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WPXN AM NEWS Wednesday June 28 2017

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The FBI says it has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into earlier this month. The FBI said in a Tuesday statement that it has received "numerous leads" regarding the black Saturn Astra four-door hatchback and will not need any further information on the vehicle. Authorities added they've developed "several additional leads" in the active investigation.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Democrats have advanced a statewide property tax freeze to appease the Republican governor and get a budget before Saturday's deadline. The Revenue and Finance Committee approved the measure 7-1 Tuesday. The four-year freeze moves to the House floor. Gov. Bruce Rauner has insisted that property taxes be held in check as part of a budget deal. The state has had no annual spending plan for two years and another fiscal year begins Saturday.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The village of Rantoul is considering a housing incentive program. Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh talks about the program…

 

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Congressman John Shimkus is applauding the Environmental Protection Agency’s withdrawal from the Waters of the United States rule. The rule gave the EPA jurisdiction over ditches, creeks and man-made ponds even on private property. The rule was put in under the Obama Administration.

 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- One of the two main features tonight at the Ford County Fair is the Little Mr and Miss Pageant. Sandy Wycoff is the coordinator for the event. She talks about the duties of the Little Mr and Miss…

 

 

Ford County Fair Little Mr and Miss Pageant Coordinator Sandy Wycoff.

 

 

(Rural Paxton-jm) -- Paxton emergency personnel were called to a one vehicle accident late Tuesday morning. The accident occurred on Route 9 about 2 and a quarter miles west of Paxton around 11 a.m. No injuries were reported.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- It's too early to forecast so-called "bumper" crops for Midwest producers, but lately it's been tossed around as a possibility, given the good weather. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of the Illinois General Assembly are scoping a budget plan from House Democrats that would raise income taxes and make deep spending cuts. Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago emerged from a Tuesday afternoon meeting of Democratic and Republican leaders of the General Assembly. He says the plan presented at the meeting is very similar to one the Senate OK'd in May. It would raise about $5 billion from an income tax increase and spending cuts would exceed $3 billion.


CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys in a lawsuit over $2 billion in unpaid Medicaid bills say court-ordered talks to resolve the issue haven't made progress and they're asking a judge to order Illinois to start paying $1 billion a month it heads into a third year without a budget. The request in a Tuesday filing in Chicago federal court comes three weeks after Judge Joan Lefkow ruled Illinois isn't in compliance with previous court orders to pay health care bills. Tuesday's filing says "the parties are at an impasse."
 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- Tonight at the Ford County Fair it's the Little Mr and Miss Pageant. Coordinator Sandy Wycoff talks about the pageant…



Ford County Fair Little Mr and Miss Pageant Coordinator Sandy Wycoff.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- People in Rantoul are invited to a town hall meeting with their local state representative. Chad Hays will hold the town hall meeting from 6-7:30 tonight at the Rantoul Public Library’s Community Room.


 

(Melvin-jm) -- The Ford County Fair continues tonight at the fairgrounds in Melvin. Fair President Kirk Miller talks about what to expect at the fair today…



Ford County Fair President Kirk Miller.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- A historic walk will take place in Gibson City on July 16th. The tour of Sangamon Avenue in Gibson City will feature local residents portraying special people in the city’s past and telling the history of six downtown buildings. The tours will begin at 1pm and 3pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth 5-18. Advance tickets are available at the Moyer District Library.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- House Democrats are advancing a property tax relief bill that they say should meet the Governor’s requests. The proposal sets up a four year property tax freeze and excludes Chicago and Chicago Public Schools, as well as other districts with major financial problems. But Republican Senator Karen McConnaughay of West Dundee say they left out a key component, giving voters more of a say if their property taxes should be raised or lowered…



Republican Senator Karen McConnaughay of West Dundee. The bill cleared a House committee and now awaits a vote before the full House.

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Tuesday June 27 2017

(MELVIN)--Kelsey Vaughn of Paxton has been named the 2017 Ford County Fair Queen. Sydney Porter of Paxton was 1st runner up, Kaitlyn Harders of Melvin was 2nd Runner up and Autumn Flessner of Loda was selected as Miss Congeniality.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come. At least two major ratings agencies have warned they will lower Illinois' creditworthiness to below investment grade if feuding lawmakers fail to agree on a state budget for a third straight year. That would increase the amount the state will have to pay to borrow money.


McLEAN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois health officials say they're seeing an increase in tick-borne illness among residents in the state. Department of Public Health entomologist Linn Haramis tells The Pantagraph that there were more than 40 confirmed cases in 2000. By 2010, the number increased to 200 cases. The provisional total for 2016 is nearly 350 cases. The full number is likely greater because the department only counts cases confirmed by testing.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The condition of the corn and soybean crops improved last week as we hear in the weekly crop report. It was a cool and fairly dry week and crop’s fared pretty well says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. Seven percent of soybeans are now blooming and 70 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture stands at two percent very short, 17 percent short, 78 percent adequate and three percent surplus.

 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- The Ford County Fair continues tonight with the talent show. Talent Show Organizer Becky Williams talks about the different categories…

 

 

Ford County Fair Talent Show Organizer Becky Williams.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County deputies handled 7 civil matters and issued 11 traffic citations during the past week. On June 18th, a deputy mediated a property dispute in Piper City and Audrey Chouinard of Cabery was arrested following a traffic stop in Cabery for with Driving Under Revocation. On June 19th, a mailman reported being bitten by a dog in Paxton while he was delivering mail to an address on Eastview Drive, a Piper City resident reported criminal mischief at his residence.  Someone spelled out TRUMP 2020 in his grass at his home with a liquid farm chemical. On June 21st, a suspicious male taking photos of a home was reported in Piper City. On June 22nd, Jackie C Carswell of Hoopeston was arrested for Driving Under Suspension following a traffic stop for tailgating a motorcycle on Rt9 at 1600E Road. On June 23rd, Ryan Larimore of Champaign was issued a civil citation for Possession of Cannabis Less than 10 Grams following a traffic stop in Paxton for Illegal Operation of Sound Amplification System Audible over 75 Feet and a rural Ludlow juvenile was issued a civil citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a traffic stop in Paxton. On June 24th, Corey Thompson of Chicago Heights, Illinois was arrested for Driving under Suspension.  He was also issued a citation for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  This was after his vehicle caught fire and burned on I-57 and Scott Ross of Paxton was arrested following a traffic stop for speeding on Rt45 at 050N. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and was processed for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol and Drugs. He was also issued a civil citation for Possession of Cannabis Less than 10 Grams.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Lawmakers are down to the final week to work together on a budget compromise. One of the sticking points is workers compensation reform. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City hi-lites the need for workers compensation reform…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Three area youth will not be banned from a Paxton park. Park district officials considered banning the kids after complaints about them defacing tables and using foul language at Westlawn Park. Park district officials remind patrons to keep the parks family friendly.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton restaurant is open for business. Brittany and Abel Alvarado officially opened Three Boys Diner in the former Pizza Hut building Wednesday. Alvarado talks about why they decided to open a restaurant in Paxton…

 

 

Three Boys Diner Owner Brittany Alvarado.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed a new director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Beverly "BJ" Walker will take over the agency responsible for child protection and wards of the state. She served in a similar role as the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Resources from 2004 to 2011. Walker replaces George Sheldon, who resigned in May in the face of an ethics probe and as the agency was in the midst of a controversy over a child death.
 

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities are searching for a young Chinese scholar who vanished from the University of Illinois three weeks ago as she headed to sign an apartment lease. Yingying Zhang's disappearance is being treated as a kidnapping. The case has shaken staff and students at Illinois' flagship public school in Urbana-Champaign. And it's led some parents of Chinese students currently studying at American universities to question whether it's safe send to their children to the United States.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- House Republicans say their Democratic colleagues are going to have to meet them halfway to get a budget deal done. House Speaker Mike Madigan has said he wants the G-O-P to put 30 votes on any spending and revenue plan they pass. Minority Leader Jim Durkin says his caucus is willing to work with the Democrats to reach an agreement…



House Minority Leader Jim Durkin. Durkin says his members are meeting with Democratic negotiators and hopes they can hammer out a deal on these reforms as well as a budget.


 

(Washington-jm) -- Congressman Adam Kinzinger is joining 15 other congressional members to create the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus. The bipartisan caucus will discuss the conflict in Syria and advance national and international efforts to bring justice and accountability in Syria.


 

(Rankin-jm) -- The 2017 Rankin Celebration gets underway this Friday. Spokesperson Aaron Bertan talks about the event…



Rankin Celebration Spokesperson Aaron Bertan.


 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- Iroquois County Sheriff’s police made multiple arrests during the past week. On June 20th deputies arrested Donzel Jenkins of Homewood, Illinois for driving with a revoked license, resisting a peace officer, possession of stolen license plates and possession of burglary tools. On June 22nd, Lauri Gregorash of Watseka was arrested on an outstanding warrant for theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. On June 23rd, Mercedes Marquis of Watseka was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for retail theft and David Riley of Hoopeston was returned to the Iroquois County jail from the Vermilion County jail on an outstanding warrant for domestic battery.


 

(Melvin-jm) -- Kelsey Vaughn was crowned Miss Ford County 2017 at the Ford County Fair. Ford County Fair President Kirk Miller has what is on the schedule for today at the fair…



Ford County Fair President Kirk Miller. As Miller mentioned tonight is the talent show at the Ford County Fair. Coordinator Becky Williams talks about the talent show…



Ford County Fair Talent Show Coordinator Becky Williams.

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Monday June 26 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Judges will be encouraged to prescribe longer sentences for repeat gun offenders under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The idea is to help curb street violence in Chicago. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson attended the bill signing Friday with the Republican governor at the Capitol. The law also introduces a diversion program for non-violent first-time offenders and creates an Illinois State Police-led violent crime intelligence task force.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Frustration and finger pointing continue as lawmakers wrap up the first three days of special session. The Governor called the special session and encouraged the legislature to pass a balanced budget with reforms. But Senate President John Cullerton questions whether everyone wants to get a deal done, and says the Senate already did its part when Democrats passed a budget last month…

 

 

Senate President John Cullerton. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says he’s been meeting with House Speaker Mike Madigan to continue negotiations. He says they’ve made progress on worker’s compensation reform.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Changes are coming to Paxton’s solicitors laws. Mayor Bill Ingold says one of the changes is the addition of fines for those who violate the city’s laws…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce will have a new director starting in July. Viviana Jimenez will take over as executive director after Kellie Wahl announced her resignation back in May.

 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- The Ford County Fair started yesterday at the fairgrounds in Melvin. Ford County Fair President Kirk Miller talks about what to expect at the fair today…

 

 

Ford County Fair President Kirk Miller.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their 2017 golf outing. The event will take place this Friday at Lakeview Country Club in Loda. Funds raised will go towards the community fund.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Village of Rantoul is gearing up for their Freedom Celebration. Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kellie Wahl talks about this year’s event…

 

 

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kellie Wahl.

 

 

(Sheldon-jm) -- Two people have been arrested in connection to a fire in Sheldon this week. 44-year-old Melissa Emery and a 17-year old juvenile from Sheldon have been arrested on a felony charge of residential arson. Police say Emery and the 17-year-old are accused of starting a fire to Emery’s home at 440 E. Center St in Sheldon Wednesday morning. The incident remains under investigation by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- There were some pretty big numbers in Friday's USDA Cattle on Feed report. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has threatened to reject a plan extending the funding mechanism for the state's 911 call centers, saying proposed fee increases are too high and the plan is loaded with other ideas. The Republican's administration issued a memo, saying he wants lawmakers to send him a "clean bill" by next week's end. That's when the plan sunsets. The extension is needed to ensure 911 centers continue to get funding.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a new law that aims to curb gun violence in Illinois. The law lets judges impose stiffer sentences for repeat gun offenders. Senator Kwame Raoul of Chicago has seen the violence firsthand, and was a lead negotiator of the bill…

 

 

State Senator Kwame Raoul of Chicago. The law also strives to rehabilitate low level criminals by increasing access to educational and job training opportunities.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The spring legislative session saw few hi-lites with no work on a budget. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says one of the hi-lites with procurement reform…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- A new park was dedicated in the village of Gifford Saturday. As part of the Gifford Celebration, officials in the village dedicated the Emord Memorial Park in honor of Ernest and Jeanette Emord. Emords children donated the land to the village to use as a park after the family’s home was destroyed the by tornado back in 2013.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Village of Rantoul is looking to spark development with a new housing incentive program. Rantoul Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh talks about the program…

 

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Illinois State Police are looking for a person involved in a hit and run with a state trooper in Champaign. Police say 29-year-old Turhan Levelle Sims of Champaign was southbound on Champaign Street at Bradley Avenue when he failed to stop, striking a marked state police cruiser. The impact sent Sims car into two other parked cars before crashing into the porch of a house. Sims fled the scene on foot. Anyone with information is asked to call Illinois State Police in Pesotum.

