GOVERNOR QUINN TO USE AMENDATORY VETO TO CHANGE CONCEALED CARRY BILL
Governor Pat Quinn is changing legislation regarding the carrying of concealed guns in Illinois. At a press conference held Tuesday morning, Quinn announced that he will use his amendatory veto power to alter the proposed legislation – House Bill 183. Quinn stated, “This is a flawed bill with serious safety problems that must be addressed.” Quinn’s changes to the bill include, but are not limited to, capping the number of firearms and ammunition that an individual can carry, requiring that individuals immediately disclose to law enforcement officers that they are in possession of a concealed firearm, giving employers a right to prohibit employees from carrying guns in the workplace, and banning guns from any establishment where alcohol is served.
The state has been ordered by a federal court to legalize some form of concealed carry by Tuesday, July 9th.
Governor Quinn has launched a website where people can access information about the concealed carry legislation and his amendatory veto, www.KeepIllinoisSafe.org.
ONE MAN REMAINS IN ICU AFTER ATV ACCIDENT
One man remains in the hospital following an ATV accident that sent two to a St. Louis hospital on Saturday. The Bond County Sherriff’s Department responded to Rt. 143 in Pocahontas at approximately 6:00 p.m. Saturday. 32 year-old Gabriel Mendoza and 29 year-old Lauren Floyd were riding an ATV and were both thrown aside when they attempted to turn into the Millersburg Gas and Grocery Store. Both sustained injury and were taken to St. Louis University Hospital. As of late Tuesday morning, Mendoza was still in the Intensive Care Unit; Floyd had been discharged. The Bond County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.
GOVERNOR BOND LAKE NO WAKE AREA
According to Greenville Code Enforcement Officer Matt Willman, due to high water levels on Governor Bond Lake, there is a 5 mile per hour speed limit on the lake and the entire lake is declared a “no-wake” area until sunrise Thursday, July 4. The situation will be re-evaluated Thursday morning.
OLDE CABIN ROAD CLOSED DUE TO CULVERT WASH OUT
Due to recent rains, Olde Cabin Road in Mills Township is closed until further notice due to culvert wash out. No detour route is available.
The Clin-Clair Fire Department and Albers Commercial Club are hosting a fireworks show tonight at dusk in Albers.
Although there will be no fireworks in Greenville this year, the Greenville Municipal Band will perform Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Fourth of July Celebration on the Bond County Courthouse grounds. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the First United Methodist Church on Second Street.
Highland’s 4th of July celebration will begin at Glik Park on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. with food and a bounce house for the kids. Fireworks are scheduled to be shot off at dusk.
Fireworks will light up the sky in Alhambra Thursday at the Alhambra Township Park. Fireworks start at approximately 9:00 p.m. Food and soft drinks will be available around 6:30. The event is sponsored by the Alhambra Jaycees.
The Vandalia Lions Club 4th of July Carnival and Fireworks show is Thursday through Saturday at the Vandalia Lake and Camp Ground. Events are from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. nightly.
Lenjo’s Bar in Pocahontas will shoot off fireworks Friday, July 5th at dusk.
You are invited to enjoy fireworks at the Keyesport American Legion Post #1994 Saturday, July 6. A DJ will provide music starting at 7:00 p.m. and the fireworks start at dusk. For more information, call Mindy, at 749-5807.
GREENVILLE FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO REPORT OF EXPLOSION
Greenville Firefighters responded to the 500 block of East Oak Street at approximately 10:14 a.m. Tuesday morning after receiving a report of an explosion. According to the fire report, firefighters found used fireworks in a shed which most likely caused the reported explosion and subsequent smoke. After a thorough search of the area, firefighters determined that there was no fire.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES DROP IN EIGHT OF TWELVE METRO AREAS
According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, unemployment rates fell in eight of the twelve Illinois metropolitan areas compared to a year ago. Total numbers of jobs increased in six areas and decreased in six with the most jobs, 60,400, added in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Area. The May 2013 unemployment rate for the Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area fell to 7.5 percent, down one percent from May 2012. Locally, the Bond County rate fell from 8.3% in May 2012 to 6.8% in May 2013. The rate in other area counties also fell over the same time span. In Clinton County, the rate dropped from 7.1 to 6.3%, Madison County 8.3 to 7.4%, and in St. Clair County 9.1 to 8.1%.