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John Milhiser and Adam Ghrist
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The top federal prosecutor for central Illinois says a new anti-gun violence initiative will improve coordination between law enforcement agencies and keep more illegal weapons off the streets.

Rodney Davis speaks
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A national gun violence prevention group is praising U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis for his support of a new bill that would incentivize sales of safe storage devices through tax credits.

The McLean County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will expand its focus to include youth at risk for criminal activity and those who have been involved in violence, Judge Mark Fellheimer told the council Friday.

We Can End Gun Violence sign at a rally
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With the public clamoring for action to reduce gun violence, Congress may soon create a federal grant program that would offer incentives for states to pass so-called “red flag” laws. Those make it easier to take firearms away from unstable people.

Jeff Geringer at Bent Elementary
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Kayley Henderson had her first lesson in school safety long before she became a fourth-grade teacher at Bent Elementary in Bloomington. She was a senior at Normal Community High School in 2012 when another student brought a loaded gun into a classroom.

Shots fired reported last Wednesday near uptown Normal.
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There was another shots fired incident last night in the Twin Cities, this time in Normal.

Richard Sims poses with associates in video

UPDATED 9:40 a.m. | New details emerged Tuesday about the recent outbreak of gun violence in Bloomington-Normal as authorities pointed to a new rap video that they say shows a deadly dispute between two hybrid street gangs.

Crowd of people gathered around a small table questioning a man who aspires to be police chief in Bloomington
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Questions from activists dominated Tuesday's meet-and-greet session for the two finalists for Bloomington police chief—one from within the police ranks and the other currently serving as chief at Parkland Community College.

Police and Fire
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Bloomington Police are investigating a shooting that injured two people Tuesday afternoon on the city's southwest side.

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The McLean County Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America chapter is holding a rapid response gathering Wednesday following last weekend’s two mass shootings.

Police and Fire
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Normal Police recovered four illegal guns—including three handguns stolen here in the Twin Cities—in separate incidents Friday.

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Bloomington Police are investigating the second shooting in less than 24 hours involving a teenage victim.

Andrew Held
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

Andrew Held decided to devote his life to youth outreach after witnessing two troubling incidents in Bloomington during 2011.

Chief at a podium
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A 74-year-old man from Normal whose hallucinations police feared put the public at risk will return to court next month in hopes of getting his guns back—McLean County’s first use of the state's new “red flag” law.

T-shirts hang up at gun event
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

It will be another few months before McLean County’s Juvenile Justice Council hears formal recommendations from its gun violence working group.

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A 27-year-old man was shot in the butt Sunday night on Bloomington's east side, police said.

"End Gun Violence" T-shirt hangs at event
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

In 2018, nine gun-related homicides happened in Bloomington-Normal. All the victims were people of color, and seven were black.

Stop the Violence Project truck
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

We’ve all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Still, there’s another African proverb about community: The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.

Jackson and Thornton mugshots
Bloomington Police Department

Prosecutors declined Friday to say why an eight-month investigation led to the arrest of two Central Illinois men in connection with a 2018 fatal shooting on Bloomington’s west side.

Jackson and Thornton mugshots
Bloomington Police Department

After an eight-month investigation, authorities said Thursday that two central Illinois men have been charged with killing Trevonte Kirkwood in Bloomington last fall.

Karen Irvin

Fix the FOID was among the bills left on the Illinois Senate floor at the close of session last weekend. But the McLean County chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America said it's not giving up.

Police and Fire
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Federal prosecutors have charged two Peoria men with stealing nearly 100 guns from Farm King in Galesburg and the Tac Shack in Monmouth.

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The local Moms Demand Action chapter will head to Springfield later this month to push for tighter FOID card laws before the end of session.

McLean County State's Attorney Don Knapp
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About 60 law enforcement leaders from across the region gathered Monday at Heartland Community College to share data and intelligence.

Chris speaks to a crowd
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Editor’s note: This is last in a two-part series about lost and stolen guns in McLean County. Part 1, published Thursday, focused on the precise moments when a legal gun becomes an illegal gun. 

Stolen handguns
Jeff Roberson / AP

Last summer Normal Police learned of an 80-year-old man with 80 guns. But the ones missing from his Bloomington home mattered most.

Frank Beck speaks
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Less than 48 hours after the latest fatal shooting in Bloomington, leaders of the county’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council signaled Thursday that reducing gun violence will become one of their priorities.

Police cars in a neighborhood
Courtesy / Andy Streenz

Police say violent crime is down in Bloomington. It doesn’t feel that way to Misty Colwell. 

gavin and allie hug dameca
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High school youth activists in the Twin Cities are focusing this year on reducing local gun violence.

Karen and Dameca
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In this extended interview, GLT's Ryan Denham and The Pantagraph's Edith Brady-Lunny speak with Dameca Kirkwood about the death of her son, Trevonte Kirkwood. The 27-year-old was one of nine people shot and killed in Bloomington-Normal in 2018.

This interview aired as part of a larger GLT-Pantagraph story about gun violence.