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>>Quinn To Appeal Ruling On Lawmaker Pay
(Chicago, IL) -- Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says lawmakers could be paid as soon as Monday, but Governor Quinn doesn't like that idea. He's appealing a ruling that requires the state to pay lawmakers before they get a pension reform bill passed. And, he wants the judge to hold their money until a decision has been reached on the appeal. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says Quinn's appeal is a waste of taxpayer dollars.
>>Judge To Decide If Gay Marriage Lawsuits Can Continue
(Chicago, IL) -- More than two dozen gay couples are waiting to find out if they can continue their lawsuits against the state's ban on same-sex marriage. A Cook County judge is expected to make the ruling today. The couples filed suits last May, claiming the ban violates the state's constitution due process and equality clauses. The Thomas More Society wants a judge to dismiss the cases. If the judge allows the cases to continue, it'll be a win for gay-rights advocates who won't have to depend solely on the legislature to allow gay marriage in Illinois.
>>Former State Trooper Denied Right To Drive
(Mount Vernon, IL) -- A former state trooper still can't get his driver's license back. A panel denied Matt Mitchell the opportunity to get behind the wheel again. He lost his license back in 2010 after pleading guilty to reckless homicide. Mitchell was driving 126 miles an hour on I-64, talking on his cell phone, and using his computer when his car slammed into Kelli and Jessica Uhl, who were both killed in the 2007 crash. He asked for his license to be reinstated in July, claiming he needs it to provide for his daughter and sustain his life.
>>State Experiencing Moderate To Severe Drought
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois is experiencing a moderate to severe drought. State Climatologist Jim Angel says rain has been in short supply over the past couple months, especially in southern Illinois. He says most of the state is running between 25- and 75-percent below average for rainfall. Some areas will get rain this weekend but it won't likely be enough to make a dent in the drought.
>>Chicago Man First To Get Bionic Leg
(Chicago, IL) -- A Chicago man is the first in the nation to get a bionic leg. Zac Vawter lost his right leg from the knee down in a motorcycle crash back in 2009. He hasn't been able to do the things he once could but, with his new leg, he can straighten his knee, bend his ankle, and even climb stairs. Vawter's leg is computerized and it reads his thoughts through brain signals from the nerves in his hamstring. Doctors at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago created the leg.
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