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Friday December 15 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is appealing the decision to eliminate current net neutrality rules. Madigan is joining her counterparts in other states to fight the new order says Spokesperson Annie Thompson…

 

 

Attorney General Spokesperson Annie Thompson. Madigan is also expressing concerns about millions of public comments received by the F-C-C on the issue they were submitted under fraudulent or stolen identities.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce is promoting their Shop Rantoul First program. Chamber Director Belynda Allen talks about how the program is going so far…

 

 

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is saying it’s not too late to get your flu shot. They say it’s the best line of defense when it comes to protecting yourself from the flu. Symptoms of the flu include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or bodyaches and headaches. Kids may also have vomiting and diarrhea. For more information about the flu or to get your flu shot, call the Ford County Public Health Department at 379-9281.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School Board heard an update on the latest with the renovation and addition project at Clara Peterson Elementary School and the renovation to PBL High School. Superintendent Cliff McClure provides an update on the project…

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Board will meet in a special session Monday night to select the next county treasurer. Candidates Kasi Schwarz and Krisha Shoemaker will both be present for the meeting. They are vying for the spot held by Penny Stevens who is retiring at the end of the month. Both candidates have filed petitions to be on the ballot for the March 20th primary.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White’s office is making it easier to get your disability placard. Drivers with a disability are required to renew their placard every four years, and Secretary White’s office is now the second state in the country to offer that process online…



Secretary of State Jesse White. White says under the new system, placards will be issued faster and postage costs reduced. The online service is available at: cyberdrive illinois dot com.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Tomorrow’s Scott’s Tips for Success continues with some more gift ideas. For those car enthusiasts, Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental has some gift ideas for them…



Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen. You can hear Scott’s Tips for Success Saturday’s at 7:30.


 

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


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary’s Love Lights a Tree campaign continues through the end of the month. Spokesperson Sue Walker says funds raised will go towards several projects at the hospital…



Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary Spokesperson Sue Walker.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- A fundraiser has raised over $1,900 for a proposed skate park in Gibson City. The skatepark committee held a Queen of Hearts contest that raised $1,901 for the skatepark in memory of alderman Ed Day. Day passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The state police is gearing up for holiday lifesavers weekend in hopes of reducing fatal crashes on Illinois roadways. This weekend’s effort is dubbed “Operation Care” and focuses on the leading contributors of crashes says Master Sergenat Matt Link. That includes distracted driving, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding and drunk driving…



State Police Master Sergeant Matt Link. Link notes that on average, those busted for DUI end up paying 25 thousand dollars in fines and legal fees.

 

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Thursday December 14 2017

(Watseka-jm) -- Prairie State Legal Services has announced they will not be at the Iroquois County Courthouse later this month. A release from the group says they will not be at the courthouse on the last Tuesday of the month, December 26th. They say they will resume their schedule in January. New clients needing assistance can call their office at 815-935-2750.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton city officials have made changes to the ordinance on loose dogs and cats. Mayor Bill Ingold talks about the changes…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- Fisher village board members will be asked to approve several purchases at tonight’s village board meeting. Trustees will be asked to amend the bid for tree removal to Glad’s Tree Service not to exceed $7,000, approve the purchase of a new laser for the public works department not to exceed $4,000 and approve the order of new storm sewer, street and zoning maps for $7,000. In addition, trustees will be asked to approve the final paperwork for the 2017 motor fuel tax program and the 2018 motor fuel tax budget and consider vacating certain right of way on Liberty Street. The Fisher village board meeting gets underway at 6 p.m.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul village leaders are addressing concerns after a change on the village boards agenda. The village board had allowed two sections for public comments but recently changed it to one. That move had some residents concerned their voice wasn’t being heard. Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith addresses the issue…

 

 

Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County will have a new county coroner. The county board approved the hiring of Rick Flessner at their meeting this week. Flessner takes over for retiring Doug Wallace. Wallace has served as coroner for the past 17 years. Flessner has been the chief deputy coroner since 2012.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is calling for a federal investigation in light of widespread reports that millions of comments received by the Federal Communications Commission in its net neutrality rule-making process were submitted under fraudulent or stolen identities. Madigan also called for the FCC to delay its vote on its plan to end existing net neutrality rules. Madigan asked the FBI to investigate the sources of the fraudulent comments to uncover both how the fraudulent comments were submitted and to require the FCC act to protect the reliability of its public comment system. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Madigan urged the FCC to delay the vote planned for today and cooperate with investigations and ensure the integrity of the rulemaking process.


 

(Washington-jm) -- Congressional Republicans are putting the final touches on a tax plan they hope to have approved by Christmas. Congressman John Shimkus talks about how corporate taxes would be affected by the bill…



Congressman John Shimkus.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul City School District leaders are expected to approve their tax levy at tonight’s school board meeting. In addition, school board members will discuss and consider taking action on restructuring the central office, discuss winter break building work, hear results of the second round of water lead test and hear an update from the Myna Thompson committee meeting. The Rantoul City Schools school board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders approved a change order for part of phase three of the combined sewer operation project. Mayor Dan Dickey says they ran into some utility issues while doing the project…



Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Champaign County judge has sentenced a man who shot at a drug dealer in Rantoul nearly a year ago to 12 years in prison. Last month, a jury found 20 year old Jawuan Gipson of Champaign guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm but acquitted him of armed robbery. According to police, Antoine Rogers met a woman at the Rantoul Walmart with the intent to sell cocaine, when Gipson pulled a gun and robbed him. Police say Gipson fired a shot at Rogers from inside a vehicle causing several cuts to Rogers face. Gipson was found in Champaign a week later and has been in custody since his arrest. He was given credit for 354 days in jail.

