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Senate Gearing Up For Gay Marriage Vote

(Springfield, IL)  --  The Senate is gearing up for a vote on gay marriage.  Senate President John Cullerton plans to call the bill for a vote this Thursday, which is Valentine's Day.  The proposal passed out of committee last week.  Cullerton believes it will also pass in the full Senate.  

Murdered Inmate Laid To Rest

(Chicago, IL)  --  The inmate killed at Menard prison has been laid to rest.  Jason Hall's family remembered him as a loving man with a great sense of humor and a contagious smile in a funeral service last night.  Hall was killed by his cellmate on January 31st.  He was serving a 13 year sentence for aggravated vehicle hijacking with a weapon.  Union workers say violence is up behind prison doors and they expect more murders unless something is done about overcrowding soon.

Obama Coming To Chicago To Address Violence

(Chicago, IL)  --  President Obama will be in the Windy City this Friday to address gun violence.  More than 500 people were killed by gunfire last year, and more than 40 were killed in January of this year, making it the deadliest January since 2002.  The city's violence gained national attention a few weeks ago after 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton was gunned down.  Police say Pendleton was an innocent bystander who had no gang affiliation.  She performed at the president's inauguration ceremony the week before she was killed.

Illinois Man Leaves Estate To Actors

(Broadwell, IL)  --  A Broadwell man left a million dollar estate to two actors he'd never met.  The "State Journal Register" reports 71-year old Ray Fulk died last July and had never married.  So, he named actors Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton, who appeared in TV-dramas in the 1970's and 80's, as beneficiaries in his will.  Fulk's home and 160 acres of farm land will be auctioned off.  Brophy and Barton will split the cash.


Ex-Cubby Grace Jailed On DUI Charge

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Former Chicago Cubs' great Mark Grace is heading to jail in Arizona.  The former first baseman reported to jail in suburban Phoenix yesterday to begin his four-month sentence for DUI.  Grace was arrested in August after being stopped by Scottsdale, Arizona police while driving with a suspended license and without a required interlock device from his previous DUI conviction.  As part of his plea agreement the 48-year-old will be allowed work release conditions and he will also serve two-years of supervised probation.

IL Behind On Indigent Funeral Payments

(Lincoln, IL)  --  A new report finds the state of Illinois is months behind in its payments for conducting funerals for the indigent.  Illinois' economic woes have placed these funerals on a list of low-priority concerns for the state.  But that's not welcome news for statewide funeral directors and cemeteries who say they depend on the state to pay for whatever expenses are incurred for burials of people who died penniless, indigent or who passed away while imprisoned.  In several cases some funeral homes are reportedly owed millions-of-dollars each.

Tire Plant To Get Boost

(Mount Vernon, IL)  --  Continental Tire says it's pumping another 129-million dollars into its Mount Vernon manufacturing plant.  The company says the funds will help boost the plant's size by 200-thousand-square-feet, add 100 workers and allow for the manufacturing of wide-base truck tires.  Work is scheduled to be finished by 2014.

City Of Anna Marks Civil War With Celebration

(Anna, IL)  --  A Civil War celebration brings together hundreds of history buffs to the city of Anna in southern Illinois.  The Second Annual Civil War Celebration over the weekend honored the events that helped shape America's heartland.  Local historians presented stories of valor from the North and South during the three-day event.  The area around Anna is said to be home to several former Civil War regiment training camps.


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