ILSenate212bCREST HILL – Newly appointed chair of the Senate Criminal Law Committee, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) led a joint hearing earlier this week to discuss public safety issues, and how to use criminal justice data to help formulate solutions.

“Illinois needs to help its public safety community better share and analyze their data,” Connor said. “The ability to share and analyze this data quickly is like turning on a light— it allows us to see our way to smarter policy solutions.”

Members of the Criminal Law Committee, in collaboration with the Senate Public Safety Committee, heard virtually from a variety of panelists Tuesday, including representatives from the Sentencing Policy Advisory Panel, the Alliance for Safety and Justice, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the ACLU, and the Children and Family Justice Center.

Panelists offered testimony on practice of collecting, storing and sharing data, sentencing issues, and improving justice outcomes.  Details on the committee’s next meeting will be announced as finalized.

Committee schedules, witness slips and live proceedings are available at www.ilga.gov.

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BudgetQuote Connor2021 1SPRINGFIELD - Anticipating tough budget negotiations to address the financial devastation caused by the pandemic, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) released the following statement in response to the governor’s budget proposal Wednesday:

“Although rebuilding our state’s budget and economy will take discussion, effort and time, the proposed budget provides insightful ideas to spark negotiation. I agree with the proposal’s commitment to support human services for residents struggling through the pandemic while making full payments of the state’s pension obligation.

“Residents are relying on the state for help, and I believe the budget proposal to be fair-minded, while recognizing Illinois’ fiscal reality.”

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ispHazardous road conditions cause spike in roadside crashes

WILL COUNTY – To help keep first responders safe while they assist motorists on the side of the road, State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Plainfield) and State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) are reminding residents to reduce speed, switch lanes if possible and drive cautiously when emergency lights are visible. 

"Scott's Law means move over for emergency vehicles, which is especially important with the winter weather conditions we're currently experiencing," Loughran Cappel said. "I am grateful the trooper involved in the accident in Will County has been released with non-life-threatening injuries, and I urge drivers to move over and drive slowly when passing emergency vehicles to prevent further tragedy." 

According to the Illinois State Police, District 5 covering Will County is investigating the second Scott’s Law-related crash in just a week. The first occurred on Feb. 15 while a trooper was assisting drivers on Interstate 55 northbound near US Route 30, and the trooper was airlifted to a local area hospital with serious injuries. The second crash happened on Feb. 16 while a trooper was responding to an accident on Interstate 80 over Interstate 55. The trooper sustained non-life-threatening injuries and has been released from hospital care.

“By following Scott’s Law, motorists can help first responders return home safely at the end of their shifts,” Connor said. “My thoughts are with the state trooper injured in Monday's crash. I pray for a swift recovery and the family members as they endure this difficult time.”

Scott’s Law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching stationary emergency vehicles, including all highway maintenance vehicles displaying flashing lights, and any stationary vehicle with their hazard lights activated.

The law also states that if changing lanes is unsafe or not possible, drivers are required to proceed with due caution, reduce the speed of the vehicle and leave an appropriate distance until they have safely passed the stationary vehicle.

To check road conditions, motorists can visit http://gettingaroundillinois.com/

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Connor Valentines for Seniors updateCREST HILL – To brighten the lives of older residents who have been isolated from loved ones, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) invites residents of all ages to donate valentines to be given out at local long-term care facilities.

“Whether the cards are bought in a store or made from paper and markers, many older residents could use an extra reminder that they are cared for,” Connor said. “I encourage families, students, community members and anyone with artistic talent to send in a Valentine’s Day card to spread love to our older neighbors.”

Connor’s office will collect Valentine’s Day cards through Wednesday, Feb. 10. Once all the cards have been collected, they will be delivered to various long-term care facilities in the community.

Those wishing to participate can drop off cards in the box outside Connor’s office or mail them to:

State Senator John Connor

20660 Caton Farm Rd.

Unit D

Crest Hill, IL 60403

The donation box will be accessible from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Feb. 10.

With questions, contact Connor’s office at (815) 207-4445.

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District Office:
20660 Caton Farm Road, Unit D
Crest Hill, IL 60403
(815) 207-4445

Springfield Office:
M122 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8800

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