(Undated--jc)  --- The polls are open. Illinois voters are going to the polls today to make their choice for several statewide offices. They include Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Illinois Treasurer. Voters will also elect Congressional representatives. Closer to home Ford County Republican offices are running unopposed. There is a contested race in the 2nd Ford County board district as Ann Ihrke and Cindy Irke are running as Republicans and are being opposed by Democrats Marcia Penowski and Lori Reinhart. Ford County voters have the choice to approve a quarter of one cent sales tax for public safety.

In Iroquois County voters have a choice for Iroquois County Treasurer between Kurt Albers and William Nutter. Iroquois County voters are also voting on an advisory question. That question is...Should the Illinois General Assembly refrain from passing any additional legislation limiting a citizen's right to keep and bear arms as defined by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. In Champaign County voters are making their choice for County Executive between Republican Gordy Hulten and Democrat Darlene Kloeppel. The choice for Champaign County sheriff is Republican Allen Jones and Democrat Dustin Heuerman. Running in the race for a 2 year un-expired term for Champaign Auditor are Republican Diane Michaels and Democrat George Danos. The choice for Champaign County clerk is between Republican Matt Grandone and Democrat  Aaron Ammons. The polls are open until 7 tonight.



(Rantoul--ab) On Monday, morning around 10 AM Rantoul Township High School Administrators and the Rantoul Police Department were advised that a student at Rantoul Township High School had a weapon in his possession at the school. RTHS Administrators worked with the Rantoul Police Department to safely remove the student from class. While speaking with the 17 year old male student, he admitted to having a bb gun in his backpack. The bb gun was recovered and the student was later transported to the Champaign County Youth Detention Center on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct.



(Undated--ab) A lot of questions usually pop up on election day. here’s some of the answers…yes, you can still register to vote, just bring two forms of i-d, and yes you can undervote if you want to skip choosing a candidate in a certain race. Additionally, it’s also okay to take a selfie, so long as your pic doesn’t included your completed ballot says State Board of Elections Spokesperson Matt Dietrich.



State Board of Elections Spokesperson Matt Dietrich.

Dietrich says the ballot can’t be in the photo since it could be offered as proof of voting a certain way in exchange for money. Find your local polling place and election day information online at: elections dot il dot gov.


(Chicago--ab) Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Monday issued an advisory to local election authorities and state’s attorneys’ offices on voter identification requirements. Madigan also announced that 187 teams of assistant attorneys general from her office will monitor the General Election to ensure that Illinois voters’ rights are protected and polling places are accessible.Madigan urges voters to contact her office if they encounter suspected improper or illegal activity on Election Day: Central and southern Illinois voters should call 1-866-559-6812.


(Springfield--ab) Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities will be closed today in observance of the General Election Day. All offices and facilities will reopen tomorrow. Individuals can visit the Secretary of State’s website,, to locate the nearest Driver Services facility and the hours of operation. In addition, drivers can change an address, register to become an organ and tissue donor or renew license plate stickers online.


(Washington DC--ab) Users of a USDA web page featuring soil health online tools and data should expect a more streamlined and convenient layout after a recent update. Rod Bain of the USDA has the report.




(Champaign County--jc)  -- A Jacksonville Illinois semi driver was injured in a one vehicle accident along Interstate 74 in Champaign County Monday morning. Police say Jonathan Reynolds lost control of his rig in the west bound lanes of I-74 just before 10 Monday morning. The semi blocked the west bound lanes for several hours. Reynolds was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.



(Illinois--ba) Illinois Farm Service Agency State Executive Director William Graff announced that The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin mailing ballots to eligible agricultural producers for the 2018 FSA county committee elections.  Graff says county committee members represent the farmers, ranchers and foresters in our Illinois communities.



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





(Washington--ba) What is the history of the Natural Resources soils tools web page. N-R-C-S Spokesperson  Drew Kinney explains....



Natural Resources Conservation Service Spokesperson Drew Kinney



(Woodworth--dg)  -- The 9th Annual Ford-Iroquois 4-H auction will take place Sunday November 18th at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Woodworth. A pork burger meal starts at 1:30 with the Auction starting at 2pm. Proceeds from this auction are used to cover participation fees for all 4-Hers in Ford and Iroquois County. There will be a wide variety of items to bid on including tools, seed corn, craft items, food and more. Items for sale are donated by local businesses, individuals, and 4-H Clubs. You can find a list of items on the Ford & Iroquois Counties 4-H Facebook page.


(Buckley--dg)  --Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will be having it’s 11th Annual Deck the Halls local shopping event on Saturday November 11th. There will be plenty of local home businesses and crafts this year. This will be a great opportunity to jump start your Christmas shopping. The event runs from 9am-2pm and the CLHS Lunch stand will be open.



(Washington--ba)  What is the future for Agriculture. Stephanie Ho talks with  U-S-D-A Secretary Sonny Purdue on insights into the future of agriculture...




(Gibson City--jc)  Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School’s annual Veterans Day ceremony will be Friday, Nov. 9, at the school. As in previous years, a slideshow of local veterans and current service members will be shown. People can see the current slideshow at a link on the school district’s Facebook page. If any additions or corrections should be made to the slideshow, people can email The school would prefer to receive digital copies of any pictures, but if necessary hard copies can be dropped off at the elementary school.


(Farmer City--ba) The Farmer City Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade will be Sunday, November 18th at 2:00pm. The theme for this year is “Christmas in the Wilderness,” and there are nearly 100 participants in this year’s parade. Individuals who still wish to enter are asked to call Chad Wills, Parade Chairman at 309-386-2791


(Springfield--jc)  -- Rainy weather slowed harvest progress a bit, as we hear in the weekly crop report. Just three days were suitable for fieldwork and average statewide topsoil increased to three percent short, 75 percent adequate and 22 percent surplus, says state Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.



State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.

85 percent of winter wheat has been planted and 66 percent has emreged

(Undated--ab) Through Nov. 4 Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 26,530 deer, compared to 25,848 for the same period in 2017, according to a news release. Harvest for the past week was 8,048, peaking on Saturday with 2,665 deer, and slowing with the widespread rain and wind on Sunday. Harvest  to date has consisted of 55 percent does and 45 percent males. Sixty percent of the harvest has been taken using compound bows; 39 percent by crossbows; and one percent by traditional bows


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