SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Fair officials say repairs to the grandstand roof won't be done by the time the fair opens, but the grandstand will be safe. Officials say there will not be "any rescheduling or displacement of events." In May, workers found wood debris from the roof had fallen into a section of seats.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials say budget cuts will force them to consider cutting hours at some state historic sites after Labor Day. Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Director Amy Martin says her agency is working on specifics and will try to maintain hours as much as they can at popular sites. The agency's budget was cut 19 percent for the fiscal year that started July 1st.
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - An Adams County Jail corrections officer is recovering after what officials say was an attempted escape by three inmates. Sheriff Brent Fischer says an officer was hit by an inmate with a homemade weapon on Sunday. The officer was treated at a local hospital and released.
CHICAGO (AP) - Energy watchdog groups are worried that Exelon's plan to buy one of its competitors will be bad for northern Illinois electricity customers. Exelon said Wednesday that it's buying the retail business of Integrys for $60 million. Environmental Law and Policy Center executive director Howard Learner says Exelon's acquisition of Integrys could reduce competition and lead to higher utility bills.
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