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(Clinton-dg)-DeWitt County Coroner Randy Rice says an elderly Clinton woman has died as the result of a house fire in Clinton and her son is being treated for injuries at a Springfield hospital. The woman’s name has not been released. The coroner and state fire marshal’s office are investigating the cause of the fire.



(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a bill that aims to reduce recidivism by expanding eligibility for earned sentence credit. Among the provisions of Senate Bill 1607 are: enhancing judges’ capacity to ensure sentencing compliance supports rehabilitation by allowing court services-approved treatment to count toward community service hours; requiring individualized case planning for the IDOC’s reentry programming; establishing coordinated reentry programming with local, state and community partners; and ensuring programming provides skills and materials necessary for departing inmates’ successful return to communities. The bill further addresses best practices for parolee supervision and also requires that the Victim Compensation Fund reimburses mental health providers for services rendered to violent crime victims under the age of 18, regardless of whether the victims cooperate with law enforcement.



(Springfield-jm) -- State lawmakers are holding a hearing on the Legionnaires Disease outbreak at the Quincy Veterans Home. Legislatures are questioning state officials about the how, what and when of the deadly outbreak that has killed 13 people since 2015. They’re also looking at solutions to prevent more deaths such as replacing all the pipes in the home since the bacteria can be found in plumbing. Others have suggested moving residents, which Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries says poses problems especially for those with dementia…




Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Jeffries. Governor Bruce Rauner has spent the last several days at the Quincy Veterans Home and plans to share his experience.



(Mahomet-jm) -- A Mahomet Seymour High School teacher is being recognized. Spanish teacher Ellen Ericson is receiving the 2017 ICTFL Distinguished Educator Award from the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The award recognizes educators whose exemplary teaching has provided inspiration to large numbers of foreign language to students and teachers.



(Springfield-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s Bicentennial Minute…



(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill creating the Invest in Kids program because it doesn’t cover enough children. In his message to the General Assembly, Governor Rauner says the bill does not address exclusions from program participation of schools not yet recognized by the State Board of Education. Invest in Kids creates scholarship programs allowing low to middle income students opportunities to attend non public schools through tax credits.



(Springfield-jm) -- With more cases of the flu being reported this year, the state’s chief medical officer is urging the public to take the threat seriously. Prevention is the first step says Doctor Jennifer Layden, who adds that it’s not too late to get your flu shot…



State Chief Medical Officer Doctor Jennifer Layden. Layden says you should probably take young children and seniors to the doctor to get checked out since they are more susceptible to complications from the flu. Symptoms to look out for include a very high fever, difficulty breathing and not being able to eat much.



(Farmer City-jm) -- Farmer City Police have released results from the last half of December. According to police they issued 5 citations for speeding, 2 for no insurance and one for disobeying a stop sign. They also handled reports of illegal burning in the 500 and 600 blocks of N. Main Street, a juvenile problem in the 100 block of N. William, report of harassment in the 400 block of W. High Street and damage to property in the 300 block of W. Water Street.



(Monticello-jm) -- Those wanting to start eating healthy and learn how to help your heart can do so through the University of Illinois Extension in Piatt and DeWitt Counties. They will be hosting Meals for a Healthy Heart on February 13th and 15th in Monticello and February 26th and 28th in Clinton says Extension Educator Caitlin Huth…



University of Illinois DeWitt, Piatt and Macon Extension Educator Caitlin Huth. For more information or to register call 217-762-2191 or visit go dot illinois dot edu slash dmp.


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