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(Rantoul-jm) -- The Village of Rantoul is looking for a new village administrator. Jeff Fiegenschuh has announced he is leaving the village to become city manager in Rochelle, Illinois. Fiegenschuh has been with the village since 2014. He cited the close proximity of his family as reasons for taking the position. His last day as village administrator is September 8th.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district is one of many across the state watching to see how the education funding formula fight will pan out in Springfield. Superintendent Jeremy Darnell says the uncertainty makes it hard to prepare a budget for the upcoming year…

 

 

GCMS Schools Superintendent Jeremy Darnell.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton police have released their recent activity report. On July 20th  Angel Gonzalez was arrested following a traffic stop for no valid driver's license, possessions of cannabis, no insurance, obstruction and unlawful possession of title documents.  On July 21st, a black male in his 20’s passed a counterfeit $100 bill at Subway.  On July 23rd, Britton Roberts of Urbana was arrested following a traffic stop for zero-tolerance, improper lane usage and possession of cannabis. On July 27th, a residential burglary was reported in the 500 block of W. Holmes Street and a 16-year-old male was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug equipment. 

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The 2017 Ford County Relay for Life will be this Saturday in Gibson City. Ford County Relay for Life Co-Chair Chic Meredith talks about the event…

 

 

Ford County Relay for Life Co-Chair Chic Meredith. We will be broadcasting from the Ford County Relay for Life from 4:30 to 5:30 as part of our summer fun tour.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College is gearing up for the fall semester with an enrollment blitz. The blitz will run Thursday, August 10th and Monday, August 14th through Friday, August 18th from 8 to 5. Students can receive assistance from admissions and record, counseling and advising, financial aid and more. For more information, call 217-351-2482.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White is urging more minorities to consider organ and tissue donation. Nationally, 63 percent of those waiting for an organ are minorities, but they only account for 33 percent of those donating. Secretary White urges everyone to sign up to give the gift of life…

 

 

Secretary of State Jesse White. Secretary White says about 300 people in Illinois die a year waiting for an organ transplant. Join the state’s organ and tissue donation registry online at: life goes on dot com.

 

(Rural Crescent City-jm) -- The Ford County Soil and Water Conservation District along with the Iroquois County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold their Iroquois-Ford Cover Crop Field Day this month. The event will take place at Tom Roselius and Mark Redeker Farms at the corner of Highway 49 and 1400 N. on Wednesday, August 16th from 9:30 until 2. Cost is $5 in advance $10 day of an can be made by calling 815-432-3946 extension 3.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton business is looking to make some changes. Mom and Pop’s Kettle Korn Stop is working with the city and the chamber to do some changes to the front of the building says owner Alan Meyer…



Mom and Pop’s Kettle Korn Stop Owner Alan Meyer.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School today from noon to 4 p.m.


 

(Gilman-jm) -- School districts around the state are keeping an eye on what lawmakers will do with the education funding bill. Governor Rauner used his amendatory veto power on the bill that now must go back to lawmakers to decide what to do with. Iroquois West Schools Superintendent Dr. Linda Dvorak says her district will be able to open on time this fall…



Iroquois West Schools Superintendent Dr. Linda Dvorak.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton Police are asking for the public’s help in solving criminal damage to property at a Paxton business. According to police, a person or persons graffitied obscenities on an outbuilding at the old broom factory as well as on a house and a semi trailer. Anyone with information is asked to call Ford County Crimestoppers at 217-784-4173.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is cutting extra money for Chicago from a school funding reform bill. The Governor is issuing an amendatory veto to Senate Bill One, which is needed in order for the state to send money to schools. He says all students, no matter where they live, should be treated fairly…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The Governor says the ailing Chicago teacher pension system should be addressed separately. Lawmakers can now accept Rauner’s changes or try and override them. If both of those options fail, the bill will be dead and timely payments to schools will be in jeopardy.

 

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