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(Springfield-jm) -- House Speaker Mike Madigan is pushing a bill to require sexual harassment training at the state capitol. A legislative committee passed the legislation, which requires lawmakers, staff, lobbyists and state employees to complete annual sexual harassment training says Speaker Madigan…

 

 

House Speaker Mike Madigan. A vote on the bill is expected next week during the fall veto session. Speaker Madigan is also putting together a task force to look further into sexual discrimination and harassment in state government.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan along with 17 other attorneys general are sending letters to Congress opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. They say the act would override local and public safety decisions and endanger communities and police by forcing states to recognize concealed carry permits from other states. The International Association of Police Chiefs among other law enforcement organizations also oppose the legislation.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul woman is facing felony intimidation charges for allegedly demanding money from an older man to keep their relationship quiet. 30-year-old Deanna Weston is charged with one count of felony intimidation for allegedly telling a 63 year old man that she was underage and would have him arrested on sex charges unless he gave her money. Bond was set at $5,000. She’s due back in court December 19th.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Halloween may be over but Paxton Police want to remind parents to be safe when it comes to their kids candy. Paxton Police Captain Coy Cornett has these safety tips…

 

Paxton Police Captain Coy Cornett.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Changes are coming to Gibson City garbage fees. Mayor Dan Dickey says an old ordinance charged a fee and required the city to do inspections of garbage trucks…

 

 

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College officials are saying they expect their tax levy to go up this year. The community college in Champaign says the equalized assessed valuation is up at least 4% in all the counties of their district meaning their tax levy is likely to be greater than the five percent limit before a hearing has to be held. The college points out that despite the possibility of an increase of the tax levy, individual property tax rates may be down slightly.



 

(Springfield-jm) -- This year’s Illinois school report card is out and shows some gains were made this past school year. The 2016-2017 school year saw increases in student graduation rates, students taking advanced placement courses and high schoolers entering college within a year of graduating. State Schools Superintendent Tony Smith says there was a decrease in the number of students having to take basic level courses at their local community college because they aren’t ready…

 

 

State Schools Superintendent Tony Smith. Another area of concern is chronic truancy, which increased this past school year to 10 point eight percent. You can view your school’s data online at: illinois report card dot com.

 

(Washington-jm) -- The American Soybean Association is applauding bi-partisan support from both House and Senate members urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be more robust in the volume requirements under the renewable fuel standards. However it wasn’t all good news. The group and some lawmakers are expressing concerns of the possibility the EPA will make reduction in biodiesel and advanced biofuels.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Calling all artists, the Illinois State Police is launching a logo contest in celebration of the agency’s 100th anniversary. The State Police will turn 100 years old in 2022 and officials want your ideas for a new logo says Master Sergeant Matt Boerwinkle…



State Police Master Sergeant Matt Boerwinkle. Artists can also submit their paintings and drawings on canvas to the State Police in Springfield. The contest is hosted by the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation and more details are available online at: isphf dot org.



(Urbana-jm) -- The former Champaign County Supervisor of Assessments has been charged with felony official misconduct. Joseph Meents is charged with the class 3 felony for allegedly charging $1,133.57 in charges on a county credit card. He’s due back in court December 12th. He faces probation to 2 to 5 years in prison if convicted.
 


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County is preparing for their 46th annual Holiday Bureau. Executive Director Andy Kulcyzcki talks about this year’s event…



Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County Executive Director Andy Kulcyzcki.



 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District is preparing for their annual Veterans Day concert. Superintendent Cliff McClure invites the public to attend on November 10th…



PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.


(Rantoul-jm) -- One person was taken to the hospital following a three vehicle crash on I-57 near Rantoul Monday evening. According to State Police, 31-year-old John Diamond of Champaign was traveling southbound on I-57 when he fell asleep left the road and struck a guardrail. As he was attempting to exit the vehicle, his vehicle was struck by two other vehicles driven by Aliza Palmer of Urbana and Michael Bakay of Lemont, Illinois. Diamond was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was cited for improper lane usage. The drivers of the other two vehicles were not injured.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Open enrollment for the state’s health insurance marketplace begins today and the Illinois Department of Insurance says they’re offering more assistance to customers this year. Those who don’t have insurance through their employer will need to pick a plan through the get covered illinois website. It’s been upgraded to help shoppers better compare their options. Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer says there are a few things to keep in mind besides cost…



Illinois Department of Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer. The state is also now offering seven day a week assistance via phone with a licensed insurance agent. Visit get covered dot illinois dot gov for all the details.

 

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