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Wednesday August 23 2017

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- LeRoy police have arrested a man for breaking into vehicles. Police arrested 22-year-old Taylor Rolson of LeRoy on 3 counts of burglary to motor vehicle, 3 counts of theft under $500 and one count of trespass to property. He was taken to the McLean County Jail. Police remind residents to lock your vehicles and not store valuables in your vehicle overnight.

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name of a man killed in a mobile home fire in Fisher Tuesday. Northrup says 57-year-old Anthony Crank was pronounced dead at the scene. Firefighters were called to the mobile home fire just after 4 a.m. at 5 Angela Drive in Fisher. Four other people were treated for their injuries. The fire and death are being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner’s office, Champaign County Sheriff’s office and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- The corn crop is still running behind schedule in development. Soybeans are just about on target. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Piatt County-jm) -- The Piatt County Board is discussing how to fix a problem with the heating and air conditioning systems in the public safety building. The most recent issue is the system's inability to bring the air temperature down to set points that are determined to make the system operation more efficient. The board is looking at possibly rebuilding the system. Talks will continue later this month.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Some area school districts are having a hard time preparing a budget for the upcoming school year, all because of the state. When lawmakers passed a state budget it included a provision for a new education funding formula before money will be released to schools. Without that formula, Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson says it’s hard to prepare a budget for the upcoming year...

 

 

Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- Congressman Rodney Davis and Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti met with local leaders in Clinton Tuesday to discuss substance abuse in rural areas. The two were guests of the Substance Abuse Coalition. The group focused on how to prepare and handle substance abuse, like heroin, in the area.


 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College will hold their annual Fall Welcome Convocation this Thursday. The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union atrium. A new feature this year, students will have the opportunity to swing a sledgehammer at a junk car with a donation to the food pantry at Parkland.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Woodlawn Country Club will host their Parent Offspring Golf outing this Sunday. Spokesperson Chad Yeadon talks about the event…



Woodlawn Country Club Parent Offspring Golf Outing Spokesperson Chad Yeadon. There are still several openings for registration.


 

(Undated-jm) -- An area ag conglomerate is helping non-profits. Monsanto is giving farmers the opportunity to direct $2,500 to their favorite non-profit as part of their America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. Farmers have until November 1st to enroll in the program. If chosen, farmers will be able to direct the donation to an eligible non-profit of their choice.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The 2017 Farmer City Extravaganza is coming up in September. Spokesperson Steve “Bolt” Friedrich talks about this year's event…



Farmer City Extravaganza Spokesperson Steve “Bolt” Friedrich.

 

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Tuesday August 22 2017


(Springfield-jm) -- A law signed by Governor Bruce Rauner and initiated by Secretary of State Jesse White would make it easier for military veterans to get jobs in the trucking industry. Senate Bill 822 provides an exemption from the Commercial Driver’s License knowledge written test requirement for those who participated in military heavy-vehicle driving programs. Requirements include: being a resident of Illinois, a current or former member of the U.S. military, within one year prior to application, regularly employed in a military position that regularly operates large trucks and received formal military training in the operation of vehicles similar to commercial motor vehicles. For more information, visit your local driver services facility.
 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- The 2017 LeRoy Fall Fest gets underway tonight in downtown LeRoy. Spokesperson Gayle Goss talks about the nightly entertainment…

 

 

She goes on to  talk about the gazebo socials…



LeRoy Fall Fest Spokesperson Gayle Goss.

 

 

(Piatt County-jm) -- The Piatt County Farm Bureau and Piatt County Soil and Water Conservation District are sponsoring an electronics recycling day this week. The event will take place Wednesday, August 23rd from 9 to noon at Forest Preserve Park in Monticello. Limit 10 items per vehicle.


(Washington-jm) -- Beef production is surging beyond what had been expected. Gary Crawford has the details…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is announcing a pair of settlements with pharmaceutical companies. Madigan’s office settled with Insys for $4.5 million. Insys was accused of deceptive selling and marketing of opioid painkillers for unapproved uses. In another settlement, Madigan’s office settled with Mylan for $465 million for underpaying Medicaid rebates for epipens. As part of that settlement, Illinois will receive $6.3 million.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The 2017 Half Century of Progress gets underway this week in Rantoul. For those interested in attending, spokesperson J.C. Reitmeier has the admission price for this year’s show…



Half Century of Progress Spokesperson J.C. Reitmeier.


 

(McLean County-jm) -- A one mile portion of road in Martin Township in McLean County will be closed until November. Crews are closing county road 1600 North between county roads 3100 and 3200 East through November 10th to replace a bridge.


 

 

 

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Monday August 21 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that the Democratic state comptroller says would help Illinois manage its overdue bills. The Republican governor rejected a plan pushed by Comptroller Susana Mendoza. It would require state agencies to regularly report the bills they've not yet sent the comptroller for payment. Mendoza argues it would provide a better picture of current liabilities. The state has a nearly $15 billion backlog of bills.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- This is the 20th anniversary of the states .08 DUI law, and officials are reminding motorists to “Drive Sober, or Get Pulled over.” Back in 1997, Illinois became the 15th state to lower the legal blood alcohol limit, and now all 50 states have a .08 law. Moving forward, State Police Lieutenant Chris Owen is asking the public to help reduce drunk driving deaths…

 

 

State Police Lieutenant Chris Owen. State police are launching their D-U-I enforcement campaign which will run through the Labor Day weekend. That will include extra patrols and roadside safety checks.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Farmer City leaders are expected to consider drafting a request for proposals for a mandatory waste and recycling service at tonight’s meeting. A decision won’t be made tonight however, the city is asking residents to fill out a survey on the issue. The survey is available on the city’s website: farmer city il dot org. The city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(DeWitt County-jm) -- The final DeWitt County Sheriff’s office TRIAD senior academy will be held tomorrow. Spokesperson Pam Schwartz talks about tomorrow’s program…

 

 

DeWitt County TRIAD Senior Academy Spokesperson Pam Schwartz.

