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Senate Passes Gambling Bill

(Springfield, IL)  --  The third time might be the charm when it comes to bringing more casinos to Illinois.  The state senate has passed a bill that would approve five new facilities plus, allow slot machines at racetracks and Chicago Airports.  Governor Quinn has put a red stamp on the last two gaming bills that hit his desk, but the newest version of the bill adds funding for education and bans campaign contributions from gaming interests.  Those provisions should ease the governor's concerns.  The bill still needs to clear the House before it reaches Quinn.

Harness Horse Racers Back Gambling Bill

(Springfield, IL)  --  Harness horse racers say the gambling bill that passed the Senate yesterday could put them back on the playing field when it comes to racing in the state.  Tony Somone, with the Illinois Harness Horseman's Association, says the bill looks out for the racing industry by pumping money into its purses.  They'll get an average of about 15-percent of the cash that racetracks make on slots.  Somone says that could be the thing that draws people to Illinois races and breathes life into the industry as a whole. 

State Shuts Down Car Dealership

(Carterville, IL)  --  A Carterville car dealership is accused of taking customers on a ride.  Secretary of State Jesse White shut RTO Auto Sales down yesterday after an investigation revealed the dealer didn't file for title applications.  White's office received a dozen complaints about the dealer.  To make matters worse, Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit against the company yesterday, claiming the company was a lemon dealer and didn't make good on the promises it made to repair faulty cars.

Senate Passes "Puppy Lemon Law"

(Springfield, IL)  --  Speaking of lemon dealers, lawmakers are going after pet stores that sell sick animals.  The state Senate passed the "Puppy Lemon Law" yesterday, which would require the seller to either provide a refund, exchange, or cover vet's costs if the animal dies or gets sick within 21 days.  Breeders and animal shelters wouldn't be held responsible if the bill becomes law.    The bill now moves to the House.

Rockford PD Looking For A Few Good Men Or Women

(Rockford, IL)  --  The Rockford PD is adding 15 officers to its force.  Men and women between the ages of 21 and 34 are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens with no felonies on their record.  Those selected will have to pass a physical fitness test, written test, and get a background check.   Check out for more details.

Drivers Should Keep Watch For Motorcycles

(Springfield, IL)  --  Drivers will start seeing more motorcycles on the roads now that the weather is turning.  State officials are urging people to keep an eye out for the bikers and give them the space they need.  As a reminder, drivers should never attempt to share a lane with a motorcycle and they should try to stay at least four seconds behind them, just in case they have to make a quick or sudden move.  Bikers should be sure to wear proper riding gear, including a helmet, boots, and gloves.

Rain, Cold Mean Late Start For Corn Crop 

(Rockford, IL)  --  A cool, wet April has Illinois farmers behind in getting their corn crop in the ground.  With nearly eight-inches of rain last month, farmers were only able to get one percent of the corn crop planted.  That's far below the average of 43-percent planted by the end of April.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture says last year, when April was dry and warm, 76-percent of the corn had been planted by this time.  The state says even with the late start, the corn crop yield could be average or above.

Jury Selection Progresses For Trial Of Accused Killer Of Five

(Peoria, IL)  --  The first four members of the jury have been selected for the trial of a man accused of fatally beating five members of a family from the small town of Beason.  Christopher Harris' trial was moved to Peoria because of publicity in Logan County.  He's accused of breaking into the home of Rick and Ruth Gee in 2009 with the intent of raping their 16-year-old daughter, and then killing them along with two other children.  Opening statements could begin Monday.

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