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Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Lawmakers Aim to Tweak Concealed Carry Law

Lawmakers Aim to Tweak Concealed Carry Law

Proposed changes run the gamut. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson
      

Illinois Landscape for Concealed Carry Remains in Flux

More than 1,000 applications a day for concealed carry permits are being submitted to the Illinois State Police. Read »

Sunday, Jan 5, 2014 at 12:35 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinoisans Can Apply for Concealed Carry Permits

Illinoisans Can Apply for Concealed Carry Permits

Illinois residents can officially apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Read »

Monday, Dec 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM
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By Associated Press

State Police Say They're Ready for Concealed Carry

State Police Say They're Ready for Concealed Carry

Illinois State Police say they're ready to begin processing applications from residents who want to carry concealed weapons. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Arrest Record? Dart Vows to Object to Concealed Carry Permit

Arrest Record? Dart Vows to Object to Concealed Carry Permit

Fearing too many people who shouldn't have access to guns will be granted concealed carry permits when the law takes effect next month, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart vowed Tuesday to make a "blanket objection" to... Read »

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Quinn: 'Guns Are a Plague on Too Many of Our Communities'

Gov. Pat Quinn Sunday signed a new gun safety law that requires background checks for all gun purchasers statewide as well as the reporting of all lost and stolen guns for the first time in Illinois history. Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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By Jim Suhr

Judge Tosses Bid For Hastened Illinois Concealed Carry

Judge Tosses Bid For Hastened Illinois Concealed Carry

A federal judge has rejected a push by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public instead of waiting months for the state to outline the permitting process under its... Read »

Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Senator Wants Handguns Banned From Churches

Illinois Senator Wants Handguns Banned From Churches

An Illinois state senator wants to add churches to the list of places where concealed guns wouldn't be allowed. Read »

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 7:56 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Conceal Carry Not Enough For NRA

Conceal Carry Not Enough For NRA

The new conceal carry law prohibits anyone but law enforcement officers from viewing permits. In other states, the NRA is even trying to prohibit cops from looking. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

How Chicago Legislators Voted On Conceal Carry Veto

How Chicago Legislators Voted On Conceal Carry Veto

Although the House and Senate both voted to override Gov. Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of the conceal carry legislation, most Chicagoans voted to uphold it. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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