(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Senate is voting to extend the statute of limitations for misconduct claims in the legislature. With no Legislative Inspector General in office for the past three years, the 27 complaints filed against lawmakers or staff during that period have sat untouched. This legislation extends the current one year limit for investigating the backlog of claims. It’s supported strongly by Senator Karen McConnaughay of West Dundee who says more must be done…



State Senator Karen McConnaughay of West Dundee. The Senate also gave final approval to a new task force on sexual harassment awareness and prevention.



(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson Area Food Pantry is moving. The food pantry operated by Gibson Area Hospital along with several churches is moving into the former Alco building along Route 9 on November 25th. An Elite Performance Center will also occupy the building with the food pantry. An open house will be held December 5th.



(Gifford-jm) -- The annual Gifford State Bank Country Christmas Craft Show is coming up later this month. Spokesperson Stacy Huls says this year’s show is 10 days away…



Gifford State Bank Country Christmas Craft Show Spokesperson Stacy Huls.



(Loda-jm) -- A Loda group is seeking donations to help keep them up and running. The Loda Lions Club is asking for donations to help pay their winter utility bills. The group is seeking $1,800 to help cover the costs. If they can’t raise enough they may have to sell their building. Those wanting to donate can do so by sending them to the Lions Club Treasurer at 912 Tappen, Loda Illinois 60948.



(Paxton-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department will be holding a caregiver course beginning next Tuesday. Page Eads with the Ford County Public Health Department talks about the program…



Ford County Public Health Department’s Page Eads. For more information or to sign up for the course call the Ford County Public Health Department at 379-9281.



(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner says his recent trade mission to Israel was a success. The goal of the trip was to foster relations with Israel, expand business opportunities and attract investors to Illinois. Governor Rauner says he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that they discussed economic strategy…

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. University of Illinois officials were also on the trip and met with schools in Israel. They pledged to work together on research projects and discussed more exchange student and faculty opportunities.


(Rankin-jm) -- The Vermilion County village of Rankin will have a new police officer. The village board hired Roy Beard to be the village’s full-time officer following completion of the full-time police training academy. Beard currently serves as an officer for the Ludlow Police Department. He is expected to start sometime in the spring. Rankin has been without a police officer since 2015.


(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton insurance agent is helping to make the Christmas holiday brighter for area kids. State Farm Agent Mary Kirin and Head Start in Paxton are teaming up for an ornament tree says Spokesperson Julie Sancher…

Ornament Tree Spokesperson Julie Sancher.


(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s Deputies handled 6 civil matters and issued 14 traffic citations during the past week. On October 29th, criminal damage to property was reported in Sibley. On October 30th, a commercial burglar alarm was received in Melvin. On November 1st, a deputy assisted Paxton Police with a commercial burglar alarm. On November 2nd, a deputy cited a driver for possession of cannabis less than 10 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and disobeying a stop sign following a traffic stop at Route 24 and 1550 E. and  Gloria Novak of Cullom was arrested on a Kankakee County warrant. On November 3rd, Kari Starks of Sibley was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended, disobeying a stop sign and possession of a controlled substance. On November 4th, Shawna Collins of Forrest was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance and cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving 82 mph in a 55 mph.


(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City is preparing for their annual lighted Christmas parade. The parade will take place on Saturday, November 18th at 6:30 p.m. Spokesperson Janna Friday says they are still accepting parade entries…

Gibson City Lighted Christmas Parade Spokesperson Janna Friday.


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