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House Passes Concealed Carry Bill But Fight Looms
The Illinois House has passed a concealed gun bill over the objections of Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. House Speaker Michael Madigan defended the bill, saying the proponents of a more restrictive measure that gives large cities the option for tougher rules didn't have the votes to get it passed. The bill creates a one-size-fits-all law that says state police shall issue a concealed carry permit to anyone with a gun-owners ID who passes a background check and undergoes training. Opponents, including Senate President John Cullerton, say the bill wipes out the power of home rule governments that already have gun laws on the books.
Senate Approves Ban On Driving While Holding A Phone
The Illinois House will revisit the ban on driving with a hand-held phone now that the Senate has passed a slightly different version. The bill bans talking on a hand-held phone while driving, but allows the hands-free use of a phone and allows one-touch dialing. Some 70 Illinois communities already have laws prohibiting drivers from holding a phone, but proponents of a statewide ban say it would end confusion for drivers as they move from town to town. Governor Pat Quinn hasn't said if he'd sign such a bill.
No Repeat Of Drought This Summer
The national Climate Prediction Center says a repeat of the drought of 2012 is unlikely to be repeated this summer. The forecast for June through August shows "equal chances" of below-and-above-average temperatures and precipitation in most of the state. Climatologist Jim
Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey says in contrast to last year, precipitation has been above average and temperatures below average for much of January through April.
Congresswoman Bustos Pushes Veterans Legislation
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos wants legislation to improve the benefits for veterans. She met with veterans in Peoria yesterday to discuss how she can help. She says part of her plan is creating more employment opportunities for vets. Another way to assist is to help them get faster service when filing VA claims. Friday's stop in Peoria is part of her week-long trek for veterans.
Summer Camp Music Fest Goes Green
Organizers of this weekend's Summer Camp music festival in Chillicothe are continuing an environmental friendly theme. The festival is touting its effort to go green It has a special group of volunteers to sort out waste. Green Team members will monitor waste stations throughout Three Sister's Park. Stations are divided into compost, recycling and landfill items. Vendors will be using plates and cups that are of compostable products. The stages are also environmentally-friendly, using bio-diesel generators for power.
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