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WHOW Celebrating 70th Anniversary with On-Air Party, Open House August 5th

 

 

 

 

 

WHOW THE BIG 1520 Radio in Clinton is celebrating its 70th anniversary on the air providing Central Illinois local radio service, with a special on-air Anniversary Show on 10am to 4pm on Saturday, August 5th.

WHOW president and general manager Randal J. Miller, along with station manager Jared White, and station engineer Wayne R. Miller—who began his career on WHOW in the 1970's—will host the on-air party, which will feature interviews with former staff members and community leaders. 

Some of the music featured during WHOW's first years on the air, will be played as well.

Station officials are asking the public for their help in locating former staff members, or memorabilia.  Please contact Randal J. Miller at 935-9590 or e-mail him at whow-at-randyradio-dot-com, if you know contact information of former staff members or if you have memorabilia you'd like to show off that day.

The station will also hold an open house at its studios inside the Big Red Barn at 2980 U-S Highway 51, 4 miles south of Clinton, during those same hours. 

Tours of the station will be given, station memorabilia will be on display, and refreshments will be served.  All those stopping by will be in a drawing for an AM/FM clock radio that will be given away at the end of the festivities, and you don't have to be present to win.

After receiving approval from the Federal Communications Commission, a group of local residents built and signed on WHOW THE BIG 1520 on August 2nd, 1947, with studios above the former Cannonballs Department Store on the south side of the Clinton Square.  WHOW's tower location today is the same place it was 70 years ago, 4 miles south of Clinton on U-S Highway 51.  What was to become known as the “Big Red Barn,” was built in 1972 when the station moved its studios from the Clinton Square, and is where they've been ever since.

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Clinton Rotarian Attends Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA

A Clinton Rotarian member has recently returned home from attending the Rotary International Convention held this year in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Tom Reddington explains that Rotary has an international convention every year. The convention offers Rotary clubs from around the world to get together and discuss what they are doing in their local communities. Reddington says there were sixty members representing Central Illinois at the convention.
 
 
During the convention, Reddington had the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of guest speakers from Bill Gates to golfer Jack Nicklaus, and activist Andrew Young to Muhtar Kent, the CEO of the Coca-Cola Company. He also heard speakers speak about the Rotary projects of Polio and Malaria around the world.
 
 
In addition to the general sessions, Reddington also attended several breakout groups that spoke on a specific topic. The breakout sessions that he attended were related to his involvement with the youth exchange program. Reddington indicates that one session in particular spoke a little close to home.
 
 
Reddington says that after attending the convention he feels rejuvenated and has a lot of ideas that he wants to implement into the community. Reddington invites those interested in Rotary or the convention to contact him for more information.

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Your Local Library The Best Kept Secret in Your Community

Taking advantage of what your local library has to offer is simply putting your tax dollars to good use.
 
Lacey Wright of the Barclay Library in Warrensburg encourages you to utilize the best deal in town by heading down to the library to check out books and movies the library has already purchased for your use.
 
 
Though your tax dollars support libraries, the Barclay Library also has their Friends of the Library that raises funds through books sales and the Christmas Cookie Walk to help keep the programs they offer the community up and running.
 
 
For more information about what the Barclay Library has to offer you, give them a call at (217) 672-3621 or visit their website at www.barclay.lib.il.us.

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Duckworth Concerned About Trumpcare

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth continues to describe the Senate GOP's health care overhaul plan one with devastating effects.
 
 
Much of Duckworth's concern is centered on medicaid.
 
 
During a Duckworth teleconference on the health care debate, Citizen Action Illinois Co-Director Lynda DeLaforgue warned of a double whammy, saying the American Health Care Act combined with the continued lack of a budget in Illinois could lead to deep cuts in federal health care funding in Illinois. 

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Madigan Makes Non-Budget Demands

After months of taking issue with Governor Rauner bringing non budget issues into the state's budget discussion, House Speaker Mike Madigan has joined in.
 
 
During a meeting of the four legislative leaders, Madigan revealed he wants Governor Bruce Rauner to sign a school funding reform plan that the Governor has said he'll veto. 
 
Madigan also said he wants legislation passed that would regulate workers compensation insurance rates and force the Rauner Administration to abide by procurement regulations in advance of a large contract for Medicaid managed care services. 
 
House Minority Leader Jim Durkin accused Madigan of moving the goal posts and says there won't be further meetings of legislative leaders until there is a balanced budget plan from House Democrats. 
 
Madigan says that will be provided soon. 

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Rep. Brady Continues To Push Republicans Budget Proposal

While Illinois House members waited to hear word on the budget during day two of Special Session at the Capitol, the only thing they heard during the extremely short session was Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) encouraging House Republican Leader Jim Durkin to go to the governor’s office and tell him to “lay down his arms and negotiate a budget.”   
 
Instead of calling budget bills, Democratic leadership hosted a Committee of the Whole meeting where workers, business and executive directors testified about reforming workers comp.  So, in connection to that, State Representative Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) took time to talk about workers comp reform in the House Republican jobs creation package.
 
 
Rep. Brady says lawmakers need to find common ground in causation in the workers compensation bill.
 
 
The Republican from Bloomington says it allows the employers to run businesses as they see fit.
 
 
The system would eliminate changing the system every five years and would create long-term longevity.
 
Rep. Brady calls the continuous session more of the same as leadership continues to hold committee of hte whole meetings. 

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Piatt County Fair Results

Piatt County Fair results are in for the Junior and Open Shows from last week.
 
At DeWittDailyNews.com, visit the 2017 WHOW Fair Coverage icon for the latest results and be sure to tune in to WHOW and dewittdailynews.com for Fair coverage from the various county fairs throughout the summer.

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Check Dicamba Soybeans After Spraying

Farmers are turning to an old technology this year to control weeds in their fields. Dicamba has been around for about half-a-century. It is a corn herbicide, but soybeans have been modified to tolerate it. This was done because so many weeds have modified themselves to resist being killed by glyphosate, commonly known as Round-Up. The primary problem, says University of Illinois Extension Weed Scientist Aaron Hager, is waterhemp…tape
 
                    
 
This inconsistency makes the timing of dicamba applications extremely important. Without a doubt, says Hager, most post applied herbicides are going to do a better job of controlling a full suite of weeds in a field when the weeds are less than three to four inches in size…tape
 
   
 
It is possible for the weeds to recover, flower, and produce seed. And that, says Aaron Hager, is something to avoid.

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Sen. Duckworth Discusses Trumpcare

Senator Tammy Duckworth continues to raise veterans issues in the ongoing health care debate on Capitol Hill. She is critical of the impact of proposed Medicaid cuts in the new Senate on veterans.
 
 
Duckworth says veterans didn't just earn health care benefits, many of them have unique needs.
 
 
Duckworth is also expressing concerns about the impact of Medicaid cuts on new mothers, children, seniors and people with disabilities.

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USDA Halts Brazilian Beef Imports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Thursday evening announced that it would halt imports of fresh Brazilian beef. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement said: “Ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply is one of our critical missions, and it’s one we undertake with great seriousness,” in making the announcement. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which USDA finds satisfactory. Since March, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has been inspecting 100 percent of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil.  FSIS has refused entry to 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef products. That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world. Brazil’s meat industry has been in turmoil this year since the investigation of a corruption scheme that allowed tainted meat to pass in-country inspections.

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Illinois Efforts Helping Increase Maize Production in Africa

A joint effort from Illinois aims to increase maize yield production in Africa. Jeff Bunting of Bloomington based GROWMARK is involved with the international project.
 
 
In addition to GROWMARK and FS cooperative system, Dow AgroSciences and AMPATH are also key players in the Kenya mission.
 
 
Bunting says maize production in Kenya averages 15-to-20 bushels per acre compared to 155 in Illinois. 

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Illinois EMA Promoting Lightning Safety

AS SUMMER STORMS POP UP, THE ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY IS REMINDING FAMILIES ABOUT LIGHTNING SAFETY.
 
MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM LIGHTNING STRIKES IN ILLINOIS OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS. AND THOSE THAT SURVIVE OFTEN SUFFER LONG TERM EFFECTS SUCH AS MEMORY LOSS AND CHRONIC PAIN. THAT’S WHY I-EMA SPOKESPERSON PATTI THOMPSON SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT TO TAKE THE THREAT OF LIGHTNING SERIOUSLY.
 
 
ONCE YOU'RE INSIDE THOMPSON SAYS YOU SHOULD AVOID TAKING A SHOWER AND WASHING DISHES SINCE LIGHTING COULD HIT YOUR PIPES. YOU SHOULD STAY INSIDE FOR HALF AN HOUR AFTER YOU HEAR THE LAST RUMBLES OF THUNDER.
 
 
DATA SHOWS THAT THE MAJORITY OF LIGHTING FATALITIES AND INJURIES OCCUR DURING OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS GOLFING, SPORTING EVENTS AND SWIMMING.

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IDPH Urging Awareness of Rabid Bats, Animals

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS URGING FAMILIES TO WATCH OUT FOR RABID BATS AND ANIMALS.
 
