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WPXN Blog Archives for 2018-01

Tuesday January 23 2018

(Rantoul--jc)  Rantoul village leaders are near completion on a landfill project in the village.  Rantoul Village administrator Rick Snider says an additional 5 thousand dollars was needed to keep the site in order…

 

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider

 

 

(Paxton--jc)  --  A Ford County man was arraigned in court on Monday on a charge of attempted first degree murder. The Paxton Record reports 40 year old Demetrius Couzens of Paxton was charged with one count of attempted first degree murder, a class X felony and two counts of aggravated domestic battery stemming from an incident on January 9 at his home in Paxton. A preliminary hearing is set for January 31st at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton

 

 

(Gibson City--jc)  The Gibson Area hospital auxiliary is gathering information concerning several scholarships that are available through efforts at the local hospital.  Spokesperson Sue Walker talks about needed materials for the scholarship application…

 

 

Gibson Area Hospital Spokesperson Sue Walker

For additional information about the various scholarships available at the hospital, you are asked to contact Sue Walker at Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services.


 

(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…

 

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their first workshop as part of the Shop Rantoul First coming up in February. Executive Director Belynda Allen talks about the workshop…

 

 

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Ford County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold elections for the director in February. The elections will take place on Wednesday, February 21st from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the USDA building at 1380 W. Ottawa in Paxton. To be eligible to vote: you must be of legal voting age and own or occupy land within the district’s boundaries which includes all land within the political boundaries of Ford County. Three seats on the board are up for election. Incumbent for a two-year term is: Kurt Edwards, Brad Strebeck and Adam Thorndyke. For more information call 379-2372 extension 3.

 

 

(Paxton--jc)  --  Paxton Chamber officials are planning a networking event for area businesses in early Februrary. The Coffee and Connections event is set for Wednesday February 7th from 7-30 til 9am at Signs and Designs in the city. Coffee and rolls will be provided and a drawing courtesy of Signs and designs will be held.  Chamber leaders say to bring your business cards and the event is open to all area businesses.

 

(Pesotum--jc)  --  Traffic along Interstate 57 was slowed earlier this morning after a rollover accident involving a semi in the northbound lanes near Pesotum. Traffic was slowed to one lane for several hours. No word was given on any injuries in the accident.


 

(South Suburbs--jc)  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continues to talk with constituents across the state concerning property taxes. The governor met with several groups in the south suburbs over the past week and says the tax system in the state is unjust and unfair to some…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner


 

(Washingtondc--jc)  --  A new Congressional group is looking at the links between food, nutrition and human health. Stephanie Ho reports…




 

(Chicag0--jc)  --  State lawmakers continue to gather more testimony on legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois. Supporters say allowing recreational marijuana use will reduce court and jail costs. Opponents, like Doctor Aaron Weiner (winer) with the Linden Oaks Behavioral Center in Naperville argue that the idea of legalizing marijuna has several negative consequences…


 

Doctor Aaron Weiner (winer)with the Linden Oaks Behavioral Center in Naperville.


(CHAMPAIGN--jc)  --    Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti joined partners from Illinois and Louisiana at a luncheon in Champaign on Monday to showcase and encourage the human consumption of Asian Carp as a healthy food source in America. These efforts can have a positive ecological and economic impact for both states. Established a few years ago, this first-of-its-kind project has been an ongoing alliance among the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the University of Illinois, which has served as a liaison between the two states. In addition to increasing public awareness, the project also focuses on helping and encouraging fishermen to sell the fish. Monday’s event was called, “Catch to Course,” and was hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

 

(Paxton--jc) An annual toy show is set to make it’s appearance again this year. The Paxton Buckley Loda F F A toy show is set for Saturday February 10th at the high school in Paxton. P-B-L F F A member Autumn Bruens provides some insight to the annual toy show event…



P-B-L F F A member Autumn Bruens.


 

 

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Monday January 22 2018

(Urbana--jc)  --  Urbana police were called to shots being fired in the 800 block of West Springfield early Sunday morning. Police say when officers arrived, they were informed that two people had been shot. Upon investigation, police learned that several people were denied entrance to the party and an alledged robbery also occurred. The two Urbana women shot in the incident are recovery at a local hospital.                   

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 21 other attorneys general have filed a multi-state lawsuit to block the Federal Communication Commission from rolling back net neutrality. The attorneys general claim the move is illegal and would have negative consequences on consumers and businesses.

 

 

(Springfield--jc) Congratulations to Cissna Park resident Samantha Hasselbring. She was crowned at Miss Illinois State Fair Queen last night in Springfield. Hasselbring is a Cissna Park High School graduate. She was crowned Miss Iroquois County fair Queen last July.

 

 

(Rantoul--jc)  --  Charges are pending for a Rantoul man in connection with the death of 21 year old Fate Young of Rantoul. Police say Young was stabbed to death on Thursday night. Young was pronounced dead at the scene just before 11.  Rantoul police and members of the METRO swat team arrested 26 year old Jarvis Garrett on a parole violation charge on Friday morning. Charges in the case are pending as the investigation into the death continues. WPXN news will continue to update this story as information becomes available.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board approved allowing Superintendent Scott Amerio to begin preparing their next fiscal year budget. Superintendent Amerio says there are some portions of the budget are easier to prepare than others…

 

Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran is announcing he will be awarding one scholarship worth $500 this spring. The scholarship is through the Illinois Sheriffs Association. To be eligible you must be an Illinois resident, enrolled as a full time student for the 2018-2019 school year and used at an institution of higher learning in Illinois. Details and documents for the scholarship can be found at ford county dot illinois dot gov. The deadline to submit your scholarship documents is March 15th.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City city council is expected to approve a trio of items at tonight’s city council meeting. Council members are expected to discuss and approve the hire of Donohue and Associated for Railside Phase 3, consider the color scheme for the 100,000 gallon water tower and a contract with Stark Excavating for extra winter costs. Council members will also year their 2016-2017 fiscal year audit. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Next month the Rantoul Village Board will look into entering into the state’s debt recovery program. Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider talks about the program and how it could help the village…

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Country Financial along with the Illinois Farm Bureau will hold a winter crop seminar today in Gibson City. The seminar will take place on at 8 a.m. at Railside Golf Club. Speakers will talk about changes to the 2018 Federal Crop Insurance Program, the new Farm Bill and other ag related topics.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The state unemployment rate dropped slightly last month. December’s jobless rate was four point eight percent, down from four point nine percent the previous month. About 15 hundred jobs were added last month as well. Illinois Department of Employment Security Policy Advisor Barton Lorimor urges anyone looking for a job to take advantage of the state’s programs…

 

 

Illinois Department of Employment Security Policy Advisor Barton Lorimor. Lorimor says Illinois’ fourth quarter shows a promising trend as the unemployment rate declines and jobs increase.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Although meat and poultry production is expected to rise from the previous year, prices prospects for meat animal producers have improved. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 19 other attorneys general in urging to Congress to pass legislation allowing states with legalized medical or recreational marijuana use to participate in the banking system. Currently they can’t because federal law prohibits providing financial services to such businesses. The attorneys general claim by allowing them to participate they can protect public safety by subjecting the industry to law enforcement monitoring.


