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Registration Open for Clinton Community Unit Schools

The school year is fastly approaching, and with that it means time for school registration.  The Clinton Community Unit School District opened its online registration earlier this week at www.cusd15.org.
 
Superintendent Curt Nettles says that is the easiest way to register kids for school, but there will also be an in-person session as well.
 

 

 
For more information on school, registration visit www.cusd15.org.

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Clinton Haunted House Members Attend Convention in St. Louis

The Clinton Haunted House has become a well-known fixture and does its best each year to scare the patrons who enter the scary corridors.  In an effort to keep the house entertaining and lively for guests, members of the haunted house attend a convention according to Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marian Brisard.
 

 

 
Trying to imagine different ways to spook people in a fun way is the design of the Clinton Haunted House.
 

 

 
Brisard also says that work on the house has been already underway.

 

 
The Clinton Haunted House will be open throughout the month of October. 

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Zoo Keeper Olympics Returning to Miller Park Zoo

While many people enjoy a day at the zoo to look at animals and take in the sites, there are the people behind the scenes to make sure the animals and zoo itself are being maintained.
 
Zookeepers are the eyes and ears of all the animals at the zoo.  In an effort to show appreciation for all their hard work, the Miller Park Zoo will be hosting their Zoo Keeper Olympics event.
 

 

 
Jay Tetzloff is the Director of the Miller Park Zoo, as he explains while patrons can enjoy different activities and contests, there will be a more intense competition between other workers at the zoo.

 

It was the zookeepers who won the event last year, as the ZooKeeper Olympics will take place this Saturday from 12-3 p.m. at the Miller Park Zoo. 

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Governor signs two bills to speed up construction at the Quincy Veterans Home

GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS SIGNING TWO BILLS TO SPEED UP CONSTRUCTION AT THE QUINCY VETERANS HOME. 
 
THE FIRST NEW LAW BRINGS THE RECENTLY PURCHASED SYCAMORE NURSING HOME UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE QUINCY CAMPUS SAYS GOVERNOR RAUNER.
 
 
IT’S EXPECTED THAT THE CONVERTED NURSING HOME WILL BE READY FOR VETS BY THE END OF THE YEAR. THE OTHER LAW CUTS SOME OF THE RED TAPE IN RENOVATING AND REBUILDING NEW FACILITIES AND PLUMBING OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

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Jobs for youth focus of state hearing in Peoria this week

A panel discussion in Peoria this week aims to address the need for jobs among youth and young adults throughout Illinois. It’s the idea of State Senator Chuck Weaver. He says the first thing the state needs is a strong job structure... 

 

 
The Public Hearing of the State Task Force on Developing Opportunities for Youth & Young Adults Who are Jobless and Out-Of-School will take place Thursday. 

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Governor vetoes bill removing Illinois from the Crosscheck system

GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS VETOING A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE REMOVED THE STATE FROM THE CONTROVERSIAL INTERSTATE CROSSCHECK SYSTEM.
 
CROSSCHECK IS MEANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE NOT VOTING IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS BY COMPARING FIRST AND LAST NAMES AND BIRTHDATES TO VOTERS IN OTHER STATES. CRITICS WORRY ABOUT DISCRIMINATION AND DATA BREACHES BUT GOVERNOR RAUNER DISAGREES.
 
 
IN HIS VETO MESSAGE…GOVERNOR RAUNER SAYS THERE IS NO NEED TO HAMSTRING THE STATE’S EFFORTS TO COMBAT VOTER FRAUD BY LEAVING CROSSCHECK.

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Temperatures should stay below average for remainder of July in Illinois

Atmospheric conditions should keep temperatures below average for the remainder of July in Illinois. That assessment from agriculture meteorologist Eric Schmidt with EJS Weather in Newton. 
 

 

 
Schmidt anticipates temperatures to trend toward normal for much of August in Illinois. 

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Durbin Blasts Trump Comments from Press Conference with Putin

Senator Dick Durbin called on his Republican colleagues to express their dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump’s remarks at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Durbin took issue with Trump comments he believes blamed America for strained relations with Russia and Durbin said he didn't acknowledge acts of cyber warfare by Russia. Durbin says that issue hits home in Illinois...

 

 
Durbin blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying the Kentucky Republican refused to work with President Obama two years ago in a quest to condemn reports Putin meddled in the Presidential election.

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Clinton YMCA "Couch to 5k" Program Still Accepting Participants

The Clinton YMCA strives to provide programs that are dedicated to health and wellness for members of the community.  One program currently being offered is the "Couch to 5K," a class that is focused on any skill level to encourage activity and involvement according to Executive Director Rennie Cluver.

 

 
Cluver explains that the "Couch to 5K" program was started to encourage participation in other events happening in the future.
 

 

 
There is still time to participate in the "Couch to 5K" program, to find out more information visit the Clinton YMCA website at www.clintoncommymca.org. 
 

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As 4-H Members phase out, time to reflect on growth and success

For all members who participate in 4-H, there comes a time when being a member comes to a close.  That comes once a member reaches the age of 18, and that is the case this year for Reed Jostes of Maroa.
 
Jostes participated in the DeWitt County 4-H Fair over the weekend, dabbling in as many areas possible with the start of college only a month away.

 

 
The 4-H'er explained how several of the different older members used the week for a time of reflection during their 4-H career.
 

 

 
Jostes will be attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale this coming fall.  He plans on studying agricultural education with a minor in a farm/ranch management with the hope of teaching high school agriculture and becoming an FFA advisor in the future.

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Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois Looks at Strategic Planning for the Future

Setting goals and reflecting on past achievements and failures helps to make businesses and organizations a well-functioning entity.
 
At Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois, they look to do these things in order to make their services successful for members of the community.  Executive Director Alison Rumler-Gomez explains how when she came to Community Action back in 2014 it was made clear by the board members to revisit the mission of the agency.

 

 
There were also plenty of changes made in years two and three.

 

 
Rumler-Gomez says that now in year four there are plans for a big overhaul to help strategically plan for the next three-year cycle.

 

 
For more information on the programs and services offered by Community Action visit www.capcil.info.

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Warrensburg-Lathem to Host Central Illinois Professional Development Institute

The Warrensburg-Lathem  Community Unit School District will be hosting a unique event for educators around the state to help learn and develop a new technique for teaching in the classroom.
 
