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Lawmaker Wants Tax For Athletic Shoes
(Springfield, IL) -- An Illinois lawmaker is proposing a tax on each purchase of a new pair of new athletic shoes. Democratic Representative Will Davis of Hazel Crest wants to impose the 25-cent levy as a way to generate money for youth job preparation programs. If OKd, consumers who buy any type of athletic shoe will pay the fee.
Law Will Raise Fees For Malpractice Lawyers
(Undated) -- Illinois medical malpractice lawyers could get a bump in pay thanks to a new law signed by Governor Quinn. The "Tribune" says the law will allow malpractice attorneys to collect higher fees for their services going forward. Some doctors say the measure will unfairly force underprivileged patients to pay with money they haven't got. Quinn and other backers of the new law say it's purely designed to establish a standard for payment.
Ex-Ethics Panel Member Cited For Violation
(Springfield, IL) -- A former Illinois ethics panel member is cited for violating the very standards he used to keep watch over. Former state executive ethics panel commissioner Stephen Thurston faces a 25-hundred-dollar fine for his participation in a recent "political" event. The '"Tribune" says Thurston was cited for his decision to attend a prayer
breakfast in honor of 17th Ward runoff candidate David Moore. Officials say doing so was a violation of the state ethics law.
State's Highest Unemployment In Franklin Co.
(Franklin County, IL) -- Illinois' highest incidence of unemployment is in Franklin County. State employment officials say Franklin County's unemployment rate topped 12-percent last month. The closures of the B-R-P plant in Benton and the Willow Lake mine in nearby Saline County are said to be having adverse effects in Franklin.
Blanks To Be Shot At Cary-Grove High School
(Cary, IL) -- Law enforcement officers will shoot off blanks in several areas of Cary-Grove High School today. It's part of a simulation designed to help students and staff recognize the sounds if someone really were shooting inside the school. District 155 Spokesman Jeff Puma says the drill isn't meant to scare or shock anyone. He says the drill will help everyone feel safer and better prepared in the event of an emergency. Plus, it'll help administrators tweak the emergency plan if necessary.
Concealed Cary Bill Introduced In Springfield
(Springfield, IL) -- A concealed carry bill was introduced in Springfield yesterday. State Representative Brandon Phelps is behind the proposal, which seeks to allow people to carry loaded or unloaded guns in their vehicles. They would not be allowed to carry in courthouses, schools, casinos, college campuses, college or professional sports arenas, mental health facilities, or public libraries. Anyone seeking a permit to carry would have to be 21-years old, have a valid FOID card, and have certified firearm's training. Whether this will be the final bill or not, lawmakers have about five more month to get a concealed carry law on the books.
Quinn Sends Pizza To Troops Overseas
(Chicago, IL) -- Troops serving in Afghanistan and Kuwait will have Chicago-style pizza at their Super Bowl festivities this Sunday. Governor Quinn teamed up with Patriots 4 Pizza and sent 21-thousand deep-dish pizzas overseas yesterday. DHL will deliver the pizzas. Illinois Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren says the men and women serving overseas always appreciate supportive gestures, even if it is through a slice of pizza.
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