 

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Wednesday December 13 2017

(McLean County-jm) -- A possible plea deal is in the works for a Gibson City man accused of stabbing two people in Saybrook back in 2016. Arthur Corry has been in the McLean County jail on $300,000 bond since the September 4, 2016 incident. Police say Corry got into a fight with a man and a woman at a residence in the 900 block of Harrison Street. He’s being held on charges of attempted murder and home invasion.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scott’s Tips for Success continues on those gift ideas for those hard to shop for people. Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen has some more gift ideas…

 

 

Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 6 civil matters and 8 traffic stops during the past week. On December 8th, a welfare check was performed in Melvin and a domestic dispute was reported in rural Paxton. On December 10th, Anthony Graves of Piper City was arrested for domestic battery after deputies were called for a dispute in Piper City. According to police, Graves allegedly pushed his girlfriend then grabbed her and carried her outside to the street and left her. A theft from a rural Gibson City residence was also reported on December 10th as was a missing juvenile in Melvin. The juvenile returned while the deputy was still at the residence.

 

(Bloomington-jm) -- The 11th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald has announced he is not seeking retention when his term expires in 2018. Fitzgerald was elected chief judge in 2014 and re-elected in 2016. The 11th judicial circuit covers McLean, Livingston, Logan, Woodford and Ford Counties.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scott’s Tips for Success continues on those gift ideas for those hard to shop for people. Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen has some more gift ideas…

 

 

Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton Police have released their weekly activity report. On December 5th, Michael Brown, 21, of Paxton was arrested for obstruction of justice and sex offender violation following a traffic stop in the Dairy Queen parking lot. According to police, a suspicious vehicle was reported in the parking lot well after the business had closed. A 17 year old female was in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. Additional charges are pending. On December 6th, Hunter Whitson of Gibson City was arrested for 2 warrants for failure to appear. On December 17th, Matthew Arends, 25, of Paxton was arrested for domestic battery after a verbal dispute turned physical. On December 8th, Michael Surratt, 54, of Paxton was arrested for theft of utility services for repeatedly turning back on his water meter without city approval after the city shut off his water service. On December 9th, Alexandria Muller, 25, of Paxton was cited for failure to reduce speed following a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Maple and Center. Demetrius Couzens of Paxton the driver of the other vehicle was cited for illegal transportation of alcohol.

 

(Washington-jm) -- An over five-percent decline in USDA's latest ag prices received index came from lower prices in parts of the crop sector. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

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Tuesday December 12 2017

(Iroquois County-jm) -- Three people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries following a two vehicle accident in Iroquois County Monday. According to Illinois State Police, Bridget Davis of Hoopeston was traveling eastbound on county road 2900N, when she failed to stop and collided with a northbound vehicle on Route 45/52 driven by Alexander Crosswell of Watseka. Crosswell, Davis and a passenger in Davis’s car were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. Davis was cited for failure to yield.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- An Illinois congressman is praising the passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Congressman John Shimkus talks about the law…

 

 

Congressman John Shimkus. Shimkus adds it does not establish a federal permit or registry and does not increase access to firearms.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Those that let their dog run at large in Paxton may have to pay a higher fine. The council will consider a change to the ordinance requiring owners to pay for their dog to be spayed or neutered after the 2nd time it has been picked up. They will also consider adding a fine for picking up cats as the city ordinance currently only pertains to dogs. Council members are also expected to approve redevelopment agreements with Shields auto dealership, Paxton Packing and NexStep commercial. The Paxton city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The design work for the new addition and renovation at Clara Peterson Elementary and Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School continue. PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure provides an update on the project…

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- A Hoopeston woman was uninjured following a rollover accident in Iroquois County. According to Iroquois County Sheriff’s police, 20 year old Ashley Walder was traveling south on 1800 E. near 50 N. when she lost control when the roadway turned to gravel. Her vehicle entered the west ditch and overturned.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- La Nina is here. What could it mean for U.S. and South American farmers? Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner will be making a stop in the area today. Governor Rauner will visit the Clinton Nuclear Generating Station to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Future Energy Jobs Act this afternoon at 2:15 p.m. He will be up in the Quad Cities at the Quad Cities Nuclear Generating Station prior to his visit to Clinton.


 

(Undated-jm) -- Your bags are packed and you’re ready to go, but before you head out, make sure your house is ready too. WPXN’s Jason Madden has the details…



 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul village leaders will be asked to approve the sale of the old fire station on the former Chanute Air Force Base tonight. A person has approached the village about purchasing the site at 601 Galaxy Drive and renovating the old station. Village board members will also consider approving their annual tax levy and amend the animal ordinance on hens. The Rantoul Village Board meeting gets underway at 6 p.m.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Love Lights a Tree campaign continues. Spokesperson Sue Walker says the fundraising campaign runs through January 1st…



Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary’s Love Lights a Tree Spokesperson Sue Walker.


