More react to recreation marijuana

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Smart Approaches to Marijuana-Illinois or SAM-IL, wants state lawmakers to slow down and consider the best options before rushing headlong into the legalization of recreational marijuana. Colton Grace is a spokesman for SAM-IL. Representatives of SAM-IL are continuing to lobby against the current legalization legislation which the organization claims does not account…Read more…

House Committee Passed Tax Proposal

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The move to change Illinois flat income tax structure is another step closer for voters to consider in 2 years. It’s a long process but another rung has been climbed on the ladder as a house committee advanced a bill Monday to the full house for consideration. However, the bill out of…Read more…

Illinois Close to Increasing Penalties for Texting While Driving

SPRINGFIELD (IRN) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will decide if the state will get tougher on people who injure others while texting and driving The fine for texting while driving in Illinois is $75. It’s the same fine if you’re cruising down the street, or if you hit someone and leave them with a broken…Read more…

Advocates Push to Preserve Illinois History with Public Funds

ILLINOIS (IRN) — A group trying to save historic places in Illinois wants the government to spend more money to help preserve landmark sites. Lisa DiChiera, director of advocacy for Landmarks Illinois, said the government has shown an unwillingness to spend public money or taxpayer dollars on older historic buildings. DiChiera said places such as…Read more…

Employers, Local Police Worry About Recreational Marijuana in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (IRN) — Chances are still good that Illinois lawmakers will legalize recreational marijuana by the end of the month. But not everyone is on board with the plan. Business groups and police chiefs from across the state told lawmakers Wednesday in Springfield they’re worried about what the law means. Jay Shattuck, with the Illinois…Read more…

Time’s Running Out for Spring Session

ILLINOIS (RFD) — So much to do with so little time to do it. That is how some feel about the legislative work ahead for lawmakers as the May spring session is ending in about two weeks. Lawmakers have to debate and vote on sports gambling legalization, marijuana legalization, changes to the income tax structure…Read more…

Illinois Lawmakers Look to Double Move Over Law Fine

SPRINGFIELD (IRN) — The push to protect police officers and others on the side of the road in Illinois is getting some sharper teeth. Illinois lawmakers have talked for months about doing something to help protect State Troopers and others out on the road. The state’s Move Over law, also called Scott’s Law, requires drivers to…Read more…

New Report Shows Issues Facing DCFS

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is reeling from recent deaths of children in Illinois and a report that lays bare the trouble the agency is in. Governor JB Pritzker says a recent report on DCFS from the University of Chicago is telling of what a hollowed out state agency…Read more…

Measure Creating School District Efficiency Commission Heads to State Senate

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois House unanimously approved legislation State Representative Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) is co-sponsoring to create the School District Efficiency Commission to reduce unnecessary costs and save taxpayers money.   The legislation (House Bill 3053) creates the School District Efficiency Commission and requires the Commission to vote on recommendations and submit a report to the…Read more…

Illinois Secretary of State Steps Up Move Over Law Awareness Efforts

SPRINGFIELD (IRN) — Illinois’ Secretary of State is doing more to make sure drivers know about the state’s Move Over law, which requires drivers to move over for police officers and other workers along the side of the road. You can expect to get a reminder about Illinois’ Move Over law on your driver’s license renewal…Read more…

Daytime Undergraduate Programs to End at Lindenwood Belleville After 2019-20

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri-based university will end daytime undergraduate programs at its campus in Belleville, Illinois, after the 2019-2020 academic year. St. Charles, Missouri-based Lindenwood University announced the move Monday. The university says evening programs will continue at the Belleville campus, and all undergraduate students in Belleville will be able to complete…Read more…