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(Undated-jm) -- The regional superintendent for Champaign and Ford Counties has announced she will not seek re-election. Dr. Jane Quinlan has announced she will be retiring at the end of her term in 2019. Quinlan was elected to the position in 2016. The regional superintendent supervises and advises school districts in the region. She has endorsed Nick Elder to replace her.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton is gearing up for their annual Christmas Parade. Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock talks about this year’s parade…

 

 

Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton nursing home has been sold. Illinois Knights Templar Home was sold to Altitude Health Services. Accolade Healthcare is now the operator of the facility. Accolade also operates the former Paxton Healthcare and Rehab. Heritage Operations Group owned Illinois Knights Templar Home since 2013.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton is looking for a christmas tree. The Service Club is the organization behind the search for a tree. Spokesperson Judy Onderecho says they are starting from scratch on the search for a tree…

 

 

Paxton Christmas Tree Spokesperson Judy Onderecho.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton bank is donating to help remodel a former factory into a new fitness facility. First National Bank in Paxton is donating $10,000 to Gibson Area Hospital’s Elite Performance Facility in Paxton. The new facility will open in the old Sorenson factory along Route 45 on Paxton’s northside. The building is set to open in January 2018.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- It was a cool, dry week as producers tried to wrap up the fall harvest. There were about four days suitable for fieldwork, and farmers made some progress says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 92 percent of soybeans have been harvested, up from 86 percent last week. 82 percent of sorghum has been harvested and 90 percent of winter wheat now planted. Average statewide topsoil moisture now stands at two percent very short, 14 percent short, 75 percent adequate and nine percent surplus.

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Champaign man faces up to 30 years in prison after he was found guilty of firing a gun in the parking lot of the Rantoul Wal-Mart in 2016. A Champaign County jury found 20-year-old Jawuan Gipson guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm after Gipson fired his gun at a drug dealer during an attempted drug transaction in the parking lot striking the victim. The jury found Gipson not guilty of armed robbery. He will be sentenced December 11th.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City Schools District and the Rantoul Park District are working on a possible proposal for the tennis courts at Wabash Park near Eater Jr High. One of the proposals is to turn the courts into parking while Superintendent Michelle Ramage says another proposal is to turn the courts into a multi purpose area...



Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.


 

(Pontiac-jm) -- The Livingston County Farm Bureau is accepting nominations for their Distinguished Service Award. To be eligible, the person must be a farm bureau volunteer or served in the past, made significant contributions to agriculture and supported agriculture in Livingston County. To get an application form visit: livcfb dot org or call 815-842-1103. Nominations are due by December 15th.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- Businesses in Paxton will be participating in the annual Holiday Open House. The event is put on by Pride in Paxton. Director Terri Hancock says the open house will take place December 1st, 2nd and 3rd…



Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Chicago man accused of armed robbery in Rantoul will have his case heard again this week after a Champaign County judge declared a mistrial. A jury spent more than 9 hours deliberating whether Lincoln John was guilty of innocent for his role in the robbery of a man who answered an online sex add. John was the last of three people to face trial for the crime. He also faces a 2nd case involving similar allegations for allegedly robbing a Gibson City man who agreed to meet an escort at the same apartment in October of 2016.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is declaring the state’s first ever harvest emergency. Harvest has been delayed by rain in Illinois, especially in the northern and eastern parts of the state. Governor Bruce Rauner is making the declaration under a new law, and explains what it means…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The permit will be good for 45 days. Illinois is home to 72 thousand farms on nearly 27 million acres.

 

 

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