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Carroll Committed to Israeli-American Partnership, Condemns Anti-Semitism

This is a press release that my office sent out the afternoon of February 11th, 2019. Carroll Committed to Israeli-American Partnership, Condemns Anti-Semitism Following a series of recent anti-Semitic comments from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, is fighting to prevent hateful and divisive views from gaining a voice on the…
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Gov. Pritzker, Lawmakers Vow Sweeping Changes to Address CPS Sexual Abuse Scandal

Original story by David Jackson for the Chicago Tribune. Click here for the original article. Illinois lawmakers have renewed bipartisan efforts to address the Chicago Public Schools sexual abuse scandal, filing bills designed to protect students by making sweeping changes to state laws. Legislators last year proposed 12 bills that would allow state officials to swiftly revoke the licenses of educators found to have sexually abused children, lift…
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Bipartisan Township Consolidation Bill Reintroduced in Springfield

Original story written by Joe Barnas for Illinois Policy. Link to original article HERE Former Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill before leaving office, but bipartisan support in the General Assembly may send it back to the governor’s desk. Lawmakers in Springfield have renewed their efforts to make it easier for McHenry County taxpayers to cut a layer of local government that is often inefficient at best and…
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Illinois Drivers May See End of Automated Tickets from Red-Light Cameras

Original Story written by Vincent Caruso for Illinois Policy, link to original article HERE Red-light cameras generated lots of traffic ticket revenue for local government without proof they made roads safer. One Illinois House bill would ban them from certain municipalities, but another would ban them statewide. Drivers in Illinois could see red-light cameras banned…
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New Laws taking effect in 2019

Written by outgoing State Representative David Olsen of the 81st District. This is a comprehensive document, and Representative Olsen gave me permission to share it with all of you. If you would like to see the full text of any of the bills described, please visit  http://ilga.gov There are 253 new state laws with a January 1, 2019 effective date. Many of these new laws simply clarify existing statutes, while others improve transparency…
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Three Day Waits for Guns to Become Illinois State Law

Link to original article for NPR Illinois by Sam Dunklau is hereDecember 27th, 2018 The ongoing series of mass shootings across the country prompted Illinois lawmakers to pass a number of measures in 2018 aimed at preventing such tragedies. One of those is taking effect on January 1st. Anyone in a hurry to buy a gun from an Illinois retailer will have to pause, starting…
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Spotlight on New State Laws: All firearms purchases

Link to original article in the Champaign News-Gazette hereWritten by Anthony Zilis 12/26/2018 With the new year just about here, News-Gazette Media’s ANTHONY ZILIS this week will spotlight four of the 200-plus of laws set to change statewide in 2019. FIRST UP: SB 3256, which mandates a 72-hour waiting period for all firearm purchases. WHAT…
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Tree of Life

Photo Credit: Associated Press / Gene J. Puskar Friends, Last Saturday, our country was rocked by more senseless gun violence. On Saturday morning, a congregation of my fellow Jewish people gathered to pray on our Sabbath. This day was even more special because a baby was going to be named. A tradition that we did…
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Helping the victims of the Prospect Heights fire

We just received this document from the City of Prospect Heights. If you can help, they really need you. My office is helping to coordinate efforts, but the City and the American Red Cross are taking the helm. If you have any questions, please contact my office at (847) 229-5499
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Illinois Legislators Urge Rauner to Increase Smoking Age to 21

Link to original article found HERE CHICAGO (CBS) — A bill proposing to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 will soon be on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk. Senate Bill 2332, commonly referred to as “Tobacco 21”, recently passed the General Assembly, with a 61-49 vote in the Illinois House of Representatives…
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