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Friday September 22 2017

 

(Cissna Park-jm) -- Our Business of the Day today is the Cissna Park FFA Chapter. This weekend is the Pumpkins in the Park in Cissna Park. FFA Advisor Jeff Clifton talks about the event…

 

 

The group will be holding a duck raffle with a grand prize of $500. Cissna Park FFA Advisor Jeff Clifton talks about some of the other activities his chapter does…



 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A report from an Illinois agency says residents who buy insurance on the state's health care exchange could see rate increases for the lowest-priced plans by 2018. The Chicago Tribune reports the state Insurance Department submitted rates to the federal government Wednesday. The rates would jump by 16 to 37 percent, increasing the average cost of the lowest-priced silver plans by 35 percent statewide. Over 350,000 Illinois residents enrolled in the exchange plans in 2017.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The unemployment rate fell in all metro areas last month but job growth still lags behind the nation. All 14 metro areas in Illinois saw a drop in the jobless rate from August of 2016 to August of 2017 says State Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough (goff)...

 

 

State Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough (goff). Nearly 25 thousand jobs were added over the year, mostly in the Chicago area. Locally, the unemployment rate in Ford County fell from 5.5 percent to 5.0 percent. In Iroquois County the unemployment rate fell from 5.1 percent to 4.2 percent. In Champaign County the unemployment rate fell from 5.2 percent to 4.6 percent. In Vermilion County the unemployment rate fell from 7.4 percent to 6.9 percent. In McLean County the unemployment rate fell from 5.2 percent to 4.2 percent.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Gold Star ride will be making it’s way through the area today. 34 bicyclists started in Cairo, Illinois Wednesday says Spokesperson Dave Helfrich…

 

 

Gold Star Ride Spokesperson Dave Helfrich. The cyclist will be stopping at the Rantoul American Legion from 11:30 to 11:45 and will be in Paxton around 1 p.m.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College has approved their budget for the fiscal year 2018. The school is expected to receive more revenue than expenses to the tune of $1.8 million. The school says that is due to the passage of a state budget in July.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Police Department has an interim chief. The city council approved naming Captain Coy Cornett interim chief after former chief Bob Bain was let go. Mayor Bill Ingold talks about the process moving forward in naming a new permanent chief…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A candidates forum for the new Rantoul village administrator will be held on Monday. A total of 18 applications were submitted to fill the seat formerly held by Jeff Fiegenschuh. Fiegenschuh left to take the city manager position in Rochelle earlier this month. The list was narrowed down to three candidates, which will be featured at the forum at Rantoul Township High School on Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health says it’s not too early to get your annual flu shot. Flu season typically runs from October through March, and it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect. That’s why now is a good time to get immunized says Public Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Layden…

 

 

Public Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Layden. Layden says everyone six months old and older should get vaccinated.

 

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An attorney for Drew Peterson says he'll likely appeal an Illinois Supreme Court ruling upholding the former suburban Chicago police officer's murder conviction in the death of his third wife. The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that hearsay statements by Peterson's third and fourth wives were properly used against him. Kathleen Savio's 2004 death was initially ruled accidental but was reclassified a homicide in 2007 after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Nearly 100 car seat safety checks will be held across the state this Saturday. It’s estimated that car seats are installed incorrectly 59 percent of the time. That’s why it’s a good idea to get yours checked says the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Jessi Hopkins…



Illinois Department of Transportation’s Jessi Hopkins. To find events and car seat checks near you, visit the website: buckle up illinois dot org.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School athletic department will hold a golf outing fundraiser on Saturday, September 30th at Lakeview Country Club in Loda to raise money for improvements to the weight room. PBL Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer has how you can sign up to participate…



PBL Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer.


 

(Ashkum-jm) -- Illinois State Police in Ashkum have released their August activity report. Troopers issued 468 citations and 477 written warnings including 12 DUI’s, 19 seatbelt citations and 30 criminal arrests during the month. Troopers also handled 69 traffic accidents resulting in three fatalities.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The 2017 Clinton Apple n Pork Festival will take place this Saturday and Sunday at the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum. Spokesperson Larry Buss talks about parking for this year’s event…



C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum Spokesperson Larry Buss.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton is announcing they will be flushing hydrants in town. Weather permitting crews will be flushing hydrants starting Monday, September 25th on the west side of town. Residents may notice some discoloration or loss of water pressure during that time.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is surveying communities about what recycling options they offer. I-E-P-A is looking to create a one stop shop for consumers wanting to recycle everything from aluminum cans to old carpet and electronics says Spokesperson Kim Biggs…



Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Spokesperson Kim Biggs. It’s anticipated the online database will be available early next year.


 

 

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Wednesday September 20 2017

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 41 other attorneys general in expanding their investigations into manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs. The group served subpoenas requesting information from opioid manufacturers and distributors to evaluate whether these companies engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale and distribution of opioids. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,888 opioid deaths in 2016.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- A Gold Star Ride for military families will make their way through Illinois this week. Spokesperson Dave Helfrich talks about the purpose behind the ride…

 

 

Gold Star Ride Spokesperson Dave Helfrich.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The village of Rantoul will be taking over utilities on the former Chanute Air Force Base. Nearly 25 years after the closure, the U.S. Air Force is nearly ready to transfer ownership of the utilities to the village at no cost. The village has been operating the utilities on the base under a lease agreement.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A new bakery will be opening in Paxton. Dawn Mareci will be opening her bakery in the former Family Baking Secrets building…

 

 

