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Andrade Joins Neighbors for Community Safety Event

Nov 7, 2019

CHICAGO – After a series of gun violence incidents, state Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, joined The Residents of Irving Park and local area residents yesterday for a family-friendly community safety event to reclaim the streets for the community.

“The recent wave of gun violence in Irving Park is making residents afraid,” Andrade said. “We’re out here tonight to let our friends and neighbors know that our community is united in keeping our community safe for our kids.”

The Irving Park neighborhood has seen an uptick in gun violence incidents, including three separate reports of gunfire during the first week of November. The event was also attended by 33rd Ward Ald. Rossana Rodriguez, and 35th Ward Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa.

Andrade is the sponsor of several pieces of common-sense gun reform legislation, including Senate Bill 1966 also known as ‘Fix the FOID,’ which would close loopholes in Illinois’ Firearm Owners ID (FOID) system and require the Illinois State Police to collect weapons from individuals who have their FOID cards revoked. Andrade is happy to see the community acting on multiple levels.

“Whether it’s commonsense gun legislation in Springfield, promoting social equity, or being visible in the community against gun violence, every little effort makes a difference in stopping gun violence in Chicago,” said Andrade. “Everyone who attended this event is playing an important role in building a safer future for our community.”