(SPRINGFIELD) State officials have honored about 5,000 Illinois Purple Heart recipients for service to the United States. The military Veterans were recognized this past Tuesday in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol. The Purple Heart is awarded to an armed services member who is wounded or killed while serving America in any military capacity. The Purple Heart award began by federal law on April 5, 1917.
(PATOKA) Federal officials say it will take about three more weeks to wrap up an environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers had expected to finish by the end of this week, however due to weather delays, the work is now expected to take until the end of August. The Corps needs more time also to review information it recently received from Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which is leading a lawsuit to shut down the pipeline that’s moving North Dakota oil to Illinois, specifically the huge tank farm oil storage facility near Patoka. A federal judge allowed oil to begin flowing in June 2017, but also ordered the study due to the lingering concerns about the pipeline’s potential impact on tribal water rights in the Dakotas.
(SPRINGFIELD) The 2018 Illinois State Fair opens up tonight with the annual Twilight Parade, although all of the main activities actually kick off tomorrow, which is County Fairs and Horse Racing Day on the fairgrounds. In fact more than seventy (70) county fair queens and one hundred (105) fairs and expositions from across the state will be represented tomorrow, including Miss Richland County Fair Queen Samantha Trout and Miss Jasper County Fair Queen Lauren Probst. Tomorrow is also the first day of harness racing on the Fair’s one-mile dirt track, which is the fastest such track in the world. While the Outlaw 5J Rodeo is featured tomorrow night at 7:00 in the Fair Arena, tomorrow night’s Grandstand show at 8:00 will feature Boy George and Culture Club with Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey. Coming up on Saturday, during Kids Day at the State Fair, all children age 12 and under are admitted free, plus its Lawnmower Racing at 4:00 and 7:00 in the Arena and Saturday night’s Grandstand performances include Halestorm and Mastodon with New Year’s Day at 7:30. Sunday is Veterans Day and Gold Star Family Day on the fairgrounds when all Veterans and their immediate families are admitted to the fairgrounds free. The Grandstand event Sunday night at 8:00 features the classic rock group Foreigner along with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. There are also plenty of daily events including special music, food, and other activities, plus Conservation World is open each day from 10:00 to 7:00. For more information on daily schedules, for Grandstand event tickets, and everything else, go online at www2.illinois.gov/statefair/info. The Fair runs tomorrow thru August 19.