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."
Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) says he will seek a key provision in future contracts with union employees.
Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) say they will start paying 20% of their health insurance premiums next month.
The Governor told a crowd in Fort Madison that Iowa could save $100-million if every state employee followed their lead.
“But I don’t expect a lot of rank-and-file workers will do it immediately,” says Branstad, “but down the road, most people in the private sector are paying more than that so we think in the future that makes sense.”