 

 

(Monticello-jm) -- The city of Monticello has approved a payment for a fine against the community brought by the state attorney general’s office. Monticello was fined $12,500 after the Illinois Attorney General’s office filed a four count lawsuit in 2014, alleging the city pumped about 867,000 gallons of untreated sewage, wastewater and stormwater from manholes to prevent sewage backup into residential areas.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- The 2017 LeRoy Fall Fest gets underway this week in downtown LeRoy. Spokesperson Gayle Goss says tickets are available at many area stores…

 

 

LeRoy Fall Fest Spokesperson Gayle Goss.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved regulations that require pharmacists to counsel customers who seek to fill prescriptions for new medications or need changes to longtime prescriptions. The higher counseling standard comes after a Chicago Tribune investigation in December revealed pharmacies frequently failed to warn customers about severe drug interactions. Pharmacies have been required only to offer to counsel customers. The rules aim to improve customer safety.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Police is urging motorists to be prepared for today’s eclipse. For starters, if you’re traveling to southern Illinois where the eclipse can be viewed in totality and several events are scheduled, you need to plan on a lot of traffic says Trooper Joey Watson…



State Trooper Joey Watson. Secondly, state police urge drivers not to pull over on the side of the road to watch the eclipse and to keep their headlights on during the event.


 

(McLean County-jm) -- The next Household Hazardous Waste Collection in McLean County will take place in September. The Ecology Action Center in Normal is organizing the event which is scheduled to take place Saturday, September 9th from 8 to 2 in the Rivian Automotive parking lot.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Woodlawn Country Club completed their Club Tournament this weekend. 1st place  at -18 went to Zach Reynolds, Kyle Shutte, Jeremiah Wright and Ed Potter. They won in a one hole playoff against the 2nd place team of Cory Freeman, Tallon Hilldrith, Gabe Borders and Sharon Garrison. The 3rd place team of Jamie Bruning Garie Brock, Bill Stone and Sherri Megenehimer were -14 Up next for Woodlawn Country Club is the the Parent Offspring Golf Outing this Sunday. Spokesperson Chad Yeadon talks about the event…



Woodlawn Country Club Parent Offspring Golf Outing Spokesperson Chad Yeadon.

There are still plenty of openings. 


 

(Fisher-jm) -- Fisher village leaders are looking at a timeline of around 10 years to remove dead or dying trees in the village. The trees are affected by the emerald ash borer. This year, the village board approved spending $8,000 to start the removal process.


 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The 2017 Half Century of Progress is August 24th through the 27th in Rantoul. Spokesperson J.C. Reitmeier says this year they will salute firefighters…

 



Half Century of Progress Spokesperson J.C. Reitmeier.

 

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Friday August 18 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Secretary of State Jesse White says he'll seek a sixth term in 2018. The 83-year-old Democrat told a crowd of 1,800 at a party brunch in Springfield on Thursday, "I'm your man." White was elected secretary of state in 1998. He earlier announced he would not run again but changed his mind. The former state representative and Cook County recorder of deeds is a popular vote-getter. He's been credited with ending long lines at driver's license facilities.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois unemployment rate increased slightly last month. The jobless rate rose to four point eight percent in July, and job growth in Illinois remains below the national average says State Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough…

 

 

State Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough. Job growth was seen last month  in professional and business services and leisure and hospitality. Losses were felt in construction, transportation and education and health services.

 

 

(DeWitt County-jm) -- DeWitt County Sheriff’s police are looking for an area man. 43-year-old James Sugg is wanted in DeWitt County for unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He’s described as 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 217-953-3333.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- Replex in LeRoy will hold a back to school weekend bash August 19th and 20th. Activities include food and kids can watch a movie from the pool at 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information call Replex at 309-962-4800.

 

 

(Mansfield-jm) -- The 2017 Mansfield Homecoming kicks off tonight with carnival rides running from 5 to 11, Luke Perring performing from 5 to 7 and IPA tractor pulls starting at 6. Spokesperson Rob Harper talks about what is happening on Saturday…

 

 

He goes on to talk about what is happening on Sunday…



 

(Monticello-jm) -- Monticello has a new city alderman. Ian Clark was appointed to fill the ward 3 position. Clark takes over Lyle Murdock who passed away in June. His term will run until the spring 2019 election.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Will soybean prices collapse under the weight of a much bigger than expected crop? Gary Crawford has the details…

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House speaker says the chamber will take a vote next week on overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding plan. Michael Madigan says the House will meet Aug. 23 to consider an override. House Democrats called a vote Wednesday on legislation that incorporates the changes Rauner wants made on a new formula for financing public schools. Democrats said they wanted to gauge support for Rauner's ideas.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging the public to be careful when purchasing solar glasses for Monday’s eclipse. Fake glasses have flooded the market, and many have already been recalled says Attorney General Madigan…



Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. You can do that by checking the website: eclipse dot aas dot org for a list of approved manufacturers and dealers. It’s hard to tell otherwise, but you can look for the certification number: ISO 12312-2 to see if your glasses have safety approval.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City will hold their annual Hymn Festival coming up this month. The festival will take place on Sunday, August 20th at 3 p.m. at the Gibson City United Methodist Church. Former Fisher Mayor Milt Kelly will direct this year’s festival.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will hold a food giveaway in Clinton tomorrow. The giveaway will be held at the Clinton American Legion on N. Elizabeth Street from 10 to 11:30. The food giveaway is open to all DeWitt County residents who meet income eligibility.



 

(Clinton-jm) -- Police are releasing more information on an accident that occurred near Clinton last week. Police say Francis Lang of Braidwood was driving under the influence when he crashed head on into a vehicle driven by Joseph Adams of Clinton on Route 10 near Jemima Road on August 7th. Adams had to be airlifted to Carle Hospital for his injuries. Lang and Adams daughter were taken to a Bloomington-Normal hospital. Police say Lang, already charged with DUI, could face additional charges.


 

(LeRoy-jm) -- The 2017 LeRoy Fall Fest gets underway next week. Spokesperson Gayle Goss talks about this year's event…



LeRoy Fall Fest Spokesperson Gayle Goss.

 

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Thursday August 17 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's determined to fight a "corrupt political machine in Chicago" and its "special deals" as he seeks a second term. Rauner spoke at a GOP breakfast Wednesday before heading to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for a campaign rally. 
 

(Springfield-jm) -- The House is shooting down legislation based on the Governor’s amendatory veto of a school funding plan. Instead of trying to override the veto as the Senate did last week, the House voted on a separate bill with the Governor’s changes. It failed miserably and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin denounced the effort…

 

 

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. Democrats say there is no support for the Governor’s revisions. The four legislative leaders are scheduled to meet Friday in hopes of reaching a compromise.

