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Friday January 19 2018

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is outlining a plan to help revamp the state’s property tax system. Governor Rauner says he’s pushing for a law banning legislators from making money as a property tax appeals attorney…

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. In the meantime, the Governor says he’s signing an executive order barring lawmakers from arguing tax appeals cases and is again calling for voters to have a say in whether their property taxes go up via referendum.

 

 

(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. Today, 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, McLean and Vermilion Counties. For more information about times and locations for the programs contact your local NRCS office.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Here's a look at the situation in the U.S. and world corn market. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Treasurer Mike Frerichs’ office is warning families with 529 college savings accounts that federal tax breaks do not apply to Illinois taxes in certain situations. The federal tax reforms now lets families with accounts like Bright Start and Bright Directions use that money for K through 12 private school expenses, instead of just for college. But Treasurer Frerichs says parents going that route aren’t eligible for a state tax break…



State Treasurer Mike Frerichs. Frerichs says families that do try to claim a credit on their states taxes risk penalties if an auditor catches the mistake.


 

(Fisher-jm) -- The Village of Fisher will help contribute to a new scoreboard at the little league field. The village board said they would help contribute to the new 8 foot by 4 foot scoreboard that is estimated to cost about $5,000.


 

(Undated-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…


 

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Thursday January 18 2018

(Springfield-jm) -- Senate democrats are introducing legislation to help bring high speed internet to more students in rural areas. Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill says nearly 90 thousand students at about 100 rural schools don’t have access to high speed internet…

 

 

State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill. Manar says his bill calls for broadband infrastructure to be put in at these schools. The project would be a one-time expense and paid for with 16 million in state funds and by leveraging federal matching dollars.

 

 

(Piatt County-jm) -- The Piatt County Board has approved an ordinance decriminalizing possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis. Last year the state passed a law decriminalizing possession, however, there was no written ordinance. States Attorney Dana Rhoades and Sheriff David Hunt both asked the county to put an ordinance in place. The law makes possession of less than 10 grams similar to that of a traffic tickets with fines between $100 and $200.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Nicor Gas is seeking approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission to pass along tax reduction savings to their 2 point 2 million customers. The tax savings are the result of a new federal law decreasing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The company says they will provide credit to customers bills.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- What are some of the factors behind USDA's decision to lower forecasts for soybean exports this month? Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Small business optimism set a record in 2017. WWHP’s Jason Madden has the details…



 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City Rotary Club is seeking donations for a park project. In 2015, the group completed phase one of an upgrade to the North Park playground area. Now the group is raising money to do phase two which includes adding more playground equipment including a toddler play area. The group hopes to complete the work by this fall. Donations can be made to: The Gibson City Rotary Club Foundation, P.O. Box 103, Gibson City, Illinois 60936.


 

(Decatur-jm) -- Those wanting to become a certified food protection manager can do so in March through the University of Illinois Extension. The two day course takes place March 7th and 9th at the extension office in Decatur. Those interested are asked to register by February 11th. Cost is $115. For more information or to register call 217-877-6042.


 

(Undated-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…


 

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Wednesday January 17 2018

(Lincoln-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a new law that focuses on the needs of the state’s female prison population. The law helps create a women’s services division within the Illinois Department of Corrections addressing the concerns of female inmates says Governor Rauner…

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The division is tackling issues such as past emotional and physical abuse and mental illness and plans to expand services to further help women get back on their feet once they are released.

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Country Financial along with the Illinois Farm Bureau will hold a winter crop seminar next week in Gibson City. The seminar will take place on Monday, January 22nd starting at 8 a.m. at Railside Golf Club. Speakers will talk about changes to the 2018 Federal Crop Insurance Program, the new Farm Bill and other ag related topics.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Farmer City Police have released their activity report for the first half of the month. So far officers have issued 2 citations for disobeying a stop sign and 8 for speeding. Officers responded to an accident in the 700 block of W. Green Street. Brittany Maxey of Martinsville, Illinois was cited for failure to yield. Dayna Gotschall of Champaign was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Larry Wilson of Farmer City was arrested for driving on a suspended license and cited for no insurance.  Officers also handled a report of criminal damage to property in the 100 block of S. Main Street and a theft in the 900 block of W. Clinton Avenue.


 

 

(Washington-jm) -- How might the latest Agriculture Department grain stock figures impact this month's US commodity supply and demand ledger? Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois lawmakers are discussing funding for so-called "safety net" hospitals, those that are required to provide medical services regardless of ability to pay, and often are the only facility that will accept low-income patients. Veronica Carter reports…



 

(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.


 

(Undated-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…


 

 

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Tuesday January 16 2018

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney  General Lisa Madigan is joining 17 other attorneys general calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure tax savings go to consumers and not regulated utilities. The attorneys general are requesting an investigation into whether the current rates for utilities such as electricity and natural gas are justified following the recent passage of new federal tax law that reduces corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent. They are asking for customers rates to be reduced and refund customers for over-collection.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The University of Illinois Extension DeWitt, Piatt and Macon Counties will hold a meals for a healthy heart series in February. Extension Educator Caitlin Huth has the dates…

 

University of Illinois Extension Educator Caitlin Huth. You can register by calling either the DeWitt or Piatt Extension offices.

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- The Clinton City Council is expected to authorize the sale of a pair of property’s at tonight’s city council meeting. The properties are on Panther Road and W. South Street. In addition, council members will be asked to approve the purchase of two desktop computers for the police department, amend the vehicle storage ordinance and approve a contract for a water meter replacement project. The Clinton City Council meeting gets underway at 7 pm.


 

(LeRoy-jm) -- LeRoy School Board members are expected to approve some policy amendments at tonight’s school board meeting. In addition, they will discuss the state of the schools, discuss current financial projects and consider a fuel bid with Evergreen FS. The LeRoy School Board meeting gets underway at 7 pm.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- There were some notable records within the production of principal crops last year, per USDA's annual summary released Friday. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is announcing a $190 million settlement with manufacturers of LCD screens. The lawsuit claims companies illegally fixed prices for LCD screens used in electronic devices such as tv’s, notebook computers and cell phones, causing consumers to pay significantly more.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City’s North Park could be getting some new upgrades. The Gibson City Rotary Club completed phase one of the project back in 2015. Now the group is wanting to move to phase two. Rotary Club President Susie Tongate says they need help reaching their fundraising goal…



Gibson City Rotary Club President Susie Tongate.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten is picking up another endorsement to be the county’s first executive. In December, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce endorsed Hulten and now he’s picked up the endorsement of the Champaign County Farm Bureau. Hulten is the only Republican running for the position. He will likely be challenged by the only Democrat to announce they are running for the position, Darlene Kloeppel.


 

(Heyworth-jm) -- The Heyworth School Board is expected to approve their 2018-2019 school calendar at tonight’s school board meeting. In addition school board members members are expected to approve a couple of policy updates. The Heyworth School Board meeting gets underway at 7 pm.


 

(Undated-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…


 

 

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Monday January 15 2018

(Springfield-jm) -- The final estimates for the 2017 crop in Illinois include some new records. The soybean yield is estimated at 58 bushels per acre, down one bushel from 2016. But production hit a record high at 612 million bushels, up three percent from the previous year says Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. Producers harvested 470 thousand acres of winter wheat and the yield is estimated at 76 acres per bushel. That tops the previous record by two bushels.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing all drivers services facilities will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Facilities open Monday through Friday will be closed today. All facilities will reopen Tuesday.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Yesterday’s winter weather caused problems for area residents and kept utility crews busy. Ameren Illinois reported over 1,500 people without power including customers in the LeRoy and Cropsey area. Cornbelt Energy also reported over 800 without power in the Arrowsmith, Bloomington, Downs, Ellsworth, Farmer City, Heyworth, and LeRoy areas.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Farmer City city council will meet at a new time starting tonight. Previously meetings were held at 7 pm but starting tonight meetings will be held starting at 6. Items on the agenda include amending the garbage and refuse ordinance, amending the parking schedule for loading and unloading zones, adopting budgetary and fiscal policies, amending the procurement of public works supplies and services and approving an intergovernmental agreement with the Blue Ridge School District. The Farmer City city council meeting gets underway at 6pm.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is meeting with small business owners around the state about their concerns and suggestions. Governor Rauner says small businesses are the backbone of the Illinois economy and the state needs to help them thrive. He heard familiar complaints from owners in Rockford. Rauner says small business owners also expresses concerns about worker’s compensation abuse and fraud and high property taxes in Illinois.


 

(Undated-jm) -- One of two Democratic challengers to Congressman John Shimkus for the 15th District has picked up a big endorsement. The Illinois AFL-CIO has announced their endorsement of Carl Spoerer in the Democratic primary election. The 15th Congressional District covers northern Champaign County. The group did not make an endorsement for any of the candidates for the 13th district. Five Democrats: Betsy Londrigan, Erik Jones, Jon Ebel, David Gill and Angel Sides are trying to unseat Republican incumbent Rodney Davis.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- Clinton firefighters were called to a house fire Saturday night. Firefighters were dispatched to 45 Kirkwood drive for a house on fire just after 9 pm.  When they arrived they found smoke coming from the house. Kenney, Wapella, Maroa and Waynesville assisted Clinton Fire. No injuries were reported.

 

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Friday January 12 2018

(Springfield-jm) -- Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti is launching a pilot program to give high school students in rural areas more access to advanced placement courses. A-P classes are important since a good grade on the A-P exam can earn students college credit and save money on tuition. Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti says the problem is, kids in some areas can’t take the courses. The one semester pilot program is giving 75 students from 10 rural high schools across the state the chance to take an A-P class online.

 

 

(Clinton-jm)--- The DeWitt County Sheriff’s office is announcing the recent purchase of new equipment to help reduce fatalities on rural roads. The department says with the help of Exelon Nuclear the department purchased new laser radars to improve highway safety in the county. Sheriff Jered Shofner say 51% of fatal accidents occur on rural roads.

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- Three area veterans groups will hold a chili cookoff this weekend. All three veterans organizations in Clinton will be cooking 2 batches of chili each to be judged by those coming to the event on Saturday from 11 to 2 at the Clinton American Legion. Cost is $5 for a bowl of chili. No admission cost.

 

 

(Mansfield-jm) -- The Northern Piatt Fire Department in Mansfield will be offering free smoke detector installations for anyone in their district. Those interested can call 217-489-2341 or email station at n-p-f-p-d dot com and request a home visit. The department says you should at least have one for each bedroom and one on every level.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The state’s “Serve Illinois” program is highlighting volunteer opportunities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. About 25 percent of Illinoisans volunteer their time to various causes, but Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland would like to see that number go even higher. He urges the public to get out and volunteer on Monday and all year long. You can easily search for local volunteer opportunities throughout the year online at: serve dot illinois dot gov.


 

(Mahomet-jm) -- A section of downtown Mahomet will be turned into a sheet of ice for this weekend. Crews will be making a 40 by 48 outdoor skating rink on Main Street for the annual Skate on Main. The event is today from 4 to 9 and tomorrow from noon to 9. Cost is $5 for 30 minutes and is put on by the Mahomet Parks and Recreation Department.


 

(Monticello-jm) -- Monticello city leaders have agreed to spend over $600,000 for public works expansion. The expansion, which will cost $620,000, will include additions to two buildings, consolidate operations and store equipment inside. The city hopes by doing the work they can reduce the number of facilities down from the current number of 5.

 

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Thursday January 11 2018

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 48 other attorneys general in announcing a $45 million settlement with a New Jersey based mortgage company. The settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation resolves allegation the company improperly serviced mortgage loans from January 2009 through December 2012. According to Madigan, the company failed to properly apply loan payments, properly execute foreclosure paperwork and respond to borrower’s requests for information.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is wrapping up his week-long stay at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy and announcing plans to combat Legionnaires’ Disease and improve the facility. Governor Rauner lived at the home for a week, sleeping there, showering there, drinking the water and spending time with residents. He says the state must continue to aggressively pursue water treatment options and prevent any more Legionnaire’s deaths...

