The Majority Report 05/20/19 - Munoz works to prevent roadway fatalities


Munoz leads measure to prevent roadway fatalities

Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz

To prevent more tragic losses of emergency responders and highway workers, Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) announced legislation Tuesday that strengthens Scott’s Law and finds a way to end senseless roadway fatalities.

“As a former police officer, I know the life-threatening situations facing law enforcement every day, and I’m proud this legislation will protect and serve our brave men and women in uniform,” Munoz said. “We can’t afford to lose any more lives, so I implore all drivers to slow down and move over when you see first responders on the roads.”

This year, Troopers Christopher Lambert, Brooke Jones-Story and Gerald Ellis paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the line of duty. The law was initially passed in memory of Lieutenant Scott Gillen. Continue reading.




Holmes works to increase oversight of DCFS reporting

Sen. Linda Holmes

Responding to reports of abuse and neglect of children at the Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) passed legislation that would require the Department of Children and Family Services the Director of Public Health and the Director of Healthcare and Family Services when such cases occur.

“After DCFS found neglect and sexual abuse by staff, as well as failure to provide a safe environment and to monitor these children’s care and medication at this psychiatric hospital, it became obvious more oversight is needed to prevent this from happening,” Holmes said. “Federal and state investigations have revealed these tragedies and we must do everything we can to stop it.”

Among the cases investigated were children who had been cleared for discharge weeks or months before, but they were languishing in the hospitals because DCFS had failed to find other places for them. Continue reading.



Collins joins advocates to support anti-gun violence efforts

Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins

Gathering to call for a comprehensive and well-funded approach to reducing gun violence, advocates spoke at a “Stop The Violence” rally in front of the state Capitol last week.

State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) joined other officeholders, including Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, to address activists, including the anti-violence group inVEST. Advocates called for a plan funded in part by the legalization of cannabis to fund programs aimed at attacking the root causes of gun violence and reinvesting in communities long hurt by punitive public policy.

The recreational cannabis legalization proposal currently being debated in Springfield includes expungement of some drug convictions and also allocates 25% of tax revenue generated by sales of cannabis for community reinvestment. Continue reading.



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