 

 

(McLean County-jm) -- Ameren will be upgrading meters in several communities in McLean County over the next couple of months. Residents in Arrowsmith, Colfax, Cooksville, Downs, Ellsworth, Heyworth and LeRoy will receive the new meters. The project is expected to begin in September.


 

(Undated-jm) -- School begins for many students across the area this week and police are reminding motorists to be alert for children. Police say motorists need to watch for children walking or riding their bike to school as well as slowing and stopped school buses.

 

 

(Mansfield-jm) -- The 2017 Mansfield Homecoming is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Organizer Rob Harper talks about the first day of the festival…

 

 

Mansfield Homecoming Organizer Rob Harper.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has soundly rejected Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan for a new public-school funding method. The House voted 0-60 Wednesday on legislation that encompasses the changes the Republican governor made in an amendatory veto. The Senate voted to override the veto on Sunday.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- House lawmakers are denouncing hate groups in a resolution passed Wednesday. The measure, condemning white supremacists and similar groups, received unanimous support and elicited moving speeches from several legislators. Representative David Harris of Mount Prospect…



State Representative David Harris of Mount Prospect. On Sunday, the Illinois Senate passed a similar resolution urging police to consider Neo-Nazis and White Nationalists as terrorist groups.



(Champaign County-jm) -- An Urbana woman has become the first person to announce their candidacy for the newly created county executive position in Champaign County. Voters last November approved creating the position with the elected person taking office in December of 2018. Democrat Darlene Kloeppel has announced she plans to run for the position. No Republican candidates have officially announced their plans however, County Clerk Gordy Hulten and State Senator Chapin Rose are said to be considering the position.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson Area Music Foundation will hold their Hymn Festival this Sunday. Spokesperson Jean Noellsch says the festival will be held at the Gibson City United Methodist Church…



Hymn Festival Spokesperson Jean Noellsch.

 

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Wednesday August 16 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House plans to gauge support for changes Gov. Bruce Rauner made with an amendatory veto of school funding legislation. There will be no immediate vote on overriding the veto when the House convenes Wednesday. Instead, Democrats will consider a new school-funding bill that incorporates the Republican governor's changes. But its chances in the House are slim. If the compromise bill isn't approved, the House will have until Aug. 29 to override the governor's veto.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Woodlawn Country Club in Farmer City will hold their parent offspring golf outing coming up on August 27th. Spokesperson Chad Yeadon talks about this year’s golf outing…

 

 

Woodlawn Country Club Parent Offspring Golf Outing Spokesperson Chad Yeadon. They have about 25 available openings so get signed up now.

 

 

(Champaign County-dg) -- An area law enforcement official has announced his plans to run for Champaign County Sheriff. Greg Worrell will be petitioning for signatures to be able to be put on the March ballot. Worrell has spent over 40 years in Law Enforcement. He Currently works as an officer in the Fisher Police department.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The National Corn Growers Association will hold a field day and soil health meeting at two area farms. The group will a soil health day at Lieb Farms in Monticello today and at Dave and Chase Browns farm in Decatur on Tuesday, August 22nd. For more information or to register visit soil health partnership dot org.

 

(Washington-jm) -- Your reaction to USDA's surprising new crop yield forecasts may depend heavily on what you grow and where you farm. Gary Crawford has the details…

 

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan along with State Senator Scott Bennett will hold a student loan forum and urge Governor Bruce Rauner to sign a student loan bill of rights in Champaign today. Attorney General Madigan is convening a student loan forum with education advocates and social service organizations to urge the governor to sign the bill, which addresses widespread abuses and failures in the student loan industry. The forum will be held at 2 p.m. at the Champaign Public Library on W. Green St.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- A new law aims to better take care of police dogs injured on the job. The measure let's emergency medical service providers transport a wounded K-9 officer via ambulance to a veterinary clinic. State Police Trooper Justin Royer says this will ensure their furry officers, like his partner Drax, quickly get the care they need…



State Trooper Justin Royer. People at the scene would still take priority if they need an ambulance under the law.


 

(Mahomet-jm) -- A familiar face could be named project manager of a construction project in the Mahomet Seymour school district. Former Superintendent Rick Johnston is one of several candidates being considered for project manager for the construction of a new elementary school set to open in 2018. The board is expected to make the hire at their August 21st board meeting.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- An Urbana lawyer and former Miss America has announced her bid to become Illinois Attorney General. Erika Harold announced candidacy on the Republican ticket to face off against 4 term democrat incumbent Lisa Madigan in the 2018 election.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson Area Music Foundation’s Hymn Festival will be held this Sunday at the Gibson City United Methodist Church. Spokesperson Jean Noellsch says there are a couple of familiar faces leading this year’s program…



Hymn Festival Spokesperson Jean Noellsch.

 

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Tuesday August 15 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say applications for concealed-carry permits have been generally declining in Illinois since the program launched three years ago. The State Journal-Register reports that numbers provided by the Illinois State Police show nearly 104,000 people applied for the permits to carry concealed weapons in 2014, and about 32,900 have applied so far this year. Experts cite several explanations for the decline, including that the strongest supporters applied as soon they could.

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana campus says it will only use the block letter "I" logo from now on. School officials made the announcement Monday, saying the campus is retiring use of the more ornate column letter "I" logo that nonathletic units have used since 1997. Instead, school officials said colleges and administrative units will begin moving toward using the block letter "I" logo immediately.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a new law that protects preschoolers from being expelled. The measure prevents early childhood programs from kicking unruly kids out of school. Instead, they will need to documents steps taken to help children with their behavioral problems. Governor Rauner applauds the bill…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Preschools will be able to temporarily remove a child for safety reasons, but must then work to find resources to help the student. The law goes into effect next year.

