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Wednesday October 18 2017

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is filing a lawsuit against the operators of alleged student loan debt relief scam that took advantage of students by charging large upfront fees for no help in reducing their debt load. Madigan filed the lawsuit against Federal Student Loan Relief also sometimes called Federal Tax Relief and Teldebt. According to Madigan, one of the companies allegedly charged $700 to provide document prep services that are available for free.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- This is mating season for deer and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is urging drivers to be extra cautious on the roads. Motorists should be vigilant for deer darting into the road, especially in rural areas says Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross…

 

 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross. Cross also says deer often stop in the middle of the road or double back. Last year in Illinois, 41 percent of deer-vehicles crashes occurred in October.

 

The Bellflower Fall Extravaganza will be held at the Bellflower Community Center on Saturday October 28th from 9am-3pm. Over 30 vendors have signed up to sell their goods. Town Wide garage sales will also be going on. 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters will be making a return to central Illinois this winter. The Harlem Globetrotters will take on the Washington Generals on Friday, January 19th at 7 p.m. at the State Farm Center in Champaign as part of their 2018 World Tour. Tickets are available at harlemglobetrotters dot com or state farm center dot com.


 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The 2017 Farmer City Haunted Forest is a little over a week away. Campsites out at South Park will be decorated for the event on Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th. Organizer Angela Testory talks about the hours for this year’s event…

 

 

Farmer City Haunted Forest Organizer Angela Testory.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Blue Ridge School board members are expected to review and approve the 2015-2016 annual audit at tonight’s school board meeting. School board members are also expected to discuss and approve HVAC controls for Blue Ridge Intermediate Junior High School and Superintendent Susan Wilson will update the board on the progress of their strategic planning goals. The Blue Ridge School Board meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Globally, corn production is up, but stocks are down. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 17 other attorneys general in filing briefs to protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination. The attorneys general argue employment discrimination based on sexual orientation is a violation of Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act. The brief is based on a case involving a Georgia hospital security guard who claimed she was harassed and forced out for being a lesbian. The attorneys general hope to make the ruling nationwide.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner isn’t releasing details of the offer made for Amazon’s second headquarters yet, but says Illinois is the company’s best bet. The offer from the state and City of Chicago was turned in Monday, and included sites in the city and the suburbs. Governor Rauner says Amazon has been specific about what they are looking for…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. States have until Thursday night to submit a bid so Governor Rauner says they won’t give out any more details until that deadline passes. He notes if Amazon selects Illinois, the project will create thousands of high paying jobs.


 

(Pesotum-jm) -- Illinois State Police in Pesotum have announced they will be conducting alcohol countermeasure enforcement patrols in Champaign County. State Police aren’t saying when or where the enforcement patrols will take place but they hope to watch for unsafe drivers including those driving under the influence, safety belt and child restraint use, speeding and distracted driving. Police says alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois and there is one alcohol related traffic fatality every 53 minutes in the U.S.

 

The Farmer City Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Trunk or Treat event downtown Farmer City on Halloween night October 31st from 5:30-6:30. Come and decorate the trunk of your car for kids to Trick or Treat at.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County is asking for donations to help with this year’s Holiday Bureau. The Holiday Bureau is for low income families to shop for toys and receive a food voucher to help during the holiday’s. Executive Director Andy Kulcyzcki says they can use all types of donations…



Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County Executive Director Andy Kulcyzcki.


 

 

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Tuesday October 17 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Crop harvesting is plugging along as we hear in the weekly crop report. Cooler temperatures and much needed rain prevailed this past week. State Crop Statistician Brad Summa says 95 percent of corn is now mature…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Brad Summa. 63 percent of soybeans and 60 percent of sorghum has been harvested, ahead of last year and the five year average. 51 percent of winter wheat has been planted and 13 percent emerged. Average statewide topsoil moisture improved to 12 percent very short, 19 percent short, 56 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus.

 

 

The Farmer City Raceway will hold their Awards Banquet Saturday Oct. 21 at the Raceway starting at 5pm. This event is open to the public donations are welcomed. Doors open at 5pm with dinner at 6pm and Awards at 7pm. There will be a DJ and door prizes.

