(Springfield, IL) -- Lawmakers may get their paychecks come August 1st, after all. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is concerned Governor Quinn’s move to stop paying lawmakers is illegal. That’s because the Illinois Constitution says a lawmaker’s salary can’t be changed during the middle of his or her term. Topinka has requested a legal review of Quinn’s move and wants the review completed by the time she has to cut the checks.
>>Gun Advocates Want Guns In Public Next Week
(East St. Louis, IL) -- The Illinois State Rifle Association has filed a motion with the courts asking that people with a valid FOID card be allowed to carry in public next Tuesday. The motion comes after lawmakers passed a concealed carry law, but gave the state police six months to establish the training standards and carry system. Once the system is in place, ISP will start accepting applications for carry license, which could take an additional 90 days for approval. Gun advocates say people shouldn’t be delayed any longer when it comes to their Second Amendment rights.
>>Lawmakers Call For Immigration Reform
(Springfield, IL) -- A group of lawmakers in Illinois is calling on Congress to pass an immigration reform bill that supports women and their families. State rep Robyn Gabel says immigrant women are a vital part of the state’s economy because they make up a majority of the state’s domestic workforce and on top of that, she says they’re more likely to start a business than women born in America. State Rep Jil Tracy and Senator Linda Holmes are also calling on reform, claiming families suffer and live in fear when they’re shipped back to their homelands. They’re calling on Congress to support a plan that reunites families and puts undocumented immigrants on the path to citizenship.
>>State Rep Stepping Down
(Morris, IL) -- State Rep Pam Roth, of Morris, is stepping down. She’s moving to Texas because her husband has been offered a new job position there. Roth says the new opportunity was just too good to pass up. She’s been on the job since January of 2011 after being appointed when Sue Rezin went to the Senate.
>>West Nile Confirmed In 17 Counties
(Springfield, IL) -- West Nile is active in Illinois. State officials confirm the disease has been confirmed in 17 counties. The virus started popping up in mosquito batches but now birds are also coming up positive. Nearly 300 people were infected with West Nile last year and a dozen died from their symptoms. Officials urge people to wear insect repellent with Deet and long-sleeved shirts when they’re out at dusk.
Springfield, IL) -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is hitting lawmakers where it hurts for their inability to pass a state pension reform bill. Quinn said he's suspending all wages to Illinois legislators until a pension plan for state employees is passed. Quinn said he's also suspending his own pay because until a reform bill is passed, the state will remain in a quote, "crisis." The Governor's office says legislators in Illinois are paid 67-thousand-dollars annually.
>>State's First Reported Case Of West Nile Virus Located
(Springfield, IL) -- State health officials say a case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Monroe County. Officials said this is the year's first confirmed case of the virus. Health officials said a dead bird was found to be infected with the virus but it probably won't be long before a human case is reported.
>>Quinn Responds To State's Poor Business Ranking
(Undated) -- Governor Quinn offers a response to a recent survey that wasn't too nice to Illinois business. CNBC surveyed all 50 states for its "America's Top States for Business" poll in which Illinois finished 37th overall. Quinn promoted Illinois as being "at the crossroads of America," boasting a talented, creative and highly-skilled workforce.
>>World's Best Golfers In Illinois
(Silvis, IL) -- Some of the best professional golfers in the world are descending on Illinois this weekend. The PGA's John Deere Classic starts this morning at TPC Deere Run in Silvis. This is the last match on the tour before the British Open. Zach Johnson won last year's John Deere Classic.