Marcci’s Bakery Owner Dawn Mareci.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is offering Medicare help to educate Medicare beneficiaries and family members about Medicare, Part D Assistance and extra help. A Senior Health Insurance Program Counselor will be available at the Kempton American Legion today from 8:30 to 10:45 or at the Ford County Public Health Department in Paxton for an in office appointment. For more information, call the Ford County Public Health Department at 379-9281.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is confirming the first West Nile Virus related death for 2017. A Kankakee County resident died earlier this month after testing positive for West Nile. Public Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Layden says while four out of five people infected with the virus won’t show any symptoms, West Nile can be very serious for some…

 

 

Public Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Layden. There have been 37 confirmed reports of human West Nile infection in Illinois this year so far. Layden says you should still try and protect yourself from mosquito bites until we see a hard frost or two.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- This week is National Farm Safety week. Amy Rademaker, Farm Safety Specialist at Carle has some safety tips…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 17 other attorneys general in filing a new amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the federal administration's travel ban. The district court's entered nationwide preliminary injunctions prohibiting, among other things, enforcement of the administration's 90-day ban on the entry to the U.S. of nationals from six overwhelmingly Muslim countries, the suspension of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, and the reduction of the Program’s refugee cap. Arguments are scheduled for October 10th.


 

(Cissna Park-jm) -- Cissna Park will be holding their annual Pumpkins in the Park this weekend. The event is sponsored by the Cissna Park FFA Chapter. Cissna Park FFA Advisor Jeff Clifton talks about Saturday’s event…



Cissna Park FFA Advisor Jeff Clifton.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Due to a lack of space, the Paxton Park District will not be sponsoring a circus in the city in 2018. It’s unknown if the circus will return to Paxton but the park district board voted against hosting the circus saying they would reach out to other local organizations to see if will sponsor and host the event.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum in Clinton is gearing up for the annual Apple n Pork Festival. The two day festival will take place this weekend says Spokesperson Larry Buss…



C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum Spokesperson Larry Buss.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Village of Rantoul will be holding a community night out this evening. The event will take place at the Rantoul Township High School football field starting around 8 p.m. Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith will also be present and will speak to the crowd.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office has a few tips for keeping kids safe in the car. All children under eight must be secured in a car seat, and as they get older, their car seat needs to be changed for their appropriate age and weight. Secretary of State Spokesperson Dave Druker also had this advice…



Secretary of State Spokesperson Dave Druker. It’s estimated four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Some of the most common mistakes include turning the child forward facing too soon, not adjusting the harness snugly against the child and not securing the seat to the vehicle properly.


 

(Undated-jm) -- President Trump’s proposed budget would cut nearly a billion dollars from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Veronica Carter tells us that could hobble hurricane tracking and prediction…


 

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Tuesday September 19 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- It was a warm, dry week for Illinois crops as we har in the weekly crop report. Temperatures were above normal and rainfall was pretty sparse, leaving average statewide topsoil moisture at 31 percent very short, 44 percent short and 25 percent adequate. Crop Statistician Brad Summa says 89 percent of corn is now in the dent stage…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Brad Summa. 70 percent of soybeans are turning color and 32 percent are dropping leaves. 53 percent of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she has no "immediate plans" to run for another office when her term is up in 2019. The Chicago Democrat made the surprising announcement last week that wouldn't be seeking a fifth term after she'd previously said she would seek re-election next year.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Police Department has a new interim police chief. Bob Bain was let go by the city earlier this month. Mayor Bill Ingold says Coy Cornett will take over until a permanent chief is named…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold. Ingold says he expects a decision could come as early as November on a new chief.


 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- The sale of Fisher’s water and wastewater system is expected to be completed in 2018. Illinois American Water bought the system from the village earlier this year. The village is no longer billing residents for water and sewer charges and the villagewide garbage service is being renegotiated with Area Disposal.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- One area lawmaker is hoping the compromise that brought together a new education funding formula will move the state forward on other key issues. The funding formula bill was widely supported by both Democrats and Republicans when it was passed over the summer. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says he hopes the bi-partisanship will continue to improve the business climate in the state…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College’s Surgical Technology program will hold two open houses to celebrate Surgical Technology Week this week. The open houses will be held today from 1 to 3 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

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(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a new law that overhauls the state’s EDGE tax credit program. The EDGE program gives businesses a tax credit for creating new jobs, and this law makes some improvements to the effort. Senator Melinda Bush of Grayslake sponsored the legislation and says it now includes incentives for companies to expand or move to areas of Illinois where the economy is really struggling…

 

 

State Senator Melinda Bush. The new law extends the EDGE tax credit to June of 2022.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- If Chicago doesn’t land the new Amazon Headquarters, Governor Bruce Rauner says St. Louis would be a good second option. Governor Rauner says his office is working closely with Chicago officials to put together a competitive proposal for a second headquarters. But if St. Louis ends up getting the nod, Rauner says that would still be good for Illinois…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The five billion dollar project is estimated to create 50 thousand jobs.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield has received historic documents tracing a southern Illinois family's history back to the 1790s. The library said Monday that the centerpiece of the collection is a rare 1796 atlas that family patriarch Samuel Spence brought to Illinois from Scotland in 1838. The paperwork also includes hundreds of manuscripts, newspaper clippings and photographs about the Spence family.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school district has a new architectural firm that will help with future projects. Superintendent Scott Amerio says the district had several firms to choose from…



Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.



(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 3 civil matters and issued 28 traffic citations during the past week. On September 11th, a Paxton resident reported being the victim of theft. On September 12th, a report was taken in rural Cabery of someone duct taping heavy metal bar to corn ears in an attempt to damage harvesting equipment. On September 14th, a burglar alarm was reported at a Roberts business caused by employee error, a deputy mediated a family argument in Kempton and a deputy took a report of a resident who was missing items from a rehab facility in Piper City. On September 16th, a Roberts resident reported a violation of a court ordered No Contact order and deputies mediated a domestic disturbance in Sibley.


