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>>People Can Still Carry Guns In Madison County

(Madison County, IL)  --  The rules on carrying a concealed weapon in Madison County are still the same.  Residents with a valid FOID card were given the right to carry last month, before the state law went into effect.  State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says the county ordinance will stay on the books until the Illinois State Police actually have a system in place and start accepting carry applications, which will take at least another six months.  The county ordinance will be wiped away once the state system is in place.

>>Crundwell Appealing 20-Year Sentence

(Dixon, IL)  --   Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell is challenging the 20 year sentence she received for stealing money from the town’s coffers.  Crundwell was sent to the big house for taking more than 54-million dollars from the town when she managed the money.  But, her attorney claims the judge wrongfully tacked on an extra four years to Crundwell’s sentence.  He also says time should’ve been shaved off the sentence because Crundwell cooperated with the investigation.  They’re asking a judge to toss the 20-year sentence and schedule a new hearing.

>>Firefighter’s Remains Land In Illinois

(Waukegan, IL)  --  More than 250 firemen showed up in Waukegan to welcome the remains of one of their own.  Twenty-three year old Anthony Rose was one of 19 firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire last month.  His family is from the northern suburb of Beach Park.  His ashes arrived in Illinois last night and were delivered to the funeral home.  Rose was engaged to be married and he was expecting his first child in October.  Donations are being accepted for his fiance and their unborn child at Zion Bible Church in Zion, Illinois.

>>Joliet Woman Falls Into Sinkhole

(Joliet, IL)  --   A Joliet woman is recovering after being swallowed into a sinkhole.  Tina Sanchez was talking to a neighbor Monday evening when the ground suddenly gave way.  She managed to hold on to her son’s hand and braced herself against a steel drain to keep from falling all the way into the hole.  Fire crews rescued Sanchez, who suffered injuries to her buttocks and groin.  

>>No Reform? Quinn Suspends Pay For Self, Lawmakers

(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.

>>Pay Freeze May Be Illegal

(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. 

 

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