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State Week: Gun laws scrutinized after Highland Park shooting

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

The deadly attack during an Independence Day parade stunned the country. But the alleged shooter was able to legally purchase guns, but there are questions about how well existing laws work. Meanwhile, the calls for stricter gun control continue.

Governor J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent Darren Bailey, each weighed in. Bailey was criticized for comments made immediately after the shooting and later apologized.

Our panel features host Sean Crawford, Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler, Statehouse Editor Hannah Meisel and KSDK-TV Political Editor Mark Maxwell.

The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Hannah covers state government and politics for Capitol News Illinois. She's been dedicated to the statehouse beat since interning at NPR Illinois in 2014, with subsequent stops at WILL-AM/FM, Law360, Capitol Fax and The Daily Line before returning to NPR Illinois in 2020 and moving to CNI in 2023.