The Majority Report 01/22/19 - Gun dealer licensing, pay equity plans become law


Harmon’s gun dealer licensing plan becomes law

Gun dealer licensing plan is signed into law

State Senator Don Harmon’s plan for Illinois to license gun dealers became law Thursday, 16 years after he first introduced the idea to the legislature.

“When I first introduced a version of this bill in 2003, I thought we would be having this celebration a little sooner,” Harmon (D-Oak Park) said. “This bill will help, but there’s more work to be done. I ask all of our dedicated supporters to remain in this fight.”

The Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act contains provisions to better record and track private gun sales. It treats all firearm licensees the same, regardless of their size. It requires the Illinois State Police, rather than the state agency that regulates professions and occupations, to certify gun dealers.

Harmon’s district includes portions of the West Side of Chicago, an area that has been plagued with gun violence for years. As of Dec. 23, the Chicago Police Department reported 555 homicides in Chicago in 2018.

In the news: Governor signs gun dealer licensing law
In the news: Pritzker signs law requiring state licensing of Illinois gun dealers


Senate president lauds focus on putting people to work

Construction trades

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton signaled his support Wednesday for Gov. JB Pritzker’s efforts to make sure the state’s workforce training programs are putting people to work and identifying new jobs and industries for Illinois’ future.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to put people to work. I applaud the governor for recognizing the opportunity and moving quickly to do something about it,” Cullerton said.

On Wednesday, Pritzker gave his agencies a 90-day deadline to come up with ways for the state to better align workforce development programs and funding with actual employers’ needs and emerging industries, such as renewable, green energy jobs.

Cullerton recently highlighted in his inaugural address the success of a Richland Community College program that dramatically increased employment for construction trades and industrial training students. Success came after school leaders met with local employers, identified what they needed from potential workers and adjusted the curriculum to address specific needs.

Cullerton has called for expanding the program statewide and including renewable energy industries. Pritzker’s executive order is a key step forward for those shared goals.

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Belt supports Breakfast Beyond the Bell in Cahokia

Breakfast Beyond the Bell, Cahokia

State Senator Christopher Belt is commending local school leaders for starting a Breakfast Beyond the Bell program to help students get a nutritious start to the day.

Cahokia Unit School District 187 is starting the free and reduced breakfast program, which is federally funded and will provide breakfast to students who cannot afford it on a regular basis.

“What a noble concept to feed our students when they are hungry,” Belt (D-Cahokia) said. “The research has made it abundantly clear that students who eat a nutritious breakfast at the start of their day academically do better than students who do not.”

The St. Louis Area Food Bank supports the program and will provide a variety of breakfast items to more than 1,000 students two days a week.




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