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(Urbana--jc)  A Ford County man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday in U-S District Court. The Ford County Record reports that 32 year old Kenneth Slater was sentenced on Monday for receiving and possessing child pornography The sentence was handed down on Monday by, Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid.  Slater was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of 6 thousand dollars.

 

 

(Rantoul--ab) The high of the retail and business is during the holiday season in Rantoul. Speaking at the annual parade last week,  Rantoul Village Administrator Scott Eisenhauer says talking about the positives of Rantoul is the key to keeping the momentum in Rantoul.

 

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Scott Eisenhauer

 

(Springfield--ab) Senate lawmakers are looking into the backlog of d-n-a samples waiting to be processed in murder investigations. Recent reports have found hundreds of D-N-A samples waiting to be tested in crimes committed over the past couple of years. That includes the murder of 20-year-old Jeremy Tang, a college student taking a semester off from school who was shot in chicago in 2017. His mother, Carmia Tang, spoke to a senate committee on the issue.

 

 

Officials from the Illinois State Police’s forensics unit also testified, saying they need more staff and funding to help speed up D-N-A processing times.

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — American Airlines is investigating how a 67-year-old woman in a wheelchair was left alone overnight at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport when her flight was canceled. The incident, first reported by CBS 2 in Chicago, started Friday night when Olimpia Warsaw's flight from Chicago to Detroit was canceled and a porter was assigned to take care of her.

 

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service says at least 23 tornadoes touched down Saturday in Illinois, making the outbreak the state's largest on record for December. Meteorologist Dan Smith says crews had confirmed 23 tornado touchdowns across central Illinois by Monday afternoon. He says that number may grow because crews continue surveying three other sites to determine if storm damage there was caused by tornadoes. Illinois' previous December tornado record was 21 tornadoes during a 1957 outbreak.

 

(Gibson City-dg)-The new Santa train will make scheduled stops in the area again this year. Roberts Mayor Rick Flessner says one stop is in Roberts…

 

 

Roberts Mayor Rick Flessner

Friday Dec 7th it will be in Onarga from 6:30-8:30 pm. On saturday December 8th the Santa Train will make stops in Gibson City starting at 8am. Then its off to Melvin, Roberts, Thawville and Gilman by 6pm. On Sunday December 9th, the Santa Train will be in Danforth from 10:30-noon, Ashkum from 1-2:30pm, and in Clifton from 3:30-5:30 pm. Check out our facebook page for the list.

 

 

(Paxton--jc  The Paxton Park District’s annual Breakfast with Santa event takes place on Saturday. The event runs from 8am to 10-30am at the Civic Center on Fall Street. Santa will be there and a free breakfast will be served by park district officials.

 

 

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

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Flu activity usually peaks between December and February, so it makes sense to get vaccinated if you have not already says the state’s chief medical officer. Doctor Jennifer Layden says there are other things you can do to protect yourself from the flu…

 

 

Illinois’s Chief Medical Officer Doctor Jennifer Layden.

 

(Springfield--jc)  --Illinois Representative LaShawn Ford wants to bar law enforcement agencies from releasing photos of people who have been arrested for low-level crimes until after a conviction. Ford says having a mug shot posted and shared on social media can ruin a person's life long before a judge or jury settles the matter.The Chicago Democrat's new bill would require a conviction before law enforcement agencies could release a person's jail booking or arrest photo. He said the repercussions of having a mugshot posted online can be more severe than the punishment for a crime, like getting turned down for employment years later.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- The state legislature approved a bill that requires fire chiefs to have specific qualifications over a veto from the governor and objections from municipal management groups. State Representative  Kathleen Willis, Democrat from Addison says Senate Bill 26-19 establishes requirements for the fire chief post that local governments must follow. Willis says her bill is not mandating an increase in pay, but certain training or on the job experience is needed.The Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, the Associated Firefighters of Illinois and the Illinois Association of Firefighters supported the measure. The Illinois Municipal League, opposed the bill because it removed local control over fire chiefs. The measure is now law in Illinois.

 

 

(Taylorville-jc)  Governor Bruce Rauner Monday declared Christian County a state disaster area after severe storms and tornadoes ripped across Illinois. More than 20 people were injured in the storm and hundreds of structures were damaged or destroyed. Rauner said that our heart and thoughts go out to those impacted.  The State is providing resources and necessary personnel to the affected area. The state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help affected communities respond and recover from the storms. The state of Illinois has mobilized personnel and assets to help local government officials with disaster recovery.

 

 

(Springfield--jc )  --Between 2003 and 2014, the state operated under single-party control with two different Democratic governors and sizable Democratic majorities in the General Assembly. A report released on Monday stated that over that span, the state’s credit quality deteriorated considerably. In that 11-year span, Illinois made various poor fiscal decisions. The new report also flagged some ideas majority Democrats have floated to deal with the state's long-term debt. The Fitch report gave Illinois' credit a B-B-B rating with a negative outlook, which it says reflects an ongoing pattern of weak operating performance and irresolute fiscal decision making The report was entitled... "Illinois: What Happens Next,"  and ratings analyst Eric Kim wrote that “Illinois' fiscal pressures may accelerate in the near term given implementation risk for the fiscal 2019 budget and uncertainties around ongoing fiscal management and decision-making. Kim said the fiscal 2019 budget is already hundreds of millions out of balance and it could go further into the red if the state-owned Thompson Center in Chicago isn't sold and if savings from a yet-to-be-fully-implemented pension buyout plan don't materialize

 

(Watseka--jc)  The Iroquois County Tax and Planning committee will look at an application for a solar farm project. It’s a application by Microgrid Energy for a Conditional Use for a Solar Farm in the county. The Committee mets at 9 this morning in Watseka.

 

 

(Washington-jc) Reaction coming on the forecast for 20-18 farm income. U-S-D-A  Chief Economist Rob Johansson says the report reveals several items…

 


U-S-D-A Chief Economist Rob Johansson

 

(Gibson CIty--jc)  -- Monday was the official day for Illinois’ 200th anniversary as a state. A star filled gala took place at the United Center in Chicago. Reaction to the celebration and anniversary from 106th State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City…

 

 

106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

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