Allegiant announces flights to Destin from MidAmerica

From left, Tim Cantwell, Lee Warren and Mark Kern.

From left, Tim Cantwell, Lee Warren and Mark Kern.

MASCOUTAH — Recently, Allegiant announced new, nonstop service from St. Louis to Destin / Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

“With this new service to Destin-Fort / Walton Beach, St. Louis area travelers can economically and easily enjoy the beautiful warm waters of the Gulf,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant senior vice president of planning. “This new destination is sure to be a hit with anyone looking for a great summer getaway to Florida’s northwest coast.”

The seasonal flights will operate twice weekly and will fly nonstop between MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV) and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) beginning June 2, 2016 through Sept. 4, 2016. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at

“For this region, the gateway to Florida truly is via Allegiant and MidAmerica Airport,” said St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern. “The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport route from MidAmerica gives residents of the Metro East and the entire St. Louis region the first-ever nonstop direct flight to Destin.  With family-friendly airport access and Allegiant’s great service, you’re an hour and half away from the beach.”

The new service will provide St. Louis travelers with their only nonstop option to enjoy the pristine, white sand beaches of Destin / Fort Walton Beach. Allegiant also provides ultra-low-cost, nonstop service from BLV to Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa Bay and Fort Myers /Punta Gorda.

Named the “Emerald Coast” for its beautiful green waters and soft, white sand, Destin / Fort Walton Beach is one of Florida’s fastest-growing beach destinations. When not enjoying the region’s beaches, Florida’s largest fishing fleet brings in fresh seafood daily to the area’s many eateries. Family-friendly attractions such as helicopter tours and harbor cruises will also keep visitors on the move.

OTHS announces Class of 2019 Fall Honor Roll

OTHSO’FALLON – The first semester Honor Roll at O’Fallon Township High School was recently released. The following members of the Class of 2019 made the first semester Honor Roll.

The O’Fallon Weekly will list the members of the classes of 2018, 2017, and 2016 who made the first semester Honor Roll over the next three weeks.

