Springfield… State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) advanced her second bill through the House with unanimous support on April 20th with a measure that amends the current Wildlife code relating to crossbow guidelines.

Currently, Illinois law allows hunters age 62 and above, and persons with disabilities that impede them from using a long bow
to use a crossbow to hunt deer during archery season.

"The bow manufacturing industry has surpassed the current code," said Bourne. "This bill will change the maximum draw weight to match those new industry standards. In my district, hunting is a way of life and I’m proud to support these types of measures to help some of our older sportsmen and hunters with disabilities continue to enjoy the sport."

Specifically, House Bill 3669 provides that crossbows must have a peak minimum draw weight of 125 pounds and a maximum draw weight of 300 pounds.

“This change in the law will make hunting easier and more efficient for crossbow hunters,” Bourne said.

Bourne says she will now focus on gaining support for the measure in the Illinois Senate.

To follow Rep. Bourne's legislative agenda or for updates on news from the Capitol, please visit www.repbourne.com.
It takes just a minute to change a life.  If you are already an Organ or Tissue donor, thank you !   If you don't know, check your Illinois Driver's License or State ID card ---it will show a red State of Illinois with "Donor" displayed if you are an Organ/Tissue Donor. You can sign up online with this link through the Illinois Secretary of State's office.

Representative Avery Bourne is an organ and tissue donor.  Her decision was prompted by a family member who underwent a successful heart transplant.

"I have seen in my family how organ donation saves lives. I am proud to be registered as an organ donor and a bone marrow donor. There are so many people waiting on an organ donation. This is an opportunity to save lives and being an organ donor is something I encourage everyone to think about and discuss with your loved ones."

Illinois continues to be the leader in registering potential donors, but there are still many more people on waiting lists than there are available donors. If you have questions, or would like to sign up over the phone, contact the Organ/Tissue Donor Program at 1-800-210-2106.  Thank you for "Donating a Life"!

Celebrate Bicycle Safety Month in May by discovering biking trials in Christian, Macoupin, Madison & Montgomery Counties!

 Arches Rail Trail

Just off Route 127, parking and unloading areas for Arches Rail Trail can be found at either end---At the Montgomery County Fairgrounds near Butler or at the Bremer Sanctuary Barn, just north of Hillsboro, IL.

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Beaver Dam State Park

You might be able to spy one of the area's white squirrels along the trails at this State Park near Plainview.  There are 8  miles of trails to discover.  Find 750 acres of oak/hickory woodland beauty in Macoupin County, just 7 miles southwest of Carlinville. Fishing, picnicking, hiking, and tent and trailer camping are also popular activities.  MAP 



Benld/Gillespie Trail

"The road less traveled" can be found along the old Illinois Traction System---an electric trolley rail line once known as the Interurban Line. To access the Benld-Gillespie Bike Trail in Benld, take Exit 44 off I-55 and turn west onto State Route 138. Proceed 3.7 miles onto E. Central Avenue in downtown Benld. Turn right onto Trolley Street and continue 3 blocks to Park Avenue. Turn right onto Park Avenue; immediately to the left is parking and access to the southern end of the trail.   MAP
For extra interest: This trail has several Geocache areas.

Bremer Sanctuary Trails

If you love nature, you'll love the Bremer Sanctuary.  Just one mile from the Historic Hillsboro Courthouse, this 203 acres of land is now the home of the Hickory Hills Chapter of the Audubon Society.

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Coffeen Lake
Unpaved, timbered trails await the adventurous biker and at Coffeen Lake. In Montgomery County, Coffeen Lake is about 3 miles E/NE of Donnellson, IL and State Highway 127 or about 2 miles west-southwest of Coffeen, IL & State Highway 185.  SITE INFO & MAP

Green Diamond Rail-Trail

The Green Diamond Rail-Trail was the first bicycling/pedestrian trail in Montgomery County. The trail is the first leg of a possible 16 miles of trails that will link Farmersville to Waggoner to Litchfield and beyond. The trail gets its name from the sleek diesel streamliner that ran this Illinois Central Railroad corridor with a daily passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis, from 1936 to 1947.  TRAIL MAP

ITS
http://its-trail.org/
The paved & proposed ITS Trail, begins in Worden, runs to Staunton, and travels north to the Benld/Gillespie Trail.


Lincoln Prairie Trail

Named for our 16th President, this trail parallels Rt. 29 for most of its stretch, beginning at the west edge of the City of Pana and following Route 29 to Taylorville. It becomes wooded as you approach Bertinettis Lake and Taylorville Lake. Parking is available next to the Taylorville trail end on Paw Paw Street, with a much larger lot at Taylorville Lake, 3 miles south of Taylorville. Mid-trail, you can park on the street in Owaneco. At the southern end of the trail, park is just outside of Pana where CR 12 and SR 29 junction. MAP





Rep. Bourne presents HB 3749 on the House floor on Friday. 
Springfield….State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) advanced her first bill through the House with unanimous support Friday morning with a measure that seeks to discount veterans lifetime sportsmen's licenses when returning home from service.

"Any measure we can take that makes the lives of our veterans richer, fuller and easier is worthwhile," said Bourne.  "This legislation has the added benefit of cutting down the red tape in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources making this a win-win for both veterans and the State of Illinois."

Specifically, the measure, House Bill 3749, provides that starting with the 2016 license year, veterans will be eligible for a lifetime fishing license, lifetime hunting license, and lifetime sportsmen's combination license for half price upon returning home from service.
The lifetime license would preclude them from reapplying each year absolving the State from processing that paperwork.

“This was a common sense change,” Bourne explained.  “Lifetime licenses for veterans were previously full-price while annual licenses were subject to the discount. This bill not only gives back to veterans, but also cuts back on the administrative process involved in veterans renewing their license annually. I’m proud that my first bill helps our veterans who have done so much to serve us.”
Bourne says she will now focus on gaining support for the measure in the Illinois Senate. To follow

Rep. Bourne's legislative agenda or for updates on news from the Capitol, please visit www.repbourne.com.

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House Bill 3749 provides that starting with the 2016 License year, veterans will be eligible for a lifetime fishing license, lifetime hunting license and lifetime sportsmen's combination license for half price upon returning home from service.