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Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Gun Law Will Exclude Chicago: Report

Illinois Gun Law Will Exclude Chicago: Report

Republican Sen. Tim Bivins says the measure he and Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul negotiated would allow Cook County authorities to deny a concealed carry permit even if an applicant passes the required background... Read »

Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 12:42 AM
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By Associated Press

Concealed Carry Bill Fails in State House

Concealed Carry Bill Fails in State House

Gun rights advocates fell silent in the Illinois House on Thursday night after falling seven votes short of approving the public possession of firearms statewide despite a federal court order that gives... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM
Lawmakers Outline Urgency of New State Gun Laws

Lawmakers Outline Urgency of New State Gun Laws

State Rep. Brandon Phelps says lawmakers need to act fast on gun legislation or else licensed gun holders will be able to carry a gun wherever they want. Phelps and State Sen. Kwame Raoul are working together on... Watch »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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By SOPHIA TAREEN

Quinn Wants SCOTUS to Take Up Concealed Carry Ban

Quinn Wants SCOTUS to Take Up Concealed Carry Ban

A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois' ban last year and gave lawmakers until early June to legalize the concealed carry of firearms. Last month, the court declined... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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By Associated Press

Republicans Delay House Hearing On Firearms Bill

Republicans Delay House Hearing On Firearms Bill

Illinois House Republicans have called a caucus meeting before debate could begin on two dozen proposals concerning legislation allowing the concealed carry of weapons. Read »

Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM
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By Associated Press

Court Won't Reconsider Illinois Concealed Carry Ruling

Court Won't Reconsider Illinois Concealed Carry Ruling

A federal appeals court has rejected Illinois' request to reconsider a ruling that found the state's concealed carry weapons ban unconstitutional. Read »

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Madigan Schedules Hearings On Illinois Gun Legislation

Madigan Schedules Hearings On Illinois Gun Legislation

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced two public hearings have been scheduled for the public to speak out about gun safety laws in Illinois and the recent concealed carry ruling. Attendees will be... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 9:39 PM
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By The Associated Press

Lt. Gov. Forms Group to Discuss Concealed Carry

Lt. Gov. Forms Group to Discuss Concealed Carry

A federal appeals court panel ruled last month that Illinois' ban on concealed weapons is unconstitutional. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Alderman Also a P.I. Licensed to Carry

Alderman Also a P.I. Licensed to Carry

Chicago alderman Ed Burke is a licensed private detective. In addition he’s approved to carry a semi-automatic weapon. And according to state records he's also a private security contractor, trained and... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Rob Elgas

Jackson: Newtown Shooting 'Illuminated the Darkness'

Jackson: Newtown Shooting 'Illuminated the Darkness'

Reverend's remarks come as a chorus of Illinois leaders called for new restrictions on automatic weapons at a time when the state is being forced to again deal with the issue of concealed carry. Read »

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