Senator Schimpf receives Friend of Agriculture award from Monroe County Farm Bureau
Senator Schimpf was presented with the 2018 Friend of Agriculture Award from the Monroe County Farm Bureau on Monday, September 24, in Waterloo.
The Friend of Agriculture Award honors legislators who understand the importance of Illinois agriculture. Legislators receiving this award recognize the benefits of Illinois’ agricultural products and the importance farmers play in providing quality food, fiber, and fuel for our state, nation, and world.
Strategic Planning Study in Perry County
This week Sen. Schimpf participated in the third meeting of stakeholders for the Pyramid Park Strategic Planning Study in Perry County. He evaluated some of the "opportunities" that Pyramid State Park may have in the future. Sen. Schimpf appreciates the participants in the study who are working to ensure the state can maximize the park's potential and he is looking forward to continuing the study.
Best states for teachers ranked
Illinois leads its neighboring states in the teacher-friendliness rankings issued recently by Wallet Hub.
New York, Connecticut and Minnesota are ranked first, second and third, respectively, and Hawaii is rated last.
The study compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, “Opportunity & Competition” and “Academic & Work Environment.”
The study evaluated the two dimensions using 22 relevant metrics, each of which was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for living and working as a teacher. The study then determined each state and the District of Columbia’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the states.
Illinois ranked second in “Opportunity & Competition” and 21st in “Academic & Work Environment.”
Time to get flu shots
The IDPH is recommending residents ages six months and older get an influenza (flu) vaccine, and nasal spray is once again an option.
“It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “The flu season typically starts around October so we recommend you make plans to get vaccinated now, before flu season begins.”
Flu activity peaks between December and February, but activity can last as late as May. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. Serious cases of flu can result in hospitalization or death. Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Check with local health care providers or health departments to find convenient locations for flu shots.
Streamlining state government
On Sept. 21, Gov. Rauner issued Executive Orders eliminating 53 boards and commissions that serve no public purpose and have been inactive for years, some for as long as two full decades.
“This is a matter of good government through transparency,” Rauner said. “The people of Illinois need to understand the ongoing work of the state. They should not be led to believe that people are still at work doing tasks that were completed 10 years ago, or that they are supporting advisory roles for which the need expired in the 1990s.”
Over the years, the State of Illinois has created more than 600 authorities, boards, bureaus, commissions, committees, councils, task forces and other similar entities. Many of them have completed their work and no longer operate, yet they still appear in State publications, public-facing websites, and Legislative Research Unit reports as if they were still doing the people’s work.
Earlier this year, Rauner issued an Executive Order abolishing 19 other redundant or inactive boards and commissions.