 

(Champaign-jm) -- An Olympia Fields, Illinois man was uninjured following a rollover accident at the I-72/I-57 interchange Monday morning. According to State Police, Steven McDonald was merging onto I-72 westbound, when he lost control and rolled over. The trailer was hauling large steel coils, which one broke loose and came to a rest in the ditch. McDonald was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Consumer safety could be at risk from the poultry industry's proposal to allow faster line speeds in factories. Veronica Carter has more…


 

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Monday December 11 2017

(Urbana-jm) -- A Tennessee man accused of firing a gun at a vehicle on I-57 near Rantoul back in February has been acquitted. A Champaign County jury found 22 year old Patrick Chapman not guilty of aggravated discharge of a firearm. Chapman was accused of shooting at a passing vehicle on I-57 just north of Rantoul  on February 7th. A woman in the vehicle was grazed and officers found three bullet holes. The vehicle Chapman was in was stopped near Champaign. He told jurors he lied when he admitted to police he did it in order to not have his son taken from him and turned over to the Department of Children and Family Services.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County will hold their annual Holiday Bureau this week. Executive Director Andy Kulcyzcki talks about what makes their toy distribution so unique…

 

 

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

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board will discuss and approve bid specifications for the main office remodel at tonight’s school board meeting. In addition, school board members will be asked to support the CEO program, abate 2010 general obligation bonds and approve their annual tax levy. The Rantoul Township High School school board meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Students at Paxton-Buckley-Loda who want extra help when it comes to preparing for the SAT exam can do so. Starting in January, Superintendent Cliff McClure says help will be available on Sunday afternoons…

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Dow AgroSciences has announced they are closing their research station south of Gibson City by the end of the year. The company says the decision to close the facility was to drive sustainable growth over long term. They will relocate the capabilities from the Gibson City location to their location in the research center in Champaign. The company is still evaluating their options for the Gibson City property.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- If you’re having trouble with your holiday shopping, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency has some practical gift ideas. Items like a first aid kit, a flashlight or a NOAA (noah) weather radio make great presents says IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson…

 

 

IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson. Another idea is to put together a complete emergency preparedness kit for the home or car that includes batteries, non-perishable food, jumper cables, bottled water and blankets.

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul police are announcing the arrest of a man following a pursuit through the village. Rantoul and Champaign police located a stolen vehicle as well as the suspect in the Pheasant Ridge subdivision Thursday. The suspect, Terrell Holt was wanted on a Champaign County warrant. When officers attempted to stop Holt he took off and lead officers on a pursuit. Officers terminated the pursuit for safety. Officers continued surveillance on the vehicle and witnessed the vehicle strike a sign and vehicle on Golfview Drive. Holt then fled on foot where he was apprehended a short time later and taken to the Champaign County Correctional Center.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City School board approved their annual tax levy at their November meeting. Superintendent Michelle Ramage talks about their tax levy…



Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders will discuss and consider approving a change order for phase 3 of the combined sewer separation project at tonight’s city council meeting. In addition to the change order, council members will be asked to approve the 2018 Harvest Fest Event and consider Mayor Dan Dickey’s appointment of Mady Schutte as Junior Alderman. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.


 

(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will hold their annual Christmas Concert and Dinner this evening. Executive Director Sandy Spitz talks about what people can expect at this year’s show…



Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. with the concert beginning at 6:30 p.m.


 

(Gifford-jm) -- Gifford Grade School leaders heard results of lead testing at their recent meeting. The results showed four sinks and one water fountain exceeded the 5 parts per billion level. Three of the sinks were in the kitchen with one in a classroom. All five will be replaced. The state requires lead testing for all Pre-k through 5th grade schools built before 2000.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is offering tips to stay safe this holiday season. Candles are a big hazard this time of year and should never be left unattended. IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson says lights and other electrical decorations are also a concern…



IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson. Thompson says you should also keep your Christmas tree well watered and away from heat sources like vents, heaters and fireplaces.

 

 

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Friday December 8 2017

 

(Washington-jm) -- Republicans are working to put their finishing touches on a proposed tax bill. Congressman John Shimkus talks about how his constituents would be affected…

 

 

Congressman John Shimkus.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 15 other attorneys general in filing comments with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opposing the Trump Administrations rollback of birth control coverage. Back in October, President Donald Trump announced the rollback of the contraceptive coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act. The attorneys general argue the move violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution by allowing employers to use their own religious beliefs to allegedly discriminate against employees. They also argue it violates the Equal Protection Clause because they say it specifically targets and harms women.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City is promoting their app. Mayor Dan Dickey says so far the app has been very successful…

 

 

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.


 

(Mahomet-jm) -- Farm Credit Illinois is announcing they returned over $3 million to farm families in Illinois. During the months of October and November, Farm Credit Illinois provided zero percent interest loans to more than 2,800 farm families totalling just over $3 million. It’s part of the companies special Harvest Interest Returns program.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City Schools District is proposing an increase for their tax levy. Superintendent Michelle Ramage talks about the proposed levy…

Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.

