(Northern Illinois--jc)  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was Schaumburg on Tuesday to talk about the partnership with Japan. At the event the governor stated the importance of the partnership with the country of Japan…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

The governor was also asked his position on the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U S Supreme court…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner




HUNTLEY, Ill. (AP) — The milk giant Dean Foods is closing one of its Illinois facilities this year.The Texas-based corporation's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter says 131 people will lose their jobs when the Huntley dairy plant and office close in September. The layoffs will occur Sept. 14-28, The Northwest Herald reported. Employees of the Huntley plant expressed disappointment, but declined to comment to the newspaper.



(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino is under federal investigation, won’t testify to the elections board and can’t run for office again because his now defunct campaign committee hasn’t paid a fine for wrong doing The taxpayer complaint against Mautino is likely headed back to court after the Illinois State Board of Elections deadlocked Tuesday on whether the complaint has merit.The case stems from tens of thousands of dollars in questionable campaign spending from when Mautino was a state Representative. The case has been going on for over two years.



(Rantoul--jc)  -- Summer is here and that means farmers markets. One week from today the Rantoul Farmer’s Market returns. The local Farmers Market location is at the corner of Garrard Street and Congress Avenue in the village. The time is every other Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm. Those attending the Rantoul Farmers Market can expect a wide variety of produce to other food items



ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago suburb will consider raising the minimum age to buy tobacco and nicotine products following a letter from a 9-year-old requesting the mayor help people stop smoking. The Elgin City Council will consider raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 on Wednesday, The Courier-Newsreported.




(Champaign County--jc)  -- Interstate 74 between Danville and Champaign continues to see  a large number of accidents. A portion of the road is currently under construction. Illinois State Police District 10 Spokesperson  Tracy Lillard says those who know the roadway need to pay attention, especially in the work zones…


Illinois State Police District 10 Spokesperson Tracy Lillard.



(Springfield--jc)  -- Gregory Smith whos is the top state official at the Illinois Lottery is leaving to take a higher paying job running Connecticut's lottery.The Illinois lottery is under new private manager Camelot after ending a rocky relationship with Northstar earlier this year. Northstar was the first private manager for Illinois’ lottery after lawmakers required the program be privatized in 2009. Northstar was ultimately fired by Gov. Bruce Rauner after he took office in 2015 because it did not generate revenue to match targeted goals.


(Washington--jc)  Most bulk exports are down, with one exception. U-S-D-A Economist Bryce Cooke has the numbers…



U-S-D-A Economist Bryce Cooke



Chicago--jc)  -- Suicide rates in Illinois have increased by nearly 25 percent, mirroring national trends.With a state total of 1,415 suicides in Illinois in 2016, it’s becoming increasingly clear to advocates and experts that awareness is only half the battle. The state’s suicide rate increased about 23 percent from 1999 to 2016. Nationally, the rate increased about 25 percent over the same period.Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Illinois last year and the numbers are greater for young people. Those is the 15 to 34 age group its the third leading cause of death  and the 4th leading cause of death for those 35 to 54. The number of suicides in 2016 is actually higher than homicide.



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




(Chicago--jc)  -- Abortion advocates blasted Governor Bruce Rauner at a news conference Tuesday morning for failing to sign a pledge to protect a controversial bill that allows taxpayer money to be used for abortions. Personal PAC President Terry Cosgrove took Rauner to task at the event in Chicago, the morning after President Donald Trump announced his latest Supreme Court pick. Personal PAC is a political action committee focused on electing candidates who support abortion rights. Cosgrove said that the governor hasn’t signed a pledge sent to him by Personal PAC stating that he would protect the law as it is under House Bill 40.


(Rantoul--jc)  -- Rantoul fire officials say a Tuesday afternoon fire at an unoccupied trailer in the village is suspicious in nature. The trailer was located at 12-18 Sycamore and the Heritage Estates Trailer Park. Rantoul Firefighters were called to the scene around 3-30 Tuesday afternoon. The Rantoul Press reports that neighbors saw kids breaking into the trailer earlier this week. Gifford and Thomasboro firefighters provided mutual aid at the scene. No damage estimates were given.


(Gibson City--jc)  -- Managing a passed budget is on the mind of one local state representative. 106th district State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says passing a 38 Billion dollar budget is one thing, making sure the budget works for Illinoisans is another issue…



106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.


Alyssa Wilcoxon was crowned Miss Fisher Fair Queen last night. Paige Ferguson was crowned Jr. Miss Fair Queen and MacKenzie Bonham was crowned Little Miss Fair Queen. It’s Kids Day today at the Fisher Community Fair. WPXN will be broadcasting live during the kids games starting at 9am. Bingo at Glades Hall from 1-3pm. Tonight is a free concert from 6-9 featuring Jim Kates. The Ehler Brothers IPA & ITPA Tractor Pulls begin at 6pm. $22 arm bands on the Midway from 6-10 pm.

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


Several small Champaign County communities are still mourning the loss of an area businessman. Lorin Schluter of rural Armstrong died as a result of a vehicle crash on Saturday. Lorin had operated Bibbs restaurant in Gifford and was currently running Bibbs out of the Wyndam Hotel off of Lincoln Ave. in Champaign. Lorin will always be remembered for his generosity. His funeral is at 10am this morning at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Flatville.




(Schaumburg--jc)  -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was asked on Tuesday about the tariff tiff between the United States and China. The Governor  says he is favor of getting better agreements that benefits Illinoisans, but realizes no one wins in a tariff battle.


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.



(Cissna Park--jc)  One local town library re-opened to the public on Tuesday. Officials with the Cissna Park Community Library were busy over recent weeks working on a book shelf project.  Summer hours at the Cissna Park Community Library are 8am to 2pm Wednesdays Fridays and Saturdays and 8am to 6pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. During the Summer the Cissna Park Community Library is closed on Sundays and Mondays.


(Springfield--jc)  -- The state continues to accept nominations for the Governor’s Hometown awards. The awards are given annually to communities for food drives, beautification projects and more. Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland says interested towns and cities need to apply…



Serve Illinois Executive Director  Scott McFarland.

The deadline to apply is August First.



(Fisher--jc)  -- When Fisher Village leaders meet Thursday night, they will consider a sidewalk project on Heritage drive and also a project to resurface the tennis courts in town.  Fisher Village board members are also expected to approved the purchase of property at 418 North First Street at a cost of 185 thousand dollars. The Fisher village board meets on Thursday night at 6 at the Fisher Community Center.



(Hoopeston--jc)  The Save the Lorraine Theatre Group is hosting a Trivia night later this month. The event is set for Saturday July 28th at 6pm. A donation of 10 dollars per person is requested and those interested may come alone or make up a 5 member team. Proceeds benefit the local theatre.



(Paxton-jc)  -- One Paxton business is hosting Business after Hours event later this month. Insurance Providers Group is sponsoring the chamber event at the Market Street Tap in downtown Paxton on the 24th from 5-30 to 7pm. An open bar and appetizers hilite the event.



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