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It is now a fineable offense for Clinton students who are caught vaping at school.

 

The epidemic has led to several area schools addressing this by attaching a fine to students caught vaping at school and Clinton schools are going to be the latest to take this kind of action. Wednesday morning on the WHOW Morning Show, Superintendent Curt Nettles told Regional Radio News vaping has exploded among the teen population.

 

 

The Clinton City Council has taken up the issue and plans to pass an ordinance in September to make a city offense. Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers explained Monday night this adds a layer of enforcement to the penalties at the district level.

 

 

Vaping can be in the form of nicotine going into a teen's body but also there are CBD oils they can get access. The Chief says vaping materials are the latest trend in harmful substances teens can consume.

 

 

Nettles says his staff and administration will strictly enforce this new ordinance and for athletes, the consequences could also impact them.

 

 

Teens have been hospitalized in various parts of the country from vaping. Illinois health officials have started to raise awareness surrounding this growing challenge among teens, as Illinois has seen some of its own teens hospitalized. 


Farm Progress Show Media Day Recap

The Super Bowl of agriculture is less than a week away in Decatur, Illinois and Wednesday media members got a preview of everything to come in this show that will draw people from all over the country and world.

 

National Events Manager for Farm Progress Matt Jungmann calls this the year of the tractor. He says there are a lot of new things coming that will get people excited.

 

 

Jungmann recommends downloading the 2019 version of the Farm Progress Show app. He says it will have an updated map along with a schedule of events. Plus, if weather pops up and the show site gets shut down, the app will keep you updated.

 

 

There has been a change if you are coming into the show. Highway 48 now connects to Brush College Road at a different location so Jungmann recommends just getting near Decatur and following the signs and traffic. 


The firearm deer permit application lotteries have all passed but if you missed the third and final cycle, there's still a chance you can purchase them in October.

 

Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Sergeant John Williamson says the number of permits available varies by county, something that is different from a lot of other states.

 

 

Resident and non-resident archery deer permits are now available. Williamson explains the designations are because of how popular deer hunting is in Illinois.

 

 

The Illinois archery deer season runs October 1 through January 19 into next year. 


SECRETARY OF STATE JESSE WHITE IS REMINDING DRIVERS TO BE CAREFUL AS CHILDREN HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL. 

 

DURING THE LAST SCHOOL YEAR…17 KIDS NATIONWIDE WERE KILLED BY MOTORISTS WHO FAILED TO STOP FOR A SCHOOL BUS. SECRETARY WHITE SAYS THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS.

 

 

HE ALSO RECOMMENDS TALKING WITH YOUR KIDS ABOUT PAYING ATTENTION WHEN WALKING TO SCHOOL AND GETTING ON AND OFF THE BUS.

 

 

SECRETARY WHITE SAYS HIS OFFICE’S “TOBY TIRE” PROGRAM TEACHES KIDS ABOUT STAYING SAFE WHEN GETTING ON AND OFF THE BUS.


GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS SIGNING A NEW LAW TO BETTER PROTECT IMMIGRANT TENANTS. 

 

THE LAW AIMS TO MAKE SURE IMMIGRANTS ARE SAFE FROM HARASSMENT BY THEIR LANDLORDS SAYS GOVERNOR PRITZKER.

 

 

LANDLORDS ALSO CANNOT THREATEN TO DISCLOSE A TENANT’S IMMIGRATION STATUS. VIOLATORS MAY FACE CIVIL PENALTIES. IT WAS SPONSORED BY SENATOR CRISTINA CASTRO OF ELGIN.

 

 

ILLINOIS IS THE SECOND STATE IN THE COUNTRY TO PASS SUCH A LAW.


THREE NEW CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM LAWS ARE NOW ON THE BOOKS. 

 

TWO OF THE BILLS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER AIM TO ENGAGE MORE PEOPLE IN ELECTIONS. INMATES AWAITING TRIAL WILL BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO REGISTER TO VOTE AND THEN CAST A BALLOT…AND THOSE ABOUT TO GET OUT OF PRISON WILL LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VOTING PROCESS.

 

 

THE THIRD NEW LAW CREATES INCENTIVES FOR INMATES SERVING LONG SENTENCES SET BEFORE 1998 TO EARN GOOD TIME CREDIT BY TAKING COLLEGE AND LIFE SKILLS COURSES .

 

 


Illinois Congressmen Darin LaHood and Rodney Davis made a stop in Bloomington Tuesday to discuss trade and infrastructure with local community members.

 

LaHood says passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement is essential for Illinois. He says about 40 percent of the products grown, produced, or manufactured in the state are sent to Mexico and Canada.

 

 

Meanwhile, both LaHood and Davis agreed more needs to be done at the federal level to address infrastructure. Davis says many lawmakers want to increase the gas tax, but he believes other sources of revenue should be addressed.

 

 

The Central Illinois lawmakers also addressed recreational marijuana and raising the minimum wage.


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