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The Illinois Department of Public Health warns to watch out for ticks this summer.

(Paxton-jm) – The next phase of Paxton’s streetscape begins today. No parking will be allowed in downtown Paxton from Orleans to Holmes Streets as crews from Iroquois Paving work.



(Beaverville-jm) – Two people are recovering after they were stabbed Tuesday afternoon in the rural Iroquois County town of Beaverville. Deputies from the Kankakee and Iroquois County Sheriff’s Offices found the victims on South Bower Road and learned they had been stabbed in a domestic-related incident. Whoever stabbed them had left the scene before deputies arrived and was not located. Both victims were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. They refused to cooperate with investigators. This incident remains under investigation.


(Springfield-jm) – The Illinois Department of Public Health warns to watch out for ticks this summer. Ticks are usually found in wooded areas, tall grass and brush. The best way to avoid them is to wear long sleeves and pants and wear insect repellent with 20 percent DEET, Picaridin, IR-35-35 or oil of lemon eucalyptus, says Vector Control Program Manager Samantha Kerr. She also recommends checking yourself and your pets for ticks once you come inside. If you find one, remove it as soon as possible…



IDPH Vector Control Program Manager Samantha Kerr. Kerr advises saving the tick in a baggie or container to take with you to the doctor if you do become ill with a fever or a rash.


(Pesotum-jm) – A K9 assigned to the Illinois State Police’s 10th District in Pesotum  will soon receive a bullet- and stab-proof vest thanks to a charitable donation. K9 Odin will receive the vest from nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 


(Champaign-jm) – Good news for parents looking to get their child, who is under the age of 5, vaccinated against COVID-19. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District says it will be hosting child COVID vaccination clinics starting this week. The vaccination clinics will be for children between 6 months and 4 years of age. Clinics are set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at Champaign-Urbana Public Health District


(Champaign-tr) – Early voting is ongoing in Champaign County. 30 different locations are offering early voting until June 28th. Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons shares his outlook on how the race is going so far for each side of the isle… 



Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons.


(Rantoul-jm) – A Rantoul man has been sentenced to 2 years probation for hitting an administrator at Rantoul Township High School. Stephone Nixon received the sentence in Champaign County court after pleading guilty to aggravated battery to a school employee. Nixon came to the school to defend his sister, when he took a swing at someone and struck the female administrator in the face.


(Urbana-jm) – The University of Illinois Summer Band will continue a longtime tradition this Thursday when they perform on the Quad at 7 p.m. The Twilight Concert series has been held every summer for 110 years. This year’s Summer Band consists of more than 80 students, alumni and community musicians under the direction of Marching Illini Director Barry Houser.


(Springfield-jm) – Soybean planting is wrapping up in Illinois. 98 percent of soybean acres have now been planted, and the condition of the crop dropped to 66 percent in good to excellent condition. The condition of the corn crop fell a little as well, to 71 percent in good to excellent shape. Statistician Mark Schleusener looks at the winter wheat crop…



State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. Average statewide topsoil moisture is rated at two percent very short, 29 percent short, 68 percent adequate and one percent surplus.

(Paxton-jm) – Paxton firefighters were called to a fire Tuesday evening. Crews were called to the fire on Park Lawn near Fall Street for grass on fire near a house. No injuries were reported.


(Springfield-jm) – Attorney General Kwame Raoul is launching an employment pilot program for victims of violent crime. After the trauma of violence, survivors may have a hard time going back to work or finding employment. The new Rebound to Work Program will match those impacted with local advocacy groups and corporations says Attorney General Raoul…



Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Current corporate partners include A-T-and-T, Illinois American Water, Amazon, McDonald’s and Southwest Airlines.


(Undated-jm) – The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that Future Farmers of America dues for every student taking agriculture education classes across the state will be covered starting this fall. The $550,000 appropriation is spearheaded by State Senator Doris Turner.

(Undated-jm) – Sam's Club is celebrating the Fourth of July a little early by offering $8 club membership, plus taxes, for new members. The offer is available starting June 17 through June 26, and the deal is only redeemable in-person at Sam’s Club locations.


(Champaign County-tr) – It's safe to say now that planting in Champaign County is done. However, Champaign County Farm Bureau Manager Brad Uken shares some insight on what farmers are doing next…



Champaign County Farm Bureau Manager Brad Uken.


(Champaign-jm) –  As the Rebuild Illinois capital program enters its fourth year, nine projects are either underway or scheduled to start soon throughout Champaign County. The nine projects represent an investment of more than $270 million. The two main projects in Champaign County, which make up a cornerstone of the entire Rebuild Illinois program, are taking place at the interchange between Interstates 57 and 74. More than $120 million is being used to reconstruct the interchange, which serves 40,000 vehicles every day. Construction began last August and will continue into late 2025. Other projects include repairing the bridge deck of the I-74 bridge over Market Street and the Canadian National Railroad in Champaign and should be completed this fall. Bridge deck repairs on I-74 west of St. Joseph that should be done by December. Resurface Route 150 from St. Joseph to the Vermilion County line and should be done in September. the resurface I-57 from Thomasboro to Rantoul should be done in December. Starting in August, resurfacing of I-57 from Rantoul to the Ford County line  will continue into next summer. Installing new shoulders and rumble strips along Route 45 between Thomasboro and Urbana will begin in July should be completed in December.


(Urbana-jm) – An off-duty University of Illinois police officer has been charged with official misconduct. Kiel Cotter of St. Joseph is accused of displaying his badge and gun to a group of people in Campustown while drunk. Cotter was booked into the county jail after admitting he was so drunk, he couldn't remember some of what happened early Sunday morning, police said. Cotter was fired Monday after being put on administrative leave Sunday afternoon. 


(Springfield-jm) – Soybean planting is wrapping up in Illinois. It was a fairly dry week, with nearly six days on average suitable for fieldwork, says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…



State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. The condition of the corn crop fell to 71 percent good to excellent. 18 percent of winter wheat has been harvested and the first cutting of alfalfa is now 85 percent complete. Average statewide topsoil moisture came in at two percent very short, 29 percent short, 68 percent adequate and one percent surplus.

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