Lawmakers join students in Illinois anti-gun violence marches

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Senate Democrats joined students and anti-violence advocates in communities throughout Illinois during the weekend to support their calls for stricter gun laws.

hastings march 324Thousands of people turned out in Chicago, the suburbs and in communities up and down the state Saturday for March For Our Lives rallies. Participants demanded measures to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools.

Rallies here and across the nation were organized to show solidarity with those attending the main March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., which was organized following the Feb. 14 mass shooting of students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Senator Michael Hastings of Tinley Park joined members of Moms Demand Action, an organization that advocates for gun violence prevention, for a march in Frankfort, a village in Will County, where more than 300 people on both sides of the gun control issue gathered to peacefully express their points of view.

In the Lake County community of Vernon Hills, Senator Julie Morrison of Deerfield joined protesters for a march that began at a local middle school and wound its way through the city. Morrison is a longtime advocate for sensible gun-control measures and is the sponsor of several proposals pending in the Legislature that could help prevent gun violence and mass shootings in Illinois.

harmon march 324Senator Don Harmon of Oak Park participated in the March For Our Lives rally at Chicago’s Union Park with his daughter, Maggie. Senator Melinda Bush of Grayslake also marched in Chicago.

Harmon is the sponsor of a bipartisan gun dealer licensing measure that was vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner March 13, the day before a school walkout by students in Illinois and across the nation to protest insufficient gun control regulations.

Bush organized a nonpartisan Senate walkout the same day to show solidarity with the students.


bush march 324By the numbers:

  • More than 830 March For Our Lives rallies took place across the country.
  • More than 200,000 people participated in the Washington, D.C., rally, according to crowd estimates.
  • There were at least two dozen “sibling” March For Our Lives rallies in communities throughout Illinois, including Springfield, Carbondale, Danville, Charleston, Galesburg, Rockford and Peoria.
  • The Chicago rally drew an estimated 85,000 participants.