>>Senate Committee Moves On Limiting Ammo
(Springfield, IL) -- It looks like a ban on high-capacity magazines is coming. The state senate is moving a bill that will ban the sale of magazines with more than 10 bullets. The bill sailed out of committee yesterday with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voting yes. It could get a vote on the floor as early as today.
>>Sandy Hook Parents Ask For Tougher Gun Laws
(Springfield, IL) -- Parents of kids killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting may be making headway when it comes to tighter gun laws. Several of them made a stop in Springfield yesterday and told their stories in a senate committee. They say their kids might be alive if the school shooter would've had to reload more often. Now they're asking lawmakers to ban the sale of magazines with more than 10-bullets. The bill cleared committee and could get a vote on the floor today.
>>Tanning Ban Headed To Quinn
(Springfield, IL) -- Tanning could soon be a thing of the past for Illinois teens. Lawmakers passed a bill that would ban anyone 18 and under from using indoor tanning beds. The idea is to reduce the number of cancer cases in the state. Officials with the American Cancer Society say skin cancer is the second most common form of cancer for people between 15 and 29, and statistics show nearly 25-hundred people in Illinois will be diagnosed with melanoma this year. But, they say keeping kids out of the UV lights will cut that number down significantly.
>>Republican Lawmakers Not Happy About Quinn Appointment
(Springfield, IL) -- Republicans say Governor Quinn may be trying to protect a Democratic candidate for Congress. Quinn appointed David Gill as Assistant Director of Public Health just one week after Gill announced he was running for Congress next year. Republicans say the appointment may be a political payoff to keep Gill from running against the Democrats candidate of choice, Judge Ann Callis. Callis quit the bench the same day Quinn appointed Gill and announced her own bid for Congress. Republicans say there's something fishy about the timing of it all and they're calling for a full hearing, where they can ask about any possible back room deals.
>>Nine Ejected From Vehicle In Deadly Crash
(Vandalia, IL) -- Officials say most of the men involved in a deadly highway crash in Vandalia may not have been wearing seatbelts. Nine of the 11 men in the van were ejected from the vehicle when it crashed yesterday on I-70. Five were pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say the men had just attended a religious event in California and were headed toward Pennsylvania. Police believe the driver veered into the center median then swerved back into their lane, causing the vehicle to flip several times.
>>Student Gets Perfect Score On ACT, SAT
(Champaign, IL) -- A central Illinois student got a perfect score on both the ACT and the SAT. Likith Govindaiah is senior at Central High School in Champaign. He tells the "Champaign News Gazette" he didn't really study for either test, but took some practice tests the week before. Even with perfect scores, Govindaiah didn't get accepted to MIT. So, next fall he'll be going to Princeton instead.
>>Fifteen-Percent Of IL Seniors Live Below Poverty Line
(Undated) -- More Illinois senior citizens live below the poverty line than originally thought. A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation says Illinois' share of people who live in poverty and are over 65 was 15-percent in 2011. However, data supplied by the state of Illinois claims it's eight-percent. Experts say the Family Foundation's data is considered to be more accurate.
>>A-G Launches Inquiry Into Phone Firms
(Undated) -- Illinois' Attorney General is launching an investigation into a recent privacy breach at two phone companies. TerraCom Incorporated and YourTel America Incorporated of Oklahoma City are accused of releasing the phone records of 170-thousand customers. The A-Gs office says all of the customers in question signed up for a federal program to help low-income families.
>>Tribute Band-O-Rama Returns At Alton Concert Series
(Alton, IL) -- A summer concert series will return to Alton next month. The Five Dollar Fridays Summer Concert Series at Alton Amphitheater begins June 14th. A show by a Jimmy Buffet tribute band opens the series. There will be four shows in all, with performances by tribute bands for Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.
>>Ferris Wheel World Record Set In Chicago
(Chicago, IL) -- Guinness Book of World Records says a Chicago man owns the world's newest record for longest ride on a ferris wheel. Clinton Shepherd is a manager at Chicago's Navy Pier. He set the new record riding the pier's famous fun ride 384 times. Shepherd finished his 48-hour, eight-minute and 25-second ride on Sunday.
>>Storms Rip Through Macoupin County
(Staunton, IL) -- Hundreds of people are without power in Staunton and Mount Olive after storms whipped through Macoupin County, leaving significant damage to dozens of buildings. The storm ripped off the roof of the IGA grocery store in Staunton and knocked out the bay doors at the Mount Olive Fire Department. Fortunately no homes suffered any serious damage and so far, no injuries have been reported.
>>Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available
(Undated) -- People who are out of work as a result of floods and storms last month might be eligible for financial assistance. They can apply for disaster unemployment assistance if they live in one of the eleven counties already approved for federal help. People will need their Social Security number, the name and address of their employer, proof that flooding interrupted the opportunity to work, and a copy of their most recent federal income tax forms. Applications are available at IDES.Illinois.gov or by calling 800-244-5631.
>>O'Fallon Man To Run in 12th District
(O'Fallon, IL) -- An O'Fallon man is throwing his hat in the ring for Congress in the 12th District. Doug Bucshon is a 20-year veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard and a sports journalist covering the U of I. Bucshon says he decided to jump in the race to bring change to the future. He says he'll focus on supporting veteran services, protecting Scott Air Force Base from closure in 2015, and putting people in high paying jobs in the Metro-East and southern Illinois. William Enyart currently holds the seat.
>>Fake Cash Going Around In Champaign
(Champaign, IL ) -- Bad checks and fake money are making the rounds in Champaign. Police say it's been an issue for quite some time but they're seeing more cases now more than ever. College students tend to be the target of the check scams where con men convince the students to sell their debit card information, then they put fake checks into the students bank account and withdraw the money. Police also urge business owners to train employees on how to spot fake cash by looking for the watermark on bills. They say sometimes marker pens don't always catch the counterfeit money.