Todd Vandermyde en Voices In The News 2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we get ready to welcome 2014, we thought we’d take a few minutes to reflect on some of the voices in the news this past year in Illinois state politics and government. People in the Capitol were busy with same-sex marriage, medical marijuana, and dozens of other issues. What follows are a few of the more memorable moments.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:43:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 16041 at Voices In The News 2013 NRA Protests Digital Only Concealed Carry Applications <p></p><p>A new Illinois State Police<a href=""> website</a> launched today (12/12/13) lays out what gun-owners need to do if they want to carry a gun in public. A prominent gun-rights group is not satisfied.</p><p></p><p>The state police will begin accepting applications for concealed carry permits on Jan. 5. Anyone looking to save time can get started now.&nbsp; There’s an online checklist that explains where gun-owners who want to speed up processing can go for fingerprinting.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:38:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14908 at NRA Protests Digital Only Concealed Carry Applications Preview: Fall Veto Session <p>For the first time since a brief special session in July,legislators will begin making their way en masse to Springfield this week, for the fall veto session. The agenda before them is relatively light. The General Assembly will likely debate some budget matters. And there's a hearing on a new type of health care coverage for retired state employees. Amanda Vinicky previews what else is ahead.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:50:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11345 at Preview: Fall Veto Session Mandatory Prison For Gun Crimes? NRA Says No <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Next week, Illinois lawmakers could consider mandatory prison sentences for people charged with illegal gun possession. Supporters say it would help reduce violent crime in places like Chicago and East St. Louis. But a prominent gun-rights group is opposed to the change.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In places where shootings are a big problem, some politicians and prosecutors want a three-year minimum sentence for gun crimes.</span></p><p>But the National Rifle Association worries lawful gun owners could be caught up under the proposal.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:55:43 +0000 Brian Mackey 10873 at Mandatory Prison For Gun Crimes? NRA Says No Pension Deadline Missed, Quinn Warns Consequences <p></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:37:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 5489 at Pension Deadline Missed, Quinn Warns Consequences Quinn Rewrites Gun Bill; Critics Question Motive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With a week to go before a deadline requiring Illinois allow people to carry guns in public, </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn today vetoed the legislation that would have authorized concealed carry.&nbsp; The Democrat claims he's concerned about public safety, but he's already under fire by critics who say it's a political stunt. The measure's sponsor has already filed paperwork to override Quinn's changes.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:45:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 5151 at Quinn Rewrites Gun Bill; Critics Question Motive Senate Weighing Tight Concealed Carry Proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An Illinois Senate committee has approved legislation that would pave the way for concealed-carry of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">firearms in Illinois. But gun-rights advocates say it's too restrictive, and the measure faces an uphill climb.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 22:44:01 +0000 Brian Mackey 2800 at Senate Weighing Tight Concealed Carry Proposal NRA Lobbyist: 50/50 Chance For A Concealed Carry Law By Deadline <p></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 16:01:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 2283 at