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  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Second Amendment: FU

    06/21/2012 12:18:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 20 June, 2012 | Robert Farago
    “Calling tougher gun laws pivotal to Chicago’s crime-fighting strategy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel [above] said Wednesday he would do whatever it takes to protect the legal integrity of the city’s firearms ordinance, a portion of which was overturned by a federal judge,” reports. “Emanuel refused to say whether he would appeal U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan’s ruling, or simply rewrite the overturned section used to deny a man a gun permit because of a prior misdemeanor conviction.” Blood not boiling yet? Take your heart meds and make the jump for the money shot . . . Emanuel said he would...
  • Opinion: Police Gun Buy-Back Is a Raw Deal(IL Chicago)

    06/19/2012 4:16:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 19 June, 2012 | Edward McClelland
    The Chicago Police Department wants your guns, and it’s willing to pay for them. On the first summer Saturday of a year when homicides are up 60 percent, the department is holding a gun buy-back program. Titled “Don’t Kill A Dream: Save A Life,” the program offers $100 pre-paid Visa debit cards for every gun turned in. For bringing in a BB gun or a toy gun, you get $10. It’s going on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations. I’m all in favor of getting guns off the street, but $100 is not a good deal,...
  • OSHA shooting range ruling points to agenda besides worker safety(IL)

    06/17/2012 4:45:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    16 June, 2012 | David Codrea
    An Illinois gun range has been cited for “27 serious violations includ[ing] 13 for violating the lead standard” resulting in proposed fines of $111,000, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in a news release earlier this week. Illinois Gun Works Ltd. was cited for “failing to implement engineering and work practice controls” following “a Jan. 21 inspection referred by the Illinois Department of Public Health.” The citation, issued on June 6, also included what OSHA defines as “serious violations” that “include failing to implement a hazard communication program, train workers on hazardous …label chemical bottles…administer an effective hearing conservation...
  • The futility of gun turn-ins(Il)

    06/17/2012 4:31:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 17 June, 2012 | Steve Chapman
    If you've got some clothes you don't need anymore, you can give them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. If you have an old car, you can call various organizations to take it away. And if you're in Chicago and have a gun that's burning a hole in your pocket, you can get rid of it June 23, no questions asked. The city government has a great fondness for gun turn-in events. It's done six of them in the past six years, collecting more than 23,000 weapons. This one will be held at 23 churches, and anyone handing over a...
  • Illinois Man Builds, Shoots, Sells Homemade Civil War Cannons

    06/16/2012 10:48:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies ^ | dabneybailey
    Ray Carr, a resident of Charleston, Illinois, builds and sells homemade cannons. His most recent one is modeled after an 1862 Mountain Howitzer, it’s fully operational, and it can be yours for the low price of $4,750. Despite the high price tag and the obviously limited market, Carr claims that a bunch of people are interested. He told The Daily Eastern News, “Most [prospective buyers] say, ‘I’d love to have it, but the wife wouldn’t let me.’” We've all been there before. So, what motivates a man to build homemade Civil War replica cannons? The same thing that motivates all...
  • Concealed carry advocates continue efforts in legislature, courts(IL)

    06/09/2012 4:30:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 8 June, 2012 | DAVID THOMAS
    SPRINGFIELD -- The sponsor of a bill that would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed handguns is waiting for a task force to finish its work before calling the legislation for a vote. Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said lawmakers want to hear what the Firearm Public Awareness Task Force will say about the impact concealed carry might have on public safety. The House created the task force after Phelps’ legislation, House Bill 148, was defeated. The task force’s deadline is Dec. 31, but Phelps said he is ready to call the bill for a vote if the legislature holds a...
  • Chicago PD Sued for Deleting Footage, Strip Searching Citizens Over Cop Car Crash(IL)

    06/08/2012 6:37:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 7 June, 2012 | Carlos Miller
    Chicago Police Captain Kevin Navarro was driving a marked police car down the wrong way of a busy street when he collided head-on with a motorcycle last year. The incident just happened to be caught on camera because a group of citizens had been video recording their friend on the motorcycle. And they continued shooting photos and videos of the aftermath, documenting the police SUV in the wrong lane. But by the time a multitude of cops showed up to the scene, they began arresting the citizens with cameras and deleting their footage. The citizens were acquitted and now they...
  • Nurse to feds: State grants went to politicians’ campaigns

