(SPRINGFIELD) As we reported last week, Governor Bruce Rauner has declared a harvest emergency to help level the playing field between Illinois farmers and crop haulers. The action bridges the gap between the 2018 harvest season and a new law the Governor signed back on August 25 that takes effect next year. Going forward, that measure will allow for an annual harvest-season easing of gross vehicle and gross axle weight limits for agricultural commodities haulers with a free permit. The emergency declaration is in effect from this coming today, this September 10, through the end of the year, December 31, 2018. More information and details on the permit process are available online at www.webapps.dot.illinois.gov/ITAP.
(SPRINGFIELD) Officials say attendance at this year’s Illinois State Fair declined 8 percent from last year. While the State Fair in Springfield attracted about 369,140 people, officials say fairgoers appeared to spend more money than the larger crowd did a year ago in 2017. This year’s attendance numbers are even lower than the nearly 348,000 people that attended the eleven day and night event two years ago in 2016 which was plagued by flooding rains, extreme heat, and power outages. As of August 31, the State Department of Revenue reports State Fair vendors’ sales receipts totaled nearly $1.4 million, representing a 16% hike over the same date last year, although vendors have until the end of the year to submit fair receipts to the state.
(SPRINGFIELD) The U.S. Postal Service says they expect that they will need more help heading into the holidays this year. Beginning today and running through September 21, a week from this coming Friday, people can apply for positions with the Postal Service, including mail handlers, holiday clerk assistants, or mail processing clerks. People need to be at least 18 years old or 16 years old with a high school diploma and pass a background check. For more information, go online to the U.S. Postal Service’s website.