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McHenry County sheriff calls ‘assault weapons’ ban unconstitutional, says his office will not enforce it

The McHenry County sheriff announced his deputies will not be arresting those who violate Illinois’ new “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazine ban after calling the law unconstitutional. McHenry County Sheriff Robb Tadelman issued a statement Wednesday afternoon after House Bill 5471 was signed into law Tuesday evening. “As your duly elected Sheriff my job and […]

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Gov. JB Pritzker signs bill into law banning ‘assault weapons,’ making Illinois 9th state to do so

Governor JB Pritzker, surrounded by lawmakers and gun control activists, signed a bill into law that bans what he calls “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines in Illinois. Pritzker signed the Protect Illinois Communities Act Tuesday evening in the Illinois Capitol Rotunda. The act bans the sale and distribution of high-capacity weapons in Illinois effective immediately. […]

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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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Illinois lawmakers return this week amid calls for changes in the SAFE-T Act

(The Center Square) – Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday as state’s attorneys and law enforcement officials await changes to the SAFE-T Act. The controversial justice reform package eliminates cash bail on January 1, making Illinois the first state to fully do so. The legislation has been criticized by many, including dozens of state’s attorneys […]

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Only ‘technical’ fixes to SAFE-T Act expected as Illinois lawmakers close first week of veto session

(The Center Square) – Illinois state lawmakers left Springfield Wednesday without taking up changes to the no-cash bail provision of the SAFE-T Act that begins on January 1. The measure includes the Pretrial Fairness Act, which ends cash bail statewide, making Illinois the first state to do so. State Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chicago, helped usher […]

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Governor signs bill into law that aims to combat the rise in organized retail crime in Illinois

Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday signed a bill into law that aims to combat the rise in organized retail crime in Illinois and disrupt criminal enterprises. “This new law represents another important step to fight crime and advance public safety in Illinois,” Pritzker said. “This is how we protect store workers and customers, prevent militarized […]

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Lawmakers pass bill that aims to combat the rise in organized retail crime in Illinois

The Illinois House and Senate passed a bill Saturday that aims to combat the rise in organized retail crime and disrupt criminal enterprises, the attorney general said. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said he initiated House Bill 1091 to address organized retail crime in partnership with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. The legislation closes gaps […]

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Illinois lawmakers pass bill removing potential penalties for victims whose cars are stolen, hijacked

(The Center Square) – Members of the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation that provides protections for victims of carjackings who receive red light or speed camera tickets after their vehicle has been stolen. House Bill 3772 would remove any penalties like tickets from speed cameras or red light cameras that accrue after someone is a […]