    06/04/2012 6:53:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | June 4, 2012 | CHRIS FUSCO AND DAVE MCKINNEY
    ‘Thousands of dollars” in state grants awarded to bolster health care in minority communities instead went to pay campaign workers for former state Sen. Rickey Hendon and Democratic candidates Hendon supported, a Chicago nurse has told investigators. The nurse, Tonja Cook, 44, detailed her allegations in four interviews with state and federal authorities between October 2010 and May 2011, records show. In June 2011, federal prosecutors in Springfield charged Cook and another Chicago nurse, Margaret A. Davis, with siphoning $500,000 from state grant funds for Davis’ “personal use.” Hendon, 58, a West Side Democrat who unexpectedly retired from the Senate...
  • Shooting Blanks(Illinois CCW)

    06/01/2012 10:06:01 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 1 June, 2012 | Christina Chapman
    As state legislators wrapped up their session Thursday, a concealed carry bill allowing the people of Illinois to carry guns had not been called for a vote as some had hoped. Earlier this month, State Rep. Pam Roth, R-Morris, joined numerous other representatives in not only sponsoring the concealed carry bill, but also starting an online petition in its favor. The proposed bill allows people who acquire a permit the ability to carry a loaded firearm. To apply for a permit, a person must be 21 years of age and have a FOID card. Applicants cannot have been convicted of...
  • College to offer concealed firearm-permit class(IL)

    05/29/2012 4:36:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 28 May, 2012 | Joe Sanders
    GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College Community Education program is offering a training class in June for those interested in obtaining a non-resident Utah concealed firearm permit that is recognized in 31 states. Valid for five years, the Utah concealed firearm permit is useful for gun owners who want to avoid state-by-state restrictions when traveling. The four-hour course is offered in two separate sessions: 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. June 16 at the college's main campus, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. The cost is $100, and those getting a Utah permit will have to pay a $51 registration...
  • GOP House members join GOP Senators in pushing Cook Co. into Obamacare (Illinois)

    05/26/2012 5:10:14 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 25, 2012
    GOP House members join GOP Senators in pushing Cook Co. into Obamacare SPRINGFIELD - Last night, with the help of 11 Republicans, the Illinois House passed HB 5007, which accelerated Cook County's movement into Obamacare provisions. Even though Obamacare may be found unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, lame duck Republican House members together with those in secure districts, joined Democrats in allowing Cook County to apply for waivers that would advance its involvement into the Obamacare plan. Although House Minority Leader Tom Cross voted "NO", the following 11 House Republicans voted "YES" with their Democrat colleagues: Franco Coladipietro, Jim...
  • Obama’s DOJ Puts Chicago Anti-Gun Agenda Above IL Resident’s Constitutional Rights

    05/24/2012 8:37:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( The Illinois State Police are pushing legislation that could have a severe, negative impact on gun rights in Illinois. Senate Bill 1034, which was introduced as an anti-drug bill, was recently amended by the state House of Representatives to cover Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards. This issue surfaced due to the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ), which has allegedly threatened to shut down Illinois State Police access to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS if numerous changes to Illinois law are not implemented. The ISP are the point of contact for NICS checks, so...
  • Stealth 'gun control' threatens Illinois

    05/23/2012 4:42:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 May, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    Illinois gun owners now face a brand new attack on their Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms. With gun rights advocates in Illinois having started in the last few years to find their voices and realize their power, the legislature's forcible citizen disarmament advocates are resorting to furtiveness in their efforts to impose new infringements on that which shall not be infringed. From an Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) alert: BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Illinois State Police are teaming up to pass legislation to destroy your...
  • Defensive Gun Use of the Day: May Queen Edition(IL)

    05/21/2012 4:54:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 20 May, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    “A vigilant homeowner turned a rifle on two men suspected of setting fires in the Freeburg (IL) area over the past few weeks and held them until authorities arrived.” Turns out that the pair were a couple of serial firebugs who got their jollies by burning barns and other outbuildings on farms southeast of St. Louis. From “St. Clair County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Johnson called the two a ‘Beavis and Butt-Head duo’ because of the series of senseless crimes for which they have been charged.” But they picked one farm too many when an unidentified property owner heard a...
  • Supreme Court Plaintiff Speaks to NAACP About Gun Rights (IL)

