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Tuesday October 17 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Crop harvesting is plugging along as we hear in the weekly crop report. Cooler temperatures and much needed rain prevailed this past week. State Crop Statistician Brad Summa says 95 percent of corn is now mature…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Brad Summa. 63 percent of soybeans and 60 percent of sorghum has been harvested, ahead of last year and the five year average. 51 percent of winter wheat has been planted and 13 percent emerged. Average statewide topsoil moisture improved to 12 percent very short, 19 percent short, 56 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus.

 

 

(Gilman-jm) -- The University of Illinois Extension serving Ford and Iroquois Counties will be holding an Ag Career Night in November. The career night will take place on Monday, November 6th from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Ford Iroquois Farm Bureau office in Gilman. For more information call the Extension Office at 815-268-4051.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton residents could have another option when it comes to sending out packages. Mayor Bill Ingold says Fedex has shown interest in a dropbox location in the community…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.



(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 4 civil matters and issued 14 traffic citations during the past week. On October 8th, a deputy conducted a welfare check on a Piper City resident. On October 10th, a deputy assisted Piper City fire with a person who was injured when his grain truck tire came apart while airing it up and Aaron Tuttle of Piper City was arrested following a traffic stop and charged with driving under revocation, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia and cited for possession of cannabis less than 10 grams. On October 13th, Derek Roesch of Saybrook was arrested on a Ford County warrant. On October 14th, during a traffic stop in rural Gibson City, a deputy cited a passenger in the vehicle for possession of cannabis less than 10 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

(Ottawa-jm) -- An area congressman is asking the public to help thank veterans for their service. Congressman Adam Kinzinger says his office is collecting cards for his Veterans Day Card Drive…

 

 

Congressman Adam Kinzinger.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- This is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and Secretary of State Jesse White is noting the success of the state’s graduated driver licensing program. The G-D-L requirements began in 2008, and since then, teen driving deaths have dropped by 51 percent. Secretary White says the program makes sure high schoolers get plenty of practice driving, and limits teens to just one friend in the car once they get their license…

 

 

Secretary of State Jesse White. White stresses the need for parents to discuss other distracted driving dangers with their teens including texting and talking on the phone.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College’s Wind Choral and Orchestra will hold a joint concert this month. The concert titled “Autumn Reflections” will take place on Sunday, October 22nd at 2 p.m. at the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board heard an update from Superintendent Scott Amerio on two property tax appeals cases. One of the appeals with Twin Lakes they are not continuing but Superintendent Amerio says they are continuing against Golfview Apartments…

 

 

Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- An area travel agency is helping you get in the Christmas Holiday mood. Anywhere Anytime Journeys in Rantoul is holding a shopping trip in November says Founder and CEO Brad Martin…

 

 

Anywhere Anytime Journeys in Rantoul Founder and CEO Brad Martin.

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Monday October 16 2017

(Washington-jm) -- The Department of Ag's crop report expects healthy production of both corn and soybeans. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The final four candidates to fill the vacancy on the Parkland College Board have been announced. Charles Young of Champaign, George Johnston of Monticello, Scott Tapley of Savoy and Jonathan Westfield of Savoy will each be interviewed in a special open session tomorrow at 7 p.m. The candidate chosen as Trustee will serve until the next Board of Trustees election in April 2019.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their banquet in early November. The banquet will take place on Friday, November 3rd at the Linden Banquet Center. Executive Director Belynda Allen has how you can get your tickets…

 

 

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School Board will present their fiscal year 2018 tentative tax levy at tonight’s school board meeting. In addition to the tentative levy, school board members will discuss their goals for the school year. The GCMS School Board meeting gets underway at 6:15.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Could parks in Paxton go tobacco free? That is the question up for debate by the Paxton City Council. Mayor Bill Ingold says there are still a lot of unanswered questions…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Village of Rantoul could name a new administrator as early as this week. The village is deciding between LaTonya Rufus, who is director of planning and development for the city of Harvey, and Rick Snider, who serves as Champaign County administrator. The new administrator will succeed Jeff Fiegenschuh, who left to become city manager in Rochelle.

 

(Undated-jm) -- The country has been battered this year by Mother Nature, and a new study from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute warns that the threat of climate change extends much farther inland and could wreak havoc on transportation and infrastructure systems across the Midwest. Veronica Carter reports…



 

(Ashkum-jm) -- Illinois State Police in Ashkum have released results from a pair of recent enforcement details. During Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement Patrol, 2 people were cited for drug or alcohol related offenses, 1 was cited for an occupant restraint offense, 3 for driver’s license offenses and 3 for insurance offenses. During Roadside Safety Checks, 1 person was cited for DUI, 10 were cited for other drug or alcohol related offenses, 2 were cited for occupant restraint offenses, 1 for registration offense, 2 for driver’s license offenses and 7 for insurance offenses.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City Rotary Club is raising money to do upgrades to the North Park playground. The group is selling calendars depicting scenes in and around Gibson City. Rotary Club President Susie Tongate says they are also doing a giveaway…


 

Gibson City Rotary Club President Susie Tongate. Calendars are available by contacting a Rotary Club member or at a few select businesses.


