Now, no one in Illinois can stop firefighters or police officers from collecting charitable donations on roads - even if they wanted to.
Under a new Illinois law, public safety officials can't be denied permits to collect money for charities from drivers along roadsides. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Friday and it takes effect immediately.
The governor's office says Illinois is the sixth state to adopt such a law. The others are Florida, Nebraska, Texas, California and North Carolina.
A St. Louis Fire Department firefighter waits for water as the excursion boat The Robert E. Lee is engulfed in flames at the riverfront in St. Louis on March 21, 2010. The boat was being prepared to be towed to the riverfront in St. Charles, Missouri.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)
Current and retired firefighters watch the Board of Aldermen debate reforms to their pension system on April 16, 2012.