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  • Illinois House defeats less restrictive concealed carry bill

    Illinois House defeats less restrictive concealed carry bill
    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House Thursday night defeated a concealed weapons proposal favored by gun rights advocates, a setback that could spur negotiations toward finding common ground with lawmakers who back gun control. The legislation...
  • Quinn writes stricter rules into concealed carry bill

     Quinn writes stricter rules into concealed carry bill
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday made sweeping changes to a bill that would allow concealed guns to be carried in public, writing in tougher regulations he deemed "common sense" amid staunch criticism from lawmakers who say they are poised to overturn his...
  • House passes gun bill over Quinn, Emanuel objections

    House passes gun bill over Quinn, Emanuel objections
    SPRINGFIELD — Over objections of Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the House approved a concealed weapons bill today that is aimed at ending Illinois’ status as the last state in the nation without a law to allow its citizens to carry...
  • Illinois concealed carry bill heads to House floor

    Illinois concealed carry bill heads to House floor
    SPRINGFIELD --- An Illinois House panel today approved a concealed weapons bill that supporters say attempts to walk the fine line between gun rights advocates and gun control supporters, but some Chicago-area lawmakers want a more restrictive bill. The...
  • Illinois Senate concealed carry showdown: one up, one down

    Illinois Senate concealed carry showdown: one up, one down
    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate pressed for a compromise Tuesday to allow concealed weapons in Illinois, advancing a measure that would let Chicago keep local firearms laws like its assault weapons ban and rejecting a separate bill that would wipe...
  • How gun law works: Likely 2014 before permits issued

    How gun law works: Likely 2014 before permits issued
    Illinois lawmakers overrode Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of concealed carry legislation on Tuesday, but it will likely be 2014 before any firearm owners are permitted to pack handguns in public. The last state to adopt a concealed carry law, Illinois now has...
  • Concealed carry: Court strikes down Illinois' ban

    Concealed carry: Court strikes down Illinois' ban
    The state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place. In a 2-1 decision that is a major...
  • Illinois test vote on concealed carry fails

    Illinois test vote on concealed carry fails
    SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois House overwhelmingly rejected a concealed carry measure today in an emotional test vote on the controversial gun legislation. The legislation emerged in the form of an amendment that was modeled after a highly restrictive...
  • State House gun votes: Lifesaver or stunt?

    State House gun votes: Lifesaver or stunt?
    SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic-led majority in the Illinois House has voted in favor of banning guns in schools, casinos and on public transit during an unusual debate allowing lawmakers to vote piece by piece on where people should be allowed to...
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants state handgun registry

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants state handgun registry
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel today said he wants state lawmakers to approve a statewide handgun registry. The request immediately ran into staunch opposition in Springfield, where gun control issues are often as much about geography as partisanship.Rep. Brandon...
  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that......