Opponents to proposed gun range say location is too close to Niles schools

Kim Conenna, on the left, went to the Niles trustee meeting with her son to speak out against a proposed gun range and store. Larry, the man holding the “Vote Yes” sign on the right, was in support of the range and told Conenna to “get her head out of her ass.”

The gun range’s partners had experienced relatively smooth sailing at the village’s previous zoning meeting. However, that forward momentum came to a grinding halt at the June 24 trustee meeting, when over 50 people from both sides of the gun debate gave passionate, and sometimes confrontational, public commentary to village officials and each other.

The complaints arose because Sportsman’s Club and Firearms Training Academy’s proposed address, 6143 Howard St., is about a mile southwest of Niles West and about 350 yards from New Hope Academy. New Hope is a therapeutic school that serves students with emotional disabilities and other issues.

Those in favor of Sportsman’s carried signs that said “Vote Yes” while the facility’s opponents wore green ribbons in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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Hostage situation

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Police closed off a large segment of Palatine Road during the standoff. / PHOTO BY ALEX V. HERNANDEZ

 

Police set up a perimeter, blocked off a large stretch of Palatine Road and tried to talk Anderson into peacefully surrendering. Meanwhile, news media and neighbors stood in the bitter cold watching the standoff while news helicopters hovered overhead. -via The Bugle

Around 8:50 p.m. Thursday night I got a bulletin that read: “Arlington Heights police officer shot & wounded, possible hostage situation for shooter.” I was at a family function when I found out the officer was reportedly shot in the neck and was taken nearby to Advocate Lutheran in Park Ridge (one of the suburbs I cover). A few seconds later my editor texted asking if I was following the hostage situation. I was going to have to bail on my family and haul ass to the burbs.

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