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(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton City Council voted 7 to 1 last night to repeal the city’s ban on leaf burning. The ban originally went into effect last fall. The repeal is effective immediately. WPXN News will continue to follow this story.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Current and former leaders of the Illinois Air National Guard said Tuesday the obesity rate in the United States has become a national security threat and they urged state lawmakers to invest more in early childhood education programs that focus on nutrition, health and physical activity. Speaking at the Springfield school district’s Early Learning Center, Brig. Gen. Richard Neely, adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, and three retired generals pointed to a recent study entitled “Unhealthy and Unprepared in Illinois.” It found 70 percent of young adults aged 17 to 24 in Illinois cannot qualify for military service, including 31 percent who would be disqualified due to obesity. Those numbers are almost identical to national averages, and the report says it’s a major reason why the U.S. Army fell short of its recruiting goals in 2018.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- This is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is reminding parents of the A-B-C’s of safe sleep. Unsafe sleep practices are the leading cause of death for children one year and younger. D-C-F-S Spokesperson Deborah Lopez says you can help protect your little one by following the A-B-C’s... 

 

 

D-C-F-S Spokesperson Deborah Lopez. D-C-F-S says your baby’s crib should not have bumper pads, stuffed animals or pillows that could cause suffocation. And although it’s tempting, parents should not bring their baby to bed with them. 

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- University of Illinois police are investigating after a swastika was found in a campus bathroom stall. Police say the swastika was found in the bathroom stall inside the Foreign Language Building. The swastika was found Monday evening.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- One big issue facing lawmakers is redistricting reform. 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says it's an issue that voters should decide…

 

 

53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A Rantoul man on parole for a shooting in the village 6 years ago is facing federal drug charges. Jyshawn Jackson is facing federal charges of distributing cocaine after he was arrested by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Agents allegedly made several controlled buys since July. Jackson sold 67 grams of crack cocaine and 28 grams of cocaine. He was on parole for a shooting at Colonial Liquors on Maplewood Drive in July 2011. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison in 2013.

 

 

(Washington-jm) --  The U.S. continues to import more agricultural products than it exports. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The median household income was at an all-time high in 2018, although it was not equal across the country. According to the survey by USA Today, the median household income was just under $62,000 a year. Maryland came in the highest at $83,000 a year while West Virginia came in the lowest at $44,000 a year. Illinois was ranked 15th at $65,000.

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul village leaders approved a multi-million dollar sports complex at last nights village board meeting. The complex, near I-57, would feature eight baseball and softball fields as well as eight soccer and football fields. WPXN News will continue to follow this story.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Kroger and Walgreens are the latest retailers to announce they will stop selling e-cigarettes. The move comes after 1,080 confirmed and probable cases of vaping related illnesses have been reported causing at least 21 deaths in the U-S including one in Illinois. President Donald Trump has announced his administration is planning a ban on flavored tobacco products.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health says it’s time to get your annual flu shot. Flu season is here and everyone six months and older should be vaccinated says State Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike…

 

 

State Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike. It takes about two weeks for the shot to be fully effective. The public is also advised to wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs and stay home if they’re sick. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and body aches.

 

 

(Livingston County-jm) -- A Cabery man is dead following a crash in Livingston County. Ronald Hoegger was traveling on 2500 E near 3450 N in Broughton Township when his vehicle left the road and hit a bridge with concrete rails. Coroner Danny Watson pronounced Hoegger deceased at the scene.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Do you have trivia knowledge and want to put it towards helping Christian education in east central Illinois? Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will be holding their trivia night this Saturday says Executive Director Sandy Spitz…

 

 

Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Congressional leaders still are trying to hammer out a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and there's a lot on the line for workers in Illinois. Mary Scheurmann reports…

 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The deadline for the state to refund Suburban Express customers has been pushed back. A Northern District of Illinois judge pushed back the deadline from October 9th to April 3rd. The Illinois Attorney General's office filed a discrimination lawsuit in 2017 against the owner of the Champaign-Urbana based company stating the company discriminated against U of I students.

 

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