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News Headlines – March 10, 2018

Last Updated on March 11th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner still isn’t saying what he plans to do, or would like to do, with a series of proposed gun laws in Springfield. Graduate students at the University of Illinois could have a new contract by the end of the day. Prosecutors are waiting to file charges against a central Illinois man who they say had meth, plus a bomb in a safe. A western Illinois teen is looking at the better part of a decade behind bars after a judge found him guilty of slashing a puppy’s throat.

>>Governor Rauner Still Vague On Gun Legislation

(Chicago, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner still isn’t saying what he plans to do, or would like to do, with a series of proposed gun laws in Springfield. The governor told reporters on Wednesday that he wants to see bipartisan agreement on gun dealer licensing. He was just as vague on his plans for a proposed ban on bump stocks. Democrats in Springfield are pushing a number of gun control measures and there are plenty of Republicans who disagree. But the governor seems to be staying as far away from the debate as he can.

>>Charges Likely After Bomb Detonated At Pekin City Hall

(Pekin, IL) — Prosecutors are waiting to file charges against a central Illinois man who they say had meth, plus a bomb in a safe. Police in Pekin had to call in Peoria’s bomb squad yesterday to detonate the bomb inside Pekin’s city hall. No one was hurt and any damage was minimal. Police say they seized the safe from a man who they arrested for meth possession Wednesday night. They’re not sure how the man got ahold of the bomb.

>>Students Can’t Convince Mercer County School Leaders About Protest Punishments

(Aledo, IL) — If students at Mercer County High School walk out of class next week as part of the national protest against gun violence, they will get in trouble. A handful of students pressed school leaders last night not to punish kids who want to walk out of class for 17 minutes, along with students across the country. But the school board voted 4-2 to not let kids leave. Board member Barbara Chiles says kids belong in class. Any student who walks out could be dropped from the National Honor Society or could miss playing or practicing in any after-school sport or activity. Students across the country are set to walk out next Wednesday.