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Friday November 17 2017

(Undated-jm) -- The state has approved the sale of two area hospitals. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has approved the sale of Presence Covenant in Urbana and Presence United Samaritans in Danville to OSF Healthcare based in Peoria. The deal is expected to be finalized in early 2018. Under the new deal, Presence Covenant would be renamed OSF Healthcare Heart of Mary Medical Center. Presence United Samaritans would be renamed OSF Healthcare Sacred Heart Medical Center.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton will be lighting up the downtown area and kicking off the Christmas holiday season next weekend. The activities begin next Friday with the tree lighting says Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock…

 

 

Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- The Democratic candidate to be Champaign Counties first County Executive has picked up a major endorsement. Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin has announced her endorsement of Darlene Kloeppel to be County Executive. Marlin says Kloeppel has “experience, common sense and vision required of a County Executive.”

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City is unveiling their new app. Mayor Pro Tem Scott Davis talks about the app…

 

 

Gibson City Mayor Pro Tem Scott Davis.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The unemployment rate is down and jobs are up according to the October report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. 34 hundred jobs were added last month and the jobless rate fell to four point nine percent. Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough (goff) says it’s a good sign…

 

 

Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough. Job gains were seen last month in manufacturing, trade, transportation and utilities and educational and health services.

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man who pleaded guilty to trying to rob a Thomasboro grocery store earlier this year has been sentenced to three years in prison plus receive drug treatment. 23-year-old Jacob Peters pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery for trying to rob the Thomasboro grocery store in August. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped one count of possession of a stolen vehicle after he was stopped driving a car that was reported stolen by his sister.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City will hold their lighted Christmas parade Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Spokesperson Janna Friday says Santa will be visiting with kids before the parade…



Gibson City Lighted Christmas Parade Spokesperson Janna Friday.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to hold a new event in 2018. The Chamber is looking for a business to host the first ever Coffee and Connections in February. Businesses interested in hosting can email paccdirector at outlook dot com.


 

(Gifford-jm) -- The 2017 Gifford State Bank Country Christmas Craft Show is this Saturday and Sunday at Gordyville USA just west of Gifford. Spokesperson Stacy Huls says there will be hundreds of vendors at the show…



Gifford State Bank Country Christmas Craft Show Spokesperson Stacy Huls. Showtimes are Saturday from 8 to 5 and Sunday 9 to 4. Santa will also be making an appearance Saturday from 9 to 3 and Sunday 10 to 2.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois flood victims trying to rebuild will get a tax credit under a new law signed by Governor Bruce Rauner. The tax credit of up to 750 dollars will be available to homeowners and small business owners in 18 Illinois counties hit hard by flooding this year. The bill was sponsored by Senator Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods…



State Senator Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods. Those seeking the credit will need to get an eligibility certificate from their local township assessor.

 

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Thursday November 16 2017

(Iroquois County-jm) -- The meeting time for the Iroquois County board will be changing coming the first of the year. Currently the board meets the second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. Come January, the board will still meet the second Tuesday of the month but at 6 p.m. The board made the change for better availability for board members and the public.

 

 

(Woodworth-jm) -- The Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation will hold their annual auction this Sunday at St. Paul’s in Woodworth. Spokesperson Larry Haigh talks about the auction…

 

 

Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation Auction Spokesperson Larry Haigh.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton business will hold a ribbon cutting in December. Mareci’s bakery will hold a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, December 6th at 10 a.m. at their location at 442 S. Market Street in Paxton. The public is invited to attend.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Two Paxton nursing homes are under new ownership and a new name. Illinois Knights Templar Home and Paxton Healthcare and Rehab was sold earlier this month to Accolade Health Care says Spokesperson Christine Swartz…

 

 

Accolade Health Care Spokesperson Christine Swartz. The former Paxton Healthcare and Rehab location will hold a 120th birthday party Sunday from 1 until 4.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging those who sent money to a scammer through Western Union to file a claim for a refund. A nationwide lawsuit settlement deemed that Western Union should have done more to protect consumers who wired money to con artists. Attorney General Madigan says if you used the company between 2004 and 2007, you may be able to get some of your money back…

 

 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Claims must be filed before February 12th. Visit: western union remission dot com to start the refund process.

 

(Urbana-jm) -- Champaign County will have a new treasurer in 2018. The county board approved the appointment of County Auditor John Farney to the position beginning January 1st. Farney replaces Dan Welch who is retiring at the end of the year.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton insurance agent is collecting toys to help low income families in the area. State Farm Agent Mary Kirin’s office is a drop off site for a toy drive says Spokesperson Julie Sancher…



Spokesperson Julie Sancher.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The first day candidates can begin filing for the March primary is a few weeks away. Candidates of established political parties in Ford and Iroquois Counties can begin filing their nomination papers for the March primary election on Monday, November 27th. The deadline to file the required paperwork to become a candidate is 5 p.m. Monday, December 4th.


