A recent list from WalletHub ranks the best cities in Illinois for their labor-market health. More than 120 cities were ranked based on job opportunities, starting salary, employment growth, among other factors. Also during the week, Illinois is set to receive nearly $44 million from the federal government to help fund treatment centers and increase the availability of addiction treatment in the fight against opioid abuse. In other action, those seeking financial assistance for winter heating should start gathering the proper documentation now so they are ready to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Oct. 1.
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.
Attendance on Family Night on Friday, Aug. 24, was up nearly 40 percent, propelling the 2018 Du Quoin State Fair toward another successful year. Preliminary estimates show a total of 100,813 fair-goers passed through the gates for the 2018 fair, bringing in $226,780 in admission and parking revenue during the fair’s 11-day run.
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Community Assistance announced today that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin scheduling appointments and accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning Oct. 1, 2018.
Each year since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) will see $1,250,000 in capital funding for campus improvements and repairs as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 capital budget approved by lawmakers in late May. The capital program was appropriated as part of the current FY 2019 state budget.
Despite the Labor Day holiday, Senator Paul Schimpf remained busy throughout the district. This week saw the conclusion of the Du Quoin State Fair, one of the major economic events in the district. Senator Schimpf made numerous visits to the fairgrounds, including the opening ceremonies of the Ducky Derby Dash to benefit Special Olympics of Illinois. Senator Schimpf also toured Memorial Hospital in Belleville which provides healthcare and employment to many constituents in the northern portion of the 58th Senate District. Finally, Senator Schimpf spent Friday at the opening ceremonies for the visit of refurbished WWII ship LST 325 to Chester, followed by constituent meetings at his office in the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta.
The Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Season will be available at nine sites beginning on Oct. 6. Fly fishing anglers can use fly fishing gear to catch and release trout beginning Oct. 6 at the nine sites. No trout may be kept during the fly fishing period, but all anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular fall trout season on Oct. 20.
Three libraries within District 58 will receive grant funding through the Project Next Generation program. Project Next Generation is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. The program offers grant funding to public libraries for establishing educational, "after-school" programs that not only provide access to computers, software, and various technological devices, but also hire mentors who are crucial to helping students develop self-confidence and pride in their newly acquired skills.
The following is a copy of the op-ed Senator Schimpf and Representatives Jerry Costello and Terri Bryant submitted to the County Journal in Percy, Ill. on Thursday, Aug. 20.
This week the bipartisan Higher Education Working Group met to further discuss ways to address the brain drain in Illinois. Plus, a number of bills were signed into law to help students, veterans, and Illinois farmers seek relief and prosperity in the state.
From Aug. 20 through the early morning hours of Sept. 4, ISP and more than 150 local law enforcement agencies are increasing safety efforts with hundreds of additional patrols to arrest impaired drivers during the Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
Non-emergency work will be suspended from 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, through 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, when construction will resume.
Several measures were signed into law this past week, including legislation focused on keeping students in-state, a package of bills tasked with addressing the growing opioid crisis and mental health issues in Illinois, and a measure to correct a oversight in current law to help victims of sexual assault. Also becoming law this past week was a measure allowing hunters to sport blaze pink, and a proposal to give motorists the option for two-year vehicle registration. In other news, Illinois received passing grades from the National Federation of Independent Business and Medicare card holders will no longer have their Social Security numbers listed on their Medicare cards.
The “Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall” will be on display on Sunday, August 26, just outside the Heartland Coca-Cola Expo Hall. This memorial tribute honors more than 260 Illinois soldiers who gave their lives in service to our country, showing an image of the soldier with his or her rank, branch of service, date of death, and hometown.
The Du Quoin State Fair runs August 24 – September 3 in Du Quoin, Illinois. Fair admission booklets and parking passes are also now available. Pre-purchasing will save you time at the gate so you can get right to the adventure that awaits you on the fairgrounds. Admission booklets can be purchased for $22. For $30, a seasonal parking pass will allow you to park near all the action at the Du Quoin State Fair!
Senator Schimpf had an eventful week in District 58 and in other parts of the Midwest. He not only wrapped up a legislative conference in Minneapolis, but accepted an invitation to the White House. Read about it here, in his Week in Review.
State Senator Paul Schimpf will visit the White House in Washington, D.C. in September. His trip’s agenda will consist of a tour of the White House as well as a conference and discussion with key administration officials and policymakers.
Over 390 tons of tires were collected in June and July throughout the State of Illinois, including dump sites in St. Clair County.
Mixed news about the economy and jobs, new laws improving Illinois’ business and government climates, and remembering our military heroes are among some of the action around the state this week.
Fire departments in Illinois that need assistance purchasing emergency vehicles can now apply for a loan through the Fire Truck and Ambulance Revolving Loan Programs. The Fire Truck and Ambulance Revolving Loan Programs are designed to assist emergency personnel purchase vehicles they otherwise couldn't afford.
Beginning Thursday, Aug. 9, at 5 a.m., IDOT will change the traffic flow around the fairgrounds to one way counterclockwise. In addition, both eastbound and westbound turn lanes at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Eighth Street will be closed.
Illinois has several new laws that address a backlog of applications for nursing home care, provide more first responders with medicines for allergy-related emergencies, boost protections for DCFS workers, and create a new lottery game to benefit families of fallen police officers.
Also during the week, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a measure creating the Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission, and the Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking proposals for projects that help children walk and bike to school.
The Illinois General Assembly has designated August 7th as Purple Heart Day in Illinois, set aside to honor and remember those in the military who have been wounded or killed in battle and honored with a Purple Heart.
Illinois has several new laws on the books including a good-government reform measure that allows affected counties to consolidate their election commissions with their county clerk’s offices, a bill creating the Historic Tax Credit Act and legislation recognizing the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) as a state agency. Also during the week, the Illinois State Fairgrounds is prepping for the 2018 Illinois State Fair, which is just around the corner. This yearly tradition kicks off August 9.
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