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Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is joining dozens of other attorneys generals to push for more restrictions on robocalls

(Springfield-jm) – A voter opinion poll compiled for Republican Darren Bailey’s campaign shows Governor J.B. Pritzker with a lead, but not as large as four years ago. A survey done September 8-10 found Pritzker leading with 44% to Bailey’s 37%. Libertarian Scott Schluter was a distant third with 8%. In 2018, Pritzker defeated Republican Governor Bruce Rauner by a margin of 55% to 39%.

 

(Springfield-jm) – This is Fall Prevention Week and the Illinois Department on Aging has some tips to help keep seniors safe. You want to make sure there are no tripping hazards at home like throw rugs, loose carpet, wires or cords. Additionally, State Department on Aging Director Paula Basta says there are modifications you can make in the bathroom…

 

 

Illinois Department on Aging Director Paula Basta. Basta says lighting is also critical and urges seniors to have a lamp or light switch within easy reach of their bed and use nightlights in the bathroom and hallways.

 

(Paxton–jc)  –  Several businesses in the downtown area of Paxton are doing upgrades on their business property as the city sees the enhancement in the downtown part of Paxton with the on-going streetscape project. Building facade and other improvements are coming for Kief Realty, The Paxton Arcade and Banquet facility, and the former bowling alley property. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold says another redevelopment agreement has been made with a downtown property and a new business called The Krog…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

(Champaign-jm) – Champaign County Crime Stoppers is asking the public for assistance in tracking down a pair of thieves. The crime happened on Aug. 16 at Champaign’s Walmart, located at 2610 North Prospect Avenue. Officials said two men walked into the store and stole over $500 worth of merchandise, concealing the stolen items in a tote and then leaving without paying. They drove away in a white GMC truck. The suspects are described as being Black and 40-50 years of age. One was wearing an orange sleeveless t-shirt adorned with an A+ Mechanicals, LLC logo and was also wearing grey shorts. The other was wearing a tan hat, black t-shirt and blue jean shorts.

 

(Champaign-jm) – The Champaign-Urbana area will be receiving $150,000 in grants. Champaign-Urbana funds will go towards regional market analysis that focuses on office, retail and industrial spaces in the area. Champaign County will receive grants that will be used to help local governments and economic development organizations develop and create plans to foster relationships with businesses.

 

(Rantoul-jm) – Rantoul Township High School is collecting 5 gallon buckets. Principal Todd Wilson says the buckets will be filled with supplies, kept in each classroom, in the case of a lockdown situation…

 

 

Rantoul Township High School Principal Todd Wilson.

 

(Urbana-jm) – Urbana has set the leaf collection dates for this fall. The dates include the week of October 31 – November 4, November 14 – 18, and November 28 – December 2. Leaves must be placed in 30-gallon paper lawn & garden bags and set at the street curb or right-of-way before 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled U-Cycle collection day. Only leaves and non-woody plant materials are accepted in the leaf collection program. Branches, tree limbs or brush are not accepted.

 

(Urbana-jm) – A University of Illinois student is facing a charge of criminal damage to state property after a residence hall on campus was vandalized. Officers said they arrested William Turk, 18, in connection to the vandalism. A University Housing employee reported to police that 23 ceiling-mounted exit signs and six fire extinguishers had been stolen from three floors of Scott Hall. The theft of the signs left wires exposed and damaged the ceiling. In addition, several bathroom soap dispensers were torn off the walls.  The total value of the damage is estimated between $5,000 and $10,000.

 

(Gibson City–jc)  Todays WPXN business of the day is the Horsch Radish Restaurant in downtown Gibson City. Co-Owner Sam Horsch says they wanted to re-purpose the space of the former Bayrn Strube and after much consideration, they are placing a new German style restaurant in the building on Sangamon called Horsch Radish…

 

 

He also says the restaurant has been open since early August, but a grand opening is set for Friday…

 

 

Horsch Radish Restaurant Co-Owner Sam Horsch. The Horsch Radish has a grand opening set for Friday with menu specials music and more. You can also hear more about the new downtown Gibson Cty Restaurant during the noon news block today.

 

(Washington-jm) – Agricultural export values are accounting for a growing share of total U.S. export sales of all products. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) – Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is joining dozens of other attorneys generals to push for more restrictions on robocalls. Raoul joined the coalition of 51 other attorneys general calling on the Federal Communications Commission to require telephone providers that route calls across the United States telephone network to implement more rigorous measures to prevent illegal and fraudulent robocalls. Illinois robocalls cost residents approximately $13.5 billion every year, according to the coalition.

 

(Springfield-jm) – State Representative Napoleon Harris, a former NFL player, is discussing the importance of concussion awareness. Representative Harris of Harvey played for the Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs, suffering multiple concussions along the way. He says it’s important to know the signs…

 

 

State Representative Napoleon Harris. Harris reminds that a concussion can come from an accident at home, not just during sports. He says it’s encouraging to see more precautions being taken in youth sports such as having no tackle days and running through concussion protocols after a hard hit.

 

(Paxton-jm) – The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Wine and Chocolate Walk will return again this year. President Austin Curtis talks about this year’s event…

 

 

Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce President Austin Curtis.

 

(LeRoy-jm) – It’s Official,  The National Weather Service reported a EF-0 tornado touched down in parts of LeRoy Monday night. According to the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the tornado was classified at its lowest level, considered to be weak, reaching wind speeds up to 85 mph. The National Weather Service reports the tornado entered the southwest part of LeRoy and knocked a power pole and a tree into mobile homes in the area. Other damages reported included minor tree damages, branches knocked down, partial roof damage to two duplexes and two semis tipped over on I-74.  

 

(Danville-jm) – The Vermilion County will experience a few technological updates that will keep residents in-touch with their ancestors for generations. The Vermilion County Board agreed to use some of the ARPA funds on updating the museum to bring more technology to the historic building. They will create and design a database where all you have to do is type a name you're searching for, and all of that information will appear on a huge touch-screen device.

 

(Springfield-jm) – The state auditor general recently released a report on the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s handling of the COVID unemployment crisis. 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City shares the results of that report…

 

 

106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

(Bloomington-jm) – The 28th annual Evergreen Cemetery Walk returns to Bloomington. During the event, over twenty professional actors will impersonate various McLean County historical figures near their burial site. They will tell their stories while informing visitors about county’s rich history. This year’s in-person cemetery walk is scheduled on September 24-25 and October 1-2 with performances at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day.

 

(Champaign-jm) – The Champaign Park District has announced the 2022-2023 Arthouse Experience film series. Illinois Public Media will partner with the Virginia Theatre to present the series of films. The specially-curated selection of monthly art film screenings along with regionally-produced documentaries will also include special guest speakers and additional programming. Each film will be followed by a post-show discussion, and in some cases, an on-stage talk by directors, producers, and other special guests. General admission tickets cost $7 apiece for each film at the Virginia Theatre box office.

 

(Washington-jm) – Will the trends we are seeing now in the pork industry continue into 2023? Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

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