(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Historical Society has turned down an offer to buy an old church. The group was offered the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church in rural Paxton, however, the group turned down the offer citing concerns with financing improvements and security.



(Rantoul-jm) -- The Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County is hosting their annual golf outing this Friday. Executive Director Andy Kulczycki talks about the golf outing…



Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County Executive Director Andy Kulczycki.



(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School Board will once again take up the issue of the valedictorian and salutatorian distinction at tonight's school board meeting. The district looked into the issue last year and decided to wait until after the school year to consider whether to do away with the distinctions or not. The school board will also look into the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget. The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School Board meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.



(Undated-jm) -- Last week lawmakers voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a budget and tax hike. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City voted against the budget, tax hike and override…



State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.



(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.



(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Revenue is offering some guidance to navigating the state’s new income tax rates. The agency’s website: tax dot illinois dot gov, features information about implementing the tax hike, rate tables and more says Spokesperson Terry Horstman…



Illinois Department of Revenue Spokesperson Terry Horstman. The increase is retroactive to July First and employers will be responsible for collecting the difference. Tax dot illinois dot gov also includes information about other changes such as an increase in the state earned income tax credit and a new credit for teachers who spend their own money on classroom supplies.


(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Park District is studying their options when it comes to the tennis courts at Wabash Park. The tennis courts are in such bad shape, Rantoul Township High School announced they may not be able to host matches because of the condition. The options include expanding parking for J.W. Eater Jr High by eliminating the courts, use a smaller number of courts or use part of the area for a multi-purpose area for other sports.


(Penfield-jm) -- The 2017 Historic Farms Days runs July 13-16 at the I and I grounds in Penfield. Spokesperson JC Reitmeier talks about the daily events…

Historic Farm Days Spokesperson JC Reitmeier.


(Champaign-jm) -- Aviation students in Illinois will find it cheaper to attend Parkland College’s pilot training program. The Parkland College Board voted to offer in-district tuition rates to all Illinois residents enrolled in the Aviation Associate in Science degree program for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. That means students will pay $164 per credit hour instead of the $370 per credit hour currently charged to out-of-district students.


(Fisher-jm) -- The Fisher Community Fair got underway last night with the queen pageant. Taylor Crowley was named Fair Queen and Lucy Edwards was named Little Miss. Fair President Jill Hardesty talks about what is on the schedule for today…

Fisher Community Fair President Jill Hardesty.


(Undated-jm) -- A former state representative is considering running for his former seat after his predecessor announced he will not seek re-election. Bill Black is considering running for the seat after Chad Hays announced he would not be seeking re-election in 2018. The 75-year-old served as state representative of the 104th district, which includes Champaign and Vermilion Counties from 1986 to 2010.


(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois finally has a new state budget, but it’s clear that many aren’t happy with the process or the results. Veronica Carter reports…


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