Isabelle N. Akoro

Marc Allerheiligen

Nathan D. Amenn

Austin W. Ames

Ryan S. Anderson

Edzel A. Antiporda

Mohammed W. Ashkar

Ileecea C. Askew

Katarina F. Ausley

Trevadj D. Austell

Marissa L. Aviles

Carson J. Bair

Morgan E. Barnum

Kiarra M. Bartlett

Lincoln R. Barton

Jordan N. Baskette

Ashlin C. Baxter

Cassie R. Bell

Jamie C. Berberick

Lucas J. Biehn

Riley E. Bigham

Connor T. Bleisch

Ryan T. Bloom

Nolan D. Bradley

Madison T. Brake

Olivia L. Branz

Abby E. Braswell

Molly A. Brennan

Caden W. Brown

Dorian M. Brown

Tristin D. Brown

Gabrielle D. Brunner

Dakota M. Bryant

Ethan W. Bucshon

Reyna N. Bullock

Ian N. Burch

Trey M. Burkhalter

Brandon A. Burnett

Benjamin D. Bush

Charles H. Camp IV

Jessica G. Camp

Hannah E. Caraway

Evan M. Carney

Jordain C. Carpenter

Joshua A. Carpenter

Gabriel C. Christensen

Andrew J. Clarke

Mackenzie A. Clubb

Elizabeth L. Colson

Andrew S. Combs

Haihley C. Connors

Alyssa L. Corso

Leah K. Corso

Taylor L. Cox

Isaiah M. Craft

Aaron S. Cummins

Chaianna H. Curry

Taylor J. Daack

Benjamin P. Dalman

Joseph W. Deagan

Savannah E. DeLange

Anna M. DeMonge

Nickolas J. Deprey

Kai L. Diltz

Kyle D. Dismukes

Jordan T. Dowling

Caitlyn E. Drolet

Lauren R. Dueland

Grace A. Dumstorff

Hailey Eader

Kaleb Edmunds

Laura M. Edwards

R Bennett M. English

Jared J. Enlow

Joseph P. Estrada

Andrew Farroll

Ryan W. Feldt

Athena G. Fernandez

Jessica Finck

Kayla E. Fisher

Katherine Fraser

Awstun W. Galligan

Aidan C. Gass

Hannah N. Gibson

Gavin R. Gonzalez

David K. Gordon

Jonte M. Gray

Skyler M. Grotsky

Jaila M. Guy

Brooks Hackney

Jasmynn V. Hale

Logan M. Halloran

Travis C. Halverson

KeSean L. Harrington

Quinn Q. Harris

Abigail L. Hart

Kyle W. Harting

Jacob E. Hayes

Amelia G. Hertter

Ashton A. Hess

Riley J. Hinton

Brian W. Hobbs

Lauren J. Hodge

Sophia C. Hoffmann

Samantha M. Hogue

Blake C. Holliday

Ella A. Hoover

Charles B. Hotchkiss

David J. Hur

Omar E. Jackson

Olivia R. Johnson

Addison Jones

Sam R. Kassab

Charles J. Kellough

James H. Kelly

Kathryn D. Kim

Philip y. Kim

Wonyoung Kim

Spencer Kirkwood

Sara M. Kizziar

Jacklynn L. Knerrer

Sophie Koesterer

Ryan K. Komm

Austin R. Kostedt

Adam J. Kramer

Kennedy J. Kreidell

Brendan M. Krell

Breann C. Kronenberger

Michelle Kuehn

Daniel C. Kukorola

Rachel E. Lakenburges

Ella M. Lampe

Shawn M. Largent

Braedan M. Lay

Lauren E. Le Pere

Kayla M. Liggon

Yazmyne D. Lovelace

Hunter J. Loyet

Samuel D. Lyles

Austin M. Lynn

Patrick D. Lyon

Adler E. Maher

Riley E. Maher

Katie M. Mank

Tyler A. Manspeaker

Brendan A. Markey

Alexis V. Martin

Samuel A. Martinez

Khayla M. Mattison

Destiney Mayne

Samuel A. McCoy

Luke M. McDevitt

Taylor C. McElroy

Grant M. McKee

Justin K. McMahon

Molly M. Melzer

Michael E. Meyer

Tanner V. Middendorf

RyAnne K. Mikos

Lindsay M. Miles

Kayla N. Miller

Skylar K. Mitchell

Ashley A. Mock

Stephen R. Monson

Ashlyn N. Morris

Colton L. Mullis

Marcus A. Myers

Mitchell R. Nalley

Hieu Nguyen

Tiffany T. Nguyen

Chloe E. Nichols

Sydney N. Osborne

Kirsten M. Paape

Nicholas P. Papachrisanthou

Margaret M. Papproth-Pauley

Grace Park

Taylor J. Patterson

Taylor L. Peck

Mackenzie L. Peterlin

Melanie R. Peters

Aimee N. Peterson

Gabriel R. Picato

Natalie G. Potter

Angel R. Price

Jaden X. Proffitt

Matthew D. Prouhet

Hannah M. Raby

James Randolph

Shae-Lynn C. Reynolds

Cara L. Rhodes

Donald J. Richards

Madison A. Rieck

Hannah M. Risberg

Gloria R. Rousseau

Alyssa M. Rowe

Ashleigh N. Rowe

Meghan E. Ryan

Sienna F. Salcido

Andrew Samuelson

Emma Sanabia

Emma K. Sanchez

Adriana M. Scagliarini

Owen J. Scheller

Ashley K. Schloer

Hannah M. Schooley

Jack R. Sebenoler

Mark A. Sebenoler

Karlie R. Sheppard

Jacquelyn S. Simpson

Amber R. Smith

Maya E. Smith

Margaret Solberg

Mackenzie Spain

Nicholas J. Spihlman

Georgia A. Spory

Jonathan M. Stein

James N. Stevenson

Gunnar D. Stiles

Zoyalyn M. Stoll

Katherine M. Storck

Camryn A. Stroud

Anna Tamblyn

Catherine F. Taylor

Mackenzie L. Tesluk

Nathan L. Tinge

Kiley G. Tippett

Katherine Toftemark

Brilynn S. Touma

Mikaela L. Trujillo

Cheyenne S. Urban

William VanAlstine

Logan M. Vandever

Primprapa Vennum

