Friday February 23 2018

(Paxton-rb) WPXN had a special guest yesterday. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner stopped by the station yesterday afternoon. Governor Rauner had this to say about his belief on schools being separate from what happens in Springfield.



Governor Rauner had this to say about how taxes should be handled in the state.



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner




(Iroquois County—jc) Numerous counties in East Central Illinois remain effected by flooding from the recent rains. In Iroquois County several local streams and rivers are cresting and in flood stages. WPXN’s Joel Cluver has more…



WPXN along with WHPO & WIQI is collecting items to help those in need that have been displaced from their homes or will need help cleaning up the aftermath of the flooding in the area.


Please help us- help those who need help during this difficult time. We are asking for the following items to be dropped off at our station:
*Wash clothes
*Personal hygiene products
*Tooth paste/ tooth brushes 
*Hair care items
*Bleach/floor cleaner 
*Clorox wipes/Lysol wipes 
*Garbage bags
*Paper towels
*Paper products (plates, cups & plastic silverware)
*Dish soap/laundry soap
*Dog/cat food 
*Bottled water 

We will have a day and location where we will be staged at later next week for those who need these items to pick them up.

Please help us - help those who need help! From everyone here we thank you & appreciate all your help.


(FFA WEEK-dg)-With FFA week being this week and we were able to talk with several students from area FFA Chapters. Kelsey Cliff with the GCMS FFA Chapter had this to share with us.



Jake Watts with the  PBL FFA Chapter had this to share with us.



Lauren Cultra with the Iroquois West FFA Chapter had this to share with us.





(Chicago-dg)-A market study tour in January to Argentina and Brazil by the Illinois Farm Bureau helped farm bureau leaders and Illinois farmers learn more about their chief competitors. Tamara Nelsen, senior director of commodities at the Illinois Farm Bureau, said the Illinois Farm Bureau took a trip to Argentina and Brazil 15 years ago and had expected great improvements in infrastructure. Both countries had yet to make vast improvements though, Nelsen said. She said the countries wanted to work on a few projects together, including making sure there were no artificial trade barriers in European and Asian markets, and other biofuel initiatives that could be considered renewable energy. She also said a few opportunities were found for trade in Argentina and Brazil. “Namely, the high-end snack foods or confectionery or wine.”


A Paxton native will be heading to the IHSA Girls State Tournament this weekend. 2003 Paxton-Buckley-Loda Graduate Jerry Prina will lead the Eureka Lady Hornets this weekend in hopes of winning the class 2A state title. Eureka will play Chicago Harlan at 5:30 this evening at Redbird Arena in Normal.


National FFA week is this week and it runs thru Saturday. We will feature special reports from the Brownfield Network. Cindy Young has the latest report from Brownfield Network…



Cindy Young with Brownfield Network



(Urbana—jc) -- It was paint the hall Chief last night at the State Farm Center for the University of Illinois versus Purdue men’s basketball game. Those favoring to honor the chief and those who view the chief as a racist symbol, continued to show their feelings on the chief. Anti-Chief groups had signs and chanted at those on the other side of the issue who came to the game wearing chief attire. Chief Illiwek was retired as the official mascot of the University of Illinois in 2013. University officials maintain that wearing clothes with the chief ensignia is a first amendment right.



(Paxton—jc) -- The Ford County Board of Review has reversed some of the property assessments made recently by the Assessor’s office. The board made that decision at a meeting in Paxton on Thursday. Over a thousand properties in several Ford County towns had significant increases in property taxes this year. Current Ford County Assessor Patricia Langland resigned over the issue earlier this week.



Today is National CSA Day. Scott Trimble with Trimble’s Produce Farm: Home of Farmer Scott’s Premium Popcorn in Heyworth talks about what CSA Day is..



Trimble’s Produce Farm Owner Scott Trimble. You can find find Farmer Scott, set up with his locally grown flavored popcorn at Gordyville Flea Market the 2nd weekend of each  month.



(Springfield—jc) -- The Illinois State Senate is passing legislation that aims to help further protect victims of domestic violence who are trying to get away from their abuser. The bill from Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson of Chicago Heights removes the publication requirement for a victim who is seeking to change their name…



Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson of Chicago Heights.


(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…




(Rantoul—jc) -- An open house to hire an additional 100 persons at a call center in Rantoul is set for tomorrow. A T and T company officials say the hiring event is set from 8am until 1pm on Saturday in Rantoul. That address is 1 Aviation Center on the Rantoul airport grounds.


(Savoy-rb) The News gazette reports that The United Way of Champaign County is moving its offices from Champaign to Savoy and has secured a big donation from the owner of the business that is buying its current offices. United Way board Chairwoman Beth Auterman announced that the organization accepted an offer from Green Street Realty to buy the current headquarters at 404 W. Church St., C. In addition to the purchase price, Green Street Realty owner Chris Saunders pledged to contribute "a significant gift" over the next two years.




