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Poll Shows Statewide Support For Gun Control
A new poll shows there is widespread support among Illinois voters for gun-control proposals. The statewide poll shows that by a four-to-one ratio, voters are ready to elect candidates who back such measures. Specifically, the poll showed support for laws that would ban assault weapons, limit the capacity of magazines, require the reporting of lost or stolen guns, and require background checks for every gun sale. The poll, by a Washington firm, also showed a majority believes protecting people from gun violence is more important that protecting the rights of people to own guns.
First Lady Meets With Harper High School Students
First Lady Michelle Obama is going straight to the source on ways to reduce youth violence in Chicago. Yesterday, Obama met with students from Harper High School to talk about how gun violence has affected them. Before going to the school, Obama spoke at a luncheon hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel aimed at raising money to help at-risk youth.
Quinn Not Buying In to Online Gaming
Governor Quinn isn't buying into the idea of online gambling. He says the idea was thrown into the latest gambling bill at the last minute, without proper review. It would allow people over 21 to play online casino games through the websites of casino operators. Those who support the idea say
people are already gambling online, so it just makes sense for the state to get in the game and make extra cash. Quinn says the proposal could open the door for mobsters to sneak into legalized gambling.
Bill Would Permit Digital Proof Of Insurance
A bill under proposal would bring Illinois into the digital age when it comes to showing proof of vehicle insurance. Illinois officials are looking into allowing people to use cellphones and other electronic devices to show proof of insurance when they get pulled over. Currently, Illinois drivers can get a citation if unable to provide physical proof of vehicle coverage when pulled over -- or if in an accident.
Newly Elected Mayor Facing Felony Charges
The newly elected village president in Hebron (HEE-bruhn) may not be in office long. John Jacobson is facing a felony charge for crack cocaine possession. He was arrested in January after police found the drugs in his car during a traffic stop. Johnson says he's innocent and plans to fight the charges.
Illinois Foreclosures Fall, Still Too Many
Although Illinois' foreclosure rate is dropping, the state continues to be one the nation's foreclosure hotbeds. RealtyTrac says foreclosure activity fell more than four-percent the previous fiscal quarter compared with the same period one year ago. Overall, the state is third in total foreclosures behind Florida and Nevada.
IL, U.S. Homeless Data Contradicts
The number of people in Illinois who consider themselves homeless continues to climb. However, Illinois' homeless data runs contrary to national numbers which indicate the number of people who are homeless is in fact falling. The "National Alliance to End Homelessness" said homelessness fell point-four-percent last year. During that same period, Illinois' homeless increased by one-percent.
Bill Would Make It Easier For Veterans To Hunt
Lawmakers want to make it easier for veterans to get a hunting license. State Rep C.D. Davidsmeyer is behind a bill which would allow veterans to count their military service as proof they can handle weapons safely. All veterans who were honorably discharged could qualify. The bill now heads to the Senate.
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