Illinois House Republicans are proposing measures to combat gang violence. A group of House Republicans with backgrounds in law enforcement today presented bills they’re sponsoring to combat gang violence. The package includes bills that increase minimum penalties for possession and for an unlawful use of a firearm, and new felony offenses for recruiting adults and minors to gangs.
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House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) is sponsoring a bill to train kids in school how to prevent violence and resolve conflicts. “We need to focus on protecting kids, whether they are in the city of Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan, Aurora, Elgin, wherever you wanna talk,” Cross said. Though the bills are all sponsored by Republicans, State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) says this is an across-the-aisle issue. “None of us care about who gets the glory for this. We want the Democrats in the House to work with us on this,” Durkin said.
There are four bills in the package: HB 3217, HB 3009, HB 1925, HB 1978.