Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation that requires gas storage field owners to notify local communities if natural gas leaks threaten to expose residents and businesses to contaminated water. The new law also mandates annual storage field inspections by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Aimed at protecting the Mahomet Aquifer, East Central Illinois’ primary water source, House Bill 4746 responds to a gas leak in Champaign County in 2016. Local officials and area residents were not informed about the leak that contaminated private wells according to Sen. Chapin Rose.
The annual DNR inspections will look for infrastructure deficiencies or failures that could affect public health. The costs of the annual inspections will be paid by the owners of the gas storage fields. The DNR will establish criteria for what constitutes an incident.
The Monticello Community Unit School District like many districts across Central Illinois made improvements and changes over the summer to prepare for a new school year. Superintendent Vic Zimmerman elaborated on some of those changes.
The first day of school for the Monticello CUSD is August 22.
The Bement Community Unit School District has already opened their doors for students as class is underway. But, over the summer the district made some changes and implemented a new program for the upcoming school year.
Superintendent Shelia Greenwood joined the WHOW Morning Show and went into depth on improvements with facilities that occurred over the summer.
The 2018-19 school year is already in session for the Bement CUSD.
With traffic deaths on the rise in Illinois and throughout the country, Governor Bruce Rauner has announced today as Traffic Fatality Awareness Day in Illinois. The proclamation was announced by the Illinois Department of Transportation and several other partners. IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says the solution to fatalities is drivers making better decisions.
Current work being done by IDOT and their supporters includes crashed cars on display at rest areas as a physical reminder of the importance of responsible driving, dynamic message signs, and continued development on improved safety in work zones. Earlier this year, IDOT introduced Life or Death Illinois, a multimedia campaign that includes vivid imagery and statistics to underline the importance of safe driving. For more information visit www.lifeordeathillinois.com.
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs continues to promote the state’s Ag Invest program. He says it’s all about locking in low interest rates.
Farmers can learn more about the program at "illinoistreasurer.gov" and then typing in “AG Invest” in the search box.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed a law barring school districts from enacting limits on the number of dual-credit courses high school students can take. While Mt. Vernon Township High School District Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch is in favor of the new law, he hopes all parties affected by the law got equal consideration.
Dual-credit courses are classes that students can receive college credit in addition to the high school credit they would already receive.
The Women to Women Giving Circle of Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will host two grant writing information sessions in September for nonprofits interested in applying for the giving circle’s fall grants.
Women to Women will again focus its grants on impacting children, especially girls, ages newborn-5 who live in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. Research shows that early intervention to build family stability for the very young impacts those children positively throughout life – at significantly lower costs than later “rescue” efforts.
The grant writing sessions will be 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, and 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, both at Calvary United Methodist Church, Normal. The sessions will cover the application process and timeline; collaborative process; objectives, goals and measurements for grants; grant budgets; and other requirements for the Women to Women grant. Interested nonprofit applicants are asked to attend with their partner(s). If nonprofits do not have a partner yet, they can look for one at the sessions.
Both sessions will cover the same material, so participants need only attend one session. Applicants are not required to attend one of these sessions, they are simply offered to help potential applicants better understand the process.
If you would like to attend a session, please RSVP with Michele Evans at Illinois Prairie Community Foundation at 309-662-4477 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richland Community College would like to welcome Jessica Pickel as its new Dean of Liberal Arts.
Jessica earned her Master of Education in Educational Organizational and Leadership and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois.
She is a familiar face at Richland, having served two years ago as the Assistant to the Dean in Health Professions and as the Director of Adult Education. Jessica most recently served as the Assistant to the Dean, College of Education and Human Services at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Her experience working with the Illinois Community College Board and her interest in community college education will make her an asset to Richland and its students.
Jessica started today in her new position. She currently lives in Decatur.
The City of Farmer City will soon be searching for a new Police Chief. Chief Terry Scott submitted his resignation Tuesday, August 14, 2018, to accept a new opportunity as the Executive Director of the Danville Public Building Commission. His last day with the City will be August 31, 2018.
Chief Scott came on board in February 2017 when he replaced Chief Andrew Denno. Scott worked as a Farmer City police officer in the 1980’s, then went on to pursue other interests. He then returned to lead the department. Scott oversaw many changes during his tenure, including an aggressive and successful code enforcement program, increased training opportunities for the officers and improved relationships with other regional organizations.
The City intends to bring in an interim Chief while it undergoes a formal recruitment process. Please contact City Manager Sue McLaughlin at (309) 928-3412 with questions.
DeWitt County Farm Bureau will host its 100th Anniversary Celebration on Aug. 25, 2018, at the Little Galilee Christian Assembly Activity Center in rural Clinton.
The celebration will include a full display of DeWitt County and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) history, a porkchop dinner, appearance and remarks by IFB President Richard Guebert, and a keynote address by University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Kim Kidwell.
Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children. They will be available until Aug. 21. To sign up, members may visit www.DeWittCountyFarmBureau..com to download and mail an order form, ILFB.org > Member Center to pay online, or stop by the office at 1060 State Highway 54, Clinton.
As part of the celebration, DCFB also is making available commemorative “Established 1918” gate signs for $25.
For more information, please call the DeWitt County Farm Bureau office at 217-935-2126 or email email@example.com.
