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(Springfield-jm) – Today is Election Day and the Illinois State Board of Elections has answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Most inquiries are about voting by mail, says Elections Spokesperson Matt Dietrich. That includes those who have requested a mail-in ballot but have changed their mind and want to vote in person…

 

 

State Board of Elections Spokesperson Matt Dietrich.  If you applied for a vote by mail ballot but haven’t received it yet, Dietrich says you can head to your polling place and tell the election judge, who will have you sign an affidavit and let you vote in person. More information is available online at elections dot il dot gov.  WPXN’s Jason Madden has a look at who is on the ballot in Ford and Iroquois Counties…

 

 

WPXN’s Jason Madden has a look at who is on the ballot in Champaign and Vermilion Counties…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) – Governor J.B. Pritzker has said he would leave the decision of requiring COVID-19 vaccines for school children up to the legislature, but internal emails from the Illinois Department of Public Health show Pritzker is considering adding the COVID shot to the list of school vaccines. According to a report from WoodHouse.Substack.com, the governor’s office inquired from IDPH if adding the vaccine would have to go through the committee and hearing process. Darren Bailey, Monday said the Governor wasn’t being honest. Governor Pritzker, Monday said they were not looking at doing that and claimed Bailey was looking for last minute votes.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) – Paxton first responders were called to a car vs deer accident on I-57 Monday evening. Crews were called to the accident in the southbound lanes near the 200 north bridge around 8:30. No injuries were reported.

 

(Springfield-jm) – Harvest progress has caught up and surpassed the average pace in Illinois There were a little over five days suitable for fieldwork this past week, says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 95 percent of winter wheat has been planted and 45 percent has emerged. 34 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture increased to 10 percent very short, 12 percent short and 76 percent adequate and two percent surplus.

 

(Urbana-jm) – Urbana Police are investigating after they say terroristic threats were called into Urbana High School on Monday morning. It started about 7 a.m. when the school resource officer contacted police about a threat from someone who called the school's office. The caller said he was going to kill students by shooting them at the high school. He also mentioned pipe bombs. This wasn't the only threat called in. Urbana Police say throughout the next hour, several more calls were made by an unknown male and female called from different numbers who made similar "terroristic threats." Out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to cancel classes at Urbana Middle School and Urbana High School for the day, pending verifying the validity of the threats and investigation.

 

(Paxton–jc)  Another local organization has received a 1 thousand dollar donation from the Paxton IGA. The local IGA has an on going Charitable Rebate program.

The latest donation is to the Paxton United Methodist Church. The grocery store made the donation to the church through the stores Charitable Rebate program, which provides $1,000 to a nonprofit organization in return for the organization collecting $200,000 in IGA receipts.   This represents the 57th organization that has qualified for a $1000 check since the program started in September 2009.

 

(Washington-jm) – USDA analysts are getting ready to issue a new round of market forecasts amidst growing uncertainties about the world economy and demand factors. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

The Sangamon Valley Public Water District has issued a boil order beginning today for Trailside and portions of South Prairieview Road in Mahomet. The order will remain in effect for 36 hours and the district will notify residents once it has been lifted.

 

(Springfield-jm) – Supporters say Amendment 1 aims to codify workers' rights in Illinois. Opponents say it will lead to property tax increases across the state. The outcome will be determined by voters in today's election. The measure would codify in the state constitution collective bargaining rights for wages, work conditions, and other issues. The language of the amendment says, "No law shall be passed that interferes with, negates, or diminishes the right of employees to organize and bargain collectively over their wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment and workplace safety, including any law or ordinance that prohibits the execution or application of agreements between employers and labor organizations that represent employees requiring membership in an organization as a condition of employment." Labor unions support the amendment. The question requires either three-fifths approval of those voting on the question or a simple majority of all votes cast in the election to be enacted.

 

(Springfield-jm) – Harvest progress has caught up and surpassed the average pace in Illinois. 88 percent of corn and 94 percent of soybeans have now been harvested, says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. Winter wheat planting advanced to 95 percent complete…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 31 percent of pasture acres are rated in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture came in at 10 percent very short, 12 percent short, 76 percent adequate and two percent surplus, an improvement over the previous week.

 

(Rantoul-jc) – Just after midnight Monday morning, the Rantoul Police Department was dispatched for multiple reports of shots heard in the area of the 800 block of St. Andrews Circle, Rantoul. Witnesses reported seeing a white SUV leaving the area at a high rate of speed after the reported shots. Upon investigation, an hour later, a resident in the 800 block of St. Andrews Circle called to report his residence had been struck by gunfire. Officers located evidence, including shell casings, in the area of the victim’s apartment.Rantoul police officers searched images from nearby Flock Automated License Plate Readers  and located a possible suspect vehicle. Officers located the suspect vehicle, heavily damaged, in the 1400 block of Harper Dr., Rantoul. Visible inside the damaged vehicle was an AR-15 style rifle. Then at 2am, Rantoul police officers were advised a subject had been brought to a local hospital Emergency Department, via private vehicle, with injuries from a vehicle accident. Investigation revealed this subject was affiliated with the damaged vehicle located in the 1400 block of Harper Dr., Rantoul. As a result of the investigation, Luis Hernandez, 22, of Urbana was arrested for the offenses of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm without a Valid FOID card. After further follow-up, Bernardo Hernandez, 25, of the 1400 block of Harper Dr., Rantoul, was arrested for the offense of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. 

 

(Mahomet-jm) – The Village of Mahomet announced that the Village Administration Building and Freedom Plaza will be illuminated green as part of Operation Green Light, a new initiative between the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers.

Operation Green Light’s mission is to show support for veterans of all military conflicts, as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and their families and the resources that are available at the county, state, and federal level to assist veterans and their families.

 

(Champaign-jm) – The State Farm Center will host the Harlem Globetrotters on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. when they bring their 2023 World Tour to the arena. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday at 10 a.m. online at StateFarmCenter.com.

 

(Washington-jm) – USDA analysts are keeping close tabs on crop developments in the Southern Hemisphere for clues to forecasting the market prospects for the U.S. crops now being harvested. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

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