(Urbana--jc)  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has two stops today to talk about the now-passed 20-19 Illinois budget. The governor is set to visit the Marathon Oil Refinery in Robinson this morning. At a stop in Southeastern Illinois on Tuesday the governor continues to push for regulatory reforms to keep and promote business in Illinois…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. After the stop in Robinson this morning, Governor Rauner will join local legislators on a tour of the Electrical and Computer Engineering building on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana-Champaign. Faculty and students are expected to attend the 3-30 meeting this afternoon.



PEORIA — Reports of physical abuse of mentally ill inmates at Pontiac Correctional Center should be investigated by the state, according to a doctor's report. The report is part of the  state's compliance with a federal court settlement on prison mental health care. No evidence of corporal punishment was found, but Doctor Pablo Stewart says he found disturbing examples of inmates held in restraints, including one mentally ill man restrained since May of last year at Stateville prison. With the Pontiac prison, the doctor’s report showed an overworked staff in the high stress jobs.



(Washington--jc)  -- Food shoppers saw a dip in grocery prices last month. Gary Crawford has the numbers…



(Manhattan, KS)  Kansas corn and ethanol leaders told Administrator Scott Pruitt that his efforts to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard  are helping Big Oil while hurting rural America. Administrator Pruitt toured the East Kansas Agri Energy L-L-C ethanol plant in Garnett, Kansas and sat down with a roomful of farmers and ethanol supporters Tuesday morning. Growers told Administrator Pruitt they were very upset about E-P-A efforts they believe undermine the fuel standard law. The E-P-A administrator told the standing-room-only crowd that as regulators, E-P-A is not supposed to pick winners and losers. Kansas Corn Growers Association President Ken McCauley said farm and ethanol groups at the meeting wanted to set the tone and help Administrator Pruitt understand the frustration being felt in rural America.



(Gibson City-rb) Helping Hometown Heroes is having their annual Poker Run on July 7th. The Run will start at the Urbana VFW with Sign Up beginning at 10:30 am. Event Spokeswoman Tabitha Renfrow talks about where the proceeds go…



Poker Run Spokeswoman Tabitha Renfrow



(Champaign--jc)  -- A land surveying company will demonstrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems at Parkland college on Thursday. The drone event on photogrammetry is part of the Land Surveying summer camp at Parkland College in Champaign.



(Rantoul--jc)  -- Rantoul area Chamber of Commerce officials invite area businesses and civic leaders to a coffee meeting this morning. The event takes place at 7-30 this morning at the chamber office on Sangamon Avenue in the village. Chamber officials make the invitation to share ideas and network with other area businesses.


(Buckley-rb) Buckley Fun Day is this Saturday with events running all day. Buckley Fun Day event spokesperson Jim Biggs says there are lots of events in the afternoon...…


Buckley Fun Day Coordinator Jim Biggs

The annual Buckley Lake Duck race is set for 4-17 on Saturday afternoon. WPXN will be broadcasting live on Saturday morning as part of our Summer Fun Tour 20-18. It’s Summer Fun Tour stop number 3.



(Illinois-rb)  A 2017 independent study by School Resource Officers indicates minors are using, selling and distributing marijuana or edibles during school hours. 58% of drug incidents reported to the State Board of Education were marijuana-related. Survey results show more than 30% of survey respondents saw an increase in marijuana-related incidents in schools. Of those respondents, nearly 60% said marijuana is the primary drug schools face. When asked how school officials handle the issue, more than half said a formal approach, like suspension or expulsion, is necessary.



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


(Undated--jc)  -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is visiting some downstate communities to continue to discuss the new state budget.  Governor Rauner is touting  the budget deal that includes more money for education and a new adoption tax credit, but also says more needs to be done…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will hire a human resources director and officer for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action to combat sexual harassment. In a statement, it was announced Madigan and new chief of staff Jessica Basham will conduct a search. They say the employee will "promote a fair, equitable and unbiased work environment" for the speaker's 200 employees. he Chicago Democrat hired the 37-year-old Basham last week after Timothy Mapes resigned amid accusations of inappropriate remarks to women and a dismissive attitude toward complaints of sexual harassment.


(Fisher-rb) This year’s Fisher Fair is July 10th thru the 14th. The Queen Pageant is July 10th, Armband Nights are Wednesday the 11th and Friday the 13th. Armbands  are $22. On Friday the 13th The Fuedin Hillbillys take the Stage followed by the Brushville band at 9:30. And to wrap up the fair it’s the Fisher National Bank Demolition Derby at 6pm on Saturday the 14th.


(Champaign county--jc)  Champaign county emergency personnel were called to a car fire on Interstate 57 near Champaign on Tuesday afternoon. No information on injuries was given and the vehicle was a total loss.


(Gibson City--jc)  -- One Ford County city chamber is set to feed the public. The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce annual fish fry takes place  from 5 to 7 p.m tomorrow. The cooking takes place at North Park in Gibson City. The meal , will be catered and features all-you-can-eat fish, along with baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad, chips, bread and a drink for Five dollars. The G-C-M-S band boosters are offering desserts  and the local Gibson City band will also perform.



(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinoisans looking to gamble at a new casino in Rockford or Danville or to legally buy marijuana to get high for fun will have to wait until next year for the debate to spark back up at the statehouse. State lawmakers didn’t attempt to pass legislation to tax and regulate cannabis like alcohol this year, but that doesn’t mean the movement is dead.Illinois has a  highly regulated pilot medical cannabis program for patients who have certain qualifying conditions. A bill lawmakers approved in both chambers would let cannabis be used for temporary pain management, as an alternative option to highly addictive opioid painkillers. That will now be up to the governor. As far as a gaming bill for new casinos, including one in Danville, is back in the hands of lawmakers to decide its future.


(Washington--jc)  -- The U-S-D-A continues to look at ways to improve rural infrastructure and rural development. Rod Bain reports…




CHICAGO (AP) — With frustration mounting over lawmakers' inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.At its annual policymaking meeting, the nation's largest physicians group bowed to unprecedented demands from doctor-members to take a stronger stand on gun violence — a problem the organizations says is as menacing as a lethal infectious disease. The action comes against a backdrop of recurrent school shootings, everyday street violence in the nation's inner cities, and rising U.S. suicide rates.


(Paxton-rb) The Paxton Buckley Loda School Board is hosting a Amended Budget Hearing tonight at 7. The hearing is set for the P-B-L boardroom in Paxton. The monthly meeting will follow the budget hearing this evening.


(Fisher-rb) On the Agenda for the Village of Fisher Board meeting on Thursday is Authorize award of bid for purchase of new Police squad vehicle to Morrow Brothers. Approve TIF Redevelopment Agreement with Mike Bateman for building demolition at 418 N. First Street, and Discussion on purchase of new playground equipment for Lammle Park. The meeting will take place at 6pm at the Fisher Community Center on Thursday.

PAXTON — The committee organizing the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration is seeking nominations for its Golden Deeds Awards, which will be presented at the celebration at Pells Park.

The award is given to two outstanding community volunteers — one man and one woman.  Nominations need to include all of the nominees’ volunteer activities.

Nominations should be mailed by June 15 to: Golden Deeds Award, c/o Paxton Church of Christ, P.O. Box 299, Paxton, IL 60957.



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