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Tuesday June 19 2018

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Bloomington police say three people are dead and a fourth was wounded in a shooting at an apartment building in the city.

Bloomington police say the victims were three adult men, who were pronounced dead by McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis. A 4-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound was airlifted to a hospital in Peoria, where he was reported in critical condition.Bloomington police spokesman Elias Mendiola says officers arrived at a chaotic scene at the apartment building on Riley Drive on Monday afternoon. He didn't say where in the building the victims were found.

 

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Putting more money into education and term limits are two campaign issues that current Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continues to push. Making stops at several colleges and universities this month, the governor says he is committed to putting more money into higher education and wants just one more term…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former state executive inspector general will investigate the Illinois House of Representatives after several sexual harassment scandals. House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Monday that he and eight women legislators selected Maggie Hickey to review House operations and procedures.  The appointment follows sexual harassment complaints against two of the Madigan's top associates in the past month. Representative Lou Lang stepped down as deputy majority leader and House Clerk Timothy Mapes resigned

 

(Washington-rb) NAFTA negotiations could drag well into the summer. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A mother whose son was fatally shot by police in central Illinois is suing the city of Peoria and several officers in the shooting last September. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Peoria late Sunday alleges officers shot Edward Russell Jr. at least 17 times as he lifted a garage door at the family's Peoria home with both hands. He was a suspect in a bank robbery. The filing says officers knew Anita Johnson's 25-year-old son suffered from mental illness. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. The lawsuit poses race as the reason for the shooting.

 

(Effingham--jc)  One county board passed a resolution to make its county a sanctuary for right to life. County board members in Effingham county passed the measure last night. They became the first county in the state to pass a sanctuary right-to-life issue.

 

 

(Ford Co-rb) The Ford County Fair Queen Pageant is  next Monday. Current Fair Queen Kelsey Vaughn has this advice to this year’s contestants…

 

 

Ford County Fair Queen Kelsey Vaughn

 

 

(Mahomet-rb) The Village of Mahomet and the Mahomet-Seymour School District  announced that they hired a School Resource Officer for the Mahomet-Seymour Schools. The Mahomet Police Department officer will be stationed at Mahomet-Seymour High School, but will serve all buildings in the school district. Officer Bill Ward has been selected as the School Resource Officer.

 

 

(Springfield-jc)  -- Crop conditions are declining a bit as hot weather persists across Illinois.  The average statewide temperature over the past week was 77 degrees. Topsoil moisture levels dipped to 4 percent very short, 16 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says winter wheat is 30 percent harvest…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.

93 percent of soybeans have emerged and 81 percent of corn is in good to excellent condition.  

 

 

(Undated--jc)  -- Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial minute…

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- A new state budget means more money for education. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has strived to increase education spending each of the last three years and has accomplished the increased funding. The governor says even more money is coming the next fiscal year for schools…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

Illinois will elect a  governor in November. Incumbent Rauner faces Democratic Millionaire J B Pritzker in the run for governor this fall.


 

(Washington-rb) Farm Service Agency Acting Deputy Administrator Brad Karmen talks about some of the duties and make-up of FSA County Committee, in light of this year's committee nomination process now underway through August First…

 

 

Farm Service Agency Acting Deputy Administrator Brad Karmen

 

(Springfield-jc)  - A former aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan shot back at the woman who accused him of sexual harassment earlier this year while downplaying her allegations. Madigan hasn’t been accused of harassment, but both his legislative and political offices have been hit as women have come forward. Most recently, Tim Mapes was fired from several positions, including his roles as Madigan's chief of staff and clerk of the House. Democratic State Representative Lou Lang, of Skokie, gave up his leadership positions after claims of harassment and intimidation. A third person who left Madigan operations is firing back at his accuser. Kevin Quinn. Quinn has  released a 14-page document detailing his account of the events leading to his resignation. Quinn says his actions were poor behavior not harassment..



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A curator of rare law books at the University of Illinois College of Law has described how a thief around 1980 pillaged book collections nationwide, often cutting out artwork and selling it. The U. of I. News Bureau reports Monday on Travis McDade's new book, called, "Torn from Their Bindings: A Story of Art, Science, and the Pillaging of American University Libraries." He says Robert Kindred ran "the art world equivalent of a chop shop." McDade adds that rare books in the '70s and '80s were uniquely vulnerable, with little spent on security. Kindred and an accomplice broke into the University Library and were spotted by a maintenance man. Kindred was later sentenced to five years in prison. Kindred spoke to the author but wouldn't offer details about the thefts.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' Medicaid program will soon provide preventative dental care for almost half a million low-income residents.

The State Journal-Register reports that Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed the addition into law as part of a bipartisan agreement on the fiscal 2019 state budget.

The expansion of dental coverage is estimated to cost the state an additional $8 million to $12 million annually, half of which the federal government will reimburse. Dental services include periodic exams and teeth cleanings that'll come with minimal out of pocket costs.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- The hot weather has had an effect on crops in the state over the past week. 58 percent of the wheat crop is in good to excellent condition with 30 percent of the crop in the bin. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener has more information on soybeans and corn…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener

 

 

(Springfield--jc)--  Drawing political maps remains in the hands of Illinois lawmakers after the U.S. Supreme Court decided two cases Monday without addressing key questions about the limits of partisan gerrymandering.The decisions left the door open for future challenges to the practice.

 

 

(Rantoul-rb)Garbage rates in the village of Rantoul are going up.Rantoul Village leaders voted for the increase at their meeting this month. Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider says costs are going up and so are the rates...

 

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider



(Springfield-rb) Getting enough votes to pass reform is a tough issue. Having a democrat majority in both houses in Springfield and a Republican Governor and passing reforms is even tougher. Local State Senator Jason Barickman says the issue does have some possibilities in the tough political climate…

 

State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois college student has won a contest to determine the design of a commemorative coin for the Illinois Bicentennial .