 

(Undated-jm) -- A Gold Star bike ride will be coming through the area this week. Spokesperson Dave Helfrich talks about the ride…

 

Gold Star ride Spokesperson Dave Helfrich.


 

(Cissna Park-jm) -- Iroquois County Sheriff’s police have arrested a Cissna Park man on multiple charges. Officers arrested 31-year-old Kyle Blackburn for theft, forgery, possession of stolen property and possession of a weapon by a felon. Police arrested Blackburn following an investigation into a theft at a residence in Cissna Park. 

 

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Monday September 18 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not seeking re-election for a fifth term next year. The Chicago Democrat made the announcement Friday, reversing previous public statements that she’d run again in 2018. In the statement she says it's time to seek a "new challenge." Madigan wasn't immediately available for interviews and didn't detail what her next steps would be. Her term ends in January 2019.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- A larger than expected production estimate for US corn is not even the biggest adjustment on a global scale. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton’s annual Swine n Dine was held Saturday in downtown Paxton. In addition to the Walker McGuire concert, competitors from across the country converged in downtown to create their best ribs and chicken. Camps BB-Crew took home first place in chicken with Twisted Smoke coming in second. For ribs, Smokin Walders took home first place with Camps BB-Crew coming in second.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department will once again be offering flu shots this fall with several flu clinics scheduled. Ford County Public Health Department’s Page Eads talks about the importance of getting the flu vaccine…

 

 

Ford County Public Health Department’s Page Eads. A full list of flu clinics is found on their website: ford county phd dot org.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Treasurer’s office is accepting sealed bids for some abandoned properties throughout the county. The properties are located in Gibson City, Piper City, Cabery and Paxton. The properties were acquired by the county after their real estate taxes went unpaid in 2016 and years prior. The minimum required bid is $645. Sealed bids are due at treasurer Penny Steven’s office by September 22nd.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton has a new alderman. Eric Evans was appointed and sworn in as Alderman for Ward one says Mayor Bill Ingold…

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's son has become the interim sheriff of Macon County in central Illinois. Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider said in a Friday statement that he is retiring early ahead of an election next fall for his replacement. Howard Buffett became a Macon County undersheriff in September 2014. He became sheriff on Friday afternoon.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White is celebrating the ninth annual U-S Constitution and Citizenship Day. The celebration in Chicago included the swearing in of nearly 60 people from 25 countries to be U-S citizens. Secretary White urged the new Americans to get involved in their communities…



Secretary of State Jesse White. Sunday marked the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U-S Constitution.


 

(Champaign-jm) -- Another country music superstar is coming to Champaign. The State Farm Center has announced Justin Moore will bring his Hell on a Highway Tour to Champaign November 3rd. Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 28th.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Those interested in zumba can go to the Paxton Park District. Director Neal McKenry says they have zumba three days a week…



Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 31 other attorneys general have reached a $3.1 million dollar settlement with computer software company Lenovo. According to Attorney General Madigan, the company violated state consumer protection laws by pre-installing software on laptop computers that made consumers vulnerable to hackers. As part of the settlement, the company must get consent from consumers to install the Visual Discovery software, have an opt out option and way to remove the software and create a security program and assessments of the program for 20 years. Illinois will receive $253,200 of the $3.1 million dollar settlement.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The 2017 Clinton Apple n Pork Festival will take place September 23rd and 24th at the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum in Clinton. One of the features at this year’s event is a Pigs on Parade says Spokesperson Larry Buss…



C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum Spokesperson Larry Buss.

 

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Friday September 15 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois unemployment rate increased slightly last month. The jobless rate rose from four point eight percent in July, to five percent in August. State Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough (goff) says there was a loss of 37 hundred jobs last month as well…

 

State Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough. Job growth for August was seen in trade, transportation and utilities, as well as educational and health services and the construction industry.

 

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- A Milford man has been found guilty of attempted murder and aggravated battery to a peace officer. Kevin Funk was found guilty of the attempted murder of an Iroquois County Sheriff’s investigator, who was attempting to arrest him on aggravated criminal sexual assault of a child. Funk was found not guilty on six sexual assault or abuse charges. He will be sentenced September 20th.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will hold their annual fish fry tonight at the Buckley American Legion. Spokesperson Charlie Goldenstein has the menu for tonight’s dinner…

 

 

Christ Lutheran High School Spokesperson Charlie Goldenstein.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton City Council has approved a change in the city’s liquor ordinance for this weekend. Mayor Bill Ingold says the change is for a home brew to sell their alcohol at this weekend’s event…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Two area hospitals will receive new names once the state approves the purchase from a Peoria based hospital group. OSF Health Systems announced earlier this year that they intend to buy Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville and Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. The Danville facility will be renamed OSF Healthcare Sacred Heart Medical Center while the Urbana facility will be renamed OSF Healthcare Heart of Mary Medical Center. The change is expected to happen sometime in 2018.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office has been getting a lot of calls about the Equifax data breach, and has some advice for consumers. Attorney General Madigan says with all the data breaches in recent years, it’s likely only a matter of time before someone tries to steal your identity. For victims of the Equifax breach, she says you should first place a security freeze on your credit report…

 

 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. More than five million Illinoisans are believed to be affected by the breach. To find out if you are one of them, visit the website: equifax security 2017 dot com.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is issuing a new guide to help law enforcement with new immigration laws. Attorney General Madigan says with changes in laws like the “Trust Act” recently signed in Illinois, there has been some confusion about what the police can and cannot do…

 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The Attorney General’s office also has a guide for immigrants called “Know Your Rights.”