 

(Gilman-jm) -- Iroquois West School Board members will get their first look at PARCC (park) scores at tonight’s school board meeting. School board members are also expected to approve snow removal bids. The Iroquois West School Board meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District will be adding a Midland CEO program. Superintendent Cliff McClure says the district will be collaborating with two other area districts…



PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The State Supreme Court is announcing 7th Judicial Circuit Judge John Schmidt has been assigned to the 4th Judicial District as Appellate Court Justice. Schmidt takes over for the retiring Justice Thomas Appleton in December. He has over 25 years experience including over 10 years as a prosecutor. The 4th Judicial Circuit includes: Champaign, Ford and Vermilion Counties.

 

 

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Friday October 6 2017

(Washington-jm) -- The American Soybean Association is concerned actions by the Environmental Protection Agency are breaking promises President Donald Trump has made to protect Renewable Fuel Standards. This week the EPA signaled that it is contemplating reducing proposed RFS volumes, including volumes that were finalized a year ago. The group says scaling back the standards endangers the biodiesel industry and would betray farmers. Total U.S. production of biodiesel was approximately 1.9 billion gallons in 2016.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A suburban state lawmaker is proposing an assault weapons ban in light of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday. Representative Marty Moylan of Des Plaines just filed legislation outlawing assault rifles and bump stocks in Illinois. He says it’s a matter of public safety…

 

 

State Representative Marty Moylan of Des Plaines. Moylan says he will push for passage during the fall veto session which begins later this month.

 

 

The Lake Iroquois Multi-Family Garage Sales will take place today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The village of Rantoul is bringing back their Shop Rantoul First program. Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen talks about the program…

 

 

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- The village of Buckley will begin enforcing their ordinance on bars being closed in the village on Sundays. The move comes after two incidents at the Dutchmaster Bar. The village’s liquor ordinance states that no bars can be open on Sundays, however, at some point in time, the bar had been given permission to be open. The change will take effect December 1st.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton VFW Post 4214 will be distributing poppies this Saturday from 9 to noon in downtown Paxton. Past Commander Glenn Kaiser says they will donate the money raised to three organizations…

 

 

Paxton VFW Post 4214 Past Commander Glenn Kaiser. The group has a rain date set for the following Saturday.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Baldwin Asylum in Rantoul is our WPXN Business of the Day today. Baldwin Asylum opens this evening for the season. Mark Dams with Baldwin Asylum talks about his crew…

 

 

He has some tips for coming out to the show…

 

 

Mark goeson to talk about some of the awards they have won…



He talks about some of the special effects and the people behind them…



Baldwin Asylum’s Mark Dams.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- A Parkland College Trustee has been picked to fill a vacancy on the Illinois Community College Board. James Ayers of Monticello was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to fill the vacancy by Jake Rendleman from John A. Logan Community College in Carterville. Ayers must be approved by the state senate.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- A new nationwide report card ranks the top 25 restaurant chains for their antibiotics policies and practices. More from Veronica Carter..



 

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Hoopeston United Methodist Church today from noon to 4 p.m.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Park District is gearing up for their winter sports season. One of the programs they will be offering is adult basketball says Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry…



Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- One of Gibson City’s water towers will show support for the city’s school. The council approved to spend up to $6,500 to have the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Falcon logo painted on the north water tower. Both water towers are being repainted this year.


 

(Undated-jm) -- With harvest underway many slow moving vehicles and farm implements will be out on the road. Diversified Services Abbe Insurance Agent Larry Abbe has some safety tips this harvest season…



Diversified Services Abbe Insurance Agent Larry Abbe.


 

 

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Thursday October 5 2017

 

(Undated-jm) -- State Senators return to the state capitol later this month for the fall session. State Senator Jason Barickman says there are some reforms he hopes gets accomplished this session…

 

State Senator Jason Barickman.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing over $9.6 billion in payments will be made starting this week to producers through the Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage and Conservation Reserve programs. The Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage are part of the 2014 Farm bill and offer a safety net to producers when there is a substantial drop in revenue or prices in covered commodities including corn, wheat and soybeans.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda backpack program continues to see great success. The number of students using the program is increasing and PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure says he’s grateful for the response from the community…

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.


