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The Majority Report 09/15/17 - Morrison aims to ban guns from places of worship


Morrison plan would prohibit firearms in churches, places of worship

Places of worshipFirearms would be prohibited on church grounds in Illinois under a plan introduced by State Senator Julie Morrison (D - Deerfield).

"While Illinois law is very specific in where concealed firearms are prohibited, the law does not include churches or other places of worship," Morrison said. "Most constituents I have talked with are shocked when they hear churches are not included on this list. Common sense dictates that guns have no purpose in places of worship."

Under Morrison's plan, concealed firearms would be prohibited on church property, including synagogues, temples, mosques or other places of worship.

Currently, the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act prohibits concealed firearms in 23 locations, including schools, child care facilities and court rooms.

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Cullerton's groundbreaking legislation to streamline veterans' resources signed into law

Sen. Tom CullertonState Senator Tom Cullerton's (D-Villa Park) monumental legislation to combat veteran's suicide in Illinois was signed into law last week.

"One veteran lost to suicide is one too many," Cullerton said. "This new law applies common-sense solutions to eliminate barriers between veterans and the state resources they qualify for. This initiative wasn't compiled in haste but over hours and weeks of testimony, input and concerns raised by veterans, their loved ones and veterans' organizations throughout the state. This is a true testament to their hard work and dedication to our nation's heroes. I'm proud of the work that went into this measure and to be part of this monumental effort."

House Bill 2647 is a collection of comprehensive recommendations to ensure veterans have better access to services, treatment for mental trauma and depression as well as better access to employment opportunities.

According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the U.S.

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Bertino-Tarrant measure to publicize information on opioid addiction becomes law

Bertino-Tarrant measure to publicize information on opioid addiction becomes law

Information regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse will be more readily available thanks to legislation signed into law last week.

"We need to provide every possible resource and assistance we can as a state to address the heroin and opioid addictions problem many face throughout Illinois," State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said. "Addiction is hurting families throughout the entire state and now we can try to help provide the information they need."

The new law would require the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to create and maintain a website to educate people on heroin and prescription opioid abuse.

The website developed and maintained by DHS would include the warning signs of heroin and opioid addiction, helpful tips for parents on how to discuss the dangers of addiction with their children, available treatment options and services and other related information.

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Link measure to expand access to child abuse hotline becomes law

Sen. Terry Link

Illinoisans will soon have better access to the toll-free number to report child abuse thanks to a measure sponsored by Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills), which recently became law.

"Increasing the visibility of the resources available to help stop child abuse is a common sense step that we can all support," Link said. "Everyone should know what steps to take and who to call if they find out that child abuse is occurring."

The new law will allow the Department of Children and Family Services to coordinate with school officials to provide appropriate materials, including listing the toll-free number in a clearly visible location in each school building.

Read more HERE.



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