Illinois State Rep. Kathleen Willis Goes After ‘Gun Sanctuary’ Counties

Daily Herald photo.

Illinois’ Queen of Gun Civilian Disarmament, Kathleen Willis, (above) loves herself some gun control. Never mind that Illinois’ debt is near “junk” status in the bond markets. Or the fact that the Prairie State loses nearly 100,000 people annually due to poor economics and ever-higher taxes. To State Representative Willis (D-Addison), Illinois has far bigger problems.

Instead of tackling real issues that impact citizens’ lives, Willis devotes her legislative life in Springfield to gun control. She works tirelessly campaigning against the gun rights of Illinois’ law-abiding good guy gun owners. As if we’re the ones shooting up Chicago’s neighborhoods each and every day and multiple times on weekends.

Illinois State Rep. Kathleen Willis Goes After "Gun Sanctuary" Counties

So when almost 40 Illinois counties passed “gun sanctuary” resolutions in recent months — with plenty more poised to follow — Willis took notice.

How dare they model their “gun sanctuary” resolutions in part after the Willis-sponsored bill to make Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants? Or use language taken from Chicago’s sanctuary city proclamation. These gun-friendly county resolutions serve as nothing but cockleburs in Willis’ capacious Birkenstocks.

With that in mind, Willis has introduced House Resolution 1197. Usually these meaningless resolutions deal with mindlessly recognizing innocuous events like establishing popcorn as the official state snack. Or recognizing the champion rabbit from the State Fair.

But instead of the usual meaningless gesture, Willis’s resolution directly attacks those counties that have legitimately and democratically passed their resolutions in opposition to gun control.

 WHEREAS, Gun violence is an epidemic in America

and in Illinois, touching all parts of the State; and

Right out of the gate, she stretches the truth. Here’s a map of “gun violence” in America. Notice those vast areas where “gun violence” isn’t a problem at all? Those represent counties without homicides.

Illinois State Rep. Kathleen Willis Goes After "Gun Sanctuary" Counties

Get this: 54% of US counties in 2014 had zero murders, while 2% of counties have 51% of the murders.

Clearly, guns don’t “cause” crime. If guns caused crime, Texas, Kentucky, and plenty of other states with lots of guns would show up crimson red and places like Massachusetts, California and New Jersey would be lily-white with their strict gun control laws and relative paucity of guns.

Even within Chicago, the homicides tend to be clustered in certain areas.

Illinois State Rep. Kathleen Willis Goes After "Gun Sanctuary" Counties

And compare that with a map of people who voted for Donald Trump in Chicago:

Illinois State Rep. Kathleen Willis Goes After "Gun Sanctuary" Counties

The areas deeply controlled by the corrupt Democrat machine are the areas with the highest murder rates. Even a caveman can notice that correlation. Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan simply pretends it doesn’t exist. Ditto for Murder City USA’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Oh well, it would seem foolish to let facts get in the way of virtue signaling and demagoguery by Queen Kathleen.

 WHEREAS, The legislative and executive branches of the

State have lawfully regulated guns and gun trafficking; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the

constitutionality of reasonable state gun violence prevention

regulations; Conservative Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito

stated in the McDonald decision that state “experimentation

with reasonable firearms regulations will continue under the

Second Amendment”; and

Reasonable? Justice Alito noted that experimentation will continue. Not that it was constitutional.

WHEREAS, President Trump’s administration appears to be

willfully ignoring the problem of gun violence in America, and

Really? By not promoting more failed gun control that a majority of the nation doesn’t want?

at the same time, is attempting to coerce municipal police

forces into diverting their resources towards harassing

immigrant populations;

You mean illegal aliens? Entering the U.S. improperly is a crime. Repeat offenders are all felons. Enforcing the rule of law is not “harassing,” it’s maintaining law and order.

some municipalities have lawfully

opposed having their local law enforcement used for such

purposes and have been dubbed “sanctuary cities”; and

“Lawfully” opposed having their local police enforce the rule of law when it comes to illegal aliens?  There’s nothing lawful about willfully obstructing justice. The hypocrisy runs deep with Queen Kathleen and those who think like her.

If she thought for a minute that illegal aliens voted Republican, she would scream for a border wall big enough to be visible from space.

WHEREAS, Some counties in Illinois have erroneously tried

to liken the cause of a sanctuary city with opposition to gun

violence prevention measures by declaring themselves “gun

sanctuary counties”, thereby declaring their intention to

refuse to enforce any gun safety measures lawfully passed by

the State with which they disagree; and

WHEREAS, These counties are trying to use those lawful

sanctuary cities as an excuse to unlawfully ignore important,

democratically-implemented, state laws; and

An excuse? No, it’s more of a following the shining example that you and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have provided, Kathleen Willis.

