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The first national gun control legislation since the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., is going to be debated on the floor of the Senate and appears headed for a vote sometime next week.

Supporters in the Senate on Thursday morning rounded up more than the 60 votes necessary to clear a procedural hurdle that could have held up consideration of the Democratic-crafted package. The vote was 68-31 in favor of blocking a bid by some Republicans to filibuster the legislation.

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  Mayoral contests were particularly contentious in four northern Illinois cities this election day.

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Planting will begin soon along a DeKalb nature trail that was clear-cut below Com Ed power lines last November. The group tasked with coming up with a restoration plan presented it to the public last night. 

Bivins Bills Target School Security

Apr 8, 2013
Illinois General Assembly

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, state Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, is proposing a “common sense” package of legislation to improve security at public schools statewide. 

Quinn Vetoes Gambling Expansion Bill

Mar 4, 2013

Gov. Pat Quinn waited until the last minute to act on a plan that would have given Illinois five new casinos – including one in Rockford – and allowed slot machines at horse race tracks.  

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey expressed disappointment at the veto but was optimistic that a Rockford-based casino could be approved in the November veto session.

Quinn Vetos Gambling Expansion

Mar 4, 2013

Legislation to expand gambling the General Assembly approved nearly two years ago is finally dead.  Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a measure that would have given Illinois five new casinos.

When Quinn gives his annual budget address Wednesday, he's expected to highlight Illinois' plethora of financial problems.

That frustrates supporters of gambling expansion, who say more casinos would be like hitting the jackpot.

Freeport Mayor Gaulrapp Defeated

Feb 26, 2013

A Difficult Day For Incumbents ...

Incumbent Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp lost his seat Tuesday in a Citizens Party primary contest with former Mayor Jim Gitz. With 100% of precincts reporting, Gitz had 1,130 votes to 896 for Gaulrapp.

In the Peoples Party contest, Jon Staben, with 215 votes, defeated Bettye Corbin, with140 votes.

 Rockford Ald. D. William “Bill” Robertson, I-14, who served as Rockford Fire Chief for 17 years before entering politics, died Saturday morning after an extended battle with cancer.

Flags on city buildings were ordered flown at half staff in his honor.

“He was dedicated to the community in his role of Fire Chief, as a member of the Rockford Fire Department for 37 years, and as an alderman,” said current Fire Chief Derek Bergsten. “Our thoughts go out to his entire family in this time of great sorrow.”

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Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell was sentenced today to serve 235 months -- 19 years and 7 months -- in prison on one federal count of wire fraud resulting from her embezzlement of more than $53 million in public funds from the City of Dixon.

The Illinois Senate has voted to legalize gay marriage, advancing a proposal that would make the state the 10th in the nation allowing same-sex couples to wed.

In a 34-21 vote Thursday, lawmakers approved a measure to lift a state ban on same-sex marriage. The bill now moves to the House, where Democrats also hold a majority.

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