(Springfield-jm) – Gasoline prices continue to escalate. AAA shows the average for gas has reached a six month high in Illinois, averaging over $4 a gallon, but much higher in the Chicago area. The national average for a gallon of gas is $3.68. Illinois’ neighboring states are much lower. Indiana is close to the national average, but gas is averaging $3.43 in Kentucky, and $3.38 in Missouri.
(Washington-jm) – Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller was in the majority after the House voted Thursday to pass a bill that would ban transgender athletes from women’s and girls’ sports at federally funded schools and educational institutions. The final vote was 219-203 down party lines. The bill is not expected to be taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate and the White House has already issued a veto threat.
(Springfield-jm) – House Republicans are sounding an alarm about the rising cost of the state’s health benefits for immigrant adults program. The program served undocumented immigrants in Illinois ages 42 and older. Enrollment has been higher than expected and will require substantial funding in the new budget year says Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb…
State Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb. The program is designed to serve immigrants who aren’t eligible for Medicaid because of their status and is funded entirely by the state. Some members of the Latino Legislative Caucus are reportedly hoping to expand coverage to include younger adults.
(Urbana-jm) – University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Police say a university employee reported a comment on social media threatening to engage in violence at an upcoming event at the State Farm Center in Champaign. The comment was made anonymously. Police say investigators identified the person who made the threat.
(GIbson City–jc) Ford County Public Health Department officials are hosting a Drug Take Back event today in Gibson City. Ford County Public Health Department Community Health Educator Kami Garrison says drug overdoses are too common…
. Ford County Public Health Department Community Health Educator Kami Garrison
(Champaign-jm) – Parkland College Career and Technical program is inviting high school students to explore technology driven careers this morning from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The workshops include lunch. High school students will experience hands-on learning for Land Surveying/Construction Management and Automotive Technology.
(Gibson City–jc) – Today’s WPXN Business of the Day is Ropps Flower Factory of Gibson City, Paxton and Mahomet. The family owned business started in the late 1950s and owner Roger Cramer says they have everything from flowers and plants to vegetables to trees and shrubs to mulch. Roger Cramer talks about the early history of Ropps…
Owner Roger Cramer says all three locations are now open 7 days a week for the Spring. A wide variety of items from flowers to vegetables are ready at Ropp’s…
Ropps Flower Factory Owner Roger Cramer. Ropps Flower Factory in Gibson City, Paxton and Mahomet. The WPXN Business of the Day, today.
(Springfield-jm) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced that the unemployment rate fell -0.1 percentage point to 4.4%, while nonfarm payrolls increased by nearly 8,000 in March. Based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and released by IDES, the state’s unemployment rate was +0.9 percentage point higher than the national unemployment rate reported for March, which was 3.5%.
(Springfield-jm) – Hundreds of survivors of gun violence, domestic abuse, and sexual assault rallied at the Illinois Capitol Thursday afternoon to demand stronger public safety reforms. Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice want state lawmakers to pass a plan allowing people to take up to two weeks of unpaid leave if a loved one is killed by any type of violence. Survivors also want a bill passed to improve access to rehabilitation services for people in the justice system. The proposal could give program credits to incarcerated people participating in life skills courses, re-entry planning, or behavioral modification programs among others.
(Springfield-jm) – More Illinois students will have access to health services at school thanks to additional federal money coming to the state. The Illinois school-based health services program will be expanding to include all medicaid-enrolled children says Healthcare and Family Services Spokesperson Evan Fazio…
Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Spokesperson Evan Fazio. Previously, the care was only available to kids receiving medicaid who were learning under an individual education plan or IEP. Fazio says federal backing will also help ease financial strain on schools.
(Watseka-jm) –Two people were sent to the hospital following a house fire in Watseka, the resident and a Watseka police officer who saved the resident. Crews from Watseka and Crescent City were called to the fire on South 3rd Street. Police arrived first on scene and noted the resident was wheelchair bound and still inside. The resident was flown to a Chicago hospital for treatment, the officer was treated at Iroquois Memorial Hospital and released. The cause remains under investigation.
(Champaign-jm) – The State Farm Center announced that it will host The Price is Right Live™ on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, April 28 at 10am.
WPXN Weekend News Notes…
Ford County Public Health Department is Hosting a Prescription Medication Take Back Opportunity today from 12-3PM at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City.
The Onarga American Legion will hold their fish fry this evening from 4:30-7 at their Legion Hall at Durham Park.
Paxton IGA will hold a cookout benefiting Gold Star Missions on Saturday from 10-2.
The Rantoul Public Library will host an open house to celebrate their 20th anniversary on Sunday from 2-4 pm.