 

(Vermilion County--jc)  --  A Danville man was fatally injured in a one vehicle rollover accident late Friday night.  The accident happened near Ogden along Interstate 74. The investigation into the accident continues today. Four other occupants from the vehicle, all from the Chicago area, were taken to a local hospital.

 

(Buckley-jm) -- St. John’s Lutheran School in Buckley is preparing for their annual chicken dinner, carnival and silent auction. The auction committee is seeking donations for the silent auction. Spokesperson Salli Ernst has how you can donate…



St. John’s Lutheran School Chicken Dinner, Carnival and Silent Auction Spokesperson Salli Ernst.


 

(Fisher-jm) -- The Village of Fisher will help contribute to a new scoreboard at the little league field. The village board said they would help contribute to the new 8 foot by 4 foot scoreboard that is estimated to cost about $5,000.



 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School Board is expected to review and discuss the districts current financial situation at tonight’s school board meeting. School board members will hear updates on the current status of the districts funds and discussions on the new funding formula. School board members are also expected to approve a mowing contract. The GCMS Schools Board meeting gets underway at 6:15 p.m.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City Rotary Club is raising money to do more improvements to the North Park playground. Rotary Club President Susie Tongate talks about some of the upcoming fundraisers the group will be doing…



Gibson City Rotary Club President Susie Tongate.


 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Did you receive any gift cards over the Holidays? If so, Treasurer Mike Frerichs is urging you to go ahead and start spending. It’s tempting to hold on to your gift cards for a while, but Treasurer Frerichs says there are some risks. That’s true especially for bank cards, which often charge an “inactivity fee” if they aren’t used. He notes there can be problems with gift certificates for a particular company…



State Treasurer Mike Frerichs. Frerichs says gift cards should be treated like cash. If they are lost or stolen, he says you should report it to the police since some retailers may issue a replacement card.


 

(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…

 

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Friday January 19 2018

(Springfield-jm) -- Treasurer Mike Frerichs’ office is warning families with 529 college savings accounts that federal tax breaks do not apply to Illinois taxes in certain situations. The federal tax reforms now lets families with accounts like Bright Start and Bright Directions use that money for K through 12 private school expenses, instead of just for college. But Treasurer Frerichs says parents going that route aren’t eligible for a state tax break…

 

 

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs. Frerichs says families that do try to claim a credit on their states taxes risk penalties if an auditor catches the mistake.

 

 

(Gilman-jm) -- Gilman’s former city clerk is facing felony charges following an investigation. Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen says Michelle Fancher turned herself into the Iroquois County Jail Thursday. She is charged with official misconduct and theft. An investigation by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s office, initiated by the City of Gilman, alleges Fancher embezzled more than $10,000 but less than $100,000 over a 7 year period between 2011 and 2017. She posted bond and was released. She will appear in Iroquois County Circuit Court at a later date.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton city leaders approved a trio of redevelopment agreements at their January meeting. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold talks about the agreements…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.


 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Nicor Gas is seeking approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission to pass along tax reduction savings to their 2 point 2 million customers. The tax savings are the result of a new federal law decreasing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The company says they will provide credit to customers bills.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary will be awarding 8 scholarships again this year. Spokesperson Sue Walker talks about the scholarships…

 

 

Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary Spokesperson Sue Walker. Walker says the deadline to submit your application is March 9th. More information is available by visiting the Gibson Area Hospital Foundation website.

 

(Melvin-jm) -- The Ford County Fair Association has announced the election of this year’s board members. Kirk Miller of Melvin was re-elected President, Dallas Meyer of Thawville as Vice President and Corrine Brown of Paxton as Secretary-Treasurer. Also members of the committee include Tim Muehlenphort of Melvin, Dave Kaeding of Loda, Vera Bunting, Leanne Wright, Scott Hardin and Caity Heap all from Gibson City, Roger Wycoff of Piper City and Steve Meenen of Melvin. The Ford County Fair runs June 24th through the 30th.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Here's a look at the situation in the U.S. and world corn market. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is outlining a plan to help revamp the state’s property tax system. Governor Rauner says he’s pushing for a law banning legislators from making money as a property tax appeals attorney…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. In the meantime, the Governor says he’s signing an executive order barring lawmakers from arguing tax appeals cases and is again calling for voters to have a say in whether their property taxes go up via referendum.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will hold several meetings on programs on special funding for precision conservation management techniques. Today, the group will hold an Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help farmers install on the ground conservation practices like cover crops, nutrient management and saturated buffers. On Friday, January 26th, the group will hold an Agricultural Conservation Easement Program on financial and technical assistance so producers can conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and attain multiple benefits over long term. The programs are open to farmers and ranchers in Champaign, Ford, Livingston, McLean and Vermilion Counties. For more information about times and locations for the programs contact your local NRCS office.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scotts Tips for Success has to do with insulating your home. Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental has these tips…



Paxton Hardware and Rentals owner Scott Allen. You can hear Scott’s Tips for Success Saturday morning at 7:30.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Revenue has announced Ford County’s 2017 tentative multiplier. The tentative property assessment equalization factor from the Department of Revenue is 1.0168. The group says the multiplier is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties by comparing sales prices over the past 3 years to assessed values by the county assessor.


 

(Buckley-jm) -- St. John’s Lutheran School in Buckley is gearing up for their annual chicken dinner, carnival and silent auction on February 18th. The group is still accepting donations for the silent auction says Spokesperson Salli Ernst…



St. John’s Lutheran School Chicken Dinner, Carnival and Silent Auction Spokesperson Salli Ernst. Ernst says to donation you can call the school at 394-2422.


 

(Ludlow-jm) -- The village of Ludlow is looking to fill a vacancy on the village board. Sarah Hills stepped down as a member after being appointed in June. Hills cited a time conflict with her job as the reason for her resignation.


 

(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…


 

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Thursday January 18 2018

(Springfield-jm) -- Senate democrats are introducing legislation to help bring high speed internet to more students in rural areas. Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill says nearly 90 thousand students at about 100 rural schools don’t have access to high speed internet…

 

State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill. Manar says his bill calls for broadband infrastructure to be put in at these schools. The project would be a one-time expense and paid for with 16 million in state funds and by leveraging federal matching dollars.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board approved the purchase of a new driver’s ed vehicle. Superintendent Scott Amerio says the company they had used to lease vehicles stopped leasing to schools…

 

 

Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- Communities in Champaign County are scrambling to figure out what to do after a judge threw out ordinance violation cases. Champaign County presiding judge Tom Difanis threw out 2,547 outstanding warrants for unresolved city or village ordinance violations affecting communities such as Rantoul, Mahomet, Urbana, Champaign and other smaller communities. In a statement on the move, Difanis says it was to lighten the load on staff at the Champaign County Jail.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- What are some of the factors behind USDA's decision to lower forecasts for soybean exports this month? Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Small business optimism set a record in 2017. WPXN’s Jason Madden has the details…



 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City Rotary Club is seeking donations for a park project. In 2015, the group completed phase one of an upgrade to the North Park playground area. Now the group is raising money to do phase two which includes adding more playground equipment including a toddler play area. The group hopes to complete the work by this fall. Donations can be made to: The Gibson City Rotary Club Foundation, P.O. Box 103, Gibson City, Illinois 60936.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce will once again be holding their annual euchre tournament. Executive Director Belynda Allen talks about the tournament…



Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen. Allen reminds that tonight is the first Business after Hours of 2018 being held at Eagle’s View Supportive Living and Memory Care from 5:30 until 7.


 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Sheriff’s office has released their activity report for the first half of January. On January 2nd, a deputy assisted Elliott fire with a house fire, responded to a 2 vehicle accident at Railroad and Dawn in Paxton and a one vehicle accident at 800 N. 1366 E. On January 3rd, a deputy responded to a 1 vehicle accident at 1197 N. 900 E. On January 4th, deputies responded to a 2 vehicle fatal accident at Route 9 and 1300 E. and handled a welfare check in Melvin. On January 6th, a deputy responded to a suspicious person in Piper City, conducted a welfare check in Sibley and responded to a single vehicle accident in Melvin. On January 8th deputies responded to a 1 vehicle accident with ejection  at 1000 E. 00 N, handled an abuse complaint in Piper City and handled a fraud complaint in Melvin. On January 9th, a deputy took a report of a phone scam in rural Piper City. On January 10th, a theft was reported in Piper City and a deputy responded to a domestic disturbance in Piper City. A female was arrested after battering two residents and a deputy. On January 14th, a harassment complaint was taken in Sibley, a 1 vehicle accident was reported at Route 9 and 2500 E. and a deputy assisted with a multi vehicle accident with injuries on I-57 at mile marker 263.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Village Board approved an engineering agreement to do some work at the villages airport. Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider talks about the project…



Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider. Snider says there will be several phases of the project over the next couple of years.

 

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Wednesday January 17 2018

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney  General Lisa Madigan is joining 17 other attorneys general calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure tax savings go to consumers and not regulated utilities. The attorneys general are requesting an investigation into whether the current rates for utilities such as electricity and natural gas are justified following the recent passage of new federal tax law that reduces corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent. They are asking for customers rates to be reduced and refund customers for over-collection.

 

 

(Lincoln-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a new law that focuses on the needs of the state’s female prison population. The law helps create a women’s services division within the Illinois Department of Corrections addressing the concerns of female inmates says Governor Rauner…

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The division is tackling issues such as past emotional and physical abuse and mental illness and plans to expand services to further help women get back on their feet once they are released.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Country Financial along with the Illinois Farm Bureau will hold a winter crop seminar next week in Gibson City. The seminar will take place on Monday, January 22nd starting at 8 a.m. at Railside Golf Club. Speakers will talk about changes to the 2018 Federal Crop Insurance Program, the new Farm Bill and other ag related topics.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City Rotary Club is accepting donations to complete another phase of work to the North Park playground. The group hopes to add more playground equipment including some designed for toddlers. Rotary Club President Susie Tongate has how you can donate…

 

 

Gibson City Rotary Club President Susie Tongate.

 

 

(Thomasboro-jm) -- Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has released the name of a Savoy man killed in an accident on I-57 near Thomasboro Monday. Northrup says 58-year-old Robert Bross died from his injuries at Carle Foundation Hospital. Police say Bross was traveling northbound on I-57 when he lost control, slid through the median and was struck by a southbound box truck driven by a man from Paxton. His name has not been released. An autopsy on Bross will be performed.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton is looking at their options when it comes to what to do with a damaged tornado siren. Mayor Bill Ingold says they have a couple of options they are looking into…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

(Undated-jm) -- Miss Iroquois County Samantha Hasselbring will be competing against 72 other fair queens this weekend for the title of Miss Illinois County Fair Queen in the Miss Illinois Fair Queen Pageant. The pageant will be held at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center in Springfield. Hasselbring is a 2016 graduate of Cissna Park High School.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- How might the latest Agriculture Department grain stock figures impact this month's US commodity supply and demand ledger? Rod Bain reports…

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is announcing a $190 million settlement with manufacturers of LCD screens. The lawsuit claims companies illegally fixed prices for LCD screens used in electronic devices such as tv’s, notebook computers and cell phones, causing consumers to pay significantly more.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois lawmakers are discussing funding for so-called "safety net" hospitals, those that are required to provide medical services regardless of ability to pay, and often are the only facility that will accept low-income patients. Veronica Carter reports…



 

(Rantoul/Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting area businesses to become LEAP certified. Business owners, employers and HR professionals are invited to attend Leaders in Employing All People or LEAP training on Wednesday, January 24th from 9:30 to 11 at the Knights of Columbus in Rantoul. For more information or to RSVP call Stephanie Davenport at 217-356-9176.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- This weeks Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with insulating your home. Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen has some tips for insulating your attic…



Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen. You can hear Scott’s Tips for Success Saturday morning at 7:30.

 

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- A Chicago man has been arrested on a multitude of charges in Iroquois County. According to Iroquois County Sheriff’s police, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on 18-year-old Frederick McGee on Route 54 at 400 E. about a mile west of Gilman Monday. McGee was charged with speeding, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and the manufacture and delivery of cannabis 10-30 grams. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.


