(SPRINGFIELD) The 160th Illinois State Fair kicks off later this week in Springfield, running Thursday, August 9, through Sunday, August 19. The deteriorating fairgrounds got a $30 million state-funding boost this year with some of the main fairground streets being repaved and other improvements, plus remaining funds will re-roof most buildings and restore the 117-year-old Coliseum which has been closed due to unsafe conditions. With the Prairie State’s Bicentennial celebration serving as a backdrop this year, the State Fair will feature a grandstand lineup with Paris native country music singer Brett Eldredge, with Smokey Bear visiting the ever-popular Conservation World each day, not to mention the carnival rides, livestock competitions, the great fair food, and more. Logon for details, at www2.illinois.gov/statefair/info.
(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law this past Friday requiring all Illinois children must ride in rear-facing child-restraint seats in automobiles until age 2. Approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the new law replaces a former requirement for all motorists to provide an “approved” safety seat for children under the age of 8. Plus, instead of including a $75 fine for first time offenders, lawmakers thought the penalties should be left up to the discretion of the arresting authorities. The law provides an exemption for children taller than 40 inches or those that weigh more than 40 pounds.
(DANVILLE) The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a woman who was injured after tripping on a poorly maintained sidewalk can move forward with a lawsuit against the City of Danville. The state’s high court ruled 7-0 last week that Danville was not immune from liability, as the city had argued. Lower courts had sided with the city, finding that the municipality was protected by a state law intended to shield local governments from the actions of their employees. The plaintiff, Barbara Monson, sued the city several years ago after she tripped on an uneven sidewalk section and broke her shoulder. She argued that the city had an obligation to keep the sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition. No word as to the next court date.