Friday, May 17, 2013
Passed by a 35-21 vote, the bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet said whether he intends to sign it.
By a vote of 35-21, the Illinois Senate approved legislation on Friday that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature. According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill covers 33 specific conditions—including multiple sclerosis, cancer and HIV infection—and includes several controls, with a four-year trial program, dosage limits, fingerprinting, background checks and licensed dispensing centers. “This bill is filled with walls to keep this limited,” the paper quoted sponsoring Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), who urged lawmakers to pass the legislation as a compassionate measure for those suffering with extreme pain. In opposition, Sen. …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Supporters of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act are invited to join the peaceful vigil from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17.
Thursday, May 16
McHenry County advocates for same sex marriage are planning to hold a peaceful vigil later today in Woodstock. Members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry (Tree of Life), along with Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Fortunate Families, a Catholic family group, will once again be holding a silent roadside vigil in support of marriage equality in Illinois. The supporters will gather from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Woodstock at the corner of South Eastwood Drive (Route 47) and Country Club Road. “This week Minnesota became joined Rhode Island and Delaware becoming the third state to enact marriage equality legislation in the last month,” said Patrick Murfin, Social Justice Committee chair of the U.U. Congregation…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit from .08 to .05. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.
Do you think Illinois needs stricter guidelines for the blood-alcohol threshold for those driving under the influence? On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from .08 to .05 percent. About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. Secretary of State Jesse White said the lowered alcohol limit needs "further study," White's spokesman told the Daily Herald. In 2011, there were 942 DUI arrests in McHenry County…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
State Sen. Jim Oberweis is sponsoring a bill that would increase the state's highest speed limit by 5 mph.
If driving 65 mph on Illinois’ highways just isn’t fast enough for you, don’t worry. The maximum speed limit in the state may soon be increased. State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) is sponsoring a bill that already has made its way through the state Senate that would increase the speed limit to 70 mph on state highways, according to the Chicago Tribune. The measure is a "business friendly" bill that would allow companies to move commerce in a faster way, Oberweis said. “This is a bipartisan, good-government bill, which would allow the maximum speed limit on tollways and interstate highways to increase to 70 mph to bring Illinois in line with most of the rest of the country,” Oberweis said. “The interstates were designed for a higher …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Homes located along the Fox River in Burton's Bridge were surrounded by water on Friday afternoon.
Nunda Township officials said the houses in the Riverdale subdivision in Burton's Bridge were hit hard by Fox River flooding. Many residents in the area took advantage of using the sandbags provided by the township workers and volunteers. On Friday, the waters of the Fox had risen up to the back and sides of several houses. The river is expected to crest on Sunday.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Residents of our state will soon have the right to carry concealed weapons in public, but that doesn't mean safety is guaranteed.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Results from the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election.
Community College District (CCD) 528 (6 year terms) Vote for not more than 3. Mike Smith
Friday, March 22, 2013
Significant snowfall is expected for central Illinois with lighter snow expected in northern Illinois.
Be sure to bundle up this Palm Sunday as a late March snowstorm could hit the area. Initial weather reports indicate the brunt of the snowstorm will hit south of the Kankakee and Illinois rivers on Sunday with lighter snow expected north to the Wisconsin border, according to the National Weather Service. Central Illinois could get as much as six inches of snow or more while two to four inches of snow is expected for northern Illinois, according to the possible snowfall amounts' map on the NWS website. Snow accumulation is expected to be heavier near Lake Michigan, on the south side of Chicago and in northwestern Indiana, according to the National Weather Service. The likelihood of accumulating snowfall drops off during the last couple …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Cary Police release reports through March 11, 2013.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, March 19
Note: The following information was obtained from Cary Police Department arrest reports. An arrest is only an accusation and does not constitute guilt. An individual can only be found guilty in a court of law. Luis F. Pureco-Jimenez, 19, 515 Parkside Terrace- unit 38, Crystal Lake, was arrested Feb. 12, and charged with aggravated assault of a volunteer and driving under the influence of drugs. Peter A. Stova, 25, 626 Knollwood Dr., Cary, was arrested Feb. 12, and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting a peace officer, resisting/ obstructing a peace officer, two counts of improper lane use and one count operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Justin J. Kubicek, 25, 740 Coventry Ln., Crystal Lake, was arrested Feb. 14…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A winter storm advisory is in effect for McHenry County through 9 p.m tonight.
Like" Crystal Lake-Cary Patch on Facebook | Get daily updates and breaking news alerts with our newsletter | Start a blog It could be a treacherous commute for many taking to area roads this evening. Roadway conditions continue to worsen as heavy snow falls and strong winds whip through the area. A winter storm advisory remains in effect through 9 p.m. tonight for McHenry County. As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, 5.5 inches of snow had fallen in Bull Valley in McHenry County with 2.1 inches of snow falling in one hour, according to the National Weather Service. As much as four inches of snow has been reported in Elgin, according to Tom Sklling's Facebook page. Motorists were reporting white-out and blizzard conditions, accidents and …