 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is encouraging people to protect themselves from the Shingles virus. Shingles is a painful rash with over half of all cases reported as people over the age of 60 who have had chickenpox. Page Eads with the Ford County Public Health Department says they do offer the shingles vaccine…



Page Eads with the Ford County Public Health Department. For more information about the Shingles virus or how to get the vaccine call the health department at 379-9281.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Community Sale will make a return again in 2018. It will be the 7th year the community sale will be sponsored by the Paxton Park District. The event will take place on Saturday, April 7th at Coady Park.


 

(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…


 

 

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Tuesday January 16 2018

(Champaign County-jm) -- A Savoy man is dead and a Paxton man injured following a wreck on I-57 near Rantoul Monday. State Police have not released the names of the individuals involved but say the 58-year-old man from Savoy was traveling northbound on I-57 at mile marker 246 when he lost control of his pickup truck, slid through the median and was struck by a box truck driven by a 65-year-old man from Paxton. Both men were taken to the hospital where the 58 year old died. The 65-year-old man from Paxton was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Funding for schools in Illinois is on hold following an amendatory veto by Governor Bruce Rauner. Last summer, lawmakers passed an education funding reform bill then earlier this month passed a supplement bill, Senate Bill 444, however, Governor Rauner vetoed the bill. Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio says it makes it’s difficult not receiving state funds…

 

 

Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- Gifford Grade School Board members will discuss date issues at tonight’s school board meeting. School board members will discuss graduation dates as well as their school calendar options for 2018-2019. The Gifford Grade School Board meeting gets underway at 6 pm.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City’s North Park could be getting some new upgrades. The Gibson City Rotary Club completed phase one of the project back in 2015. Now the group is wanting to move to phase two. Rotary Club President Susie Tongate says they need help reaching their fundraising goal…

 

 

Gibson City Rotary Club President Susie Tongate.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten is picking up another endorsement to be the county’s first executive. In December, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce endorsed Hulten and now he’s picked up the endorsement of the Champaign County Farm Bureau. Hulten is the only Republican running for the position. He will likely be challenged by the only Democrat to announce they are running for the position, Darlene Kloeppel.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- There were some notable records within the production of principal crops last year, per USDA's annual summary released Friday. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Cullom-jm) -- Tri-Point High School is one of ten high schools selected to participate in the state’s Advanced Placement Pilot Program. The program, announced last week by Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, gives students access to online AP classes to better prepare them for college. 75 students at 10 rural high schools will participate in the pilot program for one semester.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for a busy next couple of months. Things kick off this week with their first Business after Hours of the year says Executive Director Belynda Allen…



Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen. Other upcoming events include the first workshop at part of the Shop Rantoul First program on February 8th, a job fair on February 25th and their annual euchre tournament on February 26th.


 

(Gilman-jm) -- The Iroquois West school board is expected to hear the first reading of 37 policy updates at tonight’s school board meeting. In addition, school board members are expected to approve a mental health agreement and consider staffing for fiscal year 2019. The Iroquois West School Board meeting gets underway at 7pm.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City Schools District did a second round of lead testing after lead was found at a couple of the districts schools. Superintendent Michelle Ramage talks about the the results of the tests…



Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.


 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College’s Staerkel Planetarium’s World of Science lecture series is getting a new name. The planetarium announced the series will now be called the James B. Kaler Science Lectures named after University of Illinois Astronomer and Science Author James B. Kaler. The lectures are held the first Friday of month, classes are in session at 7 p.m.


 

(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…


 

 

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Monday January 15 2018

(Undated-jm) -- Congressman John Shimkus is kicking off his annual Valentines for Heroes program. The Congressman is collecting Valentines to send to both active and retired veterans. His office is accepting Valentines until February 9th. You can send your Valentine to his Danville office at 201 N. Vermilion Street Suite 325, Danville, Illinois 61832.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The final estimates for the 2017 crop in Illinois include some new records. The soybean yield is estimated at 58 bushels per acre, down one bushel from 2016. But production hit a record high at 612 million bushels, up three percent from the previous year says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. Producers harvested 470 thousand acres of winter wheat and the yield is estimated at 76 acres per bushel. That tops the previous record by two bushels.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City Schools District is applying for a United Way grant. Superintendent Michelle Ramage talks about how the district would use the grant…

 

 

Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Thomasboro man has been sentenced to two years probation for breaking into vehicles in Rantoul last fall. Joseph Stow, 20, was also ordered to perform 30 hours of community service, undergo a substance abuse evaluation and $160 in restitution after pleading guilty to burglary. Stow admitted to entering a car on Willow Pond Road back in November. In exchange for his plea, a count of use of a forged credit card was dismissed.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Markets got a few little surprises in USDA's Friday round of crop reports. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing all drivers services facilities will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Facilities open Monday through Friday will be closed today. All facilities will reopen Tuesday.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is meeting with small business owners around the state about their concerns and suggestions. Governor Rauner says small businesses are the backbone of the Illinois economy and the state needs to help them thrive. He heard familiar complaints from owners in Rockford…



Governor Bruce Rauner. Rauner says small business owners also expresses concerns about worker’s compensation abuse and fraud and high property taxes in Illinois.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…



 

(Undated-jm) -- One of two Democratic challengers to Congressman John Shimkus for the 15th District has picked up a big endorsement. The Illinois AFL-CIO has announced their endorsement of Carl Spoerer in the Democratic primary election. The 15th Congressional District covers most of southern Ford County, northern Champaign County and all of Vermilion County.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- A teacher shortage continues to plague Illinois, especially its southern counties. Veronica Carter reports…


 

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Friday January 12 2018

(Springfield-jm) -- Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti is launching a pilot program to give high school students in rural areas more access to advanced placement courses. A-P classes are important since a good grade on the A-P exam can earn students college credit and save money on tuition. Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti says the problem is, kids in some areas can’t take the courses…

 

 

Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti. The one semester pilot program is giving 75 students from 10 rural high schools across the state the chance to take an A-P class online.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is raising awareness about the shingles virus and recommending the shingles vaccine. Shingles is a rash consisting of blisters and usually affects those 60 and over who have had chickenpox. Page Eads with the Ford County Public Health Department recommends people at risk of getting shingles receive the shingles vaccine…

 

 

Page Eads with the Ford County Public Health Department.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Two Gibson City police officers are receiving pay raises. The city council approved giving Tony Row a $3.50 increase and Kaleb Kraft a $2.50 increase. They will be paid $27.50 an hour and $26.50 an hour respectively.



