(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has made some amendatory veto changes in Springfield. In legislation that he rewrote yesterday, the Governor wants to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois for mass murderers and those who kill police officers. The bill also extends the waiting period from the current 24 hours to 72 hours for delivery for assault-style weapons. And the measure also bans bump stocks that speed up rifle firing rates, plus authorization for officials to take weapons from dangerous individuals. The new legislation now returns to the General Assembly for both the State House and State Senate to consider.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Public Health says now is the time to start taking precautions against the West Nile Virus, which is the most common mosquito-borne illness in Illinois. In fact, statewide surveillance efforts are already underway as local health departments and others have started collecting mosquito samples from water pools and dead birds that have been submitted. The State typically starts seeing some West Nile Virus positive results in mosquitoes and birds around mid to late May with human cases reported closer to late June and early July. Officials say the best way to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus is to eliminate standing pools of water and by using insect repellents containing Deet or Picaridin.
(SPRINGFIELD) Voters from around the state have chosen the top scenic spots as part of the Illinois Top 200 project. The top five selected spots is led by small town of Elsah, which sits in a small valley along the Mississippi River, not far from Alton, which is followed by the Great River Road (a route along the Mississippi River from Galena to Cairo), the Black Hawk Statue along the Rock River, the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest, and Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County. Rounding out the top ten list is the City of Galena, the Chicago Lakefront, Giant City State Park, Allerton Park, and the Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site. Voting in the next category, top museums, is now underway on the state’s special website, at www.IllinoisTop200.com. It all will lead up to Illinois’ 200th birthday on December 3.