Considering the new bills Rahm and Quinn are trying to move forward, I think that we should also move forward with our own bills. In particular, I think it's important to disarm Quinn of his power to suspend or limit transporting of firearms during an emergency. Remember what happened in New Orleans?
We need to get a bill going to amend the Emergency powers of Quinn before he decides to call an emergency.
Sec. 7. Emergency Powers of the Governor.
(a) In the event of a disaster, as defined in Section 4, the Governor may, by proclamation declare that a disaster exists. Upon such proclamation, the Governor shall have and may exercise for a period not to exceed 30 days the following emergency powers; provided, however, that the lapse of the emergency powers shall not, as regards any act or acts occurring or committed within the 30 days period, deprive any person, firm, corporation, political subdivision, or body politic of any right or rights to compensation or reimbursement which he, she, it, or they may have under the provisions of this Act:
(9) To suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles.