(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring quarterly reports on the health of Veterans under state care after the Legionnaires’ disease crisis at the Veterans’ Home in Quincy. The 2015 outbreak of the pneumonia-like disease resulted in thirteen deaths, along with dozens more that were sickened. While lawsuits have been filed against the state by the Veterans’ families, the law requires the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to inform lawmakers of the Veterans’ healthcare in quarterly reports.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Governor has vetoed a bill that would have set the pay for full-time teachers to no less than $40,000 per year by the 2022-2023 school year. The Governor says teachers are our greatest asset in ensuring the future of our youth and they deserve to be well-compensated for their hard work, however he says the minimum pay legislation is neither the most efficient, nor the most effective way to compensate teachers. Illinois remains one of only seventeen states in America that still uses statewide teacher salary schedules to guarantee some level of minimum pay for teachers throughout the state.
(DU QUOIN) The 2018 Du Quoin State Fair is continuing. Today is Democrat Day on the fairgrounds with the first day of Harness Racing, more Truck & Tractor Pulls tonight, and on the Grandstand stage tonight is Brothers Osborne with local country music artist Kendell Marvel. Tomorrow will be Senior Day with various activities and the featured Twilight Harness Racing tomorrow night. Thursday is Sponsor Appreciation Day with the Pop 2000 Tour on stage that night. Friday is Illinois Tourism Day with the Gen-X Tour on stage that night, plus all the carnival rides, various games, and plenty of fair concession food. To view the daily/nightly schedule, for admission & parking information, for Grandstand ticket details, and more general information, check the Fair’s website online at www.DuQuoinStateFair.net.