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Jackson Junior and Wife To Plead Guilty To Charges Today
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior is scheduled to appear in court today. He'll reportedly plead guilty of using 750-thousand dollars from his campaign fund to pay for personal expenses. His hearing is in Washington D.C. His wife Sandi is expected to plead guilty on separate charges today, also in D.C. She allegedly filed a false tax return.
Lawmakers Scrambling To Pass Concealed Carry Bill
People in Illinois will get the right to carry a gun in public come June 9th. Lawmakers are scrambling to get a reasonable bill passed, which honors a court order and puts restrictions in place. Gun control advocates say malls, schools, and restaurants should be off-limits. But others say those are the place shooters are targeting in their mass killings. A House committee will meet in Chicago this Friday to give both sides an opportunity to speak out on the issue.
Poll Suggests Illinoisans Favor Tighter Gun Laws
A statewide poll suggests a majority of Illinois voters favor tighter restrictions on guns. The poll by the Paul Simon Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University found twice as many Illinois voters believe that
controlling gun ownership is more important than protecting the right to own one. More than seven in ten Illinoisans think laws covering the sale of firearms should be more strict.
Supreme Court Rejects Ryan Appeal
Former Governor George Ryan has been shot down in what was likely his last effort to appeal his corruption conviction. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear Ryan's appeal that the court's recent interpretation of the "honest services" fraud statute means one of Ryan's convictions should be overturned. Meanwhile, Ryan's friend and advisor, former Gov. Jim Thompson says Ryan was within his rights to go to a Frankfort restaurant this weekend, despite being sentenced to home confinement in Kankakee. Thompson says the rules allow a six-hour visit to a public place on either Saturday or Sunday each week.
Taste Lost More Than A Million Last Year
The Taste of Chicago event lost more than a million dollars last year despite expectations to the contrary. Mayor Emanuel said he wanted the huge summertime event to at least break even. But that wasn't the case and the "Tribune" says the eating fest lost one-point-three-million dollars. In 2011 Taste lost about one-million dollars, at which time the Mayor implanted a plan to turn its financial fortunes around.
Gas Prices Likely To hit Four Bucks A Gallon
Gas prices are inching toward the four dollar mark and GasBuddy.com says it might not be long before we get there. Drivers are paying about 45-cents more for each gallon of gas now than they were this time last year. Gas prices usually spike in April. GasBuddy hopes the spike is just coming a bit earlier than usual this year, but it's too early to tell.
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