What you may have missed: Gun violence data, firearms bill, ospreys, National Guard, America in Bloom and ethanol

What you may have missed: Gun violence data, firearms bill, ospreys, National Guard, America in Bloom and ethanol

Buy Now JIM BOWLING, HERALD & REVIEW The number of Decatur shootings in the first six months of the year was lower than the same 2017 period, but higher than the four years before that, data shows. Police say they’re reaching out to the community as part of ongoing effort to reverse the trend. “(Residents) really need to be part of the solution,” said Decatur police Chief Jim Getz. “I would go as far as to say 90 percent of the people don’t want any gun violence. They want to be safe in their neighborhoods.” Overall, data also shows violent crime is down when compared to the halfway point of 2017 — which ended with 95 total shootings and 10 homicides, the most since 2011. This year, there have been three homicides — two in the first six months and one in July. Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune via AP Monday, July 16 Gov. Bruce Rauner signed laws Monday authorizing judges to take weapons away from people facing problems that make them dangerous to themselves or others and to extend the waiting period for delivery of newly purchased guns, but pledged to veto a third piece of legislation that would require state licensing of firearms dealers. Rauner and supporters said the measure could save lives, helping to prevent mass shootings and other common gun-related deaths. But opponents said the legislation was not needed and infringed on the rights of gun owners. "They are undue governmental regulations that are not […]

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