The violence in Chicago continues to spark rage and national headlines. Last week it was the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, then 20-year-old Kaylyn Pryor, an aspiring model, was gunned down. This weekend 14-year-old J-Quantae Riles was killed. Eddie Arruza reports on steps being taken on the city’s West Side to combat the violence.
Several mothers of young men killed by gun violence in Chicago are named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against three suburban Chicago communities: Lyons, Riverdale, and Lincolnwood. Attorneys who filed the suit Tuesday morning explain that those towns have lax or insufficient methods of licensing and regulating their gun dealers, and are therefore disproportionately impacting poor and minority communities in Chicago.
Gun owners fill firearms training classes required to apply for their concealed carry licenses—which went into effect Jan. 5. We go inside the class to find out what students are learning and what they think of the law’s requirements. Read an article.
A House Bill regarding stronger punishment for unlawful gun offenses is up for debate in the fall veto session, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel in support. We talk with Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) about how to combat gun violence in Chicago, and across the state. Read an article.
With two days left in the legislative session in Springfield, there's a flurry of work to be done on the budget, pension reform, guns and gay marriage. Chicago Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney joins us with the latest news.
The city's top cop and the county's prosecutor explore the best ways to control guns on the street and why guns are so easily accessible.
Gov. Quinn lays out some major proposals in his state of state address, such as raising the minimum wage and banning assault weapons. But it's what he did and didn't say about pension reform that's getting attention today. The governor joins us.
In the wake of the Newtown massacre, Gov. Quinn and Mayor Emanuel call for new gun laws in Illinois. Paris Schutz has more on where the law stands, and how it might change.
Amnesty International is directing its attention to gun violence in Chicago and its human rights impact, while the Better Government Association investigates the cost of alleged police misconduct in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Brandis Friedman has the details. Read Amnesty International's 10-Point Human Rights Agenda, the BGA story, and watch a web extra video.
The murder rate in Chicago is down compared to last year, but some community members are concerned over police tactics used. We talk with Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy about the crime rate in Chicago, gun legislation and police initiatives for the coming year. Read an article.
Sen. Dick Durbin urges all law enforcement agencies to use the federal database resources to track guns found at crime scenes. Elizabeth Brackett has the story. Read Durbin's letter.
Since the high-profile murder of her 15-year-old daughter, Hadiya Pendleton’s mother has jumped head first into the national debate on guns. She joins us to explain why.
Elizabeth Brackett takes a look at gun violence through the lens of the public health system rather than the criminal justice system.
Is a Chicago casino close to reality? Paris Schutz has the latest on that, and how the mayor and police superintendent plan to enact gun control in the absence of action from Springfield or Washington.