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7:41 am
Tue May 28, 2013

IL Senate Plans Changes To Gun Measure

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The Illinois State Senate plans to present a concealed-carry gun bill which keeps local firearms laws intact. But a spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton says Democrats will also consider a House version that overturns ordinances like Chicago's assault-weapons ban. Committee votes on both measures could come as early as today. The House approved a carry plan last week that also invalidates local firearms regulations. A federal appeals court gave Illinois until June 9 to adopt a concealed-carry law.

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Government
7:18 am
Mon May 27, 2013

IL Attorney General Releases Updated Guide For Veterans

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The Illinois Attorney General's office has updated a guide to federal and state benefits for service members and veterans.  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says the 2013 edition of Benefits for Illinois Veterans is available in time for Memorial Day. It features updates for veterans retraining programs and services for homeless veterans.

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Politics
7:16 am
Mon May 27, 2013

IL Lawmakers Weigh Gay Marriage As Vote Looms

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Illinois Gay rights advocates are vowing to call a vote in the state's House this week to make Illinois the 13th state to embrace same-sex marriage. The effort comes as lawmakers have just a few days left in Springfield before their scheduled May 31 adjournment. Proponents had hoped to see Illinois become the first state in the Midwest to make gay marriage law this year.

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Government
7:13 am
Mon May 27, 2013

IL Trying To Return 108 Forgotten War Medals

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The state of Illinois is holding more than a 100 lost or forgotten military medals in its vaults under the capitol and is trying to return them to the families of veterans. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is asking everyone to take a moment on this Memorial Day to see if they recognize any of the names on a list of veterans whose military honors are held by the state. 

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Government
7:44 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange To Air TV Ads

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The Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange will begin an advertising campaign in mid-June to promote its work in TV spots that will run statewide. Gov. Steve Beshear ordered the creation of the exchange last year to help arrange insurance coverage for hundreds of thousands uninsured Kentuckians. It's an off-shoot of the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Politics
7:42 am
Fri May 24, 2013

IL House To Take Up Concealed Carry Law

The Illinois House is expected to vote on a compromise plan on concealed weapons that has generated the opposition of Governor Pat Quinn. Quinn says the bill is a "massive overreach" because it would curb local firearms regulations. He points to Chicago's ban on assault-style weapons, which would be eliminated by the law. The House Judiciary Committee endorsed Speaker Michael Madigan's plan 13-3.

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Society
7:40 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Prince Edward Presents Edinburgh's Awards In TN

Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards. The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville yesterday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.

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Politics
7:28 am
Thu May 23, 2013

IL Speaker: House Guns Vote On Friday

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns will get a vote tomorrow . The Chicago Democrat emerged from a private meeting of his caucus late yesterday afternoon saying he believes there are sufficient votes to adopt a plan. Madigan says the measure incorporates most of the items city of Chicago officials wanted in a gun-carry bill.

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Government
7:26 am
Thu May 23, 2013

IL General Assembly Overrides 'Smart Grid' Veto

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Illinois lawmakers have overridden Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of legislation that addresses so-called Smart Grid technology.  The Illinois House voted yesterday to again approve the legislation, a day after the Senate approved it for a second time. Quinn vetoed it May 6, saying the proposal weakened oversight and forced automatic rate hikes. ComEd and Ameren pushed the bill to clarify legislation allowing the utilities to raise rates to fund the high-tech system.

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Society
7:24 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Canvass Finds Nearly 2,400 Homeless People in KY

Kentucky Housing Corp. is reporting the number of homeless in Kentucky now stands at nearly 2,400, down significantly from past years. The latest count was released yesterday by the state's housing agency. It covered 118 counties. The state's more urban Fayette and Jefferson counties were excluded. The count, conducted on Jan. 30, identified 2,392 homeless men, women and children.

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