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Public Safety

Quinn signs bill requiring schools to hold shooting safety drills

Police: Homicides down 29 percent for first six months of 2013

Rockford mayor ditches anti-gun group

Cook County to ship detainees to Rock Island County

Overcrowding at Cook County Jail has forced the county to look elsewhere to house some of its detainees. On Wednesday, Rock Island County became the 12th Illinois county to agree to house jail detainees that cannot be squeezed into Cook County Jail.

Cook County commissioners unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement under which Rock Island County will provide boarding and lodging to Cook County detainees at a cost of $50 a day. It costs Cook County $143 a day to house a prisoner in the Cook County Jail.

Airport security sergeants on verge of union contract

The City of Chicago is close to finalizing a collective bargaining agreement for 25 security sergeants at the Department of Aviation after having initially fought unionization of the sergeants, who supervise security officers at O’Hare and Midway airports.

Fritchey seeks to reduce jail population

With a seasonal spike in crime expected to lead to an increase in the number of inmates at Cook County jail this summer, county Comm. John Fritchey (D-Chicago) is calling for a revised bail structure that would ease overcrowding at the facility.

Police: City has 13 percent crime dip, fewer weapons on streets

After 3 killed on train tracks, police launch awareness campaign

McCarthy criticizes training requirement in concealed carry measure

General Assembly approves concealed carry bill

The Illinois Legislature on Friday approved concealed carry legislation, sending the bill to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn before Friday’s midnight legislative session deadline.

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