ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal judge is rejecting a legal bid by gun-rights advocates who wanted people to be able to immediately carry firearms in Illinois under the state's new concealed carry law.
East St. Louis U.S. District Judge William Stiehl threw out the lawsuit filed by Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association, siding with the state and saying the legal action is moot.
Shepard and the rifle group had argued it was unconstitutional to make people wait for the permit process to be outlined under the new concealed carry law that lawmakers passed July 9.
Illinois was the last state in the nation to ban the practice.
Illinois State Police have 180 days to set up a program before accepting applications, plus another 90 days to process the forms.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is making a series of stops in central Illinois.
Monday's visits mark the second round of trips the governor's made to the region following criticism that his frequent Chicago focus might draw a downstate challenger in the 2014 Democratic primary.
Quinn started the day welcoming the Stanley Cup to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum before heading to Bradley University in Peoria, where he announced a construction grant. Quinn is also scheduled to spend time talking about the construction grant Augustana College in Rock Island before going to Rockford, where he's expected to talk about a clean water initiative.
Quinn is facing a primary challenge from fellow Chicagoan Bill Daley.
Quinn's spokeswoman has said the governor was previously tied up in Springfield because of pension reform.
3 St. Louis children were rescued as part of a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution.
The FBI announced today that the sting was carried out over the last three days and resulted in 150 arrests and the recovery of 105 kids. An FBI spokesperson said this is a reminder that child prostitution can happen anywhere.
There were no arrests made as part of the sting in St. Louis.
The complete breakdown of the sweep can be found here.