 

Washington-jm) -- This week's USDA Supply and Demand forecasts will have a little bit of new information on the progress of South American crops. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing a gun. 20-year-old Demetrius Collins pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of weapons. Collins had a gun on him illegally when he was stopped on November 27th in Champaign. In exchange for his guilty plea, charges of possession of a stolen firearm, burglary and unlawful use of weapons were dismissed. Collins was given credit for 45 days and must pay a $200 fine.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The state’s “Serve Illinois” program is highlighting volunteer opportunities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. About 25 percent of Illinoisans volunteer their time to various causes, but Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland would like to see that number go even higher. He urges the public to get out and volunteer on Monday and all year long…



Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland. You can easily search for local volunteer opportunities throughout the year online at: serve dot illinois dot gov.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- With the recent cold snap and still several weeks of winter remaining, there is the concern about pipes freezing in your home. Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental has some tips about what you should do if your pipes freeze…



Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen. You can hear more tips about how to prevent frozen pipes tomorrow morning on Scott’s Tips for Success at 7:30.


 

(Thomasboro-jm) -- The contract for Thomasboro’s new police chief has finally been approved. Robert Rea was hired in December, however, an issue on the residency requirement delayed the approval. The original contract required Rea to move to the village, however, Rea was concerned that he might not be able to find a house within the allotted time. The new contract removes the requirement but adds language about making a best effort to find residency in the village.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City Rotary Club is raising money to do upgrades to the North Park playground. President Susie Tongate says they are working on phase two of the project…



Gibson City Rotary Club President Susie Tongate.


 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County’s Public Defender is getting a raise. The county board approved making Harvey Welch’s position full time instead of part time. The state will pay two thirds of his salary provided it’s 90 percent of the states attorneys salary.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will be honoring Martin Luther King’s legacy on Monday. Historic interpreters, music performances and two readings of King’s “I have a dream” speech are on tap for Monday says Library and Museum Spokesperson Chris Wills…



Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Spokesperson Chris Wills. For more details, visit the website: president lincoln dot illinois dot gov.

 

 

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Thursday January 11 2018

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 48 other attorneys general in announcing a $45 million settlement with a New Jersey based mortgage company. The settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation resolves allegation the company improperly serviced mortgage loans from January 2009 through December 2012. According to Madigan, the company failed to properly apply loan payments, properly execute foreclosure paperwork and respond to borrower’s requests for information.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton has a new police chief. Mayor Bill Ingold says the council voted to name Coy Cornett as chief…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Pesotum-jm) -- District 10 Illinois State Police in Pesotum have released 2017 activity numbers. During the year, troopers issued 5,817 citations including 2,634 for speeding, 112 DUI, 662 seatbelt and 39 child restraint. Troopers also responded to 1,096 traffic accidents resulting in 21 fatalities.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is recommending those 50 and older to get the shingles vaccine. Page Eads with the Ford County Public Health Department talks about the shingles virus…

 

 

Page Eads with the Ford County Public Health Department.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul police are seeking the public’s help after five vehicles were broken into. Police say all the vehicles were unlocked in the 1400 block of Sheppard Place. The thieves got away with a number of items ranging from gas cards to a backpack, clothing, food and currency. Anyone with information is asked to call Rantoul Police.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s Bicentennial Minute…
 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 19 other attorneys general in sending a 30 page letter objecting to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s involvement in proposed rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan. The attorneys general argue his involvement is unethical, violates due process and prevents fair and impartial proceedings.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Teachers in the Rantoul City Schools have another option when it comes to helping with their health needs. Superintendent Michelle Ramage says they entered into an agreement with Carle Clinic resolutions…



Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will hold several meetings on programs on special funding for precision conservation management techniques. On Friday January 19th, the group will hold an Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help farmers install on the ground conservation practices like cover crops, nutrient management and saturated buffers. On Friday, January 26th, the group will hold an Agricultural Conservation Easement Program on financial and technical assistance so producers can conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and attain multiple benefits over long term. The programs are open to farmers and ranchers in Champaign, Ford, Livingston, McLean and Vermilion Counties. For more information about times and locations for the programs contact your local NRCS office.


 

(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley held an informational open house Tuesday night to discuss some of the upcoming changes. One of the biggest changes coming is a change to class schedules starting in the fall says Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz…



Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz. To find out more about the schedule changes or for more information on tuition assistance and enrolling at Christ Lutheran call 394-2547.


 

(Pesotum-jm) -- District 10 Illinois State Police in Pesotum have released December activity numbers. During the month, troopers issued 304 citations including 127 for speeding, 5 for DUI, 42 seatbelt and 1 child restraint. Troopers also responded to 110 traffic accidents resulting in 5 fatalities during the month.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is wrapping up his week-long stay at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy and announcing plans to combat Legionnaires’ Disease and improve the facility. Governor Rauner says the state will aggressively continue to monitor the water quality at the facility, replace the current plumbing and explore new ways to prevent any more deaths from the Legionella Bacteria…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. 13 residents have died from Legionnaire’s since 2015. Governor Rauner says he spent time at the Quincy Veterans Home talking with staff and residents. He slept there, showered there, drank the water and ate most meals at the facility.

 

 

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Wednesday January 10 2018

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill creating the Invest in Kids program because it doesn’t cover enough children. In his message to the General Assembly, Governor Rauner says the bill does not address exclusions from program participation of schools not yet recognized by the State Board of Education. Invest in Kids creates scholarship programs allowing low to middle income students opportunities to attend non public schools through tax credits.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- With more cases of the flu being reported this year, the state’s chief medical officer is urging the public to take the threat seriously. Prevention is the first step says Doctor Jennifer Layden, who adds that it’s not too late to get your flu shot…

 

 

State Chief Medical Officer Doctor Jennifer Layden. Layden says you should probably take young children and seniors to the doctor to get checked out since they are more susceptible to complications from the flu. Symptoms to look out for include a very high fever, difficulty breathing and not being able to eat much.

