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Bill Clinton Backs Gay Marriage Bill
Former President Bill Clinton is backing the proposed Illinois legislation to legalize gay marriage. Yesterday, Clinton urged the Illinois House in a statement that was distributed by gay-rights advocates. In the statement, Clinton wrote the nation must extend rights to people who have been previously denied.
Fracking Bill Clears House Committee
An Illinois House committee has unanimously approved a bill to permit and regulate hydraulic fracturing. The vote came amid chants of "shame" from opponents of fracking who packed yesterday's hearing. The controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas by using a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals carries environmental challenges. The bill that now moves to the full House would require companies to disclose the chemicals they use and test ground water before and after drilling. The bill has already passed the Senate.
Tornado Relief Volunteers Urged To Wait
The Red Cross is advising Illinoisans who want to volunteer with recovery efforts in Oklahoma City not to go there on their own. Erin Miller of the Red Cross in central Illinois says people should volunteer through a recognized relief agency like the Salvation Army or the Red Cross and then wait until disaster coordinators in Oklahoma ask for additional help. In the meantime, the Red Cross says the best way to help is with a cash
donation through RedCross.org or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make an automatic ten-dollar donation.
Hired Drivers Busted For DUI Could Face Felony
The House is moving forward with a plan to make drinking on the job a felony for bus, cab and limo drivers. The bill comes just a week after a Chicago limo driver was busted for DUI while taking kids to an after-prom event. The driver denied he was drunk but reports indicate his blood-alcohol levels were three times the legal limit of point-zero-eight. An increased penalty means the drivers could face up to three years behind bars if convicted. State reps passed the measure out of committee yesterday and could take a vote on the floor this week.
IL Senate Passes E-Cigarette Ban
The Illinois Senate is endorsing a new plan that will prohibit minors from buying electronic cigarettes. The legislation would simply update state law to include the latest nicotine products. The motion will head back to the House for further discussion.
IDOT Setting Up Seatbelt Enforcement Zones
The holiday weekend is coming up and that means police will be out in full force. Starting today, they'll be cracking down on drivers who aren't strapped in. Their main focus will be on afternoon and late-night drivers who tend to ride without seatbelts more frequently. Enforcement zones will be set up through next Monday.
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