 

(Gifford-jm) -- Those wanting to get into the Christmas Holiday spirit can do this weekend at the Gifford State Bank Country Christmas Craft Show. Spokesperson Stacy Huls talks about this year’s show…



Gifford State Bank Country Christmas Craft Show Spokesperson Stacy Huls.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- A new exhibit opening Friday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum explores Christmases at the White House. The museum borrowed items from other facilities to put together “Holidays at the White House, a Presidential Christmas” says Spokesperson Chris Wills…



Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Spokesperson Chris Wills. Additionally, on the day after thanksgiving, the presidential library will offer a day of free games and children’s activities including a life size game of candy land from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

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Wednesday November 15 2017

(Rural Paxton-jm) -- Paxton emergency personnel were called to a grass fire along I-57 Tuesday evening. Firefighters were called to the fire along on northbound I-57 between mile marker 264 and 265 just before 6 pm.

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City will be ringing in the Christmas holiday season Saturday night with their annual lighted Christmas parade. Spokesperson Janna Friday talks about the parade…

 

 

Gibson City Lighted Christmas Parade Spokesperson Janna Friday.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District could add an additional sport. The school board will hear a presentation on a bass fishing team at tonight’s school board meeting. The board will also discuss the district’s report card from the state, discuss and set a hearing for the district's tax levy and discuss the several course related topics. The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School Board meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.
 

 

(Woodworth-jm) -- The Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation auction will be this Sunday. Auction Coordinator Larry Haigh (egg with an h in front) talks about the auction…

 

 

Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation Auction Coordinator Larry Haigh.

 

 

(Ashkum-jm) -- Illinois State Police have released results of recent Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols. During the special patrols, six citations for occupant restraint were issued as were three for DUI drugs or alcohol, three for distracted driving and 50 for speeding.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Firearm deer hunting season kicks off this weekend and the State Department of Natural Resources is urging hunters to make safety a priority. The leading cause of hunting accidents is hunters falling out of tree stands, so it’s recommended that hunters use a fall arrest system safety harness. Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross also has this advice…

 

 

State Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross. The first half of firearm deer hunting season begins a half hour before sunrise this Friday and runs until a half hour after sunset on Sunday.

 

(Paxton-jm) -- This Saturday’s Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with heaters and keeping your home warm during the cold winter months. Owner Scott Allen says there are several thermostats to consider…



Paxton Hardware and Rental Owner Scott Allen.


 

(Buckley-jm) -- The Iroquois County village of Buckley has approved their annual tax levy. The village says they are looking at collecting around $51,720 in property taxes this next year. Village leaders say that is an increase of about 5 percent.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City is rebidding for the sale of a truck the city owns. Mayor Pro Tem Scott Davis says they didn’t receive a bid at the minimum price…



Gibson City Mayor Pro Tem Scott Davis.


 

(Onarga-jm) -- An Onarga man has been arrested by police on an Iroquois County warrant. Jose Diaz Jr was arrested on an Iroquois County warrant for violating an order of protection. Diaz was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where the posted bond and was released.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding that you don’t always need antibiotics when you are sick. Overuse of antibiotics can lead to bacterial resistance says Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. She notes that antibiotics cannot cure viral infections such as the common cold, flu and most sore throats and coughs…



State Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. The C-D-C estimates that antibiotics are used incorrectly or unnecessarily more than 50 percent of the time.

 

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Tuesday November 14 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Corn harvesting lags behind, especially in northern Illinois as we hear in the weekly crop report. 90 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, but progress varies by location says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. Just 80 percent has been harvested in northwestern Illinois and 73 percent in the northeast. As for other crops…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 95 percent of soybeans have been harvested, just behind the average pace. Average statewide topsoil moisture is rated at nine percent short, 84 percent adequate and seven percent surplus.

 

 

(Watseka-jm) -- The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reminding people to make food safety an important part of your holiday celebration. The health department has three simple rules to follow: keep hot food hot and cold food cold, keep everything in the kitchen clean and wash your hands frequently.

 

Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will hold a food drive today benefiting the Hands of Christ Food Pantry in Paxton.

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- Gifford State Bank will host their annual Country Christmas Craft Show this weekend at Gordyville. Spokesperson Stacy Huls says Santa will be making his annual return to the show…

 

 

Gifford State Bank Country Christmas Craft Show Spokesperson Stacy Huls. Showtimes are Saturday from 8 to 5 and Sunday from 9 until 4.

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Discussions on lowering the speed limit and making outdoor recreation areas in Paxton smoke free will be on the city council agenda tonight. In addition, council members will be asked to abate, general obligation waterworks and sewerage bonds from 2011, consider allowing a commercial access entrance from Route 45 to 615 N. Railroad Avenue, consider vacating spaces on Taft Street on the east side of the courthouse and consider approving eliminating the $25 per day storage fee for impounded vehicles. The Paxton City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Village Board is expected to approve applying for an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Grant for expanding the bike path and downtown streetscape project at tonight’s village board meeting. In addition, village board members will be asked to approve this year’s tax levy and a resolution for $225,000 in street maintenance. The Rantoul Village Board meeting gets underway at 6 p.m.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is helping those who need assistance with Medicare Open Enrollment. Senior Health Insurance Program Coordinator Lana Sample says they will be in three communities to help people navigate through the Medicare website…

 

 

Ford County Public Health Department Senior Health Insurance Program Coordinator Lana Sample. If you can’t make any of those dates, you can schedule an appointment at the Ford County Public Health Department by calling 379-9281.



 

(Loda-jm) -- A Loda man has been arrested on a Vermilion County warrant. According to Iroquois County Sheriff’s police, 23-year-old Andrew Wade Stover was arrested by deputies on a Vermilion County warrant for failure to appear on retail theft charges. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted bond and was released.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- New legislation aims to make sure dads play an active role in their children’s lives after divorce. The Shared Parenting Bill requires courts to presume that a child is best off spending equal time with both parents when deciding custody. It’s sponsored by Representative LaShawn Ford of Chicago…



State Representative LaShawn Ford of Chicago. Ford also wants to require judges to write out why they ruled the way they did. Several father advocate groups like “Dads Can Too” and “Illinois Fathers for Equality” are lobbying for the bill.


 

(Buckley-jm) -- Some residents in Buckley will see their water meters replaced. The village and the contractor for the village’s water supply will be moving about 20 meters from inside of houses to outside of the homes. The village board voted to purchase 24 more meters at a cost of $400 per meter.


The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Piper City Community Building  and the Milford Fire Station today from 1-6 p.m.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton insurance agent is helping make the Christmas holiday brighter for low income families in the area. State Farm Agent Mary Kirin’s office is teaming up with Head Start in Paxton to do an ornament tree and the Paxton Record as a drop off for a toy drive. Spokesperson Julie Sancher says people can drop off their toys and gifts at their office in downtown Paxton…



Spokesperson Julie Sancher.

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul City School District leaders are expected to authorize intervening in proceedings with the property tax appeal board against Golfview Village apartments. In addition to the tax appeal, school board members are expected to review and possibly approve the tentative tax levy and tour Pleasant Acres Elementary School, where the meeting will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Those wanting to get in the Christmas spirit and sing Christmas songs can do so coming up the first weekend in December. Pride in Paxton will hold a sing-a-long in downtown as part of the Christmas Holiday open house says Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock…



Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A Rantoul group is offering a community Thanksgiving service this weekend. The Rantoul Ministerial Co-op will hold the service at the Greater New Light Church at 1500 Sheppard Place on Sunday, November 19th starting at 5 p.m.

 

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Monday November 13 2017

Parkland College will hold an open house for their new Early Transfer Academy today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the student union. The academy is open to high school juniors and seniors. For more information or to RSVP call 217-353-2663.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department will be hosting a savvy caregiver program beginning tomorrow. The program is designed to help caregivers of dementia patients says Ford County Public Health Department’s Page Eads…

 

 

Ford County Public Health Departments Page Eads.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul Township High School school board members are expected to approve the issuance of over $3 million in general obligation refunding bonds at tonight’s school board meeting. In addition to the issuance of bonds, school board members will also be asked to approve the intervention in proceedings before the property tax appeal board, approve an agreement with the Forum Fitness Center, set the tentative tax levy and hear updates on the evidence-based funding model and an update on the district's finances. The Rantoul Township High School school board meeting gets underway at 7 pm.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City city leaders are expected to approve their annual tax levy at tonight’s city council meeting. In addition to approving the tax levy, council members are also expected to approve removing a tree on E. 3rd Street and discuss bids for a city truck. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton insurance agency is helping make the holidays a little brighter for kids. State Farm Agent Mary Kirins office is a drop off site for a toy drive to help kids in the area says spokesperson Julie Sancher...

 

 

Toy Drive Spokesperson Julie Sancher.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Four area law enforcement agencies are receiving a donation to help combat the opioid crisis. Ford County State's Attorney Andrew Killian is donating $2,000 from the drug asset forfeiture fund to fight the crisis. The Ford County Sheriff’s office, Gibson City Police Department, Paxton Police Department and Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group will each receive $500.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- The final agricultural trade numbers are in for the 2017 fiscal year. The results may surprise you. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- The village of Buckley has approved a bid to remove some trees in the village. Price Tree Service was awarded the contract to remove 10 trees and stumps at a cost of $5,250. Two other companies put in for the contract: NuView at $5,850 and Glad’s Tree Service at $10,400.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City will be holding their annual lighted Christmas parade this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Spokesperson Janna Friday says they have several categories for winners…

 

 

Gibson City Lighted Christmas Parade Spokesperson Janna Friday.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School Board is expected to hear audit reports at tonight’s school board meeting. Russ Leigh of Russ Leigh and Associates will present his audit of the GCMS School District as well as the Ford County Special Education Cooperative. School board members will be asked to approve the audits as well as the fiscal year 2018 tax levy after it’s been presented. The GCMS School Board meeting gets underway at 6:15 p.m.

