October 31, 2017
Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President
Hilary Denk, and
Heather Cunningham, LWVIL Issues Co-chairs
Mary Klonowski and Barbara Marsh, LWVIL Issue Specialists, Gun Violence Prevention
SB 1657 is expected to be called for a vote on Wednesday, November 8
- Once again, we urge you to call your STATE REPRESENTATIVE. Find phone numbers for your legislators at https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
- Sign the #OurOneJob Petition https://ilgvp.com/ouronejob-petition/ which goes to Governor Rauner and Illinois Legislators. You can easily add your signature online or download a copy to circulate to friends and neighbors.
- Participate in the 2017 Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition Advocacy Day in Springfield:
- Wednesday, November 8, 11:00 am
- State Rep. office visits
- Rally at the rail
- Visible presence to honor gun violence victims and survivors;
- For details on a meeting location for League members contact firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Bring your League buttons and League signs.
WHY IT MATTERS:
Last year in Chicago more than 4,300 people were shot, and 720 died, many of them children. 90% of crime guns in the United States can be traced to only 5% of gun dealers, and some of the most notorious are based right here in Illinois. 40% of guns used in crimes in Chicago between 2009 and 2014 came from Illinois.
States with licensing and oversight of gun stores reduced gun trafficking from in-state stores by 64%.
[Source: Chicago Gun Trace Report issued by the City of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the University of Chicago Crime Lab.]