Thanks to Elizabeth for passing this along … as if Illinois didn’t have enough to make it the laughingstock of the United States.
Illinois has a problem: not enough money! So, one of the cuts being made is to the highway crews who go clean up the various carcasses left on the side of the road when a motorist hits one of the many forms of wildlife, today ranging from armadillo (recently found in Kane County) to alligators (two pulled out of the Chicago River last summer) to coyotes (one was trapped in a Subway restaurant in downtown Chicago two years ago) … not to mention raccoons, skunks, weasels, polecats, politicians, foxes, bobcats, otters, beavers, rabbits, mob informants, deer, opossums, and squirrel (among others).
Leave it to Illinois to find a solution!
The Illinois House has begun debating a bill that will allow citizens to claim these carcasses as if they had been hunted (provided they have the appropriate licenses and the animal in question is in season).
Oh …. of course, the law requires that the animal was hit “accidentally”. The next time a highway patrolman comes across a hunter strapping a herd of 6-point elk to the hood of his semi, its possible the hunt was legal.
Make me think that Illinois is turning into a bad episode of “Squidbillies”.