Cell Phones

Cell Phone Tax
1:05 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

County Officials Push For Increase In Cell Tax For 911 Call Centers

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 5:06 am

911 call centers are struggling to maintain services as more people ditch their landline phones for cell phones. That’s because wireless phone lines in Illinois are often taxed at a lower rate than landlines. 

If you look at your cell phone bill, you’ll see that every line is charged $0.73 to support 911 emergency services. Ralph Caldwell, who’s the director of Champaign County’s call center, says the chunk of that tax the center receives isn’t high enough.

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Trial Period Starts Next Week
9:25 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Cell Phone Use in BHS

Students at Burlington High School will be able to use their cell phones during school.

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No Phones in Work Zones
10:39 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

New Laws on Distracted Driving

Illinois drivers are coming under more pressure to slow down and stay off their cell phones.  

Governor Pat Quinn has signed four laws aimed at making roadways safer.  

"We want to have strict laws that deal with those who greatly exceed the speed limit and cause great harm and loss of life," says Quinn, "and we need to, I think, lay down strict guidelines for our judges and for those in the traffic courts across Illinois, so they know what the rules are."  

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1:38 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Missouri Cell Phone No-Call-List

Lead in text: 
Missouri is the latest state to allow cell phones to be added to the No-Call List for telemarketers.
By JIM SALTER Associated Press LEMAY, Mo. (AP) - For more than a decade, Missourians have been able to ban most telemarketing calls from their landline phones, a protection that has been extended to cellphones following a bill-signing ceremony on Thursday. Gov. Jay Nixon was in St.