UPDATE: Senate OKs temporarily taking guns from dangerous people

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Updated May 30, 2018, 6:49 p.m.

UPDATE: SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Senate has sent the governor legislation allowing courts to temporarily confiscate guns from people threatening violence.

The Senate voted 43-11 Wednesday.

Democratic Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield is the sponsor of what is meant to be a step toward preventing gun violence.

The measure allows family members and local law enforcement to petition a court to suspend a person's gun license for six months. The person must be displaying signs that they're a threat to themselves or others. Weapons would be confiscated and kept with law enforcement.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed a similar plan in different legislation but it requires a prosecuting attorney to seek a judge's approval.

Rauner's spokeswoman did not immediately return a request comment.


Updated May 25, 2018, 3:02 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A bipartisan group of Illinois legislators have introduced a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for convicted mass murderers and killers of first responders.

The bill was crafted by Democratic State Rep. Jerry Costello II of Smithton, Republican Rep. John Cabello of Machesney Park and Democratic Rep. Monica Bristow of Godfrey, among others.

In a statement released Thursday, the lawmakers said the legislation does not include gun control measures proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner when he used his amendatory veto authority on gun legislation earlier this month. They contend Rauner's amendatory veto places "overreaching restrictions on law-abiding gun owners."

The legislators say they support the death penalty as a form of punishment for those who target law enforcement. They say the families of police officers and firefighters deserve justice and "the ability to hold people accountable for their actions."


Updated May 23, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

UPDATE: SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- An aide to Gov. Bruce Rauner says the gun restrictions the Republican wrapped together in a contentious veto are not an all-or-nothing deal.

David Risely is Rauner's criminal justice director. He said Wednesday that Rauner would approve separate bills covering the additional issues. They include a 72-hour waiting period for delivery of any gun, a bump-stock ban and a procedure for removing guns from dangerous people.

Risely spoke after testifying on the amendatory veto before the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee. Democrats who control the House objected because Rauner rewrote legislation that applied a 72-hour wait for delivery of assault-style weapons. He added the other language and wants the death penalty reinstated.

Risely says Rauner isn't demanding an up-or-down vote on the whole package.


Updated May 21, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

UPDATE: SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois House committee will take up Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to reinstate the death penalty in certain cases.

The House Judiciary-Criminal Committee meets Monday for testimony on Rauner's proposals. Rauner added the death penalty in an amendatory veto of legislation that would extend the waiting period for delivery of assault weapons to 72 hours.

Rauner's changes included imposing 72 hours' wait for all guns, a ban on bump stocks that speed rifle firing, authorizing confiscation of weapons from dangerous individuals and more.

Rep. Jonathon Carroll sponsors the waiting-period legislation. The Northbrook Democrat says the committee hearing will "take the pulse of people." But there will be no committee vote and Carroll says he can't predict what the next step will be.


Updated May 17, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Gov. Rauner's proposal to reinstate the death penalty for mass murderers and those who kill law enforcement officers will be given a hearing in Springfield.

House Speaker Michael Madigan released a statement saying, "we look forward to hearing from stakeholders and continuing our effort to keep our children, our schools and our communities safe from senseless gun violence."

Madigan says the veto will be heard on Monday. The governor's amendment calls for a 72-hour waiting period for all gun purchases, a ban on bump stocks, detailed explanations for charge reduction in gun crimes and a shift in funds to give schools money to fund resource officers.


Updated May 15, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to bring back the death penalty would reverse a decision nearly 7 years ago to abolish it. Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato says he's in favor of bringing back capital punishment.

"Reinstating it on a limited basis is something that this office does support. I do believe that that potential option or penalty should be available for anyone that kills a police officer or kills more than one person," said Bruscato.

Bruscato says there should be protections put in place to make sure anyone facing the death penalty is not wrongfully convicted.

During a speech Monday, Rauner said his amendatory veto, which included the death penalty proposal, would protect the safety and security for kids, officers and the people of Illinois.

The house and Senate will now vote on the amendment before it can become law.


Posted May 14, 2018, 6:29 p.m.

CHICAGO (WIFR) - Nearly seven years after former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn abolished the death penalty; Gov. Bruce Rauner proposes to bring it back for some the state's most violent criminals.

"We are proposing to reinstate the death penalty in the state of Illinois for mass murderers and for those who kill law enforcement officers," said Rauner.

The proposal comes as part of an amendatory veto to House Bill 1468. In it, Rauner says the state would create a new category of homicide called death penalty murder; it would be charged to any suspect, over the age of 18, accused in the deaths of a peace officer or two or more people.

The amendatory veto also calls for an extended 72-hour waiting period for all gun purchases, a ban on bump stocks and trigger cranks and the creation of restraining orders to take guns away from dangerous individuals. It also requires judges and prosecutors to explain the reduction of charges in plea agreements in gun cases and proposes a shift in funds from the county school facilities sales tax to allow schools to fund resource officers and mental health programs.