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The sun may be shining but don't let it fool you. There's still a chance of more severe weather. Severe thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and tonight. This comes on the heels of a round of tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest. The twisters caused minor damage in several small towns in Illinois over the weekend.
The investigation continues into a fire at an apartment complex on the southwest side of Mendota Sunday night. The fire was reported just before 7 pm at the apartments on Sandra Avenue. At least a half dozen fire departments battled the blaze. There were no injuries, but the roof was taken off the complex. The fire’s origin has yet to be determined. The State Fire Marshall’s office is investigating and the Red Cross is assisting residents of the apartments.
Normally a hike through Starved Rock State Park is a pleasant experience. That wasn’t the case yesterday afternoon for a Springfield, Oregon woman. State Conservation Police say 23-year old Kylee Terry fell from a trail in LaSalle Canyon. She reportedly fell about six feet and was taken to a hospital in Ottawa. She was being treated for injuries that are being described as minor.
Medical Marijuana Bill Now In Quinn's Hands
A bill legalizing medical marijuana is now in the hands of Governor Pat Quinn. State senators approved the bill on Friday, with Senator Linda Holmes saying some FDA-approved drugs are much more dangerous. Opponents say legalizing marijuana is a bad idea because it can be considered a gateway to other drugs. If Quinn signs the bill, Illinois would become the 20th state in the US to allow the use of medical marijuana.
Sandy Hook Parents In Illinois Today
Parents who lost their kids in the Sandy Hook school shooting are in Springfield today. They're making a stop at the capital, asking lawmakers to crack down on high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. Lawmakers have already introduced a bill that would ban the sale of these weapons throughout the state. They're actually hoping to pass the bill by the time they adjourn on May 31st.
Kids May Have To Start School By Six
Kids in Illinois may soon have to start school sooner than normal. Right now, they're not required to go to kindergarten until they're seven but Senator Kimberly Lightford wants to drop that down by a year. She's backing a bill that would require parents to enroll their kids in school if
Updating a story we brought to you first...More information is coming in on an armed robbery in Princeton Saturday afternoon. Princeton Police Chief Tom Root says at about 2:20 pm, a white male entered Anne’s Antiques on Main Street, displayed a handgun and ordered the store’s owner to the floor. The man then grabbed all the money from the cash register and fled on foot in an unknown direction. He says the man was later identified by a female accomplice as 30-year old David Jones of Kewanee. Root says after further investigation, Jones and his girlfriend, 20-year old Rebecca Daily of Buda, were arrested on charges of armed robbery and aggravated robbery. Another arrest was made in relation to the case. 30-year old Adam Budde of Princeton was arrested for possession of cannabis under 2 and a half grams and drug paraphernalia. The drugs were turned up during a search of his apartment where Jones had been hiding from police.
Email Says Rutherford To Announce Run For Governor Soon
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford apparently is serious about making a run to become governor. A fundraising email sent yesterday indicates a formal announcement will be made soon. Rutherford, a former Republican state senator, says he's picked up substantial financial support. He also notes he received more votes in his 2010 race for treasurer than Governor Pat Quinn did in his campaign for governor the same year.
Senate Sends Medical Marijuana Bill To Quinn
The Illinois Senate has approved a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients who suffer from certain terminal illnesses or debilitating conditions. The 35-21 vote sends the bill to Gov. Quinn, who has not said if he would sign it. The bill lists 33 illnesses that are eligible for marijuana medication. The bill authorizes a four-year pilot program that includes background checks for patients and caregivers.
Senate Pushes Off Debate On Concealed Guns
A concealed carry law in the Illinois Senate won't come to a vote this weekend. Planned sessions for today and tomorrow have been cancelled, and the Senate won't return until Monday at noon. Upon their return, they're expected to debate a measure approved in committee that would
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