(Springfield--jc) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a Senate bill that would have allowed the study of supplemental deer feeding to see if it benefits the animals. Local Illinois State Senator Chapin Rose, a republican from Mahomet, sponsored the bill. He said the study would have looked at ways to fight against diseases, such as Chronic Wasting Disease, that ravaged the deer population. Rose said deer health is crucial for the state’s hunting industry. Rose sponsored the bill at the request of constituents who were concerned about deer herd health. The governor said the scope of the study is too broad, and that the bill needed to spell out how the state Department of Natural Resources would be involved. No word if Rose will try again on the measure this fall or next spring.
(Paxton--ab) The Paxton city council meets Tonight at 7. The items that will be discussed and voted upon are a change to the towns golf cart ordinance, closing streets for the holiday parade, and the pavillion repairs among other topics. WPXN News will follow and report the results of the meeting.
(undated--ba) It’s fire protection week. WPXN's Bradeon Arnett has some safety tips....
(Chicago--jc) -- The nation’s largest online professional network tracks where in the country workers are moving to and from.Illinois’ largest cities are seeing movement to Chicago, then out of Illinois. LnkedIn’s monthly employment report tracks skill and location changes of more than 150 million workers across the country. In Chicago, they found hiring has dropped almost five percent since last month. LinkedIn chief economist Guy Berger said the data shows a significant number of workers from Chicago leaving to the cities like Nashville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina. The survey showed 10,000 LinkedIn-registered workers in Nashville moved there from Chicago in the last year, much more than any other city. The report shows Champaign-Urbana as one of the top exporters of workers in the nation, likely because the University of Illinois produces a large number of professionals entering the workforce.
PAXTON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois overpass will be renamed in honor of three men, including two law enforcement officers, who were killed decades ago in a shootout with a Michigan man. State trooper Michael McCarter, Paxton patrolman William Caisse and Donald Vice, who was riding with McCarter, his brother-in-law, died in the April 1979 shooting south of Paxton. The overpass along Interstate 57 where the shooting occurred will be dedicated Oct. 22 as the "McCarter-Caisse-Vice-Hale Memorial Overpass."
(Urbana--jc) You may not see a chief impersator at this years University of Illinois parade on Friday night. It is homecoming for the U of I and the Fighting Illini take on the Purdue Boilermakers in the homecoming football game on Saturday afternoon. Last year a “chief” group walked in the parade, but a scuffle with anti-chief groups forced the chief group to exit the parade. No arrests were made last year. Officials with the University say the annual parade steps off at 6 Friday
night on campus.
(Springfield--jc) --The Illinois Farm Bureau said it is confident a farm bill will be passed after the November midterm elections. If not, it could be a "nightmare scenario."Illinois’ sole congressman on the conference committee working to compromise on a new farm bill says the stricter work requirements for food stamps isn’t the only thing holding up the effort. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, Republican from Taylorville, is on the conference committee trying to combine the House and Senate versions of an updated farm bill. While the Illinois Farm Bureau doesn’t take a position and some farmers want a standalone farm bill.
(Ashkum--ab) Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announces the ISP will conduct Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrols in Kankakee County on November 17th . ACE patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol or drugs. Officers working the detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, and most importantly: Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Safety Belt and Child Restraint use; Speeding; Distracted Driving; and, All Illinois Vehicle Code and Criminal Violations
(Undated--jc) Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial Minute…
CHICAGO (AP) — Postal workers and their backers are rallying to protest what they say is a White House effort to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. President Donald Trump says the service needs to be restructured to prevent a bailout funded by taxpayers. No final recommendations have been made. In Chicago, workers rallied Monday near a downtown post office. In Washington, American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein told a crowd that privatization would mean less service and higher costs.
(Rantoul--jc) -- When Rantoul village leaders meet tonight they are expected to appoint Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhower as the new village administrator. Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith announced over the weekend to make the current Danville Mayor his selection. With the full board approval, Eisenhower will start the new position in early November. Other agenda items for tonight’s meeting include selling several village owned properties on Pacesetter Drive and Aviation Drive in Rantoul. Rantoul village leaders are also expected to approve a new school resource officer. The Rantoul Village board meets at 6 tonight at the municipal building on Tanner Street.
(Chicago--jc) Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. The big party is set for December 3rd at the United Center in Chicago. Bicentennial Director Stuart Laybe says it is going to be a memorable event..
Illinois Bicentennial Event Director Stuart Laybe. Tickets for the event are on sale now.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel.President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa later today.
(Iroquois County--jc) Wanted...election judges for several voting precincts in Iroquois County. Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher says Republican and Democrat judges are need for Buckley, Loda, Cissna Park, Onarga and Prairie Green. The fall mid-term election is four weeks from today. Voters in Illinois are going to the polls to elect a governor, Attorney General, State Senators and House representatives.
(Paxton--jc) Paxton Buckley Loda school board members are expected to look at its tax levy when they meet tomorrow in Paxton. The tax levy meeting is set for 6 tomorrow night in the boardroom at the unit office in Paxton.,
(Washington--jc) Traders will be watching closely this Thursday when USDA comes out with its latest round of crop production estimates and supply and demand forecasts. Gary Crawford reports…
(Streator--jc) -- 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman is hosting the fourth annual Family Farm Fest from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The venue is the Barickman family farm south of Streator. Barickman says the public is invited and activities include face-painting, a balloon artist kid activities, along with food and drinks
(Springfield--jc) --A new survey of Illinois manufacturers shows overwhelming opposition to a possible gas tax hike. Eighty percent of respondents to a survey from the Technology and Manufacturing Association rejected the idea, even if the revenue were earmarked for infrastructure improvement. Steve Rauschenberger, president of the TMA, says members are frustrated by broken promises. There is a mistrust with legislators in Springfield as recent tax hikes were supposed to solved problems but just cause more problems
(Melvin-dg)-The Melvin Community Hall will host Michael J. on Saturday October 13th. Michael J. is considered to have one of the smoothest voices and largest vocal ranges in the world. He is known for his comedy and impersonations, especially his tribute to Barney Fife. Admission is $10 for those 13 and older. Doors open at 5:30 with the show to begin at 7pm. The Melvin Women’s Club will be serving sloppy joe sandwiches, chips and pie.
(Rantoul--jc) -- One local chamber is hosting a job and career fair later this week. The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event on Friday at the Rantoul Business Center. Chamber Executive Director Belynda Allen says there will be lots of great employers from Rantoul , Champaign Urbana , Gibson City and other communities Those looking for jobs or a new career are invited to attend.