4 REPUBLICANS get nod on gun-safety — CHANCE THE RAPPER raps RAHM — CHICO and the mayor’s race

4 REPUBLICANS get nod on gun-safety — CHANCE THE RAPPER raps RAHM — CHICO and the mayor’s race

By Shia Kapos ( skapos@politico.com ; @shiakapos) with Garrett Ross (gross@politico.com; @garrett_ross) Happy Thursday and welcome Michelle Obama to your first mention in the Illinois Playbook by yours truly. (Scroll down, friend.) THE BUZZ: The ground is shifting in the gun debate. Four Republican Assembly members are being endorsed by the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Political Action Committee and Giffords, an organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords to support responsible gun ownership. “This is a move in the right direction. We don’t think saving lives is a partisan issue,” said Kathleen Sances , president and CEO of G-PAC. Since 2016, the organization has been collecting questionnaires from state lawmakers and candidates on their views about gun safety and gun-violence prevention legislation. Based on their answers, the PAC makes endorsements. This is the first year Republicans have been endorsed —and that’s because this is the first time they’ve filled out the questionnaire. In previous years, Sances said, Republicans haven’t responded—let alone answered that they’d support gun-safety legislation. The four Republicans who received G-PAC’s endorsement are state Sens. Chris Nybo (24th), Tom Rooney (27th) and John Curran (41st), and state Rep. Peter Breen (48th). G-PAC also polled voters. That data shows 85 percent of Illinois voters support measures that would combat illegal gun trafficking and help stop the flow of illegal guns into communities, according to G-PAC. Sances sees it a guide for lawmakers. “They should vote the will of their constituents,” she said. The shift in gun-control politics follows, […]

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