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Undated)  --  Here is the latest news:  Federal investigators are looking into the weekend crash of an experimental small plane in northwestern Illinois.  Domestic visitor travel to Illinois is on the rise.  A chase by authorities in Kentucky is credited for the arrest of an Illinois man over the weekend.  State environmental officials are hailing the recent discovery of a rare mussel in Illinois River.   

>>Homemade Plane Crashes In N-W IL

(Sandwich, IL)  --  Federal investigators are looking into the weekend crash of an experimental small plane in northwestern Illinois.  Officials says a home-built aircraft with one engine was en-route from St. Louis when it crash-landed in a field near DeKalb yesterday.  One of the two people onboard needed treatment for minor injuries.  

>>Domestic Visitor Travel Gets Boost

(Undated)  --  Domestic visitor travel to Illinois is on the rise.  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to announce today that a record of more than 99-million visitors passed through the state in 2012.  That was an increase of more than six-percent.  Officials say leisure travel helped spur the increase.

>>IL Man Leads Officers On Drunkenly Car Chase

(Undated)  --  A chase by authorities in Kentucky is credited for the arrest of an Illinois man over the weekend.  Authorities said Esmeraldo Morales-Carmona of Cobden was arrested Saturday after he led officers on a high-speed chase while he was apparently under the influence of alcohol.  Authorities said at one point the chase exceeded 110-miles-an-hour.  The man is free today after posting bond.

>>Rare Mussel Found In Illinois River

(Undated)  --  State environmental officials are hailing the discovery of a rare mussel in Illinois River.  Officials from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources say they were able to make a rare survey of mollusk communities near Marseilles after the Illinois River became flooded during the spring.  Among the nearly 15-thousand mollusks scientists gathered they found a rare "scaleshell" mussel from what's believed to be the only known remaining population of that species.      

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news:  Governor Quinn turns down a shot at testifying on pension reform.  Nine people were shot and killed in Chicago over this holiday weekend.  A Beardstown man is accused of killing a carnival worker.  A couple joins as one in an underwater wedding ceremony.

>>Clock Ticking On Concealed Carry

(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois will likely have its final version of a concealed carry law on the books tomorrow.  Lawmakers are expected to head back to Springfield to override Governor Quinn’s changes to the bill.  Quinn doesn’t want guns in places where alcohol is served and he doesn’t want people to carry more than one gun at a time.  Both of those provisions were allowed in the original bill and supporters say they’re not willing to negotiate at this point.  A federal court has ordered Illinois to pass a law by the 9th, but it likely won’t take effect for at least a year.

>>Quinn Turns Down Chance To Testify On Pensions

(Springfield, IL)  --  The group of 10 lawmakers responsible for coming up with a pension fix wants to hear from Governor Quinn.  They’ve invited him to testify about what he’d like to see in a final bill, but Quinn has turned down the offer.  He’s sending someone from his budget team instead.  In the past, Quinn has said he wouldn’t support a bill that doesn’t completely solve the state’s 100-billion dollar pension problem.  The panel will meet today in Springfield.

>>Nine Killed Over Holiday Weekend In Chicago

(Chicago, IL)  --  It’s turning out to be another violent year in Chicago.  Nine people were shot and killed over this holiday weekend and at least 60 others were injured.  So far at least 200-people have been killed in the city this year, and that’s actually down 27-percent compared to this time last year.  Governor Quinn says its evidence that lawmakers need to hear him out and uphold the changes he made to the concealed carry bill.  He says more guns on the streets of Chicago will mean even more crime.

>>Beardstown Man Kills Carnival Worker

(Schuyler County, IL)  --  A Beardstown man is accused of killing a carnival worker.  Police say Jared Staake stabbed the worker at the Schuyler County Fair last Tuesday morning during a fight outside the fairgrounds’ sleeping quarters.  The worker was originally treated for his stab wounds but was found unresponsive two days later, on the Fourth of July.  Staake was arrested at his home on Friday and is charged with second-degree murder.

>>Couple Ties The Knot Underwater

(Massac County, IL)  --  An Iowa couple chose Mermet Springs, in southern Illinois, as their place of choice to tie the knot and get this, their wedding was underwater.  Jordan Plowman and Ben Adams said their “I-Dos” Saturday afternoon with the ceremony starting on the pier.  Then the two stripped down into scuba gear to finish off the ceremony, sealing it with a kiss underwater.  The bride’s father could take a bit of responsibility for the unique wedding.  He’s a scuba diving instructor in Iowa

 

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