Archives for December 2016

New Laws in 2017

Illinois State Police highlight a few new laws in 2017 for drivers. The new year will bring new laws including an addition to Scott’s Law, or the “Move Over” law that requires motorists slow down or change lanes when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with its lights activated. Beginning January 1st, 2017 the law will also apply to any vehicle on the side of the road with hazard lights on. If you see flashing lights ahead, please move over or slow down. Also, if you decided to speed through a school or construction zone after the first of the year you may end up in jail. Speeding 26 miles per hour or more, but less than 35 miles per hour, is now a Class B misdemeanor. 35 miles per hour or more in excess of the posted work or school zone speed limit is now a Class A misdemeanor. If you have been convicted of driving without insurance and you still choose to drive without it, your vehicle could be impounded the next time you are stopped by police. The law now requires officers to tow your vehicle if you have been convicted of driving without insurance within the prior 12 months and you are receiving another ticket for driving without insurance. ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz says, “In 2017 ISP resolves to work towards strengthening safe driving habits for motorists on Illinois roadways. Our goal is to reduce serious traffic crashes through education and enforcement.”

Feed the Animals

The Macon County Conservation District is inviting central Illinois residents to learn how staff members care for the Rock Springs Nature Center’s residents on January 15.

This event, titled “Feed the Animals,” will be held at the Nature Center, starting at 2:00 p.m. Attendees will learn how reptiles, amphibians, and fish at the facility are cared for, and how they assist in educational programming.

This event is free and open to the public, but you must register online by January 13. For more information, or to register, click here.

Logan County Habitat for Humanity Gets Contribution

Topflight Grain Co-op presented a check for $3,000 this week to Logan County’s Habitat for Humanity. The money will go toward house number 22 that’s being built on Kickapoo St. in Lincoln.

New Laws Begin Jan. 1 in Illinois

As of Jan. 1, Illinois’ “move over” law will include any vehicle by the side of the road with hazard lights on. Also, speed through a school or construction zone next year, and you just might end up in jail.

A Section of E. William St. Partially Closed

The westbound lane of the 200 block of East William St. in Decatur, just west of North State St, remains partially closed through this afternoon around 4. Crews are repairing a vault lid.

New Year’s Openings and Closings

On New Year’s Eve, The DISC will be open 5:30 to 5; Red Tail Run Golf Club will be open 8 to 4. On New Year’s Day, Red Tail will be closed; the DISC will be open from 8 to 1, but the Indoor Golf Center will be closed.

Part of W. Garfield Ave. Closed

The 500 block of West Garfield Ave. in Decatur remains closed through this afternoon around 4. Crews are doing some street repair. Residents can access their homes.

Macon County Offices Closing Early

All Macon County offices will close at noon today. Federal, state, county, city, and park district offices will all be closed Mon. Decatur Public Transit runs as usual, except for Mon.

Champaign Woman Dies After Being Hit by Car

A 76-year-old Champaign woman has died after being hit while crossing West Bradley at North Willis Ave. in Champaign. The driver, a 45-year-old Urbana man, has not been charged.

Decatur Composting Facility Accepting Christmas Trees

You can drop off your used Christmas tree at the Macon County Composting Facility in Decatur during regular business hours, free of charge. They ask that all lights be removed but you can leave tinsel on the tree.