WPXN Blog Archives for 2019-10

The Illinois Senate has passed a bill prohibiting vaping in public places

(Thomasboro-jm) -- The case of a woman found dead near Thomasboro over 20 years ago is getting new life. The remains of the woman was found May 1, 1995 after an ag worker found bones and clothing. Jane Doe’s information was added to national Missing Person’s Database in 2009. Since then detectives worked on getting new dental details, DNA samples and anthropology reports to help them solve the case. Officials said on Wednesday, they are hoping a new artist sketch of Jane Doe will bring new information to the case. They’ve also sent DNA to a lab for DNA analysis and used isotope technology to pinpoint a location where she may have lived. Based on the new findings Jane Doe, may have been between the ages of 16-18 to possibly 29 years old. Officials think she was between 5 feet 1 inches to 5 feet 9 inches.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Senate has passed a bill prohibiting vaping in public places. Senate Bill 1864 would add e-cigarettes to the Smoke Free Illinois Act. The law outlaws smoking tobacco inside public places. The bill now moves to the House.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois House is voting to let college student athletes sign endorsement deals. Bill sponsor, State Representative Chris Welch of Hillside says the N-C-Double A, schools, athletic directors and coaches make billions off of college sports…

 

 

State Representative Chris Welch of Hillside. The Senate will consider the measure next and Governor J-B Pritzker has said he will sign it into law. If that happens, it will take effect in 2023, just like a similar law enacted in California. 

 

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Parkland College Land Surveying students and faculty will be official surveyors at this weekend’s “World Championship Punkin Chunkin” event in Rantoul. Using high accuracy G-P-S equipment, Todd Horton, construction management program director and Kory Allred, Land Surveying faculty member, will lead a group of  students to set team areas and measure pumpkin flight distances from more than 30 “machines” signed up to participate in this annual event on Saturday and Sunday. WPXN will be broadcasting live at the Punkin Chunkin Competition on Saturday from 11am to 1pm

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man who admitted to robbing another man outside a Rantoul motel last month has been sentenced to probation. Steven Houston pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery earlier this month in Champaign County court. Police say Houston admitted to taking the wallet of a man at the Knights Inn. He was sentenced to 30 months probation and 30 months community service.

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- Changes to nuisance laws in the village of Fisher could come as early as November. Village Administrator Jeremy Reale has been researching ordinances in several nearby communities. A draft of the changes could come before the village board at their November meeting.

 

 

(Paxton--jc)  The Chicago Carver football was scheduled to practice Wednesday afternoon for a potential first round 3A football game with the Panthers of Paxton Buckley Loda. PBL Athletic Director Brock Niebuhr says his office was notified about the process on Wednesday afternoon…

 

 

PBL Athletic Director Brock Neibuhr.


 

(Champaign-jm) -- The Champaign County board continues to discuss consolidation of the county’s jails. The county’s facilities committee agrees keeping both jails operational is too expensive. However, those attending a recent committee meeting, are against a new combined jail saying the money would be better spent on ways to keep people out of jail. A new facility is estimated to cost between $42 and $52 million.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- An advocacy group is fighting for new policies for education in the state’s prisons. The Illinois Coalition for Higher Education in Prison is advocating for the creation of a transfer hold for people in college programs. They are also advocating for inmates to have book in their cells.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  Some area Republicans say the state of Illinois needs a true independent inspector general. Ray Watt has the story from Springfield…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker says he’s angry over recent corruption scandals in the Illinois legislature. A few state lawmakers and local officials have been under investigation and arrests have been made in some cases. Governor Pritzker strongly criticizes their abuse of power…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. The Governor says he’s glad corrupt officials are being caught. A number of ethics reform proposals have emerged this week in light of the latest corruption investigations. 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Those visiting Shawnee National Park in southern Illinois may soon have to pay. The park is considering charging $5 per vehicle per day and a $30 yearly pass. The money would go towards upkeep and maintenance at the park. Park officials say there is a need due to an increase in popularity of the park and a flat or slight decline in federal funding. The fees would have to be approved by the U-S Park Service.

 

 

(Bloomington-jm) -- The former director of the Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington won’t face jail time. Curtis Webb was found guilty of theft for using a taxpayer funded debit card for personal use. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay $1,150 in restitution.


 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Inclement weather is affecting area trick or treat activities. Paxton’s Halloween parade has been cancelled for tonight. Trick or treating in Fisher, Gilman and Onarga have all been moved to Friday night.

 

(Ludlow-jm) -- The Ludlow school district will be getting rid of some of their technology products. The district is selling 60 Chromebook laptops because they are not able to be updated to be compatible with the state testing platform. The district will also be selling some smartboards.

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- The Fisher Grade School will have a new principal next school year. The district voted to hire Jake Palmer to the position. He takes over for Jim Moxley, who is retiring after 21 years in the position. Palmer currently serves as junior high and high school dean of students and head football coach.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Legislation ending the practice of suspending someone’s driver’s license because of overdue parking tickets is headed to the Governor’s desk. Representative Carol Ammons of Champaign says stripping someone of their license because they owe money doesn’t make sense. She says the state needs to support people finding gainful employment…

 

 

State Representative Carol Ammons of Champaign. If the Governor signs the “License to Work Act” into law, it will take effect July 1st. 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- October is Infant Sleep Awareness Month and state officials hope to lower some shocking statistics. According to D-C-F-S and the State Department of Public Health, 143 infants under the age of one died in 2018 in Illinois, including 27 from central Illinois,  from unsafe sleeping arrangements. Of those 114 were found in locations other than cribs, bassinets and pack and plays. 102 were found in positions other than their backs and 97 were co-sleeping with a parent or sibling. D-C-F-S, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Human Services wants to teach families how babies should properly sleep saying babies should sleep alone on their back in a crib, bassinet or pack and play.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- There may be ancient agricultural roots that have grown into some of our present day Halloween observances. Gary Crawford has the spooky details…

 

 

 

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NCAA Board of Governors took steps toward allowing college student-athletes to profit from the use of their name or likeness

(Springfield-jm) -- On the same day a bill allowing college student-athletes to profit from the use of their name or likeness passed an Illinois House committee Tuesday, the governing body that oversees most collegiate athletics took steps toward allowing such activity at a national level. The vote by the NCAA Board of Governors came just hours after state Representative Chris Welch, passed his House Bill 3904 through the House Higher Education Appropriations Committee by a 9-6 vote on partisan lines.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- 55 percent of Illinois public education funding comes from local tax revenues according to new data from the National Education Association. Revenue per student in Illinois, based on average daily attendance figures, stood at $18,210 last year. Of the total revenues flowing to public education in the state, federal government funds made up 5.8 percent of the total and state funds amounted to 39.2 percent. 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Police reminds that parents can check the state’s sex offender registry before their kids head out for trick-or-treating. You can easily search the registry by plugging in your zip code or city says the state police’s Tracie Newton. She suggests doing a quick check periodically, and before Halloween…

 

 

Illinois State Police’s Tracie Newton. The state also has a registry for criminals who commit violent acts against children. It’s against the law for convicted child sex offenders to hand out candy to kids on Halloween. Search the registries at: isp dot state dot il dot us. 

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Champaign police are looking for the suspect or suspects involved in the burglary of Best Buy. Police say the suspect or suspects cut into the north side of the building on October 21st and stole 50 Microsoft tablets and 50 Apple watches estimated at $70,000 value. Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign Police or Champaign County Crimestoppers.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Illinois still holds its pumpkin acreage title, but has slipped in terms of value. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The next round of discussion on wind farm regulations in Ford County will take place in early November. Ford County Board members will meet November 5th at 7 pm to continue discussions on issues such as setbacks and restrictions on shadow flicker and noise. The county’s zoning board has been meeting several times since a moratorium was put in place a year ago.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The village of Rantoul is gearing up to host the 2019 World Punkin Chunkin Championships November 2nd and 3rd on the former Chanute Air Force Base. Organizer Kevin Thompson talks about some of the punkin chunkin machines…

 

 

World Punkin Chunkin Championship Organizer Kevin Thompson. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate the day of.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education has suspended the licenses of nearly 50 educators across the state charged with sex crimes, violent felonies or certain drug offenses. The Daily Southtown reports that the board began suspending the licenses of eligible teachers earlier this month. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure into law in late August seeking to strengthen student safety protections. The school workers whose licenses were suspended under the law include teachers, coaches and administrators from about two-dozen urban, suburban and rural districts in Illinois. 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- “Get Covered Illinois” enrollment begins Friday and the Illinois Department of Insurance says rates are the same or lower than last year. Those needing health insurance can start exploring the plans that are available, with several options to choose from says Insurance Department Director Robert Muriel…

 

And Muriel says for the most part, rates are down this time around. The enrollment period begins November 1st and runs through December 15th. Visit the website: get covered dot illinois dot gov to start comparing plans.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of the Illinois House launched an investigation Tuesday into a Democratic lawmaker who refused to resign despite a bribery charge, a move that could lead to his expulsion. House Speaker Michael Madigan filed paperwork to create a committee to investigate fellow Chicago Rep. Luis Arroyo for removal, after Arroyo failed to meet Madigan’s demand that he resign Monday. If 79 of the House’s 118 members vote to expel Arroyo, it would be the third expulsion since 1905 and the second in the last seven years.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- State lawmakers on the Illinois Property Tax Relief Task Force say they’re getting closer to offering up final recommendations to lower the state’s second-highest in the nation property tax burden. Stephanie Kifowit of Aurora said the issue isn’t just about the state’s high property taxes. It’s also about housing affordability. One area to find relief, according to state Rep. Jonathan Carroll of Buffalo Grove is consolidating some of the state’s thousands of local governments, including school districts. State Rep. Mike Murphy of Springfield said another cost that drives up property taxes is local police and firefighter pensions. But, Murphy said, he still hasn’t seen the governor’s proposed pensions consolidation measure in bill form.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Senate is voting to cap insulin costs. The bill limits the out-of-pocket cost for a 30 day supply of insulin to 100 dollars. It only applies to commercial insurance plans regulated by the state. Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill is sponsoring the measure, saying insulin prices have skyrocketed in recent years…

 

 

State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill. According to the State Department of Public Health, about one point three million Illinoisans have diabetes. The bill now moves to the House. 

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- University of Illinois police are investigating a sexual assault on campus over the weekend. Police say the incident happened in a residence hall. The victim told police they did not know the suspect.

 

 

(Cissna Park-jc) -- The Cissna Park FFA will hold their Fundraising Auction on Saturday November 2nd. Cissna Park FFA Advisor Jeff Clifton talks about how the event will play out...

 

 

Cissna Park FFA Advisor Jeff Clifton

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City is banning commercial parking on a portion of West Street. The portion is from the 300 block West street to the intersection of 10th street on both sides. The ban comes after several residents complained of commercial vehicles parking and waiting to enter a nearby factory.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Halloween is just around the corner but one area school wants to get you in the Christmas holiday spirit. Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will once again hold their annual Deck the Halls craft and vendor fair says Executive Director Sandy Spitz…

 

 

CLHS Executive Director Sandy Spitz.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD – Amid an ongoing flurry of federal investigative activity pertaining to state government, a bipartisan group of lawmakers called for the creation of a task force to recommend greater ethical safeguards during a Statehouse news conference. State Representative Tony McCombie is sponsoring House Joint Resolution 87, which would create a bipartisan task force to examine state ethics laws and how to better improve and enforce them. The task force would consist of one member of the governor’s staff and two members of the Republican and Democratic caucuses in each chamber appointed by their legislative leaders. It would have 90 days from the day the resolution passes to report to the General Assembly and governor with its recommendations.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Senate lawmakers are discussing a proposed ban on flavored tobacco and vaping products. Supporters say these products are dangerous, appealing to teens and easier to conceal from parents since they don’t smell like traditional nicotine. But Tony Abboud, Executive Director of the Vapor Technology Association argues the ban will hurt businesses…

 

 

Vapor Technology Association Executive Director Tony Abboud. A woman whose daughter nearly died from vaping urged lawmakers to include menthol and mint flavored products in the ban as well.

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An Illinois lawmaker is calling for the repeal of the state's death penalty

(Springfield-jm) -- An Illinois lawmaker is calling for the repeal of the state’s death penalty. State Representative David McSweeny is looking to introduce the Capital Crimes Litigation Act. The act would undo the repeal of the death penalty implemented by former Governor Pat Quinn in 2011. Criminal justice advocates argue the death penalty does not cut back on crimes.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — A state lawmaker at the Illinois Capitol sought to bribe another state lawmaker, offering $2,500 a month in exchange for the senator’s support of sweepstakes-related legislation, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday. Rep. Luis Arroyo, 65, made the offer on Aug. 2 and handed over an initial check on Aug. 22 for the unidentified state senator’s backing of the legislation in the Illinois Senate, according to the complaint. The payments were expected to continue for six months to a year more, it says.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker is lending his support to a bill letting college athletes sign endorsement deals. Governor Pritzker says schools are profiting off their athletes, yet the students don't receive any of that money…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. The bill prohibits colleges and universities from taking away an athlete’s playing eligibility if they get an endorsement deal The Governor says he wants this passed during the fall veto session, which would make Illinois the second state in the nation to have such a law. 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Farmers were able to make some decent harvest progress as we hear in the weekly crop report. There were about five days suitable for fieldwork this past week, and average statewide topsoil moisture increased to two percent very short, eight percent short, 71 percent adequate and 19 percent surplus. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 96 percent of soybeans are dropping leaves…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 93 percent of corn is mature, and 54 percent has been harvested. 75 percent of winter wheat has been planted. 

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for stealing from a co-worker. Jaheenya Evans pleaded guilty in August to theft for stealing cash from a co-workers purse at McDonalds. It was Evans 5th conviction for theft.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The fall veto session is underway in Springfield. Local State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says he believes a lot of focus will be on issues in Chicago…

 

 

State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton resident is asking a judge to halt demolition of Eastlawn Elementary. Attorneys for the resident filed the complaint for injunction in Ford County court for injunctive relief against the Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District. The injunction claims the ballot question was illegal. Demolition is supposed to begin next week.

 

 

(Urbana--jc)  The Champaign County Coroner’s Office and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office are set to release information on Wednesday afternoon concerning an old homicide investigation.A press conference is set for Urbana at 2-30 Wednesday afternoon. More information will be made available at that time. 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton nursing home was fined by the state. Accolade Senior Living was fined $22 hundred for failing to respond to a residents request for bathroom assistance using the emergency call system, then left a resident on a bedpan for more than two hours. The former Champaign County nursing home also received a fine from the state.

 

 

(Gibson City--jc) --  Some road and bridge projects are coming to East Central Illinois with the Rebuild Illinois Capital Bill 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says some improvements are coming into the 106th District…

 

 

106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City

 

(Washington-jm) -- An Illinois Senator is pushing Amtrak to improve on their performance after a recent report showed the passenger rail company is facing financial hardships. The report shows Amtrak lost $171 million last fiscal year. That wasn’t the only bad news for the company. Two of their routes in Illinois, the Illini and Saluki, were ranked as one of the worst for on time performance. That performance has prompted Senator Dick Durbin to come out and push Amtrak to fix their issues.

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is warning boaters about slippery ramps. D-N-R officials say boaters should use caution when loading and unloading boats due to algae on the ramps making them slippery. They also say no to back tow vehicle tires into the water as the vehicle may slide.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office has some tips to keep your kids and home safe this Halloween. Fire Marshal Spokesperson J-C Fultz says candles and decorations certainly pose a risk this time of year, quickly igniting if kept too close…

 

 

State Fire Marshal Spokesperson J-C Fultz. Parents are urged to make sure their child’s costume is flame resistant and doesn’t have long trailing fabric that could catch fire. Face paint is recommended over masks, so kids can see well and it’s a good idea to have them carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility. 

 

 

(Kankakee-jm) -- The Illinois National Guard will be honoring those who died this weekend. The National Guard will honor 34 fallen members during a Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony on Sunday at 1pm at the Kankakee Army Aviation Support Facility and Readiness Center. Those being honored died during operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Farmers were able to make some decent harvest progress as we hear in the weekly crop report. 96 percent of soybeans are dropping leaves and 69 percent of acres have been harvested says State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. The condition of the soybean crop improved to 49 percent in good to excellent condition. He says 93 percent of corn is now mature…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 75 percent of winter wheat has been planted and 47 percent has emerged. Average statewide topsoil moisture increased to two percent very short, eight percent short, 71 percent adequate and 19 percent surplus.  

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- A local state senator is receiving recognition for being an environmental advocate. State Senator Scott Bennett of Champaign received the Prairie Rivers Network Outstanding Public Servant award. The award honors elected officials and public servants that not only advocate for good environmental policies, but also see the problems facing Illinois and become part of the solution. Bennett’s Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, which was signed into law this summer, made him a prime recipient for this award. Bennett championed this legislation to be proactive about the hazardous coal ash pollution threatening Illinois lakes, rivers and streams.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- PRIDE in Paxton will hold their annual Business Open House December 6th through the 9th. One of the businesses participating is the Market Street General Store. Owner Teri Hancock talks about her business…

 

 

Market Street General Store Owner Teri Hancock.


 

(Ludlow-jm) -- The village of Ludlow is looking to update their ordinances after the village attorney found many of them are not enforceable. Attorney Mark Miller told the board he has a new set of ordinances for small villages and towns at the same cost it would be for him to update about three of the existing ordinances. Trustees will be asked to vote on the $6,500 expense in November.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The fall veto session got underway today but a cloud of political corruption and FBI investigations could make things more difficult. 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says the investigations are already impacting the fall session…

 

 

53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman.

 

 

(Ashkum-jm) -- District 21 Illinois State Police troopers have announced several upcoming special patrols in Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee Counties. Troopers will be conducting Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols on October 29th, November 19th and November 25th. Troopers will be conducting Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols on November 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 30th and December 1st. Those patrols will focus on the fatal four: DUI, seatbelts, speeding and distracted driving.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- What's the latest with the nation's meat industry? Stephanie Ho has the details…

 


 

Champaign, Ill. – State Farm Center Theatre will play host to The Price is Right Live™ stage show on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 1 at 10 a.m. at StateFarmCenter.com, the Illinois Ticket Office in the west lobby of State Farm Center, or by calling 866-ILLINI-1. The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" and play classic games from television's most popular game show. Contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations and possibly even a new car by playing favorites like Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, The Big Wheel™, and the fabulous Showcase! Tickets again go on sale on Friday.


 

(Undated-jm) -- An alarming new report is out about the hidden dangers of law enforcement. The report from the Ruderman Family Foundation shows 647 law enforcement officers committed suicide in the last 3 years including 140 in 2017. The foundation says the increase in suicides is due to higher stress levels on the job and a lack of resources available for officers.

 

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is endorsing legislation that would allow college athletes in the state to make money from endorsements.

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is endorsing legislation that would allow college athletes in the state to make money from endorsements. During a Sunday interview on WGN-Radio, Pritzker said college athletes deserve the same opportunity as everyone else to earn compensation based on the use of their name and their image and likeness. Democratic state Rep. Emanuel Welch of Hillside has introduced legislation that would put Illinois in line with California.

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Kentucky launched a marketing campaign to coax Illinois companies to move across the border with promises of lower taxes and better weather. Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development designed the billboards, which attack Illinois’ taxes and regulations, the Chicago Tribune reported. The first billboard proclaims, “Illinois isn’t pro-business, Kentucky is.” Eight more billboards are expected to go up before the end of the month as part of the six-month campaign.

 

 

(Washington-jm) --  If you are a farmer and your harvest is going to be delayed, contact your crop insurance agent to see if you can get an extension on your harvest deadline. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

(Rural Paxton-jm) -- Paxton first responders were called to a two vehicle accident Saturday evening south of Paxton. The accident happened just before 7:30 pm on Route 45 at the Ford/Champaign County line. No word on if there were any injuries.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- When lawmakers return for the fall veto session one issue they will look into is a pension consolidation proposal by Governor J-B Pritzker. 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman talks about the proposal…

 

Local State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County is gearing up for their annual Holiday Bureau to help those less fortunate this holiday season. Families who need assistance can sign up between October 28th and November 15th. They must show proof of income for the past 30 days and proof of residency. Toy and food distribution will take place in early December.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Business is booming in downtown Paxton. PRIDE in Paxton Director and local business owner Terri Hancock says it’s encouraging to see…

 

 

PRIDE in Paxton Director and local business owner Terri Hancock.

 

(Paxton--jc)  -- A City of PaxtonPublic Works Committee meeting to be held on Tuesday night at 7. The purpose of the committee meeting is to discuss burning ordinance changes or updates. Any recommendations will be given to the full city council.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Two Illinois lawmakers are introducing legislation in Washington to lower drug costs. Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky are sponsoring legislation to lower drug costs in Medicare by creating an administered plan to compete with private plans to drive down drug prices.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Census officials are preparing to battle the spread of fake news by internet trolls and foreign powers for the first time in the count's 230-year history. The stakes are huge. Who participates in the 2020 census count could influence how U.S. congressional seats and billions of federal tax dollars to educate children, help low-income families and pave new roads are divvied up. Facebook will use a mix of people and artificial intelligence to spot, review and remove troublesome posts.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is providing almost $3 million in state funds to help crime victims deal with their trauma. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority announced that $2.8 million in grants will be distributed to trauma recovery centers across the state. They say research shows the centers provide much-needed services to people in underserved communities who face barriers to getting help.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Museum returned 42 culturally significant items to representatives of two Aboriginal communities in Australia after the artifacts spent decades on U.S. soil. An Australian delegation collected spears, shields and boomerangs during a ceremony at the Illinois State Museum’s Research and Collections Center in Springfield. Secret, sacred, secular and ceremonial objects were also returned along with necklaces and body ornaments, said Brooke Morgan, the museum’s curator of anthropology.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- 57 new Illinois State Troopers are hitting the road. Cadet Class 129 has graduated after more than six months of intensive training at the state police academy in Springfield. Governor J-B Pritzker spoke at the ceremony, recognizing their commitment…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. Training at the academy covered everything from firearms and pursuits to cultural diversity and domestic violence. New troopers will now be paired with more senior officers for 14 weeks of field training on the road. 

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- Several offices will be up for election in the March primary in Iroquois County. Seats up include circuit clerk, coroner and states attorney. Also up are 10 county board members and 37 precinct committeemen. Those seeking nominations began circulating their petitions on September 3rd. Paperwork can be filed with the Iroquois County Clerk's office between November 25th and December 2nd.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Pumpkins will take to the sky in Rantoul November 2nd and 3rd as the 2019 World Punkin Chunkin Championship will be in town. Dozens of machines will attend to chunk a pumpkin the furthest distance. Organizer Kevin Thompson has how you can get your tickets…

 

 

Punkin Chunkin Championship Organizer Kevin Thompson

 

(Gibson City--jc)  -- Gibson City leaders will look to pass an agreement  for professional services with the Fehr-Graham group when they meet tonight. The council is also expected to act on an ordinance regarding “No Parking” on West Street from 329 North West Street to the Corner of 10th Street. The Gibson City Council meets at 7 tonight in city hall.

 

 

(Thomasboro-jm) -- The head of the Thomasboro school board has announced she is stepping down. Jane Sprandel is resigning at the end of the month after 11 years because her family is moving to rural Homer. Her term would have ended in April 2021.

 

 

One local FFA Chapter will be holding an auction that is their main fundraiser. Cissna Park FFA Advisor Jeff Clifton talks about when the auction will be held.

 

 

Cissna Park FFA Advisor Jeff Clifton

 

 

(Mahomet-jc) Mahomet Seymour School board members are expected to approve some changes with their superintendent  contract when they meet tonight in special session. The local board has been working on contract additions for several months. The board meets tonight at 7-30.

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois task force that examined the safety of pharmacy practices in the state is recommending that pharmacists take breaks and take more time when dispensing medications. State officials created the task force after a 2016 Chicago Tribune investigation found that 52% of 255 Chicago-area pharmacies failed to warn customers about combinations of drugs that could cause harm or death. Task force chairman Philip Burgess told the Tribune that the panel examined why pharmacists didn’t catch dangerous drug interactions. He says the recommendations focused on easing the stress of heavy workloads and extra distractions such as the need to reach company quotas for giving immunizations to customers. Current Illinois law doesn’t require pharmacists to take breaks.

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 300,000 Chicago students will miss another day of classes as teachers in the nation's third-largest school district remain on strike.As contract talks between Chicago Public Schools and the striking teachers continue, CPS announced late Sunday afternoon that classes and after school programs scheduled for Monday are canceled. City officials say a large gap remains between he two sides.

 

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Legislation passed in the U-S House would make animal cruelty a felony

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting a second state resident has died after being hospitalized for a vaping-related lung injury. The department on Thursday refused to give the patient's identity, age or where they died, citing patient privacy concerns. According to the department, 153 people in Illinois, ranging in age from 13 to 66 years old, with a median age of 22, have experienced lung injuries after using e-cigarettes or vaping.

 

GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — A former northern Illinois bus aide is accused of striking a special needs student, knocking out two teeth. Jean M. Micklevitz, who worked for the Burlington Central School District, is charged with aggravated battery to a child for allegedly dragging him to a seat after he refused to move from the bus steps. Kane County prosecutors said the 63-year-old Burlington woman then struck the boy several times in the face.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois is receiving almost $11 million to combat domestic violence in the state. The funds come from the Violence Against Women Act and will be split among several agencies throughout the state.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The unemployment rate fell in most of the state’s metro areas last month. The state jobless rate was down in 12 of the 14 metro areas compared to year ago levels. Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Rebecca Cisco says there was some job growth as well…

 

 

Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Rebecca Cisco. Bloomington and Springfield saw a decrease in jobs last month compared to September of 2017. 

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College is helping those needing career training. The Champaign based community college is creating a $1.5 million Workforce Equity Initiative grant. The grant would provide free short-term career training for underserved populations in the Parkland College district.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The 2019 World Punkin Chunkin Championships is coming to Rantoul November 2nd and 3rd. Organizer Kevin Thompson talks about what punkin chunkin is…

 

 

World Punkin Chunkin Championship Organizer Kevin Thompson. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate the day of.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- There will be a contested race for the Ford County Circuit Clerk’s position in the March primary. Former circuit clerk Kammy Johnson Anderson has announced her candidacy for the position. Johnson Anderson served as circuit clerk from 1993-2008. Last week, Suzie Shell announced she was running for the position. Current circuit clerk Kim Evans announced she is retiring at the end of her term.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- As the fall veto session begins later this month, a cloud of political investigations hangs over the general assembly. 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman says the investigations could have a wide impact…

 

 

53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- A new report from the U-S Department of Transportation shows the number of people dying in car crashes has decreased for the second straight year. The data shows a 2 point 4 percent decline in car crash deaths in the U-S. Last year 36,560 people died. That’s 913 fewer than the year before. In Illinois, 948 people died. That’s down 50 from the previous year.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Dairy production is forecast to be up next year. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Legislation passed in the U-S House would make animal cruelty a felony. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act prohibits acts of cruelty when they occur in interstate commerce or on federal property and cracks down on sexual abuse of animals. The bill now goes to the U-S Senate.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A local state senator is co-sponsoring legislation in the Illinois Senate to cap rising insulin prices. State Senator Scott Bennett of Champaign is co-sponsoring the legislation in the state’s senate to cap insulin co-payments to $100 a month for a 30 day supply. The American Diabetes Association says 30 million Americans have diabetes; with one point two million having type 1 diabetes which requires insulin to control their levels. Illinois would become the second state in the country to cap insulin prices if it becomes law.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Police is hearing from the public about proposed gun dealer licensing rules. At a public hearing, about 20 people offered their thoughts on the initial rule recommendations. I-S-P Major Jarod Ingebrightsen (ing-grr-bret-son) says they will take the comments under advisement…

 

 

Illinois State Police Major Jarod Ingebrightsen. Several speakers voiced concerns about how much the rules would cost them saying they can’t afford to add more security cameras in their stores. They also questioned a rule requiring that camera footage be kept for 90 days and expressed concerns about massie data storage costs.

 

 

(Savoy-jm) -- A new report analyzing Willard Airport estimates in contributes $99.75 million to Champaign County. That is an increase of 34 percent since 2016. The report says about 122 people visit the airport daily, while the airport hires 751 people full-time and brings in $14 million in taxes. The airport estimates 212,000 passengers will pass through the airport this year. That’s not the only good news. The airport announced Thursday they are exploring adding two additional flights to Washington’s Dulles airport. That would create 89 additional jobs.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Buckley based Christ Lutheran High School held their annual Knight for Christ in late August. Executive Director Sandy Spitz says this year’s auction was the best one they have had yet…

 

 

Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.

The School is hosting its German Fest Meal at the Buckley American Legion on Sunday.

 

(Elliott-jm) -- The Ford County village of Elliott is working with a non profit to determine whether or not to increase water rates in the village. Village leaders approved working with the Rural Community Assistance Program to determine the villages cost to produce water compared to what it bills. The villages water maintainer says they want to ensure rates are adequate to fund repairs and upkeep of water facilities and pumps in the village.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Market Street Theatre is gearing up for their fall performance. Spokesperson Brandon Irish says it kicks off this weekend…

 

 

Market Street Theatre Spokesperson Brandon Irish. Showtimes Friday and Saturday are 7pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $12.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Association of School Boards will be voting on whether or not to support legislation allowing school staff to carry guns in classrooms in the state. The board will decide whether or not to give local school districts the power to allow teachers to undergo special training. Right now, only school resource officers are allowed to carry guns in schools. A vote will take place on November 23rd.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois teachers can now be officially endorsed as dual-credit instructors. Dual credit courses let students earn high school credit and college credit at the same time. The endorsement is available to teachers showing that they are qualified to lead these courses in subjects like math, speech and biology says the State Board of Education’s Emily Fox…

 

 

State Board of Education’s Emily Fox. Fox says the popularity of dual credit classes has really grown over the past few years. Teachers can learn more about the endorsement on the board’s website.

 

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Mary Miller, a conservative Republican, has announced her run for Congress in the state's 15th Congressional District.

(Rural Paxton-jm) -- A Texas man is dead following a crash on I-57 near Paxton yesterday. State Police say a 72 year old man from Copperas Cove, Texas was driving north on I-57 near mile marker 258 and a half when he left the road and struck a guardrail. He was pronounced dead by the Ford County Coroner’s office.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man has been arrested on child sex assault charges. 32 year old Romeo Andres is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child for allegedly molesting two girls in April. If convicted of abusing both girls, he could face natural life in prison.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White says teen driving deaths are down. The number of teens killed on Illinois roads has dropped 69 percent since 2007. Secretary White says that means more young drivers are doing the right thing... 

 

 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. White also attributes the decrease to the state’s graduated license program and tougher laws. So far this year in Illinois, 32 teens have died in traffic crashes. 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Community Fund has announced their fundraising goal. The group has a goal of raising $32,000 for 14 nonprofits including the Hands of Christ Food Pantry, the Paxton Community Nursery School and Day Care Center and Paxton Service Club among others. Donations will be collected through December 18th.

 

 

(Joliet--jc)  He was a teacher, coach and friend. That is the way the Paxton Community is remembering Clint Forsyth. Forsyth passed away last Friday.

A memorial visitation and services are set for Sunday October 27th from noon to 2-30 at the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home in Joliet.

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- A public hearing on whether or not to allow the sale of recreational cannabis in the village of Gifford will be held in November. The hearing will be held before the village’s board meeting on November 7th. This month, trustees discussed how the village could prohibit the sale of marijuana while imposing a 3% tax as a potential option.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department on Aging reminds there’s help for seniors navigating Medicare’s open enrollment period. The best place to review your current plan and check out new ones is online at: my medicare dot gov says Senior Health Insurance Program, or “SHIP” Director Sandy Leith…

 

 

Senior Health Insurance Program Director Sandy Leith. If you still have questions, Leith suggests making an appointment with a SHIP counselor. Visit the Department on Aging’s website for more information. 

 

 

(Undated--jc)  Central Illinois, St. Louis and Chicago all ranked among the “rattiest” metro areas in the nation, according to a new report. Pest control company Orkin ranked Central Illinois among the metro areas in the country with most rodent problems.The report measured the regions by call volume and new rodent pest treatments performed from September of last year to September this year. It included both residential and business customers.The central Illinois region, consisting of areas around Champaign, Springfield and Decatur, ranked 36th on the national list. The region moved up eight spots compared to last year’s report. For the fifth consecutive year, Chicago took the top spot in the nation for rodent problems. St. Louis moved up five spots from last year, coming in at 31st this year.

 

 

(Oakland--jc)  -Mary Miller, a conservative Republican, has announced her run for Congress in the state's 15th Congressional District.  Involved in agriculture, small business, education, church and family, Mary is running to stand up for the future of the American Dream.  Miller says she advocates faith, family and freedom. Miller favors making current tax cuts permanent, promoting agriculture and pro business policies. The 15th District runs from the East St Louis area to Paxton in 29 counties.

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Office of Management and Budget projected significant deficits in the coming years unless voters approve a progressive income tax structure.A state Representative said that wasn't the answer to Illinois’ fiscal problems.With more than $200 billion in unfunded state retiree costs alone, and billions more in unpaid bills, Illinois’ finances are among the worst in the nation. The state also has among the highest taxes in the nation.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man who admitted to strangling his girlfriend has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. Reginald Britton pleaded guilty in Champaign County court to aggravated domestic battery. In exchange for his guilty plea, charges of unlawful restraint and domestic battery were dismissed. Britton was given credit for 297 days served.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- A Gibson City funeral home director has pleaded not guilty to a theft charge. Michelle Rosenbaum is accused of stealing more than $60,000 from her previous employer. A jury trial has been set for the week of January 6th. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for December 18th.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Cyber Security Awareness Month continues, with a warning about flash drives. State Chief Information Security Officer Adam Ford says cyber attackers have been known to scatter jump drives with a virus around a workplace parking lot, in hopes that someone will pick one up and plug it into their computer…

 

 

State Chief Information Security Officer Adam Ford. A study by the University of Illinois a few years ago found that in a similar scenario, more than 45 percent of people picked up the flash drive and plugged it in. 

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Several organizations throughout the state are benefiting from a grant for the 2020 Census. Illinois was awarded $20 million to give to local organizations. The Champaign Urbana Public Health Department received $695,000 from the grant.

 

 

(Gilman--jc) -- Iroquois West School board members will meet in a special session this afternoon at 5-30. Personnel is on the agenda in a closed door session.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week and state officials are urging families to talk with their beginner drivers about some of the dangers they face on the road. Secretary of State Jesse White says some of the most important areas parents should focus on are distracted driving, drunk driving and wearing a seatbelt. He reminds teens that if they don’t follow the rules of the road, they could lose their license…

 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to 18.

 

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Striking Teachers in Chicago want more support staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Demands by striking Chicago teachers for more nurses, librarians and social workers are highlighting concerns that resonate in high-poverty school districts elsewhere around the country where shortages of support staff leave educators feeling stretched. Teachers unions argue not having enough support staff needs hinders students' learning. Closer to home, teachers in the Blue Ridge School District will vote on a new 3 year deal on Sunday. A tentative agreement between teachers and the school district was reached this week.

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ First Busey Corp. on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $24.8 million. The bank, based in Champaign, said it had earnings of 45 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 55 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 52 cents per share. The bank holding company posted revenue of $122.6 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $104.4 million, also topping Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $103.2 million. First Busey shares have climbed roughly 4% since the beginning of the year.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker is announcing more than 10 million dollars in park and recreation grants. The money is part of the park and recreational facility construction program, helping communities construct and renovate buildings or purchase land for recreational activities. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Rachel Torbert says a number of projects around the state are receiving the grants... 

 

 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Rachel Torbert. Other projects getting money include an expansion of the Forum Fitness Center in Rantoul and construction of a new community center in Villa Grove. 

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- The village of Fisher will spend an additional $5,000 on tree removal and trimming. The village previously approved spending $13,000 for the work. The additional money will allow the cutting down of 20 more ash trees. The work is part of a 10 year removal plan.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton will hold a public hearing on the first phase of the city’s streetscape project in November. The hearing will take place November 12th at 6:30 pm. PRIDE in Paxton Director and local business owner Terri Hancock talks about how the streetscape project will help the city…

 

PRIDE in Paxton Director and local business owner Terri Hancock.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- A Rantoul man has been arrested following a shooting in Champaign over the weekend. Jabari Morris was arrested for allegedly shooting a man in the leg twice following an argument. Champaign Police continue to investigate the shooting.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County landowners are being reminded the second installment of property taxes are due October 28th. Payments can be dropped off at the courthouse, the dropbox in front of the courthouse, at any Ford County bank or by mail as long as it is postmarked by October 28th. After that date late fees will be applied and payments can only be made by mail or at the courthouse.



 

(Springfield-jm) -- One area state legislator is questioning whether or not the state government should get involved in setting age limits on certain products or issues. 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman says it can cause confusion and even has an economic impact…

 

 

53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- While Gov. J.B. Pritzker's recently released five-year economic plan for the state focuses on retaining young people, new poll numbers suggest it’s the state’s finances that has people looking to leave.AARP released new poll data through the Center for Illinois Politics. The poll taken at the end of the Rauner administration of 1,200 voters 25 years old and older asked a variety of different questions, many focused on the state’s fiscal issues and how to solve them.Center for Illinois Politics Editor Kerry Kasper said most voters would typically use the phrase “extremely angry” about state government; 85 percent said lawmakers should address the state’s backlogged bills and pension debt.The poll also found 57 percent think Illinois needs both budget cuts and tax increases while 26 percent say cut services only. Fourteen percent said there only needs to be more revenue.While 59 percent support a progressive income tax, 59 percent oppose increasing income taxes above 4.95 percent, the current flat level. Kasper said 71 percent oppose a retirement tax.

 

 

(Rantoul--jc)  -- The number of sponsors continues to grow for the Punkin Chunkin Competition, coming to the village of Rantoul in early November. Flooring Surfaces of Champaign is a sponsor of the two day event on November 2nd and 3rd. WPXN will be broadcasting live on Saturday November 2nd.

 

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Military officials say a Marine was killed in a vehicle accident at a Northern California training facility. The Marine Corps says 21-year-old Pfc. Christian Bautista was serving as a turret gunner on an armored Humvee when the accident occurred Sunday at the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport. Officials didn’t immediately provide details about the accident. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Tuesday that Bautista was from Cook County, Illinois, and based at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. He enlisted in the Marines in Sept. 2018. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terror Service Medal.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- State public health officials say progress is being made in the fight against opioid abuse. Public Health’s Jenny Epstein oversees the Illinois Opioid Action Plan and says opioid related deaths dropped from about 22 hundred in 2017 to two thousand 167 in 2018. That’s the first decrease in five years, but Epstein says there is still more work to be done... 

 

 

Illinois Public Health’s Jenny Epstein. Epstein says the state needs to continue to focus on overdose prevention and providing more access to addiction treatment. 

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- The village of Buckley is looking for a caretaker for the Buckley Lake building. The caretaker would be responsible for booking rentals and cleaning the building. Those interested can reach out to Village President Sheree Stachura.


 

(Paxton--jm)  -- The Paxton Buckley Loda F-F-A is continuing to collect bottle caps and plastic lids. P-B-L F-F-A Member Autumn Bruens says the goal is to trade the plastic in for a bench.

 

PBL FFA Member Autumn Bruens

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders are moving forward with a water tower project. City council members approved the purchase of six tenths of an acre of land from Alliance Grain company for $12,500. The city is applying for a $3 million loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the construction of the 500,000 tower.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Another property on the former Chanute Air Force Base could be sold. A possible out of state bidder is looking to purchase and transform the former base hospital into a marketable property. The property was put up for auction after the previous owner failed to fulfil their tax obligations. That’s not the only property interest on the former base. There is also interest from developers and companies to purchase 3 of the 4 hangers.

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Those wanting an authentic German meal can come out to the Buckley American Legion on Sunday October 27th for Christ Lutheran High School’s Oktoberfest. Director Sandy Spitz has the menu for this year’s event…

 

 

CLHS Executive Director Sandy Spitz. The meal runs from 4 to 6:30 pm.



(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois courts system is receiving a $100,000 grant to expand access to the judicial process in Illinois. The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced a grant from the National Center for State Courts. The group will use the funds to support strategic action planning efforts to expand access to justice in the state.

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Kids Zone to be at National Punkin Chunkin event in Rantou

EUREKA, Ill. (AP) — A 9-year-old central Illinois boy believed to have set a fire that led to the deaths of five family members has been arraigned on first-degree murder charges. The Journal Star in Peoria reports Woodford County Circuit Court Judge Charles Feeney on Monday read a juvenile petition citing the murder charges, along with arson counts. Feeney explained the juvenile counts and legal processes to the boy, who at times indicated he did not understand.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- A new Illinois law that requires residents to upgrade smoke detectors will go into effect in 2023.Margaret Vaughn, government affairs director with Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, said all dwellings in Illinois have been required to have smoke detectors since 1988, but residents are now being told to use detectors that come with built-in batteries that last up to 10 years. Vaughn said death is preventable in case of fire. Many fire deaths in recent years were the result of smoke detectors batteries being removed or not working.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker is announcing a multi-year 23 point five billion dollar transportation improvement plan for Illinois. The plan aims to maintain, preserve and expand more than 42 hundred miles of roadway and over nine million square feet of bridge deck over the next six years says Governor Pritzker... 

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. Pritzker says the state is shifting the way it approaches transportation needs, focusing on the long term instead of waiting to rebuild until roads and bridges have nearly deteriorated. 

 

 

(Gibson City--jc)  -- Donations for a local police project in Gibson City have been totaled from last Friday nights Gibson City Melvin Sibley football game. The Falcons Red Army helped raise 500 dollars for the Gibson City Police Department “Shop with a Cop” event. Gibson City Police would like to thank all those who donated and helped with the project.

 

 

(Rantoul--jc)  -- Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce officials along with Rantoul City Schools are set to bring a Kids Zone to the initial Punkin Chunkin Competition on November 2nd and 3rd at the local airport. The Kids Zone will be open from 9am to 7pm on Saturday and 9am to 4-30pm on Sunday. Among the attractions to the kids zone will be a 1 thousand pound pumpkin, carnival games and Joyful Bubbles. More entertainment at the kids zone will be provided by the Rantoul Public Library.

 

 

(Undated--jc)  -- It may come for a few years, but a new Area Code is set for those now in the 217 area code. The reason for the new area code is numbers in the current 217 are running low. The number assignments could start in Spring of 20-21. There are 36 counties in Illinois in Illinois under the 217 area code that runs from Danville to Rantoul, Champaign Urbana to the western part of Illinois.

 

 

(Paxton--jc)  -- A Coffee connection is set for mid November in the city of Paxton. The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce event takes place on Wednesday November 13th at Accolade Healthcare in Paxton. The coffee connection runs from 8 til 9 that morning.



(Springfield-jm) -- Soybean harvesting made some nice progress this past week as we hear in the weekly crop report. 93 percent of soybean acres are dropping leaves says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 88 percent of corn is mature and 36 percent has been harvested. The condition of the corn crop improved slightly to 46 percent in good to excellent condition. 63 percent of winter wheat has been plated and 30 percent emerged. Average statewide topsoil moisture stands at six percent very short, 16 percent short, 72 percent adequate and six percent surplus. 

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The teen accused of shooting another teen in Rantoul last week will be tried as an adult. During an arraignment hearing Friday, Champaign County prosecutors announced they will charge the 16 year old suspect with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm. Bond was set at $500,000. He is due back in court November 5th. If convicted he faces 6 to 30 years in prison.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Board of Education will release the 2019 Illinois Report Card this week. The report cards look at districts fiscal and academic data. New this year, the report will display spending at the school level.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and the Illinois Department of Public Health has some tips to help keep your family safe. Illinois has one of the highest rates of childhood lead poisoning in the country. Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike says the biggest risk comes from lead based paint…

 

 

Illinois Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike. Ezike advises cleaning up old paint chips and peeling paint, having your water tested for lead and making sure kids and pregnant women stay away from areas where renovations are underway. 

 

 

(Rantoul--jc)  The Community Service Center, based in Rantoul, wil be the site for a senior safety awareness fair on Thursday. The event takes place from 9am to 1pm. Hosting the event are local state representative Mike Marron and Champaign County Sheriff Dustin Heuerman.A lunch will be served, a safety presentation, bingo and information on Medicare Open enrollment  also hilite the event.


 

(Rantoul--jc)  -- Area children are invited to Rantoul Township High School from 5-30 until 7pm today to participate in the annual Halloween Extravaganza. Trick or treating, arts and crafts, a costume contest and prizes are part of today’s event in the Rantoul Township High School cafetorium. Several high school civic groups and teachers are helping at the extravaganza

 

 

(Watseka--jc) Iroquois County authorities are reporting another phone scam targeting Seniors. Joel Cluver has the details…

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Soybean harvesting made some nice progress this past week as we hear in the weekly crop report. 52 percent of soybean acres have now been harvested, up from just 27 percent last week but still behind the five year average of 68 percent. 44 percent of soybeans are rated in good to excellent condition. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 88 percent of corn is mature…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 63 percent of winter wheat has been planted and average statewide topsoil moisture is rated as six percent very short, 16 percent short, 72 percent adequate and six percent surplus.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Johnson and Johnson Corporation is announcing a voluntary recall of a certain lot of baby powder. The move comes after a test revealed sub-trace levels of asbestos in a bottle bought from an online retailer. The company can’t confirm if cross contamination caused a false positive or if the sample had been prepared in a controlled environment. 

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one local bank is donating to the cause. The Buckley St. Bank will donate $5 to breast cancer awareness for each person wearing pink that comes into the bank on Friday October 25. The Bank is located on Route 45 in Buckley.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The Housing Authority of Champaign County is receiving a grant they hope will increase income and reduce the need for public assistance. The group is receiving a $72,000 grant to go towards the Family Self Sufficiency Program. Those in the program sign a contract that after 5 years they won’t need certain types of public assistance, after signing the contract they will have an escrow account set up for them. If they complete the terms of the contract, they will get the money in the account.

 

 

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More than 130 books once owned by a renowned Abraham Lincoln biographer have been donated to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A treasure trove of more than 130 books once owned by a renowned Abraham Lincoln biographer has been donated to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. Benjamin Thomas' books could be a gold mine for Lincoln scholars as many of them contain his handwritten comments, observances and notations. The books were donated by the Lincoln Land Community College Library. The State Journal-Register reports that the museum accepted the collection this week.

 

 

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A northwestern New Mexico school district near the Navajo Nation is looking to contract teachers from the Philippines amid a teacher shortage. School districts in  5 states, including some in Illinois, have opted to hiring Filipino teachers to send to rural schools hurt by a lack of teachers.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- One area high school is continuing on with an unusual approach to teaching. Christ Lutheran High School continues to operate on a 4 day school week schedule says Executive Director Sandy Spitz…

 

 

Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The cause of death for two people who were found dead in a wrecked car near Paxton last weekend remains undetermined. Autopsies performed byDr. Shiping Bao on Taylor Johnson and Reynaldo Hogue listed no preliminary opinion. Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner says toxicology results are pending in the next couple of weeks. 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The site of a Rantoul motel could be redeveloped. A developer has expressed interest in the Knights Inn hotel property at the intersection of U-S 136 and Murray Road on the villages west side. Village officials say the hotel would be torn down although they haven’t said what the developer would use the land for. Currently there is a court order to force the facility to close due to several violations.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois unemployment rate hit a historic low last month. The jobless rate for September dropped to three point nine percent, a new record for the state. Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Sam Salutstro says job growth continues…

 

Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Sam Salustro. The national unemployment rate for September is three point five percent. 

 

 

(SPringfield--jc)  --Gun owners from around the state plan to remind Illinois lawmakers about their opposition to a measure that would require those seeking a Firearm Owners Identification card to submit fingerprints on the first day of the fall legislative session. Lawmakers return to Springfield on Oct. 28 for the first three days of the veto session. State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said he expects it to be a busy session with a lot of different issues coming up. The association will focus on Senate Bill 1966, a measure that would increase fees for Firearm Owner Identification cards.


 

(Gilman--jc)--  Iroquois West School leaders will hear about a proposed alternative learning day when they meet tonight in Gilman. The board will look at the issue and the public is invited to bring questions and concerns to the meeting. The meeting begins at 6-45 tonight in Gilman in the high school board room.

 

(Springfield--jc)  --The recent slew of tax and fee increases for infrastructure programs likely won't be the last Illinois taxpayers see.This summer, drivers started paying higher state gas taxes. Smokers paid higher cigarette taxes. Lawmakers also raised vehicle registration fees and other approved fees. Those measures, along with expanded gambling and sports wagering legislation that hasn't been fully implemented yet, are meant to pay for a $45 billion five-year infrastructure plan.Illinois Chamber of Commerce CEO Todd Maisch said state funding is there for five years under the Rebuild Illinois plan. However, he said the federal government, which sends tax dollars to Illinois for infrastructure, wants to see a ten-year infrastructure plan

 

 

(Urbana--jc)  -- The University of Illinois College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences is looking for Illinois farmers to report planting and harvesting statistics.The voluntary survey can be done online or one can be sent in. Data will be compiled to learn about how growing was affected by delayed planting because of wetter than normal Spring weather.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Those wanting to paint and have fun with friends can do so in the village of Buckley. Mayor Sherry Stachura says they hold monthly painting parties…

 

 

Buckley Mayor Sherry Stachura.


 

(Sibley-jm) -- Sibley village leaders continue to discuss work on a water main project. The village was recently granted a time extension for the project and the loan. Construction must begin in June or July of 2020.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 300,000 students in Chicago are getting another day off as contract talks continue between the teachers' union and the nation's third-largest school district. Chicago Public Schools announced Sunday night that classes and after school activities were  canceled for today. Closer to home, another meeting in the Blue Ridge School district, based in Farmer City, is set for today. Negotiations also continue for teachers and school district in the St Joe Ogden School District.

 

 

(Thomasboro-jm) -- The village of Thomasboro has a new public works superintendent. Chad Polsky was hired for the position. He comes with 29 years of experience from the village of Rantoul. He will be paid $45,000 starting out with an additional $5,000 after completing the certification requirements. He must also establish residency in the village within a year.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Comptroller Susana Mendoza says human service providers are still recovering from the state’s more than two year budget impasse. Some providers that offer services like rape counseling and homeless prevention had to close during the stalemate, unable to keep operating with no state funding. Illinois Collaboration on Youth C-E-O Andrea Durbin says even with some funding restored, they face other problems…

 

 

Illinois Collaboration on Youth C-E-O Andrea Durbin. Comptroller Mendoza says that although there is more human service money in the state budget now and expected new sources of revenue, there’s still an over six billion dollar backlog of past due bills to be paid.

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Rantoul Police make an arrest in Thursday afternoon shooting

(Rantoul--jc)  Rantoul Police have made an arrest in the shooting that took place yesterday afternoon. A 16 year was taken into custody around 1am this morning. Thursday afternoon at approximately 3:48PM, Rantoul Police Officers were dispatched to the 600 Block of Autumn Fields for the report of shots fired. Upon arrival, responding officers located a 17 year old male juvenile who suffered a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. The male was transported by Professional Ambulance Service to Carle Hospital where he was admitted for observation. The injury is believed to be nonlife threatening. Witnesses to the incident observed a group of ten to twelve teenage juveniles walking in the 600 Block of Autumn Fields moments before the shooting. A male in the group made an unprovoked comment to the shooting victim and then fired three shots from a handgun at him. The group then fled the area to the north immediately after the shots were fired. The incident currently remains under investigation. 

 

(Undated-jm) -- A new study found that 95 percent of baby foods contain toxic metals, including arsenic and lead. Over 160 baby foods from major producers in the U.S. were tested. About 95 percent contained lead, 73 percent contained arsenic, 75 percent contained cadmium and 32 percent contained mercury. One in five of the foods tested had over 10 times the ppb limit of lead. The foods with the highest levels were rice-based products, sweet potatoes and fruit juices. The tests were done by Healthy Babies Bright Futures, which is a nonprofit organization that tries to reduce exposure to neurotoxic chemicals for infants.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Treasurer Mike Frerichs’ Office is returning one million dollars to Illinois taxpayers as part of the “Money Match” Program. More than eight thousand Illinois taxpayers will be getting a check in the mail in the coming weeks for unclaimed cash they are due. Treasurer Frerichs explains how it works…

 

 

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs. Money Match was launched last year and has since returned more than 12 million dollars without people having to fill out a claim. Visit Illinois Treasurer dot gov and click on “I-Cash” to see if you’re owed any money. 

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- The Champaign County village of Fisher has officially voted to prohibit dispensing of recreational cannabis in the village. Village officials voted to prohibit the sale at a recent meeting, while voting to allow a 3 percent tax if recreational sales ever do  get approved.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Medicare open enrollment is underway and runs through December 7th. Ford County Public Health Department Administrator Lana Sample says there are some changes people need to be aware of…

 

Ford County Public Health Administrator Lana Sample. The health department October 24th at Piper City Library from 9:30-11:30, November 14th at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City from 10 to noon and December 3rd from 2-4 pm at the health department in Paxton.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released their winter outlook. Wetter than normal conditions are expected across the region. As for temperatures, NOAA says there is an equal chance that temperatures will be above, below or near normal. 

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Could a second interchange come to the village of Rantoul? Village leaders are exploring the option after announcing the development of a $20 million sports complex. Village leaders are working with state and federal representatives about the project. If built the new interchange would happen at Chandler Road and would not happen for another 5 to 10 years.

 

(Washington-jm) -- USDA's Deputy Secretary provided an update to lawmakers Thursday on implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. Rod Bain reports…

 

The Melvin Community Hall will show the movie Secret Life of Pets 2 tonight starting at 7 pm.

 

The rescheduled Cissna Park Pumpkins in the Park will take place on Saturday in downtown Cissna Park. Activities include carnival games, kiddie tractor pulls, craft vendors and more.

 

Paxton IGA and the Lake Iroquois Association Women’s Club will host a pork chop sandwich cookout from 10 until 2 on Saturday at the Paxton IGA.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A new report from an independent policy and advocacy organization is calling for increased state investment in public education in Illinois, particularly in early childhood and higher education.  Advance Illinois’ annual report tracks roughly 80 metrics pertaining to student performance in three categories: early education, K–12 and postsecondary. The report found that evidence-based funding formula, which was passed in 2017, has helped increase per-pupil state spending at the K-12 level. Illinois spent, on average, $7,503 per pupil in 2017, ranking it 29th in the nation. That’s up from $4,557 in 2007, when the state ranked 45th.Still, nearly half of Illinois’ 852 school districts are working with “less than 70 percent of the funds they need to adequately meet their students’ needs,” the report said.


 

(Iroquois County--jc) --Emergency crews were called to the  scene of a serious crash on Rt. 45-52 at the Iroquois/Kankakee County line last night. The intersection was closed for several hours and traffic was rerouted around the accident. More information is coming on later newscasts.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Nearly 300 thousand Illinoisans participated in the Great Shakeout Earthquake drill Thursday, with officials reminding that earthquakes are a real possibility here. During the drill, participants practiced the three keys for staying safe during an earthquake...drop, cover and hold on. That means if you feel the earth shaking you should drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it. It’s a lesson everyone should think about says I-EMA Spokesperson Rebecca Clark…

 

 

I-EMA Spokesperson Rebecca Clark. These two hot spots are the New Madrid Seismic Zone in far southern Illinois and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone in Southeastern Illinois. 

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- Gifford village leaders were presented two plans for a water main project in the village at this months meeting. Plan A would run the new main along the west side of Main Street and would require acquiring easements from 19 properties. Plan B would run the main on the east side of Main Street and would require acquiring three easements. Village trustees showed more interest in Plan B, but have asked if the project could be done with no easements.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Buckley village leaders are celebrating some good news. The village’s water tower project is complete and Mayor Sherry Stachura says that’s not the only good news with the project…

 

 

Buckley Mayor Sherry Stachura.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The State Board of Education invited public comments and solicited project requests ahead of making its official budget recommendation to the legislature next year during an open hearing. During the hearing, school board officials proposed a rule change to allow school districts more flexibility in how they code or count their expenses so they can accurately distinguish risk management or liability costs and keep them separate from the administrative expense column. The state board plans to hold three more budget hearings open to the public. The next meeting will be on October 23rd, in the Bloomington High School cafeteria. 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Fees for youth basketball are going up. The Paxton Park District upped the fees this year. For kids in Kindergarten through 1st grade, it will be $40 for Paxton residents and $50 for students in the PBL school district that don’t live in Paxton. For 2nd grade and up, its $45 for Paxton residents and $55 for students in the PBL school district that don’t live in Paxton. The increases are still below the average of other area programs. Park district officials say increases are possible for other major youth sports programs.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Perhaps an overlooked aspect of Halloween safety for trick-or-treaters, young or old, is the costume. Rod Bain has the details…

 

The Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in Champaign will hold their Robot Day on Saturday from 1-5 pm. Kids will be able to create their own 3-D robot and participate in a robot battle tournament.

 

The Watseka Park District will host a kids costume and pets costume parade on Saturday at 4pm.

 

Stephanie Foster Cunningham will perform at the Bellflower Country Opry on Saturday at 7 pm. Cost is $10 per person.

 

 

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A traveling 9-11 exhibit is in Watseka today through Sunday

(Springfield-jm) -- A Republican state lawmaker said Wednesday she plans to introduce legislation to establish a State Ethics Task Force to tighten ethics rules within Illinois government. Tony McCombie — who is chair of the House Republican Organization, the political arm of the caucus which works and raises money to elect House Republicans — said several events in the past year “raise concerns” that the state’s ethics rules are not strict enough. She indicated that she hopes to have the legislation considered in the upcoming veto session, which begins October  28th.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reminds you can claim a deer if you end up hitting one on the roadway. Deer-vehicle accidents happen more frequently this time of year says Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Rachel Torbert. But if that happens, you could end up with a meal…

 

Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Rachel Torbert. If you don’t want the deer, a passerby may claim it instead unless they are behind on child support. The claim form is available online at: dnr dot illinois dot gov. 

 

 

(Ludlow-jm) -- Ludlow has a new village clerk. Dawn Good was selected to replace Sandy Langley who stepped down after serving since 1999. Village trustees will vote in November whether or not to approve Good to serve as village treasurer as well.

 

(Watseka-jm) -- A traveling tribute to those who died on September 11 2001 will be in Iroquois County starting today. The Tunnel to Towers exhibit will be in the Watseka First Trust parking lot starting today and running through Sunday.

 

 

 (Buckley-jm) -- Buckley is looking into creating a sewer system in the village. The village has held several town halls on the issue and Mayor Sherry Stachura says those town halls will continue…

 

 

Buckley Mayor Sherry Stachura.

 

 

(Gifford-jm) -- Gifford residents may soon be able to pay their water bills using credit/debit cards. Water and Sewer Superintendent Jess Childress told the village board at their October meeting that several residents have expressed interest in paying that way. Childress said he will look into the fees associated with payments by credit/debit cards and report back to the board.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- As the state legislature gets ready to reconvene for the fall veto session one area lawmaker talks about what can be expected this upcoming session. State Senator Jason Barickman…

 

 

Local State Senator Jason Barickman.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois’ revised school funding formula is helping achieve greater equity among school districts, according to a new evaluation of the state’s education system. However, the report by Advance Illinois determined more work needs to be done in early childhood education, improving achievement for black and low-income students and boosting enrollment in Illinois colleges.  Advance Illinois President Robin Steans said Illinois recently ranked 45th in the country for the amount of money the state spent per pupil on K-12 education. Despite progress on the funding front, the report underscored areas where education in Illinois is lagging. The state has a significant teacher shortage and said the state ranks 45th in support for higher education when it ranked 19th just a decade ago. 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, the only Illinois organization currently participating in the federal family planning program, was awarded more than double its initial grant after several providers across the country declined their funding in response to a Trump administration rule change. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services oversees the Title X program. It announced on Sept. 30 the allocation of an additional $33.6 million to 50 grantees in several states to buttress their family planning services. Aunt Martha’s will use the money to expand services — including wellness exams, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and birth control.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Many scams aim to play on your emotions. A family life educator at the University of Illinois Extension has some advice on how to avoid getting ripped off. Always check to see if a call or email is legit, especially if it elicits an emotional reactions says the Extension’s Cheri Burcham. For example, con artists may pose as the police and say your child or grandchild is in jail…

 

 

University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educator Cheri Burcham. Scammers may also say you’ve won a vacation and they need your personal information or offer free medical equipment or genetic testing. Burcham says you should never pay for a promised prize up front and that most offers that sound too good to be true usually are. 

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- The Champaign County Coroner's office has a new employee and she comes with four legs. Harlow is county coroner Duane Northrup’s family dog. He trained Harlow to be a comfort dog. Northrup is in the process of training another dog that he hopes can serve as a comfort dog in the Mahomet-Seymour school district.

 

 

The Iroquois County Public Health Department will hold a flu clinic today from 2 to 3:30 at Creekside Terrace in Cissna Park.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will be holding their annual Oktoberfest dinner. Director Sandy Spitz has the details for this year’s event…

 

Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz. Menu items include, German Sausage Soup, German Meatballs, Schweinbraten, Bratwurst, Hot Dogs, Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, Breads, Desserts and Beverages.

 

 

(Thomasboro-jm) -- Thomasboro’s police chief is announcing new procedures for how the Champaign County Sheriff’s office responds to calls in the village when a village officer is not on duty. The move comes after several residents complained about inadequate responses. The sheriff’s office will respond to emergency calls, crimes in progress and property crimes involving injuries or where there is the potential for injuries. Deputies will also respond to non-emergency calls if requested by the caller. If the caller chooses, they can wait for the next officer on duty and be transferred to the villages police department to leave a message.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- One state representative is calling for the head of the state’s transportation committee to step down after the FBI raided his Springfield office and Chicago area home. In a speech to reporters, Representative Allen Skillicorn had this message to Senator Martin Sandoval…

 

 

State Representative Allen Skillicorn. In addition, Skillicorn is calling on the General Assembly to repeal the state’s capital bill, which Senator Sandoval helped create and pass.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The U.S. Small Business Administration is announcing Illinois has been awarded $700,000 in competitive federal funding to promote U.S. export growth through the state's Illinois State Trade and Export Promotion program.  The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Office of Trade and Investment will invest the federal award in the state's ISTEP program which provides financial assistance to Illinois small businesses entering or expanding to new international markets. Qualified Illinois businesses can use funding from the ISTEP program for state organized group trade missions, individual foreign market sales missions, product compliance, website localization, and export training.

 

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A new report says even though revenue from the state's gas tax is up, the amount people are buying is down

(Springfield-jm) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K. Pritzker, reported more than $6 million in gross income last year, about $5.5 million of which was federally taxable, according to a nine-page summary of 2018 state and federal tax returns released by his campaign Tuesday. The governor’s campaign did not, however, release any tax return documentation regarding trust funds which benefit the Pritzkers. Gross income listed on the forms is about $6.2 million. A sum of $1.8 million is subtracted from state taxable income on the forms. That makes the 4.95 percent state tax rate applicable to about $4.3 million of their income, according to the documents. That means the Pritzkers paid $215,885 in state income tax on their personal income not including trusts, the documents show.  Also according to the email, the Pritzkers paid a 33.99 percent federal tax rate in 2018. That amounts to just over $2 million in federal taxes. 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- A new survey shows the majority of Illinois voters support mental health background checks on all firearm purchases. The survey conducted by the University of Illinois Springfield, 9 in 10 people support mental health background checks. The survey also found a large portion of those surveyed supported the ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition sales in the state. 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Farmers anxiously wait for crops to mature as we hear in the weekly crop report. 73 percent of corn is mature and just 23 percent has been harvested so far. That compares to about 59 percent normally. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 44 percent of corn is rated in good to excellent condition. Looking at soybeans…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 43 percent of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition, unchanged from last week. The third cutting of alfalfa is nearly complete and average statewide topsoil moisture stands at four percent very short, 13 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. 

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Taco Bell could be making a return to the village of Rantoul. The restaurant closed several months ago, but the owner wants to rebuild the restaurant at the former J and D auto sales lot on the other side of McDonalds. The site still needs to be rezoned from residential to commercial before construction can begin, potentially as early as next year. The owner opted to close the store and rebuild instead of remodeling the old location. 

 

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(Paxton-jm) -- PRIDE in Paxton is preparing for the Christmas holiday season. One of the ways they are gearing up is with a raffle says PRIDE in Paxton Director Teri Hancock…

 

 

PRIDE in Paxton Director Teri Hancock.

 

(Undated-jm) -- At least 6 vaping related illness cases are in four central Illinois counties. The counties include Champaign, Vermilion, Sangamon and Macoupin Counties. The state public health office says between 1 and 3 cases have been reported in Vermilion, Sangamon and Macoupin counties and between 3 and 6 cases in Champaign County. So far there have been 128 confirmed cases in Illinois with 38 more being investigated. At least 26 deaths in the U-S have been confirmed through vaping.

 

 

The PBL FFA is continuing to collect bottle caps and plastic lids. PBL FFA Member Christina White talks about where you can drop off your bottle caps.

 

 

PBL FFA Member Christina White.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A new report says even though revenue from the state’s gas tax is up, the amount people are buying is down. According to the Illinois Department of Revenue, the state brought in $99.8 million in revenue from the tax. However, drivers bought 19.4 million gallons less than in 2018. The gas tax is part of Governor J-B Pritzker's Rebuild Illinois program to fix roads and bridges in the state. Its estimated the state could bring in almost $600 million in fiscal year 2020.

 

 

A Youth Fall Fest is being held at the Paxton Church of Christ, 400 W. Ottawa Road, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today. There will be a wiener roast, a pumpkin craft and games, as well as a Bible lesson. Elementary children and junior high school youth are invited to participate.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois made substantial progress in securing its election systems since Russian government officials hacked into its voter registration database in 2016, but more needs to be done to protect those systems heading into the 2020 elections. Earlier this year, the House Intelligence Committee reported Illinois was one of 21 states whose election systems were targeted by Russian government hackers in 2016. In the Prairie State, the hackers were able to penetrate the entire statewide voter registration database and, by the end of 2018, had accessed as many as 200,000 voter registration records, according to the report. An intelligence community assessment concluded that the hacks were part of a broader Russian campaign to influence the elections to the detriment of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state, and that they were prepared to launch a social media campaign to undermine Americans’ faith in the election if Clinton had won.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- It’s time to get your annual flu shot and the Illinois Department of Public Health is dispelling a few myths about the vaccine. Some people think the vaccine will give you the flu, but Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike says the shot contains inactive strains of the virus…

 

 

Illinois Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike. If you do get sick soon after receiving the vaccine, you likely had already been exposed to the virus. Another myth is that you don’t need the shot, since you rarely get sick. Ezike says in that case, consider getting the vaccine to protect those around you, especially the very young and old who could suffer deadly complications from the flu. 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- At least 21 people in 13 states have become sick with Salmonella from pet turtles, resulting in 7 people being hospitalized. The CDC recommends these safety tips: wash your hands, play safely, clean habitats toys and supplies outside the house, pick the right pet for your family and pet stores should educate customers and employees. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever 12 to 72 hours after exposure.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Farmers anxiously wait for crops to mature as we hear in the weekly crop report. 73 percent of corn is now mature, that compares to 98 percent normally says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 80 percent of soybeans are dropping leaves and just 27 percent of the crop has been harvested. 43 percent of soybeans are rated in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture is rated at four percent very short, 13 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Several area residents will take part in the final Land of Lincoln Honor Flight for 2019 later this month. 94 veterans from across the state will head to the nation’s capital on October 29th including veterans from Crescent City, Gibson City, Gifford, Champaign, Urbana, Dwight, Farmer City and St. Joseph. The veterans will visit the World War 2, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials as well as Arlington National Cemetery among other locations on the trip.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- A bill signed into law earlier this year bans smoking in vehicles with kids present. Local state senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington questions whether the law will have the desired impact…

 

 

State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton police have released their recent activity report. On October 14th, Hannah Steiner of Paxton was arrested on an outstanding warrant. On October 12th, Dwayne Asago Adjei of Ft Wayne Indiana was arrested for no valid driver’s license and ticketed for speeding following a traffic stop at Railroad and Center. On October 8th, the report of a theft of several bikes was taken in the 200 block of N. Market St. Anyone with information is asked to call Ford County Crimestoppers at 217-784-4173.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Some farmers in Champaign County have begun harvesting their crops. Farm Bureau Assistant Manager Bailey Conrady talks about some of the early yield numbers for corn and soybeans…

 

Champaign County Farm Bureau Assistant Manager Bailey Conrady. 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- When it comes to outward migration, several Illinois cities top the list in the Midwest. Of the top 20 Midwest cities of outward migration, 9 of them are in Illinois. Danville came in at number one followed by Decatur and Rockford. Peoria came in at number 6, Kankakee 8, Chicago area 10, Carbondale 12 and Bloomington 13.

 

 

 

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A new report says even though revenue from the state's gas tax is up, the amount people are buying is down

(Springfield-jm) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K. Pritzker, reported more than $6 million in gross income last year, about $5.5 million of which was federally taxable, according to a nine-page summary of 2018 state and federal tax returns released by his campaign Tuesday. The governor’s campaign did not, however, release any tax return documentation regarding trust funds which benefit the Pritzkers. Gross income listed on the forms is about $6.2 million. A sum of $1.8 million is subtracted from state taxable income on the forms. That makes the 4.95 percent state tax rate applicable to about $4.3 million of their income, according to the documents. That means the Pritzkers paid $215,885 in state income tax on their personal income not including trusts, the documents show.  Also according to the email, the Pritzkers paid a 33.99 percent federal tax rate in 2018. That amounts to just over $2 million in federal taxes. 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- A new survey shows the majority of Illinois voters support mental health background checks on all firearm purchases. The survey conducted by the University of Illinois Springfield, 9 in 10 people support mental health background checks. The survey also found a large portion of those surveyed supported the ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition sales in the state. 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Farmers anxiously wait for crops to mature as we hear in the weekly crop report. 73 percent of corn is mature and just 23 percent has been harvested so far. That compares to about 59 percent normally. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 44 percent of corn is rated in good to excellent condition. Looking at soybeans…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 43 percent of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition, unchanged from last week. The third cutting of alfalfa is nearly complete and average statewide topsoil moisture stands at four percent very short, 13 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. 

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Taco Bell could be making a return to the village of Rantoul. The restaurant closed several months ago, but the owner wants to rebuild the restaurant at the former J and D auto sales lot on the other side of McDonalds. The site still needs to be rezoned from residential to commercial before construction can begin, potentially as early as next year. The owner opted to close the store and rebuild instead of remodeling the old location. 

 

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(Paxton-jm) -- PRIDE in Paxton is preparing for the Christmas holiday season. One of the ways they are gearing up is with a raffle says PRIDE in Paxton Director Teri Hancock…

 

 

PRIDE in Paxton Director Teri Hancock.

 

(Undated-jm) -- At least 6 vaping related illness cases are in four central Illinois counties. The counties include Champaign, Vermilion, Sangamon and Macoupin Counties. The state public health office says between 1 and 3 cases have been reported in Vermilion, Sangamon and Macoupin counties and between 3 and 6 cases in Champaign County. So far there have been 128 confirmed cases in Illinois with 38 more being investigated. At least 26 deaths in the U-S have been confirmed through vaping.

 

 

The PBL FFA is continuing to collect bottle caps and plastic lids. PBL FFA Member Christina White talks about where you can drop off your bottle caps.

 

 

PBL FFA Member Christina White.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A new report says even though revenue from the state’s gas tax is up, the amount people are buying is down. According to the Illinois Department of Revenue, the state brought in $99.8 million in revenue from the tax. However, drivers bought 19.4 million gallons less than in 2018. The gas tax is part of Governor J-B Pritzker's Rebuild Illinois program to fix roads and bridges in the state. Its estimated the state could bring in almost $600 million in fiscal year 2020.

 

 

A Youth Fall Fest is being held at the Paxton Church of Christ, 400 W. Ottawa Road, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today. There will be a wiener roast, a pumpkin craft and games, as well as a Bible lesson. Elementary children and junior high school youth are invited to participate.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois made substantial progress in securing its election systems since Russian government officials hacked into its voter registration database in 2016, but more needs to be done to protect those systems heading into the 2020 elections. Earlier this year, the House Intelligence Committee reported Illinois was one of 21 states whose election systems were targeted by Russian government hackers in 2016. In the Prairie State, the hackers were able to penetrate the entire statewide voter registration database and, by the end of 2018, had accessed as many as 200,000 voter registration records, according to the report. An intelligence community assessment concluded that the hacks were part of a broader Russian campaign to influence the elections to the detriment of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state, and that they were prepared to launch a social media campaign to undermine Americans’ faith in the election if Clinton had won.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- It’s time to get your annual flu shot and the Illinois Department of Public Health is dispelling a few myths about the vaccine. Some people think the vaccine will give you the flu, but Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike says the shot contains inactive strains of the virus…

 

 

Illinois Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike. If you do get sick soon after receiving the vaccine, you likely had already been exposed to the virus. Another myth is that you don’t need the shot, since you rarely get sick. Ezike says in that case, consider getting the vaccine to protect those around you, especially the very young and old who could suffer deadly complications from the flu. 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- At least 21 people in 13 states have become sick with Salmonella from pet turtles, resulting in 7 people being hospitalized. The CDC recommends these safety tips: wash your hands, play safely, clean habitats toys and supplies outside the house, pick the right pet for your family and pet stores should educate customers and employees. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever 12 to 72 hours after exposure.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Farmers anxiously wait for crops to mature as we hear in the weekly crop report. 73 percent of corn is now mature, that compares to 98 percent normally says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 80 percent of soybeans are dropping leaves and just 27 percent of the crop has been harvested. 43 percent of soybeans are rated in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture is rated at four percent very short, 13 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Several area residents will take part in the final Land of Lincoln Honor Flight for 2019 later this month. 94 veterans from across the state will head to the nation’s capital on October 29th including veterans from Crescent City, Gibson City, Gifford, Champaign, Urbana, Dwight, Farmer City and St. Joseph. The veterans will visit the World War 2, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials as well as Arlington National Cemetery among other locations on the trip.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- A bill signed into law earlier this year bans smoking in vehicles with kids present. Local state senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington questions whether the law will have the desired impact…

 

 

State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton police have released their recent activity report. On October 14th, Hannah Steiner of Paxton was arrested on an outstanding warrant. On October 12th, Dwayne Asago Adjei of Ft Wayne Indiana was arrested for no valid driver’s license and ticketed for speeding following a traffic stop at Railroad and Center. On October 8th, the report of a theft of several bikes was taken in the 200 block of N. Market St. Anyone with information is asked to call Ford County Crimestoppers at 217-784-4173.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Some farmers in Champaign County have begun harvesting their crops. Farm Bureau Assistant Manager Bailey Conrady talks about some of the early yield numbers for corn and soybeans…

 

Champaign County Farm Bureau Assistant Manager Bailey Conrady. 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- When it comes to outward migration, several Illinois cities top the list in the Midwest. Of the top 20 Midwest cities of outward migration, 9 of them are in Illinois. Danville came in at number one followed by Decatur and Rockford. Peoria came in at number 6, Kankakee 8, Chicago area 10, Carbondale 12 and Bloomington 13.

 

 

 

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Prototypes of electric vehicles were unveiled Sunday by Rivian Automotive

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of people attended an event to see prototypes of electric vehicles a central Illinois startup plans to create, an effort that already has the backing of officials through promised tax breaks and incentives. Rivian Automotive held a public event Sunday to show the community of Normal and elected officials three vehicles it plans to begin creating at the former Mitsubishi plant, which the startup bought in 2017 two years after it closed. The factory, which has already hired 200 employees, is expected to have more than 1,000 by the time the startup’s vehicles hit the market late next year. State and local officials are rallying behind the venture.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Agriculture is adding additional restrictions for dicamba use for the 2020 soybean growing season. The restrictions include not applying when over 85 degrees, not applying after June 20, 2020, the applicator must consult Fieldwatch Sensitive Crop Registry and comply with the associated record label requirements, maintain label specified downwind buffer on any downwind edge of any Illinois Nature Preserve Commission site.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A former candidate for the Ford County Circuit Clerk's position has announced she will try again. Susie Shell has announced she will run for the position in the March 2020 primary election. Shell is the current chief deputy clerk for probation. The current circuit clerk is Kim Evans.

 

(Buckley-jm) -- The village of Buckley is looking at whether to upgrade to a sewer system. Mayor Sherry Stachura says they are in the beginning stages of talks…

 

Buckley Mayor Sherry Stachura.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Consolidating the two Champaign County jails could happen in the near future. During a facilities committee meeting last week, members determined nothing can be done financially with the downtown Urbana jail and maintaining that jail along with the satellite jail on the city’s east side is too costly. A firm presented a proposal to consolidate the two facilities, but that could cost the county $47 million. Discussions are expected to continue at future meetings.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Labor is urging farmers to make safety a top priority during the hectic harvest season. One of the top dangers is tractor rollovers, so equipment should have protective bars or a cage and farmers should always wear their safety belt. Department of Labor Spokesperson Mike Matulis says car-farm vehicle accidents are also a big problem, and farmers need to have the required lighting on their equipment…

 

 

Illinois Department of Labor Spokesperson Mike Matulis. Farmers are also urged to take care of themselves as they work long hours. That includes taking breaks, eating good meals and staying hydrated. 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A Republican lawmaker has filed legislation to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois, calling it an “effective tool” to dissuade violent crime. Barrington Hills Rep. David McSweeney first announced his intention to introduce the bill in August, after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, killed 31 people. The Capital Crimes Litigation Act of 2019, filed Thursday, would restore state death penalty law to what it was eight years ago, before former Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law eliminating the measure. Its purpose, according to the measure, is to “have the death penalty serve as a deterrent to violent crime with the specific goal of reducing mass shootings, serial killings, and gun violence.”

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on its legislative agenda for the upcoming fall veto session and regular spring 2020 legislative session when it meets in East St. Louis this week. On the agenda for that regular meeting, are recommendations for a pair of trailer bills for the fall veto session and safeguards relating to educator misconduct to be discussed in spring session. One of the trailer bills would allow someone who holds a high school diploma to obtain an educator’s license with a paraprofessional endorsement if they pass a paraprofessional competency test. Another trailer bill would extend the time for individuals to file due process hearing requests for special education services that were delayed or denied in the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school year in certain districts. The recommendations for the spring legislative session include changes to licensure and educator misconduct policies and general cleanup of the school code.

 

 

(Sibley-jm) -- The site of the former gas station in Sibley could see new life. Village board members heard a proposal from a resident that wants to use the location as a base point for a food truck and catering business. The existing structure on the property would be torn down.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- The University of Illinois is investigating two more swastikas found on campus over the weekend. Police were called to Weston Hall Friday morning for a swastika in an elevator. A couple of hours later, an employee reported one on a study table in the ACES Library. Two other ones were found last week, one at Taft Hall, the other at the Foreign Languages Building.


 

(Buckley-jm) -- Halloween is just around the corner but one area school wants to get you in the Christmas holiday spirit. Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will once again hold their annual Deck the Halls craft and vendor fair says Executive Director Sandy Spitz…

 

CLHS Executive Director Sandy Spitz.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A decision on whether or not to allow the sale of recreational cannabis in Rantoul could come as early as November. Several residents have spoken out against the sale in the village. The nearby village of Fisher recently voted against the sale.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Fall colors are starting to show in Illinois. Peak fall colors haven’t hit yet, but the colder nights will help move things along says State Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Rachel Torbert…

 

State Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Rachel Torbert. 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Health officials across the country say they see no end in sight for the nation’s opioid epidemic. According to health officials, opioids have the power to change the brain's chemicals in as little as a week. They say once someone wants to get clean, the window to get them into recovery is very short before they change their mind.

 

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An accident that was found in rural Paxton on Sunday claims the life of a local Rantoul woman

(Paxton--jc)  Autopsies for two people found dead in rural Paxton on Sunday are set for tomorrow at the Champaign County morgue. Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner says a farmer found the accident that claimed the lives of 19 year old Taylor Johnson of Rantoul and an 18 year old from Chicago. The accident remains under investigation by local authorities.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker is urging lawmakers to pass a bill that will lower the cost of insulin in Illinois. Supporters say some people with diabetes are having to forgo their medication because insulin has become so expensive. Governor Pritzker says this proposal would limit the price to one hundred dollars in out of pocket costs for a one month supply…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. More than one million adults have diabetes in Illinois.

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' top leaders trumpeted the benefits of automatic voter registration when signing a bipartisan plan in 2017 to change how the state finds and signs up eligible but unregistered voters. But Illinois hasn't lived up to its promise, rolling out automatic voter registration behind schedule and struggling with other voter reforms in the law. Interest in automatic voter registration is growing nationwide. However, problems in Illinois illustrate challenges other states could see.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — A proposed bill would require all CBD products sold in Illinois to meet testing requirements set by the state Department of Agriculture. The Chicago Tribune reports that Rep. Bob Morgan introduced the bill Oct. 2. Morgan says the legislation would help ensure CBD products are safe for use. CBD is a cannabis extract that can be used to alleviate anxiety or chronic pain. Under the bill, untested products would be removed from shelves. Non-compliance fines would start at $1,000.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Medicare open enrollment begins October 15th. Ford County Public Health Department Administrator Lana Sample says they will be hosting events throughout the county to help seniors review their coverage options…

 

 

Ford County Public Health Administrator Lana Sample. Sample says if none of those work, you can call the health department at 379-9281 and they will schedule a time to sit down with you.

 

 

(Rantoul--jc)  --The official Surveyors of our World Championship event are the students of Parkland College. How many surveyors in this world can say they measured competition shots at the World Punkin Chunkin Championship. The National Punkin Chunkin competition comes to the Rantoul airport on Saturday November 2 and Sunday November 3rd. WPXN will be broadcasting live on November 2nd to help kick off the two day event.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- One state representative is calling on the General Assembly to repeal the state’s capital bill. Representative Allen Skillicorn is calling for the repeal following the FBI raids of Senator Martin Sandovals office. Sandoval is chair of the state’s transportation committee and was a key member in drafting the plan…

 

 

State Representative Allen Skillicorn.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  --As the fight for trade deals continues in Washington, Illinois farmers are expected to harvest less than last year.The United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service released its latest Illinois crop production estimates on Thursday. The expected yields for corn dropped further.“NASS forecasts the 2019 corn yield to be 179 bushels per acre, down thirty-one from last year’s record high yield of 210,” NASS State Statistician Mark Schleusener said.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- An Extension expert says keep some electrical safety tips in mind if you prepare elaborate electrical outdoor displays for Halloween this year. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An appointee of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has stepped down from the Illinois Tollway board after he was mentioned as part of a federal investigation of state Sen. Martin Sandoval. Cesar Santoy resigned Friday at Pritzker's request after an unredacted search warrant released Friday indicated that authorities sought information involving Santoy and his architectural firm. Santoy's lawyer says Santoy is not a target of the investigation but resigned out of respect for Pritzker.

 

 

 

(Springfield--jc) -- State officials are asking drivers to be extra vigilant while driving in rural areas as deer become more active in the coming months. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois State Police said deer are more active and less attentive during mating season and hunting season.Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Rachel Torbert said drivers should pay attention to the sides of the road.

 

The PBL FFA is continuing to collect bottle caps and plastic lids. PBL FFA Member Autumn Bruens says the collection is going well and donations are appreciated…

 

 

PBL FFA Member Autumn Bruens

 

 

(Rankin-jm) -- The village of Rankin will spend $600 to repair the village’s veterans memorial. The work will involve removing the current pavers, having them repaired and reinstalled.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- How does the forecast look for the rest of October? State Climatologist Trent Ford has the details…

 

 

State Climatologist Trent Ford.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- A new survey shows half of Americans have sacrificed or are going into their own retirement savings to help their adult kids. The Bankrate Survey shows that young people need help when it comes to paying them. While it is believed that 18 should be the cut off age, the survey shows many baby boomers and gen-xers think a person should be financially independent between the ages of 19 and 23.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A horticulture expert at the University of Illinois Extension says now is the perfect time to plant spring bulbs. Bulbs should be planted in soil with good drainage and the Extension’s Kelly Alsup recommends using an auger that attaches to your drill to quickly dig holes. She says most bulbs are pretty easy to grow…

 

 

University of Illinois Extensions Kelly Alsup. The rule has always been to plant bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall but Alsup says a study using tulips found planting bulbs as little as two to four inches deep produced more flowers.

 

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The US Department of Agriculture is investing $18 million in Illinois to improve rural broadband internet service

(Springfield-jm) -- Nine Democratic lawmakers are calling on Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to investigate the business practices of the College Board and sale of data it collects from students who take the SAT and PSAT exams.  The College Board’s practice of selling student data through its program called Student Search Service was the subject of national news reports by the New York Times and Washington Post, among others. In May, a representative from the College Board, Todd Iverson, confirmed to the state Senate Judiciary Committee that the company sells access to data from Illinois students for 45 cents per student. That testimony came as the panel was considering legislation to strengthen the state’s Student Online Personal Protection Act.

 

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials continue to investigate anti-Semitic incidents at the Urbana-Champaign campus, including the painting Monday of a swastika in the school's Foreign Languages Building. In an email to students and staff, Chancellor Robert Jones saysa student also raised concerns about ""anti-Semitic content" at a staff development program for university housing workers. Jones said the two incidents "challenge our fundamental values of tolerance and inclusion."

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A state task force recommends consolidating downstate and suburban police and fire pensions. There are nearly 650 of these small, local pension systems and Governor J-B Pritzker says consolidating their assets would produce higher rates of return and give relief to taxpayers…

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. Under the plan, the separate pension systems would be consolidated into just two, one for police and one for fire. Pritzker says he’d like lawmakers to pass the proposal when they return for the fall veto session later this month. 

 

 

(Piper City-jm) -- Piper City’s Branch Park will receive some much needed upgrades. Village trustees approved putting mulch down instead of pea gravel under the new playground equipment and the existing merry-go-round and monkey bars. The village will also install new baby and inclusion swings. The work will be done by a local business.

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is holding flu clinics throughout the county during the month of October. Ford County Public Health Department Administrator Lana Sample says one of those clinics is happening this weekend…

 

 

Ford County Public Health Department Administrator Lana Sample.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A local state representative will hold traveling office hours in Rantoul today. State Representative Mike Marron will hold office hours from 9-11 am at the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Rantoul. 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The US Department of Agriculture is investing $18 million in Illinois to improve rural broadband internet service. The money comes from grants from the Community Connect Grant Program and the Rural Broadband Access Loan. USDA officials say it will open a new world of commerce, education and healthcare in rural communities.



(Washington-jm) -- USDA forecasts for corn and soybean production this month reflect an adjustment down for each of those crops. Rod Bain has the details…

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois saw nearly $40 billion in taxes in 2018, a nearly 5% increase from 2017. The data comes from the U-S Census Bureau’s annual survey of state and government tax collections. The majority came from sales and income taxes.

 

(Undated--jc)  Halloween is three weeks away. How much is spent on goodies and costumes and what is the favorite Halloween candy in the state. Joel Cluver has the details..

 

 

The Iroquois County Public Health Department will hold a flu clinic today from 9 to 10:30 at the Iroquois Farmers State Bank in Iroquois and from 12 to 2 at Beaverville Hardware.

 

A Rules of the Road review course will be held today from 10 to noon at the Gibson City Telecare.

 

Paxton IGA and Boy Scout Troop 32 will host a ribeye steak sandwich cookout from 10 until 2 on Saturday at the Paxton IGA.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A National Public Radio station licensed by the University of Illinois is objecting to a requirement that its reporters tell school officials about confidential complaints of university-related sexual harassment they receive. NPR Illinois published a letter late Thursday arguing that the First Amendment exempts its reporters, who are university employees, from a requirement to report sexual misconduct.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois State Police are loosening their policy to draw more potential new hires. Next year those wanting to join will no longer need a bachelor’s degree in order to apply. Illinois State Police cite a decline in troopers for the reason in the change. They say in 2009 2,119 troopers were out on the roads. This year that number is down to 1,767.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- This is Cyber Security Month in Illinois and experts say keeping your information safe starts with a solid password. Your password should be hard to crack, but doesn’t have to be overly complicated says State Chief Information Security Officer Adam Ford. He recommends a phrase like “I like Pizza,” then adding a symbol and a number. Ford says you also shouldn’t use the same password for everything…

 

 

State Chief Information Security Officer Adam Ford. Ford says you should change your password often and do not write it down anywhere. 


 

(Ashkum-jm) -- District 21 Illinois State Police troopers have announced several upcoming special patrols in Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee Counties. Troopers will be conducting Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols on October 29th, November 19th and November 25th. Troopers will be conducting Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols on November 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 30th and December 1st. Those patrols will focus on the fatal four: DUI, seatbelts, speeding and distracted driving.


 

(Buckley-jm) -- Buckley residents don’t have to go far to get their groceries. Mayor Sherry Stachura says the villages grocery store is open and ready for business…

 

 

Buckley Mayor Sherry Stachura.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Governor Thomas Ford Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution are accepting entries for their annual American history essay contest. The contest is open to all Ford County students. There are two classes, 5th through 8th grades and high school. Essays must be received by November 29th. For more information, call Carol George at 847-855-9036.

 

(Washington-jm) -- Get ready for another round of U.S./China trade talks this week. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois is the least tax friendly state in the country according to a new report. The report shows property taxes in Illinois are the second highest in the country with a home assessed at $100,000 paying approximately $2,400 in taxes. The report also found the local and state sales tax is the 7th highest in the country at 8 point 78 percent. The bad news continues for the state. The state’s gas tax is the third highest in the country and tax on cell phones puts the state at number one at 20 point 91 percent. The only bright spot in the report is Illinois’ income tax of 4.95 percent comes in slightly higher than surrounding states.

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Exelon says in a new public filing that it and its electric utility, ComEd, have received a second federal subpoena asking about lobbying in Illinois and communications with a state senator whose offices the FBI recently raided. The Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday says last week’s subpoena “requires production of records of any communications with certain individuals and entities,” including state Sen. Martin Sandoval. Authorities haven’t disclosed the purpose of multiple raids this year at homes and offices of Illinois Democrats. Agents entered Sandoval’s Capitol office last month.

 

Fisher townwide garage sales will take place today and tomorrow.

 

The Loda American Legion will hold their monthly Fish and Chicken Fry tonight.

 

Rick and Friends will perform at the Melvin Community Hall on Saturday at 7 pm. A dinner featuring sloppy joes will be sold by the Melvin Women’s Club will start at 5:30 pm.

 

The Foosland Sportsman’s Club will hold their splatterobard shoot on Sunday,. Breakfast begins at 6 with the shoot starting at 8.

 

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Drivers need to be on the look out for deer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has released a five-year economic plan for Illinois that builds on the state’s strongest sectors such as agriculture, health care and transportation. The Democrat’s “Plan to Revitalize the Illinois Economy and Build the Workforce of the Future” was released Wednesday. Pritzker says he wants “to bring prosperity and opportunity to every corner of Illinois.”  The plan’s goals include building long-term growth through exports, startups, research and development and more. It also aims to invest in women, racial minorities, rural residents and others to close the “equity gap,” and sets sights on creating and retaining jobs.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- It’s that time of year when drivers need to be extra watchful for deer crossing the road. It’s mating season for deer, plus hunters are in the fields, which usually means an increase in deer activity. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Rachel Torbert says it’s a good idea to keep an eye out when you’re driving…

 

 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Rachel Torbert. There were more than 15 thousand collisions between cars and deer reported in Illinois last year. 630 people were injured as a result and eight died. 

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- A Gibson City funeral home director has been charged with stealing more than $60,000 from her former employer. Michelle Rosenbaum was charged with one count of theft over $10,000. Rosenbaum allegedly took more than $40,000 from the Lamb Young Funeral Home’s business account to pay her personal credit card bills. She also allegedly made more than $10,000 in unauthorized purchases on the funeral home’s credit card. Last fall, Rosenbaum opened her own funeral home in Gibson City. She is due back in court October 23.

 

(Champaign--jc)  -- Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name of a Shelbyville man who has died from injuries sustained after being involved in a single motorcycle crash on September 11thin Effingham County. Randy James, 61, of Shelbyville, died at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois on October 09, from injuries sustained as the operator in a single motorcycle crash. This death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police District 12. 

 

 

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors in an eastern Illinois county say a sheriff's deputy was justified when he fatally shot an inmate who attacked and stabbed him in a courthouse holding cell. Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy says Deputy Kyle Janesky's actions in inmate Daryl Perkins' fatal Aug. 23 shooting warrant no criminal charges and "deadly force was justified." Perkins had attacked Janesky as he was being held in a first-floor county courthouse cell in Danville for a hearing in his felony case.

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Farmers and ag leaders are paying close attention to the weather as cooler temperatures are expected to make their way into the area this weekend. One big area for concern is the potential for an early frost says Champaign County Farm Bureau Assistant Manager Bailey Conrady…

 

 

Champaign County Farm Bureau Assistant Manager Bailey Conrady.


(Ashkum--jc)  --The Illinois State Police District 21 is warning the community in regards to a scam being reported in District 21. According to reports, area residents are being called by a phone number that is spoofed to appear as if the number is actually from the Illinois State Police District 21.The scam artist advise the resident that their social security number had been used in a drug smuggling operation and attempt to obtain personal information. Please be advised, the Illinois State Police does not solicit over the phone. You should always remain skeptical when you receive an unsolicited call by ANYONE demanding personal information over the phone. Police say to never give personal information over the phone or  e-mail, Questions, concerns may be addressed by contacting the state police in Ashkum at 815-698-2332.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Three STDs have reached all time highs in the U-S. Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have risen for the 5th consecutive year according to the C-D-C. Last year 2.4 million cases were reported. The C-D-C attributes the increase to an increasing number of people being tested and a decrease in condom use. The highest numbers were found in adolescents and young adults.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Bipartisan support appears to be building in the Illinois General Assembly for a statewide ban on red-light cameras. Those are devices that some municipalities install at intersections to detect drivers running through red lights or turning without coming to a full stop. Critics of those devices, however, argue they serve only to generate revenue and are a potential source of political corruption. 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A hearing originally scheduled for today on the fate of three dogs involved in a vicious attack that left another dog dead has been rescheduled. The hearing was supposed to be today at the Rantoul Municipal Building on an incident back in September on Eater Drive. Police say three dogs mauled a poodle to death while the three dogs owner allegedly recorded the attack and encouraged the dogs to attack. No word on when the hearing will be rescheduled.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- It may only be October but the City of Paxton along with PRIDE in Paxton are gearing up for the annual Christmas parade. PRIDE in Paxton Director Terri Hancock says they are looking for parade participants…

 

 

PRIDE in Paxton Director Terri Hancock. The parade will take place on Saturday, November 30th in downtown Paxton.

 

 

(Watseka-jm) -- The Iroquois County Public Health Department will be hosting a series of flu clinics throughout the county during the month of October. The health department will hold the clinics starting Friday 9-10:30 at the Iroquois Farmers State Bank in Iroquois and from 12-2 at Beaverville Hardware. Other dates and locations: Creekside Terrace Cissna Park (Oct. 17 2-3:30), Iroquois Farmers State Bank Gilman (Oct. 18 10-11:30), Crescent City Community Building (Oct. 18 1-3), ABRA in Sheldon (Oct 21 3-4), Presence Merkle-Knipprath in Clifton (Oct 22 3-4), Heritage Woods Watseka (Oct 25 10:30-11:30) and Citizens State Bank Milford (Oct 25 2:30-4). The health department will also give flu shots from 9 to noon at their office in Watseka. For more information, call 815-432-2483.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- A new study out says cooking at home may lower your risk of cancer. Researchers studied the diets and blood samples of 10 thousand people and those that cooked at home had lower PFA chemical levels in their systems. PFA chemicals are commonly found in takeout and fast food packaging and can lead to serious health issues such as cancer, thyroid issues, decreased fertility and low birth rate.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)--  Illinois drivers paid nearly $100 million more in gas taxes in July than in the same month in 2018 after lawmakers doubled the state's gas tax to pay for infrastructure projects. The state's gas tax increased from 19 cents a gallon to 38 cents a gallon on July 1. It was part of a slew of tax and fee increases that will be used to pay for a six-year, $45 billion statewide infrastructure program. State Representative. Allen Skillicorn, Republican from East Dundee, voted against the tax increase. He said he wants it to be repealed, in part because of the cloud of suspicion around Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago. Federal agents raided Sandoval's home and offices looking into allegations involving a kickback scheme, according to media reports.

 

 

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Rantoul Village Leaders approved a Multi-Million Dollar Sports Complex

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton City Council voted 7 to 1 last night to repeal the city’s ban on leaf burning. The ban originally went into effect last fall. The repeal is effective immediately. WPXN News will continue to follow this story.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Current and former leaders of the Illinois Air National Guard said Tuesday the obesity rate in the United States has become a national security threat and they urged state lawmakers to invest more in early childhood education programs that focus on nutrition, health and physical activity. Speaking at the Springfield school district’s Early Learning Center, Brig. Gen. Richard Neely, adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, and three retired generals pointed to a recent study entitled “Unhealthy and Unprepared in Illinois.” It found 70 percent of young adults aged 17 to 24 in Illinois cannot qualify for military service, including 31 percent who would be disqualified due to obesity. Those numbers are almost identical to national averages, and the report says it’s a major reason why the U.S. Army fell short of its recruiting goals in 2018.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- This is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is reminding parents of the A-B-C’s of safe sleep. Unsafe sleep practices are the leading cause of death for children one year and younger. D-C-F-S Spokesperson Deborah Lopez says you can help protect your little one by following the A-B-C’s... 

 

 

D-C-F-S Spokesperson Deborah Lopez. D-C-F-S says your baby’s crib should not have bumper pads, stuffed animals or pillows that could cause suffocation. And although it’s tempting, parents should not bring their baby to bed with them. 

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- University of Illinois police are investigating after a swastika was found in a campus bathroom stall. Police say the swastika was found in the bathroom stall inside the Foreign Language Building. The swastika was found Monday evening.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- One big issue facing lawmakers is redistricting reform. 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says it's an issue that voters should decide…

 

 

53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A Rantoul man on parole for a shooting in the village 6 years ago is facing federal drug charges. Jyshawn Jackson is facing federal charges of distributing cocaine after he was arrested by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Agents allegedly made several controlled buys since July. Jackson sold 67 grams of crack cocaine and 28 grams of cocaine. He was on parole for a shooting at Colonial Liquors on Maplewood Drive in July 2011. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison in 2013.

 

 

(Washington-jm) --  The U.S. continues to import more agricultural products than it exports. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The median household income was at an all-time high in 2018, although it was not equal across the country. According to the survey by USA Today, the median household income was just under $62,000 a year. Maryland came in the highest at $83,000 a year while West Virginia came in the lowest at $44,000 a year. Illinois was ranked 15th at $65,000.

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul village leaders approved a multi-million dollar sports complex at last nights village board meeting. The complex, near I-57, would feature eight baseball and softball fields as well as eight soccer and football fields. WPXN News will continue to follow this story.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Kroger and Walgreens are the latest retailers to announce they will stop selling e-cigarettes. The move comes after 1,080 confirmed and probable cases of vaping related illnesses have been reported causing at least 21 deaths in the U-S including one in Illinois. President Donald Trump has announced his administration is planning a ban on flavored tobacco products.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health says it’s time to get your annual flu shot. Flu season is here and everyone six months and older should be vaccinated says State Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike…

 

 

State Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike. It takes about two weeks for the shot to be fully effective. The public is also advised to wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs and stay home if they’re sick. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and body aches.

 

 

(Livingston County-jm) -- A Cabery man is dead following a crash in Livingston County. Ronald Hoegger was traveling on 2500 E near 3450 N in Broughton Township when his vehicle left the road and hit a bridge with concrete rails. Coroner Danny Watson pronounced Hoegger deceased at the scene.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Do you have trivia knowledge and want to put it towards helping Christian education in east central Illinois? Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley will be holding their trivia night this Saturday says Executive Director Sandy Spitz…

 

 

Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Congressional leaders still are trying to hammer out a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and there's a lot on the line for workers in Illinois. Mary Scheurmann reports…

 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The deadline for the state to refund Suburban Express customers has been pushed back. A Northern District of Illinois judge pushed back the deadline from October 9th to April 3rd. The Illinois Attorney General's office filed a discrimination lawsuit in 2017 against the owner of the Champaign-Urbana based company stating the company discriminated against U of I students.

 

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President Donald Trump signed the U-S- Japan Trade Agreement

(Washington-jm) -- President Donald Trump signed the U-S- Japan Trade Agreement Monday at the White House. President Trump called the deal a game changer for farmers providing them with significantly enhanced access to a critical foreign market. Under the agreement, Japan will expand access to many US food and ag products including corn, poultry, beef, pork, soybeans and wheat. 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- A new survey has found more residents feel the state is heading in the right direction and the state’s economy is improving. 28 percent of people surveyed feel the state is heading in the right direction compared to 14 percent in 2018. The survey also measured Governor J-B Pritzker’s approval rating. 59 percent of people surveyed believed the Governor was doing a good job. Despite the optimism, 61 percent of those surveyed said they are considering leaving the state. The majority of those were in the 18 to 34 year old age group and cited taxes and government policy for reasons to leave.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker says a new tax incentive will attract data center construction to Illinois. The incentive is offered to large data center projects, allowing for an exemption from sales taxes. There’s also a 20 percent income tax credit against wages if the center is located in an underserved area. Governor Pritzker says this will boost the state’s economy…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. Pritzker says companies are already expressing an interest in locating to Illinois because of the new credit. 

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- Police in McLean County are looking for a Rankin man. LeRoy police stopped Wayne Yeary over the weekend at I-74 and U-S 136 for suspected driving under the influence. Yeary escaped into a corn field and has not been caught. Yeary is facing charges of aggravated DUI, driving on a revoked license and resisting arrest.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Changes could be coming to Paxtons burning ordinance. The city council will discuss changes to the ordinance at tonight's city council meeting. The council approved the ban of burning last fall. In addition, council members will be asked to approve sewer extensions on Jack Street, discussing putting up yield signs at Maple and Center, discuss and possibly approve a solar panel ordinance and year their annual audit report from Kemper CPA. The Paxton City Council meeting gets underway at 7 pm.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Harvest progress lags behind as we hear in the weekly crop report. 91 percent of corn has reached the dent stage, and 59 percent is mature says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 65 percent of soybeans are dropping leaves and 11 percent has been harvested. That compares to 40 percent harvested by now normally. Average statewide topsoil moisture held steady at eight percent very short, 15 percent short, 57 percent adequate and 20 percent surplus. 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- Crews working on the MCORE Project struck a gas line on the University of Illinois campus Monday. Fire crews were called to the area near the English Building and Lincoln Hall just before noon. 

 

 

(Thomasboro--jc)  --When Thomasboro School leaders meet next week, they are expected to continue to look a cost saving ideas for the district. The projection for the local school is several hundred thousand dollars in the red. With the later than usual tax bills sent out, some money will appear in the next year’s coffers. The Thomasboro School board meets on October 15th at the school.

 

 

(Paxton-jc)  -- The ghosts and goblins will again appear on Market Street in Paxton at the end of the month. The annual Paxton Halloween parade steps off at 4pm on Thursday October 31st from the Carnegie Library on Market street in the city. Those attending will parade to the fire house where they will receive a goody bag from WPXN and then also trick or treat in the downtown area of Paxton.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Law enforcement agencies from around the state are in Springfield training on investigating crashes involving motorcycles. The training is put on by the Illinois Association of Technical Accident Investigations. 10 to 20 percent of all accidents in Illinois involve motorcycles.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The American Red Cross is encouraging people to donate blood during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. 268,000 women are expected to be diagnosed this year. The American Red Cross says many will need blood transfusions as well as platelet transfusions. For a list of blood donation locations visit red cross dot org.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Lottery is launching the latest “Ticket for the Cure” instant game, benefiting the fight against breast cancer. The revamped speciality ticket is now available and goes to a good cause says Lottery Spokesperson Jason Schaumburg…

 

 

Illinois Lottery Spokesperson Jason Schaumburg. The Ticket for a Cure costs three dollars to play and has a top prize of 50 thousand dollars. 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Some area emergency management agencies are receiving federal grant money. The U-S Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration awarded the state’s emergency management agency more than $600,000 to focus on the state’s response capabilities when dealing with hazardous materials related transportation incidents. Locally, Champaign County EMA will receive over $6,900, Douglas County EMA $20,000, Kankakee County EMA over $11,800 and the Illinois Fire Service Institute over $178,000.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul village board leaders are expected to approve a construction contract for a new 20 million dollar sports complex at tonight’s village board meeting. Village trustees will be asked to approve the contract with Byrne and Jones Construction for the project on the villages west side. In addition to the sports complex, village trustees will be asked to approve the purchase of three new police interceptors and an engineering agreement for a phosphorus removal feasibility study and discharge optimization plan. The Rantoul village board meeting gets underway at 6 pm.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Harvest progress lags behind as we hear in the weekly crop report. 59 percent of corn is mature and 13 percent of the crop has now been harvested. That compares to 61 percent harvested at this time last year. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 88 percent of soybeans are turning color…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 19 percent of winter wheat has been planted, matching the average pace and 94 percent of the third cutting of alfalfa is complete. Average statewide topsoil moisture stayed about the same with eight percent rated very short, 15 percent short, 57 percent adequate and 20 percent surplus. 

 

 

(Paxton-jc)  -- If you need fruit, one local F F A Chapter has the goods. The Paxton Buckley Loda F F A Chapter is offering fruit for sale now through October 23rd. More information is found by contacting the group at the high school in Paxton. 

 

 

(Danville-jm) -- The Vermilion County State’s Attorneys office is helping victims of domestic violence by holding a supply drive. The office is collecting items such as towels, pillows and food at Vermilion County McDonald’s locations. Items collected will benefit Crosspoint at the Y Domestic Violence and Transitional shelter.

 

 

(Rantoul--jc) In Rantoul, the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce will host the first trick or treat-trunk event from 5pm to 7pm on Halloween in the downtown area. A costume contest also hilites the event. The chamber is inviting all business and civic members to bring a vehicle to downtown Rantoul that evening and hand out goodies to the Halloween goers in Rantoul.

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Haven Gaming LLC looking to put a Las Vegas-style casino resort in Danville

(AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is spending $850,000 of his own money in renovations to the historic Illinois Governor's Mansion. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the billionaire businessman has given at least $3.45 million of his money to cover government costs that include doubling some salaries. The upgrades include fixing tile on the first floor, remodeling guest rooms and modernizing current plumbing.

 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 18,000 women traveled out of Indiana to terminate their pregnancies in recent years, according to state and federal data, likely fueled by the closure of abortion clinics and new laws restricting access to the procedure. While the number of abortions performed in Indiana declined by 14% between 2009 and 2017, The Indianapolis Star found that during the same period of time, the number of abortions sought out of state doubled.Illinois is an attractive destination for women seeking abortions as it lacks the restrictions of other states. It does not have a 20-week ban on terminations and the cost of the procedure is covered under Medicaid. Illinois also has more facilities that provide abortions. In 2017, Illinois had 40 and Indiana had nine.

 

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois’ engineering college and a company led by a graduate of the school are partnering on a technology center. The $100 million Center for Networked Intelligent Components and Environments will develop technology for use in transportation, manufacturing, medicine and homes. The center will be housed in the Grainger College of Engineering on the university’s campus in Urbana-Champaign.



(Washington-jm) -- The Agriculture Secretary was among those Friday applauding an agreement between USDA and EPA regarding the next steps in building the nation's biofuel industry. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A group looking to put a Las Vegas-style casino resort in the Illinois city of Danville says it wants to build a family oriented destination and promote economic growth in the area. Haven Gaming LLC presented its proposal at a City Council meeting, where the group was approved as the city’s casino operating partner. The resort will include a hotel, full-service spa, multiple restaurants, pool and lazy river, convention center, live entertainment venue, 4,000 parking spaces and more.


 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man who admitted to having cocaine could face up to 50 years in prison. Darryl Nelson was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance after police found 24 ounces of cocaine during a raid at his house on Winding Lane. Bond was set at $500,000.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Sunday kicked off fire prevention week and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office is urging families to be prepared should a fire break out. State Fire Marshal Spokesperson J-C Fultz says they recommend that families draw a map identifying pathways to two exits, and teaching kids how to escpae on their own in case you’re not there to help them. He says it’s also a good idea to practice a “fire drill” twice a year and set up a meeting place outside. Here’s some more tips…

 

 

State Fire Marshal Spokesperson J-C Fultz. There were more than 15 thousand residential fires in Illinois last year, and a reported 105 civilian fire deaths. 

 

 

(Chicago--jc)  --Illinois is the "least tax-friendly" state in the nation, according to a new report from business and economic forecasting publisher KiplingerThe state's economic woes and property taxes were major factors in the ranking.Kiplinger Tax Editor Rocky Mengle said the rankings were compiled by using the tax burden of a “hypothetical middle-class family” in all 50 states and Washington D.C.

 

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has released the name of a male who has died from a gunshot wound he received on Friday night in Urbana. Tramale (pronounced Tramell) Hooser, age 21, of Danville was pronounced dead at 8:08PM on October 5, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. An autopsy is scheduled for today at the Champaign County Regional Morgue Facility. An inquest may be held at a later date. The circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation by the Urbana Police Department, the Champaign County Coroner, and the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Unit.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Public health officials in Illinois have awarded $350,000 in grants to help improve the health care of women of reproductive age. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced earlier this week that the competitive grants are going to 14 organizations and public health departments statewide. The recipients include Asian Human Services and Erie Family Health in Chicago, along with health departments in Calhoun, Cass, Fulton, Henry and Will counties. The goal is to increase the percentage of women ages 18 to 44 who get preventative medical care.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois students can compete for a cash prize by writing letters to authors. Secretary of State Jesse White says students in grades 4-12 are eligible to enter the statewide contest. Students are asked to read a book of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their view of the world. White says students can enter on their own or through schools, libraries and youth organizations. The deadline to enter is Dec. 16. Entry forms and other details are at the secretary of state’s site.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- More than a century after the world's first juvenile court was established in Illinois, advocates are still fighting to ensure that children accused of crimes aren't treated the same as adults. Mary Schuermann reports…

 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton firefighters had a busy weekend. Friday night firefighters were called to assist Ludlow firefighters with a fire in the 200 block of west Thomas Street. On Saturday afternoon, firefighters were called to a single vehicle rollover accident on Route 45 at 500 north on Paxtons north side. No word on if there were any injuries.

 

The 1st Paxton Chamber Wine and Chocolate Walk was a huge success as over 120 participants took in the beautiful weather to visit the 17 businesses that took part in the event. Hudson’s Drug Shop won best beverage, Best Dessert and Best decor went to Bijouix Boutique. Plans are already in the works for next year. 

 

 

(Watseka-jm) -- A mural dedication will be held today in Watseka. The Watseka Kiwanis Club will hold the dedication of the Watchekee mural in the First Trust and Savings Parking lot at noon. Colleen Callahan, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be the guest speaker.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says a new historic preservation tax credit is proving popular. During the first round, 24 properties were submitted for the credit, and four were ultimately chosen to help support restoration and rehabilitation efforts says D-N-R Spokesperson Rachel Torbert…

 

 

D-N-R Spokesperson Rachel Torbert. A credit of up to three million dollars per project is available, with a total of 15 million awarded each year. 

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Governor J.B. Pritzker said he will make sure new tax revenue from the state's higher gas tax is spent property after federal agents raided the offices of Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Martin Sandoval as part of a corruption probe.Drivers in Illinois paid $100 million more in gas taxes in July than they did during the same month in 2018. Motorists in Illinois started paying 38 cents a gallon in state gas taxes on July 1. Lawmakers doubled the state's gas tax this spring as part of a plan to pay for infrastructure projects across the state. The revenue is earmarked for public works projects included in a six-year, $45 billion infrastructure plan. Lawmakers also passed other tax and fee increases along with expanded gambling measures as part of the spending plan for roads, bridges and buildings.

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Paxton Chamber of Commerce to Hold 1st Wine and Chocolate Walk on Saturday

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Schnuck Markets Incorporated, one of the Midwest’s largest grocery store chains, will stop selling cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products as of January first.  The company operates 115 stores overall 5 area states. Schnucks has 3 locations in Champaign County and 2 in McLean County locally. The privately-held company already does not sell e-cigarettes or vaping products.

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A new event for the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce will be held tomorrow. The chamber will hold a wine and chocolate walk tomorrow from 11 to 4:30 says Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce President Alan Meyer…

 

 

Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce President Alan Meyer.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul teen will be tried as an adult after police found a loaded gun and drugs in his backpack. 17-year-old Kristopher Mockbee faces charges of armed violence, aggravated unlawful use of weapons and possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Mockbee was arrested last month after police were notified by a family member that he had a gun. When he was arrested police found a loaded handgun which had been reported stolen, cocaine and scales. He was on probation for a 2018 burglary in the village. Bond was set at $150,000. Mockbee is due back in court November 19th.


 

(Undated-jm) -- National retailer Bed Bath and Beyond is announcing the closure of more stores than initially anticipated. Originally the company announced the closure of 40 stores however, Thursday, the company announced 60 stores will close after the holiday season. The company has not announced what stores will be closed.  The company has stores locally in Champaign, Normal and Bourbonnais.

 

(Cissna Park--jc)  -- You can get a great meal and also help support a local volunteer fire department on Sunday. The annual Cissna Park Volunteer Fire Department’s chicken fry is set for the fire station along route 49 in the village from 11am until 5pm. Money raised goes to  new equipment and upgrading equipment at the fire department. Carry outs are available. The group have several prizes to award including a 55 inch Phillips television, a clock made from wood of the 18-84 water tower and some cash prizes.

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- An area organization is holding a ride for a Gibson City girl battling scoliosis. 6-year-old Braylee Horn is in St. Louis for treatments and Just an Angel will hold a Cruise for Braylee to help cover some of the expenses. Just an Angel Spokesperson Dale Puls says the day starts with registration at the Wild Hare in Fisher with stops  in LeRoy, Towanda, Lexington, Colfax and Sibley…

 

 

Just An Angel Spokesperson Dale Puls of Paxton

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City residents may notice a rusty color to their water. The city’s water department will be flushing hydrants starting Sunday night and continuing through October 25th. Flushing will be done overnight and will begin on the northwest side of town.

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Reduced investment returns during a future recession won't cripple state budgets, but state policy decisions ahead of a future recession might, according to a new report. Credit rating agency S&P said many U.S. states have learned lessons about fiscal discipline when it comes to public retiree costs. State governments have made changes in the past decade that will help shield their budgets from a future recession, according to S&P analysts. 

 

(Livingston County-jm) -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Livingston County Health Department is hoping to turn porch lights pink. The health department is selling pink light bulbs for $4 and is encouraging everyone to light their porches pink to serve as a reminder to women to get breast exams and mammograms as recommended. Proceeds from the sale go to the Livingston County Cancer Fund.

 

(Washington-jm) -- The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is looking to hire new food safety inspectors. Gary Crawford has the details…

 

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Champaign County judge has ruled the county must grant OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center’s tax exemption while it is appealed with the state continues. The judge gave the county’s board of review 14 days to correct the assessments of the properties and county treasurer Laurel Prussing an additional 14 days after that to correct the more than $1.4 million tax bill. In a separate ruling, the judge denied the counties request to dismiss a lawsuit by Peoria-based OSF Healthcare. The hospital filed the lawsuit claiming the treasurer lacked the authority to send a tax bill stating the Illinois Department of Revenue determined most of the Urbana properties were tax exempt. Champaign County officials are challenging the tax exemption.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A new report from the legislative inspector general has concluded that Kevin Quinn, a former top aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan did sexually harass a former political consultant. However, it was before certain provisions were put in place. In February, Alaina Hampton accused Quinn of sexual harassment dating back to 2016 and continued for 5 months. Hampton filed a lawsuit claiming Madigan’s staff ignored her complaints and retaliated against her. Quinn had worked in Madigan’s office for nearly 20 years.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Champaign-Urbana will be celebrating Oktoberfest this Saturday from 3pm to midnight in downtown. Activities include live German music and several local breweries with beer tastings. Admission is $5.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- The annual Walk to End Alzheimers will take place this Saturday at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana. Registration begins at 8:30 with a Promise Garden Ceremony at 9:30 and the walk at 10. Alzheimers is the 6th leading cause of death in the U-S affecting 5 million Americans. In Illinois, 230,000 people are affected by Alzheimers.

 

 

(Buckley-jm) -- Buckley will hold their Movie in the Park this Saturday at Buckley Lake. The movie that will be shown is Monsters Inc. Showtime begins at 6:30 pm.

 

 

(Loda--jc)  A volleyball tournament, bags tournament silent auction start Saturday morning at the Isles Sportsbar in rural Buckley on Saturday. The reason is a benefit for a local woman diagnosed with cancer. Ellen Cabbage Lee is a nurse who is originally from Thawville and lives in Paxton. The fundraiser will help with medical bills. The public is invited to the Ellen’s Focus on the Fight event at the Isles on Saturday.

 

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Revisions for wind farm regulations in Ford County are almost complete

(Peotone--jc)  -- With state funds earmarked to pave the road leading to it, proponents of a third Chicago-area airport are working to get past opposition to the project.Lawmakers allocated $162 million in bond-paid money in the state's most recent budget for transportation-related expenses at the “Interchange at Eagle Lake Road.” U.S. Representative. Robin Kelly says the funds represented the funding for the “final leg” to get the South Suburban Airport built in Peotone and now is the time has come to finally build the South Suburban Airport.

 

(Chicago-jm) -- A panel of Illinois judiciary members and stakeholders developed a three-year plan, announced Wednesday during an event in Chicago, designed to “improve the delivery of justice and better serve the public.” In what Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier called the “most significant step forward” his branch of government has undergone since the amendment creating a unified court system in the state, the guide outlines a mission statement, vision edict and five core values meant to be its “blueprint for the future.”  The group crafted five goals 

They include “accessible justice and equal protection under the law;” “procedural fairness, timeliness, and operational efficiency;” “professionalism and accountability throughout the judicial branch;” “understanding of and confidence in the judicial branch;” and “sufficient funding.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Last month tied for fourth warmest September on record in Illinois. The average statewide temperature last month was 71 point three degrees. That’s nearly five degrees above normal, and a state record says State Climatologist Trent Ford…

 

 

State Climatologist Trent Ford. Statewide precipitation averaged over five inches but varied quite a bit across Illinois. Areas of north and north-central Illinois got about 12 inches of rain in September, while southeastern Illinois only had a quarter of an inch. 


 

(Rantoul--jc)  The Two day Punkin Chunkin event is set for the Rantoul Airport on November 2 and 3rd. The competition will feature dozens of competitions during the weekend run. The Punkin Chuckin group has an official beer distributor for this year’s event. They are Skeff Distributing Company. More information about the types of beer in the beer garden will be released later this month. The ticket prices for a weekend pass to the event is 20 dollars and are available at Punkin-Chuckin-dot come. WPXN will be broadcasting live on Saturday November 2 to help kick off the event.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton postal worker is being recognized for her work. A customer sent a letter to Congressman John Shimkus praising postal clerk Tina Masterson. Masterson received a letter from Shimkus thanking her for her dedication and professionalism.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- One area lawmaker is calling on the Governor and General Assembly to address redistricting reform. State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says redistricting should be done in a new, independent process…

 

State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

(Urbana--jc)  --A student at the University of Illinois is suing the school to get sexual harassment records after his Freedom of Information Act request was denied.John Bambenek, a former member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, is now a student at the university, where he serves on the Senate of the Illinois Student Government of the Urbana-Champaign Campus.He filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all final reports of sexual harassment by faculty and staff dating back to 2014. His request was denied for being overly burdensome.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- Revisions for wind farm regulations in Ford County are almost complete. A committee has been working on revisions to the policy since a moratorium on wind farm development in the county was implemented in 2017. The county’s zoning board is proposing a 2,250 foot setback from property lines and properties. A vote could take place as early as November. The changes will require a supermajority-9 of the 12 county board members, to approve the changes after the village of Roberts filed a protest to the revisions.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Producers are keeping a larger normal share of their 2018 production stored on their farms. Gary Crawford reports…

 


 

(Undated-jm) -- Unemployment rates are down across the area in August. In Ford County, the unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent down from 5 percent. In Iroquois County, the unemployment rate fell from 4.2 percent to 3.6 percent. Job increases were reported in the Champaign-Urbana area while job losses were reported in the Kankakee area.

 

(Rantoul--jc)  The Rantoul VFW Post 67-50 along with dozens of other service groups  gathered donations throughout the area to benefit military honor guard. The funds that come to the Rantoul VFW will help with military uniforms and other costs. Rantoul. VFW Spokesperson Joe Manka says over one dozen volunteers help with military funerals, appearances at schools and more...

 

 

Rantoul VFW Spokesperson Joe Manka

All involoved say a huge thank you to all who donated

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday called on Sen. Martin Sandoval to step down as chairman of the powerful Senate Transportation Committee in the wake of an FBI investigation into possible corruption and bribery involving public contracts. “While Senator Sandoval is under investigation, it’s in the best interests of our state that he no longer serve as chairman of the Transportation Committee,” Pritzker told reporters shortly after an unrelated event in Oak Lawn. “If he doesn’t step aside, he should be removed.” Sandoval, a Democrat, was instrumental in pushing through a $45 billion capital infrastructure bill this year that will fund repairs and improvements to state highways, bridges, university campuses and other public facilities.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- The U.S. has never ended a marketing year with soybean stocks as large as they were on September 1st. One expert says the reasons for the stock buildup are fairly obvious. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- An area organization is holding a ride for a Roberts girl battling scoliosis. 6-year-old Braylee Horn will go to St. Louis later this month for treatments and Just an Angel will hold a Cruise for Braylee to help cover some of the expenses. The ride will take place on Saturday at noon at the Wild Hare in Fisher. Other stops on the ride include LeRoy, Towanda, Lexington, Colfax and Sibley. 


 

(Urbana-jm) -- One area community is collecting old cell phones to give to victims of domestic violence. The city of Urbana is collecting phones, chargers and other phone accessories throughout the month of October. The phones will be given to Courage Connection and distributed to victims of domestic violence as emergency 9-1-1 phones.

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- The primary election may not be for another six months but candidates are now able to start circulating petitions. Candidates for established political parties began circulating nominating petitions for the primary election on September 3rd. Paperwork must be turned into the county clerk’s office between November 25th and December 2nd. The primary election in Illinois is March 17th.

 

 

(Roberts-jm) -- A drainage project is about to begin in the village of Roberts. Mayor Rick Flessner says the project will help alleviate drainage issues on several properties…

 

Roberts Mayor Rick Flessner.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- It may be October but the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Gibson City are preparing for their annual Lighted Christmas Parade. The parade will be held on November 23rd at 6:30 pm. Caroling downtown will take place from 4 to 6:30 pm. The theme this year is Silver Bells. For more information or to sign your float up, call Susie Tongate at 309-825-0311 or Mayor Dan Dickey at 781-1905.

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University of Illinois Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus will join Red Grange in having a statue outside Memorial Stadium

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois government employees should not travel for work to states that “criminalize reproductive health,” a northwest suburban Democrat said. Rep. Daniel Didech, from Buffalo Grove, proposed legislation that would prohibit the state from requiring staff to travel to states with laws effectively banning abortion or requiring investigations into the cause of a miscarriage. It would also bar the government from reimbursing an employee for travel to one of those states. In the first six months of 2019, 12 states passed some form of a law restricting access to abortion. They include neighboring Indiana, Missouri and Kentucky. If enacted, his bill would apply to all three branches of government. It would additionally apply to all states with statutes barring access to abortion procedures or with miscarriage investigation requirements, until those states either repeal them or a court strikes them from their books.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says deer that have tuberculosis can transmit the bacteria to people. The CDC began investigating the possibility after a Michigan hunter contracted tuberculosis in 2017. The hunter had no exposure to people or countries with an endemic of TB. During the investigation, the CDC discovered the hunter inhaled the bacteria while field dressing a deer carcass and removing diseased parts. The CDC recommends wearing protective gear when field dressing.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton police are investigating a broken window at the Pells Park Pavilion. The broken window was discovered Friday evening, likely caused by a small object thrown at it. Anyone with information is urged to call Ford County Crime stoppers at 217-784-4173.

 

 

(University of Illinois-jm) -- University of Illinois football hall of famer Dick Butkus will join Red Grange in having a statue outside Memorial Stadium. The statue will go outside the main entrance to the Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center. The dedication takes place at 2pm on October 11th and is open to the public.

 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Two public hearings on an ordinance regulating solar energy in Paxton will be held in October. The planning commission will hear comments from the public on the ordinance on October 3rd while the city council will hear comments during the city council meeting on October 8th. The proposed ordinance would not charge a fee or building permit for a 0-2 kw system, however, a 2-10 kw system would cost $50, 10-100 kw would cost $100 and 100 plus kw would cost $200. Both meetings get underway at 7pm in the city council chambers.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Three area lawmakers are being recognized for their efforts to protect the environment. Senator Scott Bennett and Representatives Carol Ammons and Mike Marron received the Milestone Achievement Award for their efforts in passing historical coal ash regulations. The regulations were signed by Governor J-B Pritzker back in July.

 

 

(Rantoul-jc)  -- Rantoul VFW post 67-50 needs your help. The local military group is gathering monetary donations on Wednesday in the village. Rantoul VFW Spokesperson Joe Manka says the money raised on Wednesday will go to the group’s honor guards. The group will have volunteers at the Family Video location at the corner of Route 45 and U-S Route 136 in Rantoul from 6am until 7pm on Wednesday.

 

(Undated-jm) -- Food delivery service Door Dash is reporting nearly 5 million users, delivery drivers and vendors data have been exposed to a data breach. The company says an unauthorized third party accessed the information in May. Names, emails, delivery addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of payment cards and the last four digits of bank accounts were exposed. The company says they are reaching out to those affected.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- CVS Pharmacy is announcing they are suspending the sale of Zantac and CVS brand ranitidine products until further notice. The move comes after the FDA announced that ranit-idine products have low levels of nitro-sodim-ethyl-amine, an ingredient that can cause cancer. The FDA continues to evaluate whether those levels pose a risk. So far, there has not been a recall on the products and the FDA is not recommending that patients stop taking the medications at this time.

 

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul police are teaming up with the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce to host Coffee with a Cop this week. The event takes place tomorrow from 7:30-9:30 am at the chamber office in downtown Rantoul. The chamber and police hope the event will break down barriers between police and the public.

 

 

The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce is eager to announce an initiative to showcase our local schools by hosting a Teacher and Class of the Month, “T & C”. The initiative was created to promote group effort and teamwork. This initiative softly ran for the month of September and over 40 submissions were received. The winning “T & C” for the month of September is Dr. Joni White’s class of JW Eater Junior. High School. The Chamber will choose a winning Teacher and Class on the third Thursday of every month. Please have submissions returned on the third Tuesday of every month to be considered. Submissions can be emailed to dir@rantoulchamber.com or dropped in our mailbox at 120 E Sangamon, Rantoul. The winning Teacher and Class for the month will receive a pizza party from Papa Johns. As always, we would like to thank our Chamber Members for continuing to support our community efforts and initiatives. Contact the RACC office with any questions:

 

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- The village of Fisher is looking to strengthen the enforcement language in their nuisance ordinance. The move comes after several residents brought their concerns to the village board. Village police say they will increase enforcement while the village administrator says he will research ordinances in other nearby communities.


 

(Washington-jm) -- Marijuana dispensaries are one step closer to having more avenues to handle their cash flow. The U-S House passed the Safe Banking Act which ensures marijuana businesses have access to banking services. Because marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, federal banks can’t accept the money. The U-S Senate must still approve the legislation.

 

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