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Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 4:53 PM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

Madigan Seeks Extension on Concealed Carry Appeal

Madigan Seeks Extension on Concealed Carry Appeal

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the U.S Supreme Court for an extended deadline to appeal the court’s decision to enforce a law allowing public possession of firearms in Illinois. Read »

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM
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By JOHN O'CONNOR

State Senate Gun Bill to Get Overhaul

State Senate Gun Bill to Get Overhaul

Illinois Senate legislation touted as a compromise between Chicagoans weary of street violence and gun owners eager to legally carry concealed weapons elsewhere appears more restrictive than promised, according... Read »

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 »

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Rahm Emanuel

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

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