 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- 8 girls will be vying for the title of Miss Ford County 2017 tonight at the Ford County Fair. Pageant Director Alaina Kief has the names of those competing…

 

 

Ford County Fair Pageant Director Alaina Kief.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The track at Rantoul Township High School will be resurfaced this week. Midwest Track Builders, the company hired to resurface the track will begin today. It’s expected to take 3 to 4 days to complete the project.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- As summer storms pop up, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is reminding families about lightning safety. Even if a storm seems far away, once you start hearing rumbles of thunder, it’s time to get inside says IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson. She notes you need to take some precautions indoors as well…

 

 

IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson. Data shows that the majority of lightning fatalities and injuries occur during outdoor recreational activities such as golfing, sporting events and swimming.

 

 

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Friday June 23 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The unemployment rate dropped over the year in nearly all metro areas. 13 metro areas enjoyed a decline in the jobless rate from May of 2016 to May of 2017. Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough (goff) says there was some job growth…

 

 

Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough. Locally, in Ford County, the unemployment rate dropped from 4 point 5 percent to 4 point 3 percent. In Champaign County, the unemployment rate dropped from 4 point 6 percent to 4 percent. In Iroquois County, the unemployment rate dropped from 4 point 6 percent to 3 point 9 percent. In Vermilion County, the unemployment rate dropped from 6 point 4 percent to 6 percent.

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- The 2017 Gifford Celebration gets underway this evening with Marvin Lee performing at Werner Roessler Park. Spokesperson Callie Heidbreider has the schedule of events for Saturday…

 

 

Gifford Celebration Spokesperson Callie Heidbreider.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City is accepting donations to go towards a skatepark in memory of a former alderman. Ed Day had been working to get a skatepark built in the community prior to his death in May. Those wanting to donate can do so by mailing their donation to the city at P.O. Box 545 Gibson City Illinois 60936.

 

(Undated-jm) -- Lawmakers continue to meet in special session at the state capitol. Lawmakers have until midnight next Friday to reach a budget compromise. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says the state is spending more than it brings in…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Sealed bids for several abandoned properties throughout the county continue to be accepted. The Ford County Treasurer’s office is accepting sealed bids for the properties in Gibson City, Piper City, Cabery and Paxton through September 22nd. The required minimum bid is $645.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The sounds of fireworks will be heard in Paxton this 4th of July but it may not be so in some area communities. The company that provides the fireworks for several area community displays was shut down by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The oldest motel in Rantoul will be torn down. The village bought the Rantoul Motel along Route 45 for $79,000 after it was determined uninhabitable. The hotel was built in 1952.

 

 

(Saybrook-jm) -- Saybrook will hold their annual Stars and Stripes Celebration Saturday. One of the hi-lites is three bands that will be performing says spokesperson Sam Homerding…

 

 

Saybrook Stars and Stripes Celebration Spokesperson Sam Homerding.

 

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(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School will hold their annual golf outing this Saturday. Executive Director Sandy Spitz talks about the event…

 

 

Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.

 

 

(Saybrook-jm) -- The 2017 Saybrook Stars and Stripes is tomorrow. Spokesperson Sam Homerding says there is a full slate of activities planned…

 

 

Saybrook Stars and Stripes Spokesperson Sam Homerding.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for kids to participate in this year’s Little Mr and Miss Pageant. The pageant is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 7 who live within the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district. There is a $15 entry fee per contestant. The deadline to sign up is Monday, June 26th. For more information, call the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce at 379-4655.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City is considering changes to their wind turbine ordinance. Mayor Dan Dickey says they are trying to promote alternative forms of energy in the community…

 

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.

 

 

(Bloomington-jm) -- The Coliseum in Bloomington will have a new name. The group announced Normal based Grossinger Motors has been awarded the naming rights at a cost of $175,000 a year through 2022. The group takes over the naming rights after U.S. Cellular opted not to renew their agreement.

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- The 2017 Gifford Celebration is this weekend. Spokesperson Callie Heidbreider says activities kick off tonight…

 

 

Gifford Celebration Spokesperson Callie Heidbreider.

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- The Fisher School Board has approved an amended budget. The changes include an additional $50,000 in corporate replacement taxes as well as a loss of $62,000 in special education payments because of a lack of payments from the state.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging families to watch out for rabid bats and animals. Bats, wild animals and pets can carry rabies and symptoms can vary says State Public Health Veterinarian Connie Austin…

 

 

State Public Health Veterinarian Connie Austin. Austin says it’s important to vaccinate your pets against the disease. She says you shouldn’t touch or bring wild animals into your home, even if they are sick. Instead you should call animal control or an animal rescue group. If you do find a bat in your home, don’t release or kill it until you speak to local public health officials.

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Thursday June 22 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Rough estimates show that it costs nearly $48,000 for one day of legislative special session, factoring in travel and per diem payments for lawmakers. The Secretary of the Senate's office provided an estimate, accounting for $111 daily per diem and 39 cents per mile for 177 members of the General Assembly. The total also includes paying staff needed when lawmakers are at the Capitol. However, the actual cost may be lower if there isn't full attendance or lawmakers forgo per diem payments.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- There wasn’t much action in Springfield for the first day of the special session. Both the House and Senate spent just a few minutes in special session as frustration continues to grow. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says the recently proposed Republican plan will end the budget stalemate, but says the ball is now in the House Democrats’ court to call it for a vote…

 

 

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin. House Democrats say they have already passed some of the Governor’s requested reforms and that the G-O-P plan is not balanced.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) --  The man found dead in a Rantoul pool Monday likely died of natural causes. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup says an autopsy performed Wednesday on Russell Conley Jr did not reveal evidence of trauma or drowning. Conley was found unresponsive in a pool at Heritage Inn in Rantoul. Northrup says says Conley’s death appears to be the result of natural causes most likely due to health related issues. The coroner’s office is awaiting toxicology results.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The village of Rantoul is hoping to spur housing development with a new incentive program. Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh explains the program…

 

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh. Fiegenschuh says with the way the proposal is worded, if the school districts opt not to participate, the proposal will not move forward. The Rantoul Township High School school district has said they will look at it the issue further in July. It is unknown when the Rantoul City School District will look at the issue.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton will have fireworks this 4th of July but some area communities may not be so lucky. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold explains why the fireworks almost didn’t happen…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Ludlow-jm) -- Ludlow has a new mayor. The village board selected Steve Thomas to fill the position once held by Pete Walker. Walker resigned earlier this month because he is moving out of town. Thomas was appointed to the board in 1998 and won election twice before not seeking re-election in 2004. Walker appointed Thomas to the board again in 2010.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The state’s business climate is at risk if the state doesn’t pass a budget and reforms by the June 30th deadline. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says some business groups are calling out lawmakers for their lack of bipartisanship and compromise during the spring session…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An online fundraising effort has brought in more than $80,000 for family of a visiting scholar from China who disappeared from the University of Illinois. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the U of I Community Credit Union setup the website to help relatives of 26-year-old Yingying Zhang, who disappeared June 9. University officials say Zhang's father, aunt and boyfriend have arrived from China and are staying in university housing.

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Little Mr and Miss Pageant will continue again this year at Paxton’s Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration at Pells Park. There are some changes for this year’s contest says Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Amanda Donaldson…

 

 

Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson.

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- The Fisher School District has approved a lease to own contract for two buses. The district will have to pay a total of $71,250 over three years to own the buses. The new buses will be handicap accessible.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders have approved the purchase of a new grinder for the sewer plant. Mayor Dan Dickey says the purchase is part of upgrading the system…

 

 

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County employees will have a new insurance provider. The county voted to contract with Aetna instead of continuing with current provider United Health Care. Under the new plan, there will be some additional cost to employees, who currently don’t have to pay deductibles. If the county would have continued with United Health Care it would cost the county an additional $90,000.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois lawmakers tasked with resolving the state’s unprecedented budget impasse gathered in Springfield Wednesday. Prior to the start of the session, State Representative Dan Brady of Bloomington, one of the Republican leaders and minority spokesperson on the Higher Education Committee spoke about higher education from the compromise budget package that is out there now…

 

 

State Representative Dan Brady of Bloomington.

 

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Wednesday June 21 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is calling for unity as lawmakers head into a 10 day special session. As the legislature heads back to Springfield, Governor Rauner is urging House and Senate members to come together, compromise and pass a balanced budget…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Governor Rauner is asking lawmakers to pass a budget plan proposed by Republicans last week that also includes some of his proposed reforms. He says failure to act is not an option.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Construction at Lincoln’s Challenge in Rantoul could yet again come to a halt because of the lack of a state budget. The Illinois Capital Development Board told contractors working on the project that if the General Assembly does not pass a budget by the June 30th deadline, the project would be halted. A gym and academic building were scheduled to be completed in September. Work was halted in the summer of 2015 because of a lack of a budget but resumed in the fall of 2016.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton business will be opening today. Brittany Alvarado and her husband Abel will open their restaurant 3 Boys Diner this evening…

 

 

3 Boys Diner Owner Brittany Alvarado.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — A progress report filed in federal court shows that Illinois' child welfare agency has slowly made "incremental" improvements, but concerns linger about the impact of the state's budget impasse and the agency's leadership. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and outside experts are monitoring progress the Department of Children and Family Services makes in several areas. Attorneys met in court Tuesday for a hearing about the report.

 

 

(Loda-jm) -- A local golf course is offering a special for those interested in trying golf. Lakeview Country Club in Loda Course Superintendent Doug McCoy talks about their new punch pass special…

 

 

Lakeview Country Club in Loda Course Superintendent Doug McCoy.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their 2017 golf outing. The event will take place on Friday, June 30th at Lakeview Country Club in Loda. Funds raised will go towards the community fund. For more information or to sign your team up call the chamber office at 379-4655.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to recognize those who go above and beyond in the community. Chamber Director Amanda Donaldson says they are looking for nominees for the Golden Deeds award…

 

 

Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The Foo Fighters will be making a stop at the State Farm Center in Champaign in November. The rock band will be at the State Farm Center on November 8th at 7:30 as part of their fall tour. Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 13th at 10 a.m.

 

 CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois legislators have been called to the state Capitol to attempt solving a budget impasse that could enter a third straight year. There are some options on the table as the feud between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats controlling the Legislature drags on. Meanwhile, the gridlock has hit the state's credit rating, social services and threatens to halt transportation projects.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- When lawmakers return to the state capitol today, one of the focuses will be on education funding reform. State Senator Jason Barickman is on the committee tasked with coming up with a fair funding formula for all the schools in the state. He says they have bipartisan support for a reform package…

 

 

State Senator Jason Barickman.

 

 

(Thomasboro-jm) -- Part time employees for the village of Thomasboro will receive a pay raise. The village board voted to give employees a 2 percent raise. They also approved an increase for Public Works Superintendent Tyler Martin. His pay will go from $38,000 a year to $42,000 a year.

 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- The 2017 Ford County Fair kicks off Sunday at the fairgrounds in Melvin. One of the evening's activities is the talent show. Talent Show Coordinator Becky Williams talks about the different categories for the show…

 

 

Ford County Fair Talent Show Coordinator Becky Williams.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 4 civil matters and issued 14 traffic citations during the past week. On June 11th, a Melvin resident reported possible criminal mischief, a Piper City resident reported being the victim of telephone harassment, a report of reckless driving was taken in Piper City, a rural Gibson City resident reported a domestic argument and a deputy mediated a domestic argument in Sibley. On June 12th, deputies assisted Gibson Ambulance personnel and Sibley First Responders at a fight in Sibley. On June 13th, a deputy mediated a landlord/tenant dispute in Melvin and a rented bounce house was reported taken from a Guthrie residence. On June 14th, a deputy responded to a bank alarm in Piper City. On June 16th, a rural Paxton resident reported being the victim of a phone scam. On June 17th, deputies mediated a dispute between roommates in Piper City, a deputy mediated a dispute in Elliott between an appliance repairman and his client and a deputy investigated a report of animal neglect in Guthrie.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- State agencies are saving millions of dollars through an energy efficiency program. Several state owned facilities have been upgrading lighting systems as part of the “free lights” program says the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Molly Lunn…

 

 

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Molly Lunn. The facilities received six point four million dollars in lighting upgrades and it’s estimated this will save the state about 16 million dollars over the life of the initiative.

