24/7 News Source 10/09/2013
>>Quinn Issues “Ban The Box” Order
(Plainfield, IL) -- People who apply for a job with the state won’t have to disclose whether they’ve plead guilty or been convicted of a crime. Governor Quinn has issued an administrative order “banning the box” that asks the question on job applications for positions with the state. Employers can still ask about a criminal history during the interview process, though. Some lawmakers disagree with the order, saying it makes the state more vulnerable, but supporters say it’ll give ex-cons a fair shot at employment and a second chance at life.
>>Concealed Carry Permits Issue Dates Pushed Back
(Springfield, IL) -- People who want to carry guns in public can start applying for permits in January, but the permits won’t likely be issued until April. That’s a couple weeks behind the originally scheduled March date. Gun shop owner and concealed carry trainer Ron Darnall says the Illinois State Police are running behind on putting a training curriculum in place. People will need to have at least eight hours of training on things like how to shoot, handle, and store a gun before they can get a permit. Classes are expected to begin in the next few weeks.
>>House Majority PAC Targets Rodney Davis
(Washington, DC) -- Congressman Rodney Davis is the target of a new Democrat attack ad. The ad features a crying baby and calls on Davis to stop throwing tantrums when he can’t have his way. Davis has repeatedly said he’d be a target in the upcoming election. His 13th Congressional District is pretty much split with voters from both sides of the aisle, so Democrats think they can win the seat back next year. Davis is facing a primary battle against former Miss America Erika Harold.
>>Man Attacks Wrong Family
(Glen Carbon, IL) -- A case of mistaken identity left a Glen Carbon couple and their attacker with multiple stab wounds. Police say Grant Connor thought he was at someone else’s home when he showed up to a house on Kinder Place Sunday afternoon and pretended like his car had broken down. He asked the male resident if he could use his cell phone but when the man went to get it, Connor attacked, stabbing him eight times in the head. The victim’s wife was also stabbed, and Connor was stabbed in the throat after the male victim managed to grab a knife. The couple has been treated and released from a hospital but Connor remains hospitalized and is facing two-counts of attempted first-degree murder.
>>Rauner Picks Running Mate
(Moline, IL) -- Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he's selected a running mate. The businessman announced yesterday in Moline that he's picked attorney Evelyn Sanguinetti of Wheaton to be his candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Rauner said he and Sanguinetti are best qualified to lead Illinois from its fiscal "death spiral." Sanguinetti is a former assistant Attorney General.
>>Vacation Time For Many State Lawmakers
(Springfield, IL) -- A number of Illinois legislators are taking last-minute vacations before they return to Springfield in two weeks. A spokesperson for House Speaker Michael Madigan said he's in Italy while the office manager for Representative John Bradley said he's also on vacation but wouldn't say where. The "Quad Cities Times" says it's not uncommon for lawmakers to keep their vacation destinations and expenditures quiet until they're back home. The state's fall veto session begins October 22nd.
>>Mayor Starts Phaseout Of City-Subsidized Program
(Chicago, IL) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's beginning the three-year phaseout of the city's retired worker health subsidy program. The Mayor said the total elimination of the program will save taxpayers 18-million-dollars. The program has been paying for the health insurance of most retired City Hall workers. The "Tribune" says the program phaseout will likely be challenged in court.
>>IL Lawmakers Among Arrested At DC Rally
(Chicago, IL) -- A rally in Washington, DC against the nation's policy on immigration leaves two Illinois congressmen under arrest. Officials for Democratic Representatives Luis Gutierrez of Chicago and Jan Schakowsky of Evanston say the politicians were arrested yesterday for civil disobedience at a rally in the nation's capital. Gutierrez has been arrested for civil disobedience numerous times in the past including once at a rally outside the White House in 2011.
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