(Springfield-jm) -- Corn harvesting lags behind, especially in northern Illinois as we hear in the weekly crop report. 90 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, but progress varies by location says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. Just 80 percent has been harvested in northwestern Illinois and 73 percent in the northeast. As for other crops…
State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 95 percent of soybeans have been harvested, just behind the average pace. Average statewide topsoil moisture is rated at nine percent short, 84 percent adequate and seven percent surplus.
(Watseka-jm) -- The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reminding people to make food safety an important part of your holiday celebration. The health department has three simple rules to follow: keep hot food hot and cold food cold, keep everything in the kitchen clean and wash your hands frequently.
Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will hold a food drive today benefiting the Hands of Christ Food Pantry in Paxton.
(Gifford-jm) -- Gifford State Bank will host their annual Country Christmas Craft Show this weekend at Gordyville. Spokesperson Stacy Huls says Santa will be making his annual return to the show…
Gifford State Bank Country Christmas Craft Show Spokesperson Stacy Huls. Showtimes are Saturday from 8 to 5 and Sunday from 9 until 4.
(Paxton-jm) -- Discussions on lowering the speed limit and making outdoor recreation areas in Paxton smoke free will be on the city council agenda tonight. In addition, council members will be asked to abate, general obligation waterworks and sewerage bonds from 2011, consider allowing a commercial access entrance from Route 45 to 615 N. Railroad Avenue, consider vacating spaces on Taft Street on the east side of the courthouse and consider approving eliminating the $25 per day storage fee for impounded vehicles. The Paxton City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.
(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Village Board is expected to approve applying for an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Grant for expanding the bike path and downtown streetscape project at tonight’s village board meeting. In addition, village board members will be asked to approve this year’s tax levy and a resolution for $225,000 in street maintenance. The Rantoul Village Board meeting gets underway at 6 p.m.
(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is helping those who need assistance with Medicare Open Enrollment. Senior Health Insurance Program Coordinator Lana Sample says they will be in three communities to help people navigate through the Medicare website…
Ford County Public Health Department Senior Health Insurance Program Coordinator Lana Sample. If you can’t make any of those dates, you can schedule an appointment at the Ford County Public Health Department by calling 379-9281.
(Loda-jm) -- A Loda man has been arrested on a Vermilion County warrant. According to Iroquois County Sheriff’s police, 23-year-old Andrew Wade Stover was arrested by deputies on a Vermilion County warrant for failure to appear on retail theft charges. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted bond and was released.
(Springfield-jm) -- New legislation aims to make sure dads play an active role in their children’s lives after divorce. The Shared Parenting Bill requires courts to presume that a child is best off spending equal time with both parents when deciding custody. It’s sponsored by Representative LaShawn Ford of Chicago…
State Representative LaShawn Ford of Chicago. Ford also wants to require judges to write out why they ruled the way they did. Several father advocate groups like “Dads Can Too” and “Illinois Fathers for Equality” are lobbying for the bill.
(Buckley-jm) -- Some residents in Buckley will see their water meters replaced. The village and the contractor for the village’s water supply will be moving about 20 meters from inside of houses to outside of the homes. The village board voted to purchase 24 more meters at a cost of $400 per meter.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Piper City Community Building and the Milford Fire Station today from 1-6 p.m.
(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton insurance agent is helping make the Christmas holiday brighter for low income families in the area. State Farm Agent Mary Kirin’s office is teaming up with Head Start in Paxton to do an ornament tree and the Paxton Record as a drop off for a toy drive. Spokesperson Julie Sancher says people can drop off their toys and gifts at their office in downtown Paxton…
Spokesperson Julie Sancher.
(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul City School District leaders are expected to authorize intervening in proceedings with the property tax appeal board against Golfview Village apartments. In addition to the tax appeal, school board members are expected to review and possibly approve the tentative tax levy and tour Pleasant Acres Elementary School, where the meeting will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m.
(Paxton-jm) -- Those wanting to get in the Christmas spirit and sing Christmas songs can do so coming up the first weekend in December. Pride in Paxton will hold a sing-a-long in downtown as part of the Christmas Holiday open house says Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock…
Pride in Paxton Director Terri Hancock.
(Rantoul-jm) -- A Rantoul group is offering a community Thanksgiving service this weekend. The Rantoul Ministerial Co-op will hold the service at the Greater New Light Church at 1500 Sheppard Place on Sunday, November 19th starting at 5 p.m.