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced Monday that the winning design is by 21-year-old Hayden Schumer of Chatham.

 

 

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs.

The coin is called "The First 200." It depicts President Abraham Lincoln, Chicago's Willis Tower, a corn crop, the state Capitol, southern Illinois' national forest and legendary highway Route 66. The coins will cost $45 and may be pre-ordered on the treasurer's website.


 

(Illinois-rb) Del Monte is recalling 28 ounce “small veggie trays,” which include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery and dill dip, that were distributed to Illinois and Indiana. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends throwing out the vegetable tray if you have already purchased it. The vegetable trays are no longer on store shelves.


 

(Sibley-rb) The Sibley Senior Citizens will meet at 11:30 a.m. today, at the Sullivant Township Hall. Attendees are asked to bring their own table service and a dish to share.

 

 

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Monday June 18 2018

SPRINGFIELD (June 15, 2018) – Good news for local county fairs. Illinois Governor. Bruce Rauner joined the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Raymond Poe at an event in  Pleasant Plains on Friday to announce the release of 16million dollars in agriculture grants. Governor Rauner says the funds go to local county fairs, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the U of I Extension Offices…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

With the funding, Soil and Water Conservation Districts will split 6 million dollars, the U of I Extension offices will get 5 million dollars and each county fair in the state will net 54 thousand dollars to help with operations. There are 92 county fairs in the state of Illinois.

The Ford County fair starts on Sunday. The Iroquois and Champaign County fairs take place in July. As part of our Summer Fun tour, WPXN will be broadcasting live next week at the Ford County Fair in Melvin.

 

 

(Bloomington--jc --  Reaction coming from one state farm organization after the Trump Administration placed a 25 percent tariff on numerous products from China. China retaliated with a 25 percent tariff on U. S. soybeans. The Illinois Soybean Growers association said in a statement on Friday that Illinois remains the nation’s top soybean-producing state and they are disappointed that soybeans are in the middle of a tariff debate between the U. S. and China. The hope of the Illinois Soybean Association is for a free marketplace with access to markets all over the world.

 

(Paxton--jc) -- Once local church will be open today as a cooling center. The Hope Vineyard church in downtown Paxton is open from Noon until 5pm today to help the public get cool from the excessive heat. More information is found by calling the church at 379-2800.

 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois nurse has pleaded guilty to stealing opioid patches from terminally ill nursing home residents. 31-year-old James Rellihan pleaded guilty to residential burglary. Five other charges were dropped as part of the plea deal. Prosecutors said Rellihan was working as a nurse at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center but was not on duty when he entered a resident's room on Feb. 24 and took a pain patch. They say he also removed a patch from a terminally ill person two days later at a Normal facility where he previously worked.Rellihan faces a possible sentence of up to 15 years in prison

 

 

 

SPRINGFIELD (June, 15, 2018) – Gov. Bruce Rauner and Lieutenant Governor. Evelyn Sanguinetti joined officials at the Human Service Center in Peoria Friday to meet with individuals who are receiving treatment for substance use disorder and discuss the state’s latest efforts to combat the opioid crisis in Illinois.  Governor Rauner said that this epidemic is affecting every community and every demographic with tragic outcomes but his administration has made it a priority to get people the help they need. Rauner’s office has helped over 4 thousand people need through the Opioid Helpline.

 

 

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — A 68-year-old skydiver has been killed after his parachute apparently failed to open over a field in LaSalle County.

Authorities say the man hit the ground about 5 p.m. Friday near Ottawa. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released and his death is under investigation.


 

BLOOMINGTON — Crime Stoppers of McLean County needs the public’s help in finding a person who is wanted for contempt of court for felony charges.Timothy Allen Herald, 25, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He has brown hair, blue eyes, fair skin and a slight build. His last known address was in Bloomington.Herald is wanted for possession of a controlled substance (up to 15 grams), theft, two counts of unlawful possession of a credit/debit card and theft/displayed merchandise.Crime Stoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people who commit felony crimes in McLean County. Call 309-828-1111.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD (June 15, 2018) – Justin A. Blandford has been named Curator of the newly renovated Illinois Governor’s Mansion. In his new position, Blandford will be responsible for creating and implementing the Mansion’s new strategic vision, which includes a greater focus on history, education, creative arts, and visitor experiences. As Curator, he will be the Mansion’s liaison with the Springfield historical community and ensure the Mansion’s place among the city’s historic sites.

 

(Mahomet-rb) The Mahomet Seymour School Board is hosting a special board meeting on tonight to hold interviews for Board Openings. The meeting will be held at 6:30 PM in the Library at the High School.

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- The Center for Disease Control is investigating a multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to Kelloff’s Honey Smack cereal. 73 cases from 31 states have been confirmed so far, including one in Illinois. State Department of Public Health spokesperson Melaney Arnold says symptoms of salmonella usually show up 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food…

 


State Department of Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold.

Arnold recommends checking your pantry for any boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smack cereal and throwing them out, even if you have not gotten sick.

 

(Champaign-rb) Champaign County's top prosecutor has taken steps to forfeit the rig of a Wisconsin truck driver accused of breaking out the windows of passing motorists from his moving vehicle. On Friday, Judge John Kennedy found there was probable cause for the state to proceed with a civil forfeiture proceeding against Kevin Casey intended to relieve him of his semi.

 

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a draught of family-friendly films helped "Incredibles 2" become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall.Disney estimated Sunday that the film earned $180 million in its first weekend in North American theaters — far surpassing industry analysts' loftiest expectations which had the film pegged for a $120 to $140 million debut.

 

 

(Undated--jc)  -- Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial minute…

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation earlier this month for some legislative reforms. The governor says he signed the measure to get investigations moving forward. The governor also wants to see a change in who serves on legislative ethic commissions.

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

 

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (AP) — The president of two Peoria automobile dealerships is dead after he lost control of his race car and crashed during a race at a track in Canada.Durham Regional Police say the crash happened during a Formula 5000 race near Toronto on Saturday. Police say 61-year-old Jeff Green was racing  when he lost control of his vintage race car while turning a corner and smashed into a wall.

