Clean up efforts are still underway after last week’s EF-4 tornado that ripped through northern Jackson County.
Disaster relief teams from southern Illinois and all over the state have come to aid in the relief effort. The Elverado School District #196 is also allowing students to take excused absences to help their families and the community clean up.
The Elkville First Baptist Church is serving free lunches and the Elkville Christian Church is serving dinners through the rest of this week.
Nadine Lacy lost her home when a tornado ripped through Elkville late at night on February 28. Lacy said that she thought it was a train rolling by on the tracks that are only a couple hundred feet from her home.
When her chandeliers started shaking, she knew something was wrong. That’s when the tornado hit.
Lacy said that she could feel herself being sucked out of the home by the tornado and she grabbed on to whatever she could.
The whole house had collapsed around her and she had to be pulled from the wreckage, but she escaped unharmed.
She says that she lost a lot of things that she could not get back, but she is fine with that. However, there are two things that she did not lose in the storm.
State Representative Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, is sponsoring legislation that would remove the need to have a Firearm Owners Identification Card to own or purchase a firearm in the state of Illinois.
Illinois is one of only four states that requires a special permit or ID to purchase or own a firearm. Most other states, including Illinois’ border states, only use a driver license to perform the background checks.
Costello said in a press release that “Southern Illinoisans should be able to hunt and defend themselves without the government getting in the way and convoluting the process.”
Some people like Steve Strack, an employee of Alpha and Omega Guns and Gear and an auxiliary police officer for the city of Murphysboro, says that it could speed up the process of purchasing a firearm and also be cheaper. The application process for a FOID card is $11.
Others believe that the measures that are attached to the FOID card are important. They say that it is important to have that waiting period.
The legislation is a 296 page document: HB 3178