MetroSource News 05/22/2013
Hired Drivers Busted For DUI Could Face Felony
(Springfield, IL) -- 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.
Fracking Bill Clears House Committee
(Springfield, IL) -- Experts say companies are already buying up land in Illinois to start digging deep into the ground and siphoning oil out of shale rocks. It's a process called fracking and now lawmakers say they need to impose strict regulations to make sure people are protected. A House committee passed a bill yesterday, but opponents want lawmakers to put a moratorium on fracking. They say it poses serious health risks to people who live and work near the fracking sites.
Police Investigate After Athletes Record Female Students
(Belleville, IL) -- Police are still investigating some members of a sports team at Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville. Chief William Clay, Jr. says several student athletes are under investigation for video recording female students in a bathroom or locker room without their consent. Clay isn't releasing too many details because the suspects are minors, but he did say all of the electronic devices that could've been used in the recording have been confiscated. No other details have been released.
IDOT Setting Up Seatbelt Enforcement Zones
(Undated) -- 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 in Chicago, Rockford, East Moline, Peoria, Springfield, Caseyville, and Marion for the rest of the week and through next Monday.
Red Cross Accepting Tornado Donations
(Undated) -- Anyone who'd like to make a cash donation to help tornado victims in Oklahoma can text Red Cross to 90999. That'll send a ten-dollar donation to the organization. Red Cross officials say the cash will be used to help victims buy new clothes, food and other items to help them recover. People who text their donation will see the charge on next month's cell phone bill. Donations can also be made at RedCross.org or by calling 1-800-Red-Cross.
Website Helps Loved Ones Find Tornado Victims
(Undated) -- Anyone having trouble getting in touch with a loved one in Moore, Oklahoma can check out RedCross.Org/SafeAndWell to see if the person has registered. Survivors who've been housed at Red Cross shelters have been asked to register on the site. Hundreds of people have been displaced after a deadly twister ripped through the town earlier this week. Dozens more were killed.
Mayors Step Up To Help Tornado Victims
(Undated) -- Mayors in Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, and Troy are lending a helping hand to victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. They're asking people to donate things like diapers, baby wipes, snack foods, toiletries and other items. There are several drop-off locations including Fire Station One in downtown Edwardsville, the Troy Municipal Building, Glen Carbon Village Hall, and the CNB Bank in Alton. The deadline for drop-off is this Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
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