CHICAGO — With Soldier Field in Chicago as the backdrop today, Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) team up with 1985 Super Bowl Champs Richard Dent, Kurt Becker as well as NFL executives, the Illinois High School Association, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital to push legislation through the Senate that tackles the vital issue of concussion education.

“The sports community has really stepped up to the plate to help us bring awareness to this vitally important issue of concussion education,” said Cross.  “With Sen. Raoul’s help and leadership in the Senate we will make concussion education a requirement for our student athletes and their parents.”

“I truly appreciate Leader Cross’s unwavering devotion to raising the profile of concussion education,” said Raoul. “From little league football to the NFL, and all levels and types of sports, we must do what we can in state government to make sure that girls and boys, men and women better protect themselves from potentially life-altering head injuries.”

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Raoul on Governor’s Approval of Death Penalty Abolition

SPRINGFIELD – The lawmakers who shepherded through the General Assembly legislation to abolish the death penalty today issued statements after Governor Pat Quinn approved Senate Bill 3539 – ending the punishment of death in Illinois.   

“While a moratorium was appropriate for years in order to allow us to evaluate and suggest reforms to improve our criminal justice system, today we recognize that no set of reforms will eliminate the fact that human beings are flawed.   I am thankful that the exonerated, victims, former prosecutors, religious leaders and legislators on a bipartisan basis came together to make this historic day possible.  Today we join the rest of the civilized world. God Bless Illinois!”  - State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago)

Click below to listen to the Senator's Opening and Closing Remarks

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