Springfield, IL) -- Illinois is now among every other state in the nation that allows people to carry guns in public. Lawmakers passed the final version of the law yesterday, as the clock was winding down on their Midnight deadline. They rejected changes suggested by Governor Quinn which would’ve restricted people to carrying only one gun at a time and would’ve banned guns in places where alcohol is served. And even though the law has passed, people can’t rush out in public with a loaded gun yet. The State Police have six months to come up with standards of training for concealed carry and once that’s done, they’ll start accepting applications for carry permits.
>>Lawmakers Miss Pension Deadline
(Springfield, IL) -- July 9th has come and gone, and Governor Quinn still doesn’t have a pension reform bill on his desk. Lawmakers missed the deadline set by Governor Quinn three weeks ago. They say they just didn’t have enough time to come up with a deal, and have the numbers on how it might impact the state. Quinn had hoped the group of ten lawmakers would make reform a major priority and work around the clock to find a solution. He said lawmakers would face serious consequences if they missed the deadline but so far, no one knows what those consequences might be.
>> Elgin Man Accused Of Soliciting Teen For Sex
(Elgin, IL) -- An Elgin man may have thought he’d found a love connection on Craigslist, but the 27-year old ended up in handcuffs instead. Police say they devised a scheme to chat with Marco Gomez after he placed an ad looking for a teenaged sex partner. Gomez arranged to meet up with the “girl” he thought he’d had several online conversations with, but he came face to face with detectives instead. He was arrested last Wednesday and charged with indecent solicitation of a child.
>>Authorities Warn Of Facebook Scam
(Marion, IL) -- Be careful of what links you click on on Facebook. Williamson County authorities say there’s a scam going around that could compromise your privacy and personal information. Sheriff Bennie Vick says the con artists take over your Facebook page once you click the fake link. Then they act like you and invite your friends to get in on the deal. But, when they click the link, their pages and personal information are also accessible. Authorities say think twice before clicking on an unfamiliar link.
>>Chicago Man Wins Big On Lottery Scratch-Off
(Chicago, IL) -- A Chicago man is set to get 20-thousand dollars a week for the next 20 years. Anel Bajtarevic hit the jackpot when he purchased the “20-by20” lottery scratch-off back on June 17th. The 26-year old says he wasn’t planning to play the lottery that day, but the ticket caught his eye while he was grocery shopping at Dominic’s on Howard. Bajtarevic is a Bosnian native who owns a trucking company in Chicago. He says he may take a vacation, but he has no plans to stop working.
Springfield, IL) -- The Illinois General Assembly will override Governor Pat Quinn's veto of a controversial bill to allow concealed weapons. Both the House and Senate voted down Quinn's veto yesterday before a federal deadline to legalize some form of firearms possession. Experts say the votes will only deepen the discord between the Governor and the Legislature.
>>Deadline On Pension Reform Missed
(Springfield, IL) -- A bi-partisan committee may be Illinois' last chance to pass some sort of pension-reform legislation. State lawmakers missed Governor Quinn's deadline yesterday to enact pension reform. The committee says it needs to look over reports about what kind of savings the proposed bills will bring.
>>Survey Says Illinois Bad For Business
(Undated) -- Illinois has room for improvement when it comes to promoting business. According to C-NBC's "America's Top States For Business" Illinois ranks 37th overall. All 50 states were surveyed and awarded points based on rankings in categories like cost of doing business, quality of life and infrastructure. South Dakota is number-one for business overall followed by Texas and North Dakota while Hawaii is last.
>>Man Wins State's Largest Scratcher Lottery Ticket
(Undated) -- An Illinois man is the winner of the largest instant-lottery game in state history. Twenty-six-year-old Anel Bajtarevic won 20-point-eight-million-dollars playing "20 by 20." He bought the ticket while buying groceries at Dominick's on Howard earlier last month. Bajtarevic will receive 20-thousand-dollars a week for the next 20-years.