Millikin University will commemorate the first year of its University Commons with a 1st Birthday Celebration on Monday, Aug. 20, from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the first floor lobby of the University Commons. The University Commons 1st Birthday Celebration is free and open to the public.
As part of the celebration, Millikin's Center of Academic and Professional Performance will host a part-time job fair from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
From 3 – 5 p.m., cake, ice cream and free coffee from Common Grounds will be provided to all those in attendance. Millikin University's mixed A cappella group Dissonance, comprised of 17 members, will perform at 3 p.m. The celebration will also include remarks from Millikin President Dr. Patrick E. White at 3:10 p.m.
Additionally, the celebration will have a Pepsi tasting, giveaways, face-painting and a scavenger hunt.
OSF HealthCare is pleased to announce Toni Bishop-McWain, RN, DNP(c), MSN has accepted the role of Vice President of Clinical Excellence for OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.
In this role, Bishop-McWain will be accountable for providing leadership in planning, directing, coordinating and improving health care services consistent with the policies, objectives and standards for quality nursing and patient care services for OSF St. Joseph.
Bishop-McWain has served OSF HealthCare since 2012, most recently as the Director of Critical Care and Cardiopulmonary Services for OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute. Throughout her career, Bishop-McWain has held leadership, educational and clinical roles.
More than 1 in 3 adults in Illinois have prediabetes, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Higher than normal blood glucose levels raise your risk of heart disease and stroke as well as type 2 diabetes. This fall, learn how you can lower your diabetes risk in the free University of Illinois Extension class Wake Up Call – Eating to Avoid Diabetes.
Several opportunities to attend the class will be offered in DeWitt County with the first being held at the Vespasian Warner Public Library District on September 8 from 10:00-11:00 am. To sign up, contact Marie at 217.935.5174 or firstname.lastname@example.org by September 6. This class is free and open to the public.
In Wake Up Call, learn about small steps you can take, from losing a small amount of weight to choosing healthier foods, that can help prevent prediabetes from developing into diabetes.
The Clinton Community Unit School District will open their doors for a new school year next week. In an effort to make life easier for parents and families with children attending Douglas and Lincoln schools there will be a supply drop off day Monday of next week according to Principal Beth Wickenhauser.
The first day of school for kindergarten and 1st grade will be August 22 and the preschool classes will begin August 23.
On Saturday August 4th, the Sons of the American Legion charter was presented to the newly organized Squadron 103. Those present during the ceremony were (from left to right), Carm Sartie, Tom Reddington, Ron Jones, Eugene Gort, Illinois SAL Detachment Commander, Nate Ennis SAL Commander, Rob Volker SAL Vice Commander, Ron Devore and Gavin Devore, SAL members. The Legion members, Reddington, Jones and Devore are on the advisory committee, appointed by the Post.
The Sons of the American Legion were first founded in 1932, as a civilian organization founded on the principles of serving older veterans, patriotic holiday observances, and other civic functions. The purpose of the squadron is “to foster and perpetuate a true spirit of Americanism.” Membership is comprised of Grandsons, Fathers, and Sons of veterans who have served our nations armed forces, during past wars and conflicts. Eligible male descendants of any age may join. The SAL charter is displayed with the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary charters.
SAL Commander Nate Ennis is recognized for his coaching of American Legion sponsored ball teams, and a travelling team called “Revolution.” His vast military family history dates to the American Revolution. Vice Commander Rob Volker is the son of a decorated marine. Both are very encouraged to lead the squadron into the future. You can follow or join the sons by contacting the American Legion on its website, https://crangbennett.wixsite.com/clintonil.
Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls that looks to empower and promote compassion, courage, confidence, character, leadership, entrepreneurship, and active citizenship through activities. In doing these different tasks members of the group can earn badges for their accomplishments, and it's been announced there are up to 30 new badges for the scouts to earn.
Mary Anderson is the Manager of Marketing and Development for Girl Scouts Council in Central Illinois. She adds other badges also include engineering, astronomy, and much more. Giving the girls in the organization a wide range of learning and growing opportunities is the main focus of the group.
For more information on Girl Scouts and the new badges visit www.girlscouts.org.
THE STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED SLIGHTLY LAST MONTH.
JULY’S JOBLESS RATE CAME IN AT FOUR POINT TWO PERCENT…DOWN FROM FOUR POINT THREE IN JUNE. ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH (goff) SAYS 37-HUNDRED JOBS WERE ADDED LAST MONTH.
THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JULY IS THREE POINT NINE PERCENT.
A NEW STATE LAW SPEARHEADED BY SECRETARY OF STATE JESSE WHITE CRACKS DOWN ON TEXTING WHILE DRIVING.
THE LAW MAKES THE OFFENSE A MOVING VIOLATION…INSTEAD OF A NONMOVING VIOLATION. THAT MEANS IT WILL GO ON YOUR DRIVING RECORD SAYS SECRETARY OF STATE SPOKESPERSON HENRY HAUPT.
ACCORDING THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, DRIVING WHILE TEXTING IS SIX TIMES MORE DANGEROUS THAN DRIVING DRUNK.
