An Illinois lawmaker wants to make it illegal to smoke in a car with a minor. Senator Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, says it could spare children from second-hand smoke.
"It's very rare that we try to do something proactive. There's a Yiddish saying, 'Man plans and God laughs.' I don't know what the future has, but I'm trying to be proactive to prevent a child from getting cancer or anyone else getting sick," Silverstein said.
Illinois lawmakers are forming a task force to study what they say is an "epidemic" heroin problem. DuPage County -- among the wealthiest in Illinois -- last year had a record 46 deaths related to the drug.
But state Representative Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst, warns that "task forces" often have a hard time staying on task.
"I've been assigned to a task force about heroin that hasn't met yet -- and I wish it would -- regarding education and issues of heroin within schools," Reboletti said.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security says employers in the state advertised more than 200,000 jobs online last month.
According to a news release, the majority of those advertisements were for full-time work.
The advertising reflects help-wanted activity for newly created and replacement positions.
Statewide, the five top advertised positions in January were truck drivers (7,014), registered nurses, (5,869), retail salespersons (4,644), marketing managers (4,181) and first-line supervisors of retail sales workers (4,145).
Duke Energy says it's getting out of the power-generation business in the Midwest. The company owns the Lee Energy Facility in Dixon. According to a news release, Duke says it will take more than a year to finish exiting the power plant business.
“Our merchant power plants have delivered volatile returns in the challenging competitive market in the Midwest.” -Lynn Good, president, CEO and vice chairman of Duke Energy.