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Two years after the pandemic Americans are traveling in large numbers once again for the Thanksgiving holiday

(Undated-jm) – Two years after the pandemic Americans are traveling in large numbers once again for the Thanksgiving holiday. There are going to be 2.8 million people in Illinois traveling. Of that 2.4 million are going to be traveling by car. Vehicles will be jamming highways in their favorite gas guzzlers even though gas prices are well above 2021 levels.


(Springfield-jm) – Crop harvesting is nearly complete in Illinois. With nearly six days suitable for fieldwork, soybean harvesting is done and corn is now 97 percent finished, says Crop Statistician Steve Parn. He looks at winter wheat…



Crop Statistician Steve Parn. That’s unchanged from the previous week. Pasture conditions are rated 42 percent in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture came in at 12 percent very short, 19 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.


(Undated-jm) – Police are investigating after two crimes happened Monday night at Rantoul and Champaign’s Walmart stores. Rantoul Police said at least five suspects were involved in a robbery at Rantoul’s Walmart. Witnesses told police the suspects demanded electronics and walked out of the store. They also said a weapon was involved. Meanwhile, a clerk at Champaign’s Walmart was battered by several people. 


(Urbana-jm) – Crews from several departments were called to a garbage truck fire in Urbana Tuesday. Crews from Thomasboro, Rantoul, Edge-Scott Fire Department in Urbana and Eastern Prairie Fire Department in Champaign responded to the fire at Area Disposal. Fire officials say a truck was inside a building getting repaired when the fire broke out. No injuries were reported.


(Cissna Park-jm) – Cissna Park will hold several Christmas events this weekend. Spokesperson Marti Maul talks about everything happening…



Cissna Park Christmas Spokesperson Marti Maul.


(Urbana-jm) – The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Police Department says they responded to a report of a home invasion. It happened in the 500 block of South Locust St. Police say the intruder threw two bricks through an apartment's glass door. They then entered the vacant apartment. It is unknown whether anything was stolen.


(Urbana-jm) – Urbana Police Detectives arrested a 16-year-old female identified as one of the offenders in the terrorist threats against Urbana High School on Tuesday. Along with FBI Agents and Officers from Chicago Police Department, officers executed a Champaign County Warrant of Apprehension, secured by the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office following the joint investigation. The juvenile was transported to the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center, where she is awaiting further legal proceedings for terroristic threats.


(Springfield-jm) – The House returned last week for the fall veto session. 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City discusses what happened…



106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.


(Farmer City-jm) – Farmer City Heritage Days has announced the headliners for the 2023 festival. Country artist Kameron Marlow, known for songs like ``Giving You Up” and “Burn 'em All” will be in Farmer City on Friday, June 2, 2023. Country & Southern Rock legends, The Kentucky Headhunters, will be headlining on Saturday, June 3, 2023.


(Washington-jm) – What might your part of the country experience weather-wise regarding any Thanksgiving week travel plans? Rod Bain reports…



(Springfield-jm) – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that lanes that have been closed for construction will reopen, where possible, for the Thanksgiving holiday to minimize travel disruption. Non-emergency closures will be suspended from 3 p.m. today to 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and stay alert for workers and equipment.


(Springfield-jm) – Crop harvesting is nearly complete in Illinois. Temperatures were 14 degrees below normal last week and rainfall was short as well. That left nearly six days suitable for fieldwork. Crop Statistician Steve Parn says soybean harvesting is done…



Crop Statistician Steve Parn. 79 percent of winter wheat has emerged. That’s ahead of last year but below the five year average of 87 percent emerged. 35 percent of the winter wheat crop is rated in good to excellent condition, the same as last week. Average statewide topsoil moisture is now at 12 percent very short, 68 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.


(Champaign County-jm) – The Seventh Annual Expungement and Record Sealing Summit will offer help with applying, preparing and filing for expungement and sealing criminal records in Urbana. You will need a copy of your statewide criminal history report. The Summit will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023.


(Buckley-jm) – A boil order that was previously issued for Buckley has been lifted. 

The order was issued on Saturday due to a water leak and lasted approximately 48 hours. 60 homes were said to have been affected by this boil order, located in the area of West Lincoln to West Main Streets and all of Front and Sixth Streets.


(Thawville-jm) – Firefighters from a handful of departments battled a combine fire late Tuesday afternoon. Crews from Thawville, Roberts and Melvin battled the fire. No injuries were reported.


(Mahomet–jc)  The Mahomet Seymour School board met last night. Local leaders are continuing to search for ways to house and educate a growing number of students, especially in the junior high age group, as the number of students has outgrown the number of permanent buildings in the district. Mahomet Seymour School Superintendent Kenny Lee says school leaders and the board will continue to be creative to find a good solution to the growing district…



Mahomet Seymour School Superintendent Kenny Lee.


(Undated-jm) – The Illinois Community College Board has granted over $9 million to 36 community colleges throughout Illinois to help address education and unemployment gaps.  The funding will be used to help minority and low-income students as well as individuals with disabilities remove barriers to completing their education and career goals through the Innovative Bridge and Transition Grant program. Locally, Parkland College in Champaign is receiving $304,000. Danville Area Community College is receiving $168,000. Kankakee Community College is receiving just over $169,000.


(Washington-jm) – How might agriculture be impacted if the nation's rail carriers and their employees go on strike next month? Rod Bain reports…



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