The Central Illinois Professional Development Institute allows educators to come together for a two-day conference according to Warrensburg-Lathem Superintendent Dr. Kristen Kendrick-Weikle.
 

 

 
There will be national speakers as well as local educators who will give talks and presentations to the 120 institute attendees.
 

 

 
While there will be a variety of presenters and speakers, the main focus of the institute is to highlight educators throughout Central Illinois.
 

 

 
The PD Institute is set for August 6-7 at the Warrensburg-Lathem High School.

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Rauner pushes for school resource officers

Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling for lawmakers to give Illinois schools a path to boost security at schools. The Governor appeared in Dixon alongside School Resource Officer Mark Dallas, who stopped a school shooting in May....
 

 

 
Rauner says the concept is all about local input...
 

 

 
He has not decided if he should call for a special session in Springfield to look at the issue.

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State Fire Marshal announces $2.2 million in fire safety grants for departments around the state

100 FIRE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE STATE ARE SPLITTING MORE THAN TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN FIRE SAFETY GRANTS. 
 
STATE FIRE MARSHAL MATT PEREZ SAYS DEPARTMENTS WILL USE THE MONEY FOR THINGS LIKE SAFETY EQUIPMENT, PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND BREATHING APPARATUSES. HE SAYS THESE SMALL EQUIPMENT GRANTS ARE A HUGE HELP.
 

 

 
A FEW NONPROFIT AMBULANCE SERVICES IN ILLINOIS RECEIVED GRANT MONEY AS WELL.

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DeWitt County 4-H Fair Recognizes Award Winners

The DeWitt County 4-H Fair wrapped up this past weekend, concluding with the awards night on Sunday.  Many different categories were recognized with 4-H members recieving their awards for the hard work they put in throughout the year and week.  WHOW was at the fair, as one 4-H member from Clinton Leah Mills talked about her week at the fair.
 

 

 
She also says with it being her first year in the Master Showmanship she didn't expect a first-place finish.
 

 

 
With the first-place finish, Mills says the one thing she'll work on for next year is not letting her sheep get loose.
 

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Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing Recap

Each summer the Clinton Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual golf outing as their second biggest fundraiser of the year.  The outing allows businesses and organizations to get out of the office and have a friendly competition against their fellow peers in the community.
 
Executive Director at the Chamber Marian Brisard stopped by the WHOW Morning Show and recapped the winning teams from the event.
 

 

 
Brisard explains with the help of many people it created a fun day for all the participants.
 

 

 
A total of 18 teams competed in the Chamber of Commerce golf outing.

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Local Business Holds Free Community Cookout for The Vault

The Vault, which is a 501(c)3 organization, is a unique teen center where students can have a fun and positive place to hang out with their friends while also being encouraged to reach their full potential through a variety of opportunities and services.  While The Vault continues to undergo construction in their three-phase opening process, the organization continues to host fundraiser events to source their operations.
 
Utterback Real Estate helped with that fundraising effort with a free community cookout over the weekend.  Broker Ryan Dalton explains why the company decided to help out the local organization.

 

 
Kate Umbra has been with The Vault over the last two years and is now in a PR/Marketing role as she says the support of the community is what helps make The Vault function.

 

 
The cookout was a drive-thru theme with community members able to drive up and grab a hot dog and chips through the Utterback Real Estate parking lot.  While the event was free donations were taken for The Vault and the fundraising event brought in close to $800.  
 
For more information on how to donate to The Vault visit thevaultcltinton.wixsite.com.

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Governor signs "red flag" order of protection bill into law

GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS SIGNING A NEW LAW TO HELP KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF THOSE THREATENING VIOLENCE. 
 
THE SO-CALLED “RED FLAG” LAW GIVES FAMILY MEMBERS OR POLICE WORRIED THAT A LOVED ONE MAY HURT THEMSELVES OR OTHERS A PLACE TO EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS. THEY CAN PETITION THE COURT TO HAVE THAT PERSON’S GUNS TAKEN AWAY FOR SIX MONTHS, WHICH STATE POLICE DIRECTOR LEO SCHMITZ FULLY SUPPORTS.
 

 

 
SCHMITZ SAYS THE LAW ALSO PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL IN QUESTION…GIVING THEM A CHANCE TO APPEAL DURING THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD.

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State Board of Elections Officials Believe They are Identified in Justice Dept Hacker Indictment

Illinois State Board of Elections officials believe a Justice Department indictment likely cites the 2016 data breach that impacted 76,000 state voter records. Board spokesman Matt Dietrich believes all signs point to Illinois being the victim of Russian intelligence officers who were indicted...
 

 

 
Dietrich says state board officials have suspected Russians hacked the Illinois voter records in 2016. Dietrich says in the months since the breach, the board has conducted frequent cyber security checks and federal dollars are being put to use to ensure local election systems are secure as well.

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Governor signs 72 hour gun purchase waiting period into law, says he will veto gun shop regulation bill

GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS SIGNING ANOTHER NEW GUN LAW AND URGES LAWMAKERS TO ACT ON A FEW OTHERS.
 
THE GOVERNOR HAS SIGNED A NEW LAW REQUIRING A 72 HOUR WAITING PERIOD FOR THE PURCHASE OF ALL GUNS. PREVIOUSLY THE THREE-DAY WAIT ONLY APPLIED TO HAND GUNS. HE ALSO WANTS TO SEE A FEW OTHER MEASURES ON HIS DESK.
 

 

 
THE SECOND IS FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS TO HIRE RESOURCE OFFICERS OR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. HE SAYS HE WILL VETO LEGISLATION REGULATING GUN STORES.

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Durbin Says Trump Unprepared for Putin Meeting

President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin today. And after the meeting Trump says after a strong denial from the Putin over any potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election that he believes Putin over United States intelligence officials. US Senator Dick Durbin said that it’s clear that Trump was unprepared to go it alone in a meeting with Putin. 
 

 

 
Top Republican’s are breaking with the President over his comments. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says there is no question that Russia interfered with our elections and continues to try and undermine democracy around the world.

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Bustos praises Trump regarding North Korea trip

Freshly returned from a trip to South Korea, Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos offered tentative praise for President Trump regarding his trip to North Korea last month. 
 
 
Bustos was part of a congressional delegation that traveled to South Korea to meet with members of the military and visit the demilitarized zone as part of a follow-up to the President's historic meeting with Kim Jong Un.

