24/7 News Source 08/09/2013
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says Republicans need to be more tolerant of gays and minorities. Governor Quinn has just over a week to take action on a bill that bans teens from using tanning beds. Health officials are trying to figure out why more than a hundred people broke out with a rash after running in the Marseilles Spartan Race. Illinois is honoring veterans at senior citizens at the State Fair.
>>Rutherford Says GOP Needs Change From Inside Out
(Springfield, IL) -- State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says Republicans need to do a better job reaching out to minorities and, they need to be more tolerant of gays. He says both ethnic and religious minority groups don’t think Republicans care for their needs, partly because they never show up in their communities. When it comes to supporting gays, Rutherford says the party needs to evolve in certain areas. He says he supports civil unions but he makes it clear that he doesn’t support gay marriage. He says there’s a line that you just don’t cross when it comes to religious issues, and in his view, gay marriage has a religious component that can’t be ignored.
>>Quinn Must Act Soon On Tan Ban
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn has just over a week to take action on a bill that bans teens from using tanning beds. If he signs the bill, no one under 18 would be allowed to tan under UV rays, but they would still be allowed to get a spray tan. Supporters of the idea cite a study conducted by the American Cancer Association. It reveals people who frequently tan indoors are two to three times more likely to develop skin cancer than those who don’t. Some salon owners stood against the idea though, claiming it’ll hurt their business.
>>Race Participants Break Out With Rash
(Marseilles, IL) -- Health officials are trying to figure out why more than a hundred people broke out with a rash after running in the Marseilles Spartan Race. Seven thousand people participated in the eight-mile-course last month, which featured rugged terrain, mud puddles, and other obstacles. But once they crossed the finish line, many of them broke out with a mysterious rash that looks like poison ivy or sumac. State officials say they’re not exactly sure what it is, but they’re sending each racer a questionnaire that will help them get a better idea. Racers are encouraged to complete the survey and return it as soon as possible.
>>Mt. Vernon Kids Get Extra Summer Break
(Mt. Vernon, IL) -- Kids in Mount Vernon District 80 are getting a few extra weeks tacked on to their summer vacations. Zadok Casey Middle School is still under construction and the district is preparing to move students between two other schools. So instead of starting school this month, they’ll head back on September 3rd. Mount Vernon High School students aren’t so lucky though. Their first day of school is set for next Thursday, August 15th.
>>Veterans Day at State Fair
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois is honoring veterans at senior citizens at the State Fair. Veterans and their families won’t have to pay an admission charge to get into the fair on Sunday. Then on Monday, anyone over 60 will get in free. There’s a full lineup of events planned for each day. Check out the State Fair webpage for a full list of activities.
Nicole Wilson/jm IL) STL) MO) SCC)
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