 

(Undated-jm) -- Drivers in DeWitt and McLean Counties will no longer receive handwritten citations from state troopers. That’s because troopers will now be able to issue computer generated tickets. The new system will allow troopers to scan a person’s driver’s license which will fill in most of the information for the trooper. State police say they hope to implement the new format in all counties.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Senate voted Sunday to override Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate bill 1 by a vote of 38 to 19. State Sen. Jason Barickman, who has headed up the Senate GOP’s effort to negotiate a funding formula that treats all Illinois schools fairly, spoke against the override…

 

 

State Senator Jason Barickman.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- It was a cool, dry week for Illinois crops as we hear in the weekly crop report. The temperature and rainfall this past week were both below normal, and average statewide topsoil moisture was a little drier at seven percent short, 35 percent short and 58 percent adequate. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 77 percent of corn is now in the dough stage…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 97 percent of soybeans are blooming and 83 percent are setting pods. 63 percent of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition, down slightly from the previous week. The third cutting of alfalfa is now 72 percent complete and five percent of sorghum is mature.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has made a long-delayed move toward replacing the private manager of the lottery, years after the first of two governors tried to fire the current manager for missing sales goals. Camelot Illinois on Monday presented an overview of its plan to increase sales and put more money in state coffers for schools and other programs. CEO Nigel Railton says the plan includes more prominent retail displays and marketing of online games, including a mobile app.


CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is revising his response to a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia after refusing to call it an act of terrorism. The first-term Republican called the attack that left one woman dead "outrageous" but wouldn't call it terrorism when asked repeatedly by reporters Monday in Chicago. Later, he issued a written statement through his office calling it "absolutely an act of domestic terrorism." His spokeswoman couldn't explain the discrepancy.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The State Department of Employment Security and Revenue will be offering more online services to employers in Illinois. Starting September 11th, employers can take advantage of the my tax Illinois website to take care of things like submitting tax appeals, filing unemployment insurance reports and making payments. Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough (goff)...



Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough. The website is: my tax dot illinois dot gov.

 

(Champaign-jm) -- People in the Champaign-Urbana area were treated to a mini air show yesterday morning. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds made a fuel stop at Willard Airport but before they stopped the group put on a mini show. The group was flying from a show in Massachusetts back to their base in Nevada.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson Area Music Foundation will hold their annual Hymn Festival coming up this Sunday. Spokesperson Jean Noellsch talks about this year’s event…



Gibson Area Music Foundation Spokesperson Jean Noellsch.

 

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Monday August 14 2017

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Senate is voting to override the Governor’s amendatory veto of an education reform bill. The bill is required to let the state send education dollars to Illinois schools. The Governor made some changes, saying the original measure gives too much money to Chicago schools. But Senator Kimberly Lightford of Maywood says the school funding formula needs to be fair to all children…

 

 

State Senator Kimberly Lightford of Maywood. If the House also overrides the Governor’s amendatory veto, which requires a three-fifth majority vote, the original legislation will become law.

 

 

(Cerro Gordo-jm) -- The president of the Cerro Gordo school board has announced he will run for state representative in the 101st district. Todd Henricks announced he is vying for the seat held by retiring representative Bill Mitchell. Mitchell made the announcement earlier this month that he will retire at the end of his term.

 

 

(DeWitt County-jm) -- The DeWitt County Sheriff Office’s TRIAD senior academy is underway. The first of three series got underway last Tuesday. Spokesperson Pam Schwartz says they will have another academy tomorrow…

 

 

DeWitt County TRIAD Senior Academy Spokesperson Pam Schwartz.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Farmer City Police are announcing some changes to truck routes in the community. No thru truck signs are now up at Route 54 and John Street as well as John and Jackson. Farmer City police say it’s to keep semi’s from traveling between those two signs except when going to make deliveries at the high school or nursing home.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is urging lawmakers to accept his changes to an education funding reform bill. The Governor says under his revisions, nearly 98 percent of Illinois’ 852 school districts will receive more state funding that they would in the original legislation…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Governor Rauner says if lawmakers won’t uphold his amendatory veto, they should work with him to reach a compromise and make sure schools get state dollars.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Fisher teen is being charged as a juvenile in the death of a Fisher man after she crashed the vehicle they were in while she was driving under the influence of drugs. The 15-year-old is charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of a drug. The teen was driving a pickup truck under the influence of cocaine when she crashed at the intersection of 3200 N and 1200 E, about 2 miles northwest of Rantoul. The teen’s passenger, 34-year-old Damon Moseley was killed in the accident. Her next court appearance is set for September 8th.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Woodlawn Country Club in Farmer City is gearing up for their Parent/Offspring Golf Outing coming up on August 27th. Spokesperson Chad Yeadon talks about the event…

 



Woodlawn Country Club Parent/Offspring Golf Outing Spokesperson Chad Yeadon.

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City city council members will have a lot to vote on at tonight’s meeting. Council members will be asked to consider a facade grant request to Jerry Holsten, consider a bid for patch spraying, consider bids for painting of the town’s water tower, consider granting $5,000 to Railside Golf Course for improvements and swearing in a new police chief. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

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Friday August 11 2017

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 32 other attorneys general have reached a settlement with Nationwide Insurance over an October 2012 data breach. The breach resulted in 1.27 million consumers having their personal information, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit scoring information and other personal data, stolen or compromised. Under the settlement, Nationwide will pay $5.5 million to the states included in the settlement, and Illinois will receive more than $280,000.

 

 
(GIBSON CITY-DG)-Bradbury Auto Sales in Gibson City is having it’s 20th Annual Tent Sale today and tomorrow beginning at 8am each day. The sale is located near the stoplight in Gibson City. Over 100 used cars will be available. Onsite financing will also be available. A free lunch will be provided.

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Half Century of Progress is returning to Rantoul later this month. The farm show runs August 24th through the 27th on the former Chanute Air Force Base. Show Spokesperson J.C. Reitmeier says they are proud to welcome back the Earthquake to this year’s show…

 

 

Half Century of Progress Show Spokesperson J.C. Reitmeier.

 

 

(McLean County-jm) -- The first case of West Nile Virus in McLean County has been found in the Bloomington area. According to the McLean County Public Health Department, a batch of mosquitoes near Bloomington tested positive for the disease. The health department reminds residents to reduce their risk of getting bit by an infected mosquito by wearing insect repellent containing DEET, wear long sleeves when outside during peak mosquito times and remove stagnant standing water.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Farmer City’s next movie in the park will be on Saturday, August 12th with the showing of Moana at South Park.

