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URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A coroner report says the death of a 78-year-old Illinois nursing home resident nearly three months ago was caused by hyperthermia due to exposure to hot weather. The News-Gazette reports that Champaign County Nursing Home resident Sonya J. Kington was found dead in the home's courtyard when high temperatures reached nearly 90 degrees. The coroner report says Kington was found lying in direct sunlight with vomit on the sides of her mouth. No signs of trauma were found.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Park District is gearing up for their fall and winter sports season for both youth and adults. One of the activities they are looking at is yoga says Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry…

 

 

Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry.

 

 

(Loda-jm) -- The Loda Township Library is changing their hours. The library will be open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library will be closed Friday and Sunday.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois lawmakers approved an education funding reform bill this week. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City talks about the bill…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Congressman John Shimkus is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies.  High school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for 2018 admission. To be eligible for a nomination, a candidate must be an American citizen, at least 17 years old and no more than 23 years old on July 1, 2018, not married, under no legal obligation to support a child, and a legal resident of the 15th District of Illinois. More information is available by calling Shimkus’s office at (618) 288-7190.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Farm income in 2017 may break the cycle of three years of declines. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted seven petitions for clemency and denied 87 others. His office referred questions on the cases granted Friday to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. A board spokesman didn't immediately return messages. People whose clemency petitions are granted may go to court to try to have their criminal record expunged.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders approved a facade grant request from the Lee Lowry American Legion post to do some facade work. Mayor Dan Dickey says the program will allow the city to grant a business up to $5,000 to do improvements…



Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The National Corn Growers Association will hold a field day and soil health meeting at an area farm this week. The group will a soil health field day meeting on Friday, September 8th in Vermilion County with Tom Kentner. For more information or to register visit soil health partnership dot org.


 

(Gilman-jm) -- The Slow Boys Tractor Group will be up at this year’s Super Saturday in Gilman set for September 9th. Spokesperson Doug Vaughn says they will have tractors on display as well as other activities for the whole family…



Slow Boys Tractor Group Spokesperson Doug Vaughn.


 

(Undated-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White’s office is announcing facility closures for the Labor Day holiday. Facilities open Monday through Friday will be closed today. All facilities will reopen tomorrow.


(Springfield-jm) -- Last month was the 12th coolest August on record in Illinois. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature came in at just under 71 degrees for August, which is three degrees below normal, precipitation was an inch less than usual…



State Climatologist Jim Angel. September could be more of the same as the long term outlook calls for below normal temps and rainfall.

 

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