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U.S. Rep. John Shimkus says people with an Illinois permit to carry a concealed weapon should be allowed to carry their guns in other states.

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After reporting by the Chicago Tribune uncovered public health officials were failing to test babies for a devastating neurological disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health says the tests will begin today.

Krabbe disease is an inherited disorder that causes neurological deterioration; basically, the body shuts down and children don’t typically live past 10 years of age if it’s not caught in time.

Dr. Doug Carlson, chief of pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine, says there is effective screening and treatment but it’s not always 100%.

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Illinois’ two Democratic U.S. senators are taking sides in the primary for governor. 

Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are both endorsing businessman J.B. Pritzker.

It’s the latest example of Illinois' Democratic establishment lining up behind Pritzker. He's already gotten nods from a variety of different politicians, party organizations, and labor unions.

Another gubernatorial candidate, state Sen. Daniel Biss, says while he admires the senators, Democrats need to decide whether they want to be the "billionaire party," a reference to Pritzker’s wealth.

Bus Company Could Face Big Fines

Dec 8, 2017
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The Illinois Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau is conducting an investigation into private bus company Suburban Express for possible violations of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

This comes after the company sent an email to customers over the weekend that said they would find “passengers like you. You won’t feel like you’re in China when you’re on our buses.”

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U.S. Rep. John Shimkus will help negotiate the final version of the Republican tax reform bill. 

Shimkus, who represents much of east-central and southeastern Illinois, will be part of the conference committee that negotiates the final tax bill. This comes after the House and Senate passed two different versions.

The Collinsville Republican says he supports a simplified and fair tax plan that eliminates many tax credits and deductions. That includes placing a tax on graduate student tuition waivers, which is in the House version of the bill. 

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