Posts tagged "gun laws"

Have Illinois lawmakers lost their appetite for mandatory minimums?

Have Illinois lawmakers lost their appetite for mandatory minimums?
On Tuesday, a much anticipated debate over Illinois Rep. Michael Zalewski’s (D-23rd) bill to require hard time for illegal gun possession was abruptly cancelled, signaling that his colleagues in the House aren’t lining up behind it. At least, not in the numbers he needs if it’s going to pass. Regular readers may recall the proposal,... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: City passes new gun law, OKs $7M in police torture settlements; CTU, CPS agree on longer day with more teachers; Chick-fil-A not on Logan Square's menu

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson and 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke are in a feud that went public Thursday over Burke’s refusal to release information on the city’s workers compensation program. Ferguson wants to look into reports of a number of police officers and firefighters abusing the city’s disability pay programs. Burke, as chair of... Read more »

What's up this week: City Council to vote on revised gun law; Asian American Caucus holds first meeting

What's up this week: City Council to vote on revised gun law; Asian American Caucus holds first meeting
The City Council on Wednesday will consider a revised gun ordinance introduced last month by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. If it passes, the new law will prevent anyone convicted of a violent felony from obtaining a gun permit. Someone who was convicted of a violent misdemeanor within the last five years wouldn’t be able to get... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Supreme Court rules on health care; cabbies plan strike; city passes pot law; Emanuel introduces new gun ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law Thursday. Five of the nine justices ruled that key provisions, such as the individual mandate were constitutional. But it threw out a provision that would have withheld federal funds from states that elected not to expand their Medicaid programs. Check... Read more »

Politics in review: Election results keep rolling in; West Side TIF zone gets $1M facelift; bringing out the big guns?

Here’s a rundown of the elections and political news The Chicago Reporter was discussing this week: More than a week after Illinois’ March 20 primary, more results have come in. In the 7th District statehouse race in west Cook County, Emanuel “Chris” Welch edged past his challenger, Rory Hoskins, by 36 votes. Welch, a lawyer... Read more »

Wall Street reform includes regulations on minority- and women-owned businesses

In the past few years, the world has suffered tremendously from the consequences of the actions of Wall Street bankers. To help ease up on the financial tension, Congress recently passed a financial reform legislation to change how Wall Street and its federal regulators function. According to the Chicago Tribune, the new law requires each... Read more »
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