 

(Ashkum-jm) -- Illinois State Police in Ashkum have released results of recent Nighttime Enforcement Patrols. Troopers issued 4 citations for drug or alcohol related offenses, 2 citations for occupant restraint offenses, 2 for registration offenses, 4 for driver's license offenses and 4 for insurance offenses.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A drug used to combat opioid overdoses will be more readily available in Illinois. An estimated 19-hundred people die from opioid overdoses each year in Illinois. State Public Health Department Spokesperson Melaney Arnold says they want to make sure everyone has quick access to the drug that can save lives…

 

 

State Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. The order will let law enforcement agencies, drug treatment programs, local health departments and other community groups dispense the drug.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Anywhere Anytime Journeys in Rantoul is our WPXN Business of the Day today. CEO Brad Martin says one of the trips they have planned for 2018 is to see the performance of Wicked…

 

 

Christmas is just around the corner and he says he is planning a shopping trip…

 

 

He goes on to talk about some of their trips they have on facebook…



Brad Martin talks about the importance of travel insurance…



 

(Springfield-jm) -- This is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is stressing the importance of protecting your information. I-EMA wants to raise awareness about I-T threats, and how we all must take those threats seriously. Spokesperson Patti Thompson says you should start by making sure all devices are password protected…



IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson. Other steps you can take include keeping software, anti-virus programs and operating systems updated and using privacy and security features on your phone, email and computer.


 

(Ottawa-jm) -- An area Congressman is asking for constituents to help thank veterans for this upcoming Veterans Day. Congressman Adam Kinzinger is collecting cards to give to veterans…



Congressman Adam Kinzinger.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- An area group is helping kids affected by cancer. Just An Angel will be holding a halloween car show on Saturday, October 21st at Pells Park in Paxton. Organizer Dale Puls talks about Just An Angel…



Just An Angel Organizer Dale Puls.

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s Office has released September activity numbers. During the month, deputies handled 4 traffic accidents and issued 92 traffic citations including 49 for speeding, 10 for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, 4 each for no driver’s license and driving with a suspended or revoked license and 3 each for failure to reduce speed, no seat belt, and unlawful use of a phone. Deputies also handled 8 domestic troubles, 5 thefts, 4 batteries, 3 criminal damage to properties and 1 each of disorderly conduct, phone harassment, delivery of cannabis, fraud and criminal trespass.

 

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Wednesday October 4 2017

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their banquet in November. Executive Director Belynda Allen says they will also be announcing the winners of several awards…

 

 

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College will be holding their fall open house in October. The open house will take place on Friday, October 27th from noon to 3 in the student union atrium and L and H wings for health professions. Those attending will learn about the admissions process, financial aid and more. For more information, call 217-351-2482.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Farmers had plenty of time in the fields this past week as we hear in the weekly crop report. 21 percent of corn has been harvested and 73 percent is mature. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 58 percent of the corn is rated in good to excellent condition. 30 percent of soybeans have been harvested…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 23 percent of sorghum has been harvested and nine percent of winter wheat planted. Hot, dry weather prevailed last week leaving average statewide topsoil moisture levels at 36 percent very short, 48 percent short and 16 percent adequate.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 39 other attorneys general are calling on Congress to pass legislation to make treatment for drug addiction more affordable and accessible. The Road to Recovery Act increases access to treatment for opioid addiction by removing a provision that blocks funding for residential treatment facilities. According to the CDC, in 2015, 33,091 overdose deaths were reported in the U.S. with 1,339 in Illinois. In 2016 that number rose to 64,000 in the U.S. and 1,888 in Illinois.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton IGA is our Business of the Day today. Owner Craig Rieches says they have a new app for shoppers…

 

 


Paxton IGA Owner Craig Rieches.

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Park District is gearing up for their winter sports program. One of the programs the park district will be offering is adult basketball says Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry…



Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their next lunch and learn in October. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 17th from 12 to 1 at the Cobblestone Hotel west of Paxton. Mayor Bill Ingold will be the featured speaker where he will talk about T.I.F. and grant opportunities for local businesses. RSVP’s must be in by Wednesday, October 11th.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is urging Illinoisans to get their annual flu shot. Governor Rauner received his immunization, and was joined by State Public Health Director Dr Nirav Shah. They recommend everyone six months and older to get their shot by the end of the month. Shah says it’s the best way to protect yoruself from the nasty bug…



State Public Health Director Dr Nirav Shah. Shah says you should get the shot, not the nasal spray this year. Flu season typically begins in early October and peaks between December and March.


 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College is accepting applications to fill a vacancy. The trustee position will serve until the Board of Trustees election in April of 2019. Those interested must reside in District 505 including Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston and McLean Counties and submit a letter of intent and a brief resume to Nancy Willamon by noon on Tuesday, October 10th.