 

CARMI, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Illinois were searching for three men who broke out of a county jail. The White County sheriff's office in Carmi says the men used a pipe to break a hole in an outside concrete block and brick wall early Saturday morning.Corrections officers discovered 24-year-old Zachery Shock, 28-year-old Justin Bray and 61-year-old Johnny Tipton missing about 5:30 a.m. on Saturday.  Surveillance video showed the men running along an alley outside the jail about 3 a.m.The sheriff's office says Shock was awaiting trial for murder. Bray was jailed for unlawful use of a weapon and resisting police. Tipton was being held for possession of stolen property.The men are considered dangerous.

 

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation aimed at curbing gun violence — some of which wouldn't have stood a chance just a few years ago — won approval in the Illinois General Assembly this spring amid scrambling to respond to mass shootings around the country. They are  bound for Governor Bruce Rauner, who's proposed his own measures. One is a proposal to reinstate capital punishment for killers of police officers and mass-murderers.


 

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — A county health department in northeastern Illinois has issued a warning about ticks. The Kane County Health Department has worked with the county's Forest Preserve District to put up displays at forest preserve locations to warn residents about ticks.  Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health says insect-borne disease has increased in the state by nearly 60 percent from 2004 to 2016.


 

(Paxton--jc)  -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for a new Paxton business on Friday. The event is set for Crazy Beard’s Back Alley Auto Detailing, located in the Signs & Designs building at 111 W. Ottawa Road in Paxton at 2 on Friday. Sacks and drinks will be provided.


 

(Watseka--jc)  -- Two Iroquois County residents were fatally injured in a two vehicle accident in Watseka on Sunday afternoon. Police say the driver of a Chrysler lost control and struck a Chevrolet Silverado  along route 24 near Watseka, traveling in the opposite lane. Fatally injured in the accident were 84 year old John Dowling and 84 year old Reta Dowling, both of Watseka. Several others were also transported to area hospitals. State police continue to investigate the accident.

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is highlighting how the state is tackling the opioid epidemic in Illinois. The governor says the use of narcan to stop an opioid overdose, a helpline and treatment efforts are positive steps. Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary James Dimas (‘dee-mas) says they aim to address other issues as well…

 

 

Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary James Dimas.

The state’s opioid helpline is 1-833-2-find-help

On line information is found at helpline-i-l-dot-org

You can find that information on our wpxn radio website.

 

 

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — Could southern Illinois be the final frontier for bitcoin miners? Actor William Shatner thinks so, and is recruiting new tenants at solar-powered mining facility in the area.The former Star Trek actor is the spokesman for the alternative energy developer Solar Alliance. The company plans to convert an abandoned label-making factory in Murphysboro into a solar-powered bitcoin mining operation. Bitcoin is a digital currency created and exchanged independent of banks or governments.

 

 

(Fisher-rb) The Fisher Free Book Exchange will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. today. Available are thousands of hard-cover and soft-cover books, plus numerous puzzles. There will also be three  tables of rummage. The book exchange is located at the corner of Third and Sangamon streets in Fisher.

 

 

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Friday June 15 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — How do you get to O’Hare Airport? Entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday a high-speed transportation system that will whisk people between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport at speeds of up to 150 mph could be operational in about three years. Musk joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to formally announce that a Musk-owned enterprise, The Boring Company, was selected for the project and will fully fund it. They say electric vehicles will carry passengers through underground tunnels in about 12 minutes each way.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Labor Relations Board is moving forward with certain salary increases for unionized state workers. About 15,000 union members are eligible for the step increases, which are automatic raises workers receive sometime during the first decade of their careers. The board rejected a request from Governor. Bruce Rauner's administration to hold another hearing about the issue before money is paid out . The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees called that a stall tactic.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The second black justice in the Illinois Supreme Court's 170-year history is preparing to take the oath of office. The court announced that P. Scott Neville Jr. will be sworn in today. The announcement was made Thursday. Neville will replace retiring Justice Charles Freeman. The 84-year-old Freeman was the first black to serve the high court. His career spanned 27 years. Neville has served as an appellate court justice for the past 14 years. Neville will serve until 2020. Then the seat will be up for election for a 10-year term.

 

 

(Washington-rb)The Senate Agriculture Committee has voted to approve the farm bill and send it on to the full Senate. Gary Crawford has the story…

 

 

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Friends and relatives of a man fatally shot by Danville police want more information about what happened. Authorities identified the man as a local resident, 34-year-old DaNathe Gulliford. At least 50 people gathered outside the Danville police department Wednesday night, a day after the shooting. Sharon Butler says they "just want answers." Signs and T-shirts said, "Justice for Dee." Police say Gulliford was shot after emerging from a car with a gun during a traffic stop. State police are investigating the shooting. A friend, Dean Williams, says people who knew Gulliford are "angry" and "hurting."

 

 

(Springfield--jc) -- Unemployment in Illinois fell for the 5th month in a row in May. The state jobless rate came in at 4-point-3 percent. Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesperson Bob Gough says jobs grew by 8 thousand 600 last month…

 

 

Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesperson Bob Gough.

 

 

(Paxton--jc)  -- Ford County has completed the process to deal with delinquent properties within the county limits. 7 properties are set to be auctioned off with a sealed bid process on July 6th. The properties have a tax lien from 20-14. There is a minimum bid of 795 dollars on each property.  Those interested in buying the properties may contact the Ford County Treasurer’s office in Paxton.


 

(Springfield-rb) Anti-abortion groups are asking an Illinois appellate court to end the state's controversial practice of using tax dollars to pay for elective abortions, claiming lawmakers abused the legislative process to get the bill passed last year. At issue is whether elected officials violated the law by passing a bill to fund abortions without passing a revenue estimate and by abusing the legislative process. The case challenging House Bill 40, which was signed by the governor in September 2017 and went into effect Jan. 1, was spurred on by anti-abortion groups. A Sangamon County Circuit Court judge dismissed the case in December just before the measure was to take effect, deeming it a political issue. The group has appealed that decision.