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The state is creating a task force to look into how tax increment financing districts affect schools. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says the creation of the task force was part of the education funding reform bill…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The American Red Cross is sending 111 volunteers from the area to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The volunteers are being sent to eight states and Puerto Rico. The Red Cross says 890,000 people are still in shelters.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Kids in the Gibson City area will have a chance to check out all sorts of cars and trucks this Sunday. The Gibson City Rotary Club will be hosting their 2nd annual Touch a Truck says Spokesperson Susie Tongate…

 

 

Gibson City Rotary Club Spokesperson Susie Tongate.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- A Champaign Attorney has announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for circuit judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. Sami Anderson, has been an attorney in Champaign for 10 years. The Sixth Judicial Circuit includes Champaign, DeWitt,  Macon and Piatt Counties.

 

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Thursday September 14 2017

(Undated-jm) -- Many area schools will receive more funding this school year thanks to the passage of a new education funding formula. State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington was on the committee to revamp the formula. He talks the new education funding formula…

 

State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A new fast food restaurant is open in Rantoul. Jimmy John’s opened this week at their location along U.S. 136 on the village’s west side. Construction on the restaurant began in April.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will hold their chicken fry this Friday night at the Buckley American Legion. Spokesperson Charlie Goldenstein says the money raised will help support school activities…

 

 

Christ Lutheran High School Spokesperson Charlie Goldenstein.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued a Guidance to Law Enforcement Wednesday on the state’s Trust Act. The Trust Act prevents law enforcement officials from arresting and detaining people based solely on their immigration status. The guidance issued by Attorney General Madigan, explains the limited authority departments have to enforce federal immigration laws and the liability agencies could face if they enforce federal immigration laws.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- How did the September crop production and yield numbers from USDA compare to what industry analysts were forecasting? Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is preparing for their fall flu clinics. For those interested in getting their flu shot, Spokesperson Page Eads says there are some things you need to bring…



Ford County Public Health Department Spokesperson Page Eads.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul firefighters were called to an apartment fire in the village Wednesday. Firefighters were called to a grease fire in an apartment in the 100 block of Letchworth Avenue. No injuries were reported.


 

(Fisher-jm) -- The Fisher village board will consider approving a bid for tree maintenance in the village at tonight’s village board meeting. In addition to tree maintenance bids, village board members will be asked to approve the purchase of a replacement blower compressor, consider a petition for rezoning 302 S. Second and consider a pair of intergovernmental agreements. The Fisher village board meeting gets underway at 6 p.m.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The 2017 Clinton Apple and Pork Festival will be coming up September 23rd and 24th at the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum in Clinton. Spokesperson Larry Buss says they will also have tours available…



C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum Spokesperson Larry Buss.


 

(Moline-jm) -- Mediacom has announced they will be awarding 55 high school seniors with scholarships again this year. The group announced that the 55 seniors will each receive a $1,000 for educational expenses for higher education or vocational training from any accredited post-secondary institution starting in the fall of 2018. The deadline to apply is February 18th. The application is available online at: mediacom world class dot com.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The clock is ticking when it comes to a free and open internet in the United States, and watchdog groups in Illinois are gearing up for what could be a lengthy court battle if regulators end net neutrality. Veronica Carter reports…


 

 

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Wednesday September 13 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Advocates say a 75-cents-an-hour wage increase for people who care for the developmentally disabled in Illinois should help group homes get and retain staff members. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration indicated last week that the increase included in the 2018 budget lawmakers approved in July should begin within 60 days.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Hunters will be able to use a crossbow during the archery deer season under a new state law. The law repeals past restrictions on using a crossbow says Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross…

 

 

State Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross. Archery deer season runs October 1st through January 14th in Illinois, except for the two firearm deer hunting weekends in November and early December.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton City Council met last night. WPXN’s Jason Madden was there and has a report on what was discussed…

 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School Board is expected to approve their fiscal year 2018 budget at tonight’s school board meeting. School board members are also expected to hear an update on the backpack program, hear an update on the CEO program and hear an update on the addition and renovation project. The PBL School Board meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board approved their fiscal year 2018 budget at Monday night’s school board meeting. Superintendent Scott Amerio talks about the budget...

 

 

Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.

 

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- One person was injured following a car vs bicycle accident on Route 45 in Iroquois County Monday night. According to State Police, David Craft of Roberts was traveling southbound on Route 45 near 1600 North, between Gilman and Onarga, when he was struck by a vehicle driven by James Kirby of Danforth. Craft was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. He was cited for improper operation of a bicycle on a roadway.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich once held the highest office in the state of Illinois. Now more than five years into his 14-year sentence on corruption convictions, Blagojevich finds himself on cleaning duty at a Colorado federal prison. Blagojevich says in interviews from prison that he still maintains his innocence and hopes to make another appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Traffic deaths dropped by 78 percent over the Labor Day weekend in Illinois. Although one death is too many, Illinois State Police Sergeant Mike Link says they are pleased with the decline…



State Police Sergeant Mike Link. Link says State Police issued more than three thousand tickets for speeding and 765 tickets for not wearing a seatbelt. Last year in Illinois, 19 people died in 23 crashes during the Labor Day Holiday.


