(Springfield-jm) -- It was another cool, dry week for Illinois crops as we hear in the weekly crop report. Both temperatures and rainfall were below normal this past week. Average statewide topsoil moisture declined to 14 percent very short, 37 percent short and 49 percent adequate. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener gives an update on the corn crop…



State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 19 percent of soybeans are turning color and three percent are dropping leaves. 58 percent of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition.



(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 4 civil matters and issued 14 traffic citations during the past week. On August 27th, a commercial burglar alarm caused by employee error was received in Melvin, an unfounded report of a man with a gun was received in rural Loda and a Roberts resident reported being the victim of telephone harassment. On August 28th, a deputy assisted Paxton police with a report of criminal damage to property in Paxton. On August 29th, a report was received of a horse running loose in Clarence and a theft from a back porch was reported in Melvin. On August 30th a deputy mediated a civil dispute over a bicycle in rural Paxton.



(Gibson City-jm) – Gibson City will hold their annual Harvest Fest this Friday and Saturday in downtown Gibson City. Spokesperson Ryan Minion says this year’s event will also feature a beer garden…



Gibson City Harvest Fest Spokesperson Ryan Minion.



(Gilman-jm) -- The city of Gilman has a new city clerk. The Gilman City Council appointed Susan Morris to fill out the vacancy created by the resignation of Shelly Fancher. Morris will be in the position until the 2021 election.



(Paxton-jm) -- The fall and winter sports season for park district leagues are coming up and that means some deadlines are fast approaching. One of the sports the Paxton Park District is offering is youth flag football says Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry…



Paxton Park District Director Neal McKenry.


(Springfield-jm) -- A Chicago senator is urging action on the state’s massive backlog of bills. The state currently has more than 15 billion dollars in overdue bills that need to be paid, racking up millions of dollars in interest. Senator Donne Trotter of Chicago says a new law would let the Governor access low-interest borrowing to pay down that backlog. He notes that even though they finally passed a budget, vendors are still waiting a long time to get their money…

State Senator Donne Trotter. Governor Rauner has said that borrowing more money isn’t the answer.


(Clinton-jm) -- An area power plant will celebrate 30 years in operation with an open house and tour of the facility. The Clinton nuclear power plant became fully operational in September of 1987. To celebrate, Exelon will hold an open house for the public from 4 to 7 p.m. today.  The facility generates enough power for more than a million homes and businesses in the area.


(Undated-jm) – This week’s Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with preparing your pool for winter. Paxton Hardware and Rental’s Scott Allen has some tips…



Paxton Hardware and Rental’s Scott Allen.


(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man currently on parole has been charged with aggravated robbery. 21-year-old Daveon Hart is accused of approaching a man in Champaign back in May, pulled a gun and demanded items from the man. The person fled from the scene and called police. Fingerprints found on the man’s car matched those of Hart. He is due back in court September 15th.


(Undated-jm) -- September is here and that means harvest is just around the corner. Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau Manager David Treece has some tips for those who drive rural roads…

Ford Iroquois Farm Bureau Manager David Treece.


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