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New traffic laws to for Illinois in the New Year

Friday, 20 December 2013 09:13 Published in Local News

Several new traffic laws take effect in Illinois January 1st.  

 

The speed limit on rural interstates will go up from 65 to 70-miles-per-hour.  Madison and St. Clair Counties can opt out on heavily congested highways.  Penalties for speeding will get tougher.  Driving more than 26 miles-per-hour over the speed limit will be a Class B misdemeanor.  Exceed the limit by 35 miles-per-hour and is a Class A misdemeanor.  

 

And the use of hand-held cellphones will be banned.  Fines run from 70-to-150-dollars.  Cause a fatal accident because of cellphone use and you could spend three years in prison.  Bluetooth headsets, earpieces, and voice activated commands are still allowed. 

Governor Pat Quinn to visit wounded soldiers today

Friday, 20 December 2013 09:11 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is heading to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to deliver holiday cards to wounded armed service members from Illinois.
 
Visiting the troops during the holidays has become an annual tradition for the governor. During the last eight years, he has traveled to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany - the largest American hospital outside the United States. But his office says in a news release that because so many service members have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, he decided to go to Walter Reed instead.
 
Quinn will be giving wounded service members cards made by Illinois children when he visits the hospital Friday. He says the cards are the children's way of saying thank you to men and women who can't be home during the holidays.

Disagreement over Missouri revenue estimates for next year

Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:31 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers responsible for the budget have an agreement on a revenue estimate for next year's budget but say Gov. Jay Nixon did not sign off on it.
 
Legislative budget leaders and the governor typically reach a revenue estimate that is the foundation for the budget. Agreeing how much money is available lets officials focus on how to spend that money.
 
On Thursday, House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer said they will use an estimate of 4.2 percent growth in revenues. The lawmakers say Nixon's office sought an estimate they do not think can be supported.
 
Nixon says he will propose a "fiscally responsible budget." He says the economy is gaining steam and officials have an opportunity to invest in students and schools.
 

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