This morning, with the release of the newest  video of an young black male suspect being gunned down at the hands of a Chicago police officer, I cannot help but wonder when will it stop.

Time and time again, we see law enforcement overstep their boundaries and take the role of the judge, jury and executioner when other steps can be taken to deescalate a non  life threatening situations.

Earlier this year, I introduced Senate Bill 2207, ensuring every Chicago Police officer would be required to wear body cameras.  Instances like this only prove that we need to have an accurate account of police encounters, so law enforcement can be protected from false claims and citizens can be protected from rogue officers.

I plan to make a strong push to advance this legislation during veto session, with the additions of a key measure. This measure would be aimed at holding police officers who turn their video device(s) off during suspect pursuit more accountable by seeking disciplinary action.

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Every year, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission helps more than 125,000 students throughout Illinois advance their career dreams by helping them pay for college. The Monetary Award Program is designed to help eligible students who may not have enough money to pay for higher education go to a higher education institution, as long as they meet guidelines outlined by the grant. Without Governor Rauner’s approval, students statewide won’t be able to afford college tuition and other associated costs.

State Senator Emil Jones III’s (D-Chicago) district houses Chicago State University and he believes Governor Rauner needs to make the appropriation of state funds to the grant program a priority.

“Not every family has the means to send their child to school,” Jones said. “And there are many students who have the ability to go to college, receive a degree and be prepared to enter the workforce. We must ensure we give these students who are looking for a hand up and not a hand out an opportunity to reach their goals and contribute back to our communities. Funding this program is a no-brainer. If we want a vibrant economy, we need a workforce prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. Funding this program ensures economic vitality in the future.”

Read more: Jones votes for MAP grant and federal pass-through funds

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jones childcare introduces legislation 1.23.14Yesterday, State Senator Emil Jones III (D – Chicago) introduced a measure to provide a $300 million supplemental appropriation to close the gaping budget hole in Illinois' child care program.

The Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program provides low-income, working families with access to child care, which allows parents to continue working and contributes to the development of a child.

"The suspension of this program has dealt a great deal of hardship to working families in our communities," Senator Jones said. "Families are being denied child care, and parents are afraid of losing their jobs because they have no other options."

Read more: Jones introduces a measure to help families struggling with child care cost

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jones minority contractors response 1.21.14Monday, Governor Rauner signed an executive order requiring labor unions and companies that do business with the state to report on how many minorities and veterans participate in apprenticeship and training programs.

State Senator Emil Jones III, Chairman of the Senate Black Caucus, had this to say:

"Governor Rauner's executive order to review minority contracting statistics shows his willingness to tackle tough issues facing diverse communities," Senator Jones said. "For years, members of the Black Caucus have created laws aimed at leveling the playing field for minority contractors.

"It looks as if Governor Rauner is willing to listen to our concerns and work toward establishing tangible results."

Read more: Black Caucus applauds Rauner’s Executive Order on Minority Contracting

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