 

 

 

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Tuesday June 20 2017

(RANTOUL-dg)-Police are investigating the death of a man found in a motel pool late Monday afternoon in Rantoul.  Officers were called to the Heritage Inn on Murray Rd. at 5:29 pm following a report of a person not moving in the pool. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has identified the man as Russell B. Conley Jr. age 68 of Rantoul. Based on the investigation to this point, foul play is not suspected said Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Producers made a lot of headway harvesting winter wheat as we hear in the weekly crop report. With about five days suitable for fieldwork, Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says farmers made some nice progress…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 97 percent of soybeans have been planted and 92 percent emerged. 59 percent of corn and 67 percent of soybeans are rated in good to excellent condition. The recent rains helped raise average statewide topsoil moisture levels to three percent very short, 19 percent short, 72 percent adequate and six percent surplus.

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- A vote on a potential management change for the Champaign County Nursing Home will be held Thursday. SAK Management Services has shown interest in taking over the financially troubled facility. If approved, SAK Management Services could take over July 1st.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- A Congressional House Appropriations Committee has unveiled a $4 billion funding increase for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 2018. Included in the increase is $8.4 million for mental health services, $7.3 million for homeless veterans’ programs and $186 million for suicide prevention initiatives.

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- The village of Fisher is looking to continue work on the northside drainage project. Mayor Mike Bayler talks about the next phase of the project…

 

 

Fisher Mayor Mike Bayler.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton Police were called to a car vs building accident in downtown Paxton Monday afternoon. Police were called after a car struck the front of Hudson’s Drug and Hallmark around 12:15. No word on if there were any injuries.

 

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- Iroquois County Treasurer Mindy Kuntz Hagan is reminding residents that the deadline to pay the first installment of the 2016 payable in 2017 real estate taxes are due this Wednesday. After that date, a penalty will be assessed. Residents can pay by mail, at any Iroquois County financial institution or at the Treasurer’s office.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- There are some changes coming to Paxton’s soliciting laws. Mayor Bill Ingold talks about some of the changes…

 

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- USDA is wrapping up data collection for a much anticipated report on actual planted acreage. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- Champaign County will be in the process of looking for a new treasurer. Current treasurer Dan Welch has announced his plans to retire at the end of the year. Welch has been Champaign County treasurer for the last 19 years.

 

 

(Thomasboro-jm) -- The Champaign County village of Thomasboro will be looking for a new police chief. Keith Willis announced he will be retiring in November. Willis has been Thomasboros police chief for 12 years.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will hold their annual golf outing this Saturday at Shagbark Country Club in Onarga. Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz says they are looking for tee sponsors…

 

 

Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz. Cost is $300 for a team of 4, or $75 per individual. For more information or to sign your team up call the school at 217-394-2547.

 

 

(Chatsworth-jm) -- Firefighters from five area departments were called for a fire near Chatsworth. Firefighters from Roberts, Melvin, Sibley, Gibson City and Piper City were called to a machine shed fire at 2696 N. 3400 E. near Chatsworth around 12:30. No word on the cause of the fire.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- It’s another busy week for the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Kellie Wahl talks about what all the chamber has going on this week…

 

 

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kellie Wahl.

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WPXN/WWHP Sports Page Tuesday June 20 2017

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras hit a tying home run, Javier Baez scored the winning run on an error and Wade Davis worked out of a ninth-inning jam to lead the Chicago Cubs past the San Diego Padres 3-2.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads from the Irish Hills of Michigan to the twist and turns of Sonoma with the Toyota SaveMart 350. Erik Jones finished 16th at Michigan as this is his first full season in the cup series. He filled in at Joe Gibbs Racing for a couple of races last year before signing with Furniture Row Racing in the off season. Jones talks about working with some of the veteran drivers including his teammate, Martin Truex Jr…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Erik Jones.

 

MLB Tonight

Mike Leake is on the mound tonight for the St. Louis Cardinals as they are in Philadelphia tonight to take on the Phillies. Game time is set for 6:05.

 

Mike Montgomery pitches for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field tonight as the Cubs host the Padres. Game time is set for 7:05.

 

Derek Holland is on the mound for the Chicago White Sox tonight as they are in Minnesota to take on AL Central Rival Minnesota Twins. Game time is set for 7:10.

 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s NASCAR Live. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Monday June 19 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Democrats will take another look at a Senate-approved spending plan this week as a way to end a two-year budget stalemate. Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago told The Associated Press Friday that House Republicans should step up and help approve the Senate fiscal plan despite GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner's resistance. House Democrats' spokesman Steve Brown pointed out there wasn't enough support among majority Democrats for the proposal in May.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month and the Illinois Department on Aging is reminding that abuse comes in many forms. Cases of elder abuse have increased in recent years, although that could be due to more people reporting the problem says Agency Spokesperson Veronica Vera…

 

Illinois Department on Aging Spokesperson Veronica Vera. Other types of abuse include emotional, physical and sexual as well as neglect and confinement. If you suspect someone is a victim of elder abuse or are being abused yourself, call the state’s hotline at 866-800-1409.

 

 

(Rural Paxton-jm) -- Paxton first responders were called to a two vehicle accident Sunday afternoon near Paxton. Emergency personnel were called to the accident at 500N and 2000 E about a mile northeast of Paxton around 3:15. No word on if there were any injuries.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- The American Soybean Association along with several other ag groups are urging the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to adequately fund the Farm Service Agency. The groups are asking lawmakers to provide enough funding for the Farm Service Agency to provide a risk management framework for farmers in the current lagging farm economy. The group says access to farm loans and credits is critical to the industry.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders have approved a facade grant for a business on E. 9th Street. Mayor Dan Dickey talks about the facade grant program…

 

 

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The fiscal year 2017 amended budget hi-lites the agenda for the Rantoul Township High School school board tonight. In addition to the budget hearing and approval of the amended budget, school board members will consider Title 1 plans and a company to do an annual audit. The Rantoul Township High School budget hearing will be held at 6:45 with the regular meeting scheduled for 7.

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- The Gifford School Board will hear an update on state payments to the district at tonight's school board meeting. In addition to an update on state payments, school board members will also hear an update on a piece of legislation in the General Assembly and approve an IDOT hazard report. The Gifford School Board meeting gets underway at 6 p.m.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Village of Rantoul has a new police chief. Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh says they hired a familiar face to the community…

 

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh.

 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- Eight young ladies will be vying for the title of Miss Ford County 2017. The young ladies competing are: Mercedes Wise of Loda, Kaitlyn Harders of Melvin, Deanna Diesburg of Paxton, Ashley Meece of Paxton, Sydney Porter of Paxton, Kelsey Vaughn of Paxton, Autumn Flessner of Loda and Karla Rodriguez of Paxton. The fair queen pageant will take place on Monday, June 26th at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Congressman John Shimkus is praising passage of the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. The legislation creates an easier process to remove, demote or suspend any VA employee of poor performance or misconduct on the job. It also provides more protections for whistleblowers and bars the VA for using their removal authority if an employee has an open whistleblower case. It now heads to President Trump who has indicated he will sign it.

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- The 2017 Gifford Celebration will be held June 23rd and 24th. Spokesperson Callie Heidbreider (hide-breeder) talks about some of the changes with this year’s event...

 

 

Gifford Celebration Spokesperson Callie Heidbreider.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Democrats will take another look at a Senate-approved spending plan this week as a way to end a two-year budget stalemate. Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago told The Associated Press Friday that House Republicans should step up and help approve the Senate fiscal plan despite GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner's resistance. House Democrats' spokesman Steve Brown pointed out there wasn't enough support among majority Democrats for the proposal in May.

 

 

(Chicago-jm) -- How to keep young people who have broken the law from reoffending is the topic of an all-day forum in Chicago. Veronica Carter reports…

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Illinois’ four major ag groups expressing their concern about President Trump’s decision to roll back trade opportunities with Cuba. The Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association and Illinois Soybean Growers say the move could hurt already struggling farmers and decrease the value of ag products.

 

 

(Rural Gifford-jm) -- Two people were taken to the hospital following a head on crash near Gifford Sunday afternoon. According to Illinois State Police, 86 year old Helen Hamrick of Cissna Park was traveling westbound on U.S. 136 near County Road 2100 E. between Gifford and Dillsburg when she went into the eastbound lane and struck a vehicle driven by 86-year-old Dwight Snyder of Rantoul. Snyder and Hamrick were taken to the hospital for their injuries. Hamrick was cited for improper lane usage.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The clock is ticking for state lawmakers to come up with a budget. Governor Rauner has called the General Assembly back to the state capitol this week to try and work on a budget. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says yet again lawmakers will be working overtime…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City Melvin Sibley School Board is expected to consider insurance matters at tonight’s school board meeting. School Board members will look at the property, liability and cyber insurance policy as well as consider approving bonds for the 2017-2018 school year. The GCMS school board meeting gets underway at 6:15 p.m.

 

 

(Gilman-jm) -- Lunch fees for head start students in the Iroquois West School District could go up if a proposal before the Iroquois West School Board is approved. School Board members will be asked to increase the lunches to $2.75 which is the same rate as the other students. District leaders will also consider the renewal of property, casualty, liability insurance. The Iroquois West School Board meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The 2017 Rantoul Freedom Celebration will take place June 29th through July 4th. Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kellie Wahl says they have tickets for sale in advance for some of the weekends activities...

 

 

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kellie Wahl.

 

(Sibley-jm) -- Sibley firefighters were called to a grass fire Friday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the grass fire along Route 47, 1 mile north of the village just after noon.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Little Vibrations Show Choir will be making a return to Paxton’s Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration. Any Paxton-Buckley-Loda student entering grades 1-6 are welcome to attend this year’s camp with only 20 applicants for each age group selected. The camp will take place from June 20th with the final performance on July 4th. Cost is $50 per student.

 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- The Ford County Fair runs June 25th through July 1st at the fairgrounds in Melvin. One of the night’s entertainment is a Talent Show says Show Coordinator Becky Williams…

 

 

Ford County Fair Talent Show Coordinator Becky Williams.

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WPXN Sports Page Monday June 19 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) — John Lackey and three relievers combined on a three-hitter and Anthony Rizzo homered among his three hits to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1.

 

BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Trumbo homered for the second consecutive day and the Baltimore Orioles beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-5.

 

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3  snapping Chicago's three-game winning streak.

 

E. I. Baseball

Buckley def Gifford Flatville 4-3 & 7-2

 

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — 27-year-old Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kuh) earned his first major victory by finishing with a 5-under 67 to win the U.S. Open by four strokes over Brian Harman. Koepka grabbed control with three straight birdies on the back nine and matched Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open record by finishing at 16 under.

 

Congratulations to the following feature winners from Friday night’s races at Farmer City Raceway. Late Models went to McKay Wenger, Modifieds was won by Allen Weisser, Pro Lates went to Myles Moos, AJ. Meiferdt won Street Stocks and Adam Webb won the Hornets Feature race.

 

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Larson earned his second NASCAR Cup Series win of the season by holding off Chase Elliott at Michigan International Speedway.

Larson started from the pole and took control on a restart with five laps remaining before closing out his third career Cup win. Martin Truex Jr. won the first two stages of the race but finished sixth, ceding the points lead to Larson.

Joey Logano was third, followed by Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray.

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fast Talk. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Friday June 16 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Appellate Court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by social service providers suing Illinois over the lack of payment during the budget impasse. The Pay Now Illinois coalition sued last year in Cook County to force the state to honor contracts during the stalemate. The appellate court dismissed the case Thursday and directed providers to the Court of Claims for relief.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling state legislators into a special session to work out a budget deal and end an impasse which could soon enter a third year. The Republican announced the news Thursday in a Facebook video and statement, accusing majority Democrats of "ignoring" his recommendations. Democrats rejected Rauner's statements Thursday, saying they've presented viable options. The special session dates are set from June 21 until June 30. The fiscal year begins July 1.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois unemployment rate dropped slightly last month, but job growth remains below the national average. The state jobless rate for May came in at four point six percent, down from four point seven percent in April. 24-hundred jobs were gained last month says Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough (goff)...

 

 

Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough. The national unemployment rate for May was four point three percent.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The Relay for Life of Champaign County is tomorrow at West Side Park in Champaign. Co-Organizer Adele Haag talks about the schedule of events…

 

 

Relay for Life of Champaign County Co-Organizer Adele Haag.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A Rantoul teen has been arrested for stealing a car with three children in it Thursday. According to Rantoul police, they were called to J.W. Eater Junior High for a stolen vehicle with three small children ages 9 months, 5 and 9. An officer located the children near Veteran’s Parkway and Chanute Street unharmed. Police arrested 18-year-old Kevin Lefever in Vermilion County. He was taken to the Champaign County Correctional Center on charges of Vehicle Theft and Child Endangerment. Lefever had been arrested days earlier for stealing two vehicles in the village.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Little Vibrations will be making a return again this year to Paxton’s Old Fashioned 4th of July event at Pells Park. Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson says they will hold a camp starting next week…

 

Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The state FFA Convention is underway in Springfield and one area chapter has received a high honor. The Paxton-Buckley-Loda FFA Chapter received the FFA Foundation’s Top Chapter Award.

