(Paxton--jc)  -- November 13th is the next court date for a Ford County man accused of battery and unlawful restraint concerning an incident in Clarence earlier this year. Those are the Ford County charges against 47 year old Michael Hari of Clarence. Hari and three others also are facing terrorism charges. The next court appearance on those charges in Federal court in Urbana is also November 13th. Additional information is found in the Ford County Record



CHICAGO (AP) — A leading medical journal has retracted six food research articles by a Cornell University marketing professor, saying the results can't be verified.The papers under question include a 2005 study that said people eat more when served food in large bowls and a 2013 article that said hungry grocery shoppers buy foods with more calories but not more food. They appeared in journals published by the JAMA Network, which include the Journal of the American Medical Association.



(Paxton--ab) Harvest has started in East Central Illinois. In our first Farmers in the Field program,  we stopped by the Meyer farm northeast of Paxton and talked with local farmer Mike Herriott. Herriott talks about the progression of the soybean crop this year....



Paxton Area Farmer Mike Herriott

Diversifed Insurance-Abbe Insurance of Buckley sponsored our first farmer in the field harvest lunch event. Shields AutoMart of Paxton provided the use of a 2019 GMC truck and Monicals Pizza provided the pizza lunch. Our next farmer in the field program is coming soon.


(Askum--ab) For the fifth consecutive year, Illinois State Police District 21, announces District 21 is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Rail Safety Week, which is taking place September 23-29, 2018. To promote rail safety awareness and education and prevent injuries and fatalities, ISP District 21, has planned enforcement details throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings. Drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property will be cited. In addition to enforcement efforts, the ISP is also committed to changing behavior through education. Officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains rail safety information.


(Gibson City--jc)  Friday is the final Friday for summer 2018. One Ford county town has its final cruise night on Friday. Gibson City is the venue for the cruise event. Various local groups and Gibson City area business are also participating. The Friday nite cruise takes place from 6 until 10  in Gibson City.



(Springfield-jc)  -- The Illinois Community College Board is launching a new statewide billboard campaign to help more adults meet their education goals. Whether it’s getting the G-E-D or finishing up adult literacy to English as a second language. Board Deputy Director Jennifer Foster says adults need these skills to earn a livable wage…



Illinois Community College Board Deputy Director Jennifer Foster

More information is found on-line at Adult-Education-Dot-Org


(Onarga--ab)  -- A fundraiser for 4-H is coming to the Iroquois County town of Woodworth.  The Ford-Iroquois 4-H Auction is set for November 18th. University of Illinois Extension spokesperson Deb Mason says the auction brings benefits to area kids...



U of I Extension Spokesperson Deb Mason


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Failed efforts to authenticate Abraham Lincoln's ownership of a stovepipe hat were kept secret for years by the nonprofit group that owns the hat. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation sought national museum experts' review in 2013 and an FBI DNA analysis in 2015 to prove Lincoln's link to the iconic hat. Neither turned up sufficient evidence it belonged to the 16th president.



(Washington--jc)  -- What does the latest soybean and corn price ratio mean? Stephanie Ho has the details…



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


(Addison--jc) -- -The National Federation of Independent Business has has endorsed Bruce Rauner for a second term as governor. N-F-I-B State Director Mark Grant says Governor Rauner is the clear choice for Illinois. N-F-I-B is the  nation’s leading small-business association. Grant added the endorsement was based on the candidate's record and position on issues affecting small businesses.



(Bloomington--jc)  -- An early morning collision on Wednesday caused three fatalities. State police say a semi driver going north along Interstate 39 just north of Bloomington lost control of his rig and struck a southbound semi head-on. The accident happened around 5-30 Wednesday morning.



(Danville-jc)  -- A man arrested in connection with a Vermilion County shooting is being held on 7 Million dollars bond. Police arrested 34 year old Yuri Lillard late Tuesday night in Colorado, according to a Channel 3 report. Lillard is has been charged with first degree murder and use of a weapon by a felon. Lillard is accused of shooting Tyrell Henderson last Saturday night in Danville.


As harvest is underway, drivers need to slow down for slow moving equipment. Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran says drivers needs to be patient and aware of an increase of deer crossing the roads.



Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran




(Washington--jc)  U-S-D-A is forecasting strong meat trade in beef and pork. Stephanie Ho has the details…



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Parkland College Board of Trustees approved its FY 2019 budget and hired a new athletic director Wednesday, as well as announced a successful refinancing of its bond debt at a greater savings to taxpayers than originally estimated.The board adopted the fiscal year 2019 budget, which includes a $333,191.00 operating surplus. Chief Financial Officer Chris Randles first presented the tentative budget in July, and the budget was on display for public review and input starting Aug. 1.Parkland College officials also named Brendan McHale as the school's next director of athletics, overseeing its eight Cobras sports teams.


(Paxton--jc)  -- WIth summer winding down, economic development remains very positive in Paxton, especially in the downtown area. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold says, several buildings are receiving upgrades and the streetscape program is going according to plan…



Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold



URBANA — One Urbana hotel has been ordered to remain closed after faulty fire alarms were found. The Garden Hotel in Urbana is closed until further notice. The order came from Urbana fire officials.


(Cissna Park--abjc)  Cissna Park’s Pumpkins in the Park event takes place on Saturday in the downtown area of the village. Cissna Park F F A Advisor Jeff Clifton says the day begins with a breakfast followed by a host of activities…



Cissna Park High School F F A Advisor Jeff Clifton.

Cissna Park is also hosting fall garage sale days on Friday and Saturday.


BLOOMINGTON — Health care closer to home for veterans came one step closer to reality Wednesday as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs selected a Bloomington site for a future $6 million outpatient clinic.The VA will locate its first clinic in McLean County at 207 Hamilton Road, Bloomington.The vacant building is the former Illinois Department of Employment Security office. The VA Clinic will serve several area counties including Ford and Iroquois.




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