(Springfield—jc)  -- Surrounded by Republicans and Democrats, Governor Bruce Rauner on Monday signed legislation that updates the state’s hospital assessment program, an effort that could bring  three and one half Billion dollars in federal funds to Illinois, but also raise hospital bed and outpatient taxes by 140 million dollars annually. The existing Hospital Assessment Program is set to expire at the end of June. Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Falisia Norwood said the new measure signed Monday updates the state’s hospital assessment program by having more Medicaid dollars follow more beneficiaries.



(Rantoul-rb) A Chicago teen whose childhood was marked by violence has been sentenced to 15 years in juvenile prison for his role in a Rantoul business robbery last year. The teen, who will be 18 in two months, cannot be held past his 21st birthday in juvenile prison. He pleaded guilty last month to the Nov. 9, 2017, aggravated robbery of Fashion Nails, 1279 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul.



(Watseka—jc)  -- Iroquois County leaders will look to move some renting offices when they meet in monthly session at 5 this afternoon. With a recommendation from the Iroquois County management committee, the board is expected to vote on moving the IKAN office into the V A Office. The Veteran’s Assistance office would be relocated to the I-E-D-A office and would go into the board chairman’s office.  Another recommendation is to raise the rent for the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission office rent by one dime per square foot to 6-dollars and 30-cents. The Iroquois County board may also go into executive session to talk about salary issues with the telecommunications office.



(Paxton-rb) Illinois State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City stopped by the WPXN Studios on Monday morning. The 106th district  representative talks about the process for pending bills...




106th district State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.


(Urbana-rb) Soybeans are the second most planted crop in the United States, with fields covering more than 80 million acres. Illinois Produces the most, and an effort is underway to help Farmers save the pollinators that frequent their fields. Veronica Carter  reports...




(Urbana-rb) Paypal co-founder Max Levchin, a Ukrainian immigrant and University of Illinois computer science alumnus, will deliver the keynote address at the May 12 UI commencement. Levchin, a 1997 UI graduate and tech entrepreneur, helped create the worldwide online payments system Paypal, chaired the board of the crowd-sourced business reviewer site Yelp, and is now CEO and founder of the consumer-financing platform Affirm. News Gazette Reports.


(Springfield-rb) Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs opposes SB 2901 which is prohibiting the use of auditors making sure businesses are reporting unclaimed property correctly. Treasurer Frerichs talks about why he opposes the bill…



Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs


(Potomac--jc)  -- Village of Potomac voters will go to the polls to support its local library next week. The library system in Potomac will not be supported by the town, due to limited local funds. The Potomac library has been in operation for nearly 80 years. A yes vote would cost the owner of an average home around 45 dollars annually to keep the library open.



(Gibson City--jc)  -- One Ford County service organization is selling onions as a fundraiser.  Gibson City based Corn Belt Shrine Club is selling sweet vidalia onions in a 10 pound bag for 10 dollars. Pre-orders can be made by calling Matt Lindelof at Bradbury Auto Service Center at 217-784-4055. The onions will be deliver in the middle part of May.


(Paxton-rb) Keeping schools safe is an issue in front of lawmakers in Illinois with the recent amount of school shooting incidents around the country. 106th district  State Representative Tom Bennett was a guest on the WPXN morning show with Derek Bohlmann on Monday morning. Representative Bennett talks about school safety…

106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City


(Paxton--jc)  -- The Paxton area Chamber of Commerce is inviting local businesses to a coffee and connections networking event tomorrow. The event takes place at the Country Tyme Tea Room on route 9 in the city from 8am until 9am.  Coffee and juice and breakfast burritos will be available. Chamber leaders say to remember to bring your business cards


(Undated--jc)  - Pension costs will continue to be a cost of doing business for towns and cities across Illinois. Joel Cluver has the story…

(Gibson City-rb) National Nurses week is May 6-12th and is celebrated each year to recognize the Role Nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients. To Celebrate Gibson Area Hospital is hosting a 5k and 2 Mile Walk to promote wellness, have fun and give back to the community. The event will take place on May 12th at 8am and Registration will be online at  and Cost to Participate is $25 for the 5k and $20 for the 2 mile walk.


(Washington-rb) Supermarkets are facing competition from all sides in what has become a fierce competitive environment with new challengers to supermarket dominance in the food retailing world. Gary Crawford has more on the story…



MAHOMET, IL--The Mahomet-Seymour Board of Education is pleased to announce that Mr. Nathan Mills has been selected to be the new principal of Mahomet-Seymour Jr. High School. Mr. Mills was introduced at last night’s monthly meeting. His first day on the new job will be on July First.. Mills has been employed with the Mahomet-Seymour Schools since 2003, when he started as a vocational/career education teacher at Mahomet-Seymour High School. In 2011, Mr. Mills became an assistant principal at the junior high before being hired as principal on Monday night




(Iroquois County--jc)  -- State police arrested two Chicago area women on a  traffic violation. Upon investigation, police found alledged stolen credit cards. State police made the arrest of  Jaliel Bernard and Naketta Johnson. Both were placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Bernard and Johnson are facing charges of Possession of Another’s Credit/Debit Card and Possession of an Altered or Counterfeited Card. Johnson was also issued a citation for speeding. The arrested stemmed from a traffic stop along Interstate 57 near Ashkum on Sunday night.


(Undated-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. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…



(Paxton--jc)  -- The Ford County Historical Society will begin its local celebration of Illinois’ BiCentennial when they meet later this week. The group is expected to look at the Illinois Chronicles book that hilites the 100 key moments in Illinois History.  The museum is located in the old water tower building just behind city hall in downtown Paxton. The meeting is open to the public.



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