Thursday February 22 2018

Flooding is occurring throughout Iroquois County. Heavy rains, snow melt, and partially flooded ground has led to flash, road, and small creek flooding. All of Iroquois County has minor impacts. The IHSA boys regional games at Milford and Watseka had to be postponed until tonight. A business Gala and open house at Town and Country in Milford was also postponed until next week. Throughout last night, there have been a number of vehicles getting stuck in flooded roads. No injuries have been reported. Multiple jurisdictions have experienced in-town flooding, including Stockland, Milford, and Cissna Park. Rural areas are flooding as well. Many country roads are impassable. Woodland and Watseka are preparing for river flooding. Only a handful of residential flooding has occurred so far, not including basement seepage. As water drains and flows, roads may clear and flood rapidly. Do not drive across a flooded roadway. Drive with caution, especially at night. Iroquois County EMA has opened the Emergency Operations Center, and is tracking damage and coordinating resources and situational awareness throughout Iroquois County. Presently, Sugar Creek and Iroquois River are both in major flood stage. Residents in flood-prone areas are highly encouraged to prepare in case of evacuation.


(St. Joseph-dg)-Emergency responders had to rescue a woman yesterday, whose sport utility vehicle went into the rain-swollen Salt Fork north of St. Joseph. According to the News Gazette, Champaign County Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Mennenga said an  SUV o was swept into the water as the driver tried to ford water that was too deep. St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Chief Josh Reese said the woman was able to get out of the SUV and rescue workers could see her the whole time she was in the water. She eventually grabbed on to a tree and held on. Rescuers in a canoe were able to get her.



(FFA WEEK-dg)-With FFA week being this week and we were able to talk with several students from area FFA Chapters. Evelyn Ellis with the PBL FFA Chapter had this to share with us.



Taylor Durnger with the GCMS FFA Chapter had this to share with us.




(Gifford-jc) Students in one Champaign County school were evacuated from school due to a gas leak. Students at Gifford Grade School were removed from the school on Wednesday after several officials smell the leaking gas. All kids were taken outside the building and into a Gifford Church as a precaution. The school is expected to be open today.



(Springfield—jc) -- The Illinois Department of Revenue has a new on-line tax lien registry. Anyone checking for active liens and releases may now do so via electronic registry. Revenue spokesperson Terry Horstman says previously, individuals had to check with each county…



Illinois Department of Revenue Spokesperson Terry Horstman.


(Bloomington-dg)-Grace period registration and early voting started yesterday. Local election offices are supposed to have all of the early voting hours for all of their polls posted by the end of the week. But there are still some counties waiting to print their ballots, mainly because Democratic candidate for attorney general Scott Drury's ballot challenge was pending. McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael said voters can blame some of the delay and confusion on the way Illinois' early voting laws are written. Michael said. "The court system doesn't have to follow the same calendar as the election." Michael said that she's not blaming the court, just that lawmakers created confusion by pushing early voting to early February.

Election Day in March is about a month away.



(Paxton—jc_) -- Ford County voters may now cast a vote for the March Primary. Ford County Clerk Amy Frederickson says early voting has started. Those interested by do so in person at the clerk’s office in Paxton or by requesting a mail ballot application. Early voting continues through March 19th. The Spring primary is March 20th.


Friday is National CSA Day. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Scott Trimble with Trimble’s Produce Farm in Heyworth talks about what CSA Day is..



Trimble’s Produce Farm Owner Scott Trimble

(Peoria-dg)-Once again leaders from other Great Lakes states are trying to move Illinois toward their preferred plan to deal with Asian carp in the Illinois River.

But Congressman Darin LaHood says that Illinois has a handle on Asian carp, and doesn't need to be pushed, pulled, or told what direction to go. LaHood has most of the river in his district. He says Illinois is doing a great job keeping carp far enough away from the lakes. LaHood says he welcomes outside opinions, just not orders.



The state of Illinois is celebrating its 200th birthday this year. Here is today’s bicentennial minute.



(Woodworth-dg) Tickets are still available for the Iroquois County Republican Central Committee Lincoln Day dinner this evening at at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Woodworth. Guest speakers include State Senator Jason Barickman, 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City, Erika Harold, candidate for Illinois Attorney General; US Congressman Adam Kinzinger, 16th Congressional District candidate; Jeanne Ives, Illinois Governor candidate; Jason Helland, candidate for Secretary of State; James T. Marter, 16th Congressional candidate; and Jim Dodge, candidate for Illinois Treasurer. For tickets,Please call Barb Offill at 815-383-9239.


