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Illinois Credit Takes Plunge
Illinois' credit rating is one notch lower thanks to lawmakers' failure to pass pension reform. The Fitch Rating Agency dropped the state's credit yesterday, which means the state will pay more in interest every time it needs to borrow money. Governor Quinn says that's a waste of tax payers' dollars and points out, he's repeatedly asked lawmakers to fix the near 100-billion dollar pension problem. This is the 13th credit downgrade Illinois has had in the past several years.
IL A-G Asks To Delay Concealed Carry Law
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is filing a motion to delay a mandate for the state to enact its concealed-carry law. Madigan said in a statement yesterday she filed a 30-day delay motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals in part to give Governor Quinn time to review the legislation.
The Appeals Court previously gave lawmakers until this Saturday to legalize the concealed carry of firearms.
West Nile Resurfaces
The West Nile Virus is already rearing its head in Illinois. Officials say a batch of mosquitoes in Cook County tested positive for the disease. They're urging people to protect themselves by wearing insect repellent, keeping doors and windows closed, and getting rid of standing water around the home. Last year nearly 300 people in Illinois contracted West Nile and 12 died of the disease.
FEMA Dishes Out Millions After Flood Assistance
So far, FEMA is making speedy payments to people impacted by record floods back in April. They've already dished out more than 73-million dollars to people in 33 counties approved for assistance. People in affected areas may qualify for low-income loans or grants that help with rental assistance, home repairs, and replacing personal items. IEMA's Patti Thompson says money is still being dispensed. For more details, check out DisasterAssistance.gov.
Monkey Quarantined After Biting Kid
Officials are trying to figure out what to do with a monkey that's locked up in Grafton. The animal is quarantined after biting a kid at a park on Sunday. Animal control officials say they've never had to deal with monkeyS, and monkey bites aren't mentioned in the Illinois Animal Control Act. They've deferred to the Illinois Department of Agriculture and so far, they don't know what will become of the monkey. The animal was attending a dog event in the park with its owner when it attacked the kid.
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