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>>Clock Ticking On Concealed Carry (Springfield, IL) -- Illinois will likely have its final version of a concealed carry law on the books tomorrow. Lawmakers are expected to head back to Springfield to override Governor Quinn’s changes to the bill. Quinn doesn’t want guns in places where alcohol is served and he doesn’t want people to carry more than one gun at a time. Both of those provisions were allowed in the original bill and supporters say they’re not willing to negotiate at this point. A federal court has ordered Illinois to pass a law by the 9th, but it likely won’t take effect for at least a year. >>Quinn Turns Down Chance To Testify On Pensions (Springfield, IL) -- The group of 10 lawmakers responsible for coming up with a pension fix wants to hear from Governor Quinn. They’ve invited him to testify about what he’d like to see in a final bill, but Quinn has turned down the offer. He’s sending
someone from his budget team instead. In the past, Quinn has said he wouldn’t support a bill that doesn’t completely solve the state’s 100-billion dollar pension problem. The panel will meet today in Springfield. >>Nine Killed Over Holiday Weekend In Chicago (Chicago, IL) -- It’s turning out to be another violent year in Chicago. Nine people were shot and killed over this holiday weekend and at least 60 others were injured. So far at least 200-people have been killed in the city this year, and that’s actually down 27-percent compared to this time last year. Governor Quinn says its evidence that lawmakers need to hear him out and uphold the changes he made to the concealed carry bill. He says more guns on the streets of Chicago will mean even more crime. >>Beardstown Man Kills Carnival Worker (Schuyler County, IL) -- A Beardstown man is accused of killing a carnival worker. Police say Jared Staake stabbed the worker at the Schuyler County Fair last Tuesday morning during a fight outside the fairgrounds’ sleeping quarters. The worker was originally treated for his stab wounds but was found unresponsive two days later, on the Fourth of July. Staake was arrested at his home on Friday and is charged with second-degree murder. >>Couple Ties The Knot Underwater (Massac County, IL) -- An Iowa couple chose Mermet Springs, in southern Illinois, as their place of choice to tie the knot and get this, their wedding was underwater. Jordan Plowman and Ben Adams said their “I-Dos” Saturday afternoon with the ceremony starting on the pier. Then the two stripped down into scuba gear to finish off the ceremony, sealing it with a kiss underwater. The bride’s father could take a bit of responsibility for the unique wedding. He’s a scuba diving instructor in Iowa.
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