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Conceal Carry Back On Table
(Chicago, IL) -- Lawmakers are again faced with whether or not to allow people to carry guns in public. The issue has come up for a vote several times in the past few years but failed to get enough support. Now, a U.S. appeals court has declared Illinois' conceal carry ban unconstitutional. The court has given the state 180 days to get a law written up. State Representative Brandon Phelps says they could take a vote as early as next month when they return for lame duck session.
Group Wants Madigan To Appeal Conceal Carry Ruling
(Chicago, IL) -- The Stop Concealed Carry Coalition says it will continue its fight to stop people from carrying guns in public, despite a court ruling requiring the state to approve concealed carry. Organizer Lee Goodman says the ruling fails to address public safety and fails to protect people
from stray bullets. He says crime will go up if a concealed carry measure passes in Illinois. The coalition wants Lisa Madigan to appeal the decision. In the meantime, they plan to keep pressing lawmakers, asking them to vote against any such measure.
Small Plane Goes Down Near DeKalb
(DeKalb, IL) -- A small plane went down in a field near DeKalb yesterday. The pilot was initially trapped inside the plane and had to be extricated. He was rushed to an area hospital for treatment. No deaths were reported.
New State Rep To Be Sworn In
(Jacksonville, IL) -- A new state representative will be sworn in today. C.D. Davidsmeyer will take over for Jim Watson in the 97th District. He'll also represent the new 100th District and will be sworn in again on January 9th when the new general assembly is seated. Davidsmeyer was chosen from a group of six finalists to fill the seat. Jim Watson left the post on December 3rd to take a job with the Illinois Petroleum Council.
Madigan Filed Suit Against Michigan Company
(Springfield, IL) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed suit against a Michigan company that tried to con Illinois businesses out of money. She says Corporate Records Service sent direct mail solicitations to the businesses in an attempt to collect a 125-dollar fee for an "Annual Minutes Records Form." The company allegedly tried to make it seem the mailers were coming from Secretary of State Jesse White's office. Madigan says any company that receives the mailers should discard it. She says neither the form nor the fee are required by Illinois law.
Illinois Sets Example With Drunk Driving Laws
(Springfield, IL) -- The National Transportation Safety Board wants others states to follow Illinois' example when it comes to dealing with drunk driving. Illinois requires all first-time drunk drivers install an ignition interlock device in their cars. They measure the amount of alcohol a person has been drinking before allowing the car to start up. Secretary of State Jesse White says the devices have cut back repeat offenses by about 67-percent. Illinois was the second state in the nation to require first time offenders use the device.
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