(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to strengthen the law on texting while driving, which takes effect July 1, 2019. The new law cracks down on texting while driving by classifying first time offenses as moving violations. Under the current law, which took effect in 2014, second and subsequent texting while driving offenses are treated as moving violations while first time offenses are treated as nonmoving violations. The penalties also increase with higher fines and court costs, plus a driver who’s convicted of three moving violations in a 12-month period is subject to a driver’s license suspension.
(SPRINGFIELD) A pair of new records were set at the 2018 Governor’s Sale of Champions this past Tuesday night at the State Fair. Exhibited by Nancy Sweet from Chatham, the 2018 Grand Champion Honey was sold for $2,600, breaking the previous record of $850. Shown by Chase Tomhave from Jacksonville, the 2018 Grand Champion and Grand Champion Land of Lincoln Meat Goat Wether went for $11,300 breaking the previous mark of $11,050. The 2018 Commodity Auction and the 2018 Governor’s Sale of Champions brought in a total of nearly $180,000 to the individual and business exhibitors.
(SPRINGFIELD) The 2018 Illinois State Fair continues today in Springfield. This Thursday is Democrat Day on the fairgrounds with more livestock shows today and on the Grandstand stage at 8:00 tonight it’s country music singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett with Danielle Bradberry. Tomorrow is First Responder Day when all police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s who show their badge will be admitted free, plus on stage Friday night at 8:00 it’s country music star Brett Eldredge, an Illinois native from Paris. Saturday will be Park District Conservation Day with more livestock shows, USAC Silver Crown Racing at 12:30, the demo derby in the Arena at 6:30, and Flo Rida & Ludacris with Childish Major on the Grandstand stage that night at 8:00. The final day of the State Fair is Sunday, Family Day, with a general admission price lowered to $5 per adult, featuring a music festival, ARCA Racing at 1:30, and on stage to wrap up the State Fair at 8:00 Sunday night is Brantley Gilbert with Muscadine Bloodline. Also, plenty of daily events including special music, food, carnival rides, agriculture fair tours, and more, plus Conservation World each day from 10:00 to 7:00. For more on the daily schedule, tickets, and more, go online at www2.illinois.gov/statefair/info.