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    Sponsor says casino bill not ready for vote

    by  • May 28, 2013 • News

    The sponsor of a proposal authorizing five new casinos in Illinois says the plan isn’t quite ready for a vote by fellow lawmakers. Democratic Rep. Robert Rita told reporters Monday that the tax rates for the new and existing facilities are still being worked out. He says he still plans to call the bill...

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    Thompson disappointed in “partisan rancor”

    by  • May 28, 2013 • News

    Former Gov. Jim Thompson says he’s watching Illinois lawmakers closely as the legislative session draws to a close this week. The state’s longest-serving governor says he’s disappointed with what he calls “the partisan rancor” in Springfield. Still, he’s hopeful and says both parties have tried to come together on several key issues this session,...

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    Auto liability insurance bill goes to Quinn

    by  • May 28, 2013 • News

    You may soon have to increase your auto liability insurance coverage. house lawmakers sent the governor a bill raising the minimum liability coverage required to 25 thousand dollars for bodily harm or death and 20 thousand for property. the current levels were set in the late 1980’s. Opponents say this will lead to even...

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    Lawmakers look for compromise on conceal carry

    by  • May 28, 2013 • News

    The Illinois Senate plans to present a concealed-carry gun bill which keeps local firearms laws intact. But a spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton says Senate democrats will also consider a House version that overturns ordinances like Chicago’s assault-weapons ban. Committee votes on both measures could come early as today. The House approved a...

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    Traffic stop results in two Centralia drug arrests

    by  • May 28, 2013 • News

    A Monday morning traffic stop resulted in two Bourbonnais residents being arrested in Centralia on drug charges. Centralia police arrested both the driver, 38-year-old Matthew Grimes, and passenger, 39-year-old Katee Temen, for alleged possession of a controlled substance. Reports say officers noticed the pair in a parked car in the 700 block of East...

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