 

 

(Watseka-jm) -- The Iroquois County Public Health Department is urging people to get the flu shot before the Christmas Holiday. The health department says the flu affects millions of people in the U.S., hospitalizing thousands and can lead to death with the majority 65 and older and younger children. The flu is a respiratory illness that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches and headaches. Vomiting and diarrhea can also be in children. The health department recommends people follow the 3 c’s: clean, cover and contain. For more information about the flu or how to get your flu shot, call the Iroquois County Public Health Department Monday through Friday between 9 and 4 at 815-432-2483.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Hunters harvested about 80 thousand deer during the firearm deer season in Illinois. This year’s preliminary totals are above 2016 levels, when hunteers took approximately 79 thousand 500 deer during the firearm season. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross says they’re pleased with the 2017 numbers…

 

 

Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross. Cross says your next opportunity for deer hunting is this weekend for the muzzleloader-only season.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at PBL High School today from 9:30 to 1:30.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- State officials commemorated the 76th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. At remembrance ceremony at the Elks Club in Springfield yesterday, Pastor John Temple served as the keynote speaker. His uncle, Robert Monroe Temple was in the Navy and killed that day, although the family didn’t receive final confirmation until recently…



Pastor John Temple. Governor Bruce Rauner thanked veterans and their families for their service and urged everyone not to forget the lives lost and sacrifices made on Pearl Harbor Day.


 

(Washington-jm) -- One area congressman is pleased that federal law enforcement officials are looking into the legality of bump stocks. The ATF is reviewing whether or not bump stocks fall within the definition of machine guns under federal law, that would subject it to significantly higher threshold of regulation. Congressman Adam Kinzinger called for a review on the legality of bump stocks after the Las Vegas massacre. The ATF reviewed bump stocks back in 2010 and 2012 and determined them legal both times.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with Christmas gifts. For those on your list who like tools, Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental has some gift ideas…



Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The American Soybean Association has new leadership. During their recent convention in St. Louis, John Heisdorffer of Keota, Iowa was named President, replacing Ron Moore of Illinois. Moore will take over as American Soybean Association Chairman. Davie Stephens of Kentucky was voted Vice President. The American Soybean Association board voted to elect Kevin Scott of South Dakota as Secretary; Bill Gordon of Minnesota for a second term as Treasurer; and Bret Davis of Ohio, Eric Maupin of Tennessee, Joe Steinkamp of Indiana, and Charles Atkinson of Kansas as at-large Governing Committee members.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County is collecting donations to give to needy families as part of their Holiday Bureau. Executive Director Andy Kulcyzcki says they are asking for all kinds of donations and help…



Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County Director Andy Kulcyzcki.


 

(Ashkum-jm) -- Illinois State Police in Ashkum have released November enforcement numbers. During the month, troopers issued 560 citations and 643 written warnings including 8 DUI’s and 52 seat belt citations. Troopers also handled 74 traffic accidents including 3 fatal accidents.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for your feedback about the state’s transportation system. Topics on the annual survey include everything from road conditions to snow and ice removal says IDOT Spokesperson Kelsea Gurski…



IDOT Spokesperson Kelsea Gurski. Gurski says they use the results to gauge traveler satisfaction and see where IDOT can improve. Fill out the survey online at: idot dot illinois dot gov.

 

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Wednesday December 6 2017

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Recreation Department is ringing in the Christmas holiday season with a pair of holiday activities. A senior holiday luncheon for residents 55 and older will be held on Thursday, December 14th at noon at the Rantoul Youth Center. RSVP’s are due by Monday, December 11th. For the younger members, they will hold a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 16th from 8 to 10 a.m.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A Rantoul group is helping make this Christmas a little brighter for low income families in Champaign County. The Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County will once again hold their annual Holiday Bureau next week says Director Andy Kulcyzcki…

 

 

Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County Director Andy Kulcyzcki.

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- Champaign County officials are up against a deadline on a decision about what to do with the county’s jail in downtown Urbana. The U.S. Justice Department has given the county until March to either renovate to make the facility ADA compliant or close the jail. County officials estimate it would cost around $175,000 to renovate the jail. The county could receive an extension if they decide to build a new jail. The county is unsure how to proceed due to funding issues as well as activists who do not want a new facility.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The state is launching a new 24 hour hotline to help combat opioid abuse. The helpline will provide a place for individuals and family members struggling with addiction to get confidential help says Governor Bruce Rauner…

 

 

Governor Bruce Rauner. The helpline is part of the state’s opioid action plan aimed at reducing overdose deaths in Illinois. The phone number is: 1-833-2Find Help.

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Village of Rantoul is receiving national recognition for their budget presentations. The village received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. To qualify, the village had to meet or exceed nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentations. It’s the 20th year in a row that the village has received the award.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scott Tips for Success has to do with Christmas gift ideas. For that griller in your family, Scott Allen has some gift ideas for them…



Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is promoting their Chamber Bucks promotion. Right now, if you buy $50 in chamber bucks you will get $5 free. The chamber bucks program promotes shopping local.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda high school students who qualify to take classes at Parkland College can do so. The district and the community college are teaming up to let students get a head start on their college career says PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure…



PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 

 

