(SPRINGFIELD) The top state official at the Illinois Lottery is leaving to take a higher paying job to run Connecticut’s lottery system. Gregory Smith is set to leave later this month, foregoing his $142,000 per year salary in Illinois. Some say this could be good news for the state since the open position comes amid changes at the lottery and months before what is predicted to be one of the most expensive gubernatorial races in the nation. The Illinois Lottery is under new private manager Camelot after ending a rocky relationship with Northstar, the state’s first private manager for the lottery, earlier this year.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people to beware of potentially rabid bats and other animals during this summertime. In fact, seventeen (17) bats have tested positive for rabies so far this year. Officials say that although most bats are not infected with rabies, it is important to avoid handling bats, get and keep your pets vaccinated, and make sure your home has no openings where bats can come in. While the number of bats submitted for rabies testing has ranged from 1,300 to 1,700 each year over the past five years, the actual number testing positive for rabies is typically only around 3 percent. For more information, check the Department’s website, at www.dph.illinois.gov.
(CARBONDALE) Southern Illinois University’s President has received a vote of “no” confidence from the SIU faculty senate at the Carbondale campus. The Southern Illinoisan reports the resolution that passed 25 to 1 this past Tuesday accuses Randy Dunn of working to undermine the SIU system and urges the SIU Board of Trustees to remove him as soon as possible. The faculty senate vote comes after failed efforts by the Trustees to place Dunn on administrative leave after a 4 to 4 split vote. Dunn has been criticized over his handling of a proposal to shift $5.1 million in state funding to the Edwardsville SIU campus.