Happy Sunday, everyone.
Here’s what we’re looking a today at Hoy:
*The horrific fire in Santa Maria, Brazil that killed 245 people after a band’s pyrotechnics show set the building ablaze, and fleeing patrons were unable to find the emergency exits, local officials said. CNN has a piece about recent nightclub tragedies. We’ve reached out to contacts in the area and hope to bring you a local perspective soon.
*Guns and gun violence have grabbed a lot of headlines after last month’s mass violence in Newtown, Connecticut.
ABC7 Chicago had a story about a gun control march in Washington that drew thousands of people.
The Associated Press had a story about Illinois politicians leading a varied push for gun laws and the Beacon News had its latest installation in an occasional series about how the national debate on gun laws and gun violence is playing out in local communities
The Associated Press also took a look at the state’s troubled mental health system.
*Speaking of the state, a number of stories about Springfield caught our attention.
Jamey Dunn of Illinoize writes about Gov. Pat Quinn working to get a pension reform bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader John Cullerton through the legislature, while Kurt Erickson wrote about possible TIF reform and the difference between Enterprise Zones and TIF districts.
We’ll see where that leads.
In the meantime, enjoy your morning.