Tossing trash anywhere besides a garbage will soon cost you no matter where you are in Illinois. A new law imposes a statewide fine for littering.
State Senator Bill Haine hates litter, saying "it's irresponsible, it pollutes beautiful environments, God's creation, it creates ugliness."
He hates it so much, he says he goes around his neighborhood in Alton, picking it up himself.
"We don't have a dog anymore, but I use a Pooper Scooper, which is a remarkably efficient way to pick up litter," he says.
After several stumbles, an agreement has been reached on how to regulate "fracking" in Illinois. A House committee could vote on the package Thursday morning.
The oil and natural gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing has been a boon for job creation in places like North Dakota and Pennsylvania.
State legislators want the same in Illinois.
As do oil and gas drillers looking to make a handsome profit.