A state representative is fighting to call attention to something personal: the disease which killed his father-in-law. State Rep. Mike McAuliffe (R-Chicago) wants to establish a hepatitis-C task force. “I hope to increase awareness about” the illness, he said. “Early stages of hepatitis show virtually no symptoms. Hepatitis-C attacks the liver, often leading to cirrhosis and – if left untreated – cancer, if not caught early.”
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McAuliffe's wife, Kim Morreale McAuliffe, says her father died last year at age 61 but may have contracted the illness during basic training at Fort Campbell, Ky. At-risk groups include anybody born between 1945 and 1965; Vietnam-era veterans; and those who use needles to inject drugs. H.B. 3631 has been assigned to a committee.