 

 

(Kempton-jm) -- The Tri-Point School Board is expected to present their tentative tax levy at tonight’s school board meeting. In addition to presenting the tax levy, school board members will also set a date and time for a truth in taxation hearing and approve bids for snow removal. The Tri-Point School Board meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- This past weekend’s Scott Tips for Success had to do with making sure your home is ready for those cold winter months. Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental has some tips for making sure your humidifier is ready...

 

 

Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton emergency personnel were called to a two vehicle accident just before noon Friday. Emergency personnel were called to the accident at the intersection of Route 45 and Route 9. No injuries were reported.

 

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Friday November 10 2017

(Rantoul-jm) -- One person is in custody following an armed robbery in Rantoul Thursday. Three men entered Fashion Nails located in the Maple Grove shopping center with at least one having a gun. When police arrived two suspects escaped out the back and the third out the front where they got into a vehicle and fled. Officers got a license plate number and passed the information to other law enforcement. The vehicle was spotted near Chicago where police say a chase ensued. One person was taken into custody after the car crashed. Two others are still on the loose. Because of the suspects running from police in Rantoul, Eastlawn students and staff as well as J.W. Eater Jr High and Rantoul Township High School students and staff were told to shelter in place.


 

(Washington-jm) -- The USDA released their latest crop report Thursday. Gary Crawford has the hi-lites…

 


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Pride in Paxton is encouraging residents to decorate for the Christmas holiday season. Pride Director Terri Hancock says they are holding a house decorating contest…

 

 

Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Park District is promoting youth winter activities. Director Neal McKenry says the deadline to register your kids for youth basketball is approaching…

 

 

Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry.

 

 

(Oakwood-jm) -- A second person has come forward announcing their interest in filling the soon to be vacancy for regional superintendent of schools for Champaign and Ford Counties. Oakwood Schools Superintendent Gary Lewis joins Director of Education for Employment’s Nick Elder seeking the Republican nomination to replace Jane Quinlan. Quinlan announced earlier this month that she will not seek re-election next year. Her term will end June 30, 2019.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White, church leaders and organ recipients are recognizing National Donor Sabbath and trying to dispel some of the myths about organ donation. The Sabbath aims to increase awareness about the program and Secretary White wants to make sure people realize that signing up to donate won’t go against their faith. He discusses some other misconceptions…

 

 

Secretary of State Jesse White. Secretary White reminds that 16 and 17 year olds can now register to become an organ donor. To join the registry, visit: life goes on dot com.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing facility closures for the Veterans Day holiday. Facilities open Monday through Friday are closed today. Facilities open Tuesday through Saturday will be closed Saturday. Facilities will reopen Monday for those normally open Monday through Friday and Tuesday for those open Tuesday through Saturday.


 

(Champaign County-jm) -- The financially strapped Champaign County nursing home is taking out another loan from the county to cover payroll. The nursing home took out a $50,000 loan from the general corporate fund to cover payroll. The nursing home has been struggling for the past several years financially leaving the county board split on what to do. County Democrats have blocked a plan to sell the facility and will bring their budget plans out next week. County officials say the county will require $1.4 million in budget cuts including layoffs or revenue increases. A budget decision could come at the November 21st board meeting. The nursing home has a backlog of unpaid bills totalling over $3.5 million.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Employment Security is reminding veterans about the services they offer. I-D-E-S Spokesperson Bob Gough (goff) says they want to help vets get back into the workforce. He urges veterans to visit the department’s website or one of their local offices for assistance. The agency’s website is: ides dot illinois dot gov. Vets can search for jobs on their own at illinois job link dot com which also offers career guidance and resume building.

 

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Thursday November 9 2017

(Rural Sibley-jm) -- Several area fire departments were called to fight a house fire near Sibley Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters from Sibley, Gibson City, Roberts, Melvin and Elliott were called to fight the fire at 1080 N 600 E. around 3:30. No word on the cause of the fire.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department will be hosting a caregiver training program for caregivers of dementia patients. Page Eads with the Ford County Public Health Department says they recommend those interested in participating in the program to sign up in advance…

 

Ford County Public Health Department’s Page Eads.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois Farm Service Agency has a new director. The Trump Administration appointed William Graff as director effective Monday, November 13th. Graff is a farmer from central Illinois and previously served as State Executive Director of the Illinois Farm Service agency under a previous administration.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District will be honoring Veterans with their annual Veterans Concert. Superintendent Cliff McClure says the public is invited to attend the ceremony on Friday…

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A 15-year-old from Fisher has pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence stemming from a fatal accident near Rantoul earlier this year. The teen admitted that on April 23, she was driving a pickup truck with Damon Moseley of Fisher when the truck rolled several times. Moseley was ejected and died at the scene. The teen admitted she was under the influence of cocaine and cannabis at the time of the accident. She faces probation to juvenile prison but can not be held beyond her 21st birthday.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The House and Senate approved a new sexual harassment training program. Lawmakers, their staff and lobbyists will have to go through the training under the measure, which will address what constitutes harassment, how to report problems and what are the consequences for offenders. Representative Kelly Cassidy of Chicago supports the bill and says she hopes the discussion doesn’t end here…

 

 

State Representative Kelly Cassidy of Chicago. The bill also creates a hotline for victims to report harassment.