MORE THAN A DOZEN BATS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR RABIES SO FAR THIS YEAR IN ILLINOIS SAYS STATE PUBLIC HEALTH VETERINARIAN CONNIE AUSTIN.
 
 
SYMPTOMS CAN VARY.
 
 
AUSTIN ADVISES IF YOU HAVE BEEN BITTEN BY A BAT DO NOT KILL OR RELEASE IT UNTIL YOU’VE CONTACTED YOUR DOCTOR OR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT. THEY CAN HELP DETERMINE IF YOU’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO RABIES. IF THE BAT IS AVAILABLE FOR TESTING AND THE RESULTS ARE NEGATIVE, PREVENTIVE TREATMENT IS NOT NECESSARY.

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Clinton High School Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

HIGH HONOR ROLL
 
SENIORS
AUGHENBAUGH, GREGORY T.
BATESON, DAMION M.
BENTON, CLAIRE S.
BIEBER, PRESTON C.
CALVERT, QUINLAN S.
CONN, WESLEY K.
COOLEY, ALEC G.
DONELSON, RILEY C.
FABRIS, ISAAC M.
GAMSBY, AARON J.
HICKMAN, CHELSEY J.
KARR, SABRYNN E.
KROEGER, JACOB B.
LINDQUIST, DEBORAH L.
MCDONALD, MAKENZIE L.
PETERSON, ALEXIS J.
ROE, NATALIE B.
STERR, JULIA C.
THOMAS, JENA R.
WHITE, LUCAS J.
WOOD, LILLIAN M.
 
JUNIORS
BURTON, JOSHUA C.
FILKIN, MADISON L.
FINFROCK, MEGAN E.
HENNENFENT, DANYE L.
HICKMAN, MAC L.
KANE, JONATHON J.
MAHONEY, DALTON K.
MORRIS, MICHAEL J.
OVERBEY, KATHLEEN H.
PATTERSON, KYLI R.
RAUCH, AUSTIN D.
REEVES, BRYCE L.
SAULSBERY, ALYSSA M.
THAYER, BREANNA N.
WERTS, MAGGIE K.
 
SOPHOMORES
BRODEN, LAUREN M.
CALVERT, ZAYIN S.
CHAMPLEY, CALLIE R.
COOPER, TESS E.
DUPONT-BARLOW, RYTY L.
JAMES, ANNMAREE E.
LONG, BRANDON J.
LONG, DEREK A.
LUX, EMMA R.
MILLS, ANNA N.
STONE, ABIGAIL M.
TOOL, AMANDA R.
TORBERT, JAKE R.
UNDERWOOD, SYDNEE E.
WARGEL, KINSER P.
WILLIAMS, HANNAH C.
WOOD, EVELYN M.
WORKMAN, CLAUDIA L.
 
FRESHMEN
BENTON, LAURA R.
BRENNAN, TY D.
BURKE, TORI L.
CARTER, KRAYTON C.
DEMPSEY, JACKSON R.
EARL, OLIVIA N.
FABRIS, SARAH E.
FRIESLAND, KAYLA B.
GREEN, DARCY C.
HALE, IAN W.
HOSPELHORN, BETHANY G.
KAUFMAN, MCKAYLA L.
KORNEMAN, ELLA G.
MAIER, ELIZABETH G.
MAXWELL, CLAIRE H.
MCKINSEY, HALEY A.
REEVES, BRETT K.
RHODES, NATALIE A.
STERR, KAYLA I.
SVENDSEN, SEAN E.
TRIMBLE, ALEXIS C.
TRUMMEL, JASMYNE S.
TURNEY, PAYNE E.
WAYNE, GARRETT D.
WILLIAMSON, SKYLER H.
 
A HONOR ROLL
 
SENIORS
CLARK, GRACE E.
GRIFFIN, NOAH A.
HARROLD, JAMES L. III
INMAN, MAGGIE V.
JOHNSON, ALEXANDRA D.
JOHNSON, CAMBRIA M.
JOHNSON, MACI K.
LAPITAN, SAVANNAH R.
MCKINZEY, CHELSEA E.
MOORE, TAYLOR L.
NEWMAN, BRADEN M.
OSWALD, ALLISON R.
PISTER, HANNAH M.
POURCHOT, JACOB T.
VALENCIA, JAZMIN
WARGEL, LANDON T.
WHITLOCK, BROOKE M.
WILSON, VICTORIA E.
 
