(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner signed several pieces of legislation yesterday. One law advances the Governor’s effort to professionalize the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights by showing good faith to the aggrieved parties, business respondents, pro se parties, attorneys of record, and others harmed by years-long delay in resolving discrimination complaints. Another new law will principally benefit DACA immigrants directing the Department of Financial and Professional Regulations nor the Illinois State Board of Education to not deny a license, certificate, permit, or registration based solely on an applicant’s citizenship or immigration status. The other new law bars all state and local agencies from creating or participating in the creation of unconstitutional or illegal registries, i.e. those that are based solely on classifications protected by our human rights law, including religion or national origin. The laws are in line with immigrant-friendly initiatives within the bounds of federal law.
(DU QUOIN) The 2018 Du Quoin State Fair officially began last night with Governor Bruce Rauner and other tributaries on hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon, kicking off the eleven-day celebration of Southern Illinois agriculture and the Illinois Bicentennial. Despite a few rain showers, a fairly large crowd turned out for the event. Today is Governor’s Day on the fairgrounds, the first full day of scheduling with various livestock shows, contests, games, concessions, and more, plus on the Grandstand stage tonight in Blackberry Smoke with The Steel Woods. Tomorrow 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. On the Grandstand stage tomorrow night is Peoria-native rock band Cheap Trick. To view the daily schedule, for admission & parking information, for ticket details, and more, check the Fair’s website at www.DuQuoinStateFair.net.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois State Police and law enforcement agencies throughout the Land of Lincoln will be out in extra force today 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.