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What to know about Illinois’ assault weapons ban

Gun owners face a Jan. 1 deadline to register their assault weapons with the state under Illinois’ assault weapons law. But between lawsuits and ongoing policymaking, the exact guns, accessories and ammunition covered under the Protect Illinois Communities Act remain unclear to many gun rights advocates, who point out that the ban includes some of the most […]

Urbana City Council delays decision to hire more police officers, facing resident pushback

URBANA —  Urbana Police Chief Larry Boone asked the Urbana City Council Monday night to amend the budget to hire four additional police officers. The Council deferred the decision until a national consulting firm hired by the department releases a report with staffing recommendations. Boone requested $569,198 to fund four new positions, including a Deputy […]

217 Today: Report finds Logan, Pontiac and Stateville prisons nearly inoperable

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 Today’s headlines:  The deadline has passed for Republican and Democratic candidates to submit nominating petitions to get on the ballot for next March’s primary. The Governor’s office halted construction on Mayor Brandon Johnson’s plan to shelter asylum seekers on a former industrial lot in Brighton Park on Chicago’s Southwest Side. An […]