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Senators welcome FFA Day visitors

ffaday 041118The Senate welcomed visitors from across the state today representing the Illinois Future Farmers of America. Illinois Association FFA President Joseph Birrittier from Waterloo spoke to the Senate about the importance of agriculture in Illinois and the need for quality agriculture education to ensure the ongoing success of a major state industry.

Birrittier graduated from Waterloo High School in May of 2017 and plans to attend the University of Illinois to major in Agriculture Science Education with a minor in Agriculture Communications.

Senate Dems celebrate Women's History Month (VIDEO)

whm mainEvery March, Senate Democratic members take time to honor the contributions and achievements of women throughout our history.

Women’s History Month dates back to 1987 when the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to designate the month of March as Women’s History Month. Since that time, every U.S. President has taken part in the tradition.

Cullerton, Haine, Castro: Governor’s lack of action raises more questions about handling of health crisis

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Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to the governor’s press conference at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy today:

“Another press conference, another plan, another contradiction and more waiting for our military veterans and their families as Governor Rauner tries to hide his mistakes and failures. Three years later and Gov. Rauner is still drafting plans but refusing to take any action.

Senators outraged at governor's veto of gun safety measure

gun dealerIn spite of repeated pleas from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers to support commonsense measures to curb gun violence and help sweep unregistered firearms off the streets, the governor vetoed Senate Bill 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.

According to a 2014 report from the University of Chicago Crime Lab, almost 20 percent of all guns recovered from crimes scenes in Chicago between 2009 and 2013 came from three of the state’s 2,400 dealers. Although Democratic and Republican lawmakers supported the gun dealer licensing legislation, along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson and many gun safety advocates and victims' families, the governor vetoed the bill today.

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