Illinois lawmakers are continuing to hold hearings into issues related to guns. On Thursday, they met to discuss guns and mental health issues, but the hearing was sparsely attended.
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.
Several Illinois lawmakers have introduced another plan to address the state's massive pension problem. This proposal creates a new type of retirement plan for future teachers and university workers.
A federal appeals court is refusing to reconsider a ruling that says Illinois' concealed carry ban is unconstitutional.