Although gun-control legislation has stalled in Congress, "common-sense gun reform" remains one of U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly's top priorities, the Democratic congresswoman said at a Monday night event in East Hazel Crest to review her first year in the House.
While in Congress, Kelly introduced gun-control legislation meant to place stricter safety standards on guns and keep "violent, dangerous people" from being able to purchase firearms. But supporters of gun curbs simply cannot get gun-control legislation to the House floor for a vote, Kelly said.
"There is gun legislation dealing with background checks, and there is about 180 to 190 bipartisan signatures, Democrats and Republicans," the congresswoman said. "But we cannot get it called to the floor, so what I tell people when people come and see me about the gun issue [is], 'I'm your choir.' So we need to call other people across the United States and call Speaker [John] Boehner [to] at least [bring] the bill to committee and to the floor and let it be voted up or down."
Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said currently incarcerated U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was transferred on Friday from a North Carolina federal prison to a prison facility in Montgomery, Alabama.
Former State Rep. Robin Kelly
of Matteson has won the Illinois 2nd Congressional District's primary
election Tuesday to become the Democratic nominee in the race to fill
the seat left vacant by disgraced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
Kelly will run in the district’s April 9 general
election to replace Jackson Jr., who pled guilty last week to misusing
some $750,000 in campaign funds.
more than half of the district's 545 precincts reporting, Kelly won the
special primary with 54 percent of the vote. Major contenders during
Kelly’s campaign were Democratic candidates former congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale (9th).
On a dreary day in an area that has seen more than its fair share of
ethically-challenged elected officials, an expectedly low voter turnout
was the story at many polling places Tuesday as residents came out to
cast their ballots in the race to replace former Illinois 2nd
Congressional District U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
remained mostly empty throughout the district during much of the
morning, an outcome that can be attributed just as much to a high level
of voter apathy than to the snowy weather.
was the scene at Bennett Elementary School on the far South Side, where
congressional candidate and 9th Ward Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale
went to cast his ballot this morning.
Freezing rain began to slick over the sidewalks this morning just as
Democratic candidate for the 2nd congressional district Debbie Halvorson
voted at the Steger Community Center.
congresswoman Halvorson is one of 18 candidates running in the special
primary election today to replace Jesse Jackson Jr., who pled guilty last week to misusing campaign funds.
2nd congressional district has been plagued for a long time with
ethical problems, with corruption, and we have a chance to really close
that chapter and start fresh,” Halvorson said just after casting her