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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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