mandatory minimums http://peoriapublicradio.org en Mandatory minimums to be debated this week http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/mandatory-minimums-be-debated-week <div>A panel of Illinois state lawmakers Tuesday is scheduled to debate how long convicted criminals should spend in prison for certain crimes. IPR's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tony Arnold reports.</span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy frequently blames Springfield politicians for the city’s gun violence.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says nobody’s afraid of Illinois’ gun laws.</span></p></div><div> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:13:47 +0000 Tony Arnold 26408 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Mandatory minimums to be debated this week Details on maneuver used to block mandatory minimums bill http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/details-maneuver-used-block-mandatory-minimums-bill <p>The city of Chicago had a setback in Springfield Thursday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing to increase prison sentences for people convicted of gun crimes. But on the last day of the Illinois legislature's fall veto session, a group of African-American legislators used a parliamentary maneuver to block him.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:54:55 +0000 Brian Mackey 14619 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Details on maneuver used to block mandatory minimums bill Reverand Jesse Jackson speaks about son http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/reverand-jesse-jackson-speaks-about-son <div>The Reverend Jesse Jackson says he has not visited since his son reported to federal prison late last month.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior is serving two-and-a-half years in North Carolina. He was convicted of corruption for spending 750-thousand dollars of his campaign fund on personal spoils.</span></div><div> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:45:44 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14618 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Reverand Jesse Jackson speaks about son House to consider mandatory minimums for illegally carrying a gun http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-consider-mandatory-minimums-illegally-carrying-gun <div>The Illinois House is set to consider legislation that would keep people in prison longer if they're caught illegally carrying a gun.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A House committee advanced a revised version of the measure Tuesday night. Chicago Mayor </span>Rahm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Emanuel says the change will help curb gang violence, but even legislators who voted for the plan are skeptical of that claim.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:14:36 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14507 at http://peoriapublicradio.org House to consider mandatory minimums for illegally carrying a gun Researchers say Chicago Mayor should hire more cops, not push mandatory minimums http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/researchers-say-chicago-mayor-should-hire-more-cops-not-push-mandatory-minimums <p>Chicago is struggling to bring down deadly gun violence. As part of that, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing three-year mandatory minimum sentences for anyone caught carrying an illegal firearm. He wants state lawmakers to take up a bill to that effect when they go back to Springfield this week. The mayor says he doesn’t want more parents to lose children to gun violence, but research shows there’s a much better way he could help. Illinois Public Radio’s Robert Wildeboer explains.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:13:09 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 13689 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Researchers say Chicago Mayor should hire more cops, not push mandatory minimums