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Feds warn about ‘sharp increase’ in fentanyl being mixed with animal tranquilizer

Federal officials have issued a warning to the public about a “sharp increase” in fentanyl being mixed with xylazine, an animal tranquilizer, and local officials say it has been detected in Lake County. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued the nationwide alert last week. Xylazine, also known as “Tranq,” is a powerful sedative that the […]

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Illinois General Assembly passes bill banning ‘assault weapons,’ restricting magazine sizes

The Illinois House and Senate have both passed a bill that bans the future sale of certain semi-automatic guns and various capacity magazines. The measure now heads to the governor to sign into law. Senate Amendments to House Bill 5471 bans the future sale of about 100 different semi-automatic pistols, shotguns and rifles. The sale […]

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Illinois Senate passes bill banning ‘assault weapons,’ restricting magazine sizes

(The Center Square) – The Illinois Senate late Monday passed a bill that will ban the future sale of certain semi-automatic guns and various capacity magazines, along with requiring current owners of those guns to register them. ‘We’ll see you in court,’ Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said just before the vote. Senate Amendments […]

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‘Historic steps in the right direction’: Illinois House passes bill banning ‘assault weapons,’ restricting magazine sizes

The Illinois House early Friday morning passed a bill banning “assault weapons,” raising the age to legally own a gun and restricting magazine sizes. House Bill 5855, also called the Protect Illinois Communities Act, makes it illegal to manufacture, deliver, sell, or purchase high-powered weapons. The bill also prohibits the manufacture, sale, purchase or possession […]

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Illinois bill banning ‘assault weapons’ advances, poised to pass before end of lame-duck

A bill banning certain semi-automatic guns and magazines with more than 12 rounds in Illinois has advanced out of a committee and been sent to the state House to be voted on. Early Thursday at an unrelated event in Chatham, just south of Springfield, Gov. J.B. Pritzker was confident a gun ban would advance. “I […]

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Lawmakers could vote on proposed Illinois gun, magazine ban next month after final hearings of year held

(The Center Square) – The third and final hearing of Illinois’ proposed gun and magazine ban for the year was held earlier this week and lawmakers could take action on the bill as early as next month. Tuesday’s hearing featured groups advocating for the proposed ban on certain semi-automatic guns and magazines over 10 rounds. […]

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New Illinois laws going into effect in January aim to address spike in carjackings, vehicle thefts

(The Center Square) – New laws are set to take effect in January that lawmakers say are aimed at addressing carjackings and car thefts in Illinois. California experienced the highest number of stolen vehicles overall in 2021, with more than 200,000 vehicles taken. The top five states for vehicular crime – California, Illinois, Florida, Colorado […]

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Illinois Secretary of State Police stepping up enforcement of violators who park in spots reserved for disabled

The Illinois secretary of state said that police are conducting parking stings throughout the state to ticket those who illegally park in spots reserved for those with disabilities this holiday season. Secretary of State Jesse White said that the Secretary of State Police are conducting the enforcement at shopping malls statewide throughout the holiday season. […]

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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 […]