SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois concealed carry legislation that requires special permission to have a gun in Chicago is scheduled for a Senate committee vote.
The Senate Executive Committee will hear Sen. Kwame Raoul's proposal to comply with a federal appeals court ruling. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in December that Illinois' ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional and gave lawmakers until June 9 to rectify the problem.
Raoul's measure would allow gun owners to apply to the Illinois State Police for a permit. They would need training and to clear a background check.
But those wanting to carry a gun in Chicago would also need permission from city police. The National Rifle Association opposes such an "endorsement."
UPDATED at 5:23 PM:
The man responsible for a four-hour standoff in Belleville this morning, is now facing charges.
The incident started when Dougford Butler allegedly attacked a woman from a previous relationship. He then drove off. Officers found that car outside a home and determined Butler was holed up in the house.
Around 11:30, Butler peacefully surrendered to police.
He is now charged with one count of home invasion and held on a half-million dollar bond.
Overall, crime is down in the first quarter of 2013, according to new stats from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police. Except for one St. Louis neighborhood. The Dutchtown neighborhood leads the way in many of the major crime categories. Dutchtown is bounded by Chippewa, Walsh, Compton and Gus(Teen). St. Louis Police Chief Dotson told the board of police commissioners yesterday that homicides are down by 10% across the city compared to last year over the first quarter. 30 murders have been reported so far this year compared to 33 last year. Gun-related aggravated assaults are also down significantly. Meanwhile, the number of rapes are on the rise, however the FBI recently expanded the definition of rape, and if that definition was in place last year, those rape numbers would actually be down.
UPDATE: Traffic moving along I-270
A massive accident along I-270 had traffic slowed to a crawl this morning. If you're sitting in traffic along I-270 in north county--you will be there for at least another hour. The Illinois Department of Transportation says it won't be cleared until 10:20 or 10:30.
A massive accident involving three tractor trailers along I-270 has traffic at a standstill in the eastbound lanes of I-270 into Illinois on the Canal Bridge.
The cab of one of the trucks separated and was crushed. We are told none of the drivers were hurt.