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State Week: A battle over guns is looming

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Illinois lawmakers could soon vote on a measure that would ban what are often referred to as assault weapons and raise the minimum age for legally owning a gun to 21. The effort gained speed after this summer's deadly Independence Day shooting in Highland Park. A third hearing on the legislation happened this week.

Also, the SAFE-T Act is now before a Kankakee County judge. And, we discuss a recent report on state pensions.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler and Peter Hancock with Capitol News Illinois.

The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Peter Hancock joined the Capitol News Illinois team as a reporter in January 2019.
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