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(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul police are investigating a weekend shooting. Police were called to the 800 block of Golf Course Road around 8:30 Saturday evening where they found a male juvenile with a gunshot wound to the chest. The youth was taken to the hospital. Police believe the shooting may have occurred on Autumn Fields Lane. Anyone with information is asked to call Rantoul police at 217-892-2103. 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois has topped 22,000 COVID deaths since the pandemic began. Illinois now has 1,339,728 cases and 22,019 deaths. Friday Champaign County reported 73 new cases bringing their total to 20,272. Vermilion County reported 26 new cases bringing their total to 9,220. Iroquois County reported 4 new cases bringing their total to 2,954. Ford County reported 15 new cases bringing their total to 1,740.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Will Champaign County farmers plant more corn or soybeans this year? As planting season gets underway many are wondering whether farmers will plant more corn or soybeans. Champaign County Farm Bureau Manager Brad Uken says he thinks it will be a pretty even split…

 

 

Champaign County Farm Bureau Manager Brad Uken.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A tree planted at Pells Park in Paxton was dedicated in memory of a long time doctor. During the city’s annual arbor day tree dedication Friday, the tree was dedicated in memory of Doctor Richard Foellner. Foellner died in October and had practiced medicine in Paxton for nearly 50 years.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith was re-elected to another term earlier last month. Mayor Smith talks about some of his goals he hopes to accomplish…

 

 

Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith.

 

 

(Savoy-jm) -- Willard Airport is hoping to soon be able to offer a direct route to Washington, D.C. The airport applied for a federal grant for $850,000. The money would be used to partially cover the minimum revenue guarantee fund to add a new flight to Washington, D.C. Additionally money will need to be raised by Willard Airport and the community to make the flight a reality. The goal is to have Washington, D.C. as a possible destination sometime in early 2022.

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Buckley Loda Youth Football and Cheer Program is in need of players. Spokesperson Matt Vaughan says they would like to see more sign up to keep the program going…

 

 

PBL Youth Football and Cheer Program Spokesperson Matt Vaughan. The unofficial deadline to sign up is May 5th.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul community leaders came together over the weekend to address the rise in gun violence in the community. The forum was put on by the Rantoul police department and members of the village board. The goal of the meeting was to have an open dialogue about safety concerns and how to fix the issue of gun violence.

 

 

(Mahomet-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Transportation is announcing lane closures starting tonight on IL-47 at I-74 in Mahomet. The closures will take place from 8 pm to 5:45 the next morning for bridge repairs. Work is expected to be completed by May 7th.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Schools around the area are planning how the next school year will look while dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio says the district is looking at their options…

 

 

Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio. Amerio says a recommendation will be brought to the board in May with a vote on a plan likely to happen in June.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- Students at the University of Illinois will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test if they're fully vaccinated. Chancellor Robert Jones announced that in the future, the university will accept an individual's verified proof of being fully vaccinated in place of regular testing. Chancellor Jones expects this to begin before August 23, the first day of the fall 2021 semester.

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