CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme court has refused to grant former suburban Chicago police Sgt. Drew Peterson a new trial, dealing another blow to his efforts to have his murder conviction in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife overturned. The decision announced Monday follows two rulings by the Illinois Supreme Court to reject Peterson's appeal of his 2012 conviction in the death of Kathleen Savio.


(Washington--jc)  --The federal Farm Bill expired at midnight on Sunday. Illinois’ only representative in the negotiations says Senate Democrats are to blame for not getting a new one to the President Donald Trump’s desk. Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis is part of the conference committee tasked with negotiating a final Farm Bill to pass both chambers and send to the president. The previous one expired at midnight Sunday. This leaves a number of programs without funding. The U.S. House passed a new Farm Bill that included tougher work requirements for recipients of SNAP benefits, otherwise known as food stamps. Trump supports the tougher work requirements. The Senate's version of the bill did not include the work requirements, and lawmakers from both chambers to date have been unable to come up with a compromise measure


(Melvin--jc)  In updating our story from Monday morning, an early morning fire in a newly built shed on the Robert Miller farm caused 400 thousand dollars in damage. Firefighters from Melvin, Gibson City, Elliott and Roberts were on the scene of the blaze. The metal shed, a combine and other contents were destroyed. Around 30 loca firefighters helped at the scene.



(Chicago--jc)  -- Expect some wheeling and dealing in the Illinois House from Democrats working to get votes to override the governor’s vetoes of dozens of bills. After the November midterm elections, the current batch of state lawmakers will head back to Springfield for veto session. They could consider 78 bills the governor vetoed or changed so far this calendar year. Each bill’s chief sponsor would have to motion for an override in the chamber the bill originated. State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, said that’s a lot of bills for sponsors to consider for override attempts.  Forty-five of them passed both the House and Senate with supermajorities. Cassidy doesn’t expect many to be contentious.



(Undated--jc)  The states top fire officials has several tips to make a fire-free-fall. WPXN’s Braedon Arnett has the story…


(Hoopeston-jc)  - The McDonald’s restaurants in Vermilion County are assisting the County’s Victim Assistance Program by hosting a supply drive for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The drive takes place starting Thursday and running through October 14th. The drive will collect items needed by the Crosspoint Human Services’ Domestic Violence and Transitional Shelter. Items needed include include towels and washcloths, toddler-size diapers, journals for adults and children, laundry baskets and detergent. Also, twin size mattress pads, body wash, grocery cards of $25 or less, nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies and children’s craft supplies. Stop by any Vermilion County McDonald’s to make a donation. Additional information is found in Hoopeston’s, Just the Facts.



(Springfield--jc) --  Corn harvesting is about halfway done as we hear in the weekly crop report. Last week, farmers had over 5 days suitable for fieldwork says State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…



State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.

35 percent of soybeans have been harvested and 80 percent of soybeans are rated in good to excellent condition.



SPRINGFIELD — Recognizing the importance of an industry that employs more than a half million workers in the state, Governor Bruce Rauner Monday proclaimed October Manufacturing Month in Illinois. Governor Rauner says manufacturing is at the heart of the Illinois economy and for decades, Illinois manufacturers have shown their savvy by adapting to changing market conditions and embracing innovation to stay at the top of their game. Illinois companies manufacture a wide range of products including farm equipment and machinery, automotive parts, plastics, pharmaceuticals, biofuels and food products.



(Washington--jc)  -- Pork exports are doing fine despite the tariffs. Gary Crawford reports…




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




WASHINGTON (October 1, 2018) -- The National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp says  farmers across the country have been closely following NAFTA negotiations and reminding the administration of its promise to ‘do no harm’ to agriculture. Chrisp says the national corn growers association applauds federal leaders  for reaching a new agreement and look forward to seeing how a new agreement benefits American corn growers. Last year the United States exported $3.2 billion of corn and corn products to Mexico and Canada, supporting 25,000 rural jobs. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that trade with Canada and Mexico supports 14 million U.S. jobs across many sectors. 


