(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner spoke to the Illinois Farm Bureau Monday, outlining some of his goals for the agriculture community. Speaking before bureau members, Governor Rauner discussed the need for more agriculture teachers. He says there is currently a shortage…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The Governor also discussed efforts to raise private money for capital improvements at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. He says he’d especially like to get the coliseum back up and running.



(Rantoul-jm) -- The village of Rantoul is throwing their support behind applying for a grant for a downtown streetscape project and enlarge the villages shared use path. The village is applying for the federal grant through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program. The village would pay for about 20% of the project. Village leaders expect the project to cost around $2 million dollars.



(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton city council has approved a tax increment financing agreement with a business in downtown. Mayor Bill Ingold says the city entered into an agreement with Mom and Pop Kettle Korn Stop…



Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.


(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton could bring in the services of an environmental law attorney to fight the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency over the closed landfill by the airport. The landfill closed in 1991 however the IEPA has repeatedly denied the city’s application for the site to be certified for completion of post closure care. This time the city is being asked to install another groundwater monitoring well within 10 feet of one already installed to monitor the groundwater and despite representatives from the agency saying there is no groundwater contamination. Also the city is being asked to do four quarters of groundwater monitoring to establish background levels, which the city says they have 15 years worth of data. Alderman Rob Pacey said he feels the city is being harassed by the agency.



(Washington-jm) -- USDA's new agricultural export forecast for this 2018 fiscal year has exports below 2017. Gary Crawford has the details…



(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board approved the refinancing of some bonds. Superintendent Scott Amerio talks about the refinancing…

Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.


(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City is accepting applications for a full time police officer position. To qualify, a person must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years old with at least a high school education, valid driver’s license, pass a background investigation and pass the state test. Applications can be obtained from the Gibson City Police Department.


(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School Board has approved their annual tax levy. Superintendent Jeremy Darnell talks about the levy…

GCMS Schools Superintendent Jeremy Darnell.


(Rantoul-jm) -- Clean up of the former Chanute Air Force Base could be coming to an end soon. The project cleanup manager reported that six sites were recently finished with about nine sites remaining to be cleaned up. Of those nine, remedial action has started on seven. When work began nearly 10 years ago 57 sites on the former base needed to be cleaned up.


(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is kicking off Illinois’ year-long Bicentennial Celebration. Governor Rauner says recognizing the state’s 200th birthday next December third gives families a chance to remember all that is great about Illinois and to reflect on how to make Illinois even better in the future. Bicentennial Commission Co-Chair Gloria Castillo agrees…

Bicentennial Commission Co-Chair Gloria Castillo. Bicentennial events will be held across the state over the next year. The website: illinois 200 has more information about celebrations in your area.



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