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Tuesday December 5 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner spoke to the Illinois Farm Bureau Monday, outlining some of his goals for the agriculture community. Speaking before bureau members, Governor Rauner discussed the need for more agriculture teachers. He says there is currently a shortage…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The Governor also discussed efforts to raise private money for capital improvements at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. He says he’d especially like to get the coliseum back up and running.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The village of Rantoul is throwing their support behind applying for a grant for a downtown streetscape project and enlarge the villages shared use path. The village is applying for the federal grant through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program. The village would pay for about 20% of the project. Village leaders expect the project to cost around $2 million dollars.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton city council has approved a tax increment financing agreement with a business in downtown. Mayor Bill Ingold says the city entered into an agreement with Mom and Pop Kettle Korn Stop…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton could bring in the services of an environmental law attorney to fight the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency over the closed landfill by the airport. The landfill closed in 1991 however the IEPA has repeatedly denied the city’s application for the site to be certified for completion of post closure care. This time the city is being asked to install another groundwater monitoring well within 10 feet of one already installed to monitor the groundwater and despite representatives from the agency saying there is no groundwater contamination. Also the city is being asked to do four quarters of groundwater monitoring to establish background levels, which the city says they have 15 years worth of data. Alderman Rob Pacey said he feels the city is being harassed by the agency.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- USDA's new agricultural export forecast for this 2018 fiscal year has exports below 2017. Gary Crawford has the details…

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board approved the refinancing of some bonds. Superintendent Scott Amerio talks about the refinancing…



Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City is accepting applications for a full time police officer position. To qualify, a person must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years old with at least a high school education, valid driver’s license, pass a background investigation and pass the state test. Applications can be obtained from the Gibson City Police Department.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School Board has approved their annual tax levy. Superintendent Jeremy Darnell talks about the levy…



GCMS Schools Superintendent Jeremy Darnell.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Clean up of the former Chanute Air Force Base could be coming to an end soon. The project cleanup manager reported that six sites were recently finished with about nine sites remaining to be cleaned up. Of those nine, remedial action has started on seven. When work began nearly 10 years ago 57 sites on the former base needed to be cleaned up.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is kicking off Illinois’ year-long Bicentennial Celebration. Governor Rauner says recognizing the state’s 200th birthday next December third gives families a chance to remember all that is great about Illinois and to reflect on how to make Illinois even better in the future. Bicentennial Commission Co-Chair Gloria Castillo agrees…



Bicentennial Commission Co-Chair Gloria Castillo. Bicentennial events will be held across the state over the next year. The website: illinois 200 has more information about celebrations in your area.

 

 

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Monday December 4 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Flu activity is picking up in Illinois and State Department of Public Health officials say it’s not too late to get vaccinated. Flu season typically peaks between December and March says Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold, so now is a good time to get the shot and protect yourself. She notes no vaccine is 100 percent effective, but can definitely help…

 

 

Illinois Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older.

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- A third person has thrown their name in for the Champaign County clerk position. Democrat Aaron Ammons joins Republicans Matt Grandone and Jon Rector. They are looking to fill the position held by Gordy Hulten who announced he is running for county executive.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City Schools Board has approved their tax levy. Superintendent Michelle Ramage talks about the levy…

 

 

Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- A flag raising ceremony to kick off the state’s Bicentennial celebration will be held today at noon at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton. Ford County Board member and chairman of the Ford County Republican Party Chase McCall will read a proclamation while the bicentennial flag is raised. Similar ceremonies will be held across the state that day.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School Board is working on their annual tax levy. Superintendent Cliff McClure talks about the levy...

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 

(Champaign-jm) -- November weather was cooler and drier than normal in Illinois. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the average temperature last month was just under 42 degrees. That’s about a degree below normal…



State Climatologist Jim Angel. Statewide average precipitation was two point one three inches, more than an inch below normal. Some snow was reported in northern and central Illinois. The largest amount of snow, an inch and a half, was recorded at the Chicago Botanic Garden last month.


 

(Danville-jm) -- The Vermilion County Sheriff’s office is accepting applications for deputy sheriff openings. Those interested must be between the ages of 20 and 35, submit to a background check and complete a written exam and physical agility test scheduled for December 10th. The department says applications must be turned in by 4pm Thursday.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders approved an easement agreement with Ameren. Mayor Dan Dickey says its to access some power lines near the sewer plant…



Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.


(Urbana-jm) -- A Ludlow woman is being held in the Champaign County Jail on $75,000 bond for her alleged roll in a home invasion in Champaign back in September. 40 year old Kristen Sue Hewerdine is charged with felony armed robbery and felony home invasion. According to police, Hewerdine and another man entered an apartment of the victim at knifepoint and searched the apartment and the victim, taking his cellphone and $80. When the victim attempted to run out Hewerdine and the other man tackled him and Hewerdine allegedly stabbed the victim cutting him several times in the hand. She is due back in court December 12th.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board heard a presentation on the new evidence based funding formula. Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio talks about the presentation...



Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.

