Counties http://peoriapublicradio.org en Tazewell, Woodford counties among 15 declared federal disaster areas http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/tazewell-woodford-counties-among-15-declared-federal-disaster-areas <p></p><div>President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared 15 Illinois counties major disaster areas. &nbsp;That includes Tazewell county where hundreds of homes were destroyed in Washington and surrounding towns. &nbsp;Woodford, Champaign and LaSalle counties were also among those getting the federal designation. &nbsp;Federal assistance that's made available can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans for uninsured property losses.</div><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:58:50 +0000 Alex Rusciano 15514 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Tazewell, Woodford counties among 15 declared federal disaster areas Counties focus on mental illness, gun access http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/counties-focus-mental-illness-gun-access <p></p><div>More Illinois counties are complying with a law intended to keep guns away from people with mental illness. IPR’s Chris Slaby reports:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>An audit last year found only three county court clerks reported people with "disqualifying mental health conditions" to the Illinois State Police. &nbsp;Now, that number's up to 27.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jessica Tramme is chief of the firearm services bureau for the Illinois State Police.</div><div>She says a change in January means judges MUST order court clerks to notify the State Police when people are found "mental defective" or "intellectually disabled."</div><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:36:18 +0000 Alex Rusciano 2128 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Counties focus on mental illness, gun access