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>>Quinn: Lawmakers Can Wait For Concealed Carry

(Rosemont, IL)  --  Governor Quinn says he won’t rush to sign the concealed carry bill.  He has until July 9th to take action on the bill, and he says he’s doing a thorough review of the measure.  Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on Quinn to sign the bill because nearly ten counties in Illinois have already given their residents the right to carry a gun in public, if they have a FOID card.  Lawmakers say it sets people up to break the law with just some counties giving people they’re second amendment rights and others not following suit.  They say the state needs one uniform law so people in all areas know what to expect as they travel from place to place.

>>Alton Police To Help People Clear Up Outstanding Warrants

(Alton, IL)  --   People with outstanding warrants in Alton can clear things up without the risk of being arrested.  Authorities are hosting an “Amnesty Day” on July 20th.  Alton Police Lieutenant David DeWall says they’re giving people the opportunity to ask questions and talk to law enforcement officials about getting their situation resolved.  The “Amnesty Day” will be held at the Alton Law Enforcement Center from 9:00a.m. until noon.  Anyone who plans on attending should be sure to bring any paperwork regarding the offense and a photo ID.

>>Forum Continues On New Illinois, Indiana Expressway

(Rosemont, IL)  --  Investors and contractors from across the world are back in Rosemont today, wrapping up a forum on the “Illiana Expressway.”  The new highway will link I-55 and I-57 to Indiana’s I-65.  Governor Quinn and Governor Mike Pence both attended the forum, touting it as an economic booster that will create about nine thousand construction jobs and 25-thousand permanent jobs.  The forum allows the states’ departments of transportation to meet with possible contractors and investors, plus, it allows them to brainstorm ideas on how the expressway should be built.

>>People Urged to Seek Shelter During Lighting Storms

(Undated)  --  State officials are urging people to be safe during lightning storms.  IEMA Spokeswoman Patti Thompson says one good motto to keep in mind is, “When thunder roars, go indoors.”   She says people who are outside when lightning is approaching should look for shelter in a substantial building or hard-topped vehicle.  And they should always stay away from trees and metal objects.  About 50 people are killed each year after lightning strikes and another thousand are injured.

>> Miss Illinois Gets Underway Today

(Marion, IL)  --  Miss Illinois will be handing over her crown this week. More than 100 young women will be vying for the crown at this year’s pageant, starting tomorrow and running through Saturday in Marion.  The winner will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant later this year.  Last year’s Miss Illinois, Megan Ervin from Quincy, finished in the top ten in the Miss America pageant last fall.

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