• Ill. gov. wants appeal of concealed carry ruling

    by  • March 13, 2013

    Some Illinois House Republicans have shown their disapproval for the debate style the chamber recently adopted to discuss changes to Illinois’ existing conceal carry ban. Republicans Wednesday called the process malign, flawed and dilatory. It was taken up on orders from House Speaker Michael Madigan. The process addresses potential changes individually as opposed to...

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    Joliet diocese to make clergy-abuse records public

    by  • March 13, 2013

    Personnel files of more than a dozen former Diocese of Joliet priests considered sex offenders will be released as part of a settlement between the northern Illinois diocese and a man who sued over molestation he endured as a boy. The diocese’s bishop, the Rev. R. Daniel Conlon, says the release of the records...

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    Madigan: Gay marriage 12 votes short in House

    by  • March 13, 2013

    House Speaker Michael Madigan says passing a gay marriage bill out of the Illinois House will be “very difficult.” Madigan told reporters he backs the measure allowing same-sex couples to marry. The Senate approved it last month and it awaits a House floor vote. Lawmakers aren’t sure when they’ll call it. Madigan says the...

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    Fracking foes cheer Madigan support for moratorium

    by  • March 13, 2013

    Opponents of high-volume gas and oil drilling are welcoming news that powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan supports a temporary ban on the practice. The Chicago Democrat said Wednesday that he supports a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, called “fracking,” over legislation that would regulate the practice. Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand and...

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    Educators appeal to lawmakers on school funding

    by  • March 13, 2013

    A new year, an old story. there’s not enough money for schools. Before an Illinois House committee, Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico said school districts have had to fire teachers and expand class sizes because of budget cuts. “Over the past three years state funding to Pre-k to 12 education has been...

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