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Clinton City Council Talks about 4000 dollars down in sales

City Council had their meeting on Tuesday, and they looked at the report on finance.

The report shown was before Wal-Mart officially closed and that report said by Commissioner of Accounts and Finance Tom Edmunds, sales including automotive was down 4000 dollars.

Edmunds would go on clarifying that without automotive, regular sales was up a 1000 dollars.

We still don't know the regular sales quite yet because the report last shown was with Wal-Mart. 

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Cowboy and Campfire Nov. 2nd at Sugar Grove Nature Center

Sugar Grove Nature Center has a lot of educational programs and activities for kids to enjoy, but not only are kids able to enjoy the nature center, adults can too.

 

On November 2nd Sugar Grove Nature Center is hosting a Cowboy and Campfire event for adults to enjoy says Environmental Educator Jill Wallace.

You must be 21 or older to attend the Cowboy and Campfire event.

 

Some programs at the Sugar Grove Nature Center require advanced registration and payment. You can contact the Sugar Grove Nature Center 309-874-2174 or email register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org for more information or to check availability.

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Spooktacular at the Miller Park Zoo

We get closer to Halloween, and Miller Park  Zoo hosts an event to help celebrate called Spooktacular!

 

Miller Park Zoo is running the Spooktacular for its second time. Regional Radio News spoke with Miller Park Zoo Director Jay Tetzloff to see what people can expect at the zoo's Spooktacular event.

The Annual Spooktacular Night on October 27th from 5-8 pm and then on the 28th will be regular price for entry and the same event as years past. All activities, crafts, and vendors will be free with Zoo admission.

 

You can find more information on the event at http://www.bloomingtonparks.org/facilities/miller-park-zoo.

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Weekly Weather Summary

After a warm week in October we have moved more into colder tempatures says State Climatologist Jim Angel.

 

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Legionnaires In Champaign Urbana

A number of people are sick with Legionnaire’s Disease in Champaign-Urbana. That’s the report from the Illinois Department of Health. Six people are confirmed to have the disease. Dr. Nirav Shah with IDPH says they have begun the investigation to determine where those people may have come into contact with the bacteria that causes it.

There are about 300 cases a year in Illinois of Legionnaires. 

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REPORT ON PREGNANCY RELATED DEATHS IN ILLINOIS

FOR THE FIRST TIME…THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS ISSUING A REPORT ON PREGNANCY RELATED DEATHS IN ILLINOIS. 

 

THE REPORT FOUND THAT ABOUT 73 ILLINOIS WOMEN DIE WITHIN ONE YEAR OF PREGNANCY ANNUALLY. PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR DOCTOR NIRAV SHAH SAYS THEY ALSO DISCOVERED THAT BLACK WOMEN ARE SIX TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE OF A PREGNANCY RELATED CONDITION THAN WHITE WOMEN.

THE COMMITTEE TACKLING THE ISSUE IS MAKING SEVERAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP REDUCE THESE NUMBERS. FIRST LADY DIANA RAUNER SAYS THAT INCLUDES OFFERING MORE HOME VISITS TO AT-RISK MOMS.

THE REPORT MAKES SEVERAL RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDING INCREASED ACCESS TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT FOR PREGNANT AND POSTPARTUM WOMEN AND OFFERING MORE HOME VISITS TO AT-RISK MOTHERS.

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NEW ILLINOIS SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

NEW DATA WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THIS YEAR’S ILLINOIS SCHOOL REPORT CARDS.

 

THE REPORT CARDS PROVIDE A SNAPSHOT OF SCHOOL DEMOGRAPHICS AND HOW WELL STUDENTS ARE DOING. THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION’S RAE CLEMENTZ SAYS THEY HAVE ADDED CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM RATES AND NEW MEASUREMENTS OF STUDENT PROFICIENCY AND GROWTH.

WITH THIS YEAR’S REPORT CARDS COME A NEW SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM FOR RATING SCHOOLS…USING SEVERAL FACTORS TO EVALUATE HOW WELL THEY ARE FARING. 

 

THE REVAMPED REPORT CARD AND NEW SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM FOR EVALUATING SCHOOLS WILL PROVIDE A CLEARER PICTURE OF STUDENT GROWTH, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT SEVERAL FACTORS SAYS THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION'S RAE CLEMENTZ.

THERE WILL BE MORE FOCUS ON THINGS LIKE GRADUATION RATES, ENGLISH LEARNER PROGRESS AND PARTICIPATION IN FINE ARTS NOT JUST STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES. YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SEARCH FOR YOUR SCHOOL’S REPORT CARD ONLINE AT ILLINOIS REPORT CARD DOT COM STARTING OCTOBER 31ST.

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Monticello Railway Museum Pvt. Roy W. Hamm Tribute Train

The Monticello Railway Museum and the Illinois State Military Museum honored the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day by paying tribute to a local fallen soldier on Saturday in Monticello.

 

Ted Lemen with the Monticello Railway Museum, indicated that Pvt. Roy W. Hamm was the first casualty for Monticello in World War I. With the acquisition of his shipping container, they decided to recreate his arrival home 100 years ago. 

 

 

Members of the Illinois State Military Museum provided a Doughboy honor guard. Lemen said that Herbert Hoover impersonator Brian Ellis and Peoria singer/songwriter Barry Cloyd also took part in the tribute.

 

 

The Monticello Railway Museum's steam season ends on October 21.

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Pritzker, Rauner release tax and income info, spar over wealth

If you haven't heard, two guys with a lot of money are running for Governor of Illinois. Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker have released some tax records ahead of next month's vote. Each reported income of roughly $55 million last year. Pritzker, who supports a graduated tax on wealthier Illinoisans, says he's paying more of his fair share than his opponent....