(Chicago-dg)-An Illinois candidate for attorney general has survived a legal challenge from a union with ties to House Speaker Michael Madigan to stay on the ballot. An appellate court unanimously ruled that state Rep. Scott Drury, D-Highwood, had properly filed his paperwork to run for attorney general, replacing the resigning Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The lawsuit came from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, a Chicago-area union and supporter of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political organizations.

Lawyers for the union contended that Drury filed a duplicate form in his application to run for attorney general. He is simultaneously running as an incumbent in his state House district.


(Springfield—jc) -- Options are still available if you would like to vote in the upcoming March primary. Matt Dietrich with the State Board of elections says you can register to vote on-line at elections-dot-illinois-dot-gov through March 4th. Dietrich adds you can take advantage of the grace period…


State Board of Education Spokesperson Matt Dietrich.


(FFA WEEK-dg)-With FFA week being this week and we were able to talk with several students from area FFA Chapters. Sophia Worten with the Fisher FFA Chapter had this to share with us.


 Dalton Busboom with the PBL FFA Chapter had this to share with us.


(Kankakee—jc) An Iroquois County man was arrested late Tuesday night on drug possession charges. K-Meg agents arrested 24 year old Keith Cahan of Chebanse after agents responded to possible drug activity on west Court Street in Kankakee. Cahan was charged with possession of suspected crack cocaine. He was taken to the Jerome Combs Detention Center for processing.


(Springfield—jc) -- State lawmakers are working on a new car seat law from children under the age of two. The proposed legislation would require all kids under the age of two to be in a rear facing safety seat unless the child is at least 40 pounds or 40 inches tall. State Senator Toi Hutchinson of Chicago Heights supports the measure but worries about the rule change…



Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson of Chicago Heights.


(Chicago—jc) -- Some pressure continues to mount against Democrat Michael Madigan to resign as state party chairman. The State Journal Register and Chicago Tribune are reporting that some top democrats are urging Madigan to step down. The issue comes in light of sexual harassment complaints within Madigan’s political organization. Democrats Chris Kennedy and State Senator Daniel Bliss have called for Madigan to step down. Gubernatorial candidate J D Pritzker has remained silent on the issue.


National FFA week is this week and it runs thru Saturday. We will feature special reports from the Brownfield Network. Cindy Young has the latest report from Brownfield Network…

Cindy Young with Brownfield Network



Wednesday February 21 2018

(Paxton—jc) -- A flash flood warning remains in effect for the WPXN listening area. Heavy rains have blanketed the area for the past two days. Police agencies are reporting several small streams going over their banks and the Kankakee river is expected to cause flooded areas in the Kankakee and northern Iroquois County areas. Local police are reporting flooded roads in areas from Paxton and Rantoul to Milford and Watseka to the Kankakee area at this time. Police remind motorists coming into flooded roads to…turn around , don’t drown. Most flood deaths occur inside vehicles.



(Clarence—jc) With five bombs found in the small community of Clarence on Monday afternoon, the investigation into why there were planted is being investigated by the F.B.I. Local law enforcement officials are also assisting with the investigation. The incident started on Monday when local police, the University of Illinois Bomb squad, First Responders and Rankin Fire Department volunteers were called to the small town of Clarence, as bombs were found in the town. WPXN News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.


(Rantoul-rb) There are several properties for sale on the Former Chanute Air Force base in Rantoul. The properties have received interest from several buyers. Village of Rantoul Administrator Rick Snider has more on the properties.



Village of Rantoul Administrator Rick Snider



(St. Joseph-rb) A St. Joseph man convicted of slugging and choking a former girlfriend who was in a car with him has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Under truth-in-sentencing, Jesse Tatman, 36, will have to serve at least 7 1 / 2 years behind bars for the aggravated domestic battery of the 39-year-old woman who has since left the area.



(St. Joseph-rb) National FFA Week is this week and we were able to talk with several students from area FFA Chapters. Emily Bloom with the St. Joseph Ogden’s FFA Chapter had this to share with us...



We were also able to talk with St. Joe Ogden FFA Member Michael Sage.



(Ford County-rb) The Special meeting of the Ford County Board that was originally  scheduled for Monday night at 7pm is now scheduled for Thursday at 7 o’clock. The change was necessary because the Illinois Open Meetings Act does not permit Special Meetings of Public Bodies to be scheduled on legal Holidays.



National FFA week is this week and it runs thru Saturday. We will feature special reports from the Brownfield Network. Cindy Young has the latest report from Brownfield Network…



Cindy Young with Brownfield Network


(Springfield-rb) The State Budget is always a hot topic in Springfield. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says employee pensions and health care are? eating up too much of the state budget…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner



(Rantoul-rb) As the year continues to move closer to March it is time to start talking about budgets in the surrounding towns. Village of Rantoul Administrator Rick Snyder talks about what the Village will do about the budget at next month’s board meeting.