 

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Friday December 1 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 19 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief supporting a Pennsylvania lawsuit to stop the rollback of the contraceptive coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The attorneys general argue the rollback is unconstitutional because it allows the federal government to prioritize religious beliefs over a woman’s right to choose. The Trump Administration announced back in October that employers who object because of religious or moral objections can block coverage for employees and their dependents.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- An assisted living and memory care facility in Rantoul is holding a grand opening this weekend. The Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care is holding their ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Saturday. The 65,000 square foot facility includes 50 assisted living apartments and 28 memory care units.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary is once again holding their Love Lights a Tree campaign. Spokesperson Sue Walker says funds raised will go towards several projects…

 

 

Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary Spokesperson Sue Walker. The campaign runs through the end of the year.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- High school students in Illinois are encouraged to participate in an essay contest for a chance to receive scholarships. Illinois Realtors is sponsoring the Bicentennial essay contest. 23 Illinois high school students will have a chance to win the scholarships. 11 will receive $250 scholarships, 11 will receive $750 scholarship and the top prize is a $1,000. The contest is open to all Illinois high school students in grades 9 through 12. The deadline to apply is February 15th. More information is available online at illinois realtor dot org slash bicentennial.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Proposed legislation removes Illinois from a controversial voter verification system. Senator Bill Cunningham of Chicago and other Democrats plan to introduce a bill pulling the state from the Crosscheck Program. He says cybersecurity is a big concern…

 

 

State Senator Bill Cunningham of Chicago. Others say the program will be used to suppress voters for political gain. Crosscheck is meant to make sure people aren’t registered to vote in multiple states.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is issuing subpoenas of franchisor Massage Envy and four franchisees in Illinois as part of an investigation into claims the spa chain failed to handle sexual assault allegations by customers appropriately. Almost 200 women nationally have come forward claiming they were sexually assaulted by employees. The four franchisees in Illinois are all in the Chicago area.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Village of Rantoul kicks off the Christmas season tonight with their lighted Christmas parade. The parade gets underway at 6 p.m. from Rantoul Township High School and heads down Sangamon Avenue to downtown Rantoul. Chamber of Commerce Director Belynda Allen says there are several activities happening this evening…



Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen. You can hear the parade live this evening here on WPXN.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- Candidates of established political parties continue to turn in their petitions for the March 2018 primary. Brooks Marsh, was appointed in April to the Champaign County Board for District 1. This week he filed his petitions to be on the ballot in March. District 1 covers the Mahomet, Fisher, Dewey, Seymour and Foosland areas.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Both of Rantouls school districts are fighting a property tax appeal by the owners of Golfview Apartments. Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage says they are intervening at the state level…



Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- An area hospital is holding a job fair in early December. Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services will hold a job fair on Monday, December 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at JT Walker’s Barrel Room in Mahomet. More information about the job fair or the positions can be found by calling 217-784-2604.


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(Springfield-jm) -- There were 10 fatalities on Illinois highways over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. State police troopers investigated 505 crashes, including 10 fatal accidents. That’s one less highway death than last year over Thanksgiving. Master Sergeant Mike Link says in total, they handled more than 96-hundred incidents from November 22nd through the 26th…



State Police Master Sergeant Mike Link. State police also wrote 440 tickets for not wearing a seatbelt, 81 tickets for distracted driving and made 89 DUI arrests.

 

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Thursday November 30 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- The State of Illinois is looking at another $750 million in General Obligation bonds for 2018 capital expenditures. The bonds would fund major capital construction projects and finance information technology projects. $655 million of the $750 million is for capital construction while 95 million is for information technology. Both were awarded to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- December Fourth is the last day ballots for 2017 Farm Service Agency County Committee elections ballots can be submitted. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- A Hoopeston woman was not injured following a rollover accident in Iroquois County Wednesday. According to state police, 45-year-old Elisa Rivera was traveling southbound on Route 1 near 400 North, when she lost control of her vehicle, left the road and overturned. She was cited for no insurance and no valid driver’s license.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton business is asking the city for more room. Paxton Packing, the beef jerky plant on Taft Street is having issues with their semi’s trying to back in because of cars parked on the other side of the road. Mayor Bill Ingold says four parking spaces will be eliminated to accommodate the companies need…

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Rural Paxton-jm) -- Paxton firefighters were called to a grass fire along I-57 Wednesday. Firefighters were called to the fire near mile marker 257 at the Ford/Champaign County line just after 11 a.m.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul will be ringing in the Christmas holiday Friday night with their annual lighted Christmas parade. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at Rantoul Township High School and will head down Sangamon Avenue into downtown Rantoul. Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen says they will have several guests of honor that evening as well…

 

 

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen.

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- The Champaign County Public Health Department is declaring a Whooping Cough Outbreak in the county. The health department confirms 40 cases of whooping cough so far this year with 27 of them since October. 20 of those cases were confirmed at Rantoul Township High School with two more each at Thomasboro Grade School and J.W. Eater Jr High in Rantoul. Two other cases were recently confirmed in the Mahomet Seymour School District. The Champaign County Public Health Department says the symptoms of whooping cough are similar to that of a cold, however, the cough will get more severe in a week or two.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the Trump Administrations third travel ban and the Department of Justice’s application for a stay of a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of the ban. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to stay the injunction that is preventing the federal government from implementing the third ban from six predominantly Muslim countries. Madigan says the ban is discriminatory and could cause harm to several institutions within the state.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The House’s new task force on sexual harassment and discrimination is gathering ideas on how to improve the climate at the state capitol. The task force heard recommendations on what sexual harassment policies should cover. Melissa Josephs with the group “Women Employed” says there should be definitions of what constitutes harassment and a statement that retaliation for reporting harassment will not be tolerated…



Melissa Josephs with the group “Women Employed”. Josephs and others testifying stressed that even with strong policies in place, it’s important to make sure they are implemented and that offenders are held accountable.


