- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - November voters in Cook County will get a chance to weigh in on Illinois gun laws.

The Cook County Board voted Wednesday to put two non-binding measures on the ballot. One asks whether the state should require universal background checks for gun sales and ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines.

The other asks if the state should increase funding for mental health.

The Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/1nCEnUg) reports the guns measure got unanimous support from Democrats on the board.

Gov. Pat Quinn has unsuccessfully tried to ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines in Illinois. In a Wednesday statement he praised both measures.

The mental health funding advisory referendum got a unanimous vote.

Statewide, Illinois voters will see a number of other nonbinding questions, including on raising the minimum wage.


Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index



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