Residents of our state will soon have the right to carry concealed weapons in public, but that doesn't mean safety is guaranteed.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A Naperville resident hosted a watch party Tuesday night at her home for President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address.
When Christine Patterson decided to host a TV watch party for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address at her home in south Naperville Tuesday, she didn't know exactly how many people would show up. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. Patterson, a long-time Obama supporter and volunteer for Organizing for Action, created a watch party event on Organizing for Action's website, but didn't receive one single RSVP. However, shortly before Obama spoke Tuesday night, there wasn't an empty seat in the house. Patterson quickly set up extra chairs and turned on a second TV to accommodate the 30 guests in her home just in time for the President to begin his address. "This was the …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
On Feb. 19 and Feb. 22, the state will stage public hearings to discuss a new concealed carry handgun law for Illinois.
Gun control hearings will convene before an Illinois House committee later this month, says Speaker Mike Madigan, and there will be much talk about a new concealed carry law. One hearing will take place in Chicago on Feb. 22, at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago. The other will be in Springfield on Feb. 19 at the Capitol. “In light of events in recent months in Illinois and in other parts of the country, it’s appropriate and necessary that we give a full vetting to proposed state legislation on this matter," reads a statement from Madigan. "These hearings will provide an opportunity for gun-safety advocates, gun-rights supporters and members of the law enforcement community to offer their views and argue their cases to …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Naperville Walmart joining stores across the country in limiting sales of ammunition to customers, CNN Money reports.
Naperville Walmart, 776 S. Route 59, is joining Walmart stores across the country in limiting sales of ammunition to three boxes per customer, per day, CNN Money reports. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. A Walmart employee at the Naperville location confirmed on Thursday that all ammunition sales are currently limited to three boxes per customer. "Right now we're monitoring supply issues daily, since supply is limited at this time," Ashley Hardie, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, told CNN. "We're trying to take care of as many customers as possible and we're working with suppliers to put products back on shelves." The ration is due to a recent spike in gun and ammunition sales, which …
Monday, January 14, 2013
While visiting Fox Valley, senator says gun control is only part of the solution to mass violence.
Written by Ted Schnell U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday that he would rather see Congress arrive at a “sensible solution” on curbing gun violence than see the president issue some kind of executive order attempting to remedy the problem. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. Still, in light of the power wielded by the NRA and the gun industry, which many congressmen will not stand up to, Durbin said he would support President Barack Obama if he does issue executive orders in an attempt to rein in gun violence. “Whatever it takes to keep our streets and schools safe, I’ll support,” he said. “But I hope that we could do it in the the normal congressional process,” he added. “I know that…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Random and disturbing threats in the Chicago area followed the Newtown school killings, underscoring vulnerabilities and prompting discussions of gun control and guns for teachers.
The first day of school after the Sandy Hook school massacre brought a wave of fear, worry and outright threats to Chicago-area communities as educators and police sought to reassure people that efforts to protect their children would be redoubled. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. Parents and educators everywhere were talking about school security even as incidents locally in the last three days underscored potential vulnerability. Here's a glimpse of what's taken place in the past few days. In Downers Grove, parents discovered that schoolhouse doors were unlocked and flooded the district with calls. The school district decided to lock the doors this week and install temporary …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
After the tragedy at Sandy Hook, a Naperville area teacher calls on teachers as well as public officials to demand gun control.
Safe schools lead to safer students who are more likely to be better learners. The Connecticut shooting last week shattered the families of 20 little first graders. Colorado’s theater shooting a few months ago claimed the lives of several college students. Chicago neighborhood teens routinely risk their lives en route to their middle and high schools. Gun violence accounts for a significant number of deaths of children under the age of 18- our students. Gun Control would facilitate students getting to and from school in one piece and focus their attention during the school day on learning instead of safety. New York’s Mayor Bloomberg recently challenged police officers to demand gun control. “Others run away when they hear gunfire, but …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
A Christmas letter to Santa asks for something that is sadly impossible.
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