Gabrielle R. Vineyard

Thuytran Vo

Kendra A. Vollmer

Ryan Waegner

Dyson L. Walker

Kiera J. Walker

Sydney K. Wangerin

Liliana M. Ward

Emma R. Weilmuenster

Ethan D. Weld

John Werner

Gabriel Whitesides

Alexander J. Wilhelm

Mackenzie B. Williams

Madison O. Winkeler

Morgan M. Wyrostek

Memorial Hospital to Hold RN Open House at Memorial Hospital East

View from Cross Street

View from Cross Street

O’FALLON – An open house for experienced registered nurses (RNs) will be held on Saturday, January 30, from 10 a.m. to Noon at Memorial Hospital East, located at 1404 Cross Street in Shiloh, Illinois.

RNs who are experienced in operating room, cardiac cath lab, intensive care or obstetrics are encouraged to attend. The RN open house is an excellent opportunity to meet Memorial’s staff, tour the facility and to apply for open positions.

The event is free and attendance prizes will be awarded. Memorial Hospital offers a competitive salary with sign-on bonuses of up to $10,000 for experienced critical care nurses. For more information about career opportunities at Memorial Hospital East and Memorial Hospital in Belleville, please visit

O’Fallon ranked fifth best city in Illinois for families to live

City Hall

City Hall

O’FALLON – Mayor Gary L. Graham is pleased to announce that O’Fallon was recently named the fifth Best City for Illinois Families in 2016 by WalletHub, a consumer advocacy site. To identify the most family-friendly Illinois cities, WalletHub’s analysts compared 162 cities in Illinois across 21 key metrics.

“It is an honor to be ranked as one of the top communities in Illinois for families,” said Mayor Graham. “O’Fallon is a great place in which to live, work and play in, and this ranking is just another measure of that.”

Out of the 162 cities studied, O’Fallon was ranked:

  •  Second in Housing Affordability
  •  Fifth in General Affordability
  •  35th in Percentage of Families with Children Under 18
  •  36th in Number of Playgrounds per 100,000 Residents

O’Fallon (5th) and Edwardsville (12th) were the only communities south of Springfield to be ranked in the top 50.

For more information on the WalletHub ranking of 2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Illinois Families, please visit

O’Fallon was also recently ranked the 103rd overall best small city in America and 30th in education and health out of 1,268 cities with a population between 25,000 and 100,000 by WalletHub. To view the ranking, please visit

Sunrise Rotarians support African water project

Mike Nowobilski, on the right, from the O’Fallon Sunrise Rotary Club inspects a new well in Malawi. (Submitted Photo)

Mike Nowobilski, on the right, from the O’Fallon Sunrise Rotary Club inspects a new well in Malawi. (Submitted Photo)

The O’Fallon Sunrise Rotary Club strives to serve our community through avenues of service for our local community, our youth and the international community.  Mike and Mary Jo Nowobilski, of the O’Fallon Sunrise Rotary Club, along with Bob and Alene Holloway, of the Sparta Rotary Club, answered the international challenge with a trip last fall to Embangweni, Malawi in Africa.  There, they worked to provide clean water and sanitation to over 7,000 people.

The water and sanitation project is possible due to an $89,000 Rotary International Global Grant.  Every local Rotary Club contributes to support these grants and they are executed through clubs in the project’s local area.  The Mzuzu Rotary Club in Malawi provided the support for the Nowobilski’s and Holloway’s.  The Mzuzu club hosted meetings with local school administrators where the wells and latrines will be built in 40 villages.

Currently, some of these villages have only a shrinking mud hole for their water source and there are only 20 latrines for over 2,000 students in the schools.  Consequently, children become sick and die at a young age.  Bringing clean water and proper sanitation are essential for these villages.  Teachers, students and parents are also trained in health and sanitation practices to prevent disease.

Rotary International President K. R. Ravindran has asked each Rotarian to be a “Gift to the World.”  Mike and Mary Jo are great examples from O’Fallon living this motto.