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Illinois State Trooper talks about the importance of Scott's Law

Illinois State Trooper Lisa Osborne talks about the importance of Scott's Law and driving safety. Scott's Law was enacted after Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department was killed by a driver on an expressway in 2000. The law requires motorist to move into the far lane when approaching stationary vehicles.
 
 
The law also requires drivers to move over when motorist are on the side of the road. Obsorne goes on to say the best way to remain safe on the road is to not violate the Fatal-4. The Fatal-4 is a list of moving violations that cause the most fatalities, including: speeding, driving under the influence, distracted driving, and seat belt compliance.
 
And if you get pulled over keep calm, pull over on the right hand shoulder, and put your hazzards on to let the police officer know your acknowledgment.

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Mahomet Man Dies in Vehicle Crash

Coroner Duane E. Northrup is releasing the name of a Mahomet, Illinois man who has died after being involved in a motor vehicle crash on July 14, 2018.
 
Michael P. Donahue, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 4:20 AM on July 14, 2018. Mr. Donahue was believed to be a passenger in a Chevrolet car that was traveling westbound on County Road 350 E. at the intersection of County Road 2500 N. near Mahomet. The vehicle lost control, left the roadway, and rolled at least once into a bean field on the south side of the road.
 
An autopsy will be performed on July 14, 2018 and an inquest may be held at a later date. This death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner’s Office and the Champaign County
Sheriff’s Office. 
 

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Safety Tips for Young Drivers

Obtaining a drivers license is always a big step in becoming an adult.  Making sure that young drivers are safe and feel safe on the roads is a focus for the Illinois State Police.  ISP Trooper Lisa Osborne says that young drivers shouldn't be afraid of officers and they should stay calm if ever pulled over.
 

 

 
Osborne says that sometimes it seems like young drivers get overexcited once they start driving and forget safe driving practices.
 

 

 
When pulling over if stopped by a police officer it's advised to take your time to find a safe space to pull over the car.  Putting on hazards to acknowledge the police officer helps them to know you are aware.  Officers also want to make aware the driving curfew for new motorists.
 

 

 
More driving tips for new time drivers can be found at www.isp.state.il.us.

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Richland Workforce Consortium Now Offering Students More Class Options and Locations

The Richland Community College Office of Adult Education and Workforce Investment Solutions have partnered to offer students more class options. The Richland Workforce Consortium offers free classes to Decatur area residents. Orientation and registration begins August 13 at all locations:  Richland Community College main campus, Decatur Public Library, Richland’s Fairview Park Plaza, and Richland’s Clinton Higher Education Center.
 
A few of the classes offered include HSE/GED Test preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), Bridges to Manufacturing, Healthcare, & Hospitality, Tutoring Connections (one-on-one tutoring for math & reading), Career Planning Support Services via Workforce Investment Solutions.
 
The Richland Workforce Consortium class times vary throughout the day at each location. For more information or to sign up for an orientation visit www.richland.edu/adulted. Classes begin August 20.

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Serve Illinois Announces $35.7 Million For AmeriCorps

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today announced $20 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,830 AmeriCorps Members in 46 programs to serve Illinois communities.  
This is an increase of $2.5 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in seven additional programs.  
 
These awards include $7.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service.  AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.7 million in local funding.  The total investment into Illinois communities will be $35.7 million.
 
 AmeriCorps Members dedicate up to one year to help communities with unmet economic, education, health, public safety, disaster preparedness, veteran services, and environmental needs.  Members may receive a modest living allowance, student loan deferment, health insurance, childcare, and professional development.  Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award of up to $5,920 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans.

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Summer safety tips from the State Fire Marshal's Office

THE ILLINOIS STATE FIRE MARSHAL IS OFFERING SOME TIPS TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SAFE REST OF THE SUMMER. 
 
ONE OF THE BIGGEST HAZARDS GETS A LOT OF USE AT SUMMER COOKOUTS…YOUR GRILL. STATE FIRE MARSHALL MATT PEREZ SAYS YOU SHOULD KEEP THE GRILL CLEAN AND REMOVE ALL GREASE OR FAT BUILD UP. AS WELL AS:
 

 

 
PEREZ REMINDS THE GARAGE IS NOT A GOOD PLACE FOR GRILLING. ANOTHER SUMMER CONCERN IS CAMPFIRES. FIRES SHOULD BE AT LEAST 25 FEET AWAY FROM ANY STRUCTURE OR TREES THAT CAN BURN. PEREZ SAYS YOU SHOULD NEVER LEAVE A FIRE UNATTENDED SINCE IT TAKES ONLY A FEW MINUTES FOR IT TO SPREAD AND CAUSE DAMAGE.

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First Lady Diana Rauner is urging the public to come out tomorrow for the grand re-opening of the Governor's Mansion in Springfield

FIRST LADY DIANA RAUNER IS URGING THE PUBLIC TO COME OUT THIS WEEKEND FOR THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION IN SPRINGFIELD. 
 
RESTORATION OF THE MANSION, WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1855, BEGAN A FEW YEARS AGO. THE BUILDING WAS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC LAST YEAR FOR MAJOR REHAB WORK…ALL FUNDED WITH PRIVATE DOLLARS. MRS. RAUNER SAYS IT’S ALMOST READY.
 

 

 
THE MANSION WILL NOW BE FULLY A-D-A COMPLIANT, FEATURE A NEW VISITORS CENTER AND WORKS FROM ILLINOIS ARTISTS. TICKETS WILL BE HANDED OUT STARTING AT 9 A-M TODAY FOR TOURS OF THE MANSION. THERE IS A FIVE TICKET LIMIT PER PERSON.

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Hy-Vee and Illinois Department of Public Health Partner to Offer Naloxone Without a Prescription at Hy-Vee Pharmacies in Illinois

To assist in the national crisis concerning opioid overdoses, Hy-Vee, Inc. and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced today that naloxone is now available without a prescription at Hy-Vee pharmacies in Illinois.
 
In Illinois, pharmacists can dispense naloxone without a prescription through a physician-signed standing order with a designated pharmacy or pharmacy chain. In a joint effort to help prevent opioid-related deaths, the Illinois Department of Public Health provided the physician-signed standing order to Hy-Vee. Previously, the only way for individuals to obtain naloxone was through their doctor or other prescriber, followed by a trip to the pharmacy for the drug.
 
Naloxone is available upon request at Hy-Vee pharmacies in nasal spray and injection forms (upon request), although, nasal spray is the most commonly used form. The drug is stored behind the counter and cost varies, depending on the form and whether a customer goes through his or her insurance, or pays cash.
 
