(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois voters would be able to say whether they support legalizing recreational marijuana under a proposal lawmakers have approved. On a 37 to 13 vote yesterday, the State Senate voted to put a non-binding question on the November 6th ballot that will basically serve as a statewide opinion poll. The proposal now moves to the State House for a vote there. To make it to the ballot, the bill needs the Governor’s signature. The Governor calls the effort misguided, adding that legalization is a mistake.
(SPRINGFIELD) Many lawmakers spent the final two days of February battling the attempts to implement a wide-ranging gun control agenda based in Chicago and within 48 hours, legislation was approved in the State House that creates new restrictions on age, ammunition limits, and new costs & licensing requirements on small business owners that sell firearms. State Representative David Reis and several other downstate lawmakers voted against each of the anti-gun measures, both of which still passed by a narrow 64-51 vote. One of the bills is probably the most notorious piece of legislation among gun owners and 2nd Amendment supporters in Illinois, drawing more than 14,000 opponents on the record when presented to the House Judiciary Committee. The bill creates a new fee and additional licensing regulations for businesses that do the majority of their business selling guns and ammunition. The measure would not only require a state license for the gun dealer, but also a state license for the gun owner, plus the bill also allows for local governments to impose additional requirements on gun dealers. The other bill would increase the minimum age to 21 for purchase of semi-automatic firearms or ammunition. Already approved by the State Senate, the firearm licensing bill now moves on to Governor Bruce Rauner for his consideration in Springfield.
(SPRINGFIELD) As recent widespread flooding demonstrates, severe weather can happen any time of the year. To help people prepare for weather emergencies, IEMA and local emergency management agencies will be promoting Severe Weather Preparedness Month throughout March. Statewide residents are urged to go online and download IEMA’s “Severe Weather Preparedness Guide” which provides tips & details on how to prepare for weather emergencies. Meanwhile, IEMA and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA) are co-sponsoring an online contest that offers Illinois residents a chance to win a weather alert radio. In fact, a total of 100 weather alert radios will be awarded to randomly selected participants who register after reading information about the radios and successfully completing a five question quiz on the state’s emergency preparedness website. Go online, at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.