Digital Access

Digital Access
Access saukvalley.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from SaukValley.com, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
The Holiday Gift Auction is Live! Click here and bid now on great local gifts!
State

Illinois, Indiana to pair for guns summit

CHICAGO (AP) — Hoping to address the flow of guns across state lines, Cook County Sherriff Tom Dart plans to host a guns summit in Indiana later this week, his spokesman told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Law enforcement authorities in both states were invited late last week to "a productive and long overdue discussion on this issue that is critically important to our states and our communities," according to the letter from Dart.

The event will be held Friday at the public safety facility in Gary, Ind., Dart spokesman Frank Bilecki said. Those invited include Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram and Lake County (Ind.) Sheriff John Buncich.

"The goal is to discuss strategies, violence and flow of guns," Bilecki told the AP.

Nearly 20 percent of the guns recovered by Chicago police from 2008 to 2012 were purchased in Indiana, the second-largest source for recovered firearms next to Cook County, according statistics from the University of Chicago Crime Lab.

"Ensuring the safety and protection of our communities is our shared and common goal. Unfortunately, we face increasing challenges in our work to prevent and reduce violence," Dart said in the letter, which also included gun statistics. "I am bringing together local, state and federal law enforcement leaders from Illinois and Indiana to discuss these statistics and to develop strategies to prevent firearms purchased in our states from being used to commit crimes on our streets."

Dart is a strong supporter of gun control measures including an assault weapons ban. He has also proposed beefing up Illinois' Firearm Owner's Identification system and toughening up rules on returning expired FOID cards for those who are prohibited from possessing firearms.

He met last month with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, as well as McCarthy and Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau to talk about guns.

___

Sophia Tareen can be reached at http://twitter.com/sophiatareen

Loading more