JUNIORS
AYERS, ADDISON M.
CHANEY, NICOLE S.
CHAPMAN, SIERRA N.
EARL, DYLAN G.
ERVIN, EMILY A.
ETTIEN, SAVANNAH L.
FATHEREE, MITCHELL D.
HENNENFENT, DAYLE L.
KARR, JOHN C.
MAXWELL, KATELYN J.
PHILLIPS, GLENN R.
REYNOLDS, CHASE A.
SARTIE, JENNA R.
THRASHER, MEGAN C.
WATERS, SOPHIA R.
WERTZ, EMMA N.
WHITE, MILLIE K.
WOODS, MARCUS D.
 
SOPHOMORES
ALSUP, CAMDYN R.
BENTON, OLIVIA J.
BIERBRODT, OLIVIA G.
BRODEN, KATHERINE R.
CLIFTON, SYDNEY M.
FOSTER, MASON C.
FOUGHT, KAITLYN E.
FRYMAN, KAYEDEN S.
GLIDDEN, GABRIELLE F.
GOERGEN, CASEY E.
GREEN, JACALYN D.
HICKMAN, CLARA E.
HICKS, SARAH V.
HOLTMAN, LINDSEY M.
HORN, TRENT A.
KINDER, ALLISON R.
LINDQUIST, CHRISTINE L.
LYONS, AMELIA J.
MCGHEE, ANDREW L.
MCMATH, KOLTON M.
MURPHY-LEACH, JORDAN M.
OVERTON, MATTHEW A.
PATELSKI, KADY A.
PATTERSON, KANE J.
PETERSEN, LOGAN J.
POLEN, SAVANAH R.
POLEN, ZOIE J.
PRUSER, RILEY M.
REYNOLDS, CHRISTIAN A.
STARK, AUDREY R.
STURGEON, KAITLIN E.
TAYLOR, EMILY N.
THOMAS, REID J.
TOOHILL, SPENCER J.
 
FRESHMEN
ALEXANDER, MACY B.
BATESON, ELIZABETH G.
BURTON, CODY W.
CROSS, BRADEN D.
CRUTCHFIELD, MARIAH L.
ETTIEN, RAVEN L.
HEMPHILL, BRIAUNA T.
HOLT, MASON E.
HORN, TYLER D.
IJAMS, CORRIE
LANG, TREVOR M.
LEBLANC, TRISTA C.
MICHAEL, JODI D.
MONTGOMERY, KARA N.
NEWMAN, ALEC B.
OCAMPO, SARAH
POLEN, JOSEPH E.
RICH, JAYDLYNN A.
ROBBINS, HAYLEIGH A.
SANDAGE, EMILY R.
SCHLESINGER, DESTINY K.
SCOTT, ARYN E.
TAYLOR, KYLE S.
TAYLOR, LONI J.
THORNE, DAMIEN A.
THORNE, MAKAYLA R.
WADE, EMILY P.
WELCH, CLAYTON R.
WOLFE, JACOB M.
WOODBURY, DELANEY R.

 

 

B HONOR ROLL
 
SENIORS
ALSUP, KEEGAN C.
BOND, MADISON M.
BURKE, TANNER M.
BUSTOS, RAQUEL G.
CASAREZ, ABEL JR
GLASS, MEGHAN N.
HARMON, LIVIA N.
HOUSTON, TAHYA D.
HUNT, OWEN C.
IRVIN, KYLE T.
KAUFMAN, LEVI J.
KINNEY, STEPHANIE K.
MCCUBBIN, CORWIN P.
MCMATH, KADE M.
MORGAN, BAYLEE S.
MURPHY-LEACH, KALEB M.
MUSSELMAN, SYDNEY A.
NETTLES, LEVI C.
OBERMEYER, AMBER M.
OCAMPO, ASHLEY N.
OSGOOD, JADE J.
OSGOOD, TRAVIS M.
PARAC, MICHAEL A.
SMITH, PATRICIA R.
SPEED, EVA M.
TOOHILL, KEVIN E.
TOWNSEND, RAEGAN E.
WHITTED, DALTON J.
WILLIAMS, MEGAN L.
WOOLRIDGE, MASON T.
WRIGHT, SHAE M.
 
JUNIORS
ASH, CLARA L.
BAKER, AUSTIN L.
BROWN, TILER M.
CONATY, KEEGAN W.
FRIESLAND, ALEXIS M.
HANES, COLE R.
HANSEN, ANDREW J.
HARVEY, BAILEY A.
HOSPELHORN, JACOB S.
JACOBS, GABBRIELLA R.
JOHNSON, DEMETRIUS J.
JOHNSON, KALEB D.
KARR, BLAKE W.
KERN, TENNYSON R.
LANE, BREANNA M.
LEBLANC, ADREANA S.
LUKACH, ELIZABETH D.
MAGANA, EDGAR
MURPHY, DANIEL A.
ORNELAS, CAMERON S.
POWELL, DALLAS A.
PRUSER, ALLY N.
REDDINGTON, NICKOLAS R.
RIVA, JACOB S.
ROBINSON, RIVER K.
RUNYEN, CADE E.
SANDERS, DALTON L.
SANDERS, OLIVIA J.
SCOLES, KAILEE R.
SHOBE, LUKE M.
SIMS, MYCAYLA N.
SMITH, DALTON T.
TAYLOR, ASPYN K.
TURNEY, WYNN J.
WADE, JACOB A.
WESTFALL, SETH S.
WICKENHAUSER, SIERRA A.
WILLOUGHBY, HANNAH C.
WOOLDRIDGE, HANNAH L.
 
SOPHOMORES
ANDERSON BRISTOW, RAYANNA M.
ARMSTRONG, MACKENZIE A.
BOUGHTON, GRACIE M.
CASTILLO, JULIAN N.
CONN, JUSTICE N.
COOLEY, HUNTER L.
DIAL, RAYMI L.
DUNCAN-SAVAGE, WILLIAM J.
HACKETT, AUSTIN L.
HAYNES, PEYTON D.
HOFFMAN, ZION Q.
JENKINS, MATTHEW R. JR
KUNTZ, KAITLYN E.
LOURASH, KATARINA E.
MCGHEE, ERIN T.
MOORE, HARRISON D.
MORSE, JACOB W.
PATTERSON, KYLE A.
RICH, SAMUEL M.
SCHEID, NICOLE B.
SPICER, MADISON L.
STEVENS, MADELYN J.
THOMPSON, PATRICIA J.
VIDMAR, JACOB N.
WERTZ, CAMERON J.
WERTZ, RUSTIN D.
 
FRESHMEN
ARNOLD, GRACE K.
AUGHENBAUGH, ETHAN C.
BERTER, TY W.
BOND, EVA M.
COONCE, ISAIAH D.
COOPER, CONOR W.
COX, THEODORE M. JR
DEAVERS, EVAN L.
FOUTS-WILBURN, JAZMINE R.
GUILLIAMS, GAGE J.
ISHMAEL, ABBY L.
KEMPLIN, ALEXIS S.
MCCAMMON, BRANDON L.
NICHOLLS, ASTASIA C.
ODANIELL, ETHAN L.
OLIVER, JALEIGH R.
OSWALD, MICHAEL S.
OVEROCKER, KAELA M.
PHILLIPS, JACOB A.
QUINN, TRAVIS A.
SLOAT, PRESTON A.
SPALDING, DALTON M.
STACEY, DREW D.
STAUFFER, MAX C.
STRANGE, JOSEPH D.
WALKER, DOMINICK D.
WEBB, AUTUMN R.
WEST, TYLER M.
WILSON, GRANT
ZBINDEN, CHRISTOPHER E.

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Tour DeWitt This Weekend

Bikers of all ages and skill levels will converge on DeWitt County this weekend for the annual Tour DeWitt Bike ride to benefit the Children's Advocacy Centers.
 
Steve Lobb and his wife Dana along with a host of entities and volunteers are once again readying for Tour DeWitt 2017 that takes place Saturday which will take dozens upon dozens of bikers across the beautiful landscape of DeWitt County. 
 
 
The tour originates at the Clinton United Methodist Church and there are four levels of routes. Lobb says there is a basic and intermediate route, to Weldon Springs and the next near Syngenta and near Clinton Lake west side access area.
 
 
Then there is a couple more challenging routes. Lobb indicates one is about 40 miles that is a similar route to their intermediate routes and then a 62 mile route out to Farmer City.
 
 
According to Lobb, the ride benefits the Children's Advocacy Center is something that is close to Lobb. He explains he got involved with the agency about five years ago through a ride they did, and now hosts this event for an agency that is always in need of financial support.
 
 
Lobb thanks his wife for all her support in this effort. He also thanks the Clinton Police Department and DeWitt County Sheriff's Department along with clubs like Rotary, Kiwanis, and the Clinton and Farmer City Chamber Commerce offices. 
 
The ride again is Saturday with registration starting at the Clinton United Methodist Church and rides opening as early as 6 am. 

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Now Is Time To Evaluate Fall Propane Needs

It’s never too early to lock in prices for fall and winter propane needs. That’s what GROWMARK’s Harry Cooney is telling farmers as they think about the grain drying season.
 
