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NRA sues over Illinois ban on semiautomatic weapons

The powerful NRA joined a parade of gun-rights activists seeking to toss out the newly minted prohibition on dozens of rapid-fire pistols and long guns, as well as large-capacity magazines or attachments.

NRA sues over Illinois ban on semiautomatic weapons
Law

Judge issues order blocking Illinois semiautomatic gun ban

In his ruling, Morrison cited a landmark USSC decision from last year that struck down New York state’s concealed carry law. That 6-3 ruling found that the plain text of the Second Amendment protected the right of the plaintiffs to carry firearms for self-defense.

Judge issues order blocking Illinois semiautomatic gun ban
Politics

Illinois governor, sheriffs spar over semiautomatic gun law

Nine in 10 of the state's sheriffs, joining with gun-rights advocates in declaring the prohibition unconstitutional, have sworn off zealous enforcement of the law. The Illinois State Rifle Association plans to file a federal lawsuit challenging the law as early as next week.

Illinois governor, sheriffs spar over semiautomatic gun law
Illinois Politics

Senate OKs gun ban, House Dems agree with changes

The Senate plan differs slightly from the recent House-passed version, but despite initial objections from House Democrats, they're expected to approve the measure. Republicans predict the law would be overturned in court as unconstitutional.

Senate OKs gun ban, House Dems agree with changes
Illinois Politics

Pritzker takes 2nd oath as Illinois Governor

As in his first term, there seems little in his way. In the General Assembly, there seems no limit to the extent of Democratic control, and the Democrats have a majority of 5-2 in the Illinois Supreme Court.

Pritzker takes 2nd oath as Illinois Governor
Illinois Politics

Lame-duck Illinois lawmakers vote themselves a 16% raise

Not two years into his role as House Speaker, Chris Welch is facing heavy criticism for his lack of transparency and secretive house actions such as this week's unheard of 16% raise to Illinois legislators during a lame-duck session.

Lame-duck Illinois lawmakers vote themselves a 16% raise
Law

Illinois House OKs weapons ban, on to Senate

Critics argued the legislation is unconstitutional and wouldn't survive a court challenge.

Illinois House OKs weapons ban, on to Senate
Illinois News

Illinois House approves increased abortion protection

The bill, now headed to the Senate, would prevent the governor from surrendering a person charged by another state if the offenses are based on providing or receiving health care that is lawful in Illinois, even if it is illegal in the other state.

Illinois House approves increased abortion protection
Law

Illinois Supreme Court halts elimination of cash bail

The high court said in Saturday's order that the stay was needed to “maintain consistent pretrial procedures throughout Illinois” as the court prepares to hear arguments on the matter.

Illinois Supreme Court halts elimination of cash bail
Illinois Politics

Prosecutors file emergency motion to suspend SAFE-T Act statewide until ILSC can rule on pretrial release

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser filed an emergency motion to the Illinois Supreme Court on Friday asking for a statewide suspension of the enforcement of the controversial SAFE-T Act legislation set to go into effect on Sunday.

Prosecutors file emergency motion to suspend SAFE-T Act statewide until ILSC can rule on pretrial release