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CHICAGO (AP) — Eight buildings designed by famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. They include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles and the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois. The Wright buildings mark the 24th site on the list. Currently, there are 1092 designated World Heritage sites in 167 countries.

 

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Officials say four airlines have submitted proposals to offer passenger service at Quincy Regional Airport. The (Quincy) Herald-Whig reports Boutique Air, Air Choice One, Cape Air and SkyWest Airlines have filed paperwork with the U.S. Department of Transportation to offer flights. They have applied to be part of the Essential Air Service program, which gives subsidies to airlines offering passenger service to rural airports. SkyWest currently has a contract.

 

(Crescent City--jc)  -- What do Grace Alhden of Ashkum,  Taylor Hasselbring of Cissna Park, Abigail Wagner of Milford, Samantha Jensen of Onarga, Brianne Miller of Donovan and Morgan Gash of Hoopeston have in common? They are the 6 ladies vying to become the 20-19 Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen. The pageant is set for Wednesday July 17th at 7pm at the Iroquois County fairgrounds north of Crescent City along Route 49.

 

(Springfield--ba)  -- The 4th of July Holiday is complete, but Governor JB Pritzker is asking the public not to text and drive. Governor Pritzker says distracted driving kills more people than drunk driving in Illinois…and is a big concern.

 

 

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker 

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials say the deadline for entries to participate in the parade that opens the Illinois State Fair is approaching. Entries for Twilight Parade participants are due Monday. The parade committee will choose about 60 entries based on the applications. The theme this year is "Building our Future."

 

CHEBANSE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee woman died and two suburban Chicago residents were injured after a small plane made an emergency landing in an Illinois field. Iroquois County Sheriff's Police said Saturday Raymond Jakubiak of Naperville was flying a Beech A36 single-engine aircraft from Nashville to the Chicago area Friday afternoon when he began to experience engine trouble.. Jakubiak attempted to land in a wheat field near Chebanse , where the plane was damaged and caught fire. Jakubiak and passenger Dorothy Stockard of Hermitage, Tennessee, were taken to Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago, where Stockard died. Passenger Wrenne Jakubiak of Naperville was treated for injuries and released.National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking into the cause of the accident.

 

 

(Springfield--ba)  --A state senator plans to continue a push for more regulations for vaping products and e-cigarettes in Illinois over opposition from the industry. Illinois recently raised the purchase age of vaping products from 18 to 21, as part of the Tobacco 21 law that took effect this month. Lawmakers also increased the taxes on vaping products. State Sen. Terry Link, D-Vernon Hills, said he plans to seek further regulations, including a ban on flavored vaping products.


 

(Loda--jc)  A Team Walk is set for Lakeview Country Club in Loda in September. Money raised will go to find a cure and raise awareness of Huntington’s Disease. The walk on the course and a scramble golf tournament are the events for the day.  The walk steps off at 8am Saturday September 7th. The golf tournament tees off at 11am. Those wanting to participate in the walk may contact Samantha Cox at 217-249-1421. The walk donation is 25 dollars.

 

 

(Washington--jc)  --- The Environmental Protection Agency  released the proposed Renewable Volume Obligation rule for 2020.  National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp says that once again E-P-A has failed to account for lost volumes due to refinery exemptions and uphold the President’s commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard . Chrisp adds his frustration is that the E-P-A did not account for potential waived gallons going forward in the proposed rule. The position of the National Corn Growers Association is that farmers are facing a very tough economic environment and the continued waiver abuse chips away at farmers bottom line. Since early 2018, the EPA has granted 53 RFS exemptions totaling 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuel. There are currently 38 pending petitions for 2018.

 

 

(Champaign--jc)  -- The weather stats are in for the month of June.  Illinois Water Survey in Champaign Spokesperson Brian Kerschner says wet and cool…

 

 

Illinois Water Survey-Champaign Spokesperson Brian Kerschner

 

(Roberts--jc)  -- The process to repaint the water tower in the Village of Roberts has begun. Roberts Village leaders are working with the Farnsworth Group from Champaign for the bidding process.  Roberts Mayor Rick Flessner says the project is expected to cost around 115 thousand dollars. Village plans are to borrow the money and have the project completed by Spring of 20-20.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A plant pathogen that causes an invasive tree-killing disease has been found in Illinois.The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the pathogen that causes sudden oak death has been confirmed in ornamental plants at 10 Walmart stores and one Hy-Vee.The issue first emerged with rhododendrons at an Indiana Walmart in late May.Agriculture officials traced the pathogen to plans from nurseries in Washington and Canada sold through an Oklahoma store. Officials received shipping records and found that 18 states overall received the plants. The stores have issued recalls of the infected plants.So far, no oak trees in Illinois have been infected with the incurable disease.Experts say sudden oak death poses no threat to humans, animals or food sources.

 

(Undated--jc)  -- Illinois will become less reliant on coal-fired power plants by the end of the year.Under an arrangement with the state, Vistra Energy soon will shut down 40 percent of its eight-facility fleet in central and southern Illinois.Phil Gonet, president of the Illinois Coal Association, said that could cause problems. The news comes as state lawmakers continue to debate the future of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The legislation sets a goal of making Illinois’ power grid free of carbon-based fuels by 2030, and would put the entire state on a path to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. As of 2018, renewable energy resources accounted for slightly more than 7 percent of net electricity generated in Illinois.

 

 

 

(Springfield--jc) One of the components of the new budget for the state of Illinois is some major projects at area and state colleges and universities Illinois Governor JB Pritzker says they are designed to help Illinois to become a leader in higher education…

 

 

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker

 

(Paxton--jc)  -- When city of Paxton leaders meet in monthly session tomorrow night, they are expected to discuss and approve the local Teamster contract. Another agenda item is approving the Annual Appropriation Ordinance. They City of Paxton Council meeting comes to order at 7pm Tuesday on the second floor of city hall.

 

 

(Sibley--jc)  The annual Sibley Burr Oak Tractor Drive took place on Sunday with a route from the Sibley area to Fairbury. The local event raises money for the Ford County Relay for Life but has also will continue to honor veterans says event spokesperson Russ Tjarks…

 

 

Sibley Burr Oaks Tractor Drive Spokesperson Russ Tjarks.

 

(Gibson City--jc)  Gibson City council members are set to look at a facade grant for a downtown business when they meet tonight. The grant application is from the  Bayern Stube located at 209 North Sangamon Avenue in the city. Gibson City leaders will also look a special license for the Sand Trap for the annual Harvest Fest Event. Other agenda items include bids for a backhoe and wheel loader and to purchase some picnic tables for local parks. The Gibson City Council meets at 7 tonight.

 

 

(Fisher--jc)  The numbers are 3, 10 and 17. Three young ladies are vying to become the Fisher Community Fair Queen tomorrow night.. There are 10 candidates for Junior Miss Fisher Fair and 17 candidates for Little Miss Fisher Fair. The pageant starts at 6-30 on Tuesday night. Tuesday is the first day of the 5 day event.   The annual Fisher Fair features a tractor pull, donkey races and a demo derby. County Music Singer Mark Chesnutt performs on Friday night at the fair. WPXN will be broadcast live on Wednesday morning at 9. It’s Summer Fun Tour stop 11.

 

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