A View of the Past

steam engine at Oak St ca 1940

This week’s view from the early 1940’s is of a Baltimore & Ohio steam locomotive, pulling freight, approaching the Oak Street crossing in O’Fallon.  To the far right, in the distance, is the old water tower that stood next to where the current water tanks are today.  The railroad tracks crossing State Street in the lower part of the photo is the B. & O. spur that led to the Tiedemann Flour Mill which once stood just west of Oak until it was destroyed by fire in 1972.
(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society.)
Recent Real Estate Transactions

Recent Real Estate Transactions – Jan 13, 2016

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of New House

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of New House


1003 West Madison Drive; from Linda and Lawrence O’Dell; to Keith Kehrer; $71,500

7053 Millbrook Lane; from James and Angela White; to Ronald Schaefer; $215,000

523 Glen Oak Drive; from Robert and Amy Eisenhardt; to Eric Daugherty; $215,000

624 Titan Drive; from Jill (POA), Garth (POA), and Garth A. Hibbert; to Jill and Anthony Jones and Jordan Schwankhaus; $145,000

718 Highcliff Drive; from Michael and Kathryn Anderson; to Todd and Elisabeth Osborne; $192,000


3514 Ashford Ridge Court; from Julie Bream; to Darryl and Stephanie Dace; $256,000

3227 Cloverridge Drive; from Michelle Wedeking; to Matthew Lossos; $172,500

33 Christine Drive; from Audrey Sudholt (POA) and Ellen Vernier (POA); to Petra Investments LLC; $58,500

813 Bluff Ridge Lane; from SD2 LLC; to Fulford Homes LLC; $32,000

3211 K&K Lane; from Klopmeyer Excavating Inc.; to 3211 Pines LLC; $400,000

Josh Bradshaw – Athlete of the Week

aotwAt the start of the season, the Panther boys’ bowling team had ten perfect games to its name. This season the Panthers have bowled four 300 games and two of them are Josh Bradshaw’s.

Bradshaw, the son of Linda and Jay Bradshaw, has been an under the radar force for the Panthers during their 2015-2016 campaign. The junior has bowled for O’Fallon since he was a freshman, and spent his sophomore season filling the sixth and seventh spots for the Panthers. As a junior this year, Bradshaw has been a consistent number two and is ramping up his play towards the end of the season.

Part of the reason for Bradshaw’s breakout season has been his year-round dedication to the sport.

“He improved a lot in the offseason,” said head coach Mike Imes.  “Josh bowled all summer in events and put in the time to get a lot better. He came in with a different attitude and a different game. The hard work is really paying off for him this season.”

Earlier this month Bradshaw had an explosive performance in the Abe Lincoln Invitational in Springfield.  Bradshaw rolled his way to a 1405 series to help the Panthers finish in first place, and he bowled the team’s first 300 game of the season. In the same month, Bradshaw went on to bowl another 300 game in the North vs South Team Tournament in Rockford, IL.  In the Rockford tournament, Bradshaw’s 300 game boosted him to a 1390 six game series score. His 1390 was the tournament’s highest individual score, and it helped the Panthers take first place.

Bradshaw now has two of the team’s four perfect games this season, all of which came in the same month of December. It also the first time any boy bowler has had multiple perfect games in O’Fallon’s history.

When he’s not leading the pack or bowling perfect games, Bradshaw has played an important support role for the Panthers this season. Averaging right at 220, Bradshaw will be a crucial part of the team’s difficult post season run.

“He’s been our number two pretty much all year. Getting more play time has made him a lot more comfortable and he’s become an integral part of the team. He’s one of those kids that is never satisfied with how well he is doing and just keeps pushing to do a little bit more,” said Imes. “Josh has been the silent giant for us all year long.”

