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First Illinois conceal carry licenses being mailed

Friday, 28 February 2014 17:15 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois State Police officials say the first concealed carry licenses are being mailed.
 
Officials say the first permits are being sent to new license holders on Friday. Illinois State Police say they've approved 5,000 applications so far.
 
State Police Col. Marc Maton (MAY'-tahn) says state police have denied 300 applications and received objections from local law enforcement agencies on 800 applicants.
 
Maton says 46,000 applications have been received so far.
 
Illinois gun owners began applying for the permits in January after the state became the last in the nation to allow people to carry concealed guns.
 
State officials believe as many as 400,000 people will apply for the concealed carry permits during the first year of the law.

Dog seen in viral video "doing great"

Friday, 28 February 2014 17:14 Published in Local News

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Some good news from St. Louis County Animal Control.

 

The dog was was seen being punched and slammed to the ground in an Internet video, is okay. Officials say the dog, who they have named "Honor", is doing great. Two boys were arrested after a Facebook video showing one of the boys attack Honor was brought to the attention of county police.

 

The boys, who are students in the Riverview Gardens district, are now facing charges in Family Court.

 

Animal control plans to post more information online when Honor is available for adoption.

Illinois lawmakers wants to expand use of speed cameras

Friday, 28 February 2014 14:51 Published in Local News
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois lawmaker wants communities around the state to be able install speed cameras, which are only allowed in Chicago.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports Rep. Jay Hoffman has introduced legislation that'd allow communities of all sizes to install the devices.
 
Legislation signed by the governor in 2012 limited speed cameras to cities with at least 1 million residents, making the statute apply solely to Chicago.
 
Hoffman is a Belleville Democrat. He says he wants "one uniform law for the whole state."
 
Speed cameras are only allowed in designated safety zones - areas near a school or a park. Drivers caught by the cameras can face $100 fines. Money generated from the tickets can only be used for public safety initiatives, construction or infrastructure maintenance.
 

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