Highland Park, IL (WLS) — Members of the Highland Park City Council deepened the discussion Monday night.
This is part of the early stages of what the city hopes to become a place of remembrance and rest for the community.
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State Senator Bob Morgan, the primary sponsor of the assault weapons bill, spoke at a city council meeting. The legislation was created in the wake of his 4th of July parade shooting that left seven dead and dozens injured.
Highland Park City Council also discussed plans for a permanent memorial to honor the victims and survivors of the tragedy.
Mayor Nancy Roteling got emotional when she talked about the years-long process.
“We continue to go through a process of grief and mourning, but tonight we are taking another step forward by discussing a permanent tribute,” Rotelling said. “Nothing can ever replace life, but a permanent memorial can provide a place of remembrance, reflection and, hopefully, rest.”
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City officials said no decisions on the design or location will be made on Monday night. City officials said they are taking this step out of respect that affected families and communities are still healing.
Rotering said any decisions regarding the memorial will include feedback from victims’ families, survivors, and the public.
The city said it would maintain a temporary memorial site in a rose garden near city hall until a permanent one is established.