060121HAO00187 rSPRINGFIELD – A new law sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) will help prevent potentially fatal accidents by increasing training requirements for private detectives and private security guards who want to carry firearms.

“Private detectives and security guards who want to carry guns need to be properly trained,” Connor said. “They need to know when and how it is appropriate to use deadly force.”

Existing law required security guards to complete 40 hours of basic training to be licensed as private security contractors. Guards employed by corporations were able to carry weapons without completing the required training if the corporation they work for employs five or less armed guards. The new law would require all armed employees to complete the training and creates even more stringent training requirements for private detectives and private security contractors.

“Everyone who carries a gun as part of their job should be properly trained,” Connor said. “It helps protect them and helps protect our families and communities.”

The law, originally Senate Bill 548, was signed Friday and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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060121HAO00187 rSPRINGFIELD – Veterans and civilians in Illinois as well as older adults will be eligible for homestead exemptions without having to reapply thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator John Connor that was signed into law Friday.

“By not requiring members of these already at-risk populations to reapply for this important tax exemption, we are helping to keep them safe from COVID-19 and other dangerous and communicable illnesses,” Connor said. “When we help keep people at home, we help keep people safe.”

Homestead exemptions can be approved for people with disabilities, veterans with disabilities and older adults without new applications under House Bill 3289. Any property that was approved for the exemption in tax year 2019 will qualify, provided that the county the property is in is declared a disaster area related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recipients of the exemption are required to reapply every year, but the pandemic resulted in a waived reapplication requirement—a trend that Connor would like to see continue, due to concerns that applicants may potentially be exposed to COVID-19 or other communicable diseases when seeking help in-person.

“It is my responsibility and my honor to be a voice in the Senate for Illinoisans who have disabilities or are high risk in other ways,” Connor said.

The law will go into effect immediately.

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Connor Loughran Cappel Town Hall rJOLIET – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) and State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood) hosted a town hall in Joliet Tuesday evening to give local residents a legislative update and receive feedback on important issues in the community.

“I’m grateful to the community members who took the time to come speak with us and ask us the hard questions,” Connor said. “These discussions are not only my favorite part of being a legislator, they’re vital to the legislative process and ensuring that local needs and interests are brought to the table in Springfield.”

At the event, Senators Connor and Loughran Cappel updated residents on legislation that they worked on in the spring, and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about issues that were important to them.

“It’s always a pleasure to get together with the people we represent and get to the heart of what matters most to them,” Loughran Cappel said. “I’m proud to be able to represent such a vibrant community, and I can’t stress how important their feedback is. The work I do every day, both here at home and down in Springfield, is shaped by the members of our community and the issues that are impacting them.”

Residents gathered at the Black Road Branch of the Joliet Public Library to bring their concerns to the senators. Those who were unable to attend can stay up to date with the senators and their legislative work by visiting their websites: SenatorConnor.com and SenatorLoughranCappel.com.

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pexels leah kelley 325521 rLOCKPORT – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) is celebrating Park and Recreation Month by encouraging residents to get outside and enjoy local public parks and other natural spaces.

“We have some amazing public parks in our community, and Park and Recreation Month is a reminder to take full advantage of them,” Connor said. “Getting outside has always improved your mood and your health, and now COVID has made being outside healthier in a new way."

According to the National Recreation and Park Association, parks create a significant increase in the quality of life by providing spaces where community members to come together. Many public parks are used to host public events or hold recreational programs as well, providing residents with various opportunities for involvement.

Parks also provide spaces where people can go to keep healthy and fit both mentally and physically, as visits to parks can be connected to reductions in stress, lowered blood pressure, and general physical health, according to a study by Penn State University.

“Parks provide us a common space to congregate and strengthen our communities,” Connor said. “This month, I hope we all take some time to get outside and appreciate how we all benefit from our local parks and outdoor recreational spaces.”

Learn more about local parks and public events by visiting the park district websites for Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Romeoville.

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