The Majority Report 10/21/19 - Morrison reminds Illinoisans of 'Red Flag' law


Morrison reminds Illinoisans of 'Red Flag' law

Sen. Julie A. Morrison

SPRINGFIELD – Oftentimes following a mass shooting, friends, family members or neighbors mention they were worried about the person’s threatening behavior but didn’t know where to turn.

“Time and time again, we hear family members say they were worried that someone close to them would harm others, but they didn’t know who to tell until it was too late,” said State Senator Julie Morrison. “Previously, if a person did report disturbing behavior, there was not a law in place to allow law enforcement to step in.”

The far too common occurrence led the Deerfield Democrat to pass the Firearms Restraining Order Act – also known as the “Red Flag” law.

The measure – which went into effect in January – allows family members and law enforcement officials who have concerns that someone is a threat to themselves or others the right to ask a judge to temporarily remove their guns. Continue reading.


Villivalam hosts Gandhi for panel discussion

Sen. Ram Villivalam

SKOKIE – State Senator Ram Villivalam (Chicago) hosted a fireside chat with a panel of activists that included Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi.

Mandali Buddha Prasad, former Deputy Speaker of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, and David Grengan, President of the Pietermaritzburg Gandhi Committee RSA, also sat on the panel. Villivalam and the panelists discussed Gandhi’s civil rights work, his commitment to nonviolent resistance and his dedication to bridging racial and religious divides.

“It was inspiring to hear from the panelists about their pursuit of justice in today’s political environment,” Villivalam said. “They are working hard to ensure that Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy is not forgotten.”

Villivalam hopes that the conversation will encourage people to learn from Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence and continue his quest for peace and equality.


Koehler recycling event gathers 85 tons of e-cycling

Sen. Dave Koehler

PEKIN – Peoria area residents were able to clear their homes of broken and outdated electronics in a safe, environmentally friendly manner thanks to an electronics recycling event hosted by State Senator Dave Koehler (Peoria).

The event took place at Area Recycling in Pekin with the help of Kuusakoski Recycling, an e-waste recycler with corporate offices in Plainfield.

“The partnership between my office, Area Recycling, and Kuusakoski has been extraordinary,” Koehler (D-Peoria) said. “It’s my sincere hope that we will be able to provide this service to area residents, and I’m going to do everything in my power to ensure the continuation of this event.”

The total amount of electronics collected for this event weighed in at 170,322 pounds, an improvement over last year’s 130,000 pounds. Continue reading.



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