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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jun 26, 2013

Emanuel Introduces Assault Weapons Ban, Student Safety Measure At Busy Council Meeting

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced an ordinance at Wednesday’s city council meeting that looks to ban the import, sale, transfer and possession of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in the city.

The move comes in response to the concealed carry legislation the Illinois General Assembly passed last month that is currently awaiting action from Gov. Pat Quinn.

State lawmakers are required to come up with new legislation by a July 9 deadline following a federal court ruling back in December that struck down Illinois’ concealed carry ban. The deadline was extended from June 9 to July 9 to give Gov. Quinn more time to consider the bill once it passed.

Under the proposed statewide concealed carry legislation, HB 183, sponsored by State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), Illinois municipalities will have 10 days after the bill is signed to pass a new or updated assault weapons measure.

The Chicago Police Department is making a “strong effort” to bring down gun-related crimes and violence in the city in part by putting more police on the streets and getting “kids, guns and drugs” off of them, Emanuel said in remarks after the meeting.

“It is essential that we make sure we do everything to bring safety to all our communities and neighborhoods throughout the city,” Emanuel said. “The assault weapon ban, and making sure it’s comprehensive, is part of that overall strategy — bringing safety throughout our streets.”

Quick Hit
by Steven Ross Johnson
Thu Jun 7, 2012

Controversy Surrounds CTU Strike Vote & Ballot Count (VIDEO)

A group of religious leaders said Wednesday it has been asked by the Chicago Teachers Union to take on the role as witnesses to ensure the validity of the ballot count, as union members currently vote to determine whether to authorize the city’s first teachers' strike in 25 years.

Voting began Wednesday morning for the more than 25,000 members of the country’s third largest teachers' union, after nearly a year of negotiations between the educators and the Chicago Board of Education that have stalled over issues regarding the length of school days, class sizes, pay raises and job security.

Amid a backdrop that included the front of the Merchandise Mart building – the location of where the vote count is to be conducted – clergy members of the worker-rights advocacy group, Arise Chicago said their involvement in the ballot count process was to ensure the integrity of the process, and not to lend their support to any one side.

PI Original
by Adam Doster
Wed Oct 27, 2010

Property Taxes, The Assessor, And You (VIDEO)

The heated campaign for Cook County Assessor reveals why both ethics and tax reforms are needed to reduce the property tax burden in Chicagoland.