Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to keep gunslingers away from public schools, buses and Safe Passage Program routes by creating a city ordinance with stiff fines for weapon offenses.
The vote of 64-45 in favor of the bill failed because it needed 71 votes. A supermajority was necessary because the law would pre-empt the home-rule powers of several cities.
A day after a gun trafficking law named after slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton made its way to the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he believes it has the best chance of becoming law out of all the gun control proposals being considered on Capitol Hill.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy showed off some of the 1220 guns seized by officers in the first nine weeks of the year, and he said he’s considering expanding the number of “hot zones” he saturates with officers on overtime.
The firestorm over concealed weapons moved to the Illinois House floor Tuesday, sparking Republican complaints that an extraordinary legislative process set up by majority Democrats would restrict the right to carry guns in public rather than allow it, as a federal court has ordered.
CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson says lawmakers shouldn’t cave to the demands of the NRA that Chicago commuters be allowed to carry concealed weapons.
It’s the final weekend of campaigning in the crowded 2nd Congressional Primary Election.
Two men were killed and at least four other people were wounded in weekend gun violence in Chicago.
The meeting comes on the heels of a legal victory for gun rights supporters who want the state to lift its ban on concealed carry of handguns.
If gun owners are allowed to ride the CTA armed, its union leaders want to arm transit personnel to the teeth, also, but the union says allowing commuters to carry guns on buses and trains would be “disastrous.”
The likelihood of concealed-carry gun legislation in Illinois prompted lively debate Saturday at a “town hall” meeting in the near South Side Bronzeville neighborhood.
Mental health care and treatment are being discussed as ways to prevent gun violence, but Lorrie Jones, head of the Illinois Division of Mental Health, says just because someone has a mental problem doesn’t mean he’s a homicidal maniac.
Anita Alvarez is as frustrated as anyone else, claiming she’s doing the best she can, with what she has to work with.
Chicago, which has about a third of the population of New York City, recorded three times more homicides than the Big Apple in the month of January.
The head of the Illinois State Rifle Association says Illinois has already complied with one of the elements in President Obama’s package of gun control proposals, and his group supported it.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is putting more pressure on gun makers to get behind his push for an assault weapons ban and criminal background checks for gun purchasers.
Residents of the Austin neighborhood say they are touched by violence every day and on this Gun Appreciation Day, they held a counter rally in front of a North Avenue Walmart.
A South Side alderman is asking for City Council hearings on an unorthodox gun control measure that would allow for GPS tracking of firearms.
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushes for tougher gun laws in Washington on Monday, he also wants companies that manufacture or sell assault weapons to be removed from city retirement investment plans.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy took part in a spirited debate over gun violence this morning on the city’s South Side.