(Undated--jc) Illinois residents in rural areas are more likely to die in car crashes than their more urban counterparts WPXN’s Joel Cluver has the story…



(Springfield-jm) -- Advocates for a law that would limit the number of patients each hospital nurse is allowed to care for at one time are touting a new national survey that suggests such a rule would lead to better working conditions for nurses and better care for patients. The survey was conducted in 2018 by the group Nurses take DC, a national organization that lobbies for stricter nurse-to-patient ratios. It found on average, Illinois nurses are responsible for five point two patients at a time. Authors of the report say stretching a nursing staff too thin can create workplace stress resulting in higher turnover rates. The Illinois Health and Hospital Association opposes the idea saying it would result in the closure of many rural hospitals and accelerate already rising health care costs.



(Springfield-jm) -- This is recovery month in Illinois with events planned all over the state to raise awareness and celebrate recovery. The theme  this year is recovery belongs says the State Department of Human Services’ Dani Kirby…


Illinois Department of Human Services’ Dani Kirby. Several events are being held across Illinois including free overdose response trainings, opioid awareness discussions, a three on three basketball tournament and a candlelight vigil. Visit D-H-S’ website for a complete list.



(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton man is behind bars and another is in the hospital following a fight last week. Paxton police were called to an unconscious male in the 200 block of E. Center Street on Sunday, September 1st. When they arrived they found the 52 year old in the backyard. He was taken to Carle Hospital where he was in Intensive Care. 34-year-old Clayton Marcum was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and obstruction of justice. Bond was set at 250 thousand dollars.



(Urbana-jm) -- An Urbana hospital is stepping up their security after a data breach. Carle Foundation Hospital says someone hacked the email accounts of three doctors back in June. The breach affected those in cardiology and surgical services. The hospital says patient data including names, medical records and dates of birth were exposed in the breach.



(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Township High School school board is expected to approve their fiscal year 2020 budget at tonight’s school board meeting. School board members will also be asked to approve a proposal from A and R Mechanical to replace a chiller compressor in the west wing HVAC system and approve the purchase of a new bus from Midwest Transit Equipment. A budget hearing gets underway at 6:45 with the monthly meeting getting underway at 7.



(Washington-jm) -- A top USDA official is positive about news that US-China trade talks would resume. Stephanie Ho reports…


(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran is urging residents to join the Illinois Sheriff’s Association. Individuals can become members for as little as a $20 tax-deductible donation, while businesses can join for a $50 tax-deductible contribution. The membership helps provide funding for technical resources, training and legislative support on key criminal-justice issues.


(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Gaming Board is adopting new rules they say will strengthen existing ethical safeguards and require more people to file ethical disclosure reports as part of the casino license selection process. The new rules are the result of legislation enacted earlier this year that allows for the development of six new land-based casinos, including one in Danville, along with legalized sports betting.



(Springfield-jm) -- Some Illinoisans are encouraging state leaders to put the brakes on the rollout of new 5G wireless technology. Mary Schuermann reports…




(Ford County-jm) -- Two Ford County residents will be visiting the nation’s capitol later this month, all thanks to the Honor Flight. Going on the flight are Russell Plath of Gibson City and Chester Culbertson of Paxton. Plath served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Culbertson served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Both will be in Washington D.C. along with 92 others on September 24th as part of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. So far, 4,454 veterans from Illinois have been apart of the honor flight.



(Champaign County-jm) -- People who owe fines on unpaid traffic tickets or court costs in a criminal case, have a chance to pay with no interest or collection fees. Starting today, the Champaign County Clerk's office is offering its amnesty week. The office will allow anyone who owes an opportunity to pay the total of the original fine. It’s the third year for the program. It runs through Friday.



(Gibson city-jm) --  Gibson City leaders are expected to take the next step in building a new water tower at tonight's city council meeting. Council members will be asked to approve the purchase of land from Alliance Grain for the water tower. Also at tonight's meeting, council members will be asked to consider a recycling contract with Ridgeview Recycling and consider selling an old police squad car. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 pm.



(Washington-jm) -- Time is running out for dairy producers to get enrolled in the Dairy Margin Coverage Program. Gary Crawford reports…




(Buckley-jm) -- The village of Buckley has a new grocery store again. Rajinder  Ghotra has opened Buckley Food and Liquor. Ghotra also owns the Loda Big Mart.



(Loda--jc) -- The first Fundraiser to raise awareness and dollars for a cure for Huntington’s disease was a huge success. Several hundred people attended the walk, silent auction and golf tournament on Saturday at Lakeview Country Club in Loda. Organizers want to say thank you to all who participated and donated to the cause


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