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Senate Passes Gambling Bill
The third time might be the charm when it comes to bringing more casinos to Illinois. The state senate has passed a bill that would approve five new facilities plus, allow slot machines at racetracks and Chicago Airports. Governor Quinn has put a red stamp on the last two gaming bills that hit his desk, but the newest version of the bill adds funding for education and bans campaign contributions from gaming interests. Those provisions should ease the governor's concerns. The bill still needs to clear the House before it reaches Quinn.
Full Ban On Cell Phone Driving Passes Senate Committee
The state of Illinois is looking at an across-the-board ban on driving while using a cell phone. An Illinois Senate committee has passed a measure that now goes to the full Senate for approval. More than 70 communities have a ban on using cell phones when driving but this bill would provide uniformity across the state.
Transportation Official Opposes Speed Hike
The Illinois Transportation Secretary is opposed to a plan to raise the state speed limit to 70-miles-an-hour. Secretary Ann Schneider says motorists' safety would be threatened by a speed limit increase. Her agency will
reportedly recommend to Governor Pat Quinn to oppose the change.
Senate Passes "Puppy Lemon Law"
Lawmakers are going after pet stores that sell sick animals. The state Senate passed the "Puppy Lemon Law" yesterday, which would require the seller to either provide a refund, exchange, or cover vet's costs if the animal dies or gets sick within 21 days. Breeders and animal shelters wouldn't be held responsible if the bill becomes law. The bill now moves to the House.
FBI Looking For Person Who Made Bomb Threat at SIU
The FBI is reaching out to the person who threatened to carry out an attack at SIU Carbondale. The university received a letter in the mail last September threatening to set off a bomb at Brush Towers. The FBI is asking the person to write again, explaining what caused their anger and what can be done to resolve their issues. In the meantime, the university has released images of the note with the hopes that someone would recognize the unusual handwriting and help identify the writer. Anyone with information should call 618-453-3771.
Cubs Could Leave Wrigley If Improvement Plan Isn't Approved
Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is threatening to the pull the team out of Wrigley Field if 300-million dollars in upgrades for the stadium aren't approved. Ricketts told the City Club of Chicago the team is committed to staying at Wrigley, but needs a 6,000 square-foot scoreboard in left field, a large sign in right field and advertising on a hotel to be built by the stadium. No word on when the City Council could vote on the measure.
Emanuel: No Concerns Cubs Could Leave Wrigley
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn't worried the Cubs might leave Wrigley because of how important Chicago is to them. Emanuel thinks the Cubs' plan to put a large Jumbotron in left field, more signage in right field and some in the plaza will be approved. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said the team could leave Chicago if the city doesn't go along with what's needed.
IL Coal Industry Burning Brightly
Good news for Illinois' coal industry. A state report released yesterday says Illinois coal mining firms are experiencing increased demand from overseas buyers. The Office of Coal Development says the state exported 13-million tons of coal in 2012 and total output increased 25-percent.
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