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Thursday December 14 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 17 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief challenging the appointment of Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The agency is designed to serve as an independent consumer advocate and check on the power of large financial services businesses. Richard Cordray stepped down last month and under the act that created the CFPB, his deputy director, Leandra English, became the acting director. Citing an earlier federal law, the Trump Administration claimed it had authority to appoint an acting director and selected Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney has been an outspoken critic of the CFPB and, while he served in Congress, voted to weaken the agency’s authority and questioned its existence.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Congressional Republicans are putting the final touches on a tax plan they hope to have approved by Christmas. Congressman John Shimkus talks about how corporate taxes would be affected by the bill…

 

 

Congressman John Shimkus.

 

 

(DeWitt County-jm) -- Dozens of people packed the DeWitt County Boardroom this week as the county’s land use committee discussed proposed ordinance changes for a proposed wind farm near Waynesville in the northwestern part of the county. Committee members along with Trade Wind Energy developers heard and addressed concerns from citizens at the meeting. No action was taken at the meeting. The proposed ordinance changes must be approved by the land use committee before going through the regional planning commission, zoning board of appeals and finally the county board.

 

 

(Downs-jm) -- The village of Downs is sponsoring a Christmas Decorating Contest. The event committee will pick the top 5-10 houses with the top 3 receiving a $25 gift card to an area restaurant. The contest runs through December 20th.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is calling for a federal investigation in light of widespread reports that millions of comments received by the Federal Communications Commission in its net neutrality rule-making process were submitted under fraudulent or stolen identities. Madigan also called for the FCC to delay its vote on its plan to end existing net neutrality rules. Madigan asked the FBI to investigate the sources of the fraudulent comments to uncover both how the fraudulent comments were submitted and to require the FCC act to protect the reliability of its public comment system. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Madigan urged the FCC to delay the vote planned for today and cooperate with investigations and ensure the integrity of the rulemaking process.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary’s Love Lights a Tree campaign continues through the end of the month. Spokesperson Sue Walker says funds raised will go towards several projects at the hospital…



Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary Spokesperson Sue Walker.


 

(Bloomington-jm) -- A former McLean County state’s attorney hopes to become the resident circuit judge of McLean County. 11th Judicial Circuit Associate Judge William Yoder has announced his candidacy for the position up for election in the November 2018 election. Yoder is looking to fill the soon to be vacant seat by the retirement of Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald. Yoder served as McLean County State’s Attorney from 2002 to 2011.


The Bellflower United Methodist Church is holding their Christmas breakfast on Sunday, December 17th at 8 a.m.

 

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Wednesday December 13 2017

(Clinton-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner made a stop in Clinton yesterday. The Governor stopped at the Clinton nuclear power plant where he addressed employees and celebrated the one year anniversary of the Future Energy Jobs Act which kept the power plant in operation saving 700 jobs. Joining Governor Rauner was State Senator Chapin Rose and State Representative Bill Mitchell.

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- Warner Hospital and Health Services in Clinton will hold a safe sitter class this Saturday. Instructor Ashley Holmes talks about some of the topics covered in the class…

 

 

Safe sitter instructor Ashley Holmes. Cost for the class is $10. Registration must be in by tomorrow.

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- Clinton’s nuclear power plant has gone offline for some repairs. Crews took the station offline over the weekend to repair an electrical component outside the plant. Crews will inspect and test the entire electrical system before bringing the plant back online.

 

 

The Saybrook American Legion Auxiliary is holding a cookie walk on Saturday, December 16th starting at 8:30 a.m. Funds raised support the auxiliary scholarship program.

 

(McLean County-jm) -- A possible plea deal is in the works for a Gibson City man accused of stabbing two people in Saybrook back in 2016. Arthur Corry has been in the McLean County jail on $300,000 bond since the September 4, 2016 incident. Police say Corry got into a fight with a man and a woman at a residence in the 900 block of Harrison Street. He’s being held on charges of attempted murder and home invasion.


 

(Undated-jm) -- Your bags are packed and you’re ready to go, but before you head out, make sure your house is ready too. Jason Madden has the details…



 

(Bloomington-jm) -- The 11th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald has announced he is not seeking retention when his term expires in 2018. Fitzgerald was elected chief judge in 2014 and re-elected in 2016. The 11th judicial circuit covers McLean, Livingston, Logan, Woodford and Ford Counties.


 

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Lexington High School today from noon until 4.


 

(Washington-jm) -- An over five-percent decline in USDA's latest ag prices received index came from lower prices in parts of the crop sector. Rod Bain reports…


 

 

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Tuesday December 12 2017

(Clinton-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner will be making a stop in the area today. Governor Rauner will visit the Clinton Nuclear Generating Station to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Future Energy Jobs Act this afternoon at 2:15 p.m. He will be up in the Quad Cities at the Quad Cities Nuclear Generating Station prior to his visit to Clinton.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- An Illinois congressman is praising the passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Congressman John Shimkus talks about the law…

 

 

Congressman John Shimkus. Shimkus adds it does not establish a federal permit or registry and does not increase access to firearms.

