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    Bill Named For Fallen CPD Commander Falls Short of House Floor

    Several gun bills passed the Illinois House last week, but one high-profile bill didn't even make it to the floor. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Tuesday, March 6, 2018)

    Several gun bills passed the Illinois House last week, but one high-profile bill didn't even make it to the floor.

    It's the bill named for slain Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, banning the sale of body armor and high capacity gun magazines.

    It looks as if the March 20 Primary is playing a role in getting the Bauer act passed. Several lawmakers did not make it to Springfield Monday and while some bills cleared the General Assembly this one had a few amendments added to it.

    Litesa Wallace, Daniel Biss's running mate took part in hearings in Springfield Monday. But don't look for any progress on pushing through the gun bill named Bauer. That proposal calls for the ban of the sale of body armor by anyone who is not a police officer--or retired officer--as well as the sale of high capacity gun magazines. But with several key democrats not travelling to Springfield--they are in contested primary races, there are not enough votes in the capitol today to push the Bauer act through. The bills that were passed last week await Rauner's signature.

    And in a new proposal, Illinois candidate for governor Chris Kennedy is calling on the state to also divest from gun companies.

    Kennedy says the state's investments are approximately $10 million a year that are related to gun companies.

    Also from Springfield -- House Speaker Mike Madigan warns lawmakers that he personally will handle any sex harassment complaints. This is the latest from the speaker as he responds to a crisis that has not yet quieted down.

    One of his former staffers, Alaina Hampton, sent a letter directly to the speaker about her sex harassment complaints and nothing was done until a day before the Chicago Tribune profiled her supervisor.

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