(SPRINGFIELD) The State House yesterday approved legislation initiated by the Secretary of State to strengthen Illinois’ law on distracted driving. The legislation cracks down on texting while driving by classifying first-time offenses as moving violations. The penalty would result in a moving violation to be recorded to the motorist’s driving record, as well as fines and court costs to be determined by a judge. A driver who’s convicted of three moving violations in a 12-month period is subject to a driver’s license suspension. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. The bill now advances to the State Senate.
(SPRINGFIELD) The sponsor of a proposal to ban Illinois children younger than 12 years old from playing tackle football says the measure lacks votes to pass this Legislative Session in Springfield. Democratic Representative Carol Sente of Vernon Hills says a House vote now would fall short and that she’ll focus her time on educating people about the dangers of “repeated hits to the youth brain.” Sente says the legislation is meant to delay the trauma until after children’s brains are better developed. Those against the plan say there are plenty of safe tackling techniques being used and that a total ban is an overreach.
(SPRINGFIELD) The National Archery in the Schools (NASP) Illinois State Tournament was held recently at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Champaign Central won the High School Division Title by edging out cross-town rival Champaign Centennial, while Danville Schlarman finished third. In the Middle School Division, Champaign Jefferson took first place, followed by Canton Ingersoll in second and a second team from Champaign Jefferson in third. The Elementary School Division champs were from Next Generation School in Champaign, followed by Georgetown-Ridge Farm in second place and Danville Schlarman in third. The top finishers qualify for the NASP National Tournament on May 10-12 in Louisville, Kentucky.