(Ludlow-dg)-Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has released the name of the Ludlow man that died after being struck by a train. 26 year old Eric Morales was pronounced dead at the scene yesterday evening. He reportedly was attempting to cross the railroad tracks just north of the intersection of Thomas St. and North Chestnut St. in Ludlow, when he lost his footing and fell in front of a southbound Amtrak train. This death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner’s office and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Department.



(Champaign-jm) -- December was a cold and dry month in Illinois. The month started out warmer than average however, State Climatologist Jim Angel says the cold after Christmas balanced things out…



State Climatologist Jim Angel.



(Champaign-jm) -- The Champaign Urbana Public Health Department is encourage residents to test their homes for radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas formed naturally by the decay of radioactive elements in the soil. The health department estimates close to 50 percent of homes in Champaign County have radon levels considered to high. Exposure can lead to lung cancer. The kits can be picked up at the public health department office in Champaign.



(Rantoul-jm) -- Rick Snider has been Rantoul’s village administrator for a little over a month. The former Champaign County Administrator officially took over December 1st. He talks about what he hopes to accomplish as village administrator…



Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider.



(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board is expected to appoint Superintendent Scott Amerio to prepare the districts fiscal year 2019 budget at tonight’s meeting. In addition, school board members will be asked to approve the purchase of a driver’s education vehicle. The Rantoul Township High School school board meeting gets underway at 7.



(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will hold an informational meeting about some upcoming changes. Executive Director Sandy Spitz talks about the meeting…



Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.



(Watseka-jm) -- The Iroquois County Public Health Department is announcing they have Colorectal Cancer Fecal Immunochemical test kits available. The kits are for those 50 to 75 who have not had a colonoscopy in the last 10 years, a sigmoidoscopy in the last 5 years or have a history of colon cancer or prior resection. Colorectal Cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S. and is the second leading cancer killer. For more information about the kit or to see if your eligible call the Iroquois County Public Health Department at 815-432-2483.


(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is urging the public to make sure there aren’t any pending recalls for their vehicles. The I-E-P-A and the National Safety Council are launching the “Check to Protect” campaign says Spokesperson Kim Biggs. They’re asking motorists to take advantage of the check to protect dot org website…

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Spokesperson Kim Biggs. It’s estimated that one out of four cars out on the road today in Illinois has an open recall which you local dealership will fix for free. That website again is: check to protect dot org.


(Ashkum-jm) -- District 21 Illinois State Police in Ashkum have released December activity results. During the month, troopers issued 251 citations with 6 DUIs, 24 seat belt citations and 13 criminal arrests. Troopers also responded to 70 traffic accidents.


(Springfield-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018…


(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City city council will meet in executive session tonight to discuss personnel. The council will also hear an update on the new Gibson City app. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 pm.


(Undated-jm) -- A program that helps homeless young women in Illinois is taking a new approach with the new year. Veronica Carter explains…


(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is releasing the names of area high school students named 2018-2019 state scholars. Today we hi-lite the students from St. Joseph Ogden High School and Hoopeston Area High School. For St. Joseph Ogden, John Acklin, Sarah Acklin, Madeline Dejarnette, Chyann Huckett, Mason Housenga, Samantha Mabry, Alison Place, Corynne Roberts, Nathan Schuele and Bailey Wendt. For Hoopeston: Maya Cornelius, Ryan Drayer, Heather Simpson and Logan Walder.



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