Illinois News

Speed Cameras Still Being Considered in Illinois Communities

Illinois lawmakers have mixed thoughts on a proposal that would allow communities around the state to install speed cameras, which are only allowed in Chicago. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the measure by Collinsville Democrat Rep. Jay …

Illinois Driver Cellphone Ban Campaign Begins

The state of Illinois has begun a public awareness campaign to remind drivers that all hand-held cellphone use is now illegal. Under a law that took effect Jan. 1, Illinois drivers can only use speakerphones or headsets that feature voice-activated …

Illinois Man Gets 6-Month Prison Term for Fake Slip and Fall Claims

A northern Illinois man has been sentenced to 6 months in jail for insurance fraud and forgery. Kane County prosecutors say 53-year-old Juventino Guzman of Elgin falsely claimed he’d slipped, fallen and was injured at three businesses in Elgin and …

Illinois Lawmakers Want Changes in Federal Disaster Aid Formula

Illinois lawmakers want the federal government to change its formula for determining how much aid communities struck by natural disasters can receive. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and his Republican counterpart, Sen. Mark Kirk, said in a joint statement Monday they’ve …

Few Citations After New Illinois Cellphone Ban Goes Into Effect

Illinois police departments say officers are using discretion about whether to cite drivers who are breaking the state’s new ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports law enforcement agencies appear to be giving drivers latitude if …

Illinois Car Insurance Rates Expected to Climb

Illinois drivers should get ready to pay more for insurance. Crain’s Chicago Business reports major insurers in Illinois are raising rates. Northbrook-based Allstate says in a regulatory filing that rates for customers will climb between 2.5 and 3.5 percent later …

Review Calls for Better Illinois Disaster Response

A review has found several shortfalls in Illinois’ readiness to respond to disasters and emergencies. The review concluded that there could be better coordination with local communities on things like identifying and pre-registering volunteer health professionals who could be called …

Illinois Workers’ Comp Fee Schedule Changes Result in Lower Prices Paid: Study

The costs of medical care to treat injured workers in Illinois are declining, the result of regulatory change enacted in 2011, according to a new study by Cambridge-based Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The report, Benchmarks for Illinois, CompScope 14th …

Lack of Fire Protection Closes Illinois Haunted Houses

Two Halloween haunted houses in west central Illinois won’t be operating this year because organizers aren’t able to meet state fire safety rules. The Register-Mail in Galesburg reports that Gilson Haunted School near Galesburg and Fright High in Abingdon will …

Illinois Workers’ Comp Insurance Rate Down 4.5%

The rate used to calculate workers’ compensation insurance premiums in Illinois has dropped again, a direct result of reforms Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law in 2011, his aides said Monday. The National Council on Compensation Insurance, a rating agency, …