 

(Ashkum-jm) -- District 21 Illinois State Police have released stats from Thanksgiving. Troopers issued 136 citations and 139 warnings including 100 for speeding, 7 occupant restraint offenses. In total troopers issued 110 citations for the fatal four: DUI, speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and distracted driving. Troopers responded to 14 traffic accidents resulting in one fatality.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School District received high remarks on their district’s audit report. The audit was done by Russell Leigh and Associates. Superintendent Jeremy Darnell says Leigh did warn the board about some possible uncertainties from the state…



GCMS Schools Superintendent Jeremy Darnell.


 

(Rural Paxton-jm) -- Illinois State Police have released the name of the man killed in a single vehicle accident east of Paxton Tuesday. Police say Angel Paiz of Urbana was traveling westbound on Route 9 near 2380 E. when his car left the roadway and overturned several times, ejecting Paiz. Paiz was pronounced dead at the scene by Ford County Coroner Doug Wallace.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton businesses will be busy this weekend with the Holiday Open House. Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock says many businesses will be offering all kinds of discounts…



Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The Relay for Life of Ford and Iroquois County’s is holding a fundraiser to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The group is holding a Holiday Money Mania with drawings held in December with $5,000 being awarded over the month. For more information or to get your $20 ticket, contact Chic (chick) Meredith at 784-5267.

 

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Wednesday November 29 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- State officials are touting efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in Illinois via mail. Governor Bruce Rauner visited the Chicago International Mailing Facility at O’Hare Airport to check out Customs and Border Protection procedures for detecting drugs. He says nearly two thousand people died of opioid overdoses last year in Illinois, often because the drugs were laced with Fentanyl…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The Chicago IMF is using a combination of advanced technologies and K-9 units to target packages with Fentanyl.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- Three area men has been arrested on weapons charges. 19 year old Austin Flessner and 20 year old Tristan Zoller both of Loda were charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm and 21 year old Wyatt Morris of Rankin was charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after police received a report of occupants in an suv firing a gun in the air at the intersection of 1700 E. 3200 N.

 

 

(Rural Paxton-jm) -- Paxton emergency personnel were called to a single vehicle fatal accident east of Paxton Tuesday afternoon. Emergency personnel were called to the scene around noon. No word on the cause of the accident.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District has received their report card from the state. Superintendent Cliff McClure talks about how the district did…

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- State lawmakers are hearing testimony on the potential economic impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois. Proponents say taxing and regulating recreational pot could raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the state. T-V travel host and marijuana legalization advocate Rick Steves says there are other benefits as well…



T-V travel host and marijuana legalization advocate Rick Steves. Supporters hope to pass a legalization bill next year. Opponents argue this would lead to more people doing harder drugs.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- This weekend’s Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with heating your home. Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental says there’s several things you need to think about when it comes to your thermostat…



Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen.


 

(Vermilion County-jm) -- Monday was the first day candidates of established political parties in Illinois could file. Several Vermilion County candidates filed their petitions for several elected positions. Filing for the March primary is Cheryl Reifsteck for regional superintendent, Mary Catherine Roberson and Darrin Wayne Holycross for county clerk, Pat Hartshorn for sheriff,  Darren Duncan for treasurer. For County Board, Daniel Wright for #2, Steven Fourez and Joe Eakle for #3, Germaine Light for #4, Wesley Bieritz for #6, Craig Golden, Terry Lake and Joe Leonard for #7 and Phearn Butler for #8.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary is once again holding their Love Lights a Tree fundraising campaign. Spokesperson Sue Walker talks about the program…



Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary Spokesperson Sue Walker.

 

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Tuesday November 28 2017

(Champaign-jm) -- The state’s climatologist gives us an idea of when we can expect to see the first snowfall in Illinois. State Climatologist Jim Angel says northern Illinois has already seen a little bit of snow. Central Illinois usually has to wait until early to mid December and it can be late December to Mid January for far southern Illinois…

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel. Angel says La Nina will be a factor which usually brings warmer and wetter weather to Illinois. He notes it will just depend on how strong that event is this winter.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The way new police officers in Rantoul are hired is changing. Under the previous way, only the top 8 candidates could be interviewed based on testing factors. However, Chief Tony Brown requested the restrictions be loosened to allow the department to interview under-represented members of the community such as minorities and females.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton is eliminating the storage fee for vehicles impounded by the Paxton Police Department. Mayor Bill Ingold talks about the decision to eliminate the $25 per day fee…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.


 

(Undated-jm) -- Yesterday was filing day for candidates in Illinois. Erika Harold of Urbana has officially filed to run for Attorney General. She filed the maximum 10,000 petitions needed to qualify for the Republican nomination. She is being challenged by 8 Democrats looking to fill the seat once held by Lisa Madigan. They include former Governor Pat Quinn, State Representative Scott Drury and State Senator Kwame Raoul. Governor Bruce Rauner will have a challenger for his position. State Representative Jeanne Ives is filing to be a Republican candidate. 7 Democrats are running for the top spot.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board has approved their annual tax levy. Superintendent Scott Amerio talks about the levy…

 

 

Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- Champaign County officials have passed a 6 month budget for the struggling nursing home that won’t involve any cuts. The budget does not include $1.425 million in staff cuts, polling place consolidation, capital reductions or program cuts as have previously been discussed. Officials however, are concerned about the nursing home’s ability to make a $500,000 payment to the county in December.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Producers are wrapping up harvest and fall activities as he hear in the final weekly crop report of the season. It was a warm, dry week in Illinois and average statewide topsoil moisture declined to 10 percent short, 83 percent adequate and seven percent surplus. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener has an update on the winter wheat crop…



State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 95 percent of sorghum has been harvested, three points behind the five year average. Pasture conditions improved over the week, with 40 percent rated in good to excellent condition.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Repairs to the parking lot at the Paxton Civic Center are on hold. Weather has delayed the work until spring. Crews had been working on drainage issues and planned to resurface the parking lot by the pool. Work on resurfacing will resume in the spring.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City Schools District is letting parents know that test results show lead was found in some of the district's schools. Superintendent Michelle Ramage talks about where the lead was found and says the district is taking steps to fix the issue…



Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.


