(SPRINGFIELD) Voters in the Land of Lincoln have selected the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as the state’s top museum. It was followed by the Field Museum and the Museum of Science & Industry, both in Chicago, in the online voting for the Illinois Top 200 project. Rounding out the top five museums were the McLean County Museum of History and the Art Institute of Chicago. The remaining five selections include the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, the Illinois State Musuem, the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the Chicago History Museum, and Cantigny Park in Wheaton. The voting is all part of the Illinois Top 200 project which lets Illinoisans vote every two weeks on a new category, all leading up to the state’s 200th birthday on December 3rd. Voting for the next category, “Top Books” is now underway online, at www.IllinoisTop200.com. Illinois’ Bicentennial celebration continues at www.illinois200.com.
(SPRINGFIELD) A dormant gambling-expansion plan came to life in Springfield yesterday just long enough to stall out in a House Committee. In fact, the Executive Committee’s 5 to 4 vote on Monday fell one vote short of the six needed to move it to a full House floor vote. The plan, which won the State Senate’s approval over a year ago, would authorize six new casinos around the state, plus allow slot machines at horse racing tracks. Several provisions were added to the measure, such as allowing table games at racetracks and creating sweepstakes games. The General Assembly will adjourn on Thursday.
(NAPERVILLE) A northern Illinois man wrongfully convicted for killing his mother-in-law back in the 1990’s is now seeking a monetary settlement from the state. William Amor was found guilty for a 1995 murder based on his confession that he lit a vodka-soaked newspaper on fire to burn down a Naperville condo where his mother-in-law lived. After two decades in prison, Amor’s legal team convinced the courts that the 62 year olds confession was coerced by police through abusive interrogation techniques. Amor will appear in a DuPage County courtroom next month to ask for $200,000 and for a certificate of innocence.