• Madigan: ‘Tough’ decisions ahead on concealed guns

    by  • May 16, 2013

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says lawmakers will need to take “tough positions” to reach a compromise on legislation allowing the carrying of concealed weapons. The Senate Executive Committee on Thursday endorsed a concealed-carry measure that would require permit applicants be of “good moral character.” It would also create a separate local police endorsement...

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    Okawville bank robbery suspect identified

    by  • May 16, 2013

    A 33-year-old Mascoutah man suspected of bank robbery was arrested Wednesday after a car and foot chase with the Okawville police chief. Michael William Dawson reportedly was arrested after Okawville Police Chief Stephen Millikin saw him leaving the First National Bank in Okawville shortly after it had been robbed. According to reports, the police...

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    Shooting suspect sought

    by  • May 16, 2013

    Authorities in Carbondale are searching for a suspect from a Tuesday night shooting. Donnelle Campbell, 35, is accused of shooting a person in the foot around 7 Tuesday evening in the 400 block of Birch Street in Carbondale. Campbell is considered armed and dangerous.

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    Illinois jobless rate dips to 9.3 percent in April

    by  • May 16, 2013

    Illinois’ unemployment rate improved slightly in April, dipping to 9.3 percent compared to 9.5 percent in March. Preliminary data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security shows that there were 2,000 fewer jobs in April, despite the improved unemployment rate. IDES spokesman Greg Rivara says that could indicate that fewer people were...

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    Medicaid expansion debate ahead in Illinois House

    by  • May 16, 2013

    The Illinois House is gearing up to consider a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care law, an expansion of Medicaid that would provide coverage to low-income adults who don’t have children at home. House Democrats say failure to expand Medicaid would lead to unintended consequences. A Cook County program would be in...

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    Senate committee to consider gun bill

    by  • May 16, 2013

    Illinois concealed carry legislation that requires special permission to have a gun in Chicago is scheduled for a Senate committee vote. The Senate Executive Committee will hear Sen. Kwame Raoul’s (KWAH’-may rah-OOLZ’) proposal to comply with a federal appeals court ruling. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in December that Illinois’ ban...

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