(SPRINGFIELD) A bipartisan group of Illinois lawmakers have introduced a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for convicted mass murderers and for killers of first responders. Although this legislation does not include gun control measures earlier proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner, the bill does support the death penalty as a form of punishment for those who target law enforcement and other first responders.
(SPRINGFIELD) Meanwhile, the State House yesterday approved a bill that offers greater protection and clarification for volunteer first responders in respect to their employment. Already approved in the State Senate, the measure helps clarify for employers that although some volunteers might receive some form of benefit or payment for expenses or fees for their service as a first responder, they should still be considered a volunteer. Under definition of the measure, a firefighter will be a volunteer as long as they receive no more than 20% of what a paid/career firefighter in the same area is paid. The bill goes to the Governor.
(SPRINGFIELD) Spring homebuyer demand pushed Illinois home sales into positive territory in April while median prices continued to outpace the year before, that’s according to Illinois Realtors. The statewide home sales last month totaled 14,478 units, which is up 1.9% from a year ago. Illinois’ median price in April was $210,000 which is up 5% from last month in 2017. The statewide data shows that fifty (50) Illinois counties reported sales gains for April 2018 over previous-year home sale numbers.