 

(Undated-jm) -- Justice Thomas Harris has announced his candidacy for election as the appellate judge for the 4th District Appellate Court. Justice Harris was assigned to the appellate court by the state Supreme Court back in 2013. The 4th District covers 30 counties including Champaign, Ford, Livingston, McLean and Vermil

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Park District is gearing up for their fall and winter sports seaso

(Bourbonnais-jm) --  The Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group has announced they will hold a drug disposal day in October. Those wanting to turn in their unused or expired medications for safe disposal can do so on Saturday, October 28th from 10 to 2 at Northfield Square Mall in Bourbonnais

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City Rotary Club will be holding their Touch a Truck this Sunday at the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School. Rotary Club Spokesperson Susie Tongate talks about some of the vehicles that will be at this year’s event…


Gibson City Rotary Club Spokesperson Susie Tongate.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- A shuttered store in Gibson City will receive new life. Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services has announced they have purchased the former Alco building along Route 9. The group plans to use the facility as their Elite Performance center in Gibson City as well as the group's food pantry. They hope to have the food pantry in operation this fall with Elite Performance opening sometime in 2018.

 

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Tuesday September 12 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Fall trout fishing starts next month in Illinois and the state is stocking about 80,000 rainbow trout to prepare for the season. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the season starts Saturday, Oct. 21, at 54 ponds, lakes and streams statewide. The department warns that any anglers who take trout from stocked areas before 5 a.m. that day will be issued citations. The daily catch limit is five trout.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program is seeing fewer World War II veterans on its trips to the nation's capital. The State Journal-Register reports that the upcoming flight on Tuesday will include 40 Korean War veterans, 37 Vietnam-era veterans and three WWII veterans. Part of the reason for the decline is that most of the WWII veterans who have applied have already gone on a flight. Their numbers also are declining.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Corn harvesting has begun in Illinois. After another cool and dry week, 82 percent of corn is now in the dent stage says State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 47 percent of soybeans are turning color and 13 percent are dropping leaves. 57 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture is now rated at 19 percent very short, 45 percent short and 36 percent adequate.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The grand opening of the new Cobblestone Inn and Suites in Paxton will be held this evening. The grand opening ceremony is set for 4 until 7 at the hotel west of Paxton along Route 9.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton City Council will have a busy meeting tonight. On the agenda for the city council is appointing an interim police chief, consider lowering the speed limit on city streets, consider approving a tobacco-free outdoor recreation area policy, consider possible dates for a community clean up day and approve changing the name of Paxton Emergency Response Service to Paxton Emergency Management Agency. The Paxton City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- State lawmakers continue to reach out to constituents to discuss the passage of an education funding bill. One of the parts to the bill is a scholarship program says State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is offering Medicare help to Medicare beneficiaries and their family about Medicare Part D. A Senior Health Insurance Program counselor from the health department will be available in Kempton at the American Legion on Wednesday, September 20th from 8:30 to 10:45 and at the Ford County Public Health Department in Paxton. For more information, call the Ford County Public Health Department at 379-9281.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Ameren Illinois officials say that more than 200 employees and contract workers are on their way to help with recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma. The storm struck Florida over the weekend and more than 7 million homes and businesses were without power in several states. The crews left southern Illinois early Monday. Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison is sending about 200 employees and contract workers to the region.


CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University data show that enrollment for the fall semester is down by about 5 percent but it's the school's lowest decline from fall-to-fall in six years. The Charleston school's fall enrollment is 7,030 students, down from 7,415 students in fall 2016. The Charleston school also reported that enrollment of traditional transfer students increased 19 percent. Eastern's freshman retention rates increased by an additional 4 percent.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The college year has started again and, for many students, that means anxiety over debt is here again, too. Veronica Carter reports on legislation that could change that…



 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul village leaders are expected to approve a couple of loans at tonight’s village board meeting. Village trustees are being asked to approve a microloan to Midwest Prep Academy as well as an EDA Loan to Eaker, Incorporated. Village board members are also expected to approve the appointment of a village comptroller as well as a community development director. The Rantoul Village Board meeting gets underway at 6:30.


 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 4 civil matters and issued 15 traffic citations during the past week. On September 4th, a battery was reported in Piper City, a Piper City resident reported being the victim of criminal mischief, a deputy responded to a commercial burglar alarm in rural Paxton, a Cabery resident reported being the victim of telephone harassment, prowlers were reported in rural Gibson City and a pedestrian was beaten and robbed in the Piper City Park. On September 5th, a deputy mediated a child custody matter in Sibley. On September 8th, deputies assisted Livingston County deputies with a roll-over accident in rural Sibley. On September 9th, a rural Elliott subject called to report a vehicle driving around in circles in his corn field.  That vehicle fled the scene after trying to ram into a witnesses vehicle and was then involved in a single-vehicle roll-over crash.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The 49th annual Clinton Apple and Pork Festival is coming up later this month. Spokesperson Larry Buss talks about this year’s festival…



Clinton Apple and Pork Festival Spokesperson Larry Buss.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The village of Rantoul will hold a community night out later this month. The Community Night Out will take place Wednesday, September 20th starting at 8 at the Rantoul Township High School football field.  Mayor Chuck Smith as well as the Three Kings of Danville will address those in attendance.

