A tornado touch down, a building losing its roof, a tree on top of a house to tree thatching, occurred with last nights storms that moved at a quick pace throughout East Central Illinois. National Weather Service officials reported the tornado touchdown near Thomasboro in Champaign County. In Paxton the roof of a building along Vermilion Street was torn off by winds. Also a house on Washington was damaged by a fallen tree.  Flooding occurred in Rantoul in several areas including the viaduct along route 136 in the center of town. Several hundred homes were without power due to the storms in the Rantoul, Potomac and Gifford areas. Tree issues were also reported in Rankin, and from Champaign to Danville along the I-74 corridor. Flash flood warnings were also issued for low lying areas throughout the area. Channel 3 also reported over 1 thousand 3 hundred lightning strikes last night as of 11pm


MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 6, 2018  -- Legal Expense Solutions is now advocating for farmers across the country to reduce fees paid to attorneys in the corn seed settlement.  Law firms will be receiving hundreds of millions in fees on the Corn Seed Settlement that was reached with Syngenta. Legal Expense Solutions argues some of the fees may be excessive, unnecessary and unethical.   Tens of thousands of farmers have retained their own attorneys. Hundreds of thousands more are represented by a consortium of law firms in the class action. The settlement requires that no claimant will receive more money per acre/bushel than any other for at least one year.  Individual attorneys have retained some farmers at fees of 40% or more of the farmer's recovery. A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a $1.51 Billion settlement between the class and Syngenta.




(Paxton---ab) One Local school board  is having their regularly scheduled meeting on August 8th. Paxton Buckley Loda school district will have their 2019 fiscal year budget on display and hear updates on the renovation projects at Clara Peterson School and Paxton Buckley Loda High School The meeting comes to order at 7 tomorrow evening.



(Bloomington--jc)  One local state senator says his job for the constituents in his district is to keep pushing for reforms, lower taxes and to help manage the budget. 53rd district State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says his job is to keep moving the positives forward for those in in the 53rd district and Illinois…



53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington


(Cissna Park--jc)  -- It’s reading with royalty tomorrow in Cissna Park. The Cissna Park News reports that Iroquois County Fair Queen Lyndsey Neukomm will participate with Pre-K to 3rd graders at the Cissna Park Community Library from 10 until 11am on Wednesday. Crafts and snacks will also be provided. Those wanting to attend the free event are asked to call the library at 815-457-2452.


DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The foundation of Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett says it's making an "unprecedented investment" in Decatur. The announcement involves community health and will be made Wednesday. No other details were released Monday. Buffett is the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who has helped the foundation by giving stock from his company, Berkshire Hathaway.



NORMAL — The final days of summer break typically include shopping for school supplies and soaking up a few more trips to the pool. DeAnn Thompson of Normal has one more task on her back-to-school list: prayer. The Pantagraph reports that for two decades, hundreds of students, parents, community members, school staff members and retired teachers have come together at Eastview for an evening of prayer over Twin City schools. That event is set for 7 tonight  at the Foundry of Eastview Christian Church along Airport road in Normal.


(Paxton--jc)  Concrete work and plumbing is almost complete for the Clara Petersen Building project for the Paxton Buckley Loda School district. P-B-L Superintendent Cliff McClure says the site will be moving upward soon…


P-B-L Superintendent Cliff McClure



CHAMPAIGN (N-G)  Could some venues in the city of Champaign serve alcohol in the morning hours. Tonight Champaign City council members will vote on a an ordinance that prohibits restaurants from serving alcohol outdoors before 11 in the morning on Saturdays and noon on Sundays A proposed change would be to allow permitted outdoor patio establishments to serve alcoholic drinks as soon as they open.



(Springfield--jc)  -- Corn progress is surging ahead as we hear in the weekly crop report. 81 percent of the corn is in the dough stage and 21 percent is in the dent stage. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says soybeans are also progressing…



State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.

Schleusener says 25 percent of sorghum is turning color and the third cutting of alfalfa is nearly 60 percent complete.



Hoopeston -- ab) Hoopeston is having its National Night out today from 4 PM to 7 PM in the front of the Lorraine Theater. The Lorraine theater will be selling raffle tickets for the chance to win Cubs vs. Cardinals tickets for the September 29th game. Another raffle gives you the chance to win tickets to an Elvis Impersonator show on the 25th of August. There will be plenty to do including Corn hole, a dunk tank, and a bounce house. There will be ice cream, Sno cones, hot dogs and other food items from vendors.



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



(Springfield-jc)  -- Illinois’ horse racing industry is making a move to add a type of video gambling at its tracks.The idea is called “historical horse racing” and it allows gamblers to bet on random past races without knowing the names of the horses or which race it was. Opponents say it would equate to having slot machines. Proponents say it is just another form of horse racing. Illinois Racing Board Executive Director Domenic DiCera said “HHR” is a move to compete since the tracks have been cut out of slots and other gaming..


(Paxton--jc)  -- Summer means warmer weather and also things like mosquitos. Along with the pesky bugs comes things like West Nile Virus. Ford County Public Health Department.s Christie Wallace says there are different types of mosquitoes…

Ford County Public Health Department Spokesperson Christie Wallace


(Undated--jc)  - In the past year, grocery stores in Clinton, Moline, Effingham, Farmer City, Fisher, Kankakee and several Chicago suburbs have closed and two more in central Illinois are slated to close by the end of this month.Two Kroger grocery stores are slated to close later this month, one in Decatur and another in Lincoln. Company officials said those stores were not expected to return to profitability. Illinois Retail Merchants Association President Rob Karr says one reason for the trend is that people tend to eat out more and one other is that grocery stores live on the narrowest margins. Karr adds that the local and state government also has a impact on the grocery business in the state.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The newly appointed leader of Southern Illinois University says he wants to heal divisions following the polarizing tenure of the school system's former president. The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale reports that interim President J. Kevin Dorsey sees a big task ahead of him after taking over for Randy Dunn, whose last day was in July. Public trust in Dunn evaporated after internal documents revealed he worked to split the system's two campuses and reallocate millions in funding.


(Springfield--jc)  -- 95 percent of soybeans are blooming and 84 percent are setting pods as we hear in the weekly crop report. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 81 percent of the corn is in the dough stage…


State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.

Schleusener adds that average statewide topsoil moisture is 8 percent very short,31 percent short 59 percent adequate and two percent surplus


(PESOTUM--ab) The Illinois State Police announce the use of Roadside safety checks. ISP District 10 commander, Captain Louis Kink announced that they will be conducting roadside safety checks in Champaign County during the month of August. Officers working these roadside checks will be watching closely for the following: Driving Under the Influence, Safety Belt and Child Restraint uses, Speeding, Distracted Driving and other Illinois vehicle code and criminal violations.


(Springfield--jc)  -- Architects dominate the list of top Illinois Artists and Architects in the latest Illinois top 200 poll. Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan were among the top ten on the list chosen by voters says Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Spokesperson Chris Wills…



Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Spokesperson Chris Wills



(Washington--jc)  What are the export trends for the first 9 months of the fiscal year for ag goods. U-S-D-A Economist Bryce Cooke says some are down…



U-S-D-A Economist Bryce Cooke



(Gibson City--jc)  -- One local service club has a golf cart event on Saturday in Ford County.  The Corn Belt Shrine Club in Gibson City is hosting “Friends of the Shriners Golf Cart Run” at 2 this Saturday in Gibson City. The event starts at the home of Greg Houtzel and ends at Sammers. The run goes around the city and concludes with a dinner. The fundraiser costs 70 dollars per couple  Proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children.



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