The 2019 Illinois Buffer Partnership Program has been announced by Trees Forever. The effort encourages landowners across the state to plant trees by offering matching grants and in person aid. Debbie Fluegel is the Program Manager for Trees Forever.
10 to 20 partners will be chosen for the 2019 program and the deadline to apply to be a grant partner is December 31st with winners announced in January of 2019. To apply, go to TreesForever.org.
SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS WILL SOON RECEIVE MORE SPECIALIZED CARE WHEN THEY GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.
A NEW STATE LAW REQUIRES HOSPITALS TO HAVE A SPECIALLY TRAINED PROVIDER ON STAFF AROUND THE CLOCK TO TREAT VICTIMS BY 2022. IT WAS SPONSORED IN THE HOUSE BY REPRESENTATIVE MICHAEL UNES OF PEKIN…WHO SAYS THE IDEA IS TO PROVIDE SENSITIVE CARE TO VICTIMS…ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO COLLECTING EVIDENCE.
THE LAW ALSO LETS VICTIMS UNDER 13 HAVE THE EXAM DONE AT AN APPROVED LOCAL PEDIATRIC FACILITY.
State Representative candidate Jen McMillin has challenged Republican nominee Dan Caulkins to two town hall-style debates, to be hosted in the location of his choosing. McMillin says she sent a letter to Caulkins and his team to organize the debates.
She adds that a response from Caulkins might be anticipated in early September.
Recently, news stories profiled a slow start for the new Illinois State Fairgrounds Foundation. So far, the foundation has raised just about enough to buy a nice vehicle, which hardly begins to address millions of dollars in repair needs for fairgrounds buildings and facilities. The foundation's efforts moved into the fast lane with one donation. Governor Bruce Rauner addressed a packed house at the State Fair's Orr Building at the Agriculture Day Breakfast....and he may have received the biggest ovation of his political career, including the night of his 2014 victory speech.....
Rauner wants Illinois youth to weigh in on the building's name...
In the recent state budget, lawmakers provided 30 million dollars for fairgrounds repairs and improvements. State Ag Director Raymond Poe believes the Coliseum, which draws horse lovers from around the world, even the likes of William Shatner, will be open in time for next year's State Fair.
FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY CALLED IN TO THE STATE’S OPIOID HELPLINE…AND NEW FEATURES ARE BEING OFFERED TO PROVIDE FURTHER ASSISTANCE.
MOST OF THE CALLERS HAVE EITHER BEEN SOMEONE THAT IS ADDICTED TO OPIATES OR ARE CONCERNED ABOUT A FAMILY MEMBER. ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES’ DANIELLE KIRBY SAYS TRAINED SPECIALISTS ANSWER QUESTIONS AND DISCUSS TREATMENT OPTIONS, AND NOW OFFER FOLLOW-UP CALLS.
THE HELPLINE NUMBER IS 833-2-FIND HELP…OR YOU CAN VISIT THE WEBSITE: HELPLINE IL DOT ORG.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed House Bill 4589—aimed at leveling the playing field for smaller banks when it comes to audits. Now, instead of financial institutions paying extra money to have an audit every 12 months, smaller banks will only need the work done every 18 months. Steve McIntyre, the residential real estate lender at the First Savanna Savings Bank, says that customers of smaller banks like his, will see a difference sooner rather than later...
State Representative Tony McCombie of Savanna, who sponsored the bill, says the passing of this legislation goes to show how important it is for community members to speak up to their representatives...
The Illinois Bankers Association, among others, were supporters of this bill that they say reduces costly red tape for smaller banks.
College students have been leaving the state at higher and higher numbers over the past few years. One reason has been grant programs that were in doubt during the years when the state didn’t have a budget. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill to ease concerns about MAP grants being granted year by year.
Minority and female business owners are encouraged to attend Saturday's summit in Collinsville hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation. It's a summit that will show business owners information to help grow their business through the state agency. IDOT Director of Business Workforce Diversity Pam Simon says there will be information on getting certified, training, speakers, and breakout sessions.
The conference is free and will take place at the Gateway Center, located at 1 Gateway Drive, in Collinsville. Registration and breakfast are at 7:30 a.m. The conference will conclude with a networking lunch, followed by optional training sessions.
This year’s Merit Badge Fair, hosted and held at Exelon, enters the 30th year of helping Boy Scouts earn badges. Scoutmaster Don Husted of Clinton Troop 142 informed a huge crowd of nearly 500 scouts, leaders, parents, counselor and others at the gathering they had exceeded 4500 merit badges earned since the year 2,000.
Exelon’s help has made the annual fair an affordable event for Scouts and their troops. This year was the largest gathering known since the about 2000 — doubling last year’s attendance alone.
Plus, Exelon’s employees offer to counsel several specialized merit badges including one in nuclear science.
Scouts from all over Illinois, plus Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri attended. The one day event even has a special treat for Scouts. Exelon allows them to camp at the site usually reserved for Exelon employees and their families on Clinton Lake the night before and after the fair.
That’s the sound of the Grand Champion Steer being sold at the Governor’s Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair. It brought $60,000. The steer was shown by Adam Miller of Gridley. All the grand champion animals were sold last night and the kids get to keep a portion of the money; part of it is also donated to Illinois FFA and the 4H. The CME Group along with other sponsors donated money so each youth exhibiter can receive a $6,000 check for a college scholarship.
IN HONOR OF THE STATE’S BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION THIS YEAR…WE LOOK AT SOME OF THE OLDEST VENDORS ON THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS AND CLASSIC FAIR FOOD FAVORITES.
CULLER’S FRIES SITS IN THE SAME SPOT ON GRANDSTAND AVENUE WHERE IT OPENED 73 YEARS AGO. THEY SELL ONE, VERY POPULAR PRODUCT: FRIES IN A CONE WITH PLENTY OF SALT AND VINEGAR FOR CUSTOMERS TO ADD SAYS JIM CULLERS.
ANOTHER MAINSTAY AT THE FAIR IS VOSE’S CORNDOGS…WHICH ALWAYS HAS A LONG LINE. BOB VOSE HAS BEEN ON THE FAIRGROUNDS FOR MANY YEARS…STARTING ON AN ICE TRUCK IN THE 1940’S.
CORN CONTINUES TO PROGRESS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT.
90 PERCENT OF CORN IS IN THE DOUGH STAGE AND 45 PERCENT IS DENTING. THAT’S WELL AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN BRAD SUMMA.
90 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE SETTING PODS AND 73 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. THAT’S DOWN SLIGHTLY FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK. AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE STAYED ABOUT THE SAME AT 10 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 30 PERCENT SHORT, 59 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND ONE PERCENT SURPLUS.
Much of Illinois could use a good mid-August rain and that’s a good possibility over the next couple of days says agriculture meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese Notis Weather.
The latest USDA crop report has Illinois topsoil moisture at 40-percent short to very short.
FAMILIES AND OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS ARE URGED TO STOP BY CONSERVATION WORLD AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR.
CONSERVATION WORLD IS A 30 ACRE PARK WITH PONDS, GRASS AND SHADE TREES. STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES DIRECTOR WAYNE ROSENTHAL SAYS SOME OF THE STATE’S BEST SPORT FISH CAN BE SEEN IN A NEW AQUARIUM.
THERE’S ALSO THE PAUL BUNYAN LUMBERJACK SHOW, KID’S FISHING CLINICS AND GAMES, A BUTTERFLY HOUSE, YOUTH ARCHERY AND BB-GUN INSTRUCTION AND FOOD AND DRINK VENDORS. CONSERVATION WORLD IS OPEN FROM 10 TO SEVEN DAILY.
SUNDAY WAS VETERANS DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR…AND GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS SIGNING SIX NEW LAWS IN HONOR OF THE OCCASION.
ONE NEW LAW MAKES IT EASIER FOR VETS TO GET THE BENEFITS THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR BY PROVIDING HOMELESS VETERANS A FREE COPY OF THEIR MEDICAL RECORDS. A SECOND MEASURE ADDS VETS TO THE STATE’S SILVER ALERT PROGRAM SAYS GOVERNOR RAUNER.
ANOTHER NEW LAW DESIGNATES NOVEMBER FOURTH AT G-I BILL OF RIGHTS DAY IN ILLINOIS WHILE TWO OTHERS LET COMBAT VETS AND VETS WHO EARNED THE SOUTHEAST ASIA SERVICE MEDAL DURING OPERATION DESERT STORM HAVE THAT HONOR REFLECTED ON THEIR LICENSE PLATES.
ILLINOIS BREWERS WILL HAVE MORE FREEDOM TO EXPAND THEIR BUSINESSES UNDER A NEW STATE LAW.
THE LAW STRIPS OUTDATED REGULATIONS FROM THE LIQUOR CONTROL ACT OF 1934. MATT PORTER…C-E-O OF DESTIHL IN NORMAL SAYS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENTS HELPS THE WHOLE BREW INDUSTRY.
THE LAW ALSO LETS BREWERS USE STORAGE FACILITIES TO HOUSE THEIR EXTRA PRODUCT INSTEAD OF HAVING TO OPEN A SECOND LOCATION OR MOVING TO A LARGER SPACE.
Clinton Junior High School is initiating changes this coming school year and making plans for the next few years. Three of the changes are becoming a "one-to-one" school, switching to standard base grading, and incorporating a program called Restorative Practices.
In the past students had ipads available for the classroom only. This year students will take the ipads home with them, allowing for outside school work.
CJHS is on a 5 year plan to implement standard base grading. Instead of the typical ABCD system, the school will have a 1234 grading system. This increases student achievement.
Over the summer faculty and staff participated in a workshop explaining the Restorative Practices program. Maxwell says this program is to promote positivity and healthy relationships within the school and the community.
Josh Maxwell was appointed to Principal after being the Assistant Principal for 3 years. Classes begin August 22.
A REPEAT CHAMPION IS THIS YEAR’S WINNER OF THE HOG CALLING CONTEST AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR.
ANDREW METHENY OF GEORGETOWN, ILLINOIS TOOK HOME THE TOP PRIZE…AND A CHECK FOR 250 DOLLARS. WHAT’S HE GOING TO DO WITH THE BIG BUCKS?
THIS WAS METHENY’S THIRD WIN IN A ROW. SECOND PLACE WENT TO PERENNIAL COMPETITOR CHRIS KARR OF SEYMOUR.
GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS SIGNING A PACKAGE OF BILLS TO IMPROVE EDUCATION AND REDUCE THE TEACHER SHORTAGE IN ILLINOIS.
A SURVEY CONDUCTED LAST YEAR FOUND THAT 78 PERCENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN ILLINOIS HAVE STAFFING ISSUES. GOVERNOR RAUNER SAYS THESE NEW LAWS SHOULD HELP ADDRESS THE PROBLEM.
ANOTHER LAW LETS DISTRICTS CONTRACT WITH RECRUITERS TO BRING IN MORE TEACHERS.
81 CADETS ARE GRADUATING FROM THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ACADEMY…AND WILL HIT THE ROAD AS NEW TROOPERS ALL OVER THE STATE.
THE CADETS MADE IT THROUGH A GRUELING 25 WEEK PROGRAM IN SPRINGFIELD…THAT INCLUDED PHYSICAL CHALLENGES…CLASSROOM WORK AND VEHICLE AND FIREARMS TRAINING. STATE POLICE DIRECTOR LEO SCHMITZ TOLD THE GRADUATING CLASS THEY MADE AN EXCELLENT CHOICE.
THE STATE POLICE IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CADET CLASS 129, TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR NEXT APRIL. FORMS MUST BE TURNED IN BY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15TH. VISIT ILLINOIS TROOPER DOT COM MORE DETAILS.
It's rabid bat counting season and that job belongs to state veterinarian Dr. Connie Austin with the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Last year in Illinois, 58 bats tested positive for rabies.
In recent years, Illinois Democrats broke from the tradition of making the Illinois State Fair a key public gathering place. The annual Democratic rally remains on the same day Democrats are honored at the fair but the cheers and hoopla have moved to a Springfield hotel. There's added excitement for Dems this year as former Vice President Joe Biden will make his return to Springfield Thursday. The man who extended the invite to the Democratic County Chairs event was his former Senate colleague, ,Illinois' Dick Durbin....
While some Biden backers would like to see him run for the White House in 2020, Durbin weighed in....
Demand for tickets to the Biden appearance at Springfield's Crowne Plaza Hotel has led party officials to book additional space.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced a lawsuit against H&M Trucking Co. in Clinton for a diesel fuel spill that contaminated a pond and nearby creek.
The AG's office filed a lawsuit in Dewitt County Circuit Court against the trucking company, which specializes in transporting food products. The lawsuit alleges that approximately 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled at H&M's trucking terminal located at 6287 Sky Rd according to AG spokesperson Annie Thompson.
Along with the lawsuit, Madigan also filed a motion for a preliminary injunction requiring H&M to clean up the contaminated areas and prepare a report detailing the cause and extent fo the diesel leak. H&M has hired an environmental consultant to help evaluate the contamination and oversee emergency cleanup while the litigation is ongoing.
Many library goers are used to the Dewey Decimal System when searching for books on the shelves. The system is a proprietary library classification method first published in the United States by Melvil Dewey in 1876.
In an effort to make the search process for books easier, the Vespasian Warner Public Library is planning on changing their classification system according to Children's Librarian Paula Lopatic.
Lopatic explains what the library is envisioning for this reclassification.
While this will make searching for books much easier, it'll be a long process reorganizing into the new system.
For more information on the Vespasian Warner Public Library visit www.vwarner.org.
The school year is fastly approaching which means time for class schedules and orientations. The Clinton Junior High School will be hosting a back to school night for students and their families to get familiar with their surroundings and for a night of fun according to Principal Josh Maxwell.
The first day of school is August 22.
The campaigning has been well underway for the upcoming Governor election with the two heavyweights in incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker already taking up much of the airwaves. Both campaigns have large sums of money, thanks to the heavy pockets of both candidates, but political science Professor Dr. Kent Redfield says the bought up air time by these candidates could hurt some of the other races around the state.
Dr. Redfield adds that the early negative campaign ads from both sides could also hurt the turnout come election day.
Illinois State Senator Paul Schimpf praising Bruce Rauner after the Governor signs legislation to make it easier for Illinois high school seniors to go to college in-state. Schimpf is on the higher education committee. He says for his district to do well, the state’s colleges and universities have to do well.
Enrollment numbers show SIU-Carbondale’s freshmen enrollment has dropped roughly 40 percent between the fall of 2015 and the fall of 2017.
A NEW STATE LAW WILL HELP GIVE HIGH SCHOOLERS A HEAD START ON COLLEGE.
THE LAW LIFTS THE LIMITS ON THE NUMBER OF DUAL CREDIT COURSES A STUDENT MAY TAKE…AND HOW MUCH COLLEGE CREDIT THEY CAN EARN. DUAL CREDIT CLASSES LET STUDENTS EARN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE CREDIT AT THE SAME TIME...SAVING TIME AND MONEY SAYS GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER.
THE GOVERNOR SAYS DUAL CREDIT COURSES CAN ALSO HELP STUDENTS GRADUATE COLLEGE EARLY.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to reverse the flow of state jobs out of Springfield. He signed legislation authored by State Representative Sarah Jimenez, designed to bring hundreds of jobs back to the Springfield area. The bill declares Sangamon County is the default location for most state jobs, unless there is a specific reason the job needs to be in a different location. Governor Bruce Rauner threw shade at former Governor Rod Blagojevich for the exodus of jobs....
Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady, whose district includes Springfield and surrounding areas, concurred...
A recent report identified nearly 400 jobs that could potentially be relocated to the capital city. The bill, effective immediately, applies to newly created or newly filled positions.
Warrensburg Latham FFA members Cole Barry & Jason Edwards had a great week at Illinois FFA Leadership Camp! The camp is hosted at 4-H Memorial Campground in Monticello, IL. Campers have the opportunity to participate in various outdoor activities while building leadership skills and getting to know agriculture students from around the state.
If you are interested in supporting the newly rechartered Warrensburg-Latham FFA Chapter, please consider joining the Warrensburg-Latham FFA Alumni & Supporters group. This group will support opportunities such as sending students to camp in future years. You may contact Mrs. Willow Klein at email@example.com for information on future meeting dates.
THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR IS OFFICIAL UNDERWAY IN SPRINGFIELD.
THE SMELL OF MINI DONUTS AND CORN DOGS…MIXED WITH WHIFFS OF LIVESTOCK. THE SOUNDS OF KIDS SCREAMING ON CARNIVAL RIDES…AND BANDS IN THE BEER TENTS. THE STATE FAIR IS HERE AND GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER URGES EVERYONE TO COME OUT AND ENJOY.
THE FAIR RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY AUGUST 19TH. VISIT ILLINOIS STATE FAIR DOT INFO FOR ALL THE DETAILS, CONCERT TICKETS, DAILY SCHEDULES AND MORE.
THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS REMINDING FAMILIES TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS UP TO DATE ON RECOMMENDED VACCINATIONS.
VACCINES PROTECT BABIES FROM 14 DISEASES BY THE TIME THEY REACH TWO YEARS OF AGE…AND IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THEY RECEIVE ALL OF THE DOSES ON TIME. SOME ARE REQUIRED BEFORE A CHILD GOES TO BACK SCHOOL SUCH AS THE CHICKEN POX VACCINE. PUBLIC HEALTH SPOKESPERSON MELANEY ARNOLD SAYS GETTING IMMUNIZED ISN’T JUST ABOUT PROTECTING YOURSELF.
ARNOLD SAYS ADULTS SHOULD GET THE FLU SHOT ANNUALLY AND A TETANUS SHOT EVERY 10 YEARS. SENIORS ARE ADVISED TO GET THE SHINGLES AND PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINES.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced a new insurance plan for dairy producers that insures against unexpected declines in quarterly milk sales. Sign-up for the new product begins Tuesday, October 9, 2018, with the first available coverage starting the first quarter of 2019.
The new plan, called Dairy Revenue Protection, provides insurance for the difference between the final revenue guarantee and actual milk revenue if prices fall. It also provides a greater choice of prices, from those that focus on cheese to fresh milk, protein or butterfat. Coverage levels are available from 70 to 95 percent of revenue. Dairy Revenue Protection is available in all counties in all 50 states.
Participating producers are not precluded from participation in the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Margin Protection Plan.
Dairy Revenue Protection was developed and approved through the Federal Crop Insurance Act’s 508(h) process, which allows private parties to develop insurance products that are in the best interests of producers, follow sound insurance principles and are actuarially appropriate.
Dairy Revenue Protection is another risk management tool in the toolbox available to dairy producers. Federal crop insurance helps producers and owners manage risks and strengthens the rural economy. Additional information regarding Dairy Revenue Protection is available on the RMA website’s Livestock page, located at www.rma.usda.gov/livestock/.
For more information about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net, visit www.rma.usda.gov.
August 22 marks the start of school for the Clinton Community Unit School District and one administrative member is ready to begin her second year as a principal.
Sasha Young expressed her anticipation for the first day in what will be her third year at Clinton Elementary School.
Young explained the schedule for the start of school at CES, as the teachers are expected back in less than two weeks.
While the end of summer can be saddening for students, there still is an excitement when arriving to meet teachers and classmates the first day.
Along with meeting new teachers and classmates, students will get a special presentation to end the first week back.
Registration is currently open for the 2018-19 school year at cusd15.org.
A Chicago filmmaker still gets the same question today. How did Rita Crundwell embezzle $53.7 million from Dixon, Illinois and who’s to blame? Kelly Richmond Pope attempts to answer in her documentary All the Queen’s Horses.
Crundwell used the ill gained money to support her lavish lifestyle competing and showing quarter horses throughout the country. She is now serving 19-years-and-7 months in federal prison.
Dixon would eventually sue its former auditing firm and a bank where the Crundwell transactions took place. They were awarded $40-million from the litigation and gained another $9-million through auction proceeds from Crundwell’s forfeited assets.
For many, employment provides much more than just an income and if an inability to work arises because of a disability there are ways that Social Security can help.
There are work incentive programs that allow someone to work while receiving disability benefits without jeopardizing your benefits according to Public Affairs Specialist Jack Meyers.
The Social Security Disability program, or SSDI, looks to help those disabled on a month-long basis.
Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is the other program offered but varies in how it affects benefits.
To learn more about working while disabled and more information on Social Security visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work.
