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Quinn Orders Special Session
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is ordering lawmakers return for a special session in Springfield this month. Quinn is criticizing state lawmakers over their inability to fix the state's 100-million-dollar pension crisis. He said in a statement released yesterday that he's ordered lawmakers to return to Springfield for a special session on June 19th.
Moody's Downgrades IL Credit Rating
Moody's is the latest credit agency to downgrade Illinois' rating amidst the state's pension crisis. Moody's Investors Service of New York is lowering the state's credit rating from "A-Three" to "A-Two" while maintaining a, quote, "negative" outlook for Illinois. Moody's remarked that its rating
assumes the government likely won't take action to reduce Illinois' 100-million-dollar pension liabilities. The decision by Moody's follows a downgrade earlier this week by the Fitch Ratings agency.
Lawmaker Says Quinn Could Veto Concealed Carry Bill
A state senator from the Champaign area says there's a chance Governor Quinn will veto the concealed carry bill lawmakers sent to him last week. Democrat Mike Frerichs says that lawmakers have been told to prepare for a possible veto. A federal appeals court has given Quinn 30 extra days beyond the June 9th deadline to consider the compromise bill. Frerichs says the bill passed with enough support to override a Quinn veto.
Ten Injured When Shotgun Goes Off
Authorities in the Illinois community of Blackberry Township are investigating how a shotgun accidentally goes off injuring ten people. The 12-gauge gun was fired this week at Saint Charles Sportsman's Club by its owner as he was allegedly storing it. Police say shot from the live round bounced off the floor and struck ten people nearby. Three of the wounded had to be treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening wounds.
New Lottery Game Benefits AIDS Treatment And Prevention
A new Illinois Lottery game is designed to help those living with HIV and AIDS and help programs working on prevention. The new game, called "Spread the Word," gives buyers of a two-dollar instant ticket a chance to win 20-thousand dollars. The game is expected to raise a million dollars for AIDS treatment and prevention.
World Record Attempt In Metropolis This Weekend
Superman is attempting to set a world record in Metropolis this weekend. Well, actually hundreds of people dressed as the Man of Steel will be trying to break the record for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Superman. If more than 122 people show up at the Superman Statue in costume at Noon on Sunday, they could be a part of the new record. The current record was set at back in 2008. Check out SupermanCelebration.net for specific costume details.
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