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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An aide to Gov. Bruce Rauner says the gun restrictions the Republican wrapped together in a contentious veto are not an all-or-nothing deal. David Risely is Rauner's criminal justice director. He said Wednesday that Rauner would approve separate bills covering the additional issues. They include a 72-hour waiting period for delivery of any gun, a bump-stock ban and a procedure for removing guns from dangerous people. Risely says Rauner isn't demanding an up-or-down vote on the whole package.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A showdown between two Democratic measures to close the wage gap ended with Illinois senators rejecting one considered more business friendly. The Senate Labor Committee voted 11-6 Wednesday to approve legislation prohibiting employers from asking applicants their salary history. It has stiffer penalties for violators than one supported by business interests.
DIXON, Ill. (AP) - The lawyer for a 19-year-old charged with firing shots at an Illinois high school during graduation rehearsal says the gun he's accused of using is his mother's. Sauk Valley Media reports that Matthew Milby Jr. appeared in court Wednesday via video from the Lee County Jail. He's being held on $2 million bail in connection with last week's shooting at Dixon High School. Milby was injured in an exchange of gunfire with a school resource officer. No one else was injured.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago City Council has given its backing to construction of the Obama Presidential Center in a park on the city's South Side. Loud applause came from council members after they voted 47-1 in favor of the $500 million project Wednesday. The project remains under federal review because the site, Jackson Park, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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