(SPRINGFIELD) September is “Campus Fire Safety Month” in Illinois and college students are urged to keep safety first as they are back for another year at statewide colleges and universities. The number of fires in dormitories, fraternities, and sororities reported to U.S. fire departments has been substantially higher in recent years. In fact, ninety-two (92) fatal fires have been documented on a college campus since January of 2000, many of which occurred in off-campus housing. More information is available online at www.campus-firewatch.com or for more details check the Fire Marshall’s website at www2.illinois.gov.
(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has granted eight (8) and denied eighty-five (85) clemency petitions. This was the twenty-sixth (26) set of petitions that the Governor has reviewed since taking office. Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. A granted clemency request for a pardon with expungement allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction through the state court system.
(SPRINGFIELD) As they head to the field this fall, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters of new requirements for use of non-toxic shot at a number of IDNR sites for dove, controlled pheasant, and upland game hunting, effective for the 2018-2019 hunting season. While many IDNR sites have required use of non-toxic shot in recent years, lead shot has been banned for waterfowl hunting by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1991. Hunters should go online and check all the regulations and other information associated with all hunting throughout Illinois. That’s online at www.dnr.illinois.gov.