(Champaign County--jc)  -- A lawsuit over a gas leak in the Mahomet area was filed in Champaign County court on Wednesday. The News Gazette reports that Spiros Law of Champaign filed the lawsuit against Peoples Gas of Chicago concerning a natural-gas leak  near the Mahomet Aquifer that contaminated some private wells in that area.17 plaintiffs from a half dozen homes accuse the utility of negligence and consumer fraud over the gas leak that occurred in 20-16. The lawsuits seeks 50 thousand dollars in damages for each of the 17 plaintiffs.



(Adams County--jc)  -- Officials in a western Illinois county have ended a local coroner's practice of holding the remains of poor people until relatives come up with $1,000 following criticism from some residents that it amounted to holding the deceased person's ashes for ransom. The Associated Press reported last month that Adams County Coroner James Keller was having people who could not afford to bury loved ones sign over their rights to the deceased, leaving them without the death certificate.  The Adams County board changed that policy this week.



(Springfield--jc)  -- Tree stands, fishing gear, crossbows and more will be auction off by the Illinois Department of Natural resources on Saturday June 23rd in Pawnee. I-D-N-R spokesperson Ed Cross says the public is invited to come out and bid on items that also include deer antlers, coolers and trail cameras…



I-D-N-R Spokesperson Ed Cross

Winners of the items will pay a 15 percent bidders fee.




(Champaign-rb) The unit 4 school district in Champaign announced via letter that all high-schoolers would not only receive the laptop, carrying case and charger for free, but could also keep them after graduating. The change also involves a few more staff and technology additions to the schools. The district plans to charge $80 to $230 per laptop if one is lost, with the cost dependent on the laptop’s age.




URBANA — A Champaign man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for his first felony convictions — two holdups that happened on the same day late last year ol  Ohagie Corbitt plead guilty in May to two separate counts of aggravated robbery .In both cases, he admitted that he took cash from two different women while indicating he had a gun. Both incidents happened on December 16 last year.



(Springfield--jc)  -- A new promotion offers visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential museum half-price admission.. Illinois State Fair Spokesperson Rebecca Clark says the promotion give a a half price admission to the museum and the Illinois State Fair..



Illinois State Fair Spokesperson Rebecca Clark.

The museum ticket can be used any time this year. The cost is 12 dollars.



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A billboard supporting University of Illinois' controversial former mascot has resurfaced after a decade-long hiatus. In updating our story from yesterday, Attorney John Gadau resurrected the billboard supporting the Chief Illiniwek mascot in April. The billboard on Springfield Avenue in Champaign says "The Chief, yesterday, today, forever." Gadau says he can use the space for a year. The University stopped using the mascot under NCAA pressure as many called the portrayal offensive to American Indians.  Two university trustees recently visited the Peoria Tribe in Oklahoma to discuss how to move past the mascot issue. Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler says Chancellor Robert Jones is committed to finding "a path forward together," but declined to comment further on the billboard.



(Cissna Park-rb) The Annual Cissna Park FFA Alumni Kids Fishing Derby is this Saturday. Registration kicks off at Noon and fishing begins at 1 and ends at 3. Fishing will take place at the designated area at Kellart Lake. There will be prizes awarded to all age Divisions.



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



(Gibson City-rb) The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight in the pavilion at Gibson City’s North Park. The meal, catered by Neptune Foods, will feature all-you-can-eat fish, along with baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad, chips, bread and a drink for a $5 fee. Dine-in and carryout orders will be available. Dessert will be provided by the GCMS Band Boosters.


(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislative ethics reforms into law. He adds that more changes are needed. The new law allows the office of Legislative Inspectors to investigate allegations of sexual harassment. The governor says the new law needs to be expanded…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The governor would like to see a commission made up of private citizens not lawmakers.


(Rantoul-rb)  A road project is set to start in one portion of Rantoul. Village board members this week, gave their approval on road improvements in the Willow Pond area.  Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider talks about the next step for the project…



Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider


(Champaign--jc)  -- Hot and Humid weather is expected to continue through the weekend. State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign says the humidity is on the rise…



State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign.

(Springfield-rb) A Springfield state lawmaker says a measure she got through both chambers of the legislature would do something Abraham Lincoln was trying to do back in his day as a state lawmaker – make the home of state operations close to the geographic center of the state. State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, said House Bill 4295 requiring certain state jobs to be in the capital city region would save taxpayers money on travel costs. She said the state spends millions of dollars on state employee travel costs.

(Washington-rb) The USDA released a supply and demand forecast for Soybeans on Tuesday. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johannson talks about the forecast…

USDA Chief Economist Rob Johannson


(Cissna Park-rb) The Cissna Park American Legion will Host a Flag Burning Ceremony  for Flag Day tonight at 7 for unserviceable flags. The event is hosted at the legion across from the park in Cissna Park.



(Washington--jc)  --  New forecasts from USDA show a tightening global corn supply situation developing with the expected price results. Gary Crawford reports…




(Paxton-rb) Now that County Fair Season is just around the corner it’s time to think about the Concerts as well. Ford County Fair Queen Kelsey Vaughn talks about this years concert at the Ford COunty Fair…



Ford COunty Fair Queen Kelsey Vaughn


(Paxton-rb) An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 in the rehab dining room at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton. Blood donors are asked to bring a photo ID or their blood donor card, or two other forms of identification.



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