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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Fall trout fishing starts next month in Illinois and the state is stocking about 80,000 rainbow trout to prepare for the season. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the season starts Saturday, Oct. 21, at 54 ponds, lakes and streams statewide. The department warns that any anglers who take trout from stocked areas before 5 a.m. that day will be issued citations. The daily catch limit is five trout.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program is seeing fewer World War II veterans on its trips to the nation's capital. The State Journal-Register reports that the upcoming flight on Tuesday will include 40 Korean War veterans, 37 Vietnam-era veterans and three WWII veterans. Part of the reason for the decline is that most of the WWII veterans who have applied have already gone on a flight. Their numbers also are declining.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Corn harvesting has begun in Illinois. After another cool and dry week, 82 percent of corn is now in the dent stage says State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 47 percent of soybeans are turning color and 13 percent are dropping leaves. 57 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture is now rated at 19 percent very short, 45 percent short and 36 percent adequate.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The grand opening of the new Cobblestone Inn and Suites in Paxton will be held this evening. The grand opening ceremony is set for 4 until 7 at the hotel west of Paxton along Route 9.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton City Council will have a busy meeting tonight. On the agenda for the city council is appointing an interim police chief, consider lowering the speed limit on city streets, consider approving a tobacco-free outdoor recreation area policy, consider possible dates for a community clean up day and approve changing the name of Paxton Emergency Response Service to Paxton Emergency Management Agency. The Paxton City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- State lawmakers continue to reach out to constituents to discuss the passage of an education funding bill. One of the parts to the bill is a scholarship program says State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City…

 

 

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is offering Medicare help to Medicare beneficiaries and their family about Medicare Part D. A Senior Health Insurance Program counselor from the health department will be available in Kempton at the American Legion on Wednesday, September 20th from 8:30 to 10:45 and at the Ford County Public Health Department in Paxton. For more information, call the Ford County Public Health Department at 379-9281.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Ameren Illinois officials say that more than 200 employees and contract workers are on their way to help with recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma. The storm struck Florida over the weekend and more than 7 million homes and businesses were without power in several states. The crews left southern Illinois early Monday. Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison is sending about 200 employees and contract workers to the region.


CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University data show that enrollment for the fall semester is down by about 5 percent but it's the school's lowest decline from fall-to-fall in six years. The Charleston school's fall enrollment is 7,030 students, down from 7,415 students in fall 2016. The Charleston school also reported that enrollment of traditional transfer students increased 19 percent. Eastern's freshman retention rates increased by an additional 4 percent.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The college year has started again and, for many students, that means anxiety over debt is here again, too. Veronica Carter reports on legislation that could change that…



 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul village leaders are expected to approve a couple of loans at tonight’s village board meeting. Village trustees are being asked to approve a microloan to Midwest Prep Academy as well as an EDA Loan to Eaker, Incorporated. Village board members are also expected to approve the appointment of a village comptroller as well as a community development director. The Rantoul Village Board meeting gets underway at 6:30.


 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 4 civil matters and issued 15 traffic citations during the past week. On September 4th, a battery was reported in Piper City, a Piper City resident reported being the victim of criminal mischief, a deputy responded to a commercial burglar alarm in rural Paxton, a Cabery resident reported being the victim of telephone harassment, prowlers were reported in rural Gibson City and a pedestrian was beaten and robbed in the Piper City Park. On September 5th, a deputy mediated a child custody matter in Sibley. On September 8th, deputies assisted Livingston County deputies with a roll-over accident in rural Sibley. On September 9th, a rural Elliott subject called to report a vehicle driving around in circles in his corn field.  That vehicle fled the scene after trying to ram into a witnesses vehicle and was then involved in a single-vehicle roll-over crash.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The 49th annual Clinton Apple and Pork Festival is coming up later this month. Spokesperson Larry Buss talks about this year’s festival…



Clinton Apple and Pork Festival Spokesperson Larry Buss.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The village of Rantoul will hold a community night out later this month. The Community Night Out will take place Wednesday, September 20th starting at 8 at the Rantoul Township High School football field.  Mayor Chuck Smith as well as the Three Kings of Danville will address those in attendance.

 

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