Smoking in cars could be banned

Apr 7, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Illinois legislators could ban smoking if children are in the car. 

The price of a gallon of Regular-grade gasoline is now below the 2-dollar mark at many gas stations in downstate Illinois.

Analyst Patrick DeHaan, with the gas-price-tracking website GasBuddy.com, thinks those prices may be within five or ten cents of bottoming out. He says gasoline prices should start rising in January or February, when oil refineries cut back production for seasonal maintenance and retooling. But DeHaan predicts gas prices in 2015 will stay lower overall than the year before.

July 4th weekend expected to draw many travelers

Jun 27, 2014

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.

Lawmaker proposes changes to state drunk driving law

Jan 21, 2014

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."

New driving simulator aims to boost safety

Sep 20, 2013
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:

IL House approves cellphone driving ban

May 29, 2013
(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.

IL Senate approves cellphone driving ban

May 23, 2013

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