 

 

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Tuesday October 3 2017

(Washington-jm) -- Corn is making good progress toward maturity, but the numbers are still behind the crop's five year averages. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

Soybeans are dropping leaves surpassing the five year average. Currently they are at 80 percent with the five year average of 78 percent. 22 percent of the soybean crop has been harvested. 60 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition 12 percent is rated very poor to poor.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 6 civil matters and issued 19 traffic citations during the past week. On September 24th, a deputy assisted Ford County Highway Department with a tree down at 1050 E 800 N. On September 28th, a Sibley resident reported his tires on his trailer were slashed. On September 29th, a semi was reported stuck at the intersection of Route 9 and 700 E.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- There are some development projects in Paxton’s Tax Increment Financing District. Mayor Bill Ingold talks about the latest with those projects…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is urging families to get the Free Application for Federal Student Aid filled out as soon as they can. The FAFSA helps determine if a student is eligible for financial aid, and is now available for the 2018-2019 school year. I-SAC Spokesperson Lynne Baker says it’s a good idea to get to work on that form right away…

 

 

Illinois Student Assistance Commission Spokesperson Lynne Baker. Filling out the FAFSA can be daunting, but help is available. Visit: isac dot org for information about workshops, facebook live events and other assistance.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton Hardware and Rental is our Business of the Day today. Owner Scott Allen talks about some of their bargains of the month…

 

 


Paxton Hardware and Rental Owner Scott Allen.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A horticulture expert at the University of Illinois Extension is offering some tips for planting fall mums in your garden. You don’t have to limit your fall mum purchases to containers. The Extension’s Kari Houle (kar-e hool) says if you play your cards right, you can plant them and get them to last through the winter…



University of Illinois Extensions Kari Houle. After they have gone dormant later this fall, Houle says you shouldn’t cut them back since they need the extra layer of protection. Another option is planting mums in the spring when they have more time to establish a root system.


 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College’s Career and Technical Education program will hold an open house October 20th from 8:45 to 12:50. The open house is open to high school juniors and seniors. For more information or to register by the October 5th deadline, visit parkland dot edu slash cte open house.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- An area non-profit will hold a car show to help raise money. Dale Puls and Just An Angel will hold their Halloween car show at Pells Park on October 21st…



Just An Angel Organizer Dale Puls.



(Iroquois County-jm) -- A Piper City man has been arrested on an Iroquois County warrant. According to Iroquois County Sheriff’s police, 29-year-old James Martinez was arrested on an Iroquois County warrant for possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.


 

 

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Monday October 2 2017

(Champaign-jm) -- September wrapped up as a warm and dry month. It ended up as the 20th warmest September on record in Illinois. The average temperature was  69 point three degrees, which is about three degrees above normal says State Climatologist Jim Angel…

 

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel. The month also came in as the fifth driest September on record in Illinois, with average statewide rainfall nearly two and a half inches below normal.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- An overall month decline in USDA's Ag Prices Received Index can be attributed to lower prices received in the livestock sector. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

 

(Rural Paxton-jm) -- Paxton emergency personnel were called to a one vehicle accident Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred on 500 north at approximately 1800 east. No injuries were reported.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District has created a backpack program to help students take food home for the weekend. Superintendent Cliff McClure talks about the program’s success…

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 

(Paxton-jm) -- As we head into the cooler months, the risk for getting the flu increases. Ford County Public Health Department’s Page Eads has some tips to reduce your risk of getting the flu…

 

 

Ford County Public Health’s Page Eads.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The number of candidates in the running for Rantoul Village Administrator is down to two. LaTonya Rufus and Rick Snider remain in the running for the position. Mark Lynch is no longer a finalist. Rufus is director of planning and development for the city of Harvey, a suburb of Chicago and Snider serves as Champaign County administrator. The next step in the process will take place Thursday, October 5th when the village board will interview the candidates individually in closed session. No formal vote will be taken that evening.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Monicals Pizza in Paxton is our Business of the Day today. Monicals helps local non-profits raise money through their community night program. Manager Jason Mills talks about the community night program…

 

 

One of Monicals most popular options is the family pleaser. He talks about the family pleaser…

 

 

Monicals Pizza in Paxton Manager Jason Mills.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is providing help to families with college bound students for “College Changes Everything” Month. I-SAC is offering free workshops around the state during October to help students get their college applications and Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms filled out says Spokesperson Lynne Baker…



Illinois Student Assistance Commission Spokesperson Lynne Baker. I-SAC will also hold five facebook live events and offer a text messaging service to answer questions from families. Visit I-SAC’s facebook page and ISAC dot org for all the details.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- As politicians in Washington, D-C, fight over health care, those most at risk if benefits are cut may have a lot of questions. Veronica Carter reports on one place to get some answers…



 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- The Iroquois County Public Health Department is seeking help from residents in collecting dead birds in the county. The health department is collecting dead birds to be tested for the West Nile Virus.The birds must be believed dead for less than 24 hours and show no obvious sign of death. Residents can send the birds to the Iroquois County Public Health Department in Watseka.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Senate will return to the state capitol later this month for the fall session. State Senator Jason Barickman says he hopes job creation is part of the agenda for lawmakers…



State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.


