(WASHINGTON) October 9, 2018 – National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp Tuesday praised an announcement from President Trump, setting the necessary regulatory steps in motion to allow for year-round sales of E-15. Chrisp says Corn farmers across the country have been advocating for year-round sales of higher ethanol blends like E15 to help grow demand, provide consumers with more options at the pump and improve economic conditions across rural America. Chrisp thanked the president for following through on his commitment to America’s farmers.
(Rantoul--jc) -- Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce officials invite the business community to is community coffee event this morning at 7-30. Those attending are asked to bring business cards and ideas to network with other area business owners and professionals. Chamber officials say the monthly event is a way to brainstorm ideas and make new business friends.
(Undated--jc) Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial minute…
(Springfield--jc) --Based on a federal regulation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Illinois residents will have to obtain a REAL ID card in order to travel in 2020. The REAL ID card will also be needed to visit military air bases and secure federal buildings. Illinois will, however, offer residents the ability to choose between receiving a standard driver’s license or the REAL ID card. No additional cost will be necessary, and the REAL ID will be denoted with a star in the corner. Secretary of State officials say these are requirements by the federal government to get a REAL ID card, and that’s why they want to offer Illinoisans a choice because not everyone is going to want a REAL ID if you don’t fly.
(Springfield--jc )-One political professor says don't read too much into the high price tag of Illinois' race for governor. Candidates vying to be the state's next governor could end up spending $300 million by Nov. 6th .But don't look too much into the spending tea leaves, said professor John Jackson with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Jackson said there's likely not a lasting lesson from the millions that incumbent Bruce Rauner and challenger J.B. Pritzker are spending on this race. Jackson said there's no way to tell how successful the two candidates are with their TV commercial heavy strategy.As of the first of the month, Pritzker donated $146 million to his own campaign. Rauner has kicked-in $50 million of his own money in this race for governor.
(Springfield--ab) More than 50 percent of the Illinois soybean crop has been harvested so far. Soybean harvest reached 51 percent complete this past week…that’s about on par with last year and a little ahead of the five-year average says crop statistician Mark Schleusener.
State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener Three percent of wheat has emerged. Average statewide topsoil moisture is rated as two percent very short, seven percent short, 78 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus.
(Gibson City--ab)-Gibson City Chamber of Commerce Fright night will take over Gibson City as droves of kids will be in costume for the costume Contest on October 23rd. Fright Night event spokesperson Jana Friday has more on the contest.
Fright Night event spokesperson Jana Friday
(CIssna Park--jc) -- A phone scam has been reported in East Central Illinois. The bogus phone call tells the local citizen that their social security number has been suspended The bogus caller then says to call a second number. Local law enforcement officials say do not give out your social security number to any person that calls you. By the way, social security office already knows your social security number. When in doubt, call the better business bureau or the proper government agency.
(Tolono--jc) Some very cool weather is coming to East Central Illinois starting today, but another suspected west nile virus case has occurred in Champaign County, locally. The suspected case comes from the village of Tolono. Local Health officials say the west nile virus remains present usually until the first good frost.
(Paxton-dg)-The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce will be having after hours on Thursday October 18th at the Frederick Community Bank in Paxton. The event takes place from 5:30-7pm. The Frederick Community Bank will also be having an open house that day during business hours. The public is invited to come and sign up for some great prizes they will be giving away.
(Champaign County--jc) State police say a two vehicle accident between Sidell and Allerton. A semi and another vehicle crashed. There were injuries. Details remain sketchy. Traffic in the area was stopped for several hours.
(Rantoul--jc) -- The Rantoul police department is hosting a lunch fundraiser for a local charity. Local officers are hosting a pork chop fundraiser at the County Market in Rantoul on Sunday October 14th from 11am until 2pm. The price for the lunch is five dollars. All money raised will go to support the departments “Shop with a Cop” program in December.