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Governor J-B Pritzker says the state will continue to fight lawsuits over state COVID-19 mandates

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker says the state will continue to fight lawsuits over state COVID-19 mandates. A number of suits have been filed, trying to lift the mask requirement for students and stop the vaccine requirement for teachers. Governor Pritzker defends the mandates…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. The Governor says those pushing these lawsuits are extraordinarily irresponsible and putting the health of students, school staff and surrounding communities at risk. As of Friday, there were 206 classroom outbreaks in Illinois in grades k through 12 and 28 traced back to school sports. An outbreak is defined as two or more related cases.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 7,862 new Coronavirus cases and 64 additional deaths since Friday. Champaign County reported 163 new cases and 1 additional death. Vermilion County reported 103 new cases and 1 additional death. Iroquois County reported 49 new cases.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Fall harvest continues moving right along as we hear in the weekly crop report. It was warmer and wetter for most of the state this past week, with an average of about four days suitable for fieldwork, says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 87 percent of soybeans are dropping leaves and 43 percent have been harvested. 21 percent of the winter wheat crop has been harvested. 21 percent of the winter wheat crop has been planted and average statewide topsoil moisture improved to four percent very short, 17 percent short, 74 percent adequate and five percent surplus.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- In updating our story from yesterday, we are learning more on Monday’s shooting on Market Street in Champaign near Marketplace Mall. Police say people inside two vehicles were shooting at each other. A 9-year-old boy inside an uninvolved vehicle was injured during the exchange of gunfire. The child was taken to the hospital by a family member. His injuries are not life-threatening.

 

 

(Danville-jm) -- A new report from the VA inspector general is out, and it said Danville’s VA failed to minimize the risk and manage the spread of a COVID outbreak. In the fall of 2020, two nursing homes on the Danville VA campus had a COVID-19 outbreak. 11 people died, 239 patients and 92 staff members tested positive. The complaints said they weren’t observing infection control, like wearing PPE. It also claimed there was inconsistent testing, and residents, families, and staff weren’t told about positive test results.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Baldwin Asylum has been scaring local residents for quite a few years now in Rantoul. With Covid-19 still a factor in today’s world, Baldwin Asylum Spokesperson Mark Dams shares how Baldwin Asylum has adapted… 

 

 

Baldwin Asylum Spokesperson Mark Dams. Find more information on dates and times of operation at www dot slayervilleproduction dot com 

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- Champaign County Crime Stoppers recently reported one of its best months in years. The board approved $4,000 in cash rewards to anonymous tipsters, but it’s important to note that money is solely funded by donations, and the group could use your help. A Go-Fund-Me account has been set up with a $25,000 goal.

 

(Washington-jm) -- The nation's corn and soybean crops could be bigger than had been projected a month ago, but for cotton it's a different story. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Labor is stressing the importance of grain bin safety. Grain storage is an essential part of fall harvest, but the Agency’s Hap Hileman says bins can be deadly…

 

 

Illinois Department of Labor’s Hap Hileman. Hileman advises workers to avoid entering the bin if possible. If they must, they should follow the lock out tag out protocol so grain is not being emptied into or moving out of the bin. Workers should be well trained and the air inside tested for the presence of combustible and toxic gases.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Fall harvest continues moving right along as we hear in the weekly crop report. There were about four days on average suitable for fieldwork, and the corn harvest is now 55 percent complete, says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. Soybean conditions declined slightly to 71 percent in good to excellent condition. 21 percent of winter wheat has been planted and seven percent emerged. Average statewide topsoil moisture increased to four percent very short, 17 percent short, 74 percent adequate and five percent surplus.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- University of Illinois Police arrested an 18-year-old student because he was accused of attacking his roommate during a heated argument on Monday. According to police officers, Benjamin Lu and his roommate had a fight at around 5 a.m. at Nugent Hall on Gregory Drive. It was reported that Lu was the aggressor in this fight.

 

 

(Rantoul-tr)-- Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul features many different attractions that the whole family can enjoy including. Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch Operator Julie Hardy shares a few activities ranging from peddle carts to learning about the ranch's twenty one reindeer… 

 

 

Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch Operator Julie Hardy

 

(PAXTON-dg)-Paxton Masonic Lodge #416 is sponsoring the 2nd Annual “Get out of Dodge” Raffle. You can win a trip for 4 days and 3 nights to New Orleans. Experience the history, culture and beauty of the “Big Easy”. Tickets can be purchased $40 for 1, $75 for 2 or $100 for 3. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Additional prizes will also be awarded. Tickets can be purchased at Hudson Drug Shop, Paxton Public House, and Kirchner Building Center in Paxton. Proceeds from the raffle supports charitable causes and service projects within the community and college scholarships for PBL Students. Drawing will be held during the open house held 1-4 Saturday October 23rd, at the Paxton Masonic Lodge in Paxton. 

 

(Washington-jm) -- USDA's October crop reports incorporate higher corn, soybean stocks.  Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

The Ford County Public Health Department will host a flu shot clinic today from 9-11 am at the Kempton American Legion.

 

 

 

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