 

 

(Watseka-jm) -- The Iroquois County Relay for Life will be held this Saturday in Watseka. American Cancer Society Community Manager Carrie Robinette talks about the event…

 

 

American Cancer Society Community Manager Carrie Robinette. WPXN will be broadcasting from the Relay for Life from 2:30-3:30.

 

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Police say the FBI is investigating the disappearance of a Chinese woman from a central Illinois university town as a kidnapping. Twenty-six-year-old Yingying Zhang was about a month into a yearlong appointment at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign when she disappeared June 9. University police released surveillance video Monday showing Zhang entering a black Saturn Astra vehicle in Urbana that afternoon. Her friends told police she had gone out to sign a lease.

 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bankers continue to expect little growth in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states because of weak commodity prices. The overall economic index for the region slipped to the neutral score of 50 in June from May's 50.1.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her counterparts in other states are investigating whether drug manufacturers are contributing to the opioid abuse epidemic. Opioids, both prescription and illegal are the main driver of drug overdose deaths says Attorney General Madigan. Her office is looking into drug makers that are pushing their products…

 

 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Last year, Madigan’s office filed a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company for deceptive marketing a highly addictive opioid drug to doctors for off-label use.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- The 2017 Buckley Fun Day is set for tomorrow. Spokesperson Jim Biggs has the rundown of the days activities…

 

 

Buckley Fun Day Spokesperson Jim Biggs.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man has been sentenced to two years probation for unlawful restraint. 25-year-old Jack Cardwell pleaded guilty in Champaign County court to unlawful restraint after he admitted he pinned his girlfriend against the wall of their mobile home back in May. In exchange for his guilty plea, a charge of domestic battery was dismissed.

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The 2017 Champaign County Relay for Life is this Saturday at West Side Park in Champaign. Co-Organizer Adele Haag talks about some of the events planned for the relay…

 

Champaign County Relay for Life Co-Organizer Adele Haag.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their lunch and learn on June 22nd. Cheryl Mitchell, Director of Entrepreneurship Education with Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities will be the guest speaker. The event will run from 12-1 at the Hope Vineyard Church on N. Market Street. Deadline to make your reservations is Monday, June 19th.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is calling lawmakers back to Springfield next week for a continuous special session. The Governor is setting Wednesday, June 21st as the first day of special session, and is urging House and Senate members to get to work. He says they should consider the needs of the people of Illinois and pass a budget…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Lawmakers are facing a quickly approaching deadline as the state’s fiscal year ends June 30th.

 
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WPXN Morning Sports Page Friday June 16 2017

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Keon Broxton and Eric Thames homered to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Matt Davidson homered for the fourth straight game, then doubled and scored in a four-run sixth inning to lead the Chicago White Sox over Baltimore 5-2.

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Lady Panthers Basketball team will have a new coach next season. Rachel Hurliman submitted her resignation this week as both high school girls basketball coach and junior high math teacher to take a teaching position in Urbana. Hurliman went 30 and 27 in two seasons with the Panthers. Nathan Lawler will take over the program. He was also hired to be a junior high special education teacher.

 

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Erin Hills was kind to Rickie Fowler and rough on several others during the first round of the U.S. Open. Fowler is atop the leaderboard following a 7-under 65 that included seven birdies and no bogeys at the Wisconsin course.

 

E. I. Baseball 1pm DH

Buckley @ Gifford-Flatville

Paxton @ Champaign

Royal @ Central Illinois

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Racing continues tonight at the Farmer City Raceway. McKay Wenger is third in points in the late models and talks about racing at Farmer City…

 

 

Late Models driver McKay Wenger.

 

(Michigan-jm) -- The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan this weekend. Ryan Blaney picked up his first career cup win last week. He talks about how that win impacts the way he will race this week…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Ryan Blaney.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The cars will be on the track tonight at Farmer City. In the late models, McKay Wenger sits third in points. He talks about figuring out the racing style each week…

 

 

Late Models Driver McKay Wenger.

 

(Michigan-jm) -- Michigan International Speedway is where the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is this weekend. Ryan Newman has been pretty good at Michigan over the past few years. He talks about what he expects on Sunday…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman.

 

MLB Today

Carlos Martinez is on the mound as the St. Louis Cardinals open a weekend series tonight in Baltimore against the Orioles.

 

The Chicago Cubs are in Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates this weekend. Eddie Butler is pitching for the northsiders.

 

The Chicago White Sox are in Toronto to take on the Blue Jays this weekend. Jose Quintana will try and pick up the win for the southsiders.

 

Saturday on WPXN its Summer Fun Stop # 2 as we stop at Buckley Lake for Buckley Fun Day, then it’s Xfinity racing with the Michigan 250 at noon. Following Xfinity racing it’s Summer Fun Stop #3 at the Iroquois County Relay for life.

 

Sunday on WPXN it’s the Monster Energy Firekeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup series race from Michigan International Speedway with a 1pm start time.

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Thurrsday June 15 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials say the fairgrounds in Springfield and DuQuoin will be ready for summer state fairs, but that major updates await private fundraising and a state spending plan. The State Journal-Register reports emergency funds are available to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, and that $600,000 has been used to enclose a warm-up arena before the 76th annual Midwest Charity Horse Show this week. The show's usual home is a century-old facility that was shut down for safety reasons.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The clock is ticking for lawmakers to reach a budget compromise. The state has not had a budget in over 700 days and with 15 days left before the end of the fiscal year, there is still a lot of unknowns. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says schools could be greatly affected if a deal isn’t reached by the end of the month…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- People around the world are asked to wear purple today in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. According to the Illinois Department on Aging, seniors who live at home are at risk of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation by family members or others close to them. To report suspected abuse, call the 24 hour Adult Protective Services hotline at 1-866-800-1409.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton City Council has approved an agreement with a company to build a cell tower in the city. Mayor Bill Ingold talks about the agreement…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton food pantry is receiving a donation to help them better serve users. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is donating $4,550 to the Hands of Christ Food Pantry. The food pantry will use the money to buy a larger, reach in cooler.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Republican lawmakers are offering a budget and reform plan they say will break the impasse. The proposal includes term limits, pension and school funding reform, a four year property tax freeze, a cap on state spending and money to pay some old bills. Additionally, it would provide full year funding for social services says State Representative Patti Bellock of Westmont…

 

 

State Representative Patti Bellock of Westmont. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says if the legislation is passed, he believes the Governor will sign it into law.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republicans have presented what they're calling a "compromise" budget and reform plan to end the state's nearly three-year budget impasse. It was a familiar refrain Wednesday with Republicans presenting an outline for a four-year property tax freeze, term limits and pension reform, among other things. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said that with those changes, Republicans will agree to a four-year income tax increase. Democrats say they've already taken up many of those reforms.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- The 2017 Buckley Fun Day is this Saturday at Buckley Lake. Christ Lutheran High School will be out there raising money with their food stand says Executive Director Sandy Spitz…

 

 

Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.

 

 

(Ludlow-jm) -- Two people were taken to the hospital following a house fire in Ludlow early Wednesday. Firefighters were called to the fire in the 200 block of Katie Avenue. When they arrived they found flames coming from the front room of the house. The two residents were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Fire officials say the cause is believed to be electrical. The house was a total loss.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City has a new alderman. Mayor Dan Dickey appointed Doug Parsons to the Ward 3 vacancy…

 

 

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.

 

 

(Ashkum-jm) -- Illinois State Police have released results of recent roadside safety checks. 1 person was cited for driving under the influence, 4 were cited for other drug or alcohol related offenses, 10 for occupant restraint offenses, 7 for driver’s license offenses and 18 for insurance violations. State police remind that drug and alcohol impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs is urging the Governor to sign a bill that makes sure families receive death benefits when they lose a loved one. The measure requires life insurance companies to check their records back to the year 2000 for any death benefits that were never paid says Treasurer Frerichs…

 

 

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs. The Governor must sign the bill into law for it to take effect.

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WPXN Morning Sports Page Thursday June 14 2017

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson opened a five-run eighth inning with his 300th homer, a tiebreaking shot that helped the New York Mets rally past the Chicago Cubs for a 9-4 victory.

 

ST LOUIS (AP)- Eric Thames homered and drove in three runs as the Brewers held on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Welington Castillo hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs, and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a six-game losing streak with a rain-delayed 10-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

 

 

(Michigan-jm) -- The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan International Speedway. Brad Keselowski is from Michigan. He talks about his memories of the speedway and what it would mean to win this weekend…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski.

 

 

(Michigan-jm) -- Michigan International Speedway is the next stop on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend. AJ Allmendinger talks about the racing at Michigan International Speedway…

NASCAR Driver AJ Allmendinger.

 

MLB Today

Baltimore Orioles (Chris Tillman) @ Chicago White Sox (David Holmberg) - 1:10

Milwaukee Brewers (Zach Davies) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha) - 6:15

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Wednesday June 14 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — An annual data report says Illinois ranks 19th in the nation when it comes to the well-being of children. The 2017 Kids Count Data Book released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation measures areas including family and community, health, education and economic factors. The report, which examines 2015 figures, says over 550,000 Illinois children live in high-poverty areas and 43,000 Illinois teens are not in school and not working.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Lawmakers have two and a half weeks to try and come up with a state budget before the June 30th deadline. The state has been without a budget for over 700 days. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says he has no clue when they will be called back to the state capitol…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- It will be a few weeks before people can go swimming in Paxton. The Paxton Park District announced on their facebook page that the company hired to replace the pool liner is delayed because of a project in Tennessee. The park district says they expect it will take the company 7-10 days to finish in Tennessee and another 7-10 days to replace the pool liner. The Paxton Park District hopes to have the pool open in about 3 weeks.

 

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(Fisher-jm) -- The Village of Fisher will be doing some road projects this summer. Mayor Mike Bayler says they will be using motor fuel tax funds to cover the project…

 

 

Fisher Mayor Mike Bayler.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Police Department will open the shooting range to the public again this spring starting Saturday. Those wanting to take target practice can do so between 10 and noon Saturday for a $10 fee. To be eligible, adults must have a valid FOID card. Juveniles shooting a shotgun or 22 caliber rifle must have an owner’s safety identification card and be accompanied by a parent.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- The activity in USDA's June outlook for corn production, and supply and demand, came from the global level. Rod Bain reports…

 

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Police say a Chinese scholar visiting the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus has been missing for 4 days. Yingying Zhang's friends contacted police Saturday to say they hadn't heard from the 26-year-old woman since Friday afternoon. Police say Zhang was headed to an apartment complex to sign a lease. University of Illinois police released surveillance video on Monday showing Zhang entering a black Saturn Astra vehicle in Urbana about 2 p.m. Friday.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Youth in Rantoul interested in track and field have an opportunity to this summer. George Washington the Fourth has started the Rantoul Rockets…

 

 

Rantoul Rockets Coach George Washington the Fourth.

 

 

(Chatsworth-jm) -- Investigators continue to investigate a train derailment in the Livingston County town of Chatsworth. At least three train cars left the tracks Tuesday afternoon. One of the cars came to a rest on its top while two others had lost their wheels. No word on what caused the derailment.

 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- The registration deadline for the Ford County Little Mr and Miss contest for the Ford County Fair is due next week. Pageant Director Sandy Wycoff says registration forms must be to her by Monday…

 

 

Ford County Fair Little Mr and Miss Pageant Director Sandy Wycoff.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- A Saybrook man has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol following a single vehicle accident west of Gibson City. State police say 27-year-old Adam Wilhelmi of Saybrook was traveling on Route 9 at 100 E when he crashed. The trooper spoke with Wilhelmi at Gibson Area Hospital where he noticed signs of alcohol impairment. After being released from the hospital, he was arrested and taken to the Ford County Jail where he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Temperatures and humidity are going up and the State Department of Public Health is reminding about the warning signs of heat related illness. The biggest danger is heat stroke, which can be deadly says Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold…

 

 

State Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. Heat exhaustion is less serious but still a concern. It’s marked by heavy sweating, weakness and cold and clammy skin. Arnold says if the person experiences vomiting or fainting, they should seek medical attention immediately.

 
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WPXN Sports Page Wednesday June 14 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Rizzo began the game with a long home run after a surprising move to the leadoff spot, Ian Happ hit his first career grand slam and the Chicago Cubs trounced the New York Mets 14-3. The World Series champs snapped a nine-game skid on the road and moved back to .500 through 64 games.