 

(Rantoul-rb) The Rantoul Village Board says a new sign will help the public locate one local business. Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider talks about the highway sign for Jimmy Johns in the village…

 

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider

 

(Crescent City--jc)  -- The program and judging schedule is set for the 20-18 Iroquois County fair in July. The Iroquois County Fair Queen pageant is set for 8pm on Wednesday July 18th at the fairgrounds north of Crescent City along route 49. A demo derby hilites activities on Thursday July 19th with a draft horse show and Illinois National guard Army band on Friday July 20th. A figure 8 Demo Derby on Saturday and an I-T-P-A tractor pull takes place on July 22nd. A high flying pages aerial thrill show takes place daily. The Iroquois County Fair July 18th through the 23rd. WPXN will have its charity ice cream booth in operation again this year.

 

 

(Undated--jc)  -- Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial minute…

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Weather Service says high temperatures in the middle to possibly upper 90s Saturday through Monday will lead to potentially hazardous conditions in the northern half of Illinois. The heat and humidity can cause issues for elderly people and those with pre-existing health conditions. Peak afternoon heat indices of 100 to 105 are forecast for the three days. Nighttime lows in the city will likely only fall to around 80.The weather service says the extended duration of heat, combined with nearly full sunshine and "oppressive" warmth even at night can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Local Health department officials and law enforcement agencies say to check on your elderly neighbors and those with health issues during the extreme temperatures this weekend.

 

 

(Bloomington--jc)  -- Fears that a recent Supreme Court decision could allow states to kick more people off voting rolls appear to be unfounded, according to one area county clerk. McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael said the court simply affirmed that Ohio, and other states, can manage election rolls how they see fit.  She said the Supreme Court's decision on voter rolls will not lead to a mass purge. In her county, Michael said that means they send at least two letters and wait at least two elections before they take any action. Michael says any purging of the voter roles are always governed by state law.

 

 

(Champaign county--jc)  Construction along Interstate 57 from the Ford County line, south to the Rantoul area is set to begin on Monday. I-DOT officials and local police agencies say to expect delays on that stretch of the Interstate. State police remind motorists to slow down and follow the traffic laws in work zone areas. Roadwork on Interstate 74 from St Joseph to Urbana also continues.

 

 

(Melvin--jc)  What do Katelyn Crabb, Kaiti Zbinden, Autumn Flessner, Leslie Lawson, Deanna Diesburg, Kaitlyn Harders, and Mercedes Wise have in common? They are the 7 contestants vying to become Miss Ford County Fair Queen. The 2018 Miss Ford County Fair Queen Pageant will be held on Monday, June 25th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the dance building on the fairgrounds in Melvin. Current Miss Ford County Fair Queen is Kelsey Vaughn of Paxton.

 

 

(Danville-jc)  Vermilion County authorities are seeking information from the public concerning an accident last night in Danville. Police say a Vermilion County Sheriff’s deputy was traveling in Danville when his car was T-boned by a second vehicle. The occupant of that car, fled the scene. Anyone with information about the accident are asked to call the Vermilion County Sheriff’s office or state police

 

 

(Paxton--jc)  -- What does the new contract between the city of Paxton and some of its police force mean? The contract approved this week sets a base hourly wage rate of 21 dollars 71 cents per hour. The base rate goes to 22 dollars 36 cents per hour in 20-19 and 23 dollars and three cents per hour in 20-20. The contract runs from May first of this year through April 30th 20-21.

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(Dekalb--jc)  -- One goal from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is to put more funding into higher education and keeping Illinoisans in state universities and colleges. The governor has been stopping by numerous spots around Illinois talking about jobs and the Illinois economy. The governor says providing more funding to state colleges is the one key way to keep jobs at home…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

 

 

(Gibson city--jc)  -- If you like to car cruise then Gibson City is the place to be tonight. The monthly summertime event is set from 6 to 10 tonight in the downtown area of Gibson City. You may cruise along Sangamon Avenue or simply park your vehicle for viewing. Some businesses will be open for the event and food is available at various downtown locations.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Chicago is becoming the first major U.S. research university to stop requiring American undergraduate applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores.The decision that school officials say is designed to help even the playing field for students from low-income or underrepresented communities has been made by some liberal arts colleges but the school is the first major research university to do so. The university also said earlier today that it will provide full-tuition aid for students whose families earn less than $125,000 and offer new scholarships to military veterans and children of vets.

 

 

(Buckley--jc)  -- Buckley Fun Day is tomorrow and there are a lot of activities that will take place. A 5-K run is set for the village at 7-30 Saturday morning. A fishing derby takes place from 8am until 10am. Food stands open at 11. Kids games, bingo, golf ball contest and inflatables also hilite the event. The annual Buckley Duck race takes place at 4-17 at Buckley Lake. One other event is an antique tractor show. Organizer and spokesperson Jim Biggs says a tractor parade takes place around Buckley Lake…

 

 

Buckley Fun Day Organizer and Spokesperson Jim Biggs.

WPXN will be broadcasting live from Buckley Saturday morning between 8am and 10am as part of our Summer Fun Tour 20-18. Its Summer Fun tour stop number  three.

 

 

(Melvin--jc)  -- The movie “Coco” will be the free movie tonight in the Ford County of Melvin. The event begins at 7 at the Melvin Community Hall. Those attending are asked to bring chairs or blankets to use..

 

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Thursday June 14 2018

(Champaign County--jc)  -- A lawsuit over a gas leak in the Mahomet area was filed in Champaign County court on Wednesday. The News Gazette reports that Spiros Law of Champaign filed the lawsuit against Peoples Gas of Chicago concerning a natural-gas leak  near the Mahomet Aquifer that contaminated some private wells in that area.17 plaintiffs from a half dozen homes accuse the utility of negligence and consumer fraud over the gas leak that occurred in 20-16. The lawsuits seeks 50 thousand dollars in damages for each of the 17 plaintiffs.