 

(Washington-jm) -- The anxiously-awaited, first survey-based yield and production estimates for this year's corn, soybean, and cotton crops were revealed Thursday by USDA. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker has selected state Rep. Juliana Stratton of Chicago to be his running mate in the 2018 election. The billionaire businessman said Thursday Stratton has "taken on" Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and will fight for working and middle-class families as his lieutenant governor. Stratton won her first term in office last year with the help of an endorsement from President Barack Obama. Pritzker is among several Democrats looking to unseat Rauner.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Conservation World this year features a new butterfly house and an emphasis on protecting the monarch butterfly. The monarch population has been rapidly declining and efforts are underway to boost their numbers. State Department of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal says they will tag and release monarchs twice daily in Conservation World. Additionally…

 

 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal. Conservation World also features lumberjack shows, a kid’s fishing pond, a wildlife tent, dog demonstrations and more. The fair runs through Sunday, August 20th.


 

(LeRoy-jm) -- Replex in LeRoy will once again hold their Ranger Days again this school year. Ranger Days are set for August 14th and 15th, October 6th and 9th, 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.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- C-U at Home’s documentary film, “The Phoenix, Hope is Rising” will hit the big screen at an area theatre. The group announced Thursday that the film will be shown at the Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in in Gibson City on Sunday, August 20th. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the film is free of charge and open to the public.

 

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Thursday August 10 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has scheduled a Sunday session to deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding measure. Senate President John Cullerton issued a statement Wednesday. But the Chicago Democrat did not specifically mention a vote to override the amendatory veto by the Republican governor.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a new criminal justice reform law designed to help steer those getting out of prison towards a better path. The law lets offenders receive a copy of their birth certificate for free upon their release. It was sponsored by Representative Al Riley of Hazel Crest…

 

 

State Representative Al Riley of Hazel Crest. Not having those records can make it hard to find housing, get a license or find a job.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- It’s back to school time for many area students. Blue Ridge Schools will hold registration today from 10 until 2 and 3 until 7:30 at Blue Ridge High School. New to the district students should bring birth certificates, 2 proofs of residency, latest physical and immunization records. All students entering Kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade need a current physical before the student may begin school. The first day of school is August 23rd.

 

The next Movie in the Park in Farmer City will be Saturday at South Park. The movie that will be shown will be Muana. Free hot dogs will be provided and there will be other concessions available.  


(DeWitt County-jm) -- The DeWitt County TRIAD’s Senior Academy is underway. The first of three academies was held this past Tuesday. Spokesperson Pam Schwartz has more information on how you can attend the senior academy or find out more about the TRIAD program…

 

 

DeWitt County TRIAD Spokesperson Pam Schwartz.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that makes state government purchasing less cumbersome. The Republican signed the measure Wednesday in Urbana at the University of Illinois. The law eliminates administrative delays for universities. It also allows government agencies to enter joint-purchasing agreements to increase cost-saving buying power.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Fair is unveiling this year’s butter cow, created by a new team of artists. The butter cow exhibit was sculpted by Sarah and Andy Pratt of West Des Moines Iowa. It’s their first year at the Illinois State Fair, and the 2017 version features a momma and her calf, sticking their tongues out at each other says Midwest Dairy Association’s Marla Behrends…



Midwest Dairy Association’s Marla Behrends. Sculptor Sarah hid nine hearts within the sculpture, representing the nine essential nutrients found in milk. The butter cow display took 90 hours to create.


 

Saybrook’s farmers’ market is held on the second Saturday of each month from 8 to 11 a.m.  at the EDGE building, located at the corner of Harrison and Main streets in Saybrook. Local produce, baked goods and a wide variety of crafts are on display and available for purchase. All items are homemade/homegrown.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Woodlawn Country Club is gearing up for their Parent/Offspring golf outing coming up on August 27th. Spokesperson Chad Yeadon talks about the event…



Woodlawn Country Club Spokesperson Chad Yeadon.

 

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Wednesday August 9 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a new law that lets 16 and 17 year olds sign up for the state’s organ and tissue donor registry. The change will give hundreds of thousands of teens the opportunity to give the gift of life says Governor Bruce Rauner…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. More than 47-hundred people in Illinois are on the waiting list and about 300 patients die each year waiting for a transplant. Register to become an organ donor at: life goes on dot com.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- An area hospital is being sold to a Peoria area group pending state approval. OSF Healthcare announced Tuesday they are buying Presence Covenant in Urbana. OSF Healthcare operates 10 other hospitals in Illinois including OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

 

 

(Bellflower-jm) -- The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive tomorrow in Bellflower. The blood drive will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Bellflower Community Center and is sponsored by the Bellflower Lions Club. For an appointment call Loretta Power at 309-722-3736.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Will USDA's survey based crop estimates this week calm some of the volatility in the grain and soybean markets? Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Fair is offering a new area for families to enjoy, call Thrillville. Thrillville will be located inside gate two, where the most foot traffic enters the fair. State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon says it includes acts like cirque extreme…



State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon. There will also be remote controlled race cars for fairgoers to try out. The fair opens Thursday and runs through Sunday.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- Several people were injured following a crash on Route 10 near Clinton Monday night. DeWitt County Sheriff’s police say the two vehicle accident occurred on Route 10 between Jemima Road and Revere Road around 9:40 p.m. Police say all the occupants were taken to area hospitals with one subject airlifted to Carle. The road was reopened around 4:40 Tuesday morning.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs’ office is returning more than 12 thousand dollars in unclaimed money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Peoria. The funds come from four different properties found in the Treasurer’s I-Cash Program says Frerichs



Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs. Treasurer  Frerichs urges non-profits as well as individuals to check often to see if they have any unclaimed property. You can search the database at Illinois Treasurer dot gov slash I Cash. 

 

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WWHP 7am/8am News Tuesday August 8 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has rebuffed borrowing billions of dollars to pay long-overdue state bills. The Republican rejected calls Monday from Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza and Treasurer Michael Frerichs. They both urged Rauner to sell up to $6 billion in bonds to pay off a chunk of a $14.4 billion backlog of bills. He told reporters in Chicago that "more borrowing on top of the spending behavior of the state government is not an optimal answer."

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Farm Fields got a break from the heat as we hear in the weekly crop report. Temperatures were cooler than normal this past week, and nearly six days were suitable for fieldwork. Statistician Steve Maliszewski says 97 percent of corn is now silking…

 

 

Crop Statistician Steve Maliszewski. 94 percent of soybeans are blooming and 70 percent are setting pods. 64 percent of the soybean crop is in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture is rated at nine percent very short, 25 percent short, 64 percent adequate and two percent surplus.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Farmer City’s next movie in the park will be on Saturday, August 12th with the showing of Moana at South Park.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Parents and kids will have an opportunity later this month to golf together. Woodlawn Country Club will hold their Parent/Offspring Golf Outing on Sunday August 27th says Spokesperson Chad Yeadon…

 

 

Woodlawn Country Club Spokesperson Chad Yeadon.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Young and beginning farmers will soon have access to help and advice on running their businesses. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a new law requiring state employees to take cyber security training. Most state workers have already gone through the program, which is taken online and will be administered annually. Governor Rauner says it’s important because employees are the state first line of defense…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The training covers topics such as identity theft, computer viruses and preventing data breaches.


 

(LeRoy-jm) -- Replex in LeRoy will hold a back to school weekend bash August 19th and 20th. Activities include food and kids can watch a movie from the pool at 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information call Replex at 309-962-4800.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Yesterday was Purple Heart Day in Illinois and the State Department of Veterans’ Affairs is recognizing all recipients. The Purple Heart is awarded to soldiers wounded or killed while serving. State Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries thanked those who have fought for our country during a special ceremony at the state capitol…



State Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries. The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration still given out to members of the U-S military. It was established by General George Washington in 1782 as a badge of military merit, and has undergone several changes over the years in relation to how it’s awarded.

 

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WWHP 7am/8am News Monday August 7 2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A judge has ruled an Illinois law requiring hospital and medical clinic professionals to tell pregnant women about all their available options, including abortion, can't be enforced. U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Kapala says enforcement should be barred until litigation is settled. The Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit in March. It contends the law forces health care providers who are opposed to abortion to discuss the procedure and refer a patient for an abortion if requested.

 

 

(DeWitt County-jm) -- The DeWitt County TRIAD will hold three senior academies this month. The first one starts tomorrow says Spokesperson Pam Schwartz…

 

DeWitt County TRIAD Spokesperson Pam Schwartz.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Farmer City police have released their recent activity report. Police responded to a one vehicle accident with minor injuries in the 500 block of S. Washington, investigated a report of criminal damage to property in the 700 block of W. Green, responded to a domestic dispute in the 300 block of S. Plum, handled two complaints of disorderly conduct: one in the 300 block of W. Clinton and the other in the 100 block of S. Main, responded to a fight in progress in the 800 block of E. Clinton and handled a report of a dog attack in the 300 block of W. Dodge. Simon Florido of Champaign cited for speeding and arrested for no valid driver’s license.


 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Farmer City city council is expected to rescind the awarded bid for work in the Prairie Ridge area at tonight’s city council meeting. Council members will be asked to rescind the resolution that awarded the bid to Stark and authorize interim city manager Sue McLaughlin to re-bid the project. The Farmer City city council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- A new report shows farmers last year cut their spending on production of crops and livestock. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Experts say heavy rain and flooding affected northern Illinois in July while the central and southern parts of the state saw dry weather that caused crop damage. Data from the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois show that on average statewide precipitation during July was about 4.8 inches. Northwestern and northeastern Illinois saw averages of more than 7½ inches of rain.


 

(Mansfield-jm) -- The 2017 Mansfield Homecoming is later this month. Spokesperson Rob Harper has when this year’s event will take place…



Mansfield Homecoming Spokesperson Rob Harper.


 

(Mahomet-jm) -- The Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce will be moving. The chamber currently shares space with a local real estate agency however due to consolidation, the chamber is having to move. The group hopes to take over a former township office on Main Street by the end of September.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- Clinton is expected to name a new fire chief and assistant fire chief at tonight’s city council meeting. In addition to naming a new fire chief and assistant chief, council members will be asked to approve a T.I.F. Redevelopment Agreement with Four Paws Salon and sell some property to Warner Hospital and Health Services. The Clinton City Council meeting gets underway at 7.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The first few days of August are in the books and that means school will be starting soon for area students. Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson has registration information for students in her district…



Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.

 

 

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WWHP 7am/8am News Friday August 4 2017

(Undated-jm) -- An area state representative has announced he will not seek re-election. State Representative Bill Mitchell of Forsyth announced yesterday he will not seek re-election in 2018. Mitchell was elected to the 101st District seat back in 1998. The district covers DeWitt, Piatt, McLean, Macon, Logan and Champaign among others.

 

 

(Heyworth-jm) -- How teachers are being evaluated in the classroom is changing in one area district. The Heyworth School Board voted to make some changes to the evaluations. Superintendent Lisa Taylor talks about the changes…

 

 

Heyworth Schools Superintendent Lisa Taylor.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Blue Ridge Jr Football League will be holding a car wash fundraiser coming up tomorrow. The group will hold the car wash from 9 until noon at the Farmer City carwash.

 

 

(Bloomington-jm) -- It’s day three of the McLean County Fair. Fair Spokesperson Mike Swartz talks about what is happening at the fairgrounds today…

 

 

He goes on to talk about what is happening on Saturday…



McLean County Fair Spokesperson Mike Swartz.

 

 

(DeLand-jm) -- DeLand Weldon students will receive hot lunches this school year regardless of whether they are up on their payments. Superintendent Amanda Geary announced the district will change their policy of giving students a sandwich instead of a hot meal if they are behind in paying for their meal.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Crop and livestock producers overall experienced little or no change in what they received for their commodities from May to June. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

 


(DeWitt County-jm) -- The DeWitt County Restoration Association will hold their Summer Tour of Homes and Gardens this Sunday. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and costs $10 per person. For more information call Becky Adams at 217-935-2004.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Tonight it’s the What Up Dog 40 at the Farmer City Raceway. Race spokesperson Peggy Tobin talks about the event…



What Up Dog 40 Spokesperson Peggy Tobin.


 

(Mahomet-jm) -- The village of Mahomet could soon be getting a park, for four legged friends. Several residents are interested in developing a dog park in the village. It’s unknown where the new park would be located.


