Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Briefs

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Briefs

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CHICAGO

'Fracking' foes rap Quinn for bill

A coalition of Illinois residents opposed to high-volume gas and oil drilling is criticizing Gov. Pat Quinn for supporting a bill that would establish regulations for the practice.

A group called "Stop the Frack Attack" issued a statement Friday urging Quinn to instead support a 2-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

On Thursday, two downstate lawmakers introduced a regulatory bill drafted with the help of industry and some environmental groups. The governor released a statement hours later, praising the bill and saying it could help create jobs.

Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack open rock formations and release oil and gas. The industry is eyeing southern Illinois' New Albany shale.

Critics say more studies are needed on pollution and health risks.

FORT WAYNE, IND.

County sets fees for sex offenders

Sex offenders in Allen County will be required to pay a fee to register and change their addresses under a plan approved by county commissioners.

WANE reported the requirement will take effect April 1. Sex offenders will be required to pay $50 to register and $5 every time they change addresses.

The fees are allowed under a new state law that authorizes all 92 Indiana counties to impose such fees for sex offenders.

Allen County commissioners approved the measure Friday.

Offenders who fail to pay the fees could be taken to small claims court.

CHICAGO

Madigan undecided on weapon appeal

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she hasn't decided whether to appeal a court ruling striking down Illinois' ban on the concealed carry of firearms to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected Madigan's request to reconsider its ruling the ban is unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel in December gave lawmakers until June 8 to approve a new law.

Madigan had asked the entire court to consider the case.

She now has 90 days to decide whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a statement, Madigan says the appellate court ruling gave Illinois lawmakers a framework for drafting a new law. …

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