(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Senate has voted unanimously to require administrators of State Veterans’ homes to notify the public within 24 hours of an infectious disease diagnosis. Yesterday’s vote, which came just a few hours after a report that the State Labor Department rebuked the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for failing “to effectively notify all employees” about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans Home in 2015, would require the notification when two or more residents are diagnosed within a month. Already approved in the State House, the bill now heads to the desk of Governor Bruce Rauner.
(EFFINGHAM) The Illinois Department of Transportation, Region 4 / District 7, is cautioning motorists that the yearly maintenance striping operations is underway on state highways. Motorists are reminded that the striping equipment travels at a speed of approximately 15 miles-per-hour when applying the paint, therefore all drivers should be alert, be patient, and only pass when it’s safe to do so. Over 2,000 miles of pavement in our regional district will have freshly painted center lines, edge lines, and no passing zones by the end of October. Region 4 / District 7 includes sixteen Southeastern and South Central Illinois counties, from Decatur to Mt. Carmel, from Charleston to Fairfield (Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Richland, Shelby, Wabash, and Wayne).
(OLNEY/NEWTON) A quick note to all motorists to be extra alert while traveling on area highways and country roads as regional farmers are in their fields. Therefore, plenty of farm and ag-related equipment is out moving from field to field. Those traveling are reminded be on the lookout for the slow moving vehicle signs and be alert to the flashing lights on the equipment. Farmers are reminded to make sure all SMV emblems are clean and clearly visible on all farm equipment. Plus remember to think “safety first”.