In the wake of another violent attack, State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) says Illinois cannot continue to wait to take action. In the fall, Wheeler sponsored legislation to address bump stocks like the one used by the Las Vegas shooter and began working with the State Police (ISP) and Human Services (DHS) to address mental health reporting failures. She has since filed new legislation to increase security at gun shops and increase penalties for possession of fully automatic weapons, which is illegal under Illinois law.

“Last week’s shooting in Florida is another clear example that we cannot keep delaying action to address the link between mental health and gun violence,” said Wheeler. “Nor can we continue to ignore the reality that we do not need certain types of firearms and firearm modifications, like bump stocks, on the market.”
Tomorrow at noon, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his annual Budget Address. The address will provide a blueprint to the General Assembly of how the Governor would like to see the state appropriate taxpayer dollars. 

You can watch it live online, Click Here.
From ABC Chicago: Find out if your school, business or daycare center is closed because of a weather emergency. 

The Emergency Closing Center lists the status of all reported ECC facilities. If you do not see your facility listed it means the facility has not reported a status change to ECC. Click Here.
The first day of the spring session was Tuesday, January 30. In addition to considering appropriation bills to make up the FY19 State of Illinois budget (for the fiscal year which starts on July 1, 2018), the Illinois House and Senate will consider many substantive bills. With Amazon.com considering Chicago as one possible location as the site for its second headquarters, the lawmakers will be eager to prioritize measures to improve Illinois as a place for job creation and enterprise. Continuing competition from other Midwestern states, especially Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin, is expected to be a major theme of the session’s substantive bill work. 
Speaking on the House floor, State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) called for a federal investigation of the leadership within the United Auto Workers labor union following horrific accounts of sexual harassment and abuse of female employees at the Ford plant in Chicago.

For more information about House Resolution 783, calling for the investigation, Click Here.