Highland Park City Council members were deep in conversation on Monday night. It is one of the first steps toward what the city hopes will become a place where people can remember and rest.
State Sen. Bob Morgan spoke at the city council meeting. He is the main person behind the bill to ban assault weapons. That law was made because of the shooting at the 4th of July parade, which killed seven people and hurt dozens more.
The Highland Park City Council also talked about the plan for a permanent memorial to remember the people who died and those who lived through the tragedy. When Mayor Nancy Rotering talked about a process that will take several years, she got emotional.
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Rotering said, “As we continue to go through the process of grief and remembering, we take another step tonight by starting to talk about a permanent memorial.” “Nothing can replace a life, but a permanent memorial can be a place to remember, think, and hopefully find some peace.”
The city said that no decisions will be made about the design or location on Monday night. Officials from the city said that they are taking this slowly out of respect for the families who were hurt and for a community that is still healing. Rotering said that the families of the victims, survivors, and the public will have a say in the memorial.
The city said that the temporary memorial site in the Rose Garden near City Hall will stay there until a permanent one is set up.
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