(SPRINGFIELD) With last week’s signing of the new fiscal year state budget, some information is being released on some of the projects included within the $38.5 billion spending plan. Renovation work at the State Capitol includes $30 million to upgrade the plumbing, $35 million to upgrade the high voltage system, and $20 for design work. Also millions of dollars for improvements and repairs at facilities like colleges, universities, prisons, and the state fairgrounds, plus money for repairs at several historical sites, including Lincoln’s Tomb, the Lincoln-Herndon law office, the Dana Thomas House, and the Old State Capitol.
(SPRINGFIELD) Republican members of the U.S. House from Illinois sent a message to President Donald Trump earlier this week : Don’t led former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich out of prison. The seven members of the delegation, led by U.S. Representative Darin LaHood of Peoria, expressed their concerns over the President’s recent statements that he was considering clemency for Blagojevich, who was convicted on 18 counts of corruption and is now serving a 14-year prison term. Among the others signing the letter were John Shimkus of Collinsville, Rodney Davis of Taylorville, and Mike Bost of Murphysboro.
(CHICAGO) Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is reminding us that time is running out to submit entries 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.