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Firearms dealers, state rifle association challenge new licensing law

Act requires Illinois gun dealers to obtain state license, comply with strict standards By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A group of firearms dealers along with the Illinois State Rifle Association filed a lawsuit this week seeking to overturn a new state law that imposes new, stringent requirements on firearms dealers in…

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For Illinois rocket scientists, Apollo launched career dreams

By Ken DeCoster Rockford Register Star ROCKFORD — Fifty years after the Apollo 11 lunar landing, some of the region’s rocket scientists are recalling how the historic mission inspired them to work in the space program — and predicting that the U.S. will resume crewed space missions to the moon and beyond.   Retired engineer…

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50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing – Continued

This is a continuation of the Moon Landing story from the July 18, 2019 edition.      14. Computer programmers aren’t generally known for their sense of humor, but a piece of space history, discovered in 2016, suggests that maybe they should be. Former NASA intern Chris Garry uploaded the Apollo 11 flight source code to GitHub,…

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Culture clash at the Du Quoin State Fair

Disagreement over Pritzker’s decision to cancel Confederate Railroad performance  By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – For nearly a century, the Du Quoin State Fair was known as a showcase for the rural, agrarian culture of southern Illinois, featuring livestock shows, carnival rides, harness racing, auto racing, monster truck shows, demolition derbies and,…

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