(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has signed five laws expanding mental health and addiction treatment services and Medicaid coverage for them. Advocates say yesterday’s action at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield will strengthen the attack on the opioid crisis and puts behavioral health care on par with other types of medical care. The laws allow immediate access for addiction treatment without prior authorization, require insurance coverage for mental health and addiction treatment that’s equal to other coverage, and create an aggressive approach to recognizing and treating mental health problems in young people. The remaining law requires Medicaid reimbursement for long-distance telehealth treatment.
(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois home sales headed slightly higher in July with median prices also outpacing the year before, that’s according to Illinois Realtors. The statewide home sales last month totaled 16,007 units sold, up only a tenth of a percentage point (0.1%) from July 2017. The statewide median price in July was $214,000, which is up 2.3 percent from a year ago. The time it took to sell a home in July averaged 44 days, down from 47 days last year. The data shows that fifty (50) of Illinois’ one hundred two (102) counties reported home sales gains for July over previous-year numbers. Go to www.illinoisrealtors.org.
(DU QUOIN) The 2018 Du Quoin State Fair will kick off tomorrow evening down in Perry County with a limited amount of activities, but with free admission and free parking. Starting at 6:00, the Twilight Parade will totally within the Fairgrounds this year, plus the Fair’s High School Marching Band Contest will begin at 6:00 within the Parade. The Family Night activities also includes a Lumberjack Show, a Petting Zoo, plenty of concessions, and the carnival rides. Saturday, which is Governor’s Day, will be the first full day of scheduling with various livestock shows, a mule show, various contests, games, concessions, and more. Sunday will be Veterans Day when all Veterans and family members are admitted to the fairgrounds free. There will be a morning Memorial Service, a Veteran’s Lunch, a mid-afternoon Veterans Parade, plus historical presentations and much more. To look over the daily schedule, for information on admission and parking, for Grandstand ticket details, and more, check the Fair’s website at www.DuQuoinStateFair.net.