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Court Gives Illinois Extension On Concealed Carry Appeal
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is being given more time to decide whether she'll appeal a ruling against the state's ban on concealed weapons. The decision for the extra time came from the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawmakers still face a June 9th deadline to approve some kind of concealed gun bill. Madigan has until June 24th to decide whether to fight the appellate court ruling.
Madigan To Allow Vote On Fracking
A Republican effort to get a vote on fracking may be gaining some ground. House Speaker Michael Madigan says he'll release the bill and let it come to the floor. Madigan says he wants a moratorium on fracking but he's willing to see where the rest of the House stands on the issue. Fracking is the process of getting oil and natural gas out of shale rocks deep beneath the ground.
More Decatur Caterpillar Lay Offs
More pink slips will be flying at the Decatur Caterpillar plant. The company has announced it will lay off 300 more employees by July. Last month, the company said it would lay off about 500 workers.
Caterpillar says it's taking the action in response to a downturn in the mining industry.
Gill Appointed To State Post
Former Congressional candidate David Gill is becoming the assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Gill has been appointed to the post by Governor Pat Quinn. He's run unsuccessfully for Congress four times in races covering Champaign County and other areas of central Illinois. Gill begins his new job on Monday at an annual salary of 127-thousand-739-dollars.
Schnucks Chain Faces Lawsuit Over ID Theft
A supermarket chain from Missouri is being hit with a lawsuit in Illinois over a credit card security breach. A man who shopped at a Schnucks store in Belleville accuses the company of not coming forward quickly enough with word that thousands of customers' accounts may have been compromised. The plaintiff will ask the judge to make his suit a class-action on behalf of all affected customers. Many customers have reported fraudulent charges, some in the thousands of dollars.
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