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The Majority Report 04/19/15 - Battling bureaucrats and protecting people

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Senator John Sullivan battles the bureaucrats to protect people's rights

Senator John Sullivan battles the bureaucrats to protect people's rights  Brent Nicholson has been a hunter his entire life. He passed hunter safety courses as a child and learned the sport with his dad and brother. He carried a state issued Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card for 13 years. That was until state bureaucrats took it away last summer even though he'd done nothing wrong.

Read why Brent's card was revoked and what Senator John Sullivan is doing to get it back and protect others like Brent.

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Sens. Martinez, McGuire outraged as governor swipes state welcome mat from underneath immigrants (VIDEO)

Sens. Martinez, McGuire outraged as governor swipes state welcome mat from underneath immigrants (VIDEO)On Good Friday, the state's new governor slashed millions of dollars from programs that help Illinois' newest residents, potentially ending services at immigrant welcoming centers across Illinois.

Read about Senator Martinez and McGuire's efforts to restore services and welcome immigrants to our communities.

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Cunningham: eliminate annual Homestead Exemption reapplication

Cunningham: eliminate annual Homestead Exemption reapplicationThe Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption, a residential property tax exemption for Illinois residents aged 65 or older, is designed to help senior citizens financially. Most years, the information needed to qualify for the exemption does not change. But state law requires seniors in Cook County to file paperwork annually and, in some cases, make trips to county courthouses to ensure they qualify, creating a hardship for those the exemption is intended to help.

"The current law places an unfair and sometimes confusing burden on seniors," Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago) said. "Forcing some of our most vulnerable citizens to repeatedly file the same paperwork year after year is not only a waste of resources, it could lead to a situation where seniors are denied a tax break they've earned."

Easing tax break process >

 


Black Caucus appalled by Good Friday cuts (VIDEO)

Black Caucus appalled by Good Friday cuts (VIDEO)The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus is appalled by the governor's $26 million slashing of Human Services and Public Health grants on April 3, Good Friday. These grants provide vital resources to the state's most vulnerable.

"Governor Rauner is slashing services that only a week ago, he agreed to keep operational," said Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, who also serves as Illinois Legislative Black Caucus chairman. "When you cut programs and services like violence prevention, taxpayers end up spending more money on corrections when preventive services were already put in place."

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