 

 

(McLean County-jm) -- A Gibson City man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the stabbing of a man and woman in Saybrook back in 2016. According to police Corry stabbed the man and woman after he uncovered an alleged relationship between the victim and Corry’s estranged wife. In exchange for his guilty plea, 8 other charges including home invasion were dropped. He faces 6 to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced May 31st.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with frozen pipes. Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental talks about what you should do if your pipes freeze…

 

 

Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen. You can hear more tips about preventing frozen pipes Saturday morning at 7:30.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a bill that aims to reduce recidivism by expanding eligibility for earned sentence credit. Among the provisions of Senate Bill 1607 are: enhancing judges’ capacity to ensure sentencing compliance supports rehabilitation by allowing court services-approved treatment to count toward community service hours; requiring individualized case planning for the IDOC’s reentry programming; establishing coordinated reentry programming with local, state and community partners; and ensuring programming provides skills and materials necessary for departing inmates’ successful return to communities. The bill further addresses best practices for parolee supervision and also requires that the Victim Compensation Fund reimburses mental health providers for services rendered to violent crime victims under the age of 18, regardless of whether the victims cooperate with law enforcement.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- State lawmakers are holding a hearing on the Legionnaires Disease outbreak at the Quincy Veterans Home. Legislatures are questioning state officials about the how, what and when of the deadly outbreak that has killed 13 people since 2015. They’re also looking at solutions to prevent more deaths such as replacing all the pipes in the home since the bacteria can be found in plumbing. Others have suggested moving residents, which Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries says poses problems especially for those with dementia…



Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Jeffries. Governor Bruce Rauner has spent the last several days at the Quincy Veterans Home and plans to share his experience.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man has been sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $160 in restitution after pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft. 20 year old Ryan Schneider admitted to breaking into a vehicle on November 3rd and stealing and using a credit card. In exchange for his guilty plea more serious charges of burglary and use of a forged credit card were dropped.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s Bicentennial Minute…

 

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Tuesday January 9 2018

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 14 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief challenging the Justice Department’s efforts to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities. The attorneys general argue the conditions interfere with the rights of states and localities to set their own law enforcement policies.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Influenza is hitting Illinois a little harder this flu season. There is currently widespread flu activity in Illinois, with more cases being reported now than at the same time last year says State Chief Medical Officer Doctor Jennifer Layden…

 

 

State Chief Medical Officer Doctor Jennifer Layden. Layden says it’s too early to say if Illinois flu cases have peaked. She notes the most common strain going around often carries more severe symptoms.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Miss Ford County Kelsey Vaughn will be competing in the 2018 Illinois Association of Agricultural Fair State Queen Pageant coming up later this month. The pageant runs January 18th through the 21st at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. Vaughn will join 71 other county fair queens competing for the title of Miss Illinois County Fair Queen 2018. She is a 2017 graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton City Council is expected to consider their options for an emergency siren on N. Union Street. The siren was damaged and council members will be asked whether or repair or replace the siren. Council members will also be asked to approve the mayor’s appointment of an unnamed city official, approve redevelopment agreements with three businesses. An economic development committee meeting will be held at 6 pm with the council meeting at 7.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City School District is hoping to get a grant for their preschool program. The district is applying for the Preschool for All program. Superintendent Michelle Ramage talks about what the district would do with the grant money…

 

 

Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul firefighters handled a trio of fires over the weekend. On Friday night around 7 pm, firefighters were called to a vehicle fire at the Red Wheel Restaurant on the villages west side. The owner of a truck that wouldn't start had placed a bag of charcoal under the engine of his truck in an attempt to warm it up. Just after midnight Saturday morning firefighters were called to a chimney fire on Illinois Drive. Sunday morning just before 10 a.m. were called to an apartment fire on Harmon Drive. Firefighters believe a discarded cigarette was the cause of that fire.

 

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 11 other attorneys general in voicing opposition to a U.S. EPA proposal to repeal regulations that place strict emissions standards on highly polluting glider trucks. The attorneys general argue repealing the regulations will lead to more air pollution and jeopardize public health. Glider trucks are trucks with refurbished or rebuilt heavy duty diesel engines before 2010 and installed into a truck bodies. The rule currently mandates these trucks must meet the same emissions standards as newly produced trucks.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Last year, “phishing” scams topped the list of methods used by cyber criminals to steal or attempt to steal the money and identities of unsuspecting consumers. Veronica Carter reports on what to watch for this year…



 

(Ashkum-jm) -- District 21 Illinois State Police have released 2017 activity stats. During the year, troopers issued 6,531 citations including 121 DUI’s and 694 seat belt citations. Troopers also responded to 821 traffic accident resulting in 25 fatalities.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Village Board will discuss an engineering agreement for taxiway improvements at the villages airport at tonight’s study session. In addition, village board members will discuss a change order for the landfill cover project, a realtor agreement with Coldwell Banker and confirm Mayor Chuck Smith’s appointment of Cynthia Rouse to the Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The Village of Rantoul study session gets underway at 6 p.m.


 

(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will hold an informational meeting tonight. The meeting discusses some of the upcoming changes says Executive Director Sandy Spitz…



Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is releasing the names of area high school students named 2018-2019 state scholars. Today we hi-lite the students from Iroquois West and Tri-Point. For Iroquois West: Marielle Abalos, Rachel Carney, Lauren Cultra, Sylvia Cummings, Thomas McDonald, Taylor McTaggert, Kaiden Pratt, Mayalyin Sanchez, Laney Tippie, Jonathan Vargas, Noah Wilwohl. For Tri-Point, Jimmy Haas, Elizabeth Houck, Randall Ifft, Elijah McDonald and Amyjo Steichen.

 

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Monday January 8 2018

(Ludlow-dg)-Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has released the name of the Ludlow man that died after being struck by a train. 26 year old Eric Morales was pronounced dead at the scene yesterday evening. He reportedly was attempting to cross the railroad tracks just north of the intersection of Thomas St. and North Chestnut St. in Ludlow, when he lost his footing and fell in front of a southbound Amtrak train. This death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner’s office and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Department.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- December was a cold and dry month in Illinois. The month started out warmer than average however, State Climatologist Jim Angel says the cold after Christmas balanced things out…

 

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The Champaign Urbana Public Health Department is encourage residents to test their homes for radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas formed naturally by the decay of radioactive elements in the soil. The health department estimates close to 50 percent of homes in Champaign County have radon levels considered to high. Exposure can lead to lung cancer. The kits can be picked up at the public health department office in Champaign.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rick Snider has been Rantoul’s village administrator for a little over a month. The former Champaign County Administrator officially took over December 1st. He talks about what he hopes to accomplish as village administrator…

 

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board is expected to appoint Superintendent Scott Amerio to prepare the districts fiscal year 2019 budget at tonight’s meeting. In addition, school board members will be asked to approve the purchase of a driver’s education vehicle. The Rantoul Township High School school board meeting gets underway at 7.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will hold an informational meeting about some upcoming changes. Executive Director Sandy Spitz talks about the meeting…

 

 

Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.

