SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says a concealed carry bill that would wipe out all local gun ordinances in the state is "offensive." The measure approved by the House would allow qualified gun owners to carry their weapons in public. Cullerton says his Democratic caucus will meet Monday to decide whether to vote on the bill.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - House and Senate Democrats have agreed on an Illinois budget that would keep education funding at the same level and increase human services spending. Senator Heather Steans says Democrats will present their 2014 spending plan early next week. Governor Pat Quinn has proposed cutting education funding by about $400 million.
CHICAGO (AP) - Virtual charter schools in Illinois are being placed on temporary hold. Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation today that places a 1-year moratorium on any new online charter schools in Illinois districts outside of Chicago. The State Charter School Commission must also submit a report on virtual schooling by next March.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois health officials are investigating reports that patients developed abscesses after receiving potentially contaminated steroid injections at a downstate clinic. All five patients received injections at the Logan Primary Care clinic in Herrin. The steroid was the same drug at the center of last year's deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis.
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