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>>Crime Down In Springfield In First Half Of 2013
(Springfield, IL) -- Mid-year statistics show that crime is down in Springfield. The police department notes that overall crime decreased 24-percent in the first half of this year. In addition, crimes against people fell ten-percent, while crimes against property are down 27-percent. Police Chief Cliff Buscher is crediting people living in Springfield for the drop, citing tips and information from Crime Stoppers has led to many arrests.
>>Winnetka Passes Assault Weapons Restrictions
(Winnetka, IL) -- The number of Illinois communities that are passing assault weapons ordinances is growing. Add Winnetka to the list. Yesterday, the village board voted to regulate the transportation and storage of assault weapons, but didn't outright ban them. Local governments have been working on ordinances
after a provision in a state law made it legal to carry concealed weapons in public.
>>Developer Looks At Peoria's South Side
(Peoria, IL) -- The south side of Peoria is catching the eye of a Chicago developer. Yesterday, Zeb McLaurin toured the area for possible major development. His company has developed shopping malls, banks and major retail stores. City officials say they excited about the prospect of working with McLaurin to revive some of Peoria's distressed areas.
>>Newt Gingrich Coming To Peoria
(Peoria, IL) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will visit Central Illinois. He'll be attending a fundraiser for Republican state Senator Darin LaHood in Peoria next Thursday. LaHood is expected to launch a bid for a statewide office soon, but he hasn't made any official announcements yet. The buzz is that he's got his eye on the state treasurer's post.
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