>Quinn Wants Kids To Bring Their Parents To School

(Springfield, IL)  --  Most kids want to keep their parents away from school but a new law urges them to bring them in for fun.  It establishes the first Monday in October as “Bring Your Parents to School Day.”  School boards have the option of implementing the day but if they go with it, parents would be allowed to attend class with their kids and meet with teachers and administrators.  Governor Quinn signed the law over the weekend, claiming there’s no better way to kick-off the school year than with empowered parents.  The law takes effect next year.

>>New Law Extends Tuition Waivers For Veterans

(Silvis, IL)  --  A new law allows anyone with at least 10 years of service in the Illinois National Guard to get a tuition waiver for six years.  Right now they qualify for up to four years on the waiver.  The law recognizes the fact that older service members may take a bit longer to finish up their studies. The new waiver takes effect in this upcoming school year.

>>One Dead After Du Quoin Home Explosion

(Du Quoin, IL)  --  Crews are trying to figure out what caused a home explosion in Du Quoin.  Police say one person was killed when the home went up in flames early yesterday morning.  Another person suffered minor injuries.  Witnesses tell KSDK-TV in St. Louis they smelled gas coming from the home.  Others say the blast could be heard about a mile away.  

>>Gas Prices Down Slightly=

(Undated)  --  The price of gas is coming down.  Illinois drivers are paying an average of three-55 for a gallon of regular gasoline.  That’s down six-cents compared to last week.  And this time last year, gas was about three-68 a gallon.  Triple-A spokeswoman Beth Mosher says the price is likely to drop a bit more around October when refineries switch over to their winter blend of gasoline.

>>Senior Day At State Fair

(Springfield, IL)  --  It’s Senior Day at the State Fair.  That means everyone over 60 gets in free.  There are also quite a few events lined up for the day including health screenings, a senior spelling bee, and the “Not-So-Newlywed Game” featuring couples 50 and older.  Check out the State Fair webpage for more details.

>>His Airness Still Has It

(Chicago, IL)  --  Michael Jordan may be 50, but the basketball legend can still fly high and dunk the ball.  And, there’s a picture to prove it.  A snapshot surfaced on Twitter over the weekend showing Jordan slamming down a one-handed dunk.  He showed of his skills to a group of youngsters at his annual Michael Jordan Flight School basketball camp in California.

>>Correctional Officer Held For Indiana Murder

(Chicago, IL)  --  A corrections officer in Cook County faces a murder charge this morning following an incident in Hammond, Indiana.  Edgar Singleton Junior was charged Saturday in connection with last week's death of Montrell Ross of Chicago.  Authorities say the correctional system is in the process of firing Singleton.  He's currently in custody in an Indiana jail.

>>Downstate IL Utility To Pump Millions Into Upgrade

(Carbondale, IL)  --  A downstate utility says it'll invest millions-of-dollars to upgrade electrical infrastructure.  Ameren Illinois says it's pumping more than seven-million dollars into its coverage area in southern Illinois.  Projects include a new substation and work Ameren calls "reliability improvements."

>>Another 2K Bar Owners Applying To Offer Video Poker

(Chicago, IL)  --  Clubs and bars around Illinois are rushing to add video gambling machines for their patrons.  The "Sun-Times" says bar owners are scrambling to get a piece of the 106-million dollars Illinoisans lost gambling since the video machines were legalized one year ago.  Eighteen-hundred video gambling licenses have been granted to Illinois bar owners already while another two-thousand have applied for one.

>>U-of-IL To Unveil 7M H-D Video Scoreboard

(Champaign, IL)  --  The University of Illinois will unveil its multi-million-dollar high-def scoreboard when the Illini open their 2013 football season August 31st.  The university says its new video scoreboard and audio system will enhance the fan experience inside Memorial Stadium.  The scoreboard is 125-feet across and six-stories high.  The system comes at a cost of more than seven-million dollars


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