Hy-Vee pharmacists will also ensure that patients and their family members understand how to recognize signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer the medication. While naloxone is not a cure for an opioid overdose, it can assist an individual until emergency treatment is available and long-term treatment is provided.. The medication has no effect if opioids are absent.
 
Naloxone can be administered to any person who has overdosed on a wide range of opioids, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine, as well as heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record. Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.

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Social Secutiry when you are self-employed

Most people who pay into Social Security work for an employer. Their employer deducts Social Security taxes from their paycheck, matches that contribution, sends taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and reports wages to Social Security. However, self-employed people must report their earnings and pay their Social Security taxes directly to the IRS. These taxes will help determine your eligibility for benefits later.
 
You’re self-employed if you operate a trade, business, or profession, either by yourself or as a partner. You report your earnings for Social Security purposes when you file your federal income tax return. If your net earnings are $400 or more in a year, you must report your earnings on Schedule SE, in addition to the other tax forms you must file.
 
Net earnings for Social Security are your gross earnings from your trade or business, minus your allowable business deductions and depreciation. Some income doesn’t count for Social Security and shouldn’t be included in figuring your net earnings. 
 
You can read more about self-employment, paying your Social Security taxes and figuring and reporting your net earnings at www.socialsecurity.gov.

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Macon-Piatt County 4-H Youth Showcase Projects at Show, Open House and Awards Ceremony July 17-18

Celebrate the accomplishments and discover the talents of Macon and Piatt County 4-H members at the 2018 Macon-Piatt County 4-H Show, Open House and Awards Ceremony July 17-18 at Richland Community College. Participants will have an opportunity to peruse projects 4-H members created throughout the year.
 
On Tuesday, July 17, 4-H members will present their projects for judging starting at 9:30am. Project areas include foods, health, crops, tractor display, aerospace, technologies, clothing and textiles, intercultural, visual arts, communications and more. The fun continues at 9:30am on Wednesday with horticulture, animal science, photography, video, entomology, natural resources and more.
 
During the 4-H Open House and reception, hundreds of projects will be on display to enjoy. The Open House will be held from 4:30 until 5:45pm. The 4-H Awards Presentation will be from 6-7pm in the auditorium, doors open at 5:30pm. All events and activities take place in the Shilling Center at Richland Community College, One College Park, Decatur and are open and free to the public.

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First National Bank to host free luau themed family game night

First National Bank is hosting a free Family Game Night on Friday, July 20th, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. located 2 Kelli Ct, Clinton, IL 61727.
 
The luau themed event will feature booths with “bigger than life” games and Hawaiian Shaved Ice provided by Coconut Hut. There will also be a prize table for children that includes candy, small toys and books.
 
“The goal of Family Game Night is to bring the family units in our community together for a night of games, fun and entertainment that is free of charge. At the same time, it allows us to reach out and connect with our community members,” said Vice President of Personal Banking Rachel Costello.
 
 The event is free and open to the public. Look for the event on Facebook.

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Macon-Piatt County 4-H Youth Showcase Projects at Show, Open House and Awards Ceremony July 17-18

Celebrate the accomplishments and discover the talents of Macon and Piatt County 4-H members at the 2018 Macon-Piatt County 4-H Show, Open House and Awards Ceremony July 17-18 at Richland Community College. Participants will have an opportunity to peruse projects 4-H members created throughout the year.
 
On Tuesday, July 17, 4-H members will present their projects for judging starting at 9:30am. Project areas include foods, health, crops, tractor display, aerospace, technologies, clothing and textiles, intercultural, visual arts, communications and more. The fun continues at 9:30am on Wednesday with horticulture, animal science, photography, video, entomology, natural resources and more.
 
During the 4-H Open House and reception, hundreds of projects will be on display to enjoy. The Open House will be held from 4:30 until 5:45pm. The 4-H Awards Presentation will be from 6-7pm in the auditorium, doors open at 5:30pm. All events and activities take place in the Shilling Center at Richland Community College, One College Park, Decatur and are open and free to the public.

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Hy-Vee and Illinois Department of Public Health Partner to Offer Naloxone Without a Prescription at Hy-Vee Pharmacies in Illinois

To assist in the national crisis concerning opioid overdoses, Hy-Vee, Inc. and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced today that naloxone is now available without a prescription at Hy-Vee pharmacies in Illinois.
 
In Illinois, pharmacists can dispense naloxone without a prescription through a physician-signed standing order with a designated pharmacy or pharmacy chain. In a joint effort to help prevent opioid-related deaths, the Illinois Department of Public Health provided the physician-signed standing order to Hy-Vee. Previously, the only way for individuals to obtain naloxone was through their doctor or other prescriber, followed by a trip to the pharmacy for the drug.
 
Naloxone is available upon request at Hy-Vee pharmacies in nasal spray and injection forms (upon request), although, nasal spray is the most commonly used form. The drug is stored behind the counter and cost varies, depending on the form and whether a customer goes through his or her insurance, or pays cash.
 
Hy-Vee pharmacists will also ensure that patients and their family members understand how to recognize signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer the medication. While naloxone is not a cure for an opioid overdose, it can assist an individual until emergency treatment is available and long-term treatment is provided.. The medication has no effect if opioids are absent.
 
Naloxone can be administered to any person who has overdosed on a wide range of opioids, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine, as well as heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record. Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. 

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First Lady Diana Rauner urging public to attend grand re-opening of the Governor's Mansion in Springfield

FIRST LADY DIANA RAUNER IS URGING THE PUBLIC TO COME OUT THIS WEEKEND FOR THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION IN SPRINGFIELD. 
 
RESTORATION OF THE MANSION, WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1855, BEGAN A FEW YEARS AGO. THE BUILDING WAS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC LAST YEAR FOR MAJOR REHAB WORK…ALL FUNDED WITH PRIVATE DOLLARS. MRS. RAUNER SAYS IT’S ALMOST READY.
 

 

 
THE MANSION WILL NOW BE FULLY A-D-A COMPLIANT, FEATURE A NEW VISITORS CENTER AND WORKS FROM ILLINOIS ARTISTS. TICKETS WILL BE HANDED OUT STARTING AT 9 A-M TODAY FOR TOURS OF THE MANSION. THERE IS A FIVE TICKET LIMIT PER PERSON.

