With the arrival of the new year comes a series of new laws enacted by the State of Illinois. This year, over 200 new laws will take effect on January 1. These include bills for small technical corrections as well as major pieces of legislation. Click here to read a summary of these new laws. For more information on all the bills in the General Assembly, visit www.ilga.gov
State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) and the Illinois State Police (ISP) are taking action to work with the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to address a reporting issue linked to mental health problems and gun violence. A recent review of required reporting suggests a number of hospitals are failing to report mental health admissions to keep guns away potentially dangerous individuals.

A growing body of evidence has demonstrated the link between certain mental health problems and violence, gun related or otherwise. This is why Illinois law requires hospitals to report mental health admissions to ensure that people at risk of harming themselves or others will not have access to firearms.

“Today is the anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting, a troubling reminder of the clear link between mental health problems and gun violence,” said Wheeler. “Even though we have specific rules in place to help keep firearms out of the hands of someone suffering from a potentially dangerous mental health problem, if those rules aren’t being followed, it means nothing. One life lost because of a failure to report a mental health problem is one too many, which is why we are working with the State Police and seeking a thorough review of hospitals reporting mental health admissions to DHS.”
The Illinois Tollway and their partners in safety have launched Give Them Distance, a safe driving campaign that is urging the importance among Illinois drivers of the Move Over Law. 

The Illinois Move Over Law is intended to protect roadway workers, emergency personnel and every driver who pulls off on the side of the road, by requiring drivers to reduce their speeds and change lanes safely when approaching any vehicle stopped alongside the road with hazard or emergency lights flashing.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on the state’s transportation system through its annual Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey, available until Dec. 31.

The annual survey, conducted through the University of Illinois Springfield’s Survey Research Office, seeks input on topics ranging from road conditions and ice-and-snow removal to commuting habits and driving behaviors. Questions also address IDOT’s website, the state’s rest-area system and Amtrak service.
Consumers Cooperative Association (CCA), the sponsor for Consumers Credit Union, is offering students the opportunity to earn one of ten (10) $2,000 scholarships!

The scholarships are available for students scheduled to graduate high school in the spring of 2018. Applicants are evaluated on academic performance, financial need and leadership abilities, in addition to their involvement and activity within the local community.

Interested applicants may apply online, Click Here. Applications must be received by
11:59pm CST on December 31, 2017 to be considered.
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County will be hosting a household chemical drop-off event at their facility located at 1311 N. Estes Street Gurnee, IL 60031 on Saturday, December 9th.

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED for Household Chemical Waste Events located at the Gurnee Facility to ensure safety & efficiency. Collections are for residential waste only. No business waste will be accepted. All SWALCO HCW Collection Events are FREE for Illinois residents ONLY.