    05/20/2012 6:26:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 18 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    On May 17, Otis McDonald spoke at an Illinois NAACP office about the issues of gun rights. The chapter president invited Otis to speak because he felt it was important to let his fellow members hear both sides of the argument, especially considering that African Americans traditionally support guns less than whites do. A lot of you probably won't recognize Otis' name, but he was the lead plaintiff in the McDonald vs Chicago US Supreme Court case. The Court ruled that the Second Amendment also applied to the states, because as Justice Samuel A. Alito put it, rights that are...
  • Rowes say right to carry vote likely to pass soon(IL)

    05/17/2012 4:46:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Mike and Valinda Rowe, local Second Amendment activists, report that a vote may be imminent on HB148, the family and personal protection bill which recognizes the right to carry a firearm for personal protection. Having just returned from a five day blitz of right to carry town hall meetings in the Chicago/Cook County area, and keeping in close communication with the bill sponsors, the Rowes expect a vote in the House of Representatives within the next two weeks. "We don't need everyone to vote for the bill," said Valinda Rowe. "Rep. Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg, and chief sponsor of the...
  • Surveillance photos released in knifing of Guardian Angels(IL)

    05/17/2012 2:32:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 17 May , 2012 | William Lee
    Police have released surveillance photos of two suspects in the stabbing of four Guardian Angels at a Red Line station on the Near North Side. The four suffered minor cuts during the confrontation around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Clark and Division stop, police said, citing preliminary information. The Guardian Angels were on the platform, waiting to get on a train, when they spotted a man hitting a passenger and taking his iPhone 4S, police said. They intervened and a second man pulled a knife and cut three of the Guardian Angels on their arms and the fourth on the...
  • BOTH OBAMAS SURRENDERED law licenses in '93 & '08

    05/09/2012 11:01:49 AM PDT · by Mich1193 · 155 replies ^ | 05/09/2012 |
    This can be easily veriified at Stands for Illinois Attorney Registration And Disciplinary Committee. It's the official arm of lawyer discipline in Illinois; and they are very strict and mean as hell. 1. President Barack Obama, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, is no longer a "lawyer". He surrendered his license back in 2008 in order to escape charges he lied on his bar application. A "Voluntary Surrender" is not something where you decide "Gee, a license is not really something I need anymore, is it?" and forget to renew your license. No, a "Voluntary Surrender" is something...
  • Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Teach Your Children Well Edition(IL)

    05/06/2012 9:22:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 6 May, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    “You’re my friend, how could you do this to me?” That was all Georgi Layous could blurt out when a long-time customer pulled a gun on the Chicago jeweler and demanded his money. Nineteen-year-old Musa Thomas had been selling gold jewelry to Layous for about five years. Now we know where a lot of that jewelry likely came from. But Thomas was angry when he found only $11 in the till. He pushed Layous and his wife to the ground, made the old man open the store’s safes and fired off a couple of shots without hitting anyone. Then the...
  • Woman Finds Loaded Gun In Newly Purchased Laptop Case(IN barf alert)

    05/06/2012 7:55:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 82 replies ^ | 5 May, 2012 | Ryan Braschler
    An Evansville woman makes a shocking discovery after a yard sale purchase. She says all she wanted was a laptop case, but when she opened it she found a loaded handgun inside. A lot of people find a lot of great deals at yard sales, but when Rhonda Milligan went to the Evansville Christian Life Center sale she got more than she bargained for. Rhonda Milligan made several stops in her yard sale spree, one of those was here at the Evansville Christian Life Center on Kentucky Avenue. She bought a leather laptop case, but when she got home and...
  • Exclusive - Indoctrination 101: Teaching Chicago Students to Protest

    04/30/2012 5:52:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 24 April, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Jones College Prep, a Chicago Public Schools “selective enrollment” school, held “Social Justice Week” in March, a collection of events geared towards turning students into activists. See the schedule of events here. According to a flyer on the school’s website: Social Justice Week was created to promote community advancement through dialogue and community service based activism. Moreover, we hope to unify the voice of various JCP and community organizations in which to facilitate collaboration for the betterment of the community at large and promote a unified human rights advancement initiative. The school is, according to U.S. News & World Report,...
  • Peoria Bishop Under Fire For Obama-Hitler Comparison

