CHICAGO (AP) — Several thousand protesters have marched through downtown Chicago to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies, including planned sweeps in several American cities, including Chicago. The protesters at Saturday's march belted chants critical of President Donald Trump and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Many carried placards with messages including "No kids in cages" and "Abolish ICE."  A similar protest was held in Champaign, locally.


JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The Will County Forest Preserve District welcomes patrons to enjoy themselves, but "Don't Be a Jerk." The Forest Preserve's campaign is aimed at littering, unleashed dogs, improper use of its 125 miles of trails. Forest Preserve CEO Ralph Schultz tells the (Joliet) Herald-News that those are the complaints administrators hear the most. Police have issued 41 citations for such offenses so far this year. But complaints indicate they're happening more often.


WASHINGTON (AP) — American Airlines says it will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off its schedule until Nov. 3, which is two months longer than it had planned. In a statement Sunday, American says the action will result in the cancellation of about 115 flights per day. It says it "remains confident" that the Boeing plane will be recertified this year. But some airline executives are growing doubtful about that timetable.


(Paxton--jc)  -- The new Clara Petersen School in Paxton will be ready for occupants in September.  The new two-story 63 thousand 400 school will have it’s dedication ceremony on Saturday September 28 at 10 that morning. The public will be invited to tour the new building. School starts September 6th for students in the Paxton Buckley Loda School District.


(Champaign--jc)  The first 6 months of 20-19 were wet and cold. The first two weeks of July  are just the opposite with hot and humid conditions. Brian Kerschner with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign says January through June was a record setter…



Kerschner says the 6 to 10 day outlook will be warmer and more humid...…



Illinois Water Survey in Champaign Spokesperson Brian Kerschner.



(Springfield-jc) --  Elected officials, including two Republican lawmakers, talked with residents Saturday about two controversial efforts, one that would separate Chicago from the rest of the state and another to encourage more counties to pass resolutions declaring themselves gun sanctuary counties.While gun sanctuary resolutions have caught on in some parts of the state, the measure to break Chicago off from the rest of Illinois is unlikely to gain traction in the General Assembly.Residents in Sangamon County heard from two Republican state representatives, the Effingham County Board Chairman and Vice Chairman and two gun-rights activists at a town hall meeting Saturday. They discussed an effort to separate Chicago from Illinois and why county boards across the state are passing gun-owner sanctuary resolutions.


(Gilman--jc)  -- Iroquois West School board members will look to award bids for bread and milk when they meet tonight in monthly session.  Bids for a boiler project are also on the agenda. The Iroquois West School board meets at 7 tonight in the board meeting room in Gilman. 


(Rantoul--jc)  Rantoul resident Mark Hall took first place in racing on Saturday evening at the Summer Smash Monster Bash in Evansville, IN! Meanwhile in Bloomsburg, PA, Mat Dishman has taken two second place finishes with one more race tomorrow. Great job team!


(Chicago--jc)  -- Illinois' new gambling expansion is barely two weeks old, but the state is already behind schedule.Illinois lawmakers intentionally set the state on a fast track to open casinos in Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan, the south suburbs, Danville, and in southern Illinois.But the state is not keeping up the pace.The state should have named a firm to study a Chicago casino on Friday. That hasn't happened. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said it will, eventually.


(Washington--jc)  --A U.S. Senator wants to send a message to states like Illinois that have accumulated large pension debts: Don’t look to the federal government for a bailoutA newly-filed resolution by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, states that Congress should not be responsible for bailing out fiscally-irresponsible states.  Cotton says the sense of the Senate is that the Federal Government should take no action to redeem, assume, or guarantee any debt, including pension obligations, of a State and if any negotiations are proposed, Congress should be notified before the process begins.



(Springfield--jc)  --A state legislator who represents the Illinois State Fairgrounds said he's worried Governor. J.B. Pritzker's administration is on a slippery slope of state-sponsored censorship after canceling the performance of a band at the DuQuoin State Fair and that a boycott of the event would only hurt the local community. Pritzker's administration canceled a scheduled performance by Confederate Railroad, a country music act from Georgia, administration because the band uses the Confederate flag, which is associated with racism, slavery and treason. State Representative Tim Butler, Republican from Springfield says he is no fan of the Confederate flag, but said the government should not engage in censorship.



(Champaign--jc)  -- Illinois V-F-W Commander and Rantoul resident Brad Gould also helps with the veteran’s assistance in Champaign County.  Gould says he is one who helped the program start…



State of Illinois V-F-W Commander Brad Gould of Rantoul

The Ford County Old Timers held a motorcycle rally and fundraising event on Saturday that helps fund programs for veterans in Ford, Champaign, Vermilion and Iroquois Counties locally



(Watseka--jc)  -- Iroquois County Treasurer, Kurt Albers, announced that the deadline to pay the first installment of real estate taxes without penalty is Tuesday . After that date, 1 and one half percent interest on all property must be added to the first installment each month it remains unpaid, according to the Illinois State Statutes.  There is also a drop box on the south side of the Administrative Center in Watseka near the 911 Center.


(Cullom--jc) Tri Point School leaders will look at approve participation in the K-C-C early start program and set a budget hearing when they meet tonight. A conference workshop update and a look at collective bargaining matters will also be on tonight’s agenda. The Tri-Point school board meets at 7 tonight in Kempton.


(Gibson City--jc)  Its the monthly Gibson City Friday nights under the Lights this Friday. A blessing of the cruising cars and other vehicles will be done at the New Beginnings Church on Sangamon Avenue at 6. The cruise starts soon after and musical entertainment, a queen of hearts contest,  and plenty of food will be available on Friday night in Gibson City.



(Rantoul--jc)  -- Rantoul School board members were hear some readings on proposed policy issues when they meet tonight in monthly session.  Costs for girls sports uniforms and lunch fees are also on tonight’s agenda. The Rantoul Township High School board meets at 7 tonight at the high school. 


(Paxton--jc)  -- Hundreds of items  were sold on Saturday at an auction in Paxton. Officials with the Paxton Buckley Loda school district held the auction at Eastlawn school in Paxton. Items sold ranged from industrial food equipment to trophies and school desks. The building will be razed as the district opens a brand new addition to its Clara Petersen School in September




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