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Illinois lawmakers OK $33M to set up gun-carry system

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A House committee is approving $33 million to set up a program for regulating the carrying of concealed firearms.

The Public Safety Appropriations panel approved the measure Tuesday as part of a $46.6 million supplemental appropriation. Rep. Luis Arroyo (loo-EES' uh-ROY'-oh) - a Chicago Democrat - says only about $500,000 of it is new general-revenue spending.

The legislation gives the Illinois State Police authority to use money from $150 concealed-carry permit fees to pay for the additional staff and equipment necessary to set up the program.

Lawmakers approved concealed carry last summer after a federal appeals court said Illinois' last-in-the-nation ban was unconstitutional.

Permits will be available in January. State Police officials expect as much as 300,000 applicants in the first year.
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The bill is HB209.

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Momence hires Grant Park's police chief

Momence has a new police chief. And he comes from neighboring Grant Park.

Jeff Cavender, the police chief of Grant Park, is joining the police ranks in Momence. The Daily-Journal reports Cavender was sworn-in as the Momence chief Monday. He'll continue to assist the village of Grant Park until a new chief is hired there.

Cavender is a 23-year veteran of the Orland Park Police Department.

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Vermilion County reaches tentative agreement with IBEW

Some union workers in Vermilion County have reportedly reached a new tentative contract agreement with the county.

Details of the proposal are not being released yet, pending a vote by the members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 21.

In September, the county employees had rejected a proposal. At the time some employees said the county planned to cut future longevity payments and reduce personal days. But attorney Bill Donahue, lead negotiator for the County, said what was proposed in September was to place the longevity on the employee's base pay. And in the future, Donahue said the county wanted to concentrate on the base salary. He also said at the time that the reduction in personal days would put county employees more in line with other businesses in our area.

Details of the new proposal are expected to be released once employees have had a chance to vote on it. Employees represented by the IBEW include those who work at the County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex, County Health Department and Vermilion County Department of Animal Regulations.

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Nibbe says “No” to plea offer in murder case

A Gibson City man accused of murder has turned down a plea offer that would have limited his prison time to 14-years. Ryan Nibbe turned down a second-degree murder plea from the Ford County State's attorney's office (Monday).

A January 14 trial date was set.

The 34-year-old Nibbe is charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of felony battery in connection with a July 28 altercation outside an apartment building in Gibson City.

Nibbe is accused of punching 44-year-old Timothy Robertson of Gibson City in the head. Robertson later died from head trauma.

State's Attorney Matt Fitton offered to dismiss two counts of felony battery in return for a guilty plea to second-degree murder. Under truth-in-sentencing sentencing guidelines, Nibbe faces a mandatory prison term ranging from four to 20 years in prison and three years of mandatory supervised release.

Nibbe remains jailed on $400,000 bond.

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Paxton man enters not guilty plea in fatal stabbing

A Paxton man has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the death of another Paxton man in a fatal stabbing outside a local tavern.

The defense attorney indicated (Monday) he would argue self-defense as justification for the fatal stabbing.
33-year-old Sean Kelley is charged for the October 17 stabbing death of Jeffrey D. Potts. Kelly remains in the Ford County jail.

Judge Stephen Pacey agreed to reduce the million dollar bond to $250,000.

The 49-year-old Potts was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital in Urbana. An autopsy showed he died of a single stab wound to the chest.

Police reported the stabbing occurred outside Shooky's Bar on Main Street in Paxton.

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