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Link addresses gun violence with new law

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.

Link advances bill allowing video gaming in veterans establishments

link 042618SPRINGFIELD – Veterans establishments across Illinois would be allowed to apply for video gaming licenses under a measure from Senator Terry Link that passed out of the Senate today.

“Our service members and veterans have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Link (D-Vernon Hills). “I strongly believe that their service should warrant them special permission to allow video gaming in their facilities if they so choose.”

Senate Bill 3166 allows the Illinois Gaming Board to issue video gaming licenses to licensed veterans establishments within cities or counties which have otherwise prohibited video gaming.

“Allowing veterans’ establishments special permission to have video gaming machines in their facilities is just one more way we can show our support and gratitude for their service to our country,” Link said.

New Link law paves way for 5G wireless in Illinois

link 041218SPRINGFIELD – A measure from Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) that will make Illinois a leader in wireless technology advancements and create 100,000 new Illinois jobs was signed into law today.

“As technology continues to advance and smartphone data use continues to increase, it's important that we have the infrastructure in place to support those advancements,” Link said. “This measure will help ensure a smooth transition to 5G and allow Illinois to stay at the forefront of new wireless technology.”

Link announces $17 million in new funding for Lake County schools

link 040618SPRINGFIELD – Some of Lake County’s most underfunded school districts will receive a significant boost under Illinois’ new education funding formula, Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) announced today.

Schools in Waukegan and North Chicago specifically will receive close to $17 million in new state support because they are among Illinois’ least funded districts and unable to adequately educate their students.

“When we passed education funding reform last year, we recognized that each school district in our state has unique needs that should be taken into consideration when we distribute funds,” Link said. “When these funds are released, the neediest districts will get the most funding, giving every student in Illinois an equal opportunity for a quality education.”

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) issued vouchers to the Illinois Comptroller today that clear the way for schools around the state to begin receiving money under the new evidence-based model.

ISBE worked with school districts and lawmakers for months to calculate the distribution, taking into account enrollment, district-specific student learning needs, available local resources and other data.

The overhaul of education funding reform passed by the Senate last year created a tiered system in which money is prioritized for the districts furthest from the adequacy target. 

No school district in the state received less money today than it did last year.

The distributions for schools in Link’s district are as follows:

School district

Percent of adequacy

Tier

New Money

Total State Contribution

GURNEE SCHOOL DIST 56

 

76%

2

$87,941.57

$2,612,975.89

WAUKEGAN C U SCHOOL DIST 60

 

50%

1

$14,333,114.59

$124,538,347.73

RONDOUT SCHOOL DIST 72

 

283%

4

$190.85

$103,333.04

HAWTHORN C C SCHOOL DIST 73

 

82%

2

$108,504.27

$3,834,239.36

MUNDELEIN ELEM SCHOOL DIST 75

 

67%

2

$146,130.92

$3,923,325.03

KILDEER COUNTRYSIDE C C S DIST 96

 

120%

4

$4,584.24

$2,472,869.67

APTAKISIC-TRIPP C C S DIST 102

 

111%

4

$3,275.33

$1,762,112.12

LINCOLNSHIRE-PRAIRIEVIEW S D 103

 

134%

4

$2,358.37

$1,030,560.75

MUNDELEIN CONS HIGH SCH DIST 120

 

91%

3

$50,496.96

$1,952,852.54

ADLAI E STEVENSON DIST 125

 

166%

4

$6,239.15

$2,547,512.13

LIBERTYVILLE COMM H SCH DIST 128

 

168%

4

$5,101.21

$2,116,554.57

NORTH CHICAGO SCHOOL DIST 187

 

53%

1

$2,499,168.12

$27,116,808.10              

Sen. Terry Link

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30th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served:
1997 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy; Executive; Executive Appointments; Financial Institutions (Vice Chairperson); Gaming; Insurance.

Biography: Partner, Lake County Industrial Equipment; born March 20, 1947, in Waukegan; attended Stout State University; married (wife, Susan McCall Link), has four children.>