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>>Quinn Pens Letter To House Speaker John Boehner
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Quinn says the government shutdown is hurting Illinois' economy. He says about 100 people who work for the state are out of a job because they're paid through a federal grant, and if the shutdown doesn't end soon, more layoffs could be looming. Quinn penned a letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, asking him to take action to end the shutdown and put people back to work.
>>State Rep Wants Mandatory Minimum Sentencing For Gun Crimes
(Chicago, IL) -- If a Chicago lawmaker has his way, people who are busted carrying guns illegally would serve up to four years behind bars. State Rep Michael Zalewski is pushing a bill that will enhance penalties for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
That means convicted felons, people who are in a gang, and even those who have an order of protection against them could be looking at prison time if they're caught with a gun. Zalewski says a mandatory minimum sentencing law would send a strong message to criminals, letting them know that they will be punished for their crimes.
>>Grandmother Accused Of Killing Six-Month Old Grandbaby
(Chicago, IL) -- An Oak Lawn woman is accused of killing her six-month-old granddaughter. Police say Alfreda Giedrojc was babysitting the child Sunday morning when she put the baby on the floor and hit her several times with a sledge hammer. When the baby wouldn't stop moving, Giedrojc allegedly grabbed a knife and slit the baby's throat. She's been charged with first-degree-murder and is being held without bond.
>>Warren County Inmate Apparently Commits Suicide
(Monmouth, IL) -- A Little York man who died in the Warren County Jail apparently committed suicide. Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards says it appears 49-year-old Robert Stauffer hung himself in his jail cell. He was found unresponsive around 11:30 Saturday morning and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Warren County Coroner. He'd been arrested a few hours earlier on drug charges and for failure to register as a sex offender. Autopsy results are pending.
>>Illinois Has 12th Lowest Drug overdose Rate
(Undated) -- Illinois has the 12th lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States. A new report reveals just 10 out of every 100-thousand people in Illinois die from using too many drugs. A majority of the deaths are from prescription drugs.
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