THE CARNIVAL RIDES AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR ARE BEING CAREFULLY INSPECTED TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE FOR FAIRGOERS AS THE FAIR OPENS TODAY.
THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR IS LOOKING OVER THE MORE THAN 65 RIDES IN THE CARNIVAL MIDWAY, ADVENTURE VILLAGE AND HAPPY HOLLOW PAVILIONS. STATE FAIR MANAGER LUKE SAILER SAYS IT’S SOMETHING THEY TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY.
RIDERS ARE URGED TO FOLLOW THE MINIMUM HEIGHT AND WEIGHT REQUIREMENTS AND TO MAKE SURE THEY USE THE SAFETY EQUIPMENT ON THE RIDES LIKE SEAT BELTS AND LAP BARS.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed Illinois Rep. Tim Butler to serve as co-chair of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. Butler isn't taking the honor or duty lightly....
Butler says the Illinois State Fair is a great launching point for the final stretch of the bicentennial year celebration. On August 26th, the bicentennial celebration hits a key milestone as the state celebrates the 200th anniversary of adopting its own constitution. There will be a dozen events around the state, including the deciation of a new bicentennial plaza near the Governor's Mansion in Downtown Springfield.
The city of Chicago is dealing with a rash of violence that saw nearly 70 people shot this past weekend. But Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says that sending in troops to help police the streets is not an option.
Rauner called the violence outrageous and says creating economic opportunity in the city for black youth and men would be one way to help stem the tide of shootings and murders.
The 2018-19 school year is less than two weeks away for the Clinton Community Unit School District and with students and parents gearing up for the school year they can anticipate seeing some newer faces in the halls at Clinton Junior High School.
Josh Maxwell is in his first year as principal at CJHS and joined the WHOW Morning Show to advise of some new hires and positions staff will be in for the new school year.
A total of eight new teachers were added to the junior high as well.
The first day of school for all buildings in the CUSD is August 22.
The Vespasian Warner Public Library has added some new toys to their collection from generous donations made by several residents of the area.
The Marcia Washburn Collection is named in the honor of the former Clinton native, and it looks to support early childhood education according to Children's Librarian Paula Lopatic.
More information on the Vespasian Warner Public Library can be found at www.vwarner.org.
The DeWitt County Development Council looks to actively engage current and potential businesses to market DeWitt County to attract commerce and encourage job growth.
In an effort to recognize those businesses who have done their part, the DCDC announced their first ever Business of the Month Spotlight to Owner Delfino Naxi of Ted's Garage and Cinco de Mayo in Clinton.
David Torbert is President of the DCDC, as he says the Business of the Month Spotlight will be an avenue to help promote local businesses.
Naxi has been in Clinton since 1996 and over the last several years has taken ownership of the two local restaurants. He says this acknowledgment shows he made the right choice in location for his business'.
The DCDC will also be taking suggestions from community members to help decide each month's local Business of the Month Spotlight.
Touring the nation in support of her father's National Council for the American Worker executive order, Ivanka Trump stopped in Godfrey yesterday at Lewis and Clark Community College. The visit was planned so that she could see first-hand some of the programs geared toward teaching skills that some say are in short supply around the nation.
Ms. Trump is a senior adviser to the president, and spent time observing the welding program before sitting down for a round-table discussion with various community leaders. She says there is a "skills mismatch" in the United States right now, with more jobs than there are qualified candidates to fill them.
There are now more than 6.1 million unfilled jobs in the United States, according to information released by The White House. Estimates predict 73 million Americans, approximately one-third of the current civilian labor force, could be displaced by 2030 thanks to a move toward more automation.
The Illinois state fair is soon to be officially underway. The ribbon will be cut today at 3 and the Twilight Parade rolls on to the grounds as the unofficial welcome to the 11 day run in Springfield. The fair is taking time to celebrate 200 years of Illinois and one of the most visible will be the state’s Butter Cow – a tradition not quite 200 years in the making. State Director of Ag Raymond Poe has been coming to the fair for years and says this cow is a great symbol of the fair and a real part of Illinois history.
The butter cow is on display – slowly rotating around in her cooler every day inside the dairy building.
August is the last full month of summer and although we likely won’t get fall-type temperatures in Illinois this month, there will be some moderation from the heat so says DTN chief agriculture meteorologist Bryce Anderson.
The first day of fall is Sept. 22.
The Illinois State Fair is all about tradition and some fairgoers might say that's all well and good, but what's new. Well, State Fair Manager Luke Sailer has good news for you if you want something new and you're a rodeo fan....
Sailer also hit the refresh button in other areas of the entertainment lineup....
The Illinois State Fair kicks off today with the annual Twilight Parade starting at 5:30 at Springfield's Lincoln Park.
THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS IS HONORING PURPLE HEART RECIPIENTS.
THE PURPLE HEART IS AWARDED TO ANY MEMBER OF THE U-S ARMED FORCES WHO HAS BEEN WOUNDED OR KILLED IN COMBAT. IT’S ONE OF THE OLDEST MEDALS STILL AWARDED TO SOLDIERS. VETERANS’ AFFAIRS DIRECTOR STEPHEN CURDA THANKED THE APPROXIMATELY FIVE THOUSAND ILLINOIS HEROES WHO HAVE RECEIVED A PURPLE HEART.
