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>>GOP Chairman Steps Down

(Chicago, IL)  --  Former GOP Chairman Pat Brady isn't apologizing for supporting gay marriage.  He says he stands by his decision to back the proposal moving through the legislature despite the backlash he got from Republican lawmakers.  Brady resigned as chairman today.  He says he's proud of all the Republican Party has accomplished under his leadership.  Carol Smith Donovan, the current Vice-Chairman of the party, will serve as interim Chairman.

>>State To Put A Billion Bucks Toward Backlog

(Springfield, IL)  --  The state plans to knock out a billion dollar chunk of its eight-billion dollars in unpaid bills.  The cash is coming from income tax revenues that the state wasn't expecting.  Governor Quinn says Illinois got about one-point-three-billion dollars more than expected this year. It's a one-time revenue stream, generated from businesses and individuals selling assets or receiving early dividends, bonuses or other income in anticipation of higher federal tax rates for tax year 2013.

>>Former Judge To Challenge Congressman Davis

(Taylorville, IL)  --  Congressman Rodney Davis's road to reelection may not be an easy ride.  A former Madison County Judge says she's looking to challenge Davis next year.   Ann Callis stepped down from the bench yesterday to gear up for a campaign.  She doesn't live in the 13th district but says she'll start renting there next month.  Davis says he's not surprised that Democrats are recruiting so early in the district where half the voters side with them.

>>Hundreds Charged For Illegally Downloading Movie

(Alton, IL)  --  More than 200 people in Illinois are facing charges for illegally downloading the movie "The Company You Keep."  The "Alton Daily News" reports people in Alton, Mattoon, Staunton, and Virden are among those being sued for bootlegging the flick.  They each face a 150-thousand dollar fine.

 

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