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The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency  is working to update the county-wide natural hazard mitigation plan. The purpose of this five year plan is to identify the natural hazards communities are susceptible, how vulnerable the population and infrastructure is to said hazards, and then identify strategies to lessen the severity of those hazards. This is a collaborative effort, and municipalities that would like to participate in the plan should send representatives to the planning meetings. Public participation is also encouraged. The next meeting will be June 21st, 7pm,  at the Crescent City Community Center.

 

 

(Rantoul--jc)  One local state Senator will be in the area over the noon hour today. Democratic Senator Scott Bennett invites constituents to the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce office to talk about issues. No appointment is needed. The event is sponsored by the local chamber.

 

 

(Washington--jc)  The winter wheat heading progress is ahead of the average year. Stephanie Ho has the story…

 

 

(Champaign--jc)  -- The Illinois Champions Campaign has begun with the announcement Monday of a major, 30 million dollar renovation of the Richard T. Ubben Basketball Practice Facility, pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees. The 20-year-old facility will undergo a facelift that will more than double the square footage of the building. Improvements will benefit both the men's and women's programs and will include additional court space, state-of-the-art sports medicine facilities, an enhanced strength and conditioning area, study spaces, expanded staff offices, and modern student-athlete amenities in new locker rooms and team areas.

 

( Springfield--jc)  -- Fieldwork continues and soybeans are just about all planted in Illinois. 96 percent of soybeans have been planted and 90 percent have emerged. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 83 of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Schleusener says the corn crop looks good…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.

Winter wheat harvest is underway, though just one percent has been harvested.

 

 

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The remains of famous Roman Catholic Archbishop Fulton Sheen can be moved to Illinois from New York, nearly 40 years after his death, a judge said. Joan Sheen Cunningham, 90, believes moving her uncle's remains to Peoria, Illinois, will improve his cause for sainthood. New York Supreme Court Judge Arlene Bluth said that is a "laudable purpose." The judge added that moving his remains to his hometown of Peoria may improve his chance to become a saint in the Catholic church.

 

 

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — State officials plan to reopen bids for a resort along Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois. A Department of Natural Resources spokesman says there was only one bid during an earlier round. Ed Cross didn't offer a timeline but says Eagle Creek "remains on our radar." The state-owned resort has been closed since 2009 because of financial problems and mold. A 2016 report estimated it would cost 17.8 million dollars to replace or repair the buildings.

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- State of Illinois 200th anniversary voters are choosing their favorite Illinois written books. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Spokesperson Chris Wills says second on the list is “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The number one book is Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle..”

 

 

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Spokesperson Chris Wills.

 

 

(Paxton-rb) The Paxton Buckley Loda School Board is hosting a Amended Budget Hearing on Wednesday at 7 pm in the Board Room in the PBL Administrative Office. There will be a regular scheduled meeting following the hearing…

 

 

(Paxton-rb) With the County Fair Queen Pageants coming up, that means the 2017 queens reigns are coming to an end. Ford County Fair Queen Kelsey Vaughn talks about her future plans after the her reign is over…

 

 

Current Ford County Fair Queen Kelsey Vaughn.


 

 

(Undated--jc)  Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial minute…

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has become the 30th state to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam allowing state attorneys to more easily practice in other states.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier says the exam recognizes a changing legal landscape while still maintaining high legal standards. The test has been widely adopted since it was first administered in 2011.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- About 5 days were suitable for fieldwork last week, as we hear in the weekly crop report. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says soybeans are just a few percentage points away from being planted…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.

Topsoil moisture is 3 percent very short, 15 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus.

 

 

(Paxton-rb) Now that we are nearing the middle of June it is time to start focusing on 4th of July events. Paxton’s 4th of July celebration kicks off on the 3rd this year says organizer Ashley Bertan…

 

 

Paxton 4th of July Celebration Organizer Ashley Bertan



(Springfield--jc)  -- With more Illinoisans raising chickens in the backyard, one state official has some advice. It comes from State public health Veterinarian Doctor Connie Austin…

 

 

State Public Health Veterinarian Doctor Connie Austin.

There have been more than 125 cases of salmonella poisoning cases in 36 states. Two have come from Illinois


 

(Pesotum-rb) Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announced the results of Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrols which were conducted in Kankakee County on June 9th. There were a total of 22 citations and arrest and 47 written warnings.


 

(Buckley-rb) Buckley Fun Day is this Saturday. There will be events all day. Fun day Spokesperson Jim Biggs Talks about the morning events…

 

 

Buckley Fun Day Spokesperson Jim Biggs ‘


 

(Paxton-rb) An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the rehab dining room at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton, 1240 N. Market St., Paxton. Blood donors are asked to bring a photo ID or their blood donor card, or two other forms of identification. To schedule an appointment to donate blood during the blood drive, people can call Nicole Schweighart at 217-379-4896 or visit redcrossblood.org.

 

 

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