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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A gun owner whose lawsuit spurred the Illinois concealed carry law that took effect this week is asking a federal court to allow the public possession of firearms immediately.

   Mary Shepard and the National Rifle Association filed a motion for an injunction Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for southern Illinois. Shepard's motion says gun owners should not have to wait to carry because of Illinois lawmakers' "procrastination."

 

   A federal appeals court ruled in December that it's unconstitutional for Illinois to continue prohibiting concealed carry. But lawmakers finally adopted a plan Tuesday - the court's deadline. Now the Illinois State Police have six months to set up a system and three months to approve or deny applications after that.

   The motion notes the ban remains in effect until then.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:45
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St. Louis County cell phone retailers are invited to a cell phone theft forum tomorrow.

The St. Louis County Police Department is holding the event in response to the recent string of smash-and-grab store robberies. Retailers are invited to attend Thursday at 4PM in the Grace Union Church in the 3900 block of Union. 

 

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:18
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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is using his veto power to try and suspend state lawmakers' pay because of their inaction on Illinois' pension crisis.

The Chicago Democrat is announcing the news Wednesday. He says there'll be no paychecks for legislators until they get the job done.

The Associated Press obtained details of the plan before Wednesday's announcement.

Quinn's using his line-item veto power in a budget bill that's on his desk. Lawmakers have to approve his changes.

The bill gives the state comptroller the ability to issue paychecks to state employees. Quinn's announcement comes a day after he said there would be consequences for lawmakers who didn't send him a pension overhaul plan by Tuesday's deadline.

The state has nearly $100 billion in unfunded pension liability, the worst of any state.

 

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   The flags are at half-staff in Fairview Heights after a man known for his community service was struck and killed while riding his bicycle Wednesday morning.  

   Sixty-two year old Phil Lubeck was named citizen of the year in 2011 by the Fairview Heights Chamber of Commerce.  He was a fixture on the town’s Homecoming Committee and volunteered at Grace Church.  

   Police say Lubeck was struck along Route 159 when he turned into the path of an oncoming car.  He was rushed to a hospital where he died.

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