(Rantoul-jm) -- One man was injured following a shooting in Rantoul over the weekend. Police were called to the 1200 block of Aspen Drive just before 8 pm Saturday night for a report of shots fired. While out investigating the incident police learned a victim was taken to an Urbana in a personal vehicle. The victim was being treated for non-life threatening injuries.



NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Carle Health has announced plans to purchase medical facilities owned by Advocate Aurora Health, including hospitals in Normal and Eureka. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that the Urbana-based Carle and Advocate announced the acquisition this week. Terms were not released, nor were name changes for Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Advocate Eureka Hospital and other facilities in central Illinois. Governing boards of both organizations approved the merger. Leonard and Colleen Kannaday, president of Advocate BroMenn and Advocate Eureka, said they expected to close the deal by mid-year. It requires approval by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and the Federal Trade Commission.



(Springfield-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White’s Office is launching a program to replace all B-Truck plates in Illinois. The oldest plates will be replaced first and drivers will be notified by mail when their plate is eligible for an upgrade. Secretary of State Spokesperson Henry Haupt says this is about safety…



Secretary of State Spokesperson Henry Haupt. There will be no costs to motorists and this will be an ongoing process that replaces plates every 10 years. About one point three million people in Illinois have B-truck plates. 



(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton Buckley Loda student is one of 21 future leaders nominated to one of the nation’s military academies. Congressman John Shimkus nominated Ben Busby to the U-S Military Academy. 



(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul Township High School leaders will begin fiscal year 2021 budget discussions at tonight’s school board meeting. In addition, school board members will also consider adopting district goals. The Rantoul Township High School meeting gets underway at 7pm.


(Paxton-Cale) The Paxton Park District has sign up sheets for youth soccer, Park District Director Neil McKenry has more…. 



Paxton Park District Director Neil McKenry 



(Hoopeston-Cale) The 2020 Hoopeston Area FFA Alumni Scholarship Auction will take place at the Hoopeston American Legion on January, 25 2020. Food will be served from 4:30 pm until they run out at a free will donation. There will be a Silent Auction from 4pm to 6pm, and a live auction starting at 6pm. 


(Springfield-Cale)-- Over $13,500 in scholarships are available through the Illinois Pork Producers association or IPPA this year. The application is now available on the IPPA website for the 2020-2021 academic year. Also available is the Ryan & Friends Scholarship sponsored by the Illinois Purebred Swine Council. The scholarship will award 4 one- thousand dollar scholarships.  In addition, students can also apply for the Adam Fesser Scholarship sponsored by the Mid-Illinois Pork Producers Association. That scholarship will be worth one- thousand dollars. Applicants must have been a 4-H or FFA member. 


CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic leaders have selected a 23-year-old community activist who works for U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy″ Garcia to fill a vacant Illinois House seat. Edgar Gonzalez Jr., was appointed Friday evening to a Chicago-area post vacated by former state Rep. Celina Villaneuva. She was appointed to fill an Illinois Senate seat vacated by ex-Sen. Martin Sandoval, who’s under federal investigation. Gonzalez will be one of the youngest lawmakers to ever serve in the state Legislature.



(Undated-jm) -- Illinois State Police will be going after Scott’s Law violators in a special enforcement patrol this week. The enforcement patrol dubbed Operation Lambert hopes to raise awareness about the law requiring drivers to move over for emergency vehicles. Trooper Christopher Lambert was killed last year after a vehicle failed to move over and struck and killed him.



(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Police is hiring and applications for this summer’s cadet class are due by January 31st. Applicants must be at least 21 and have an associates degree or 60 hours of college work. Master Sergeant Hector Alejandre says it’s a rewarding career and that the Illinois State Police is the best in the country…



Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Hector Alejandre. Those interested can visit: Illinois trooper dot com for more information.


(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul City Schools will be hosting a series of  meetings this week to discuss the Safe Routes to School program. The meetings, from 5-6:30 will take place this evening at Eastlawn Elementary, tomorrow night at Pleasant Acres Elementary, Wednesday night at Broadmeadow Elementary and Thursday night at Northview Elementary.



(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders have a light agenda for tonight’s meeting. Council leaders are expected to approve a Department of Natural Resources grant and hear a presentation on the 2020 Harvest Fest. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7pm.


(Washington-jm) --  Weather could turn the late Midwest harvest into a late spring planting. Gary Crawford reports…




(Champaign--Cale) C-U at home will host their ninth annual community awareness event, One Winter Night, on Friday, Feb. 7 2020 in downtown Champaign from 6pm to 6am. Box dwellers will brave the winter cold as they sleep on the streets in cardboard boxes to get a firsthand experience of what it might be like to be homeless. 



(Urbana--jc)  -- A Champaign County man was sentenced to 8 years in prison for stealing guns from his employer. Champaign County Judge Tom DiFanis passed the sentenced on 29 year old Justin Johnson on Friday in Champaign County court. Johnson plead guilty in December of a charge of aggravated possession of stolen weapons and possession of weapons by a felon stemming from a break-in at the Rantoul Rural King in early August.

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