 

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Monday September 11 2017

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A judge has allowed lawyers for a 27-year-old suspect in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China to withdraw from the case on grounds he can't foot the legal bills. U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce said at a Friday hearing in Urbana, Illinois, that a defense attorney paid for by federal funds would be brought in to represent Brendt Christensen. Outgoing attorney Thomas Bruno says Christensen can't afford to pay for work that could include a death-penalty defense.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department has announced they will be holding flu clinics again this fall. Spokesperson Page Eads talks about the flu clinics…

 

Ford County Public Health Department Spokesperson Page Eads.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- An Urbana man has been federally indicted on child pornography charges. 56-year-old Robert Decker was arrested on charges of distribution and possession of prepubescent child pornography. If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison on each count.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City city council is expected to approve a new recycling contract at tonight’s city council meeting. Council members will be asked to approve the contract with Ridgeview Recycling. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Fall and youth sports registration is underway at the Paxton Park District. One of the upcoming deadlines for activities is youth dance says Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry…

 

 

Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Dozens of motorcycles roared through Paxton Sunday as part of the annual 9/11 Memorial Ride. The ride began in Danville and went through several area communities. The group stopped in Paxton and had lunch at the firehouse before continuing their ride.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- The latest trade numbers show no let up in the pace of U.S. agricultural exports. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois candidate for governor Daniel Biss is naming a state representative from Rockford as his running mate. The campaign announced state Rep. Litesa Wallace as a lieutenant governor candidate. Friday's move comes after Biss, a Democratic state senator, dropped his previous running mate over his stance on Israel. Several Democrats are trying for the chance to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in next year's election.


 

(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will hold their annual fish fry coming up this Friday. Spokesperson Charlie Goldenstein talks about the fundraiser…



Christ Lutheran High School Spokesperson Charlie Goldenstein.


 

(Ford County-jm) -- Several area fire departments were busy with calls over the weekend. Roberts and Melvin firefighters were called to a two vehicle rollover accident Friday evening. Early Saturday morning, Elliott firefighters were called to a single vehicle rollover. No word on if there were any injuries with either accident.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul Township High School leaders are expected to approve a fiscal year 2018 budget at tonight's school board meeting. In addition to approving the budget, school board members are also expected to approve hiring an architectural firm and discuss refinancing 2010 bonds. A budget hearing for the Rantoul Township High School school board gets underway at 6:45 with the school board meeting beginning at 7.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City Rotary Club will be holding their annual Touch a Truck event coming up this Saturday. Spokesperson Susie Tongate talks about the event…



Gibson City Rotary Club Spokesperson Susie Tongate.


 

(Milford-jm) -- A Milford man was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Vermilion County. Milford Police arrested 43-year-old Jason Woods on a warrant for failure to appear for a traffic offense. Woods was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.


 

 

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Friday September 8 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- State lawmakers are continuing to discuss the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois. A legislative committee heard tesitmony regarding the legal and public safety side of the issue. DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin opposes the idea saying it will lead to more people doing harder drugs…

 

 

DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin. Others expressed concerns about motorists driving after smoking pot. Proponents say it’s safer to regulate a drug that many are using despite it being illegal in Illinois.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- An Onarga man has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for holding up three businesses Champaign, Savoy and Gilman. 20-year-old Lucas Martinez pleaded guilty in July to two counts of aggravated robbery for his role in the hold ups of a Circle K convenience store in Savoy, a Circle K convenience store in Urbana and the McDonald’s in Gilman. Martinez admitted he was the driver for Tyran Mueller and Tevaughn Brownlee. Mueller was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the two hold ups in Champaign County. Brownlee was sentenced to six years in prison for the hold up in Iroquois County.

 

 

(Gilman-jm) -- The 2017 Gilman Super Saturday is tomorrow in downtown Gilman. One of the groups participating is the Slow Boys Tractor Group. Group Spokesperson Doug Vaughn says they will have raffle prizes for people to win…

 

 

Slow Boys Tractor Group Spokesperson Doug Vaughn.

 

 

(Mahomet-jm) -- An area state lawmaker has been appointed to a task force to ensure clean drinking water for area residents. State Senator Chapin Rose was appointed to the Mahomet Aquifer Task Force. The task force will develop a plan to maintain the quality of the groundwater in the aquifer as well as identify potential contamination threats and action to ensure long-term protection of the aquifer. The group will report their findings to the General Assembly by July 1st 2018.

 

 

(Undated-jm) – As we get closer to the fall months, many farmers will begin to get into the fields and begin harvesting their crops. Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau Manager David Treece has some safety tips for both farmers and motorists…

 

 

Ford Iroquois Farm Bureau Manager David Treece.

 

 

(Thomasboro-rb)- The Thomasboro Street dance is rescheduled for this Saturday September 9th after being rained out on May 20th. Gates open at 6 with a five dollar cover to get in. Relentless will start off the night before Flatville Road takes the stage at 8 and will play until 11.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White is warning consumers about flood-damaged cars on the market. After all the flooding following Hurricane Harvey and likely Irma, Secretary White says you need to be wary when buying vehicles from those areas…



Secretary of State Jesse White. White says his staff will be keeping an eye out for cars from states where flooding has been bad. Applicants will have to submit a hurricane disclosure statement in order to obtain a clean Illinois title.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Fisher man was sentenced to four years of probation after pleading guilty to identity theft. 40-year-old Michael Brock pleaded guilty in Champaign County court to using a relative’s personal information to open a credit card account at a jewelry store in Champaign, then purchase about $4,000 worth of jewelry.  He was also sentenced to spend 23 days in the county jail with credit for time served. In return for his plea, a separate case alleging he used a forged credit card was dismissed.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City will be celebrating their Harvest Fest this weekend. Spokesperson Ryan Minion talks about the bands performing at this year’s event…



Gibson City Harvest Fest Spokesperson Ryan Minion.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City continues to accept donations for the construction of a skate park in memory of former alderman Ed Day. Day was working to get a skate park in the community when he passed away suddenly. Donations can be made to the City of Gibson and mailed to P.O. Box 545, Gibson City, IL 60936 with Ed’s Skatepark in the memo line.

