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Senator Kirk Supports Gay Marriage
Senator Mark Kirk thinks gay marriage is inevitable in Illinois. He says attitudes have shifted toward gay marriage and it's not right for the government to keep people from marrying the person they love. Kirk recently announced his support for gay marriage, a decision that could offer backlash from traditional conservatives. But Kirk says he sees life differently and has a new respect for all people after suffering a serious stroke last year.
Defend Decision To Use Taser On Pregnant Woman
Springfield police are standing behind their decision to use a Taser on a pregnant woman. They've taken heat after a controversial video of the incident hit YouTube, but officials say the video doesn't tell the full story. Chief Deputy Cliff Buscher says the video shows the woman being forced to the ground and Tased. But it doesn't show the officer peacefully trying to handle a crash report and it doesn't show the woman's boyfriend becoming irate, resisting arrest, and fighting with the officer. Buscher says they reviewed the tape, interviewed witnesses, and determined the cops acted within department guidelines.
Lawmakers Should Follow In Connecticut's Footsteps
Governor Quinn says Illinois lawmakers should follow in the footsteps of Connecticut and strike a deal on tougher gun laws. Lawmakers in Connecticut are expected to pass a bill later today banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines with more than 10 bullets. It also requires universal background checks for gun purchases and registration
requirements for people who've been convicted of gun crimes. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Illinois continue to go back and forth on whether such bans and regulations violate a person's Second Amendment right.
Two More Weeks To File Taxes
Taxpayers have just two more weeks to get their taxes filed. The deadline is Monday, April 15th. People have several options to file. They can go to an accountant or file using several online sites. Those who file at Tax.Illinois.gov have the option of getting their money back faster, on a debit card.
Farmers Get Second Chance To Respond To Census
Farmers who didn't respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture have another chance to do so. The USDA recently mailed additional census forms to farmers who missed the original deadline in February. Officials will follow up with phone calls or personal visits to those famers by this Friday, April 5th. The census is conducted every five years and is required by law, so farmers who don't respond could face a small fine. Check out AgCensus.USDA.gov for more details.
Rock Island Woman Gets New Medal Of Honor For Brother
A Moline woman is thrilled to have a new Medal of Honor for her brother, who was killed in combat more than 60 years ago. Sylvia Rich says her brother Melvin received the medal from President Truman in 1951 for extraordinary heroism in the Korean War, but the medal got lost a short time later. Sylvia got a phone call from someone in 2007 saying they had the medal and wanted to return it to the rightful owner. Sylvia says the medal was in horrible condition when she got it back so she contacted Senator Dick Durbin. He had a replacement medal issued and it was presented to Sylvia at the Rock Island Arsenal yesterday.
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