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Inmate Tries To Escape At Lawrence Correctional Center

(Sumner, IL)  --  Lawrence Correctional Center is on full lockdown after an inmate tried to escape.  He climbed over a barbed wire fence and hid behind a housing unit during yard time at about 1:00p.m. yesterday but was captured before he could make a full get away.  Both current and former prison workers have expressed concern about possible escapes, claiming there isn't enough staff to manage the overcrowded prison system.  A DOC spokesperson says safety is a top priority and they're investigating yesterday's incident. 

Gun Working Group Makes Concealed Carry Suggestions

(Springfield, IL)  --  A firearm working group thinks lawmakers should impose some restrictions on where people will and will not be able to carry guns, once a concealed carry law is passed.  The group met with people on both sides of the gun debate to get a better understanding of the issues.  They submitted a list of suggestions to lawmakers yesterday, which include background checks, basic training, and bans on guns in certain places, like schools.  They also believe the Illinois State Police should be responsible for issuing permits, not local agencies.

Cyber Challenge Opens To Students, Veterans

(Chicago, IL)  --  If you think you've got what it takes to protect businesses and individuals from being hacked, then you may want to enter a new cyber security challenge.  The state is partnering with Cyber Aces to help train people and prepare them for jobs in the cyber world.  Governor Quinn is backing the challenge, calling it a solid solution to connecting highly-skilled people with 21st century jobs.  Those who want to participate can find more information at

State Officials Ask More To Become Organ Donors

(Chicago, IL)  --  Secretary of State Jesse White wants more people to become organ donors.  He says one person can donate enough organs to give 25 others a better quality of life.  There are already more than five million people registered as donors in Illinois, but five thousand are still on the waiting list and about 300 die each year while waiting for an organ.  Anyone who wishes donate can get more details at, by calling the Secretary of State's office  at 1-800-210-2106, or by visiting their local Driver's Services facility.

Family and Friends To Remember Fallen Marine

(Highland, IL)  --  The body of a fallen Illinois Marine is back home in Highland.  Friends and family will remember Aaron Ripperda today.  He was killed during a training exercise in Nevada last month.  The visitation is being held from 3:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. at Meredith Funeral Home.  The funeral is tomorrow at 10:00a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church. 

IL Farmers: Corn Down, Soybeans Up

(Undated)  --  Illinois farmers say they're planting fewer acres of corn this season.  The Department of Agriculture says corn fields will be down this year by 600-thousand acres.  But farmers say they're making up some of the difference with a bump in soybean crops.  Farmers expect to grow four-percent more soybeans this year.

Man's Lawsuit Seeks 100K For Cat 'Attack'

(Homer Glen, IL)  --  A lawsuit in Illinois is seeking 100-thousand dollars for an alleged attack by a house cat.  Plaintiff William Baxter says he was left with injuries when a cat owned by Christine Boback quote "viciously attacked" him.  In an odd twist to the tale, the "Sun-Times" says the couple from Homer Glen is actually married.  For his part, the plaintiff's lawyer has so far refrained from commenting.

W-I-U Says State Owes It 46M

(Undated)  --  Western Illinois University officials say the state owes it more than 46-million-dollars.  University president Jack Thomas made the announcement in a press release yesterday.  In lieu of the absence of state funds Thomas is asking for university officials to limit spending to immediate operational needs only.

Man Living In Tent Wins 50K Lottery Prize

(Bloomington, IL)  --  A man who lives in a tent in Bloomington has become the recent winner of a 50-thousand-dollar Illinois lottery game.  The "Tribune" says a man who is only identified by the name "Dennis" won the money playing a one-dollar scratcher ticket.  The report said Dennis plans to buy a trailer to live in.


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