Cavel plant gets go-aheadHorse-slaughtering bill dropped for now out of respect for Wirsing
SPRINGFIELD - It appears that a controversial horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb will be allowed to reopen.
The Belgian-owned Cavel International plant received a green light Wednesday when a Chicago lawmaker announced he would not press forward with legislation that would have banned slaughtering at the facility if the meat was meant for human consumption.
Rep. Robert Molaro, D-Chicago, said he would not call Senate Bill 1921 out of respect for the late Rep. Dave Wirsing, who represented the DeKalb area.
Wirsing, who opposed the legislation, died Sunday and will be buried Friday.
"I couldn't, in good conscience, call for a vote on the bill," said Molaro, who said the legislation could be resurrected in January.
The delay, however, will give Ca