An Illinois high school student and her father are suing a school district and several administrators alleging her civil rights were violated when she showed support for gun rights during an anti-school violence walkout.

Six students from Chicago and its suburbs are among more than two dozen whose anti-violence activism has earned them Giffords Courage Fellowships to aid them in organizing anti-violence prevention.

Peoria Standoff Ends Peacefully

Jul 20, 2018
Cody Schindler

A more than 4-hour police standoff ended peacefully today.

An autopsy has determined that a man fatally shot on Chicago's South Side by police was shot in the back.

A northern Illinois school resource officer is being honored for stopping a gunman who fired shots inside a school while seniors gathered for graduation rehearsal.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to reinstate the death penalty for certain violent crimes and other changes he made to gun legislation will get a House hearing. 

Tanya Koonce

Authorities say a central Illinois man has died in an officer-involved shooting.

Illinois State Police are urging Firearm Owners Identification card holders to apply early as many come up for renewal.

Members of the village board in the northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield have voted unanimously to ban certain semi-automatic firearms.

The Illinois House has approved state licensing of firearms dealers and requiring that those buying assault-style weapons wait through a 72-hour "cooling off" period before taking delivery. 

Matoon High School

A central Illinois mathematics teacher who helped subdue a freshman student who shot another student has been honored and is talking about her actions.

A suburban Chicago man has been arrested after security screeners at Midway International Airport found a loaded 9mm handgun in his carry-on luggage.

Gun owners rally in Springfield

Mar 18, 2015

 Gun owners from around Illinois rallied in Springfield in support of their Second Amendment rights. Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day, or I-GOLD, consists of a march to the Capitol and a rally aimed at getting the attention of the governor and legislators. Valinda Rowe, a gun rights activist and organizer of the event, says this is the first time a governor has met with them since I-GOLD started in 2007. They gave Governor Bruce Rauner informational packets and told him about their concerns:

Gun law issue resurfaces in Springfield

Jan 8, 2015

A controversial idea to toughen gun sentences is being revisited in Springfield.

After suffering a heart attack earlier this month, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is back at work to push his plan on reducing gun violence.  

Proposed Chicago gun violence law stalls

May 19, 2014

A proposed law meant to reduce gun violence in Chicago has stalled in Springfield. 

Illinois residents will soon be able to apply for permits to carry concealed weapons.  Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has safety concerns about who will be allowed to get those permits.

Gun violence was the focus at a ceremony Monday to install the new top federal prosecutor in Chicago.    Zach Fardon’s first day last month as the new U.S. attorney brought a public rebuke from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  He told the Sun-Times that federal prosecutors do a horrible job on gun crimes.  At Fardon’s swearing in ceremony yesterday, with Emanuel in the front row, U.S. attorney General Eric Holder said solving gun violence is hard work.  HOLDER: It is the product of cooperative endeavor and sustained effort. This is simply not a time for institutional friction.  Illinois U.S.

A plan to increase prison time for gun crimes hit a brick wall today in the Illinois Capitol.  Opponents of the measure used a parliamentary procedure to block the bill.

Lawmakers tweak mandatory minimum gun bill

Nov 6, 2013

Illinois lawmakers are whittling down legislation that would increase the minimum prison time for some people convicted of illegal gun use.  

Outside the Horseshoe - September 24, 2013

Sep 24, 2013

Recent gun violence in the city of Peoria has many voicing concern if not a little on edge. A double homicide last week that included the death of KieAmber Beard-who was pregnant-was accompanied by several gunshot wounds including a pizza delivery guy. And Beard’s cousin was shot to death in the front yard of her mother’s house during a family gathering in her honor. Police have made at least two arrests but are also targeting more patrols in the generally areas impacted by the violence. Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard and Captain Mike Eddleman met with reporters yesterday to talk through some of the response efforts. We are using the press interview for this Outside The Horseshoe. 

Officers chase suspect carrying rifle in Taft Homes

Aug 21, 2013

The Peoria Police Department temporarily shut down traffic in front of Taft Homes Wednesday while chasing a suspect carrying a rifle.  

NRA against IL gun restrictions

May 6, 2013


Gun-control advocates rally in Springfield

Apr 11, 2013

As Illinois lawmakers consider lifting the concealed-carry ban, activists rallied to call on legislators to also enact new gun regulations. A court has given the state until early June to pass a law allowing people to carry guns in public.   While gun-control advocates like Senator Dan Kotowski have accepted that, they say Illinois can still enact restrictions.