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Morrison works with Lake County organizations to combat Illinois’ opioid crisis

opioids 103018DEERFIELD – Today, State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) and leading organizations from across Illinois and Lake County launched a new statewide initiative to address the worsening opioid epidemic.

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Illinois will focus on improving prevention, treatment and recovery strategies to help save the lives of Illinoisans. The new alliance is made up of more than 20 health care, law enforcement, veteran, community and drug prevention organizations committed to finding solutions to the opioid crisis.

Aquino reacts to Trump attack on birthright citizenship

aquino 041118SPRINGFIELD – Reacting to Trump’s announcement that he will try to end birthright citizenship through executive order, State Sen. Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“Trump continues his fearmongering against immigrants by completely undermining our constitution in his announcement that he will attempt to end birthright citizenship. Recent events have showed us how dangerous this type of rhetoric against any group of people has become. I denounce this attack on our constitution and continue to stand with our immigrant population.”

Sandoval: We must exercise rights to defend against attacks on Constitution

sandoval 062018State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) released the following response to President Trump’s announcement that he would disregard the U.S. Constitution:

“An ever-outraged base is key to the president’s political survival, and our purported leader has shown once again today that the United States Constitution is but a speed bump in his effort to sow discord and anger.

“His most recent announcement is that he will remove the birthright of citizenship to persons born in the United States of America whose parents are not citizens – people like me.

“I’d love to ignore it, because responses in packaged ‘statements’ like these are the type of fare the president expects and desires when he speaks inflammatorily about people that don’t look like those who fill the rooms at his rallies.

“But I can’t ignore it, because in this month alone, black people were killed for being black, Jews were killed for being Jewish and more than a dozen bombs were shipped across the country to the people Trump has elevated as sub-human adversaries for his political gain.

“There’s real danger in America; in places of worship, in grocery stores, in newsrooms and in schools. Yet our president is marching thousands of military troops to the border to address a nebulous threat of people he believes dangerous not because of any prior actions but because of the color of their skin.

“This announcement is but another attempt from the president to narrow the definition of ‘American’ and to rile up the extremists that find refuge for their hate in the party of Trump.

“We’re better than this as Americans, and I encourage everyone to utilize their sacred Constitutional rights in the coming weeks and years to guarantee our founding document is not lost forever because of one man’s knack for manufacturing outrage.”

Castro: “President Trump cannot singlehandedly change the Constitution to exercise his will”

castro 041118ELGIN— State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) is tired of President Donald Trump’s unconstitutional ploys. This week, Trump announced his plans to end birthright citizenship for babies born to noncitizens changing a Constitutional right that was established by the nation’s founding fathers.

“Once again, President Trump is abusing his office to attract support from right wing extremists,” Castro said. “We need to work together as a society to embrace the contributions diversity brings to our nation, state and society instead of pitting people against each other. Plain and simple, the president’s actions are illegal.”

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