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(Springfield-jm) -- State officials are unveiling a comprehensive plan for combatting the opioid crisis in Illinois. The problem has become America’s deadliest drug crisis, and the goal of the new plan is to reduce opioid related deaths in Illinois by 33 percent in three years. State Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah says opioid overdoses have killed nearly 11-thousand people in Illinois since 2008…

 

 

State Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah. That will include better educating providers and patients about the high risk of addiction when taking opioids. The action plan also calls for more treatment and recovery services and increased response to potential overdoses.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is creating a special task force to address the opioid abuse epidemic in Illinois. The group will represent several state agencies and help coordinate and implement a new action plan to fight the growing problem says Governor Rauner…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. There were 19-hundred opioid-related deaths in Illinois last year.

 

 

(Ashkum-jm) -- District 21 Illinois State Police have released results of recent occupant restraint enforcement patrols. 18 people received safety belt citations, while 2 people received citations for child restraint violations.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) – Gibson City’s annual Harvest Fest kicks off this Friday and Saturday in downtown Gibson City. Spokesperson Ryan Minion says they have a kids zone for kids…

 

 

Gibson City Harvest Fest Spokesperson Ryan Minion.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Sheriff’s office released their August activity report. During the month deputies handled 6 traffic accident and issued 108 traffic citations including 50 for speeding, 10 for driving with a suspended or revoked drivers license, 8 for operating an uninsured motor vehicle among others. Deputies also handled 5 reports of theft, 4 reports of criminal damage to property, 2 violations of a court order, 1 each of vehicle theft, child abuse and intent to deliver and more.

 

 

(Gilman-jm) – The 2017 Gilman Super Saturday is just two days away in downtown Gilman. Spokesperson Sara Shone talks about some of the new activities at this year’s event…

 

 

 

Slow Boys Tractor Group Spokesperson Doug Vaughn says anyone can bring their tractor’s to the event…

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner will be heading to Japan and China this weekend for an overseas trade mission. The trip will take place from September 9th through the 17th, and the goal is to strengthen relationships with China and Japan, and to help create more jobs in Illinois says Governor Rauner..



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The mission will start in Tokyo where the Governor will attend the Midwest U-S-A Japan Conference.


 

(Undated-jm) -- State Senator Chapin Rose is joining a growing list of state legislatures to take the issue of partisan mapmaking to the U.S. Supreme Court. The group is asking to Supreme Court to implement fair maps when it comes to legislative districts.


 

(Paxton-rb) Just an Angel will be at the Paxton IGA collecting money for 9/11 this week. Just an Angel Dale Puls has more on this week’s fundraiser…



Justin Angel Spokesperson Dale Puls


 

(Iroqouis County-jm) -- The Iroquois County Historical Society’s Harvest Daze will take place in October. The 38th annual event will be in conjunction with the Watseka Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Frenzy, October 6th and 7th on the grounds of the old courthouse museum in Watseka.


 

(LeRoy-jm) – The 17th annual Inter Tribal Powwow is set for this weekend in McLean County. The event will take place at the Grand Village of the Kickapoo Park between LeRoy and Arrowsmith. Spokesperson Misty Vermaat has the cost to attend this year’s Powwow…

 

 

Inter Tribal Powwow Spokesperson Misty Vermaat.

 

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