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200 homes Lost In Marsailles FloodTwo hundred homes are officially destroyed in Marsailles, due to the flood. Water from the Illinois River topped the levee last week and rushed into peoples' homes, forcing them to pack up and leave. Many homes were left with six to eight feet of water by the time it was all over. About 15-hundred people fled the city when the rains first hit. Now they're returning to find their homes completely unlivable. Comptroller Cutting Checks To Businesses Impacted By FloodsIllinois has billions of dollars worth of unpaid bills. But Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she's cutting checks right away to businesses impacted by the floods. The Comptroller's Office can be reached at 217-782-6000. Small IL Town Shaken By KillingsIllinois authorities say they don't know why a mayor's nephew murdered five people yesterday, or why he killed himself after a car chase with police. Forty-three-year-old Rick Smith reportedly shot the victims -- a group which included two young boys -- after he allegedly barged through the back door of a home in the town of Manchester. An adult woman and
two adult males were also among the dead and another six-year-old girl was treated at a nearby hospital. Smith, who is the nephew of Manchester Mayor Ron Drake, died in a hospital after engaging in a gunfight with police in the town of Winchester. Schools Get Thumbs Up To Install Cameras On BussesState senators have given school districts the green light to install cameras on their buses. Senator Iris Martinez says it'll help keep kids safe. The districts would have to let drivers know they're being watched by posting signs on the bus and by putting the information on their websites. Drivers caught passing a bus with its lights flashing and stop sign out would pay 150 dollars for the first offense and 500 dollars every time after that. If the driver doesn't pay the fee, their license will be suspended. The bill cleared the Senate and now heads to the House. Senate Committee Passes "Puppy Lemon Law" BillThe Senate is moving to enact a "Puppy Lemon Law" in Illinois. It would hold pet sellers responsible for knowingly selling a sick animal. The bill would require the seller to tell the buyer if the animal may have contracted or been in contact with other animals infected with a potentially life-threatening disease. Currently, buyers have no course of action if their new pet was sick when they bought it, but the bill would allow them to sue if the seller refused to refund their money or replace their pet. The bill passed committee and heads to the Senate floor for a vote.
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