(SPRINGFIELD) Although summer is officially less than two weeks away, it’s another hot weekend coming up around the state as the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are reminding everyone of motorcycle safety here in 2018. While all bikers are encouraged to take some extra time before hitting the road to make sure their machines are ready to roll safety-wise, all other motorists are urged to be on the lookout for motorcycles as they travel. IDOT continues to offer free motorcycle training through its Cycle Rider Safety Training Program, which started back in 1976. Motorcyclists, motorists, and all others can go online for more information about biking safety, at www.StartSeeingMotorcycles.org.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Pork Tour, which wrapped up this past Wednesday, reports a record high 50 international pork industry leaders from fifteen (15) different countries took part. The Illinois Soybean Association was one of many groups that helped out in hosting the event. In fact, the ISA checkoff program welcomed the group to the University of Illinois on Tuesday, where they learned about nutrition and disease management. The annual Pork Tour supports Illinois pork and feed exports, plus many other benefits.
(SPRINGFIELD) Over the course of just a few weeks back in April and May, more than 30,900 volunteers and thousands of partners from across the country joined the American Red Cross to “Sound the Alarm” against home fires by installing over 103,000 free smoke alarms in communities at high risk for fires. In the downstate Central and Southern Illinois Region, more than 560 volunteers and partners joined the Red Cross to “Sound the Alarm” by installing 1,909 free smoke alarms and making 767 homes safer. The “Sound the Alarm” initiative is part of the multi-year Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which was launched in 2014 to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries in the United States by at least 25 percent. Since that time, Red Cross volunteers and partners have installed more than 1.2 million smoke alarms.