(SPRINGFIELD) A proposed ban on tobacco sales to those under the age of 21 has failed in the State House as yesterday’s 62 to 45 vote to override Governor Rauner’s veto of the measure fell 9 votes short. While the legislation would set a minimum age of 21 to buy cigarettes, snuff and chew, and nicotine-based products such as e-cigarettes and vaping materials, opponents of the play argue that 18 year olds can vote and serve in the military, therefore they should be able to decide whether to smoke. Critics also took aim at the lack of penalties in the plan and that consumers on Illinois’ borders would simply buy in other states.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association has announced that it is staging a series of youth-in-the-arts performances at the newly renovated People’s House, a part of a Families First initiative undertaken by the association to showcase the work of talented Illinois youth. Governor Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner will host a public holiday “open house” this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00. The performances will then follow, designed to appeal to families with children ages 3 to 12. Admission to each performance is free, but seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. That’s all at the Governor’s Mansion, at 410 East Jackson Street, in Springfield. Go online at www.illinoismansion.org.
(WATSON) A Watson man is dead following a standoff earlier this week at his Effingham County home. Authorities report 25 year old Brian Rieman first reported to Sheriff’s Deputies that everything was fine at his home this past Monday morning, however when Deputies returned to the home later that day, after a 911 hang-up call, Rieman retreated inside his house as an unidentified female ran to the Deputies. After a State Swat Team tried to negotiate, a robot was sent into the house at just before 5:00 Monday evening. Rieman was discovered dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. There were no others injured.