assault weapons http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ill. Lawmakers To Wait On Gun Control http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-lawmakers-wait-gun-control <p>Illinois lawmakers will not be addressing gun control legislation before the end of session. Some members of the state House of Representatives were scheduled to debate the proposal Sunday.</p><p>State Representative Eddie Acevedo favors the bill. He says he withdrew it since a similar attempt didn’t pass the Senate last week.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:16:56 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 8083 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Lawmakers To Wait On Gun Control Gay Marriage. Assault Rifle Ban. Pension Reform. All On The Table For Ill. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gay-marriage-assault-rifle-ban-pension-reform-all-table-ill-senate <p>The Illinois Senate returns to the Capitol on Wednesday to begin a weeklong legislative session that could take up pension reform, legalizing gay marriage and banning assault rifles.</p><p>The 97th General Assembly will finish its work Jan. 9 when a new Legislature is sworn in. That means there are many lame-duck lawmakers not returning who might feel less constrained to vote for contentious issues. The House comes in Sunday.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn has made it a priority for the assembly to find a solution to the state employee retirement programs that are underfunded by $96 billion.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 17:31:58 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 7935 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gay Marriage. Assault Rifle Ban. Pension Reform. All On The Table For Ill. Senate In Wake Of Newtown Massacre, Missouri Gun Sales Skyrocket http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wake-newtown-massacre-missouri-gun-sales-skyrocket <p><em>Updated 1:56 p.m. Dec. 20 with information about background &nbsp;checks in Illinois</em></p><p>It’s perhaps counter intuitive, but when acts of violence shake the nation, sales of guns go up. The same is happening with the sales of semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines.</p><p>Under normal circumstances you might be confuse the rush of customers at Mid America Arms in South St. Louis, as Christmas shoppers, but not so this year.</p><p>“It’s been one of our best days in 13 years but…not for the right reasons,” says owner Mark Campbell.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:06:39 +0000 Adam Allington & The Associated Press & the 7526 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Wake Of Newtown Massacre, Missouri Gun Sales Skyrocket Ill. Legislators Head To Springfield To Tackle Quinn Vetoes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-legislators-head-springfield-tackle-quinn-vetoes <p>Illinois legislators are scheduled to go back to Springfield this week to tackle any bills the governor vetoed this year.</p><p>Of the major legislation the governor vetoed - one big issue that's had all sorts of trouble getting support is gambling expansion. The measure Governor Pat Quinn vetoed would allow for several new casinos in the state - including one in Chicago. But Quinn has said the bill is flawed - with, quote, "loopholes for mobsters" - but a sponsor of the measure says he's close to having enough votes to override the governor's opposition.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:16:39 +0000 Julie Bierach 6783 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Legislators Head To Springfield To Tackle Quinn Vetoes Assault weapons ban could be coming to Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/assault-weapons-ban-could-be-coming-illinois <p><strong>Updated 12:31 p.m. with use of amendatory veto.</strong></p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed a statewide ban on assault weapons.</p><p>The Democrat used his amendatory veto power today to include the ban in a bill related to ammunition sales. It&#39;s now up to lawmakers to accept his changes or reject them.</p><p>In a letter to members of the General Assembly, Quinn says the ban will make Illinois a safer place to live.</p><p>The proposal also calls for a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. It was first reported by The Associated Press.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:35:10 +0000 The Associated Press 4213 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Assault weapons ban could be coming to Illinois Illinois Supreme Court rules on assault weapon ban http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-rules-assault-weapon-ban <p><em>Updated to include link to opinion.</em></p><p>Gun rights advocates scored a victory&nbsp;when the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a challenge to a Cook County&nbsp;assault weapons ban to proceed.</p><p>The court <a href="http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/SupremeCourt/2012/112026.pdf">on Thursday ruled</a> that lower courts were wrong to&nbsp;throw out the challenge. The Supreme Court says it wants the trial court to hear evidence on whether assault weapons get the same Second Amendment protections as handguns.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:22:00 +0000 The Associated Press 3434 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Supreme Court rules on assault weapon ban