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Drew Peterson Gets 38 years
Drew Peterson is headed to prison for 38 years. The former Bolingbrook cop was convicted last summer for killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson had asked the judge for a new trial, claiming his first lawyer was incompetent and made serious mistakes during the first go-round. The judge denied that motion.
Quinn: Fracking Is A Good Idea For Illinois
Governor Quinn welcomes the idea of fracking in Illinois. He says allowing companies to drill for oil and natural gas will boost the state's economy and put thousands of people to work. Lawmakers introduced a bill yesterday, which would allow companies to run pipes deep into the soil and extract the oil and gas from shale rocks. It will also implement strict regulations that protect the state's environment.
Gay Marriage Meets Resistance In House
There still aren't enough votes to pass a gay marriage proposal in the House. Governor Quinn says he's working on state reps, trying to get them to support the plan. Quinn says the bill may be facing some resistance now, but he's confident it will pass before session ends on May
31st. The bill will get a hearing in a House committee next Tuesday.
Conversation On Concealed Carry Continues
State reps are preparing to hear more testimony about concealed carry today. People on both sides of the gun debate will likely attend a hearing at ten this morning. It's being held at the Bilandic building in Chicago. Another hearing is scheduled next Thursday at 9a.m. at the Capital. Assault weapons will be the topic at that meeting, which is open to the public.
Trans Fat Ban Draws Fire
A proposed ban on trans fats in Illinois schools stirs up impassioned debates among state lawmakers. The bill which would prohibit schools from serving any foods or drinks that contain unsaturated fat was debated on the House floor yesterday. It would apply to cafeterias, vending machines, and fundraisers on school grounds. After the debate, the bill's sponsors delayed a vote on the measure.
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