 

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Thursday September 7 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- State officials are unveiling a comprehensive plan for combatting the opioid crisis in Illinois. The problem has become America’s deadliest drug crisis, and the goal of the new plan is to reduce opioid related deaths in Illinois by 33 percent in three years. State Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah says opioid overdoses have killed nearly 11-thousand people in Illinois since 2008…

 

 

State Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah. That will include better educating providers and patients about the high risk of addiction when taking opioids. The action plan also calls for more treatment and recovery services and increased response to potential overdoses.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is creating a special task force to address the opioid abuse epidemic in Illinois. The group will represent several state agencies and help coordinate and implement a new action plan to fight the growing problem says Governor Rauner…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. There were 19-hundred opioid-related deaths in Illinois last year.

 

 

(Ashkum-jm) -- District 21 Illinois State Police have released results of recent occupant restraint enforcement patrols. 18 people received safety belt citations, while 2 people received citations for child restraint violations.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) – Gibson City’s annual Harvest Fest kicks off this Friday and Saturday in downtown Gibson City. Spokesperson Ryan Minion says they have a kids zone for kids…

 

 

Gibson City Harvest Fest Spokesperson Ryan Minion.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Sheriff’s office released their August activity report. During the month deputies handled 6 traffic accident and issued 108 traffic citations including 50 for speeding, 10 for driving with a suspended or revoked drivers license, 8 for operating an uninsured motor vehicle among others. Deputies also handled 5 reports of theft, 4 reports of criminal damage to property, 2 violations of a court order, 1 each of vehicle theft, child abuse and intent to deliver and more.

 

 

(Gilman-jm) – The 2017 Gilman Super Saturday is just two days away in downtown Gilman. Spokesperson Sara Shone talks about some of the new activities at this year’s event…

 

 

 

Slow Boys Tractor Group Spokesperson Doug Vaughn says anyone can bring their tractor’s to the event…

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner will be heading to Japan and China this weekend for an overseas trade mission. The trip will take place from September 9th through the 17th, and the goal is to strengthen relationships with China and Japan, and to help create more jobs in Illinois says Governor Rauner..



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The mission will start in Tokyo where the Governor will attend the Midwest U-S-A Japan Conference.


 

(Undated-jm) -- State Senator Chapin Rose is joining a growing list of state legislatures to take the issue of partisan mapmaking to the U.S. Supreme Court. The group is asking to Supreme Court to implement fair maps when it comes to legislative districts.


 

(Paxton-rb) Just an Angel will be at the Paxton IGA collecting money for 9/11 this week. Just an Angel Dale Puls has more on this week’s fundraiser…



Justin Angel Spokesperson Dale Puls


 

(Iroqouis County-jm) -- The Iroquois County Historical Society’s Harvest Daze will take place in October. The 38th annual event will be in conjunction with the Watseka Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Frenzy, October 6th and 7th on the grounds of the old courthouse museum in Watseka.


 

(LeRoy-jm) – The 17th annual Inter Tribal Powwow is set for this weekend in McLean County. The event will take place at the Grand Village of the Kickapoo Park between LeRoy and Arrowsmith. Spokesperson Misty Vermaat has the cost to attend this year’s Powwow…

 

 

Inter Tribal Powwow Spokesperson Misty Vermaat.

 

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Wednesday September 6 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- It was another cool, dry week for Illinois crops as we hear in the weekly crop report. Both temperatures and rainfall were below normal this past week. Average statewide topsoil moisture declined to 14 percent very short, 37 percent short and 49 percent adequate. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener gives an update on the corn crop…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 19 percent of soybeans are turning color and three percent are dropping leaves. 58 percent of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 4 civil matters and issued 14 traffic citations during the past week. On August 27th, a commercial burglar alarm caused by employee error was received in Melvin, an unfounded report of a man with a gun was received in rural Loda and a Roberts resident reported being the victim of telephone harassment. On August 28th, a deputy assisted Paxton police with a report of criminal damage to property in Paxton. On August 29th, a report was received of a horse running loose in Clarence and a theft from a back porch was reported in Melvin. On August 30th a deputy mediated a civil dispute over a bicycle in rural Paxton.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) – Gibson City will hold their annual Harvest Fest this Friday and Saturday in downtown Gibson City. Spokesperson Ryan Minion says this year’s event will also feature a beer garden…

 

 

Gibson City Harvest Fest Spokesperson Ryan Minion.

 

 

(Gilman-jm) -- The city of Gilman has a new city clerk. The Gilman City Council appointed Susan Morris to fill out the vacancy created by the resignation of Shelly Fancher. Morris will be in the position until the 2021 election.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The fall and winter sports season for park district leagues are coming up and that means some deadlines are fast approaching. One of the sports the Paxton Park District is offering is youth flag football says Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry…

 

 

Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A Chicago senator is urging action on the state’s massive backlog of bills. The state currently has more than 15 billion dollars in overdue bills that need to be paid, racking up millions of dollars in interest. Senator Donne Trotter of Chicago says a new law would let the Governor access low-interest borrowing to pay down that backlog. He notes that even though they finally passed a budget, vendors are still waiting a long time to get their money…



State Senator Donne Trotter. Governor Rauner has said that borrowing more money isn’t the answer.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- An area power plant will celebrate 30 years in operation with an open house and tour of the facility. The Clinton nuclear power plant became fully operational in September of 1987. To celebrate, Exelon will hold an open house for the public from 4 to 7 p.m. today.  The facility generates enough power for more than a million homes and businesses in the area.


