A new University of Chicago Crime Lab study shows that it's four times more likely for people convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon to be re-arrested for murder. Those offenders were also almost nine times more likely to be arrested again for nonlethal shootings, the study found.
Organizing for Action (OFA) has reportedly raised $20.8 million in its first three quarters of existence.
The organization was born out of the president's re-election campaign with the intent of "organizing to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, fix our broken immigration system, fight climate change, prevent gun violence, get the facts out about Obamacare, protect women’s rights, ensure marriage equality and push forward on even more issues," according to the OFA web site.
The Chicago City Council's Public Safety Committee voted Monday to make a number of changes to the city's gun control ordinance in order to get in line with the state's recently-passed concealed carry legislation.
Local law enforcement officials say gun violence is plaguing Cook and Cook counties, and they called upon U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D, IL-10) and State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) for help Wednesday at a roundtable discussion on the matter. Progress Illinois was there for the meeting.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), introduced an ordinance at Wednesday's city council meeting that would increase the penalties for gun offenses near bus stops, "L" stations and on public transit.