(Paxton-jm) -- Farmers Merchants National Bank with locations in Paxton, Melvin and Piper City is our Business of the Day today. Senior Vice President Nick Reutter talks about farm safety with the upcoming harvest season…


Farmers Merchants National Bank Senior Vice President Nick Reutter.



(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 19 other attorneys general in sending a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. In the letter, the attorneys general demand the Department of Education stop the rollback of critical protections for student loan borrowers. The letter is in response to the termination of two memoranda with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that cut protections designed to streamline supervision of student loans. Madigan and the others say the rollback harms families and puts the student loan industry first.



(Paxton-jm) -- Just an Angel will hold a fundraiser ride this Saturday. Organizer Dale Puls says the ride will be in memory of Caitlynn Riblet…


Just An Angel Organizer Dale Puls.



(Urbana-jm) -- The man accused of hitting and injuring a Rantoul boy nearly two years ago while driving drunk has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. A Champaign County judge sentenced Juan Gaspar Miguel-Juan after he pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence after he struck then 12-year-old Tristan Smith, who was riding his bike near Brookhill Golf Course back in 2015. Smith suffered multiple injuries including a broken pelvis, two broken legs and a concussion.



(Rantoul-jm) -- Downtown Rantoul will be filled with vendors this afternoon as part of a sidewalk sale. Spokesperson Paula Hopkins says vendors will be set up along Sangamon Avenue…



Rantoul Sidewalk Sale Spokesperson Paula Hopkins.



(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s Deputies handled 5 civil matters and issued 17 traffic citations during the past week. On September 17th, a housing moving company moving a home without a permit struck a power pole at 1300 E. 500 N and a deputy assisted Paxton Police with an unruly subject at a gas station. On September 19th, a Roberts business reported a theft from an outside vending machine and a Roberts resident reported telephone harassment. On September 20th, a person bit by a dog was reported in Paxton. On September 21st, a suspicious vehicle was reported in rural Ludlow and a deputy assisted Paxton Police with a fight in Paxton. On September 22nd, the Loda Sportsmen's Club reported the theft of cash from the building and assisted Gibson City fire with a semi fire in rural Gibson City. On September 23rd, a disorderly conduct was reported in Melvin.



(Bloomington-jm) -- Five people have been arrested following a state police investigation into the management of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. 58-year-old John Butler of Bloomington and 37-year-old Jay Laesch of Heyworth face theft of government funds, money laundering, tax evasion, tax fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit tax evasion. 50-year-old Paul Grazar of Normal is charged with theft of government funds, money laundering, tax evasion and conspiracy to commit tax evasion. 57-year-old Kelly Klein of Bloomington is charged with theft of government funds and money laundering. 47-year-old Bart Rogers of Morton is charged with theft of government funds. State police say they were contacted in May of 2016 about the alleged mismanagement of funds. Following a year and a half long investigation, a grand jury signed indictments against the five.


(Undated-jm) -- Scott’s Tips for Success this week has to do with keys. Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen talks about security keys…

Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen. To hear more tips about keys, tune into Scott’s Tips for Success, Saturday morning at 7:30.


(Undated-jm) -- Two area state lawmakers are introducing legislation to overhaul the state’s higher education system. State Senator Chapin Rose and State Representative Dan Brady will file the Higher Education Strategic Centers of Excellence Plan. Their plan would make the state’s higher education system more efficient, having each university focus on its strengths and make applying for and getting into public universities easier for students, with the goals of getting more Illinois students to study at Illinois public universities and saving taxpayer dollars.


(Undated-jm) -- Area schools are seeing relief with the help of an evidence based funding model. State Senator Jason Barickman talks about the impact it will have on local schools…

State Senator Jason Barickman.


(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul Police are investigating a shooting outside a bar in the village over the weekend that left two people injured. Police were called to a fight outside Rantoul Pizza Pub Saturday night. While enroute, officers were told shots were fired. When they arrived they found no victims but were later notified by Carle Hospital officials of two 24-year-olds with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Police say they have had limited cooperation from witnesses. Anyone with information can call 373-8477.



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