(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner and family are moving back into the Governor’s Mansion after $15 million worth of renovations. First Lady Diana Rauner led the fundraising campaign to restore the historic home, originally built in 1855. In fact, the Springfield home is one of the nation’s oldest continuously occupied Governor’s residences across the U.S. Officials say a list of all donors that gave to the fundraising effort to restore the home to its “historic luster” will soon be announced and made public.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are teaming up with more than 160 law enforcement agencies around the state in the national “Border to Border” mobilization, sending a unified message that riding or driving without a seat belt will not be tolerated. Increased patrols and seat belt enforcement zones will be along major interstates, state border crossings, and hundreds of well-traveled local roads extending now through Memorial Day. Motorists are encouraged to keep several tips in mind when traveling thru the first of next week – buckle up, sober up, slow down, and phone down.
(CHICAGO) Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan yesterday led a bipartisan coalition of 39 state and territory attorneys general to call on congressional leaders to pass laws to help hold opioid manufacturers accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic. While some provisions in the proposed bills would increase penalties on the drug makers, other parts would increase the civil penalty from $10,000 to $100,000 per violation for negligence and other suspicious activity. For more, logon at www.congress.gov.
(CHICAGO) Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is reminding us that entry forms are still available for the statewide 14th Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition, with winners to receive the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. Co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book, the contest is open to Illinois residents age 18 and over, and the entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2018, with cash prizes to be awarded for first ($500), second ($300), and third place ($100). Entry forms with details and more information can be found online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/center_for_the_book.