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Illinois quick hits: West Nile virus detected; monster truck show, rodeo announced for state fair

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West Nile virus detected

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed the first two batches of mosquitoes to test positive in 2024 for West Nile virus in Illinois, one in Hoffman Estates in Cook County and one in Morgan County.

Monitoring for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches and dead birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms.

Last year, 67 Illinois counties reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird, horse, and/or human case, up from 44 counties in 2022.

Possible parish closings

More Catholic parishes in the west and south suburbs could be closed or consolidated.

The Diocese of Joliet, which oversees Catholic parishes in Will, DuPage, Kankakee, Kendall, Grundy, Ford and Iroquois counties, is considering whether to close or merge 19 parishes.

Officials said there are several reasons for the restructuring, including budgetary issues, lower mass attendance, and a lack of priests.

Monster truck show, rodeo announced for state fair

The Arena will host a variety of family friendly events during the 2024 Illinois State Fair.

Monsters of Destruction, a monster truck show, will be Thursday, Aug. 8. On Saturday, Aug. 10, fairgoers will be treated to a full slate of rodeo events by Wooten Rodeo. The Illinois Tractor Pulling Association will be at the Arena Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Aug. 12-14.

Tickets for all of these fan-favorite events are on sale now.