SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has scheduled a Sunday session to deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding measure. Senate President John Cullerton issued a statement Wednesday. But the Chicago Democrat did not specifically mention a vote to override the amendatory veto by the Republican governor.



(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a new criminal justice reform law designed to help steer those getting out of prison towards a better path. The law lets offenders receive a copy of their birth certificate for free upon their release. It was sponsored by Representative Al Riley of Hazel Crest…



State Representative Al Riley of Hazel Crest. Not having those records can make it hard to find housing, get a license or find a job.



(Undated-jm) -- Ameren Illinois has announced they are equipping nearly 240 trucks including three in the Paxton area with AEDs. The move allows a better chance of survival for both workers and members of the community who may need the device. Ameren employees are trained on how to use AEDs as well as CPR.



(Rantoul-jm) -- The Half Century of Progress is returning to Rantoul later this month. The farm show runs August 24th through the 27th on the former Chanute Air Force Base. Show Spokesperson J.C. Reitmeier says they are proud to welcome back the Earthquake to this year’s show…



Half Century of Progress Show Spokesperson J.C. Reitmeier.



(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City will hold their annual Hymn Festival coming up this month. The festival will take place on Sunday, August 20th at 3 p.m. at the Gibson City United Methodist Church. Former Fisher Mayor Milt Kelly will direct this year’s festival.



(Paxton-jm) -- Work continues on the Cobblestone Inn and Suites west of Paxton. Mayor Bill Ingold provides an update on the project…



Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that makes state government purchasing less cumbersome. The Republican signed the measure Wednesday in Urbana at the University of Illinois. The law eliminates administrative delays for universities. It also allows government agencies to enter joint-purchasing agreements to increase cost-saving buying power.


(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Fair is unveiling this year’s butter cow, created by a new team of artists. The butter cow exhibit was sculpted by Sarah and Andy Pratt of West Des Moines Iowa. It’s their first year at the Illinois State Fair, and the 2017 version features a momma and her calf, sticking their tongues out at each other says Midwest Dairy Association’s Marla Behrends…

Midwest Dairy Association’s Marla Behrends. Sculptor Sarah hid nine hearts within the sculpture, representing the nine essential nutrients found in milk. The butter cow display took 90 hours to create.


Saybrook’s farmers’ market is held on the second Saturday of each month from 8 to 11 a.m.  at the EDGE building, located at the corner of Harrison and Main streets in Saybrook. Local produce, baked goods and a wide variety of crafts are on display and available for purchase. All items are homemade/homegrown.


(Vermilion County-jm) -- Crops around the area are uneven because of the significant amounts of rain earlier in the growing season. Vermilion County Farm Bureau Manager Tom Fricke says he predicts the crop will be decent this year…

Vermilion County Farm Bureau Manager Tom Fricke.


(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Sheriff’s office has released July activity numbers. During the month of July, deputies handled 11 traffic accidents and issued 90 traffic citations including 44 for speeding, 9 for operating an uninsured vehicle, 4 each for no valid driver’s license, driving on a suspended driver's license and not wearing a seatbelt and 3 each for DUI, improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Deputies also handled 8 criminal damage to property reports, 5 thefts, 3 batteries, 2 each of  DUI alcohol, burglary and criminal trespass complaints and 1 each of theft from a motor vehicle, identity theft, failure to register as a sex offender, assault and DUI drugs.


(Rantoul-jm) -- The old Rantoul Motel will be coming down. The Rantoul Village Board approved a contract last night to tear down the shuttered motel says Rantoul Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh…

Rantoul Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh.


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