News Headlines – August 3, 2018

Last Updated on August 3rd, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Some state of Illinois workers are getting past-due paychecks. Illinois Democrats are expecting a big crowd for their annual State Fair breakfast. Students at one Quad Cities high school won’t be able to take backpacks and purses to class this year.

>>Illinois Comptroller Paying Some State Workers For Back Pay

(Springfield, IL) — Nearly 900 state of Illinois workers are getting some of the money they’ve been waiting for since 2011. Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza yesterday said the first of the state’s back pay checks were sent to workers at the Illinois Department of Public Health. Mendoza isn’t sure when the rest of eligible state workers will get their back pay.

>>Illinois Democrats Ready For Joe Biden At Springfield Rally

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Democrats are expecting a full house for their State Fair rally. Planners say most of the tickets for this month’s Democratic Chairman’s brunch are sold out. Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the event. Toby Trimmer with the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association says they’ve already sold 75 hundred tickets, and there are just 700 left.

>>Backpacks, Purses Banned In Class At Rock Island High School

(Rock Island, IL) — Students at Rock Island High School all need pencil cases. School leaders this week told parents and students that they will ban backpacks and purses from class. Students can bring backpacks and purses to school, but not to class. Instead they will use pencil cases in class. The idea is to make sure students don’t bring anything illegal into a classroom.

>>Kroger Closing Stores In Lincoln, Decatur

(Lincoln, IL) — Two downstate communities are each losing a grocery store. Kroger yesterday announced that it is closing stores in Lincoln and Decatur. Kroger spokesman Eric Halvorson says both stores will close at the end of the month. About 75 workers at the Lincoln store and another 95 workers at the Decatur store will lose their jobs.

>>Illinois State Fair Opens Next Week

(Springfield, IL) — The eyes of the state’s farmers, politicians, and corn dog fans will all be on Springfield next week. The Illinois State Fair opens a week from now at the Fairgrounds in Springfield. State Fair Manager Luke Sailer yesterday said he hopes for a half million visitors to the fair. The fair runs from the 9th to the 19th, tickets are still available for all of the fair’s grandstand shows.