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The Majority Report 11/26/18 - Senate Democrats react to Mercy Hospital shooting

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Senate Democrats react to Mercy Hospital shooting

Mercy Hospital in ChicagoSenate Democrats reacted last week after a man fatally shot three people at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, then turned the gun on himself.

State Senator Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat and sponsor of numerous gun safety measures, offered condolences to the families of those who were killed and gratitude to the first responders who helped.

“While it is right to offer kind words and prayers following such a tragedy, these words begin to ring hollow when we find ourselves in a position to speak them on an almost daily basis,” he said. “America is the only industrialized country that faces this level of gun violence. A recent report from the New York Times found one factor that sets us apart: the startling number of guns we sell and own.”

Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) also expressed frustration.

“Words don’t exist to explain how unfair and painful it is to experience such a tragic loss of life with so much unfulfilled potential,” he said. “It’s infuriating as a legislator that this has become a common occurrence, and yet another reason why we need to enact measures that curb this kind of violence.”

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Illinois marks 5 years of marriage equality

Marriage Equality

Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage when marriage equality legislation was signed into law five years ago on Nov. 20, 2013.

Illinois was ahead of the nation in the fight for marriage equality, as the Supreme Court did not issue its historic ruling requiring all states to issue same-sex marriage licenses until June 26, 2015.

State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) said she is pleased that public support for same-sex marriage continues to grow, but emphasized that there is more work to be done.

“We took an important step five years ago,” she said “We must ensure we do not lose ground and in fact make progress in the fight for full, equal rights for same-sex couples.”

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Illinois at 200

On This Day, Nov. 19, 1835To mark the countdown to Illinois’ bicentennial on Dec. 3, all this year the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus has published daily tributes to the people, places and events that have helped forge the state’s rich history.

From inventors and entertainers to our communities and the Capitol, Illinois has a lot to celebrate.

Last week’s bicentennial countdown featured the birth of Gov. Shelby Cullom in 1829, the birth of social reformer Matilda Bradley Carse in 1835 and rock band REO Speedwagon’s album success in 1980.

To find all of our historical vignettes, visit I Like Illinois online, on Facebook and on Twitter. #IllinoisProud

 

 


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