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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 »

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 2:47 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Chicago Restaurant Posts 'No Weapons' Sign

Keefer's against customers packing concealed heat. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Lauren Petty

Illinois Becomes Last State To Approve Concealed Carry

Illinois Becomes Last State To Approve Concealed Carry

Both the House and Senate on Tuesday voted to override Gov. Pat Quinn's revised gun bill, making Illinois the final state to allow firearms to be carried in public. Read »

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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By AP

Quinn Signs Laws Aimed at Fighting Gang Crime

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two laws aimed at combatting gang-related crime. One requires school officials, such as principals, to report illegal weapons and gang activity to police. It also requires authorities... Read »

Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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By Associated Press

Phelps: Quinn's Concealed Carry Amendments Could Backfire

Phelps: Quinn's Concealed Carry Amendments Could Backfire

The sponsor of legislation to allow the concealed carry of firearms in Illinois says Gov. Pat Quinn's efforts to make the measure more restrictive could backfire and lead to "mayhem." Read »

Friday, Jul 5, 2013 at 10:32 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Quinn: Guns in Bars a 'Prescription for Violence'

Gov. Pat Quinn went to the center of one of Illinois' most popular entertainment districts Friday to try to sway lawmakers to support his changes to legislation allowing the concealed carry of firearms,... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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By Sophia Tareen

Quinn Changes Illinois Concealed Carry Legislation

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday he is changing a concealed-carry measure approved by the Legislature to cap the number of firearms and ammunition that can be carried and to ban guns from any establishment... Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM
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By Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press

Quinn: Concealed Carry Bill Being Reviewed

Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday that he doesn't feel pressure to act quickly on whether to sign a concealed carry bill, even as lawmakers from his own party have pleaded for him to hurry up before a court-ordered... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 9:31 PM
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By John O'connor

AG Gets Second Gun Delay; Speaker Wants Bill OK'd

AG Gets Second Gun Delay; Speaker Wants Bill OK'd

The U.S. Supreme Court granted an extension Tuesday for Illinois's attorney general to decide whether to appeal a court order permitting the state's gun owners to carry concealed firearms. 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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