SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has released a five-year economic plan for Illinois that builds on the state’s strongest sectors such as agriculture, health care and transportation. The Democrat’s “Plan to Revitalize the Illinois Economy and Build the Workforce of the Future” was released Wednesday. Pritzker says he wants “to bring prosperity and opportunity to every corner of Illinois.”  The plan’s goals include building long-term growth through exports, startups, research and development and more. It also aims to invest in women, racial minorities, rural residents and others to close the “equity gap,” and sets sights on creating and retaining jobs.



(Springfield-jm) -- It’s that time of year when drivers need to be extra watchful for deer crossing the road. It’s mating season for deer, plus hunters are in the fields, which usually means an increase in deer activity. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Rachel Torbert says it’s a good idea to keep an eye out when you’re driving…



Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Rachel Torbert. There were more than 15 thousand collisions between cars and deer reported in Illinois last year. 630 people were injured as a result and eight died. 



(Gibson City-jm) -- A Gibson City funeral home director has been charged with stealing more than $60,000 from her former employer. Michelle Rosenbaum was charged with one count of theft over $10,000. Rosenbaum allegedly took more than $40,000 from the Lamb Young Funeral Home’s business account to pay her personal credit card bills. She also allegedly made more than $10,000 in unauthorized purchases on the funeral home’s credit card. Last fall, Rosenbaum opened her own funeral home in Gibson City. She is due back in court October 23.


(Champaign--jc)  -- Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name of a Shelbyville man who has died from injuries sustained after being involved in a single motorcycle crash on September 11thin Effingham County. Randy James, 61, of Shelbyville, died at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois on October 09, from injuries sustained as the operator in a single motorcycle crash. This death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police District 12. 



DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors in an eastern Illinois county say a sheriff's deputy was justified when he fatally shot an inmate who attacked and stabbed him in a courthouse holding cell. Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy says Deputy Kyle Janesky's actions in inmate Daryl Perkins' fatal Aug. 23 shooting warrant no criminal charges and "deadly force was justified." Perkins had attacked Janesky as he was being held in a first-floor county courthouse cell in Danville for a hearing in his felony case.


(Champaign-jm) -- Farmers and ag leaders are paying close attention to the weather as cooler temperatures are expected to make their way into the area this weekend. One big area for concern is the potential for an early frost says Champaign County Farm Bureau Assistant Manager Bailey Conrady…



Champaign County Farm Bureau Assistant Manager Bailey Conrady.

(Ashkum--jc)  --The Illinois State Police District 21 is warning the community in regards to a scam being reported in District 21. According to reports, area residents are being called by a phone number that is spoofed to appear as if the number is actually from the Illinois State Police District 21.The scam artist advise the resident that their social security number had been used in a drug smuggling operation and attempt to obtain personal information. Please be advised, the Illinois State Police does not solicit over the phone. You should always remain skeptical when you receive an unsolicited call by ANYONE demanding personal information over the phone. Police say to never give personal information over the phone or  e-mail, Questions, concerns may be addressed by contacting the state police in Ashkum at 815-698-2332.



(Undated-jm) -- Three STDs have reached all time highs in the U-S. Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have risen for the 5th consecutive year according to the C-D-C. Last year 2.4 million cases were reported. The C-D-C attributes the increase to an increasing number of people being tested and a decrease in condom use. The highest numbers were found in adolescents and young adults.


(Springfield-jm) -- Bipartisan support appears to be building in the Illinois General Assembly for a statewide ban on red-light cameras. Those are devices that some municipalities install at intersections to detect drivers running through red lights or turning without coming to a full stop. Critics of those devices, however, argue they serve only to generate revenue and are a potential source of political corruption. 


(Rantoul-jm) -- A hearing originally scheduled for today on the fate of three dogs involved in a vicious attack that left another dog dead has been rescheduled. The hearing was supposed to be today at the Rantoul Municipal Building on an incident back in September on Eater Drive. Police say three dogs mauled a poodle to death while the three dogs owner allegedly recorded the attack and encouraged the dogs to attack. No word on when the hearing will be rescheduled.


(Paxton-jm) -- It may only be October but the City of Paxton along with PRIDE in Paxton are gearing up for the annual Christmas parade. PRIDE in Paxton Director Terri Hancock says they are looking for parade participants…



PRIDE in Paxton Director Terri Hancock. The parade will take place on Saturday, November 30th in downtown Paxton.



(Watseka-jm) -- The Iroquois County Public Health Department will be hosting a series of flu clinics throughout the county during the month of October. The health department will hold the clinics starting Friday 9-10:30 at the Iroquois Farmers State Bank in Iroquois and from 12-2 at Beaverville Hardware. Other dates and locations: Creekside Terrace Cissna Park (Oct. 17 2-3:30), Iroquois Farmers State Bank Gilman (Oct. 18 10-11:30), Crescent City Community Building (Oct. 18 1-3), ABRA in Sheldon (Oct 21 3-4), Presence Merkle-Knipprath in Clifton (Oct 22 3-4), Heritage Woods Watseka (Oct 25 10:30-11:30) and Citizens State Bank Milford (Oct 25 2:30-4). The health department will also give flu shots from 9 to noon at their office in Watseka. For more information, call 815-432-2483.



(Undated-jm) -- A new study out says cooking at home may lower your risk of cancer. Researchers studied the diets and blood samples of 10 thousand people and those that cooked at home had lower PFA chemical levels in their systems. PFA chemicals are commonly found in takeout and fast food packaging and can lead to serious health issues such as cancer, thyroid issues, decreased fertility and low birth rate.



(Springfield--jc)--  Illinois drivers paid nearly $100 million more in gas taxes in July than in the same month in 2018 after lawmakers doubled the state's gas tax to pay for infrastructure projects. The state's gas tax increased from 19 cents a gallon to 38 cents a gallon on July 1. It was part of a slew of tax and fee increases that will be used to pay for a six-year, $45 billion statewide infrastructure program. State Representative. Allen Skillicorn, Republican from East Dundee, voted against the tax increase. He said he wants it to be repealed, in part because of the cloud of suspicion around Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago. Federal agents raided Sandoval's home and offices looking into allegations involving a kickback scheme, according to media reports.



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