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New IL Boating Laws

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Law enforcement officials say Illinois boaters should be aware of new laws taking effect this year.

It's now a requirement to display a bright orange flag from the highest point of a boat's helm when towing a person such as a water skier.

The flag must be visible from all directions and be continuously displayed.

Starting next year, boating safety courses will ... READ MORE >>


IDOT To Study Mattoon's Rail Congestion Problem

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to study ways to solve Mattoon's rail congestion problem.

State Senator Dale Righter says this is the first step in solving a problem that's caused congestion nightmares and created potential life-and-death situations for emergency responders.

Righter says on May 20th, a train sat on a track at the Marshall Avenue crossing fo ... READ MORE >>


IL Lawmakers Propose Voter Registration Bill

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Two Democratic state senators have filed legislation that would automatically register Illinois residents to vote.

The proposal sponsored by state senators Andy Manar and Daniel Biss would automatically register people to vote whenever they  update or renew a driver's license or state ID.

Biss says the plan would eliminate hurdles and simplify the registration process ... READ MORE >>


First Day on the Job for U of I's New President

Monday, 18 May 2015

New University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says he's optimistic state-budget cuts will not be as deep as the 31.5% Governor Bruce Rauner initially proposed.

But in his first day on the job Monday in Urbana, Killeen said he is still preparing for reductions.

He said any cuts needed on the university's three main campuses in Urbana, Chicago and Springfield would s ... READ MORE >>