 

 

Rauner describes himself as a self made man from a middle class family and offered an unflattering take on his opponent's life.....

 

 

Rauner paid and his wife Diana paid $13.9 million in federal income taxes and $2.1 million in state income tax. Pritzker and his wife paid $17.3 million in federal taxes and about $2.4 million in state taxes.. 

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SMARTER STATE GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS HIGHLIGHTING ILLINOIS' EFFORTS

GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS HIGHLIGHTING ILLINOIS’ EFFORTS TO BECOME A “SMARTER STATE.” 

 

SPEAKING TO A NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO…GOVERNOR RAUNER SAID ILLINOIS IS A NATIONAL LEADER IN THIS AREA. THAT INCLUDES MAKING IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO USE ONLINE STATE RESOURCES.

 

 

GOVERNOR RAUNER TOLD AN AUDIENCE AT A NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE THAT ILLINOIS IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE EFFORT. THAT INCLUDES MAKING MOST LICENSE APPLICATIONS AND RENEWALS AVAILABLE ONLINE AMONG OTHER INITIATIVES.

 

 

ADDITIONALLY…ABOUT 96 PERCENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS NOW HAVE HIGH SPEED INTERNET…AND 90 PERCENT OF STATE LICENSING AND APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE, SAVING TIME AND MONEY.

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ILLINOIS LEGALIZING SPORTS BETTING

STATE LAWMAKERS ARE CONTINUING TO LOOK INTO LEGALIZING SPORTS BETTING IN ILLINOIS. 

 

REPRESENTATIVE LOU LANG OF SKOKIE SAYS HE’S WORKING ON A SPORTS GAMING BILL…BUT ISN’T RUSHING INTO ANYTHING. HE SAYS THERE'S MUCH TO CONSIDER,INCLUDING MUCH THE BETTING WOULD BE TAXED, WHICH STATE AGENCY WOULD OVERSEE IT AND HOW VENDORS WOULD BE LICENSED. LANG ALSO SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT NOT TO LOOK AT SPORTS BETTING AS A CASH COW.

 

 

MANY TESTIFYING AT A HOUSE COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE TOPIC URGED LEGISLATORS NOT TO RUSH INTO A SPORTS GAMING PROGRAM. THERE ARE MANY FACTORS TO CONSIDER, SUCH AS STATE REGULATION, HOW MUCH TO TAX BETTING AND SHOULD IT BE ALLOWED BOTH ONLINE AND AT ESTABLISHMENTS SAYS SPECTRUM GAMING GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR MICHAEL POLLOCK.

 

 

LAWMAKERS HAVE BEEN HOLDING HEARINGS ON THE ISSUE, AS WELL DISCUSSION ADDING MORE CASINOS AND ALLOWING SLOT MACHINES AT HORSE RACING TRACKS IN ILLINOIS.

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Fan the Flame Supports Salvation Army!

Fan the Flame, a non-profit organization gets ready to host their annual music and worship-filled weekend. The organization brings in Christian contemporary concerts to raise money supporting different charities. 

 

Fan the Flame gets ready for a concert this weekend and it is going to a be a unique one says Randy Anderson of Anderson Ford in Clinton.

Anderson said that the non-profit organization not only plays concerts in Clinton but also around Central Illinois.

The non-profit organization has raised around 62,000 dollars since they have started back in 2013, giving all that money raised to the charities said, Anderson.

The concerts have hosted various artists such as Mike W. Smith, Big Daddy Weave, Palm, and Mark Schultz to name a few. This year's Fan the Flame will host Carrollton.

Fan the Flame concert will be held at the Frist Christian Church on October 21st starting at 6 pm. Tickets are 10 dollars and all ticket sales will go to the Salvation Army. You can find more information on the concerts from Fan the Flame at fantheflamechristianconcerts.org.

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Miller Park Zoo Adds Some New Animals


With the change of seasons comes new animals for Miller Park Zoo.

The zoo worked on getting 6 more flamingos and 1 new river otter says Miller Park Zoo Director Jay Tetzloff.

The park is looking to help get the original 18 flamingos to bread with the new additions. Not only were the flamingos a new addition they added Spencer, a river otter.

The Miller Park Zoo's new additions are on display now, and you can continue going to the park as they stay open all year round. 

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DEWITT COUNTY FAMILIES IN HOLIDAY FINANCIAL NEED

Regional Radio News received a letter stating that DeWitt County families are in holiday financial need. To help those families Samaritan Room will be having a sign up for "Angel Tree" holiday assistance. 

 

"Angel Tree" will be taking place on Saturday, November 3rd from 9 am to 2:30 pm at the Clinton Junior High School. 

 

To register for the "Angel Tree" Sue Calvert gave instructions:

Go Online to: SignUpGenius.com
•Click bar in the upper right corner to create a free account, or use Facebook.  
•Enter my email address: suecalvert13@gmail.com
•click on: “SAMARITAN ROOM COAT DISTRIBUTION/ANGEL TREE SIGN UP/ STATE FARM LITERACY EVENT
•Pick (1) appointment time per family.  
•(If no internet, please visit Clinton Vespasian Library.)
**Parent/guardian must have custody of children in need and be a DeWitt County resident.

 

If anyone has any questions Calvert said you can reach her at 309-825-5822 or by email at suecalvert13@gmail.com

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City Council Talks about Downtown Sidewalk Repair in Clinton

City Council had their meeting Tuesday looking to repair sidewalks around the 100 Block of E. Main Street and 100 Block of N. Center Street. City Administrator Tim Followell explained more on the project.