A View of the Past

First and Oak 1908

This week’s view is a photo taken ca. 1908 in O’Fallon at the intersection of First and Oak, looking south with St. Clare’s Catholic Church rising in the distance.  On the left is Richard Remelius’ hardware and farm implement store which he built with local bricks in 1878. His sons, Charles and Martin, were operating the business at the time of the photo. The building was torn down in 1969.  On the right is the Richland Hotel, built in 1872 by Nicholas Gansman.  The 16 room frame building hosted a saloon, boarding house and even grocery store over the years.  It was razed in 1934 with its white pine lumber being salvaged.
(contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)
Recent Real Estate Transactions

Recent Real Estate Transactions – Jan 6, 2016

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of New House


920 Moye School Road; from Thomas and Melony Haerr; to Matthew and Amber Bettlach; $195,000

1833 Riviera Lane; from Charles and Diane Hawkins; to Courtney Jones; $345,000

156 Liberty Crossing; from Michael and Angela Dahm; to Christopher and April Lapetoda; $218,500

7021 Millbrook Lane; from Gavin and Mallory Bundt; to Angie White; $215,000

306 South Hilgard Street; from James Vest; to Nathan Quellmall, Phil and Marcia Kammann; $102,750

705 Merrifields Drive; from H & L Land Trust LLC; to Kiet Dinh; $282,511

705 Lonnie Court; from Mark Vanbibber II and Cassandra Ann Vanbibber; to Marcus and Virginia Maltby; $219,950

222 Shoreline Drive; from Truman Properties LLC; to Christy Budt; $65,000

103 Countryside Lane; from Sean Turner; to James and Jennifer Horn; $126,000

330 Dewitt Court; from David and Nanette Pazdernik; to Stone Fin LLC; $185,000


3473 Chippewa Drive; from New Tradition Homes LLC by Jason Huelsmann; to Henry and Letisia McClendon; $258,900

600 East Waters Edge Drive; from John and Laurie Hucker; to Bruce and Cynthia Swayne; $330,000

3586 Sky Hawk Drive; from Brandon Woodland and Pilar Roberts-Woodland; to Scott and Marie Roehl; $198,000

3745 Rhetts Landing; from Paul and Shirley Mueth; to Paul and Karen Brower; $213,000

5 Archview Drive; from Richard Sotiropoulos and Lisa Ramage; to Andrew Sotiropoulos; $75,000

New laws for 2016 include a new state pie

Pumpkin Pie

Among the 237 pieces of legislation that became law on January 1 is a bill that designates pumpkin pie as the official state pie of Illinois. Here is a sample of some of the news laws.

