Friday, May 24, 2013
A law that would end Illinois' status as the last state in the nation without concealed-carry provisions passed the House with enough votes to override a likely veto.
By an 85-30 vote, the Illinois House moved on Friday to approve a law allowing certified residents to carry concealed firearms, which would end Illinois' status as the only state in the nation to completely prohibit carrying guns in public. According to Reuters, the "shall-issue" law, supported by Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan, mandates that concealed-carry permits be issued to Firearm Owners Identification Card-holders who have completed 16 hours of training; it maintains the ban on firearms in many places, including government buildings, schools, stadiums and bars. "Criminals are cowards," Rep. Mike Bost, a southern Illinois Republican, told the Associated Press before the vote. "If they know there's an opportunity they're going to …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Dozens rallied along Butterfield Road on Tuesday following revelations that the Internal Revenue Service placed additional scrutiny on the tea party and other conservative groups.
Dozens of tea party activists rallied outside the Internal Revenue Service office in Downers Grove on Tuesday to protest the tax agency's improper targeting of conservative groups. The crowd stood along Butterfield Road, just outside the Esplanade office building, for more than an hour, waving "Don't Tread on Me" flags and chanting anti-IRS slogans. Some activists held signs calling for the IRS to be abolished and likened the agency's actions to Nazi Germany. The Tea Party Patriots organized more than 100 protests at IRS offices across the country Tuesday afternoon. In Illinois, protests were held in Downers Grove, Chicago, Rockford and Springfield. "Our purpose is to bring awareness across the country about the disturbing and illegal …
The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would prohibit all teens 17 and younger from using UV tanning beds.
Legislation to ban minors from indoor tanning beds was sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday after being approved by the Illinois Senate. House Bill 188, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would ban Illinois minors age 17 and younger from UV tanning beds. Currently, minors ages 14 to 17 are allowed to tan if they provide a parent's signature. Spray-on tanning is exempt from the legislation, as is phototherapy, which applies to situations where a physician supervises tanning when it is necessary to treat a medical condition. Radogno said in a press release that she sponsored the bill to protect Illinois minors from the serious health risks involved with indoor tanning beds. “Not only do children not realize there …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry's mother Pamela Roberts accepts Congressional Badge of Bravery award on her son's behalf.
Monday, May 20
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL-13), last week joined in St. Louis today at the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse to present local law enforcement officials with the Congressional Badge of Bravery, an award honoring exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by federal, state and local law enforcement officers. Among the six U.S. Marshals earning the award was fallen Glen Ellyn native, Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry who was killed during the apprehension of an armed fugitive in St. Louis on March 8, 2011. On March 8, 2011, the award recipients demonstrated great courage during the apprehension of an armed fugitive in St. Louis, Missouri, which resulted in the death of a …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. The winner, a Palatine High School senior, will have her artwork displayed in the U.S. capitol.
On Saturday, May 18, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth announced the winners of the 8th Congressional District Art Competition at a Reception in Arlington Heights, Illinois. The competition was open to all high school students living in the 8th congressional district, and students were made aware of the contest by their art teachers. The theme was to depict "nature in the modern world." "I was interested in showcasing how we can have both nature and progress-if we approach the two in a responsible way," Duckworth said during the presentation ceremony Saturday. The first place winner was Alyssa Froehling, a Palatine High School senior, with her submission of “Symbiosis”. Froehling's art work will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Passed by a 35-21 vote, the bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet said whether he intends to sign it.
By a vote of 35-21, the Illinois Senate approved legislation on Friday that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature. According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill covers 33 specific conditions—including multiple sclerosis, cancer and HIV infection—and includes several controls, with a four-year trial program, dosage limits, fingerprinting, background checks and licensed dispensing centers. “This bill is filled with walls to keep this limited,” the paper quoted sponsoring Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), who urged lawmakers to pass the legislation as a compassionate measure for those suffering with extreme pain. In opposition, Sen. …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
DuPage County residents affected by the mid-April flooding can apply for assistance via the Internet, phone or by going to the Lisle Police Department in person.
The following is a press release from DuPage County: DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin urges residents affected by the recent flood to apply for federal assistance to help alleviate expenses incurred in the recovery process from the April storms. “More than 9,000 DuPage County homes and businesses received extensive damage to their properties from the April flood. In an effort to help relieve some of the financial burden, the federal government is providing grants and low-interest loans to help cover some of the uninsured costs endured by families. I urge residents to apply for these grants and loans as they continue to work with their insurance companies during this recovery process,” said Cronin. Throughout the past month, DuPage…
West Line trains are running more than a half-hour behind schedule, Metra reports.
Wednesday, May 15
By Rick Nagel, Geneva Patch Metra trains on the Union Pacific West Line are running behind scedule Wednesday, May 15, 2013, according to the Metra website. The outbound #45 train, which is scheduled to arrive at 5:47 p.m. is 28 to 35 minutes behind schedule "due to earlier signal problems at Lake Street," Metra said. Train #41, scheduled to depart Chicago at 4:11 p.m. and arrive Elburn at 5:35 p.m., is on the move operating 36-41 minutes behind schedule due to signal problems at Lake street. "Signal problems have been corrected but trains traveling to Elburn and Chicago may still experience delays of up to 30-60 minutes. Metra apologizes for any inconvenience that this may have caused. We will continue to keep you informed as the rush …
Senate Bill 494 would allow DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin to make additional cuts to county operations.
Wednesday, May 15
The Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday passed legislation that will allow DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin authority to reduce the size of local government. “For the first time, county leaders will have the ability to redesign how public services are delivered to our citizens and to eliminate the red tape that prevents consolidation and shared services among government entities,” Cronin said in a statement. “It will allow DuPage County to act as a laboratory to thoughtfully evaluate opportunities for consolidation of specific county-appointed agencies when it has been determined cost savings can be achieved.” Sponsored by Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) and Representative Deb Conroy (D-Elmhurst), Senate Bill 494 provides …
The Village Board will review a downtown streetscape and parking study May 20.
From the Village of Glen Ellyn The Glen Ellyn Village Board on May 28 will take action on a streetscape and parking study of downtown Glen Ellyn Village has been working with a steering committee and the consultant team of Houseal Lavigne Associates, Gary R. Weber Associates, Walker Parking and Engineering Resource Associates on a downtown streetscape and parking study for the past few months. At its April 10, 2013 meeting, the steering committee voted unanimously to recommended board's approval of the study. The study will be presented to the Village Board at a workshop meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 20. The study is being funded by a $50,000 grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. It’s just one of many projects the …