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Congressional Field Hearing on Improving Health Care

Congresswomen Robin Kelly and Jan Schakowsky are hosting a health care panel discussion Monday in Chicago. “Solutions Only” is a Non-Partisan Congressional Field Inquiry on Improving Healthcare.

The goal of raising Congressional discourse above hyper-partisan politics, Rep. Kelly convenes an issues-focused hearing aimed at strengthening the debate on healthcare reform. Constituents and stakeholders will have the opportunity to listen and ask questions to a panel of local healthcare experts and discuss how we can meet the health needs of Illinois families.

Invitations have been extended to the entire Illinois Delegation. The program is Monday, August 14 9:30 ‘til 11:30 am at the Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago.

Panel of expert witnesses:
· Dr. Robert Winn, Director of the UIC Cancer Center, Associate VP for Health Affairs, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
· Terika Richardson, President of Advocate Trinity
· Donna Thompson, CEO, Access Community Health Network
· Dr. Susan Rogers, (retired) Internist from Stroger Hospital
· Dr. Ulysses Burley, HIV/AIDS Consultant, Founder of UB The Cure LLC
· Dr. Raul Garza, Aunt Martha’s CEO, speaking on behalf of the Board of Roseland Community Health Center

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Iroquois County: Attempted abduction in Goodwine

 An attempted abduction of three juvenile females in Goodwine Thursday is under investigation by the Iroquois County Sheriff's department.  The three juveniles, ages 11, 7 and 6, were walking near the post office just after 2 pm when the incident occurred.

Police report a white van with tinted windows pulled up next to them.  The driver opened a side door and asked the girls to get inside.  The girls ran to their home and informed  a parent.  The van headed north out of Goodwine.  The driver was described as a young, white male wearing a dark-colored T-shirt, blue jeans and boots with short dark hair.  Anyone with info is asked to contact authorities.

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Divers recover body of 71-year-old man in Vermilion County

The Vermilion County sheriff's office (Thursday) reported a drowning victim’s body was recovered from a pond. The body of 71-yr-old Robert Porter Jr. was recovered from the private pond in Hillery about 2:30 in the afternoon. The pond is behind the victim’s home.

Sheriff’s police say no foul play is suspected. An autopsy was scheduled.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the old strip mine pond on Porter's property Wednesday morning. Police had reported Porter, his fiancé and a 2-yr-old child were in a small boat when the motor failed. Mr. Porter stood up to try to fix the motor, which caused the boat to capsize and all three occupants to fall into the water.

Porter's fiance was able to get the child back to shore and call for help. Porter went underwater.

The sheriff's Underwater Search and Rescue Team searched the pond, with help from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police and the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois State Fair kicked off Thursday with the Twilight Parade. An array of floats, bands and specialty units were featured encompassing this year's theme, Generations of Fun. Like the corndogs, lemon shakeups and Butter Cow featured on the historic fairgrounds, the Twilight Parade is an Illinois State Fair tradition that has been enjoyed by generations of fairgoers. Fairgoers come as kids, then as adults bring their kids, and then their grandchildren. It is a family affair that could be seen throughout the crowds that gathered to watch this year's parade.

The theme was further reflected in this year's grand marshal selection. The Vose Family, Cullers Family and Coleman Family served as the Grand Marshals of the 2017 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade. Combined, the families have been fixtures at the Illinois State Fair for 176 years. The Director of Agriculture, Raymond Poe, also showcased the theme by including his children and grandchildren in the parade.

Here are the results of the 2017 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade:

Governor's Sweepstakes Award: Walmart
Non-Commercial Floats
Grand Marshal Award: Dads Can Too
Director's Award: House of Bouncers
Illinois State Fair Award: Sangamon Count Farm Bureau
Commercial Floats
Grand Marshal Award: Bank of Springfield
Director's Award: Liberty Tax Service
Illinois State Fair Award: Athens State Bank
Specialty Unit
Grand Marshal Award: Boo Crew
Director's Award: Central Illinois Athletics
Illinois State Fair Award: Express Clydesdales
Marching Band
1stPlace: Normal Community Marching Ironmen
2ndPlace: Normal West High School
3rdPlace: Pana High School

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Gov. Rauner opens Illinois State Fair

                     Ribbon cutting starts showcase of agricultural achievements by
                     generations of Illinois families

Gov. Bruce Rauner opened the 2017 Illinois State Fair Thursday with the official ribbon cutting ceremony at the state fairgrounds in Springfield. The State Fair’s directors, managers, grand marshals, FFA and 4-H representatives, the lieutenant governor and elected officials joined the governor as he cut the ribbon, symbolizing the beginning of the State Fair.

“It is my honor to be here to help celebrate generations of families who have made Illinois the great state that it is,” the governor said. “Over the next 11 days, you will see these families and their hard work, be it for food they grew, the livestock they raised or the service and entertainment they bring to this state.”

Some of the fair events include livestock competitions, harness racing, the Illinois Bicentennial Beer Competition, rides and concerts.

The State Fair runs through Aug. 20.

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