The City Council looks to get the project done quickly, setting the completion date around November 16th before winter rolls around. 

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Museum After Dark Nov. 3rd at Children's Museum of Illinois

The Children's Museum of Illinois is busy planning their Halloween Hoopla but also planning for the Museum After Dark event. 

 

The new event is a fundraiser to help support the museum and will only be for adults. The event will feature food, music, dancing, and fun! Explore the Museum, play with exhibits, see the brand new Heroes Hall, and learn about the science of brewing beer with local brewmasters says Executive Director Amber Kaylor.

The Museum After Dark event is on November 3rd from 7 to 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for CMofIL members and $25 for non-members. Online sales are open until Friday, November 2nd. Price increases to $25 for members and $30 for non-members on November 3rd.You can go to the Children's Museum of Illinois' website to purchase tickets or find more information at www.childrenmuseumofil.com.

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Novel Energy Solutions Spoke to the DeWitt County Board

The DeWitt County Board had their meeting on Thursday night.

 

A guest speaker from Novel Energy Solutions spoke before the board about solar energy.

 

Allie Loschen, a Community Solar Garden Developer for Novel Energy Solutions, talked before the board to let them know what Novel Energy Solutions does.

Novel Energy Solutions is a solar company that originated from Minnesota. It has come down to Illinois to put solar panels in due to Illinois' new solar portfolio back in 2017. 

 

Loschen mentioned that the solar energy acquired would stay in the county for use.

The power would stay in the county or Illinois but would use  Amren. When using the solar energy, Loschen said that 10 percent saved on your bill.

 

Loschen went to tax advantages for the county saying that they could turn four times more money per acre. Loschen noted that what Novel Energy has looked at and could commit too could result in around 4.9 million dollars in a tax return.

Currently, there is no ordinance for solar energy in DeWitt County.  Other counties have the permits to get the gardens but not DeWitt County. If they would want the gardens, they must have the ordinance or permits to put in the solar gardens. A lottery is being held by Noval Energy Solutions on January 15th through the 30th for the community solar gardens.

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Clinton Power Station Community Open House

The Clinton Power Station is having an open house Thursday. Exelon wanted to invite the community to talk about how a nuclear plant operates, plant security, health and safety, environmental programs, and local emergency preparedness says Site Communicator Gabe Goldsmith.

Exelon will be showing off their reactor simulator to the people.

Exelon will also showcase some of their different departments they have working at the Clinton Power Station.

Exelon will have free food catered by Party in a Pinch for the public to enjoy. The open house will be Thursday, October 18th from 4 to 7 pm at the Clinton Power Station Training Building.

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Casey's Progressing Says City Admin

Mach 1 has opened in Clinton, but that's not the only gas station on its way. Casey's General store is being built over by Van Buren St. It has put up its canopy now and has started to work towards drywall says Clinton City Administrator Tim Followell.

Casey's is progressing but looks to hurry with the underground work before the seasons start to change.

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Friendship Center Plans for a Rodeo

The Friendship Center has been planning several events to attend, one of those events is a rodeo. Paula Jiles spoke with Regional Radio News about the International finals rodeo and why they are attending. 

The rodeo will be taking place indoors this year at Gordyville. The event will start Nov. 2nd from 7 pm to Nov. 4th ending at 2 pm. To go with the Friendship Center it costs 30 dollars that include a buffet dinner, transportation, and ground level seating. Registration will be open till October 25th. 

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Rauner promises school funding reform for higher ed

Governor Bruce Rauner is talking school funding reform again, but he has graduated from the K through 12 discussion after agreement was struck on that issue. As the Governor seeks re-election, he is turning his attention to colleges and universities....

The Governor also wants to reduce year to year operating costs....

Last year, most public universities saw enrollment decreases.

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Governor Bruce Rauner delivers remarks at the 2018 Risa K. Lambert Chicago Luncheon

Governor Bruce Rauner delivers remarks at 2018 Risa K. Lambert Chicago Luncheon hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Museum in Chicago was commemorating their 25th anniversary and honor Professor Peter Hayes and Father John Pawlikowski with the National Leadership Award for their commitment to Holocaust memory and education. 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Estelle Laughlin were also at the event congratulating Hayes and Pawlikoski.

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Parents Night Out Halloween Themed!

The third Friday of this month is coming up, meaning Clinton's YMCA Parents Night Out will be happening. 

 

The Clinton YMCA, on the first and third Friday of each month host Parents Night Out. Its a night where parents can drop off their kids while they go out and enjoy a night out or run some errands without the kids. The kids can enjoy time at the YMCA while the parents out says Executive Director Rennie Cluver.

This Friday coming up though will allow the kids to do something a little different this month.

The Parents Night Out runs from 5:30 to 9 pm from as young as infants to 5th. You can call the Clinton YMCA at (217) 935-8307 or go to their website at www.clintoncommymca.org for more information.

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Children's Museum of Illinois Annual Halloween Hoopla

We are getting closer to Halloween and to help celebrate Halloween, Children's Museum of Illinois is hosting its Annual Halloween Hoopla event. 

 

The annual Halloween event is a fun activity for families to go enjoy the museum around the Halloween festivities says Executive Director Amber Kaylor.

The museum has incorporated something new for the kids to enjoy at this year's Halloween Hoopla said, Kaylor.

Halloween Hoopla activities will be held from 10 am to 2 pm. You can find more information on The Children's Museum Facebook page, by going to their website at www.childrensmuseumofil.com, or by calling them at  217-423-KIDS (5437).

