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Two recent mass shootings have spurred President Joe Biden and his administration to push for Senate passage of two House-approved gun control measures.

Biden said this week that assault weapons and high-capacity magazines should once again be banned and that loopholes in background checks should be closed.


The McLean County chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense is mourning the shooting death of a 20-year-old man Monday afternoon in west Bloomington.

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A local group focused on responsible gun ownership and stopping gun violence is getting creative to spread its message in the face of COVID-19 and demonstrations over racial injustice.

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When Linda Foster moved to Bloomington-Normal in 1977, she noticed a lack of equal opportunity for minorities. Raised in a family of visionaries and problem solvers, Foster followed the same path and made bringing change a priority by joining the NAACP.

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.

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Those at a downtown Bloomington vigil for last weekend’s mass shootings in Ohio and Texas vowed to change gun laws or replace lawmakers who don’t do more to prevent daily gun violence.

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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.

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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.

Moms Demand Action On FOID Card Law

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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.

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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. 

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Before Oct. 30, 2018, Dameca Kirkwood was a mother, proud of her one and only son, a young man she considered awesome, who did not live to see his 28th birthday.

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Victims of gun violence and advocates for gun control joined forces Wednesday in Bloomington to mark the one-year anniversary of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting and urge lawmakers to act.

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Nine people have died in Bloomington-Normal in gun violence this year. More than that tally have survived bullet wounds.

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Bloomington High School is starting a pilot program to help students better connect with their teachers in ways to help them stay on track with their academics.

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NORMAL – Community leaders point to a variety of factors that have contributed to the recent spike in gun violence in Bloomington-Normal.

More than 100 people attended a forum on gun violence in the Twin Cities which WGLT hosted at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center on Wednesday.

William Bennett, City of Refuge Ministries pastor and member of the Bloomington Public Safety and Community Relations Board, said young people are more likely to turn to a life of violence when they see no other hope.

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Community leaders on Wednesday pointed to a variety of factors that have contributed to the recent spike in gun violence in Bloomington-Normal.