SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois House called it quits until January on Wednesday and a bill regarding gun dealers did not get called.
About 100 moms came to the Capitol Wednesday to push for new gun laws. They want the state to license Illinois gun dealers. But the House adjourned before calling the bill.
The mom’s say they will be back.
“We will be back because we know that this bill will reduce the number of guns that get on the streets,” Lauren Quinn, Moms Demand Action, said.
“It’s very common sense measures like background checks on employees, video surveillance on brick and mortar stores,” Colleen Daley, Illinois Coalition Against Handgun Violence, said.
Ra Joy, Chris Kennedy’s running mate in the Democratic primary for governor, was at the session Wednesday. Joy lost his son to gun violence this summer in Chicago.
“Our focus since that day has been how to prevent other families from experiencing the sorrow and anguish that we had to endure,” Joy said.
Many Republicans said the bill goes too far.
“I think this is too broad and I do believe ultimately it would interfere with the rights of law abiding citizens to have access to guns. Again, law abiding citizens,” State Rep. David McSweeney, (R-Carey), said.
Before floor business, lawmakers took sexual harassment training—all part of Speaker Mike Madigan’s new ethics rules.
“The warning coming out of the meeting is to develop a code of conduct which is deemed to be acceptable to live under and don’t tolerate any violations. Don’t tolerate any exceptions because there will be big trouble for you,” he said.
Lawmakers said the training covered basic dos and don’ts. They reviewed quid pro quo, discussed what constitutes a hostile work environment, and went over best practices, such as refraining from behavior that is considered offensive.
“We’ve got to be cognizant of the times we’re living in. Maybe years ago before cell phones, before social media, guys could get away with that. But the gig is over. Women deserve respect, they’re demanding it. It’s 2017,” Rep. Marcus Evans, (D-Chicago), said.
The House is back in January.