guns http://peoriapublicradio.org en 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 IL criminal justice experts oppose mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-criminal-justice-experts-oppose-mandatory-minimum-sentences-gun-crimes <p></p><div>30 criminal justice experts and practitioners in Illinois have signed onto a research memo opposing mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes.&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 01:49:37 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 13570 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL criminal justice experts oppose mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes House to consider concealed-carry legislation http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-consider-concealed-carry-legislation <p></p><div>A measure that would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms is heading to the House floor after lawmakers approved it in committee Thursday. The legislation prohibits concealed-carry in many public places, like public transit, sports arenas, schools, and street festivals. Some of these have been sticking points for gun-rights advocates, who would prefer universal carry.</div><div> Fri, 24 May 2013 12:03:31 +0000 Denise Molina & Chris Slaby 6152 at http://peoriapublicradio.org House to consider concealed-carry legislation Concealed carry plan fails in the House http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/concealed-carry-plan-fails-house <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House Thursday night voted down a concealed carry plan backed by gun-rights activists. Legislators are under a court order to pass a law by early June that will allow people to carry guns in public.</span></p><div> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:27:11 +0000 Denise Molina 4242 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Concealed carry plan fails in the House House votes down another measure dealing with firearms http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-votes-down-another-measure-dealing-firearms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House Thursday rejected yet another piece of legislation dealing with firearms.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This one would have forced the state's pension systems to get rid of investments in companies that make guns or ammunition. Representative Chad Hays, Republican from Danville, wondered where the hunt to stop investing in troubling products would end.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:16:47 +0000 Denise Molina 4240 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Durbin learns about Peoria’s Don’t Shoot program http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/durbin-learns-about-peoria-s-don-t-shoot-program <p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:37:42 +0000 Alex Rusciano 3393 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Durbin learns about Peoria’s Don’t Shoot program Counties focus on mental illness, gun access http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/counties-focus-mental-illness-gun-access <p></p><div>More Illinois counties are complying with a law intended to keep guns away from people with mental illness. IPR’s Chris Slaby reports:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>An audit last year found only three county court clerks reported people with "disqualifying mental health conditions" to the Illinois State Police. &nbsp;Now, that number's up to 27.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jessica Tramme is chief of the firearm services bureau for the Illinois State Police.</div><div>She says a change in January means judges MUST order court clerks to notify the State Police when people are found "mental defective" or "intellectually disabled."</div><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:36:18 +0000 Alex Rusciano 2128 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Counties focus on mental illness, gun access The illegal transport of guns from Indiana to Illinois http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illegal-transport-guns-indiana-illinois <p>Indiana’s attorney general says his state’s gun laws aren’t what’s fueling crime in Chicago.&nbsp;</p><div>Illinois Public Radio's Michael Puente reports.</div><div><p>It’s estimated that up to 20 percent of guns recovered by Chicago police over the last four years came from Indiana.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:31:31 +0000 Tanya Koonce 1362 at http://peoriapublicradio.org The illegal transport of guns from Indiana to Illinois State moving on passing concealed-carry law http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-moving-passing-concealed-carry-law <p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 02:43:48 +0000 Alex Rusciano 1223 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State moving on passing concealed-carry law