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Chicago mayor plans strict handgun law

With the city's ban on handguns certain to be overturned, Mayor Richard Daley on Thursday introduced what city officials say would be the strictest ordinance in the United States to regulate such weapons.

The measure, which draws from ordinances across the country, would ban gun shops in Chicago and prohibit gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or garages, with a handgun.

Daley announced his ordinance at a park on the city's South Side three days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live. The City Council is expected to vote on it Friday.

"As long as I'm mayor, we will never give up or give in to gun violence that continues to threaten every part of our nation, including Chicago," said the mayor, who was accompanied by activists, city officials, and parents whose teenage son was shot and killed on a city bus while shielding a friend.

-- Associated Press

Blagojeviches faced $200,000 debt

Rod and Patti Blagojevich were awash in more than $200,000 in consumer debt when the former Illinois governor was arrested, after a lavish, six-year shopping spree on custom-tailored suits and other luxury clothing, a federal agent testified Thursday.

Blagojevich and his wife spent more than $400,000 on clothes, mainly for themselves and not their children, from 2002 through December 2008, when he was arrested, Internal Revenue Service agent Shari Schindler told Blagojevich's federal corruption trial.

"Sometimes they used credit cards to pay for other credit cards," Schindler said.

Prosecutors are suggesting that the mound of debt facing the impeached Illinois governor and his wife could explain his alleged plan to get a Cabinet post or high-paying labor union or foundation job in exchange for filling the U.S. Senate seat Barack Obama was leaving to become president.


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