(Springfield--ba)  -- Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said a lawsuit challenging the Illinois Gun Dealer License Certification Act is “not ripe for judicial review” and should be dismissed because state police have yet to fully implement the act and that no part of the law has been used to stop dealers from doing business.The attorney general responded this week to a lawsuit in Sangamon County Circuit Court filed by several gun stores across the state and the Illinois State Rifle Association.The association last month sued the state over the law, which requires federally licensed gun dealers in Illinois to get a state license in addition to federal license.


(Gilman-jm) -- Three area fire departments received new equipment last night. The Gilman, Onarga and Danforth fire departments received tools for grain bin extrication. The new equipment was donated by Cargill.



(Washington--ba)-Soybean Conditions have gone down. USDA’s Stephanie Ho reports.




(Gilman-jm) -- The Iroquois County village of Gilman is looking for a new cop. Officer Brian Norton stepped down to take a position with the Ford County Sheriff’s Department. The village is considering a contract with the county after only three applications were received to fill the opening.

(Springfield--ba)--Governor JB Pritzker is supporting planned parenthood’s decision to forgo federal funding over a new abortion gag rule. The rule prevents clinics accepting title 10 family planning funds from talking to patients about where they can get an abortion. Planned Parenthood officials say this is an attack on reproductive health care…and Governor Pritzker agrees...



Governor JB Pritzker



(St Joseph--jc)  -- Sun Prairie Seeds, based in the Champaign County community of St Joseph held a field demonstration Tuesday at the plant. One Sun Prairie Seeds Farmer is Gary Fugh of rural Fisher. Few says he has been planting Sun Prairie Seeds since 1983…



The Field Day at Sun Prairie Seeds provided area farmers with a view of  different varieties of corn and soybeans in the field. Product information was also available. Fugh says one popular variety is Sun Prairie Corn 28-40…



Sun Prairie Seeds Farmer Gary Fugh of rural Fisher.


(Loda-jm) -- Site work has started on a former Paxton Buckley Loda school building that has another future use.  The former Loda Grade School is getting new life. Aardsma Research and Publishing is looking to renovate the 96 year old building. The company would use the building as an anti-aging lab. The local company has started work on the building for its transformation.



(Springfield--ba) The results are in. In one day, 200 agencies, both public and private, made an all out push to raise awareness about driving too fast. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police said the participating agencies issued more than 3,200 speeding citations on August 4th. They also helped spread the word about the dangers of speeding.


(Chicago--jc)  --Illinois spends the most in the Midwest per student on education. But instead of going to classrooms, a big chunk of that money props up bloated education bureaucracy. Over 9 thousand school administrators earned more than 100 thousand dollars a year, and they’ll each receive 3 million dollars or more in pension benefits during their retirement, according to an Illinois Policy Institute analysis of the most recent public data available. While school districts pay administrators’ salaries and benefits through local property taxes, state taxpayers are on the hook for those pension costsIllinois has the fifth-largest number of school districts in the nation. Most Illinois school districts serve fewer than 1 thousand students.


(Paxton-jm) -- Assisted living could be coming to Paxton. Accolade Healthcare of Paxton Senior Living is considering a three phase construction project at their facility on Fulton Street. Phase one would involve the construction of a 44 bed assisted living wing. Phase two would renovate the existing independent living area in the basement of the facility. Phase three would construct 8 to 12 single-story townhomes near the facility. The company also hopes to add 12 skilled nursing beds while bringing in an additional 5 to 10 jobs to the area.


(Springfield--jc)  -- The Illinois Housing Development Authority is offering a new gant program to help homebuyers pay for closing costs. Closing costs can quickly add up, and that is the reason for the grants says I-H-D-A Spokesperson Andrew Field…



Illinois Housing Development Authority Spokesperson Andrew Field

More information is found on-line at I-H-D-A- mortgage-Dot-Org.

(Paxton--dg)  -- Site improvements have started on the former Knapp Miller Funeral Home in Paxton. The new name of the business is the Cox-Knapp Funeral Home. A building expansion project continues. Owner  Kendall Cox says there are several ways to contact the funeral home in your time of need…



Cox Knapp Funeral Home Owner Kendall Cox



(Roberts--ba) One town in Ford County is funding a project to make their local water system safer. Roberts village Mayor Rick Flessner talks about why they are re-painting their water tower.



Roberts village Mayor Rick Flessner 



(Washington--ba)-There's been a slight decline in corn condition. USDA’s Stephanie Ho reports.




(Rantoul-jm) -- A Rantoul non-profit will be holding their annual fundraiser this Friday. Jesus is the Way Prison Ministries will hold their fundraiser on Friday from 6 to 8 pm at the Laborers International Union North American Local 703 in Urbana. Tickets or more information is available by calling 892-4044.




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