Village of Rantoul Administrator Rick Snyder



With FFA week being this week and we were able to talk with several students from area FFA Chapters. Adam Crites from Rantoul Township High School’s FFA Chapter had this to share.





(Urbana—jc) -- Urbana police are investigating a shooting that happened along Cunningham Avenue on Tuesday. The shooting happened inside a car parked at PDR Automotive. A man was shot, but authorities say he will survive. A woman was also inside the car along with a baby. Champaign County Crimestoppers is seeking information about the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign County Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. You could receive a reward of up to one thousand dollars.



(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…




(Ludlow—jc) -- A open house and reunion is in the works for those in one local grade school district. Those with the Ludlow school district will hold the open house event sometime this summer as the school district works with the Reunion committee on its planned activities.



Tuesday February 20 2018

(Clarence—jc) -- Several homemade bombs were discovered in the small Ford County town of Clarence on Monday afternoon. Police made the discovery yesterday at a house located in a wooded area near Clarence. A University of Illinois bomb squad, several police departments-including Ford County personnel, and several fire crews were called to the scene. The bombs were defused. Several police departments are continuing their investigation this morning. WPXN news will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.



(Paxton—jc) It’s official. Ford County Supervisor of Assessments Patricia Langland has resigned her position as of Monday. With complaints from property owners about the reassessments of properties in Ford County, Langland said she had enough. Several hundred property owners from towns in Ford County from Elliott to Melvin and Roberts have started the process to challenge the reassessments of property taxes issued from the Assessment office in Paxton. A special meeting by Ford County leaders is now set for Thursday at 7pm in the sheriff’s meeting room at the Courthouse complex in Paxton. Local leaders are expected to pursue a replacement for Langland and the Supervisor of Assessments position in the county.



(Springfield—jc) Sexual harassment allegations in Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office are putting the speaker in a hot political seat. Some lawmakers are asking for the speaker to step down from his position. Some details on what Madigan knew about the sexual harassment charges against a member of his staff and when he knew that information remains unclear. Illinois democratic leaders also has released information to candidates and political office holders to maintain a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment.



(Cissna Park-rb) With FFA Week starting this past Saturday we were able to talk to several Students from the areas FFA Chapters, including Madeline Bauer from the Cissna Park FFA Chapter…



Cissna Park FFA’s Madeline Bauer


Joey Chickini from Paxton Buckley Loda’s FFA Chapter



PBL FFA Member Joey Chickini***


 Katelyn Crabb from Paxton Buckley Loda’s FFA Chapter…

PBL FFA’s Katelyn Crabb

 Adam Crites from Rantoul Township High School’s FFA

Adam Crites from Rantoul FFA


(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…



(Paxton-rb)  Nominations of candidates for the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Alumni Hall of Fame are due by the end of the month. A selection committee looks for outstanding achievement before or after graduation from former students of Paxton- Buckley-Loda, Buckley-Loda Township, Ford Central, Roberts-Thawville and Roberts high schools. Areas of consideration include schooling and/or work/military experience after graduation, awards and honors while in school, awards and honors after graduation, professional contributions, community activities and their positive impact on the P-B-L school district, society and world. The next induction class will be selected in May, with an induction ceremony to be held this fall on homecoming week. Nominations may be mailed to the high school in Paxton or on-line at hall-of-fame-at-p-b-l-panthers-dot-org.  More information is found by calling High School Principal Travis Duley at 217 379-4331.



(Springfield-rb) Paul Taylor, an Illinois Farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic, says that it doesn’t matter what you grow or how many acres you farm. Commodity Classic is for every farmer who wants to grow beyond…



Commodity Classic Co-Chair Paul Taylor



New (Springfield-rb) One of the hot topics in Springfield right now is spending on higher education. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner talks about his plans for spending…

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner


(Gibson City-rb) Gibson Area Hospital’s Elite Sport and Fitness held its grand opening on Thursday February 15th in its new location at 615 N Railroad in Paxton and was welcomed with community enthusiasm and excitement, evident by the attendance by people of all ages who came out to see the new facility. Event-goers from Paxton and several surrounding communities toured Gibson Area Hospital & Health Service’s latest community outreach endeavor, while also learning more about the Elite Sport and Fitness brand and mission.



(Mahomet-rb) Traffic on northbound Illinois 47 was being rerouted yesterday afternoon after a field cultivator got stuck  underneath eastbound Interstate 74 in Mahomet. Traffic was back up after a few hours and was running normal again around 4:15 pm.