Illinois State Pie (P.A. 99-0364, HB 208)
Designates Pumpkin Pie as the official state pie of Illinois. Illinois leads the nation in pumpkin production.
Limitations On Creation Of New Units Of Government (P.A. 99-0353, HB 228)
Prohibits the creation of new forms of local government in Illinois and prohibits the General Assembly from dividing units of government.  This does not affect the creation of local special districts such as road districts, water districts, sanitation districts, school districts and park districts.  This law will sunset in 4 years.
Right to Try (P.A. 99-0270, HB 1335)
Gives terminally ill patients access to medicines that have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process but are not yet on pharmacy shelves.  Allows doctors to prescribe to terminally ill patients medicines currently being used in clinical trials.
Property Tax Board of Review Complaint Procedure (P.A. 99-0098, HB 2554)
Complaints and other written correspondence concerning any property over assessed or under assessed shall be considered filed as of the postmark date. Complaints and other written correspondence sent by a non USPS delivery service shall be considered as filed on the date sent. A taxing district wishing to intervene shall file a request with the board of review at least 5 days in advance of a hearing.
Powdered Caffeine Control (P.A. 99-0050, SB 9)
Prohibits any person from selling, offering to sell, giving away or providing free samples of powdered pure caffeine to any person under age 18 and sets forth the penalties for violation.
Lost Pet – Identify Owner (P.A. 99-0310, HB 4029)
Requires animal shelters to scan for microchips in dogs and cats, this will ensure that any animal that has been micro chipped can be properly returned to its rightful owner.
Animals – Extreme Heat or Cold (P.A. 99-0311, SB 125)
No pet owner may expose their dog or cat in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time due to extreme heat or cold conditions. A violation is a Class A misdemeanor.
Establishment of Bobcat Hunting Season (P.A. 99-0033, HB 352)
Removes the prohibition on taking bobcats in the State. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to trap or to hunt bobcats with gun, dog, dog and gun, or bow and arrow, except during the open season which will be set annually by the Director of Natural Resources between November 1 to February 15. Also provides that the season limit for bobcat hunting shall not exceed one bobcat per permit.
Adding “Digital Materials” as Allowable Under the Records Act (P.A. 99-0147, HB 362)
Amends the State and Local Records Acts to update the statutes to reflect the usage of “digital material.”
Prohibits “Conversion Therapy” on Minors (P.A. 99-0411, HB 217)
Creates the Youth Mental Health Protection Act and provides that no mental health provider shall engage in “conversion therapy,” or sexual orientation change efforts with a person under the age of 18.
Vehicle Code – Electronic Payments (P.A. 99-0324, HB 364)
Allows the Secretary of State to decline and accept electronic payments for payment of fees and taxes on new vehicle registration applications submitted by mail.
Ensures School Boards May Discuss Safety/Security Plans In Closed Session (P.A. 99-0235, HB 1498)
The law clarifies the language in the Open Meetings Act to ensure school boards are permitted to discuss preventive security planning in closed meetings to help ensure the safety of students and staff.  The previous “security discussion” exemption in the Open Meetings Act, as it applies to school boards, had been legally interpreted by some to only allow for closed meetings to discuss existing threats, not preventive planning.
Heightened Penalties for Truck Drivers In Accidents (P.A. 99-0291, HB 1516)
The law gives state prosecutors the ability to charge truck drivers who cause injury or death in deadly accidents by increasing violations to a Class 3 for great bodily harm, permanent disability, or disfigurement and Class 2 felony for death.
Financial Exploitation Protections for Seniors And The Disabled (P.A. 99-0272, HB 1588)
These enhanced protections enable elderly or disabled victims of financial exploitation or abuse to promptly proceed in court with a civil case, rather than first awaiting the outcome of a criminal case. It also provides for victims to recover three times the actual financial loss along with reasonable attorney and court fees.
Requirement for County Annual Budget Meeting (P.A. 99-0273, HB 2474)
Requires counties to have an annual public budget meeting 15 days before approving the budget.  Includes requirements to post notice of meeting on website if the county has one.
Replacing Mechanics Liens with Surety Bonds (P.A. 99-0178, HB 2635)
Allows landowners to replace a mechanics lien with a surety bond, which would allow a landowner to sell or refinance a property that might otherwise be held up by a contractor or other dispute.
Notary Public E-Application (P.A. 99-0112, HB 2797)
The Secretary of State is now allowed to establish an online application system to permit Illinois residents to apply for appointment and commission as a notary public.
Senior Citizen/Disabled Person Specialty Plate Discount (P.A. 99-0071, HB 2811)
Discounts specialty plate registration fees for people qualified under the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief Act.
Ticket Resale Requirements (P.A. 99-0431, HB 3103) 
This law imposes disclosure requirements and price limits on the resale of tickets. A ticket broker or reseller must identify and provide contact information for the event venue box office or its licensed agent. Disclosure of this information must be clear, and readily noticeable. Ticket brokers and resellers must have a refund policy with established standards.
Establishment of Low Interest Home Improvement Loan Program (P.A. 99-0037, HB 3193)
Amends the Home Equity Assurance Act. Provides that a governing commission of a Guaranteed Home Equity Program with no less than $4,000,000 in its guarantee fund may by resolution (currently, only by referendum) establish a Low Interest Home Improvement Loan Program.
Animal Cruelty-Minor Present (P.A. 99-0357, HB 3231)
In addition to any other penalty by law, a person convicted of cruel treatment of companion animals, in the presence of a child, shall be subject to a fine of $250 and ordered to perform community service for not less than 100 hours.
Youth Hunting Licenses and Privileges (P.A. 99-0307, HB 3234)
