SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has rejected Gov. Pat Quinn's changes to legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns on the deadline for action set by a federal court.
If the Senate approves it later today, Illinois would join the rest of the nation in allowing firearms to be carried in public.
The House voted 77-31 to override the Democratic governor's amendatory veto. Quinn had used his veto authority to suggest changes such as prohibiting guns in restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting gun-toting citizens to one firearm at a time.
Lawmakers sent Quinn a bill in May setting up a concealed carry system in response to a federal appeals court ruling which declared it unconstitutional for Illinois to ban the public possession of concealed weapons.
The long holiday weekend was deadly on Missouri's roadways.
From July 3 through Sunday, July 8, 17 people were killed in traffic accidents across Missouri--that includes a crash in St. Louis city that left three people dead. Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers worked over 350 accidents and performed nearly 200 arrests fro driving while intoxicated.
Both of those numbers represent large jumps over last year, but there is no fair comparison.Last year's holiday weekend counting period spanned just 30 hours, while this year's included parts of five days.
Three people drowned on Missouri's waterways, but none died as the result of a boating accident.
No jury will be needed to convict a man of shooting a police officer in the face.
Evan Lockhart admitted Monday morning, to shooting Maryland Heights officer Joe Eaganin the face. The admission came shortly before jury selection was set to start. The shooting over two and a half years ago.
Lockhart will spend 30 years in prison for the crime.