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Susan Smith-Harmon

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   Another metro-east official is in trouble with the law.  Alorton Fire Chief Carlos Darough is facing drug charges and a federal parole violation.  KMOV TV reports that Darough was pulled over for running a stop sign.  

   Officers reportedly found marijuana in his car.  He's been charged with possession with the intent to deliver drugs and violating his parole.

   Court records show Darough has been arrested multiple times over the last 20 years on charges ranging from speeding to domestic battery.

Illinois veto session begins Tuesday

Monday, 21 October 2013 02:52 Published in Local News

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers are set to reconvene Tuesday to address pressing issues such as pension reform and same-sex marriage. But a looming deadline for opponents to challenge sitting lawmakers in 2014 is one reason those issues could be pushed off once again.

   The filing date for anyone considering challenging a legislator in the March primaries in Dec. 9. That could make some lawmakers especially careful about casting controversial votes.

   On the session agenda is proposed tax incentives aimed at keeping the new global headquarters of Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland Company in Illinois. Lawmakers will consider supplementing the $35 billion budget approved in May and hold a hearing to resuscitate talks over expanding gambling in the state.

   Legislation to enforce mandatory minimum prison sentences for felony gun convictions may also be considered.

 

Worry over expiration of IL online wagering law

Monday, 21 October 2013 02:40 Published in Local News

   The Illinois horse racing industry could find itself in a bind if lawmakers don't renew a law allowing online betting that expires in January.

   Race dates at Illinois racetracks, including Fairmont Park, would be severely cut if lawmakers don't take action to renew the betting law and give Illinois' racing board access to money online wagering generates.  

   The issue could come up when the General Assembly convenes Tuesday.

   But even if lawmakers get it done, there's no guarantee Governor Quinn will sign it.  Quinn has said he won't consider other legislation until lawmakers fix the state's pension crisis.

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