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by Bob Moore, SLFP.com
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SWI-News.com), March 23, 2015 - Every spring, IDOT and MoDOT begin preparing for the summer season of roadwork across the states of Illinois and Missouri.
Representatives from MoDOT, IDOT, law enforcement and construction contractors held a joint press conference, Monday morning, on the Popular Street Bridge ramp at I-44 to deliver a resounding message for work zone safety: Please slow down, refrain from texting and pay attention in work zones.
The observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week, March 23-27, is designed to encourage motorists to slow down and pay attention as they drive through work zones.
The theme for this year's National Work Zone Awareness Week is "Expect the Unexpected."
Captain Joe Collins, Illinois State Highway Patrol, noted that "Troopers will be patroling work zones. We will work alongside highway workers to monitor traffic flow and identify motorists that disobey work zone speed limits and other applicable laws."
Fines for speeding in work zones are $375 for first-time offenders and $1,000 for a second offense, whether or not workers are present. If workers are present, motorists can lose their driver's license for up to 90 days after a second violation. The penalty for hitting a worker is a fine up to $10,000 and 14 years in prison.
"We will also be using photo speed enforcement vans with the latest equipment and radar photo technology designed to record the speed of vehicles, their license plate and the driver," stated Collins. See full story: "Work Zone Safety: "See Orange, Slow Down, Safe Lives"
IDOR Begins Processing Individual Tax Returns
CHICAGO, IL, (SWI-News.com), February 16, 2015 - The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is now processing 2014 Individual Income Tax returns after implementing additional security measures in an effort to safeguard taxpayers from identity theft and fraud. IDOR estimates that taxpayers could begin seeing refunds as early as February 25th for those choosing the direct deposit payment method.
"The additional security protocols and deliberate approach have proven beneficial as numerous fraudulent schemes were identified last week. Our fraud prevention efforts have slowed down the issuance of tax return refunds, however, we are confident these efforts will help ensure refunds get to their rightful owners," Illinois Department of Revenue Director Connie Beard said.
2014 Individual Income Tax returns now being processed include those returns submitted through tax preparers, individual accountants, and tax preparation software. MyTax Illinois, IDOR's free filing system, is scheduled to begin accepting Individual Income Tax returns beginning in mid-February.
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