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Business Leaders Back Gay Marriage
(Chicago, IL) -- A new twist in the fight to legalize gay marriage. Business leaders say allowing gay couples to marry will bring the state up to 72-million dollars a year in new money. Leaders from Garrett's Popcorn Shops, Google, Groupon, Orbitz, Johnson Publishing Company and more than 35 others were among those who signed an open letter to lawmakers yesterday. They say gay marriage will create an equitable, fair and respectful environment for all citizens. The leaders want lawmakers to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act soon.
Illinois Coal Production On Rise
(Undated) -- Illinois coal producers say their businesses are hot. According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Association Illinois coal miners enjoyed their best production year in the nearly two-decades last year. The state's 47-million-tons of coal produced was an increase of 24-percent over 2011. Illinois' coal production bucks the national trend, which saw a near four-percent decline in 2012.
Report: IL Low On Forensic Pathologists
(Bloomington, IL) -- Illinois law enforcement officials are in a desperate search to find more people who can perform autopsies for coroners around the state. According to a report by the "Bloomington Pantagraph" Illinois has fewer than 20 board certified forensic pathologists who are able to
perform autopsies. Of those, about half are employed by Cook County. One reason cited for the shortfall in Illinois is the financial burden pathologists' salaries have on local jurisdictions.
Man Impersonates Federal Agent, Gets Prison Time
(Wheaton, IL) -- A fugitive from Florida will be spending the next three years in prison. Authorities say 30-year-old John Campbell tried to open a bank account in Lisle with a fake three and a half million dollar check, back in November of 2011. He allegedly told police he was an agent with U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Police later searched his hotel room and discovered a fake U.S. Marshal's badge, two starter pistols, and other items, including forged documents. Campbell, who was also wanted on an outstanding warrant in Florida, pleaded guilty of the Lisle bank charge in November 2012 and was sentenced in DuPage County Court last week.
Miss Illinois Ends In Top 10 At National Competition
(Quincy, IL) -- Miss Illinois Megan Ervin beat her personal goal at the Miss America pageant this past weekend. She didn't bring the crown home but says she wanted to finish in the top 15. Ervin walked away as a top ten finisher, and at least a thousand dollars in scholarship money. She calls the pageant an "experience of a lifetime." Miss New York, Mallory Hytes Hagan won the competition.
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