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Keon Broxton and Travis Shaw hit solo home runs and combined for five RBIs to help the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-5 and split their day-night doubleheader. The Cardinals won the opener 6-0 behind Jose Martinez's two home runs.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson hit his first career grand slam, Derek Holland scattered eight hits over six innings and the White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1.

 

FARMER CITY-Our weekly Dirt Track refresher.

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Tuesday June 13 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some say Illinois can't afford to cut its media service that transmits state news, even though it costs $3 million a year as the state is in financial turmoil. Illinois Department of Central Management Services spokesman Richard Bossert tells The State Journal-Register the necessity of the Illinois Office of Communication and Information to communicate with the public doesn't stop due to the lack of a state budget. The office has been around for nearly a century and employs about 20 people.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Producers had plenty of time for fieldwork this past week. With little rainfall farmers finished corn planting and are nearly done with soybeans says crop statistician Brad Summa (some-uh)...

 

 

State Crop Statistician Brad Summa (some-uh). 96 percent of corn has emerged and 58 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition. 73 percent of sorghum has been planted and 24 percent of winter wheat has been harvested. Average statewide topsoil moisture declined to three percent very short, 38 percent short, 56 percent adequate and three percent surplus.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The search for a new police chief in Rantoul is down to two candidates. Former village trustee and current deputy chief of  University of Illinois police department Tony Brown and retired Riverdale Police Department Lieutenant Daniel Dempsey are the two finalists for the position. The public will be able to meet the candidates tonight from 4-6 p.m. at the municipal building.

 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton City Council is expected to approve an agreement for a cell tower in the city. Council members will be asked to approve the agreement with Mobilitie LLC for the cell tower on Washington Street near Glen Cemetery. Council members will also be asked to consider a residency requirement for the city comptroller/treasurer position and consider changes to the city’s transient merchants and solicitors ordinance. The Paxton city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- The 2017 Buckley Fun Day is this Saturday at Buckley Lake. One of the big activities is the duck race scheduled for 4:17 p.m. Spokesperson Jim Biggs has where you can get your duck…

 

 

Buckley Fun Day Spokesperson Jim Biggs.

 

 

(Ashkum-jm) -- Illinois State Police in Ashkum have released enforcement numbers for the month of May. During the month, troopers issued 796 citations and 728 written warnings including 14 DUI’s, 154 seatbelt citations and 24 criminal arrests. Troopers also handled 78 vehicle accidents during the month.

 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- The Ford County Fair is the last week of the month at the fairgrounds in Melvin. One of the activities is the talent show set for Tuesday, June 27th. The deadline to enter is this Thursday says Ford County Fair Talent Show coordinator Becky Williams…

 

 

 

Ford County Talent Show Coordinator Becky Williams.

 

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Police say a Chinese scholar visiting the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus has been missing for three days. Authorities say a friend notified police that they hadn't heard from 26-year-old Yingying Zhang since about 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Zhang is visiting the school's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Police say she's been in central Illinois about a month and was staying in university housing.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Dry conditions persist across Illinois and could soon become a problem. With precipitation well below normal, it’s been a very dry June so far says State Climatologist Jim Angel. He notes Central Illinois has received almost no rain at all in recent weeks…

 

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel. Angel says this rapid drying can lead to a “flash drought” because conditions can deteriorate rapidly. He says we aren’t there yet but will be if Illinois doesn’t see some significant rain soon.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The 2017 Hot Rod Power Tour is making its return to the area. The tour kicked off in Kansas City Saturday and is making a stop at the State Farm Center in Champaign today . The event is free to attend.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations for this year’s Golden Deeds Award. Those interested in nominating someone for the award are asked to write a letter detailing their volunteer work and community involvement. All entries must be received by Wednesday, June 21st.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul village leaders will be asked to approve several thousand dollars in vehicle purchases at tonight's board meeting. Village board members will be asked to approve the purchase of two police vehicles as well as a vehicle each for the electric department, sewer department and water department. Village board members will also be asked to consider adopting a residential housing incentive program in the village. The Rantoul Village Board meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Relay for Life of Champaign County is this Saturday at West Side Park in Champaign. Co-organizer Adele Haag says there is still time to get a team together…

 

 

Champaign County Relay for Life Co-Organizer Adele Haag.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 3 civil matters and issued 28 traffic citations during the past week. On June 4th, a deputy assisted a Paxton Police officer with an arrest in Paxton and a deputy assisted a Livingston County deputy with the interview and arrest of a Ford County subject for a crime that occurred in Strawn. On June 5th, a rural Elliott resident reported a lost or stolen license plate and a harassment report was taken from a Piper City resident. On June 6th, a deputy assisted Paxton Fire with a car fire at 2560E 200N Road, a Melvin resident reported being the victim of harassment, a rural Chatsworth resident reported criminal trespass to land and a deputy mediated a family argument in Melvin. On June 8th, a Kempton resident reported getting a telephone scam call.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- State lawmakers have about two weeks left in the fiscal year to come up with a budget. But State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says the prospects of a budget deal looks slim…

 

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

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WPXN Sports Page Tuesday June 13 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom pitched a five-hitter as the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Kevan Smith hit his first career home run and Avisail Garcia celebrated his 26th birthday with three RBIs to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-7.

 

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors brought Kevin Durant to the Bay Area last summer for the express purpose of winning an NBA title and erasing the memory of last year's collapse against Cleveland in the finals. Mission accomplished. Durant pumped in 39 points and the Warriors won their second championship in three seasons by taking Game 5 of the finals, 129-120 over the Cavaliers.

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s NASCAR Live. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Monday June 12 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State transportation officials are warning motorists that the expected hot weather over the next few days might cause pavement to buckle around Illinois. In a news release, the state's Department of Transportation says that high temperatures can cause the pavement to expand and possible buckle.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- June weather is getting off to a hot and dry start according to the state’s climatologist. The average statewide temperature so far in Illinois has been 70 point five degrees, which is more than a degree and a half above normal. State Climatologist Jim Angel says we haven’t seen much rain…

 

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel. Angel says that’s led to the first couple of inches of soil drying out, but says there is still plenty of moisture below the surface.

 

 

(Saybrook-jm) -- Firefighters from several area departments were busy with two structure fires near Saybrook over the weekend. Saybrook and Arrowsmith firefighters were called to a fire around 5:45 Friday evening to 904 Courtland Street in Saybrook for a house fire. Firefighters from Anchor, Bellflower, Colfax, Cooksville, Cropsey, Ellsworth and Gibson City assisted. Saturday afternoon, firefighters were called to a fire at 35205 E. Route 9. Assisting Saybrook and Arrowsmith firefighters were Bellflower, Ellsworth, Colfax, Cooksville, Cropsey, Lexington, Towanda and Gibson City firefighters.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce has several activities for this week. Executive Director Kellie Wahl talks about this week’s events…

 

 

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kellie Wahl.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The National Corn Growers Association is applauding President Donald Trump’s pledge to rebuild America's infrastructure a national priority. In his remarks, President Trump called for upgrading the nation’s aging system of locks and dams. Nearly three-quarters of U.S. grain exports are transported via rivers.

 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- The Ford County Fair is two weeks away at the fairgrounds in Melvin. One of the events scheduled is the Little Mr and Miss Pageant. Pageant Director Sandy Wycoff says the deadline to register your child is June 19th…

 

 

Ford County Fair Little Mr and Miss Pageant Director Sandy Wycoff.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man faces 3-14 years in prison after a Champaign County jury found him guilty of possessing a weapon as a felon. 25-year-old William Ayers Jr was at a friends house in Urbana when three people showed up. An altercation ensued between one of the people and the resident and that’s when police says Ayers came out of the house with a gun and fired a shot. No one was hit. Ayers has a prior conviction for aggravated robbery. He will be sentenced July 17th.

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a criminal justice reform bill transforming the bail process in Illinois. The law requires a review and even lowering of bail set for non-violent, low level offenders who may end up sitting in jail a long time before trial because they can’t afford to pay it. Representative Elgie Sims of Chicago is one of the bill sponsors…

 

 

State Representative Elgie Sims of Chicago. The law also extends the state’s expiring “RICO” statute, which targets gangs and corruption.

 

(PAXTON-jc)-A former popular Paxton Buckley Loda high school softball coach has another IHSA sports title. Marengo High school head softball coach Dwain Nance guided his team to the 3A girls softball title Saturday with a 2 to 0 win over East Peoria. Coach Nance has been instrumental in taking the girls program at Marengo from a team that had very limited success to several trips to the state softball finals, including this year's championship. Nance guided the Indians to a 4th place finish in 2008, a state title in 2011, 2nd in 2012 and 2015. Congratulations to Coach Nance and the Marengo Indians. A second connection with the area in that championship game was former Paxton Buckley Loda student  and athlete Mark  Prina. Prina is an assistant softball coach at East Peoria High School.

 

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois plans to renovate and expand its historic Illini Union built during the Great Depression. The News-Gazette reports a feasibility study conducted in February spurred plans for a top-to-bottom renovation. The renovation project would cost $247 million and be the most expensive in the campus' history. Preliminary designs include a three-story addition to the middle of the building with glassed-in walls. The project requires approval and wouldn't begin until 2022.
 

 

(Washington-jm) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture released several crop reports Friday. Gary Crawford hi-lites those reports…

 

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A rural Champaign County man who admitted to breaking into a Rantoul home to support his drug addiction has been sentenced to 4 years probation. 26-year-old Wilbert Andujar-Ramos of rural Rantoul pleaded guilty in Champaign County court to residential burglary. Andujar-Ramos admitted to breaking into a home on Cypress Lane back in April and stealing a window air conditioner, a television and a speaker system to support his addiction to crack cocaine. As part of his sentence he must also pay $800 in restitution and enter a drug treatment program.

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- Bids for the possible sale of the water and wastewater system in the village of Fisher are due today. Mayor Mike Bayler says the board will meet tomorrow night to discuss the bids…

 

 

Fisher Mayor Mike Bayler.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City city council will be asked to approve a new alderman tonight. Mayor Dan Dickey is expected to appoint Doug Parsons to fill the Ward 3 vacancy following the death of Ed Day. Council members will also consider a facade grant for 110 E. 9th Street and consider bids for a channel grinder. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The Relay for Life of Champaign County is coming up next weekend. Co-organizer Adele Haag talks about this year’s event…

 

 

Champaign County Relay for Life Co-Organizer Adele Haag.

 

 

(Gilman-jm) -- A Gilman man is free on bond after he was arrested by Gilman police Thursday. According to a release from the Iroquois County Sheriff’s office, 33-year-old Salvador Gomez was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for animal cruelty. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted bond and was released.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Tick bites carry the threat of disease, and there are some symptoms to watch out for if you are bitten. Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other illnesses can be transmitted by an infected tick. Illinois Department of Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold says if bitten, you should look for symptoms like a rash, fever or unexplained illness…

 

 

Illinois Department of Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. In the case of Lyme Disease, Arnold says the rash may look like a bulls eye.

 

WPXN Sports Monday June 12 2017

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler hit a three-run homer and Adam Wainwright tossed five solid innings, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell had a go-ahead home run and the Chicago Cubs beat Colorado 7-5. Russell and Kyle Schwarber had back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning. Miguel Montero and Ben Zobrist also connected, helping the Cubs even their record at 31-31.

 

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco took a shutout into the sixth leading the Cleveland Indians to a 4-2 win against the Chicago White Sox.

 

E. I. League

Buckley def Paxton 7-4 and 6-1

Gifford-Flatville def Royal 3-1

Royal def Gifford-Flatville 3-1

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Stanley Cup is staying in the Steel City.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the first team in 19 years to win a second straight Stanley Cup as they completed the feat with a 2-0 shutout of the Predators in Nashville.

 

It was a fine night for racing friday night at the Farmer City Raceway. Feature winners were: Late Models-Ryan Unzicker, Modifieds-Jeffery Ledford, Pro Lates-A.J. May, B-Mods-Tim Hancock, Street Stocks-Jeremy Nichols, Kidz Mods-Dominic Mertzke.

 

 

 

 

 

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Blaney has earned his first career NASCAR Cup victory by holding off Kevin Harvick down the stretch at Pocono Raceway.

Blaney was exhilarated following a frenetic final 10 laps in which he needed to pass a blocking Kyle Busch with about nine laps left. The 23-year-old Blaney won for the first time in 68 career starts, doing it without a working team radio.

Erik Jones was third, followed by Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski (lehs-LOW'-skee) and Martin Truex Jr.

