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The McDonough County Highway Department is posting road weight limits until April 14th. The department's website calendar will show what days the limits are in effect. On those days, haulers will need permits to haul legal limits that are over the load limits.
County Engineer Tom Hickman said the limits are one way to reduce damage to the roads.
He said, “The freeze-thaw cycle is why I do this. Because when the road base freezes and then thaws out, it gets soft and it comes apart if you put too much weight on it.”
The old franchise agreement was signed in 1962 with Illinois Power. The 50 year agreement expired this month.
City Administrator Eric Hanson said the utility provided the city with free electricity to operate traffic signals and with free natural gas. In return, the utility used the city's rights-of-way for its natural gas lines and power lines.
Hanson said changes to the utility industry in Illinois mean Ameren is no longer a supplier of energy. It is a distributor. The city will no longer receive free electricity and natural gas.
Congressman Aaron Schock (R-18) of Illinois said a bill he has co-sponsored has cleared the House Ways and Means Committee.
The bill would repeal a part of the health care reform act called the CLASS Act.. The act would offer insurance that would pay for long-term care such as assisted living. The Department of Health and Human Services said in October the program is not viable for the long term. The deparment canceled the program.
The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case challenging Cook County's ban on assault weapons.
Three gun owners say they're law-abiding citizens and only use their firearms for recreation and self-defense.
Edward Ronkowski represents the men. He told the justices the law was too broad, and gave an example of someone buying a rifle. The owner could make sure he was in compliance with the ordinance by verifying the gun would accept only a four-round clip.