TC-SchoolGangA new program requiring school officials to report any weapons or gang activity to police was signed into law today. The new law was sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton.

“We cannot ignore signs of gang activity in our schools,” Cullerton said. “We must do everything possible to keep the influences of gangs away from children, especially while at school.”

Prior to this program, the law only required school administrators to notify law enforcement if the safety of students and teachers is threatened by illegal drugs and alcohol. Cullerton’s proposal expands that to gang activity and weapons.

“This law helps ensure schools are gang-free zones and create a more successful and safer learning environment for our children,” Cullerton said.

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TC-GunVetoGovernor Pat Quinn vetoed the Senate and House approved concealed carry legislation, today.

“I am disappointed—but not surprised—Governor Quinn waited so long to veto concealed carry while he tried to score political points,” State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) said.

“Even though he has put lawmakers in a difficult position, I am optimistic that we will be able to override his veto and finally get a law on the books.”

The legislation, House Bill 183, now returns to the House to accept or override the governor’s veto. A simple majority is required to accept the changes in the governor’s amendatory veto, and a three-fifths majority to override. The Senate would then need to concur—or agree—with the House’s action.

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fcien  48 A newly signed law requires schools to conduct school shooting drills with local law enforcement agencies. The new program is aimed at reducing response times and reviewing schools’ emergency response plans.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) co-sponsored the new law.

“Just like a fire drill or tornado drill, these drills will give schools and emergency responders a chance to find ways of protecting as many lives as possible,” Cullerton said. “In any emergency seconds matter. This law will make sure that no time is wasted when children’s lives are at stake.”

Unlike a fire or tornado drill, children are not required to be present during the drill. Along with shooting drills, the new law requires schools to also prepare for other types of incidents including hazardous material spills and bomb threats.

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blackhawksCongratulations to the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks on their Stanley Cup championship victory over the Boston Bruins.  The dedicated players, coaches and fans have made this is an exciting time for Chicago sports. From the team’s season opening 21-0-3 start to the 17 second turn-around scores to win Game 6; this has been an outstanding season for the Blackhawks and Chicagoland.

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