 
Cooney says fortunately for farmers, grain drying hasn’t been a big issue the last several years.
 
 
Cooney says now is the time for end users to secure some prices for the fall and he recommends producers talk with their local FS member cooperative about meeting future needs.

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DeWitt County Board Updated on Potential For Wind Farm in DeWitt County

A wind farm could be coming to DeWitt County.
 
But first the Zoning Board of appeals must approve meteorological towers to determine the viability of a wind farm. Terry Ferguson (pictured right) updated the Board on a special landowners meeting at the DeWitt County Farm Bureau from earlier this week.
 
 
According to Ferguson, it was a good turnout for the session at the Farm Bureau office in Clinton. He explains it was timely as there is a renewed push for wind farms in DeWitt County.
 
 
Ferguson expressed concern about some language that would allow land owners signed up for the program who do not end up with a tower on their property but their land could be used as an avenue to a tower in another location.
 
 
The Zoning Board of Appeals will hear the requests for the meteorological towers on July 3 at 7 pm. 

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Lincoln Police Investigating Reports of Attempted Child Abductions

Alleged child abductions in Logan County this week have Lincoln authorities on high alert.
 
Reports to the Police Department indicate individuals in a red Chevrolet truck have been spotted in several parts of Logan County targeting children and according to social media claims, have made attempts at kidnapping.
 
Lincoln Police say no arrests have been made but they are taking the reports seriously and continue to investigate.
 
Police encourage anyone who sees anything out of the ordinary to contact the authorities. 

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Decatur Family Identified As Those Involved in Tuesday Night Highway Accident North of Clinton

More details are emerging about an accident north of Clinton on US Highway 51 Tuesday night.
 
Terinesha Ruff of Decatur was airlifted to a Champaign Hospital Tuesday after she lost control of her van and it rolled several times into the ditch.
 
State Police indicate Ruff was the driver with three youths in the vehicle, who were transported to BroMenn hospital in Normal for injuries sustained. 
 
There have been no fatalities in the case but the status of the four involved is not being released. 
 
The State Police crash reconstruction unit is investigating the accident with citations pending.

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Drug Court Takes Community Effort To Work

Yesterday on Regional Radio News, we outlined the basics of the DeWitt County drug court as told by Dave Beery, probation officer in DeWitt County.
 
Beery, who spoke to the Clinton Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon, says it is a community program. He indicates it is important the community know what is happening within the drug court. He feels the program has come a long ways since its inception in 2010. 
 
 
Being in the drug court is voluntary for the individuals and according to Beery, the individuals wave a lot of their rights, which means, they are subject to random tests at any time and being searched at any time.
 
 
Drug court starts with the individuals going to meetings, being tested and being in treatment. According to Beery, they start to pick up the community service they do with the end goal of getting a job.
 
 
According to Beery, a lot of those in drug court are in for felonies. He explains in the last year, positive tests for opioid tests have nearly doubled. 
 
 
Beery says the access to resources for someone addicted to opioids is limited. He says they are working with a group in Logan County get them help. 
 
He says one of the most disappointing parts of the program is when they get someone who continues to fail drug tests and doesn't show an interest in changing their life and they have to be dismissed from the program.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosting July 4 5K Run/Walk

Big Brothers Big Sisters is gearing up for their first attempt at hosting a 5K run walk on the fourth of July.
 
The event will coincide with the Celebrate Clinton Association's Fourth of July celebration on the downtown square. Lauren Hutton, with Big Brothers Big Sisters indicates the registration gets underway bright and early at 6:45 am and pre-registration is open now.
 
 
The 4th of July 5K will take the place of the Barstool Classic, which Hutton indicates was starting to decline in attendance. She notes the 5K is also a way to get the youth in their organization involved.
 
 
Being a non-profit, Hutton explains fundraisers keep their doors open along with providing them money for the expenses the public may not sometimes realize cost money.
 
 
Habitat for Humanity had hosted the 5K on the square in the past and after they bowed out, Big Brothers Big Sisters stepped in to take it over.
 
Hutton also reminds participants, as a part of the Celebrate Clinton Association Fourth of July celebration, there will be a free breakfast available when the 5K is over.
 
Fore more information or to get registered, visit firecracker5k.kintera.org. If you pre-register, you will receive their 5K t-shirt at the race. There is still time to get registered, as totals for early registration will be put in early next week.

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Congressman Davis Touring Central Illinois After Scare in Virginia Last Week

Less than a week after being on the scene of a politically motivated shooting in Virginia, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis was visiting with central Illinois farmers Monday.  NAFB Farm Broadcaster Jared White has more...
 

