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>>President Obama To Visit Galesburg
(Galesburg, IL) -- Job security, education, and health care are all hot button issues these days and President Obama wants to talk about them. He'll be at Knox College in Galesburg this Wednesday to start the conversation. It's the first in a series of speeches that will lay out his vision for rebuilding an economy that makes middle-class families a priority. And over the next several weeks, the President will deliver speeches that touch on job security, a good education, home ownership, affordable health care, and saving for retirement.
>>State Senator's Family Member Shot, Killed
(Chicago, IL) -- Gun-violence is hitting home for one Illinois lawmaker. State Senator Napoleon Harris's brother-in-law was shot and killed last Thursday night while visiting friends in Chicago. Police say Andre Bunton was sitting in a parked car in the South Loop when someone shot him in the chest. His friends believe someone may have been trying to carjack
him for his brand new convertible Ford Mustang. Police say Bunton tried to drive away but ended up crashing into several other cars.
>>New Law On Restraining Yard Dogs
(Springfield, IL) -- There's a new set of rules when it comes to chaining your dog up outside. Governor Quinn signed a law that requires the dog chain to be at least ten feet long and, the chain can't weigh more than one-eighth of the dog's body weight. Dog owners could also spend up to six months behind bars if they don't provide sufficient food, water, adequate shelter, and veterinary care for the animal. Dog-owners have a little bit of time to comply with the new law, it doesn't take effect until January 1st.
>>Police Officer Charged With Murder
(Buckner, IL) -- A former Buckner police officer is behind bars and charged with manslaughter. William McKinney allegedly pushed Roy Barnhart to the ground and hit him in the head while responding to a call back on July 7th. Witnesses say Barnhart was handcuffed and had already been pepper-sprayed and tazed. But, the hit was apparently enough to cause bleeding on Barnhart's brain and he died five days later. McKinney was arrested last Friday and has been fired from the force.
>>Town Considers Cutting Police Force To Save Money
(Elkville, IL) -- One small Illinois town might be cutting its police force in order to get its finances in order. Daniel Colcord, Chairman of Elkville's Finance Committee, says cutting the entire force, which consists of a police chief and a part-time officer, would save the town about 90-thousand-bucks. Right now the town is experiencing a 40-thousand-dollar shortfall in its general fund and has to dish out about 300-grand to pay for pensions. Colcord says cutting the police department seems to be the easiest place to cut. The issue will be up for discussion at the next council meeting on Thursday.
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