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Summer safety tips from the State Fire Marshal's Office

THE ILLINOIS STATE FIRE MARSHAL IS OFFERING SOME TIPS TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SAFE REST OF THE SUMMER. 
 
ONE OF THE BIGGEST HAZARDS GETS A LOT OF USE AT SUMMER COOKOUTS…YOUR GRILL. STATE FIRE MARSHALL MATT PEREZ SAYS YOU SHOULD KEEP THE GRILL CLEAN AND REMOVE ALL GREASE OR FAT BUILD UP. AS WELL AS:
 

 

 
PEREZ REMINDS THE GARAGE IS NOT A GOOD PLACE FOR GRILLING. ANOTHER SUMMER CONCERN IS CAMPFIRES. FIRES SHOULD BE AT LEAST 25 FEET AWAY FROM ANY STRUCTURE OR TREES THAT CAN BURN. PEREZ SAYS YOU SHOULD NEVER LEAVE A FIRE UNATTENDED SINCE IT TAKES ONLY A FEW MINUTES FOR IT TO SPREAD AND CAUSE DAMAGE.

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Social Secutiry when you are self-employed

Most people who pay into Social Security work for an employer. Their employer deducts Social Security taxes from their paycheck, matches that contribution, sends taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and reports wages to Social Security. However, self-employed people must report their earnings and pay their Social Security taxes directly to the IRS. These taxes will help determine your eligibility for benefits later.
 
You’re self-employed if you operate a trade, business, or profession, either by yourself or as a partner. You report your earnings for Social Security purposes when you file your federal income tax return. If your net earnings are $400 or more in a year, you must report your earnings on Schedule SE, in addition to the other tax forms you must file.
 
Net earnings for Social Security are your gross earnings from your trade or business, minus your allowable business deductions and depreciation. Some income doesn’t count for Social Security and shouldn’t be included in figuring your net earnings. 
 
You can read more about self-employment, paying your Social Security taxes and figuring and reporting your net earnings at www.socialsecurity.gov.

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Resurfacing of three main roads underway at Illinois State Fairgrounds

Three main roads at the Illinois State Fairgrounds will be receiving new resurfacing for the upcoming fair.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation and The Capital Development Board to undergo the project, as Morgan Booth, a Public Information Officer for the Illinois State Fair, says the money is funded by the Capital Bill...
 

 

 
The roads being worked on are Main Street from the Main Gate to Illinois Avenue, Central Avenue from Main Street to 8th Street, and Illinois Avenue from East of Main Street to the Northwest side of the Grandstand... 

 

 
Work is already underway at the fairgrounds and is expected to be completed in four weeks.

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BLDD and Millikin University to host Idea-to-Incubator Open House

BLDD Architects and Millikin University's Center for Entrepreneurship have been working in tandem this summer to develop a dynamic ecosystem for entrepreneurs, explorers, scientists, innovators and contributors in downtown Decatur, Ill., called Idea-to-Incubator (i2i).
 
Idea-to-Incubator is a program designed to support Millikin University's entrepreneurial students through Performance Learning. An exciting collaboration, i2i couples BLDD's creative environment and innovative business practices with the Center for Entrepreneurship's mentoring and resources to provide student start-ups with the ideal support system to move ideas into reality.
 
BLDD and Millikin University's Center for Entrepreneurship will host an open house for guests to get an inside look at the Idea-to-Incubator program today from 2 – 4 p.m. at BLDD Architects, located at 100 N. Merchant St. in Decatur.
 
Guests will have an opportunity to check out the budding co-work space featuring Millikin University's Idea-to-Incubator student start-up businesses; explore virtual reality architecture demos; bring design challenges to the third-floor "IDEA BAR" for problem solving over a cold drink with BLDD's architects and designers; and sample food and drinks from Millikin's Blue Brew, Decatur Brew Works, Del's Popcorn Shop and Wildflour Artisan Bakery.

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IDPH investigating increase in food-borne illness with some cases linked to salads from McDonald's

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS REPORTING AN INCREASE IN FOODBORNE ILLNESS LINKED IN PART, TO SALADS FROM MCDONALD’S. 
 
ABOUT 90 CASES OF SICKNESS DUE TO THE CYCLOSPORA PARASITE HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED…AND AROUND A QUARTER OF THOSE PATIENTS SAY THEY BECAME ILL AFTER EATING A MCDONALD’S SALAD. PUBLIC HEALTH SPOKESPERSON MELANEY ARNOLD SAYS THEY ARE WORKING TO FIND OTHER CAUSES.
 
 
SYMPTOMS USUALLY BEGIN A WEEK AFTER EXPOSURE AND INCLUDE DIARRHEA, LOSS OF APPETITE, CRAMPING AND FATIGUE. ARNOLD SAYS MCDONALD’S IS PULLING ITS SALADS AND LOOKING TO OTHER SUPPLIERS.

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Massive Job Fair Set for today

The job market has been on a continued upswing in Illinois and an upcoming job fair is trying to connect people looking for work or for those searching for to a new opportunity to businesses ready to hire. The Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs is hosting a job fair with the American Legion in Springfield on Friday. IDES’s Bob Gough says that there will be at least 75 employers at the fair.
 

 

 
The job fair will be at the Bank of Springfield Center from 10 to 2 today, with the first hour set aside for veterans or active duty military. 

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"Fatal 4" Violations Lead to Unsafe Roadways

Making sure road conditions are safe at all times is the main focus for Illinois State Police, but in particular, with the warmer temperatures it brings about heightened traffic and increased motorists on the roads.  Illinois State Police District 8 Trooper Lisa Osborne explains what "Fatal 4" violations involve.
 

 

 
Osborne gives examples of each violation and why avoiding them will help keep yourself and other motorists safe.

 

 
For more information on the "Fatal 4" violations and how to avoid them while on the roadways visit www.isp.state.il.us.

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Weaver sizes up gubernatorial race

State Senator Chuck Weaver says that the race for Governor in Illinois between incumbent Bruce Rauner and Democrat challenger J.B Pritzker is a referendum on Speaker Michael Madigan and his longtime stranglehold on state politics in Springfield.
 
 
Weaver's district runs from his hometown of Peoria all the way west to Mercer County and the Mississippi River.

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IHSA looking for more officials

It’s not a crisis, but the Illinois High School Association is experiencing a shortage of officials throughout the state. Jim Taylor reports.
 

