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State Reps Want To Eliminate Office Of Lieutenant Governor
How would you vote if you could get rid of the lieutenant governor? Not necessarily Sheila Simon, but the office in general. Some lawmakers say the cash-strapped state just can't afford to keep spending nearly two-million dollars a year on the office. Rep Bill Mitchell says the state won't miss out on anything if the job is eliminated -- case in point, the state went without a lieutenant governor for two years after Rod Blagojevich was ousted in 2009. The House passed a plan to let voters decide if they want to keep paying for the job, but it has to clear the Senate first.
Gun Deal Appears To Be Far Off
It doesn't look like lawmakers are any closer to striking a deal on gun control in Illinois. Those against the idea of concealed carry don't seem to be giving in on their push to pass stricter gun laws. State Senator Dan Katowski says guns are less regulated than teddy bears, but he hasn't heard of many people dying from the furry toys. He says that just doesn't make sense when hundreds of people are being killed by gun violence. Lawmakers have until June 9th to pass a law allowing people to carry guns in public.
ISU Wants More Money
Officials at Illinois State University say they need more money to make ends meet. President Dr. Al Bowman says the university needs nearly eleven-million dollars to cover pay raises, replace their student information system, and take care of some maintenance issues. Bowman
understands they may not get the extra cash because of the state's financial troubles. He says they've managed to stay afloat despite the fact that the state still owes ISU over 55-million dollars.
Bloomington Man Busted for Harboring An Alligator
A Bloomington man is busted for harboring an alligator in his basement. Police say they got an anonymous tip about the three-and-a-half foot gator in Danny Hubbs' basement on Mason Street. They recovered the animal yesterday, and cited Hubbs for violating the state's Endangered Species Protection Act. Experts say Hubbs put himself in a potentially dangerous situation; the animal could have grown up to ten feet long, and 300 pounds.
Freeport Man Collects Millions In Powerball
A Freeport man finally comes forward to collect his big Powerball payout. Ted Baumgartner hit the 50-million-dollar jackpot back on March 30th. It's the largest single Powerball payout ever in Illinois. But he says it wasn't easy getting people to believe he'd won the cash -- in fact, since he texted the news on April Fools Day, everyone thought it was a joke. Although Baumgartner plans to invest much of the money, he says he will buy a new home and car.
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