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Public Safety

After 3 killed on train tracks, police launch awareness campaign

McCarthy criticizes training requirement in concealed carry measure

General Assembly approves concealed carry bill

The Illinois Legislature on Friday approved concealed carry legislation, sending the bill to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn before Friday’s midnight legislative session deadline.

Illinois House passes ‘drone’ bill; Pensions, gambling and gay marriage await action

The Illinois House passed a measure affecting public safety and privacy as the state General Assembly quickly approaches the final 24 hours of the regular legislative session.

Measure allowing for new firefighter test moves forward

Steps are being taken to comply with the terms of a settlement that will give 138 former female firefighter applicants the option to reapply for a job with the Chicago Fire Department.

The City Council Committee on Workforce Development and Audit approved an ordinance Wednesday that would permit the city’s fire commissioner to enter into agreements with outside agencies to provide training and testing for “prospective members” of the fire department. Existing law grants the commissioner authority to contract with entities for the provision of services for current members only.

McCarthy criticizes state gun laws

With state lawmakers looking at two key gun control measures, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy pushed on Thursday for much stronger penalties for firearm violations.

“Folks, we do some great policing,” McCarthy said at the City Club of Chicago on Thursday. “But without sensible gun laws in this state, we can’t fix [violent crime]. It’s a failed system.”

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