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Madigan Putting Together Budget Proposal

THERE WASN’T MUCH ACTION IN SPRINGFIELD FOR THE FIRST DAY OF THE SPECIAL SESSION. 
 
THE HOUSE AND SENATE SPENT JUST A FEW MINUTES IN SPECIAL SESSION. REPUBLICANS ARE URGING HOUSE DEMOCRATS TO SUPPORT THEIR BUDGET PLAN AND END THE IMPASSE…BUT HOUSE SPEAKER MADIGAN SAYS HIS BUDGET TEAM IS ALSO PUTTING TOGETHER A PROPOSAL.
 
 
THE HOUSE WILL BE HOLDING TWO COMMITTEES OF THE WHOLE TO DISCUSS WORKER’S COMPENSATION REFORM AND A PROPERTY TAX FREEZE THIS WEEK.

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Durbin Calls For Republicans To Force Debate on Health Care Repeal

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is complaining about a lack of sunlight. He's attacking the Senate GOP leadership for its handling of the health care repeal bill.
 
 
Durbin called for a small sampling of Republicans to force open debate.
 
 
Durbin says the vast majority of Republicans as well as Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price have no idea what is in the bill.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Bashes Governor

No one had reason to expect Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker to praise Governor Bruce Rauner's speech at the Old State Capitol. 
 
Rauner tried to set the tone for the ten day special session that gets underway today (Wednesday). Pritzker in particular questioned Rauner's call for bipartisanship.
 
 
Democratic contender Chris Kennedy offered a biting critique as well, saying "Governor Rauner promised a grand, unifying speech. Instead, all we got was a few minutes of empty remarks in an empty room". 
 
Senator Andy Manar said “It’s as if Gov. Rip Van Winkle has awakened from a two-and-a-half-year nap to find the state he was supposed to manage is teetering on the brink of fiscal collapse."

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Illinois Federal Lawmakers Warn Of No Budget

Illinois’ US Senators are expressing their concerns about the state’s stalled efforts to land a budget and the impact on transportation. 
 
Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are pressing Governor Bruce Rauner and the legislative leaders to reach a budget agreement in order to avoid what they call an unnecessary transportation shut down that could cost tens of thousands of jobs across the state. 
 
Without a state budget, Illinois transportation officials will no longer have the authority to spend federal dollars. 
 
700 construction projects around the state, worth an estimated 2.3 billion dollars, would have to be shut down. 
 
The Senators say stopping work on the road and transportation projects would trigger the loss of an estimated 25,000 jobs.

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Weather Key Driver Ahead of June 30 Acreage Report

Weather will be the key driver over the next few weeks at farmers follow the numbers on the Chicago Board of Trade.
 
July contracts for corn were on a path to 4-dollars just a few weeks ago, but that has stalled says Jim Bower with Bower Trading.
 
 
Bower says another key measuring stick for farmers is coming out at the end of the month—the June 30th USDA acreage report. 

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First Day of Extra Session Uneventful

If you were looking for fireworks or House of Cards level drama, you didn’t find it in the Illinois General Assembly on day one of the special session. 
 
The Illinois House spent less than 20 minutes in session before moving to committees and private caucuses. The Senate was in session for about half of that time. Democrats decided that state representatives will meet in Committee of the Whole meetings. If there's one person who has no interest in such meetings, it's House Minority Leader Jim Durkin.
 
 
With lawmakers tied up in the committee of the whole meetings, a potential budget deal likely won't happen until next week.

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Rotary Hears From Drug Court Leader

The DeWitt County drug court is a program local law enforcement officials and those in the court system vouch for and say is a very good program.
 
DeWitt County probation officer Dave Beery addressed the Clinton Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon. He explains the drug court in DeWitt County is a pretty typical drug court.
 
 
Beery explains the way they work with the people in the drug court conflicts with how the court system works. He indicates it is an interesting balance in working with the individuals as the end goal is to change their lifestyle.
 
 
The court has continuous interaction with the individuals and are monitored very closely. Beery says it is a team effort to get individuals out of addiction.
 
 
With the heroin epidemic that is plaguing the nation and local communities, the drug court has never been more important.
 
Tomorrow on Regional Radio News, we'll outline the successes of the drug court and why it is effective. 

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DNR Reminds Boaters To Check Registration

Your boat's registration could be up come the end of the month and you won't be reminded by the State of Illinois if it is.
 
