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Governor Signs Legislation to Support Scott’s Law

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Press Release | Mark Batnick

PLAINFIELD—Today, Governor JB Pritzker signed into law legislation that will enforce and improve Scott’s Law.  The bill, SB2038, will help educate drivers on their responsibilities, which include slowing down and moving over one lane, if possible when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with flashing lights.  

State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) served as the chief sponsor of the legislation, which requires the Illinois Secretary of State to include a written question in the driver’s license examination on driver responsibilities when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle.  In addition, the bill creates the Move Over Task Force which will study violations of Scott’s Law and report findings back to the General Assembly by January 1, 2020.

Just this year three State Troopers have been killed in the line of duty with two of them being related to violations of Scott’s Law.  Representative Batinick is hopeful that this legislation will encourage motorists to practice better road safety.

“To encourage drivers to pay attention to roadside vehicles and promote better road safety, we need to start at the beginning,” said Batinick.  “That means educating drivers on the responsibility they have to slow down and move over.  If we instill this early on in the driving experience, it will help make Illinois roads safer for everyone.”

The bill received unanimous approval in both the House and Senate when it was taken up during the spring legislative session.

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The Clock Begins To Find Permanent Joliet City Manager

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The Joliet City Council voted 5 to 3 last night to retain Steve Jones as Interim City Manager until he retires in February of next year. Jolie City Councilman Pat Mudron believes that within 6 months the City Council can hire a permanent City Manager.

It’s unclear if the City Council will hire GovHR to handle the screening of candidates following the last hire of David Hales who left the position after less than a year.

The Joliet City Manager position has been influx since October of last year when Hales left. Jones was the Deputy City Manager but didn’t want the job, so Marty Shanahan who is the Corporation Counsel for the city, stepped into the job until the City Council ousted him in June with the idea that they needed to do a formal search for a permanent City Manager. Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk says all this shuffling of managers is hurting the city. O’Dekirk says there’s been three investors who may pull out or put their plans on hold.

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Joliet City Council stays divided, but has Jones on the job for now

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By Bob Okon | The Herald-News

The City Council divide stayed wide a day after a human resource specialist advised some unity was needed to attract city manager candidates.

The council on Tuesday cast a now familiar 5-3 vote for an employment agreement that locks in Steve Jones as interim city manager for six months but opens the door for what one council member repeatedly called “double dipping” after that.

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Plainfield moves closer to Costco approvals, including incentive

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Special meeting of the Village Board to be held Monday

By Sarwat S. Ahmad | The Herald-News

A new Costco Wholesale on the border of Plainfield and Joliet is closer to becoming a reality.

Plainfield trustees Monday night moved two measures forward for a large-scale development on about 
54 acres at the northwest corner of the Interstate 55 and Route 30 interchange that Costco will anchor.

Village trustees agreed to allow ordinances to be prepared for an updated annexation agreement for the property as well as an ordinance granting approval of the special use request for the proposed Boulevard project.

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