IL State Fair To Offer Vaccinations

The Illinois Department of Public Health is sponsoring COVID-19 testing and vaccinations at the Illinois State Fair.

The department is supplying the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as well as providing testing, at several locations on the fairgrounds free of charge. These locations include: the Illinois Building, Happy Hollow and Main Street, Brian Rainey Avenue, the Avenue of Flags, 4-H Street, as well as the Livestock Center on 8th Street. Services will be available August 12th through the 22nd.

Individuals are asked to bring a photo ID, as well as an insurance card if they are in possession of one. There is no need for proof of immigration, and the J&J vaccination is only available to those 18 years of age or older.

For more information regarding the vaccine, visit

Christian Camp to Hold Benefit Play

Green Pastures Christian Retreat Center is hosting a play for benefit of its facilities.

Chuck West, who has been with the center for several years and a part of the production described what the play will entail: “We’re doing a reader’s theater version of The Cotton Patch Gospel, a musical comedy written about what the life of Jesus may have been like if he were born in Georgia in the 1960’s. It’s a show with country bluegrass music and has lots of funny lines in it.”

The play will be held at Green Pastures, located at 1936 US Highway 67 in Meredosia on August 6th and 7th at 7:00 PM and August 8th at 2:30 PM. Doors will open thirty minutes prior with limited seating available. Donation boxes will be at the entrance for any who chose to contribute to the cause.

West said that the funds received from the play will go towards keeping the facilities running year-round for its various camps and constant maintenance.

If you are unable to make any of the performances, but still want to donate, you can visit or send donations to the previously mentioned address.

For more information, visit, the Green Pastures Facebook page, or call 217-584-1374 or toll-free at 1-877-263-1374.

State Fair in Search of Employees

The Illinois State Fair is in need of some help this year.

With the festivities rapidly approaching, and many positions still open, the Department of Agriculture is in a bit of a crunch.

“I don’t know what the circumstance led to this,” Krista Lisser with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, said. “But this is not normal. You know, this is not something that we generally see year after year. Usually, we’re pretty well stocked up with summer hires at this point.”

The positions in question are security detail, ticket takers for the grandstand and front gate, as well as grounds crews. Individuals who are at least 16 years old are encouraged to apply.

For applications and information regarding employment, visit

Ameren Warns Customers of New Scams

Ameren Illinois is warning its customers of scammers posing as them.

There have allegedly been reports of scammers attempting new methods of acquiring money through pre-paid money cards and on popular payment applications like Cash App and Zelle.

“We always try to work with our customers and do not ask for payment in this manner,” expressed Ameren.

The company has provided some ways for their customers to protect themselves from these types of scams:

Under no condition, give out credit card, debit card, social security, ATM, checking or saving account numbers to anyone who contacts you in person or over the phone.

Do not trust anyone asking for payment up front. If you suspect someone is impersonating an Ameren employee, end the conversation and immediately call Ameren Illinois at 1.800.755.5000.

At no time should you purchase pre-paid cards or use payment applications in order to prevent service disconnection as companies provide several, legitimate forms of payment and do not indicate what forms to use.

For more information, visit Customers are also encouraged to follow Ameren on social media to stay updated on the latest regarding these scams. Customers may also sign up to manage their account online at