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Constitutional Carry Closer To Reality In Illinois
The clock is ticking on the deadline to pass concealed carry in Illinois. If there's no law on the books by June 9th, people who have a valid FOD card will automatically get the right to carry a gun in public. It's called constitutional carry, and there are very few restrictions that come with the right. In fact, state rep Brandon Phelps says people will be able to carry when and where they want without breaking the law.
State Senate Gearing Up For Medical Marijuana Vote
State Senators are gearing up for a vote on legalizing medical marijuana. Bill Haine is behind the measure, which would allow some sick people to use the drug to help ease their pain. The House has already approved the bill. The Senate is expected to follow suit this week.
IL Tech Sector Tops National Growth
The state of Illinois is outpacing the nation when it comes to growth in the tech sector. A new report by the TechAmerica Foundation says the Illinois technology industry grew one-point-six-percent in 2012. That was a half-point ahead of tech-sector growth across the entire country. The
state's tech industry added more than 33-hundred jobs last year bringing its total workforce to just under 210-thousand.
Buckle Up Or Get A Ticket
Police are beefing up their road patrols between now and Memorial Day. They've launched their "Click-It-Or-Ticket" Program, which is designed to crack down on drivers who don't wear their seatbelts or break other rules of the road. Police will especially be out during afternoon rush hour, when drivers are less likely to wear their seatbelts and more likely to die in a crash. Officials say 43-percent of people killed after 4 p.m. last year weren't buckled up properly.
University Handing Over Letter Signed By Napoleon's Brother
Northwestern University is giving up a letter signed by Napoleon Bonaparte's brother. Officials say the letter details one of Napoleon's military missions and was signed by his brother Joseph Bonaparte in April of 1792. It's believed the letter and 250 other documents ended up at the school after Jack McBride died in the 80's. McBridewas a dancer and magician who'd apparently gotten the documents from soldiers who were ordered to shred them. All of the items will be handed over to France.
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