 

 

(Watseka-jm) -- The Iroquois County Public Health Department is announcing they have Colorectal Cancer Fecal Immunochemical test kits available. The kits are for those 50 to 75 who have not had a colonoscopy in the last 10 years, a sigmoidoscopy in the last 5 years or have a history of colon cancer or prior resection. Colorectal Cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S. and is the second leading cancer killer. For more information about the kit or to see if your eligible call the Iroquois County Public Health Department at 815-432-2483.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is urging the public to make sure there aren’t any pending recalls for their vehicles. The I-E-P-A and the National Safety Council are launching the “Check to Protect” campaign says Spokesperson Kim Biggs. They’re asking motorists to take advantage of the check to protect dot org website…



Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Spokesperson Kim Biggs. It’s estimated that one out of four cars out on the road today in Illinois has an open recall which you local dealership will fix for free. That website again is: check to protect dot org.


 

(Ashkum-jm) -- District 21 Illinois State Police in Ashkum have released December activity results. During the month, troopers issued 251 citations with 6 DUIs, 24 seat belt citations and 13 criminal arrests. Troopers also responded to 70 traffic accidents.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018…


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City city council will meet in executive session tonight to discuss personnel. The council will also hear an update on the new Gibson City app. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 pm.


 

(Undated-jm) -- A program that helps homeless young women in Illinois is taking a new approach with the new year. Veronica Carter explains…



 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is releasing the names of area high school students named 2018-2019 state scholars. Today we hi-lite the students from St. Joseph Ogden High School and Hoopeston Area High School. For St. Joseph Ogden, John Acklin, Sarah Acklin, Madeline Dejarnette, Chyann Huckett, Mason Housenga, Samantha Mabry, Alison Place, Corynne Roberts, Nathan Schuele and Bailey Wendt. For Hoopeston: Maya Cornelius, Ryan Drayer, Heather Simpson and Logan Walder.

 

 

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Friday January 5 2018

 

 

(Rural Ford County-jm) -- Illinois State Police have released the names of two people killed in an accident between Elliott and Paxton Thursday. State police say 21-year-old Kelsey Bridgwater of Saybrook was traveling eastbound on Route 9 at 1300 E. when she lost control and struck a semi head-on. A passenger in Bridgwater’s car, 24-year-old Charly Jesse of Jacksonville, Florida was also pronounced deceased at the scene. Police say the highway was closed for five hours while they investigated the accident.

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Sheriff’s office has released December activity numbers. Deputies responded to 13 traffic accidents and issued 45 traffic citations including 32 for speeding, 3 each for driving uninsured and disobeying a stop sign, 2 each for failure to reduce speed and failure to wear a seatbelt and 1 each for driving on a suspended license and driving on an expired license. Deputies also handled 11 domestic disputes, 9 civil complaints, 5 suspicious vehicles, 4 each of suspicious activity, thefts and animal complaints. 2 each of harassment and court order violation and 1 each of property standby, railroad complaint and missing person.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul’s new village administrator has been officially on the job for about a little over a month. Rick Snider was formally announced as the village’s choice to succeed Jeff Fiegenschuh back in October, however he didn’t officially take office until December 1st. Snider previously served as the Champaign County Administrator prior to coming to Rantoul. He talks about why he decided to come to the village…

 

 

Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- Champaign County officially has a new auditor and treasurer. Diane Michaels and John Farney were both sworn into their new positions this week. Michaels takes over for the county auditor position following the resignation of Farney to take the county treasurer's position following the retirement of Dan Welch. Both will face opposition in the November election. Farney will face off against former Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing while Michaels will face off against George Danos.

 

(Washington-jm) -- An ag economy barometer complements USDA statistics by gauging what ag producers across the country are feeling. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is releasing the names of area high school students named 2018-2019 state scholars. Today we hi-lite the students from Rantoul Township High School and Armstrong Potomac High School.  For RTHS, Johnathan Frerichs, Ying Xim Guo, Jared Motley, Christopher Swiney, Jaeden Washington and Kaylie Wilson. For Armstrong Potomac, Hollianne Logue, Kyle Reitmeier and Dalacie Singh.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Last year was one for the record books according to the state’s climatologist. The statewide average temperature last year was 54 point three degrees, which is two degrees above normal. That makes 2017 the sixth warmest year on record in Illinois. State Climatologist Jim Angel says precipitation was two inches below normal for the year…

 

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel. Angel says the latest outlooks calls for the current cold temperatures to continue.

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The University of Illinois Extension Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties will hold master gardener training in January. Training starts January 23rd in Onarga, January 24th in Champaign and January 29th in Danville. Cost is $200 for the ten week program. For more information contact your local extension office. In Ford or Iroquois Counties, call 815-268-4051. In Champaign County call 217-333-7672 and in Vermilion County call 217-442-8615.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul City Schools District leaders continue discussions on what to do with the shuttered Myna Thompson building. Discussions have included the possibility of tearing the building down. Superintendent Michelle Ramage says they have also discussed trying to sell the building…



Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scott Tips for Success has to do with the different types of salt for your sidewalks and driveways. Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental talks about the many different types of salt available…



Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen. You can hear Scott’s Tips for Success Saturday mornings at 7:30.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders have approved a $5,000 facade grant for a company in the community. MCS Office Technologies requested the grant to do new landscaping and signage for the property over in the Jordan Industrial Park. The company is doing work to add office space and increased technology capacity.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The state is helping communities upgrade their street lights to energy saving L-E-D’s. Replacing old bulbs with L-E-D’s is a big money saver, and a new master contract lets local officials take advantage of the state’s purchasing power. Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology Acting Secretary Kirk Lonbom says they will be reaching out to local officials…



Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology Acting Secretary Kirk Lonbom. Lonbom says the state is looking to set up more contracts to help communities make technology upgrades.

 

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Thursday January 4 2018

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is offering some tips for purchasing a used car. Buying a car is often a daunting chore, but Attorney General Madigan has new consumer guide to help you through the process…

 

 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Madigan also points out that a new law requires dealers to provide a limited powertrain warranty for the first 15 days or 500 miles on many used cars. The full guide is online at: illinois attorney general dot gov.

 

 

(Watseka-jm) -- The Iroquois County Public Health Department is encourage residents to test their homes for radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas formed naturally by the decay of radioactive elements in the soil. Exposure can lead to lung cancer. The kits can be picked up at the public health department office Watseka.

