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City Expands Assault Weapons Ban, Hikes Penalties For Gun Crimes Near Schools

By a unanimous vote, Chicago aldermen approved two new gun control laws on Wednesday, at a special City Council meeting called by the mayor.

07/17/2013

Chicago police show off firearms seized in the Calumet District on the Far South Side, where officers have seized more guns than any other police district in the city. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Sets Special City Council Session For New Gun Ordinances

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called for a special session of the City Council next week, to vote on updates to the city’s assault weapons ban; and stiffer penalties for gun crimes near schools, on school buses, and along Safe Passage routes to and from school.

07/09/2013

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

House Panel Recommends Expelling Rep. Smith

A special Illinois House committee has recommended that State Rep. Derrick Smith be expelled from the House, over allegations he took a $7,000 bribe.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2012

Joe Ferguson

Inspector General: City Board Of Ethics Is Falling Short

The agency that oversees ethics issues for City Hall is reportedly falling down on the job.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2012

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th)

Tunney Wants To Crack Down On Parking Permit Resales Near Wrigley

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) wants to crack down on Wrigleyville residents who sell their neighborhood parking permits.

CBS Chicago–04/25/2012

Ohio State University Athletics Director Gene Smith (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Hanley: Ohio State AD Gene Smith ‘Clueless’

Gene Smith, the clueless Ohio State athletic director, shouldn’t be the only one “disappointed with the NCAA’s decision” Tuesday. Smith’s disappointed? How about the players who are still bound to the now non-Bowl-eligible Buckeyes next year?

670 The Score–12/20/2011

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Alderman Introduce Proposed Change In Marijuana Penalties

Aldermen have introduced an ordinance that would reduce the penalties for small amounts of marijuana, but they are in no hurry to pass it.

CBS Chicago–11/02/2011

Rebecca Mercado

Quinn Signs ‘Rebecca’s Law’ Stiffening Penalties For Torturers

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will toughen the penalties for abusers who torture their victims, after a man who brutally tortured his wife ended up being sentenced to just 4 1/2 years in prison.

CBS Chicago–08/22/2011