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Barickman Legislation to Address State Police FOID Backlog

SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) plans to introduce legislation in Springfield protecting Illinois gun owners from a major delay by Illinois State Police in processing Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) renewals.

Currently, State Police has 30 days to process FOID renewal applications. Unfortunately, Senator Barickman says, many Illinoisans each year have had their FOID cards expire before State Police processes the renewal application. That leaves them in violation of state law, which requires gun owners to possess a valid FOID card.

Under Barickman's legislation, FOID cards would remain valid for six months following their expiration, as long as the cardholder has proof they have applied for renewal.

"Unfortunately, the State Police backup in processing these applications has left many law-abiding gun owners around the state in a lurch," said Barickman. "Hopefully, this legislation will ease the burden on them and encourage State Police to process these applications more promptly."

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Watseka: Step 2 in Comprehensive Plan Thursday evening

Public input is welcome again Thursday night in Watseka when the city plays host to its second meeting for the Comprehensive Plan. A 7 pm session is scheduled at City Hall on Brianna Drive.

Watseka Mayor Bon Harwood says the plan is about "your community." This second of a series of meetings encourages input about where the city may be headed in the future.

Harwood said "it's important to get people to attend and offer input. have a say in what we need to focus on." 

An Orland Park consulting company is heading up the effort to develop a plan toward future growth.

Mayor Harwood said preliminary plans developed from a first-meeting last Fall. Nothing is final. It's up the local people as to where the city should focus its attention.

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Rural Beaverville fire alerts several departments

A space heater is blamed on an accidental fire in rural Beaverville Monday afternoon. The call was answered at approximately 12:30 to 2643 E and 3000 N Roads. No injury was reported. Beaverville Fire Chief Jason Brammer (Bray-mer) said the damage was contained to a hallway and a bedroom in the two-story farmhouse. Damage estimates were not available.

Three adults lived at the home. All were able to get out of the house.

Brammer reported a box-alarm alerted several area department, including Papineau, Donovan, Concord, Momence, St. Anne, Pembroke. Eastern Illini Electric Co-op crews were also on the scene to dis-connect power. Investigators were at the scene until about 8 pm.

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Clifton Mayor resigns; relocating to Florida

The Village of Clifton Mayor Jan Meier O'Connell resigned this past week. Her husband accepted a job opportunity in Florida. And the family will be moving there.

The resignation is effective Friday, January 17th.

O'Connell has served the village for 18 years, first as a trustee, then as mayor. She told the Clifton Advocate "she's grateful to the village residents for giving her the opportunity to serve on the board."

O'Connell said she's seen a lot of progress during her 18 years and she knows there's more to come.

Long-time village trustee Bob Berns is likely to succeed O'Connell. He has a choice to resign as trustee or serve as interim-mayor. Berns can either serve as Mayor ProTem or interim mayor until the next municipal election in the Spring of 2015

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Winter weather problems not isolated

Hardware stores and other fix-it-up shops are reporting some busy times as homeowners are now feeling the effects of last week's snowfall and arctic temperatures. The weather blindsided many of us in Illinois and Indiana.

The weather went from many people using space heaters to using sump pumps and roof repair materials. Pot-holes have become an extreme problem too. Auto repair shops are reporting numerous tire and rim damage and also front-end problems on vehicles.

Flood related devices are also common purchases. The melting snow has caused concern for possible flooding.

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