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Pension Reform On The Table
Lawmakers are headed back to Springfield this week to tackle the pension problem. They still don’t have a deal and so far, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate aren’t willing to compromise on how to get the 97-billion-dollar liability under control. Governor Quinn has suggested they establish a conference committee, which would allow five members of the House and five from the Senate work out a fix. House Speaker Michael Madigan apparently doesn’t like the idea and it appears the House version of pension reform might get another vote in the Senate this week.
Third County Won’t Prosecute For Concealed Carry
People in Tazewell County with a valid FOID card are now allowed to carry a gun. It’s the third county so far to establish rules allowing people to carry guns in public. It comes after the courts ruled Illinois’ ban on concealed carry unconstitutional, prompting lawmakers to pass a concealed carry bill. But Governor Quinn still hasn’t signed the bill, which
means the state law is still in effect. State police have vowed to arrest anyone busted for concealing a firearm.
Illinois Motorcycle Deaths Up
Motorcycle deaths are up across the state. The "State Journal Register" reports 148 people died in motorcycle crashes last year, compared to 145 in 2011 and 131 in 2010. Experts say the numbers are shocking considering motorcycle accidents themselves are actually down. Drivers are urged to look out for the bikers and bikers are encouraged to wear proper riding gear. One-hundred-10 of the 145 people who died in 2011 weren't wearing helmets.
Violent weekend in Chicago leaves at least 6 dead
Chicago Police are investigating after a violent weekend left at least six people dead and more than three dozen wounded in a series of shootings. It’s reportedly the most violent weekend of the year in the city. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office says the youngest victim was a 15-year-old boy. Chicago Police counter by saying more shootings took place during the same weekend last year and that there have been fewer murders so far in 2013 than any year since the mid-1960s.
Gun Found Inside Prison Walls
Officials say they've found a gun inside the walls at Pontiac Correctional Center. The unloaded gun was reportedly smuggled into the prison about 17 years ago. A DOC Spokesman says they got a tip back in 1996 and have been looking for the weapon in several remote areas since then. It was another tip that led investigators to look inside the walls last Friday. The gun was discovered in an area that isn't accessible to inmates and apparently, the gun didn't compromise the sagety of anyone inside the facility.
Hospital Investigates Cell Phone Photography
A hospital in Champaign in under investigation after surgical teams took pictures in the operating room. The "Champaign News Gazette" reports the workers at the Carle Foundation Hospital took cell-phone pictures of at least three patients during surgical procedures, then shared them with other workers. Reports indicate the doctors actually asked that the pictures be taken for legitimate reasons but the hospital administration says cell-phones aren't allowed in the OR. And while officials say the pictures shouldn't have ever been taken, an investigation reveals none of the patients' HIPPA Rights were violated.
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