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Rutherford Announces Bid For Governor
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says he wants the state's top job. He announced a bid for governor yesterday, claiming he has what it takes to get the state back on track financially. It's early in the campaign season, but other candidates, both Democrat and Republican, are expected to make announcements in the coming weeks. Rutherford will likely square off against state Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard in the primary net March.
Quinn Likes Invasive Carp Prevention Plan
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he's open to a plan that would help prevent an invasive species of fish from overrunning the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. In a weekend get-together with governors from neighboring states, Quinn discussed a plan to separate the lakes and river
systems by re-working its canal in an effort to block Asian carp. Quinn said separating the basins would be the "ultimate solution."
One Killed Over The Weekend
At least one person is dead from weekend violence in Chicago. Police say an 18-year-old boy was shot and killed outside of a family party Friday night in the Stoney Island Park neighborhood. At least 12 others were wounded over the weekend.
Credit Downgrade Looms In Illinois
Another possible credit downgrade is looming over Illinois. Lawmakers wrapped up in Springfield without passing a pension reform plan. They failed to reach a deal even after Moody's and Standard and Poor's threatened to drop the states rating, again. Illinois has already had 12 downgrades in recent years and has the worst credit rating in the nation. Another downgrade means the state will pay higher interest rates every time it borrows money.
Floating lanterns called hazards, banned in Illinois
What goes up must come down - and if it's a floating lantern, it poses a serious danger. That's why the Illinois fire marshal's office has issued an official notice banning sky lanterns in the state. The pretty but hazardous devices are also sometimes called aerial luminaries. State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis says sky lanterns launched during celebrations "can turn into tragedy." Officials say the lanterns can travel long distances, starting forest or house fires when they finally drift down to earth. Aviation authorities have also expressed concerns the devices can distract or disorient pilots. Illinois joins many other states with similar bans.
Midday drawing added in Illinois Lucky Day Lotto
The Illinois Lottery is adding a midday drawing to its five-digit numbers game, Lucky Day Lotto. The extra drawing started yesterday. The Lottery says it will help accommodate a wider range of work schedules among its players. Lottery officials think that will increase the number of Lucky Day Lotto customers. The game already accounts for sales of more than $2 million a week. It has more than 200 jackpot winners each year. The game itself will not change. Jackpots will still start at $100,000 and roll over to the next drawing if no one matches all five numbers.
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