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- The DeWitt County Sheriff’s office will hold a church security seminar in January. The event will take place on Tuesday, January 9th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Clinton. Topics include prevention of violence, preparing a proactive, trained response to threats, best practices for surviving active shooter incidents and working with local law enforcement. For more information contact the DeWitt County Sheriff’s office.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- La Nina is here. What could it mean for U.S. and South American farmers? Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 17 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief challenging the appointment of Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The agency is designed to serve as an independent consumer advocate and check on the power of large financial services businesses. Richard Cordray stepped down last month and under the act that created the CFPB, his deputy director, Leandra English, became the acting director. Citing an earlier federal law, the Trump Administration claimed it had authority to appoint an acting director and selected Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney has been an outspoken critic of the CFPB and, while he served in Congress, voted to weaken the agency’s authority and questioned its existence.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Consumer safety could be at risk from the poultry industry's proposal to allow faster line speeds in factories. Veronica Carter has more…



 

(Champaign-jm) -- An Olympia Fields, Illinois man was uninjured following a rollover accident at the I-72/I-57 interchange Monday morning. According to State Police, Steven McDonald was merging onto I-72 westbound, when he lost control and rolled over. The trailer was hauling large steel coils, which one broke loose and came to a rest in the ditch. McDonald was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Love Lights a Tree campaign continues. Spokesperson Sue Walker says the fundraising campaign runs through January 1st…



Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary’s Love Lights a Tree Spokesperson Sue Walker.

 

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Monday December 11 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is offering some tips to stay safe this holiday season. According to the National Security Council, 12 percent of home handle fires occur in December. IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson has this advice…

 

 

IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson. Christmas trees should be kept well watered and away from heat sources like fireplaces, heaters and heat vents. Thompson says you should also check with the manufacturer to see how many sets of lights you can safely string together.

 

 

(Piatt County-jm) -- Six Piatt County residents have been arrested by Task Force 6 agents and the Piatt County Sheriff’s office on drug charges. 35-year-old Stephanie Cafin of Urbana was charged with 2 counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, 22-year-old Ryan Walters of Monticello was charged with 2 counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, 29-year-old Ronald McDade of Monticello was charged with 2 counts of unlawful possession with intent to deliver, 22-year-old Brandon Sellers of Monticello was charged with 1 count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, 29-year-old Douglas Critchfield of Bement was charged with 3 counts of unlawful possession with intent to deliver and 31-year-old Andrew Plummer of Bement was charged with 1 count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Police say the arrests came after a lengthy and separate investigations in Piatt County.

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- Children who want to learn how to be a safer baby sitter can do so at Warner Hospital in Clinton. The hospital is holding a safe sitter class on Saturday says instructor Ashley Holmes…

 

 

Safe Sitter Instructor Ashley Holmes.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- The LeRoy School Board will have a short meeting tonight with a tax levy hearing and a vote on the proposed tax levy. The tax levy hearing will be held prior to the monthly meeting and vote beginning at 6:30 p.m.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- If you’re having trouble with your holiday shopping, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency has some practical gift ideas. No, they may not be as exciting as a big screen tv or a new phone, but IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson says safety related presents will be appreciated…



IEMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson. Thompson says you can also put together a home or vehicle emergency preparedness gift with things like batteries, bottled water, blankets and jumper cables.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Dow AgroSciences has announced they are closing their research station south of Gibson City by the end of the year. The company says the decision to close the facility was to drive sustainable growth over long term. They will relocate the capabilities from the Gibson City location to their location in the research center in Champaign. The company is still evaluating their options for the Gibson City property.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County will hold their annual Holiday Bureau this week. Executive Director Andy Kulcyzcki talks about what makes their toy distribution so unique…



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


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders will discuss and consider approving a change order for phase 3 of the combined sewer separation project at tonight’s city council meeting. In addition to the change order, council members will be asked to approve the 2018 Harvest Fest Event and consider Mayor Dan Dickey’s appointment of Mady Schutte as Junior Alderman. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

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Friday December 8 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Hunters harvested about 80 thousand deer during the firearm deer season in Illinois. The preliminary figures are in and it looks like it was a good season says Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross..

 

 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross. Cross says there are still plenty of deer hunting opportunities left including this weekend’s muzzleloader-only season the the late winter anterless-only season at the end of the month.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 15 other attorneys general in filing comments with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opposing the Trump Administrations rollback of birth control coverage. Back in October, President Donald Trump announced the rollback of the contraceptive coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act. The attorneys general argue the move violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution by allowing employers to use their own religious beliefs to allegedly discriminate against employees. They also argue it violates the Equal Protection Clause because they say it specifically targets and harms women.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Republicans are working to put their finishing touches on a proposed tax bill. Congressman John Shimkus talks about how his constituents would be affected…

 

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Congressman John Shimkus.

 

 

(Mahomet-jm) -- Farm Credit Illinois is announcing they returned over $3 million to farm families in Illinois. During the months of October and November, Farm Credit Illinois provided zero percent interest loans to more than 2,800 farm families totalling just over $3 million. It’s part of the companies special Harvest Interest Returns program.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The American Soybean Association has new leadership. During their recent convention in St. Louis, John Heisdorffer of Keota, Iowa was named President, replacing Ron Moore of Illinois. Moore will take over as American Soybean Association Chairman. Davie Stephens of Kentucky was voted Vice President. The American Soybean Association board voted to elect Kevin Scott of South Dakota as Secretary; Bill Gordon of Minnesota for a second term as Treasurer; and Bret Davis of Ohio, Eric Maupin of Tennessee, Joe Steinkamp of Indiana, and Charles Atkinson of Kansas as at-large Governing Committee members.

 

Children can enjoy Milk and Cookies with Santa at Dooley Park Pavillion in Downs Saturday from 9-11am and 5-7pm and Sunday from 1-3pm

 

Santa will be at his house on the circle in Farmer City from 1-3pm Saturday. Stop by and get your picture taken.

 

The LeRoy High School Madrigal Dinner will be held Saturday Dec 9th at the LeRoy Country Club at 1:30pm and 6:30pm.  Then on Sunday at 1:30. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased through the high school office. 309-962-2911.

 

The Farmer City United Methodist Church will be holding it’s Christmas Cantata Sunday at 3:30pm.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for your feedback about the state’s transportation system. The annual survey aims to get a read on what I-DOT can do better. Spokesperson Kelsea Gurski says it covers several topics…



Illinois Department of Transportation Spokesperson Kelsea Gurski. The survey also addresses I-DOT’s website, rest areas and Amtrak service. This is the first time the survey is available online. You can fill it out at: idot dot illinois dot gov.


 

(Washington-jm) -- One area congressman is pleased that federal law enforcement officials are looking into the legality of bump stocks. The ATF is reviewing whether or not bump stocks fall within the definition of machine guns under federal law, that would subject it to significantly higher threshold of regulation. Congressman Adam Kinzinger called for a review on the legality of bump stocks after the Las Vegas massacre. The ATF reviewed bump stocks back in 2010 and 2012 and determined them legal both times.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- State officials commemorated the 76th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. At remembrance ceremony at the Elks Club in Springfield yesterday, Pastor John Temple served as the keynote speaker. His uncle, Robert Monroe Temple was in the Navy and killed that day, although the family didn’t receive final confirmation until recently…



Pastor John Temple. Governor Bruce Rauner thanked veterans and their families for their service and urged everyone not to forget the lives lost and sacrifices made on Pearl Harbor Day.


 

(Piatt County-jm) -- The Piatt County Board has approved a special use permit for the village of DeLand to operate two wells. The wells are apart of a two million dollar project. Neighbors expressed concern about their wells going dry because of the two wells for the village. However, reassurance from the village that insurance would cover any issues and assurance from a hydrologist that wells outside of a mile from the new wells would not be affected helped board members and residence.


The Deland Sons of the American Legion is having a Chicken, Fish, and Mountain oyster dinner at the Legion building tonight. Serving begins at 6pm. Cost is $10 for adults, and children 10 and under are $3.00. Music by Caleb Cook from 6:30-8:30pm.


Bricks & Ivy Sports in Hoopeston welcomes Chicago Cubs Radio Announcer Pat Hughes from 1-3 pm Saturday. Tickets are $25 and can be made by calling 217-283-2250.


Parkland Pops will perform 80’s hits at 1pm Saturday at Parkland Theatre’s Second Stage. The concert is free and open to the public.


The Bellflower Area Christmas Contata will be held at 6pm at the Bellflower Community Center. Refreshments to follow.

 

 

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Thursday December 7 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- During the busy travel season, state officials are reminding drivers about Illinois’ “Move Over” law. The “Give Them Distance” campaign aims to make sure drivers give any vehicle stopped along the side of the road plenty of room. Illinois Tollway Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom says it’s the law…

 

 

Illinois Tollway Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom. Previously the law only applied to emergency vehicles but now includes any vehicle with hazard lights flashing.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- The LeRoy Police Department will receive new body cameras thanks to a grant from Pioneer. The department received a $4,000 grant to go towards the new cameras. Since 2005, the department says Pioneer has provided over $20,000 in grants for equipment upgrades.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Farmer City Heritage Days is holding a New Year’s Eve bash fundraiser at the Joe Williams American Legion Post. Spokesperson Felicia Hughes says tickets are available at several area businesses…

 

 

Farmer City Heritage Days New Year’s Eve Bash Spokesperson Felicia Hughes.