(Springfield--jc)  -- The Illinois State Police, Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Board Members, representatives from the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives, and other distinguished guests will participate in a Dedication ceremony for the Illinois State Police Memorial Park. The Springfield  Park will serve as a location to pay tribute to the bravery and courage of fallen Illinois State Troopers. The ceremony begins at 11 this morning.



SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Harvest is in the air, leaves are starting to turn, and this month is National Pork Month. October was traditionally when hogs were marketed. Today, it serves as a celebration to thank pork producers and share their stories with consumers. Celebrate by eating extra pork this month to support our local pig farmers. Illinois Pork Producers President Mike Haag  says if you eat, you have a connection to a farmer, Haag says October Pork Month is an opportunity to refresh the connection consumers have with farmers. The Pork producers mission is to produce safe, nutritious food in a responsible manner for families across the United States and around the world. Pork provides nutritional qualities, including amino acids, vitamins and protein.


(Rantoul--jc)  Rantoul Village leaders are expected to name their new Village Administrator tonight. The choice are between Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhower and East Peoria’s Jeff Eder. Current Village Administrator Rick Snider resigned earlier this year, but has stayed on in the post until a new person takes over. The Rantoul Village Board meets at 6 tonight in the municipal building on Tanner Street.


(Paxton--jc)  October is here and farmers continue to harvest the corn and soybeans.  Farmers may be looking at a farm insurance payout with federal crop insurance due to lower prices says Abbe Insurance, Diversified Insurance Agent Larry Abbe…



Abbe  Insurance of Buckley and Diversified Insurance Agent Larry Abbe.

CARMEL, Indiana – Merchants Bancorp based in, Carmel Indiana and its subsidiary, Joy State Bank, an Illinois chartered bank located in Joy Illinois announced Monday it has closed on its acquisition of F-M Bancorp Incorporated, based in Paxton. Chairman of Merchants Bancorp Michael Petrie says closing this transaction adds to their growing presence in Illinoi sand represents another milestone that support their vision  of sustainable growth in markets in the state. The acquisition of Farmers-Merchants adds 112 million dollars in assets to Merchants Bancorp. The bank in Paxton and Joy Illinois will be called the Farmers-Merchants Bank of Illinois.



(Springfield--ab)Michael Jordan leads the list of top 10 Illinois Athletes in the latest bicentennial celebration poll. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Spokesperson Chris Wills says it should come as no surprise that Jordan came in at number one.Tthe five time M-V-P led the Chicago Bulls to Six Championships.


Others making the top 10 include Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks and Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Bonnie Blair. Vote now in the next category...groundbreaking women at: illinois top 200 dot com.


(Springfield--jc)  Illinois has been warned by federal authorities that the state has significantly over-issued federal food assistance to individuals who didn't qualify and may face a large fine as a resultA letter issuing the warning was sent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary James Dimas earlier this month. USDA officials found that Illinois has a number of problems with its issuance of federal food assistance to a “significant portion of the SNAP caseload” and the issue may be what they called “systemic.” The feds say the state ignored reporting requirements for a number of cases, even suspending the requirements for all households due to report in January and February. As as result, the USDA found that Illinois issued food stamps to a significant number of people from November through February, even though they didn't qualify under federal law.


(Springfield--jc)  Corn harvesting is 50 percent complete in the state. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says soybean harvest is also moving along quickly…


State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.

Schleusener sas wheat planting is 8 percent complete. Topsoil moisture is 3 percent very short, 15 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus.



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Parkland College Dental Hygiene Clinic is currently seeking to serve area residents who have not had dental cleanings in five years or more. Patients may come in for various dental services, such as oral examination, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride treatment, sealants, and oral hygiene instruction.Appointments last approximately 3.5 hours, as the Dental Hygiene program students are learning and are working with their instructors. The cleaning may take one to four appointments, depending on the patient's individual needs. More information is found by calling the college.


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