Illinois lawmakers continue to hear dire scenarios for the state budget if they do not vote to extend the five-percent income tax rate. The latest threatened cuts include the entire state Capitol Police force.
The Capitol Police Department was established less than 10 years ago, after a deranged man shot and killed an unarmed security officer.
The shooting led to the installation of metal detectors and x-ray machines, and hiring sworn, armed law enforcement personnel.
Illinois law says after four DUI convictions, that person can never drive again, not even if his or her offenses are long in the past. But one lawmaker wants to give people who've gotten their lives together another chance drive.
Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) says her bill was inspired by a constituent who had several DUIs in the past, but has been sober for years.
The Secretary of State's office is closing all 138 of its facilities around Illinois. Agency spokesman Dave Druker ) says officials decided to shut the locations on Monday because of bad road conditions in central and southern Illinois, along with the dangerous cold in northern Illinois. Offices are set to reopen on Tuesday.
A state law taking effect yesterday limits the use of free on-street parking by the disabled. Now, only motorists whose impairments prevent them from being able to pay a meter can park for free in those spots.
Before, anyone with a disability parking placard could do so. Now, motorists will have to get statements from doctors affirming they cannot feed parking meters, for example, because they use wheelchairs or cannot walk more than 20 feet.