Quick hits: Illinois news in brief for Friday, March 6, 2020

Helm indicted for bribing former state senator

Federal authorities indicted a former Illinois Department of Transportation official on a charge of bribing former state Sen. Martin Sandoval.

Sandoval pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for protecting the red light camera industry.

The Chicago Tribune reported William Helm was indicted on a single count of bribery.

Daylight saving time bill remains in Rules Committee

If you’re angry you are losing an hour of sleep this weekend by springing your clocks forward, you may be happy to know an Illinois Senate Bill to take away the time changes is still in play, but don’t expect the law to change anytime soon.

Senate Bill 533 passed the Senate in November nearly unanimously. But the bill remains in the House Rules Committee.

Even if it were to pass the Illinois House, the state would still need to get a federal waiver.

State lawmaker proposes 2 percent tax on ammunition

State Rep. Jonathan “Yoni” Pizer said his bill to tax ammunition 2 percent for a special school safety grant fund would help keep kids safe.

State Rep. Darren Bailey said the measure is just another in an effort to diminish Second Amendment rights in Illinois.

Bailey said he doesn’t trust the state to create a new fund, pointing to reports that nearly $30 million of fees that gun owners pay the state have been swept for other purposes.

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