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Lawmakers Adjourn Without Taking Action On Pensions
Governor Pat Quinn is accusing the top state lawmakers of playing games with the economy and future of Illinois. The state's lawmakers on Friday night adjourned the legislative session without taking action to address the state government's worker retirement system. The state's pension system is now almost 100-billion dollars in debt. The pension dilemma is affecting state budget resources for schools, health care and other key services.
Illinois Lawmakers Approve Concealed Carry Bill
Illinois is set to become the last state in the country to have concealed carry of guns. The state Legislature approved a bill today, sending it to Governor Pat Quinn's desk. The bill bans the carrying of weapons on public transportation, casinos, government buildings and stadiums. The
bill includes several provisions in hopes of keeping those with mental health issues from having firearms. Illinois had to pass a conceal carry law after a federal appeals court overturned their ban last year.
Gay Marriage Bill Stalls
The state's bill to legalize gay marriage will have to wait until the next legislative session begins in the fall. The state Senate had passed the measure by a wide margin, but House lawmakers couldn't manage to get enough votes for it before the legislature adjourned Friday. Governor Quinn vowed the fight will continue until marriage equality is the law in Illinois.
Christopher Harris is guilty of the Gee family murders. The jury returned its verdict today after five hours of deliberation. The Beason family of five was beaten to death with a tire iron in September 2009. Harris claimed he walked into the home to find Dillen Constant killing his family and that he killed Constant in self-defense. Jurors found Harris guilty of all 38 counts against him.
State Reps Urge Quinn To Keep Murray Open
State reps are once again asking Governor Quinn to keep the Murray Developmental Center open. Rep Charles Meier says closing the facility can't be rushed and if it has to happen, there has to be a real plan. Governor Quinn started transferring residents into community care settings last year, ahead of a plan to shut the center down. It's part of his plan to save money and rebalance the state's budget. But a federal judge recently ordered a halt on the Murray closure. It happened after two former residents got into a fight in their community setting and police were called in to get the situation under control.
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