 

 

(Ludlow-jm) -- Ludlow Co-op Elevators is hosting grain marketing seminars starting next week. Scott Jones with Ludlow Co-op Elevators talks about the seminars…

 

 

Scott Jones with Ludlow Co-op Elevators.


 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s Deputies handled 19 slide offs during the recent winter weather. On December 27th, a deputy handled a two vehicle accident at Route 9 and 115, took a report of harassment at a Sibley business, handled a property damage crash at Route 9 and 1400 and a second property damage crash at Route 9 and 115. On December 28th, a deputy handled a domestic dispute in Melvin, a two vehicle accident at Route 115 and 1400 south of Roberts and handled a report of suspicious activity in rural Roberts. On December 29th, a deputy handled a report of suspicious activity in rural Paxton , assisted emergency personnel with multiple accidents on I-57, performed a welfare check in Sibley and assisted Gibson City police with two domestic disputes. On December 31st, a driving complaint was reported in Elliott. On January 1, deputies handled two domestic disputes in Elliott.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- We've just entered 2018, but there is already speculation about spring planting plans. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Police is continuing to accept submissions for its 100th Anniversary logo contest. The contest opened in November and has generated some interest says State Police Sergeant Ryan Cape…



State Police Sergeant Ryan Cape. The logo must look professional, promote the 100th anniversary theme and celebrate the past and future of the Illinois State Police. Visit isphf dot org for more details.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will hold several meetings on programs on special funding for precision conservation management techniques. On Friday January 19th, the group will hold an Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help farmers install on the ground conservation practices like cover crops, nutrient management and saturated buffers. On Friday, January 26th, the group will hold an Agricultural Conservation Easement Program on financial and technical assistance so producers can conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and attain multiple benefits over long term. The programs are open to farmers and ranchers in Champaign, Ford, Livingston, McLean and Vermilion Counties. For more information about times and locations for the programs contact your local NRCS office.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with salt for your sidewalks and driveways. One concern some have is how the salt impacts your pets. Scott Allen from Paxton Hardware and Rental has some tips for keeping your pets safe around the salt…



Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is releasing the names of area high school students named 2018-2019 state scholars. Today we hi-lite the students from Fisher and GCMS. For Fisher: Kindall Carter, Thomas Gadel, Bailey Hadden, Sophia Horton, Jack Sievers and Alayna Stalter. For GCMS: Jacey Goin, Emily Lange, Bailey Salyards, Brooks Schmitt, Jeremy Steidinger and Nicholas Tabor.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul’s new village administrator is getting comfortable in his new position. Rick Snider was hired by the village back in December to replace Jeff Fiegenschuh who left to take a city manager position in Rochelle, Illinois. Snider talks a little bit about his background…



Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider.

 

 

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Wednesday January 3 2018

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton Police handled a two vehicle accident on the south side of the community Tuesday afternoon. Police were called to the accident at Route 45 and Dawn Street around 2pm. Assisting Paxton Police were Gibson Ambulance and Paxton Emergency Management Agency. No injuries were reported.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- We continue with asking area leaders about what they can expect for 2018. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold…

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is releasing the names of area high school students named 2018-2019 state scholars. Today we hi-lite the students from Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School and Cissna Park High School. For PBL: Maya Brust, Joel Deatrick, Madison Grohler, Kody Harrison, Kristopher Hewerdine, Liberty Jamison, Kalista Klann, Logan Knuth, Benjamin McClure, Justus McMillian, Adam McMullin and Cassidi Nuckols. For Cissna Park: Brittney Koester and Gabby Wessels.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program hasn't done much to alleviate stress for states and parents going into the new year. More from Veronica Carter…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) --  To celebrate the state’s 200th birthday and explore its amazing history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present “bicentennial minutes” throughout 2018…



 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Village of Rantoul has received a grant. Landmarks Illinois awarded the village a $3,000 Preservation Heritage Fund Grant to help cover a portion of the cost of the feasibility study done on the First National Bank building in downtown Rantoul. The study conducted this fall estimated costs of both demolition and restoration of the building. It’s estimated the cost to demolish the building is between 800 and 900 thousand dollars while it would cost around 2.8 million dollars to renovate.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- We continue with asking area leaders about what they can expect for 2018.  Paxton-Buckley-Loda Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure…



PBL Schools Superintendent Cliff McClure.


 

(Rural Elliott-jm) -- Elliott, Gibson City, Roberts and Melvin firefighters were called to a house fire late Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to the fire at 816 E. 500 N. just after 11 a.m. No word on the cause of the fire.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says getting any unclaimed property you’re due is now easier and faster than ever. “E-Claiming” lets users upload any documents needed to receive money found through the Treasurer’s I-Cash Program. Additionally, Frerichs says “Fast Track” allows small claims to be quickly approved…



State Treasurer Mike Frerichs. To check for any unclaimed property you might have visit the website: illinois treasurer dot gov backslash icash.

 

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Tuesday January 2 2018

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner has acted on another set of clemency petitions. The Governor granted 10 petitions and denied 78 others. It’s the 22nd set Governor Rauner has reviewed since taking office.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Yesterday was New Year’s Day and we asked area leaders to give us an insight into some of the things they hope to see happen in 2018. Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey…

 

 

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Ford County will have a new coroner this week. Doug Wallace’s last day as county coroner is Wednesday and Rick Flessner will officially take over on Thursday. Wallace has served as coroner for the past 17 years.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- The crop insurance industry and a USDA agency will work in tandem to provide to producers new insurance options through a new Farm Bill. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the attorneys general of 12 other states are calling on Congress reject what they call deep and damaging cuts in funding to the Environmental Protection Agency. The Trump Administration is calling for a $2.4 billion cut in funding from the next federal budget. The House spending plan cuts $650 million while the Senate cuts $150 million. The attorneys general and environmental groups argue the cuts would lead to more pollution and an increase in threats to public health.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Yesterday was New Year’s Day and we asked area  community leaders to give us an insight into some of the things they hope to see happen in 2018. Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen…



Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen.


 

(Undated-jm) -- If you’re needing to renew your driver’s license or maybe you forgot to get that sticker for your car, you don’t have to wait much longer to visit the state’s drivers services facilities. Facilities that are open Monday through Friday were closed yesterday while facilities that are open Tuesday through Saturday were closed Saturday. Facilities will open at their normal time today.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul City School District leaders are trying to determine what to do with one of their oldest buildings. Superintendent Michelle Ramage talks about Myna Thompson…

 

 

Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.

 

 

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