(Undated--jc)  The area is under a code red wind alert for today. High winds gusting from 55 to 60 miles per hour are expected. Semis and large trucks are also advised to drive safe due to the high winds. Travel is difficult for large vehicles. Area residents are asked to keep an eye out for downed power lines and trees. The potential of hail, rain and a remote tornado also exist today in the area.


WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners have gathered to remember a sheriff's deputy who was shot and killed while trying to serve an arrest warrant at a hotel. The main gym at Woodstock North High School was filled during Wednesday morning's funeral for McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner. Police say Keltner was killed by a suspect while serving with a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force last week.


(Washington--ab)  --It's a tough world market right now for sellers of U.S. wheat. Gary Crawford has the details…




(Iroquois County--ab) --Illinois State Police District 21 is reporting the arrest of Brittany A. Are-Latosa, 22, of Chicago for Possession of Cannabis More Than 500 Grams But Not More Than 2,000 Grams. On March 12 at approximately 10:24 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed (100 mph in a 70 mph zone) on I-57 northbound at mile post 294. The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Brittany Are-Latosa. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 1917.95 grams of cannabis. Are-Lotosa was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing. Are-Latosa was charged with Possession of Cannabis More Than 500 Grams But Not More Than 2,000 Grams and Manufacture/Delivery of Cannabis More Than 500 Grams But Not More Than 2,000 Grams. Are-Latosa was also issued citations for speeding and improper use of the left lane.


(Roberts--ab)  --The Roberts Public library is closed and there is a way you can get your hands on the books. On May 18th there is a book give-a-way and Village of Roberts mayor Rick Flessner says there is no cost to getting books...



Roberts Mayor Rick Flessner


(Springfield--ab)  Supporters of a stronger state equal pay law are hoping the third time is a charm. Lawmakers have passed bills prohibiting employers from asking someone their wage history the past two years…but they were vetoed by the former governor. The latest version just passed the house and also tightens pay discrimination laws says Elgin Representative Anna Moeller.



State Representative Anna Moeller of Elgin

The legislation passed the house and will now be considered by the senate.



(Paxton--jc)  -- The end of the fiscal year for the city of Paxton is April 30th. Local leaders say the city will end the current year within budget. The announcement came at this weeks city council meeting. Paxton City Council members continue to work on next year’s budget.


(Chicago--jc)  --An association that represents convenience stores throughout the state says the governor should find budget efficiencies instead of increasing taxes on products they sell. Governor J.B. Pritzker wants to increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by 32 cents. That’s expected to raise 55 million dollars in revenue.  Illinois Association of Convenience Stores Executive Vice President Bill Fleischli represents thousands of convenience stores around the state. He says Pritzker’s proposal will make Illinois' taxes on cigarettes about $2.30 a pack in Illinois. He said that would push Illinois' taxes on cigarettes to the highest in the region, behind Wisconsin.



(Ludlow--jc) --  A Paxton based business has been hired to do mowing in the community of Ludlow. Ludlow village leaders have re-hired Biggs Lawn Care of Paxton to provide the mowing on village property. The price per each mowing is 175 dollars. Biggs Lawn Care has done the mowing in Ludlow for 14 years.



URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man with six convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol will be sentenced next month. 57 year old David Pribble pleaded guilty to a case that allows him to avoid a seventh DUI conviction. That charge was driving with a license that had been suspended or revoked for driving under the influence. He will be sentenced on April 18. Under a plea agreement, felony counts of  aggravated DUI with six or more convictions will be dismissed at his sentencing.


(Springfield--ab) -- A bill requiring schools to teach kids about the contributions of lesbian, gay and transgender people throughout history passed the house Wednesday. Supporters says history curriculum shouldn’t be discriminative and leave out certain groups of people. but opponents, like Representative Tom Morrison of Palatine have concerns.



State Representative Tom Morrison of Palatine

The LGBTQ history requirement applies to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. the senate will consider the legislation next.


NEW YORK (AP) — A handful of Verizon customers could soon have faster wireless service — but they'll have to pay $10 a month more.Verizon says it'll flip the switch next month on a much-hyped, next-generation "5G" phone network . Service will start in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis. Verizon expects to have 5G in 30 cities this year.For now, few people will sign on. The offer is available only on unlimited plans, which currently start at $75 for one person or $160 for a family of four without 5G. On family plans, each 5G line would cost $10 extra.


(Rantoul--jc) -- The Rantoul based Big Brothers-Big Sisters program had a huge fundraiser this past weekend to raise money to support the local program. What the local group needs is mentors, especially those for young boys says Big Brothers-Big Sisters Director Kristian Hopkins…



Big Brothers Big Sisters Director Kristian Hopkins of Rantoul


(Springfield--ab)  --Supporters of a stronger state equal pay law are hoping the third time is a charm. For the third year in a row, the house has passed a bill banning employers from asking job applicants for their salary history and strengthening wage gender discrimination statutes. It’s supported by Representative John Carroll of Northbrook.



State Representative John Carroll of Northbrook

Similar bills have passed the last two years but were vetoed by then-governor bruce rauner. this latest version now moves to the senate.



(Paxton--jc)  PRIDE in Paxton has a new 2 thousand dollar donation from the city of Paxton. The money will be used to maintain the flowers and flowerpots in the downtown area of the city. The local nonprofit group is also looking to help the city replace some aging banners in the downtown area of the city.


(Springfield--jc)  Local State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian is sponsoring legislation which will create an incentive program for blue collar jobs in the same vein as other programs that are given to businesses for locating in Illinois, creating jobs or retaining jobs in Illinois, or otherwise would leave Illinois. The 104th district state representative says its called the Illinois Blue Collar Jobs Program…



104th District State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian


(Paxton--jc)  --The annual Paxton Community Sale is set to begin at 10 A M sharp on Saturday April 6th at Coady Park in the city. The annual sale is sponsored by the Paxton Park District. A flea market, food vendors and live auctions hilite the event. More information about the event is found by contacting the park district office in Paxton.


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