GANG MEMBERS AND GUNS
Another new law, House Bill 4124, require street gang members convicted of possessing a loaded gun in a public area to receive mandatory prison time. Previously, the law simply stated that gang members who have a loaded gun in their possession could be sentenced to probation.
Signed December 3, the law took effect immediately. Previously, gang members convicted of having a loaded gun in their possession in a public place faced 3-10 years in prison. The new law was introduced after a Chicago police officer was shot and killed by assumed gang members, one of whom was on probation for an unlawful use of a weapon violation.
Kudos to the Illinois Farm Bureau, which is hosting its annual meeting December 5-8 in Chicago.
On its Web site, the Illinois Farm Bureau states that its “mission is to improve the economic well-being of agriculture and enrich the quality of farm family life.”
Illinois has a farm-based economy, so anything affecting farmers and agribusiness will have a strong impact on us all. Think of all the agriculture-related jobs, whether they are growing crops, raising livestock, conducting research at the University of Illinois, selling commodities at the Chicago Board of Trade or building farm implements at Deere & Company in Moline.
Working together, we can keep agriculture strong in Illinois!