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Autumn Celebration Sugar Grove Nature Center Oct. 20th

The weather has been getting colder, leaves starting to change colors add those up and it comes out to fall is here. Now that fall is here we get closer to Sugar Grove Nature Center's annual celebration of the Autumn Celebration.

 

Environmental Educator Jill Wallace said it is a fun fall family activity to explore different booths showing off handmade, nature-inspired items. Watch a blacksmith at work and woodturners demonstrate their skills.  Indulge in seasonal favorites like apple cider and caramel apples.  Roast marshmallows at the campfire, tour the Sugar Grove Observatory and explore over 7 miles of hiking trails. Guests will also enjoy live music at the celebration.

 

One new attraction that will be coming to the festival is ribeyes...

Another new attraction Wallace said that will be out at the celebration is pony rides.

 

The Autumn Celebration will be Saturday, October 20th from 10 am to 4 pm. You can find more information on the event at www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org.

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Harvest Slows But Ahead of Last Year

Fall finally arrived in most of Illinois last week and that cooler and wetter weather has kept many farmers from harvesting the remaining corn and soybean crop. Mark Schleusener with USDA says the state didn’t see many days fit for field work. But the state is ahead of last year’s harvest pace.

A dryer week should allow those farmers shutout of field work the past week or so to resume.

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'Upper level pattern' keeps weather cooler than normal for Illinois

Colder than average temperatures are expected over the next week to two weeks for much of Illinois. That’s the prediction from meteorologist Eric Schmidt with EJS Weather in Newton. 

Just over a week ago, temperatures were around 90 degrees in some parts of Illinois.

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Red Cross making call for help in Illinois

With the aftermath of the hurricane still affecting many Florida residents, the American Red Cross has had its hands full. Red Cross President and C.E.O. Gail McGovern is asking for donations from citizens throughout the country, including right here in Illinois.

While many Illinois residents may believe they have waited to long to give back, McGovern says that they will be spending much more time in Florida.

 

For more information on the Red Cross, or to donate your time, money, or blood, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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Loyola's Sister Jean inducted into the Illinois Senior Hall of Fame

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY’S SISTER JEAN IS BEING INDUCTED INTO THE ILLINOIS SENIOR HALL OF FAME. 

 

THE SENIOR ILLINOISANS HALL OF FAME WAS CREATED MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO AND ONE OF THE LATEST ADDITIONS IS 99-YEAR-OLD SISTER JEAN DOLORES SCHMIDT. SHE URGES OTHER SENIORS TO KEEP MOVING.

GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER TALKED ABOUT SISTER JEAN AND CONGRATULATED HER FOR BEING INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME.

SISTER JEAN HAS WORKED IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION, BEEN A COACH, PRINCIPAL, COLLEGE DEAN AND SINCE 1994…THE LOYOLA BASKETBALL TEAM’S CHAPLAIN.

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DeWitt County Friendship Center Helps Seniors with Rules of the Road Oct. 23

The DeWitt County Friendship Center is having a class called Rules of the Road. The Secretary of State Jesse White comes in to teach rules of the road for seniors says, Paula Jiles.

The Rules of the Road will be on October 23rd from 1 to 3:30 pm to help seniors get a refresher on rules of the road. People interested can just show up for the event and will be taking place at the DeWitt County Friendship Center in Clinton.

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Liberty Village's Trick or Treat through the Village

Halloween is getting closer, kids will be going around towns trick or treating.

 

Liberty Village is having their doors open for kids to come in and trick or treat with the residents says Director of Marketing and Sales Nick Crim. Every Halloween Liberty Village has invited children ages 12 and under from the surrounding area to participate in their Trick or Treat through the Village.

 

Seeing the kids in costumes and handing out candy puts a big smile the resident's face says, Crim.

Door prizes will be handed out to some of the kids when they sign up for a drawing when they come by the Village. Crim mentioned that there is a little goody bag for the first 300 kids to go and trick or treat at the Village.

The Trick or Treat through the Village is on Halloween day from 3:30-5pm.

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Harlem Wizards coming to Clinton Oct. 22

The Vault in Clinton has been busy planning fundraisers to help support the new 501(c)3 organization. 

 

One of the fundraisers is the Harlem Wizards. The Wizards are a show basketball entity delivering wildly successful fundraiser events for schools and nonprofits, last season alone playing in over 400 communities across the USA while raising over $2 million.

 

Michelle Witzke and Fundraising Committee Coordinator Mandi Ries (Reese) talked with Regional Radio News about the event coming to Clinton and why they looked at bringing in the Harlem Wizards...

The Wizards will be coming to play basketball against the Vault's team that they created from 25 of Clinton local teachers called the Vault All-Stars.

Wiztke talked about how the event is something for all ages to enjoy.

Reese mentioned that the Vault's 5 to 6 best players will play a quarter against the Wizards competitively.

The Harlem Wizards will take on The Vault All-Stars on October 22nd. The game will be hosted at the Clinton Community High School with the tip-off starting at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available online at www.harlemwizards.com. Online tickets will be available till 11:59 pm the night prior to the game. 

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Governor Rauner on Quincy Veterans

Governor Bruce Rauner did a q and a with reporters Friday to discuss the Quincy Veteran's home and the plague of Legionnaire's disease.

Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker has criticized Rauner for “fatal mismanagement” of the outbreak. Many have accused the governor of not handling the problem accordingly.

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TOP 200 PROJECT POLL GROUNDBREAKING WOMEN

TWO PEORIANS LEAD THE LIST OF GROUNDBREAKING WOMEN IN ILLINOIS HISTORY IN THE LATEST TOP 200 PROJECT POLL.

