(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law last Friday giving a 60-day grace period for gun owners to renew their state firearms identification cards and still own a firearm. While the new law only applies to FOID renewals that are filed before the card expires, it does not apply to over 10,000 people with FOID cards that expired in June and have not been renewed as of August 13, 2018. The Illinois Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards are good for a ten year period issued through the Illinois State Police.
(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois corrections officials have announced construction will begin next spring on a 200 bed inpatient mental health and medical facility. The Joliet Treatment Center will be 180,000 square feet, will cost $150 million, will serve both men and women, and will employ more than 400 people, including nurse practitioners, physicians, and psychologists. It was two years ago that the Illinois Department of Corrections settled a lawsuit that requires it to provide adequate health services to about 12,000 inmates who suffer from mental illness. The lawsuit was filed back in 2007 after severe funding cuts to the IDOC.
(DU QUOIN) The Illinois Department of Agriculture is proud to announce that Gerald and Betty Brown of Jonesboro will be the Grand Marshals for the 2018 Du Quoin State Fair Twilight Parade coming up this Friday, August 24. The Browns were the first Illinois family to be honored with the State Ag Department’s Bicentennial Farm designation. Starting at 6:00, the Parade will kick off Illinois’ second state fair with a parade route that’s changed from the past, plus also new this year, admission and parking fees have all been waived for Friday night. The Du Quoin State Fair begins its 11-day/night run this Friday, continuing through Labor Day, September 3.