NRA touts big (phony) check

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Clarification: Oak Park did send a check to the National Rifle Association. Better clarification: Oak Park isn't out any money.

Wednesday Journal reported this back in November, but in the February edition of American Hunter, one of the NRA's publications, that fact was overlooked.

They didn't, however, miss the chance to blow up three checks for a photo op with Chris Cox, NRA-ILA executive director, who was shown with three oversized checks (one from Oak Park; two from Chicago) totaling roughly $1.4 million.

This was the amount the gun association won in its legal battle against Chicago and Oak Park after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned handgun bans in the city and this village. 

The article failed to mention that Oak Park and Chicago had struck a deal years ago saying that if Oak Park agreed to join the fight, Chicago would pay any costs incurred from a lawsuit.

So, one more time: The NRA won and got paid. But it didn't cost Oak Park a dime. 

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Anna Lothson from Wednesday Journal from Oak Park  

Posted: February 13th, 2013 11:38 AM

@Janus. Check out more here:


Posted: February 12th, 2013 8:30 PM

June 14, 2011 Marty Stempiak


Posted: February 12th, 2013 8:21 PM

There was a report last year that the City of Chicago may not have felt as obligated to make the payment as the agreement was a bit informal. Any follow up to that story?

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