Daily roundup: Nightclub deaths, gun deaths and debate, and Springfield's follies

Fire-fighters try to extinguish a fire at Kiss nightclub in the southern city of Santa Maria, 187 miles (301 km) west of the state capital of Porto Alegre, in this picture taken by Agencia RBS, January 27, 2013.

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.

Both the Sun-Times and Tribune ran stories about Ronnie Chambers, a West Side man who became the fourth sibling in his family to be murdered by a gun.

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.

Standard and Poor’s downgraded the state’s credit rating from A to A-, a move that could cost the state $95 million, according to Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

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.

Meanwhile, State Rep. Charlie Meier suggested that Illinois legislators not get paid until all of the state’s bills are paid.

We’ll see where that leads.

In the meantime, enjoy your morning.


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Jeff Kelly Lowenstein es Editor de Bases de Datos e Investigaciones Vívelohoy

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