Previous state law only allowed disabled hunters to use crossbows when hunting.  Now everyone may use a crossbow when hunting for coyotes.  Also, 18 year-olds may apply for a youth hunting license while 19 year-olds are allowed to hunt by themselves.  Everyone under the age of 19 must complete a hunter safety course in Illinois.
Benefits to Civilian Employees of the Armed forces and DOD (P.A. 99-0118, HB 3384)
Allows civilian employees of the United States Armed Services of the United States Department of Defense, serving outside of Illinois be allowed to secure vehicle registration up to 45 days after returning to Illinois. Any resident of the State of Illinois, who is serving as a member of the United States Armed Services, outside of the State of Illinois, need not secure registration until 45 days after returning to the State, provided the vehicle displays a temporary military registration. Civilian employees of the United States Armed Services or of the United States Department of Defense were not previously afforded this.
Free Active-Duty Military Personnel Credit Freeze (P.A. 99-0373, HB 3425)
Consumer reporting agencies shall implement a credit freeze without cost for active-duty military personnel.
Illinois Allowance for Crowdfunding (P.A. 099-0182, HB 3429)
Startup companies in Illinois will now be allowed to use crowdfunding to raise capital to help grow their business. As a result of the 2012 Federal Jobs Act, companies may now use internet websites to grow their business, however some stipulations apply. Certain restrictions apply.
Equal Pay Cover All Employers (P.A. 99-0418, HB 3619)
Amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003 with a two-tiered civil penalty system for employer violations. An employer with fewer than 4 employees that violates the Act is subject to $500 for a first offense, $2,500 for a second offense, and $5,000 for a third or subsequent offense. An employer with 4 or more employees is subject to $2,500 for a first offense, $3,000 for a second offense, and $5,000 for a third or subsequent offense.
America’s Central Port Deemed Foreign Trade Zone (P.A. 99-0279, HB 3664)
Raw material that is produced in foreign nations, but imported through America’s Central Port District and assembled in Illinois will be tariff free.
Mail Notification of Driver’s License Suspension (P.A. 99-0297, HB 3670)
The Illinois Secretary of State must now notify drivers by mail when their license has been revoked.
Work Zone Violation Fund Use (P.A. 099-0280, HB 3812)
Allows a county to use a portion of work zone violation funds to purchase police equipment and to produce materials to educate drivers on safe driving habits.
Creation Of Specialized County EAV Fund (P.A. 99-0019, SB 87)
Allows county boards to accumulate, in a separate fund, up to 3% of the county’s equalized assessed value of property for capital improvements, repairs or replacements to avoid the costs of borrowing.
Defines Emergency Vehicles Use of Emergency Lights (P.A. 99-0040, SB 621)
Allows the use of red or white oscillating, rotating or flashing lights on vehicles which are occasionally used as rescue vehicles and authorized for use as rescue vehicles by a volunteer EMS provider.
Bodycams for Law Enforcement (P.A. 99-0352, SB 1304)
This omnibus police bill creates both the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act and the Law Enforcement Officer-Worn Body Camera and Management Act. It sets out procedures for investigating officer-related deaths, collecting information on pedestrian or traffic stops, and restricts the use of chokeholds. The new law also allows departments to adopt rules for the use of body cameras.
Confirmation of Car Insurance (P.A. 99-0333, SB 1482)
Directs the Secretary of State’s office to periodically conduct random confirmation of vehicle liability insurance for registered vehicles. Provides provision for the enforcement of violations and extends the length of the random confirmations until December 31, 2016.
Extends Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Task Force (P.A. 99-0251, SB 1620)
Extends the repeal of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Act from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2020.
Electronic Delivery of Insurance Documents (P.A. 99-0167, SB 1680)
Allows any notice or document required in an insurance contract to be delivered, stored, and presented by electronic means so long as it meets the requirements of the Electronic Commerce Security Act. Also establishes rules for opting out of electronic delivery of such documents and excuses the parties involved from any civil liability in the case that information is compromised during an electronic transmission of documents.
Impoundment Large Animals (P.A. 99-0321, SB 1735)
In cases where a county has no facilities capable of taking companion animals that are being abused, the authorities may utilize the on-site impoundment of the animals, pursuant to a court order of the property owner.
Insurance Coverage for Infertility (P.A. 99-421, SB 1764) 
Requires insurers offering accident and health insurance to groups of more than 25 employees to provide coverage for infertility treatments to covered individuals unable to attain a viable pregnancy or maintain a viable pregnancy.  Expands the definition of infertility to include individuals unable to conceive after one year of attempting to produce conception and those unable to conceive after diagnosis with a condition affecting fertility.
Silver Alert (P.A. 99-0367, SB 1846)
Missing older adults who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer ’s disease will be added to the Missing and Endangered statewide alert program.  This system, Amber Alert, is already in use for lost, missing and endangered children.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms (P.A. 99-0470, HB 152)
School Boards must require all schools under their authority to be equipped with approved carbon monoxide alarms or carbon monoxide detectors. These alarms may be purchased using the fire prevention and safety tax levy proceeds or bond proceeds.
Mistaken Identity Arrest Records (P.A. 99-0363, HB 169)
If a person has been arrested for a criminal offense and an investigation reveals that there was a case of mistaken identity, the law enforcement agency whose officers made the arrest must delete or retract the arrest records of the person who was mistakenly identified.
Penalties for Non-Electric Cars Parking in E-Car Charging Station Spaces (P.A. 99-0172, HB 198)
Prohibits the parking of non-electric vehicles in charging station spaces designated for electric vehicles, sets fines for violations, and imposes rules for municipalities for posting signs about the prohibited use and fine amounts.

