ANALYSIS: Illinois’ official U.S. census numbers have not changed

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday that he is asking President Joe Biden and the federal government to increase Illinois’ share of federal funding to reflect the results of a recent Census Bureau study showing the state was very likely undercounted in the 2020 census. The news release from the governor’s office proclaimed, “Updated census data […]

NRA stages big gun show in Texas days after school massacre

HOUSTON — The National Rifle Association begins its annual convention in Houston on Friday, and leaders of the powerful gun-rights lobbying group are gearing up to “reflect on” — and deflect any blame for — the deadly shooting earlier this week of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Former […]

IL GOP lawmakers condemn Texas shooting; defend gun rights

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Republican lawmakers in Washington have condemned the mass shooting in Texas but they’re defending gun rights. US Representative Rodney Davis issued a statement calling Tuesday’s shooting “pure evil,” but says taking guns away from law-abiding citizens won’t stop the violence. He proposes strengthening school security, investing in resource officers, and gun safety […]

More details and reactions emerge about the Texas school shooting and gunman

UVALDE, Texas — Two days after an 18-year-old gunman shot and killed 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school, officials have released more information, while Americans across the nation continue to express shock and grief at the incident. Here are the latest developments: The gunman shot his grandmother before heading to the […]

Illinois Democrats in Congress call for action after Texas school shooting

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the 27th school shooting of 2022, Democrats in Congress are asking for more than thoughts and prayers. After the death of 19 children in Uvalde, Texas, today’s discussions on Capitol Hill centered around the need for bipartisan action to curb gun violence. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, whose 17th Congressional […]

GOP debate: Candidates address rising crime, Texas school shooting

SPRINGFIELD – The six Republican candidates for Illinois governor faced off Tuesday night in Chicago, albeit on two separate debate stages, hours after a shooting at a Texas elementary school that dominated a large portion of the debates. A scheduling conflict between two TV networks – WGN and NBC 5 – had the candidates split […]