News Headlines – July 11, 2018

Last Updated on July 11th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

Governor Rauner Meets With Japan Ambassador To The U.S.

(Schaumburg, IL) — Governor Rauner is emphasizing the importance of the state’s relationship with Japan. He met with the newly-appointed Japan Ambassador to the United States yesterday in Schaumburg. He told the ambassador that Illinois is eager to expand its job-creating partnership with Japan. The ambassador was in Schaumburg as part of a Grassroots Caravan to tour company facilities, see the latest in manufacturing innovations and learn more about the state workforce.

State Rep. Christian Mitchell Named Interim Director Of State Democratic Party

(Chicago, IL) — A state lawmaker from Chicago is taking over as the interim director of the Democratic Party of Illinois. State Representative Christian Mitchell is replacing Timothy Mapes, who was dropped by House Speaker Michael Madigan last month after House staffer Sherri Garrett accused him of harassment and bullying. Mitchell is the first African-American to head the DPI. He has been a member of the legislature since 2013 and lives on the South Side.

State Fairgrounds Roads To Be Resurfaced By Start Of Fair

(Springfield, IL) — Three of the major roads in the Illinois State Fairgrounds will be resurfaced by the time the state fair begins next month. Crews started the work this week on Main Street, Central Avenue and Illinois Avenue. The Illinois Department of Transportation is working with the Department of Agriculture and the Capital Development Board on the 475-thousand dollar project. The road work is a direct result of having a state budget done this year, but the Coliseum at the fairgrounds will remain closed this year with plans to reopen it in 2019.

Taste Of Chicago Kicks Off Today

(Chicago, IL) — The 38th edition of the Taste of Chicago kicks off today in Grant Park. The event runs through Sunday with over 70 food vendors participating. There will be a concert every day at the Petrillo Music Shell. Headliners include Brandi Carlile, The Flaming Lips, and George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic.