SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House panel has endorsed a proposal expanding the use of medical marijuana to fight the state's opioid crisis. The House Executive committee voted 8-3 Thursday. The plan would allow individuals who qualify for opioid prescriptions to apply for the state's medical cannabis program. The bill’s sponsor is working on provisions to get the measure into a committee for approval next week.
(Springfield--jc) -- Illinois roads will be extra busy this weekend for the Memorial Day Holiday and police will be on the lookout for unsafe drivers. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says in between parties, sporting events Memorial Day services and cookouts, you need to make sure you have a safe drive plan…
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
State and local police are increasing patrols for the Memorial Day weekend. They will be targeting speeders, those not wearing a seatbelt, drunk and distracted drivers.
(Clinton-dg)-Baum Chevrolet Buick in Clinton is celebrating 90 years. They would like to invite you to their open house today from 9am to 7pm. They will have some dealership memorabilia on display throughout the showroom. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. There will be giveaways for everyone that attends. You will also be able to register to win Cubs and Cardinals tickets, a Weber grill, or a $500 visa gift card. Stop by Baum Chevrolet-Buick in Clinton today. A tradition of Service since 1928.
(Champaign--jc) -- Champaign County crimestoppers is seeking information about a robbery at Market Place Mall that happened earlier this week. Authorities say the incident happened Wednesday around 3pm when police were called to the Roger’s and Hollands Jewelry store.The subject ran from the scene and is described as an 18 to 25 year old black male, five feet-six inches tall and weighing around 170 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign County Crimestoppers. You could receive a one thousand dollar reward.
Springfield--jc) -- Illinois lawmakers passed a workaround Thursday designed to help residents avoid federal caps on property tax deductions despite a warning the day before from the Internal Revenue Service. I-R-S officials addressed efforts in some high-tax states to create laws to allow residents to continue to deduct state and local taxes in excess of 10 thousand dollars from federal taxes. Illinois law now caps the deductions at the 10 thousand dollar mark The measure moving through Springfield would create an education donation fund.
The Farmer City pool will open June 1 instead of May 28 due to some repairs needing to be made to the walls and deep end of the main pool. It is now being filled with water and still needs to be treated before it is ready for the public.
(Rantoul-rb) Happ Parker Aquatic Center in Rantoul opens this weekend. Supervisor Hannah Razzo talks about the hours…
Happ Parker Aquatic Supervisor Hannah Razzo
Gibson City, IL, May 24, 2018— Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services will host an event on behalf of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians on Wednesday, June 13th at the Gibson Area Hospital Community Services Center in Gibson City. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m., followed by the 6 p.m. program “Joy in Medicine” presented by Kathy Mueller, MD, a Connecticut family physician.
(Undated--jc) -- Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial Minute…
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Illinois legislators have introduced a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for convicted mass murderers and killers of first responders. In a statement released Thursday, the lawmakers said the legislation does not include gun control measures proposed by Governor. Bruce Rauner when he used his amendatory veto authority on gun legislation earlier this month. They contend Rauner's amendatory veto places overreaching restrictions on law-abiding gun owners.
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's isn't ready to stop offering plastic straws, despite environmental concerns. A shareholder proposal to pressure the world's biggest hamburger chain on the matter was voted down at the company's annual meeting Thursday. The proposal by activist group SumOfUs asked for a report about the "business risks" of using plastic straws at the chain's 37 thousand locations globally. McDonald's said it was already working on finding alternatives to plastic straws.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — One Illinois lawmaker says the process for investigating ethics complaints in the Illinois General Assembly is rife with trap doors, blind alleys and loopholes. And she is claiming retaliation from House Speaker Michael Madigan On Thursday, State Representative Kelly Cassidy called for an overhaul of the Legislative Ethics Commission, the same panel to which House Speaker Michael Madigan turned this week.
(Undated--jc) -- The Memorial Day holiday means its grilling time. Safety is a key for outdoor grilling. WEXG’s Joel Cluver has the details…
(Springfield--jc) -- One candidate for Illinois Attorney General says the state has failed its #MeToo test. Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General-Erika Harold is backing the governor sweeping changes on the way harassment allegations are handled in Springfield. The Champaign county resident says the failure by Speaker Michael Madigan, Democratic Senator Kwame Raoul and the Democratic majority in the General Assembly to enact meaningful reform of the investigation and complaint resolution process is a failure of leadership. Harold adds that women deserve real reform. Harold faces Raoul in the November election for Illinois Attorney General.
(Undated--jc) -- Some Illinois towns could lose broad home rule taxing authority as the state's population continues to decline, a possibility that could ease local taxes and further squeeze municipal budgets. U.S. Census numbers released Thursday show the population of cities like Freeport, Collinsville and Harvey fell below 25 thousand. That is the threshold for automatic home-rule status.
(Springfield--jc) -- State officials continue to remind motorists to “give them distance.” Illinois Tollway Executive Liz Gorman says to move over if someone is stopped on the side of the road…
Illinois Tollway Executive Director Liz Gorman.
You can make the pledge on line at Give-Them-Distance-dot-com
(Champaign--jc) Ameren is expanding two sub stations in the Champaign area. The project will help with electric service for the twin cities. Channel 3 reports the substations are on Oak Street in Champaign and a second in Bondville. The projects are expected to be completed by the end of this year.
(Champaign--jc) The Champaign County Nursing Home now has a new owner. Champaign County board members voted 16 to 5 to sell the county owned property. The price tag is 11 million dollars to Extended Care Clinic and Altitude Health Service.
(Gibson-DG) Historical tours of Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City continue in early June. The historic tours take place on Saturday, June 9th at Drummer Township cemetery, with performances at 1pm and 3pm. The tours will feature 7 gravesites of notable and historic people portrayed by local citizens in period costumes. Tickets are 10 dollars for adults and 5 dollars for anyone under 18. Tickets are available at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City.
Area Memorial Day Services
Bellflower Community Memorial Day services will be held at the Bellflower Methodist Church at 9am. This is open to the entire community. There will also be a service at the Bellflower Township Cemetery at 2pm.
The Mansfield American Legion Post 650 will have Memorial Day services at 12:30. Starting at the legion. The public is welcome.
Farmer City American Legion Color Guard Joe Williams Post #55 Memorial Day services at 10am at Downtown City Park.
The Blue Ridge Marching Knights will be performing in the nation’s largest Memorial Day event in Washington DC on Monday. The National Memorial Day Parade will be streamed Live on Military.com at 1pm central.
The LeRoy American Legion Ruel Neal Post #79 will hold Memorial Day services at 8am at Gilmore Cemetery, 9am at the American Legion Wall of Honor followed by a downtown parade. Services at Oak Grove Cemetery will take place at 10:30.
This is the 1 year anniversary of the Wall of Honor. There are over 1,400 names from LeRoy on the wall.
Clinton's Memorial Day Service will take place at 10am at Woodlawn Cemetery's Civil War Soldier's Plot. The public is invited.
The Saybrook American Legion Post 427 will conduct Memorial Day services at 10:30am at Riverside Cemetery followed by services at Cheney’s Grove Township Cemetery.
The DeLand Sons of the American Legion will be having Memorial Day services at 11am followed by a fish lunch at noon.
GIBSON CITY-Gibson City’s Memorial Day parade kicks off at 10am in front of the GCMS district’s office building on Sangamon Ave and will end up at Drummer Township Cemetery around 10:30 for a special service. Then they will hold at Elliott Cemetery around 11:30.
MELVIN-A special Memorial Day Service will be held at 10am at Melvin Cemetery.
SIBLEY- The Martin H. Suntken American Legion Post 244 of Sibley will hold services at 11am at Mount Hope Cemetery.