(SPRINGFIELD) Possession of assault-style weapons by anyone under the age of 21 would be illegal under legislation that passed through the State House of Representatives yesterday in Springfield. The plan would prohibit minors from buying or possessing high-capacity weapons, attachments, .50-caliber rifles, and cartridges, plus they would have 90 days to transfer ownership. The legislation was approved on a 64 to 51 vote. A first offense of getting caught with prohibited firearms would be a misdemeanor offense. Expect more quick action as the bill now moves to the State Senate for its consideration at the State Capitol. We’ll have a more in-depth look at this bill in our local news report.
(SPRINGFIELD) Individuals looking for tax liens filed by the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) now have a searchable database at their disposal. A new online Statewide Tax Lien Registry provides a single-source to locate all active liens and releases filed by the IDOR. The Lien Registry is designed to improve efficiencies and it’s meant to lead to more timely information on lien filings, which reduces state filing costs. While there is no cost and no sign-up required to search the registry, it can be accessed through the “Quick Links” tab on the IDOR webpage. That’s online at www.tax.illinois.gov.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Annual Illinois Products Expo is celebrating twenty (20) years of introducing Illinois products to the public. Dozens of Illinois food companies, wineries, and agricultural associations will take part in this agricultural showcase on the Illinois State Fairgrounds this weekend. The “Taste of Illinois Agriculture” allows visitors to sample and purchase all of what Illinois has to offer. The food offerings include fresh meat products, sauces, homemade jellies and jams, gourmet seasonings, and ice cream all produced, packaged, and processed in Illinois. There will also be non-food items, such as soy candles and ag-based soaps and lotions on display and available for purchase. A complete list of vendors is online at www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Assistance/TradeShows/IllinoisProductsExpo/Pages/default.aspx. The hours for this weekend’s Illinois Products Expo are Saturday, March 3, from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sunday, March 4, from 10:00 to 3:00, all in the Orr Building, on the State Fairgrounds. Admission is $5 per person, children 10 and younger are admitted free. While food sampling is free, some costs will apply.