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fast Talk. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Friday June 9 2017

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge says Aaron Schock isn't entitled to detailed evidence prosecutors gathered from a confidential informant on the then-congressman's staff as he prepares for his Jan. 22 trial. The Urbana-based judge notes in a filing that prosecutors say they didn't rely on documents from the informant to charge the Republican and will only use limited recordings the staffer made. So the judge said the unused material can't hamper Schock's defense.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner says he may call a special session if lawmakers don’t return to Springfield to negotiate a budget soon. The House and Senate have not been in session since the May 31st adjournment date came and went with no state budget in sight. Governor Rauner says he is still trying to negotiate, but wants them back in town…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The next big deadline is June 30th, when the current fiscal year ends.

 

 

(Chatsworth-jm) -- One person was injured following a hot air balloon accident in Chatsworth Thursday evening. The balloons were part of the opening day of festivities for the Chatsworth Sesquicentennial. The two balloons collided near the grade school, where the launch was taking place. No word on the extent of the person's injuries.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Fire Department will hold their 15th Annual Harley raffle tomorrow evening at the firehouse. Doors open at 5 with the Feudin Hillbillys performing at 8. Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren talks about how the department uses the funds raised…

 

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Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren.

 

New

(Champaign County-jm) -- The Champaign County Nursing Home won’t have to tap into a loan to meet payroll this week. The county set up a $250,000 fund to help the nursing home however, the nursing home received a $120,000 payment from the state that will allow the nursing home to meet payroll.

 

Updated

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Movies in the Park Series returns in Rantoul this evening. Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kellie Wahl says the movies will be held at Wabash Park…

 

 

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kellie Wahl.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Little Vibrations Show Choir will be making a return to Paxton’s Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration. Any Paxton-Buckley-Loda student entering grades 1-6 are welcome to attend this year’s camp with only 20 applicants for each age group selected. The camp will take place from June 20th with the final performance on July 4th. Cost is $50 per student.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- A member of the US renewable fuel industry says trade with Canada and Mexico has benefitted our nation's farmers and biofuel producers. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Fourth District of the Appellate Court in Illinois has a new judge. Justice Thomas Harris has been assigned to fill the vacancy following the retirement of Justice Carol Pope. Harris will take over August 1st with this term running through December 3, 2018. The Fourth Judicial District covers 30 counties including Champaign, Ford, Livingston and Vermilion Counties.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A new report shows Medicaid plays a bigger role in rural Illinois than it does in larger cities. It looked at all 50 states and found about 45 percent of children in small towns and rural areas rely on Medicaid for their coverage, compared to 38 percent in metro areas. More from Veronica Carter…

 

 

(Rural Elliott-jm) -- No injuries were reported in a two vehicle crash south of Elliott Thursday evening. Emergency personnel from the Elliott Fire Department were called to the accident on 1000 East at the Ford/Champaign County line at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual golf outing coming up on Friday, June 30th at Lakeview Country Club in Loda. Executive Director Amanda Donaldson says there are some special prizes for those competing…

 

 

Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson.

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- The village of Gifford will spend over $100,000 to do road repairs this summer. The village board approved spending around $108,000 bid to tar-and-chip 95 percent of the roads in the village.

 

 

(Sibley-jm) -- The Sibley Burr Oaks Area Tractor Team will hold a drive to raise money for the Relay for Life of Ford County. Organizer Russ Tjarks talks about the drive…

 

 

Sibley Burr Oaks Area Tractor Team Organizer Russ Tjarks.

 

 

(Chatsworth-jm) -- Firefighters from several area departments were called a fire in Chatsworth late Thursday morning. Firefighters from Piper City, Roberts and Melvin were called to assist Chatsworth firefighters with a fire at 612 E. Elm Street. No word on if there were any injuries.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- House Democrats are starting a series of hearings on the state budget. Lawmakers are first listening to testimony from human service providers and those affected by the lack of funding for social service programs. But Republicans, like Representative Patti Bellock of Westmont says their time would be better spent on negotiating a budget…

 

 

State Representative Patti Bellock of Westmont. Democrats say it’s important to highlight how Illinoisans are impacted by the budget stalemate. More hearings are scheduled for next week.

 

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WPXN Morning Sports Page Friday June 9 2017

 

CHICAGO (AP) — DJ LeMahieu hit a three-run homer and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 for their season-high fifth straight.

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays beat the White Sox 7-5.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Racing continues tonight at the Farmer City Raceway. Jeff Watts is the Street Stock points leader heading into tonight’s race. He talks about his style of racing…

 

 

Street Stock Points Leader Jeff Watts.

 

 

(Dover-jm) -- The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visits the Tricky Triangle of Pocono Raceway this weekend. Dale Earnhardt Jr talks about racing at Pocono…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The cars will be on the track tonight at the Farmer City Raceway. Ryan Unzicker picked up the win last week at Fairbury. Tonight he will try and get the win at Farmer City. He talks about the two tracks…

 

 

Driver Ryan Unzicker.

 

 

(Dover-jm) -- Pocono Raceway is the next stop on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule this weekend. Last week Jimmie Johnson picked up his 83rd career cup race win at Dover. He talks about racing at the Tricky Triangle…

 

NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson.

 

E. I. Baseball

Buckley @ Paxton

Royal @ Gifford Flatville

Central Illinois at Champaign Dream

 

MLB Today

Colorado Rockies (German Marquez) @ Chicago Cubs (Mike Montgomery) - 1:20

Chicago White Sox (Miguel Gonzalez) @ Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber) - 6:10

Philadelphia Phillies (Jeremy Hellickson) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha) - 7:15

 

 

MLB This Weekend

Saturday

Philadelphia Phillies (Nick Pivetto) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) 1:15

Colorado Rockies (Jeff Hoffman) @ Chicago Cubs (Eddie Butler) - 1:20

Chicago White Sox (David Holmberg) @ Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) - 6:15

 

Sunday

Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Cleveland Indians (Carlos Carrasco) - 1210

Philadelphia Phillies (Aaron Nola) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) 1:15

Colorado Rockies (Antonio Senzatela) @ Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta) - 1:20

 

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 6 - Sunday

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Nashville Predators - 7 p.m.

 

Saturday on WPXN it’s Xfinity racing with the Pocono Green 250 at 11:30am

 

On Sunday the Monster Energy AXALTA Presents the Pocono 400 NASCAR race from Pocono Raceway has a 1pm start time.

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Thursday June 8 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Fiscal forecasters for the Illinois General Assembly estimate the state's end-of-year budget deficit will top $6 billion. The bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability report says that the state will end its fiscal year June 30 more than $6.2 billion in the red. Last year that number was a $3.8 billion deficit. The state Legislature last week ended its third consecutive session without a budget.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda is advertising for a food service manager. Superintendent Cliff McClure hopes to review the bids at this month’s meeting…

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Law Enforcement Torch Run for special olympics will be making it’s way through the area today. The run will kick off in Chebanse around 8 a.m. and make it’s way down old Route 45 to Ashkum before taking Route 45 to Paxton where they will then head west on Route 9 to Gibson City. Officers from Illinois State Police, Manteno Police, Paxton Police and the Ford County Sheriff’s office will be participating.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The fiscal year 2017-2018 budget will be presented tonight at the Rantoul City Schools school board meeting. In addition to the budget, school board members will discuss Title One plans and hear a facilities update. A budget hearing for the Rantoul City School board will be held at 6:30 with the meeting scheduled to start around 6:40.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce has a new website. The chamber updated their website to make it more user friendly. Executive Director Amanda Donaldson says they also have an updated members directory…

 

 

Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson.

 

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagan has announced the Iroquois County Sheriff’s golf outing will award four $1,000 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants must be a permanent resident of Iroquois County and be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student. Applications are available at the sheriff’s office in Watseka or online at www dot co dot iroquois dot il dot us. Applications must be received or postmarked by July 14th.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Markets are gearing up for Friday's round of USDA crop reports. Gary Crawford reports…

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state's end-of-year budget deficit will top $6.2 billion, fiscal forecasters for the Illinois General Assembly estimated Wednesday. In a review requested by Rep. David McSweeney, the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability said if Illinois goes a third full year without a budget agreement, the state's leviathan of past-due bills will hit $22.7 billion. McSweeney, who said, "Illinois is imploding," released the results to The Associated Press.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The clock is ticking for state lawmakers to reach a budget compromise. The state has been without a budget for over 700 days and lawmakers have until the end of the month to reach a deal. State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says it’s time for both sides to work together…

 

 

State Senator Jason Barickman.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton Zoning Board will meet tonight. The board will consider a variance for a property at 785 S. Railroad. The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- The Fisher village board will discuss road projects at tonight’s meeting. Village trustees will be asked to award a bid to Illiana Construction for $26,000 for street repairs. Trustees will also be asked to approve a task order for phase 2 of the north side drainage project. The Fisher village board meeting gets underway at 6 p.m.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- A fundraiser for Relay for Life of Ford County will be held in Gibson City this weekend. Committee member Becky Grohler says Rockin For a Cure will be held on Saturday at the Sand Trap…

 

 

Relay for Life of Ford County Committee Member Becky Grohler.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- A Melvin woman is facing home invasion charges after she allegedly entered a home with a gun threatening to shoot the resident. 38-year-old Tenisha Watson is charged with two felony counts of home invasion after she allegedly entered a residence in the 100 block of S. Center St in Melvin armed with a gun and threatened to shoot the resident in the head back in May. Watson remains in the Ford County Jail on $50,000 bond. She faces 6-30 years in prison if convicted.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A Springfield state representative is introducing legislation which would allow the question of calling a state Constitutional Convention to be on the 2018 Illinois General Election ballot. State Representative Tim Butler introduced the legislation because the state has now gone over 700 days without a real budget and he pointed to the fact that last week the General Assembly once again ignored its mandated deadline to get something done for the people of the state.  He added that changes to our Constitution are needed to truly move forward and thus his call for an Illinois Constitutional Convention. However, State Representative Bill Mitchell of Forsyth does not agree with that idea…

 

State Representative Bill Mitchell of Forsyth.

 

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WPXN Morning Sports Page Thursday June 8 2017

 

CHICAGO (AP) — The Miami Marlins hung on to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 last night and avoid a three-game sweep.

 

CINCINNATI (AP) — St. Louis kept Scooter Gennett in check a day after his four-homer game, but the Cincinnati Reds still won 6-4, extending the Cardinals' longest losing streak in four years. The Cardinals have dropped six in a row.

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1.

 

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant nailed a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left and scored 31 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 118-113 victory and a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals against Cleveland.

 

 

(Pocono-jm) -- The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the tricky triangle in Pocono Raceway. AJ Allmendinger talks about the biggest challenge in setting up the car for three completely different corners…

 

 

NASCAR Driver AJ Allmendinger.

 

 

(Pocono-jm) -- The tricky triangle of Pocono Raceway is the next stop on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. Martin Truex Jr talks about what he enjoys most about going to Pocono…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Martin Truex Jr.

 

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Series tied 2-2

Game 5

Nashville Predators @ Pittsburgh Penguins - 7 p.m.

 

MLB

St. Louis Cardinals (Mike Leake) @ Cincinnati Reds (Scott Feldman) - 11:35 a.m.

Chicago White Sox (Derek Holland) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Jake Odorizzi) - 6:10

Colorado Rockies (Tyler Chatwood) @ Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester) - 7:05

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Wednesday June 7 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Lawmakers aren’t in Springfield, but Governor Bruce Rauner says budget negotiations are ongoing. The legislature left town last week, missing the usual deadline to pass a budget of May 31st. The state has gone more than 700 days now without a full budget, but Governor Rauner says talks continue…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The next deadline is June 30th when the state’s current fiscal year ends.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Despite April's drop in agricultural exports, those sales are still ahead of last year at this time. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

(Roberts-jm) -- The village of Roberts water committee will meet this fall to discuss some projects. One of the projects up for discussion is painting the village's water tower as well as finishing projects on W. Green, Weldon and Maple.

 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- The 2017 Ford County Fair kicks off the last week of the month at the fairgrounds in Melvin. One of the events taking place is a talent show. Talent Show Spokesperson Becky Williams says the deadline to register is June 15th…

 

 

Ford County Fair Talent Show Spokesperson Becky Williams.

 

 

(Elliott-jm) -- Elliott first responders were called to a 2 vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon. Emergency personnel were called to the accident at Route 9 and Elliott Road around 2 p.m. No word on if there were any injuries.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs is announcing major changes to his office’s college savings programs. Bright Start account holders will have more investment options and both Bright Start and Bright Directions customers will see a reduction in fees starting July First says Treasurer Frerichs…

 

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs. More details are available online at bright start transition dot com.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner says property tax relief is needed to help spur job creation in Illinois. The Governor says businesses are leaving Illinois for states with lower property taxes and less regulations. Creating a better business climate is an essential component of getting Illinois back on track according to Rauner…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

 

 

(Sibley-jm) -- The Sibley Burr Oaks Area Tractor Team will hold their annual tractor drive to raise funds for the Relay for Life of Ford County this Saturday. Organizer Russ Tjarks says they will also have a raffle…

 

 

Sibley Burr Oaks Area Tractor Team Organizer Russ Tjarks.