    04/20/2012 1:38:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    cbslocal ^ | April 19, 2012
    Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky (CBS) CHICAGO (CBS) – The Roman Catholic bishop of Peoria has set off a firestorm of controversy, comparing President Obama’s policies to those of Hitler and Stalin.Bishop Daniel Jenky made the comment Sunday. As the crowds who gather round him will attest, he is a firebrand outside and inside the pulpit.“Hitler and Stalin at their better moments would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care,” Jenky said over the weekend. “In clear violation of our constitutional rights, president Obama with...
  • Opinion: Did Overturning The Handgun Law Lead to More Shootings?(Barf Alert)

    04/14/2012 6:26:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 13 April, 2012 | Edward McClelland
    Editor's Note: Edward McClelland is an opinion writer, and this column explains his opinion on second amendment rights. Please keep the discussion about this opinion piece in the below commenting section, and on social media, clean and respectful. Racially charged or threatening comments will be moderated. For anyone looking for a reason as to why Chicagoans are shooting each other more often, how about this one: it’s now legal to own a handgun here. The Supreme Court issued its McDonald v. Chicago decision, which held that local governments do not have the right to write their own gun control laws,...
  • Voters approve concealed carry ordinance in Pike County, Illinois: Now What?

    04/11/2012 9:43:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 9 April, 2012 | Jim Shepherd
    Recently, I made a big deal out of the fact that on Tuesday, March 21, 2012, Pike County, Illinois passed a voter initiative that rejected the concealed carry restrictions of state law-in Pike County. When that story ran, several readers - including a some very irritated Illinois attorneys, were quick to point out that a voter initiative had no force of law. Until today, their point hasn't been addressed. That's because we couldn't get any insight into the whole state/local law point. First, let's shuck this down to the cob on a key question: can I now carry a concealed...
  • Supreme Court ruling on assault weapons ban expected Thursday(IL)

    04/05/2012 1:08:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 4 April, 2012 | Andrew Maloney
    SPRINGFIELD — The state’s top court is poised to rule on Cook County’s assault weapons ban Thursday in a case that will determine the fate of one of Illinois’ signature gun-control laws. Attorneys challenging the ban argued that the county’s ordinance — enacted in 1993 and extended in 2006 — is too vague, based on faulty information and should be reconsidered in light of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned Chicago’s ban on handguns. The county ordinance specifically outlaws the sale or possession of “any assault weapon or large capacity magazine.” It describes several traits of prohibited weapons...
  • SAF Sues Over Public Housing Gun Ban In Warren Co, Illinois

    04/05/2012 7:22:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 April, 2012 | SAF
    BELLEVUE, WA --( The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against the Warren County, Illinois Housing Authority, seeking an injunction against the WCHA’s ban on personally-owned firearms by residents of government-subsidized housing. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Ronald G. Winbigler, a resident of Costello Terrace in Monmouth. Mr. Winbigler is a physically disabled former police officer who wants to have a handgun in his residence for personal protection. The lawsuit seeks equitable, declaratory and injunctive relief challenging the WCHA ban. It was filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Rock Island Division....
  • Chicago activists protest immigrant detention plan

    04/01/2012 8:48:18 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Lauren FitzPatrick Sun-Times Media lfitzpatrick
    CHICAGO (AP) — Activists are finishing a three-day march through Chicago to protest a proposed new federal immigrant detention center.
  • Pike County to Cook County: Drop Dead(IL)

    03/24/2012 6:54:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 23 March, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    Fed up with the control the Chicago machine has exercised over Illinois state politics in general and firearms laws specifically, Pike County has voted to legalize concealed carry effective immediately. The measure was approved on March 20 by a 3,214 to 550 margin in what calls one of the largest voter turnouts in county history. “Historians have stated that this is the first time since 1862 that county voters in any U.S. state have explicitly reversed a state law. The previous example was when the five western counties of Virginal nullified that state’s secession from the Union, and themselves...
  • Pike County voters overwhelmingly approve conceal-carry ordinance(IL)

    03/21/2012 6:06:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 21 March, 2012 | DEBORAH GERTZ HUSAR
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. — Pike County voters sent a message Tuesday in favor of gun rights. A question on Tuesday's primary ballot asked whether the county should adopt a constitutional carry of arms ordinance — and the answer was resoundingly yes by a vote of 3,214 to 550. Pittsfield chiropractor Dan Mefford spearheaded the ballot issue which he said had wide support from Democrats, Republicans and independent voters. "As far as I'm concerned, it's a poke in the eye for the thieves of liberty," Mefford said. "It's a thing whose time had come." Winning voter approval was key in sending what...
  • Pope gives three new bishops to US dioceses

