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Link addresses gun violence with new law

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 11:37 AM

link 040618CHICAGO— America has the highest rate of gun violence of any developed nation and State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) is working to make Illinois a leader in changing that statistic.

Link championed a measure that will empower families and law enforcement to take steps to protect their loved ones and the general public. The bipartisan measure, House Bill 2354, was signed into law on Monday and will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

“We need to put a stop to gun violence in our nation,” Link said. “This new law will empower families and law enforcement to prevent senseless tragedies.”

The Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act will allow a family member or a law enforcement officer to alert the courts that an individual with access to a firearm poses a significant danger of personal injury to themselves or others.

If the court finds evidence to show the individual is indeed dangerous, a judge can require that person to temporarily turn over any firearms in their possession.

“Instituting commonsense gun laws will help save lives,” Link said. “This new measure provides residents with a fair and responsible method to take action if they see alarming behavior.”

Illinois’ law is modeled after a similar law in California that allows a court to intervene if it is found likely that a person may, in the near future, cause personal injury by owning a firearm.

House Bill 2354 passed the Senate and House with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Munoz hosts town hall meeting on McKinley Park asphalt plant concerns

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 09:24 AM

Munoz asphalt 071218CHICAGO – A large crowd of angry McKinley Park residents voiced their opposition to an asphalt plant at a town hall meeting hosted on Tuesday by Assistant Illinois Senate Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago)

When McKinley Park residents noticed new silos being built in their neighborhood earlier this year, they were blindsided, according to the Chicago Tribune. The silos were for a nearby asphalt plant that will be fully operational this month. Due to an apparent oversight by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, residents were not properly notified, receiving notice only two weeks before the project began.

Martinez calls for termination of officer who ignored racist tirade

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 04:29 PM

martinez 041118SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) today called for the termination of an officer for the Cook County Forest Preserves who failed to adequately respond to a racist verbal attack on a woman in a Cook County forest.

Video emerged yesterday of an incident on the Northwest Side in which a man threatens, curses at and racially attacks a woman for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag at a pavilion she had rented for a birthday party. The video shows the officer in question repeatedly ignoring her requests for him to detain the threatening individual. 

Sandoval tells Rauner to divest from detention camps

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 09:21 AM

Sandoval 070918 ReleaseCHICAGO – While thousands of immigrant children remain in U.S. detention camps alone, scared and separated from their families, news has broken that Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to profit from their plight.

State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) has condemned the governor and called for him to divest from the detention centers and issue a more forceful rebuke of President Donald Trump’s inhumane border policies.

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