SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Advocates say a 75-cents-an-hour wage increase for people who care for the developmentally disabled in Illinois should help group homes get and retain staff members. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration indicated last week that the increase included in the 2018 budget lawmakers approved in July should begin within 60 days.



(Springfield-jm) -- Hunters will be able to use a crossbow during the archery deer season under a new state law. The law repeals past restrictions on using a crossbow says Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross…



State Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross. Archery deer season runs October 1st through January 14th in Illinois, except for the two firearm deer hunting weekends in November and early December.



(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton City Council met last night. WPXN’s Jason Madden was there and has a report on what was discussed…




(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School Board is expected to approve their fiscal year 2018 budget at tonight’s school board meeting. School board members are also expected to hear an update on the backpack program, hear an update on the CEO program and hear an update on the addition and renovation project. The PBL School Board meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.



(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board approved their fiscal year 2018 budget at Monday night’s school board meeting. Superintendent Scott Amerio talks about the budget...



Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.



(Iroquois County-jm) -- One person was injured following a car vs bicycle accident on Route 45 in Iroquois County Monday night. According to State Police, David Craft of Roberts was traveling southbound on Route 45 near 1600 North, between Gilman and Onarga, when he was struck by a vehicle driven by James Kirby of Danforth. Craft was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. He was cited for improper operation of a bicycle on a roadway.


CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich once held the highest office in the state of Illinois. Now more than five years into his 14-year sentence on corruption convictions, Blagojevich finds himself on cleaning duty at a Colorado federal prison. Blagojevich says in interviews from prison that he still maintains his innocence and hopes to make another appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.


(Springfield-jm) -- Traffic deaths dropped by 78 percent over the Labor Day weekend in Illinois. Although one death is too many, Illinois State Police Sergeant Mike Link says they are pleased with the decline…

State Police Sergeant Mike Link. Link says State Police issued more than three thousand tickets for speeding and 765 tickets for not wearing a seatbelt. Last year in Illinois, 19 people died in 23 crashes during the Labor Day Holiday.


(Undated-jm) -- Justice Thomas Harris has announced his candidacy for election as the appellate judge for the 4th District Appellate Court. Justice Harris was assigned to the appellate court by the state Supreme Court back in 2013. The 4th District covers 30 counties including Champaign, Ford, Livingston, McLean and Vermil


(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Park District is gearing up for their fall and winter sports seaso

(Bourbonnais-jm) --  The Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group has announced they will hold a drug disposal day in October. Those wanting to turn in their unused or expired medications for safe disposal can do so on Saturday, October 28th from 10 to 2 at Northfield Square Mall in Bourbonnais



(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City Rotary Club will be holding their Touch a Truck this Sunday at the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School. Rotary Club Spokesperson Susie Tongate talks about some of the vehicles that will be at this year’s event…

Gibson City Rotary Club Spokesperson Susie Tongate.


(Gibson City-jm) -- A shuttered store in Gibson City will receive new life. Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services has announced they have purchased the former Alco building along Route 9. The group plans to use the facility as their Elite Performance center in Gibson City as well as the group's food pantry. They hope to have the food pantry in operation this fall with Elite Performance opening sometime in 2018.


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