated with heart disease and stroke in all populations; and
WHEREAS, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in those over the age of 20, and is the leading cause of renal (kidney) failure for all age groups; and
WHEREAS, nationally, the economic burden of pre-diabetes and diabetes has reached 218 billion dollars; at the State level, the cost in Illinois is anticipated to reach 19.5 billion by the year 2025; and
WHEREAS, the economic and public health burden will influence much of State government including the Department of Public Health, Department of Children and Family Services and Department of Human Services; and therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that there is an urgent and significant need to introduce and evaluate legislation and policies that will affect the research, treatment, education, and prevention of diabetes; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the organizing members of the Illinois Senate and the Illinois House of Representatives, by this resolution, express their support for the establishment of a joint legislative diabetes caucus to be formally known as the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus will act as a forum for legislators and affiliate members to learn about important public health issues regarding diabetes and to evaluate legislative issues that come before respective legislative chambers; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the members and the affiliate members of the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus will send a strong message about the prevention, treatment and education of diabetes, and will work towards finding solutions to unmet needs; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus will work to strengthen community support programs, to meet the diverse needs of Illinois’ afflicted minority populations, and to support programs that avail treatment options to the medically indigent, Medicaid, and Medicare populations; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the undersigned organizing members of the Illinois General Assembly officially create the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the organizing members of the Illinois General Assembly respectfully request recognition within the Illinois General Assembly as the official caucus for issues that affect the prevention, treatment and education of diabetes.