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>>Transportation Dept. Says Look Out For Bikes

(Rockford, IL)  --  Illinois transportation officials are trying to make drivers aware of others who have the same rights to the road.  I-DOT has kicked-off a campaign called "Gear-Up, Ride Smart" which will promote motorcycle safety on Illinois roads.  They're launching the initiative now as more motorcycles will be on the highways as the weather gets warmer.  I-DOT says there were 142 fatal crashes involving two-wheeled vehicles in 2011 -- an increase of eleven-percent compared with 2010.

>>Almost One-Million Eligible For Health Care Tax Credit

(Undated)  --  Nearly one-million Illinois residents will be eligible for a healthcare tax credit next year.  Officials say 957-thousand Illinoisans will be eligible for the credit.  Credit will be determined using a sliding scale with the highest amount directed at families with the lowest incomes.

>>Grant To Fund CountyLink

(Peoria, IL)  --  The Illinois Department of Transportation is granting Peoria County 50-thousand dollars to help fund CountyLink, the county's rural transit system.  The money will be a one-time emergency grant to keep CountyLink up and running until another grant begins July 1st.

>>Fatal Crash Claims One In Perry Co.

(Perry County, IL)  --  A wreck in Perry County results in at least one fatality.  Authorities said last night's crash along Route 154 claimed the life of 21-year-old Travis Taylor.  Another person in a second vehicle involved is being treated for severe injuries at a Saint Louis hospital.

>>Phelps: Illinois Unlikely To Pass Law Like Connecticut

(Harrisburg, IL)  --  It's unlikely Illinois will pass gun laws as strict as the state of Connecticut.  State Rep Brandon Phelps says he doesn't believe the anti-gun groups have enough support in Illinois, plus a proposal that would've banned high capacity magazines failed in a test vote last month.  Connecticut's new law bans more than 100 types of guns plus magazine clips with more than ten bullets.  It also requires universal background checks for every gun sale and creates the first gun crimes registry. 

>>Company Gets Extra Time To Install Pollution Controls

(Undated)  --  An Illinois company is getting extra time to get its act together when it comes to pollution controls.  The state gave Midwest Generation two more years to install emission controls on their plants in Joliet, Pekin, Romeoville, and Waukegan.  The company is currently in bankruptcy proceedings and claims it can't afford to make the upgrades by the 2015 and 2016 deadlines, but some argue they won't install the controls before they go under.   Midwest Generation produces electricity by burning coal.  It's one of the largest independent power producers in the country.

>>EPA Trying To Discover What Caused Benzene Leak

(Wedron, IL)  --  The EPA wants to know what companies may be responsible for contaminating the drinking water in Wedron. The agency's attorney, Jacqueline Clark, says they have some information on what may have caused the benzene leak but they still haven't been able to pinpoint the exact cause.   They're asking people to come forward with any pictures, documents, or other information that might help.  For now, some of the residents have carbon filters on their home water systems. The E.P.A. installed them as a temporary solution.

>>Tomorrow Is Last Day To Vote Early In Local Elections

(Undated)  --  Tomorrow is the last day to vote early in local elections.  Some cities, towns, and villages are looking for new mayors, school  board members, and even city councilmen.  Voters can check with the Circuit Clerk's office or the State Board of Elections website to see who's on the ballot in their areas.  The actual election is next Tuesday. 

>>War Vet Wins Millions On Powerball

(Westmont, IL)  --  A Vietnam War veteran says he plans to buy his wife the home of her dreams with his recent lottery winnings.  Charles Malone cashed in on two million dollars after matching five numbers in the March 16th Powerball drawing.  He won on a quick pick ticket, purchased at the Falcon Pantry in Westmont.  Malone says he'll also share some of the money with his six kids and 15 grandkids. 


>>Phelps: Illinois Unlikely To Pass Law Like Connecticut

(Harrisburg, IL)  --  The state of Connecticut just passed the strictest gun laws any state has ever seen.  Some believe they're setting the standard for gun laws across the nation but Illinois State Rep Brandon Phelps says a law with so many restrictions faces a grim fate in Illinois.

Connecticut's new law bans more than 100 types of guns plus magazine clips with more than ten bullets.  It also requires universal background checks for every gun sale and creates the first registry for people with gun crimes.  Illinois' Governor Pat Quinn wants a similar law on the books, but Phelps says the odds of that are very unlikely.


 

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