 

VOTERS CHOSE LYDIA MOSS BRADLEY, FOUNDER OF PEORIA’S BRADLEY UNIVERSITY FOR THE NUMBER ONE SPOT. ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY SPOKESPERSON CHRIS WILLS SAYS SHE DIDN’T’ SLOW DOWN AFTER THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND AND IN 1875 BECAME THE FIRST WOMEN TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF A NATIONAL BANK.

PEORIA NATIVE BETTY FRIEDAN, AUTHOR OF “THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE” CAME IN AT NUMBER TWO, FOLLOWED BY JANE ADDAMS, MICHELLE OBAMA, OPRAH WINFREY AND HILLARY CLINTON. VOTING IS NOW OPEN IN THE NEXT CATEGORY: MINORITY TRAILBLAZERS AT: ILLINOIS TOP 200 DOT COM.

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Hunters Safety Course at Rock Springs Nature Center


Rock Springs Nature Center is helping hunters get ready for hunting season this month. On October 19th and 20th Rock Springs Nature Center will be hosting a 10 hour Hunter's Safety Course. 

 

Rock Springs Nature Center Manager Richie Wolf said that if you born after 1980 you must take the course.

 

Wolf also said it is pretty easy to sign up for the course.

Anyone interested in the course must pre-register online by noon on October 18. You can find more information on Rock Springs website at maconcountyconservation.org or by calling (217) 423-7708.
 

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Rauner and Priztker on track to spend most on governor race

The elections for Illinois political seats are coming up in November. Two men running for governor are on track to spend the most money ever for a governor race says University of Illinois Professor Kent Redfield...

Redfield mentioned the two possibly exceeding 215 million dollars spent over in California by Governor Brown and Christine Todd Whitman.

 

Redfield said that with the next coming weeks, people will continue to see more of the candidates as we move closer to Novembers elections.

 

The other two candidates also running for governor, are Conservative Sam McCann and Libertarian Kash Jackson.

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EF High School Exchange Year

Looking to help a foreign exchange student connecting talent and enthusiastic teenagers, you can, volunteer by being a host family.

 

Regional Radio News spoke with Renee Brennan an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant in Bloomington-Normal. Brenan is the local coordinator for Education First High School Exchange Year in Central, IL looking for 4-5 host families to welcome a foreign exchange student into their home.

The foreign exchange program works with 13 different countries from Europe and Asia between the age 15-18. The students that would come to the family have to go through a process before coming to the families.

To host a student, EF High School would screen the host who has to be over the age of 25. The host must be financially stable and able to provide bed and food for the student coming in. The host is responsible for providing transport to school. As far as spending money if the student wants to spend other money the family is not responsible to pay for "extra expenses."

If a host or family is interested they will be asked to fill out an application including a background check and provide two references. Then Brennan or someone EF would meet up to ask some follow up questions.

 

If any family is interested Brennan said that you can email her at renee.brennan@efexchangeyear.org or by calling her at 1-800-447-4273.

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Brewers Pitching Coach Remember Time in Central Illinois

Derek Johnson spends most his days tweaking arm actions and working to get the most out of young players at the highest level of baseball. It wasn't too long ago that the Milwaukee Brewer's pitching coach was just a kid from central Illinois. His journey from sandlots to major league stadiums took a few stops not too far from here.

After his playing days, Johnson found his place as the pitching coach at Vanderbilt University, one of the nation's top baseball schools. He spent 11 seasons in Nashville, helping 13 players reach the majors, including Boston Red Sox starter David Price. After having success at the college ranks, major league teams took notice of Johnson's expertise, and came a-callin'.

After three seasons with the Cubs, Johnson was offered the opportunity to be the pitching coach for the Brewers, where he remains today. Johnson and the Brewers try to advance to the World Series this week against the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. 

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NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

IT’S NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK AND THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL IS URGING FAMILIES TO LOOK…LISTEN AND LEARN. 

THAT’S THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN. FIRE MARSHAL MATT PEREZ SAYS YOU SHOULD FIRST “LOOK” FOR PLACES A FIRE COULD START.

 

 

PEREZ SAYS FAMILIES SHOULD ALSO “LISTEN” FOR THE SOUND OF THE SMOKE ALARM…SINCE ONCE IT GOES OFF YOU ONLY HAVE MINUTES TO ESCAPE…AND “LEARN” TWO WAYS OUT OF EVERY ROOM.

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REDUCE THE SUICIDE RATE AMONG FIRST RESPONDERS

STATE LAWMAKERS ARE LOOKING AT WAYS TO REDUCE THE SUICIDE RATE AMONG FIRST RESPONDERS. 

 

THE DISCUSSION IS RESPONSE TO THREE CHICAGO POLICE OFFICERS KILLING THEMSELVES OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. MANY DEPARTMENTS HAVE PEER SUPPORT GROUPS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT TEAMS, BUT SCOTT PAVLOK, AN INVESTIGATIONS SERGEANT WITH THE LAKE ZURICH POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS MORE MUST BE DONE. HE SAYS THE BURDEN OF SEEING SO MUCH DEATH ON THE JOB FINALLY BROKE HIM THE DAY HIS CAT DIED AND HE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

 

 

PAVLOK NOTES A NEW STATE LAW NOW PROVIDES SOME PROTECTIONS FOR POLICE OFFICERS SEEKING HELP BUT MORE IS NEEDED FOR FIREFIGHTERS, CORRECTIONS OFFICERS AND OTHER RESPONDERS.

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CONFIRMED NINE CASES OF AFM

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS CONFIRMING NINE CASES OF AN UNCOMMON NERVOUS SYSTEM CONDITION. 

