By a unanimous vote, Chicago aldermen approved two new gun control laws on Wednesday, at a special City Council meeting called by the mayor.
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.
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.
The agency that oversees ethics issues for City Hall is reportedly falling down on the job.
Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) wants to crack down on Wrigleyville residents who sell their neighborhood parking permits.
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?
Aldermen have introduced an ordinance that would reduce the penalties for small amounts of marijuana, but they are in no hurry to pass it.
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.