Hundreds rallied in support of Second Amendment at Statehouse
Thousands of Second Amendment supporters flooded the streets of Springfield and the halls of the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 25, for Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day.
Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day, also known as IGOLD, is an annual event where gun owners, Second Amendment advocates, and lawmakers rally in support of the Constitution and protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
The group began their day in downtown Springfield, hosting a rally at the convention center. They then marched a half a mile to the Capitol, heard from various speakers, and met with their local lawmakers to discuss legislative issues related to the Second Amendment.
Senate Bill 1657
IGOLD took place on the deadline for the Illinois Senate to attempt an override of Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of Senate Bill 1657, legislation that would have created a new state bureaucracy to license firearms dealers.
Prior to the deadline, Senator Schimpf stated his opposition to the override:
“I have already voted against SB1657 five times. It would have unduly burdened small, southern Illinois firearms businesses, created a massive new government bureaucracy, and diminished our ability to exercise our constitutional freedoms. These gun controls are extreme, but are by no means a surprise as my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have consistently diminished our Second Amendment rights.”
Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in March
Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in March in all of Illinois’ metropolitan areas, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in ten of the metropolitan areas.
The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included:
- Manufacturing (9 of 14)
- Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (9 of 14)
- Professional and Business Services, (8 of 14)
- Leisure and Hospitality (8 of 14), and Government (8 of 14)
Not seasonally adjusted data compares March 2018 with March 2017. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 4.4 percent in March 2018 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010.
Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in March 2018 and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak.
The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work, and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.
SJR 54 Advances
Senate Joint Resolution 54, establishing the Southwest Illinois Connector Task Force, advanced unanimously out of the Executive Committee on April 25, and is headed to the Senate floor for further action.
Leaders from the four counties impacted by the proposed highway traveled to Springfield and were present at the hearing. In his committee testimony Sen. Schimpf stated:
“This bill doesn’t require the spending of state funds. It simply gives the opportunity for the proponents of this highway to explain why it is vital for the economic growth of southwestern Illinois.”
The resolution is an integral part of Sen. Schimpf’s “Eight for ‘18” list of legislative priorities.
Daisy Dudek a senior from Pinckneyville High School and Loren Koenigstein a junior from Columbia High School joined Sen. Paul Schimpf in Springfield this week as Honorary Pages.