    03/20/2012 1:46:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | March 20, 2012
    Bishop-designate Gregory L. Parkes and Bishop-designate David J. Malloy. Washington D.C., Mar 20, 2012 / 12:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI appointed new bishops on March 20 for the dioceses of Baltimore, Md., Rockford, Ill., and Tallahassee-Pensacola, Fla. The Pope filled the position for the oldest U.S. archdiocese of Baltimore on Tuesday with Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., who serves as chairman of the U.S. bishops' committee on religious freedom.Monsignor David Malloy, former general secretary of the U.S. bishops' conference, will take over the apostolic duties of the Diocese of Rockford, Ill. while Father Gregory Parkes...
  • Editors Roundtable: Concealed carry(Il Poll center left of article)

    03/19/2012 5:28:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 18 March, 2012 | Tom Martin, Jay Redfern, Lisa Coon, Rob Buck
    Question: The Illinois House of Representatives will debate legislation that would make it legal for licensed gun owners to carry firearms. Would you support such a measure? Pass bill, let Chicago opt out Despite concealed carry being a hot button issue, I’m lukewarm about it. I don’t think it’s a vital issue, and I believe our legislators should, instead, focus like a laser beam on finances. I respect the 2nd Amendment, but I also understand why Chicago legislators don’t want more people out there walking around with guns. The bill approved 11-1 by a House committee would allow county sheriffs...
  • Charlie Gruner: Fighting for right to carry firearms(IL)

    03/15/2012 6:20:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    The Register-Mail ^ | 15 March, 2012 | CHARLIE GRUNER
    Dr. Suzanna Hupp was the special guest speaker at IGOLD in Springfield March 7. IGOLD is Illinois GunOwners’ Lobby Day. The purpose of IGOLD is to get Illinois in line with the other 49 states and allow its citizens the right to carry firearms for self-protection. The Illinois State Rifle Association is the primary sponsor of the event, but other organizations also participate. Each year since its inception, the attendance has grown. This year was no different. People from all over the state come to lobby their state legislators to persuade the last holdout, Illinois, to grant its citizens rights...
  • Homeowner Shoots at Two Intruders Five Times(IL)

    03/14/2012 8:03:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Jacob Long
    WAYNESVILLE - Four bullet holes in a door and one in a wall. That's what's left after a terrifying night for David Swan. "I was afraid for my safety, plain and simple," he told WMBD 31 on Friday. Swan was home alone watching television Thursday evening. Around 6:30, he said his dog started acting funny about something outside. "At that time, I grabbed my phone and went into the kitchen to see what was out there," Swan said. What he said he saw were two men with a crowbar coming toward his house in the 2300 block of Capital Road...
  • Illinois Firearm Rights Rally a Major Success

    03/12/2012 9:31:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    PRNewswire ^ | 8 March, 2012 | Illinois State Rifle Association
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 8, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is the text of a statement released today by Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) Executive Director, Richard Pearson: "On behalf of the ISRA and the other co-sponsors of Wednesday's Illinois Gun Owners' Lobby Day (IGOLD), I have to say that we couldn't be happier with the results of our efforts. Our preliminary figures indicate that in excess of 7,500 law-abiding firearm owners flooded the capitol to respectfully lobby their representatives for the restoration of their firearm rights. I have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from legislators, capitol staff,...
  • Concealed carry bill passes Illinois House committee(Poll to freep)

    03/07/2012 11:31:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 7 March, 2012 | Alex Degman
    SPRINGFIELD – A concealed carry bill surfaced in a state House committee and passed, but its future is uncertain. State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, is again leading the charge as he has for years. His measure would allow Illinois residents with the proper training and permits to carry a concealed firearm. The arguments are the same, proponents say guns are needed for protection, opponents say more guns equal more violence. Phelps responded to that by saying ‘look around.’ “We’re the only state,” he says. “If it was so bad why are there no other states trying to repeal this? It...
  • Anti-Gun Bills Make Way Through Illinois Legislature

