Vik Amar

Vik Amar

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This story appeared in 'Meeting Minutes & More,' a weekly, six-page special section in the print editions of Friday's News-Gazette reported and written by Editor Jeff D'Alessio and designed by Managing Editor Niko Dugan. Click here to read an electronic version of this week's section. Click here to subscribe to The News-Gazette.

First it was a handful. Then a dozen. Then a couple dozen. Then, not two full days after Illinois’ ban on semiautomatic weapons became law, word was that somewhere in the range of 80 to 90 of Illinois’ 102 county sheriffs publicly objected to the legislation on the grounds that it violated citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

Further, the sheriffs stated, they would not be checking to ensure that residents with grandfathered-in weapons were registering them, as is now required by law, or housing those who didn’t comply in their jails.

Just when it seemed we couldn’t be any more divided, among comes House Bill 5471.

To illustrate the gap, Editor Jeff D’Alessio asked a range of community members for THE ONE WORD THEY’D USE TO DESCRIBE HOW THEY FELT WHEN THEY HEARD ABOUT THE SHERIFFS’ STANCE.


ENRAGED

Helen A. Neville

Helen A. Neville

Helen A. Neville, UI professor of educational psychology and African American studies


JUSTIFIED

Joan Dykstra

Joan Dykstra

Joan Dykstra, former Savoy mayor


APPALLED

Dr. Suzanne Trupin

Dr. Suzanne Trupin

Dr. Suzanne Trupin, Champaign physician


WOOT!

Jason Braaten

Rev. Jason Braaten

Rev. Jason Braaten, pastor, Tuscola Immanuel Lutheran


DERELICTION

Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Mike Jones, retired Champaign County judge



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This story appeared in 'Meeting Minutes & More,' a weekly, six-page special section in the print editions of Friday's News-Gazette reported and written by Editor Jeff D'Alessio and designed by Managing Editor Niko Dugan. Click here to read an electronic version of this week's section. Click here to subscribe to The News-Gazette.


HOOAH

Brad Gould

Brad Gould

Brad Gould, superintendent, Veterans Assistance Commission of Champaign County


GRANDSTANDING

Eliza Brooks

Eliza Brooks

Eliza Brooks, Danville middle school principal


RESPECTED

Susie Tongate

Susie Tongate

Susie Tongate, Gibson City council member


REALLY?

Barb Linder

Barb Linder

Barb Linder, CU One-to-One Mentoring founder


ELATED

Bill Oliger

Bill Oliger

Bill Oliger, Mahomet village trustee


CONFLICTED

Von Young

Von Young Jr.

Von Young Jr., former Parkland police chief


LAWLESSNESS

Emma Dorantes

Emma Dorantes

Emma Dorantes, Champaign attorney


DISAPPOINTMENT

Sybil Mervis

Sybil Mervis

Sybil Mervis, Danville community leader


AMERICAN

Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor, Monticello business owner


STALEMATE

Brent Budd

Brent Budd

Brent Budd, Arcola city council member


FRUSTRATION

Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud

Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud

Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud, Japan House director


UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Jeff Van Buskirk

Jeff Van Buskirk

Jeff Van Buskirk, St. Joseph village board member


AMBIVALENT

Mike Schlosser

Mike Schlosser

Michael Schlosser, director, UI Police Training Institute


BAN

Giraldo Rosales

Giraldo Rosales

Giraldo Rosales, former Champaign County board chair


INCONGRUITY

Cliff Hastings

Cliff Hastings

Cliff Hastings, Parkland volleyball coach


DYSFUNCTION

Bob Fitzgerald

Bob Fitzgerald

Bob Fitzgerald, retired Urbana police deputy chief


ANGRY

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Barbara Suggs Mason, right, and Angela Rivers

Barbara Suggs-Mason, retired schools superintendent


TYRANNY

Mike Dilley

Mike Dilley

Mike Dilley, former Urbana fire chief


PERFORMATIVE

Rebecca Ginsburg

Rebecca Ginsburg

Rebecca Ginsburg, director, Education Justice Project


LOSS

Rev. Shanae Dowell

Rev. Shanae Dowell

Rev. Shanae Dowell, co-pastor, 21st Century Christian Worship Center of Danville


EXPECTED

Chase McCall

Chase McCall

Chase McCall, Ford County board member


UNSCRUPULOUS

Lamont Holden

Lamont Holden

Lamont Holden, music producer, DJ, podcast host, videographer and UI professor


REGULATION

Ruth Wyman

Ruth Wyman

Ruth Wyman, Urbana attorney


DIALECTIC

Peter Buckley

Peter Buckley

Peter Buckley, retired FBI special agent


DISGUSTED

Alan Cook

Rabbi Alan Cook

Alan Cook, rabbi, Sinai Temple


CHAOS

Robert Freeman

Rev. Robert Freeman

Rev. Robert Freeman, pastor, First United Methodist of Urbana


CONCUR

Angela Slates-Swoope

Angela Slates-Swoope

Angela Slates-Swoope, UI project manager


INAPPROPRIATE

Dave Hood

Dave Hood

Dave Hood, founding partner, Martin Hood LLC


DISAPPOINTED

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Julie Pryde with Gov. J.B. Pritzker

Julie Pryde, administrator, C-U Public Health District


SYNTAX

Dean Hazen

Dean Hazen

Dean Hazen, former Urbana police officer and city council member


UNCERTAINTY

Adam Rosendahl

Adam Rosendahl

Adam Rosendahl, Gibson City police chief


ELATED

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Rick Noble

Rick Noble, Farmer City firearms instructor


BACKWARDS

Ricardo Diaz

Ricardo Diaz

Ricardo Diaz, CU Immigration Forum


DISSENSION

Betty Brennan

Betty Brennan

Betty Brennan, founder/ambassador, Taylor Studios, Inc.

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