 

(Thomasboro-jm) -- A decision on a new police chief in Thomasboro is expected later this month. The village board narrowed down the list of candidates to retired Champaign Police officer Robert Rea, Lovington Police Lieutenant Richard Levine and former Hoopeston Police Officer and Sheldon Chief Jeremy Dobkins.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Pride in Paxton is preparing for the annual Paxton Christmas Parade. The parade will take place on Saturday, November 25th. Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock has this year’s parade theme and grand marshal…



Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock.


 

(Loda-jm) -- A decision on dissolving the Loda Sanitary District will go before an Iroquois County judge in 2018. A court hearing has been set for February 7th after Loda declined to accept the terms of a proposed intergovernmental agreement on how the remaining funds would be split. Under the proposal $3,700 would go to Bayles Lake while the remaining $7,436 would go to Loda. However, the village claims they should receive all the money. The sanitary district was formed in 1972 to bring a proposed sanitary system to the area.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- This Saturday’s Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with keeping your home warm this winter. Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental recommends making sure your windows are air tight…



Paxton Hardware and Rental Owner Scott Allen.


 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- A Loda woman has been arrested on an Iroquois County warrant. According to Iroquois County Sheriff’s police, 33-year-old Katharine Grayson was arrested in Champaign County on an Iroquois County warrant for failing to appear on a writ of body attachment. She remains in the Iroquois County Jail.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is announcing the Honor 200 Initiative for veterans. The program is part of the state’s bicentennial celebration, honoring 200 vets in Illinois says Governor Rauner…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs will work with vet’s organizations to promote the program. More details and nomination forms are available online at: illinois dot gov slash veterans.

 

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Wednesday November 8 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Senate is voting to extend the statute of limitations for misconduct claims in the legislature. With no Legislative Inspector General in office for the past three years, the 27 complaints filed against lawmakers or staff during that period have sat untouched. This legislation extends the current one year limit for investigating the backlog of claims. It’s supported strongly by Senator Karen McConnaughay of West Dundee who says more must be done…

 

 

State Senator Karen McConnaughay of West Dundee. The Senate also gave final approval to a new task force on sexual harassment awareness and prevention.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson Area Food Pantry is moving. The food pantry operated by Gibson Area Hospital along with several churches is moving into the former Alco building along Route 9 on November 25th. An Elite Performance Center will also occupy the building with the food pantry. An open house will be held December 5th.

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- The annual Gifford State Bank Country Christmas Craft Show is coming up later this month. Spokesperson Stacy Huls says this year’s show is 10 days away…

 

 

Gifford State Bank Country Christmas Craft Show Spokesperson Stacy Huls.


 

 

(Loda-jm) -- A Loda group is seeking donations to help keep them up and running. The Loda Lions Club is asking for donations to help pay their winter utility bills. The group is seeking $1,800 to help cover the costs. If they can’t raise enough they may have to sell their building. Those wanting to donate can do so by sending them to the Lions Club Treasurer at 912 Tappen, Loda Illinois 60948.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department will be holding a caregiver course beginning next Tuesday. Page Eads with the Ford County Public Health Department talks about the program…

 

 

Ford County Public Health Department’s Page Eads. For more information or to sign up for the course call the Ford County Public Health Department at 379-9281.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner says his recent trade mission to Israel was a success. The goal of the trip was to foster relations with Israel, expand business opportunities and attract investors to Illinois. Governor Rauner says he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that they discussed economic strategy…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. University of Illinois officials were also on the trip and met with schools in Israel. They pledged to work together on research projects and discussed more exchange student and faculty opportunities.


 

(Rankin-jm) -- The Vermilion County village of Rankin will have a new police officer. The village board hired Roy Beard to be the village’s full-time officer following completion of the full-time police training academy. Beard currently serves as an officer for the Ludlow Police Department. He is expected to start sometime in the spring. Rankin has been without a police officer since 2015.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton insurance agent is helping to make the Christmas holiday brighter for area kids. State Farm Agent Mary Kirin and Head Start in Paxton are teaming up for an ornament tree says Spokesperson Julie Sancher…



Ornament Tree Spokesperson Julie Sancher.


 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s Deputies handled 6 civil matters and issued 14 traffic citations during the past week. On October 29th, criminal damage to property was reported in Sibley. On October 30th, a commercial burglar alarm was received in Melvin. On November 1st, a deputy assisted Paxton Police with a commercial burglar alarm. On November 2nd, a deputy cited a driver for possession of cannabis less than 10 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and disobeying a stop sign following a traffic stop at Route 24 and 1550 E. and  Gloria Novak of Cullom was arrested on a Kankakee County warrant. On November 3rd, Kari Starks of Sibley was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended, disobeying a stop sign and possession of a controlled substance. On November 4th, Shawna Collins of Forrest was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance and cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving 82 mph in a 55 mph.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City is preparing for their annual lighted Christmas parade. The parade will take place on Saturday, November 18th at 6:30 p.m. Spokesperson Janna Friday says they are still accepting parade entries…



Gibson City Lighted Christmas Parade Spokesperson Janna Friday.