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- The LeRoy High School Key Club is having a food drive all this week benefiting the Kiwanis Angel Tree families. Donations can be dropped off at the LeRoy High School office.

 

 

(Downs-jm) -- Downs village leaders are expected to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the City of LeRoy at tonight’s village board meeting. The agreement will be for the use of equipment and personnel. Village trustees will also be asked to approve several village code changes, approve a 10 year beautification lease with Norfolk Southern Railroad and more. The Downs Village Board meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

(Washington-jm) -- What are some of the details, and reactions, related to the Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuels Standard for next year? Rod Bain reports…



 

(Bloomington-jm) -- A Bloomington Normal group that helps keeping older adults independent has lifted their temporary hold on new applications. Faith in Action announced the change this week after the hiring of additional staff and volunteers. The group helps those 60 and over to get to doctors appointments and offer grocery shopping assistance among other things. The group helps residents in Bloomington-Normal and Heyworth areas.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- A DeWitt County group is helping make Christmas brighter for low income families in the county. The DeWitt County Angel Tree held their event in Clinton at the Walmart earlier this week. Spokesperson Sue Calvert says the Farmer City Angel Tree will be held tomorrow…



DeWitt County Angel Tree Spokesperson Sue Calvert.


 

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


The Bellflower Area Christmas Cantata is set for Saturday, December 9th at 6 p.m. at the Bellflower Community Center.

 

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Wednesday December 6 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- The state is launching a new 24 hour hotline to help combat opioid abuse. The helpline is a critical new tool in the fight against the opioid crisis says Illinois Public Health Director Doctor Nirav Shah…

 

 

Illinois Public Health Director Doctor Nirav Shah. Last year in Illinois nearly two thousand people died from an opioid overdose. The helpline number is 1-833-2findhelp.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- High school students in Illinois are encouraged to participate in an essay contest for a chance to receive scholarships. Illinois Realtors is sponsoring the Bicentennial essay contest. 23 Illinois high school students will have a chance to win the scholarships. 11 will receive $250 scholarships, 11 will receive $750 scholarship and the top prize is a $1,000. The contest is open to all Illinois high school students in grades 9 through 12. The deadline to apply is February 15th. More information is available online at illinois realtor dot org slash bicentennial.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Blue Ridge School Board got their first look at their tentative tax levy at their November meeting. Superintendent Susan Wilson says they hope to approve the levy at this month's meeting…

 

 

Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Blue Ridge High School Student Council is collecting items for the Farmer City Nursing Home and Rehab Center. The group is collecting socks with traction, candy, books and blankets. Items will be collected through December 15th and can be brought to the high school office.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- USDA's Census of Agriculture takes place every five years, with the latest questionnaires arriving in your mailbox any day now. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Telling little ones to "go play outside" isn't just good for a parent's sanity. As Veronica Carter reports, time spent in daylight also is beneficial for children's sight…



 

(Champaign County-jm) -- Champaign County officials are up against a deadline on a decision about what to do with the county’s jail in downtown Urbana. The U.S. Justice Department has given the county until March to either renovate to make the facility ADA compliant or close the jail. County officials estimate it would cost around $175,000 to renovate the jail. The county could receive an extension if they decide to build a new jail. The county is unsure how to proceed due to funding issues as well as activists who do not want a new facility.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- A group in DeWitt County is hoping to make Christmas a little brighter for area kids. The DeWitt County Angel tree participated in a shopping trip in Clinton yesterday with the Farmer City group doing their giveaway on Friday. Spokesperson Sue Calvert talks about the group…



DeWitt County Angel Tree Spokesperson Sue Calvert.


 

(Downs-jm) -- The village of Downs is sponsoring a Christmas Decorating Contest. The event committee will pick the top 5-10 houses with the top 3 receiving a $25 gift card to an area restaurant. The contest runs through December 20th.

 

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Tuesday December 5 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner spoke to the Illinois Farm Bureau Monday, outlining some of his goals for the agriculture community. Speaking before bureau members, Governor Rauner discussed the need for more agriculture teachers. He says there is currently a shortage…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The Governor also discussed efforts to raise private money for capital improvements at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. He says he’d especially like to get the coliseum back up and running.

 

 

(Piatt County-jm) -- Piatt County leaders may be taking an interesting step towards combating the opioid crisis. The county board heard from two Champaign attorneys who told the board a federal order allows county’s the ability to file litigation against pharmaceutical companies and distributors of drugs such as Vicodin and Oxycontin.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Farmer City Heritage Days committee is inviting the public out for a New Year’s Bash fundraiser. Spokesperson Felicia Hughes talks about the event…

 

 

Farmer City Heritage Days New Year’s Bash Spokesperson Felicia Hughes.

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The frequency that Farmer City council members get paid could be changing. Currently council members get paid once a month however, they are looking at changing it to either semi-annually or annually. They are also expected to approve meeting dates for 2018. The Farmer City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is kicking off Illinois’ year-long Bicentennial Celebration. On December third, 2018, the state will celebrate its 200th birthday. Governor Rauner says the occasion is a great opportunity to remember everything that is great about Illinois…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Several events are planned throughout the state over the next year in honor of the bicentennial. Visit the website: illinois 200 dot com for all the details.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The Clinton YMCA is sponsoring a bus trip to St. Charles, Missouri later this month. The YMCA Christmas Traditions of St. Charles, Missouri will take place on Saturday, December 16th with the bus leaving at 9:30. Cost is $45 for adults and children 12 and under $20. The deadline to register is Friday. For more information or to register call 217-935-8307.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School Board has approved their annual tax levy. Superintendent Jeremy Darnell talks about the levy…



GCMS Schools Superintendent Jeremy Darnell.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City is accepting applications for a full time police officer position. To qualify, a person must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years old with at least a high school education, valid driver’s license, pass a background investigation and pass the state test. Applications can be obtained from the Gibson City Police Department.

 

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Monday December 4 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Flu activity is picking up in Illinois and State Department of Public Health officials say it’s not too late to get vaccinated. Flu season typically peaks between December and March says Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold, so now is a good time to get the shot and protect yourself. She notes no vaccine is 100 percent effective, but can definitely help…

 

 

Illinois Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- A LeRoy man has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for residential burglary, attempted sexual assault and intimidation. 23-year-old Thomas Drake Price was convicted in September for entering a woman’s home in January and demanding she engage in sexual acts. Price refused to leave and the woman grabbed a knife. He was given credit for 345 days in jail.

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- A former Farmer City police chief and city manager has been hired by the Clinton Police Department. The department hired Larry Wouling to help with code enforcement. Clinton leaders said Wouling’s experience with both city ordinances as well as law enforcement was why he was the best candidate for the job.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Today is the final day for Farmer City residents to sign up to participate in the Heritage Days Christmas decorating contest. Voting for the contest runs December 9th through the 14th. One commercial and residential winner will be chosen by the public.

 

(Champaign-jm) -- November weather was cooler and drier than normal in Illinois. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the average temperature last month was just under 42 degrees. That’s about a degree below normal…



State Climatologist Jim Angel. Statewide average precipitation was two point one three inches, more than an inch below normal. Some snow was reported in northern and central Illinois. The largest amount of snow, an inch and a half, was recorded at the Chicago Botanic Garden last month.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- An area hospital is holding a job fair in early December. Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services will hold a job fair today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at JT Walker’s Barrel Room in Mahomet. More information about the job fair or the positions can be found by calling 217-784-2604.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The Clinton City Council will hold a tax levy hearing tonight prior to the city council meeting. The council will also be asked to approve two portable police radios, hear a presentation on a water meter replacement program, approve an ordinance prohibiting the use of groundwater as a potable water supply and approve a resolution for the West Jefferson Street Project. The Clinton City Council levy hearing is at 6:45 with the council meeting at 7.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders approved an easement agreement with Ameren. Mayor Dan Dickey says its to access some power lines near the sewer plant…



Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.


The next Kirby Kitchen focusing on Diabetes hosted by the Piatt County Extension Office will be held this Thursday with the topic on Vegetarian and Vegan Diets. According to the American Diabetes Association 37.5 adults are prediabetic in Illinois. For more information, call Caitlin Huth at 217-762-2191.

 

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Friday December 1 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 19 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief supporting a Pennsylvania lawsuit to stop the rollback of the contraceptive coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The attorneys general argue the rollback is unconstitutional because it allows the federal government to prioritize religious beliefs over a woman’s right to choose. The Trump Administration announced back in October that employers who object because of religious or moral objections can block coverage for employees and their dependents.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- There were 10 fatalities on Illinois highways over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Illinois State Police troopers handled more than 96-hundred incidents during the November 22nd to 26th travel period, including 10 fatal crashes. Master Sergeant Mike Link says that’s one less fatality than last year…

 

 

State Police Master Sergeant Mike Link. Troopers also made 89 drunk driving arrests and wrote 440 tickets for not wearing a seatbelt.

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- A Clinton man has been arrested on meth charges. 40-year-old Cade Bray was arrested Thursday by Task Force 6 members on charges of participation in meth manufacturing and disposal of meth waste. If convicted he faces up to 30 years in prison.

 

The Annual Lexington Christmas on the Prairie event will be held Saturday from 9am to 8pm. Over 80 vendors be selling their goods. There will be a free Breakfast with Santa from 9-11. Several stores will be having an open house. The Lexington High School music department will perform Christmas music in the city park before the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5pm. Evening carriage rides from 5-8pm. Plus lots more. Check out their Facebook page: Lexington Il Events for more information.

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Outreach Ministries in Farmer City is once again holding their annual Christmas Shop. Director Sharon Stiger says they are still looking for volunteers to help…

 

 

Outreach Ministries Director Sharon Stiger.

