(Gibson City-jm) – Crews from multiple fire departments battled a blaze in downtown Gibson City Monday evening. Fire officials believe the fire started at Jay’s Place and spread to several nearby buildings. There’s no word on the cause of the fire.
(Onarga-jm) – Crews in Iroquois County responded to a small fire in Onarga. Crews were called to the Federated Bank just before 5:30. No injuries were reported.
(Rantoul-jm) – A homeless woman in Rantoul is accused of stealing a vehicle from a gas station. Monica Rodriguez is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. Police say Rodriguez allegedly stole a work truck at the Casey’s gas station. A short time later a deputy found Rodriguez in the vehicle in East Urbana. She is due back in court July 22nd.
(Undated-jm) – High heat returns to the area starting today. A heat advisory goes into effect at noon for all of the WPXN listening area. Temperatures are expected to top out in the upper 90s with heat index values pushing 110-115 today.
(Rantoul-tr) – Rantoul celebrated their first Freedom Friday last Friday night. Rantoul Village Administrator Scott Eisenhauer details what future freedom Fridays will look like…
Rantoul Village Administrator Scott Eisenhauer.
(Champaign-jm) – Two road lanes on the University of Illinois campus will be closing this week as construction crews complete electrical work for streetlights. The construction zone will be located on Kirby Avenue between First and Fourth Streets, in the immediate vicinity of Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center. One lane of eastbound Kirby will close today and reopen midweek, at which point a westbound lane of Kirby will close for the rest of the week. This work is expected to be complete on July 11.
(Hoopeston-jm) – In updating our story from yesterday morning. Hoopeston fire officials believe fireworks caused a fire that destroyed an old factory Sunday night. Fire officials say they were called to the old tomato factory around 10:30 pm and called for assistance from fire departments across Iroquois and Vermilion Counties. The fire remains under investigation.
(Springfield-jm) – Illinois will be receiving a shipment of vaccines to address the ongoing outbreak of monkeypox virus. The Illinois Department of Public Health said it expects to receive more than 4,500 doses of the vaccine, with most of them going to Chicago. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 46 probable monkeypox virus cases in Illinois, mostly in Chicago.
(Rantoul-jm) – A Rantoul man who allegedly threatened people with a rifle was arrested. Marcus Walker is expected to be formally charged today with unlawful use of weapons by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. A Rantoul police report said about 12:20 a.m. Saturday, several people were hanging out in the parking lot of the apartment complex on Hobson when Walker returned home and reportedly got upset that there were so many people present. The report said he appeared to have been drinking. Multiple witnesses said that Walker allegedly produced a rifle, which had been wrapped in a bedsheet, and threatened to shoot people. The report said the rifle, loaded with five rounds, had been stolen from Tennessee.
(Undated-jm) – Severe weather came through the area Monday afternoon causing damage and leaving some without power. Strong winds brought down tree limbs and power lines. A farm building was damaged near Chatsworth. Most of Cissna Park was also without power on Monday evening til after 9pm. The National Weather Service is looking into a brief tornado touchdown near Pontiac.
(St. Joseph-tr) –The Village of St. Joseph is currently in the process of having a few of their downtown locations appraised. Village Administrator Joe Hackney says an official appraisal is in the works, but do have a good estimate in mind after getting a Broker Opinion of Value…
St. Joseph Village Administrator Joe Hackney
(Pesotum-jm) – District 10 Illinois State Police in Pesotum have released results of recent distracted driving enforcement patrols. During the patrols in Champaign County, troopers issued 20 citations for driving with a handheld phone or device. No citations were issued for texting while driving.
(Champaign-jm) – Champaign Police responded to a report of a vehicle striking a building Saturday night. Before crashing into a storefront, a Dodge Ram 2500 damaged several parked vehicles. It happened outside Meet Fresh, a restaurant on 2nd Street and University Avenue. Police said there were no injuries, but the driver was taken to the hospital because they believe a medical issue caused the crash.
(Chicago-jm) – A judge is questioning why a Chicago woman who shot and killed her brother is facing only a low-level gun charge. Denise Franklin has been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in the shooting. Judge Susana Ortiz was so surprised that she thought prosecutors were presenting the wrong case. Prosecutors explained the more serious charges were rejected by the state’s attorney’s office. A Chicago Tribune analysis showed Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx, a Democrat, has dropped nearly 30% of charges against felony defendants.
Sibley’s fireworks will be held tonight after they were postponed last night.