 

(Loda-jm) -- An area golf course is looking for help. Lakeview in Loda is looking for a clubhouse manager says Course Superintendent Doug McCoy…



Lakeview Course Superintendent Doug McCoy.


 

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


 

 

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Friday September 29 2017

(Washington-jm) -- The United State Supreme Court has agreed to consider the union fair share case. Governor Bruce Rauner has called the practice of unions taking money from employees paychecks even if they are part of the union unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court has looked at the question twice in the last 5 years. The last time the issue was before the high court was June of 2016 when the justices were split 4-4.

 

New (Paxton-jm) -- Bikes and cars will be making their way through Paxton tomorrow to raise money for a good cause. Just An Angel will be starting their cruise in Paxton at the Paxton Public House in memory of Caitlyn Ribley who passed away earlier this month after a battle with cancer. Organizer Dale Puls says they will also have a raffle at their final stop in Strawn…

 

 

Just An Angel Organizer Dale Puls. 

Registration runs from 10:30 until noon and will leave at 12:15.

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The numbers are in for this year’s Ford County Relay for Life. 9 teams and 100 people participated in the Relay for Life of Ford County back in August at North Park in Gibson City. The teams raised over $31,000 for the American Cancer Society.

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Plans for the new addition at Clara Peterson Elementary and the renovations at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School continue to be made. PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure has an update on the project…

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 

(Gilman-jm) -- Gilman police have arrested a Thawville man. According to a report from the Iroquois County Sheriff’s police, Gilman police arrested 35-year-old Jesus C. Barbosa on September 27th on an outstanding Ford County warrant charging him with wirt of body. Barbosa was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted bond and was released. 

 

Buckley’s Townwide garage sales will take place today and tomorrow. Maps are available at the Buckley State Bank.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Our WPXN business of the day today is Butcher Boys Burgers in Rantoul. One of the things Owner Jerry Glazik prides himself on at Butcher Boys Burgers is that he makes his food homemade…

 

 

He goes on to talk about their breakfast menu… 

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing his support of Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s lawsuit against the Trump Administration over their attempt to rescind the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. Madigan and the attorneys general of 15 other states are suing to block the Trump Administration from ending the program. DACA was implemented in 2012 to help protect immigrants that came to the U.S. as children. It’s estimated around 800,000 “Dreamers” are in the United States including 42,000 in Illinois.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Tomorrow morning’s Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with your car keys. Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen says they also replace your car remote batteries…

 

 

Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen. You can hear more tips on your car keys tomorrow morning during Scott’s Tips for Success at 7:30.

 

 

(Ashkum-jm) -- Illinois State Police in Ashkum have released results of recent occupant restraint enforcement patrols. During the patrols, troopers issued 15 safety belt citations and 1 child restraint citation. Troopers remind that everyone in the car including back seat passengers must use a seat belt.

 

 

(Loda-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School athletic department will hold a golf outing at Lakeview Country Club in Loda Saturday. The athletic department is raising money to upgrade the weight room. PBL Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer says they have two flights scheduled…

 

 

PBL Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer.

 

 

(Ludlow-jm) -- The village of Ludlow will have a new village attorney. Longtime village attorney Jack Waaler has announced he is stepping down. The village is expected to hire a new village attorney within the coming days. Waaler has recommended the board hire Marc Miller. Miller also serves as city attorney for Paxton and Gibson City.

 

 

The Ford County Public Health Department will hold a flu clinic at the Gibson City Telecare today from 9 to 11 a.m.

 

 

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Thursday September 28 2017

(Paxton-jm) -- Baier Family Funeral Services with locations in Paxton, Buckley and Flatville is our Business of the Day today. Licensed Funeral Director Royce Baier talks about the recent trend of having your wake at a church…

 

 

 

He goeson to talk about having a christian based funeral service…



 