 

(Undated-jm) -- A new safety report takes a look at how worker productivity is lowered because we just aren't getting enough sleep. It finds the health of American workers is threatened, and it has a high cost for employers, too. More from Veronica Carter…


 

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WWHP 7am/8am News Thursday August 3 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has reignited an age-old, but divisive political strategy on a new front in Illinois: Schools. The Republican used his veto powers to extract money for Chicago schools from a plan needed for all Illinois public schools to get funding this fall. Pitting Chicago against the rest of the state has been a popular tool for the first-term governor. But this time it's a particularly risky move ahead of Rauner's 2018 re-election bid, with schools statewide potentially paying the price.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is urging families to focus on back-to-school and campus preparedness this month. As you start shopping for school supplies, you should also teach your child about cell phone use during an emergency says Spokesperson Patti Thompson…

 

 

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Spokesperson Patti Thompson. Thompson also recommends making sure your child’s school has all your correct contact information and pre-authorizing a friend or relative to pick up your student in an emergency. You should also find out where kids will be taken if school is evacuated.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- LeRoy police have arrested a man on drug charges. According to police, 47-year-old Loren Ford was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. LeRoy Police say the arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation. Ford was taken to the McLean County Jail.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- A portion of Route 54 in Farmer City is closed. The Farmer City Water and Sewer Department closed Route 54 at Maple due to sewer replacement work. Traffic may access Maple Street from the north at Water, Franklin or Indiana Streets.Crews hope to reopen the intersection by Friday.

 

 

(DeWitt County-jm) -- The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office is holding three programs for senior citizens in the county. Spokesperson Pam Schwartz talks about the purpose of the TRIAD program…

 

 

DeWitt County TRIAD Spokesperson Pam Schwartz.

 

 

(Mahomet-jm) -- The village of Mahomet will be losing nearly 200 ash trees. The village board approved a 3 year contract with Mahomet Landscapes to remove 189 trees and stumps at a cost of $69,900. Village leaders cite the emerald ash borer as the reason for the removal.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The 2017 Ford County Relay for Life will be this Saturday in Gibson City. Ford County Relay for Life Co-Chair Chic Meredith talks about the event…

 

 

Ford County Relay for Life Co-Chair Chic Meredith.

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Champaign is creating a civilian panel to examine complaints against the city's police officers. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the City Council voted to create a subcommittee of the Human Relations Commission that has subpoena power to obtain witness statements and other evidence.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Transportation is making preparations for the solar eclipse later this month. The best viewing spots on Monday, August 21st will be in southern Illinois. I-DOT is getting ready for crowds of up to 200 thousand people traveling roads like U.S. 51, Illinois 13 and I-57 says Spokesperson Guy Tridgell…



IDOT Spokesperson Guy Tridgell. Tridgell says they are working closely with state and local police for the event. He urges motorists traveling downstate to be prepared for heavy traffic and to not pull over to the side of the road to watch the eclipse.


 

(Piatt County-jm) -- A 14-year-old boy from LaPlace is dead following an accident near Cerro Gordo in Piatt County. The boy was riding his bike northbound in the southbound lane of Illinois 32 about .2 miles south of Piatt County 500 North when he was struck by car driven by a 20-year-old. The boy died at the scene the driver of the car was uninjured. The accident remains under investigation.


 

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


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Ford County Relay for Life is this Saturday at North Park in Gibson City. American Cancer Society Community Manager Kristen Kolwelter talks about the number of teams they have and their fundraising goal for this year…



American Cancer Society Community Manager Kristen Kolwelter.


 

(Undated-jm) -- There will be a contested race for the 18th Congressional District. Currently the seat is held by Republican Darin LaHood but he will be challenged by Democrat Junius Rodriguez, a Eureka college professor. Rodriguez lost to LaHood in the 2016 election. The 18th Congressional District covers the eastern side of McLean County.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Friday night it’s the What Up Dog 40 at the Farmer City Raceway. Spokesperson Peggy Tobin talks about the race…



What Up Dog 40 Spokesperson Peggy Tobin.

 

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WWHP 7am/8am News Wednesday August 2 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is cutting extra money for Chicago from a school funding reform bill. The legislation revamps the way the state doles out education dollars but Governor Rauner says it also includes additional money for Chicago Public Schools…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The Governor says Chicago teacher pension problems will have to be addressed in another bill. What happens next is up to lawmakers. They can accept this changes or try and override them. If neither happens the bill dies and another measure will have to be drafted and passed.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- Replex in LeRoy will once again hold their Ranger Days again this school year. Ranger Days are set for August 14th and 15th, October 6th and 9th, 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.

 

 

(Bloomington-jm) -- The 2017 McLean County Fair gets underway today in Bloomington. Fair Spokesperson Mike Swartz talks about what is happening today and tomorrow at the fair…

 

 

McLean County Fair Spokesperson Mike Swartz.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College is gearing up for the fall semester with an enrollment blitz. The blitz will run Thursday, August 10th and Monday, August 14th through Friday, August 18th from 8 to 5. Students can receive assistance from admissions and record, counseling and advising, financial aid and more. For more information, call 217-351-2482.

 

 

(DeWitt County-jm) -- The DeWitt County TRIAD will hold senior academy this morning. Spokesperson Pam Schwartz talks about the senior academy dates…

 

 

DeWitt County TRIAD Senior Academy Spokesperson Pam Schwartz.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White is urging more minorities to consider organ and tissue donation. Nationally, 63 percent of those waiting for an organ are minorities, but they only account for 33 percent of those donating. Secretary White urges everyone to sign up to give the gift of life…



Secretary of State Jesse White. Secretary White says about 300 people in Illinois die a year waiting for an organ transplant. Join the state’s organ and tissue donation registry online at: life goes on dot com.


 

(LeRoy-jm) -- Registration is underway for the 6th annual car tractor and motorcycle show in LeRoy. The event will take place on Saturday, September 30th. For more information call Bobby Hutton at 309-826-5783 or Hutton Auto Care at 309-962-2886.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School today from noon to 4 p.m.


 

(Heyworth-jm) -- August is here and that means it’s almost time for kids to go back to school. Heyworth Schools Superintendent Lisa Taylor has the registration information for her district…



Heyworth Schools Superintendent Lisa Taylor.