Joseph Richard Perosa (1959-2015)

joseph perosaJoseph Richard Perosa, 56, of O’Fallon, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at his residence.

Joseph was born on July 14, 1959 in New Brunswick, NJ. He worked as a Computer Hardware Engineer for Unisys; was a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician in Springfield, NJ; was a Retired Staff Sgt. in the United States Air Force; and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 06100 in Redbud, NJ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard John Perosa.

Joseph is survived by his sons, Jason (Janice) Perosa of Belleville, IL, Justin Perosa of Shiloh, IL, and Joseph Perosa of Colorado Springs, CO; mother, Judith Lurie Perosa, nee Dobbins; siblings, Christopher Perosa of New Egypt, NJ, Lisa Perosa of Florence, NJ, Jill Perosa of Spring Hill, FL, and Scott Perosa of Palm Coast, FL; grandchildren, Hailey Perosa and Colin Perosa; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association in honor of Joseph R. Perosa, at . Condolences may be extended to the family online at

At his wishes, Joseph was cremated.

Interment service will take place on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10:00am at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with full military honors.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Katherine Schierholt (1943-2015)

SchierholtKatherine Rosalie Schierholt, nee Fastring, 72, of Belleville, IL, formerly of Chugiak, AK, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at St. Paul’s Home in Belleville, IL.

Katherine was born on November 20, 1943 in New Orleans, LA. She worked as an Administrator for Environmental Conservation for the State of Alaska; was a member of the VFW Post 9785 Auxiliary and St. Andrews Catholic Church in Eagle River, AK; and enjoyed gardening, square dancing, and sewing.

She was preceded in death by her father, Francis Louis Fastring; mother, Katherine Rosalie Englade, nee Mangiaricina; and stepfather, Isreal Englade.

Katherine is survived by her sons, Richard (Amelee) Lemieux of O’Fallon, IL, and Roland (Victoria) Lemieux of Anchorage, AK; and grandchildren, Richard (Lisaray) Lemieux of Maxwell AFB, AL, Renee Lemieux of Columbia, MO, and Elizabeth Lemieux of O’Fallon, IL.

At her wishes, Katherine will be cremated and interred in Belle Chase, LA.

A Memorial Mass will be held on January 8, 2015 at 9:00am at St Andrews Catholic Church in Eagle River, AK.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Kazuko Privett (1931-2015)

PrivettKazuko Privett, nee Kawai, 84, of O’Fallon, IL, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2015 in Swansea, IL.

Kazuko was born on March 30, 1931 in Japan. She worked as a Retail Clerk and enjoyed fishing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Privett; parents, Driichio & Iso Kawai; and son Terry Privett.

At her request, Kazuko was cremated and a private memorial service was held.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.