(Champaign-dg)-The Illinois State Police have been busy writing tickets and giving warnings concerning the speed on Interstate 74 in Champaign. The Illinois Department of Transportation lowered the speed limit to 60 miles per hour to help reduce traffic accidents.


(Springfield-dg)-Treasurer Mike Frerichs’ new program “MONEY MATCH” aims to return 12 million dollars to Illinois taxpayers. Those with two thousand dollars or less in unclaimed money may soon be getting a check in the mail. Treasurer Frerichs explains how Money Match works.


Treasurer Mike Frerichs

Notification letter will be sent this month and once addresses are verified… checks will be mailed.


(Paxton-dg)-It was a packed courtroom in Paxton as concerned citizens heard discussion on proposed changes to Ford County’s ordinance regulating wind farms. The Ford County Planning Commission advisory panel voted to adjourn the meeting to 7pm on September 27 for further discussions.


(Loda-ba)-The American Legion Riders are having their Roger Schunke Kicking Cancer Benefit Ride & the 2nd annual Ron Harness Memorial Ride Sunday, September 16th. Signup will start at the VFW in Rantoul at 10:30 with the ride commencing at noon, ending at Murdock’s in Loda around 3:30 with food, music, and a silent auction.


NEW YORK (AP) — Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights" and an active off-screen life that included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally Field, has died at age 82.


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



(Springfield-dg)-Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to declare a harvest season emergency later this morning, allowing farmers to apply to the Illinois department of Transportation to get a free permit to haul 10 percent over their gross vehicle weight and axle weight limit on state highways. Local authorities will have the ability to grant similar permits.


(Springfield-dg)-The Illinois department of Public Health is working to get more people vaccinated against Hepatitis A. I-D-P-H is sending HEP-A vaccine to nearly a dozen local health hopes of vaccinating those most at risk which include drug users, men who have sex with men and the homeless. Director Dr. Nirav Shah sasy Hepatitis A si an infection that can damage the liver.



Shah sasy there have been outbreaks of Hepatitis A in several other states...but none so far in Illinois.


(Danville-ba)-The Vermilion County Museum Society will be hosting  Behind the Tombstone, a resident guided walking tour at Spring Hill  Cemetery in Danville on September 14th, 15th, and 16th with all proceeds benefiting the Vermilion County Museum. Tickets are available at the Vermilion County Museum during regular Museum hours, Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00pm.

Paxton’s Swine and Dine event is one week away. There will be plenty of food and activities going on. Event spokesperson Ashley Tolley has some details about the concert.

Event spokesperson Ashley Tolley

(Gibson City-dg)-It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. For one area town that’s just what they’re doing. Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey wants to change the name of the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce Lighted Holiday Parade to the Gibson City Christmas Parade. He and his wife are leading the organization of this year’s November parade. The Theme for this year’s parade is “An Old Fashioned Christmas.

Gibson City-dg)-Three area high schools are teaming up to give students an unique learning experience. Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, and Fisher high schools will be implementing the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship Prairielands CEO program. The Program will involve students visiting local businesses and hearing from guest speaker from local businesses. And it will all be done without textbooks or classrooms. The curriculum is based on the experiences of the business community. A selection committee will select students based on their application and references provided. The students need to be trustworthy with good work ethics, but not necessarily a straight A student.

The Paxton IGA is hosting a cookout from 10am to 2pm Saturday, September 8th in its parking lot to help raise funds for the Paxton Evangelical Covenant Church. Pork chops, sandwiches, chips, and soda will be for sale.


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