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(Rantoul-jm) -- One person is dead following a house explosion in Rantoul yesterday. The incident happened on Broadmeadow. Fire officials say the house was moved about a foot off its foundation. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup identified the victim as 66 year old Raymond Wolst. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. The fire rekindled around 9 last night.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker is calling on Congress to repay the Illinois National Guard for its mission in DC earlier this year. Guard units across the country assisted with security after the January 6th riots at the U-S Capitol, but still haven’t been reimbursed by the federal government. Illinois Adjutant General Major General Richard Neely says they are owed 31 million dollars, leaving a big funding shortfall…

 

 

Illinois Adjutant General Major General Richard Neely. Governor Pritzker says Congress needs to act with urgency to protect the integrity of the National Guard.

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- Champaign County Police are searching for a missing person. Dominique Harris was reported missing/endangered on July 8th. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office was called early July for the missing man. His mother told deputies Harris had been arrested in Champaign on July 5th. Harris is 5’6″ tall, 180 pounds, with black and reddish hair in 5″ twists. If you know anything, you are asked to call the Champaign County Sheriff at 217-384-3776.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- The 2021 Champaign County Fair gets underway Thursday at the fairgrounds in Urbana. Fair President Bill Alagna says he’s glad to have the fair back this year…

 

 

Champaign County Fair President Bill Alagna. Activities at the fair include a pair of concerts with the Beach Boys and Gary Allen, stock car and motorcycle racing, monster trucks, demo derby and truck and tractor pulls.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The State Fire Marshal’s Office is stressing safety when children are near water this summer. According to the American Red Cross, 66 percent of young children who were found drowned or submerged  in swimming pools weren’t expected to be in or at the pool. Fire Marshal Spokesperson J-C Fultz says that’s why it’s important to pay close attention to kids when they are near water. Additionally…

 

 

State Fire Marshal Spokesperson J-C Fultz. Fultz says kids should be taught to stay away from any pool drains and that drain covers should meet federal safety standards.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Tax bills for Ford and Iroquois County residents have gone out. The second installment for Ford County residents is due September 10th. For Iroquois County residents the second installment is due September 7th.

 

 

(Loda-jm) -- The 2021 Loda Good Ole Days and Truck and Tractor Pull takes place this weekend. Spokesperson Alisha Whitcom says its the 10th annual event…

 

 

Loda Good Ole Days Truck and Tractor Pull Spokesperson Alisha Whitcom. WPXN will be broadcasting Sunday as part of our Summer Fun Tour.

 

The Paxton Emergency Response Service will hold their pancake and sausage supper tomorrow from 5 to 7:30 pm at their station located at 134 W. State Street. Cost is $6.

 

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