 

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Tuesday November 7 2017

(Undated-jm) -- The regional superintendent for Champaign and Ford Counties has announced she will not seek re-election. Dr. Jane Quinlan has announced she will be retiring at the end of her term in 2019. Quinlan was elected to the position in 2016. The regional superintendent supervises and advises school districts in the region. She has endorsed Nick Elder to replace her.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton is gearing up for their annual Christmas Parade. Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock talks about this year’s parade…

 

 

Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton nursing home has been sold. Illinois Knights Templar Home was sold to Altitude Health Services. Accolade Healthcare is now the operator of the facility. Accolade also operates the former Paxton Healthcare and Rehab. Heritage Operations Group owned Illinois Knights Templar Home since 2013.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton is looking for a christmas tree. The Service Club is the organization behind the search for a tree. Spokesperson Judy Onderecho says they are starting from scratch on the search for a tree…

 

 

Paxton Christmas Tree Spokesperson Judy Onderecho.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton bank is donating to help remodel a former factory into a new fitness facility. First National Bank in Paxton is donating $10,000 to Gibson Area Hospital’s Elite Performance Facility in Paxton. The new facility will open in the old Sorenson factory along Route 45 on Paxton’s northside. The building is set to open in January 2018.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- It was a cool, dry week as producers tried to wrap up the fall harvest. There were about four days suitable for fieldwork, and farmers made some progress says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 92 percent of soybeans have been harvested, up from 86 percent last week. 82 percent of sorghum has been harvested and 90 percent of winter wheat now planted. Average statewide topsoil moisture now stands at two percent very short, 14 percent short, 75 percent adequate and nine percent surplus.

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Champaign man faces up to 30 years in prison after he was found guilty of firing a gun in the parking lot of the Rantoul Wal-Mart in 2016. A Champaign County jury found 20-year-old Jawuan Gipson guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm after Gipson fired his gun at a drug dealer during an attempted drug transaction in the parking lot striking the victim. The jury found Gipson not guilty of armed robbery. He will be sentenced December 11th.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City Schools District and the Rantoul Park District are working on a possible proposal for the tennis courts at Wabash Park near Eater Jr High. One of the proposals is to turn the courts into parking while Superintendent Michelle Ramage says another proposal is to turn the courts into a multi purpose area...



Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.


 

(Pontiac-jm) -- The Livingston County Farm Bureau is accepting nominations for their Distinguished Service Award. To be eligible, the person must be a farm bureau volunteer or served in the past, made significant contributions to agriculture and supported agriculture in Livingston County. To get an application form visit: livcfb dot org or call 815-842-1103. Nominations are due by December 15th.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Businesses in Paxton will be participating in the annual Holiday Open House. The event is put on by Pride in Paxton. Director Terri Hancock says the open house will take place December 1st, 2nd and 3rd…



Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Chicago man accused of armed robbery in Rantoul will have his case heard again this week after a Champaign County judge declared a mistrial. A jury spent more than 9 hours deliberating whether Lincoln John was guilty of innocent for his role in the robbery of a man who answered an online sex add. John was the last of three people to face trial for the crime. He also faces a 2nd case involving similar allegations for allegedly robbing a Gibson City man who agreed to meet an escort at the same apartment in October of 2016.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is declaring the state’s first ever harvest emergency. Harvest has been delayed by rain in Illinois, especially in the northern and eastern parts of the state. Governor Bruce Rauner is making the declaration under a new law, and explains what it means…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The permit will be good for 45 days. Illinois is home to 72 thousand farms on nearly 27 million acres.

 

 

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Monday November 6 2017

Roberts and Melvin Emergency personnel were called to a plane crash at 1100N between 1600 and 1700E. Just after 10pm last night No word on if there were any injuries.

 

(Buckley-jm) -- A Pennsylvania man accused of murder in Pennsylvania was arrested in Buckley. Christopher Tucker is accused of breaking his girlfriend’s neck, gouging out her eyes and attacking her with a hatchet after she rejected his marriage proposal. Tucker allegedly wrapped her body in a rug and leaving it in his home before driving to Buckley and attempting to get into a combine. Tucker was taken to the Champaign County Jail where he awaits extradition to Pennsylvania to face murder charges.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City repainted two of their water towers this summer into early fall. Mayor Dan Dickey says the water tower by the high school is complete…

 

 

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.

