(SPRINGFIELD) The State Senate has approved another bump-stock ban. On a 38 to 10 vote yesterday, the plan would outlaw the manufacture or possession of bump stocks or trigger cranks which turn rifles into assault-style weapons. Unlike a previous measure that called for cities and towns in Illinois to enact their own local restrictions on assault-style guns, this new proposal deals only with bump stocks. However a separate bill allowing municipalities to set additional rules was also approved. Gun-rights advocates around the state support these uniform rules statewide. The bills now advance to the State House for votes there.
(SPRINGFIELD) As Information Technology Month ends next week, the State Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is highlighting the Illinois’ digital transformation and the positive impact on state operations. Established by the Governor in 2016 through an Executive Order, the agency is charged with building an enterprise IT organization for the state to improve government efficiencies through innovation, to enable state agencies to more effectively serve Illinois citizens, and to improve the overall cyber-security of the state. Illinois currently ranks 5th in the nation when it comes to tech employment.
(SPRINGFIELD) With a dry weekend coming up and temperatures finally on the rise, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are reminding everyone of motorcycle safety in 2018. While all bikers are encouraged to take some extra time before hitting the road to make sure their machines are ready to roll safety-wise, all other motorists are urged to be on the lookout for motorcycles as their travel opportunities increase with better weather. IDOT continues to offer free motorcycle training through its Cycle Rider Safety Training Program, which started back in 1976. Motorcyclists, motorists, and all others can go online for more information about biking safety, at www.StartSeeingMotorcycles.org.