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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has rejected a two-year property tax freeze. The Democratic offer to meet Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's demand for tax relief for local homeowners is one of the measures that is part of the "grand bargain" budget compromise. Disagreements between Democrats, who control the General Assembly, and Rauner has kept the state from having an annual spending plan for two years.


(Mahomet-db) -- A junior at Mahomet Seymour was killed in a multi-vehicle accident last evening near Tuscola on Route 36.  In a letter to the staff at Mahomet-Seymour High School, Superintendent Rick Johnston said a “support team is preparing for extra support at the High School... and the grief dogs will be there as well.” The crash is being investigated by the state police, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County Coroner’s Office.



(Clinton-jm) -- The 2017 Clinton May Days Festival gets underway starting tonight. The festival runs through Sunday in downtown Clinton. Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marian Brisard talks about what is on the schedule for tonight…



Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marian Brisard.



(DeWitt County-jm) -- A DeWitt County group is seeking volunteers. Friends in Action needs volunteers to help keep senior citizens in their homes. For more information or to volunteer call 217-855-6036.



(Farmer City-jm) -- Members of the University of Illinois Rowing team are in Farmer City this week. The group trains twice a day nearby and coach Cameron Carter says they are giving back to the community this week…



University of Illinois Rowing Team Coach Cameron Carter.



(Undated-jm) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers affected by the recent flooding about several programs available to provide assistance. The USDA offers many safety-net programs to help producers recover from losses as well as through the federal crop insurance program. For more information about the programs call your local Farm Service Agency office.



(Washington-jm) -- Can the U.S. in the second half of this fiscal year keep up the very fast pace of agricultural export sales that was set in the first half of the year? Gary Crawford has the answer…



CHICAGO (AP) — Department of Children and Family Services Director George Sheldon says he's considering a change in how the agency conducts abuse and neglect investigations. Sheldon told the Chicago Tribune investigators could benefit from access to records of past unproven allegations. DCFS currently expunges and shreds files if the agency determines there is no credible abuse or neglect evidence.


(Springfield-jm) -- Legislation to extend the repeal of the tuition affordability discount program at Eastern Illinois University from 2022 to 2026 has passed both the House and Senate. The program will allow EIU to waive 10% of available undergraduate tuition revenue, which the university would then cover. Eligible students receive $2,500 toward tuition each year for up to four years. State Representative Chad Hays of Catlin talks about the legislation…

State Representative Chady Hays. The bill now heads to the Governor.


(Bement-jm) -- Piatt County residents needing food assistance can go to Bement on Saturday, June 10th. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will hold a food giveaway from 10 to 11:30 at the Bement Fire Station on S. Sangamon St. Those attending are asked to bring bags or boxes to transport food.


(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders are beginning to plan their budget. Mayor Dan Dickey says they hope to get the budget talks going soon…

Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.


(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City will be looking to fill a vacancy on the city council after the sudden death of Ed Day. Day died over the weekend, just days after being sworn in as a ward 3 alderman. He was 64.


(Gibson City-jm) -- May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The month is designed to raise awareness about mental health issues as well as bring to light resources that are available. Gibson Area Hospital Licensed Clinical Social Worker Tricia Nelson talks about what families should do if they notice a loved one having mental issues…

Gibson Area Hospital Licensed Clinical Social Worker Tricia Nelson.


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