 

 

(Gilman-jm) -- The University of Illinois Extension serving Ford and Iroquois Counties will be holding an Ag Career Night today. The career night will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Ford Iroquois Farm Bureau office in Gilman. For more information call the Extension Office at 815-268-4051.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Those interested in playing adult basketball through the Paxton Park District have until the end of the week to get registered. Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry says the deadline to register is November 9th…

 

 

Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois farmers and ranchers will be receiving ballot for the 2017 Farm Service Agency county committee elections. The Illinois Farm Service Agency has announced they will begin mailing out ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers today. Ballots must be returned to the local FSA office by December 4th.
 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Last month was the 10th wettest October on record in Illinois. Statewide average rainfall was nearly five inches last month, which is one point seven inches above normal. Northern Illinois had the most rain and some areas even saw a few snow flurries says State Climatologist Jim Angel…

 

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel. Last month was also the 21st warmest October on record, with temperatures about three degrees above normal. Angel says the November outlook calls for warmer than normal temps in Southern Illinois and wetter conditions statewide.

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- A rural Milford man will spend 24 years in prison for throwing a tomahawk at a sheriff’s deputy. Kevin Funk was found guilty of attempted murder and aggravated battery in September in Iroquois County court. According to police, a deputy went to Funk’s rural Milford home to arrest him on sexual assault charges. That’s when Funk threw a tomahawk striking the deputy in the arm.


 

(Thomasboro-jm) -- The list of finalists to be the next chief of police in Thomasboro is down to three. The three will be interviewed by the village board in closed session tonight. The village received over 30 applicants. Current Police Chief Keith Willis announced earlier this year that he will be retiring this month.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Those wanting to kick off their Christmas holiday shopping can do so next weekend. Brad Martin with Anywhere Anytime Journeys is sponsoring a bus trip…



Anywhere Anytime Journeys CEO Brad Martin. To book your seat or to find out other specials contact Brad at 892-2526.


 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Sheriff’s Office has released their October activity numbers. During the month, deputies responded to 9 traffic accidents and issued 55 citations including 32 for speeding, 4 for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and 3 each for no seat belt, failure to signal and stop sign violations. Deputies also handled 11 civil issues, 5 each of thefts, possession of cannabis and domestic issues, 4 possession of drug equipment, 3 each of battery and criminal damage to property, 2 each of suspicious vehicle, fraud, criminal trespass, burglary and assault and 1 each of endangering the life of a child, burglary from motor vehicle, false terrorist threat and unlawful restraint.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner would like to see Illinois serve as a host state for Hurricane victims from Puerto Rico. State Emergency Management Agency Director James Joseph says state officials want to help Puerto Ricans who lost their homes when Hurricane Maria ripped through the island in September. They will be working with the federal government to get Illinois approved as a host state…



State Emergency Management Agency Director James Joseph. Joseph says the feds will be paying all associated costs.

 

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Thursday November 2 2017

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Federal Trade Commission are announcing three settlements totalling over $47 million over a fake debt collection scheme. According to a release from Madigan’s office, Stark Law, Stark Recovery and Capital Harris Miller targeted people who had obtain or applied for payday or other short term loans by pretending to be a law firm attempting to collect from delinquent consumers. The group also sold bogus debt portfolios to other debt buyers. As part of the settlement, the operators are banned from the debt collection business and from selling debt portfolios.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton is looking for a Christmas tree for the city’s annual tree lighting. Spokesperson Judy Ondercho talks about the search for a tree…

 

 

Paxton Service Club Spokesperson Judy Ondercho.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College in Champaign will be holding a Student-Parent Information Night tonight. The event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the student union. Those attending will hear information on careers, financial aid opportunities, the admissions process, the Parkland Pathways Program and more. The event is free.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The future of the Rantoul tennis courts at Wabash Park are up in the air. The courts are in need of expensive repairs and Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage says the district and the park district board have been having discussions about what to do with the tennis courts…

 

 

Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Park District is hosting a ladies night out vendor fair and craft show this Friday. Several local vendors will be there. The event will run from 6:30 until 9 at the Paxton Civic Center.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- What farm producers received price-wise for their commodities in September was down as a whole, yet several categories recorded price increases. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining a bipartisan group of 32 other attorneys general in sending a letter urging Congress to close the loophole that allows the purchase of bump stocks. The attorneys general argue the use of bump stocks could be used to evade current laws restricting machine guns. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used bump stocks on his weapons when he opened fire on a crowd at a country music festival killing 58 and injuring over 500.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City will be launching a city app later this year. Mayor Dan Dickey talks about some of the features of the app…



Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.


 

(Bloomington-jm) -- The Illinois Soybean Association is accepting certified crop advisor nominations for the Soybean Master Adviser Award. The award will be presented in January at the ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit in Springfield. Nominations are due by December 10th. Nomination forms are available online at ilsoy dot org slash master underscore adviser.


 

(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley is holding their annual Deck the Halls craft and vendor fair this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz says they are still accepting vendors…



Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.


