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    Illinois quick hits: Law enforcement honored; cicada art announced for State Fair

    By By Kevin Bessler | The Center Square,


    Law enforcement honored

    Law enforcement officials from around Illinois honored the acts of heroism performed by police officers during the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor ceremony Monday in Springfield.

    Thirteen officers from four agencies received the Medal of Honor for their brave and sacrificial service to the citizens of Illinois. Seven officers from the Belvidere Police Department were honored for their response to a collapsed theater from a tornado.

    Rabid bats found

    The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning the public to beware of wild animals that may carry rabies, especially bats, as they become more active this time of year.

    The warning follows the discovery since May 10 of the first two rabid bats of 2024 in the state in Cook and Will counties. The bats were recovered inside two homes in those counties and subsequently tested positive for rabies.

    IDPH is also reminding the public to make sure that rabies vaccinations are up to date for pets and any valuable livestock and horses for which a rabies vaccine is available.

    Cicada art announced for State Fair

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is hosting a cicada-themed art show during the Illinois State Fair.

    Illinois is the epicenter of a rare double cicada brood emergence this summer, and IDNR wants to commemorate the occasion with a public art show in Conservation World during the 2024 Illinois State Fair, Aug. 8-18.

    Original artwork should depict the artist’s best interpretation of a cicada or a cicada brood.

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