(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Federal Trade Commission are announcing three settlements totalling over $47 million over a fake debt collection scheme. According to a release from Madigan’s office, Stark Law, Stark Recovery and Capital Harris Miller targeted people who had obtain or applied for payday or other short term loans by pretending to be a law firm attempting to collect from delinquent consumers. The group also sold bogus debt portfolios to other debt buyers. As part of the settlement, the operators are banned from the debt collection business and from selling debt portfolios.



(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton is looking for a Christmas tree for the city’s annual tree lighting. Spokesperson Judy Ondercho talks about the search for a tree…



Paxton Service Club Spokesperson Judy Ondercho.



(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College in Champaign will be holding a Student-Parent Information Night tonight. The event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the student union. Those attending will hear information on careers, financial aid opportunities, the admissions process, the Parkland Pathways Program and more. The event is free.



(Rantoul-jm) -- The future of the Rantoul tennis courts at Wabash Park are up in the air. The courts are in need of expensive repairs and Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage says the district and the park district board have been having discussions about what to do with the tennis courts…



Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.



(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Park District is hosting a ladies night out vendor fair and craft show this Friday. Several local vendors will be there. The event will run from 6:30 until 9 at the Paxton Civic Center.



(Washington-jm) -- What farm producers received price-wise for their commodities in September was down as a whole, yet several categories recorded price increases. Rod Bain reports…



(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining a bipartisan group of 32 other attorneys general in sending a letter urging Congress to close the loophole that allows the purchase of bump stocks. The attorneys general argue the use of bump stocks could be used to evade current laws restricting machine guns. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used bump stocks on his weapons when he opened fire on a crowd at a country music festival killing 58 and injuring over 500.


(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City will be launching a city app later this year. Mayor Dan Dickey talks about some of the features of the app…

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.


(Bloomington-jm) -- The Illinois Soybean Association is accepting certified crop advisor nominations for the Soybean Master Adviser Award. The award will be presented in January at the ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit in Springfield. Nominations are due by December 10th. Nomination forms are available online at ilsoy dot org slash master underscore adviser.


(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley is holding their annual Deck the Halls craft and vendor fair this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz says they are still accepting vendors…

Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.


(Ashkum-jm) -- District 21 Illinois State Police in Ashkum have released September activity numbers. During the month troopers issued 631 citations and 581 written warnings including 12 DUIs and 76 seat belt citations. Troopers also responded to 50 car crashes resulting in 5 fatalities.


(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Police is launching a new awareness campaign about it’s Silver Search Program for alzheimer’s patients. It’s estimated that 60 percent of those with alzheimer’s will wander off at some point after their diagnosis. The Silver Search Program aims to bring them home safely, and works much like an Amber Alert for children. If a patient goes missing, their information, license plate number and vehicle make and model will be posted on digital road signs. The Illinois Lottery will also help out says Acting Director Greg Smith…

Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith. The state police say more than 220 thousand people are living with alzheimer’s in Illinois. More details about the program are available at silver search illinois dot org.



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