(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois House of Representatives was busy yesterday : On a 80-32 vote, the House approved legislation to create a procedure to temporarily confiscate guns from people who are threatening violence. The measure allows family members and local law enforcement to petition a court to suspend a person’s gun license for up to six months if they’re displaying signs of violence towards themselves or to others. This bill now goes to the State Senate for consideration : On a 106-3 vote, the House approved a measure to legalize industrial hemp for commercial use. While a form of the cannabis plant, but distinct from marijuana, hemp does not produce any high-like effects and is often used in clothing or food. The bill heads to the Governor’s desk : And the State House paused yesterday to honor Illinois’ fallen soldiers, an annual event prior to the Memorial Day weekend. The names of those men and women in uniform who have passed away during the past 12 months were read and honored by their home district representative.
(SPRINGFIELD) Personal preparedness for emergencies is important for everyone, especially households with members who have disabilities, functional needs, or those who may need assistance during an emergency. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has launched a new broadcast campaign to encourage people and caregivers to develop plans and assemble emergency supply kits to help them stay safe and well when and if a disaster strikes. While the spots will run on TV and radio stations throughout Illinois, the spots, along with other details, is available on the state’s website, at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.
(SPRINGFIELD) Two deaths are being investigated : A 72 year old Ashley man has died from an apparent accidental drowning. Washington County officials say it appears Joseph Kujawa lost his footing on the muddy bank and fell into the water of a pond on a relative’s property while he was attempting to feed fish. Last seen Monday afternoon, Kujawa’s body was discovered Tuesday morning : A 72 year old man from St. Charles, Missouri is dead after a single vehicle crash on Interstate 70 a mile west of Effingham. George William Stillman lost control of his pickup truck as it ran off the road and then overturned multiple times. Ejected during the Wednesday morning wreck, Stillman was pronounced deceased at the scene.