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Undated)  --  Here is the latest news:  Reaction is split over a court ruling that requires girls under 18 to notify their parents before having an abortion.  The State Police is answering your questions about concealed carry.  Gas prices are heading up again.  The Taste of Downtown Springfield kicks off this weekend.

>>Reaction Split Over Abortion Decision

(Springfield, IL)  --  Reaction is split over a court ruling that requires girls under 18 to notify their parents before having an abortion.  The Illinois Supreme Court upheld the Parental Notice of Abortion Act yesterday, which has been held up in the courts since 1995.  The Catholic Conference of Illinois calls the ruling a win for parents, who should have a right to know what’s going on with their child.  But the ACLU is gearing up for a fight to take the law off the books.  They say most teens already notify their parents but those who don’t have good reason, and it’s usually because they fear they’ll be beaten or kicked out of their homes. 

>>ISP Answers Concealed Carry Questions On Website

(Springfield, IL)  --  There are still many unanswered questions when it comes to concealed carry in Illinois.  The State Police is charged with setting the program up, and they’re making a way for you to get the answers you need.  People can go to the ISP website, and click a link that will direct them to a page with frequently asked questions.  People can learn about everything from how to get a concealed carry license, how much it’ll cost, and who qualifies to carry a gun in public.  Check out ISP.State.IL.US for more details. 

>>Gas Prices Headed Up

(Undated)  --  Gas prices are heading up again.  Patrick DeHaan, with GasBuddy.com, says prices could jump by as much as 15-cents in the next couple of weeks.  He says political unrest in Egypt is contributing to a rise in crude oil prices, plus there’s been a drop in oil supplies at a time when gas is in high demand.  Right now, Illinoisans are paying an average of three-72 at the pump, up 12 cents compared to this time last year.  Of course, that number drops in the central and southern areas of the state.

>>Eagle To Be Set Free

(Decatur, IL)  --  A golden eagle is spreading its wings in the open air once again.  “Midas” has spent the last several months at the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur, recovering from a broken wing.  Workers at the center tell WCIA-TV Midas can fly at least 300 feet, which is all he was allowed to do during his recovery process.  And even though the eagle gets tired after a few runs, workers believe he’s well enough to head back into the wild.  Midas will be released in Piatt County later this morning, which is where he was found last fall. 

>>Taste Of Downtown Springfield Kicks Off Tonight

(Springfield, IL)  --  The Taste of Downtown Springfield is going on in the capital city this weekend.  It’s the 14th year for the event, which features foods from 12 downtown restaurants, live music, and free children's entertainment.  The event kicks off at 5:00 this evening and runs until Midnight.  It’s also going on tomorrow from Noon until Midnight.  Admission is five-dollars and food tickets are one-dollar apiece

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news:  Chicago's Landmarks Commission gives a thumbs-up to Wrigley Field officials to add a giant scoreboard and oversized advertising at the venerable old ballpark.  Changes are afoot for folks who play the Illinois Lottery.  More than a dozen people in southern Illinois are under indictment for Medicaid fraud.  A tractor-trailer wreck claims the life of one person driving on a southern Illinois highway.

>>Cubs Get Critical OK From Landmarks Commish

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago's Landmarks Commission gives a thumbs-up to Wrigley Field officials to add a giant scoreboard and oversized advertising at the venerable old ballpark.  The "Tribune" says the additions are needed to become key income generators for the team owners.  The unanimous decision clears a path for the City Council and Planning Commission to seriously consider the Cubs' 500-million-dollar proposal to overhaul Wrigley Field and the surrounding area.

>>Changes Coming To Illinois Lottery

(Springfield, IL)  --  Changes are afoot for folks who play the Illinois Lottery.  Beginning this Sunday, Lotto officials say it will cost one-dollar for each game rather than one-dollar for two-sets of numbers.  The amount a player can win in Lotto will increase and there will also be a new match-two prize.  Drawings will now take place Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and the Wednesday drawing will now be Thursday.

>>Fifteen Indicted For Medicaid Fraud

(Fairview Heights, IL)  --  More than a dozen people in southern Illinois are under indictment for Medicaid fraud.  The federal indictment lists nine women and six men as defendants accused of exploiting a state Medicaid program  that pays "personal assistants" to care for disabled persons at their home rather than in an institutional setting.  The said crimes allegedly happened in the counties of St. Clair, Madison, Fayette and Marion.

>>One Dies In Chain-Reaction Highway Crash

(Carbondale, IL)  --  A tractor-trailer wreck claims the life of one person driving on a southern Illinois highway.  Authorities say 50-year-old Lavern Johnson of McLeansboro is dead following the chain-reaction accident on Illinois 14.  The conditions of two other injured victims wasn't immediately known.

 

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