A new law allowed gun owners to keep assault weapons if they disclosed them. Illinois county registration rates ranged from 0.5% to 1.8%.
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Gov. JB Pritzker commuted Johnny Pippins’s sentence. Now he’s adjusting to campus life in Iowa — and educating his classmates in the process.
Lawsuit challenges state law passed after 2022 Highland Park Fourth of July shooting that left 7 dead and nearly 50 wounded.
Supt. Larry Snelling acknowledged his “miscommunication” in claiming the department had solved three-quarters of murders in January, when in actuality police have only cleared a small fraction of cases.
Ralph Clark, CEO of ShotSpotter’s parent company, defended the controversial gunshot detection technology, saying the company guarantees at least 90% efficacy.
The legislation was prompted by WBEZ reporting that showed how a suburban Chicago detective extracted a teen’s false confession to a shooting.
Top prosecutor says ShotSpotter has little impact on gun violence cases as mayor faces pressure to renew contract
With Mayor Johnson on the clock to decide whether to renew the ShotSpotter deal, an internal document obtained by the Sun-Times underscores previous criticism that the technology is ineffective and too costly.
An attorney says the agreement with Wexford Health Sources “means some people are going to die that would not have otherwise died.”
Sheriff Tom Dart cites pay hikes for corrections employees and the expense of managing detainees with addiction or health issues. We analyzed the numbers.
Judge halts all proceedings before Chicago Police Board after City Council again delays action on what cases can be heard in private
During Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Johnson’s allies used a parliamentary maneuver to push back a vote on whether cops facing dismissal or suspensions over one year can choose to have their cases heard by an arbitrator instead of the police board.