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Poor driving conditions due to snow prompt NWS to issue special weather statement for northern Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a warning about poor driving conditions expected through the afternoon due to snow and gusty winds in the northern Illinois area. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued the special weather statement just after 1 p.m. Friday. The warning covers Lake, DuPage, Cook and Will counties. A stronger band of […]

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Gun violence victims, restriction advocates testify at first hearing on Illinois gun control bill

The first of several hearings on a proposed bill that would ban certain firearms and magazines in Illinois focused on victims and public health officials advocating for the bill’s passage. State Rep. Bob Morgan, D-Deerfield, advanced out of committee his resolution recognizing the Highland Park mass shooting where seven people were killed and dozens were […]

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Gun rights groups plan lawsuits if Illinois lawmakers pass new restrictions on ‘assault weapons’

(The Center Square) – As lawmakers contemplate a proposal to outlaw the sale of semi-automatic weapons and magazines of 10 rounds or more in Illinois, the governor is bracing for expected lawsuits. Gov. J.B. Pritzker campaigned on banning the sale of certain types of guns like AR-15 rifles. A proposed bill that achieves that was […]

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Illinois health director recommends residents wear masks as state sees ‘significant rise’ of COVID-19

Illinois health officials say the state is experiencing a “significant rise” of counties at elevated risk for COVID-19 and are recommending residents wear masks. COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses are continuing to rise across Illinois following the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The IDPH said the anticipated “post-holiday surge” […]

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Gov. Pritzker says he supports ‘assault weapons’ ban in Illinois, hopes lawmakers pass it in first half of 2023

Gov. JB Pritzker said he supports a proposed Illinois ban on “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines and says he hopes the legislation will be passed in the first half of 2023. Illinois State Representative Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) introduced House Bill 5855, dubbed the Protect Illinois Communities Act, on December 1. Morgan represents Illinois House District […]

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NWS issues winter weather advisory as northern Illinois could see up to 4 inches of snow

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory warning that up to four inches of snow are possible Friday in Lake and McHenry counties. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued the advisory Thursday afternoon. The advisory, which goes into effect at 3 a.m. Friday, includes Lake, McHenry, Boone and Winnebago counties. Two weather […]

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Court hearing on legal challenge to ending cash bail in Illinois delayed after amendments passed

(The Center Square) – After lawmakers approved amendments to the SAFE-T Act that eliminates cash bail in Illinois, a lawsuit challenging the measure’s implementation has been delayed until later this month. State lawmakers recently passed amendments to the sweeping criminal justice reform legislation that abolishes cash bail starting January 1. The amendments add a slew […]

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signs amendment to SAFE-T Act after it was passed by Illinois House and Senate

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed a 300-plus page amendment updating the SAFE-T Act after the changes were passed by the Illinois House and Senate last week. The amendment to the SAFE-T Act filed last week includes language to allow denial of pretrial release for a slew of serious crimes, ranging from murder to kidnapping […]