(SPRINGFIELD) Eight former Illinois workers are suing Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration, alleging they lost their jobs for political reasons. The State Journal-Register reports that the workers were laid off from the Illinois Department of Transporation. The lawsuit filed in federal court last Friday argues that the layoffs were part of a deliberate “attempt to deprive the plaintiffs of their employment in retaliation for not being supporters of Governor Bruce Rauner and the Republican Party.” The former state workers with the State Department of Transportation are wanting their jobs back, along with lost wages and benefits.
(SPRINGFIELD) The 2018 Illinois State Fair opens up tomorrow night with the annual Twilight Parade, which marches proudly through Springfield, announcing the ten day showcase of Illinois agriculture and more. While the gates to the fairgrounds open at 7:00 tomorrow morning, the parade won’t begin until 5:30 Thursday evening, starting at the southeast corner of the Nelson Park Loop, located in Lincoln Park on Springfield’s north end, moving north to Sangamon Avenue, then east to the Main Gate of the fairgrounds, and finishing up just north of the Grandstand. Admission to the fairgrounds is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and children ages 12 and under are free on Preview Night tomorrow night, plus all carnival rides, including those in Adventure Village, will open at 5:00 with discounted prices. The State Fair continues each day and night this Friday thru Sunday, August 19. Go online for more details, at www2.illinois.gov/statefair/info.
(SPRINGFIELD) Illinoisans are leaving the Land of Lincoln more than nearly any other state in the U.S. According to the Stevens Worldwide Van Lines’ annual long-distance moving study, Illinois had more than twice the number of households moving out of state than those moving in. Based on data from more than 150,000 out-of-state relocations in 2017, Illinois was the only state that saw more than twice the households leaving then arriving, posting 14,147 departures and 6,833 arrivals. The figures do not include families that use a U-Haul or other methods to move their own possessions. The states with high inbound rates included Texas, Nevada, and the Carolinas. Illinois’ total population fell by 33,000 in 2017, most of whom were in the 25 to 54 age group. The state’s largest percentage of leavers were from southern and central Illinois.