(Undated-jm) -- State Senators return to the state capitol later this month for the fall session. State Senator Jason Barickman says there are some reforms he hopes gets accomplished this session…


State Senator Jason Barickman.



(Undated-jm) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing over $9.6 billion in payments will be made starting this week to producers through the Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage and Conservation Reserve programs. The Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage are part of the 2014 Farm bill and offer a safety net to producers when there is a substantial drop in revenue or prices in covered commodities including corn, wheat and soybeans.



(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda backpack program continues to see great success. The number of students using the program is increasing and PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure says he’s grateful for the response from the community…



PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.


(Ashkum-jm) -- Illinois State Police in Ashkum have released results of recent Nighttime Enforcement Patrols. Troopers issued 4 citations for drug or alcohol related offenses, 2 citations for occupant restraint offenses, 2 for registration offenses, 4 for driver's license offenses and 4 for insurance offenses.


(Springfield-jm) -- A drug used to combat opioid overdoses will be more readily available in Illinois. An estimated 19-hundred people die from opioid overdoses each year in Illinois. State Public Health Department Spokesperson Melaney Arnold says they want to make sure everyone has quick access to the drug that can save lives…



State Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. The order will let law enforcement agencies, drug treatment programs, local health departments and other community groups dispense the drug.



(Rantoul-jm) -- Anywhere Anytime Journeys in Rantoul is our WPXN Business of the Day today. CEO Brad Martin says one of the trips they have planned for 2018 is to see the performance of Wicked…



Christmas is just around the corner and he says he is planning a shopping trip…



He goes on to talk about some of their trips they have on facebook…

Brad Martin talks about the importance of travel insurance…


(Springfield-jm) -- This is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is stressing the importance of protecting your information. I-EMA wants to raise awareness about I-T threats, and how we all must take those threats seriously. Spokesperson Patti Thompson says you should start by making sure all devices are password protected…

IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson. Other steps you can take include keeping software, anti-virus programs and operating systems updated and using privacy and security features on your phone, email and computer.


(Ottawa-jm) -- An area Congressman is asking for constituents to help thank veterans for this upcoming Veterans Day. Congressman Adam Kinzinger is collecting cards to give to veterans…

Congressman Adam Kinzinger.


(Paxton-jm) -- An area group is helping kids affected by cancer. Just An Angel will be holding a halloween car show on Saturday, October 21st at Pells Park in Paxton. Organizer Dale Puls talks about Just An Angel…

Just An Angel Organizer Dale Puls.


(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s Office has released September activity numbers. During the month, deputies handled 4 traffic accidents and issued 92 traffic citations including 49 for speeding, 10 for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, 4 each for no driver’s license and driving with a suspended or revoked license and 3 each for failure to reduce speed, no seat belt, and unlawful use of a phone. Deputies also handled 8 domestic troubles, 5 thefts, 4 batteries, 3 criminal damage to properties and 1 each of disorderly conduct, phone harassment, delivery of cannabis, fraud and criminal trespass.


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