• Court gives more time for concealed carry appeal

    by  • May 3, 2013

    The U.S. Supreme Court is giving Illinois’ attorney general more time to decide whether to appeal a ruling that the state’s ban on the public possession of firearms is unconstitutional. Attorney General Lisa Madigan now has until June 24 to ask the high court to hear the case. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals...

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    Police: Man who killed 5 mad over custody dispute

    by  • May 3, 2013

    Investigators have determined that a man who shot dead five family members at their home in central Illinois was motivated by his anger over a custody dispute. In a statement Friday, Illinois State Police said Rick O. Smith planned the shooting attack on the family members because he believed they were interfering in his...

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    McCarter’s senate week in review

    by  • May 3, 2013

    Public pension reform, is it fair to all?  More gambling for Illinois , is it good or bad?  These are two of the big issues and pending questions of the week considered by state lawmakers, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter .  The Illinois House sent back to the Senate a pension reform proposal...

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    April one of wettest on IL record

    by  • May 3, 2013

    If April showers lead to May flowers, things should really be blooming in Illinois this year. In a news release, Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the state received 6.90 inches of rain this past April — making the month the fourth wettest April on record in Illinois. The total was 3.13 inches above...

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    River accident spills crude into Mississippi

    by  • May 3, 2013

    A vessel struck a fleeting area near Alton, causing barges to break away and oil to spill into the Mississippi river. The U.S. Coast Guard said it happened at 12:57 a.m. Friday.  Fourteen barges, two dry docks and two workplats broke away.  It also caused 300 gallons of crude oil to spill into the river....

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