News

NRA Lobbyist Works to Change Law He Broke

NRA Lobbyist Works to Change Law He Broke

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The powerful Illinois lobbyist for the National Rifle Association is helping rewrite a state law he broke.

Todd Vandermyde says he was only exercising his rights as a citizen. Vandermyde was ticketed by Illinois conservation police officers and fined $120 in December for having a loaded crossbow on an ATV on private land.

State Representative Kelly Cassidy — a Chicago Democrat who has clashed with Vandermyde over guns — says if she tried to change state law because of a ticket, “people would be screaming bloody murder.”

A bill allowing uncased crossbows while driving cleared the House and awaits Senate action. An initiative that curbs police officers’ ability to enter private land — sponsored by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin — awaits a House vote.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Hope Institute Places CEO on Interim Leave

hope institute logo

DCFS investigates abuse allegations

in Election 2014, Local

Oberweis Courts Black Vote

oberweiss

"Pastor on the roof" backs Republican

in Election 2014, Local

Obama Offers Quinn Help; GOP Says Quinn Needs It

Quinn and Obama

Fund-raiser for the governor Thursday

in Local

Springfield Aldermen Want to Keep Pay Flat

municipalcenter

The Springfield City Council doesn't think it, or other elected officials, should get pay raises.

in Local

Rail “Flyover” Planned Between Stanford & I-72, Though Work Still Years Away

railroad

The planning to alleviate a major freight rail traffic bottleneck is wrapping up.