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(Springfield-jm) -- The federal government has notified all states of COVID-19 vaccine delivery delays across the entire country due to adverse weather and road conditions. To help offset delayed vaccine deliveries, the State of Illinois proactively ordered vaccines to be delivered to its Strategic National Stockpile Receipt, Store, and Stage site in anticipation of adverse weather. Illinois is distributing that vaccine to many providers around the state as weather permits, to continue to support vaccination operations.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J.B. Pritzker plans to deliver his annual budget address virtually. The governor’s office said the State of the State address will be combined with the budget address “due to unique circumstances and challenges” from the COVID-19 pandemic. The address is set for noon today. You can hear details of the Governor’s address and reaction for local legislative leaders tonight on our news at 4 and 5.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Agriculture is hosting a virtual hemp summit later this month. The online event will be held Tuesday, February 23rd from nine to noon and will feature presentations from growers, processors, researchers and more says Illinois Department of Agriculture Cannabis Division Manager David Lakeman…

 

 

Illinois Department of Agriculture Cannabis Division Manager David Lakeman. Lakeman says they will be releasing figures from the 2020 hemp growing season as well. The summit is free, but registration is required on the state ag department website.

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,348 new Coronavirus cases Tuesday and 32 additional deaths bringing the state’s total number of cases to 1,164,922 and deaths to 20,034. Champaign County reported 73 new cases bringing their total to 17,609. Ford County reported 19 new cases bringing their total to 1,519. The Vermilion County and Iroquois CountyPublic Health Departments were closed because of the winter storm.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The consolidated election will take place April 6th but several area races are taking shape. WPXN’s Jason Madden takes a look at who is on the ballot in Roberts…

 

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois will be getting a new leader. The group announced President and CEO Joan Dixon will retire at the end of June. Angie Hatfield Marker, the groups current vice president, will take over.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- The U-S Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump over the weekend. The House voted earlier on to impeach the 45th President with a handful of Republicans voting for impeachment. One of those is Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois…

 

 

Kinzinger also discusses the former President…

 

 

Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. Kinzinger was censured this week by the Iroquois County Republican Central Committee for his vote to impeach former President Trump. The committee says Kinzinger repeatedly put his personal and political agenda ahead of the conservate principles of the district.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing one million dollars in CARES money for libraries. The Moyer District Library in Gibson City and the Paxton Carnegie Library will each receive $500 while the Rantoul Public Library will receive $291.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois State Police officials said they need legislative authority to “untangle and integrate” a decades-old patchwork of Firearm Owner Identification, concealed carry, firearms transaction and records checks. The department has a persistent backlog of FOID cards with applications increasing in January. Illinois State Rifle Association’s Richard Pearson said other states don’t have these problems and the legislature should end the FOID system altogether.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker will give his state of the state and budget address at noon today. Because of the pandemic, Pritzker will give his address virtually. The Governor has said there will be no new taxes and discontinue certain tax breaks. It comes as the state faces a 3 billion dollar budget deficit. WPXN News will have the latest on the Governor’s address and local legislative reaction tonight on our news at 4 and 5.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- This is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says it’s a good idea for parents to discuss the issue with their kids. Abuse can come in several forms, says DCFS’ Nisha (nee-shah) Patel. There is physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse, which can include harassing, name calling, spreading rumors or using social media to get revenge. Some abuse is easy to spot, but some is more subtle. Here’s what parents can look for…

 

 

DCFS’ Nisha Patel. Other signs include grades dropping or suddenly losing interest in goals. Patel urges parents to talk to their teens about what a healthy relationship looks like and stress that any physical abuse, pressure to have sex or someone trying to control them is not ok.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,348 new Coronavirus cases Tuesday and 32 additional deaths bringing the state’s total number of cases to 1,164,922 and deaths to 20,034. Champaign County reported 16,778 have recovered, 708 are in isolation and 17 are hospitalized. Ford County was unable to provide an update on active and recovered cases due to a reporting issue at the state level. The Vermilion County and Iroquois County Public Health Departments were closed due to the winter storm.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with preparing for spring mowing. One of the things you should do is get your mower tuned up. Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental says they have a special going on right now…

 

 

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

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Champaign County will be hosting electronics recycling this spring. The tentative date is set for May 22nd. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules is set to meet this morning before Governor J-B Pritzker gives his budget address to decide if new standards proposed by the Illinois State Board of Education should be implemented. Board officials say the “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” were proposed to address achievement gaps between different student populations, saying teachers should embrace and encourage progressive viewpoints and perspectives. 104th District State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian says we need to get back to the basics of education and leave politics out…

 

 

104th District State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College’s Parkland Pathway to Illinois program will hold a virtual open house later this month. The virtual open house will take place on February 23rd from 6 to 8 via zoom. Go online to go dot illinois dot edu slash pathway to rsvp.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Regional Veterans Memorial Committee is continuing to raise funds for their memorial. The memorial will now be built at the new Rantoul Family Sports Complex. Groundbreaking is set to take place in April with the project expected to be completed in 4 to 6 weeks. Spokesperson Jim Cheek has how you can purchase a brick…

 

 

Rantoul Veterans Memorial Spokesperson Jim Cheek. The memorial is for veterans around the area, not just from Rantoul. Money raised will go towards maintaining the memorial.

 

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