 

The Joe Williams American Legion Post 55 in Farmer City will hold their His and Hers Steak and Chicken Dinner on Saturday, December 2nd starting at 5 pm.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is issuing subpoenas of franchisor Massage Envy and four franchisees in Illinois as part of an investigation into claims the spa chain failed to handle sexual assault allegations by customers appropriately. Almost 200 women nationally have come forward claiming they were sexually assaulted by employees. The four franchisees in Illinois are all in the Chicago area.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Proposed legislation removes Illinois from a controversial voter verification system. Senator Bill Cunningham of Chicago and other Democrats plan to introduce a bill pulling the state from the Crosscheck Program. He says cybersecurity is a big concern…

 

 

State Senator Bill Cunningham of Chicago. Others say the program will be used to suppress voters for political gain. Crosscheck is meant to make sure people aren’t registered to vote in multiple states.

 

 

(Monticello-jm) -- The Monticello School District has decided to keep their tax levy steady. The district was looking at a slight increase from 3.50 to 3.5388 however, school board members changed their mind with the impending referendum on the March ballot. District leaders did learn that property values in the district more than doubled from six years ago by 6.9 percent.

 

The village of Fisher will hold their Christmas Holiday Celebration Saturday with a Holiday Expo at the community building from 11-4. The parade will step off at 5pm from the fairgrounds and head down 3rd street to downtown.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary is once again holding their Love Lights a Tree campaign. Spokesperson Sue Walker says funds raised will go towards several projects…

 

 

Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary Spokesperson Sue Walker. The campaign runs through the end of the year.

 

The LeRoy Chamber of Commerce is Sponsoring A Jingle Bell Christmas Parade. The 47th annual parade starts at 2pm and will begin at Center st. through Downtown and around the circle at Kiwanis Park. WWHP will be broadcasting the parade again this year.


(Monticello-jm) -- Monticello will be ringing in the Christmas season Saturday. There will be a Holiday Open House at the Monticello Community Center from 9 to 3. The Monticello Arts Council will hold their 2nd Annual Tree Festival from 10 to 4. Admission is $1. The Monticello Christmas parade gets underway at 11:30 a.m. There will also be a live nativity at Christ Lutheran Church Saturday evening.

 

 

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Thursday November 30 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- The State of Illinois is looking at another $750 million in General Obligation bonds for 2018 capital expenditures. The bonds would fund major capital construction projects and finance information technology projects. $655 million of the $750 million is for capital construction while 95 million is for information technology. Both were awarded to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- December Fourth is the last day ballots for 2017 Farm Service Agency County Committee elections ballots can be submitted. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- A Monticello teen is dead following a crash near Champaign. State Police say 17 year old Tori Lanter of Monticello was traveling eastbound on I-72 when her car left the road struck a guard rail at the Rising Road overpass before crossing the median and westbound lanes striking another guardrail and rolling several times. Lanter was partially ejected while her 20 year old passenger was ejected. He was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. Lanter was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Blue Ridge School District has received their report card from the state. Superintendent Susan Wilson talks about the district’s report card and how they are trying to improve…

 

 

Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- Candidates of established political parties continue to turn in their petitions for the March 2018 primary. Brooks Marsh, was appointed in April to the Champaign County Board for District 1. This week he filed his petitions to be on the ballot in March. District 1 covers the Mahomet, Fisher, Dewey, Seymour and Foosland areas. For the 101st District House seat held by retiring State Representative Bill Mitchell, Randy Keith of Monticello is the latest to file his papers. He joins Dan Caulkins of Decatur and Todd Henricks of Cerro Gordo.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the Trump Administrations third travel ban and the Department of Justice’s application for a stay of a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of the ban. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to stay the injunction that is preventing the federal government from implementing the third ban from six predominantly Muslim countries. Madigan says the ban is discriminatory and could cause harm to several institutions within the state.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The House’s new task force on sexual harassment and discrimination is gathering ideas on how to improve the climate at the state capitol. The task force heard recommendations on what sexual harassment policies should cover. Melissa Josephs with the group “Women Employed” says there should be definitions of what constitutes harassment and a statement that retaliation for reporting harassment will not be tolerated…



Melissa Josephs with the group “Women Employed”. Josephs and others testifying stressed that even with strong policies in place, it’s important to make sure they are implemented and that offenders are held accountable.


 

(Champaign County-jm) -- The Champaign County Public Health Department is declaring a Whooping Cough Outbreak in the county. The health department confirms 40 cases of whooping cough so far this year with 27 of them since October. Two other cases were recently confirmed in the Mahomet Seymour School District. The Champaign County Public Health Department says the symptoms of whooping cough are similar to that of a cold, however, the cough will get more severe in a week or two.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- LeRoy will be holding their annual Christmas parade this Sunday. The theme for the parade is a Jingle Bell Christmas. LeRoy Chamber of Commerce President Sue Kline has the grand marshal for this year’s parade…



LeRoy Chamber of Commerce President Sue Kline.


The LeRoy Ruel Neal Post #79 American Legion is hosting a Boys State Fundraiser following the LeRoy Christmas Parade. They will be serving soups and sandwiches. Cost is $6 per person. Then at 4pm there will be a Christmas Auction with new toys, tools, gift certificates and homemade baked goods.


The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive today from 1:30 to 5:30 at the LeRoy First United Methodist Church.


The Saybrook Wesbein United Methodist Church is having a Jingle Bell Junction Christmas Shopping event Saturday from 9am-2pm. Local vendors will be set up with their baked goods, homemade crafts and wares. Refreshments will be available along with pictures with Santa.

 

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Wednesday November 29 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- State officials are touting efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in Illinois via mail. Governor Bruce Rauner visited the Chicago International Mailing Facility at O’Hare Airport to check out Customs and Border Protection procedures for detecting drugs. He says nearly two thousand people died of opioid overdoses last year in Illinois, often because the drugs were laced with Fentanyl…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The Chicago IMF is using a combination of advanced technologies and K-9 units to target packages with Fentanyl.

 

 

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network Recently recognized Warner Hospital and Health Services in Clinton for its ongoing commitment to exceptional quality of care. The hospital demonstrated the most improvement over the year for Patient Safety/Inpatient, Patient Engagement, Care Transitions and Outpatient Measures. Warner Hospital and Health Services CEO Paul Skowron said that it was truly a team effort and that he was very proud of them achieving this level of excellence in health quality.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- A Farmer City non profit is getting ready to hold their annual Christmas shopping event. Outreach Ministries will be holding their annual Christmas Shop in December says Director Sharon Stiger…

 

 

Outreach Ministries Director Sharon Stiger.


 

 

(McLean County-jm) -- McLean County taxpayers won’t see their property taxes going up. The county board voted to keep their tax rate the same at 91.399 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation. Under a previous proposal, the county was looking at increasing the rate to 91.414 cents meaning a homeowner with a $165,000 home would see an increase of 9 cents per year. The board opted to use $3,000 in reserve money to keep the levy the same.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- State lawmakers are hearing testimony on the potential economic impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois. Proponents say taxing and regulating recreational pot could raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the state. T-V travel host and marijuana legalization advocate Rick Steves says there are other benefits as well…



T-V travel host and marijuana legalization advocate Rick Steves. Supporters hope to pass a legalization bill next year. Opponents argue this would lead to more people doing harder drugs.


 

(Pontiac-jm) -- The Livingston County Farm Bureau is accepting nominations for their Distinguished Service Award. To be eligible, the person must be a farm bureau volunteer or served in the past, made significant contributions to agriculture and supported agriculture in Livingston County. To get an application form visit: livcfb dot org or call 815-842-1103. Nominations are due by December 15th.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- A group in DeWitt County is helping bring Christmas cheer to those in need this Christmas. The DeWitt County Angel Tree is once again holding their event says Director Sue Calvert…



DeWitt County Angel Tree Director Sue Calvert.


The Joe Williams American Legion Post 55 in Farmer City will hold their His and Hers Steak and Chicken Dinner on Saturday, December 2nd beginning at 5pm.

 

 

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Tuesday November 28 2017

(Undated-jm) -- Yesterday was the first day candidates could file for to be on the ballot for the March primary. Erika Harold of Urbana has officially filed to run for Attorney General. She filed the maximum 10,000 petitions needed to qualify for the Republican nomination. She is being challenged by 8 Democrats looking to fill the seat once held by Lisa Madigan. They include former Governor Pat Quinn, State Representative Scott Drury and State Senator Kwame Raoul. Governor Bruce Rauner will have a challenger for his position. State Representative Jeanne Ives is filing to be a Republican candidate. 7 Democrats are running for the top spot.

 

Filing in DeWitt County was Mike Walker for Sheriff, Gloria Wills for Treasurer and Dana Smith for County Clerk/Recorder. For County Board B it's Randy Perring and Terry Ferguson and County Board D it's Melanie Tilly and Nathan Ennis.

 

In McLean County, Nikita Richards filed for County Clerk, Jon Sandage filed for Sheriff. For County Board 1, Jeremiah Houston. For County Board 2, Republican incumbent James Soeldner and Democrat challenger David Siebert. For County Board 4, Logan Smith, county board 5, David Selzer, county board 7, Ryan Scritchlow, county board 8 Paul Segobiano and county board 10 Chuck Erickson.

 

In Piatt County, filing for Sheriff is incumbent David Hunt and challenger Kyle Turngren, Jennifer Harper filed for county clerk/recorder, Debbie Marshall filed for county treasurer, Laurie Birch and Seth Floyd filed for circuit clerk. Ray Spencer filed for county board district 1 while Shannon Caroll filed for county board district 2.  

 

For the 101st seat held by retiring Representative Bill Mitchell, Dan Caulkins of Decatur and Todd Henricks of Cerro Gordo filed. Representatives Dan Brady and Tom Bennett each filed for their respective districts as did Senators Bill Brady and Chapin Rose. For the 13th Congressional District, Incumbent Rodney Davis filed as did Democrats Jon Ebel, Erik Jones and Betsy Londrigan. In the 16th Congressional District, incumbent Adam Kinzinger filed as did Democratic challengers Sara Dady and Neill Mohammad.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Producers are wrapping up harvest and fall activities as he hear in the final weekly crop report of the season. It was a warm, dry week in Illinois and average statewide topsoil moisture declined to 10 percent short, 83 percent adequate and seven percent surplus. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener has an update on the winter wheat crop…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 95 percent of sorghum has been harvested, three points behind the five year average. Pasture conditions improved over the week, with 40 percent rated in good to excellent condition.

 

 

(McLean County-jm) -- The McLean County Board has approved their budget for the upcoming fiscal year and it’s not all good news. Through offering 21 early retirements and wage and hiring freezes the board found a way to save money. Some positions will also be eliminated with those people likely getting other full time jobs filling vacancies in the county. County leaders however, say this will likely result in longer lines and wait times. The county has had to make cuts due to a decline in local and state revenue and a new state sales tax collection fee.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- LeRoy will hold their annual Christmas parade Sunday at 2 pm. LeRoy Chamber of Commerce President Sue Kline talks about this year’s parade…

 

 

LeRoy Chamber of Commerce President Sue Kline.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The state’s climatologist gives us an idea of when we can expect to see the first snowfall in Illinois. State Climatologist Jim Angel says northern Illinois has already seen a little bit of snow. Central Illinois usually has to wait until early to mid December and it can be late December to Mid January for far southern Illinois…



State Climatologist Jim Angel. Angel says La Nina will be a factor which usually brings warmer and wetter weather to Illinois. He notes it will just depend on how strong that event is this winter.


 

(Pontiac-jm) -- District 6 Illinois State Police in Pontiac are reporting recent results from a pair of patrols in McLean County. During Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols, 5 people were cited for occupant restraint violations, 54 were cited for speeding, 7 for safety belt citations and 1 drug or alcohol related arrest. During Roadside Safety Checks, 1 person was arrested for DUI, 1 person was charged with possession of drugs and 3 people were cited for failure to wear a seatbelt.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary is once again holding their Love Lights a Tree fundraising campaign. Spokesperson Sue Walker talks about the program…



Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary Spokesperson Sue Walker.

 

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Monday November 27 2017

(Peoria-jm) -- A dispute between one of the state’s largest health insurance providers and an area hospital has been settled. OSF Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois had been in a dispute over a decision by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to drop three of OSF’s largest hospitals from their coverage. In return, OSF announced all but one of their facilities were leaving Blue Cross Blue Shield, potentially leaving thousand having to pay out of network expenses. The plans that would have been affected include Blue Cross Blue Shield Commercial, PPO, EPO and Blue Choice.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Blue Ridge School District will hold a parent academy this week. Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson says the next parent academy will take place Wednesday…

 

 

Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.

 

 

(Kenney-jm) -- Several area fire departments were called to a fire in Kenney Saturday night. Firefighters from Kenney, Clinton, Waynesville and Wapella were called to a fully engulfed house fire on Green Valley Road around 9 p.m. No word on if there were any injuries.

 

 

(Downs-jm) -- The McLean County coroner’s office continues to investigate after a Heyworth man was found dead near Downs over the weekend. 53 year old Thomas Wingett was found in the Kickapoo Creek Saturday afternoon. McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis believes Wingett died as a result of drowning. The incident remains under investigation.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- After two years of no food price inflation, we may see an increase in food prices in the coming year. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is condemning Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to roll back existing net neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers from discriminating among consumers and content providers. Under Pai’s order, providers could block or slow down access to internet content. Madigan argues that would result in consumers losing internet freedom to visit and obtain content from any site of choice without interference.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- A Farmer City non profit is selling fruit to raise money. Outreach Ministries continues their fruit sale says Director Sharon Stiger…



Outreach Ministries Director Sharon Stiger.


 

The University of Illinois DeWitt, Piatt and Macon County Extension offices will be holding a holiday craft event on Saturday December 2nd at the DeWitt County Extension office in Clinton. Kids ages 8-18 will be able to participate between 9 a.m. and noon. Kids ages 5 to 7 can participate between 1 and 3. Advanced registration is required by calling 217-935-5764 no later than today. Cost is $5 for 4-H members, $10 for prospective members.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders are expected to finish some old business at tonight’s city council meeting. Council members tabled discussing and approving their tax levy and a removal of a tree at the last council meeting. Council members are also again trying to receive bids for a city truck. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The federal mandate to add ethanol to fuel has led to a big increase in climate-disrupting pollution. Veronica Carter reports…


 

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