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Wednesday February 21 2018

The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a flash flood warning for the following counties in Central Illinois. DeWitt, Piatt, McLean, and Moultrie counties. It also issued warnings for Champaign, Vermillion and Douglas counties in East Central Illinois. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNED AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.

RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.

 

 

(Springfield-rb) The State Budget is always a hot topic in Springfield. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says employee pensions and health care are? eating up too much of the state budget…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner


 

National FFA week is this week and it runs thru Saturday. We will feature special reports from the Brownfield Network. Cindy Young has the latest report from Brownfield…

 

 

Cindy Young with Brownfield Network

 

(CHICAGO-dg) The application system is set to reopen next week for families wanting to apply for the state’s new private school scholarship program. According to the Pantagraph, Empower Illinois, one of the organizations overseeing the Tax Credit Scholarship Program, says the application system will reopen at 7pm on Feb. 27. The system crashed Jan. 31, the first day applications were accepted. Empower Illinois said the crash was due to extreme demand.

 

 

(Bloomington-dg)-The McLean County Board signed off on another local wind farm Tuesday, but not without controversy. According to the Pantagraph, The board voted 10 to 8 to let Chicago-based alternative energy company, Invenergy, build its proposed McLean County Wind Energy center near lexington and Chenoa after board members failed repeatedly to change or delay the proposal as approved last month by the county’s Zoning Board of Appeals.


(Rantoul-rb) There are several properties for sale on the Former Chanute Air Force base in Rantoul. The properties have received interest from several buyers. Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider has more on the properties…



Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider


(Bloomington—jc) McLean County crimestoppers are seeking information concerning shots being fired at a residence early Tuesday morning. Police say shots were fired around 3 A M yesterday morning in the 900 block of West Olive Street in Bloomington. No one was hurt in the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call McLean County crimestoppers at 309-828-1111. You could receive a reward of up to one thousand dollars.


 

(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 February 20 2018

(Springfield—jc) Sexual harassment allegations in Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office are putting the speaker in a hot political seat. Some lawmakers are asking for the speaker to step down from his position. Some details on what Madigan knew about the sexual harassment charges against a member of his staff and when he knew that information remains unclear. Illinois democratic leaders also has released information to candidates and political office holders to maintain a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment.

 

 

(Springfield-rb) The state budget is a hot topic in Springfield right now. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner talks about what the priority should be for the lawmakers when it comes to the budget…

 

 

 

The Governor also talks about his plans for spending…

 

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

 

 

(Monticello-dg) The Piatt County Farm Bureau is hosting a Solar Farm meeting on tomorrow at 6pm at the Monticello Community Building located at 201 N. State St. This is an informational meeting to hear Garrett Thalgott, attorney with the Illinois Farm Bureau and Rae Payne, Senior Director of Business and Regulatory Affairs with Illinois Farm Bureau talk about the ins and outs of solar farm leases and what steps to take when contacted by a solar farm company. RSVP’s are appreciated and can be made by calling 217-762-2128.

 

 

(Undated-rb) National FFA week is this week and it runs thru Saturday. We will feature special reports from the Brownfield Network. Cindy Young has the lastest report from Brownfield Network...



Brownfield Network reporter Cindy Young

 

(Champaign-rb) Parkland College is calling all high School seniors to join them for a special “Parkland Preview” event on Friday, March Ninth from Noon to 2 Pm in the Student Union. The Preview will allow students to explore their major with instructors and staff and much more. Students may register for this event at WWW dot Parkland dot EDU slash get started slash visit. For more information contact Admissions at 217- 351- 2482.

 

 

(Mahomet-rb) Traffic on northbound Illinois 47 was being rerouted yesterday afternoon after a field cultivator got stuck  underneath eastbound Interstate 74 in Mahomet. Traffic was back up after a few hours and was running normal again around 4:15 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…




(Springfield-rb) Paul Taylor, an Illinois Farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic, says that it doesn’t matter what you grow or how many acres you farm. Commodity Classic is for every farmer who wants to grow beyond…

 

 

 

Commodity Classic co-chair Paul Taylor

 

 

(Melvin-rb) The Neverly Brothers will be at Melvin Community hall on March 3rd at 7 PM. Doors open at Five Thirty with 10 Dollar Tickets. For Reservations call 217-388-2853. Food will be available for purchase by the Melvin Youth. A special Thank You to Alliance Grain & Heritage FS of Melvin for Special donations to assist with this program.

 

 

 

 

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Monday February 19 2018

(Cerro Gordo—jc) There was a larger police presence at one area school on Friday after rumors about a student making threatening statements. The alledged incident happened sometime last week in the Cerro Gordo school district. School officials say police were at Cerro Gordo school on Friday after being informed on the threat. Police said the threat was not credible.

 

 

(Fisher-rb) FFA Week Kick’s off today. We talked to Bailey Parks and lacey Cotter from Fisher High School’s FFA Chapter…

 

 

 

(Springfield-rb)  The Illinois State Board of Education is considering revamping the controversial standardized test known as PARCC after using it once more in its current form this spring. PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, measures third- through eighth-graders' abilities in math and language arts based on Illinois Learning Standards. The test prompted complaints from its launch in 2015, in part because of the its days-long length and initial difficulty.


 

(Urbana—jc) He is one of the most popular former coaches in Illinois. Now, Lou Henson can add another honor to his growing list. On Friday, the former University of Illinois Basketball Coach was inducted into the Senior Illinois Hall of Fame. The honor recognizes adults making a significant impact on their communities.



(Springfield-rb) Illinois Department of Human Rights has launched its Sexual Harassment Hotline. IDHR director Leslie Strain has more on the hotline…

 

 

Illinois Department of Human Rights director Leslie Strain.

 

(Champaign-rb) Parkland College is the only community college in Illinois with a precision ag degree, and on Feb. 27, it will celebrate its history of agricultural education at its 50th annual Agriculture Banquet. For the 50th banquet Feb. 27, Parkland is inviting alumni of the program and will show a video highlighting the history of agricultural education there. The ag program at Parkland started in 1967, when the college did, and the first banquet was held in the spring of 1968.

 

 

(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…

 


 

(Mahomet—jc) -- A proposed new law would notify homeowners about common land areas that are for sale within homeowner associations. Local state senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet is looking to change Illinois tax code that would tell the associations about the parcels of land. The proposal could expand into other areas of concerns for property owners in the state like, small strips of land between adjacent property lines. The issue is now in the hands of the Illinois Senate.


 

(Washington-rb) The total land in farms for 2017 was down from the previous year according to USDA, despite year-over-year acreage increases in some classes. USDA’s Rod Bain reports…

 

 

 

(Rantoul-rb) The Rantoul Press reports that their will be  No more walking in the cold for some participants of the Peace Meal program in Rantoul. Five-day-a-week C-CARTS bus service has been instituted to take senior citizens to the program held weekdays at the Wabash Avenue building that also houses Community Service Center.

 

 

(Champaign-rb) A call to "Paint the Hall Chief" at Thursday's Illini basketball game against Purdue has sparked allegations of trademark infringement and plans for a counter-protest.Students for Chief Illiniwek and the Honor the Chief Society posted notices on Facebook last month urging fans to wear Chief Illiniwek gear to Thursday's game, the last home game of the season and Senior Night for graduating players.

 

 

(Champaign-rb) Active shooter response drills in schools are required by law in Illinois but students aren't required to be a part of the training. There's been a lot of pressure on lawmakers to make sure kids are safe in schools. The discussion is at the forefront again after 17 people died in a school shooting in Florida this past week. Across the state schools have to hold active shooter safety drills with staff. But it's up to each district whether or not to have students participate, and many of them don't. Some Local schools are starting to talk about making sure students take part.

 

(Fisher—jc) -- 9 A M on March third is the time that Fisher residents can learn more about water rates in the village. The Village of Fisher is selling its water and sewer system to Illinois American Water Company. The agenda for the meeting on March third is to talk about water rates in Fisher and answer questions about the sale process.

 

 


 

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Friday February 16 2018

(Farmer City-rb) The Blue Ridge High School band will be hosting A Knight To Remember Feast and Talent Show tonight. The Feast will begin at Five-thirty and end at Seven. Tickets will be Ten Dollars for Adults and High School Students and Five Dollars for students k-8. The Talent Show follows the feast and will run for about an hour and fifteen minutes. Following the Talent show is the Silent Auction. Blue Ridge band director Chris Mitchell has more on the event …

 

Blue Ridge band director Chris Mitchell

 

 

(Leroy-rb) Leroy Police Department is searching for 18 year old Christian Ward his last known address was Farmer City. He has outstanding McLean County Warrants pursuant to his DUI arrest by LeRoy PD. If you see him or know where we can find him please call the LeRoy Police Department at (309)-962-3310.

 

(Springfield-rb) The small Business Optimism Index jumped two points to 106 point 9 in January and set a record with the number of small business owners saying Now is a Good Time to Expand, according to the National Federation of Independent Business Economic Trends survey that was released this week.


 

(Bellflower-dg) The Bellflower Lion’s Club will be having it’s Annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake and Sausage dinner from 4:30-6:30 Saturday at the Bellflower Community Center. Cost is $6 for Adults and children 10 and under are $3.

 

(Danville-rb) Applications are now available for nurse practitioner scholarships through the Illinois Farm Bureau® Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program.  Now in its twenty-sixth year, the scholarship program helps encourage and develop the pool of rural health practitioners to help meet primary health care needs in rural Illinois.  Students who receive scholarships agree to practice for two years in an approved rural area in Illinois. There will be five scholarships, worth $4,000 each, granted this year. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be Illinois residents and be a Registered Nurse accepted or enrolled in an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program. Applications are available online at RIMSAP.com. The application deadline is May 1.

 

(Springerfield-rb) Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has outlined his budget for the state. Governor Rauner says school districts need to start sharing the cost of teacher pensions.



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner


(Farmer City-rb) A water disturbance is possible in Farmer city. The City of Farmer City posted on Facebook “As we continue our search for a major leak, we have a consultant in town who is helping us look. We will be opening and shutting valves in our attempt to locate it, which may disturb the water. This disturbance may create discolored and/or gritty water. You may want to refrain from washing clothes at this time, but it does not need to be boiled.”


(Gibson City-rb) St. Patty’s Night of Hope will be March 17th at the Sand Trap in Gibson City. The Event runs from 6 pm to Midnight and will have a Five dollar Cover Charge. Dinner will be available for an additional charge. There will be raffle baskets and a band starting at 8.



(Mattoon-jc) The judge in the trial of a Coles County teen accused of firing shots at Mattoon High School last year is fit to stand trial. Channel 3 reports that the judge made the ruling in court on Thursday. One student at Mattoon High School was injured in the incident. Champaign County prosecutors say the case is a new type for the state. The teen is due back in court next month for pre trial motions.


(Mansfield-dg) The American Legion in Mansfield will be open Sunday from 5-8pm with Smokin’ Wet BBQ serving up BBQ and sides. The Woolridge Band will provide live music.

 

 

 

(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 February 15 2018

(Springfield-rb)Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner outlined his budget proposal yesterday. He talks about what we need as a state…

 

 

Governor Rauner says structural reforms are necessary to get Illinois moving in the right direction.

 

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

 

 

(Undated—jc) -- A bus crash in McLean County sent several school kids to area hospitals on Wednesday. The school bus overturned after being involved in a multiple vehicle crash. The accident happened near Route 150 and Abraham road and near Evans Junior High School in Bloomington. The road was closed for several hours and the crash remains under investigation by state police.


 

(Farmer City-rb) The Blue Ridge High School band will be hosting A Knight To Remember Feast and Talent Show this Friday February 16th. Blue Ridge Band Director Chris Mitchell has more on the event...

 

 

Blue Ridge Band director Chris Mitchell

 

(Gibson City-rb) The Gibson City Rotary Club now has tickets available for their annual Rotary Ball.This annual event is scheduled for Saturday, March 24th at The Sand Trap in Gibson City.$25 Tickets -  purchased in advance - Event entry, meal and name in $500 drawing. $25 Tickets - at the door - Event entry and meal. $15 Tickets - at the door - Event entry. Rotary President Susie Tongate has more on the event.

 

 

Rotary President Suzie Tongate .

Get your tickets now for a chance to win $500 CASH.Tickets are available from all Rotarians, Janna Friday at the Bank of Gibson, contact President Susie Tongate susietongate@hotmail.com or 309-825-0311. Proceeds from this annual event supports the club's work in the community.

 

 

(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…

 

 

 

(Rantoul-rb) License fees will be the main topic for The Rantoul Liquor Advisory Committee which is set to meet Next Tuesday at five thirty. The public is always invited to participate. The meeting is taking place in the Conference room of the Municipal Building on Tanner street in Rantoul.

 

 

(Chicago-rb) Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz extends his heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of Slain Chicago Police Department Commander Paul Bauer. The Illinois State Police Family along with all of us here WEXG stands with the Chicago Police Department to honor a great hero and father.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The deadline is today for High school students in Illinois 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. More information is available online at illinois realtor dot org slash bicentennial.


 

(Decatur-rb) University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Macon County is hosting classes for Gardeners. Gardeners of all levels will find tips, tricks and ideas with a choice of 12 different classes along with two keynote speakers at Gardening Insights on Saturday, February 24, 2018. the event runs from 9am until 4pm in the Shilling Center on the campus of Richland Community College, One College Park, Decatur, IL. For a complete list and descriptions of classes or to register visit website at go.illinois.edu/dmp or call 217.877.6042. The cost for the day is $30, which includes your choice of three classes, both keynote speakers and lunch. Additional costs may apply for certain classes. Space is limited so register early. Register by February 20. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call 217.877.6042. Come learn, laugh and grow with us!         




 

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Wednesday February 14 2018

(Springfield-rb) Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will outline his Budget Proposal today. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton talks about the proposal…

 

 

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

 

(Bloomington-rb) Rule changes are coming your way from the IHSA. The Board of Directors added new language to Policy 8 that prohibits IHSA schools from hosting events that include Junior High teams as well as non-high school teams. The Board also voted to approve Huddle/GoFan as the official digital ticketing partner of IHSA State Series and State Championship events.

 

 

 

(Pesotum-rb) The Illinois State Police assisted by the Champaign Police Department, conducted an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) Bar ID check During the late evening hours of Saturday, February 10, 2018. As part of the ACE detail 11 Citations were issued for Possession/Purchase of Alcohol and one citation for Unlawful Use of Identification. Four of the Citations took place at Kam’s Five at Joe’s Brewery, Two at  Red Lion and 1 at Clybourne. All of these bars are located on the Campus of The University of Illinois.

 

 

 

(Gibson City-rb) The Gibson City Rotary Club now has tickets available for their annual Rotary Ball.This annual event is scheduled for Saturday, March 24th at The Sand Trap in Gibson City.$25 Tickets -  purchased in advance - Event entry, meal and name in $500 drawing. $25 Tickets - at the door - Event entry and meal. $15 Tickets - at the door - Event entry.Get your tickets now for a chance to win $500 CASH. Live music and dancing, games and prizes, live auction and raffles.  LFC from Chicago will have the dance floor hopping from the first song with their energetic cover songs. Tickets are available from all Rotarians, Janna Friday at the Bank of Gibson, contact President Susie Tongate susietongate@hotmail.com or 309-825-0311. Proceeds from this annual event supports the club's work in the community.

 

 

(Washington-rb) Some may be surprised by how many acres are enrolled in various USDA conservation programs. Rod Bain has more on the numbers…

 

 

 

 

(Monticello-rb) The University of Illinois Extension in Piatt County presents hands on horticulture with Hart. On March 21st at Six O’clock pm for just Fifteen dollars you can. Get a jump-start on your garden this year by learning the basics of starting seeds. Horticulture Educator Candice Hart will cover how to choose seed varieties, tips on proper seeding and how to care for newly started transplants. Participants will also have the opportunity to start a flat of their own seeds to take home with them. The program fee includes all supplies needed. Feel free to bring your own seeds if you desire. Register online at go.illinois.edu/dmp at least two days before the class date or call 217.935.5764 for more information.

 

(Springfield-rb) Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will outline his Budget Proposal today. Governor Rauner talks about what the proposal might entail…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner


(Springfield-rb) ?New legislation takes aim at exorbitant car title loan rates. State Senator Kimberly Lightford has more on the legislation…

 

 

State Senator Kimberly Lightford

 

(Rantoul-rb) The Rantoul press reports that Rantoul Township High School seniors who meet academic, behavior and attendance criteria will be eligible for a pilot off-campus lunch program this spring.Students would have to earn Cs or higher, have no discipline referrals and have no unexcused absences or tardiness. They would be allowed to go off campus during their assigned lunch hour on the two block days. Students would have to re-qualify for the program every two weeks.

 

 

The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Farmer City is having a Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday Fish Dinner Wednesday from 5-7pm. Cost is $8 for adults and Children 10 and under are free. Carry outs will be available.


(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 February 13 2018

(Farmer City-rb) Farmer City Heritage Days Committee is excited to announce the headliners for this year’s festival. This year Heritage Days will feature Country Music recording artists Drake White with Darryl Worley co-heading the event. The Show will be Saturday May 26th in Downtown Farmer City. Music kicks off at 6pm, with Darryl Worley taking the stage at 7:30 followed by Drake White. The show is free to the public with a limited number of VIP tickets available. On top of the music is a week full of events. Heritage Days spokesperson Felicia Hughes has more on how to get tickets

 

 

 

Event spokesperson Felicia Hughes has more on the schedule of the events…

 

 

 

(Farmer City-rb) The Blue Ridge High School band will be hosting A Knight To Remember Feast and Talent Show this Friday February 16th. Blue Ridge Band Director Chris Mitchell has more on the events…

 

 

Blue Ridge Band director Chris Mitchell

 

 

(Paxton—jc) Should another wind farm cross on grounds in Ford County? That was one issue for Ford County leaders on Monday. The issue is not a new one for local leaders as several companies now operate wind farms on county soil. The question for local leaders is should they continue a moratorium on wind farms. The consensus of Ford County leaders is that, for now, no new wind farms be built in Ford County.



 

(Washington-rb) It is finally time to Check out what's new for crop insurance this year before the deadlines happen, at the end of February and mid-March. USDA’s Stephanie Ho has more on what is new…

 


(Decatur-rb) The University of Illinois Extension and Risk Management Agency is introducing Annie’s Project. As a part of Annie’s Project, women will receive training in the areas of balance sheet interpretation, cash flow and income statement fundamentals, commodities, lease evaluation and negotiations and much more. This women’s program, facilitated by agriculture professionals, will be offered over four sessions, March 6, 8, 13 and 15 from Six to Nine pm. The program is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and RMA and will be hosted at the Macon County Extension Office located at Three Three Five One North President Howard Brown Blvd in Decatur, IL. The cost for the class is Fifty Dollars per person and class size is limited. Register online for the event at go.illinois.edu/dmp or call 217.877.6042 by February 18, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Dena Hyde at denahyde@illinois.edu or 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…

 



(Champaign-rb) An American Eagle plane had to return to willard airport yesterday morning after smoke got into the cockpit. The plane which departed from Willard yesterday morning, landed without incident and was brought back to the terminal. 35 passengers onboard got off the plane at that time.The smoke in cockpit cleared up once it was vented. It appears that oil got on the auxillary power unit near the cargo area outside the cockpit.