(Undated-jm) -- The American Soybean Association is announcing there are less than three weeks left to submit nominations for three awards. The awards include the American Soybean Association’s Outstanding State Volunteer Award, Distinguished Leadership Award and the Pinnacle Award. Nominations can be done online and must be submitted by October 16th.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Soybeans made good progress this past week. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- This week the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers are celebrating homecoming. The homecoming court is Kalli Goudy, Kalista Klann, Logan Knuth, Cassidi Nuckols, Cheyenne Wise, Miranda Rudin, Evie Ellis, Dalton Piatt, Keegan Lantz, Adam McMullin, Kody Harrison, Marcus Bowen, Jacob Ager, Keyn Humes, Andrew Swanson and Seth Allen. The homecoming parade will begin at 6 p.m. with the route starting at the high school before going through downtown and ending back out at the high school where the homecoming king and queen will be announced. Also in the parade will be the three newest members of the Hall of Fame, Pete Larson, Sally Peterson Falzone and Walter Elrod.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton city officials still have not approved the sale of the Paxton Municipal Airport. Mayor Bill Ingold says there were a couple of issues that they hope will have resolved by the October meeting…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County will have a new coroner next year. Doug Wallace has announced he will step down at the end of the year. Wallace has served as Ford County Coroner for the last 17 years. He cited moving closer to his family in southwestern Illinois as his reason for leaving the position. He has recommended deputy coroner Rick Flessner to be his replacement.

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing legislation to help protect those who are intoxicated. The Governor signed Conor’s law which increases public safety by requiring law enforcement to develop policies regarding to the response and care of intoxicated young adults after being arrested including attempts to contact a responsible adult. The legislation is named after 20-year-old Conor Vespar, who committed suicide after he was arrested for driving under the influence.


 

(Undated-jm) -- One area lawmaker is promoting the new education funding formula. State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington was one of the members of a task force created by the Governor to look into how to reform the funding formula to make it more fair. Senator Barickman says the new formula will help downstate schools…



State Senator Jason Barickman.


 

(Champaign County-jm) -- District 10 Illinois State Police in Pesotum have released results of recent alcohol countermeasure enforcement patrols. During the patrols, 1 person was arrested and cited for DUI, 2 were cited for registration offenses and 3 people were cited for driver’s license offenses. State Police remind that alcohol or drugs are involved in about 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes and that 1 person is killed every 53 minutes in the U.S. from a drug or alcohol related accident.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is offering flu shots once again this fall. Page Eads with the Ford County Public Health Department says it’s recommended everyone 6 months of age and older get the vaccine…



Ford County Public Health Department’s Page Eads.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their next lunch and learn in October. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 17th from 12 to 1 at the Cobblestone Hotel west of Paxton. Mayor Bill Ingold will be the featured speaker where he will talk about T.I.F. and grant opportunities for local businesses. RSVP’s must be in by Wednesday, October 11th.

 

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Wednesday September 27 2017

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Farmers Merchants National Bank with locations in Paxton, Melvin and Piper City is our Business of the Day today. Senior Vice President Nick Reutter talks about farm safety with the upcoming harvest season…

 


Farmers Merchants National Bank Senior Vice President Nick Reutter.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 19 other attorneys general in sending a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. In the letter, the attorneys general demand the Department of Education stop the rollback of critical protections for student loan borrowers. The letter is in response to the termination of two memoranda with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that cut protections designed to streamline supervision of student loans. Madigan and the others say the rollback harms families and puts the student loan industry first.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Just an Angel will hold a fundraiser ride this Saturday. Organizer Dale Puls says the ride will be in memory of Caitlynn Riblet…

 

Just An Angel Organizer Dale Puls.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- The man accused of hitting and injuring a Rantoul boy nearly two years ago while driving drunk has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. A Champaign County judge sentenced Juan Gaspar Miguel-Juan after he pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence after he struck then 12-year-old Tristan Smith, who was riding his bike near Brookhill Golf Course back in 2015. Smith suffered multiple injuries including a broken pelvis, two broken legs and a concussion.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Downtown Rantoul will be filled with vendors this afternoon as part of a sidewalk sale. Spokesperson Paula Hopkins says vendors will be set up along Sangamon Avenue…

 

 

Rantoul Sidewalk Sale Spokesperson Paula Hopkins.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s Deputies handled 5 civil matters and issued 17 traffic citations during the past week. On September 17th, a housing moving company moving a home without a permit struck a power pole at 1300 E. 500 N and a deputy assisted Paxton Police with an unruly subject at a gas station. On September 19th, a Roberts business reported a theft from an outside vending machine and a Roberts resident reported telephone harassment. On September 20th, a person bit by a dog was reported in Paxton. On September 21st, a suspicious vehicle was reported in rural Ludlow and a deputy assisted Paxton Police with a fight in Paxton. On September 22nd, the Loda Sportsmen's Club reported the theft of cash from the building and assisted Gibson City fire with a semi fire in rural Gibson City. On September 23rd, a disorderly conduct was reported in Melvin.

