(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has signed landmark health legislation that requires Illinois insurers to cover replacement costs of hearing aids every three years for hearing-impaired children who are 18 or younger. While hearing aids cost an average of $4,000 with high repair costs, the new law provides that repairs are covered when deemed medically necessary, plus it provides for ear examinations, selection, fitting, and adjustment of ear molds to be covered when and if necessary. The law takes effect immediately.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois State Police and law enforcement agencies throughout the Land of Lincoln will be out in extra force tomorrow during Saturation Saturday, which is held in conjunction with the Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, running now through September 4. Saturation Saturday is a statewide initiative with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to raise awareness on the dangers of drunk and drugged driving and increase enforcement to remove and arrest individuals driving under the influence.
(DU QUOIN) The 2018 Du Quoin State Fair will kick off this evening with Family Night on the downstate Fairgrounds with free admission and free parking. Starting at 6:00, the Twilight Parade will be held for the first time totally within the Fairgrounds, plus the High School Marching Band Contest will begin at 6:00. Tomorrow is Governor’s Day, the first full day of scheduling with various livestock shows, a mule show, various contests, games, concessions, and more. Sunday is Veterans Day when all Veterans and family members are admitted free to the Fairgrounds. There will be a morning Memorial Service, a Veteran’s Lunch, a mid-afternoon Veterans Parade, plus historical presentations and much more. Officials have announced that plenty of tickets remain for all seven star-studded performances planned for the Du Quoin State Fair Grandstand. That lineup includes Blackberry Smoke with The Steel Woods tomorrow night, Cheap Trick Sunday night, Brothers Osborne with Kendell Marvel next Tuesday night, and Phil Vassar with Love & Theft a week from tomorrow. 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.