(Melvin-rb) The Neverly Brothers will be at Melvin Community hall on March 3rd at 7 PM. Doors open at Five Thirty with 10 Dollar Tickets. For Reservations call 217-388-2853. Food will be available for purchase by the Melvin Youth. A special Thank You to Alliance Grain & Heritage FS of Melvin for Special donations to assist with this program.




Monday February 19 2018

(Mahomet—jc) -- A proposed new law would notify homeowners about common land areas that are for sale within homeowner associations. Local state senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet is looking to change Illinois tax code that would tell the associations about the parcels of land. The proposal could expand into other areas of concerns for property owners in the state like, small strips of land between adjacent property lines. The issue is now in the hands of the Illinois Senate.



(Paxton-rb) FFA week kicks off today and we spoke with Makayla Jones from Paxton Buckley Loda’s  FFA Chapter…



Paxton Buckley Loda’s  FFA Chapter President Makayla Jones



(Urbana—jc) He is one of the most popular former coaches in Illinois. Now, Lou Henson can add another honor to his growing list. On Friday, the former University of Illinois Basketball Coach was inducted into the Senior Illinois Hall of Fame. The honor recognizes adults making a significant impact on their communities.



(Springfield-rb) Illinois Department of Human Rights has launched its Sexual Harassment Hotline. IDHR director Leslie Strain has more on the hotline…



Illinois Department of Human Rights Director Leslie Strain.

(Champaign-rb)News Gazette reports that Parkland is the only community college in Illinois with a precision ag degree, and on Feb. 27, it will celebrate its history of agricultural education at its 50th annual Agriculture Banquet. For the 50th banquet Feb. 27, Parkland is inviting alumni of the program and will show a video highlighting the history of agricultural education there. The ag program at Parkland started in 1967, when the college did, and the first banquet was held in the spring of 1968.


(Rantoul-rb)The Rantoul Press reports there will be  No more walking in the cold for some participants of the Peace Meal program in Rantoul. Five-day-a-week C-CARTS bus service has been instituted to take senior citizens to the program held weekdays at the Wabash Avenue building that also houses Community Service Center.



(Buckley—jc) -- A fundraiser at one local Christian school was another success. Organizers for the annual Chicken dinner, carnival and auction at St John’s Lutheran school saw a large crowd enjoying fellowship and fun while raising money for the local school. Those attending enjoyed a chicken dinner, kids played games and a variety of items were placed on the silent auction.



(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…



(Springfield-rb)  The Illinois State Board of Education is considering revamping the controversial standardized test known as PARCC after using it once more in its current form this spring. PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, measures third- through eighth-graders' abilities in math and language arts based on Illinois Learning Standards. The test prompted complaints from its launch in 2015, in part because of the its days-long length and initial difficulty.


(Rantoul-rb) FFA week Kicks off today. We talked to Holley Brooks from Rantoul Township High Schools FFA Chapter…



Rantoul Township High School’s FFA Chapter president Holley Brooks


(Champaign-rb) A call to "Paint the Hall Chief" at Thursday's Illini basketball game against Purdue has sparked allegations of trademark infringement and plans for a counter-protest.Students for Chief Illiniwek and the Honor the Chief Society posted notices on Facebook last month urging fans to wear Chief Illiniwek gear to Thursday's game, the last home game of the season and Senior Night for graduating players. The News Gazette Reports.


(Washington-rb) The total land in farms for 2017 was down from the previous year according to USDA, despite year-over-year acreage increases in some classes. USDA’s Rod Bain reports on the story…


(Champaign-rb) Active shooter response drills in schools are required by law in Illinois but students aren't required to be a part of the training. There's been a lot of pressure on lawmakers to make sure kids are safe in schools. The discussion is at the forefront again after 17 people died in a school shooting in Florida this past week. Across the state schools have to hold active shooter safety drills with staff. But it's up to each district whether or not to have students participate, and many of them don't. Some Local schools are starting to talk about making sure students take part.


(Urbana—jc) -- A Rantoul man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography. According to the Rantoul press, U. S. District Judge Colin Bruce sentenced 59 year old Thomas Ihlenfeld to the 10 year sentence on Friday. Ihlenfeld was also ordered to pay 9 thousand dollars in restitution through the child pornography victim database and 5 thousand dollars to an assessment fund.



(Fisher—jc) -- 9 A M on March third is the time that Fisher residents can learn more about water rates in the village. The Village of Fisher is selling its water and sewer system to Illinois American Water Company. The agenda for the meeting on March third is to talk about water rates in Fisher and answer questions about the sale process.



Friday February 16 2018

(Hoopeston—jc) Hoopeston police are investigating a school threat made by a 12 year old. The threat was made this week and no other details on the situation were released. Local authorities say police will be on hand at Hoopeston Middle school today as school officials continue to talk to students and their parents about the threat


(Paxton-rb) Later this year, the First National Bank in Paxton will merge with its sister bank in Cissna Park to become The Frederick Community Bank.The merger will mean both the First National Bank in Paxton and Cissna Park State Bank will be under one name.First National Bank President Justin Swan has more on the meaning of the name change...



