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Madigan Wants More Time To Appeal Gun Ruling

(Chicago, IL)  --  Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants more time to decide whether to file an appeal against a concealed carry ruling, which requires the state to pass a law by June 9th.  Right now, Madigan has until May 23rd to file a petition but she wants the date pushed back to June 24th.    The request doesn't impact the original June 9th date so lawmakers are racing against the clock to reach a deal.  Otherwise, people will automatically be allowed to carry any gun they want in public, under what's known as "constitutional carry."

State Recovers 38-Million From Unemployment Fraudsters

(Springfield, IL)  --  The state's effort to crackdown on unemployment fraud during tax season brought in an additional 38-million bucks.  Director of Employment Security Jay Rowell says they garnished the checks of 22-thousand people who tried to cheat the system.  He says every dollar they get back helps lowers business taxes and allows employers to focus on hiring more workers.  Rowell says the state is sending a strong message that unemployment fraud will not be tolerated.

Rep. Wants Money For All-Day Kindergarten Program

(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois lawmakers like a plan for all-day kindergarten , but now the problem is finding the money to pay for it.  The proposal is being pushed by Democratic Representative Chris Welch of Hillside who says all-day kindergarten will alter the program forever.  He said data shows some Illinois high school students read at the third-grade level which means the state needs to offer kids better kindergarten education.  Welch is asking a House Education Committee to draw up a plan for how to fund his all-day program.

Schools Make Honor Rolls Too

(Undated)  --  About 15-percent of Illinois schools are selected to the state's Honor Roll for academic excellence.  A little more than 600 of the four-thousand schools statewide were picked yesterday by the Illinois Board of Education for excellence in the classroom.  Educators say Illinois schools have faced more than 900-million-dollars in cutbacks since 2009.

Assembly Hall Gets A New Name

(Champaign, IL)  --  U of I's Assembly Hall is now called State Farm Center.  Associate Athletics' Director Kent Brown says the building needs serious renovations and the insurance giant is dishing out 60-million dollars toward upgrades.  The renovations will be complete in 2016.  Assembly Hall has been a staple on the U of I campus for 50-years.  The new name takes effect immediately.

Officials Urge Boaters To Wear Life Jackets

(Hartford, IL)  --  Illinois' Conservation Police are urging people to wear life jackets when they're out on a boat.  Captain Tim Daiber says two men who drowned in the Mississippi River back on April 6th may have lived had they been wearing the jackets.  The bodies of Wendell Robinson and Mike Flyth were recently recovered.  They drowned after their boat went under in choppy waters.  A 10-year old child also went under that day but he was wearing a life jacket and was rescued by a passing barge crew.

Four Illinois Neighborhoods Among Most Violent

(Undated)  --  A neighborhood in Rockford is considered one of the most dangerous in the nation.  A report released by NeighborhoodScout's puts the area northwest of Kishwaukee Street and 15th Avenue at number 14 on its list.  According to the report, people in the 61104 zip code have a one in 13 chance of becoming a victim of crime. The violent crime rate comes in at 77-point six percent.  Chicago's North Lawndale, Washington Park, and North Auburn Gresham neighborhoods also made the list.

Nicole Wilson/lr IL) STL) MO) SCC)
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