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Mayor in D.C. to back gun control

Evanston’s Elizabeth Tisdahl was in Washington Thursday joining mayors from much larger cities at a news conference at which Chicago Mayor Richard Daley urged the Supreme Court not to overturn his city’s gun control ordinance.

Evanston’s Elizabeth Tisdahl was in Washington Thursday joining mayors from much larger cities at a news conference at which Chicago Mayor Richard Daley urged the Supreme Court not to overturn his city’s gun control ordinance.

Tisdahl shows up in a Sun-Times photo from the session and said she believes city governments should have the right to determine "what will keep our young people safe."

Evanston weakened its gun control ordinance to defuse a threatened lawsuit by the National Rifle Association after the Supreme Court overturned gun control regulations in the District of Columbia.

The issue in the Chicago case, to be argued before the high court on March 2, turns on whether the rules the court applied to the district, which is directly controlled by the federal government, should also apply to municipalities like Chicago and Evanston that are creatures of the states.

About 20 cities, including Evanston, Philadelphia and San Francisco as well as Skokie and Winnetka, have filed friend of the court briefs in support of the Chicago ordinance.

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