NEW SEX OFFENDER DISCLOSURE BILL TAKES EFFECT JANUARY 1
Legislation sponsored by Representative Kurt Granberg that helps Illinois residents better monitor convicted sex offenders will take effect on January 1. The bill requires the statewide sex offender database to now include information on which county the sex offender was convicted in, all license plate numbers registered in the offender's name, and any distinguishing marks located on that person's body. The online registry can be accessed through the Illinois State Police website. Under the new law, school personnel are required to notify parents during school registration or parent-teacher conferences that information regarding sex offenders is available to the public.
MOTORISTS REMINDED OF SCOTT'S LAW
Illinois State Police Director Larry G. Trent and the Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Timothy W. Martin remind motorists of Scott's Law, designed to protect emergency response personnel and highway workers from errant drivers who pose a risk to public servants. There has been in increase in the number of ISP officers being injured as well as the death of an IDOT worker this spring.
Scott's Law was enacted in 2002 in memory of Lt. Scott Gillen, of the Chicago Fire Department, who was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver on the Dan Ryan Expressway while assisting at a crash scene. The law requires motorists to yield to moving emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles, display oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights. It also requires drivers to change lanes (if safe to do so) or reduce speed to proceed with caution when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing warning lights.
Motorists who are in violation of Scott's Law commit a business offense punishable by a fine or not more than $10,000. If in violation under the influence of drugs of alcohol, additional consequences can be incurred to the aggravated circumstances of the offense.
SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICES TO BE CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
All Secretary of State offices and facilities will be closed today (Friday), Saturday, December 23 and Monday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday. They will reopen Tuesday, December 26.
Additionally, the same offices will be closed Saturday, December 30 and Monday, January 1 for the New Year's holiday. They will reopen Tuesday, January 2.
GREENVILLE LIBRARY HOLIDAY CLOSURES
The Greenville Public Library has announced the days it will be closed this month in observance of the holidays. The library will close Saturday December 23 and Monday December 25 in observance of Christmas. They will also be closed Saturday December 30 and Monday January 1 for New Year’s.