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Public Safety

Local foundation tackling gun violence prevention

When the U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation in April that would have expanded background checks for gun purchasers, one Chicago group that took the news hard was The Joyce Foundation.

“We were very disappointed when the Senate failed to pass widely supported, and frankly, quite mild legislation supporting expanding background checks,” foundation President Ellen Alberding said at a City Club of Chicago luncheon Tuesday.

Bill allows tougher penalties in social media based mob attacks

Newtown parents join Quinn to call for ban on high-capacity ammo magazines

State panel to back hearings into 7 claims of police torture

Crime in Chicago's vacant property soars 48% since 2005

Poll: Downstaters don't care about Chicago concealed carry

Quinn: Cities, not state should OK concealed guns

Lieutenant governor issues recommendations on concealed carry

As state lawmakers squabble in Springfield over competing bills regulating concealed carry, Illinois’ Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has released suggestions developed by a working group she headed on the essential components of an effective new concealed carry law.

Simon discussed the recommendations Friday while speaking at a luncheon at the Union League Club of Chicago hosted by the Chicago Area Public Affairs Group.

Year-round city stickers, tougher penalties for gambling, drinking and urinating on the public way receive Council approval

Chicago city stickers will be sold year-round beginning in 2014 under a measure passed Wednesday by the City Council.

The plan, championed by City Clerk Susana Mendoza, will transition the city’s current seasonal registration schedule to one in which drivers can purchase a new sticker in any given month. Drivers currently only have a window of a few weeks in May and June to buy a vehicle sticker.

Mendoza said Chicago residents currently purchase about 1.3 million stickers each year during the one-month registration period.

Chicago murders down 69 percent: 'By no means victory,' top cop says