Saturday, April 13, 2013
Recent armed robbery in Deerfield sparks debate among Patch readers.
A discussion broke out between Patch readers Tuesday in the wake of the armed robbery in Deerfield when two men walked into a Deerfield store Monday as one pointed a gun at employees and customers ordering them into a back room. The incident ended with no one hurt and three men arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping less than three hours after the incident began, according to Deerfield Police reports. Earlier: Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspects After Chase That did not stop Patch readers from discussing whether allowing conceal carry in Illinois would have prevented the crime or exacerbated the situation. “A great example of why we need concealed carry in Illinois,” Ronnie wrote. “Another example of a bad guy with a gun and helpless …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Since Deerfield’s first Congressman took office, he has introduced legislation to help job growth and much more.
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) is the first Deerfield resident ever elected to the United States Congress and he has been in office just over two months. What has he been doing for you since he took office? Earlier: Schneider Proposes Law To Help Job Growth He has introduced legislation to make it easier for employers to hire people, when not in Washington he has been meeting with people in the District to hear about their needs, he has held a round table on gun violence, found time to attend community events and more. If you want to more detail, click on one or more of the headlines below to read Patch’s original coverage from the day he was sworn in through his experiences earlier this week at the American Israel Public Affairs …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Hadiya, 15, was a Chicago honors student who was shot and killed last month. Schneider invited her mother as his guest. She will now be sitting, along with Hadiya's father, with Michelle Obama during the president's speech.
Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton's mother will be Congressman Brad Schneider's guest at Tuesday's State of the Union Address, according to his office. Hadiya, 15, an honors student at King College Prep in Chicago, was gunned down in a park last month about a mile from President Obama's Kenwood home. She had recently returned from his inauguration, where she had performed with her school band. Schneider invited her mother, Cleopatra Cowley, to attend Tuesday's State of the Union Address last week. The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that Cowley and Hadiya's father, Nathaniel A. Pendleton, will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during the speech. Regardless of the seating arrangements, Cowley will be there as Schneider's guest, …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Do you believe Obama's gun control proposals will help prevent school shootings?
Another school shooting took place in Atlanta Thursday, the Huffington Post reports. A student opened fire at Price Middle School, shooting a 14-year-old in the neck before being stopped by an armed officer at the school. The wounded boy was taken to a nearby hospital and later discharged, the website reports. The school does have metal detectors, and it’s unclear how the weapon got inside, Fox Atlanta reports. This incident is the latest school shooting in recent months. Most notably, 26 people, mostly elementary school children, were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in December. The Newtown shooting sparked a nationwide debate over gun control. President Obama made several proposals regarding the topic in mid…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
New state senator, representative will serve with on Lt. Gov. Simon’s Firearms Working Group. Morrison also named to five committees.
State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) and state Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) were named to Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon’s Firearms Working Group this week to help the state craft responsible gun policy. Drury and Morrison will work with other freshmen members of the Illinois General Assembly of both parties. They will meet with stakeholders like the Illinois Rifle Association, the Brady PAC, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, mental health professionals, gun manufacturers and crime victims. “When it comes to this issue, the legislature has no time to lose, Morrison said in a news release. “I hope that we can reach a consensus that allows for responsible gun ownership with commonsense safety measures. The conversation needs to move …
Monday, January 14, 2013
We asked, you chimed in. Patch readers suggested various ways of fighting gun violence, from handing out tougher sentences to criminals who use guns to looking at the side-effects of psychiatric drugs.
Nearly a month after the horrific Newtown shootings, many people, regardless of their politics, are trying to figure out what they can each do to prevent similar tragedies in the future. We invited readers to join our discussion on How Can We Each Fight Gun Violence? And many readers said curbing gun violence isn’t about getting rid of guns instead it starts with controlling criminals and handing out tougher sentences. “Get rid of guns and you still have a crime problem. Get rid of criminals, and you won't have to worry about guns,” Patch reader Carl Castrogiovanni wrote. Patch reader Jim says most people are not violent, “If you want to change the violence for the better, the culture will have to change and the [police] don't have the …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Reader wants insurance companies to offer better coverage of mental health issues to help curb violence.
Friday, December 21, 2012
To the Editor: Less emphasis on gun lobby, NRA and the like. We need to place increased pressure on insurance companies to cover mental health screenings, treatment and reduce ridiculous limitations on amounts that will be paid. In short, since most news outlets focus on violence, we cannot underestimate its effects on the public and, accordingly, the psychological impact on the populace. Most carriers limit yearly recompense for psychiatric and psychological care. The limitations are entirely unreasonable and the coverage wholly inadequate. Marc Kreiter Deerfield