(DU QUOIN) The 2018 Du Quoin State Fair has good crowds over the weekend and continues now each day and night for the next week, ending a week from today, on Monday, Labor Day, September 3. Today is Agriculture Youth Day with the FFA farmyard follies, a natural horsemanship show, ITPA Truck & Tractor Pulls, and the Dueling Pianos Show on stage tonight. Tomorrow is Democrat Day on the fairgrounds with the first day of Harness Racing, more Truck & Tractor Pulls, and on the Grandstand stage will be Brothers Osborne with local artist Kendell Marvel. Wednesday will be Senior Day with various activities and the featured Twilight Harness Racing that night. To view the daily/nightly schedule, for admission & parking information, for ticket details, and more, check the Fair’s website online at www.DuQuoinStateFair.net.
(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner led the Illinois Bicentennial Route 66 motorcycle ride yesterday, which made stops in Wilmington, Pontiac, Lexington, and Lincoln en route from Shorewood to Springfield, all in celebration of the day 200 years ago when Illinois adopted its State Constitution in Kaskaskia. Later in the day, the Governor dedicated the new Illinois REALTORS Bicentennial Plaza, which is adjacent to the Governor’s Mansion. More than 500 participants from all around the state took part in the special ride.
(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois county officials have about four months to figure out details of the rabies vaccination effort for cats. Legislation signed into law this month by the Governor amended Illinois’ Animal Control Act, stating that beginning in January 2019, cat owners must vaccinate their cats for rabies and keep them updated from the age of four (4) months. The second rabies shot must be done within one year of the first vaccination. As with dogs, counties will be required to issue a vaccination certificate and a rabies tag, which will be given to veterinarians to distribute. Many counties have not yet taken up the issue.