(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a law allowing courts to take weapons away from people who pose a threat of violence to themselves or others. Yesterday’s action allows police or family members prove in court that a person with guns is suffering from mental health or other problems and threatening harm as the weapons could be surrendered for up to six months. The Governor also signed a law yesterday that would extend a 72-hour waiting period for all guns when purchased, not just handguns. Governor Rauner says he plans to veto a gun dealer licensing bill that he says is burdened by red tape.
(SPRINGFIELD) A new state program will automatically deduct money from the paychecks of about 1.2 million Illinois residents for retirement savings. State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says the move could reduce the use of food stamps, Medicaid, and publicly funded programs as the Illinois Secure Choice is being phased in more than three years after becoming law. The state-sponsored program works with businesses that do not offer savings plans that have been operating for at least two years with 25 or more employees. The businesses will be connected with a financial firm that will provide ways for workers to build savings for retirement with after-tax cash deducted from each paycheck for a Roth individual retirement account. Some oppose the program, calling it a “poor substitute” for a typical retirement plan.
(SPRINGFIELD) The State of Illinois has announced it will provide money to try to spark interest in a resort along Lake Shelbyville that closed nearly a decade ago because of environmental and financial problems. The Decatur Herald & Review reports the state will issue a new request for proposals next month for the Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center as the state will reportedly provide $500,000 to help with demolishing the old resort. Located in Shelby County, near Findlay, the Eagle Creek State Recreation Area still has its 18-hole golf course open, however the resort has been closed since mold was detected in its main building back in 2009. A single private bid to the State DNR earlier this year was rejected.