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Morrison law increases burial benefit for fallen firefighters, law enforcement officers

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2019 02:22 PM

morrison 032719SPRINGFIELD – The burial benefit for law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty will increase under a new law by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) that was signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker this week.

“Every day, law enforcement officers and firefighters put their lives on the line to protect us all,” Morrison said. “The least we can do for fallen officers or firefighters is ensure their families aren’t left with worry about burying their loved one.”


Villivalam champions adult use cannabis legislation

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 11:55 AM

villivalam 030519SPRINGFIELD – Legislation supported by State Senator Ram Villivalam that would allow for the legal purchase, possession, and taxation of cannabis was signed into law today.

“I am proud to have supported recreational cannabis legislation that has strong social and economic justice provisions,” Villivalam said. “From the research that undeniably illustrates that this is good public policy to the polling that shows that there is broad base of support from residents in the state of Illinois, legalizing cannabis makes sense for our state.”

House Bill 1438:

  • Provides law enforcement with the funding and tools to oversee usage.
  • Creates a legal industry that ensures minority participation with regard to both equity in ownership and quality employment.
  • Expunges minor cannabis offenses to end the vicious cycle of the criminal justice system.
  • Provides revenue to the state of Illinois.

The use and possession of cannabis in Illinois becomes legal Jan. 1, 2020.

Holmes pleased as adult-use cannabis legislation signed into law

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 11:53 AM

marij disp 062519SPRINGFIELD – A measure to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois, co-sponsored by State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), was signed into law today by Gov. JB Pritzker. Holmes released the following statement on the law that allow cannabis sales to adults to begin Jan. 1, 2020:

“I believe legalizing adult-use cannabis is the right move for Illinois. The legislation is comprehensive in covering my concerns about prohibiting access to young people, enforcing driving under the influence laws, addressing criminal justice and restoring communities that have endured high crime due to the illegal distribution of cannabis.

“It is obvious the associated revenue will support our general funding, pay for community reinvestment, mental health and substance abuse programs, law enforcement, and help the state pay our bills. I appreciate the governor recognizing these opportunities and making Illinois the 11th state with legal adult-use cannabis.”

Senator Fine applauds action on legislation protecting immigrant communities

Published: Friday, June 21, 2019 04:20 PM

fine 032819SPRINGFIELD – Several pieces of legislation designed to protect Illinois immigrant families were signed into law today by Gov. JB Pritzker.

State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) issued the following statement:

“These pieces of legislation send a message to immigrant families that Illinois is a welcoming and supportive state. I applaud the sponsors of these measures for their dedication and compassion and I thank the governor for making this a priority.”

The legislation signed included:

  • HB 2691 – RISE act: Provides access to financial aid for undocumented students and other groups that often have difficulty accessing these resources.
  • HB 2040 – Private Detention Facility Moratorium Act: Bars state and local governments from entering into contacts for private detention centers.
  • HB 1637 – Keep Illinois Families Together Act: Bars agreements that deputize local police officers into ICE.
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