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WarCry - One year after concealed carry, Chicago homicide rate plunges - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Pretty much everything said here. Concealed carry has NOT been implemented for a year. The law was PASSED in July 2013, but the first training didn't start until Oct of 2013, and the first permits didn't come off the presses until something like mid-February of 2014. And that was about 5,000 permits scattered all throughout the state. That was the "look, we're really doing something!"…
pjohnf - One year after concealed carry, Chicago homicide rate plunges - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Admittedly there are many variables that cause or don't cause crime in Chicago but the fact remains that shootings didn't get worse with C & C and shootings by legal gun owners didn't go through the roof because of it. It's impossible to prove crimes that weren't committed because of C & C but it sure is a amazing coincidence that crime went down with implementation of C &…
UrKidsWillPay - QPD nabs 66 in latest STEP detail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Seatbelt enforcement is not unconstitutional as has been proven many times over in the courts. You have no constitutional right to drive a motor vehicle on the public roads of any state in the US. Your use of the roads is conditional on your obeying any law the state you are in puts in place whether you like those laws or not. If MO decides you can only drive GM cars in their state then thats what…
UrKidsWillPay - QPD nabs 66 in latest STEP detail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Secondly, if you read and comprehend what was written, you will notice that I never mentioned slavery. I specifically said your comment was ignorant because you made the argument that posters were advocating the police do whatever they want to make an arrest. You listed a number of illegal/unconstitutional actions which we are supposed to support when no one had ever even mentioned those items. …
UrKidsWillPay - QPD nabs 66 in latest STEP detail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
They were caught and stopped from killing again except for Atta. Without the benefit of good police work during a traffic stop they would have continued to be free to do as they pleased. You don't have to believe me. Read the item from the chiefs of police organization. More police contacts are a proven method of solving crimes and lowering crimes rates. Police cruising in cars does very…

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Scott Reeder of the Illinois News Network says he'll appeal

From Associated Press:

A journalist in residence at the conservative Illinois Policy Institute has appealed a federal court's guarded dismissal of his lawsuit that claimed state legislative leaders wrongly denied him a media credential for the General Assembly.

U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce on Thursday dismissed Scott Reeder's lawsuit against House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and their press secretaries, siding with the defendants' insistence they were protected against such lawsuits by "absolute legislative immunity." Such immunity precludes judicial review of rulemaking and decisions by anyone in a legislative capacity.

But Bruce wrote he "remains very interested in the motivation behind (the) defendants' actions regarding Reeder's access to the press facilities of the Illinois House and Senate," adding he'll closely watch the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' interpretation.

"Should (that court) disagree with this court's determination that absolute legislative immunity applies to this situation and remand the case, this court would welcome the opportunity to explore the motives behind (the) defendants' decisions and the opportunity to seek answers to the questions discussed in the introduction to this opinion," Bruce wrote.

Cullerton spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon and Madigan spokesman Steve Brown declined to comment Sunday, citing Reeder's unresolved appeal.

Reeder, 49, writes columns for the Illinois News Network, which is affiliated with the policy institute. He sued in February, claiming he unfairly was denied access to the Illinois House and Senate's press boxes after a legislative lawyer said he worked for a lobbying group, not an independent news organization.

Reeder insisted the prohibition against lobbying hasn't been uniformly applied, and that the institute is a "nonpartisan public-policy research and education organization."

The defendants countered in court filings that federal case law made clear their internal procedural rules involving press credentials "are fully protected against judicial interference by the doctrine of legislative immunity."

From Illinois News Network:

“Mike Madigan and John Cullerton claim they have the authority to violate individuals’ rights with impunity when they make decisions on whether to grant press credentials,” said INN attorney Jacob Huebert of the Liberty Justice Center. “They do not. The First Amendment requires that the government provide journalists like Scott Reeder equal access to press facilities, and we will continue the fight for his right to freedom of the press.”

Note: QuincyJournal.com publishes Reeder's work on a regular basis.


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