THE PATIENTS ARE UNDER 18, FROM NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND HAVE ALL BEEN HOSPITALIZED WITH ACUTE FLACCID MYELITIS OR A-F-M. IT CAN BE CAUSED BY A VARIETY OF VIRUSES, INCLUDING WEST NILE…ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS AND GENETIC DISORDERS SAYS PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR DOCTOR NIRAV SHAH.

 

 

THERE IS NO SPECIFIC TREATMENT SO PATIENTS ARE CARED FOR ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

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CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH

THIS IS CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH AND STATE OFFICIALS SAYS “PHISHING” SCAMS PRESENT SOME OF THE BIGGEST DANGERS. 

CLICKING ON BOGUS EMAILS CAN GIVE HACKERS A GATEWAY TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION OR DATA AT WORK. STATE CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER CHRIS HILL SAYS THESE EMAILS HAVE GOTTEN MORE SOPHISTICATED AND DETAILED IN HOPES THE RECIPIENT WILL OPEN THE MESSAGE.

 

 

THIS CAN INCLUDE THREATS AGAINST YOUR FAMILY OR YOUR CAREER IF YOU DON’T SEND MONEY…OR CLAIMING MONEY IS WAITING FOR YOU IF YOU SEND CERTAIN PERSONAL DETAILS. HILL SAYS THE BEST THING TO DO IS DELETE ANY SUSPICIOUS EMAILS WITHOUT OPENING THEM AND REPORT THE INCIDENT TO YOUR EMPLOYER.

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UC to Host Illinois's 200th Party

The state has a big birthday party coming up. Illinois turns 200 this year and the bicentennial party will be December 3 at the United Center in Chicago. The bash will host famous Illinois actors, athletes and musicians. Tim Kazurlinsky with the Bicentennial Commission says it will be a night to remember. 

 

 

The guest and performance list includes actors from the musical Hamilton and REO Speedwagon.

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Weekly Weather Summary

It has been a wet and cold October now that a cold front has come in. State Climatologist Jim Angel has more...

 

 

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Reports of 12-year-old pronounced dead

Regional Radio News received reports around 10:24 am that at approximately 6:36 am on Friday, October 12, Clinton Police and emergency medical personnel responded to an address in the 400 block of North Maple Street, Clinton. Reports showed that a 12-year-old female was unresponsive. At 6:55 am, Dewitt County Coroner Randy Rice pronounced the death of Daphne J. Peavler, 12 of Clinton. 

 

There is an investigation ongoing. Assisting with the investigation is Dewitt County Coroner's Office, Dewitt County Sheriff's Office, and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services. 

 

Clinton School District officials were notified and appropriate measures are being taken.

 

Regional Radio News will have more on the story once released.

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Lunch and Learn Medicare Open Enrollment

The Liberty Village of Clinton hosts a Lunch and Learn every third Wednesday of each month. This month Liberty Village will be having Business Office Manager Rachel Harney talking about open enrollment in Medicare.

Regional Radio News spoke with Director of Marketing and Sales Nick Crim saying the Lunch and Learn will be on October 17th at noon. Crim said if you would like to go RSVP by calling 217-935-8500.

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Painting Pumpkins Oct. 20th at Vespasian Warner Library

Halloween is just around the corner, and to help celebrate that the Vespasian Warner Library is hosting a Painting Pumpkin or Basket workshop.

Business Manager Samantha Rusk says on October 20th they are hosting a family fall workday.

Ages five and up will be allowed to attend the fun crafting event. All supplies will be provided on October 20th from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Rusk did ask that if you are interested in the event to let the library know you would like to attend by calling 217-935-5174 to RSVP. 

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Boo at the Zoo

The Scovill Zoo closed down on Columbus Day to wrap this year's season, but over the last three weekends, they celebrate Boo at the Zoo.

Kids can come in costumes to see the zoo from 5:30 to 8:00 pm to collect treats enjoying Halloween at the Scovill Zoo says, Director Ken Frye.

Frye talked about how some people like the afternoon hours instead of the later hours for kids.

Boo at the Zoo will be taking place, October 12-14, 21-23, and 25-28 officially closing till spring on October 29th. For more information on the event visit scovillzoo.com.  

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Rauner and Priztker spar in Chicago

The latest debate between Governor Bruce Rauner and his Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker felt more like a Demolition Derby. The two sides sparred in a testy meeting before the Chicago Sun Times Editorial Board. Pritzker seized on recent news that Attorney General Lisa Madigan is investigating the Rauner Administration's handling of the Legionnaire's Disease crisis at the state veterans home in Quincy....

Meanwhile, Rauner raised an issue that has been a sore spot with some conservatives. Rauner noted differences with J.B. Pritzker on the issue of illegal immigration...

The Trust Act Rauner signed prevents law enforcement from stopping someone solely on their immigration status. The last face to face meeting of the two candidates is set for Thursday night in Quincy.

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Republican Illinois Comptroller candidate touts financial background in handling the state's checkbook

Heading down the home stretch in the 2018 election cycle, Republican challenger Darlene Senger is stressing she is more than qualified to oversee the state’s “checkbook” as Illinois Comptroller.

Among the ideas Senger is touting for small town governments and townships is a plan to pool all of their public safety pension funds for investing. She says Indiana already practices a similar system and is saving money in fees and consulting costs.

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Scrap Booking at Vespasian Warner Library


The Vespasian Warner Library had their Puffy Paint event yesterday and now its time to get ready for their other event they have coming up.

 

The Vespasian Warner Library has a scrapbook event coming up on Saturday, October 13th. The workshop ages 18 and up will put together a scrapbook says Business Manager Samantha Rusk.

Rusk mentioned that there will be a variety of pages with different qualities and the varieties of ways to use the books.

