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Lawmakers Back In Session
Lawmakers are back in Springfield today, after a two-week break. They return to session with a full load of issues on their plates -- from pension reform to gay marriage and concealed carry. On top of that, they have to finalize the state's budget for next year. The goal is to get it all taken care of by May 31st, when session is scheduled to wrap up for the year.
Ebert Laid To Be Laid To Rest Today
Legendary film critic Roger Ebert will be laid to rest today. His funeral will be at Holy Name Cathedral, on State Street in Chicago. Service starts at 10 a.m. It's open to the public but because seating is limited, anyone hoping to attend should get there early. Ebert died last Thursday after a long battle with cancer.
Quinn Praises U.S. Diplomat Killed In Afghanistan
Governor Quinn is praising a U.S. diplomat from Illinois, who was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. Anne Smedinghoff died in an explosion Saturday as she was delivering books to kids. Quinn calls her a brave young woman who selflessly served others in the war-torn country. Smedinghoff was from the Chicago suburb of River Forest and graduated
from Fenwick High School. She was serving as a Foreign Services Officer for the U.S. State Department.
Small Town Pays People To Move In
One small town in Illinois is paying people -- sort of -- to move there. Officials in St. Libory are giving new homeowners a 25-percent refund on their property taxes for up to eight years. Only homeowners in certain subdivisions would qualify and they'd have to apply for the refund. The incentive could mean less cash for schools since they're primarily funded through property taxes. But school officials tell the "Belleville News Democrat" they'll likely get more money from the state once they have more students enrolled, which should balance out the loss.
Trout Season In Full Swing
Trout season is in full swing. The season opened this past Saturday. More than 40 lakes, rivers, and creeks have been stocked with about 60-thousand rainbow trout. Anyone who wants to catch a few must be licensed. Licenses can be purchased at DNR.Illinois.gov or by calling 888-673-7648.
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