(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Recreation Department is ringing in the Christmas holiday season with a pair of holiday activities. A senior holiday luncheon for residents 55 and older will be held on Thursday, December 14th at noon at the Rantoul Youth Center. RSVP’s are due by Monday, December 11th. For the younger members, they will hold a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 16th from 8 to 10 a.m.



(Rantoul-jm) -- A Rantoul group is helping make this Christmas a little brighter for low income families in Champaign County. The Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County will once again hold their annual Holiday Bureau next week says Director Andy Kulcyzcki…



Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County Director Andy Kulcyzcki.



(Champaign County-jm) -- Champaign County officials are up against a deadline on a decision about what to do with the county’s jail in downtown Urbana. The U.S. Justice Department has given the county until March to either renovate to make the facility ADA compliant or close the jail. County officials estimate it would cost around $175,000 to renovate the jail. The county could receive an extension if they decide to build a new jail. The county is unsure how to proceed due to funding issues as well as activists who do not want a new facility.


(Springfield-jm) -- The state is launching a new 24 hour hotline to help combat opioid abuse. The helpline will provide a place for individuals and family members struggling with addiction to get confidential help says Governor Bruce Rauner…



Governor Bruce Rauner. The helpline is part of the state’s opioid action plan aimed at reducing overdose deaths in Illinois. The phone number is: 1-833-2Find Help.


(Rantoul-jm) -- The Village of Rantoul is receiving national recognition for their budget presentations. The village received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. To qualify, the village had to meet or exceed nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentations. It’s the 20th year in a row that the village has received the award.


(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scott Tips for Success has to do with Christmas gift ideas. For that griller in your family, Scott Allen has some gift ideas for them…

Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen.


(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is promoting their Chamber Bucks promotion. Right now, if you buy $50 in chamber bucks you will get $5 free. The chamber bucks program promotes shopping local.


(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda high school students who qualify to take classes at Parkland College can do so. The district and the community college are teaming up to let students get a head start on their college career says PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure…

PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.



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