(Springfield--ab) Governor Bruce Rauner says the state is attacking the opioid epidemic in Illinois from several angles. Walgreens has 83 kiosks around Illinois where people can drop off unused medication. that will save lives says Governor Rauner.



Governor Bruce Rauner

Additionally, the state has received federal medicaid funding to improve mental health and behavioral care in Illinois…and the state has a 24 hour addiction helpline at 833-2-findhelp. Patients also can now be prescribed medical marijuana for pain instead of addictive opioids.



(Washington--jc)  -- October is National Pork Month. Pork prices are lower at the grocery store. Gary Crawford has the details…



(Roberts--ab) Halloween planning is starting to get underway for area residents. The village of Roberts at their recent board meeting discussed what time trick or treating hours will be, and Village mayor Rick Flessner has the results of those discussions.



Village of Roberts Mayor Rick Flessner


(Rantoul--jc)  When Rantoul Township High School board members meet on Monday they are expected to approve a study hall incentive program. The board will also hear a P.E Team presentation, and look at a VISA account. The Rantoul High School board meets at 7 on Monday night at the high school


(Central and Southern Illinois Region, October 3 2018) — The American Red Cross is recognizing McDonald’s in Bloomington/Normal, Lincoln, LeRoy, Mahomet, Monticello, Clinton, McLean and Gibson City Illinois as they are raising funds to support disaster relief operations by generating donations on Thursday October 4th to help provide around-the-clock shelter, food and comfort to people impacted by Disasters such as Hurricane Florence. On October 5th, McDonalds in these locations will have canisters to collected donations to support Disaster Relief efforts. This funding helps enable the Red Cross to send disaster workers to the affected areas to help shelter, feed and comfort people who are impacted by disasters.



DETROIT (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for possibly thousands of people to be paid for work performed while they were students at a chain of cosmetology schools in Michigan and two other states. Federal Judge Judith Levy ruled Monday that students who cleaned floors, restocked products and washed towels were performing tasks that weren't directly related to their education at Douglas J Aveda Institute. The judge says they can be considered employees. The school also has locations in Chicago and Tennessee.


(Cissna Park--ab) The Cissna Park Fire Protection District will have their annual Chicken Fry this upcoming Sunday on the 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM. Here is the details from Cissna Park Fire Department Chicken Fry spokesperson Ed Dubrick.


Cissna Park Fire Department Chicken Fry spokesperson Ed Dubrick


QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say two nursing home residents and two employees were killed when the bus they were riding slammed head-on into a grain truck in western Illinois. Illinois State Police say the 15-passenger bus caught fire after the crash Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 24 near Quincy and that all four people on board died. Those killed lived or worked at Timber Point Healthcare Center in nearby Camp Point, Illinois.



(Springfield--jc)  -- A member of the Illinois Legislative Audit Commission is looking to get the state’s Auditor General to review the operations of the private foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.State lawmakers also are considering whether other such entities need similar examination.The ALPLM Foundation has come under scrutiny after a report revealed the private group for years held back official documents calling into question the claim a stovepipe hat the library holds was worn by the slain 16th President.



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



CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has attacked Democrat J.B. Pritzker as a "trust fund baby" and a tax cheat as the GOP incumbent fights a tough battle for a second term. Rauner and Pritzker met Wednesday for their first two-way debate of the Illinois governor's race.


( Urbana--jc)  -- Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name of a Sidney, Illinois woman who has died after being involved in a motor vehicle versus freight train collision on Homer Lake Rd. south of St. Joseph Wednesday night. Eighteen-year-old Savannah J. Day was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:40 PM last night.  Ms. Day was driving a vehicle westbound on Homer Lake Road near County Road 2300 East when her vehicle struck the train. An autopsy is scheduled for today. An inquest may be held at a later date. This death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner’s Office and Champaign County Sheriffs office.


(Washington--jc)  --- The fall harvest is moving quickly in East Central Illinois. Farmers continue to bring in a large soybean and corn crop overall. U-S-D-A Meteorologist, Brad Rippey has the latest on  topsoil moisture conditions around the country…



U-S-D-A Meteorologist Brad Rippey.



(Chicago--jc)  --Voter confidence in state lawmakers to fix Illinois’ fiscal problems is low and the willingness for taxpayers to leave the state is high. AARP of Illinois says that’s a recipe for disaster.Illinois’ credit rating is near junk. The backlog of bills is more than $7 billion. The state’s unfunded public sector pension liability is at least $130 billion. Add in promised other post-employment benefits and that number skyrockets to over $200 billion.After a two-and-a-half year budget impasse where required spending was on autopilot, growing the state’s deficits, lawmakers imposed a $5 billion income tax hike and the state still continued deficit spending. The budget passed this year is admittedly more than $1 billion out of balance and it included last year's $5 billion income tax increase.


(Chicago--jc) --  A wage fight for fast-food workers is set for Chicago among other areas today. Mary Ann Schuermann reports…





SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has opened an investigation into the handling of a Legionnaire's disease crisis at a state-run veterans' home by Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration. The Democrat's spokeswoman said Wednesday that authorities will review whether laws were broken and whether public notice was timely. A Rauner spokeswoman says the administration has not hidden information from residents' families, lawmakers or taxpayers.


(Paxton--jc)  Officials with the city of Paxton will dedicate the overpass in Paxton to honor the officers and residents  involved in a shooting on April 7, 1979. State leaders passed a resolution to name the over pass along Route 9 in Paxton The McCarter Case Vice Hale Memorial Overpass. The event takes place at 10am on October 22nd at the Paxton Firehouse. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold and other local leaders are expected to attend the event. Survivors and family members of those involved in the nearly 40 year old shoot out are also expected at the dedication ceremony.


(Potomac--jc)  -- One local service group is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday. Potomac based Hooves of Hope has the rodeo round up set for Noon until 8-30 on Saturday at the Hooves of Hope building along Route 136 in Potomac. A kids’ rodeo, jail and bail. The Marvin Lee Band, horse barrel racing also hilite the event.


(Champaign--jc)  -- What a difference a day makes. Wednesday’s high temperature was 90 degrees. Today’s high temperature may have already occurred just past midnight this morning. State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign says the first frost of the year usually comes soon…



State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign


The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce will have its Business After Hours today at Abbe Insurance Agency in Buckley. The event takes place from 5:30-7pm. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided for those attending.  



(Paxton--jc) --  One local Paxton business is set to celebrate 10 years in Business one week from today. Simply Pat’s Hats is located in the state street mall in Paxton. Owner Pat Milchuck is hosting a program and celebration at the Paxton Carnegie Library in downtown Paxton starting at 6-30 next Thursday night. Pat’ hats have been sold and worn to the Kentucky Derby, car shows and other events. Pat’s hats are all one of a kind.


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