• ISRA asks court to let Illinoisans carry guns now

    by  • July 10, 2013

    (AP) — A gun owner whose lawsuit spurred the Illinois concealed carry law that took effect this week is asking a federal court to allow the public possession of firearms immediately. Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association filed a motion for an injunction Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for southern Illinois....

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    Bird with West Nile found in Monroe County

    by  • July 10, 2013

    (AP) — Illinois public health officials say they’ve found the season’s first West Nile-positive bird in southwestern Illinois. The results from a starling in Monroe County come two months after the state found the year’s first mosquitoes with the virus. The agency’s director says that means it’s “only a matter of time” until the...

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    Attorneys seek ruling in Ill. gay marriage case

    by  • July 10, 2013

    Attorneys representing 25 same-sex couples suing over the state’s gay marriage ban are asking a judge to rule quickly in their favor. Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a motion for summary judgment Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court. They say the judge could rule as soon as Aug....

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    ISP warns conceal carry not yet active

    by  • July 10, 2013

    Illinois State Police on Tuesday issued a statement warning that even though concealed carry is law, people shouldn’t start carrying a gun just yet. The General Assembly’s override of Gov. Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto means House Bill 183 is now law. However, that law gives Illinois State Police 180 days to set up the...

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    BCMW starting summer energy assistance program

    by  • July 10, 2013

    Starting July 15, 2013, BCMW Community Services will begin taking appointments for the summer energy assistance program. Appointments cannot be made before July 15th. The program runs until July 26, 2013 or until funding is exhausted.  The program targets at risk households, which includes seniors age 60 and above, households with children 5 years...

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