 

 

(Adams County--jc)  -- Officials in a western Illinois county have ended a local coroner's practice of holding the remains of poor people until relatives come up with $1,000 following criticism from some residents that it amounted to holding the deceased person's ashes for ransom. The Associated Press reported last month that Adams County Coroner James Keller was having people who could not afford to bury loved ones sign over their rights to the deceased, leaving them without the death certificate.  The Adams County board changed that policy this week.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Tree stands, fishing gear, crossbows and more will be auction off by the Illinois Department of Natural resources on Saturday June 23rd in Pawnee. I-D-N-R spokesperson Ed Cross says the public is invited to come out and bid on items that also include deer antlers, coolers and trail cameras…

 

 

I-D-N-R Spokesperson Ed Cross

Winners of the items will pay a 15 percent bidders fee.

 

 

 

(Champaign-rb) The unit 4 school district in Champaign announced via letter that all high-schoolers would not only receive the laptop, carrying case and charger for free, but could also keep them after graduating. The change also involves a few more staff and technology additions to the schools. The district plans to charge $80 to $230 per laptop if one is lost, with the cost dependent on the laptop’s age.

 

 

 

URBANA — A Champaign man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for his first felony convictions — two holdups that happened on the same day late last year ol  Ohagie Corbitt plead guilty in May to two separate counts of aggravated robbery .In both cases, he admitted that he took cash from two different women while indicating he had a gun. Both incidents happened on December 16 last year.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- A new promotion offers visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential museum half-price admission.. Illinois State Fair Spokesperson Rebecca Clark says the promotion give a a half price admission to the museum and the Illinois State Fair..

 

 

Illinois State Fair Spokesperson Rebecca Clark.

The museum ticket can be used any time this year. The cost is 12 dollars.

 

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A billboard supporting University of Illinois' controversial former mascot has resurfaced after a decade-long hiatus. In updating our story from yesterday, Attorney John Gadau resurrected the billboard supporting the Chief Illiniwek mascot in April. The billboard on Springfield Avenue in Champaign says "The Chief, yesterday, today, forever." Gadau says he can use the space for a year. The University stopped using the mascot under NCAA pressure as many called the portrayal offensive to American Indians.  Two university trustees recently visited the Peoria Tribe in Oklahoma to discuss how to move past the mascot issue. Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler says Chancellor Robert Jones is committed to finding "a path forward together," but declined to comment further on the billboard.


 

 

(Cissna Park-rb) The Annual Cissna Park FFA Alumni Kids Fishing Derby is this Saturday. Registration kicks off at Noon and fishing begins at 1 and ends at 3. Fishing will take place at the designated area at Kellart Lake. There will be prizes awarded to all age Divisions.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial minute…

 

 

(Gibson City-rb) The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight in the pavilion at Gibson City’s North Park. The meal, catered by Neptune Foods, will feature all-you-can-eat fish, along with baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad, chips, bread and a drink for a $5 fee. Dine-in and carryout orders will be available. Dessert will be provided by the GCMS Band Boosters.

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislative ethics reforms into law. He adds that more changes are needed. The new law allows the office of Legislative Inspectors to investigate allegations of sexual harassment. The governor says the new law needs to be expanded…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The governor would like to see a commission made up of private citizens not lawmakers.

 

(Rantoul-rb)  A road project is set to start in one portion of Rantoul. Village board members this week, gave their approval on road improvements in the Willow Pond area.  Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider talks about the next step for the project…

 

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider
 

 

(Champaign--jc)  -- Hot and Humid weather is expected to continue through the weekend. State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign says the humidity is on the rise…

 

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign.



(Springfield-rb) A Springfield state lawmaker says a measure she got through both chambers of the legislature would do something Abraham Lincoln was trying to do back in his day as a state lawmaker – make the home of state operations close to the geographic center of the state. State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, said House Bill 4295 requiring certain state jobs to be in the capital city region would save taxpayers money on travel costs. She said the state spends millions of dollars on state employee travel costs.

(Washington-rb) The USDA released a supply and demand forecast for Soybeans on Tuesday. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johannson talks about the forecast…



USDA Chief Economist Rob Johannson
 

 

(Cissna Park-rb) The Cissna Park American Legion will Host a Flag Burning Ceremony  for Flag Day tonight at 7 for unserviceable flags. The event is hosted at the legion across from the park in Cissna Park.

 

 

(Washington--jc)  --  New forecasts from USDA show a tightening global corn supply situation developing with the expected price results. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

(Paxton-rb) Now that County Fair Season is just around the corner it’s time to think about the Concerts as well. Ford County Fair Queen Kelsey Vaughn talks about this years concert at the Ford COunty Fair…

 

 

Ford COunty Fair Queen Kelsey Vaughn


 

(Paxton-rb) An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.today in the rehab dining room at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton. Blood donors are asked to bring a photo ID or their blood donor card, or two other forms of identification.

 

 

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Wednesday June 13 2018

(Urbana--jc)  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has two stops today to talk about the now-passed 20-19 Illinois budget. The governor is set to visit the Marathon Oil Refinery in Robinson this morning. At a stop in Southeastern Illinois on Tuesday the governor continues to push for regulatory reforms to keep and promote business in Illinois…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. After the stop in Robinson this morning, Governor Rauner will join local legislators on a tour of the Electrical and Computer Engineering building on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana-Champaign. Faculty and students are expected to attend the 3-30 meeting this afternoon.

 

 

PEORIA — Reports of physical abuse of mentally ill inmates at Pontiac Correctional Center should be investigated by the state, according to a doctor's report. The report is part of the  state's compliance with a federal court settlement on prison mental health care. No evidence of corporal punishment was found, but Doctor Pablo Stewart says he found disturbing examples of inmates held in restraints, including one mentally ill man restrained since May of last year at Stateville prison. With the Pontiac prison, the doctor’s report showed an overworked staff in the high stress jobs.

