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(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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