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Enforcement of Illinois' gun ban has been temporarily suspended for the 866 individuals who sued the state

(Springfield-jm) – Enforcement of Illinois’ gun ban has been temporarily suspended for the 866 individuals who sued the state. Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the gun and magazine ban into law last week. Tuesday, attorney Thomas DeVore sued in Effingham County state court arguing the law violates equal protections by exempting law enforcement. A judge issued the TRO Friday evening. The case advances pending an expected appeal.


(Springfield-jm) – January is Radon Action Month in Illinois. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that can cause major health problems like lung cancer, says State Emergency Management Agency Spokesperson Kevin Sur. That’s why it’s important to check your home…



State Emergency Management Agency Spokesperson Kevin Sur. If radon is detected, Sur says you should contact IEMA or a licensed mitigation professional.


(Champaign-jm) – The Champaign Fire Department responded to a cooking fire at a two-story apartment building on Saturday that led to one person being transported to a local hospital. Crews arrived on the scene at the 900 block of Crescent Dr. on Saturday evening and reported light smoke coming from the back of the building. They quickly extinguished the fire inside one of the first-floor units. The fire department said that cooking caused the fire. The person who was treated on the scene for a laceration and transported to a local hospital was an occupant of the building. The other apartment occupants were displaced due to damage. No firefighter injuries were reported.



(Undated-jm) – As mentioned earlier in this newscast, an Illinois judge issued a temporary restraining order for 866 individuals who sued the state over the assault weapons ban. 53rd District State Senator Tom Bennett of Gibson City says he’s heard a lot of concerns from constituents and law enforcement over the law…



53rd District State Senator Tom Bennett of Gibson City.


(Champaign-jm) – A Chebanse man who was stopped for having an expired registration in Champaign is facing a Class X drug charge. Police stopped Aaron Smith for the violation. They also learned Smith had a suspended drivers license and no insurance. During a search of his vehicle they found two glass pipes and a bag containing about an ounce of meth with a street value of nearly $2,000. He is due back in court February 14th.


(Washington-jm) – U.S. ag. product sales to China are continuing to grow. Gary Crawford reports…



(Springfield-jm) – Illinois’ unemployment rate was unchanged in December at 4.7% and remains higher than the national average of 3.5%. The Illinois Department of Labor reports a decrease of 800 jobs from the month before. November’s job gains were adjusted downward by more than 5,000. The largest gains over the month were in education and health services. The largest losses were in professional business services, leisure and hospitality and other services.


(Springfield-jm) – Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision and one state Senator is reflecting on the status of reproductive rights. In 1973, Roe v Wade granted women a constitutional right to an abortion. But last year, that was struck down by the U-S Supreme Court. Senator Celina Villanueva sponsored a measure that the Governor has signed into law affirming that in Illinois, women have the right to choose. Still, she says there is more to do…



State Senator Celina Villanueva. Villanueava says as neighboring states clamp down on reproductive rights, it’s important that Illinois remains a place where people have control over their own bodies.


(Urbana-jm) – Members of Urbana’s Civilian Police Review Board said it’s time to make some changes. The organization reviews and suggests ways police officers can better their relationship with the community. Changes will be made for the first time in their 12-year history. They want more access to decisions police make when people file appeals against the department. This includes access to internal data like body-cam footage, police reports, and traffic stop information.

(Springfield-jm) – An area lawmaker is expressing his frustration with the recently passed assault weapons ban. State Senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet says Democrats are once again siding with criminals and not law abiding citizens…



State Senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet.


(Urbana-jm) – An Urbana man is facing charges for allegedly dealing cocaine. Jayson Felton is charged with possession to deliver cocaine, meth delivery and possession of meth. A search found 51 grams of powder cocaine, 17 grams of crack cocaine, 28 grams of meth and $648. Felton admitted he sells cocaine to get money for his grandchildren which he raises. He faces up to 30 years in prison on the most serious charges. He’s due back in court February 15th.



(Washington-jm) – The latest USDA report on cattle feedlot activity shows the cattle herd continuing to shrink. Gary Crawford reports…



(CIssna Park–jc)  A Chicken dinner benefit for a two year old Cissna Park boy battling cancer was a huge success. Organizers says during the first several hours of the event at the Cissna Park Legion on Sunday, over 1 thousand dinners were sold. The family and organizers say they remain very thankful for the community and area.


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