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(Washington-jm) – An Illinois congressman says he received a death threat for participating in the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Congressman Adam Kinzinger is one of two republicans participating in the House committee investigating the incident. He told ABC the letter was addressed to his wife and threatened to execute him along with his wife and 5-month-old child.

 

(Springfield-jm) – State officials celebrated Juneteenth, but say more must be done. Last summer Governor J-B Pritzker signed a law creating the holiday, marking the end of slavery in the U-S. Juneteenth later became a federal holiday. Monday he joined an event in Chicago, echoing the sentiments of many that the fight isn’t over…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. Governor Pritzker says the state is making strides with investments in violence reduction programs, job training and education and reforms to the criminal justice system. 

 

(Undated-jm) – Forecasters say a “dome of heat” is shifting over Illinois this week. AccuWeather says temperatures in Illinois will soar to above-normal levels beginning yesterday. The heat will build into today which is the start of the 2022 Summer Solstice. Temperatures will reach the triple digits in many parts of the state, especially in southern Illinois.

 

(Rankin-tr) – The Rankin Lions Club will be hosting their 23rd annual Tractor Pull on Friday, June 24th. Rankin Lions Club Tractor Pull Spokesperson Aaron Bertan explains that Saturday will feature events as well, including a waterball fight for the kids… 

 

 

Rankin Lions Club Tractor Pull Spokesperson Aaron Bertan 

 

(Paxton–jc)  Work on the streets of downtown Paxton is continuing this week. Iroquois Paving Corporation of Watseka is providing some of the work and spokesperson Ali Morel says there is a “No Parking” restriction for portions of Market Street in the downtown area starting Wednesday morning…

 

 

Iroquois Paving Corporation of Watseka spokesperson Ali Morel

 

(Washington-jm) – USDAs June dairy forecasts indicate a slight reduction in production in the current and upcoming calendar years which plays a role in forecasts of higher milk prices. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Rantoul–jc)  –  A ribbon cutting ceremony was Monday morning on the East Side of Rantoul to officially welcome Beltone to the village to its new location. Co-owner Jenifer Thompson says that Beltone has been operating at the site for a couple of years, but the ribbon cutting ceremony was official at the 1720 East Grove address Monday. Thompson says Beltone Hearing has been in operation since 1965…

 

 

Co-Owner Jenifer Thompson says the Rantoul  Beltone  is there to  provide professional hearing services…

 

 

Beltone Hearing Co-Owner Jenifer Thompson

The family has several other locations including Champaign, Danville and Watseka, locally.


(Springfield-jm) – Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill into law restricting the use of latex gloves in food preparation and medical services. House Bill 209 is meant to protect people from adverse allergic reactions. Latex allergies can range from skin irritation to severe anaphylaxis. The legislation includes provisions for food service unable to source nonlatex gloves. If other gloves cannot be obtained, latex gloves can be used providing prominent signage that warns customers of the change. The same exception applies for medical providers, with specific instructions to prioritize available non-latex gloves for use on patients with latex allergies or patients unable to give medical history.

 

(Springfield-jm) – The state is awarding nearly 75 million dollars in grants to increase affordable housing options in Illinois. The federally-funded grants will be used to finance construction and rehab projects around the state, providing over one thousand units, says Illinois Housing Development Authority Executive Director Kristin Faust…

 

 

Illinois Housing Development Authority Executive Director Kristin Faust. Other locations receiving grants include Peru, Bloomington, Mundelein, Mount Carroll, East St. Louis and Marion.

 

(Decatur-jm) – A former Illinois Department of Corrections employee has been sentenced to 50 days behind bars for custodial sexual misconduct and official misconduct. Michael Williams was facing 25 counts of custodial sexual misconduct and eight counts of official misconduct. However, all but two of those counts were dismissed after he pleaded guilty in January. Williams served as an Correctional Food Service Manager before he was charged in 2019. Allegations first came to light in April 2019. He was arrested by Illinois State Police in September of 2019 at the Decatur Correctional Center.

 

(Watseka-jm) – The Iroquois County Board approved spending more of their $5.2 million in ARPA funds. The county board approved giving $57,143 to the Country Theater Workshop in Cissna Park to assist in paying off a loan for mold remediation. The Chebanse Civic Center will be receiving $47,875 for a new roof. Beaverville Township will be receiving $108,993 for a cold storage building. Ashkum Township will be receiving $88,370 towards a drainage system and HVAC upgrades at their township building.

 

(Danville-tr) – The Merrell Ride for PTSD came to life with the help of Operation Desert Storm Veteran Matt Hall along with the Working Out PTSD Foundation. Merrell Ride for PTSD Organizer Matt Hall says that getting veterans back into the gym can help immensely…  

 

 

Merrell Ride for PTSD Organizer Matt Hall.

 

(Washington-jm) – USDAs June Meat Production and Price Forecasts focused primarily on changes in categories in this calendar year. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

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