 

 

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Plane makes emergency landing on I-55 in Logan County

A plane makes an emergency landing on I-55 in Logan County, north of Lincoln. District 9 State Trooper Sean Ramsey describes the events.
 

 

 
Jeremy Kampwerth of O'Fallon and his 9-year-old son escaped injury, although the elder Kampwerth said it was an eerily close call.
 

 

 
The plane, which was being flown by 51-year-old William Farnsley of Austin, Indiana was trying to land at Logan County Airport when it lost power for unknown reasons.

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Motor Vehicle Accident in Ford County

Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name of a Loda, Illinois
woman who has died after being involved in a motor vehicle crash
in rural Ford County near Paxton, Illinois on July 11, 2018.
 
Lori Whitfield, 54, was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation
Hospital in Urbana at 12:57 PM on July 11, 2018. Ms. Whitfield
was in a vehicle traveling southbound on County Road 1600 East
near Paxton just before noon. Ms. Whitfield’s vehicle collided
with a Dodge Ram pickup truck when it entered the intersection of
County Road 100 N.
 
An autopsy is scheduled for July 12, 2018 and an inquest may be
held at a later date. This death is being investigated by the
Champaign County Coroner’s Office and the Ford County
Sheriff’s Office.

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Warrensburg-Latham Community Unit School District Discusses Strategic Planning at Board Meeting

 
 Many school districts around central Illinois continue with board meetings and plans during the summer months to help prepare themselves for the upcoming school year and success down the road.  The Warrensburg-Latham Community Unit School District is doing the same as they discussed strategic planning for the district.
 

 

 
Dr. Kristen Kendrick-Weikle is the superintendent of the Warrensburg-Latham district, as she explains there are many areas the board and administrators look to cover in the long and short-term.

 

 
Plans also include looking at financial records and maintaining a balanced financial outlook, building and facility improvements in both the upcoming months and several years down the road along with safety and community engagement.
 

 

 
With all of these items on the strategic plan for the district, the next step is sitting down to sort out what areas need to be accomplished before others.
 

 

 
For more information on the Warrensburg-Latham Community Unit School District visit www.wl.k12.il.us.

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Sugar Creek Arts Festival Celebrates 35 Years

The McLean County Arts Center has long been around in Central Illinois, serving the community with engaging entertainment.  Doug Johnson is the Executive Director at the Arts Center as he explains the history and purpose of center.

 

 
Arts festivals have been around for close to four decades, just about the amount of time the Sugar Creek Arts Festival has been in McLean County.
 

 

 
The two-day event offers everything from art displays, to live entertainment and competitions.  The free event is set to begin this Saturday and will run through Sunday in Uptown Normal.  For more information visit sugarcreekartsfestival.com.  

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Governor says he supports President Trump's Supreme Court nominee

GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER SAYS HE SUPPORTS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NOMINATION TO THE U-S SUPREME COURT. 
 
THE GOVERNOR IS PRAISING THE CHOICE OF JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH, SAYING HE’S A GOOD PICK.
 

 

 
AND IN LIGHT OF THE NOMINATION OF A CONSERVATIVE TO THE BENCH…RAUNER IS REMINDING HE SIGNED A BILL LAST YEAR PROTECTING ABORTION RIGHTS IN ILLINOIS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.

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Durbin Critical of Trump, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senator Dick Durbin had harsh words for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ahead of President Trump’s upcoming meetings with NATO allies and Russian President Putin. ...
 

 

 
Durbin is concerned about President Trump's mindset and rhetoric when it comes to Nato..
 

 

 
In June, Durbin introduced a resolution that would reaffirm America’s commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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WHOW Signs On New Signal in Lincoln at 106.5 FM

The Miller Media Group's Kaskaskia Broadcasting, Incorporated, Wednesday afternoon signed on its new FM signal at 106-point-5 in Lincoln, to bring WHOW's news, agriculture, and talk programming to Logan County 24 hours a day.

The signal is being transmitted from a 140-foot tower on Keokuk Street in the center of Lincoln, and covers that city as well as Logan County.

WHOW continues to be heard on the radio full-time at 92-point-3 FM in DeWitt County, and THE BIG 1520 daytime across Central Illinois.  WHOW is also streamed 24/7 at dewittdailynews.com, on the WHOW app, and on Amazon Alexa.

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Fundraiser Event this Weekend for DeWitt County Friendship Center

The DeWitt County Friendship Center is a place for seniors in the community to gather and socialize in a fun space.  In order to help make the Friendship Center operate several different fundraisers are done throughout the year.  April Harvey explains that this weekend the Friendship Center will host their annual cookout.
 

 

 
For more information on the DeWitt County Friendship Center call (217) 935-9411.

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Ag teacher shortage continues in Illinois

There's still a shortage in ag teachers around the state, but gains are being made. 
 

 

 
That's former ag teacher Megan Coy of Champaign. She now serves as a program adviser for Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education or FCAE.

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Rain chances better next week in Illinois

There won’t be many rain chances in Illinois for the remainder of the week, but what about the 6-to-10 day and 8-to-14 day outlook? Meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather says things look better. 
 

 

 
72-percent of the Illinois soybean crop is rated as good to excellent in the latest crop report with 81-percent of the corn crop in good to excellent condition.

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Weekly Crop Report

WHEAT HARVESTING IS NEARLY COMPLETE AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT. 
 
92 PERCENT OF WINTER WHEAT HAS BEEN HARVESTED… ABOUT ON TRACK WITH LAST YEAR AND AHEAD OF THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE. CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER SAYS THE CORN CROP IS MOVING RIGHT ALONG.
 

 

 
64 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE BLOOMING AND 21 PERCENT ARE SETTING PODS. 72 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION…DOWN A BIT FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK. AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE STANDS AT ONE PERCENT VERY SHORT, 11 PERCENT SHORT, 80 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND EIGHT PERCENT SURPLUS.

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Treasurer's I-Cash program returned recording breaking $180 million this past fiscal year

IT WAS A RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR TREASURER MIKE FRERICHS’ I-CASH PROGRAM. 
 
TREASURER FRERICHS SAYS HIS OFFICE RETURNED 180 MILLION DOLLARS TO INDIVIDUALS, EMPLOYERS AND NON-PROFITS IN THE PAST FISCAL YEAR. MORE THAN 116 THOUSAND CLAIMS WERE PAID OUT WITH AN AVERAGE VALUE OF MORE THAN 15-HUNDRED DOLLARS.
 