 

(Undated-jm) -- Yesterday was filing day for candidates for the March primary including several local candidates. In Ford County, Gene May and Chase McCall filed for County Board District 1 and 3 respectively. Mark Doren filed for Sheriff, Amy Frederich for Clerk and Recorder and two candidates filed for county treasurer: Kasi Schwarz and Krisha Shoemaker. In Iroquois County, Lisa Fancher filed for county clerk/recorder. It’ll be a two person contest for the treasurer position between Kurt Albers and Christy Fink. For county board District 1, Paul Ducat filed as did John Shure and David Penny for district 2, Paul Bowers for district 3 and Roger Bard for district 4. In Champaign County, for County Clerk, Matt Grandone and Jon Rector, both Republicans, will face off, while Gordy Hulten, Allen Jones and John Farney were the only candidates to file for county executive, sheriff and treasurer respectively. For the 15th Congressional District are Republican incumbent John Shimkus and challenger Democrat Carl Spoerer, 16th Congressional District are Republican incumbent Adam Kinzinger and Democratic challengers Sara Dady and Neill Mohammad. In the state senate, Chapin Rose will seek re-election. For the House 104, vacated by the retirement of Chad Hays, Republican Mike Marron and Democrats Cynthia Cunningham and Frank McCullough Jr. Tom Bennett will seek re-election in the 106 District and Gary Lewis of St. Joseph filed his petition to replace Jane Quinlan as Champaign-Ford Regional Superintendent of Schools.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The village of Rantoul is preparing for their annual Christmas parade. Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen says this year’s parade is Friday night…



Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen.


 

(Rankin-jm) -- The Grace Lutheran Youth will hold a Soup and Sandwich lunch on Saturday, December 2nd from 11 to 1 at the Rankin Lions Club. Cost is a free will donation. All proceeds will go to the youth trip to the 2018 National ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas.

 

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Monday November 27 2017

(Peoria-jm) -- A dispute between one of the state’s largest health insurance providers and an area hospital has been settled. OSF Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois had been in a dispute over a decision by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to drop three of OSF’s largest hospitals from their coverage. In return, OSF announced all but one of their facilities were leaving Blue Cross Blue Shield, potentially leaving thousand having to pay out of network expenses. The plans that would have been affected include Blue Cross Blue Shield Commercial, PPO, EPO and Blue Choice.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Medicare open enrollment continues through December 7th. Those enrolling in Medicare can receive help from the Ford County Public Health Department says Senior Health Insurance Program Coordinator Lana Sample…

 

Ford County Public Health Department Senior Health Insurance Program Coordinator Lana Sample.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul police are investigating a weekend shooting. Police were called to the area of Golf Course Road and Par Drive around 11 a.m. Saturday for a report of shots fired. Several witnesses reported seven or eight shots were fired at a white suv. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Rantoul Police at 892-2103 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-TIPS.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School Board heard a pair of audit reports at their November meeting. One of the audits was for the Ford County Special Education Cooperative. The other audit was for the GCMS School District says Superintendent Jeremy Darnell…

 

 

GCMS Schools Superintendent Jeremy Darnell.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man has been sentenced to two years probation for stealing from his employer. 32-year-old Todd Charlton pleaded guilty to felony theft in Champaign County court for stealing more than $500 from O’Reilly Auto Parts in Rantoul. According to police, a manager suspected Charlton of fabricating expenses then pocketing the cash. He was ordered to repay $835 to the business, perform 30 hours of community service and undergo a substance abuse evaluation.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is condemning Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to roll back existing net neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers from discriminating among consumers and content providers. Under Pai’s order, providers could block or slow down access to internet content. Madigan argues that would result in consumers losing internet freedom to visit and obtain content from any site of choice without interference.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton insurance agent is taking donations to help area youth. State Farm Agent Mary Kirin is teaming up with the Paxton Head Start for an ornament tree and the Paxton Record for a toy drive. Spokesperson Julie Sancher has the best time you can drop off your donations…



Spokesperson Julie Sancher.  


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders are expected to finish some old business at tonight’s city council meeting. Council members tabled discussing and approving their tax levy and a removal of a tree at the last council meeting. Council members are also again trying to receive bids for a city truck. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul will hold their annual lighted Christmas parade friday  night. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen has the guest of honor for this year’s parade…



Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen.


 

(Kempton-jm) -- Kempton area residents are urging the county to strengthen its wind farm rules. Several residents have had issues with the Kelly Creek Wind Farm from tv interference to the road commissioner complaining the company is not repairing the roads to safety standards. 

 

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