Flanked by a diverse group of faith leaders at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, Senator Dan Kotowski (D – Park Ridge) announced today his plan to keep concealed handguns out of places of worship.
“People from all faith traditions should be able to worship in peace,” Kotowski said. “When a family prays, the last thing they should have to worry about is if the person next to them is carrying a loaded, concealed weapon with a high-capacity ammunition magazine. Our children should feel as safe in Church as they do at school.”
Last week, the House-Senate pension reform conference committee kicked off its public meetings with a hearing in Chicago that lasted more than four hours and gave conferees a chance to hear from and question some notable voices on the issue. The following individuals testified; click on a name to view a witness' written testimony, if any was submitted.
1. I have a FOID card; does that mean I can carry a concealed weapon?
No. While having a valid FOID card is a requirement for obtaining a concealed-carry license, a person with a FOID card is not automatically entitled to carry a firearm in public. You must apply for and obtain a license from the Illinois State Police.
Senate President John J. Cullerton issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s actions today:
Lawmakers have worked hard this session. That work included passing a balanced budget, paying off hundreds of millions of dollars in old bills, cutting their own pay and numerous, serious bipartisan efforts to enact comprehensive pension reform.
The governor’s actions today are as unproductive as yesterday’s arbitrary deadline. Responsible leaders know that unworkable demands will only delay progress.
Our efforts on pensions will continue until we’ve reached our goal. In the meantime, the work of the pensions conference committee shouldn't be undermined or deterred by today's or future political grandstanding.
Members of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee recently held a subject-matter hearing regarding the labeling of genetically modified organisms in food.
The committee met in Normal, Illinois and heard from a panel of both proponents and opponents regarding legislation to label genetically modified organisms in food. In the coming months, the committee will be traveling to both Carbondale and Chicago to further study this issue.
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