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Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 5:18 PM
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By Associated Press

Gov. Quinn Repeats Call for Assault-Weapons Ban

Gov. Quinn Repeats Call for Assault-Weapons Ban

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is once again calling for legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Read »

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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By Don Babwin

By Deadline, Few Towns Pass Assault Weapons Bans

By Deadline, Few Towns Pass Assault Weapons Bans

Faced with a new state law that gave them until Friday to ban or restrict assault weapons, the vast majority of villages, towns and cities in Illinois did nothing but let the deadline come and go. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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By Michael Tarm

Expert: Chicago School Closings Will Endanger Kids

Expert: Chicago School Closings Will Endanger Kids

Chicago children displaced by public school closings may be forced to step into the line of fire between warring street gangs as they walk to their new schools each day, a gang expert told a U.S. judge who will... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM
      

City Council Passes Assault Weapons Ban

New law stiffens penalties for possession of high-capacity weapons. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Council Unanimously Approves Assault Weapons Ban

City Council Unanimously Approves Assault Weapons Ban

The Chicago City Council opens a special session Wednesday to discuss the city's assault weapons ban. Read »

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Who Needs Assault Weapons, When We Have Hammers?

Opinion: Who Needs Assault Weapons, When We Have Hammers?

Gun rights advocates say that hammers kill more people than assault rifles. Then they insist they need assault rifles to protect themselves. From carpenters? Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Illinois Lawmakers, Lobbyists Debate Assault Rifles

Illinois Lawmakers, Lobbyists Debate Assault Rifles

Both sides of gun issue arguing whether civilians need military-style assault rifles. Read »

Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Halvorson Opposes Assault Weapons Ban

Halvorson Opposes Assault Weapons Ban

Even Sen. Mark Kirk favors an assault weapons ban -- but 2nd District congressional candidate Debbie Halvorson says we don't need new gun laws. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 3:03 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Emanuel Defends His Call For Assault Weapons Ban

Emanuel Defends His Call For Assault Weapons Ban

As member of President Clinton's White House staff, Emanuel helped and him pass the 1994. But he had to answers tough questions about why he opposed its renewal when he worked for President Obama. Read »

Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Emanuel Calls For Assault Weapons Ban

In the wake of tragic shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday called for a nationwide assault weapons ban as Chicago continues to deal with gun violence. 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.

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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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