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outdoorsannc102714State Senator Dave Koehler joined representatives from the governor's office, Fulton County and the Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development to announce that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is opening nearly 4,400 acres for new hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.

The land is part of 14,000 acres that the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago purchased in 1970 to dispose of safe, non-toxic debris by restoring strip-mined land. Today, the site is home to a healthy herd of deer, wild turkey, quail, waterfowl and more.

"One of Illinois' best-kept secrets is that Fulton County has amazing lakes, rivers and other outdoor spaces. To people in Fulton County, it's not a secret," said State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria). "I hope that this expanded public recreation area will not only be a great resource to local residents, but also bring outdoors enthusiasts to the area who will spend money and help support the local economy. I want to thank Governor Quinn and everyone else who helped make this vision a reality."

The new recreation area will complement the existing Fulton County Camping and Recreation Area by giving visitors even more opportunities for outdoor recreation. In addition to the campsite and recreation area managed by the county government, the area is home to Banner Marsh, Rice Lake, and Anderson Lake State Fish and Wildlife Areas.

SPRINGFIELD – Every year, the Illinois Environmental Council – a 39-year-old organization that serves as the environmental community's voice before the Illinois state legislature – honors a select group of legislators who have taken firm steps to protect the environment. This year, state Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) is one of the honorees.

"I really appreciate how much the Environmental Council does to protect and preserve our natural resources," Koehler said. "As Chair of the Agriculture Committee, I've been happy to work with the Environmental Council and other advocates to promote sustainable, environmentally sound agricultural practices."

In order to qualify as an Environmental Champion, legislators had to vote in support of eight pieces of legislation. Bills on the council's 2014 Environmental Scorecard include:

  • New rules for farmers markets to support local farmers and local food, sponsored by Senator Koehler. (House Bill 5657)
  • An authorization for the procurement of up to $30 million in solar power by the Illinois Power Agency. (House Bill 2427).
  • -New protections for cougars, bears and wolves. (Senate Bill 3049)
  • A ban on microbeads in personal care products to protect the Great Lakes – the first such ban in the world. (Senate Bill 2727).
  • A study on urban flooding by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. (Senate Bill 2966)
  • An expansion of the clean water initiative to fund loans for green stormwater infrastructure and pollution prevention projects. (Senate Bill 2780).

"Senator Dave Koehler voted 100% of the time with the environmental community on ten pieces of key legislation," said Illinois Environmental Council Executive Director Jen Walling. "The IEC is honored by Dave Koehler's dedication to Illinois' environment and we look forward to working together in the future."

Pic-Services-Fire-RedCenterSPRINGFIELD – A new law, sponsored by State Senator Dave Koehler, makes it a crime for a police dispatcher to tip off a criminal that law enforcement is nearby.

In 2010, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that it's not a crime for a 911 dispatcher to let a drug dealer – or other criminal – know that police are in the area. The court called the case "troubling" and the defendant's actions "unjustifiable," but found nothing in Illinois law making such behavior illegal.

"When you call 911, you expect the dispatchers to be as professional as the police officers, paramedics and fire fighters," Koehler said. "This law will hold dispatchers to the same high standard."

In 1998, a police dispatcher tipped off a local drug dealer that law enforcement officials were in the area near his house in the Chicago suburbs. The Cook County State's Attorney charged her with official misconduct. The trial court found her guilty and sentenced her to two years of probation and 250 hours of community service.

However, the 911 dispatcher appealed the verdict. The appellate court ruled that nothing in Illinois law allowed her to be charged with official misconduct. The local police department had every right to fire her, but she hadn't broken any Illinois law. In 2010, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed.

The new law fixes this loophole by expanding the definition of official misconduct to make it a Class 3 felony for a dispatcher – or anyone in a similar position – to warn a criminal that law enforcement is nearby or on the way.

The crime of official misconduct already covers a wide variety of corrupt acts by public employees, including accepting bribes and misusing one's authority for personal gain. The penalty for a Class 3 felony is two to five years in prison.

Now that the governor has signed the law, it takes effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Springfield Office:

M113 Capitol Building

Springfield, Il 62706

(217) 782-8250

 

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400 NE Jefferson Suite 200

Peoria, IL 61603

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