 

 
FRERICHS SAYS IT’S EASY TO SEARCH THE I-CASH DATABASE FOR ANY MONEY YOU ARE DUE AT: ILLINOIS TREASURER DOT COM.

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Attorney General Lisa Madigan launches investigation into "no-poach" agreements at fast food restaurants

ATTORNEY GENERAL LISA MADIGAN AND 10 OF HER COUNTERPARTS IN OTHER STATES ARE INVESTIGATING “NO-POACH” AGREEMENTS AT FAST FOOD CHAINS. 
 
THE GROUP IS ASKING EIGHT NATIONAL FAST FOOD COMPANIES INCLUDING BURGER KING, ARBY’S AND LITTLE CAESARS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE AGREEMENTS…WHICH PROHIBIT EMPLOYEES FROM WORKING AT ANOTHER STORE IN THE SAME CHAIN. ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN SAYS IT’S A POLICY THAT’S BAD FOR WORKERS. 

 

 
MADIGAN IS ALSO ASKING ANYONE IMPACTED BY THESE NO-POACH CLAUSES TO CONTACT HER OFFICE.

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Social Security Payment Can Grow After Retirement

Social Security payments can grow after retirement due to three common ways.
 
Megan Forristall, Public Affairs Specialist for Social Security, indicates that one way benefits can increase is due to cost of living adjustments (COLA). COLAS for Social Security are tied to inflation by law and adjustments happen automatically.
 

 

 
Another way to see an increase is if you continue to work after retiring. Forristall reports that if earnings after retirement are higher than the indexed higher years used in the computation, a raise will occur automatically.
 

 

 
Forristall says that if you retire early and work in excess of the annual limit you may see an increase once you hit the full retirement age. If your benefits were reduced due to excess earnings, those will be removed automatically when you are the full retirement age.
 

 

 
For more information about Social Security visit www.socialsecurity.gov or follow on social media.

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Scovill Zoo Ice Cream Safari

The annual Ice Cream Safari will return this weekend at the Scovill Zoo in Decatur.  Zoo Director Ken Frye says hundreds of patrons are expected to attend the event.
 

 

 
Frye also says a reoccurring group will be in attendance to help serve ice cream.
 

 

 
For more information on the Ice Cream Safari and the Scovill Zoo visit scovillzoo.com.

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4-acre Museum Offering Displays and Antiques

With five different buildings, there is everything from old cars, fire trucks, trains, planes, farming equipment and everything in between.
 
The Wheels O' Time Museum just north of Peoria offers guests a sense of 20th Century Midwestern living.  Bobbie Rice is the Marketing Director at the museum as she explains the museum concept has been around for over four decades.

 

Rice explains along with all the displays and antiques there has been a new addition recently.
 

 

 
Many of the items seen within the museum are donations or stored there by original owners for museum-goers to admire.
 

 

 
For more information on the Wheels O' Time Museum visit www.wheelsotime.org.

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Construction season for Illinois livestock industry

It’s construction season on the roads….and it’s also construction season for the livestock industry. The numbers from Nic Anderson with the Illinois Livestock Development Group.
 

 

 
Anderson says the numbers are trending just a bit lower compared to last year at this time. 

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Pritzker campaign continues pursuit of graduated income

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Prizker has called for a graduated income tax in Illinois. His running mate, State Representative Juliana Stratton is carrying the torch for the Prizker on that issue...
 

 

 
Stratton notes there are no sacred cows that will be spared of the graduated tax.....
 

 

 

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President Lincoln's death leads the list of top heartbreaking moments in Illinois

PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S DEATH LEADS THE LIST OF HEARTBREAKING MOMENTS IN THE LATEST ILLINOIS TOP 200 POLL. (two stories, same lead).
 
LINCOLN WAS KILLED IN WASHINGTON D-C BUT THE LOSS HIT ILLINOIS HARD SAYS ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY SPOKESPERSON CHRIS WILLS. OTHER HEARTBREAKING MOMENTS INCLUDE THE CHICAGO FIRE IN 1871, THREE OF THE WORST MINING DISASTERS IN U-S HISTORY…AND THE 1993 FLOOD.
 

 

 
THE CHICAGO RIOTS, EFFINGHAM HOSPITAL FIRE AND THE TYLENOL MURDERS WERE ALSO ON THE LIST. VOTE NOW IN THE NEXT CATEGORY, TOP ILLINOIS MUSICIANS AT: ILLINOIS TOP 200 DOT COM.

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BBB Warning About Vehicle Shippers

The Better Business Bureau wants you to use caution if buying a vehicle online. At least a half-dozen people have lost between $2,800 and $9,500 by wiring money to purchase vehicles through fraudulent vehicle shipping companies. At least 18 claim to be based in Springfield, Missouri. Most seem to have at least some connection to a business called Springfield Shippers, according to BBB investigator Don O'Brien, who says when purchasing any vehicle, it's wise to take it for a test drive.
 

 

 
Red flags that you might be dealing with a scammer include: The seller shares a sad story and can’t meet face-to-face or let you inspect the vehicle. A third party handles the money and/or shipping. In an effort to appear legitimate, the seller tells you that the third party, whether eBay or an escrow service, will refund your money if you don't like the vehicle. And a big one is if the payment is by wire transfer. Scammers avoid payment by personal or cashier’s check, PayPal, credit card or any other traceable method.

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Eagles Auxillary to Hold Fundraising Event for HOOAH Deer Hunt For Heroes

The HOOAH organization and their Deer Hunt For Heroes program look to help create an outreach for disabled veterans. Vice President of the Eagles Auxillary in Clinton Jean Rogers explains how they got involved with HOOAH.
 

 

 
Rogers explains the fundraising strategy to help support Deer Hunt For Heroes.

 

Other activities include breakfast and lunch, a bounce house, dunk tank, raffles, and 50/50.  More information on the Eagles Auxillary fundraiser for HOOAH can be found on their event Facebook page.
 

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American Legion Hiring Event for Veteran Job Seekers

The American Legion is organizing a hiring event for veteran job seekers and military spouses.  Bob Gough is the Public Information Officer for the Illinois Department of Employment Security as he explains the vision of the event.
 

 

 
The hiring event is also open to non-veterans members.
 

 

 
For more information on the 2018 American Legion hiring event in Springfield visit www.legion.org.

