State News
11:23 am
Fri June 27, 2014

July 4th weekend expected to draw many travelers

More than 41 million Americans are expected to travel this Independence day weekend and lots of Illinois residents will be hitting the road. IPR's Mariam Sobh reports.

At least 2 million people from across the state are expected to travel by car. Charlene Sligting is with AAA Chicago. She says this year is the most active 4th of July since 2007.

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10:33 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Lawmaker proposes changes to state drunk driving law

When it comes to drunk driving, Illinois lets people back on the road after two or even three convictions. The same goes for other serious traffic offenses like reckless homicide. But the law currently says "four strikes, and you're out."

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:05 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

New driving simulator aims to boost safety

IPMR occupational therapist Sara Stomberg stands in front of the new driving simulator machine.
Credit Alex Rusciano/Peoria Public Radio

The region has a new driving simulator to help those who need evaluations on the road.  The $20,000 machine is at the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or IPMR.  Sara Stomberg is an occupational therapist with IPMR.  She says the goal of the simulator is to boost safety on the road before patients get behind the wheel:

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1:30 am
Wed May 29, 2013

IL House approves cellphone driving ban

A mix of tourists and lobbyists milled about the rotunda of the Illinois Statehouse on Tuesday.
Credit (Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

It's now up to Governor Pat Quinn whether "hang up and drive" will become law in Illinois. The House gave final approval Tuesday to a measure that would make it illegal to talk on a hand-held phone while driving. Representative John D'Amico, a Democrat from Chicago, says talking on the phone while driving has been linked to traffic accidents.

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8:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

IL Senate approves cellphone driving ban

The Illinois Senate has voted to ban the use of cell phones while driving. But there are a few exceptions.  

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