 

 

Governor Bruce Rauner. Rauner says the plumbing will be replaced and he will also work with the City of Quincy to find additional water sources. He also wants to seek funding to modernize resident rooms and possibly build a new building on the campus.

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- DeWitt County Coroner Randy Rice has released the name of the elderly female who passed away in a house fire on Tuesday as Evelyn Rosalie Eaton age 87. The residence at 417 North Elm Street in Clinton caught on fire around 9:30 PM Tuesday evening. The coroner’s office and the state fire marshal are still investigating the incident.

 

 

(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) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 19 other attorneys general in sending a 30 page letter objecting to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s involvement in proposed rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan. The attorneys general argue his involvement is unethical, violates due process and prevents fair and impartial proceedings.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City Rotary Club is raising money to do upgrades to the North Park playground. President Susie Tongate says they are working on phase two of the project…



Gibson City Rotary Club President Susie Tongate.


 

(Pesotum-jm) -- District 10 Illinois State Police in Pesotum have released December activity numbers. During the month, troopers issued 304 citations including 127 for speeding, 5 for DUI, 42 seatbelt and 1 child restraint. Troopers also responded to 110 traffic accidents resulting in 5 fatalities during the month.

 

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Wednesday January 10 2018

(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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Tuesday January 9 2018

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 14 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief challenging the Justice Department’s efforts to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities. The attorneys general argue the conditions interfere with the rights of states and localities to set their own law enforcement policies.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Influenza is hitting Illinois a little harder this flu season. There is currently widespread flu activity in Illinois, with more cases being reported now than at the same time last year says State Chief Medical Officer Doctor Jennifer Layden…

 

 

State Chief Medical Officer Doctor Jennifer Layden. Layden says it’s too early to say if Illinois flu cases have peaked. She notes the most common strain going around often carries more severe symptoms.

 

 

(Downs-jm) -- The entire village of Downs is under a boil order after a water main break. The entire village lost water yesterday because of the break. Village officials say the boil order is in effect for 24 hours.

 

 

(Clinton-jm) -- The DeWitt County Sheriff’s office along with Clinton police will hold a church security seminar this evening. Topics covered include preventing violence, preparing a proactive and trained response, best practices for surviving an active shooter incident and working with local law enforcement. The seminar will take place from 6 to 9 at the First Christian Church of Clinton.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Following a report from the auditor general’s office concerning the state’s All Kids program, State Representative Bill Mitchell has a couple of suggestions for Governor Bruce Rauner.   The All Kids program offers many Illinois children comprehensive healthcare that includes doctors visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma inhalers.  According to Mitchell, the report shows that since its inception, All Kids has paid nearly $400-million to people who have come to the country illegally…

 

 

State Representative Bill Mitchell.

 

(Undated-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 11 other attorneys general in voicing opposition to a U.S. EPA proposal to repeal regulations that place strict emissions standards on highly polluting glider trucks. The attorneys general argue repealing the regulations will lead to more air pollution and jeopardize public health. Glider trucks are trucks with refurbished or rebuilt heavy duty diesel engines before 2010 and installed into a truck bodies. The rule currently mandates these trucks must meet the same emissions standards as newly produced trucks.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Last year, “phishing” scams topped the list of methods used by cyber criminals to steal or attempt to steal the money and identities of unsuspecting consumers. Veronica Carter reports on what to watch for this year…



 

(McLean County-jm) -- A Gibson City man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the stabbing of a man and woman in Saybrook back in 2016. According to police, Arthur “A.J.” Corry stabbed the man and woman after he uncovered an alleged relationship between the victim and Corry’s estranged wife. In exchange for his guilty plea, 8 other charges including home invasion were dropped. He faces 6 to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced May 31st.


 

(Undated-jm) -- High school students in Illinois are encouraged to participate in an essay contest for a chance to receive scholarships. Illinois Realtors is sponsoring the Bicentennial essay contest. 23 Illinois high school students will have a chance to win the scholarships. 11 will receive $250 scholarships, 11 will receive $750 scholarship and the top prize is a $1,000. The contest is open to all Illinois high school students in grades 9 through 12. The deadline to apply is February 15th. More information is available online at illinois realtor dot org slash bicentennial.


 

(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…


 

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Monday January 8 2017

(Champaign-jm) -- December was a cold and dry month in Illinois. The month started out warmer than average however, State Climatologist Jim Angel says the cold after Christmas balanced things out…

 

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced Farm Service Agency State Committee Appointees and one of them has is local. Jim Reed of DeLand was named committee chair for Illinois. Joining Reed on the committee are Martin Barbre of Carmi, Melanie DeSutter of Woodhull, Ron Moore of Roseville and Troy Uphoff of Findlay.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Blue Ridge School Board will once again hold their annual Blue Ridge Connect meeting coming up later this year. Superintendent Susan Wilson talks about the meeting and invites the public to mark their calendars…

 

 

Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.

 

 

(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…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is urging the public to make sure there aren’t any pending recalls for their vehicles. The I-E-P-A and the National Safety Council are launching the “Check to Protect” campaign says Spokesperson Kim Biggs. They’re asking motorists to take advantage of the check to protect dot org website…



Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Spokesperson Kim Biggs. It’s estimated that one out of four cars out on the road today in Illinois has an open recall which you local dealership will fix for free. That website again is: check to protect dot org.


 

(Mahomet-jm) -- Mahomet Seymour Athletic Director Matt Hensley has been named to the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Board of Directors. Hensley was nominated by the Illinois Athletic Directors Association. He will represent Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. His term will run through 2020.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- The University of Illinois Extension DeWitt, Piatt and Macon Counties will hold an Art of Quilling class. Extension Educator Kim Gibbons talks about the class…



University of Illinois Extension Educator Kim Gibbons. The deadline to register is tomorrow.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- The Gibson City city council will meet in executive session tonight to discuss personnel. The council will also hear an update on the new Gibson City app. The Gibson City city council meeting gets underway at 7 pm.

 

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Friday January 5 2018

(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 Bloomingtonparks.org for more information.

 

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Thursday January 4 2018

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is offering some tips for purchasing a used car. Buying a car is often a daunting chore, but Attorney General Madigan has new consumer guide to help you through the process…

 

 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Madigan also points out that a new law requires dealers to provide a limited powertrain warranty for the first 15 days or 500 miles on many used cars. The full guide is online at: illinois attorney general dot gov.

 

 

(Downs-jm) -- The McLean County Sheriff’s office is seeking the public’s help in finding two individuals who stole money from gaming machines at a Downs business. Police say the two men entered the Downs Travel Mart on December 31st and took an undisclosed amount of money from gaming machines in the establishment. One of the male subjects wore a red and black Budweiser jacket while the other wore a black jacket and a stocking cap. Police believe the men may be tied to similar crimes in Chenoa, Mount Vernon, Salem, Farina and Effingham. Anyone with information is asked to call the McLean County Sheriff’s office at 309-888-5019 or McLean County Crime Stoppers at 309-828-1111.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Blue Ridge School Board approved their annual tax levy at their meeting last month. Superintendent Susan Wilson talks about the levy…

 

 

Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.


 

 

(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 Ridgeview and LeRoy. For Ridgeview: Keegan Behrike, Katherine Dowling, Mitchell Hofmann, Levi Kaeb, Juan Rios-Narciso and Alexander Tongate. For LeRoy: Olivia Bogle, Alexis Graybeal, Meredith Hogue, Meghan Matlock, Tyler McCarthy, Kea Miles, Seth Morgan, Megan Woltkamp and Natalie Wood.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Police is continuing to accept submissions for its 100th Anniversary logo contest. The contest opened in November and has generated some interest says State Police Sergeant Ryan Cape…



State Police Sergeant Ryan Cape. The logo must look professional, promote the 100th anniversary theme and celebrate the past and future of the Illinois State Police. Visit isphf dot org for more details.


 

(Mahomet-jm) -- Students in the Mahomet Seymour school district will have new ways of learning thanks to the district’s education foundation. The Mahomet Seymour Education Foundation awarded over $19,000 in grants to teachers. In a release, Mahomet Seymour Schools Superintendent Lindsey Hall says the grants allow teachers to engage students in creative and innovative ways.


 

(Clinton) -- The University of Illinois DeWitt, Piatt and Macon Extension offices will host an Art of Quilling Class coming up later this month. Those attending will learn about quilling and quilling techniques. University of Illinois Extension Educator Kim Gibbons says the deadline to register is fast approaching…



University of Illinois DeWitt, Piatt and Macon Extension Educator Kim Gibbons.


 

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will hold a food drive for McLean County residents on Saturday, January 6th from 10 to 11:30 at Kingsley Jr High in Normal.

 

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Wednesday January 3 2018

(Undated-jm) -- A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program hasn't done much to alleviate stress for states and parents going into the new year. More from Veronica Carter…

 

 

 

(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 Blue Ridge, Tri-Valley Fisher and GCMS. For Blue Ridge, Sydney Nichols. From Tri-Valley: Alex Anderson, Lauren Bakewell, Kylie Bays, Karley Carter, Gabriel Foss, Jacob Huls, Jeffrey Martell, Kevin O-Donnell, Gregory Peck, Taylor Roop, Hannah Rudsinski, Cody Steiner, Isaac Stevenson, Sarah Vock and Brock Ward.For Fisher: Kindall Carter, Thomas Gadel, Bailey Hadden, Sophia Horton, Jack Sievers and Alayna Stalter. For GCMS: Jacey Goin, Emily Lange, Bailey Salyards, Brooks Schmitt, Jeremy Steidinger and Nicholas Tabor.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) --  To celebrate the state’s 200th birthday and explore its amazing 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…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says getting any unclaimed property you’re due is now easier and faster than ever. Treasurer Frerichs says paperwork hassles for his office’s I-Cash Program have been greatly reduced with two new ways to file a claim…



State Treasurer Mike Frerichs. To search the database and submit a claim for anything you’re owed, visit the website: illinois treasurer dot gov backslash icash.


 

 

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Tuesday January 2 2018

(Undated-jm) -- If you’re needing to renew your driver’s license or maybe you forgot to get that sticker for your car, you don’t have to wait much longer to visit the state’s drivers services facilities. Facilities that are open Monday through Friday were closed yesterday while facilities that are open Tuesday through Saturday were closed Saturday. Facilities will open at their normal time today.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- Yesterday was New Year’s Day and we asked area leaders to give us an insight into some of the things they hope to see happen in 2018. Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson…

 

 

Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson.

 

 

(Farmer City-jm) -- The Farmer City city council will look to amend an ordinance and set their council meeting dates and times at tonight’s city council meeting. Council members will be asked to amend the ordinance on parking schedules. In addition the council will go into executive session to discuss setting the price for the sale or lease of property owned by the city. The Farmer City city council meeting gets underway at 7 pm.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- The crop insurance industry and a USDA agency will work in tandem to provide to producers new insurance options through a new Farm Bill. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(LeRoy-jm) -- Replex in LeRoy will once again hold their Ranger Days again this school year. Ranger Days are set for today through the January 5th and March 26th through the 30th. The Ranger Days program is available for kids ages 4-12.


 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Yesterday was New Year’s Day and we asked area leaders to give us an insight into some of the things they hope to see happen in 2018. Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey…



Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.


 

(Clinton-jm) -- Clinton city leaders are expected to approve an over 7 and a half thousand dollar bid for elevator repairs at tonight’s city council meeting. Council members will be asked to approve the $7,742 bid from Schindler Elevator Corporation. In addition council members will continue discussions on an easement for Ameren and adopting a policy prohibiting sexual harassment. The Clinton City Council meeting gets underway at 7pm.

 

 

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