State Senator John ConnorWill County, Ill. – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) attended a legislative barn meeting hosted by the Will County Farm Bureau Wednesday night to discuss important issues facing the local agricultural community.

"Local farmers have always been an integral part of our community and it's important that we help them continue the American tradition of family farming, especially in the face of corporate growth,” Connor said. “I'm glad that the Will County Farm Bureau has given us this opportunity to prioritize our family farmers as we look to Illinois' future."

The Will County Farm Bureau has held legislative barn meetings for 20 years, giving farmers from the community the opportunity to meet up with state-level lawmakers to discuss legislation and the needs of the local agricultural community.

More information about the Will County Farm Bureau and its other upcoming events is available on its website.

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060121HAO00187 rSPRINGFIELD – A new law sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) will help prevent potentially fatal accidents by increasing training requirements for private detectives and private security guards who want to carry firearms.

“Private detectives and security guards who want to carry guns need to be properly trained,” Connor said. “They need to know when and how it is appropriate to use deadly force.”

Existing law required security guards to complete 40 hours of basic training to be licensed as private security contractors. Guards employed by corporations were able to carry weapons without completing the required training if the corporation they work for employs five or less armed guards. The new law would require all armed employees to complete the training and creates even more stringent training requirements for private detectives and private security contractors.

“Everyone who carries a gun as part of their job should be properly trained,” Connor said. “It helps protect them and helps protect our families and communities.”

The law, originally Senate Bill 548, was signed Friday and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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060121HAO00187 rSPRINGFIELD – Veterans and civilians in Illinois as well as older adults will be eligible for homestead exemptions without having to reapply thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator John Connor that was signed into law Friday.

“By not requiring members of these already at-risk populations to reapply for this important tax exemption, we are helping to keep them safe from COVID-19 and other dangerous and communicable illnesses,” Connor said. “When we help keep people at home, we help keep people safe.”

Homestead exemptions can be approved for people with disabilities, veterans with disabilities and older adults without new applications under House Bill 3289. Any property that was approved for the exemption in tax year 2019 will qualify, provided that the county the property is in is declared a disaster area related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recipients of the exemption are required to reapply every year, but the pandemic resulted in a waived reapplication requirement—a trend that Connor would like to see continue, due to concerns that applicants may potentially be exposed to COVID-19 or other communicable diseases when seeking help in-person.

“It is my responsibility and my honor to be a voice in the Senate for Illinoisans who have disabilities or are high risk in other ways,” Connor said.

The law will go into effect immediately.

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Connor Loughran Cappel Town Hall rJOLIET – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) and State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood) hosted a town hall in Joliet Tuesday evening to give local residents a legislative update and receive feedback on important issues in the community.

“I’m grateful to the community members who took the time to come speak with us and ask us the hard questions,” Connor said. “These discussions are not only my favorite part of being a legislator, they’re vital to the legislative process and ensuring that local needs and interests are brought to the table in Springfield.”

At the event, Senators Connor and Loughran Cappel updated residents on legislation that they worked on in the spring, and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about issues that were important to them.

“It’s always a pleasure to get together with the people we represent and get to the heart of what matters most to them,” Loughran Cappel said. “I’m proud to be able to represent such a vibrant community, and I can’t stress how important their feedback is. The work I do every day, both here at home and down in Springfield, is shaped by the members of our community and the issues that are impacting them.”

Residents gathered at the Black Road Branch of the Joliet Public Library to bring their concerns to the senators. Those who were unable to attend can stay up to date with the senators and their legislative work by visiting their websites: and

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