guns http://wuis.org en Springfield Takes Harsh Stance Against Recent Spike In Gun Crimes http://wuis.org/post/springfield-takes-harsh-stance-against-recent-spike-gun-crimes <p>Springfield has seen a recent spike in gun violence.&nbsp; City and County officials are calling for a cease fire.</p><p>The Springfield Police Chief says there have been 20 shooting incidents since the beginning of March.&nbsp; He says it has even involved local teenagers.&nbsp;</p><p>Since summer break is approaching, the city says it’s developing a strategy for handling the violence.</p><p>Though no specifics on the strategy were given, Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says the city will come down hard on those taking part in gun crimes.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:22:17 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24317 at http://wuis.org Springfield Takes Harsh Stance Against Recent Spike In Gun Crimes NRA Protests Digital Only Concealed Carry Applications http://wuis.org/post/nra-protests-digital-only-concealed-carry-applications <p></p><p>A new Illinois State Police<a href="https://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/public/home.aspx"> 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 http://wuis.org NRA Protests Digital Only Concealed Carry Applications Black Lawmakers Block Chicago Gun Bill http://wuis.org/post/black-lawmakers-block-chicago-gun-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Chicago had a setback in Springfield Thursday.</span></p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing to increase prison sentences for people convicted of gun crimes. But on the last day of the Illinois legislature's fall veto session, a group of African-American legislators used a parliamentary maneuver to block him.</p><p>Such tactics are not uncommon in politics — but this was a rare example of Illinois Democrats pulling a fast one on members of their own party.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 12594 at http://wuis.org Black Lawmakers Block Chicago Gun Bill Rev. Jesse Jackson On Junior http://wuis.org/post/rev-jesse-jackson-junior <p>The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he has not visited since his son reported to federal prison late last month.</p><p>Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is serving two-and-a-half years in a North Carolina penitentiary. He was convicted of corruption for spending $750,000 of his campaign fund on personal spoils.</p><p>"Well his health has been recovering and that has been, as father, the most important thing to me. He has been diligent in doing his work. And I have nothing further to say about that," Rev. Jackson said at the Capitol Thursday (11/7).</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 23:44:14 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12588 at http://wuis.org Rev. Jesse Jackson On Junior Legislators Leave Capital, But They May Be Back http://wuis.org/post/legislators-leave-capital-they-may-be-back <p>Illinois legislators wrapped up their two-week veto session this afternoon (Nov. 7), though they may be back in Springfield before the year's end.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The General Assembly knocked one, big item off its to-do list: same-sex marriage. After intense lobbying on both sides, lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a measure that will allow gays and lesbians to marry.</span></p><p>The rest of the major issues on the General Assembly's agenda remain:</p><p>-a tax package crafted to ensure Archer Daniels Midland keeps its headquarters in Illinois is on hold</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:26:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12572 at http://wuis.org Legislators Leave Capital, But They May Be Back Veto Session So Far: Nothing Happening http://wuis.org/post/veto-session-so-far-nothing-happening <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois lawmakers returned to Springfield Tuesday for their fall veto session. Guns, gay marriage and corporate tax breaks are on the agenda. But nothing is moving yet.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage are rallying in the Capitol this week, but the sponsor of marriage legislation won't say when or if he'll call it for a vote.</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 11496 at http://wuis.org Veto Session So Far: Nothing Happening Preview: Fall Veto Session http://wuis.org/post/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 http://wuis.org Preview: Fall Veto Session Mandatory Prison For Gun Crimes? NRA Says No http://wuis.org/post/mandatory-prison-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 http://wuis.org Mandatory Prison For Gun Crimes? NRA Says No Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Gun Conviction, Keeps Ban For Minors http://wuis.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-overturns-gun-conviction-keeps-ban-minors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' old law banning the concealed carry of firearms took another hit Thursday. A federal court already found it unconstitutional last year. Now the Illinois Supreme Court has taken the same position.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alberto Aguilar was 17 when Chicago police arrested him for having a loaded handgun with the serial number scratched off.</span></p><p>He was convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm and sentenced to 24 months probation.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:03:10 +0000 Brian Mackey 8776 at http://wuis.org Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Gun Conviction, Keeps Ban For Minors Gun Group Demands Concealed Carry By Next Week http://wuis.org/post/gun-group-demands-concealed-carry-next-week <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois lawmakers thought they were in the clear after meeting a federal court's deadline to pass a concealed carry law by Tuesday.&nbsp; But the Illinois State Rifle Association says that's not good enough.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Rifle Association believes lawmakers did not meet their deadline because the state's ban on carrying guns outside the home remains in effect.</span></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:25:38 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 5539 at http://wuis.org Gun Group Demands Concealed Carry By Next Week Quinn Rewrites Gun Bill; Critics Question Motive http://wuis.org/post/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 http://wuis.org Quinn Rewrites Gun Bill; Critics Question Motive Governor Changes Concealed Carry Measure http://wuis.org/post/governor-changes-concealed-carry-measure <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to change concealed carry legislation because it has ``serious flaws'' and was inspired by the National Rifle Association. &nbsp;<br>The Chicago Democrat held a news conference in downtown Chicago on Tuesday to announce that he's using his amendatory veto power to add ammunition limits, bar guns in establishments serving alcohol and says local governments should be able to enact their own local laws in some cases. &nbsp; Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:30:04 +0000 Sean Crawford 5131 at http://wuis.org Governor Changes Concealed Carry Measure Quinn Says Conceal Carry Action "Imminent" http://wuis.org/post/quinn-says-conceal-carry-action-imminent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois is quickly approaching a federal court's deadline of July 9 for the state to have a concealed carry law.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every other state has some type of law that lets an average person carry a gun in public.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But not Illinois where only those in certain professions can - namely police, retired law enforcement and security guards on the job.</span></p><p>Illinois is under a court order to lift that ban.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:02:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 5093 at http://wuis.org Quinn Says Conceal Carry Action "Imminent" Concealed Carry Permit Board Not Subject To FOIA, Open Meetings http://wuis.org/post/concealed-carry-permit-board-not-subject-foia-open-meetings <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Governor Pat Quinn says he's reviewing a measure that would lift Illinois' long-standing concealed carry ban. It took legislators months to reach a compromise, and still gun control and gun rights activists both say they're not happy.&nbsp;&nbsp; Other critics say they're upset about a lack of government transparency.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:41:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 4388 at http://wuis.org Concealed Carry Permit Board Not Subject To FOIA, Open Meetings Four Days Left And Pensions, Guns, Gambling Unresolved http://wuis.org/post/four-days-left-and-pensions-guns-gambling-unresolved <p></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:33:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3316 at http://wuis.org Four Days Left And Pensions, Guns, Gambling Unresolved A Full Legislative Agenda With Only Five Days Left http://wuis.org/post/full-legislative-agenda-only-five-days-left <p></p><p>There are five days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session. Legislators have a lot of work ahead of them. &nbsp;The House adjourns on Memorial Day at noon; the Senate convenes at 4 p.m.</p><p> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 01:13:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3285 at http://wuis.org A Full Legislative Agenda With Only Five Days Left Senate Weighing Tight Concealed Carry Proposal http://wuis.org/post/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 http://wuis.org Senate Weighing Tight Concealed Carry Proposal NRA Lobbyist: 50/50 Chance For A Concealed Carry Law By Deadline http://wuis.org/post/nra-lobbyist-5050-chance-concealed-carry-law-deadline <p></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 16:01:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 2283 at http://wuis.org