(SPRINGFIELD) This week is 2018 AmeriCorps Week in Illinois and the United States, a time that the state and nation celebrates the service that thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps. The Serve Illinois Commission uses this week to salute the AmeriCorps members and alums for their hard work and thank the community partners that support them. From neighborhood cleanups and building homes, to tutoring children and helping the homeless, Illinois’ 2,600 AmeriCorps members are celebrating by doing what they do best – serving their communities. For a full listing of AmeriCorps programs and information on how to find a volunteer opportunity any time of the year, go online at www.Serve.Illinois.gov.
(CHICAGO) A top federal government lawyer is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear disgraced ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appeal. The Chicago Sun Times reports that in a 34-page brief filed this past Friday, Solicitor General John Francisco calls Blagojevich’s appeal “unwarranted” and “without merit.” The brief comes after Blagojevich asked the high court last November to consider tossing his convictions on corruption charges. In fact, the filing by the former Governor’s lawyers argues that by taking up the case, the court could settle lingering disagreements in lower courts over what constitutes illegal political fundraising. Blagojevich was indicted in 2009 on federal corruption charges, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s old State Senate seat in Springfield. Blagojevich was then later convicted and has served more than five (5) years of a fourteen (14) year federal prison sentence.
(SPRINGFIELD) With the spring severe weather fast approaching, officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and all local EMA’s are encouraging everyone to be prepared in advance for the possibility of severe weather conditions in the days and weeks ahead. While March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month, residents are urged to get a NOAA Weather Alert Radio, which can be programmed to sound an alarm and provide information when a weather warning has been issued for the listener’s home county, not to mention daily weather updates as well. Residents are also encouraged to go online for a copy of IEMA’s Severe Weather Preparedness Guide, which provides tips on how to prepare and be ready for weather emergencies of all kinds. For the guide and more details, logon at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.