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Gov. Rauner signs emergency “red flag” gun law, enacts 72-hour waiting period for all gun purchases

    Vows to veto gun dealer licensing bill again; urges action on broad public safety plan

Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed two bills into law that could help prevent people who are a threat to themselves or others from possessing or purchasing guns. The bills, which have bipartisan and bicameral support, are part of the comprehensive public safety plan that the governor unveiled earlier this year.

Rauner’s signature on HB 2354 enacts “red flag” legislation giving courts authority to use emergency civil restraining orders to disarm dangerous individuals; and with the signing of SB 3256, the 72-hour waiting period for handguns delivery is extended to all guns purchased in Illinois.

At the press conference announcing the bill actions, Rauner urged legislators to get to work on other public safety legislation, including proposals that give schools the ability to hire more resource officers and mental health workers, a point he will make at an event in Dixon later today where he will meet with local law enforcement officials and School Resource Officer Mark Dallas, the Dixon officer who was hailed a hero after he stopped a school shooting there in May.

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Speedboat accident on Lake Shafer

A Water Rescue Team and paramedics responded to a serious crash on Lake Shafter at Monticello, IN Saturday night. Monticello Fire reports it was around 9 pm when emergency crews responded to a report of a speedboat carrying six people that struck a large tree limb while traveling on Lake Shafer.

The mishap occurred on the lake’s north end near West Shafer Drive.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources provided further details. Boat-operator Jason Ward, passengers James Scott and John Mahoney III were removed from the boat by rescue personnel on the scene. They were taken to IU White Hospital.

Scott and Ward were airlifted to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with critical life-threatening injuries.

The investigation continues.

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Chatsworth traffic crash kills downstate Illinois woman

The Livingston County Coroner’s Office is investigating a Friday afternoon crash that left a Mount Vernon (IL) woman dead.

61-YEAR-OLD Debra J. Martin was pronounced dead at St. James – John Albrect Medical Center in Pontiac. An autopsy is planned, according to Coroner Danny Watson.

Watson reported Mrs. Martin’s car collided with a freightliner semi tractor-trailer at Route 24 and County Road 3350 E. The accident happened shortly before 3 pm Friday.

Chatsworth Fire & Ambulance, SELCAS Ambulance, State Police and Livingston County Sheriff’s Police responded.

Motorcycle fatality in Kankakee County ---

A weekend traffic accident killed a Bonfield man. 29-year-old Alexander Thompson suffered fatal injuries when he lost control of his motorcycle Saturday.

The Kankakee County Coroner's Office repors the accident happened on 9000N, west of Route 45.

A female passenger was injured, but escaped more serious injuries.

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More Heat > NWS issues another Heat Advisory

Community Cooling Centers could help citizens in need again today (Sat) as stifling temperatures and humidity has settled into the region again.

The National Weather Service has a ‘Heat Advisory’ in place thru the evening hours.

Afternoon teps could reach 90 to 95 degrees. The heat index is likely to peak between 105 and 108 degrees.
However, thunderstorms developing may also hold those readings down.

Mid-morning thunderstorms brought heavy rain, lightning, and some reports of flash flooding.

---- WGFA recorded one-half inch of rainfall Saturday morning -----

A Heat Advisory creates the means to check on neighbors to make sure they’re properly cared for, they have air-conditioning, and plenty of water. The elderly are especially prone to heat and stroke.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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Pilot injured in Vermilion County plane crash

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a plan crash in rural Vermilion County. It happened Friday evening north of the Vermilion Regional Airport.

The small plane crash left the pilot injured. Vermilion County Sheriff’s Police reported the pilot was the sole occupant of the plane. The crash was near the Illinois-Indiana state line.

Police said the pilot was transferred from the scene by a Lifeline helicopter to an area hospital for treatment.

Information on his condition was not immediately available.

FAA officials were already present at the airport, attending the Balloon over Vermilion event. The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified about the crash.

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