    03/06/2012 7:14:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 5 March, 2012 | John Velleco
    Flurry of Anti-gun Bills Saturates the Illinois Legislature -- But one bill would repeal the FOID card! As you are probably aware, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pressing for increased gun controls in Springfield. According to press reports in the state, “Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently called for a mandatory gun registration with a $65 fee [which] would pay for improving a background-checking system that has failed to process 100,000 mental health records.” Of course, including mental health records in the background check means that more military veterans who are suffering from PTSD will be denied their firearms rights. This...
  • Manzullo Urges Illinois Officials to Oppose Bills that Would Undermine the Rights of Gun Owners

    03/05/2012 4:39:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 4 March, 2012 | Rep. Don Manzullo
    [ROCKFORD] – Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) today urged Illinois leaders to oppose gun control legislation working its way through the Illinois General Assembly and instead join our nation’s 49 other states and pursue viable conceal-carry legislation. In a letter to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-IL) and Republican Leader Tom Cross (R-IL), Manzullo called on the leaders to oppose legislation that would ban and increase penalties on semi-automatic firearms (HB 1294 and HB 1599), impose a 2 percent tax on ammunition (HB 5167), and create a firearms registry supported by a new fee (HB 5831). “Illinois already has some of...
  • Judge rules eavesdropping law unconstitutional(IL)

    03/05/2012 3:47:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 2 March, 2012 | Jason Meisner
    A Cook County judge today ruled the state’s controversial eavesdropping law unconstitutional. The law makes it a felony offense to make audio recordings of police officers without their consent even when they’re performing their public duties. Judge Stanley Sacks, who is assigned to the Criminal Courts Building, found the eavesdropping law unconstitutional because it potentially criminalizes “wholly innocent conduct.”
  • Senators press to allow Syrians to stay in US amid violence in home country

    03/03/2012 1:09:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2012 | unattributed (AP?)
    Several Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to allow Syrians who are already in the United States to stay, at least temporarily, out of concern it would be "too dangerous" for them to return home. The senators want President Obama to invoke what's known as "temporary protected status" for thousands of Syrians in the U.S. The designation typically is given to foreign nationals whose home countries are beset by war or natural disaster and who could face harm should they return. The senators argued that Syrians in the U.S. are in just that kind of predicament, as Syrian...
  • Two Chicago gun control measures advance(IL)

    03/01/2012 4:45:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies · 2+ views ^ | 29 February, 2012 | Kurt Erickson
    SPRINGFIELD — Two controversial gun control proposals advanced to the full House Wednesday. On a partisan vote, the Democratic-controlled House Executive Committee approved a measure requiring handgun owners to register their weapons with the state. The panel also signed off on legislation that would create a special 2 percent tax on ammunition, which would finance trauma facilities that treat gunshot victims. Both measures headed to the floor after failing to win support from Republican committee members. They said it remains unproven that such laws will reduce crime. And, they added, downstate gun owners would be unfairly burdened with the changes....
  • State Rep. Costello II decries legislation to impose ammunition tax(IL)

    02/29/2012 6:51:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 28 February, 2012 | Staff
    Chester, Ill. — State. Rep. Jerry Costello II (D-Smithton) issued the following statement regarding a myriad of anti-gun proposals recently introduced by Chicago politicians, including House Bill 5167, a bill that would add two percent surcharge on the sale of ammunition: “As we make more and more progress towards the passage of a conceal and carry law in Illinois, anti-gun politicians from Chicago are desperately throwing up radical bills that deny the constitutionally-protected rights of law-abiding Illinoisans. These include proposals to require a $65 registration fee per handgun and to add an additional tax on ammunition. Making gun owners register...
  • Illinois Considering Several "Extreme" Anti-Gun Bills

    02/29/2012 6:11:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 26 February, 2012 | NRA
    In addition to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handgun licensing and ammunition tax schemes mentioned here, several other anti-gun bills are expected to see action this week in Springfield: House Bill 4149 and House Bill 4456, both introduced by state Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-14), would require private transfers of handguns to go through a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder, and allow for fees (gun taxes) for such transfers. House Bill 3809, also introduced by Representative Cassidy, would create a new felony offense for anyone who transfers a firearm to someone the transferor "knows is a street gang member." While this may...
  • Reaction mixed to mayor's proposal to license guns(IL barf alert)