 

 

(Washington--jc)  -- Food shoppers saw a dip in grocery prices last month. Gary Crawford has the numbers…

 

 

(Manhattan, KS)  Kansas corn and ethanol leaders told Administrator Scott Pruitt that his efforts to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard  are helping Big Oil while hurting rural America. Administrator Pruitt toured the East Kansas Agri Energy L-L-C ethanol plant in Garnett, Kansas and sat down with a roomful of farmers and ethanol supporters Tuesday morning. Growers told Administrator Pruitt they were very upset about E-P-A efforts they believe undermine the fuel standard law. The E-P-A administrator told the standing-room-only crowd that as regulators, E-P-A is not supposed to pick winners and losers. Kansas Corn Growers Association President Ken McCauley said farm and ethanol groups at the meeting wanted to set the tone and help Administrator Pruitt understand the frustration being felt in rural America.

 

 

(Gibson City-rb) Helping Hometown Heroes is having their annual Poker Run on July 7th. The Run will start at the Urbana VFW with Sign Up beginning at 10:30 am. Event Spokeswoman Tabitha Renfrow talks about where the proceeds go…

 

 

Poker Run Spokeswoman Tabitha Renfrow

 

 

(Champaign--jc)  -- A land surveying company will demonstrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems at Parkland college on Thursday. The drone event on photogrammetry is part of the Land Surveying summer camp at Parkland College in Champaign.

 

 

(Rantoul--jc)  -- Rantoul area Chamber of Commerce officials invite area businesses and civic leaders to a coffee meeting this morning. The event takes place at 7-30 this morning at the chamber office on Sangamon Avenue in the village. Chamber officials make the invitation to share ideas and network with other area businesses.

 

(Buckley-rb) Buckley Fun Day is this Saturday with events running all day. Buckley Fun Day event spokesperson Jim Biggs says there are lots of events in the afternoon...…

 

Buckley Fun Day Coordinator Jim Biggs

The annual Buckley Lake Duck race is set for 4-17 on Saturday afternoon. WPXN will be broadcasting live on Saturday morning as part of our Summer Fun Tour 20-18. It’s Summer Fun Tour stop number 3.


 

 

(Illinois-rb)  A 2017 independent study by School Resource Officers indicates minors are using, selling and distributing marijuana or edibles during school hours. 58% of drug incidents reported to the State Board of Education were marijuana-related. Survey results show more than 30% of survey respondents saw an increase in marijuana-related incidents in schools. Of those respondents, nearly 60% said marijuana is the primary drug schools face. When asked how school officials handle the issue, more than half said a formal approach, like suspension or expulsion, is necessary.

 

 

(Undated--jc)  -- Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial minute…

 

(Undated--jc)  -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is visiting some downstate communities to continue to discuss the new state budget.  Governor Rauner is touting  the budget deal that includes more money for education and a new adoption tax credit, but also says more needs to be done…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will hire a human resources director and officer for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action to combat sexual harassment. In a statement, it was announced Madigan and new chief of staff Jessica Basham will conduct a search. They say the employee will "promote a fair, equitable and unbiased work environment" for the speaker's 200 employees. he Chicago Democrat hired the 37-year-old Basham last week after Timothy Mapes resigned amid accusations of inappropriate remarks to women and a dismissive attitude toward complaints of sexual harassment.


 

(Fisher-rb) This year’s Fisher Fair is July 10th thru the 14th. The Queen Pageant is July 10th, Armband Nights are Wednesday the 11th and Friday the 13th. Armbands  are $22. On Friday the 13th The Fuedin Hillbillys take the Stage followed by the Brushville band at 9:30. And to wrap up the fair it’s the Fisher National Bank Demolition Derby at 6pm on Saturday the 14th.


 

(Champaign county--jc)  Champaign county emergency personnel were called to a car fire on Interstate 57 near Champaign on Tuesday afternoon. No information on injuries was given and the vehicle was a total loss.


 

(Gibson City--jc)  -- One Ford County city chamber is set to feed the public. The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce annual fish fry takes place  from 5 to 7 p.m tomorrow. The cooking takes place at North Park in Gibson City. The meal , will be catered and features all-you-can-eat fish, along with baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad, chips, bread and a drink for Five dollars. The G-C-M-S band boosters are offering desserts  and the local Gibson City band will also perform.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinoisans looking to gamble at a new casino in Rockford or Danville or to legally buy marijuana to get high for fun will have to wait until next year for the debate to spark back up at the statehouse. State lawmakers didn’t attempt to pass legislation to tax and regulate cannabis like alcohol this year, but that doesn’t mean the movement is dead.Illinois has a  highly regulated pilot medical cannabis program for patients who have certain qualifying conditions. A bill lawmakers approved in both chambers would let cannabis be used for temporary pain management, as an alternative option to highly addictive opioid painkillers. That will now be up to the governor. As far as a gaming bill for new casinos, including one in Danville, is back in the hands of lawmakers to decide its future.


 

(Washington--jc)  -- The U-S-D-A continues to look at ways to improve rural infrastructure and rural development. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — With frustration mounting over lawmakers' inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.At its annual policymaking meeting, the nation's largest physicians group bowed to unprecedented demands from doctor-members to take a stronger stand on gun violence — a problem the organizations says is as menacing as a lethal infectious disease. The action comes against a backdrop of recurrent school shootings, everyday street violence in the nation's inner cities, and rising U.S. suicide rates.


 

(Paxton-rb) The Paxton Buckley Loda School Board is hosting a Amended Budget Hearing tonight at 7. The hearing is set for the P-B-L boardroom in Paxton. The monthly meeting will follow the budget hearing this evening.