First National Bank in Paxton  President Justin Swan. The merger is tentatively scheduled to take place in late August or early September.


(Loda-rb) The Paxton Record reports  The dissolution of the Loda Sanitary District appears imminent after an Iroquois County judge last week directed district officials to wrap up its business and distribute its remaining funds to the two communities that comprise it. During a hearing in Iroquois County Circuit Court, Judge James Kinzer heard a request from the Loda Sanitary District’s attorney, Bob Martensen, to order that the district be dissolved.


(Springfield-rb) The small Business Optimism Index jumped two points to 106 point 9 in January and set a record with the number of small business owners saying Now is a Good Time to Expand, according to the National Federation of Independent Business Economic Trends survey that was released this week.



(Tuscola—jc) -- Douglas County authorities say a 24 year old person has died from flu and pneumonia. The county’s coroner’s office says Chantelle Clark died from complications of flu and pneumonia. Health officials continue to tell all citizens to get a flu shot.


(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…



(Flatville-rb) Immanuel Lutheran Church of Flatville is offering up to four 500 dollar scholarships in memory of Ed and Helen Freese. The scholarship is available to sons of farmers residing in Vermillion, Ford, or Champaign COunties, and is available to new and current college students. It is not limited to an agriculture degree program. An online application is available at WWW dot CCFBFOUNDATION dot com/Scholarships/ The deadline to submit is March 1.


(Springerfield-rb) Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has outlined his budget for the state. Governor Rauner says school districts need to start sharing the cost of teacher pensions.



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner


(Mattoon-jc) The judge in the trial of a Coles County teen accused of firing shots at Mattoon High School last year is fit to stand trial. Channel 3 reports that the judge made the ruling in court on Thursday. One student at Mattoon High School was injured in the incident. Champaign County prosecutors say the case is a new type for th state. The teen is due back in court next month for pre trial motions.


(Gibson City-rb) St. Patty’s Night of Hope will be March 17th at the Sand Trap in Gibson City. The Event runs from 6 pm to Midnight and will have a Five dollar Cover Charge. Dinner will be available for an additional charge. There will be raffle baskets and a band starting at 8.

(Buckley-rb) St. John’s Lutheran School in Buckley is set to have their Annual Chicken Dinner, Kids Carnival and Live Auction this Sunday from 3:30 until 6:45pm. St. John’s Lutheran School Spokesperson Sally Ernst has more on where the money goes from the event.



St. John’s Lutheran School Spokesperson Sally Ernst


(Danville-rb) Applications are now available for nurse practitioner scholarships through the Illinois Farm Bureau® Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program.  Now in its twenty-sixth year, the scholarship program helps encourage and develop the pool of rural health practitioners to help meet primary health care needs in rural Illinois.  Students who receive scholarships agree to practice for two years in an approved rural area in Illinois. There will be five scholarships, worth $4,000 each, granted this year. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be Illinois residents and be a Registered Nurse accepted or enrolled in an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program. Applications are available online at The application deadline is May 1.



Thursday February 15 2018


(Springfield-rb)Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner outlined his budget proposal yesterday. He talks about what we need as a state…


Governor Rauner says structural reforms are necessary to get Illinois moving in the right direction.?..



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner


(Thomasboro—jc) -- A semi tractor trailer collided with a local school bus near Thomasboro on Wednesday afternoon. Police say the driver of the semi was going west and crossing route 45 when it struck a southbound school bus . The semi driver was given a ticket for failure to yield. The accident happened around 1-30 Wednesday afternoon. No school kids were on the bus and injuries were reported.



(Rantoul-rb) License fees will be the main topic for The Rantoul Liquor Advisory Committee which is set to meet Next Tuesday at five thirty. The public is always invited to participate. The meeting is taking place in the Conference room of the Municipal Building on Tanner street in Rantoul.



(Paxton-rb) The Paxton City Council approved A donation to Pheasant’s forever as well as received an award for Water Tower of the year at last night’s City Council meeting. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold has more on those topics…



As the year 2018 swings into high gear so do talks about what the Paxton City Council would like to get done for the next year. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold talks about some projects the council would like to do this year…

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold



(St Joseph—jc) -- Officials from one Champaign County food pantry are seeking donations to fill its shelves. The St Joseph based Community Food Pantry posted on facebook that it is time to restock the shelves. Banks in St Joseph are accepting donations of food items.



(Buckley-rb) St. John’s Lutheran School in Buckley is set to have their Annual Chicken Dinner, Kids Carnival and Live Auction this Sunday from 3:30 until 6:45pm. St. John’s Lutheran School Spokesperson Sally Ernst has more on where the money goes from the event.