Paula Lapatic will be leading the workshop taking place at the Vespasian Warner Library. The event will be from 11 am to 12:30 pm Saturday, October 13th. Call 217-935-5174 to RSVP.

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Safe Route Blue Ridge School Grants

Blue Ridge has been busy with the school year about 7 weeks in, along with the city. 

 

The city of Farmer City has been working with the schools on a grant called Safe Route to Schools Grant to improve sidewalks for students walking to school. Blue Ridge Superintendent Susan Wilson spoke with Regional Radio News about the grant.

The city and school will be hosting a meeting on October 17th at 6 pm held in the Schneider School cafeteria to discuss with parents how the funds should be acquired. 

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Healthy Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, that means kids going around towns and trick or treating.

A campaign called Food Allergy Research and Education have been setting teal pumpkins at houses to show they know about food allergies says U of I Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator Caitlin Mellendorf.

Kids will still be able to get some items from trick or treating said Mellendorf.

The FARE campaign is a way to let all kids enjoy Halloween, and not worry about allergies from candy. If you have questions about the nutrition and wellness visit the U of I extenstion website at web.extension.illinois.edu/dmp/ or contacting your U of I Extension office.

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Cooler and dryer air expected for much of Illinois later this month

Some dryer and cooler days are on the way for much of Illinois later in the week. High temperatures in the 50s and 60s will be the rule, according to meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather. 

Much of Illinois saw daytime highs in the 80’s on Monday and Tuesday of this week. 

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Governor Bruce Rauner on Property Tax and Income Tax

Governor Bruce Rauner discussed taxes with reporters on what he thinks can help save money in Illinois.

Reporters asked Governor Rauner if there was a set goal or number for the taxes.

The current Illinois income tax rate currently sits at 4.95 percent. 

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WEEKLY CROP REPORT

MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF THE ILLINOIS SOYBEAN CROP HAS BEEN HARVESTED SO FAR. 

WITH NEARLY FIVE DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK, SOYBEAN HARVESTING ADVANCED TO 51 PERCENT COMPLETE SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER.

CORN HARVEST IS WELL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AT 63 PERCENT COMPLETE. 54 PERCENT OF SORGHUM HAS BEEN HARVESTED AND 22 PERCENT OF WINTER WHEAT HAS BEEN PLANTED. AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE STANDS AT TWO PERCENT VERY SHORT, SEVEN PERCENT SHORT, 78 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 13 PERCENT SURPLUS.

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Warner Hospital Public Hallways Getting Facelift

The patient hallways of Warner Hospital and Health Services in Clinton, are getting a facelift.  CEO Paul Skowron tells Regional Radio News that work has started for all patient hallways and patient rooms to get new flooring.  

 

Skowron added that the circle drive and parking lot areas, will be resurfaced in coming days as well.

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Job Fair at Warrensburg-Latham

Teacher shortage has been a problem in Illinois. To help with that State board has changed some of the requirements. In the past, someone needed a bachelor's degree in order to apply as a sub substitute teacher. Now anyone one with an associate's degree or 60 plus college credit hours can be a substitute teacher.

With the new change Superintendent, Dr. Kristen Kendrick-Weikle decided this would be a perfect opportunity to hire.

The job fair at Warrensburg-Latham will be taking place on Tuesday, October 16th, from 8 am to 2 pm at the district office. Dr. Weikle says that it will be open to all as an open house to let people come and ask any questions.

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30 College Credit Hours at Heyworth High Schools

Heyworth schools have been busy with school, now about seven weeks in. The high school though has had some changes over the year says, Superintendent Lisa Taylor. 

Heyworth High School has added around 30 dual credits for seniors to take.

Taylor said this was one of the big goals for school's students. To get an Associates degree before they even finish high school. Taylor says these dual credit courses help give students early exposure to college.

Students would get an easier transition from high school to college from taking these courses said, Taylor.

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Harristown renames post office after veteran

Rep. Rodney Davis has been working with legislation to rename a post office in Harristown after veteran Logan Palmer.

Davis said that in small towns when a veteran passes away it affects the community. 

Davis said that renaming the post office is a great way to honor Palmer's service.

The legislation is waiting on Senator Duckworth, but when its done Davis said it is a great way to honor his family and his sacrifice.

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America's Pig Farmer of Year from Central Illinois

America’s Pig Farmer of the Year hails from central Illinois and credits some of his success to his early days in FFA and 4-H. Patrick Bane of Arrowsmith says a big family also helped.

The award is sponsored by the National Park Board. Bane and two of his brothers have a 3,000-sow closed herd operation in eastern McLean County. 
 

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Harvest celebration in LaSalle County

They call it a “Foods Resource Bank Harvest Celebration”. It will be held Saturday at the Gary and Jean Dau (DOW) farm on North 42nd Road—just two miles west of Sheridan in LaSalle County. The project arranges for farmers and others in this country to financially support third world farmers trying to improve their situations says Project Leader Paul Youngstrum:

Youngstrum says it’s not about shipping food grown here overseas. He says farmers in developing countries need help buying animals and equipment and then want to sustain themselves without handouts.

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Steel plow and John Deere legacy in Grand Detour, Illinois

The legacy of the steel plow remains an important piece of heritage for the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, Illinois, located just outside of Dixon. Kent Butterfield is with Landmarks Illinois.

The John Deere Historic Site is hosting a Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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Fire Prevention Week Safety Tips

Its Fire Prevention Week and with that Clinton Fire Department wants everyone to be safe.

Blake West with the Clinton Fire Department talked with Regional Radio News what families should have ready.

