Archive, August 2013.

On August 3rd, Governor Pat Quinn authorized a series of laws that will help reformed ex-felons get back on their feet.  State Senator Patricia Van Pelt, who sponsored the change, said that there are four million ex-felons in Illinois who would be assisted by these bills.  That number accounts for 40 percent of the adult population in the state.  The hope is that these new laws will allow ex-offenders become contributing members of society. The first law establishes a new tax credit for Illinois employers who hire ex-convicts.  Changes include an increase from the previous tax credit …

For the most part, when the U.S. President or VP says something, people assume it is good advice. However, one man is being put in jail for following Joe Biden's advice. In recent news, a man was charged with the crime of discharging his firearm and one count of illegal aiming. The 52 year old man pleaded not guilty and said that he was taking the advice of Vice President Joe Biden. According to The Blaze, he was reportedly attempting to scare away car thieves. In his mind, discharging his firearm was okay because he said he was following Joe Biden's gun advice, and therefore he should …

A Southern Illinois gas attendant was approached by a would-be robber and told to hand over all of the cash. The gas clerk recognized the man who, a few minutes earlier, had driven away without paying after pumping $30 worth of gas according to a news article on Courierpress.com. Instead of the gas clerk giving into the man's request, the clerk made a bold request of her own. She demanded payment for the gas that the man had pumped earlier. When the man insisted again that she give him the cash, the clerk reportedly pulled out a can of pepper spray and ran the would-be robber off. …

Every year, law enforcement agents seize guns from crime scenes.  These guns are often illegally obtained and used by criminals to commit crimes.  But the ATF has initiated a free database that tracks gun ownership from the first sale to any illegal activities.  The database tracks where the guns have been and can be helpful in solving crimes. Senator Dick Durbin has urged police departments in Illinois to report held guns to the database.  Less than half of law enforcement organizations in Illinois currently use the database.  Nationwide, one third of agencies report their recovered …