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Appeals court denies request for Illinois’ ‘assault weapon’ ban to be blocked pending appeal

(The Center Square) – A federal appeals court this week denied a request to halt Illinois’ “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazine bans pending an appeal. The case Bevis v. Naperville was filed last year challenging Naperville’s gun ban. The plaintiffs modified the federal case to include the state’s gun ban enacted in January. In February, […]

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Tornado watch remains in effect amid severe thunderstorm threat in Chicagoland area

The entire Chicagoland area remains under a tornado watch as severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, move through the region Thursday evening. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued the tornado watch around 2 p.m. Thursday for Lake, Winnebago, Cook, DuPage, McHenry, Kane, Will, Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall and surrounding counties. The watch will remain in effect […]

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‘Winter-ish weather’: NWS says rain will turn into snow, some areas of northern Illinois will see accumulation

The National Weather Service says that rain will turn into snow Sunday evening and snow accumulation in some areas of northern Illinois is possible. The National Weather Service (NWS) said Sunday that a “seasonably cold start” and “winter-ish weather” will kick off the week. Sub-freezing temperatures in some areas Sunday evening and in most areas […]

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Illinois Supreme Court justices deny motion for recusal in ‘assault weapons’ ban lawsuit

(The Center Square) – The Illinois Supreme Court has denied a motion to disqualify two justices from hearing a challenge to the state’s “assault weapons” ban over alleged conflicts of interest. Before Elizabeth Rochford and Mary O’Brien were elected to the Illinois Supreme Court in November 2022, Gov. J.B. Pritzker gave each of their campaign […]

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Thunderstorms expected Saturday, snow showers possible on Monday in northern Illinois

Following record-breaking warmth earlier this week, forecasters say thunderstorms are expected Saturday and snow is possible on Monday in the northern Illinois area. The National Weather Service (NWS) said that the summer-like warmth on Thursday in the Chicagoland area broke records. The highest recorded temperature was in Wheeling at 85 degrees. At O’Hare Airport, the […]

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Illinois Senate passes bill that would ban police from searching cars over marijuana odor

(The Center Square) – Senate Democrats in Springfield have advanced legislation that would prohibit law enforcement from conducting vehicle searches based on the smell of marijuana. With recreational marijuana now legal in Illinois for roughly the past three years, individuals also would no longer be required to store marijuana in an odor-proof container as they […]

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Parts of Illinois’ ban on ‘assault weapons,’ high-capacity magazines go into effect Monday

(The Center Square) – Certain provisions of Illinois’ gun and magazine ban go into effect Monday that will ban possession of certain semi-automatic firearms and magazines in public places. At an unrelated stop in Champaign Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the ban on more than 170 semi-automatic firearms and magazines over 10 rounds for rifles […]

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FBI warns about ‘alarming increase’ in sextortion incidents targeting children in northern Illinois

The FBI is warning parents about an “alarming increase” in children being coerced into sending explicit images and extorted for money in northern Illinois. The Federal Bureau of Investigation Chicago said this week that the numbers are rising exponentially nationally and even faster in the Chicago area when it comes to “financial sextortion.” The FBI […]