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Lawmakers Faced With Busy Week
It's the final week of session and lawmakers still have more than a handful of big issues to deal with. They have to agree on a concealed carry bill by June 9th. They also need to push out a budget, reform the pension systems, and act on gaming expansion, fracking, and gay marriage. They're scheduled to wrap up regular session this Friday.
Treasurer Wants To Return Over 100 War Medals
If you know a veteran, you may want to take a minute to see if they've lost a war medal. The state has possession of more than 100 medals and they're looking to return them to their rightful owners. One of the medals belongs to a veteran who served in the Spanish American War, dating all the way back to 1898. Other items include a Navy Cross, Bronze Star
, and Purple Hearts. To see the names of the veterans, check out Treasurer.IL.gov.
Fight Brewing Over Concealed Carry
A heated debate over concealed carry is likely in the works. Senate President John Cullerton plans on dismantling the bill that passed the House last week. He doesn't like a provision that wipes out current gun laws in towns and cities across the state. But House sponsor Brandon Phelps says he's not willing to make any changes to the bill, which would require people take a training course before they can be licensed. Eighty five state reps approved the bill last Friday.
Police Investigate Suspicious Fire In Cahokia
Three people may be behind a suspicious fire in Cahokia. Police say a vacant home on St. Dorothy St. was set on fire about 2:30 yesterday afternoon. A neighbor reports seeing the three people running away from the blaze but she didn't see their faces. Several other vacant homes have been set on fire in the past week. Anyone with information should contact police.
Chicago Dogs Help Out In Oklahoma
A group of Chicago dogs are spreading a little cheer down in Moore, Oklahoma. Six comfort dogs headed south last week to help tornado victims process the tragedy and loss. Addison based Lutheran Church Charities sponsors the program. The dogs were also put to work a couple years ago, after a big twister wiped out hundreds of homes and businesses in Joplin, Missouri. They also helped out after the shooting tragedy at NIU back in 2008.
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