Illinois News Roundup for Tuesday, July 24
Published on July 24 2012 9:15 am
Last Updated on July 24 2012 9:15 am
Written by Greg Sapp
>>Governor Opposes Concealed Carry
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Pat Quinn says he does not support concealed carry guns in Illinois. He doesn't believe that allowing people to carry concealed weapons is a way to prevent violence. Quinn says he also supports a ban on assault weapons in Illinois. The governor also believes that high-capacity magazines need to be regulated and prohibited. He wants Illinois to be a leader and show the way on the gun control measures. Quinn's comments came after talking about the shootings at a Colorado movie theater. He says people should pray for the victims and the people recovering from their injuries.
>>Governor Wants Disaster Declaration
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Pat Quinn is asking for every county in the state to be included in the disaster declaration because of the drought. Quinn says he's asking Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for help for the state's farmers. He says that farmers without crop insurance especially need help. The same goes for those with livestock that are suffering. There are already 33 counties that have been declared disaster areas, but he says relief would be expedited if all of the state's counties would be included. Quinn says this is a crisis that the state hasn't seen for many years in agriculture.
>>State Cracks Down On Parking Abuse
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law that will crack down on people misusing handicap parking placards. The new law raises the fine for unauthorized use of a disability license plate or parking decal to six-hundred dollars. It also doubles the fine for creating or possessing fraudulent disability plates or using a placard without the authorized person there. The law also ends the full parking meter fee exemption and lets the Secretary of State create new meter-exempt decals for people that can't operate parking meters. Quinn says fraud and misuse have resulted in lost revenue and has also decreased available parking for those with disabilities.
>>Former Dixon Comptroller's Horses For Sale
(Rockford, IL) -- The horses that belong to former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell will be sold by the end of September. The four-hundred horses will be sold as a part of a civil forfeiture case. Crundwell is accused of stealing more than 53-million dollars during her time on the job. She was arrested in April and the money from the sale will help pay for the upkeep of the horses since then. Meanwhile, her attorneys say they want more time to look through evidence in the case. They say they have over 18-thousand pages of evidence to review. The judge did grant extra time. There's a status hearing in the case scheduled for August 29.
>>Lottery Has Record Breaking Year
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois Lottery officials say they've had a record breaking year. Lottery spokesman Mike Lang says says were up about 18 percent and topped two-and-a-half billion dollars. He says part of the reason is because the state rolled out online lottery sales. Lang says the says of instant games went up 27 percent last year. He credits that to having games featuring the Cubs, Cardinals and White Sox and the Win For Life series of games. Lang says there were also games that raised money for causes like breast cancer research and veterans.
>>Quinn Signs Bill Banning 'Phone Cramming'
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Quinn signs a bill into law banning the practice known as "phone cramming." The two-billion-dollar practice entails vendors placing unauthorized charges on consumers' phone bills. Experts say just one out of every 20 victims of phone cramming know their bill actually contains a phony charge - usually between 10-and-45-dollars each. Quinn contends the new law will lower people's phone bills.
>>Former UI President Highest-Paid Employee At UI-Springfield
(Springfield, IL) -- The former president at the University of Illinois is getting big money to be a professor at UI-Springfield. The 285-thousand-dollars that Michael Hogan will be paid annually to teach will make him the school's high-paid employee. Only one other employee at UI-Springfield - Chancellor and Vice President Susan Koch - earns more than 200-thousand per year. While generous, Hogan's salary is a far cry from the 650-thousand-dollar salary he was paid as president in Champaign-Urbana.
>>Sister City Arrangement Celebrates 50 Years
(Normal, IL) -- The Illinois cities of Bloomington and Normal are recognizing a milestone anniversary in their partnership with Japan. It's been 50-years since the twin cities created their sister-city partnership with Asahikawa, Japan. The partnership provides students here and oversees a unique opportunity to experience another country and culture. To commemorate the anniversary more than three-dozen delegates from Asahikawa, Japan visited Bloomington-Normal this week for get-togethers with local leaders.
>>School Board To Hire More Hall Monitors
(Champaign, IL) -- Educators in Champaign OK adding more hall monitors at area high schools. The school board there voted unanimously to make the new hires in an attempt to make certain students are in the classroom where they belong. Making the hires will cost about 160-thousand-dollars annually.
>>Water Restrictions Put In Place In Decatur
(Decatur, IL) -- Ongoing drought conditions have resulted in mandatory water restrictions for Decatur effective tomorrow. The sanctions are only for people whose households or businesses draw their water from Lake Decatur. The ban means residents can't water lawns except on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. And restaurants can't serve water to customers unless it is requested.