(Urbana—jc) -- The trial date of a Champaign County man accused in the disappearance and death of a University of Illinois Student is now set. Neither side was granted what they requested in the murder trial of Brendt Christensen. He is accused in the death of Yingying Zhang. A judge on Monday set the trial for April of next year. The judge also denied a defense motion to move the trial out of Champaign County. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case against Christensen.



(Decatur-rb) University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Macon County is hosting classes for Gardeners. Gardeners of all levels will find tips, tricks and ideas with a choice of 12 different classes along with two keynote speakers at Gardening Insights on Saturday, February 24, 2018. the event runs from 9am until 4pm in the Shilling Center on the campus of Richland Community College, One College Park, Decatur, IL. For a complete list and descriptions of classes or to register visit website at go.illinois.edu/dmp or call 217.877.6042. The cost for the day is $30, which includes your choice of three classes, both keynote speakers and lunch. Additional costs may apply for certain classes. Space is limited so register early. Register by February 20. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call 217.877.6042. Come learn, laugh and grow with us!          


 

(Rantoul-rb) Lenten Suppers will begin next Wednesday February twenty first at American Lutheran Church in Rantoul. The suppers will be served from Five Thirty until Six Thirty each Wednesday thru March 21st. Each week will have a different food theme. Sign Up sheets are located at the church for donations that are needed.

 

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Monday February 12 2018

(Washington-rb) USDA’s disaster programs got a boost after a new bill was signed that improved spending. USDA’s Gary Crawford has  more on the bill…

 

 

(Springfield-rb) Just in time for the 209th Abraham Lincoln celebration today the Lincoln Presidential Library received a new historic item. State Historian Sam Wheeler talks about the new piece….

 

 

State Historian Sam Wheeler

 

Gibson City Fire responded to a semi fire on Route 54 near 600 E. Sunday afternoon around 4pm. No word if there were any injuries.

 

(Rantoul--jc)  --  Illinois state police are investigating a single rollover accident along U-S Route 136 near Rantoul over the weekend. Police say 40 year old Angelo Jusino of Hammond Indiana lost control of his minivan on Saturday afternoon, as the vehicle rolled several times and ended on its roof approximately 50 feet in a nearby field. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and taken to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries Jusino was issued citations for improper lane usage, no seat belt, driving with license revoked and driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

(Farmer City-rb)The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Farmer City is having a Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday Fish Dinner Wednesday from 5-7pm. Cost is $8 for adults and Children 10 and under are free. Carry outs will be available.

 

(Champaign-rb) The News Gazette reports that Former Illini football player Stu Levenick is making a huge donation to the program. The 1975 team captain is donating $5 million as the lead gift for the football team's performance center.Work has started on the building, which will be adjacent to the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility.The performance center includes a new weight room, coaches offices, meeting rooms, locker rooms, two-lane bowling alley and a barbershop. .And it will be the home of Levenick Auditorium, named in honor of Stu and his wife, Nancy.

 

(Washington-rb) Some dairy producers and lawmakers have been asking for changes in the dairy Margin Protection Program and the new federal spending bill has finally introduced those changes. USDA’s Gary Crawford has more…

 


 

(Champaign--jc) -- A gas leak was reported over the weekend at a Champaign business. Ameren crews were called to the Big Lots store area on Springfield on Saturday. Champaign firefighters were also called in for safety. Ameren crews fixed the leak late on Saturday.


 

(Orland Park-jc)  -- State police are set to honor one of their own in a funeral procession today in Orland Park.  A funeral for Lieutenant Richard Kozik is set for 10 this morning at Saint Francis of Assisi Church. Kozik suffered a medical emergency last Tuesday while on duty.  The funeral procession starts around noon today.  


(Gibson City--jc)  One local library is hosting a card making class this week  A stamp-it up card making class will be held at the Moyer Library in Gibson City on Tuesday. Two  two-hour sessions will be held. One at 1pm and the other at 6pm. Cost of the class is 10 dollars. More information is found by contacting the Moyer Library in Gibson City.


 

(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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