(SPRINGFIELD) With one of the busiest travel weekends starting today through tonight, the Illinois Department of Transportation is displaying crashed vehicles at rest areas around the state to further drive home the message that the choices we make while driving have life or death consequences. Appearing next to the wrecked vehicles are signs pointing out fatal crashes in Illinois last year meant that twelve (12) children never got the chance to attend their first day of kindergarten, seventy-five (75) people died while using their mobile device, and two hundred ninety-nine (299) lost their lives due to an alcohol-related crash. Meanwhile, the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies all across the state are taking part in this weekend’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, all out in extra force with roadside safety checks and saturation patrols, looking for those not wearing seat belts, driving distracted, and driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, plus those who fail to slow down & move over for disabled vehicles.
(SPRINGFIELD) Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White’s office has awarded $526,790 in 2019 Project Next Generation grants to thirty-one (31) public libraries statewide. The funds will be used for project mentors who work with middle and high school students as they develop skills to use various technologies to achieve success through project based learning, plus gain life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting, and conflict resolution. The funds awarded range from $5,000 to as much as $40,000. The downstate recipients include public libraries in Centralia, Harrisburg, Marion, Carbondale, Sparta, Collinsville, and Pinckneyville. To learn more, go online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.
(DU QUOIN) The 2018 Du Quoin State Fair is beginning to finish up this holiday weekend. Today is Illinois Tourism Day with the Gen-X Tour on stage tonight. Tomorrow is Coal Heritage Day with country music artists Phil Vassar and Love & Theft on stage tomorrow night. Sunday is First Responder Day with all firefighters, police officers, and EMT’s admitted free by showing their badge, plus it’s USAC Silver Crown racing and the DirtCar UMP Modifieds at 4:00 and the Whippoorwill Rodeo Sunday night at 7:00. Then Monday is SIU/College Day with IBRA Barrel Racing, washer and corn hole tournaments, ARCA Racing, and more DirtCar UMP Modifieds. Not to mention all the carnival rides, various games, and plenty of fair concessions available on the Fairgrounds. To view the daily/nightly schedule, for Grandstand ticket details, and more general information, check the Fair’s website online at www.DuQuoinStateFair.net.