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The Illinois Department of Public Health is adopting CDC recommendations for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker is signing revised legislative district maps into law. The political boundaries were drawn this summer to reflect new census data. Representative Ann Williams of Chicago was a strong backer of the proposal when it was debated on the House floor back in August…



State Representative Ann Williams of Chicago. Republicans have derided the map making process, saying districts should have been drawn by an independent commission, not just by Democrats.


(Urbana-jm) -- An animal exploitation watchdog organization said that a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor needs to be fired after he allegedly violated federal testing regulations twice. The organization, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, said that experiments led by the professor could have led to something potentially dangerous to the public. The information revealed that the professor is Principal Investigator Justin S. Rhodes. According to information gathered from the FOIA request, Rhodes had been suspended twice for a violation of the federal guidelines in 2021 and 2017.


(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul Township High School leaders are looking at capital improvement projects. The district is looking at three projects. Superintendent Scott Amerio talks about one of the projects…



Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio. The other two projects include redoing the track and adding onto the gym.


(Buckley-jm) -- The village of Buckley is the latest area community looking to codify and update their ordinance books. The village board recently approved spending $9,000 to codify their ordinances.


(Washington-jm) -- One number in Friday's USDA Cattle on Feed report may have given some analysts a mild surprise. Gary Crawford reports…




(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Wine and Chocolate Walk returns this weekend for the 3rd year. Chamber President Alan Meyer says tickets are still available…



Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce President Alan Meyer.


(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is adopting CDC recommendations for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The guidelines are out and State Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike offers the details...



Illinois Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike. Additionally, those aged 18 to 49 with an underlying condition may get the booster shot and those 18 to 64 working in jobs with a lot of exposure are advised to as well. Ezike says the booster will offer an added layer of protection against the virus.


(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City is still working to recover after historic flooding hammered the town more than a month ago. Many people had water fill up their basements. So, whatever was down there was likely ruined. Others had water into their upstairs living areas, like the kitchen and living room. That means people have lost expensive appliances. Like washers and dryers, freezers, refrigerators, and ovens. Many organizations in the area saw their neighbors struggling and jumped in to help. The Gibson City Rotary Club and Lions Club started delivering large appliances last week and will continue into this week. They don’t have an infinite amount of money or appliances. So, it’s based on those in the most need. Those wanting to help can reach out to Susie Tongate at 309-825-0311.


(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton is looking at addressing drainage concerns. Mayor Bill Ingold talks about the potential projects….



Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.


(Roberts-jm) -- The village of Roberts is looking for a new ordinance officer. Sarah Meyer recently resigned from the position after less than a year. Anyone interested is asked to contact village president Matt Vaughan at 217-249-3722.


(Washington-jm) -- U.S. hog producers have cut inventories, but may reverse themselves in the months ahead. Gary Crawford reports…



(Rantoul-jm) -- A vigil to raise awareness on domestic violence will take place in Rantoul next week. The vigil is set for Monday, October 4th at 6pm in front of the municipal building on Tanner Street. Femi Fletcher, a former board member of Courage Connection, a Champaign based domestic violence shelter will be the guest speaker.


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