(Undated--jc)  Today is the 75th remembrance of D-Day. Joel Cluver has the story...



CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a nearly $40 billion state budget along with a measure that could lead to enacting a graduated income tax in Illinois. The Democrat inked the measures Wednesday afternoon at state government offices in downtown Chicago. He calls the package a "new era of fiscal responsibility" for Illinois…



Illinois Governor JB Pritzker


URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A lawsuit is accusing the University of Illinois of violating its students' free-speech rights. Virginia-based Speech First filed the lawsuit last week against Illinois in U.S. District Court in Urbana. It accuses the university of squelching free speech by requiring "prior approval" for posting leaflets. It also claims the university uses bias response teams that intimidate students into silence. A spokeswoman says the university hasn't received official notice of the lawsuit.


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A lawyer for a Chinese family attending the U.S. trial of an ex-University of Illinois student charged with killing their daughter says he has been explaining to them how the American justice system works. Wednesday is the third day of jury selection at Brendt Christensen's federal death-penalty trial. Attorney Steve Beckett says the  proceedings can be confusing and he tries to help the family "understand why things are happening."


(Paxton-jc)  -- Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce officials continue to look for pop up businesses to set up on June 22nd. The event runs from 10am until 4pm. The pop up business area will be along Market Street and State Street in downtown Paxton. More information is found by contacting the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce.


(Springfield--ba)  -- Some new business reforms and expansion  are coming to the state of Illinois. 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett says that state leaders are serious about the plan....



106th District State Representative Tom Bennett Republican from Gibson City


(GIbson CIty--dg)  -- The Gibson City Through the Years Historical Walk is set for Sunday, July 2st, in the pavilion at Gibson City’s North Park, with proceeds going toward the city’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2021. The event features historical local characters and businesses being portrayed, including Dale W. McMillen from Central Soya, Stephen S. McCall from Gibson City Canning, Henry Hager from Hager Lumber, Elmo Meiners from M&W Gear and a lifeguard from the Gibson City pool. Tickets cost $10 each, with free entry for children age 15 and younger. Ticket sales start July 1 and are available for purchase at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City.



(Springfield--ba)-Officials are asking for the public’s cooperation in dealing with record breaking flooding along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. Local leaders urge Illinoisans not to go on a sightseeing trip to see all the flooding, since it’s hard enough with road closings to get residents to their homes in some cases. State police director Brendan Kelly says people should also listen to law enforcement.



State police director Brendan Kelly


(Springfield-ba)  -- USDA’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on friday, June 14, 2019. Agricultural Producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The Form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at your local F-S-A office.



(Paxton--jc)  -- Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran has released the activity numbers for his office. The Ford County Sheriff’s department  received just over 76 thousand 400 dollars in boarding prisoner fees for the month. Ford COunty police handed out 27 speeding tickets, handled 19 civil complaints, 8 welfare checks and three theft investigations.


JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Will County officials say a developmentally disabled man wore a monster mask and played horror movie music when he stabbed a caretaker more than 30 times. Will County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Dan Jungles says 24-year-old Ederaldo Frantz allegedly was upset with the Plainfield Township group home caretaker because she took away his cellphone. Jungles says Frantz then went to his room, put on the mask Jungles described as "demonic" and started playing music from "Halloween." Jungles says Frantz grabbed a large butcher knife and stabbed the caretaker, who was hospitalized with deep puncture wounds. Frantz is charged with attempted murder and held on $500,000 bond. His attorney, Jordan Kielian of Joliet, said he had no comment pending a court-ordered evaluation to assess Frantz's fitness for trial.




FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — Authorities are investigating alleged animal abuse after an animal rights group released graphic video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at an Indiana dairy farm that's a popular destination for school field trips.Animal Recovery Mission said that an investigator for the Miami-based animal rights group secretly recorded the disturbing footage last year while working for several months at Fair Oaks Farms, which Food & Wine magazine has called the "Disneyland of agricultural tourism."



(Springfield--jc) -- In addition to math, science, reading, and gym class, Illinois high school students will soon have a financial aid requirement to graduate high school. Every high school senior in the state of Illinois will have to apply for federal student aid before they can graduate.  Lawmakers approved the new law last week. Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he will sign it. Under the plan, high schools in the state will be required to have seniors fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and if eligible a state student aid application as well.


(Rantoul--jc)  A chamber lunch and learn is set for mid-day today in Rantoul. Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen says the subject is “quickbooks”...



Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen

The number for the chamber is 893-3323.


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Trucking Association  is pleased that lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement to invest in the state’s highways & bridges, while also reducing fees on the trucking industry. The newly passed Capital Bill repeals a hidden sales tax on truck license plates known as the Commercial Distribution Fee, or CDF. The CDF adds as much as $400 to the cost of a semi-truck license plate, all of which was swept into the General Revenue Fund.  By repealing the CDF, Illinois has actually lowered fees on truck license plates, opening the door and inviting trucking companies to locate their company in the state. Savings to truckers should be 300 dollars with the new deal



(Rantoul-jc)  --”The potential in this room is unlimited . Each of you can do whatever in life you want to do ... I warn you ... life is hard and full of choices .. and sometimes you are going to make the wrong choice. But remember. You already made the best choice. You chose to be here. “ That was the message the Illinois State Representative Republican Mike Marron of the 104th District told the cadets at  Lincoln’s Challenge on Wednesday. The 52nd class of Lincoln’s Challenge is set to graduate next Friday.



(Roberts--jc)  -- Roberts Village leaders have made the decision to move forward with a water tower painting and restoration project at an investment of 115 thousand dollars. The town will borrow the money from the Vermilion Valley Bank at a rate of 3 point 7 percent over ten years.



(Gibson City--jc)  The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at The Sand Trap in Gibson City.  The local chamber will hear from a representative of Gibson City-based McNutt Consulting Services.

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