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Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - August 2, 2019


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Measure limiting tinted headlights signed into law

Legislation that State Senator Steve Stadelman partnered with the Illinois State Police to pass to limit the use of tinted headlights on cars was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker. Senate Bill 87, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly on bipartisan votes, prohibits smoked or tinted headlights and taillights from being installed on a car. 

"Being able to see other vehicles when driving at night or during bad weather can be a matter of life for death," Stadelman said. "I'm glad to have worked with the State Police to get this done."

lliinois law requires headlights to emit a white light at a distance of 1000 feet. Taillights are required to produce a red light visible for at least 500 feet.

Governor visits Rockford to signs bills to strenghten Scott's Law

Gov. JB Pritzker signed a package of bills in Rockford that increases penalties for motorists who fail to slow down or move over for parked emergency vehicles along Illinois roads.

One of the bills increases fines and adds possible jail time for violators of "Scott's Law," enacted in 2012 after an intoxicated driver struck and killed Chicago Fire Lt. Scott Gillen while he was assisting at a crash scene. Two other bills raise fines for traffic violations in construction zones and establish a 20-member "Move Over Task Force" to study the causes of "Scott's Law" violations. 


The legislation comes after the separate roadside deaths of three Illinois State Police officers earlier this year including trooper Brooke Jones-Story, who was killed in March after being struck by a tractor-trailer during a traffic stop in Freeport.


Stadelman legislation fighting illegal logging on conservation land signed into law
Individuals who own an interest in conservation or preservation land will be able to recover costs associated with damage done when someone illegally cuts down trees on the owner's property thanks to legislation signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker. State Senator Steve Stadelman was the legislation's sponsor.

"Preserving our state's natural beauty for future generations is more important than some people think," Stadelman said. "I'm glad I was able to partner with the Illinois Environmental Council to pass this legislation, which strengthens existing protections."

The legislation passed both chambers unanimously and takes effect immediately. 


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Thanks to Bourn & Koch Inc. for giving Rep. West and myself a tour of its plant on Kishwaukee Street. The company is taking advantage of state grant money to train employees.

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Last night's softball showdown at Busch Stadium between Missouri and Illinois lawmakers had to be canceled in the 1st inning because of rain.  We tried to convince them to cancel tonight's Cardinals-Cubs game so we could get our game in. It didn't work. 😂

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