Democratically-implemented? You mean like Donald Trump was democratically elected and entitled to run the executive branch of government how he sees fit?

 WHEREAS, These so-called “gun sanctuary counties” are

nothing more than scofflaw counties, usurping the judiciary and

role of separation of powers in our government, while openly

encouraging criminal behavior; therefore, be it

She conveniently left out those in Chicago who made the Windy City a sanctuary city for illegals, even providing them city identification cards which can be used to vote.

Illinois State Rep. Kathleen Willis Goes After "Gun Sanctuary" Counties



condemn these scofflaw counties and declare their attempts to

label themselves as “gun sanctuaries” as an unconstitutional

and shameless political stunt which undermines the rule of law

and threatens the safety of all Illinois citizens.

So, she’s calling those who acknowledge constitutional rights scofflaws. What’s next? Bitter clingers? Deplorables, perhaps?


  1. avatar little horn says:

    maybe she should be going after the treadmill first.

    1. avatar NYC2AZ says:

      And a salad…

      1. avatar m. says:

        lots of people dropping weight in venezuela…plus, same kind of politics as crooked county, IL

        1. avatar Southern Cross says:

          It’s known in Venezuela as the “Maduro diet”. Most Venezuelans, with the exception of the elite, have lost over 30 pounds in the last few years.

          We would call it forced starvation and the impact of malnutrition on the current growing generation will not be good. The effect of starvation on the North Koreans is the average South Korean woman is taller than the average North Korean man. And the average South Korean man is 3+ inches taller than his northern counterpart.

    2. avatar Rattlerjake says:

      Exactly my first thought before I even read the article. I think she should go for that third chin!

    3. avatar george says:

      i think it’ll take more than a treadmill, she seems to be eating well!

    4. avatar Chris T from KY says:

      I know it’s tempting to make fat jokes, but what is happening in Illinois might be the solution the west coast needs.

      Gun people need to get pro 2A folks elected at the county level. Then defy the state level bureau rats, in California, Oregon, Washington State and even Hawaii.

      You need to screen any person running for public office very carefully.

      Telling rural counties in California they can’t have screened armed people patrolling rural schools is immoral. The county boards should have given the middle finger to Sacramento.

    5. avatar Jim Miller says:

      That fat ugly swine is an Obama’s smoocher and she ‘d go after assault pepsi drinks, assault knives lib thugs carry all the time, assault guns that protect the rich & politicians, assault allahu-akbar cars & trucks who run over people and….. assault SPOONS who make pigs like her Fat brainless libs.

    6. avatar American Patriot says:

      From the looks of her photo I’ll bet her main focus is the Donut house. All seriousness she would be safe walking at midnight in chicago’s south side cuz her fat rolls would catch a 9MM.

  2. avatar m. says:

    legislate-opotamus can put it where the moon does not shine

  3. avatar CTstooge says:

    I had no idea Michael Moore has a sister.

    1. avatar Omer says:

      You beat me to it!

    2. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      On the bright side, it is nice to see that Triggly-puff has found gainful employment.

    3. avatar Rattlerjake says:

      Looks more like Rosie O’Donnell’s sister.

  4. avatar 870Man says:

    Ban oreos. That would be a better start.

  5. avatar former water walker says:

    ILLinois’ DAIRY queen of gun control disarmament…FIFY. Pathetic excuse for a humanzee.

  6. avatar Ironhead says:

    Seems like she should be more concerned with attacking fast food sanctuaries…. although it appears she attacks them fairly regularly.
    Stupid is as stupid does.

  7. avatar New Continental Army says:

    Looks like she sure loves a hell of a lot more then gun control. I bet we could get her out of the state house on the same day her bill comes up by ringing the TacoBell outside the statehouse.

  8. avatar 300BlackoutFan says:

    From the Illinois Constitution:
    Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    So, Illinois… Feel free to ignore the US Constitution’s 2nd Amendment and believe that your State has the power, per the 10th Amendment to decide for yourself.

    Oh wait.. Your own State’s Constitution says that any infringement on an individual citizen’s ability to keep and bear arms is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

    1. avatar California Richard says:

      If the Sheriffs and PD’s arent enforcing the state gun laws in the sanctuary counties, what makes her think they are going to follow her blubbering blather about gun law enforcement? Maybe her friends will tell the cops and deputies that she has a pretty face and a great personality.

  9. avatar jwm says:

    Words escape me. Another illegal just murdered a young woman out for a jog and this, thing that resembles jabba the hut, is enabling those same illegals at the same time she’s working to impede human and civil rights for Americans.

    If you tarred and feathered her you would create a critical shortage of tar and feathers.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Not an “illegal alien”. Instead a “future Democrat voter” in life and death.