 

(Ashkum-jm) -- District 21 Illinois State Police in Ashkum have released September activity numbers. During the month troopers issued 631 citations and 581 written warnings including 12 DUIs and 76 seat belt citations. Troopers also responded to 50 car crashes resulting in 5 fatalities.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Police is launching a new awareness campaign about it’s Silver Search Program for alzheimer’s patients. It’s estimated that 60 percent of those with alzheimer’s will wander off at some point after their diagnosis. The Silver Search Program aims to bring them home safely, and works much like an Amber Alert for children. If a patient goes missing, their information, license plate number and vehicle make and model will be posted on digital road signs. The Illinois Lottery will also help out says Acting Director Greg Smith…



Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith. The state police say more than 220 thousand people are living with alzheimer’s in Illinois. More details about the program are available at silver search illinois dot org.

 

 

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Wednesday November 1 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- House Speaker Mike Madigan is pushing a bill to require sexual harassment training at the state capitol. A legislative committee passed the legislation, which requires lawmakers, staff, lobbyists and state employees to complete annual sexual harassment training says Speaker Madigan…

 

 

House Speaker Mike Madigan. A vote on the bill is expected next week during the fall veto session. Speaker Madigan is also putting together a task force to look further into sexual discrimination and harassment in state government.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan along with 17 other attorneys general are sending letters to Congress opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. They say the act would override local and public safety decisions and endanger communities and police by forcing states to recognize concealed carry permits from other states. The International Association of Police Chiefs among other law enforcement organizations also oppose the legislation.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul woman is facing felony intimidation charges for allegedly demanding money from an older man to keep their relationship quiet. 30-year-old Deanna Weston is charged with one count of felony intimidation for allegedly telling a 63 year old man that she was underage and would have him arrested on sex charges unless he gave her money. Bond was set at $5,000. She’s due back in court December 19th.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Halloween may be over but Paxton Police want to remind parents to be safe when it comes to their kids candy. Paxton Police Captain Coy Cornett has these safety tips…

 

Paxton Police Captain Coy Cornett.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Changes are coming to Gibson City garbage fees. Mayor Dan Dickey says an old ordinance charged a fee and required the city to do inspections of garbage trucks…

 

 

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College officials are saying they expect their tax levy to go up this year. The community college in Champaign says the equalized assessed valuation is up at least 4% in all the counties of their district meaning their tax levy is likely to be greater than the five percent limit before a hearing has to be held. The college points out that despite the possibility of an increase of the tax levy, individual property tax rates may be down slightly.



 

(Springfield-jm) -- This year’s Illinois school report card is out and shows some gains were made this past school year. The 2016-2017 school year saw increases in student graduation rates, students taking advanced placement courses and high schoolers entering college within a year of graduating. State Schools Superintendent Tony Smith says there was a decrease in the number of students having to take basic level courses at their local community college because they aren’t ready…

 

 

State Schools Superintendent Tony Smith. Another area of concern is chronic truancy, which increased this past school year to 10 point eight percent. You can view your school’s data online at: illinois report card dot com.

 

(Washington-jm) -- The American Soybean Association is applauding bi-partisan support from both House and Senate members urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be more robust in the volume requirements under the renewable fuel standards. However it wasn’t all good news. The group and some lawmakers are expressing concerns of the possibility the EPA will make reduction in biodiesel and advanced biofuels.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Calling all artists, the Illinois State Police is launching a logo contest in celebration of the agency’s 100th anniversary. The State Police will turn 100 years old in 2022 and officials want your ideas for a new logo says Master Sergeant Matt Boerwinkle…



State Police Master Sergeant Matt Boerwinkle. Artists can also submit their paintings and drawings on canvas to the State Police in Springfield. The contest is hosted by the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation and more details are available online at: isphf dot org.



(Urbana-jm) -- The former Champaign County Supervisor of Assessments has been charged with felony official misconduct. Joseph Meents is charged with the class 3 felony for allegedly charging $1,133.57 in charges on a county credit card. He’s due back in court December 12th. He faces probation to 2 to 5 years in prison if convicted.
 


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County is preparing for their 46th annual Holiday Bureau. Executive Director Andy Kulcyzcki talks about this year’s event…



Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County Executive Director Andy Kulcyzcki.



 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District is preparing for their annual Veterans Day concert. Superintendent Cliff McClure invites the public to attend on November 10th…



PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.


(Rantoul-jm) -- One person was taken to the hospital following a three vehicle crash on I-57 near Rantoul Monday evening. According to State Police, 31-year-old John Diamond of Champaign was traveling southbound on I-57 when he fell asleep left the road and struck a guardrail. As he was attempting to exit the vehicle, his vehicle was struck by two other vehicles driven by Aliza Palmer of Urbana and Michael Bakay of Lemont, Illinois. Diamond was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was cited for improper lane usage. The drivers of the other two vehicles were not injured.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Open enrollment for the state’s health insurance marketplace begins today and the Illinois Department of Insurance says they’re offering more assistance to customers this year. Those who don’t have insurance through their employer will need to pick a plan through the get covered illinois website. It’s been upgraded to help shoppers better compare their options. Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer says there are a few things to keep in mind besides cost…



Illinois Department of Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer. The state is also now offering seven day a week assistance via phone with a licensed insurance agent. Visit get covered dot illinois dot gov for all the details.

 

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