Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois is free again

Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois is free again

DU QUOIN, Ill. — The Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois is dropping a $2 entry fee.

The admission fee for people 13 and older was started in 2016. Fair manager Josh Gross and John Sullivan, the head of the Illinois Agriculture Department, said they heard many complaints.

Sullivan says he’s “thrilled” to make the fair free again. The Southern Illinoisan reports that parking at the fairgrounds will be $15 while parking near the Southern Illinois Center will be $10.

Sullivan and Gross also announced more than $500,000 in improvements and repairs at the Du Quoin fairgrounds. Mayor Guy Alongi says the fair is an “economic engine” for southern Illinois.

This year’s fair will be held Aug. 23 through Sept. 2. The entertainment lineup will be announced Monday.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

Published at Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:24:00 +0000

Anderson, García Power White Sox to Win Over Yankees

Anderson, García Power White Sox to Win Over Yankees

The New York Yankees jumped out to an early lead over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night, but the South Siders got the last laugh as they scored a comeback 5-4 victory at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Tim Anderson blasted a three-run home run in the fifth inning to tie the game up at 4-4, and Leury García homered to give his team the lead in the seventh.

Ivan Nova pitched 5.2 innings and gave up four earned runs, and his teammates picked him up, as Evan Marshall scored his second win of the season and Aaron Bummer got his first save in the winning effort.

J.A. Happ gave up four runs for the Yankees, and Adam Ottavino was tagged with the loss. Brett Gardner hit his 11th home run of the season, and Clint Frazier drove in an RBI for the Bronx Bombers in the loss.

The Yankees jumped out to a lead in the second inning, as Didi Gregorius scored on a wild pitch and Frazier drove in Gardner with an RBI single. In the fourth, Gardner poked a home run over the right field wall, scoring Gleyber Torres and giving the Yankees a 4-0 cushion.

From there, the White Sox staged their comeback. García smacked a double to center field to get the Sox on the board in the fifth, and with two men on Anderson launched a home run over the center field fence to knot the game at 4-4.

In the seventh, García struck again, unloading on a home run over the right field wall to give the Sox a 5-4 lead that they would never relinquish.

The White Sox, now just two games under .500 for the season, will look for their fifth win in six games on Friday when they send ace pitcher Lucas Giolito to the hill against the Yankees, where he will be opposed by C.C. Sabathia. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Published at Fri, 14 Jun 2019 03:35:38 +0000

12M Quest Diagnostics Patients May Have Had Data Breached

12M Quest Diagnostics Patients May Have Had Data Breached

Quest Diagnostics, one of the biggest blood testing providers in the country, warned Monday that nearly 12 million of its customers may have had personal, financial and medical information breached due to an issue with one of its vendors.

In a filing with securities regulators, Quest said it was notified that between Aug. 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019, that someone had unauthorized access to the systems of AMCA, a billing collections vendor.

“(The) information on AMCA’s affected system included financial information (e.g., credit card numbers and bank account information), medical information and other personal information (e.g., Social Security Numbers),” Quest said in the filing.

While customers’ broad medical information might have been compromised, Quest said AMCA did not have access to actual lab test results, and so therefore that data was not impacted. 

Quest said it was told that as of May 31, information on roughly 11.9 million of its patients was stored on the affected AMCA system. 

The company said it has not received “detailed or complete” information from AMCA about the breach yet. 

“Quest Diagnostics takes this matter very seriously and is committed to the privacy and security of patients’ personal, medical and financial information,” the company added in the filing. 

In a statement later Monday, the firm representing the American Medical Collection System said it was investigating the “data incident.” 

“Upon receiving information from a security compliance firm that works with credit card companies of a possible security compromise, we conducted an internal review, and then took down our web payments page,” the statement said. “We hired a third-party external forensics firm to investigate any potential security breach in our systems, migrated our web payments portal services to a third-party vendor, and retained additional experts to advise on, and implement, steps to increase our systems’ security. We have also advised law enforcement of this incident. We remain committed to our system’s security, data privacy, and the protection of personal information.”

Published at Tue, 04 Jun 2019 23:38:09 +0000

Cuba Gooding Jr. Might Not Surrender to SVU After All

Cuba Gooding Jr. Might Not Surrender to SVU After All

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. will apparently not surrender to NYPD for an alleged groping incident at a rooftop bar in Manhattan over the weekend until hearing from the prosecutor, his lawyer said, adding the decision comes after reviewing surveillance video.

Attorney Mark Heller said that after “extensively” reviewing the case and watching several hours of video, he found “no criminality on tape.”

