(410 ILCS 455/5)
    Sec. 5. Findings. The General Assembly finds the following:
        (1) Parkinson's disease is a debilitating, painful,
and incurable neurological disorder of unknown origin that disrupts and can end the lives of those who suffer from it.
        (2) Parkinson's disease causes diverse symptoms,
including rigidity, slowness of movement, poor balance, and tremors, which lead to an impaired ability to walk, speak, swallow, and even breathe, so that the end result can be a clear mind trapped inside a body that has lost its ability to function.
        (3) The visible symptoms of Parkinson's disease are
often mistaken to be a normal part of the aging process.
        (4) In addition, many people with the disease
encounter precarious legal and personal situations in which they are erroneously thought to be under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs or alcohol due to their movement and gait patterns.
        (5) Parkinson's disease takes an enormous emotional,
psychological, and physical toll on caregivers and families, potentially overwhelming their lives.
        (6) It has been estimated that 1,500,000 Americans
have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, 50,000 more are diagnosed nationally each year, and another 1,500,000 persons have the disease but have never seen a neurologist.
        (7) Parkinson's disease costs Americans
$25,000,000,000 per year, including medical treatments, disability payments, and lost productivity.
        (8) Medications can only control some of the symptoms
of the disease and only for uncertain periods of time.
        (9) The federal Morris K. Udall Parkinson's Disease
Research Act of 1997 provides federal funding through the National Institutes of Health for Parkinson's disease, and April 11 has been proclaimed to be World Parkinson's Day in order to recognize the need for more research and help in dealing with the devastating effects of this disease.
        (10) Increased public awareness and education are
needed among health care, social services, judicial, law enforcement, and emergency medical services personnel in order to better respond to the needs of Parkinson's disease patients and their caregivers and families.
        (11) It is imperative for Illinois to commit itself
to actively support such public awareness and education efforts throughout the State in order to better meet the needs of its citizens who are suffering from Parkinson's disease.
(Source: P.A. 101-107, eff. 1-1-20.)