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Monday, Jul 15, 2019

* Center Square yesterday

State Rep. Chris Miller, R-Oakland, said elected officials encouraging local law enforcement to not cooperate with federal immigration officials was dangerous.

“To say that we’re going to not cooperate with federal agents to deal with illegal immigrants is a violation of the law and I think that, I don’t know, I think the consequences of this can be most severe,” Miller said.

He said elected officials can’t pick and choose which laws to obey, be they state or federal laws.

There are no federal laws mandating complete state and local police cooperation on immigration matters.

* Center Square yesterday

Elected officials, including two Republican lawmakers, talked with residents Saturday about two controversial efforts, one that would separate Chicago from the rest of the state and another to encourage more counties to pass resolutions declaring themselves gun sanctuary counties. […]

“This is shrinking all the time, but the last I checked [Illinois] had the 18th largest economy in the world – in the world – and we have done almost everything that we can possibly do to destroy that,” said state Rep. Chris Miller, R-Oakland, referencing high taxes and regulations. “So just think about what would happen if we, instead of having the highest of everything, if we were the lowest of everything … we would be thriving.” […]

Effingham County was the first county to pass a resolution to be a sanctuary for legal gun owners from burdensome gun laws.

Effingham County Board Vice Chairman David Campbell started the gun sanctuary resolution efforts. He said it’s grown to more than half the state. He was also at the Springfield town hall event Saturday.

“We need Sangamon County [to pass a gun sanctuary resolution] so we can get the rest of the counties to jump on board,” Campbell said. “They see Sangamon do it, they’re going to jump on, a lot of the other ones.”

Democratic Attorney General Kwame Raoul has publicly said that county state’s attorneys have prosecutorial discretion on whether or not to charge people for violating state gun laws.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

15 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 1:25 pm:

    ===“So just think about what would happen if we, instead of having the highest of everything, if we were the lowest of everything … we would be thriving.”===

    Ask, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, West Virginia about this premise.

    I’m trying to figure out what rational mind would want their state to be…

    Mississippi
    Alabama
    Arkansas
    West Virginia

    Truth be told, all FOUR states continually try to strive to more like the big industrial states… like Illinois.


  2. - Jibba - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 1:31 pm:

    Illinois already has the lowest state employees per capita. Pretty low on education funding, too. Lowest pension finding ratio. We tried “lowest” during the Rauner years, and things did not improve. If you want to try something new, let’s try fully funding things and see how that goes.


  3. - Concerned - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 1:34 pm:

    Rep. Miller, please go read Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997), and get back to us all on the role of state law enforcement and federal duties.


  4. - Back to the Mountains - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 1:39 pm:

    ==There are no federal laws mandating complete state and local police cooperation on immigration matters.==

    Not only do they not exist, they can’t exist. They’re unconstitutional. The federal government cannot commander local officials for federal purposes. These guys love to wrap themselves in the constitution without bothering to see how it’s been interpreted.

    ==[B]ut the last I checked [Illinois] had the 18th largest economy in the world – in the world==

    With all due respect Representative, the Illinois economy is so big because of Chicago and the collars. Coles County is a lovely place, but if you cut Chicago out of Illinois, it’s not gonna be able to pick up the slack in terms of economic output for a long, long, long time.


  5. - Flapdoodle - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 1:40 pm:

    =instead of having the highest of everything, if we were the lowest of everything=

    Seems to me that with legislators like Rep. Miller, some of these counties have already achieved “lowest” status.


  6. - Soo... - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 1:42 pm:

    Soo if you Separate Chicago from Illibama, will it be Chicago or Illibamma who still have top 25 world ranked a economy….? asking for a friend


  7. - Dysfunction Junction - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 2:21 pm:

    ==two controversial efforts, one that would separate Chicago from the rest of the state==

    …And suddenly, in unrehearsed unison, the voices of countless voters from Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, and Will Counties echoed across the prairie: “Oh please don’t throw us into the briar patch!”


  8. - Demoralized - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 2:29 pm:

    ==We need Sangamon County==

    Not one government official from the County showed up at that meeting. I think you’ll be waiting a long time if you are waiting on Sangamon County.


  9. - Medvale School for the Gifted - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 2:32 pm:

    The folks at EIU in Charleston have got to be wondering what it would be like to have a legislator who actually cares about the school. EIU has been striking out for years, and Eastern Bloc member Miller is the latest.


  10. - {Sigh} - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 2:49 pm:

    ==[B]ut the last I checked [Illinois] had the 18th largest economy in the world – in the world…

    With all due respect Representative, the Illinois economy is so big because of Chicago and the collars. Coles County is a lovely place, but if you cut Chicago out of Illinois, it’s not gonna be able to pick up the slack in terms of economic output for a long, long, long time.=

    Coles County? Rep. Miller also represents Cumberland Co - drive through Toledo, Greenup or Neoga and they are ghost towns. Not sure their is much in economic development in Oakland either.


  11. - JS Mill - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 2:52 pm:

    =Soo if you Separate Chicago from Illibama, will it be Chicago or Illibamma who still have top 25 world ranked a economy….? asking for a friend=

    You probably have an economic ranking on par with a 3rd world country. The lower end of that spectrum.


  12. - Elliott Ness - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 4:09 pm:

    Hahahahahahahaha…Miller, hahahhahahahahahahaha Halbrook, can’t they hear that they are being laughed at totally by everyone ?


  13. - MG85 - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 5:18 pm:

    So if CenterSquare reporting misses the mark, what do industry insiders call that?

    “X gets the square?”


  14. - Under Influenced... - Monday, Jul 15, 19 @ 6:42 pm:

    Rep. Miller is the lowest of everything…keep rocking it good sir.


  15. - Sanctuary Schmanctuary - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:06 pm:

    Rep. Miller on Immigration: “You can’t just pick and choose which laws you’re going to follow….”

    Rep. Miller on Guns: “We’re not going to follow the laws we decide we don’t like…”


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