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Senate Gearing Up For Gay Marriage Vote
(Springfield, IL) -- The Senate is gearing up for a vote on gay marriage. Senate President John Cullerton plans to call the bill for a vote this Thursday, which is Valentine's Day. The proposal passed out of committee last week. Cullerton believes it will also pass in the full Senate.
Murdered Inmate Laid To Rest
(Chicago, IL) -- The inmate killed at Menard prison has been laid to rest. Jason Hall's family remembered him as a loving man with a great sense of humor and a contagious smile in a funeral service last night. Hall was killed by his cellmate on January 31st. He was serving a 13 year sentence for aggravated vehicle hijacking with a weapon. Union workers
say violence is up behind prison doors and they expect more murders unless something is done about overcrowding soon.
Obama Coming To Chicago To Address Violence
(Chicago, IL) -- President Obama will be in the Windy City this Friday to address gun violence. More than 500 people were killed by gunfire last year, and more than 40 were killed in January of this year, making it the deadliest January since 2002. The city's violence gained national attention a few weeks ago after 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton was gunned down. Police say Pendleton was an innocent bystander who had no gang affiliation. She performed at the president's inauguration ceremony the week before she was killed.
Illinois Man Leaves Estate To Actors
(Broadwell, IL) -- A Broadwell man left a million dollar estate to two actors he'd never met. The "State Journal Register" reports 71-year old Ray Fulk died last July and had never married. So, he named actors Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton, who appeared in TV-dramas in the 1970's and 80's, as beneficiaries in his will. Fulk's home and 160 acres of farm land will be auctioned off. Brophy and Barton will split the cash.
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