KEVIN HOFFMAN Reboot Illinois Suspected terrorists and people considered a threat to public safety would be barred from obtaining firearms under a bill in the Illinois House. The proposal, which has bipartisan support, was filed by state Rep. Gregory Harris, D-Chicago, on June 21, a day after the U.S. Senate rejected four gun control measures […]

THE WATCHDOGS: Proposal aims to keep guns from dangerous mentally ill

WRITTEN BY FRANK MAIN AND MICK DUMKE POSTED: 12/12/2015, 10:15PM A Chicago legislator introduced legislation Friday to tighten enforcement of a law meant to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people who are deemed dangerous, as well as others who are barred from owning guns because they’ve been convicted of felonies or […]

New Gun Bill Introduced

No guns if you have been adjudged to be mentally ill, and no guns if you’re on the terror watch list or the no-fly list.The sponsor of a new bill, State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) says that’s just common sense.That can be a tough conversation in a place like Illinois. Click here for summary“It’s always […]

Violence Prevention Background Information

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Days After Rauner Proposes Mental Health Cuts, Madigan’s Violence Prevention Task Force Begins

During his inauguration speech, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced a new mission — figuring out what Illinois can do to prevent violence, like mass shootings at schools. A bipartisan task force formed to study the issue will meet for the first time today in Chicago. Look back at the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary […]

Lawmakers form school shootings task force

By DON BABWIN The Associated Press CHICAGO – A task force of Illinois lawmakers looking at ways to prevent school shootings by helping mentally ill children before they lash out violently met for the first time Monday. During a meeting in which educators, police, mental health professionals and first lady Diana Rauner told of what […]

Lawmakers’ School Shootings Task Force Has First Meeting

CHICAGO (CBS) – State lawmakers have begun a new effort to figure out strategies for heading off school shootings, like the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, when a gunman killed 20 students and 6 staff. Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), who chairs the bipartisan Violence Prevention Task Force, said it’s important to understand the […]

State, local efforts combine to prevent school violence

By Dan Moran News­Sun FEBRUARY 23, 2015, 8:30 PM As local school districts and public­safety officials move onward with initiatives to prevent violence from reaching classrooms, state lawmakers have announced plans to work with mental health professionals to help children with mental illness in the hopes of preventing school shootings. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan […]