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The Illinois Department of Agriculture has announced the return of poultry shows for the 2023 fair season

(Springfield-jm) – Illinois lawmakers are voting to prevent books from being banned at public and school libraries. The legislation denies state funding to libraries that toss out certain books. It was spearheaded by Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias who says it’s needed to fight back against extremist groups that challenged 69 different titles last year in Illinois…



Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias. The bill has passed both the House and Senate but still needs to be signed into law by the Governor.


(Springfield-jm) – The Illinois Department of Agriculture has announced the return of poultry shows for the 2023 fair season. The influx of highly pathogenic avian influenza cases forced the cancellation of in-person poultry shows at Illinois county fairs and the Illinois State Fair in 2022, with only virtual poultry shows being held. The Illinois State Fair begins August 10.


(Springfield-jm) – Last month was warmer and drier than normal in Illinois. Overall, April temperatures were just about a half degree above normal but that doesn’t tell the whole story. State Climatologist Tremt Ford says the first half of the month was unseasonably warm, breaking 33 daily maximum temp records. Early on, the Olmstead Lock and Dam in downstate Pulaski County hit 91 degrees…



State Climatologist Trent Ford. Rainfall was close to an inch and a half below normal statewide. Parts of southern and northern Illinois saw a little more precipitation than usual, but many areas between Interstates 70 and 80 were pretty dry.


(Champaign-jm) – A man was punched multiple times in Champaign after asking a stranger for the time, according to the University of Illinois Police Department. The victim says he was punched around 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday at an apartment building in the 300 block of East John Street, Champaign. The victim said he asked the offender for the time, and the offender started punching him.


(Springfield-jm) – Republican state lawmakers are calling for an audit of an expanding state program. 106th District State Representative Jason Bunting of Emington talks about the reasons for the audit…



106th District State Representative Jason Bunting of Emington.


(Gibson City-jm) – Police officers will be stationed at Gibson City Melvin Sibley High School, after a teacher found a note threatening to bomb the school on May 4. On Wednesday, Jeremy Darnell, Superintendent of Gibson City Melvin Sibley schools posted a statement on the school district’s Facebook that the school had successfully identified persons responsible for the threatening note, and confirmed there is no threat to student safety. He also asked for people to be respectful and “understand we are dealing with children”. The day before, Darnell sent out a text message to parents letting them know that for the rest of the week student’s backpacks will be checked, and they will be required to enter school through the main entrance.


(Washington-jm) – Filling out that ag census form may not be as difficult as you might think. And there may be some help available. Gary Crawford reports…



(Cissna Park–jc)  Today’s WPXN Business of the Day is Outdoor Pro and Fine Living in Cissna Park. It’s Amish made furniture and more at the store located along Route 49 in the southern Iroquois County town. Store Manager Audrey Kaeb says its Patio chairs and gliders, but also fire pits, self watering pots and more…



Outdoor Pro’s Audrey Kaeb says the store has a large selection on hand…



Outdoor Pro and Fine Living Manager Audrey Kaeb


(Springfield-jm) – Ambulance drivers would get more training about the use of lights and sirens under a bill making headway in the General Assembly. The bill is sponsored by Senator Adrian Johnson of Buffalo Grove and requires the extra training as well as using both lights and sirens when an ambulance passes through an intersection. It was prompted by the death of a North Chicago man last year…



State Senator Adrian Johnson of Buffalo Grove. The legislation has passed the Senate and now awaits a vote in the House.


(Springfield-jm) – Average gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.02/g today, according to GasBuddy. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 6.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.58/g. The national average is up 8.2 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 59.6 cents per gallon lower than a year ago, according to GasBuddy.


(Springfield-jm) – In need of a moving company? The Illinois Commerce Commission is offering some tips on selecting the best one for the job. It pays to do your research, says Illinois Commerce Commission Chief of Police Ruben Ramirez. That means reading reviews, checking the company’s social media pages and making sure they are licensed by the Illinois Commerce Commission. When it comes to cost, Ramirez says you should get an official quote, not just a price jotted down on a piece of paper…



Illinois Commerce Commission Chief of Police Ruben Ramirez. Ramirez says a legitimate moving company will not ask for cash up front and tipping is not required.



(Champaign County-jm) – The weather radio signal for Champaign County is close to being restored. High winds damaged the antenna and cable in February. The National Weather Service called the damage catastrophic and rare. Work could be finished by the end of the day today. 


(Springfield-jm) – A program to help undocumented immigrants is having financial issues. 53rd District State Senator Tom Bennett of Gibson City explains…



53rd District State Senator Tom Bennett of Gibson City.


(Champaign-jm) – Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced that a Champaign man pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. The Attorney General’s office prosecuted Bryan A. Clark, 50, who pleaded guilty in Champaign County Circuit Court to the possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony. Clark was sentenced to 180 days in the Champaign County Jail and four years of sex offender probation. Additionally, Clark is prohibited from having contact with children under 18 years of age and will have to register as a sex offender for life.


(Washington-jm) – How concerned should farmers be about the confidential data they enter into the Census of Agriculture? Gary Crawford reports…





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