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(Springfield-jm) -- After a slump in February where cannabis sales were down more than $8 million from the month before, March sales broke records with retailers selling $109.1 million worth of adult-use cannabis products. That brings the total sold since January 2020 to nearly $950 million. The state has collected more than $233.5 million in taxes from legal sales since sales began in 2020.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- It’s the first weekly crop report of the season. There were less than four days suitable for fieldwork this past week, but farmers got a few things done says State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. Two percent of winter wheat has headed and 74 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Pasture conditions are rated as 58 percent in good to excellent shape.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,102 new cases and 11 additional deaths Monday bringing the state’s total number of cases to 1,258,736 and deaths to 21,384. Locally since Friday Champaign County reported 130 new cases bringing their total to 19,181. Iroquois County reported 4 new cases bringing their total to 2,864. Vermilion County reported 33 new cases and 1 additional death, a woman in her 70s, bringing their total number of cases to 8,863 and deaths to 123. Ford County did not have a report Monday.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Today is the Consolidated election. Ford County Clerk Amy Frederick talks about some of the races in the county…

 

 

Ford County Clerk Amy Frederick. In Iroquois County, Clerk Breein Suver has the races in her county…

 

 

Iroquois County Clerk Breein Suver. Polls are open until 7 tonight. You can catch all your local election results tomorrow morning on our news at 6:30,7, 7:30 and 8.

 

 

(Hoopeston-jm) -- A Hoopeston man was arrested after police say he attempted to enter a residence over the weekend. Police were called to the 400 block of West Lincoln Street. When they arrived they found the resident of the home and his two sons had chased down the suspect, 21 year old Chase Hensley. He is charged with criminal trespass to property and criminal damage to property.

 

 

(Paxton-cf)-- The Ford County Public Health Department is looking to add a few vaccination clinics in the near future. Community Educator Megan Ruetter has the details… 

 

 

Ford County Public Health Department Community Educator Megan Ruetter. 

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Champaign based Parkland College is receiving $862,000 for ADA upgrades and door replacement. The funds come from Governor Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois plan.

 

OSF St. James John Albrecht Diabetes Support Group will meet tonight from 6 to 7 pm.

(Springfield-jm) -- The Department of Children and Family Services is supposed to provide safe places for children who weren't safe in their own homes, but new reports are showing that cases of maltreatment in care are double the rate Illinois is aiming for. "Maltreatment in care" is how the department describes when a child continues suffering abuse and neglect in foster care, even after being removed from a harmful situation at home. The current rate is 18.5 per 100,000 days in care. The rate the state is aiming for is 9 per 100,000.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- It’s the first weekly crop report of the season. Illinois farmers were able to till, spread dry fertilizer and apply anhydrous ammonia this past week says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. Looking at winter wheat…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. Pasture conditions are rated as 58 percent in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture came in at one percent very short, 16 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 30 percent surplus.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,102 new cases and 11 additional deaths Monday bringing the state’s total number of cases to 1,258,736 and deaths to 21,384. As for local active and recovered cases since Friday, Champaign County reported 18,669 have recovered, 374 are in isolation and 10 are hospitalized. Iroquois County reported 2,790 have been released from isolation and 15 remain in isolation. Vermilion County reported 247 active cases and 2 are hospitalized. Ford County did not have a report Monday.

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Champaign County voters will see three referendum questions on the consolidated election this year. Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons details the first… 

 

 

The village of Dewey is looking at dissolving their water district says Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons… 

 

 

Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons. Polls close at 7 tonight. We will have the results from area races tomorrow morning on our news at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Registration for fall classes at Parkland College is underway. Yesterday was the first day students can sign up for the fall semester which begins August 23rd.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton Economic Development committee will meet this week. The committee will meet on Thursday at 7pm where they will discuss how the city will benefit from the new sports complex in Rantoul.

 

 

 

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