Overcast
27°FOvercastFull Forecast

Bill would get Illinois police cruisers on road

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:00 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are pushing legislation to get 85 idle Illinois State Police cruisers on the road.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/PtU8xp ) that state Rep. Brian Stewart's proposal would allocate existing funds to install lights, sirens and other electronics on 85 Chevrolet Caprices that are sitting idle. State police are struggling to get the cars prepared for service because of a small number of technicians.

Stewart's predecessor, former Rep. Jim Sacia, championed a $1 increase in vehicle registration fees that generated money for the purchase of new cruisers. But those cars remain parked without the necessary technical equipment.

Stewart's legislation would allow money from the fee increase to be spent on preparing, improving and maintaining state police vehicles.

___

The legislation is House Bill 6223.

Get breaking news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from Sauk Valley Media!

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

National video



Reader Poll

There’s a movement afoot in the Illinois Legislature to name former President Barack Obama’s birthday (Aug. 4) as a legal holiday in Illinois. What do you think?
Good idea
Bad idea
Not sure
No opinion