    02/20/2012 5:07:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 19 January, 2012 | Samson Adams
    CHICAGO | Bill Jenkins isn't your classic gun control lobbyist. In fact, he isn't even a lobbyist or a formal activist. He is an Illinois gun owner and a father who lost a child to gun violence. "My son was shot and killed in 1997 and ... I don't want bad guys to have guns, it's simple," Jenkins said. Jenkins said he considers Mayor Rahm Emanuel's recent proposal to license every gun in Illinois a sensible move in the right direction. "I think every responsible gun owner should care about how firearms are used and perceived in our society," he...
  • Undocumented Migrant Named to Illinois DREAM Commission

    02/18/2012 6:49:32 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | February 18, 2012 | Fox News Latino
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  • Immigrant leaders say Chicago police violated "sanctuary" ordinance

    02/18/2012 10:59:24 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    WGN News ^ | February 17, 2012 | Julian Crews
    CHICAGO— Immigrant rights groups are calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to look at the arrest of a 54-year-old mother from Cameroon. Relatives say Rose Tchakounte was pulled over for not using her turn signal, driving through the South Side of Chicago Wednesday. Without any valid reason, activists say, police checked Tchakounte's immigration status. Because she'd missed an immigration hearing, due to an error by her lawyer, family members say 1st District Chicago police arrested her, eventually transferring her into the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
  • Handgun proposal means Chicago mayor won't run for governor (IL)

    02/17/2012 8:51:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 16 February, 2012 | Pat Gauen
    Rahm Emanuel does not plan to run for governor of Illinois. Not in 2014. Not ever. His proposal last week to register all Illinois handguns made it obvious. I'm sure that Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, wouldn't consider taking the step down to governor anyway — not any more than his predecessor, Richard M. Daley. You can be sure that Chicago mayors do see it as a demotion. Only one has ever stooped down to the Governor's Mansion and that was almost a century ago: ex-Mayor Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne served as governor from 1913-17. No wonder. Chicago mayors wield enormous...
  • Homeowner Shoots Suspect in Attempted Burglary(IL)

    02/17/2012 6:37:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    WIFR ^ | 14 February, 2012 | NA
    ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a man tried to break into his ex-girlfriend's house last night--but instead of sweet nothings he got some gunshot wounds. 41-year-old Chauncey Williams tried to break into his ex-girlfriend's home around 10 pm Monday night. Instead of welcoming him inside, police say his ex shot at him from behind the front door. Multiple bullets hit him in the arm. Williams was let out of prison in August; he was locked up in 2006 for trying to do the same thing. He was supposed to serve a 10-year sentence, but got out...

    02/16/2012 6:56:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Decatur Tribune ^ | 15 February, 2012 | NA
    Bunker Hill, IL - Macoupin County Board Chairman and candidate for State Senate in the 48th District Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) today called on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to drop a deeply unpopular proposal that would require gun owners to register their handguns and pay a fee or face felony charges. “I’m against it. Law-abiding gun owners are against it. And 48th District residents are against it,” Manar said of the proposal. “Downstate voters are fed up with Chicago dictating to us what they think is best.” Last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel demanded that the Illinois General Assembly require...
  • McCann introduces bill to eliminate FOID cards(IL guns)

    02/16/2012 6:51:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    The State Journal-Register ^ | 15 February, 2012 | DAVID THOMAS
    The program that issues mandatory ID cards to gun owners in Illinois would be discontinued under legislation proposed by state Sen. Sam McCann, R-Carlinville. Senate Bill 3340 would repeal the Firearms Owner’s Identification Act. McCann said the act prevents law-abiding citizens from exercising their rights under the Second Amendment. Residents must pay a $10 processing fee when they submit their FOID card application to the Illinois State Police. A FOID card lasts for 10 years. “It just punishes the law-abiding public,” McCann said, adding that the law doesn’t stop criminals from getting their hands on guns. McCann said his bill...
  • Homosexual protesters call cardinal ‘arch bigot’ for opposing same-sex ‘marriage’

    02/15/2012 1:45:49 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 14, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, February 13, 2012, ( – As parishioners gathered for Sunday Mass, a radical group of homosexual activists protested outside Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral, calling Francis Cardinal George the city’s “arch-bigot” for defending marriage. Carrying placards and spouting slogans on the sidewalk as worshipers entered the sanctuary, members of the Gay Liberation Network instructed Catholics to “give up hate for Lent.” David E. Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute told the Gay Liberation Network is “a tiny group of radical activists who are trying to intimidate and name-call religious leaders like Cardinal George to try to...