    2. avatar GS650G says:

      When they announces her body was found I told my wife a fucking illegal alien did it and that was my first reaction.
      A hour later sure enough.

      Total confession, mountain of evidence. They should pop him in the head and toss him in an open field.

    3. avatar Robert says:

      F.Y.I. Jabba has 2 t’s in his name.
      As to her, she’s gotta’ be against guns. …… She “shoots off” her mouth without one.

  10. avatar Roger says:

    “Sanctuary sity” Jesus Christ….is there an editor around or does just any old thing get posted?

    1. avatar John Boch says:

      I fixed it. Stuff happens. Sorry.

      1. avatar Andrew Ryan says:


        When RF left there was a perceived drop in proper editing. I think it’s gotten better in the past few months, so no worries… as you said, stuff happens.

        Regardless, damn well researched and written article, I really liked it. Articles like these are why I follow TTAG. Keep up the good work.

  11. avatar IAmNotTheHulk says:

    She never met a box of donuts she didnt like…

  12. avatar Richard J Coon says:

    The good news is, Kathleen has a high probability of dying fairly soon. I’m pretty sure her BMI is beyond measurement.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      I think on the BMI scale she is so far beyond “morbidly obese” she is in the “Jabba the Hutt” zone.

  13. avatar Dennis says:

    Just sayin’, if your only response to something like this is personal attacks and body shaming, you probably don’t have any *good* arguments. Of course, maybe all of you were OK with the personal attacks on Sarah Elizabeth Huckabee Sanders.

    1. avatar John Boch says:


      You raise a good point. That’s why I didn’t discuss her personal appearance, or how many cats she might have at home.

      My wife and I have interacted with Kathleen. She’s not an evil person, per se. She’s actually very… cordial if we’re not talking about guns. It’s just that she has no respect for law-abiding gun owners and their rights. She thinks all of these gun control restrictions are “reasonable” and “common sense”. Yet if you bring up reasonable “voter ID”, that’s somehow an unconscionable infringement upon the right to vote. Or enforcement of our immigration laws.

      Like I wrote in the story, Willis is a political ideologue. A true believer in the Democratic Party. If she thought illegals voted Republican, she’d be screaming to build that wall 10 feet taller – YESTERDAY.

      1. Great article John, and thanks for all you do for us, especially in Cook county. I loved the maps/graphics. We should make posters to hand out for election season.

    2. avatar FortWorthColtGuy says:

      She attempts to shame us by clearly ignoring our Federal Constitution and the Constitution of Illinois.

      She attempts to shame us as gun owners by condemning us and equating us as evil, uncaring or insidious people.

      She tries to shame us by creating a gun control scheme and patchwork of laws that compliance is nearly impossible.

      She attempts to shame us by calling a non-violent protest of non-binding resolutions in a majority of the counties in her state as scofflaws and using her very own language against her.

      She is the one who should be ashamed and have others shame her. She should be ashamed of her actions, her behavior and her political positions against her fellow law abiding citizens. She obviously has no personal self control and therefore should not be trusted with power. She is not smarter, more intelligent and obviously not healthier than us simply because she won a regional popularity contest.

    3. avatar GS650G says:

      What do you think she says and thinks about gun owners?

      1. avatar Southern Cross says:

        She has a “Final Solution” planned. Rendition to a secure facility. Enhanced Interrogation to secure confessions. And survivors of the interrogations will then be herded into the showers for delousing. Except for those who may earn freedom through labor (Arbeit Macht Frei).

        Socialists are big on confession and penance.

    4. avatar New Continental Army says:

      Yeah because you liberals *never* dish out childish insults to conservatives. Never. You’re just mad that since Trump cape along conservatives stopped playing nice. A little dose of your own medicine isn’t so fun is it?

    5. avatar Guardiano says:

      You lost any credibility when you used the Newspeak term “body-shaming.”

  14. avatar Srirachapocalypse says:

    No WAY Peter Griffin is gonna take my guns.

    1. avatar beefsquatch says:

      Holy crap! That is Peter Griffin! Hehehehehe.

  15. avatar Unrepentant Libertarian says:

    Let us see “sanctuary for those who cross the border illegally, but not for legally owned fire arms”? Do I have this right Rep. Willis?
    “WHEREAS, President Trump’s administration appears to be willfully ignoring the problem of gun violence in America, ” Because the Trump administration believes that there are enough gun laws and that it is time to enforce said laws is not enough for your paranoid fears, you want to disarm all civilians? Anything short of total government control of firearms is willfully ignoring the violence problem?
    I believe that it time to give you a full battery of drug and psychological exams! Your psychosis definitely needs treatment immediately!

