INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Online fantasy sports providers FanDuel and DraftKings can use the names and statistics of college football players without consent and compensation because the material has news value, the Indiana Supreme Court said Wednesday.The court in a unanimous ruling rejected the claims of former players Akeem Daniels and Cameron Stingily of Northern Illinois and Nick Stoner of Indiana, who argued the companies violated their right of publicity by using their names and statistics without consent and compensation. The use of the material without consent by FanDuel and DraftKings, the defendants in the case, does not violate Indiana's right of publicity statute "because the use falls within the meaning of 'material that has newsworthy value,' an exception under the statute," said the opinion written by Justice Steven David.


(WASHINGTON-ba)--  African Swine fever remains a concern for hog producers, nationwide. Greg Ibach, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, talk about efforts to coordinate with the swine industry on African Swine Fever issues....



U-S-D-A Under Secretary of Agriculture  Greg Ibach


(Springfield--jc)  -- You may not have won anything in the latest Mega Millions drawing, but the state of Illinois certainly did. Just one person won the $1.6 billion jackpot. The winning ticket was sold in South Carolina. But the state of Illinois hit a jackpot of its own with the Mega Millions-mania.  Lotto spokesman Jason Schaumburg says players in the state snapped-up $75 million in tickets since July. That means around 20 million dollars to the state of Illinois coffers.


(Springfield--jc) This weeks vote for the Illinois bicentennial best of vote looks for Illinois’ minority trailblazers. They include Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson, bu also gay rights activist Henry Gerber and Frank McWorter who was the first black man  who founded a town. Voting is done at Illinois-Top-200-dot-com


(Rantoul--jc)  Rantoul police will be conducting an active shooter drill at Rantoul township High School this morning. Students, Faculty and parents have been told about this morning’s event, which is required by Illinois law. Rantoul High school students will be evacuated from the school to a safe area during the drill. Rantoul police along with Rantoul Fire Department volunteers and Champaign County emergency personnel are also using this mornings active-shooter drill to train..


(Chicago--jc)  --A suburban school district is trying to claw back millions of dollars in tax incentives from Sears after the former retail powerhouse declared bankruptcy. Despite receiving millions of dollars in subsidies, retail store Sears is in the process of bankruptcy. A state official says there should be more oversight on how taxpayer dollars are doled out to private businesses. When Sears moved its headquarters from downtown Chicago to the suburbs in 1990, the company got a $250 million tax break. After threats to move out of state, the company was given an extension in 2012 as the first deal was about to expire. At the behest of Community Unit School District 300, the agreement contained the stipulation that the company maintain a certain number of employees with a minimum benefit level for the duration of the tax breaks.



(Springfield--jc)  --A transparency group is using the season to warn about risky practices employed by what the group calls "zombie governments."Truth in Accounting has updated information that shows some states, Illinois included, have such large amounts of hidden debt that they’re essentially insolvent. The term “zombie bank” comes from the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. It was used to describe a bank that was broke but still operating thanks to accounting gimmicks and government support. Bill Bergman, director of research with Truth in Accounting, said some states and units of local government are effectively insolvent, but able to make themselves appear “alive” using similar accounting tricks.



URBANA — In order to get insurance to pay for injuries to a University of Illinois student who was burned by a friend during an alcohol-fueled mishap, the state will not file criminal charges against the friend. The News Gazette says University of Illinois police had issued 21 year old Erik Beitel,  A notice to appear in court Today for possible criminal charges stemming from a September 27th drinking-related accident at his fraternity.State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said Wednesday she has decided not to file reckless-conduct charges against Beitel because the UI’s disciplinary system is dealing with him and also due to insurance concerns.



(Bloomington--jc) A husband and wife team who just sold their 10 McDonald’s restaurants have embarked on building an upscale restaurant on Bloomington’s east side. Bob and Julie Dobski owned McDonald’s in the Bloomington-Normal area, including the McDonald’s in Gibson City.  The Pantagraph says Dobski hopes to open Rob-Dobs Restaurant and Bar in June of 2019. The site of the proposed restaurant is along Hersey road in the city. Steaks, seafood and the latest in kitchen equipment will be featured at the restaurant.