A PURPLE HEART MEMORIAL WAS BUILT AT OAK RIDGE CEMETERY IN SPRINGFIELD A FEW YEARS AGO.
The DeWitt County Triad is an organization consisting of local law enforcement, senior organizations and senior community members working together to make a better and safer tomorrow for senior residents and the community.
With many different programs and resources, one of the bigger program and events put on each year by TRIAD is their Senior Academy according to group member Connie Unruh.
The first day of the Senior Academy gets underway this Thursday, August 9, and will run each Thursday for the next three weeks. Speakers will attend each day to give helpful advice on different topics.
Another speaker will look at the topic of "Family Love Letters."
Some other areas that will be covered include assisting and protecting seniors, wellness and associated scams, advantages of pre-planning funeral arrangements, and elder financial fraud.
Snack and refreshments will be provided each day. For more information on the TRIAD Senior Academy or the organization visit their Facebook page at DeWitt County Triad.
The Scovill Zoo will look to provide a night of adult entertainment and fun with their fundraiser Walk on the Wild Side, formerly known as their Zoo-rific Evening.
Director at the zoo Ken Frye explains the event and what patrons can expect.
He also says along with the food there are also animal encounters along with other activities.
The adult-themed event has helped to raise money to help fund the zoo and bring new additions to the facility.
There will also be an after-hours event serving food and beverages. The Walk on the Wild Side fundraiser will take place Saturday, August 18 beginning at 5:00 p.m. and costs $75 per person. For more information on the event visit scovillzoo.com.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is in search of proposals through the Safe Routes to School program for projects that help children walk and bike to school says coordinator of the program John Paris.
Administered by IDOT using federal funds, successful applications demonstrate this initiative to improve routes to school. Eligible applicants include school districts, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and nonprofit associations. For more information visit idot.illinois.gov.
ADVOCATES ARE URGING THE GOVERNOR TO SIGN LEGISLATION CREATING THE ILLINOIS COUNCIL ON WOMEN AND GIRLS INTO LAW.
THE COUNCIL AIMS TO GIVE FEMALES A SEAT AT THE POLICY-MAKING TABLE…ADVISING THE GOVERNOR AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON SEVERAL ISSUES SAYS BILL SPONSOR, REPRESENTATIVE ANNA MOELLER OF ELGIN.
MOELLER SAYS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COUNCIL WILL ENSURE THAT WOMEN’S VOICES ARE HEARD AND INFLUENCE POLICIES AND LEGISLATION.
President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka will be visiting Godfrey on official business today. In her role as senior adviser to the president, Ms. Trump will participate in a round-table discussion with Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13th) and others at the Weber Workforce Development Center on the campus of Lewis & Clark Community College.
Ms. Trump is touring the nation to promote the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, signed by President Trump last week. The legislation focuses on what has been described as a "holistic approach" to developing skills needed in the growing economy. Wednesday's event is by invitation only.
Senator Dick Durbin has expressed continued reservations about the choice of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. Durbin says he can't speak for colleagues, but he believes others will take issue with Kavanaugh.....
Durbin believes fellow Democrats with concerns will vote their conscience, regardless of political consequences...
Durbin appeared on CNN.
The Vault has continued to evolve in its construction and work within the community. The organization took time for their 2nd Annual Vault BBQ with Awards and Vault Olympics to showcase the progress of those on leadership teams.
Several student awards were given out according to Founder Michelle Witzke.
Another award looked to honor the legacy of Spencer Toohill.
For Earl, the award was a special recognition that hit especially close to home.
Earl says her and Toohil grew up together, and when the friends entered high school he always knew how to put a smile on her face or brighten anyones day.
The Vault hopes this award will not only keep Spencer's memory alive but inspires people to live with the same level of compassion and love for others.
The Illinois State Fair kicks off later this week with a flurry of different events and themed days. One day in particular looks to promote seniors all around the state on Monday, August 13 it will be Senior Day at the fairgrounds.
In an effort to get seniors to the fair the DeWitt County Friendship Center is providing buses to transport those interested in attending the State fair according to Friendship Center Director Paula Jiles.
More information on how to register for the bus ride and the activities for the day can be found at the DeWitt County Friendship Center or by calling (217) 935-9411.
The Illinois State Fair has always been a solid promotional vehicle for Illinois Products. In this bicentennial year, Erin Cleary with the Illinois Department of Agriculture says the department is stepping up their game says they will be stepping up their game at the Illinois AG tent....
Cleary notes there will be something special for future Illinois Products buyers....
The Illinois Ag tent is easy to find at Main and Central on the Fairgrounds, near the Coliseum and Expo Buildings.
As students from kindergarten to college prepare to head back to school, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management agencies across the state are reminding educators about school safety. The Illinois Terrorism Task Force School Safety Working Group recently gave 13 recommendations to Governor Bruce Rauner to help make Illinois schools safer according to Chairman of the Taskforce Mike Chamness...
The recommendations were compiled over a 30-45 day period and are available online for the public.
Chamness says while there is no single answer to achieving school safety the Taskforce hopes to expand on these recommendations so schools can exercise them to make a safe learning environment.