Heller said that before seeing the video they had contemplated surrendering. However, since the prosecutor “has failed to return my calls” and since watching the video, Mark says his client needs to consider that they’ll decline to prosecute him.

“He’s 51 with no criminal history. I’m not going to have him in a holding cell just to be declined,” he said, adding that, for now, until they hear from the prosecutor, Gooding will not surrender.

Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office

It wasn’t immediately clear if any charges had been filed as of Thursday morning in the case, which stemmed from an interaction with a woman at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge early Sunday.

Multiple senior NYPD officials told News 4 a woman claimed the Hollywood actor touched her breasts at the Seventh Avenue club; she filed a police report.

No other details were immediately available.

“We’re prepared to do the right thing,” Heller said.

Published at Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:26:25 +0000

High Winds, Dangerous Waves on Tap Thursday in Chicago Area

High Winds, Dangerous Waves on Tap Thursday in Chicago Area

Wet weather on Wednesday night will give way to high winds and dangerous waves on Lake Michigan, prompting a Lakeshore Flood Advisory for the Chicagoland area.

According to the National Weather Service, the advisory will take effect beginning at midnight, with 35-to-45 mph winds driving waves that could reach 10 feet in northwest Indiana.

Beaches along the lake could experience flooding due to the conditions, and Chicago’s bike path along Lake Michigan could also be impacted by the high waves.

The advisory will last until 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the weather service.

NBC 5 Storm Team says waves of 5-to-8 feet are possible in Cook County due to the high winds, and 3-to-6 foot waves are possible in Lake County in northern Illinois.

Further complicating matters for residents are high water levels on Lake Michigan, caused by heavy spring rains. Record-water levels have been recorded in several of the Great Lakes, including Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, which approached record levels in the month of May.

After the winds begin to die down, nicer weather is expected Friday, with high temperatures reaching the high-70s, but the weekend will bring more rain and storms, according to the NBC 5 Storm Team.

Published at Thu, 13 Jun 2019 03:33:56 +0000

Sun-Times: Pritzker signs abortion law

Sun-Times: Pritzker signs abortion law

Bucking neighboring states, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday sent a big signal by signing a law to protect Illinois’ abortion rights should Roe v. Wade be overturned, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Supporters have said the legislation is essential, worrying that women will not have access to reproductive health care in Illinois should the Supreme Court decision be overturned.

Anti-abortion groups, like the Thomas More Society, said it makes Illinois “an abortion destination for the country.”

• Get the full report at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Published at Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:58:11 +0000

YouTube Bans White Supremacist, Neo-Nazi Videos

YouTube Bans White Supremacist, Neo-Nazi Videos

YouTube was right to allow videos that contain anti-gay slurs to remain on its service, the company’s CEO said Monday while apologizing for the hurt they caused, according to NBC News.

The interview at Code Conference was Susan Wojcicki’s first public appearance since YouTube imposed a stricter ban on hate speech last week, which includes videos that promote the idea of racial superiority. But she was questioned about why YouTube allowed to leave up videos made in what journalist Carlos Maza says was a conservative YouTuber’s campaign of targeted homophobic abuse and harassment.

“I know the decision we made was very hurtful to the LGBTQ community,” Wojcicki said. “That was not our intention at all. We’re really sorry about that.”

But the videos were “not violative of our policy,” she added. Harassment is only banned on YouTube when it is “malicious,” and Wojcicki said there’s a high bar for that on the platform.

Published at Tue, 11 Jun 2019 13:49:06 +0000

Ready or not, here come 2,500 electric scooters as city chooses 10 vendors

Ready or not, here come 2,500 electric scooters as city chooses 10 vendors

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration on Tuesday chose 10 companies to run a four-month, 2,500 electric scooter pilot program and launched a quickie education plan to persuade Chicago residents and visitors to abide by the rules of the road.

Bird, Bolt, gruv, JUMP, Lime, Lyft, Sherpa, Spin, VeoRide and Wheels will each be granted 250 scooters to operate within a 50-square-mile test area bounded by Halsted Street and the Chicago River on the east; Irving Park Road on the north; Harlem and the city limits on the west and the Chicago River on the south.

During the four-month test, users will be free to “access the scooters wherever it is legal to lock a bike in the public way,” according to City Hall.

The plan calls for scooter riders to “use a smartphone to unlock and ride the devices within the pilot area, though vendors will offer services for non-smartphone users and cash-based options,” according to the city.

Two priority areas have been identified within the pilot zone, where at least 25 percent of scooters must be placed every morning.

For the full story, click here.

Published at Tue, 11 Jun 2019 22:12:37 +0000

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