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Quinn Adds Counties To Disaster Area List
Governor Pat Quinn is adding four more Illinois counties to the list of disaster areas in light of recent flooding. Yesterday, Quinn added the counties of Warren, Lawrence, Clark and Crawford to bring the total number of counties affected to 48. Whenever a jurisdiction is placed on the list, officials can ask for additional support for that area.
Manchester Shooting Victim Was Pregnant
One of the women shot-to-death in Manchester was pregnant. Officials haven't said how far along Brittney Luark was. A state police spokesperson wasn't sure if the unborn child would be considered a homicide and added to the death toll. Luark was gunned down Wednesday morning along with her two sons, her boyfriend, and her grandmother. The gunman later died after a gunfight with police.
Senate Approves Plan To Let Psychologists Prescribe Meds
People suffering from depression or mental illness could soon have more treatment options. The State senate approved a bill that would let psychologists prescribe the meds they need. The psychologists would only be allowed to write prescriptions if they get a Masters Degree in
Pharma-cology and pass a national exam to show they understand how medicines mix. Opponents argue the psychologists won't have anywhere near enough training to fully understand how the medications will affect the patients.
Motorcycle Deaths On Roads Increase
Illinois officials say motorcycle-related deaths on statewide roadways is rising. The number of motorcycle deaths on Illinois roadways rose to 132 last year, up four from the previous year. Officials say the increase is likely due to milder weather which adds riders to the roads.
Probation Ended For Former Blagojevich Chief Of Staff
John Harris, the former chief of staff who helped to convict Rod Blagojevich of corruption, has been freed from the justice system when his probation was ended early. Harris, a one-time rising star in state government, was sentenced to just ten days in jail because of his extensive cooperation with prosecutors. Since his conviction, Harris has become a power-line electrician. The lifting of his probation allows him to travel to other states to make storm-related repairs.
Special Olympics Spring Games Get Underway Today
The 2013 Special Olympics Spring Games get underway today. More than 500 athletes will compete in track and field events. Athletes who win a gold medal at the area-level games will qualify to compete in the Special Olympics State Summer Games at Illinois State University in June.
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