Illinois lawmakers approve murder registry, almost -

Illinois lawmakers approve murder registry, almost

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois senators had to backtrack on legislation creating a state registry for murderers.  

The Senate approved the bill 40-0 on Sunday, then realized there had been an oversight. Amendments that were supposed to be included in the bill had never been adopted.  

The sponsor used a parliamentary maneuver to reverse the bill's approval. The amendments will be added later this week and then the correct version of the bill will get another vote.  

The goal is to let people know if a murderer lives near them, just like people can look up the locations of people on a state registry of sex offenders.

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