 

(Undated-jm) -- State Senator Chapin Rose is calling out Democratic lawmakers for their refusal to negotiate in good faith on a bipartisan plan to fund schools. The Mahomet area lawmaker released a statement saying, “Given that the Democrats inserted this whole ‘school funding trap’ into last month’s budget, it should shock no one that they are now refusing to engage in good faith negotiations to get our schools open in the fall. I look forward to the Governor’s Amendatory Veto of Senate Bill 1, as we should not be bailing out the Chicago teacher pension system on the backs of downstate school children.”


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- This Friday is the What Up Dog 40 at the Farmer City Raceway. Spokesperson Peggy Tobin talks about the What Up Dog 40…



What Up Dog 40 Spokesperson Peggy Tobin.

 

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WWHP 7am/8am News Tuesday August 1 2017

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Spotty rain showers marked the past week as we hear in the latest crop report. Some areas received a lot of rain, some not enough, leaving average statewide topsoil moisture at eight percent very short, 21 percent short, 67 percent adequate and four percent surplus. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says corn silking jumped ahead to 93 percent complete…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 88 percent of soybeans are blooming and 50 percent are setting pods. The soybean crop improved to 66 percent in good to excellent condition. 71 percent of sorghum has headed and two percent is turning color. The third cutting of alfalfa is now 35 percent complete.

 

 

(DeWitt County-jm) -- The DeWitt County Farm Bureau will host their Ag After Hours this Wednesday at the Clinton Country Club. Tim Wolfe will be the guest speaker. Doors open at 5:30 with Wolfe speaking at 6:30.

 

 

(McLean County-jm) -- The 2017 McLean County Fair Court has been announced. Competing for fair queen are: Chloe Hilt, Erin Van Draska, Taylor Thomas, Ashley Russow and Anna Birsa. Competing for fair king are: William Donhardt, Henry Wissmiller, Tristan Friederich and Austin Lopez. The event will take place on August 2nd at 7 p.m.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- The 2017 LeRoy Health Fair will be held tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Replex in LeRoy. Spokesperson Amy Lehr talks about the vendors that will be at the event…

 

 

LeRoy Health Fair Spokesperson Amy Lehr.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 14 other attorneys general are asking Congress to preserve and expand two programs for low income residents. The attorney generals are asking congress to preserve and expand funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Weatherization Assistance Program. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program serves over 300,000 households while the Weatherization Assistance Program serves 7 million households.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Lawmakers are sending an education funding reform bill to the Governor that he plans to amend to remove extra money for Chicago Schools. If Governor Bruce Rauner moves ahead with the amendatory veto as expected, the legislature can either accept his changes or try and override the veto. In the meantime, Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill says they’ve been meeting with Republicans to try and negotiate a deal…



State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill. G-O-P lawmakers say the Democrats haven’t been dealing in good faith. A new school funding formula is needed so schools can receive money from the state.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Blue Ridge Jr Football League will be holding a car wash fundraiser coming up this Saturday. The group will hold the car wash from 9 until noon at the Farmer City carwash.



 

(DeWitt County-jm) -- The DeWitt County Restoration Association will hold their Summer Tour of Homes and Gardens this Sunday. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and costs $10 per person. For more information call Becky Adams at 217-935-2004.


 

(Bloomington-jm) -- The 2017 McLean County Fair gets underway tomorrow at the fairgrounds in Bloomington. Fair Spokesperson Mike Swartz says they have a full week of activities…



McLean County Fair Spokesperson Mike Swartz.

 

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WWHP 7am/8am News Monday July 31 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators have adjourned the third day of a special session without wading into a school funding fight. The House and Senate met briefly Friday. The Legislature won't convene again until Monday when Democratic Senate President John Cullerton says he'll send Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner a plan that overhauls how Illinois funds schools. It's needed for schools to get funding. However, Rauner has said he objects to the plan and will use his amendatory veto powers to send it back.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture is asking livestock exhibitors to monitor the health of their animals as the Illinois State Fair approaches. State officials say owners should observe the health of their herds before bringing any animals to the state fair. They should contact veterinarians if any animal shows signs or symptoms of an illness. State officials say the monitoring is necessary to prevent the spread of any illness or disease among animals. The Illinois State fair opens Aug. 10.

 

 

(Heyworth-jm) -- The Heyworth School District has received a $10,000 grant to promote exercise for junior high students. Superintendent Lisa Taylor says the grant comes from OSF medical group…

 

 

Heyworth Schools Superintendent Lisa Taylor.

 

 

(Mansfield-jm) -- The village of Mansfield is warning residents about a scam. The village says some residents are receiving calls from a number that appears to be from the village. The village says they do not call people and have made a report with law enforcement.

 

 

(Weldon-jm) -- Firefighters from several area departments were called to a fire in Weldon Friday. Firefighters from Weldon, DeLand, Clinton, Maroa, Cisco and Farmer City were called to the house fire. No injuries were reported.

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- The 2017 LeRoy Health Fair will be held tomorrow evening at Replex in LeRoy. Spokesperson Amy Lehr talks about the reason behind putting on a health fair…

 

LeRoy Health Fair Spokesperson Amy Lehr. The event runs from 6 until 8 p.m.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — State investigators say the former head of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services improperly awarded a no-bid contract to a person with whom he co-owned property. The Office of the Inspector General report made public Friday also says George Sheldon hired someone who'd been charged with drunk driving to a job that involved driving state vehicles. Sheldon resigned in May amid the probe and controversy over child deaths. He didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.


URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois students and professors will have extra vacation time next month as classes will start almost a week later than usual. The News-Gazette reports the Aug. 28 start will push final exams closer to Christmas. The university's governing calendar requires that the semester last 14 weeks and that it not start before Aug. 22. The policy pushes the start of classes closer to the end of August every five or six years.


 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Blue Ridge School Board approved a school code waiver. Superintendent Susan Wilson explains the waiver…


Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.


 

(Undated-jm) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency Acting Director Richard Graden is reminding farmers they have until August 1st to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and/or Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2017 crop year. For more information about the program, contact your local Farm Service Agency office.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is offering some tips for safely viewing the solar eclipse next month. It’s a rare event you don’t want to miss on August 21st, but you do need to take some precautions says Public Health Spokesperson  Melaney Arnold…



Illinois Department of Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold. Arnold says homemade filters and regular sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun.

 

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