May 30, 2010 Elgin: Officers kill two pit bulls after boy attacked in Elgin

You'll notice that then-mayor Schock backed down from BSL because he heard over and over again from pit bull owners: Make the owners responsible.

Pit bulls and pit bull owners are the problem. BSL regulates pit bull owners because pit bull owners refuse to regulate themselves. BSL will force pit bull owners to be responsible.

fountain at Festival Park

By Eric Peterson

ELGIN - Will Elgin leaders reconsider stricter laws for pit bulls and their owners?

That's one question that has been raised after a weekend incident in which officers shot and killed two loose pit bull dogs after one bit a 9-year-old boy in front of about 100 people at the fountain at Festival Park.

Councilman John Prigge, who pushed for a grandfathered pit bull ban earlier this year but later backed off, said he will meet with city officials and other council members to see what to do next.

"I knew we would be back here," Prigge said...

May 25, 2010 Thanks to two men who stopped two pit bulls from attacking a mother

Jacksonville - “Thank you to the two guys that helped my mother when the two pitbulls came out to attack her the other day. Thanks for helping her and stopping them. You’re heroes in my book.”

Jacksonville Journal courier  Accessed: 2012-01-25. (Archived by WebCite® at

May 23, 2010 Rockford Police Shoot Two Pit Bulls in Separate Incidents

Rockford – 47-year-old Rickie C. Brown was officially charged with unlawful use of a weapon criminal trespassing resisting arrest and obstructing justice. Brown was arrested last night. 
When brown finally left his home, his pit bull ran out and tried to attack police. That's when an officer shot and killed the dog.
This is actually the second pit bull to be killed by Rockford police today. Another one was shot at ten this morning in the 800 block of North Central. Authorities say moments after arresting a man on an unrelated incident, a pit bull charged after an officer and attacked. They say he had no choice but to kill it. The officer was not injured.

May 18, 2010 Pit bull mauls 16 year old Springfield Girl

Springfield – A 16-year-old girl was mauled by what was described as a pit bull at a house in the 500 block of West Chenery Street Sunday night.

The leg wound was described as very serious but not life threatening.

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May 15, 2010 Kankakee Police blotter: May 15, 2010

Aggravated assault

* Tomarious Q. Riley, 18, of 1170 E. Court St., Kankakee, was arrested May 9 near Washington Park in Kankakee for aggravated assault, aggravated battery and resisting or obstructing a police officer, according to Kankakee police reports. He was arrested after a person called police at 9:47 p.m. May 9 from the 300 block of West Stone Street in Kankakee to report that Riley let his pit bull run loose in the park and encouraged the dog to attack the man.

May 14, 2010 Four Pit Bulls Escape Joliet Yard, Kill Neighbor's Dog

JOLIET - Four pit bulls escaped from a Joliet man's yard earlier this week, injuring two neighborhood dogs –– one of them fatally –– before police arrived, police said.

Alberto Guzman, 37, had been keeping six adult pit bulls and six pit bull puppies at his residence in the 2500 block of Ruth Fitzgerald Drive and was cited for having too many dogs in violation of local ordinances. Guzman turned the dogs in the attack over to animal control, police said.

May 11, 2010 Terrier Recovering After Pit Bull Attack

Spike shows off his cast. The terrier’s leg was broken when a pit bull bit him.

PEKIN — Spike The Man Jumping Bean (his full name) is a small terrier who was recently attacked and bitten by another dog, according to his master, David Brown.

“I just call him Spike for short. He’s my companion. I love him — we go everywhere together,” said the 49-year-old man who travels around town in a motorized chair. “Spike’s lovable.”

But Spike got bitten by a pit bull recently and now is wearing a cast on his leg.

“(The pit bull) was loose and out chasing dogs in the neighborhood. Some people saw it and called the police. I didn’t realize it until it was too late, but he started chasing Spike, so I grabbed Spike and (the pit bull) jumped up and started biting him like he was going to eat him. That’s why Spike’s leg is in a cast.”

By Valari Hyatt

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May 8, 2010 Pit Bull Kills Westie At Vet

MINOOKA - Usually you take your dog to the vet expecting it to get better, but a Minooka woman claims the opposite happened.

The Joliet Herald News reports that Cyndi Campbell filed a civil complaint this week against Minooka Animal Hospital after Tootsie -- her 12-year-old West Highland terrier -- was attacked and killed by a female pit bull at the facility.

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May 1, 2010 Woman wants pit bull that bit dog removed from dangerous dog list

Mazon –  A woman filed suit in circuit court, Thursday, April 29, seeking to have her dog removed from  the dangerous animal list.
Lynn Peterson of Mazon filed the suit against Grundy County Animal Control.
The complaint states Peterson’s dog Daisy was charged June 27, 2009, with biting another dog at 508 Seventh St., Mazon.

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Morris Daily Herald  Accessed: 2012-02-22. (Archived by WebCite® at

Peterson was eventually successful in getting Daisy removed from the dangerous dog list with help from Ledy VanKavage, the very person who crafted Illinois' Dog laws.  VanKavage fights strenuously for the freedoms of the owners of biting pit bulls to the detriment of your children and crafted her legislation to afford great protection to dangerous dogs and their owners.  From Ledy's own  BFAS Pit Bull Initiatives news alerts:
“...I wasn't going to let a few judgmental neighbors send her (Daisy) to her death. She is a member of our family,” Lynn reflected on why she felt overturning Daisy’s designation was the right thing to do despite being legally challenging. Initially, Lynn could not find an attorney to take Daisy’s case. Through the grapevine, Best Friend’s own Ledy VanKavage put Lynn in touch with an attorney that was sure to fairly represent Daisy during this process..."
BFAS Pit Bull Initiatives Program heralds this as a first and claimed it was a victory that saved a life even though a dangerous dog designation does not allow euthanization in Illinois.  

Neighbors were so outraged that their safety didn't merit the miniscule assurance of a muzzle on Daisy to protect them that Lynn Peterson felt the need to move to a more "accepting" neighborhood.  What do you want to bet Peterson didn't inform her "accepting neighbors" of Daisy's bite record and that "dupes" would be a better term than "accepting neighbors."