 

 

(Livingston County-jm) -- A Cullom woman’s petition to have her murder conviction thrown out has been denied. Heather Lamie was found guilty in the 2011 murder of her foster daughter. Her defense team argued Lamie was denied a fair trial because her lawyers failed to call several witnesses and a request for the jury to consider a lesser offense of 2nd degree murder was denied. Lamie will get a new sentence. She now faces a sentence of 20-60 years in prison.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Fire Department will hold their 15th annual Harley Raffle this Saturday. Fire Chief Denny Kingren invites everyone to come out to the event…

 

Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren.

 

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- Iroquois County Sheriff’s police are seeking the public’s help in solving a hit and run in Crescent City. The incident happened in the parking lot of Casey’s in Crescent City. An unknown person backed into a parked vehicle causing more than $1,500 in damage. Anyone with information is asked to call Iroquois County Sheriff’s police.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is reminding to consider your pets when thinking about disaster preparedness. Any family preparedness efforts should include your pets needs says IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson. That includes an extra collar with I-D tags and a leash, food and water for three days and a crate or pet carrier…

 

 

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Spokesperson Patti Thompson. Thompson says it’s also important to have a recent photo of your pet in case you are separated. More tips are available online at ready dot illinois dot gov.

 

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WPXN Sports Page Wednesday June 7 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Anthony Rizzo drove in four runs and the surging Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Marlins 10-2 last night.

 

CINCINNATI (AP) — Scooter Gennett hit four home runs, matching the major league record, and finished with 10 RBIs as the Cincinnati Reds routed the St. Louis Cardinals 13-1 last night. Gennett became the 17th player to homer four times in one game.

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Avisail Garcia, Volmer Sanchez and Todd Frazier homered, helping the Chicago White Sox stop a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

 
 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Tuesday June 6 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — A study finds that having cancer patients use home computers to report problems like nausea and fatigue surprisingly improved survival, by almost half a year. Doctors say it shows the importance of speaking up about symptoms, not assuming they're unavoidable.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Corn planting is wrapping up as we hear in the weekly crop report. 98 percent of corn has now been planted, right in line with the 5 year average. 90 percent has emerged and 59 percent is rated in good to excellent condition says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. Winter wheat harvesting has begun, and 57 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture declined and is now rated as 8 percent short, 85 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their quarterly luncheon later this month. Cheryl Mitchell, Director of Entrepreneurship Education at Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities will be the guest speaker at the lunch and learn on Thursday, June 22nd from 12-1 at the Hope Vineyard Church in Paxton. Cost is $10. Reservations must be in by Monday, June 19th.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The License-Permits-Zoning-Insurance and Public Safety Committees for the city of Paxton will meet tonight at 6 p.m. the committees will discuss solicitor fees and penalties, discuss allowing an increase in the number of gaming machines in Paxton, discuss prohibiting smoking in public parks and ball fields and open the discussion on open burning within city limits. The committee meetings get underway at 6 p.m.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High students have received a technology grant. PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure talks about the grant from Project Lead the Way…

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Two 15-year-olds have been arrested after a string of vehicle burglaries in Paxton. Paxton Police say the two are behind 16 burglaries in Paxton and at least 9 in the Loda and Lakes areas. The juveniles could face charges in Iroquois County as well.

 

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 4 civil matters and issued 20 traffic citations during the past week. On May 29th, a deputy assisted Paxton police with multiple car burglaries, a disturbance was reported at the fishing club south of Gibson City and a Piper City resident reported possibly being the victim of a phone scam. On May 30th, a suspicious vehicle was reported in rural Piper City, suspicious activity was reported in Roberts, issues with child visitation were reported in Sibley and an Elliott resident reported being harassed on the internet. On May 31st, a Melvin resident reported several items had been stolen, a Melvin resident reported being the victim of Domestic Battery and Criminal Damage to Property and a Melvin juvenile was arrested for Domestic Battery and Criminal Damage to Property. On June 1st, a deputy assisted with a tractor fire in rural Roberts. On June 2nd, a Melvin resident reported being harassed, a Piper City resident reported a visitor to his home took money from his wallet and Dominick Ramirez of Piper City was arrested following a traffic stop on Rt24. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful use of Weapons.  He was issued civil citations for Possession of Cannabis less than 10 grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- June 15th is the first day nominations are accepted for this year's local Farm Service Agency County Committee elections. Rod Bain has the details…

 

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The nonprofit foundation designed to help upkeep Illinois' fairgrounds plans on selling naming rights to state fair buildings to help pay for improvements. Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation chairman John Slayton tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register that the group is in negotiations with corporations for naming rights to various buildings. He says the foundations hopes to raise $3 million to $5 million a year and naming rights will be the "biggest dollars."

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois State Police made 80 DUI arrests over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. According to a release from State Police, troopers issued 5,585 citations between May 26th and 29th including 530 for seatbelt violations. During the state’s Click it or Ticket campaign which ran from May 12th-30th, troopers made 165 DUI arrests and wrote 306 cell phone violation citations as well as 1,999 seat belt citations and 146 child restraint citations.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Village Board will look to purchase several new vehicles at tonight’s study session. The board is looking to hire service vehicles for the electric division and sewer division of the public works department as well as two new vehicles for the police department. Village board members will also look at a housing incentive program for new construction, a wastewater fee adjustment and consider rezoning an outlot in the South Pointe Commission subdivision.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Last week lawmakers closed the books on the spring legislative session without voting on a budget. State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says the people of the state are tired of lawmakers not doing their job…

 

 

State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton Police have released their recent activity report. Paxton Police are seeking the public’s help after someone took rocks and threw them at Clara Peterson Elementary School breaking some lights and windows causing $500 in damage. Police are also investigating the theft of a bike from the 800 block of S. High St. Police continue to investigate multiple car break ins. Two 15 year olds were arrested for 16 car burglaries although police believe those two are not connected to other burglaries. Alisha Bolton of Paxton was arrested for driving while license suspended or revoked, Robert Redmon was arrested driving while license suspended or revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia, Dinghong Wang of Urbana was arrested for reckless driving.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College in Champaign will hold a campus visit day coming up later this month. Prospective students will have a chance to tour the campus on Monday, June 26th starting at 10 a.m. To reserve a spot for the campus visit day call Sarah Hartman at 217-353-2002.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City will be removing some trees this summer. Mayor Dan Dickey says the Emerald Ash Borer has caused some problems in the community…

 

 

 

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.

 

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WPXN Morning Sports Page Tuesday June 6 2017

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant's two-run homer helped the Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Monday night. Albert Almora Jr. added a solo home run for the Cubs, who won their fourth game in a row.

 

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night, who have lost four straight games.

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thad Matta is out as Ohio State's basketball coach after 13 seasons. He coached the Buckeyes to two Final Fours while he was there from 2005 to 2017. Ohio State finished 21-14 this year. His teams won at least 20 games in 12 consecutive seasons. Matta is the school's career leader in wins and games. He won five regular-season Big Ten titles and four league tournaments, the most championships of any league coach over the last 13 seasons.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Jimmie Johnson tied Cale Yarbrough with 83 wins in NASCAR’s top series Sunday when he took home the win the the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. Johnson has been in the sport for 16 years and with several drivers including teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr announcing his retirement, he was asked about life after racing…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leaves the Monster Mile in Dover International Speedway and heads to the Tricky Triangle of Pocono Raceway this week. Last weekend’s winner Jimmie Johnson is active on social media. He talks about interacting with fans through social media…

 

NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson.

 

MLB Tonight

St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) @ Cincinnati Reds (Tim Adleman) - 6:10

Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer) - 6:10

Miami Marlins (Jeff Locke) @ Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta) - 7:05

 

Tonight on WPXN its NASCAR Live. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6 until 7.

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Monday June 5 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation prohibiting the Illinois Department of Corrections from hiring private health care workers. Rauner vetoed the measure Friday. He says it's unnecessary because his administration signed an agreement May 22 with the Illinois Nurses Association about subcontracting for nurses. Carlinville Republican William "Sam" McCann sponsored the bill. He says concerns remain about private health care contracting in the future.
 

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(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Police is warning the public about another phone scam. The scam is a variation of several others, this one asking for donations for fallen police officers. That’s not a call they make says Master Sergeant Jason Bradley…

 

Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Jason Bradley. Bradley says the call often comes from a 312 number, but the public should be wary of calls asking for money coming from any number. If you get such a phone call, he recommends reporting it to the Attorney General’s office.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Archer Daniels Midland is planning to close a Chicago wheat mill and move operations to a new facility it will construct near Mendota. ADM on Friday announced the new flour mill will open in 2019. It will be constructed next to an existing grain facility, about 90 miles west of Chicago in LaSalle County. ADM spokeswoman Jackie Anderson says the 250,000-square-foot facility sits on a 2-acre site the Chicago-based company plans to sell.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Last Wednesday was the final day of the spring legislative session. While there was no vote on a budget, State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City hi-lites some of the week’s activity…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton dentist office has two new members. Paxton Family Dental has announced Dr. Samantha Lyu and Dr. Mark Faught have joined their staff. Lyu comes from Wisconsin while Faught comes from Champaign.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- PRIDE in Paxton will hold their Music Under the Stars again this summer at Pells Park in Paxton. PRIDE in Paxton Director Terri Hancock talks about the music series…

 

 

PRIDE in Paxton Director Terri Hancock.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual golf outing later this month. The golf outing will be held on Friday, June 30th at Lakeview Country Club in Loda. Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson says proceeds from the event goes towards some projects in the community…

 

 

Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson.

 

 

(Loda-jm) -- A vote to dissolve the Loda Sanitary District is expected to take place in July. The vote was postponed until July 13th in order for officials with the village of Loda and Bayles Lake more time to review the petition before it is filed in Iroquois County Circuit Court. Talks of dissolving the district came about in 2015.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- May weather in Illinois was a little cooler and wetter than normal. The statewide average temperature for May was 62 degrees, which is point six degrees below normal says State Climatologist Jim Angel…

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel. Statewide average rainfall for May was five point two inches. That’s point six inches above normal. Precipitation was heaviest in the central third of the state. Danville reported the most rain last month, with more than 10 inches.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — A former state lawmaker has filed a lawsuit in Cook County seeking to recover money he lost when legislators voted to reject annual cost-of-living pay increases. The Chicago Tribune reports Michael Noland, a Democratic former state senator from Elgin, filed the lawsuit. He says the state constitution prohibits mid-term salary changes. The lawsuit names Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, who declined comment.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Restoration of the Illinois Executive Mansion is underway in Springfield and First Lady Diana Rauner celebrated with a groundbreaking Friday. The mansion is undergoing a major renovation, all funded by private donations. Mrs. Rauner is spearheading the effort, saying it’s in desperate need of a tune up…

 

 

Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner. Renovations will balance historic preservation with making the building energy efficient and A-D-A compliant. Work is expected to take about a year and be done in time for the state’s Bicentennial Celebration. About 14 million of the 15 million dollars needed for the project has been raised so far.

 

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A University of Illinois professor who spent decades advocating for a federal ban on artery-clogging trans fats has died at age 102. Family members say Fred A. Kummerow died Wednesday in Urbana. He was a comparative biosciences professor whose research on trans fats dates to the 1950s. His efforts to have artificial trans fats removed from processed foods included suing the Food and Drug Administration in 2013. Two years later, the FDA ordered food companies to phase them out.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- It’s still unknown how long the Illinois General Assembly will be out of session before they return to the state capitol to continue budget talks. The spring legislative session ended Wednesday without a vote on a budget. State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says all eyes will be on the House Speaker…

 

 

State Senator Jason Barickman.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name of a man who died after he was shot in Champaign Friday. Northrup says 24-year-old Darien Carter of Champaign was shot multiple times while walking in the 500 block of Eureka Street. He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital where he later died.

 

 

(Sibley-jm) -- The Sibley Burr Oaks Area Tractor Team will hold their annual tractor drive this Saturday. The event raises money for Relay for Life of Ford County. Spokesperson Russ Tjarks says anyone wanting to participate can get ahold of him…

 

 

Sibley Burr Oaks Area Tractor Team Spokesperson Russ Tjarks.

