MetroSource News 06/18/2013
>>Elected Officials Call For Vote On Senate Pension Plan
(Springfield, IL) -- More than two dozen elected officials are calling on House Speaker Michael Madigan to take a vote on the senate’s pension bill. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is among those who say the senate plan is the best deal for the state, claiming it represents real pension reform that will stabilize the pension systems and get the state’s finances under control. The senate plan asks workers to make changes to their retirement package and gives them several options to choose from. The elected officials say the senate bill is more likely to clear the court for constitutionality. They’re calling on Madigan to call the bill for a vote during special session tomorrow.
>>Madigan Wants More Time To Decide On Concealed Carry
(Chicago, IL) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the court for another month to decide whether to appeal a ruling on concealed carry. As it stands right now, she has to make the decision by June 24th. But Governor Quinn has until July 9th to take action on the bill and some believe Madigan wants to wait and see what he’ll do before making her decision. In the meantime, officials in at least three counties have decided to let people go ahead and carry guns in public, claiming they won’t enforce a law that’s unconstitutional.
>>Quinn Signs Bill Regulating Fracking
(Springfield, IL) -- The fracking industry should be booming in Illinois within the next three years. That’s according to Mark Denzler, with the Illinois Manufacturers Association, who says the industry will put tens of thousands of people to work. Governor Quinn signed a bill yesterday which will regulate the industry and ensure companies abide by rules designed to protect the state’s air and water. The new law requires companies to disclose what chemicals they’ll be using in the fracking process and it requires they do ground water testing both before and after they drill.
>>Racial Comment Lands Convicted Murderer A New Trial
(Marion, IL) -- A racial comment could be the thing that lets a convicted murderer go free. Marcus Marshall, a black man, was sentenced to 85 years in jail for murder, but he’s been granted a new trial because of a slip up by Williamson County State’s Attorney Charles Garnati. During closing statements in the 2011 trial, Garnati used the phrase, “our white world” when talking to an all-white jury about people in black communities. Garnati has admitted he made an error. The new trial is expected to cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
>>Chief Keef Arrested Moments After Leaving Court
(Skokie, IL) -- Rapper Chief Keef can’t seem to stay away from trouble. The “Chicago Tribune” reports the 17-year old was arrested on a misdemeanor trespassing charge just moments after he’d appeared in court yesterday afternoon. His attorney says she believes Chicago police were waiting outside the courthouse to pick the young rapper up. Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, had just pleaded guilty to driving 110 miles an hour on a Chicago expressway last
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