St. John’s Lutheran School Spokesperson Sally Ernst



(Chicago-rb) Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz extends his heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of Slain Chicago Police Department Commander Paul Bauer. The Illinois State Police Family along with all of us here WPXN stands with the Chicago Police Department to honor a great hero and father.



(Undated-jm) -- The deadline is today for High school students in Illinois 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. More information is available online at illinois realtor dot org slash bicentennial.


(Paxton-rb) Elite Sports and Fitness is hosting their open house tonight from 4:30-6:30pm at the new location 615 North Railroad Ave. in Paxton. Elite’s Director Tyler Brucker talks about what they offer…

Elite Sports and Fitness Director Tyler Brucker


(Danville—jc_) -- One person was found deceased in a fire in Danville on Wednesday morning. W I C S reports that city firefighters were called to the 36-hundred block of Bayview drive just after 9 Wednesday morning. The identity of the male found deceased has not been officially released. Police have taken a 19 year old person into custody as a person of interest. No other information was made available.


(Paxton-rb) The Paxton Buckley Loda School board discussed Action on the 2018-2019 School Calendar along with a report on the Clara Peterson Elementary Addition and Renovation Project, The PBL High School Renovation Project, and Eastlawn Elementary Demolition at last nights School Board meeting at PBL High School.


(Rantoul—jc) -- A memorial service for a longtime Rantoul pilot, museum director and village official is set for March. 17th. 70 year old Bill Clayton died on Sunday at the Champaign County nursing home. Clayton served in the air force, including time at Chanute Air Base in Rantoul. He also served the village of Rantoul in several positions . Clayton also helped raise money for a local air museum. A street on the former base was named after Clayton this past December. Lux Memorial Chapel of Rantoul is in charge of the local arrangements.

(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…




Wednesday February 14 2018

(Springfield-rb) Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will outline his Budget Proposal today. Governor Rauner talks about what the proposal might entail…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner


(Rantoul-rb) The Rantoul press reports that Rantoul Township High School seniors who meet academic, behavior and attendance criteria will be eligible for a pilot off-campus lunch program this spring.Students would have to earn Cs or higher, have no discipline referrals and have no unexcused absences or tardiness. They would be allowed to go off campus during their assigned lunch hour on the two block days. Students would have to re-qualify for the program every two weeks.


(Bloomington-rb) Rule changes are coming your way from the IHSA. The Board of Directors added new language to Policy 8 that prohibits IHSA schools from hosting events that include Junior High teams as well as non-high school teams. The Board also voted to approve Huddle/GoFan as the official digital ticketing partner of IHSA State Series and State Championship events.



(Tilton-rb) Vermilion County Coroner, Jane McFadden, says a woman who was found dead in a car on Monday on Interstate 74, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The woman, age 21, was pronounced dead at 5:35 p.m. Monday. McFadden says the woman's car was parked in the passing lane on I-74 at mile marker 213, just west of Tilton. McFadden declined to release her name. Four miles of the interstate surrounding the scene were closed for a little less than two hours Monday night as police investigated.



(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…



(Washington-rb) Some may be surprised by how many acres are enrolled in various USDA conservation programs. Rod Bain has more on the numbers…





(Rantoul-rb) Sign ups for Rantoul Rec League summer baseball and Softball begin February 26th and end March third. Registration can be done on Facebook or in person at the Rantoul Rec Department at 100 West Flessner Avenue in Rantoul.


(Springfield-rb) ?New legislation takes aim at exorbitant car title loan rates. State Senator Kimberly Lightford has more on the legislation…



State Senator Kimberly Lightford



(Gibson City-rb) The Gibson City Rotary Club now has tickets available for their annual Rotary Ball.This annual event is scheduled for Saturday, March 24th at The Sand Trap in Gibson City.$25 Tickets -  purchased in advance - Event entry, meal and name in $500 drawing. $25 Tickets - at the door - Event entry and meal. $15 Tickets - at the door - Event entry.Get your tickets now for a chance to win $500 CASH. Live music and dancing, games and prizes, live auction and raffles.  LFC from Chicago will have the dance floor hopping from the first song with their energetic cover songs. Tickets are available from all Rotarians, Janna Friday at the Bank of Gibson, contact President Susie Tongate or 309-825-0311. Proceeds from this annual event supports the club's work in the community.



(Pesotum-rb) The Illinois State Police assisted by the Champaign Police Department, conducted an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) Bar ID check During the late evening hours of Saturday, February 10, 2018. As part of the ACE detail 11 Citations were issued for Possession/Purchase of Alcohol and one citation for Unlawful Use of Identification. Four of the Citations took place at Kam’s Five at Joe’s Brewery, Two at  Red Lion and 1 at Clybourne. All of these bars are located on the Campus of The University of Illinois.







