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Hillcrest officials consider assault weapons ban ordinance

To ban assault weapons or not was the top issue discussed last night by Village officials in Hillcrest as they are considering an ordinance for local residents.

Governor Pat Quinn has until July 9th to either sign or veto a concealed carry bill approved by lawmakers. Villages such as Hillcrest would have 10 days to approve an assault weapons ban if the Governor approved the proposal.

Village attorney Paul Keller said that there is no definition as this time of an assault weapon. The village board had talked about certain portions of the ordinance in Chicago dealing with guns.

Several residents are against the ordinance. They want the guns for protection and feel their rights are being taken away.

No action was taken by the board last night.

Jim McMullen has resigned from the board as he has moved out of Hillcrest. He was recently elected as a trustee last April.

The board approved the amendment to the waste water agreement with Rochelle. The city will be funding $100,000 for the project. The money will be recovered through household connection fees in Hillcrest.

The village will know by the end of July if they will received the $450,000 in grant money for the sanitary sewer project.

The cost for the 2 water testing stations will be $2,400.

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