24/7 News Source 11/14/2013
>>NIU Army Veteran Student Arrested For Guns In His Dorm
(DeKalb, IL) -- A Northern Illinois University student who served in Iraq is out on bond after being arrested for having two guns in his dorm room. Twenty-nine-year-old Kevin Ouwenga is charged with unlawful use of a weapon after NIU police searched his dorm room and found a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun. The police chief says they don’t think the Army combat veteran is a threat. Ouwenga has a valid firearm owner's identification card, but NIU bans guns on all school grounds.
>>1,370 Illinoisans Enroll In Obamacare
(Undated) -- Just under 14-hundred Illinois residents are enrolled in Obamacare. The Department of Health and Human Services says over 106-thousand people enrolled nationwide in the first month. The majority of those signing up actually enrolled in state-run exchanges available in 14 states, but the federal website handles the marketplace in Illinois. An additional 31-thousand people in the state have completed an application but they haven’t purchased a plan.
>>Quinn Mum On Tax Increases
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn isn’t saying whether he plans to make the income tax hike permanent. In a Springfield press conference the Governor dodged the question three times, instead pivoting to pension reform. Illinois faces a 100-billion dollar pension system debt, and lawmakers are weighing cost-cutting and revenue-raising options. Quinn signed an income tax increase that took effect in 2011 and is set to expire at the end of next year.
>>Illinois Lawmakers Told To Keep December Week Open For Session
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois lawmakers are being told to be available the first full week of December for a return to Springfield. Legislative leaders held meetings yesterday to discuss pension reform proposals. The four legislative leaders say progress was made in their talks, but they didn’t get into specifics. Afterwards, e-mails were sent by Speaker Michael Madigan to both Democrat and Republican house members to clear their schedule that week.
>>Decatur Teen Murdered And 15-Year-Old Arrested For Murder
(Decatur, IL) -- Decatur police are confirming that a 15-year-old teenager is dead and her alleged shooter is in custody. Authorities say they've detained another 15-year-old they believe is responsible. The victim was taken to Decatur Memorial Hospital in serious condition and later died. The coroner has not confirmed her identity.
>>Construction Begins On Defense Building At Scott Air Force Base
(Scott Air Force Base, IL) -- New construction at Scott Air Force Base is reassuring some metro-east leaders that the base will remain the area’s largest employer. Military and civilian officials broke ground on the 65-million dollar Defense Information Systems headquarters yesterday. The new building will house nearly 900 workers when it opens in 2016. In an era of dwindling Pentagon budgets, military officers feel the construction is good news for the region.
Jon Hansen/dp IL)
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