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The University of Illinois is recommending students and staff get their COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they are eligible

(Springfield-jm) -- Applications for rental assistance in Illinois are now being accepted. This is the second round for the up to 25 thousand dollar grants and its estimated the money will help more than 32 thousand additional households. State Housing Development Authority Executive Director Kristin Faust explains who is eligible…



Illinois Housing Development Authority Executive Director Kristin Faust. To get started, visit the website: illinois housing help dot org. There you will also find a list of community organizations that can help with the application process.


(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 19,110 new Coronavirus cases since Friday and 85 additional deaths. The seven day positivity rate fell slightly to 5.4 percent. Champaign County reported 397 new cases. Iroquois County reported 192 new cases. Vermilion County reported 161 new cases. Ford County did not have a report.


(Rantoul-jm) -- Schools around the area continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are back in the classrooms this fall after being remote most of last school year. Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio talks about how his district is doing with the pandemic…



Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio.

(Urbana-jm) -- The University of Illinois System is recommending students and staff get their COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they are eligible. As the U of I System begins to plan for the spring semester, officials are pushing for students and staff to do their part to keep COVID-19 cases down. University of Illinois System President Timothy Killeen says each university will be issuing its own detailed guidance in the future. While university system officials are recommending the booster shots, there was no mention of making them a requirement for enrollment.


(Thomasboro-jm) -- A Thomasboro man who allegedly molested a child several years ago is being held in the Champaign County Jail. 70 year old Warren Grob Jr was arrested by Thomasboro police in connection with an investigation that began in early October when a teen told relatives that he had allegedly been sexually molested by Grob. The alleged incidents occurred between January 2011 and December 2014 when Grob acted as his caretaker at Grob’s Thomasboro home.Grob was formally charged Monday with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Judge Ronda Holliman set Grob’s bond Sunday at $400,000. If convicted of the more serious Class X felony charge, Grob faces six to 60 years in prison. 


(Washington-jm) -- USDA analysts face a tough job this week as they try to make this month's Ag. Supply and Demand forecasts in a time of rapidly changing economic conditions. Gary Crawford reports…



(Springfield-jm) -- A new Illinois bill could mean higher bills for those who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19. Representative Jonathan Carroll of Buffalo Grove, filed a bill Monday that would amend the Illinois Insurance Code. The bill states that anyone who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and chooses not to be vaccinated must pay their health care expenses out-of-pocket if they become hospitalized due to COVID-19 symptoms.


(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Police is announcing a significant decrease in the backlog of FOID cards that need to be processed. Thanks to a lot of hard work and hiring more analysts, Trooper Jason Wilson says they’ve managed to get the time it takes to renew a FOID card down to a little over a month...



Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson. Wilson says they understand how frustrating the wait has been for FOID card holders and applicants but that this is a step in the right direction.


(Gibson City-tr) --  The Gibson City Christmas Parade will feature many extra activities for the family to enjoy like food vendors, horse and carriage rides, and even an artificial Ice rink. Prairieland CEO Brock Philips shares more about the ice rinks availability… 



 Prairieland CEO Brock Philips. 


(Vermilion County-jm) -- A man will spend a half dozen years behind bars for burglary. The Vermilion County State's Attorney says Dimitri Coffey used a sledgehammer and spade to make a hole in the wall of an abandoned building next to Gold Rush Pawnbrokers. Coffey then climbed into the business and stole various items. The pawn shop owner was live-streaming the security surveillance camera while the crime was taking place and contacted local police. Coffey must serve at least 50% of his sentence and serve one year of parole after he is released.


(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to make it easier for you to shop local this holiday season. Director Amanda Vickery says they have created a holiday guide on the many shops in the village…



Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Director Amanda Vickery.


(Urbana-jm) -- Urbana police are investigating a shooting that sent two people to the hospital. Officers responded to the parking lot of Lincoln Square Mall on Saturday night just before 9 pm. Police say several shots were fired. A 22-year-old man and 23-year-old man later showed up at the hospital with gunshot wounds. Authorities say both victims are expected to be okay.



(Washington-jm) -- A challenging two years for ag producers has led to innovations and flexibilities from the crop insurance industry to help growers mitigate these circumstances. Rod Bain reports…



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