 

 

(Melvin-jm) -- The Ford County Fair is seeking volunteers to help with this year’s fair. Persons signing up to work as ticket takers for one session will receive a one-day pass to the fair; those signing up for two or more sessions will get a weeklong pass. To sign up for a time to work, call 217-388-7711 or stop by the Farmers-Merchants National Bank in Melvin.

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District has continued a contract with Gibson Area Hospital for sports medicine services. Superintendent Cliff McClure says the contract is the same as it was the last time…

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 
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WPXN Sports Page Monday June 5 2017

 

IHSA Baseball

2A State Tournament Championship

Teutopolis def St. Joe Ogden 10-2

 

IHSA Softball

2A State Tournament Championship

Beecher def St. Joe Ogden 2-1

 

MLB

CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Happ hit two homers, pinch hitter Jon Jay drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 to complete a three-game sweep.

 

DETROIT (AP) — Justin Upton hit a game-ending, three-run homer, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 for a sweep of their weekend series.

 

NBA

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had a triple double with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Kevin Durant scored 33 and the Golden State Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals with a 132-113 victory in Game 2 on Sunday night.

 

(Farmer City-dg)-The weather cooperated Friday night and it was a great night for dirt track racing. Winners at the Farmer City Raceway Friday night were Ryan Unzicker in Late Models, Ray Bollinger won modifieds, Myles Moos won Pro Lates Chris Dick won Street Stocks and the Hornets was won by Shane Kelley.

 

 

 

NASCAR

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson sped off on the final restart and earned another slice of NASCAR history, winning at Dover for the 11th time and moving into a tie for sixth on the career victories list.

Johnson tied Hall of Fame driver Cale Yarborough for sixth on the career wins list with 83. Johnson also joined Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip as the only drivers to win at the same track 11 times.

 

 Tonight on WPXN it’s Fast Talk. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Friday June 2 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Legislation headed to the Governor’s desk is designed to help protect students who take out loans for college. Student loan debt has reached epic levels says Senator Daniel Biss of Skokie, who is the sponsor of the student loan bill of rights…

 

 

State Senator Daniel Biss of Skokie. The bill also requires lenders to explain repayment options with those struggling to pay off their loans and sets up an ombudsman within the Illinois Attorney General’s office so students have somewhere to go with complaints about their lender.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A 16 year old juvenile has come forward as the person behind the vandalism at Rantoul Township High School. According to Rantoul Police, the teen admitted to spraying weed killer on the football field causing damage to the grass. The juvenile, who had no prior police contact, was placed on a formal station adjustment for criminal damage to property. As part of the station adjustment the juvenile will be required to pay restitution for the damage, complete public service and receive an assessment at the Champaign County Youth Assessment Center.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The end of the spring legislative session with no action on a budget has area school leaders concerned. Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage says the lack of a budget makes it hard to plan for the upcoming school year…

 

 

Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Landowners in Ford County should be receiving their property tax bills soon. 10,210 tax bills were mailed out to residents totalling over $27 million. The first installment is due June 16th with the second installment due September 1st. Taxes can be paid by mail, at any bank in Ford County or at the treasurer’s office.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton city council briefly went over a community survey that was done earlier this year. Mayor Bill Ingold says discussions on the survey will continue…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Reaction from Springfield continues as Wednesday was the final day of the spring legislative session with no action on a budget. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City talks about the budget situation…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- No budget deal but cats and dogs had a pretty good spring legislative session. One bill that passed this session was a pet shop measure sponsored by Representative Jerry Costello of Red Bud…

 

 

State Representative Jerry Costello of Red Bud. Another bill requires research institutions to try and get dogs and cats no longer needed adopted into loving homes. Legislation also passed addresses pets and divorce.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Sheriff’s office released their May activity summary report Thursday. Deputies handed out 108 traffic citations including 70 for speeding, 4 for operating uninsured vehicles, 3 for expired registration, having no driver's license and failing to yield, 2 for improper lighting and 1 each for unlawful use of weapon, possession of controlled substance, improper use of registration, failure to dim headlights, muffler violation and improper operation of an ATV. Deputies also handled 5 reports each of battery, burglary, theft, criminal damage to property and contempt of court. They also handled 3 reports each of assaults, bail bond violation, telephone harassment, 2 each of possession of drug equipment, resisting an officer, or domestic trouble and 1 each of home invasion, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of cannabis and cannabis plant, domestic violence and probation violation. The Ford County Sheriff’s office provides WPXN with their monthly activity summary.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Fire Department is still selling tickets for their annual Harley Raffle. The raffle will be held on Saturday, June 10th at the fire house on North Market Street in Paxton with the Feudin’ Hillbilly’s performing at 8 p.m. Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren talks about how the department uses the money..

 

 

Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren.

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The Parkland College Foundation will hold their annual gala coming up in August. The event will take place on Saturday, August 19th at 5:30 p.m. at Parkland College’s student union. For more information call 217-351-2464.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce has a new website. Chamber Director Amanda Donaldson says the new website is user friendly…

 

 

Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The frustration over a lack of a state budget came from not only both sides of the political aisle but also from both chambers of the General Assembly. Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington puts part of the blame on House Speaker Mike Madigan…

 

 

State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

 

WPXN Morning Sports Page Friday June 2 2017

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy and pitched six innings of four-hit ball, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Thursday for a four-game split.

 

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 38 points in his first NBA Finals game with Golden State, Stephen Curry added 28 and the Warriors rolled to their 13th straight win this postseason by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 in Game 1.

 

2A Softball State Tournament

St. Joe Ogden vs Pickneyville 3pm

 

2A Baseball State Tournament

St. Joe Ogden vs Chicago Christian 3pm

 

 

 

(Dover-jm) -- The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Monster Mile in Dover International Speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr describes the characteristics of the track and what makes it so challenging…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

 

(Dover-jm) -- The next stop on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is Dover. Kyle Busch has two wins at the Monster Mile. He talks about why it’s so tough to win there…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Kyle Busch.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Cars will be on the dirt track tonight in Farmer City. One of those racing tonight is Steven Brooks. He talks about what makes the racing at Farmer City Raceway so exciting…

 

 

Driver Steven Brooks.

 

MLB Today

St. Louis Cardinals (Lance Lynn) @ Chicago Cubs (John Lackey) - 1:20

Chicago White Sox (Derek Holland) @ Detroit Tigers (Michael Fulmer) - 6:10

 

MLB Saturday

St. Louis Cardinals (Mike Leake) @ Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester) - 1:20

Chicago White Sox (Miguel Gonzalez) @ Detroit Tigers (Jordan Zimmerman) - 3:10

 

MLB Sunday

Chicago White Sox (David Holmberg) @ Detroit Tigers (Daniel Norris) - 12:10

St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha) @ Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) - 6:30

 

NBA Finals Game 2

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors - Sunday at 7 p.m.

 

Today on WPXN it’s IHSA Baseball as St. Joe Ogden plays Chicago Christian in the Semi-Finals of the State Tournament in Peoria. Pre-game at 2:30 with first pitch at 3pm.

 

St. Joe Ogden Softball can be heard on our sister station 98.3 WWHP at 3pm with pregame at 2:45. You can also listen on our app or website.

 

 

On Saturday Morning it’s WPXN’s monthly auction beginning at 7:35.

 

Then it’s Xfinity racing with the OneMain Financial 200 from Dover International Speedway at 11:30

 

We will be covering St. Joe Baseball and Softball with times to be determined

 

On Sunday it’s the Monster Energy NASCAR Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway at 11am.

 

 

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WPXN AM NEWS Thursday June 1 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- There’s plenty of frustration and finger pointing to go around as the spring legislative session ends again without a full budget. The state sits more than 14 billion dollars in unpaid bills, social service agencies and colleges struggling to stay afloat and state programs at risk. Governor Bruce Rauner calls the legislature’s inaction a dereliction of duty and a tragic failure…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Democrats say the Governor is holding the budget hostage over his demands and they have passed some of his reforms. The next deadline is June 30th, the last day of the current fiscal year, although it will now take more votes to get anything passed.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White is encouraging everyone to think about bicycle safety this summer. Secretary White says cyclists should wear a helmet, follow the rules of the road, and be aware of their surroundings…

 

 

Secretary of State Jesse White. 19 people died on bicycles last year in Illinois, with head injuries the leading cause of death. Drivers are reminded to share the road with bicyclists, and to give them plenty of space when passing.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- There is some positive economic development news in the village of Rantoul. Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh talks about the development…

 

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois State Police are warning the public of a phone scam that is circulating throughout the state. An individual is calling, claiming to be associated with state police and ask for donations for officers who have died in the line of duty. Illinois State Police remind they never call to solicit money.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominees for this year's Golden Deeds award.Those interested in nominating someone are asked to send a letter to the chamber detailing their volunteer work and community involvement. Letters must be in by Wednesday, June 21st. The winners will be announced at Pells Park on July 4th.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City School District is moving to a food service cooperative. Superintendent Michelle Ramage says there are several benefits to joining the cooperative...

 

 

Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging federal regulators to improve safety of trains carrying crude oil through communities. One of the proposals Attorney General Madigan is urging regulators to set a vapor pressure of less than 9 pounds per square inch. Currently there are no federal limits on vapor pressure. The goal by setting a vapor pressure of less than 9 is to minimize the explosion and fire danger should an incident occur.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- What are some indicators of how growers are dealing with lower commodity prices and a downturn in the farm economy? Rod Bain reports…

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Lawmakers ended the spring legislative session yesterday without a vote on a budget. House Speaker Mike Madigan announced the House will meet throughout the month of June to try and reach a budget compromise. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin says he’s disappointed in what has happened over the past three years of inaction on the part of the Democrats to work at a budget solution…

 

 

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. It will take 71 votes to pass a budget and any tax increase voted upon will take Republican votes to pass.

 

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(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is issuing a new “Know Your Rights” guide for immigrants in Illinois. The guide summarizes what rights immigrants have, including those here illegally says Attorney General Madigan. She says many may not be familiar with them…

 

 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan. A pocket-sized version is also available in both english and spanish. You can get the guide online at illinois attorney general dot gov.

 

 

(Sibley-jm) -- A Sibley group will be holding a fundraiser in two weeks to raise money for cancer research. The Sibley Burr Oaks Area Tractor Team will hold a ride to raise money for the Relay for Life of Ford County says Spokesperson Russ Tjarks…

 

 

Sibley Burr Oaks Area Tractor Team Spokesperson Russ Tjarks.

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- There will be an additional sport for girls in the Gifford Grade School District. The district voted to add girls softball starting in the fall. The decision came after the parents of a girl asked for a waiver to allow her to play for the boys baseball team.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Repairs to the football field at Rantoul Township High School are expected to be done this summer. Vandals broke into the football field area and used some form of weed killer to create an offensive message days before graduation. District leaders expect the field would be ready in plenty of time for the football season.

 

 

(Roberts-jm) -- The Village of Roberts will have several activities coming up. Village President Rick Flessner talks about the upcoming events…

 

 

Roberts Village President Rick Flessner.

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Five key legislative measures initiated by Secretary of State Jesse White are being sent to Governor Bruce Rauner. House Bill 394 allows advertising to offset costs of vehicle registration reminder notices. House Bill 395 brings the state closer to full compliance with the Federal REAL ID Act. House Bill 773 removes car dealership stickers and paperwork from car windows before test drives. House Bill 1805 expands the organ and tissue donor registry to include 16 and 17 year olds. House Bill 2610 upgrades the state’s mandatory insurance program by requiring insurance companies to work with the Secretary of State’s office to electronically verify that motorists in question have insurance.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- It’s vacation season for many Americans, and they’re being encouraged to actually take a break from work and not check in electronically unless it’s an emergency. Veronica Carter has more…

 

 

WPXN Morning Sports Page Thursday June 1 2017

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler hit tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to back Carlos Martinez and give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night.

 

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Luis Perdomo and two relievers combined to hold the struggling Cubs to three hits and the San Diego Padres beat Chicago 2-1 Wednesday, the Cubs' season-high sixth straight loss.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval hit a tiebreaking single in Boston's four-run sixth inning helping the Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson says he will retire after working 20 games next year in his 34th season in the booth.

Harrelson will work primarily Sunday home games in 2018. After he finishes his TV duties, the 75-year-old Harrelson will serve as a team ambassador for the 2019 season.

 

 

 

(Dover-jm) -- The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Dover International Speedway this weekend. Jimmie Johnson has 10 wins at the Monster Mile. He talks about his success…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson.

 

 

 

(Dover-jm) -- The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Dover this weekend. Ryan Blaney has only made two starts in the Cup Series at Dover. He talks about what makes the Monster Mile so tough…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Ryan Blaney.

 

MLB Today

L.A. Dodgers (Brandon McCarthy) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) - 12:45

 

 

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