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



(Undated--jc)  In our look at the two congressional races in our area, candidates in those in central Illinois have stark political differences on some unresolved policies heading into the midterm elections.With less than two weeks until election day, debate season is in full force. This week, candidates for the 13th and 18th congressional districts separately debated their opponents. The districts span almost entirely across central Illinois.The farm bill was brought up during a debate hosted by the State Journal-Register in Springfield. 18th congressional district Democratic challenger Junius Rodriguez said he doesn’t like the policy that's being hashed out to require able-bodied people to work to get food assistance. Incumbent Darin LaHood says the best thing for social programs are jobs, putting people to work.

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is the Democrat challenging incumbent 13th congressional district Republican Rodney Davis. At a debate at Millikin University this week, Londrigan made clear that she’s in it to ensure individuals with pre-existing conditions are covered and everyone has access to quality health care. Davis countered that Londrigan has mischaracterized his record. Davis says that Londrigan supports policies that take Medicaid dollars from the elderly who need it to expand the program to able-bodied adults At stake is major party control of Congress. Voters go to the polls on Tuesday November 6th.



(Milford--jc)  Those in the Milford school district, and area continue to mourn the death of a popular teacher, coach and friend. 62 year old Kenneth Leonard of Milford passed away last week at his home. Leonard was a teacher at various school districts in the area including Ridgeview and Milford. He was a popular coach of girls and boys basketball teams. A celebration of life ceremony is set for Saturday at 11 am at the Milford Grade school south gym. Knapp Funeral home in Milford is incharge of the arrangements and memorials may be made to the Milford school boosters club.



(Washington--jc)  New guidelines can alert patients with elevated blood pressure levels, and, in turn, help them take preventative measures to lower risk of hypertension. Rod Bain talks with University of Illinois Extensions, Marilyn Csernus…




(Gibson City, IL--jc)  -- With one week since its grand opening, one local fitness center is seeing a bright future. Gibson Area Hospital officials held a grand opening last Thursday for it’s Elite Sport & Fitness along Route 9 in Gibson City.  The property had been vacant for several years since the closing of the ALCO store. Rob Schmitt, CEO of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, says the large turnout at the open house allowed us to show the community all the bells and whistles that Elite has to offer. Gibson Area Hospital has a similar location in Paxton on route 45 north in the city.



Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will be celebrating Oktoberfest Sunday October 28th at the Buckley American Legion. Dinner will be served from 4pm-6:30pm. Homemade German dishes will be served, including German Sausage Soup, German Meatballs, Schweinbraten, Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, breads, desserts and more.



(Kankakee County--jc)  -- A portion of Illinois Route 115  in southern Kankakee County was shut down for several hours on Wednesday afternoon. The reason was a semi accident. No word on any injuries was given and the road was re-opened to traffic later in the day.



(Rantoul--jc)  Rantoul Chamber officials have changed the date of the annual lighted Christmas parade and Santa’s workshop back to Friday November 30th. The Parade route will stay the same but the lineup and marshalling and staging area will be  the four streets in a square around Mitchell Court. The parade steps off around 6pm and WPXN will be broadcasting live during the parade on the 30th of November.



(IL-ba)  Halloween is this coming Wednesday. Area towns have trick or treat hours. WPXN’s Braedon Arnett has the details…



Chicago – Attorney General Lisa Madigan with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) today announced an agreement with Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation under which the company will pay $1.2 million to eligible consumers who were defrauded by one of the company’s branch managers. Madigan entered the settlement, an assurance of voluntary compliance, with Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation (Diamond), a residential mortgage company based in Lake Forest, Ill. The agreement resolves an investigation by Madigan’s office and IDFPR into alleged mortgage fraud at Diamond’s Springfield branch.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A container for gunpowder that Abraham Lincoln carried as a soldier during the Black Hawk War of 1832 is now on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. In a news release, the library says Lincoln carried the powder horn during his months in the Illinois militia.The artifact was loaned to the library by Carl Harmon and his family from Spencer County, Indiana. After Lincoln used the powder horn, it belonged to a man named Jack Armstrong. The two were friends who once engaged in a wrestling match before Lincoln became president.



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