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- Warner Hospital in Clinton will hold an open house today for their physical therapy program. The open house from 4:30 until 6 is part of Physical Therapy month. There will be door prizes and refreshments. The open house is open to the public.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City Rotary Club is raising money to do upgrades to the North Park playground. The group is selling calendars depicting scenes in and around Gibson City. Rotary Club President Susie Tongate says they are also doing a giveaway…

 

 

Gibson City Rotary Club President Susie Tongate. Calendars are available by contacting a Rotary Club member or at a few select businesses.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- This is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and Secretary of State Jesse White is noting the success of the state’s graduated driver licensing program. The G-D-L requirements began in 2008, and since then, teen driving deaths have dropped by 51 percent. Secretary White says the program makes sure high schoolers get plenty of practice driving, and limits teens to just one friend in the car once they get their license…



Secretary of State Jesse White. White stresses the need for parents to discuss other distracted driving dangers with their teens including texting and talking on the phone.


 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College’s Wind Choral and Orchestra will hold a joint concert this month. The concert titled “Autumn Reflections” will take place on Sunday, October 22nd at 2 p.m. at the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.


 

The Blue Ridge Thespian Troupe 5290 will present The Mad Tea Party Dinner Theater Fri Nov 3rd and Saturday Nov 4th with dinner at 6pm and the show at 7pm. On Sunday the dinner is at 1pm with the show at 2pm. Cost is $16 per person. Reservations are required. Call 309-928-2622 or email B, underscore, R, underscore, Drama at yahoo dot com. You can also find them on facebook BRHS Thespian Troupe 5290 & Friends.



(Rantoul-jm) -- A Rantoul travel agency is preparing a dinner theatre trip in 2018. Anywhere Anytime Journeys Brad Martin is planning the trip to Indianapolis to see a performance of Wicked…



Anywhere Anytime Journeys in Rantoul Founder Brad Martin.

 

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Friday October 13 2017

(Washington-jm) -- An Illinois Congressman is introducing legislation to improve broadband access to veterans. Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney of California are reintroducing the Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act. That act would direct the FCC to produce a report examining the current state of veterans access to broadband and what can be done to increase access. The act would focus on low income veterans and veterans in rural areas. The FCC would have to complete their report within a year and include their findings and recommendations to Congress.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City Rotary Club is holding their calendar fundraiser. Rotary Club President Susie Tongate talks about the calendars…

 

 

Gibson City Rotary Club President Susie Tongate.

 

The City of LeRoy will have it's Oktoberfest from 10-3  Saturday on the Circle in Downtown LeRoy. there will be Craft and antique vendors, Farmer’s Market items, and many reclaimed and refurbished items. Local and home based businesses will be represented. There will also be local produce including pumpkins and fall vegetables.  Many local vendors selling your favorite holiday flavored baked goods with Caramel Apples, Apple Fritters, Kettle Korn, Pumpkin donuts, Apple Slushes, Cider and more. Food Vendors include Healthy in a Hurry, and Zetti’s Food Trucks, and Panther Pause will be serving Polish Sausage and Sauerkraut. There will be free pumpkin painting and a bounce house for the kids. Face painting will also be available for a small fee.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is announcing the deadline for farmers and producers to address resource issues on the farm. The deadlines to apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program is November 17, 2017 and January 19, 2018. For more information or to get more details about the program contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- How does USDA's latest crop production estimates for corn, soybean, and cotton compare to the September projections? Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 37 other attorneys general in urging two major credit agencies against charging fees to consumers who want to freeze credit on their accounts. Madigan and the other attorneys general are urging Experian and TransUnion to halt the charges after the massive data breach at Equifax which impacted an estimated 145 million people. Currently, companies can charge fees to freeze credit accounts and to lift the freeze. There is legislation in the General Assembly that would eliminate credit freeze fees in Illinois. 7 other states have laws on the books that eliminate credit freeze fees.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Governor’s new Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force is kicking off a new statewide listening tour. The first meeting was held this week in Chicago, and the group heard from those affected personally by the highly addictive drugs. First up was Amy McCormick, whose son Owen became addicted after an out-patient hand surgery…



Amy McCormick. Narcan is an antidote for opioid overdoses. Opioid related deaths are dramatically increasing in Illinois. The task force is working to reduce those numbers.


The Farmer City VFW Post 6190 and the Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a Fish Fry  Saturday evening from 5-8pm on the Square in downtown Farmer City . Cost for Adults is $9. Children and Younger $5. Dine in or Carry out available.


 

(Bement-jm) -- Piatt County residents who need help putting food on the table can head to Bement. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will hold a foodmobile on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 at the Bement Fire Station.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- An area travel agency is trying to make it easier when you travel by introducing an app. Anywhere Anytime Journeys in Rantoul Founder Brad Martin talks about the app…



Anywhere Anytime Journeys Founder Brad Martin.

 

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Thursday October 12 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- The State Department of Transportation is seeking input on rest areas in Illinois. An online survey asks the public questions like how satisfied they are with the rest areas and how important certain features are to them says I-DOT Spokesperson Kelsea Gurski…

 

 

IDOT Spokesperson Kelsea Gurski. To access the survey, visit idot dot illinois dot gov. It will be up through Sunday, October 29th.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Those wanting to nominate someone for one of three awards by the American Soybean Association have less than a week left to do so. The American Soybean Association is accepting nomination for the Outstanding State Volunteer Award, Distinguished Leadership Award and the Pinnacle Award. The deadline to nominate someone is October 16th.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced they will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program or CRP and that it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.  Acting Farm Service Agency Administrator Steven Peterson says all current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through September 30, 2017, except for those made under the Pollinator Habitat Initiative, will be approved. Peterson also says they are suspending acceptance of offers to review allocation levels and to avoid exceeding the statutory cap of 24 million acres.


 

(Washington-jm) -- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the U.S. is going on the offensive when it comes to unjustified agricultural trade barriers by other nations. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s planning more overseas trade missions in the coming months. Last month, the Governor went to China and Japan to foster relationships with officials and businesses, and says he will be heading to Israel in about three weeks…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Governor Rauner says a few months after that trip, he will travel to Europe with stops in the United Kingdom, Germany and Poland.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The Clinton Fire Department held their annual Fire Truck Parade last night. More than 20 fire trucks from across the area participated in the parade as part of Fire Prevention Week.


 

(Monticello-jm) -- A Monticello man has announced he will run for Piatt County Circuit Clerk. Seth Floyd has announced he will run for the seat held by Laurie Birch, who was appointed to the position earlier this year. Birch has not yet announced whether she will run for re-election.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Organizers continue to plan the 2017 Farmer City Haunted Forest set for Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th. Organizer Angela Testory talks about the display for this year’s event…



Farmer City Haunted Forest Organizer Angela Testory.

 

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Wednesday October 11 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- The warm weather helped keep harvest progress moving along as we hear in the weekly crop report. 38 percent of corn has now been harvested, behind last year’s pace and the five year average. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 64 percent of the corn crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Turning to soybeans

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 30 percent of winter wheat has been planted and average statewide topsoil moisture improved to 24 percent very short, 37 percent short and 39 percent adequate.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- A dispute between an area hospital and a health insurance company could mean the loss of coverage for some patients. OSF Healthcare announced Tuesday they will no longer be apart of Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois’ network beginning January 1st. The action began when Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois announced plans to drop three, large OSF hospitals from its network. OSF responded by terminating Blue Cross agreements with most of its other hospitals. Both groups have said they will continue negotiations.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- Replex is LeRoy will be offering a program starting Monday to help girls gain more self confidence. Spokesperson Corey Owens talks about the girl strong program…

 

 

Replex in LeRoy Spokesperson Corey Owens.

 

 

(Mansfield-jm) -- The Northern Piatt Fire Protection District is Mansfield will hold an open house as part of Fire Prevention Week. The open house will take place today from 4 to 8 p.m. Activities include fire truck rides, giveaways and a chili supper. Fire Prevention Week runs October 8th through the 14th.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Forecasts for corn and soybean crop production have been all over the place this season, but history proves USDA's October forecasts are usually very accurate. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Two area men are among nearly a dozen people to submit their applications for the vacancy on the Parkland College Board. George Johnston of Monticello and Michael Smith of Mahomet join 11 others in filling the vacancy. The Parkland College trustees will independently review the applications to determine which candidates will move forward in the selection process and receive an interview. The interview schedule will be determined once top candidates have been identified.    


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Lottery is launching its latest Ticket for the Cure game, benefiting breast cancer research. The popular ticket is still going strong says Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith, raising more than 12 million dollars since its inception…



Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith. The Ticket for the Cure game costs three dollars to play and offers a top prize of 50 thousand dollars.


 

(Downs-jm) -- The village of Downs has a vacant trustee position. The village is looking for someone interested in filling the position. To be eligible, those interested must be a registered voter and a resident of Downs for at least 1 year. The person in the position will be in office until April 30th, 2019. For more information or to fill out a registration form visit village hall.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- An area travel agency will be hosting a special cruise night tomorrow night. Anywhere Anytime Journeys in Rantoul is holding their cruise night tomorrow from 5:30 until 8:30 at their location inside Lindsey Lane Bridal in downtown Rantoul. Founder and CEO Brad Martin says one of the topics they will discuss is the need for insurance…



Anywhere Anytime Journeys Founder and CEO Brad Martin.

 

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Tuesday October 10 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is proclaiming October as manufacturing month in Illinois. The Governor has been stopping by companies in Illinois to celebrate the manufacturing industry, which he says is vital to Illinois…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Governor Rauner says he will continue to work towards making Illinois more business friendly and developing a strong workforce.

 

 

(Mansfield-jm) -- The Northern Piatt Fire Protection District is Mansfield will hold an open house as part of Fire Prevention Week. The open house will take place tomorrow from 4 to 8 p.m. Activities include fire truck rides, giveaways and a chili supper. Fire Prevention Week runs through the 14th.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Blue Ridge School Board heard an update on a couple of programs at their September school board meeting. One of the programs the board heard an update on the was the alternative education program. The other program, Superintendent Susan Wilson says they heard an update on was the summer bridge program…

 

 

Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.


 

(LeRoy-jm) -- The LeRoy School Board will meet tonight in their regular monthly meeting. School board members are expected to hear and approve an audit done by Rick Phillips from Phillips and Association and discuss the preliminary tax levy for fiscal year 2019. The LeRoy School Board meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at LeRoy High School.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Data collection has wrapped up for the USDA's upcoming crop production report. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- As the country continues to mourn the loss of life at the hands of a gunman in Las Vegas this month, and the debate rages about gun control, some anti-violence groups are seeing an increase in membership. Veronica Carter has details…



The Farmer City VFW Post 6190 and the Ladies Auxiliary on the Square in downtown Farmer City is hosting a Fish Fry  Friday night from 5-8pm. Cost for Adults is $9. Children and Younger $5. Dine in or Carry out available.



The City of LeRoy will celebrate Oktoberfest from 10-3 Saturday on the Circle in Downtown LeRoy. There will be many craft and antique vendors. Farmer’s Market items, and many reclaimed and refurbished items will be available for purchase. Local and home based businesses will be represented. Local produce including pumpkins and fall vegetables will be available.  Many local vendors selling your favorite holiday flavored baked goods with Caramel Apples, Apple Fritters, Kettle Korn, Pumpkin donuts, Apple Slushes, Cider and more. Food Vendors include Healthy in a Hurry, and Zetti’s Food Trucks will be set up, and Panther Pause will be serving Polish Sausage and Sauerkraut. There will be free pumpkin painting and a bounce house for the kids. Face painting will also be available for a small fee.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Farmer City Haunted Forest returns again later this month. Organizer Angela Testory says the event will take place October 27th and 28th…



Farmer City Haunted Forest Organizer Angela Testory.

 

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Friday October 6 2017

(Undated-jm) -- A program that provides skilled nursing services to 150-200 households in the area is closing. Home Care of Central Illinois, based in Lincoln announced they are closing at the end of the year. The group began their home care program in 1981 serving residents in McLean, Logan, DeWitt and Piatt Counties. The group says new regulations and an increase in the number of larger agencies is prompting the closure.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Blue Ridge School Board heard an update on the alternative education program. Superintendent Susan Wilson says overall the program has proved quite successful…

 

 

Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.

 

 

(Farmer City-dg) -- October will be the start up month for the Joe Williams American Legion Post 55 in Farmer City His and Hers dinners. The dinner will be on Saturday beginning at 5pm and you get a choice of fried chicken or ribeye. The meal comes with baked potato, green beans, salad, roll, and dessert.

 

 

(Saybrook-jm) -- The Saybrook Sons of the American Legion Post 427 will hold their final taco, taco salad, nacho night of the year this evening from 5 to 7 p.m.



 

(Springfield-jm) -- A suburban state lawmaker is proposing an assault weapons ban in light of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday. Representative Marty Moylan of Des Plaines just filed legislation outlawing assault rifles and bump stocks in Illinois. He says it’s a matter of public safety…

 

State Representative Marty Moylan of Des Plaines. Moylan says he will push for passage during the fall veto session which begins later this month.

 

(Champaign-jm) -- A Monticello man and Parkland College Trustee has been picked to fill a vacancy on the Illinois Community College Board. James Ayers was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to fill the vacancy by Jake Rendleman from John A. Logan Community College in Carterville. Ayers must be approved by the state senate.


 

(Undated-jm) -- State Senators return to the state capitol later this month for the fall session. State Senator Jason Barickman says there are some reforms he hopes gets accomplished this session…



State Senator Jason Barickman.


 

(LeRoy-jm) -- Replex in LeRoy will once again hold their Ranger Days again this school year. Ranger Days are set for today and Monday, November 22nd, December 27th through the 29th, January 2nd through the 5th and March 26th through the 30th. The Ranger Days program is available for kids ages 4-12.


 

The Alzheimer’s Association  Champaign/Urbana’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, October 7th at Centennial Park in Champaign.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- A new nationwide report card ranks the top 25 restaurant chains for their antibiotics policies and practices. More from Veronica Carter..


 

 

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Thursday October 5 2017

(Danvers-jm) -- The man accused of stealing several vehicles and fleeing from police over the past few days has been arrested. Police say Chad Matheson was arrested by Danvers Police along with McLean County Sheriff’s Deputies Wednesday afternoon after he attempted to flee from police there. Matheson is accused of stealing a truck in Argenta Tuesday morning. Later that morning Piatt County deputies were notified of a chase in DeWitt County near Farmer City. The vehicle was located at a residence near Galesville in Piatt County and the deputy noticed a vehicle normally at the residence was gone. Tuesday evening, Matheson was spotted in LeRoy hauling a trailer that was stolen from Bloomington. The trailer was found south of LeRoy in DeWitt County. Matheson was on the run from police after he was sentenced to three years in prison in Moultrie County for forgery.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A drug used to combat opioid overdoses will be more readily available in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health is releasing a standing order for Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan. Previously, a prescription was needed, but under the order, trained pharmacists will be able to dispense the life saving drug says Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold…

 

 

Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. Narcan helps reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, which are occurring more frequently in recent years.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing over $9.6 billion in payments will be made starting this week to producers through the Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage and Conservation Reserve programs. The Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage are part of the 2014 Farm bill and offer a safety net to producers when there is a substantial drop in revenue or prices in covered commodities including corn, wheat and soybeans.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- Replex in LeRoy will be holding their 5k fundraiser this Saturday. Spokesperson Corey Owens talks about the event…

 

 

Replex Spokesperson Corey Owens.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- This is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is stressing the importance of protecting your information. I-T Security is a matter of public safety, and everyone must do their part says I-EMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson…



IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson. Steps you can take include using strong passwords with at least 10 characters including upper and lower case letters, numerals and symbols, as well as not opening email attachments from senders you don’t know.


 

(Downs-jm) -- The Downs Village Board is expected to approve a pair of zoning board of appeals requests at tonight’s village board meeting. Village board members will be asked to approve the preliminary plan for Downs Crossing Phase 4 storm detention plans. They will also be asked to approve rezoning over 7 acres in the preliminary plan from agriculture to public. Village board members will also discuss zoning and subdivision ordinance changes, approve a pair of agreements with Norfolk Southern Railroad and approve a TIF development agreement. The Downs Village Board meeting gets underway at 8 p.m.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their annual Christmas parade. Executive Director Marian Brisard says they are seeking nominations for grand marshall…



Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marian Brisard.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in Clinton today from 11:30 to 5:30 at St. John’s Hall.

 

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Wednesday October 4 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 39 other attorneys general are calling on Congress to pass legislation to make treatment for drug addiction more affordable and accessible. The Road to Recovery Act increases access to treatment for opioid addiction by removing a provision that blocks funding for residential treatment facilities. According to the CDC, in 2015, 33,091 overdose deaths were reported in the U.S. with 1,339 in Illinois. In 2016 that number rose to 64,000 in the U.S. and 1,888 in Illinois.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Farmers had plenty of time in the fields this past week as we hear in the weekly crop report. It was a hot, dry week in Illinois and topsoil moisture levels declined to 36 percent very short, 48 percent short and 16 percent surplus. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 21 percent of corn has been harvested…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 80 percent of soybeans are dropping leaves and 30 percent has been harvested. 59 percent of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition. 23 percent of sorghum has been harvested and nine percent of winter wheat has been planted.



(LeRoy-jm) -- LeRoy police have arrested a man after he led them on a chase into Bloomington. According to LeRoy police, they were notified of an erratic driver on I-74 approaching LeRoy. An officer clocked the vehicle going 116 mph and attempted to pull the vehicle over. The officer terminated the pursuit in Bloomington but was later notified of an accident at Route 150 and Rhodes Lane in Bloomington. 40 year old Kharon Overton of Chicago was charged with speeding more than 40 mph over, aggravated fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, illegal consumption of alcohol and driving under the influence. He was taken to the McLean County Jail.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Farmer City police have released their recent activity report. Officers handled a report of criminal trespass in the 200 block of E. Green St, a report of telephone harassment in the 500 block of E. Market St, vandalism in the 500 block of S. Maple St, a disturbance in the 1300 block of W. Clinton Avenue, criminal damage to property at the South Park BMX track, a report of disorderly conduct on Route 54 and a fight in progress in the 700 block of E. Richardson St. Officers also issued 6 speeding tickets, 3 for disobeying a stop sign and 2 for obstructed windshield. 5 youth were arrested for consumption of alcohol by a minor and Travis Gullett of Campton, Kentucky was arrested for driving while license suspended.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Area schools are starting to receive some payments from the state. Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson says that while the state is making progress they are still behind…

 

 

Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College is accepting applications to fill a vacancy. The trustee position will serve until the Board of Trustees election in April of 2019. Those interested must reside in District 505 including Champaign, DeWitt, Piatt, Livingston and McLean Counties and submit a letter of intent and a brief resume to Nancy Willamon by noon on Tuesday, October 10th.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is urging Illinoisans to get their annual flu shot. Governor Rauner just got his flu shot and wants everyone six months and older to do the same…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Flu season in Illinois typically begins in October and usually peaks between December and March. Public Health officials recommend getting your flu shot by the end of this month since it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to fully take effect.


 

(Piatt County-jm) -- Area law enforcement personnel are asking the public’s help in locating a stolen vehicle. A blue 2006 Toyota Tacoma with license plate 777LMM was stolen from Galesville, Illinois in Piatt County. Police say the driver is possibly armed, wanted for parole violations and fleeing from police in several counties including DeWitt, Piatt and McLean. Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1.


 

(Mansfield-jm) -- A missing Mansfield man has been found dead. Piatt County Sheriff’s police say a farmer found 55-year-old Jeff Morfey on his property about 2 miles north of Mansfield. Police say it appears Morfey died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Police continue to investigate.

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(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Senate will return to the state capitol later this month for the fall session. State Senator Jason Barickman says he hopes job creation is part of the agenda for lawmakers…



State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

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Tuesday October 3 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is urging families to get the Free Application for Federal Student Aid filled out as soon as they can. The FAFSA helps determine if a student is eligible for financial aid, and is now available for the 2018-2019 school year. I-SAC Spokesperson Lynne Baker says it’s a good idea to get to work on that form right away…

 

 

Illinois Student Assistance Commission Spokesperson Lynne Baker. Filling out the FAFSA can be daunting, but help is available. Visit: isac dot org for information about workshops, facebook live events and other assistance.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College’s Career and Technical Education program will hold an open house October 20th from 8:45 to 12:50. The open house is open to high school juniors and seniors. For more information or to register by the October 5th deadline, visit parkland dot edu slash cte open house.

 

 

(Forsyth-jm) -- Area lawmakers are reacting to Governor Bruce Rauner’s signing of legislation that allows Illinois taxpayers to pay abortions for state workers. State Representative Bill Mitchell of Forsyth says he’s disappointed in the Governor’s actions…

 

 

State Representative Bill Mitchell.

 

(Undated-jm) -- Two area 4-H mentors have been inducted into the state’s 4-H Hall of Fame. Bea Hall from Macon County and Cindy Hoffman of DeWitt County were inducted into the hall of fame for their 20 plus years each in helping area youth. Over 5,100 youth in DeWitt, Piatt and Macon County’s participate in 4-H.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Corn is making good progress toward maturity, but the numbers are still behind the crop's five year averages. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

Soybeans are dropping leaves surpassing the five year average. Currently they are at 80 percent with the five year average of 78 percent. 22 percent of the soybean crop has been harvested. 60 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition 12 percent is rated very poor to poor.

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Area lawmakers are reacting to Governor Bruce Rauner’s signing of legislation that allows Illinois taxpayers to pay abortions for state workers. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says he’s disappointed in the Governor’s actions…



State Representative Tom Bennett.


 

Replex in LeRoy is having a Colors for Community 5K Walk/Run and Free Kids Fun Run on Saturday October 7th. Pre-registration $25.00 Race Day Registration is $30.00 T-shirt pickup at 7am, Race starts at 8am.  For more information call LeRoy Replex at 309-962-4800.



 

(Clinton-jm) -- The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a fundraiser. The group is selling specialty haunted license plates says Executive Director Marian Brisard…



Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marian Brisard.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A horticulture expert at the University of Illinois Extension is offering some tips for planting fall mums in your garden. You don’t have to limit your fall mum purchases to containers. The Extension’s Kari Houle (kar-e hool) says if you play your cards right, you can plant them and get them to last through the winter…



University of Illinois Extensions Kari Houle. After they have gone dormant later this fall, Houle says you shouldn’t cut them back since they need the extra layer of protection. Another option is planting mums in the spring when they have more time to establish a root system.

 

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Monday October 2 2017

(Champaign-jm) -- September wrapped up as a warm and dry month. It ended up as the 20th warmest September on record in Illinois. The average temperature was  69 point three degrees, which is about three degrees above normal says State Climatologist Jim Angel…

 

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel. The month also came in as the fifth driest September on record in Illinois, with average statewide rainfall nearly two and a half inches below normal.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- LeRoy High School will be hosting a college night to help seniors. The college night will take place Wednesday, October 4th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Those attending will learn about the application process, scholarships available and how to receive financial aid.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Blue Ridge School District will hold an evacuation drill this week. Superintendent Susan Wilson talks about the drill…

 

 

Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- LeRoy Elementary School will be holding a developmental screening day in October. Children from birth to 3 years old can be screened on Wednesday, October 3rd. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call LeRoy Elementary School at 309-962-4771.

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Farmer City city council is expected to continue discussions on mandated residential recycling at tonight’s city council meeting. Council members are also expected to approve and authorize the execution of a second amended and restated declaration of trust and adopt an investment policy. The Farmer City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- What does USDA's latest look at grain stocks and small grain production reveal about this year's crops and supplies? Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is providing help to families with college bound students for “College Changes Everything” Month. I-SAC is offering free workshops around the state during October to help students get their college applications and Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms filled out says Spokesperson Lynne Baker…



Illinois Student Assistance Commission Spokesperson Lynne Baker. I-SAC will also hold five facebook live events and offer a text messaging service to answer questions from families. Visit I-SAC’s facebook page and ISAC dot org for all the details.


 

(Downs-jm) -- Tri-Valley High School will be celebrating homecoming October 2nd through the 6th. The homecoming parade will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 5th. The parade route will start at the intersection of Lincoln and Washington and turn right onto Garfield, then right onto Cleveland and left onto Washington before returning to the high school.


 

(Undated-jm) -- One area lawmaker is promoting the new education funding formula. State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington was one of the members of a task force created by the Governor to look into how to reform the funding formula to make it more fair. Senator Barickman says the new formula will help downstate schools…



State Senator Jason Barickman.
 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Area youth will have a chance to learn about a wide variety of topics through the University of Illinois DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Extension Office. The group will offer monthly learning series during the 2017-2018 program year including food preservation, worm composting, ceramics and more. The first series will take place October 9th from 1 to 3 p.m.  Registration is due by the end of the business day today. For more information or to register your child, call 217-877-6042.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The Clinton city council is expected to approve a pair of facade agreements at tonight’s city council meeting. The council will be asked to approve the agreements with AMS Inc and Green Acres Real Estate. Council members will also be asked to approve wood chips for the city’s park. The Clinton city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- As politicians in Washington, D-C, fight over health care, those most at risk if benefits are cut may have a lot of questions. Veronica Carter reports on one place to get some answers…


 

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