Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant issued a statement today following her vote to override the governor's amendatory veto and finally enact concealed carry in Illinois.

"The bill that we passed in May was the result of many months of hard work and compromise. A number of governor's proposed changes went too far and would have made the bill impossible to pass as amended."

Bertino-Tarrant was adamant about passing reasonable gun safety measures prior to the federal court's deadline, which was today, but also expressed interest in continuing to explore the issue of gun safety in Illinois.

"Making sure we had a solid framework in place by the federal deadline was imperative. However, I will always be interested in continuing the conversation on gun safety and working on ways to improve the measures that we passed."

Although Bertino-Tarrant chose to vote to override a majority of the governor's proposed changes to the concealed carry measure, she did support three modifications to the legislation, which passed the Senate in a separate bill today.

• Duty to Inform —Requires a permit holder to immediately disclose to police that he or she is carrying.
• Mental Health Reporting— Provides that law enforcement and school officials reporting clear and present danger need to report directly to law enforcement.
• No Signage for Per Se Prohibited Places — Locations that are listed as prohibited places (including schools, parks and government buildings) will not be required to post signs indicating that firearms are not allowed on the property.

The House also voted to override the governor's amendatory veto but then failed to pass the three changes approved by the Senate. Therefore, the original concealed carry measure passed by the General Assembly in May is now law.

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State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant today applauded the governor's signage of legislation that imposes stiffer penalties on repeat domestic battery offenders. Bertino- Tarrant was a co-sponsor of the legislation.

"Domestic battery is a problem in all of our communities," Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said. "This new law shows the abusers that we are not going to stand idly by while they continue to assault their partners. It also shows victims that the state and the judicial system are on their side."

The new law increases the penalties for domestic battery from a Class 4 felony with a one-to three-year prison term to a Class 3 felony with a two-to five-year prison term upon the offender's fourth domestic battery conviction. The penalty then increases to a Class 2 felony with a three-to seven-year prison term for all subsequent convictions if the offender has four or more domestic battery convictions.

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Earlier this month, state officials announced that the deadline for new applications for The Illinois Hardest Hit Program's (HHP) temporary mortgage assistance is set for September 30, 2013.

Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) wants to ensure that everyone in need of homeowner assistance is aware of the upcoming deadline.

"Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages should apply for the program before it's too late," Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said. "This program was designed to help the unemployed and underemployed and anyone who falls into that category should try to take advantage of this resource."

The state of Illinois launched the Hardest Hit Program in September 2011 to assist homeowners struggling to maintain their homes while they worked to regain employment and financial stability. Thousands of homeowners have already been helped through funding from HHP.

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Illinois is now the final state in the nation to allow concealed carry. House Bill 183 has been approved by the General Assembly, and will be implemented.

With this change in law come questions about the regulations gun owners need to follow. To learn more about concealed carry please click the Concealed Carry FAQ graffic.

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