(Lake Iroquois--jc) Illinois Conservation police continue to look into dead fish at Lake Iroquois that happened over the weekend. Authorities say thousands of fish were found floating at areas in the lake. WPXN news will update this story as more official news becomes available



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A year after Illinois lawmakers ended a historic state budget impasse, social service agencies and other providers hardest hit by funding cuts say they're just starting to recover.The providers said some rate increases approved in fiscal 2018 and 2019 isn't enough to undo all the damage. Services have been reduced across the state says Judith Gethner, executive director of Chicago-based Illinois Partners for Human Service.



(Chicago--jc)  If you were driving to Chicago on Saturday, you may have seen a traffic interruption  along Interstate 94. The leader of an anti-violence march that shut down a Chicago freeway says the protest by thousands of participants was held to draw attentions to gun violence. A one and a half mile portion of I-94 was shut down for three hours on the Dan Ryan Expressway. Organizers hope the protest will bring some solutions to gun violence in the state.



(Bloomington--jc)  -- 14 thousand dollars was raised at a rowing marathon for Special Olympics of Illinois. The Pantagraph reports that 22 teams and a total of 250 participants spent the day rowing on Saturday in Bloomington. The money raised goes to train athletes.


(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois Governor’s Hometown Awards recognize communities that take on service projects and enhance the quality of life for residents. Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland says now is the time to apply online…



Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland



(Chicago--jc)  -- If a suburban lawmaker has her way, this would be the last year that Illinoisans celebrated America’s independence with little more than snakes and sparklers. Illinois is one of four states in the country that ban the purchase and use of all but the most benign fireworks. State Representative Barb Wheeler said her legislation she filed last week would legalize fireworks similar to what is done in Kentucky and nearly every other state in the country.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Allegations of conflicts of interest against a Michigan company may slow a nationwide response to outbreaks of deadly Legionnaires' disease. Ann Arbor-based nonprofit research company N-S-F International has been coordinating work to develop new plumbing standards to reduce the growth of legionella bacteria . Company officials say no conflict of interest is happening, but others disagree. 13 residents at a state run nursing home in Quincy have died from the disease.4pm New



(Rantoul--jc)  -- School lunch fees, setting a budget hearing and a look at summer school are all agenda items for the Rantoul Township High School board of Education meeting tonight. Board members will also hear about an open campus incentive program and a report on summer renovation projects are also topics. The Rantoul Township High School Board of Education meeting comes to order at 7 tonight at the high school.




(Taylorville--jc)  -- One central Illinois congressman said the tariff  between the U.S. and other countries is hurting America’s breadbasket and that he wants to see results the administration's policies. The position from the Trump administration in Washington is the U.S. has been taken advantage of for years with massive trade deficits. This morning American tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports were met with tariffs on billions of dollars of American exports to China.  Two major American products China is now taxing are corn and soybeans, which affect Illinois farmers. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, Republican from Taylorville says that while he has concerns about the impact tariffs have on Illinois farmers, he has been told by his constituents to have patience. Davis wants to see results, good ones for area farmers.


(West LaFayette--jc)  -- The Ford County Fair is complete, up next is the Fisher Fair this coming week, and the Iroquois and Champaign County Fairs later this month. Purdue University Extension Advisor Bethany Funnel says its important for show animals to have the proper vaccinations…


Purdue University Extension Advisor  Bethany Funnel


(Paxton--jc)  -- When the Paxton City Council meets tonight, those addressing the council in the public comments period will be on the clock. The city council set 5 minutes per person to bring their issue before the local board. City leaders at the meeting are expected to approve the annual appropriations ordinance,look at road projects using motor fuel tax money, and approve a burning ban ordinance. Local leaders will also look to advertise for bids for two properties in the city and make a decision on a TIF agreement with the owners of the Paxton Inn. The Paxton City Council meets at 7  tonight on the second floor of city hall.


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


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state backlog in determining Medicaid eligibility for nursing home residents is forcing a central Illinois facilities closure. The Pleasant Hill Village in Girard will close Sept. 1. It has paid more than $2 million for care that could be Medicaid-eligible.The Associated Press reported in June that there is a backlog of 15,000 cases awaiting Medicaid-eligibility determination involving up to $320 million.


WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Tests on mosquitoes have revealed for the first time this year the presence of the West Nile virus in Lake County in Northern Illinois.The county's health department says the tests were done on mosquitoes collected June 28 in Highland Park. The tests come about a month after officials announced the state's first mosquitoes to test positive for the virus were found in  Cook County and Macon County.


(Undated--jc)  -- The process to implement automatic voter registration has begun in Illinois, and while some aspects of the law meant to modernize the state’s voter rolls will be seen immediately, others won't happen until 2019. This week is the first time that Illinois’ Department of Motor Vehicle employees will be able to check for a customer’s voter registration online. It’s part of a law passed last year that will eventually register an eligible resident to vote any time they interact with the D-M-V.


(Clinton--jc)  The 50th annual Apple ‘n Pork Festival will take place on September 29th and 30th. The event is hosted by the C-H Moore Homestead DeWitt County museum in Clinton. The two day event runs from 9am to 5pm both days. Organizers describe the the start of the event in the late 60s as a festival that began with a pot of soup and a stack of sandwiches has grown into one of downstate Illinois most popular annual events.  Today booths line the properties and features harvest-time apple and pork foods; tours of the museum, an art show and flea market to an antique tractor show and live demonstrations.



(Gibson city--jc)  -- Gibson City leaders will look at food truck vendor licensing when they meet this evening. City council member will also look to approve the local Gibson City American Legion to serve beverages outdoors during the next Gibson City Car Cruise set for July 20th. Passing the annual appropriations ordinance and the sell of a sewer auger are also on the agenda. The Gibson City Council meets at  7 tonight in city hall.


(Washington--jc)  How will the newly imposed Mexican and Chinese tariffs on U.S. agricultural products affect U.S. supplies, exports and prices? We'll see the first official USDA answer to that question very soon. Gary Crawford reports…


(Hoopeston--jc)  -- Wanted 7 men and 7 women. Those with the Save the Lorraine group in Hoopeston is hosting auditions for the Show “Dracula”, starting on Sunday.  Auditions are Sunday the 15th, Monday the 16th and Wednesday the 18th starting at 7 each night at the theatre in downtown Hoopeston. Rehearsals to follow with show dates of October 26th and 27th at the Lorraine Theatre in Hoopeston. More information is found on line at the-lorraine-theatre-dot-com.


(Champaign--jc) -- What’s the weather like for the second week of July. State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign says mostly dry and warm…



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




(Springfield--jc)  --As Illinois schools look to be more secure from threats, there are some tough realities that principals and superintendents have to embrace. School safety is top of mind as Illinois schools get ready for the new school year. The last school year saw a number of shootings, both in Illinois and across the country. Mark Jontry with the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents says they trained dozens of school leaders and local police officers or sheriff's deputies over the past year. School teachers, resource officers and administrators participated in state safety training. Jontry added that local schools need to take the lead in safety with help from the states school system.



(Buckley--jc)  Friends and family helped a Buckley man, who was battling cancer. Around 50 people help re-roof the house of Devin  and Jessie Marquis on Saturday. Unfortunately Devin succumbed to the disease yesterday evening...



(Penfield--jc) An autopsy is set for today for an Armstrong man fatally injured in a two vehicle crash near Penfield on Saturday afternoon. Champaign County coroner Duane Northrup says 59 year old Lorin Schluter  died at the scene of the crash. Champaign County police are continuing their investigation of the crash. An inquest may be held at a later date.




(McLean County--jc)  I-Dot officials are warning the motoring public about a portion of road along U S Route 51 in Southern McLean County that buckled over the weekend. The roadway is near the southern border of McLean County. Motorists are advised to take extra precaution in that area today.



(Chicago--jc)  -- Illinois’ official 200th birthday party will be held on December 3rd at the United Center in Chicago. The event will include a salute to veterans, historical videos, live entertainment and a look at championship sports team says Illinois Bicentennial commission Executive Director Stuart Layne…



Illinois Bicentennial Commission Executive Director Stuart Layne

A few thousand tickets for the public went on sale Friday.






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