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(Lake Iroquois--jc)  -- Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials were at Lake Iroquois on Monday to take samples of the water to be tested this week, after thousands of fish were found dead on Sunday. One local theory is lake turnover, which causes reduced oxygen in the water. Another is the extreme warm weather and a cooler period over the weekend causing water issues. It may take an extended period for E-P-A officials to determine the cause of the dead fish.

 

(Chicago--jc)  --Illinois taxpayers paid for nearly four times more abortions in the first six months of 2018 than the year before and one state lawmakers expects the total number to eventually be much larger.Records of the number of abortion reimbursement requests Illinois News Network obtained through an open records request from the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services showed 84 abortions from January to June last year. The same time period this year, there were 314 abortions. That’s a 274 percent increase of taxpayer-funded abortions.State Rep. Peter Breen, who opposed taxpayer-funded abortions, said the state law he’s challenging in the courts that went into effect Jan. 1 is the cause

 

(Fisher--jc)  -- It’s the 77th Annual Fisher Community Fair July 10th through the 14th. Fun for the entire family. Today 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.

 

(Paxton--jc)  -- U.S. President Donald Trump has made his nomination to the nation’s highest court. Retired Ford County Circuit Judge Steve Pacey says Justice Kavanaugh would be more conservative and has been through the nomination process for his current position...

 

 

Retired Ford County Circuit Judge Steve Pacey.

 

(Washington--jc)  -- How is the silking process looking for corn around the nation. U-S-D-A Meteorologist Brad Rippy has the details…

 

U-S-D-A Meteorologist Brad Rippy


 

 

(Paxton--jc)  -- Ford County Public Health Department is urging residents to be aware of West Nile virus activity in their area and take steps to protect themselves and their family from West Nile virus and other mosquito borne diseases. West Nile virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. Seasonal outbreaks often occur in local areas that can vary from year to year. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior. The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites and to practice the three “R’s” They are to Reduce the time around mosquitoes, use proper Repellant and Report any suspicious birds or ponds.

 

(Paxton--jc)  -- Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce officials say a ribbon cutting ceremony is set for a new business n the city.  The event is set for Little Chef Diner on the city’s west side on Tuesday July 31st at 2pm. City leaders and chamber officials will be in attendance. The Little Chef Diner has been opened in the former Pizza Hut building for several months.

 

(Rantoul--dg)  -- Local State Senator Scott Bennett will be in the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce office today for his regular second Tuesday of the month office hours from noon 1pm. If you have anything you would like to talk to Senator Bennett about or hear his thoughts on feel free to drop by.


 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The mayor of a central Illinois city is dropping plans for an ordinance that would recognize the importance of local immigrants. Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner released a statement hours before a special meeting on Monday, saying there isn't enough support in city council. He canceled the meeting. The mayor says the policies should directly address concerns by residents who might be afraid to report crimes because of their legal status.Some groups in Bloomington say there should be limits to collaboration between police and the federal government.

 

(Rantoul--jc)  When Rantoul Village leaders meet tonight they are expected to talk about filling some vacant positions. Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith has been looking for a person to fill the village board vacancy since the departure of Rich Medlin. Other vacant positions include Village Administrator after Rick Snider moved to the East Coast. Another vacancy is the Rantoul Economic Development Director. The Rantoul Village Board meets at 6 with both the study session and regular meeting.

 

 

(Ludlow--jc)  -- A Friday in August is the tentative date for volunteers to  put in now playground equipment in one area town. Ludlow Grade School officials are  using a nearly 26 thousand dollar grant for the project. Volunteers are needed to help with the bags of concrete and bricks for the project. Anyone interested is asked to call the school

 

 

(Gibson City--dg)  

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive Wednesday from 1-6 pm at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City.


 

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

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The FBI is investigating the death of an Illinois prison inmate. In a statement, Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lindsey Hess says the incident occurred on May 17 at the Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mount Sterling. Hess says the inmate was airlifted to a regional hospital, placed in intensive care and later died. But she declined to provide any details about the incident. The statement says that "several" staff members have been placed on administrative leave and that "any activity that compromises" the safety of both staff and offenders will not be tolerated.The FBI has only said that the investigation is ongoing.

