(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has formally submitted a request for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance to help people and businesses in Christian, Macon, Montgomery, and Sangamon Counties recover from the devastating tornadoes that occurred three weeks ago today, on December 1. If approved, the SBA disaster declaration would make low-interest loans available to homeowners, renters, and businesses. There were at least seven separate tornadoes that ranging from EF-3 to EF-1, damaging or destroying over 150 homes causing millions of dollars worth of damage. The cleanup effort by federal, state, and local emergency personnel and others will likely continue well into next spring.
(SPRINGFIELD) Winter officially began yesterday afternoon at 4:23 with the Winter Solstice, the astronomical first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in the whole year when the Sun’s path reaches its southernmost position in the sky. The length of daylight hours will now begin to increase until the Summer Solstice rolls around on June 21. 2019.
(SPRINGFIELD) State and local law enforcement in Illinois are stepping up patrols over the holidays to arrest drivers who drink or take drugs, then drive. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is in full gear now through January 2nd, 2019. State Troopers and local agencies will be doing their part to crack down on what’s been identified as the four main underlying causes of fatal crashes : driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, speeding, distracted driving, and failure to wear seatbelts. During the Christmas holiday weekend last year, eleven people died on statewide roads, four of which tested positive for alcohol. All motorists are urged to follow the “rules of the road” and arrive alive this holiday season.