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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - The Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington will soon be host to a series of exhibits created by the University of Illinois' genomic biology institute. "The Art of Science" exhibits feature large, artistically enhanced representations of scientific research. Previous installations have been at Chicago's Midway and O'Hare international airports and the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield. Officials say the exhibits will open in a couple of months.
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - A raptor center in Illinois soon will have rehabilitation space necessary for injured birds of any size. The Herald & Review reports that the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur is building a Super Flight, a 16 feet wide, 17 feet high, 400 feet long space for birds of prey to regain their soaring heights and hunting skills.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Fans of fair food such as corndogs and funnel cakes will get the chance to really pig out at this year's Illinois State Fair _ and win a prize for doing it. Fair officials said Friday there will be a competitive eating competition every day of the fair. Three contestants will compete to eat the most food in five minutes. Vice President of Consumer Sales and Marketing Bryan Groves says it's a way "to highlight the traditional fair food and make people aware of all the fantastic food options".
CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County judge has extended a temporary restraining order blocking a proposed tax on sweetened beverages. Judge Daniel Kubasiak on Friday heard arguments from the county and attorneys for the Illinois Retail Merchants Association on the county's motion to dismiss the order. Kubasiak said he would rule on the issue on July 28. Cook County projected collecting about $67.5 million in revenue from the tax this year, and more than $200 million in fiscal year 2018.
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