 

(Fisher-rb) On the Agenda for the Village of Fisher Board meeting on Thursday is Authorize award of bid for purchase of new Police squad vehicle to Morrow Brothers. Approve TIF Redevelopment Agreement with Mike Bateman for building demolition at 418 N. First Street, and Discussion on purchase of new playground equipment for Lammle Park. The meeting will take place at 6pm at the Fisher Community Center on Thursday.



PAXTON — The committee organizing the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration is seeking nominations for its Golden Deeds Awards, which will be presented at the celebration at Pells Park.

The award is given to two outstanding community volunteers — one man and one woman.  Nominations need to include all of the nominees’ volunteer activities.

Nominations should be mailed by June 15 to: Golden Deeds Award, c/o Paxton Church of Christ, P.O. Box 299, Paxton, IL 60957.

 

 

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Tuesday June 12 2018

The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency  is working to update the county-wide natural hazard mitigation plan. The purpose of this five year plan is to identify the natural hazards communities are susceptible, how vulnerable the population and infrastructure is to said hazards, and then identify strategies to lessen the severity of those hazards. This is a collaborative effort, and municipalities that would like to participate in the plan should send representatives to the planning meetings. Public participation is also encouraged. The next meeting will be June 21st, 7pm,  at the Crescent City Community Center.

 

 

(Rantoul--jc)  One local state Senator will be in the area over the noon hour today. Democratic Senator Scott Bennett invites constituents to the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce office to talk about issues. No appointment is needed. The event is sponsored by the local chamber.

 

 

(Washington--jc)  The winter wheat heading progress is ahead of the average year. Stephanie Ho has the story…

 

 

(Champaign--jc)  -- The Illinois Champions Campaign has begun with the announcement Monday of a major, 30 million dollar renovation of the Richard T. Ubben Basketball Practice Facility, pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees. The 20-year-old facility will undergo a facelift that will more than double the square footage of the building. Improvements will benefit both the men's and women's programs and will include additional court space, state-of-the-art sports medicine facilities, an enhanced strength and conditioning area, study spaces, expanded staff offices, and modern student-athlete amenities in new locker rooms and team areas.

 

( Springfield--jc)  -- Fieldwork continues and soybeans are just about all planted in Illinois. 96 percent of soybeans have been planted and 90 percent have emerged. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 83 of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Schleusener says the corn crop looks good…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.

Winter wheat harvest is underway, though just one percent has been harvested.

 

 

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The remains of famous Roman Catholic Archbishop Fulton Sheen can be moved to Illinois from New York, nearly 40 years after his death, a judge said. Joan Sheen Cunningham, 90, believes moving her uncle's remains to Peoria, Illinois, will improve his cause for sainthood. New York Supreme Court Judge Arlene Bluth said that is a "laudable purpose." The judge added that moving his remains to his hometown of Peoria may improve his chance to become a saint in the Catholic church.

 

 

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — State officials plan to reopen bids for a resort along Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois. A Department of Natural Resources spokesman says there was only one bid during an earlier round. Ed Cross didn't offer a timeline but says Eagle Creek "remains on our radar." The state-owned resort has been closed since 2009 because of financial problems and mold. A 2016 report estimated it would cost 17.8 million dollars to replace or repair the buildings.

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- State of Illinois 200th anniversary voters are choosing their favorite Illinois written books. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Spokesperson Chris Wills says second on the list is “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The number one book is Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle..”

 

 

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Spokesperson Chris Wills.

 

 

(Paxton-rb) The Paxton Buckley Loda School Board is hosting a Amended Budget Hearing on Wednesday at 7 pm in the Board Room in the PBL Administrative Office. There will be a regular scheduled meeting following the hearing…

 

 

(Paxton-rb) With the County Fair Queen Pageants coming up, that means the 2017 queens reigns are coming to an end. Ford County Fair Queen Kelsey Vaughn talks about her future plans after the her reign is over…

 

 

Current Ford County Fair Queen Kelsey Vaughn.


 

 

(Undated--jc)  Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial minute…

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has become the 30th state to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam allowing state attorneys to more easily practice in other states.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier says the exam recognizes a changing legal landscape while still maintaining high legal standards. The test has been widely adopted since it was first administered in 2011.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- About 5 days were suitable for fieldwork last week, as we hear in the weekly crop report. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says soybeans are just a few percentage points away from being planted…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.

Topsoil moisture is 3 percent very short, 15 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus.

 

 

(Paxton-rb) Now that we are nearing the middle of June it is time to start focusing on 4th of July events. Paxton’s 4th of July celebration kicks off on the 3rd this year says organizer Ashley Bertan…

 

 

Paxton 4th of July Celebration Organizer Ashley Bertan



(Springfield--jc)  -- With more Illinoisans raising chickens in the backyard, one state official has some advice. It comes from State public health Veterinarian Doctor Connie Austin…

 

 

State Public Health Veterinarian Doctor Connie Austin.

There have been more than 125 cases of salmonella poisoning cases in 36 states. Two have come from Illinois


 

(Pesotum-rb) Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announced the results of Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrols which were conducted in Kankakee County on June 9th. There were a total of 22 citations and arrest and 47 written warnings.


 

(Buckley-rb) Buckley Fun Day is this Saturday. There will be events all day. Fun day Spokesperson Jim Biggs Talks about the morning events…

 

 

Buckley Fun Day Spokesperson Jim Biggs ‘


 

(Paxton-rb) An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the rehab dining room at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton, 1240 N. Market St., Paxton. Blood donors are asked to bring a photo ID or their blood donor card, or two other forms of identification. To schedule an appointment to donate blood during the blood drive, people can call Nicole Schweighart at 217-379-4896 or visit redcrossblood.org.

 

 

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Monday June 11 2018

THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — A prison in northwestern Illinois will be completely activated by the end of next year, a Bureau of Prisons official said.The Thomson Administrative U.S. Penitentiary could have up to 600 employees . The facility will be a high-security institution and include some specialized units for inmates who are seriously ill, geriatric or mentally ill,  says Acting Director of Prisons, Hugh Hurwitz.

