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Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 9:26 PM
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By The Associated Press

Appeals Court Gives Quinn Time to Review Gun Law

Appeals Court Gives Quinn Time to Review Gun Law

The court acted on Attorney General Lisa Madigan's request to allow Gov. Pat Quinn more time to review legislation passed last week. Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Madigan Seeks Delay on Concealed Carry Mandate

Madigan Seeks Delay on Concealed Carry Mandate

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking a 30-day delay of a mandate for the state to enact a concealed gun carry law. Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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By The Associated Press

Compromise Reached on Concealed Carry in Illinois

Compromise Reached on Concealed Carry in Illinois

Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago said Thursday that fellow Democratic state Sen. Gary Forby of Benton will sponsor legislation that will be presented Friday. Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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By The Associated Press

Concealed Carry Bill Sent to Governor

Concealed Carry Bill Sent to Governor

The Illinois Legislature has approved a gun measure that would end the last statewide ban in the nation on the concealed possession of a firearm in public. Read »

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicagoans Protest Madigan, Concealed Carry Plan

Chicagoans Protest Madigan, Concealed Carry Plan

Nearly two dozen protesters gathered outside of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office Monday to protest his support for the proposed concealed carry law. Read »

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM
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By John O'Connor

Quinn Skeptical of Illinois House Concealed-Carry Plan

Quinn Skeptical of Illinois House Concealed-Carry Plan

A compromise plan on concealed weapons heading for a House floor vote drew swift opposition Thursday from Gov. Pat Quinn, whose office called it a "massive overreach" because of the way it would curb local... Read »

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Quinn Calls Concealed Carry Bill 'Massive Overreach'

Quinn Calls Concealed Carry Bill 'Massive Overreach'

Says bill "would repeal critical gun safety ordinances in Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois." Read »

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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By John O'Connor
      

Illinois House Approves Concealed Carry Plan

Gun owners in the only state still banning concealed weapons would win that right under a plan approved by the Illinois House on Friday, but the governor and other powerful Democrats oppose the plan because... Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7:29 AM
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By John O'Connor & Sophia Tareen

New Illinois House Gun Bill Has More Restrictions

New Illinois House Gun Bill Has More Restrictions

A compromise allowing the carrying of concealed weapons backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan and agreed to by the General Assembly's leading gun-rights advocate materialized Wednesday, adding to the list... Read »

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Senate Committee OKs Concealed Carry Proposal

Illinois Senate Committee OKs Concealed Carry Proposal

Sen. Kwame Raoul's measure would allow gun owners to apply to the Illinois State Police for a permit. Read »

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