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This is Child Passenger Safety Week

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois has now topped 1.6 million COVID infections. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,002 new cases Tuesday bringing the state’s total number of cases to 1,601,759. 22 additional deaths were also reported. Vermilion County reported 150 new cases and 4 additional deaths. Champaign, Ford and Iroquois Counties did not have a report.



(Springfield 09/22 am-jc) --the Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding people to get their annual flu shot. Since the symptoms for the flu and covid-19 are similar, and because you can get both viruses at the same time, it's very important to make sure you're vaccinated, says State Public Health spokesperson Melaney Arnold. 



Illinois State Department of Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. Arnold says for those who haven't been vaccinated against covid-19 yet, it's safe to get flu and covid shots at the same time.



(Champaign-jm) -- A Rantoul man is behind bars after a shooting Monday night in Champaign. Police officers heard multiple gunshots fired just before 8 p.m. near an apartment complex in the 1100 block of North 3rd Street. A black sedan was seen driving away from the scene fast. Champaign Police say the car was seen violating multiple traffic signals, disobeying stop signs, and failing to yield to emergency vehicles while continuing to speed away from law enforcement. The car then crashed in the 500 block of South 3rd Street. Kejuan Carter of Rantoul, was arrested on preliminary charges of armed violence, possession of a firearm by a felon, reckless driving and resisting a peace officer.


(Paxton--jc)  Gold Star riders made their way through the WPXN listening area on Tuesday.  WPXN’s Tyler Robinson has the story…



(Mahomet-jm) -- Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School students invited first responders to lunch with them on Tuesday. The student council puts on this event every year. They do it to help the students get to know first responders and celebrate them and the work they do.



(Washington-jm) -- Some farmers are increasingly concerned about rapidly rising costs and smaller supplies for the inputs they need to produce a crop. Gary Crawford reports…




(Buckley-jm) -- The Buckley village board is hitting pause on hiring an ordinance officer. The village had planned to hire former Trustee Terry Whitebird to the position after former police officer and ordinance officer Chris White was relieved of his duties earlier this year. However, the villages attorney recommended the board hire a part time police officer instead of a private citizen to handle ordinance offenses.


The Paxton Emergency Response Service will  hold their pork burger and brat supper on Thursday, September 23rd from 5-7:30 at their station located at 134 W. State Street. Cost is $7.


(Springfield-jm) -- This is Child Passenger Safety Week. It’s estimated that four out of five car seats are not installed correctly, putting kids in danger. That’s why the Illinois Department of Transportation is focusing on the issue this week, and holding “seat check Saturday” this weekend, says Spokesperson Paul Wappel…



Illinois Department of Transportation Spokesperson Paul Wappel. Car seat safety technicians will be available around the state, helping parents make sure they have the right size seat and that it’s being used correctly. Visit: buckle up saturday illinois dot org for more information.



(Vermilion County-jm) -- The Vermilion County Museum will unveil a new piece for their Lincoln exhibit. The Lincoln penny sculpture was created by lifelong Vermilion County resident Richard Belton. The artwork will be unveiled during the museum’s Lincoln Commemorative Open House on September 26. That will start at 1:45 p.m.



(Armstrong-jm) -- Armstrong Township High School ag teacher Destiny Swalve was named one of four ag teachers in Illinois to receive an Illinois Agriculture Education Teacher grant for first year ag teachers. 



(Washington-jm) -- Are the current low interest rates on farm loans about to disappear? Gary Crawford reports…




(Roberts-jm) -- Roberts will no longer be spraying for mosquitoes during the summer months. That’s because the person who normally does it, did not renew their license with the state. The village board decided to do away with spraying instead of trying to find someone else with a current license.


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