SPRINGFIELD, IL –Legislators are questioning the Governor’s commitment to a state commission on hate crimes – a commission which has yet to see any members appointed – as debate continues in Springfield on the state’s recent ban on smoking in public places, according to State Senator Pamela J. Althoff (R-Crystal Lake).


Also, a plan by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to shut down more than a dozen pheasant hunting areas is meeting with opposition from sportsmen and lawmakers.


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