DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a woman who was injured after tripping on a poorly maintained sidewalk can move forward with a lawsuit against the city of Danville. The  state's high court ruled 7-0 last week that the city of Danville was not immune from liability, as the city had argued. Lower courts had sided with the city, finding that the municipality was protected by a state law intended to shield government from the actions of their employees.



HOOPESTON, Ill. (AP) — Teachers in Hoopeston schools are learning how to take care of themselves so they can take care of their students. All 220 Hoopeston school staff members this month will attend one-day wellness and self-care training based on "The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor. Hoopeston schools Superintendent Suzi Hesser says teachers "can't give from an empty well." She says the training ensures their "buckets are full" so they can help pupils. The program is funded through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The commission has a seven-year grant to improve post-high school achievement.

The grant also provides $35,000 a year for seven years to finance a Hoopeston social worker.  Hoopeston will have a social worker at each of the elementary, middle and high school buildings.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois  marked its first Barack Obama Day. A law signed last year made August 4th 4 a day to honor of the 44th president. Saturday was Obama's 57th birthday. Obama was born in Hawaii but began his career as a community organizer in Chicago. He served in the state Senate and U.S. Senate before winning the White House in 2009.



(Springfield--jc)  -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for archery hunting on private property. More than 120 heer hunting sites are available. D-N-R Spokesperson Ed Cross says hunters need to get their applications in by August 24th to be eligible for the I-Rap program…



D-N-R Spokesperson Ed Cross.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois children must ride in rear-facing child-restraint seats in automobiles until age 2 under a law Gov. Bruce Rauner signed. The Republican OK'd the measure for small backseat passengers Friday. Rear-facing restraints are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children taller than 40 inches or weighing more than 40 pounds are exempt.



ST. JOSEPH, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is reviewing legislation that would test feeding the state's deer, which some say could help the animals better fight off illnesses while others argue could spread disease.The bill under review would launch a five-year experiment to test how feeding Illinois deer affects the wild herd's health. The study would lift the 15-year-old rule that makes it illegal to feed deer. Dr. Clifford Shipley, a newly retired University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine professor, said the study's feed formula would help deer thrive. If approved, the experiment could be done locally in Champaign County. Brent Manning, former director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, stated that this would be the biggest wildlife bungle the General Assembly could possibly make.


(Clinton--jc)  --Exelon has made a generous donation to the DeWitt County Museum Association. The money will be used to provide the free musical entertainment during the 50th Annual Apple ‘n Pork Festival which will take place September 29 & 30 at the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum.  There are other 2018 festival-related sponsorship opportunities available. Any business, organization, or individual interested in sponsoring a special festival attraction is encouraged to contact the museum at 217-935-6066.



(Watseka--jc)  -- Immunizations gives parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before they turn 2 years old. To recognize the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives – and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – the Iroquois County Public Health Department is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

“Children who don’t receive recommended vaccines are at risk of getting the disease or illness, and of having a severe case,” said Vonda Pruitt, Director of Nursing at the health department. “Every dose of every vaccine is important to protect your child and others in the community from infectious diseases.” Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough, and chickenpox.



(Paxton--jc)  Its official the First National Bank in Paxton and the Cissna Park State Bank are now under a new name. The two local financial institutions were connected through a banking corporation. Now the two are under the same business. The new name is The Frederick Community Bank of Paxton and Cissna Park. the new signs around the two banks were installed last week



(Paxton--jc)  Summer Motor Fuel Tax dollar projects are in the final stages for several streets in the city of Paxton.  One block resurfacing on Center, State and Summer Streets are getting their final touches. Work is expected to be completed very soon and city officials remind the motoring public to be extra careful in road work zone areas.


(Rantoul--jc)  One local Christian organization is set for its annual fundraiser banquet later this month. The “Jesus is the Way” Prison Ministry, based in Rantoul, has the banquet on Friday August 24 from 6 to 8pm at the Laborers International Union facility  along Anthony Drive in Urbana. This year’s theme is “Circle of Love.” Those wanting more information may call the Jesus is the Way prison ministry in Rantoul.



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



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has rejected legislation that would prohibit retailers from charging fees on rebate cards. The Republican vetoed the measure Friday. It would have banned merchants and banks that issue rebate cards to consumers from charging maintenance or dormancy fees. Chicago Democratic Sen. Cristina Castro of Elgin sponsored the bill. She says Rauner sided with "big banks" over consumers. She says a rebate promised at a certain level should not be reduced by fees.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has begun accepting applications for grants to acquire land for open space and recreation.Officials are accepting requests from local governments for the state-administered Open Space Land Acquisition and Development fund. OSLAD provides state money to municipalities to purchase and develop land for public outdoor recreation. It is a matching program that provides advance payment of half the grant award for development projects. It's funded through part of the state's Real Estate Transfer Tax.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The 20-18 Illinois State Fair by the numbers: 160. 200. 30 million. 4. And 1 "Crazy Mouse." The state fair kicks off Thursday, the 160th edition, amid the backdrop of the Prairie State's 200th birthday.After years of fairgrounds deterioration exacerbated by a political deadlock that left the state without a budget for two straight years, there's $30 million available this year for improvements — the roads have already been repaved State Representative Tim Butler of Springfield says the state fair is what Illinois is all about.



State Representative Tim Butler

And to celebrate, the fair is offering a 20 percent drop in the price of a beer, to $4. The fair runs through Aug. 19 and admission is unchanged at $10 except for Thursday's Preview Day, Agriculture Day on Aug. 14 and Family Day on Aug. 19, when $5 gets you in the gate.The "Crazy Mouse" is the state fair midway's first-ever roller coaster.



(Urbana--jc)  -- Experimental Aircraft Association is bringing the first-ever mass produced airliner to Urbana this month.The Ford Tri-Motor 5-A-T flew its first flight in December, 1928 and calls the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio home today.  Today, E-A-A and the Liberty Aviation Museum work together to showcase the historic aircraft around the country for all to enjoy The event is set for August 16th through the 19th at Frasca Field just north of Urbana. More information is found on their facebook page.


(Springfield--jc)  -- High school students will be heading back to school this month. They will also be learning more about handling sexual harassment. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed the measure into law. State Representative Stephanie Kifowit of Oswego sponsored the measure and says students from her district suggested adding new topics to the current sex-Ed curriculum…



State Representative Stephanie Kifowit of Oswego


BLOOMINGTON — A former Bloomington nurse was sentenced to four years in prison Friday for what a prosecutor termed a "cold, calculated" crime that involved stealing opioid patches from two terminally ill nursing home residents in McLean County  Judge Casey Costigan handed down the sentence to 31 year old James Rellihan. The judge also recommended drug treatment for Rellihan in the Department of Corrections but denied a request for boot camp.



(Paxton--jc)  Wind farms will be the topic for a Ford County committee on Tuesday morning. The committee will be addressing proposed changes to the counties ordinances regulating wind farms in Ford County. Wind tower setbacks is the main topic for the meeting. The meeting is set for 10 Tuesday morning in the small courtroom of the Ford County courthouse in Paxton.


(Gibson City--jc)  The Gibson City American Legion is the venue for a benefit for the family of a  Ford County man who died in a house fire in May of this year. The Saturday benefit is for the Jeremy “Hillbilly” Turner family starting at 5 with  a dinner and silent auction. Music and raffles also hilite the fundraiser. The family home was a total loss in the May 8th fire.



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