Legislative update — veto session

Today’s update:

_Guns – Rep. Mike Zalewski’s latest version of SB 1342, the mandatory minimums bill, is now on the House floor and could get a floor vote today. As mentioned yesterday, Mike and Rep. Brandon Phelps will have a news conference at 9 a.m. this morning in Room 100 of the Capitol to talk about the latest bill and the push ahead. Room 100 is directly across from Room 115 on the south end of the Capitol.

One issue asked about is what is included in the forcible felony for a first conviction that triggers the enhanced four-year mandatory minimum sentence for offenders with second and additional convictions for gun crimes. That definition is below.

_Tax credit – Mike’s bill to offer a tax credit to lure Univar from Washington state to Illinois, SB 1448, passed the House yesterday and now is awaiting concurrence in the Senate, where Sen. Tony Munoz is the sponsor.


720 ILCS 5/2-8. Forcible felony is any felony offense which involves the use or threat of physical force or violence against any individual. Offenses specifically cross referenced as forcible felonies:



Sexual assault





Aggravated battery great bodily harm