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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:13pm
Wed Aug 28

Local Police Chiefs Talk Gun Violence Prevention With Congressman Schneider, State Rep. Drury

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.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:00pm
Thu Aug 8

Report: Hundreds Of ALEC Bills Introduced This Year Promote A Corporate Agenda

In the first six months of 2013, 466 pieces of ALEC-backed legislation promoting the agenda of “polluters, privatizers, and profiteers” were introduced in statehouses across the country, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). Progress Illinois takes a closer look at ALEC and the legislation for which it advocates.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
2:54pm
Wed Jul 17

Chicago City Council Approves New Assault Weapons Ban, Student Safety Measure

By a 46-0 vote, the Chicago City Council gave the OK to both strengthen the city’s assault weapons ban and impose tougher penalties for gun offenses near schools and along Safe Passage routes at a special session Wednesday.

Chicago lawmakers were up against a Friday deadline for state municipalities to pass an updated or new assault weapons ban as part of Illinois’ concealed-carry bill, which became law last week. The state had to put new legislation on the books following a federal appeals court ruling back in December that found Illinois’ last-in-the-nation ban on concealed carry unconstitutional.

“We stepped up to our responsibility today, [but] it does not end when we adjourn,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the council members following the unanimous vote.

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Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
5:46pm
Mon Jun 10

State's Attorney Draws Criticism For Allowing Concealed Carry In Madison County

Although Gov. Pat Quinn has been granted a 30-day extension to consider a bill that would legalize concealed carry in the state, one state’s attorney has decided to no longer prosecute Illinoisans caught carrying a firearm in public, effective "immediately."

“It serves no just purpose to continue to deny responsible, law-abiding citizens their constitutional right to bear arms,” Madison County State’s Attorney Thomas Gibbons said in a statement.

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