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(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 14 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief challenging the Justice Department’s efforts to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities. The attorneys general argue the conditions interfere with the rights of states and localities to set their own law enforcement policies.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Influenza is hitting Illinois a little harder this flu season. There is currently widespread flu activity in Illinois, with more cases being reported now than at the same time last year says State Chief Medical Officer Doctor Jennifer Layden…

 

 

State Chief Medical Officer Doctor Jennifer Layden. Layden says it’s too early to say if Illinois flu cases have peaked. She notes the most common strain going around often carries more severe symptoms.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Miss Ford County Kelsey Vaughn will be competing in the 2018 Illinois Association of Agricultural Fair State Queen Pageant coming up later this month. The pageant runs January 18th through the 21st at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. Vaughn will join 71 other county fair queens competing for the title of Miss Illinois County Fair Queen 2018. She is a 2017 graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton City Council is expected to consider their options for an emergency siren on N. Union Street. The siren was damaged and council members will be asked whether or repair or replace the siren. Council members will also be asked to approve the mayor’s appointment of an unnamed city official, approve redevelopment agreements with three businesses. An economic development committee meeting will be held at 6 pm with the council meeting at 7.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City School District is hoping to get a grant for their preschool program. The district is applying for the Preschool for All program. Superintendent Michelle Ramage talks about what the district would do with the grant money…

 

 

Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul firefighters handled a trio of fires over the weekend. On Friday night around 7 pm, firefighters were called to a vehicle fire at the Red Wheel Restaurant on the villages west side. The owner of a truck that wouldn't start had placed a bag of charcoal under the engine of his truck in an attempt to warm it up. Just after midnight Saturday morning firefighters were called to a chimney fire on Illinois Drive. Sunday morning just before 10 a.m. were called to an apartment fire on Harmon Drive. Firefighters believe a discarded cigarette was the cause of that fire.

 

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 11 other attorneys general in voicing opposition to a U.S. EPA proposal to repeal regulations that place strict emissions standards on highly polluting glider trucks. The attorneys general argue repealing the regulations will lead to more air pollution and jeopardize public health. Glider trucks are trucks with refurbished or rebuilt heavy duty diesel engines before 2010 and installed into a truck bodies. The rule currently mandates these trucks must meet the same emissions standards as newly produced trucks.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Last year, “phishing” scams topped the list of methods used by cyber criminals to steal or attempt to steal the money and identities of unsuspecting consumers. Veronica Carter reports on what to watch for this year…



 

(Ashkum-jm) -- District 21 Illinois State Police have released 2017 activity stats. During the year, troopers issued 6,531 citations including 121 DUI’s and 694 seat belt citations. Troopers also responded to 821 traffic accident resulting in 25 fatalities.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Village Board will discuss an engineering agreement for taxiway improvements at the villages airport at tonight’s study session. In addition, village board members will discuss a change order for the landfill cover project, a realtor agreement with Coldwell Banker and confirm Mayor Chuck Smith’s appointment of Cynthia Rouse to the Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The Village of Rantoul study session gets underway at 6 p.m.


 

(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will hold an informational meeting tonight. The meeting discusses some of the upcoming changes says Executive Director Sandy Spitz…



Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.


 

(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 Iroquois West and Tri-Point. For Iroquois West: Marielle Abalos, Rachel Carney, Lauren Cultra, Sylvia Cummings, Thomas McDonald, Taylor McTaggert, Kaiden Pratt, Mayalyin Sanchez, Laney Tippie, Jonathan Vargas, Noah Wilwohl. For Tri-Point, Jimmy Haas, Elizabeth Houck, Randall Ifft, Elijah McDonald and Amyjo Steichen.

 

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