Tag: guns

Taxpayers have spent more money incarcerating people than educating them in areas impacted by school closings

No other school district in the country has attempted to do what Chicago Public Schools is planning to do this fall: close more than one in 10 school buildings, the vast majority of them in African-American communities. “With CPS losing enrollment, officials insist that the closings are needed to ‘right-size’ the district, to save money... Read more »

Will mandatory prison time for gun possession charges make Chicago safer?

The debate over how to stop the bloodshed in Chicago headed south last week as Illinois lawmakers took up a bill that would put more people with guns behind bars–for longer. There is a logic behind HB 2265, which was introduced by state Rep. Michael Zalewski, a Democrat from west suburban Riverside. The argument: that... Read more »

Ald. Burke urges Congress to 'get real' on gun control; U.S. Reps. Quigley, Davis like the idea but expect no progress

Ald. Burke urges Congress to 'get real' on gun control; U.S. Reps. Quigley, Davis like the idea but expect no progress
Before the city council approved a revised gun ordinance Wednesday, 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke wondered aloud when Congress would finally have municipal government’s back when it comes to gun reform. Burke–who often gives lengthy, anecdotal speeches when commenting on legislation–pointed to last week’s shooting massacre in Aurora, Colo. to illustrate that local gun laws... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Mixed reviews on cab strike; Rep. Smith's attorney wants House to slow down; Rep. Joe Walsh has controversial week

Chicago cab drivers held a partial strike Monday, the success of which varies depending on whom you speak with. Fayez Khozindar, chair of the United Taxidrivers Community Council–which staged the strike–claimed several times this week that “80 percent” of the city’s cab drivers were on strike from 6-11 a.m., Monday. There are roughly 12,000 cab... Read more »

"Chicago-style" interrogations and false confessions

The Chicago Police Department loves to talk about its success in tracing confiscated guns–and for good reason. It’s true, the department is nationally recognized for the number of guns–nearly 10,000 last year alone–traced back to gun shows and smuggling rings in places like Indiana, Mississippi and Texas. The numbers suggest that police are doing a... Read more »

Weather heats up; so does Chicago violence

I was reminded of an ugly trend this morning when I looked at the news: as the weather gets warmer in Chicago, the shootings multiply. It’s not as if there’s no violence in the winter, but the warm weather that brings people out of their homes seems to also create more opportunities for people to... Read more »