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Headlines for Friday, May 24, 2013

A new concealed carry bill is expected to clear the Illinois House today. If the bill becomes law, people would not be allowed to carry loaded guns on busses, trains or other forms of public transportation. People who want to carry would have to clear a mental and criminal background check and they would have to pay $150 to get a concealed carry license.

51-year-old Phillip K. Bailey of Fairfield was arrested Thursday evening on a charge of domestic battery. He is accused of choking and twisting the wrist of his 16-year-old step-daughter during an argument. Related to the investigation, city police arrested a 15-year-old boy for allegedly stealing a quantity of Mr. Bailey’s prescription medication. The boy faces charges of burglary, theft of prescription medication and possession of a controlled substance.  He was released into the custody of his parents.

A plaque will be hung in the Wayne County courthouse today to honor the late Clyde Robbins who served in the Illinois State Legislature. The plaque is being installed through the efforts of Royce Carter of Fairfield.

The Illinois Senate has approved a bill that would ban the use of cell phones while driving. If approved, police would be able to ticket drivers holding a cell phone except during emergencies. Roughly 75 Illinois communities, including Chicago already ban talking on cell phones while driving.

Hunters in Wayne County bagged 333 wild turkeys during the spring hunting season.  Wayne County tied with Randolph County for the fourth highest harvest numbers in the state.  Statewide, 14,133 wild turkeys were taken during this spring’s season. The number is down about 1,800 from last year

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