(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Senate has approved another plan to regulate firearms dealers after Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a similar plan back in March. On a 35 to 18 vote yesterday, the State Senate approved a bill to license gun-shop owners for $1,000 for a five year period, plus another bill would develop penalties for those that do not report private gun transfers. Those in favor of the plan say these measures are less burdensome than the initial legislation. Opponents say the bills simply punishes law-abiding gun dealers. Both pieces of legislation now move over to the State House of Representatives for consideration there.
(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner says the state will spend about $3 million to help build a new water source in a western Illinois community where Legionnaires’ Disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents of a state Veteran’s Home. The cost of the plan will be split with the City of Quincy, which currently gets water from the Mississippi River. The Governor’s also calling on lawmakers to approve up to $230 million to build a new Veteran’s Home in Quincy as legislation to do so was filed yesterday.
(SPRINGFIELD) Based on the long-term health value of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding, the Illinois Department of Public Health is launching an “Infant at Work” pilot program that will allow eligible mothers, fathers, and legal guardians to bring their infants to work in the early months of parenthood. Parents with infants between four weeks and six months of age are eligible to take part, all depending on their job duties and location. Employees will be required to work with their supervisor on scheduling, work plans, and space accommodations. While the program is successful in several other states around the country, the IDPH is the first Illinois State agency to pilot this special program.