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(Washington-jc)  -- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Thursday announced further details of the 16 billion dollar package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals. In May, President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions. Perdue has the details…

 

U-S Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

 

(Paxton--jc)  -- The subject will be recreational marijuana  use and sales. The place will be the second floor of city hall in Paxton. The city of Paxton long-term planning committee will meet at 7 on Tuesday night to look at options, hear from the public and find the right policy for the city. Monticello, St Joseph, and Gibson City are also area towns looking at the legalization of marijuana issue in the state that becomes law on January first. 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- June brought some good news on the jobs front. Jobs increased by 95 thousand last month says State Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Sam Salustro…

 

I-D-E-S Spokesperson Sam Salustro

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Public health officials say Illinois is among 24 states affected by a recall of fennel seed products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Mountain Rose Herbs of Eugene, Oregon, is recalling all sizes of its fennel seed, ranging from 4 ounces to 50 pounds. Customers should not consume the seeds and can return the products for a full refund.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Secretary of State Jesse White’s office is awarding more than 5 million dollars in adult literacy grants. The money will fund 113 local literacy projects around the state says Secretary White…

 

 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

 

 

(Loda--jc)  -- Today is day one of three for the annual Loda Good Ole Days celebration. The Little Mister and Little Miss Pageant and a Junior Mister and Junior Miss Pageant takes place at 6 in the park pavilion. DJ Myles plays music after tonight’s pageant. Event spokesperson Alecia Whitcomb says Sunday features the truck and tractor pull and Saturday is a full day of family activities with fireworks...

 

 

Loda Good Ole Days event Spokesperson Alecia Whitcomb

WPXN will be broadcasting live on Sunday from 10-30 until noon from the truck and tractor pull. Its Summer Fun Tour Stop 15.

 

(Paxton--jc)  The Paxton Train Depot is open  to to public again. The depot and train car are located in the downtown area of Paxton along North Market Street. The building is full of historic information on trains and train travel through the years in East Central Illinois. 

 

 

(Melvin--jc)  A-H-W L-L-C is growing again. The John Deere dealer with 16 stores in Illinois and Indiana has purchased another John Deere dealership in the area. A-H-W has purchased Arends and Sons of Gibson City. The sale took place this week and the transfer of the business is set for August.

 

 

(Paxton--jc)  -- The cookout at the Paxton IGA will be raising money for the Hands of Christ Food Pantry in the city. On the menu are pork chop sandwiches, chips and soda The cookout runs from 10am until 2pm in the IGA parking lot.

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul says consumers can now file claims in the huge settlement of Equifax. A-G Spokesperson Annie Thompson says a new website will help with that process…

 

Attorney General office Spokesperson Annie Thompson

That website is Equifax-breach-settlement-dot-com

 

 

(Mahomet--jc)  --A state senator is questioning a proposed expansion of two public universities on a vacant block in Springfield.Southern Illinois University and University of Illinois, Springfield, say they’re interested in a joint operation to be developed on the block north of the Governor’s Mansion. State Senator. Chapin Rose of Mahomet says with enrollment trending down, he doesn’t see the need.

 

 

(Chicago--jc)  -- Checks totalling $10,000 to a former political operative of House Speaker Michael Madigan from a former ComEd lobbyist are the subject of federal investigators.The Chicago Tribune reports the checks from Mike McClain to Keven Quinn came after Quinn was let go following a sexual harassment retaliation complaint. Both were subjects of federal raids in May.

 

(Gifford--jc)  -- A water main project could be in the future for one area town. After the tornado of 20-13, some new improvements came to the village. One was a new water tower. Gifford, like most other towns their size, are looking to improve infrastructure. Gifford Mayor Derald Ackerman says one project in the near future would be upgrading the water main in a portion of town…

 

 

Gifford Mayor Derald Ackerman

 

(Urbana-jc)  -- There are two more big days for this year’s Champaign County fair. Today. The 4-H Horse show is set for 9 this morning. Gates open at 10. Its national country music star Dustin Lynch, with Dylan Scott and Jimmie Allen tonight at 7. On Saturday, it’s First Responder Day. Champaign County Fair President Bill Alagna says its the city and county coming together…

 

 

Champaign County Fair President Bill Alagna 

 Gates on Saturday open at 10am. The carnival opens at noon with a 25 dollar ride bracelet special,  along with the I-T-P-A Tractor Pull at noon. The I-P-A Tractor and Semi pull at 5pm

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  --The unfunded liability of downstate police and fire pension funds has grown more than 9 percent per year since 1991.The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability reports the more than 640 funds combined were more than 75 percent funded in 1991. In 2017, they were 55.4 percent funded. Total unfunded liabilities are more than $11 billion.

 

 

(Paxton--jc)  -- A senior fair is set for August in Paxton. The event will be at Paxton’s Pells Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 10th. The senior fair will feature goods and services of interest to area senior citizens. The event is free to attend.

 

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