 

 

BOSTON (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is among 11 Democratic state attorneys general seeking information about "no-poach" agreements meant to block employees from leaving one fast food franchise to work for another franchise in the same chain.  Madigan says the agreements limit the ability of low-wage workers to seek promotions and earn a better living.

 

 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

The consensus of the attorneys general is that 80 percent of fast food franchisors have no-poach agreements. The attorneys general have sent a letter to Arby's, Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Little Caesars, Panera Bread, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Wendy's seeking copies of franchise agreements by Aug. 6.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — An American Airlines flight from Chicago to Tokyo was forced to return to O'Hare International Airport due to a cracked windshield.An airline spokeswoman says the Boeing 787-8 aircraft was carrying 164 passengers and 13 crew members at the time of the Monday incident. The airliner made an emergency landing minutes after taking off.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  The death of President Lincoln was voted as the most heartbreaking moments in Illinois over the past 200 years. The Lincoln assassination, the Chicago fire in 1871 and flooding in 1993 top the list says Spokesperson Chris Wills.

 

 

Chris Wills with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield

The next list for Bicentennial voters is the state’s top musician. Vote at Illinois-top-200-dot-com.

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Amid repeated harassment allegations in Springfield, a transparency group says Illinois open records laws are what were lacking and were never addressed. Illinois lawmakers are largely exempt from open records laws and not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. One reason for this is that individual members of the House and Senate are individuals, not public bodies.  It was that exception that helped shield them from the public amid anonymous allegations of harassment by hundreds of women and a handful who publicly named their alleged harassers. Eric Bradach, spokesman with the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, said information about inappropriate behavior by lawmakers had to be released by the women who accused them.

 

 

(Potomac--jc)  One local service group is hosting a camp for youth who have lost a loved one, relative or friend. Gateway Family Services will host the the camp Saturday July 20th at their grounds near Potomac. Camp Braveheart will run from 8am till 4pm on the 20th. Campers will get to see horses, do art, and more. The 25 dollar fee also includes lunch and a Camp Braveheart-Shirt.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- It was a record breaking year for Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs I-Cash Program. State Treasurer Frerichs says his office returned 180 Million dollars to rightful owners over the past year…

 

 

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs.

In all, over 116 thousand claims were paid out over the past year.


 

(Watseka--jc)  --The Iroquois County Historical Society’s “Market on the Museum Lawn” is continuing each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is free to anyone who would like to set up on the museum grounds in  Watseka. Interested parties may use the free space to sell produce, food items, handcrafted items to garage sale-type items. This event is not to be confused with the farmers’ market which takes place each Saturday in the First Trust and Savings Bank parking lot.

Anyone who would like to participate can call the museum at 815-432-2215.


 

(July 9, 2018) — An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives. The Red Cross escalated its call for blood and platelet donors after a difficult Independence Day week for donations. More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as individuals across the country celebrated the holiday and enjoyed summer activities. This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed, causing donations to now be distributed to hospitals faster than they come in. To donate call 1-800-RED-CROSS.



 

(Paxton--jc)  -- Ford County Sheriff’s police investigate several domestic abuse accusations in Roberts over the past two weeks. County police were also called to two accidents near Paxton, one on the 20th of June the other on the 22nd of June. A criminal damage to property report was made June 22nd in rural Rankin. Police also handled a violation of order of protection in Kempton and a motorccle accident on the 4th of July. Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran provides WPXN news with a weekly look at the sheriff departments activities.


 

(Penfield--dg)  -- The I & I Historic Farm Days in Penfield will be held this week starting Thursday and continuing through Sunday.  The event will Feature Oliver & Hart Parr tractors and implements along with White and Cockshutt tractors. Daily attractions include the I & I museum, blacksmith shop, Log Cabin display, food vendors and flea market. Daily Demonstrations include, threshing & baling, sawmill, potato digging, wheat harvesting, corn crib filling and shelling. Friday night is the Marvin Lee & Logan Kirby Country Music Show. Saturday afternoon you can hear the country classics from Wes Wheeler and the Battle Creek Band. Saturday night is the IPA tractor pull with a steam engine spark show and fireworks to follow. On Sunday Marvin Lee will lead the community church service at the old Penfield church on the show grounds.  Check out information on line at Historicfarmdays.com


 

(Champaign--jc)  Could the weather patterns over the next week cause some concerns for area farmers. State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign says some soils will need a rain soon…

 

 

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

 

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