 

 

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Federal authorities say a man wanted in connection with the shooting of an U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent in Gary, Indiana is in custody. The U.S. Justice Department announced that 25-year-old Bernard Graham of Calumet City, Illinois surrendered Saturday afternoon. Investigators say three men ambushed federal agents on Thursday during an illegal weapons investigation in Gary, Indiana. The agent is was taken to an area hospital and is recovering.

 

 

(Undated--jc)  -- The U.S. Army is scouting large cities to find a home for a new command headquarters so it will be close to academia and industry, a first for the service.The Army typically likes to put its facilities away from population centers because there is space to train in rural areas and operations won't disrupt the public. The new command will focus on what the Army of the future should look like. Among the 15 sites under consideration is the Chicago area in Illinois.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Spring and summer are off to a hot start in East Central Illinois. There are some ways to reduce your electric bill. University of Illinois Extension office educator Steven Groner says to keep your thermostat around 78 degrees…

 

 

University of Illinois Extension office Educator Steven Groner.

Groner also says to take advantage of ceiling fans and fire up the grill not the oven.

L-E-D bulbs are also becoming for energy efficient for the money invested. More electric savings tips may be heard on our noon newscast today.

 

 

(Paxton--jc)  -- Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Paxton 4th of July committee are looking for contestants for this year’s Little Mister and Miss Pageant. The event is set for Tuesday July 3rd at 6pm in the pavilion at Pells Park in Paxton. Boys and Girls ages 5 to 7 are eligible to enter. Those interested may go on line at paxton-chamber-dot-com for more information. Deadline to enter is June 25th.

 

 

SPRINGGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a measure that will prevent consumer reporting agencies from charging people for protecting their credit reports.The governor signed the plan into law Friday. Companies can no longer charge consumers for placing or removing a freeze on their credit report accounts.The move comes after the credit reporting agency Equifax announced a massive security breach compromised personal information including names, Social Security numbers, and addresses. The hack affected approximately 143 million U.S. residents.Consumers complained they had to pay a $10 fee and faced other problems trying to protect their accounts.The proposal also allows consumers to place freezes online or via telephone. Previously such action could only be taken through registered mail. The measure is effective immediately.

 

 

(Buckley--jc)  -- Buckley Fun Day is set for this coming Saturday. A 5-K race and walk begins the day at 7-30 in the morning. A St John’s Ladies Aid bake sale, fishing derby, bean-bag toss competition, car show and antique tractor show also hilite the annual event. Food stands will open at 11 Saturday morning. Other activities are a jump house, bingo games, music, the penny hill and baseball games. The annual Duck race is set for 4-17 Saturday afternoon at Buckley Lake. Ducks continue to be available at Buckley State Bank.


 

(Undated--jc)  -- Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial Minute…

 

(Champaign County--jc)  -- Strong winds and a possible tornado caused damage to some homes, trees and signs in southwest Champaign county on Sunday afternoon. A line of thunderstorms with strong staitline winds also caused some power outages in the village of Rantoul. More thunderstorms are also predicted for the first several days this week in the WPXN listening area.

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- A resolution to make Chicago a separate state has been a topic in Springfield. One State lawmaker says it won’t help the state and several downtown state lawmakers are pursuing the idea. It’s House resolution 11-38. One co-sponsor of the resolution is Shelbyville Republican Representative Brad Halbrook. He says Illinois continues to be two different regions in Chicago and downstate.  Chicago area State Representative Robert Martwick says the issue is just a distraction and is not good for Illinois. Any path for such a issue to go forward would need an affirmative vote from both areas and an act of congress.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The powerful head of the Illinois Democratic Party appointed an all-woman panel to choose its next executive director and the state's Republican governor signed ethics legislation on Friday Michael Madigan, the Democratic House speaker and party chairman, took the unusual step of naming 18 women to search for a replacement for his longtime aide Timothy Mapes, who was defrocked as party executive director amid allegations of inappropriate comments and dismissing complaints from women about their mistreatment.

 

 

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A new automated system will alert some Illinois domestic violence victims when an order of protection they filed has been served, helping victims to better protect themselves. Winnebago County used a federal grant to put the system in place. Previously victims had to call county officials to check if a protection order had been served, and often it took several calls. With the new system, victims receive an automated phone call after a sheriff's deputy reports serving a protection order.

 

(Rantoul--jc)  -- No one was injured as a downtown Rantoul building lost some facade on the front side in the 100 block Sangamon Avenue. The incident happened just before 7 on Friday morning. The area was blocked off for several hours as crews were called in to repair and assess damage.


 

(Rantoul-rb) Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce hosted there first Movie in the park on Friday.The event took place at Willow Pond Golf Cours. Rantoul Area  Chamber of Commerce Director Belynda Allen says more free movies are set for this summer…

 

 

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Director Belynda Allen


 

DIXON, Ill. (AP) — An August trial date has been set for a 19-year-old man who has pleaded not guilty to charges he opened fire at a northern Illinois high school last month. Matthew Milby Jr. faces felony gun charges and is being held in jail in lieu of $2 million bond. Milby is accused of taking a semi-automatic rifle to Dixon High School on May 16 as graduation practice was taking place in the gym. Milby's trial is set to begin Aug. 20 before Lee County Circuit Court Judge Charles T. Beckman.

 

 

(Champaign--jc)  -- Most of the area received a good amount of needed rain on Sunday. State  Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign says more wet weather is coming this week....

 

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign

 

 

(Springfield--jc) --  The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning consumers about a  multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons from Wal-Mart. Illinois Public Health Director Doctor Nirav Shah says the recall is already-cut watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melons that may be contaminated with salmonella…

 

 

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Doctor Nirav Shah.

Some symptoms are diarrhea, fever,and abdominal cramps. 60 cases in five states have been reported, including 6 in Illinois.

 

 

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