OTTAWA, Ill. – State Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, recently had two bills signed into law, including a measure to expand eligibility for death benefits for the families of members of the Illinois Police Association and legislation to allow the use of single shot centerfire rifles during deer hunting season.
“Illinois police officers put their lives on the line to protect our families and create safer communities. When the worst happens and we lose one of these dedicated public servants, it is only right that we take care of their families when they are no longer able to do so,” Yednock said. “Though scholarship money can’t bring back a loved one, I hope it eases the families’ financial burdens so they can fully grieve their loss.”
House Bill 4163 allows the money in the Illinois Police Association Fund to be used to provide death benefits for the families of members of the Illinois Police Association dying of natural causes. Before this new law, funds could only be used for the families of Illinois Police Association members dying in the line of duty. The legislation also provides scholarships to the children and spouses of members of the Illinois Police Association dying of natural causes.
House Bill 4386 allows centerfire rifles to be used to hunt deer during the firearm open season and legalizes all straight walled rifle ammunition for centerfire rifles. Centerfire single-shot rifles are lighter and have less recoil, making them easier to use for hunters who are of smaller size or older hunters.
“Residents across the state enjoy deer hunting as a way to get outside, appreciate nature and spend time with family and friends,” said Yednock. “This new law permits the use of centerfire single-shot rifles so that more people can participate in the sport.”
Both measures passed with no opposition. For more information, please visit www.ilga.gov.