Fun and Fitness Day for youth will be on June 9 at SIU. This great event to promote fitness with fun for our youth is being sponsored by the River to River Runners along with a few others. Many events are planned for the day and everyone is invited to attend. There will be runs, walks, information booths and lots of great fun.
Attached is a flyer and a entery form if interested.
A bill to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving is on its way to Gov. Pat Quinn.
The House voted 69-48 to give final approval to the bill, despite continued objections that it only addresses one aspect of distracted driving. Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, said people get equally distracted while eating when driving or spilling coffee or putting a compact disc in the CD player.
“It just doesn’t seem fair to be focusing on one type of behavior, but leaving the other ones,” Franks said.
“This type of behavior has been linked to a lot of casualties,” countered Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, the bill’s sponsor.
Proponents have said statistics show that drivers who use hand-held cell phones are four times more likely to get into serious crashes. Officials in Evanston said that crashes decreased by 17 percent after the city banned the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.
A violation of the law would result in a $75 fine. More than 70 local governments in Illinois already have bans in place on using hand-held cell phones while driving. Eleven states require use of hands-free phones.
The House approved a Senate amendment to the bill that stipulates a first offense for violating the ban is not a moving violation.
This years recipient is Miss Autumn Gibson. Autumn plans on majoring in Marine Biology with hopes of one day being able to work with the rescue and rehabilitation of marine animals. Congratulations Autumn and to all the graduating class of 2013.