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(Champaign-jm) -- Last year was one for the record books according to the state’s climatologist. 2017 shaped up to be the sixth warmest year on record in Illinois says State Climatologist Jim Angel…



State Climatologist Jim Angel. Those temps did vary quite a bit with February way above average and August pretty cool. Statewide precipitation last year came in more than two inches below normal. Angel says Illinois saw a very wet spring but now there are a few spots with drought conditions.



(Undated-jm) -- The US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will hold several meetings on programs on special funding for precision conservation management techniques. On Friday January 19th, the group will hold an Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help farmers install on the ground conservation practices like cover crops, nutrient management and saturated buffers. On Friday, January 26th, the group will hold an Agricultural Conservation Easement Program on financial and technical assistance so producers can conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and attain multiple benefits over long term. The programs are open to farmers and ranchers in Champaign, Ford, Livingston and McLean Counties. For more information about times and locations for the programs contact your local NRCS office.



(Washington-jm) -- An ag economy barometer complements USDA statistics by gauging what ag producers across the country are feeling. Stephanie Ho reports…




(Farmer City-jm) -- The Joe Williams American Legion Post 55 in Farmer City will hold their his and hers steak and chicken dinner tomorrow from 5 to 7 pm.


(Springfield-jm) -- The state is helping communities upgrade their street lights to energy saving L-E-D’s. The Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology is urging municipalities to take advantage of the state’s new master contract for smart street lighting. Acting Secretary Kirk Lonbom says switching to L-E-D lights will benefit local budgets…

Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology Acting Secretary Kirk Lonbom. The contract gives local officials access to better pricing and Lonbom hopes to offer more opportunities to help communities upgrade technologies in the future.


(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is releasing the names of area high school students named 2018-2019 state scholars. Today we hi-lite the students from Heyworth and Clinton. For Heyworth: Tate Eller and Katelyn Penry. For Clinton: Joshua Burton, Emily Ervin, Savannah Ettien, Madison Finfrock, Danye Hennenfent, Dayle Hennenfent, Mac Hickman, Blake Karr, Kylie Patterson, Bryce Reeves, Alyssa Saulsbery, Breanna Thayer and Millie White.


The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will hold a food drive for McLean County residents tomorrow from 10 to 11:30 at Kingsley Jr High in Normal.


(Undated-jm) -- A program that helps homeless young women in Illinois is taking a new approach with the new year. Veronica Carter explains…


(Bloomington-dg)-Winter/Spring 2018 resident registration has begun for the Bloomington Parks & Recreation. Open registration begins on January 11th. Sign up for after-school sports, crafts/art workshops, dance lessons, adult fitness programs, trips and more for all ages. Visit for more information.


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