(SPRINGFIELD) When most people hear the words vaccine or immunization, they think about childhood vaccines. And while vaccinating babies and children is critical to staying healthy, adults are reminded that they never outgrow the need for immunizations. During this National Immunization Awareness Month, folks throughout Illinois are encouraged to learn what vaccines family members need, regardless of age. For more details, check the State Department of Public Health website online, at www.dph.illinois.gov.
(SPRINGFIELD) The state has awarded over $4.7 million in Adult Literacy Grants to develop and enhance students’ reading, math, writing, and English language skills. In fact, nearly 13,500 students will be served by adult literacy programs around the state with more than 6,200 volunteer tutors helping out and most of the grant money will be used to pay for tutor assistance. The funds will be split up among 76 statewide providers, with an average of between $30,000 and $70,000 distributed to each awardee. The downstate recipients include Frontier Community College (IECC) in Fairfield, Kaskaskia College near Centralia, John A. Logan College in Carterville, Lewis & Clark College in Godfrey, and the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation in Effingham.
(SPRINGFIELD) The 2018 Illinois State Fair opened up with its annual Twilight Parade last night with an area family serving as the Grand Marshalls. The Dr. Robert Wiseman family from Wabash County were recently recognized as one of only two Bicentennial Farm Families in Illinois, farming land that’s been in their families since 1818. Also mentioned was the State Fair’s ever-popular Butter Cow exhibit, located in the fairgrounds’ Dairy Building. It’s one of the most photographed and most visited attractions of the State Fair every year. On this first official day of the State Fair in Springfield, this Friday is County Fairs and Horse Racing Day, when more than seventy (70) county fair queens and one hundred five (105) fairs and expositions from across the state are represented. Today is the first day of harness racing on the Fair’s one-mile dirt track, with the Outlaw 5J Rodeo featured tonight at 7:00 in the Arena, and tonight’s Grandstand show at 8:00 features Boy George and Culture Club with Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey. Tomorrow is Kids Day at the State Fair, all children age 12 and under are admitted free, plus its Lawnmower Racing at 4:00 and 7:00 in the Arena and tomorrow night’s Grandstand performances include Halestorm & Mastodon with New Year’s Day at 7:30. Sunday is Veterans Day and Gold Star Family Day on the fairgrounds when all Veterans and their immediate families are admitted to the fairgrounds free. The Grandstand event Sunday night at 8:00 features the classic rock group Foreigner along with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. There are also plenty of daily events including special music, food, and other activities, plus Conservation World is open each day from 10:00 to 7:00. For more on daily schedules, for Grandstand event tickets, and everything else, go online at www2.illinois.gov/statefair/info. The Fair runs now thru Sunday, August 19.