ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge is rebuffing claims that a youth football coach brandished a gun during a fight with parents. Two Indiana men are facing charges stemming from the Saturday fight in Rockford. They were coaches for the Calumet City Thunderbolts when a post-game fight broke out with Rockford Renegades coaches and parents. The Rockford Register Star reports witnesses told police they saw one coach with a gun. But during a hearing Wednesday, the judge said the weapon was found in the coach's car.


(Springfield--jc)  There's a little less than a month till Election Day, but there's still plenty of time to register to vote.   In Illinois, voters can register to vote up to and on Election Day. Matt Dietrich with the Illinois State Board of Elections said no one needs to worry that they missed a deadline for the November election. Tuesday was simply the last day to register now, and vote later. Dietrich says in Illinois, voter registration never closes and one can register right up to, and on Election Day itself. The one difference is the beginning today,  if you go in to register to vote at your county clerk's office and register in person, you will have to vote at the same time you register. The fall election is Tuesday November 6th.



(Springfield--jc)  -- Getting taxes under control for Illinois is one campaign pledge for incumbent governor Bruce Rauner. The governor says reducing the property taxes comes with more local control of property taxes…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department has named Argonne National Laboratory as one of seven recipients of federal funding to improve geothermal energy-extraction methods. The department announced $11.4 million in research and development funding Tuesday. Officials say geothermal energy is crucial but extraction is costly and time-consuming. Lemont-based Argonne's job will be to develop low-cost but hard materials to develop drill bits capable of doubling the rate of penetration in geothermal wells.



ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America's recycling industry is in the dumps.

A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill.Mountains of paper have piled up at sorting centers, worthless. Cities and towns that once made money on recyclables are instead paying high fees to processing plants to take them. Some financially strapped recycling processors have shut down entirely, leaving municipalities with no choice but to dump or incinerate their recyclables.


(Paxton--ab) During this weeks Paxton City council meeting, Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold nominated a replacement on the council. Mayor Ingold talks about the process to replace alderman Flessner...



Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold



CHICAGO (AP) — The orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago has walked off the job. Lyric Opera Orchestra musicians set up a picket line outside the Civic Opera House on Tuesday. The musicians are citing the company's proposal to cut the number of orchestra musicians by five positions. The opera company also wants to cut the pay of remaining musicians by 8 percent and the number of working weeks by two weeks to 22 weeks.


(Springfield--ab) October is cyber security awareness month and state officials say “phishing” scams present some of the biggest dangers. Clicking on bogus emails can give hackers a gateway to your personal information or data at work. State chief information security officer Chris Hill says these emails have gotten more sophisticated and detailed in hopes the recipient will open the message.



State Chief Information Security Officer Chris Hill

This can include threats against your family or your career if you don’t send money…or claiming money is waiting for you if you send certain personal details. hill says the best thing to do is delete any suspicious emails without opening them and report the incident to your employer.



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



(Springfield--jc)  -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is confirming 9 cases of an uncommon nervous system condition The patients are under 18, from the northern part of Illinois and all have been hospitalized with acute flaccid myelitis. Illinois Public Health Director Doctor Nirav Shah says it can be caused by a variety of viruses…



Illinois Public Health Director Doctor Nirav Shah.

There is no specific treatment so patients are cared for on a case by case basis.


SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner Wednesday announced the release of funds for more than $14 million in capital improvement projects at state parks and recreation areas managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). This money was included in the FY19 bipartisan budget signed in June and will be used for capital improvements to parks statewide. The governor says Illinois has some of the nation’s best state parks and recreation areas. The  park improvement and maintenance projects include the Argyle Lake State Park in McDonough Co., Fort Massac State Park in Massac Co., the Illinois and Michigan Canal in northeast Illinois, and Kankakee River State Park in Kankakee County.


(Bloomington--jc)  -- After about 10 months in federal prison, former McLean County board chairman Matt Sorensen has completed his sentence on wire fraud charges. According to the Pantagraph, he was sentenced last year to a year and a day in prison for illegal consulting work while he was working at State Farm. The 52 year old Sorenson  left the federal prison in Marion in mid-September for a halfway house in Chicago to begin his transition back into the community. In addition to the time in prison, he will complete a year of supervised release


(Champaign County--jc)  Six people, including 4 children were involved in a multi-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon north of Champaign. Police say one vehicle going east on Ford Harris Road approaching North Market Street just before 4pm yesterday, when he failed to  stop. The vehicle crashed into the driver's side of a vehicle headed southbound on Market Street. A third northbound vehicle on Market Street was forced off the road to avoid the collision. Police said four children and two adults were taken to an area hospital, where they were treated for  non-life threatening injuries.



(Springfield--jc)  -- It’s National Fire prevention week and the state fire marshall is urging families to look, listen and learn. That is the theme of this year’s campaign. Fire Marshall Matt Perez says  you should first look for places a fire could start…



State Fire Marshall Matt Perez

Perez adds that families should also “listen” for the sound of the smoke alarm and “learn two ways out of every room in the house.


(Gibson City---jc)  Gibson City police are closing down their Thursday night shoots for the season. Officials say it’s due to outside  circumstances. The department will open specifically on November 10th from noon until 4pm for those who would like to shoot handguns or dial in a deer gun before the 1st gun season. More information is found by contacting the Gibson City Police Department.


URBANA — A Rantoul man was sentenced to probation on Wednesday after being found guilty a year ago of nine counts of felony theft related to services and goods he took from eight contractors on a building project in downtown Rantoul. The News Gazette says 49 year old Chuck Duckworth,  was working on the former Litchfield Hardware building in the downtown area of the village when the infractions occurred. Duckworth was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay restitution of 95 thousand ,331 dollars. He will also perform 200 hours of public service work.



(Washington--jc) -- Corn is nearly all mature, nationwide. Stephanie Ho reports…



The Village of Buckley will be having golf cart games and a free movie in the park at Buckley Lake Park this Saturday. Registration for the golf cart games begins at 3:30 with a variety of games beginning at 4pm. Entry is $10 per cart. Closing ceremonies will take place around 6:30. Then the free showing of the movie Sandlot will begin at 7pm. Food vendors will be on hand beginning at 4:30.


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