 

(Undated-jm) – This week’s Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with preparing your pool for winter. Paxton Hardware and Rental’s Scott Allen has some tips…

 

 

Paxton Hardware and Rental’s Scott Allen.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man currently on parole has been charged with aggravated robbery. 21-year-old Daveon Hart is accused of approaching a man in Champaign back in May, pulled a gun and demanded items from the man. The person fled from the scene and called police. Fingerprints found on the man’s car matched those of Hart. He is due back in court September 15th.


 

(Undated-jm) -- September is here and that means harvest is just around the corner. Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau Manager David Treece has some tips for those who drive rural roads…



Ford Iroquois Farm Bureau Manager David Treece.

 

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Tuesday September 5 2017

(Urbana-jm) -- The Indiana man accused of leaving his son in a parked truck in Rantoul back in July with several weapons and two bombs has been sentenced to probation. 39-year-old Jeremiah Bridges had been charged with 2 counts of unlawful use of weapons and endangering the life and health of a child. Bridges pleaded guilty in Champaign County court to a single count of unlawful use of a weapon. As part of the plea agreement, he was sentenced to 30 months probation and 51 days in jail with time credit already served. Bridges must also undergo mental health and substance abuse evaluations.

 

 

(Gilman-jm) -- The 2017 Gilman Super Saturday is this Saturday in downtown Gilman. Spokesperson Sara Shone talks about some of this year’s activities…

 

 

Gilman Super Saturday Spokesperson Sara Shone.

 

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- No injuries were reported and no citations were issued following a single vehicle accident near Cissna Park. According to Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police, 23-year-old Katie Levitt of Cissna Park was traveling west on county road 400 north near 1000 east when she lost control of her vehicle, entered the ditch a struck a utility pole. The accident caused more than $1,500 in damage.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City will be holding their annual Harvest Fest this coming weekend. Spokesperson Ryan Minion talks about this year’s event…

 

 

Gibson City Harvest Fest Spokesperson Ryan Minion.

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- Candidates for political parties in Iroquois County can begin circulating nominating petitions for the March 20, 2018 primary beginning today. The first day candidates can file their nomination papers to the county clerk’s office is Monday, November 27th with the last day to file being Monday, December 5th. Offices to be filled are for county clerk, county treasurer and county sheriff as well as 10 county board seats including 3 in district 1, 2 in district 2, 3 in district 3 and 2 in district 4. For more information, call 815-432-6960.


 

(Gilman-jm) -- The Slow Boys Tractor Group will be participating in this year’s Gilman Super Saturday set for this Saturday. Group Spokesperson Doug Vaughn says they will have tractor games…



Slow Boys Tractor Group Spokesperson Doug Vaughn.


 

(Champaign-jm) -- The State Farm Center has announced another act coming this fall. Comedian Trevor Noah is coming to the State Farm Center on Friday, October 27th. Noah is the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Tickets go on sale this Friday.


 

(LeRoy-jm) -- The 17th Inter Tribal Powwow will be held this coming weekend at the Grand Village of the Kickapoo Park between Arrowsmith and LeRoy. Spokesperson Misty Vermaat talks about the event…


 

Inter Tribal Powwow Spokesperson Misty Vermaat.  

 

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Monday September 4 2017

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A coroner report says the death of a 78-year-old Illinois nursing home resident nearly three months ago was caused by hyperthermia due to exposure to hot weather. The News-Gazette reports that Champaign County Nursing Home resident Sonya J. Kington was found dead in the home's courtyard when high temperatures reached nearly 90 degrees. The coroner report says Kington was found lying in direct sunlight with vomit on the sides of her mouth. No signs of trauma were found.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Park District is gearing up for their fall and winter sports season for both youth and adults. One of the activities they are looking at is yoga says Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry…

 

 

Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry.

 

 

(Loda-jm) -- The Loda Township Library is changing their hours. The library will be open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library will be closed Friday and Sunday.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois lawmakers approved an education funding reform bill this week. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City talks about the bill…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Congressman John Shimkus is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies.  High school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for 2018 admission. To be eligible for a nomination, a candidate must be an American citizen, at least 17 years old and no more than 23 years old on July 1, 2018, not married, under no legal obligation to support a child, and a legal resident of the 15th District of Illinois. More information is available by calling Shimkus’s office at (618) 288-7190.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Farm income in 2017 may break the cycle of three years of declines. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted seven petitions for clemency and denied 87 others. His office referred questions on the cases granted Friday to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. A board spokesman didn't immediately return messages. People whose clemency petitions are granted may go to court to try to have their criminal record expunged.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders approved a facade grant request from the Lee Lowry American Legion post to do some facade work. Mayor Dan Dickey says the program will allow the city to grant a business up to $5,000 to do improvements…



Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The National Corn Growers Association will hold a field day and soil health meeting at an area farm this week. The group will a soil health field day meeting on Friday, September 8th in Vermilion County with Tom Kentner. For more information or to register visit soil health partnership dot org.


 

(Gilman-jm) -- The Slow Boys Tractor Group will be up at this year’s Super Saturday in Gilman set for September 9th. Spokesperson Doug Vaughn says they will have tractors on display as well as other activities for the whole family…



Slow Boys Tractor Group Spokesperson Doug Vaughn.


 

(Undated-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White’s office is announcing facility closures for the Labor Day holiday. Facilities open Monday through Friday will be closed today. All facilities will reopen tomorrow.


(Springfield-jm) -- Last month was the 12th coolest August on record in Illinois. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature came in at just under 71 degrees for August, which is three degrees below normal, precipitation was an inch less than usual…



State Climatologist Jim Angel. September could be more of the same as the long term outlook calls for below normal temps and rainfall.

 

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