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In response to a Florida massacre and the killing of a Chicago police officer, the Democrat-controlled Illinois House pushed through some gun control measures Wednesday, endorsing a bump-stock ban and a minimum age of 21 for buying assault-style weapons.

The House voted to prohibit the sale of bump stocks and "trigger cranks," which increase the firing rates of rifles, effectively making them assault-style weapons. Also approved was a bar on anyone younger than 21 buying assault-style weapons of the type used in the shooting deaths of 17 students in Parkland, Fla.

State Capitol Closed Monday By Bomb Threat

Dec 5, 2017

A bomb threat Monday led to the evacuation of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, but the building was reopened after authorities concluded there was no danger.

Dave Drucker, a spokesman for Secretary of State Jesse White, says the threat was phoned in about 2:30 p.m. Monday, and Secretary of State Police evacuated the Capitol in downtown Springfield.

Drucker says the department's bomb-sniffing dog was on the scene.

However, Capitol Police reopened the building about three hours later after no bomb was found.

More than 200 people rallied outside the state capitol building in Springfield over the weekend to show support for immigrants.

Standing in the shadow of the statehouse dome - right near a Lincoln statue - residents shared stories and support for people who have been living in the U.S. under the "Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" program, commonly referred to as DACA. The Trump administration has begun to phase it out.

Criticism is mounting over President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program protecting young, undocumented immigrants. The Catholic Dominican Sisters in Springfield recently added their voice to the crowd.

Sister Marcelline Koch said the religious group’s support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, is rooted in teachings about welcoming the stranger and treating people with dignity and respect.

Steven Andersson

Another Republican State Representative from northern Illinois has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018.

Steven Andersson of Geneva was a leader of the GOP revolt that gave Illinois its first budget in more than two years. He cited an increasingly political and partisan atmosphere in Springfield.

Andersson issued a public statement Wednesday on Facebook.

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