CHICAGO (AP) — Officials of telecommunications conglomerate AT&T say Illinois' landlines won't be going away anytime soon despite a new state law to end the traditional phone service. The Chicago Tribune reports the Legislature allowed AT&T to disconnect its remaining 1.2 million landline customers statewide when lawmakers overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto and approved the telecom modernization bill last week. But the corporation needs approval from the Federal Communications Commission before it can do so.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office is rejecting calls from the Democratic state treasurer to stave off fiscal crisis with personal visits to New York bond houses. Treasurer Michael Frerichs (FRAYR'-iks) told a Chicago news conference Monday that the Republican governor has to commit to enacting a $36 billion spending plan with a $5 billion income-tax increase.



(Springfield-jm) -- Topsoil moisture is declining in several parts of the state as we hear in the weekly crop report. Precipitation was below normal, at under half an inch last week. That left average statewide topsoil moisture at six percent very short, 32 percent short, 61 percent adequate and one percent surplus. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener provides a crop update…



State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 31 percent of soybeans are blooming and five percent are setting pods, which is about on part with last year. 66 percent of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition, down from the previous week.


(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District continues to move forward on construction plans. Superintendent Cliff McClure talks about the project…



PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.



(Iroquois County-jm) -- The deadline to submit applications for a college scholarship being awarded by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office is Friday. The scholarship is funded by the annual Iroquois County Sheriff’s Golf Outing. Applications can be found on the Iroquois County website.



(Paxton-jm) -- The sale of the Paxton Municipal Airport to a private company is expected to take place at tonight’s city council meeting. In addition to approving the sale, city council members are expected to approve a loan for Colmac, approve an appropriation ordinance and consider a nomination for the junior alderman program. The Paxton city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

(Rantoul-jm) -- Those in the Rantoul area looking for a job but need help with their resume can do so at the Rantoul Public Library. The library is hosting a resume prep workshop on Wednesday, July 12th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Those interested in attending are asked to bring a copy of their resume and if possible a laptop.


(Ford County-jm) -- With summer here that means mosquitoes and the threat of West Nile. Ford County Public Health Department Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Christy Wallace has some tips to protect yourself…



Ford County Public Health Department Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Christy Wallace.


CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Lottery officials say the state lost about $4 million by halting sales of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets due to the state budget stalemate. The lottery announced late last month it was shutting down sales of the popular games because without a state budget the lottery wouldn't be able to make payments to the prize pool. Sales resumed Thursday night, after lawmakers voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a $36 billion budget package to end the years-long impasse.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is replacing his chief of staff with the head of the conservative-leaning Illinois Policy Institute. Rauner announced that Richard Goldberg is stepping down effective Monday. The new chief of staff will be Kristina Rasmussen, who most recently served as president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Policy Institute. Rauner, who's previously donated to the group, which runs a news service and legal arm. Goldberg plans to return to consulting.


(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is releasing a new set of public service announcements reminding parents to “Look Before You Lock.” On average, about 37 kids die in hot cars each year in the U.S., a tragedy that is easily preventable according to the D-C-F-S campaign…

D-C-F-S says the same goes for pets, especially since they can’t cool down as quickly as people can. The group, Kids and Cars dot org says even with the windows cracked, the inside temperature of a car can hit 125 degrees in just minutes.


(Penfield-jm) -- The 2017 Historic Farm Days kicks off this week in Penfield. Spokesperson JC Reitmeier talks about this year’s event…

Historic Farm Days Spokesperson JC Reitmeier.


(Washington-jm) -- A first time candidate from Springfield has announced her intent to run for the 13th congressional district challenging Republican Rodney Davis. Betsy Dirksen Londrigan joins Bloomington doctor David Gill and Normal U-High English teacher Benjamin Webb as Democratic challengers. State Representative Carol Ammons of Urbana is considering possibly running for the position as well.


(Rantoul-jm) --Rantoul village trustees will hear a presentation from an architectural and engineering firm to determine the fate of the former First National Bank building in downtown Rantoul tonight. David Leonatti of Melotte, Morese, Leonatti, Parker will speak to the board about their findings including cost estimates on what to do with the property. Village board members will also consider adding south Murray Road from 2900 North to Chandler Road into the village’s possession from the township and transfer E. Chandler Road from South Perimeter Road to 1800 E. to the township. The Rantoul Village Board meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m.


(Fisher-jm) -- The 2017 Fisher Community Fair kicks off today at the fairgrounds in Fisher. Fisher Fair President Jill Hardesty talks about the first day of the fair…

Fisher Fair President Jill Hardesty.


(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 2 civil matters and issued 5 traffic citations during the past week. On July 2nd, a deputy assisted Illinois State Police with single vehicle accident at Route 24 and Route 115 and a Piper City man reported being the victim of domestic battery by his juvenile daughter. On July 4th,  Laurie Ferguson of Farmer City was arrested in Sibley for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol following a traffic stop on her vehicle which had been reported on 911 as driving recklessly on Rt165.  She was also issued a citation for Illegal Transportation of Alcohol. On July 5th, a deputy responded to Piper City for a report of a highly intoxicated male lying in the roadway.  On July 7th,  Shaylee Hill of Paxton was arrested at her home on a Ford County warrant.


(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs is offering some suggestions to help make sure the state avoids junk bond status. The state has a budget but Treasurer Frerichs says rating agencies could still downgrade the state’s credit rating. He urges Governor Bruce Rauner to meet with the bond houses and reassure them that Illinois is embracing the new spending plan…

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs. Frerichs also says schools need to open on time and that the state should reach out to Illinois employers to explain the new tax rates.


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