Tuesday February 13 2018

(Paxton-jc) -- Around 100 people attended last night’s Ford County board meeting to further talk to county leaders about assessments of properties throughout the county. The Ford County Assessments office recently sent notices to around 13 hundred property owners that property taxes were adjusted and were going higher. Properties in question go throughout the smaller towns and rural areas of Ford County from Kempton and Cabery to Elliott and Melvin. Ford County Supervisor of Assessments Patricia Langland told those attending her office will look for ways to help in the assessment process. To date, over 100 property owners have appealed their property tax hikes with the county. Several members of the Ford County board expressed concerns over the amount of some of the assessments, saying some could lose their homes in the process. Local leaders continue to look for solutions to the issue.



(Paxton—jc) Should another wind farm cross on grounds in Ford County? That was one issue for Ford County leaders on Monday. The issue is not a new one for local leaders as several companies now operate wind farms on county soil. The question for local leaders is should they continue a moratorium on wind farms. The consensus of Ford County leaders is that, for now, no new wind farms be built in Ford County.



(Vermilion County—jc) -- A fire truck was involved in a a two vehicle accident in Westville on Monday as it was heading to battle a blaze. State police say firefighters were headed to a building fire when the accident occurred. Three people were taken to a local hospital. The building in the fire was a total loss.


(Paxton-rb) Elite Sports and Fitness is hosting there open house on Thursday from four thirty to Six Thirty at the new location which 615 North Railroad Ave. in Paxton. Elite director Tyler Brucker has more on the event and why the location is a perfect fit…





Elite Sports and Fitness director Tyler Brucker


(Milford-rb) The Iroquois County Democratic Central Committee will host its Spring New Day/New Deal dinner on March 3rd at Town and Country, 35 East Jones Street, Milford. The New Day/New Deal dinner honors the 85th anniversary of the Inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt and all of the progressive policies that he embodied, as well as the new progressive policies addressing the concerns of the people offered by the modern progressive wing of the democratic party. Food will be provided by Road Kill Caterers. The cost of admission is 15 dollars.


(Buckley-rb) St. John’s Lutheran School is hosting their Chicken Dinner this Sunday. The Kids Carnival starts and Three Thirty and the Chicken Dinner begins at Four o’clock and a Silent auction will take place during the events. Tickets are Five Dollars for students and Ten Dollars for adults. St. John’s Lutheran School Auction Spokesperson Salli Ernst has more on this years auction…



St. John’s Lutheran School Auction Spokesperson Salli Ernst

(Champaign-rb) An American Eagle plane had to return to willard airport yesterday morning after smoke got into the cockpit. The plane which departed from Willard yesterday morning, landed without incident and was brought back to the terminal. 35 passengers onboard got off the plane at that time.The smoke in cockpit cleared up once it was vented.t appears that oil got on the auxillary power unit near the cargo area outside the cockpit.


(Farmer City-rb) Farmer City Heritage Days Committee is excited to announce the headliners for this year’s festival. This year Heritage Days will feature Country Music recording artists Drake White with Darryl Worley co-heading the event. The Show will be Saturday May 26th in Downtown Farmer City. Music kicks off at 6pm, with Darryl Worley taking the stage at 7:30 followed by Drake White. The show is free to the public with a limited number of VIP tickets available. Heritage Days spokesperson Felicia Hughes has more on how to get tickets 




She goes on to talk about the rest of the schedule of events



Heritage days spokesperson Felicia Hughes


(Iroquois County-rb) The Iroquois County Republican Central Committee will host its annual Lincoln Day Dinner at Six pm Thursday February twenty second. The Event will take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran School gym in woodworth. Tickets for the dinner are available from any local precinct committeeman, at Behrends Farm and Store, Onarga: at the Modern Woodman of America office in the Metro Center at 1127 East 5000 north Road, in Bourbonnais: or through a Facebook message at Iroquois County Republicans. Dinner tickets will also be available at the door the night of the dinner.



(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…



(Rantoul-rb) Lenten Suppers will begin next Wednesday February twenty first at American Lutheran Church in Rantoul. The suppers will be served from Five Thirty until Six Thirty each Wednesday thru March 21st. Each week will have a different food theme. Sign Up sheets are located at the church for donations that are needed.


(Urbana—jc) -- The trial date of a Champaign County man accused in the disappearance and death of a University of Illinois Student is now set. Neither side was granted what they requested in the murder trial of Brendt Christensen. He is accused in the death of Yingying Zhang. A judge on Monday set the trial for April of next year. The judge also denied a defense motion to move the trial out of Champaign County. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case against Christensen.






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