(Springfield-jm) -- Flu activity is picking up in Illinois and State Department of Public Health officials say it’s not too late to get vaccinated. Flu season typically peaks between December and March says Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold, so now is a good time to get the shot and protect yourself. She notes no vaccine is 100 percent effective, but can definitely help…



Illinois Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older.



(Champaign County-jm) -- A third person has thrown their name in for the Champaign County clerk position. Democrat Aaron Ammons joins Republicans Matt Grandone and Jon Rector. They are looking to fill the position held by Gordy Hulten who announced he is running for county executive.



(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City Schools Board has approved their tax levy. Superintendent Michelle Ramage talks about the levy…



Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.


(Paxton-jm) -- A flag raising ceremony to kick off the state’s Bicentennial celebration will be held today at noon at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton. Ford County Board member and chairman of the Ford County Republican Party Chase McCall will read a proclamation while the bicentennial flag is raised. Similar ceremonies will be held across the state that day.



(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School Board is working on their annual tax levy. Superintendent Cliff McClure talks about the levy...



PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.


(Champaign-jm) -- November weather was cooler and drier than normal in Illinois. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the average temperature last month was just under 42 degrees. That’s about a degree below normal…

State Climatologist Jim Angel. Statewide average precipitation was two point one three inches, more than an inch below normal. Some snow was reported in northern and central Illinois. The largest amount of snow, an inch and a half, was recorded at the Chicago Botanic Garden last month.


(Danville-jm) -- The Vermilion County Sheriff’s office is accepting applications for deputy sheriff openings. Those interested must be between the ages of 20 and 35, submit to a background check and complete a written exam and physical agility test scheduled for December 10th. The department says applications must be turned in by 4pm Thursday.


(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders approved an easement agreement with Ameren. Mayor Dan Dickey says its to access some power lines near the sewer plant…

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.

(Urbana-jm) -- A Ludlow woman is being held in the Champaign County Jail on $75,000 bond for her alleged roll in a home invasion in Champaign back in September. 40 year old Kristen Sue Hewerdine is charged with felony armed robbery and felony home invasion. According to police, Hewerdine and another man entered an apartment of the victim at knifepoint and searched the apartment and the victim, taking his cellphone and $80. When the victim attempted to run out Hewerdine and the other man tackled him and Hewerdine allegedly stabbed the victim cutting him several times in the hand. She is due back in court December 12th.


(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board heard a presentation on the new evidence based funding formula. Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio talks about the presentation...

Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.


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