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Marijuana Clears House
State reps deliver a big win for people with terminal illnesses. They approved a measure that would allow sick people to use medical marijuana to ease their pain. The bill now heads to the Senate. Supporters say it will help the sick people enjoy their final days and live a better quality life. Opponents believe it's the first step in the fight to legalize marijuana as a whole.
Reps Shoot Down May Carry Concealed Carry Plan
Lawmakers are sending a clear message that a "may carry" concealed-carry law won't work in Illinois. State reps shot down a plan that would've required people prove they need to carry a gun in public. Gun advocates say everyone should have a right to carry a gun unless they have a history of mental illness and alcoholism. Lawmakers have until June 9th to pass concealed carry law.
State Reps Want Kids Educated on Abstinence
Kids in sixth through twelfth grades could soon get more education on abstinence. State rep Camille Lilly is behind a plan that would require public schools to incorporate lessons on abstinence and birth control into their sex-education curricula. The extra lessons are designed to help kids understand how to prevent pregnancy and disease. Parents who don't
want their kids to be part of the conversations could have them taken out the class. The bill passed the House and heads to the Senate.
Quinn Announces Major Road Plan
The Illinois transportation system is getting a facelift. Governor Quinn is pumping 12-point-six billion dollars into improving infrastructure across the state. He says it's vital that the roads, bridges, highways, and railways are in good shape because Illinois acts a hub for businesses that pass through. Construction projects include building a road that connects I-65 in Indiana to I-57 in Illinois. It also includes upgrades to the Circle Interchange in Chicago, completing a bridge that connects Illinois and St. Louis, and wrapping up the high-speed rail system.
Students Safe To Go To School In O'Fallon
Students at O'Fallon High School are safe to attend school today. School officials are sending that message to parents, who may be concerned about a possible bomb scare yesterday. Five male students were arrested and questioned about their connection to bomb making materials found at a home off campus. The school was placed on a brief lockdown, but was given the all clear after a police found no additional weapons.
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