(SPRINGFIELD) Before the Illinois General Assembly adjourned its spring legislative session last week, the State Senate approved a House bill which cracks down on texting while driving by classifying first-time offenses as moving violations. Under current law, which took effect in 2014, first-time offenses for “texting while driving” is a nonmoving violation. The penalty for a violation of this new stricter law results in a moving violation to be recorded to the motorist’s driving record, as well as fines and court costs, which will be determined by a judge. Plus a driver convicted of three such moving violations in a 12-month period is subject to a driver’s license suspension. The bill now is on the Governor’s desk awaiting his consideration.
(SPRINGFIELD) Another bill that passed both the State House and State Senate last week is good news for travelers in far Southeastern Illinois. It’s a combined effort that will create an Illinois commission that will work with the New Harmony Bridge commission in Indiana with plans to reopen the structure over the Wabash River and reconnect the two states. Having been closed to traffic now for many years due to needed repairs, the New Harmony Bridge Compact Act was initiated and pushed in Springfield by State Representative David Reis and State Senator Dale Righter. Officials from both sides of the river believe this is what’s needed to get the ball rolling. The bill now is on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature.
(SPRINGFIELD) In recognition of the outstanding service provided by the men and women of the aerial refueling wing of the Illinois Air National Guard, Governor Bruce Rauner proclaimed this past Saturday, June 2, 2018, as “126th Air Refueling Wing Day” in Illinois. Consisting of more than 1,000 Air National Guard and active duty Air Force personnel, the special Wing recently received its eigthth (8th) Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for service provided from December 2014 through December 2016. It was during this period, the 126th Air Refueling Wing made history as the only known wing to fly a 55-year-old KC-135R aircraft for ten missions under a “black letter” status with “zero discrepancies” or maintenance issues. Previously stationed in Chicago, the current unit has been stationed at Scott Air Force Base since 1999.