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Authorities do not Press Charges in Ill. Senator Assault

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Sen. Mike Jacobs (left) and Sen. Kyle McCarter.

Sen. Mike Jacobs (left) and Sen. Kyle McCarter.

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Authorities have decided not to press charges against an Illinois state senator who allegedly punched a fellow lawmaker.

Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) says Sen. Mike Jacobs (D-Moline) cursed at him and punched him in the chest after a heated debate over a bill raising electricity rates. McCarter had pointed out during the debate that the bill’s sponsor, Jacobs, is the son of the bill’s lobbyist.

McCarter says witnesses have corroborated his story to the state’s attorney, and because charges are not being pressed, his next opportunity for “justice” will be to bring his case to Senate leadership.

“This kind of bullying in politics should never be tolerated,” McCarter says. “We preach against it in our schools and practice it daily in politics.”

Jacobs has denied the assault.

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