 

 

(Bloomington-jm) -- Five people have been arrested following a state police investigation into the management of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. 58-year-old John Butler of Bloomington and 37-year-old Jay Laesch of Heyworth face theft of government funds, money laundering, tax evasion, tax fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit tax evasion. 50-year-old Paul Grazar of Normal is charged with theft of government funds, money laundering, tax evasion and conspiracy to commit tax evasion. 57-year-old Kelly Klein of Bloomington is charged with theft of government funds and money laundering. 47-year-old Bart Rogers of Morton is charged with theft of government funds. State police say they were contacted in May of 2016 about the alleged mismanagement of funds. Following a year and a half long investigation, a grand jury signed indictments against the five.


 

(Undated-jm) -- Scott’s Tips for Success this week has to do with keys. Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen talks about security keys…



Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen. To hear more tips about keys, tune into Scott’s Tips for Success, Saturday morning at 7:30.


 

(Undated-jm) -- Two area state lawmakers are introducing legislation to overhaul the state’s higher education system. State Senator Chapin Rose and State Representative Dan Brady will file the Higher Education Strategic Centers of Excellence Plan. Their plan would make the state’s higher education system more efficient, having each university focus on its strengths and make applying for and getting into public universities easier for students, with the goals of getting more Illinois students to study at Illinois public universities and saving taxpayer dollars.


 

(Undated-jm) -- Area schools are seeing relief with the help of an evidence based funding model. State Senator Jason Barickman talks about the impact it will have on local schools…



State Senator Jason Barickman.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul Police are investigating a shooting outside a bar in the village over the weekend that left two people injured. Police were called to a fight outside Rantoul Pizza Pub Saturday night. While enroute, officers were told shots were fired. When they arrived they found no victims but were later notified by Carle Hospital officials of two 24-year-olds with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Police say they have had limited cooperation from witnesses. Anyone with information can call 373-8477.


 

 

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Tuesday September 26 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A report says frequent denials of payment for substance-abuse and mental-health services in Illinois are creating unnecessary barriers to treatment despite an ongoing opioid crisis. The State Journal-Register reports that nonprofit The Kennedy Forum Illinois released the 16-page report with partners that included the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association. Democratic state Rep. Deb Conroy says she'll hold hearings on the issues raised.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Hudson Drug and Hallmark Shop in downtown Paxton is our Business of the Day today. Flu season is just around the corner and Hudson Drug and Hallmark Owner Andy Hudson says you can get the flu shot at his pharmacy…

 

 

 He goes on to talk about when you should get the flu shot…



Hudson’s will be holding a flu clinic at Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley today from 10 until noon.

 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School Board has approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Superintendent Cliff McClure talks about the budget…

 

 

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A residency requirement will stay in place as the Rantoul village board continues its search for an assistant public works director. Currently, the assistant public works director must live within 4 miles of village limits. A proposal, brought forward by Public Works Director Greg Hazel would have expanded the requirement to 20 miles. Many on the village board felt that keeping people in the community is important. The village is looking for a new assistant public works director after Pete Passarelli stepped down to move.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Athletic Department will hold a golf outing this Saturday. PBL Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer says the golf outing will raise money to improve the weight room…

 

 

PBL Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man has been sentenced to one year in prison for sexually abusing a woman. 18-year-old Kevin Lefever pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual abuse in Champaign County Court. In exchange for his plea, charges of criminal sexual assault and possession of a controlled substance were dismissed. He was given credit for 71 days in jail. Lefever has two other unresolved criminal cases for stealing vehicles. He is due back in court for those cases October 10th.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — The race to become Illinois' next chief legal officer is off to a furious start after Attorney General Lisa Madigan's sudden announcement that she wouldn't seek a fifth term. A Republican former Miss America's campaign has been reinvigorated. Two Democratic lawmakers have stepped forward. And so many others are contemplating runs that news outlets are posting online trackers. The competition for the only open race for statewide office next year means there could be a crowded primary ballot.


 

(Loda-jm) -- Lakeview golf course in Loda will be holding a couple of special golf events. The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School athletic department will be holding a golf outing this Saturday to raise funds for a new weight room. Lakeview Course Superintendent Doug McCoy says they will also have their monster bash again this year…



Lakeview Course Superintendent Doug McCoy.


 

(Rural Paxton-jm) -- A rural Paxton bed and breakfast is taking their discrimination case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The owners of the Timbercreek Bed and Breakfast is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse the Illinois Human Rights Commission’s finding that the B&B discriminated against a same-sex couple six years ago, along with the $80,000 in penalties the commission imposed against it. There’s no word on if or when the Supreme Court will hear the case.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton is considering going tobacco free at all town parks. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold talks about the proposal…



Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.


 

(Undated-jm) -- This week is Rail Safety Week and Illinois State Police are working to promote rail safety. According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 67 percent of all rail-related collisions occur at crossing with active warning devices. In 2016, there were 120 railroad crossing collisions in Illinois involving motor vehicles resulting in 43 injuries and 22 fatalities. In addition, there were 39 trespassing incidents onto railroad property resulting in 17 injuries and 22 fatalities. According to state police, Illinois is ranked 2nd in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and 7th in the nation for railroad trespassing fatalities.

