(Springfield--jc)  -- Now that the November ballot has been all but certified, the gubernatorial candidates from independent political parties want to be included in the  debates. Illinois State Board of Elections spokesman Matt Dietrich said the next step for the ballot after objections are heard and processed is certification in August as early voting begins in September. Conservative Party candidate Sam McCann and Libertarian candidate Kash Jackson, both want to be included in any gubernatorial debates. The fall election is set for Tuesday November 6rh.


(Undated--jc) --  Health insurance costs are a big burden for small and independent businesses and there could be a saving grace with association health plans expected to be unveiled this fall. One large association is evaluating the idea. Illinois Farm Bureau Executive Director of Operations News and Communications Chris Magnuson said the bureau is evaluating the idea for its 400 thousand members. Magnuson say the Illinois Farm Bureau will take several months to research the positives and negatives of the association health plans and decide its future with members of the farm bureau.


(Washington--jc)  -- The federal government does not appear ready to deal with the lingering legal questions of marijuana, but hemp is another matter. Kevin Liebrock, chief operating officer at Bluebird Botanicals in Colorado, says the federal farm bill, will in all likelihood, legalize hemp as a cash crop.  Liebrock adds that conservative U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, supports the hemp cash crop idea. The consensus of the medical community is that hemp cannibidiol can be a better treatment for seizures and other medical conditions than marijuana cannibidiol.



(Champaign County--jc)  During his visit to Champaign, Urbana and Rantoul this week, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner reiterated his support for local companies and expansion at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The governor says the half Billion dollar investment by the state in this year’s budget is one way to keep and promote new businesses associated with the local college…


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner



(Loda--jc)  An income survey is underway in an Iroquois County community looking to net a 500 thousand dollar grant for a new water tower. The survey is for the village of Loda in Southern Iroquois County.  One of the council members will also head to Springfield in two weeks for a required seminar for the grant program. The grant covers the cost of construction, but does not cover additional fees and demolition of the current water tower.




(GIbson City--jc)  -- Now that a budget has been passed, managing the budget is one main topic for lawmakers in the state. 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says leaders need to make sure the budget passed remains the budget needed…


106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City




(Gibson City--jc) Plans continue for the Relay for Life event in Ford County. That event is set for Saturday August 4th from 5pm to 10 pm at North Park in Gibson City. Teams continue to do fundraising and will bring the donations to the August event. A Luminaria ceremony will take place at the Ford County Relay for Life. The individual Luminaria are 5 dollars. Those purchased may do so to remember someone who has died from cancer, a cancer survivor, or to support the American Cancer Society.  They are available from all team members or in Paxton you may stop by the Farmers Merchants National Bank.



(Paxton--jc) If you see a lot of motorcycles along with some vintage cars and trucks on Saturday, there is a good reason. It’s the 6th annual Mid-Summer Fun Run sponsored by the American Legion in Gibson City and the Ford County Old-Timers. The ride starts Saturday morning at the Urbana V-F-W  with a sign-up at 10-30. The ride continues throughout the area, ending at the Carter house in Paxton. All proceeds go to help local veterans in the area.


The Rantoul Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Coffee with a Cop event on Friday from 7:30-9am. This is a chance to ask questions, voice concern, and get to meet the men and women of the Rantoul Police Department.



(Paxton--jc)  -- Ford County officials are set to approve its list for election judges on today.  The fall election is set for first Tuesday in November. A list of election judges is available at the Ford County Clerk’s office in Paxton. The approval process takes place at 8-45 this morning at the courthouse in Paxton.



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



(Washington--jc)  -- A bill that would keep insurance providers from adding or removing a drug from a customer’s coverage plan mid-year is now on Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk.If signed into law, the bill would keep an insurance provider from changing an enrollee's coverage of a drug during the plan year if the drug was previously approved for coverage. Should the insurance company remove a drug, the bill would create an appeals process for providers to receive exemptions for their patients from plan changes, something supporters say ensures continuity of the medical care for the prescription drug benefits.


(Champaign County--jc)  -- A two vehicle accident early Thursday morning caused one vehicle to rollover, sending both occupants to an area hospital. Police say 31 year old John Evans of  Shelbyville Indiana struck a second vehicle in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 74 in Champaign County just after 3 Thursday morning. The driver of the second vehicle, 31 year old Jestin Covington of Bloomington, lost control of his vehicle as it rolled several times. Both were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

(Springfield--jc)  -- An University of Illinois Entomology expert is urging the public to watch out for ticks this summer. Health officials say tick-bourne illnesses are on the reise, so it’s a good idea to take precautions when you are in the woods or grassy area.. U of I Entomology  Professor Brian Allen says using a repellent with permathrin helps…



U of I Entomology Professor Brian Allen



It’s the 77th Annual Fisher Community Fair July 10th through the 14th. Fun for the entire family. Tuesday is Military Day and the Queen Pageant. Wednesday is Kids Day and WPXN will be there helping with kids games at 9am. Wednesday evening is the IPA & ITPA Tractor Pull. Thursday night is the all new Donkey races. Friday night is the Feudin Hillbillies and Brushville, and Saturday is the ever popular Demolition Derby.


SPRINGFIELD (July 5, 2018) — Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday named three new appointees to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, a quasi-judicial body that imposes release conditions, regulates good conduct credits, conducts parole hearings and makes executive clemency recommendations, among other tasks.Prisoner Review Board appointees are Lisa Daniels of Lansing, Joseph Ruggiero of Wheaton and Patricia Wilson of Du Quoin. Rauner said he’s confident the review board trio will excel in their roles.



(Washington--jc)  More hay acres and cattle are now in drought areas. U-S-D-A meteorologist Brad Rippy the number is up from one month ago…



U-S-D-A Meteorologist Brad Rippy



(St Joseph--jc)  -- A house fire in Saint Joseph that caused extensive damage remains under investigation. Firefighters from 8 fire departments were called to the scene on Wednesday night. The house was a vacant home in Saint Joseph. No word on the extent of damages was given.

(Crescent City--jc)  What do Olivia Powell, Lyndsey Neukomm, Samantha Gooding, Katlyn Post of Kaylee Cumbo have in common. They are the five contestants vying for the title of 2018 Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen. Giving up her county title next week is Samantha Hasselbring of Cissna Park. Hasselbring is also the current Miss Illinois County Fair Queen. Samantha is the daughter of Troy and Lynn Hasselbring. She is attending Millikin University majoring in elementary education. This year’s Iroquois County Fair Queen pageant takes place on Wednesday July 18th at the fairgrounds just north of Crescent City


(Paxton--jc)  Paxton Buckley Loda School board members will hear an update on the Clara Petersen school project when they meet in monthly session next week. A look at the fiscal 20-19 budget, school policies and waste service proposals are also on the agenda. The P-B-L school board meets on Thursday July 12 at 6pm in Paxton.


(Buckley--jc)  One local church is set for a hymn sing later this month. St John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley will host the event 6-30pm on Sunday July 15th. A free will donation will be taken. The proceeds will go to the organ fund for future repairs. Following the hymn sing, refreshments will be served in the church basement.



The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite everyone to the Paxton Majestic Park from 4-7 this afternoon as Channel 3 will be there promoting Our Town Paxton. There will also be a farmer’s market from 4-6 next to Humble Hog at the park. 

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