ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three members of an Illinois militia group accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque will have their federal cases consolidated and moved to Minnesota for trial. Michael Hari, Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris were arrested in March in connection with last year's explosion at Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center. They are also accused of allegations in Illinois, including the attempted bombing of an abortion clinic. Morris pleaded not guilty during a Tuesday appearance in federal court in St. Paul.
(Paxton--jc) City of Paxton leaders are looking to help a new business locate in the downtown area of the city. During last night’s meeting, an investor says he is looking at purchasing the building on Market street that holds the Mason Temple, but also wants to develop some parking areas on the buildings north side for a proposed dental facility. City leaders are looking at ways to help the project work for the citizens of Paxton.
(Sibley--jc) Could or should a large hog farm be built west of Sibley in Ford County? That was the question before Ford County leaders. Farmer Phil Hartman of Sibley wants to build a hog farm that would house over 2 thousand hogs. Ford County leaders are in the process of working with the Illinois Department of Agriculture to look at an application process, meeting schedule and timeline for such a project.
(Springfield--ab) -- Senate lawmakers are discussing the need for more behavioral health care workers in Illinois. During a legislative committee meeting…senators heard from providers about the shortage of psychiatrists and counselors that care for the mentally ill. Community behavioral healthcare association C-E-O Marvin Lindsey says Illinois needs to set up a recruitment center, potentially run by a state university.
Those testifying blamed the shortage on low wages, low medicaid reimbursement rates, high turnover rates and burdensome state regulations.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials say the institution's second solar farm will make it one of the leading U.S. universities in solar energy work, but some professors have raised concerns about the land the project will occupy. The 55-acre solar farm is planned for a site a few miles south of the Urbana campus in the village of Savoy. One professor is concerned that the project is taking away valuable flat land that's used for research.
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A top administrator of a South Carolina college will become the next president of Quincy University in western Illinois. Quincy introduced Brian McGee as the private liberal arts college's new leader on Monday, saying he will replace Phil Conover in July when Conover retires after two years as president. McGee is currently provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the College of Charleston.
(Washington-ba) -- Overall, rural population nationwide increased from the year prior, yet changes in population rate by county varied. Rod Bain reports...
CHICAGO (AP) — A popular art history professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago has given the school where he taught for three decades $1 million. UIC says in a news release that with the money the school will establish a merit-based award for graduate-level art history students _ allowing the school to recruit the "brightest and most qualified applicants to the program."
(Paxton--jc) -- Pride in Paxton is hosting a holiday house decorating contest tomorrow night in the city. Houses wanting in the contest should be lit up on Thursday night from 6pm until 8-30pm. Judges will be driving around town to get the winners.
(Undated--jc) Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial minute…
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern University is beefing up its staff at the main counseling center on campus after four students committed suicide this year. The Chicago Tribune reports that Northwestern is announcing that two new employees will join the school's mental health center, Counseling and Psychological Services, to perform suicide screenings and offer clinical support services.
(Tremont--jc) -- A U. S. Marine from Tremont is believed to be one of 5 marines killed in a plane crash near Japan last week. The Marine Corp has stopped trying to locate the plane that crashed last Thursday. Daniel Baker, a Marine from Tremont, was declared dead by the Marine Corp though his body and the bodies of 4 others have not been found. Baker was a 2015 graduate of Tremont High School.
(Indy--jc) -- Officials with the National F F A Organization say the national F F A convention is staying put in Indianapolis. Tuesday’s announcement states that the annual convention of high school members will stay in Indianapolis through the year 20-13. The annual F F A convention in Indianapolis has a 40 million dollar impact on the economy each year in the Hoosier State city. F F A has just under 670 thousand members, nationwide.
(Chicago--jc) Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is launching an initiative along with members of the Illinois Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force this morning in Chicago. The governor says today’s action will show medicaid savings from detection, prevention and prosecution of fraud and abuse. The announcement comes at 10 this morning at the Thompson Center in Chicago.
(Rantoul--jc) Rantoul Recreation Department officials are inviting area children to a breakfast with Santa on Saturday in the village. The event is set from 8am until 10am at the Youth Center. On the menu is eggs, pancakes, sausage and orange juice. The meal is free. All kids must be accompanied by an adult.
(Washington--jc) The Senate has passed the Farm Bill and sent it on to the House. Gary Crawford reports…
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Parkland College has become the only licensed provider in Illinois of a nationally recognized training and certification course in green infrastructure, a fast-growing approach to managing stormwater and creating more eco-friendly urban environments.he Water Environment Federation's National Green Infrastructure Certification Program helps prepare individuals to professionally and properly build, inspect and maintain green infrastructure projects and includes professional development requirements that maintain this workforce skill set. Individuals who become certified through the NGICP can open the door to expanding career opportunities related to green infrastructure.
(Bloomington--jc) Could I H S A Schools go to a district format for football sometime in the near future. I-H-S-A Assistant Executive Director Matt Troha says some support for the idea continues to grow…
I-H-S-A Assistant Executive Director Matt Troha
(Paxton--jc) - The Annual Meeting of the Ford County Township Assessors for the 2019 Assessment Year will be held Thursday, December 27 at 10:00 a.m. in the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton. The purpose of the meeting is to give instructions to the local assessors that will tend to lend to uniformity in the assessment process. This meeting is open to the public.