 

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Monday September 25 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would require mobile applications that track user locations to get permission first and to outline how that data will be used. The Republican on Friday called the measure "an unnecessary and byzantine layer of state regulation" that would harm business and deter technology companies from locating in Illinois. Supporters of the bill said Rauner "chose big business over protecting Illinois citizens."

 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Our Business of the Day today is Houston Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in Paxton. Today is National Tune Up Day says General Manager Lisa Pearman…

 

 If you need your system tuned up, General Manager Lisa Pearman has how you can contact them and schedule your appointment…

 

 

 General Manager Lisa Pearman says you should have your system inspected and serviced twice a year…



 She goes on to say they recently underwent a renovation…



 

 

(Washington-jm) -- There was a little bit of a surprise in Friday's USDA Cattle on Feed report. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- An arrest has been made following a robbery of a Rantoul business. On September 21st, police were called to an armed robbery at El Mercardito, where the owner stated a male entered the store with a gun and stealing approximately $12,000. The next day, Arcola Police reached out to Rantoul Police about an armed robbery that occurred the day prior to the robbery in Rantoul and named Pablo Molina as a suspect in both robberies. On September 23rd, Molina was arrested in Rantoul on charges of aggravated robbery.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department will once again be holding flu clinics this fall. For those going to a flu clinic, Ford County Public Health Department’s Page Eads has what you need to bring with you…

 

 

Ford County Public Health Departments Page Eads.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders are expected to approve garbage hauler permits at tonight’s meeting. Council members are also expected to approve a grant application for Railside Golf Course and approve the installation of a check valve. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Park District is preparing for their fall and winter sports season. The park district will once again offer adult basketball says Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry…

 

 

Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The three finalists for the Rantoul Village Administer position have been named. The three finalist are Mark Lynch, LaTonya Rufus and Rick Snider. Lynch is city manager of Whittier, Alaska. Rufus is the director of planning and development for Harvey, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Snider is the Champaign County administrator. A public forum will be held this evening from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Rantoul Township High School cafetorium.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has rejected a measure requiring Illinois elementary schools to teach cursive writing. The measure was among several bills Friday that the Republican took action on. In his veto message, Rauner says the legislation is "yet another unfunded mandate" for schools that doesn't protect students' health or safety. Proponents had said it's important to teach tech-savvy kids to write in cursive so they can sign documents, write personal notes and read historical texts.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Adults will be able to earn a high school diploma under a new law signed Friday by Governor Bruce Rauner. Previously, adults over 21 who had not completed high school could only have one option says Governor Rauner…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The new law also lets non-profit groups work with the State Board of Education to create adult learning programs where people can earn their diploma.


 

(Champaign County-jm) -- A Rantoul man was uninjured following an accident with a semi near Urbana Saturday. According to Illinois State Police, a semi driven by Don Yearwood of Pembroke Pines, Florida was traveling north Route 45 near Ford Harris Road between Thomasboro and Urbana, when he attempted to make a u-turn from the right lane to southbound Route 45. Yearwood turned into the path of a northbound car driven by Corey Lawrence of Rantoul. Lawrence’s car struck the trailer of Yearwood’s truck and became lodged underneath. Yearwood was cited for improper U-turn.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board approved the hiring of a new architectural firm at this month's meeting. Superintendent Scott Amerio says they will help them with future projects…



Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.


 

(Onarga-jm) -- The Ford Iroquois Master Gardeners Horticulture Hotline is accepting calls from area residents. The group is accepting phone calls between the hours of 10am and noon and from 1 to 3 each Monday through October.


 

(Ford County-jm) -- Fall is here and that means flu season is also coming. The Ford County Public Health Department will be holding flu clinics throughout the county starting next week says Page Eads with the Ford County Public Health Department…



Ford County Public Health Department’s Page Eads.


 

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


 

 

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Friday September 22 2017

 

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

 

 

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



 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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


 

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



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


 

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



PBL Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer.


 

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


 

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



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


 

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


 

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



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


 

 

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Wednesday September 20 2017

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

 

 

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

 

 

Gold Star Ride Spokesperson Dave Helfrich.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Marcci’s Bakery Owner Dawn Mareci.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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


 

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



Cissna Park FFA Advisor Jeff Clifton.


 

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


 

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



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


 

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


 

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



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


 

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


 

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Tuesday September 19 2017

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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


 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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



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


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


 

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



Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.



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


 

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

 

Gold Star ride Spokesperson Dave Helfrich.


 

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

 

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Monday September 18 2017

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

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


 

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



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


 

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


 

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



Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry.


 

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


 

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



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

 

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