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Let’s Talk Politics Series Continues: The Assault Weapons Ban in Illinois

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, February 11th, State Senator Julie Morrison and State Representative Bob Morgan shared the inside story about the Protect Illinois Communities Act, commonly referred to as the Illinois Assault Weapons Ban, with an engaged audience of more than 60 Democrats. The speakers, both of whose districts include Lake County, talked about what this significant legislation does and how it got passed. The event was part of Tenth Dems University’s Let’s Talk Politics series and was held at Max & Benny’s Restaurant and Delicatessen in Northbrook.

Both speakers explained how the Protect Illinois Communities Act not only bans assault weapons in Illinois, but also limits purchases of high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, which are devices that turn an ordinary handgun into an automatic weapon that discharges scores of bullets with a single trigger pull.  They shared the story of their success in passing this impactful law.

Representative Morgan shared that Governor Pritzker signed the bill into law the day it passed, effective immediately. The legislature and the governor took this unusual step to preempt a likely wave of assault weapons purchases during any interim between the bill’s passage and the law’s effective date.

A lively Q & A session closed out the event.  Attendees were interested in additional gun violence prevention measures, like legislation requiring safe storage of guns by owners and vendors; improved red flag laws and increased mental health funding; mandating liability insurance for gun owners; taxing bullets; and funding more public service announcements about gun violence and ways to reduce it.

Following the program, many of the attendees stayed at Max & Benny’s to continue the conversation over dinner. 


Join us for laughs

Looking for some laughs? (You know you need some.) Join our Lake Dems friends on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 2 PM for a performance of the hilarious political comedy of DC’s Reflecting Fools comedy troupe (formerly The Capitol Steps) at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie.  And join them after the show for a 4 PM early dinner right next door at Jameson’s Charhouse. Get your tickets now before they sell out!  (Tickets can be picked up at the Lake Dems Will Call table in the lobby on the day of the show.) Click here to join us for the show, for dinner, or for both.

Tickets for DC’s Reflecting Fools are $44.20 per person (Lake Dems cost – there is no upcharge!). The group price is $7.80 less than you what you’d pay to purchase your ticket online. The full dinner at Jameson’s (including non-alcoholic drinks) is $35.00, also at cost.

Lake Dems Weekly Update: Special Inauguration Edition


House Passes Bipartisan Funding Bill Including Local Projects, Improvements to Retirement Security, Health Insurance, and Support for Innovative Medical Devices

December 23, 2022

WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman Brad Schneider voted for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Omnibus Funding Bill, which passed the House 225-201. The bill includes critical funding to protect children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP and language to reform the Electoral Count Act. All 15 of Schneider’s Community Project Funding (CPF) submissions were included in the legislation, as were bills Schneider introduced to improve retirement security and a provision supporting telemedicine. The Omnibus also includes Rep. Schneider’s bill, the Innovative Technologies Impacted by COVID-19 Act, bipartisan legislation he introduced with Rep. LaHood that provides support for innovative medical devices that treat critical diseases, such as cancer.

“Today’s bill clearly demonstrates the values and priorities of this 117th Congress: lowering costs for American families, ensuring healthcare coverage for our children, strengthening our communities and defending our democracy,” said Brad Schneider. “Essential projects across Illinois will be started, generating economic growth, improving access to mental health services, reducing flooding, and enhancing public safety. I am hopeful that we will quickly see this funding bill signed into law and we can get to work.”

The below CPF projects in Illinois’s Tenth District will be funded per Congressman Schneider’s request. These projects – listed in alphabetical order by recipient –  represent solutions to the district’s largest problems and were carefully chosen from a large field of  applicants:

  1. Waukegan Water Works Improvement Project
  2. Wheeling School District Federally Qualified Health Center
  3. Community Partners for Affordable Housing’s (CPAH) Lake County Affordable Housing Development in Libertyville
  4. Josselyn Center Mental Health Expansion
  5. North Chicago Economic Redevelopment at Sheridan Crossing
  6. Cedar Lake Road Realignment and Downtown Round Lake Improvement Project
  7. Lake County Gun Violence Prevention Initiative
  8. Lake Bluff Downtown Flood Mitigation Project
  9. Nicasa Round Lake Behavioral Health and Telehealth Center
  10. Lake County Early Learning Center in North Chicago
  11. Zero Emissions Pace Bus Fleet
  12. PADS Lake County Homeless Shelter
  13. Beach Park Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Project
  14. Chain O’Lakes Economic Development in Fox Lake
  15. Waukegan to College Onsite School Expansion

Additionally, the bill secures a $21 billion increase for veterans’ health care – including supporting the VA as it implements the landmark PACT Act. Among its provisions, the bill provides for a variety of initiatives championed by Schneider, including:

  1. Two provisions of SECURE 2.0 on autoportability and the special needs trust. Schneider led both provisions.
  2. A section to avoid the telehealth cliff. The section extends through Calendar Year 2024 the flexibility to exempt telehealth services from the deductible in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) that can be paired with a Health Savings Account (HSA). Schneider led the effort to extend this flexibility.
  3. The Innovative Technologies Impacted by COVID-19 Act (H.R. 9559), introduced by Schneider, which extends the transitional pass-through payment status on certain medical devices set to expire December 31, 2022, for a year starting on January 1, 2023.
  4. Language to rename the Grayslake Post Office for Fallen Afghanistan Army Specialist Joey Dimock. In November, the House passed Schneider’s standalone bill.
  5. Funding for Nuclear Closure Communities to help areas like Zion that shoulder the legacy of stranded nuclear waste.
  6. Significant funding to protect the Great Lakes, support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and enhance federal protections against invasive species like Asian Carp.
  7. Federal research funding on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the Departments of Defense, Transportation, and Energy to help scale up the SAF industry and incorporate SAF into federal flight operations.
  8. Legislation contains funding for the U.S. Capitol Complex to create a dedicated interfaith prayer space for use by staff and the public for prayer and meditation. Rep. Schneider led a letter requesting this space be established; currently there is an interfaith space for use by Members of Congress and Senators, but there is no such space for use by the public within the U.S. Capitol Complex.



Happy New Year from Tenth Dems!