  16. avatar Timothy k Toroian says:

    Turn About is fair play you silly????. You need to stop trying to be somebody’s mother. You’re not the only adult in the room but maybe the only one who doesn’t understand the Constitution OR Declaration of Independence. I’m at the point of suggesting that anyone who doesn’t understand the Declaration of Independence should just MOVE. Canada is looking for dinks.

  17. avatar GS650G says:

    A female version of Fat Bastard.
    ” Get in mah belly!”

  18. avatar Ralph says:

    “Illinois’ Queen of Gun Civilian Disarmament, Kathleen Willis, (above) loves herself some Happy Meals.”


  19. Maybe its time for some of Illinois voters to take notice of her….Like as in a recall situation…Because she obviously is deliberately ignoring the U.S. Constitution/Bill of Rights of her constituents….And attempting to “criminalize” her follow taxpayers by placing them in danger of crime or overzealous Law Enforcement…It’s time for her to be removed from her position…She has failed to uphold the U.S. constitution and the public trust…

  20. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    I live in one of those white counties.

    (I know, that probably makes me a racist.)

  21. avatar Crabbyoldguy says:

    “as an unconstitutional and shameless political stunt ” Does she think the legislature decides constitutionality? Is she hinting at expansion of her role? Or, is her willful ignorance protected by some other part of the constitution… go back and do your job pandering to your constituents and spare the rest of the population from your nonsense.

    What is the mechanism available to the rest of the country to force the removal from office of persons we had no opportunity to vote for (or against)? I’m a bit tired of only having the chance to vote for or against less than 1% of the elected officials who may have authority to affect my life, property or travels.

  22. avatar ATTAGReader says:

    I see that Near North has crept up on that murder map. Not good. Last time I was there, admittedly early ’90’s, it was a safe area to walk in from the Mag Mile. Cancer does spread. I love that national murder map. Seriously should be laid over the HRC counties from 2016. We all know there is a one to one correspondence but it is still shocking to see it laid out bright as day. Not shocking or surprising that the MSM does not care.

  23. avatar Cthulhu 2020 says:

    I bet the shadow of her ass weighs 20 pounds.

  24. avatar Kendahl says:

    It would be cute if representatives from the gun sanctuary counties proposed an amendment to her resolution to insert, immediately following “in Illinois, touching all parts of the State”, the words “except for the counties of …” and list every one of the sanctuary counties.

  25. avatar Dan says:

    Good Thing we have women the vote.
    Now they almost all vote to disarm men and help flood the country with alien trash.

  26. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    They really do get annoyed when anybody else uses their same tactics.

  27. avatar dpk54 says:

    If it was up to me, I’d drop-kick her ass into the middle of Afghanistan along with the other anti-gun idiots out there without a weapon and see how long she lasts…IF she can keep her head long enough to figure a way out!! I’m betting she’s never walked any of the streets in good old Chicago! I am SO SICK of ILLINOIS political morons and their lies, their thieving, and most of all, their utter gall and hypocrisy!! I despise everything they represent! I have no regard for them whatsoever….

    1. avatar Guardiano says:

      That’s all fine, just don’t point out the obvious fact that she looks like Jabba the Hutt. That would be mean.


  28. avatar bryan1980 says:

    That picture of her is rather startling first thing in the morning.

  29. avatar BradleyD says:

    “In 2014, the most recent year that a county level breakdown is available, 54% of counties (with 11% of the population) have no murders. 69% of counties have no more than one murder, and about 20% of the population. These counties account for only 4% of all murders in the country.

    The worst 1% of counties have 19% of the population and 37% of the murders. The worst 5% of counties contain 47% of the population and account for 68% of murders. As shown in figure 2, over half of murders occurred in only 2% of counties.”

    So, counties that are basically empty of people have no murders. Counties that have a population worth counting have some murders. The most populace counties have the highest murders. Well, yeah.

    Think of that mind boggling number though. 5% of counties in the US contain 47% of the population. 1% of counties contain almost 20%. One in five people in the US live in 1% of counties.

    The US is vast, huge, empty, and wealthy (in parts). If US states were countries California would be France, Texas would be Brazil, New York would be Canada, and Florida would be Indonesia. California is the world’s 6th largest economy and Texas the 10th. If you had just Texas, California, and New York you’d have the world’s 3rd largest economy.

    Put a lot of people together and you get more murders. Shocking I tell you.

  30. avatar m.text says: story re Willis & donations from the Madigan crew

  31. avatar m. says: story re Willis & donations from the Madigan crew

  32. avatar Trooper Sam says:

    Peter Griffin really needs a haircut.

  33. avatar Bruce Clark says:

    She may be against gun rights for others but she’s certainly not against huge copious amounts fattening food for dinner. Looks like she could eat 3 or 4 whole fried chickens in one setting.

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