(Highland Park-jm) – Illinois State Police Tuesday released new details involving the man accused of opening fire from a rooftop during an Independence Day celebration near Chicago on Monday. In September 2019, ISP received a clear and present danger report on the suspect, Robert E. Crimo III, from the Highland Park Police Department. The report was related to threats he made against his family. There were no arrests made in the incident and no one, including family, was willing to move forward on a complaint nor did they subsequently provide information on threats or mental health that would have allowed law enforcement to take additional action. Additionally, no Firearms Restraining Order was filed, nor any order of protection. At that time of the incident, Crimo did not have a FOID card to revoke or a pending FOID application to deny, ISP said. Once this determination was made, ISP involvement with the matter was concluded. In December of 2019, at the age of 19, Crimo applied for a FOID card. State police said Crimo was under 21 and the application was sponsored by Crimo's father. At the time of FOID application review in January of 2020, there was insufficient basis to establish a clear and present danger and deny the FOID application. At least seven people were killed and at least 30 others were wounded.
(Springfield-jm) – New and improved Illinois official bike maps are now available. There’s a free map for each of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s nine districts, newly designed to make them easier to understand, says IDOT Spokesperson Paul Wappel…
IDOT Spokesperson Paul Wappel. The maps include noteworthy stops and attractions that are accessible by bike. You can order one online at: idot dot click slash bikemaps.
(Springfield-jm) – Illinois will offer a sales tax holiday on school supplies for 10 days in August. Sales taxes for qualified clothing and school-related items will be reduced from 6.25% to 1.25% from August 5 to 14. Items include qualifying clothing and shoes with a retail price of less than $125 per item.
(Undated-jm) – It was another big week for winter wheat harvesting as we hear in the weekly crop report. Rainfall was more than a half inch below normal so farmers had plenty of time in the fields, says Crop Statistician Steve Parn. 87 percent of winter wheat has now been harvested, up from 66 percent the previous week and ahead of the five year average. Turning to corn…
Crop Statistician Steve Parn. Nine percent of soybeans are blooming and average statewide topsoil moisture is rated as 11 percent very short, 33 percent short, 55 percent adequate and one percent surplus.
(Champaign-jm) – An armed robbery took place at Slim Chickens located off of Neil St in Champaign around 10pm on June 12th. Officials state the man armed with a handgun entered the business, ordered store employees in the office, and forced them to turn over the contents of the safe. The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The male is described as: light skinned black male, between 30-40 years old, wearing blue jeans, white shoes, a black Nike hoodie, and a blue face mask.
(Champaign-jm) – The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced they will be giving COVID updates twice a week on their website. Previously CUPHD provided COVID testing data weekly. The updates will be based upon data received by the IDPH occuring Monday through Friday. No updates on weekends or holidays.
(Springfield-jm) – An audit done on the issues surrounding the Illinois Department of Employment Securities handling of the COVID pandemic has exposed far more than expected. 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City talks about the audit…
106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.
(Hoopeston-jm) – Hoopeston fire officials confirm a fire at a vacant factory over the weekend was caused by illegal fireworks. Firefighters from several departments battled the blaze at the former Joan of Arc tomato plant Sunday night. There’s no word on how much damage was done but fire officials say the building needs to be torn down. Investigators continue to look for the cause of the fires in Gibson City and in Watseka.
(Penfield-tr) – The I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club Historic Farms Days will take place starting tomorrow in Penfield. I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club President Chuck Stelter lays out what tractors will be featured this year..
I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club President Chuck Stelter
Becky Puetz will be broadcasting live over the noon hour on Thursday as part of our Summer Fun tour 2022.
(Highland Park-jm) – Governor JB Pritzker on Tuesday issued a disaster proclamation for Lake County to help in recovery efforts following Monday’s mass shooting in Highland Park in which seven people died. A disaster proclamation grants the state the ability to expedite the use of state resources, personnel, or equipment to help affected communities recover.
(Springfield-jm) – July is extreme heat safety month. When temperatures rise above 90 degrees and the humidity remains high, it can be dangerous to be outside for too long, says Illinois Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Scott Swinford. He offers this advice…
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Scott Swinford. Swinford also says you should avoid overexerting yourself and take frequent breaks in the shade. In your home, IEMA recommends keeping curtains and shades closed and not using the oven if possible.
(Chicago-jm) – Illinois State Police are investigating a mob action incident that took place on Sunday. It happened just before 2 a.m. near Division Street and Elston Avenue in Chicago. ISP says a trooper was driving southbound on I-90 when they noticed traffic congestion on the exit ramp and traffic at a standstill on Division Street and some individuals engaging in reckless driving stunts. According to ISP, a mob of approximately 100 people swarmed the ISP trooper's squad vehicle, jumping on the hood, breaking the windshield, kicking the vehicle, and throwing rocks, bricks, and fireworks.
(Undated-jm) – It was another big week for winter wheat harvesting as we hear in the weekly crop report. Winter wheat harvesting jumped by 21 points to 87 percent now complete and ahead of the five year average of 79 percent. Crop Statistician Steve Parn looks at soybeans…
Crop Statistician Steve Parn. Four percent of corn is silking and 32 percent of the second cutting of alfalfa is now complete. Average statewide topsoil moisture came in at 11 percent very short, 33 percent short, 55 percent adequate and one percent surplus.
(Champaign-jm) – Due to pavement buckling, the eastbound lanes of Curtis Road are closed between Mattis Avenue and Freedom Boulevard.. Drivers in the area will need to use alternative routes. Pavement repairs are expected to begin today and the traffic lanes will be reopened once all repairs are complete.
(Champaign-jm) – Biaggi’s in Champaign is set to close soon for its nearly $500,00 renovation. Customers can expect to see new flooring, lighting and a brand-new color palette as well as a new bar. The remodel is expected to start on July 16 and the restaurant will reopen on August 6.
(Rantoul-tr) – The village of Rantoul has been seeing some economic success in recent months. The Sports Complex has really become quite the attraction off I-57. Rantoul Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Vickery says The Fringe minigolf stays very busy…
Rantoul Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Vickery.
(Undated-jm) – Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $289 million. On a per-share basis, the Deerfield, Illinois-based company said it had profit of 33 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 96 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 95 cents per share. The largest U.S. drugstore chain posted revenue of $32.6 billion in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $32.74 billion.
(Washington-jm) – Farmers got higher prices for almost every product they sold in May. Gary Crawford reports…