SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A report says frequent denials of payment for substance-abuse and mental-health services in Illinois are creating unnecessary barriers to treatment despite an ongoing opioid crisis. The State Journal-Register reports that nonprofit The Kennedy Forum Illinois released the 16-page report with partners that included the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association. Democratic state Rep. Deb Conroy says she'll hold hearings on the issues raised.



(Paxton-jm) -- Hudson Drug and Hallmark Shop in downtown Paxton is our Business of the Day today. Flu season is just around the corner and Hudson Drug and Hallmark Owner Andy Hudson says you can get the flu shot at his pharmacy…



 He goes on to talk about when you should get the flu shot…

Hudson’s will be holding a flu clinic at Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley today from 10 until noon.




(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School Board has approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Superintendent Cliff McClure talks about the budget…



PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.



(Rantoul-jm) -- A residency requirement will stay in place as the Rantoul village board continues its search for an assistant public works director. Currently, the assistant public works director must live within 4 miles of village limits. A proposal, brought forward by Public Works Director Greg Hazel would have expanded the requirement to 20 miles. Many on the village board felt that keeping people in the community is important. The village is looking for a new assistant public works director after Pete Passarelli stepped down to move.



(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Athletic Department will hold a golf outing this Saturday. PBL Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer says the golf outing will raise money to improve the weight room…



PBL Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer.



(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man has been sentenced to one year in prison for sexually abusing a woman. 18-year-old Kevin Lefever pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual abuse in Champaign County Court. In exchange for his plea, charges of criminal sexual assault and possession of a controlled substance were dismissed. He was given credit for 71 days in jail. Lefever has two other unresolved criminal cases for stealing vehicles. He is due back in court for those cases October 10th.


CHICAGO (AP) — The race to become Illinois' next chief legal officer is off to a furious start after Attorney General Lisa Madigan's sudden announcement that she wouldn't seek a fifth term. A Republican former Miss America's campaign has been reinvigorated. Two Democratic lawmakers have stepped forward. And so many others are contemplating runs that news outlets are posting online trackers. The competition for the only open race for statewide office next year means there could be a crowded primary ballot.


(Loda-jm) -- Lakeview golf course in Loda will be holding a couple of special golf events. The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School athletic department will be holding a golf outing this Saturday to raise funds for a new weight room. Lakeview Course Superintendent Doug McCoy says they will also have their monster bash again this year…

Lakeview Course Superintendent Doug McCoy.


(Rural Paxton-jm) -- A rural Paxton bed and breakfast is taking their discrimination case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The owners of the Timbercreek Bed and Breakfast is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse the Illinois Human Rights Commission’s finding that the B&B discriminated against a same-sex couple six years ago, along with the $80,000 in penalties the commission imposed against it. There’s no word on if or when the Supreme Court will hear the case.


(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton is considering going tobacco free at all town parks. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold talks about the proposal…

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.


(Undated-jm) -- This week is Rail Safety Week and Illinois State Police are working to promote rail safety. According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 67 percent of all rail-related collisions occur at crossing with active warning devices. In 2016, there were 120 railroad crossing collisions in Illinois involving motor vehicles resulting in 43 injuries and 22 fatalities. In addition, there were 39 trespassing incidents onto railroad property resulting in 17 injuries and 22 fatalities. According to state police, Illinois is ranked 2nd in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and 7th in the nation for railroad trespassing fatalities.


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