(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois lawmakers are increasing their efforts to learn more about the Legionnaires outbreaks at the Quincy Veterans Home. Both Democrats and Republicans heard the latest yesterday at a statehouse hearing in Springfield, as some indicated there is some type of cover-up going on, asking if the problem was not under control in 2015, why wasn’t something done in 2016, and why is it now in 2018 it’s happening again with no real reports. Illinois Public Health Director Nirav Shah denied that, noting that many of the answers for the problem, after a number of attempted explanations, is that the IDPH/Illinois VA commissioned report from years past was never looked at by lawmakers. There will be more debate in the future.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, known as Serve Illinois, is now accepting nominations for the ninth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, which recognize individual volunteers & for-profit businesses, all to highlight the importance of community service around the state. Serve Illinois will present individual awards to one youth (18 years and younger), one adult (19-54 years old), and one senior (55 years and older) in each of the Serve Illinois’ five volunteer network regions across the state. Nominations are due by February 16, a week from tomorrow. For more information and/or nomination forms, go online at www.serve.illinois.gov. The winners will be announced by late March with a ceremony for the winners to be held April 18 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.
(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois lawmakers will be considering legislation this spring to allow county jail inmates to vote in future elections. The proposal specifically directs statewide county jails to allow eligible inmates the right to vote by mail, plus the plan would establish a temporary polling place inside the Cook County Jail in Chicago. The statewide county jails would also be required to provide eligible inmates with a voter registration application upon their request and/or upon their release. The bill would also require that the Illinois Department of Corrections, county jails, and probation offices provide current resource material on voting rights to one and all inmates throughout the state. More debate is expected in the days and weeks ahead.