Frankfort, IL.. Today State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) announced her appointment to serve on the newly created, bipartisan House Firearm Public Awareness Task Force.
The task force was established by House Speaker Michael Madigan on September 13th at the behest of State Representative La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), who will serve as the task force’s Chairman. It is tasked with reviewing the issue of gun violence and make recommendations for reducing such violence in Illinois.
“I look forward to a healthy debate on these issues,” Rep. McDermed said. “My hope is that this task force will take a nuanced approach to the emotionally charged issue of gun violence and develop solutions that will actually produce results and not just overreaching, ineffective legislation designed to grab headlines.”
The task force will touch upon issues like assault weapons and Illinois’ Concealed Carry law. In addition, the task force will consider the issue of bail bonds, something which has sparked apprehension from police and citizens alike. In efforts to reform criminal justice, bonds in Cook County and Chicago have been lowered dramatically or removed, prompting concern that offenders with histories of gun violence are too easily back on the street after arrest.
Rep. McDermed was one of 10 House Republicans chosen for the 20 member task force by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs).