Illinois News Roundup for August 27
Published on August 27 2012 2:07 pm
Last Updated on August 27 2012 2:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
>>Quinn Vetoes Plastic Bags Ban
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Quinn has vetoed the "plastic bag bill" and that's good news for one Grayslake teenager, who hand-delivered 175-thousand signatures to Quinn last month expressing concern over the proposal. Abby Goldberg received a phone call from the governor Saturday night. She tells the "Chicago Tribune" she was extremely excited about Quinn calling her personally to share the news. Goldberg's fight began after she started an initiative to ban plastic bags in her hometown last year in an effort to clean up the streets and save the environment. The bill would have prevented her hometown from doing so.
>>Illinois College Football Coach Cited For Unethical Behavior
(Jacksonville, IL) -- The football coach at Illinois College in Jacksonville has been cited for disregarding NCAA recruiting rules. He and his assistant coaches sent out 515 impermissable text messages to potential recruits between 2008 and 2011. NCAA officials say the coaches had been educated regarding the propriety of text messages and knew they weren't allowed during that time. The school is now on three year's probation and the coaches won't be allowed to text potential recruits for football, men's golf, or men's swimming until after April 30th of next year.
>>Team Plates Available For Motorcycles
(Springfield, IL) -- Chicago sports tags are now available for motorcycles. Secretary of State Jesse White says Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks plates are now available to the bikers. It costs 66-bucks to get a random number plate. There is an additional fee for a specialty plate. Twenty five dollars from each sale will help fund education in Illinois. For more information, check out CyberDriveIllinois.com
>>Law Aims To Improve Kid's Health
(Chicago, IL) -- A new law in Illinois aims to strengthen physical education in the state's schools. Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation this past weekend, calling on Illinois residents to get healthy and take his "Walk Across Illinois Challenge." The new law creates a Task Force to examine ways to improve physical education and find ways on both the state and federal levels to pay for the improvement. It's based on recent studies that show PE benefits students both physically and mentally.
>>Record Number Of Applicants At U of I
(Chicago, IL) -- The University of Illinois says a record number of prospective freshmen applied this year for admission to its three campuses in Champaign-Urbana, Springfield, and Chicago. Officials say it received 48-thousand applications for about ten-thousand 200 openings in the freshmen class. The main campus in Champaign-Urbana received the most applications, a record 31-thousand 454 for about 69-hundred available seats.
>>UI Students Set World Record At Quad Day Festivities
(Urbana, IL) -- A new Guinness World Record is set in Urbana thanks to students at the University of Illinois. Reports say that students attending yesterday's Quad Day set a World Record when 2,262-people signed up to be organ donors. The previous Guinness Record for signing organ donors in one day was 766. Quad Day is the annual get-together on the Urbana campus to commemorate students' return to school.