Illinois Moms and Dads Rally Lawmakers for Different Causes


Some parents in the Land of Lincoln are setting their sights on the Illinois Statehouse.

Those parents want change on two big issues.

Illinois dads are demanding more custody privileges with their children, while moms are on a mission for tougher gun regulations.

And you’ll see how both, pushed for their causes in tonight’s top story.

For more than four years, Jesse Wes has been battling for time with his son, Jesse Jr.

And on this Wednesday, other father with the same cause rallied at the Illinois Statehouse.

‘We have a lo of parent and dads that are wanting to be there.  That are wanting to do right by their kids and they’re running into these barrier and boundaries that are unnecessary,” says Corrie Ray, who is a father.

A proposed bill would give father’s in Illinois more custody privileges with their kids.

It’s gaining traction in the Statehouse.

It also has Wes, and other dads, hopeful the bill will require courts to consider joint custody first instead of favoring mothers.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Illinois mothers met at the statehouse.

And.. they were fired up for one reason— to let gun sense bloom among lawmakers.

One mother, whose daughter was killed by a stray bullet, says it’s time for change.

Our children should have the right to go where they please without the fear of being killed or being shot because a bullet does not have a name,” says Milagros Purgos, who is a mother.

In fact, it’s in the name of “love” that these mothers and these fathers, like Jesse Wes, are petitioning lawmakers to pass legislation that will make a difference for parents and their children.

Illinois’ custody bill has not been called for a vote.

And, bills to curb gun violence are unlikely to be called by the end of this veto session.

That’s because lawmakers will only need a majority to pass gun laws when they return to work in January.

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