A Weekly Update on Issues with Illinois State Senator Gary Forby...

Several short weeks ago, we learned that the mayor of Chicago and several of his pet politicians were gearing up to attack our Second Amendment rights.  They wanted to make us register our handguns and pay a $20 per gun fee.  They also wanted to create a new tax on ammunition.  Most of the money from these gun taxes would go to Chicago-area programs.

With the help of law-abiding supporters of the Second Amendment from every corner of Illinois, we decided to fight back.  We told the mayor of Chicago that he has a crime problem, not a gun problem.  After all, guns don’t kill people; people kill people.  We told him that the gang members in Chicago wouldn’t register their guns and would try to get around the ammo tax.  Only law-abiding hunters and Second Amendment supporters would pay the mayor’s ridiculous fees and taxes.  The people of Southern Illinois would end up paying for Chicago’s anti-violence programs, and that just isn’t fair.

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A Weekly Update on Issues with Illinois State Senator Gary Forby...

Last Wednesday, we welcomed more than 7,000 hunters, sports enthusiasts, and defenders of the Second Amendment to the Illinois State Capitol for Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD).  Every year, I appreciate seeing so many people stand up for the Constitutional values that are so important to the people of Southern Illinois.

This year, IGOLD was especially important.  We are closer than ever to passing conceal carry in Illinois.  Just last week, the Illinois House passed Representative Brandon Phelps’ conceal-carry law out of an important committee.  I’ve already signed up to sponsor it when it gets to the Senate.  Like many of you, I’m frustrated that Illinois is the last state in the country where the government doesn’t let us carry our guns in public.  I believe that forty-nine other states can’t be wrong.  We just need to keep up the pressure on the governor and legislators from Chicago and its suburbs.

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A Weekly Update on Issues with Illinois State Senator Gary Forby...

Last week, a deadly tornado struck Harrisburg in Saline County, and strong storms damaged neighboring communities.  I feel terrible for all of the people who lost family, friends, and neighbors; for the people who lost their homes and businesses; and for everyone struggling with injuries and property damage.  I left for Harrisburg as soon as I learned what happened.

This is a terrible tragedy for the people of Harrisburg, but it has demonstrated once again how well we all come together in a disaster.  I have been very impressed by how much everyone has done to help their neighbors and how quickly everyone has reacted.  Though we definitely have our differences on the state budget, I was happy that the governor and lieutenant governor came to Southern Illinois the day after the tornado and that he declared Harrisburg a disaster area, which will make it easier for state resources to get here.  I also want to thank Comptroller Topinka for promising to make paying all tornado-related bills a top priority.

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A Weekly Update on Issues with Illinois State Senator Gary Forby...

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn gave his yearly speech about the state budget.  He talked about some of the problems facing Illinois and what he wants to do to solve them this year.  I agree that Illinois’ budget is a mess and that we’re going to have to make some tough decisions this year.  Fixing the budget has to be one of our top priorities.  But, I don’t agree with most of the governor’s plan.  I think he’s got his priorities all wrong.

He wants to close 14 major state facilities—including Tamms Correctional Center right here in Southern Illinois—and dozens of smaller state offices.  Most of these facilities and offices are in Downstate Illinois.  Twelve of the 14 prisons, juvenile justice centers, halfway houses, mental health centers, and developmental disabilities care centers are Downstate.  All of the local human services offices he wants to close are Downstate.  One of them is in Carmi—he expects the low-income families who go to the human services office for help to somehow get all the way to Mt. Carmel now.

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