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Lisa Madigan
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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Jan 17, 2013

Emanuel Talks Gun Legislation At U Of C Panel Discussion

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he supports more thorough background checks and a standard on federal gun prosecution Tuesday night during a South Side panel discussion with policymakers and scholars about the politics of guns in America.

The public meeting was on the eve of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden’s announcement of a comprehensive gun control package, that calls on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban and law requiring background checks on all gun buyers. The sweeping gun control plan also included 23 executive orders that call for, among other things, additional provisions on background check for gun purchasers, improved access to mental health care, and an end to the ban on federal research on gun violence.

The package comes on the heels of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, which Obama has said was the worst day of presidency, among other recent mass killings with guns.

“My view is whatever you can do by executive order take care of it,” Emanuel said to veteran journalist Tom Brokaw, who moderated the University of Chicago Institute of Politics’ event.

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by Matthew Blake
Fri Oct 19, 2012

How A Decision On Same-Sex Marriage In New York Could Impact Illinois

As a lawsuit to overturn Illinois’ ban on same-sex marriage moves along slowly in Cook County Circuit Court, a decision made yesterday in a New York federal appeals court could render the Prairie State suit moot. Read more »

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Wed Jul 25, 2012

Blacks, Latinos Face Ongoing Discrimination In Mortgage Lending Process, Report Finds

A racial divide continues to perpetuate among those seeking a mortgage loan, according to a new study. The report alleges that mortgage lenders have steered more black and Latino borrowers towards government-backed home loans by limiting their access to more conventional financing.

An analysis of mortgage lending in seven cities found that loans guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs were made to both minority borrowers and those residing in predominantly non-white neighborhoods at a much higher rate than white customers.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Mon Jun 25, 2012

Marching For Marriage Equality In Chicago's Pride Parade

Cheers resonated throughout Chicago’s North Side yesterday as hundreds of thousands of people gathered to celebrate diversity and call for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LBGT) community at the 43rd Annual Chicago Pride Parade. Progress Illinois was there for the festivities, along with several of the couples fighting for marriage equality in the Land of Lincoln.