(Springfield-jm) -- Fourteen Illinoisans have been ranked among the 400 wealthiest Americans in 2021, including Governor J.B. Pritzker. Forbes ranks hedge fund manager Ken Griffin as the richest, with a net worth of $16.1 billion. That is good enough to be ranked 47th overall. Pritzker is ranked 318th with a net worth of $3.6 billion. Over the last year, Forbes says the “400 wealthiest Americans saw their collective fortune increase 40% over the last year, to $4.5 trillion.
(Champaign-jm) -- Champaign police are investigating a shooting on Market Street near Marketplace Mall that occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Monday. No word on if anyone was injured.
(Undated-jm) -- Multiple lots of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal sold across the nation at Walmart and online have been voluntarily recalled after testing ‘above the guidance’ for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic. Maple Island Inc., which manufactures the product for Walmart, issued the recall with the knowledge of the FDA. Walmart has also pulled the product from its shelves. The specific Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal 8 oz lots being recalled were sold after April 5, 2021, and include: Lot 21083 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of JUN 24 2022, Lot 21084 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of JUN 25 2022 and Lot 21242 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of NOV 30 2022.
(Champaign-jm) -- Christian group for King and Country will be coming to the State Farm Center in Champaign next year. The group will perform on April 21st. Tickets go on sale November 12th at 10 am.
(Gilman-jm) -- The Iroquois County community of Gilman could begin receiving permanent police coverage from the county. The county board is expected to consider a proposal this morning to purchase the assets of the now defunct Gilman police department.
(Undated-jm) -- There are several meetings taking place around the area tonight. At 6 in Vermilion County, the Vermilion County board is expected to approve their budget and tax levy. Also at 6 in the village of Rantoul, leaders there are expected to approve a resolution expanding C-Cart service, consider selling properties at 721 Galaxy and 501 and 505 Condit and request IDOT to lower the speed limit on U-S 136 from 40 to 35 near Murray Road. At 7 in Paxton, city leaders could approve adding camping to a city park, approve the FY 21 audit and consider a school resource officer agreement with the PBL school district. Also at 7 down in St. Joseph, village leaders are expected to discuss a splash pad project and consider purchasing pedestrian crossing signs. The Vermilion County Board and Rantoul village board meets at 6 with the Paxton city council and St. Joseph village boards meeting at 7.
(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois ranks seventh in the nation in laser strikes on airplanes. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there have been more than 6,700 laser pointer attacks in the U.S. this year, with Illinois accounting for 263. The FAA fine for shining a laser at an aircraft can be up to $11,000 per violation. Violators can also face criminal punishment from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
(Champaign-jm) -- Champaign Police will be holding a special Memorial Ceremony honoring law enforcement officers from around the world who have died in the line of duty. The Champaign Police Memorial Ceremony will take place on Friday at 9 a.m., at West Side Park in Champaign. The ceremony will pay a special tribute to fallen Champaign Police Officers Thomas Dodsworth, Robert Tatman and Christopher Oberheim. During this year’s ceremony, the Champaign Police Department will present the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart Awards to the family of Officer Christopher Oberheim and Officer Jeffrey Creel for their distinguished service with exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in an attempt to protect and save human life on May 19.
(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College officials said there were shots fired near campus earlier Monday. A statement to the campus community said this was at Sunbelt Rentals on Mattis Avenue. There is no indication the gunshots were directed at people or buildings on campus, Parkland said. Champaign police said there were no injuries reported to law enforcement from this shots fired call.
(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City police have released their recent activity report. On October 5th, Gino Parenti of Gibson City was arrested for criminal trespass to real property. Also on October 5th, Heather Bland of Urbana was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of meth and obstructing identification.
(Champaign County-jm) -- COVID-19 Pfizer booster vaccination clinics will be held in Champaign County throughout October, health officials announced. Vaccinations will take place today and tomorrow, 19th through the 21st and 26th and 27th at the iHotel in Champaign from 9-4 no appointment is needed. Vaccinations with an appointment required will be held at Kohls Plaza today through Thursday and 19th through the 21st from 10-5:30. Appointments can be scheduled by going to carle dot org slash covid 19.
The Rantoul Public Library will host a mobile secretary of state event for drivers license renewals among other things today from 10-2.
The Ford County Public Health Department will host a flu shot clinic this evening from 4-6 pm at the health department in Paxton.