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Applications now being accepted for the Governor's Hometown Awards program

THE STATE IS NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S HOMETOWN AWARDS. .
 
THE HOMETOWN AWARDS RECOGNIZE COMMUNITIES THAT TAKE ON SERVICE PROJECTS AND ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR RESIDENTS SAYS SERVE ILLINOIS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SCOTT MCFARLAND.
 

 

 
INTERESTED TOWNSHIPS, CITIES, VILLAGES AND COUNTIES CAN APPLY ONLINE AT SERVE DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV. NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH AUGUST FIRST.

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Route 66 Centennial Commission Act Clears Committee

Taylorville Republican Rodney Davis was pleased that his bill, H.R. 66, the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, was passed out of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last week.
 
Rep. Davis says the historic road deserves to be recognized and have its history celebrated.
 

 

 
The bill created a 19 member Commission to recommend activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Route 66 in 2026, directs the Commission to host a conference on the U.S. Numbered Highway System, marking it's 100 year anniversary, and directs the Department of Transportation, in consultation with the governors of eight states through which 66 passes, to develop a plan on the preservation needs of Route 66.

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Tools to Help Students Plan for Financial Planning

Learning how to manage money and finances is part of growing up, but helping a younger generation better grasp financial planning can be done with the help of a new educator toolkit.
 
The Social Security Administration is offering a free tool to educators who are looking to incorporate practical knowledge about financial planning into their lesson plans.  Megan Forristall is a Public Affairs Specialist with Social Security as she explains the educator toolkit.
 

 

 
More information on the Social Security Educator Tool Kit can be found at www.socialsecurity.gov.

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Champaign County Coroner Seeking Information

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name
of an Armstrong, Illinois man who has died after being involved in
a motor vehicle crash near the town of Penfield, Illinois in rural
Champaign County on July 7, 2018.
 
Lorin A. Schluter, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene of the
two-vehicle crash at 2:06 PM on July 7, 2018. Mr. Schluter was
the driver of a Pontiac Grand Prix traveling westbound on 2500 N.
near Penfield, Illinois. Mr. Schluter’s vehicle was struck on the
driver’s side by a Dodge Ram truck when he entered the
intersection of 2500 N. and 2500 E.
 
An autopsy will be performed on Monday July 9, 2018 and an
inquest may be held at a later date. This death is being investigated
by the Champaign County Coroner’s Office and the Champaign
County Sheriff’s Office.

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Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation Awards $80,000 in Healthcare Career Scholarships

The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation board has named four recipients of the 2018 Healthcare Career Scholarship. David Curry, Lindsey Goodwin, Katie Hunsley all of Lincoln and Hannah Freer of Mt. Pulaski were selected as recipients after a rigorous application process that included three rounds of interviews with members of the ALMH leadership team and foundation directors.  Each student will receive $20,000 to help fund their pursuit of a degree.  The award includes an agreement to work at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital (ALMH) in Lincoln following graduation. 
 
Sarah Helm, executive director of the ALMH Foundation reports that the foundation has made a commitment to invest in the future workforce of ALMH through its healthcare career scholarship program.  Since 2013, the foundation board has awarded over $350,000 to students pursuing degrees in healthcare with intentions to work at ALMH after graduation.  Helm says the opportunity is possible thanks to the generosity of donors.
 
 

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Gina Bianchi named Vice President for Alumni and Development at Millikin University

Millikin University President Dr. Patrick White has appointed Gina Bianchi '93 vice president for alumni and development at Millikin. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2018. In this position, Bianchi will guide Millikin's fundraising and alumni relations efforts, and, as a member of the president's cabinet, will be a leader and advocate for the entire Millikin community.
 
Bianchi succeeds Charles Hahn, who served as vice president for alumni and development from February 2017 to June 2018. Hahn will remain with the Millikin Alumni and Development Office as a senior advisor for development.
 
Prior to her appointment as vice president, Gina Bianchi served as associate vice president for alumni and development from February 2017 to June 2018. She also served as interim vice president from August 2016 to February 2017.
 
Bianchi previously served as senior director of alumni and donor engagement at Millikin University starting in August 2013. During her tenure, she was responsible for the overall management of the University's alumni and donor engagement programs and events, which were designed to engage Millikin alumni and friends with the overall life of the University. Bianchi's leadership in strategizing and collaborating with others across campus to reach out to alumni and friends was instrumental in the success of the recent Transform MU Capital Campaign. Bianchi recently earned the credential of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

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Free Food Challenge Competition for Teens

A group of area youth will be challenged to use their creativity to create a nutritious dish during the Cerro Gordo 4-H Food Challenge.
 
Youth, age 8-14, are eligible to participate in this fun and energetic program. During the five-day program, teams of two to four will strengthen their food nutrition and preparation skills and compete against each other during a final contest on July 27 when they are challenged to prepare a healthy food dish from an assortment of key ingredients.
 
In addition to preparing the food item, each team will give a short presentation and answer questions about the dish they created. Their final score will reflect the team’s comprehensive ratings on their nutrition knowledge, food preparation skills, food safety skills, serving size knowledge, as well as the food’s appearance, quality and presentation. Winning teams receive prizes and all participants receive 4-H Food Challenge aprons to keep.
 
The Cerro Gordo 4-H Food Challenge meets July 23-27 at 9:30-11am at the Cerro Gordo Civic Center, 304 E. North Street in Cerro Gordo. Participation in the program is free, however, registration by July 18 is required by visiting go.illinois.edu/dmp or
calling 217-762-2191. 

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Illinois Department of Insurance Becomes Nation's First Regulator to Address Opioid Crisis Through Benchmark Plan

Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) announced today that the state is taking additional steps to curb the growing opioid crisis in Illinois. The DOI is asking the federal government to approve five critical changes to its Health Care Benchmark Plan, ensuring that people who struggle with substance use disorder have access to the most affective forms of treatment.
 
The Benchmark plan serves as a minimum scope of benefits that most health plans sold in Illinois must cover. The Illinois DOI hosted an electronic public notice and comment period to solicit recommendations from the public this past Spring. Based on the analysis of the comments and the expertise of the providers and researchers, DOI revised the Benchmark Plan with the aim of reducing addiction and overdose by covering alternative therapies for chronic pain, improving the way opioids are prescribed, and expanding access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment and services. 
 
DOI submitted its revisions to the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Sunday, July 1st, making Illinois the first state in the nation to address the opioid crisis through its Benchmark plan. 

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