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Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Edward McClelland

What Obama Really Thinks About Guns

What Obama Really Thinks About Guns

In a 2000 interview, Obama said, "It's undeniable that the pervasiveness of guns in this country contributes to violence...and if we can eliminate those guns...it eliminates the most egregious results." Read »

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Ranked Last In Personal Freedoms

Illinois Ranked Last In Personal Freedoms

You can't get high or carry a gun around here. Read »

Monday, Apr 1, 2013 at 8:26 AM
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By Lisa Balde

New $25 Gun Tax Begins In Cook County

New $25 Gun Tax Begins In Cook County

Buying a gun in Cook County officially became more expensive this week. A new $25 tax on every gun purchased in the county took effect Monday as part of County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's plan to pay for... 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 »

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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By John O'Connor

Proposed Gun Bill Could Further Crowd Prisons

Proposed Gun Bill Could Further Crowd Prisons

Chicago officials want to make it tougher on thugs packing weapons.
But legislation to increase prison time for illegal gun possession flies in the face of high-profile and competing policy issues. Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Rural Gun Laws Make No Sense In Big City

Opinion: Rural Gun Laws Make No Sense In Big City

Let's just say no thanks to folks from Metamora, Marion and Mount Vernon who think flooding Chicago with guns will make the city safer. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel Supports Expanded Gun Offender Registry

Emanuel Supports Expanded Gun Offender Registry

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he supports an alderman's proposal to expand the city's gun offender registry. Read »

Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 6:31 AM
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By Alan Fram

Senate Panel OKs Guns Bills Honoring Hadiya Pendleton

Senate Panel OKs Guns Bills Honoring Hadiya Pendleton

In Congress' first gun votes since the Newtown, Conn., nightmare, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to toughen federal penalties against illegal firearms purchases, even as senators signaled that... Read »

Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Gun Rights Advocates Rally At Lincoln Statue

Gun Rights Advocates Rally At Lincoln Statue

At the Abraham Lincoln statue on the state capital lawn, gun owners chant "conceal carry now." Read »

Friday, Mar 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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By Edward McClelland

State Rep. Compares Gun Control to Castration

State Rep. Compares Gun Control to Castration

During a debate on guns, Rep. Jim Sacia makes an ugly analogy about Chicago's alleged overbreeding problem. Turns out rural Illinois has a higher birth rate than we do. Read »

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

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Pat Quinn

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Michael Madigan

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

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