A fire plan is one of the items families should have, but West mentions a couple house items each household must have.

West said that if you ever have any questions swing by the Clinton Fire Department and ask, you can also check out their website at clintonfire.org or call them at 217-935-3712.

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U of I Extension Eating to Prevent Diabetes

The University of Illinois Extension office is getting ready for a campaign to help people with nutrition and wellness.

The campaign started in September called Eating To Prevent Pre-Diabetes. Classes to help inform people of pre-diabetes. Nutrition and Wellness Educator Caitlin Mellendorf said its to bring awareness of pre-diabetes. 

Mellendorf says the classes are a quick introduction to help change their lifestyle before progressing to diabetes. There are some typical symptoms Mellendorf introduced to find out if you do have pre-diabetes.

DeWitt County currently is above average in diabetes percentage, sitting at 11% where the national average is around 9%. 

If you are interested in attending the classes for pre-diabetes, you can attend one on Oct. 25th at the Blue Ridge Township Library in Mansfield, Nov. 7th at Friendship Center in Clinton, or Nov. 8th at Livingston Center in Monticello. 

You can find more information about the classes at web.extension.illinois.edu/dmp/ or contacting your U of I Extension office.

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FEMA reform passed the House

Rep. Rodney Davis has been working on a FEMA reform for Illinois in Congress. FEMA or Federal Emergency Management Agency is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security that helps coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities.

Rep. Davis has been working to try and change the policy right now where Illinois would get assistance from the government in case of emergencies.

The current law goes by a formula on population said, Davis. The FEMA reform is to change that to not look at population but also into the locals affected. 

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Governor Rauner visits Laser Precision

Governor Bruce Rauner visited Laser Precision in Libertyville in recognization of National Manufacturing Day Friday. 

Governor Rauner praised the company and workers at Laser Precision.

Jeff Adams the creator of Laser Precision was announced and given praise.

Adams walked with Governor Rauner showing him the company and Rauner spoke with workers. 

Governor Rauner thanked the workers of Laser Precision for some of the work they do in Illinois.


 

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Durbin offers final remarks on Kavanaugh

Senator Dick Durbin offered some parting words as the U.S. Senate prepared to complete the confirmation vote for then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Durbin expressed dissatisfaction with the FBI investigation that led to a delay for the confirmation vote....

Durbin cast his vote against Kavanaugh.

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Weekly Weather Summary

October has been warm and wet the first couple of weeks. State wide average tempatures have been 9 degree above normal with rain all across the state. 
 
Biggest ag concern for October is rainfall says State Climatologist Jim Angel.

 

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Dewitt County DOVE to Host Candlelight Ceremony

October is national domestic violence awareness month and the DeWitt County DOVE is bringing back their annual candlelighting ceremony to honor domestic violence victims. Jennifer Tolladay with DOVE says the event is a way to show victims they have support and resources in these types of situations.

Tolladay says they light two candles at the event, each with their own significance.

The candlelight event is on Thursday, October 11th at 6 PM over at the Christ Lutheran Church in Clinton. It is open to the public and Tolladay encourges anyone to attend.
 

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Get Your Motor Running at Vespasian Warner Library

The Vespasian Warner Library gets ready for their Puffy Paint event tomorrow but also get ready for their Get Your Motor Running event. 

The library will invite kids kindergarten through 3rd grade to come and hang out with Paula Lapatic to read books about cars but also do some crafts as well says Business Manager Samantha Rusk.

The personalized making license plate event will be Tuesday, October 23rd from 3:45 pm to 4:30 pm at the Vespasian Warner Library. Rusk did ask that if you are interested to contact the library to let them know you are coming. You can call the library at 217-935-5174 or by going to their website at www.vwarner.org.

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Blue Ridge Elementary Night Walk Oct. 12th

Blue Ridge is getting geared up for Annual Night Walk. A small fundraiser that students take pledges from people to participate in a walk or run says, Superintendent Susan Wilson. 

The night walk is the fundraiser for their boosters and parent organizations says, Wilson.

This is the way for the younger kids to kind of celebrate Blue Ridge's Homecoming that will also take place on Friday, Oct. 12th. With that being their Homecoming the elementary kids get to play and select prince and princess.

The night walk will be at 9:30 the morning of the homecoming in Mansfield with bouncy houses and music for the kids to enjoy. 

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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE IS LAUNCHING A NEW WEBSITE

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE IS LAUNCHING A NEW, MORE USER-FRIENDLY WEBSITE. 

REVENUE SPOKESPERSON TERRY HORSTMAN SAYS THE REVAMPED SITE IS MOBILE FRIENDLY AND EASIER TO NAVIGATE.

THE WEBSITE IS: TAX DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.

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Coats for Kids Oct. 6th - Oct. 21st

Regional Radio News received a letter Monday saying that,

Xi Alpha Iota chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is conducting its Annual “Coats for Kids” campaign.

Please look through your closets and see if you have any coats, hats or mittens in good condition that you would like to donate to help keep a child warmer this winter.

Drop boxes will be located at IGA, YMCA, Save-a-Lot, John Warner Library, Lane Christian Church and the Clinton Elementary School from Oct. 6th – Oct. 21th.

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Trivia Fundraiser to Benefit the Autism Place

The Friends of The Autism Place will hold its 4th Annual Trivia Night on November 3, 2018, at the Normal Community Activity Center, 1110 Douglas St., Normal. All proceeds from the event will go to provide funding to The Autism Place (TAP) at Illinois State University.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with trivia competition beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cost to participate is $240 for a team of 8, $35 per person or $70 per couple and includes dinner by Bandanas. The evening will also include a silent auction featuring products and services from local businesses.

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