That is why DNR Conservation Police Officer John Williamson recently took the opportunity to remind boaters, the registration period expires at the end of the month, so get out and make sure everything on your boat is in order.
 
 
Because the state does not send out reminders any longer, DNR officials will be lenient to boaters for a short time. Williamson reminds boaters you can get those registrations renewed wherever you can get a registration application.
 
 
For new boat owners, the online application process does not work. Williamson explains however, the registration for the boat stays with the boat, regardless of it changes hands.
 
 
Williamson notes, there is a very specific sequence to the registration sticker and the displaying of the registration. He emphasizes the instructions for that are on the registration itself letter and how to display it on the boat. 

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Rauner Addresses Special Session

Lawmakers are back at work today at the order of Gov. Bruce Rauner. Last night at the Old State Capitol, he urged lawmakers to end what he called the "unnecessary" budget crisis.
 
 
In an address that lasted just over three minutes,Rauner said failure to act could cause "permanent damage." to the state. Democrat lawmakers and gubernatorial candidates dismissed Rauner's speech as campaigning.

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Energy Efficiency Programs Saving State Millions

STATE AGENCIES ARE SAVING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THROUGH AN ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM.
 
SEVERAL AGENCIES ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE “FREE LIGHTS” PROGRAM, INSTALLING MORE EFFICIENT BULBS AND LIGHTING UPGRADES IN STATE-OWNED FACILITIES. THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY’S MOLLY LUNN SAYS IT’S A WIN-WIN SITUATION.
 
 
SEVERAL STATE-OWNED FACILITIES HAVE BEEN UPGRADING LIGHTING SYSTEMS AS PART OF THE “FREE LIGHTS” PROGRAM.
 
 
IT’S ESTIMATED THE PROGRAM WILL SAVE THE STATE ABOUT 16 MILLION DOLLARS IN REDUCED ENERGY COSTS OVER THE LIFE OF THE PRODUCTS.

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Victim Airlifted From Single Vehicle Accident on US Highway 51 North of Clinton Tuesday Afternoon

A single vehicle rollover accident on US Highway 51 left four occupants seriously injured and DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner indicates one victim has been airlifted from after a  wreck on US Highway 51 southbound north of Clinton late Tuesday afternoon.

 

A DeWitt County Sheriff’s Deputy was on scene to provide immediate assistance and the accident forced the closure of portions of the southbound lanes on Highway 51 as traffic was rerouted on Business 51.

 

The DeWitt County Sheriff’s office has turned the investigation over the State Police.

 

No other details were available at the time of this story.

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Life Center for Independent Living Hosting Wednesday Expo

If you, someone you love or someone close to you struggles with low vision and you need answers, you'll want to stop by the DeWitt County Friendship Center this Wednesday.
 
Kim Tarkowski with Life Center for Independent Living indicates the event, a low vision fair, takes place at the DeWitt County Friendship Center and it will highlight the resources available to those who struggle with low vision.
 
 
While they can be somewhat daunting and intimidating, Tarkowski explains technology, specifically the smart phone, can be a tremendous resource for someone who battles low vision. She says they will have folks talking about those resources available.
 
 
According to Tarkowski, low vision is when a person's optemetrist can no longer improve your vision.
 
 
The low vision fair runs from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the DeWitt County Friendship Center. Tarkowski says this if the first time they have done a low vision fair in DeWitt County, though they do provide services to the Friendship Center for their low vision support group. 
 
To get more information about the low vision or the low vision support group, contact the DeWitt County Friendship Center at 217-935-9411. 

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Clinton Chamber of Commerce Hosting Annual Golf Outing and Gun Raffle

Two of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce's fundraisers are taking place in the upcoming week.
 
Executive Director Marian Brisard indicates that the annual golf outing will take place on June 27 at the Clinton Country Club. Registration for the outing has ended but there is still time to take part in the Chamber's gun raffle. Brisard says the Golf Outing is a very enjoyable fundraiser for all.
 
 
Brisard says there are many prizes for golfers to win along with promotional items given away at the outing. Several local businesses also donated cash prizes to the golf outing.
 
 
There are also many different games that will test player's skills during the outing. The winner of the Chamber's gun raffle will be drawn during the golf outing. 
 
 
Tickets for the gun raffle will be sold up until June 27. The winner does not need to be present at the golf outing. Tune in to WHOW on June 27 for a live broadcast from the Clinton Chamber of Commerce's golf outing. Live coverage is set to begin at 1pm.

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Weekly Crop Report

PRODUCERS MADE A LOT OF HEADWAY HARVESTING WINTER WHEAT AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT. 
 
WITH ABOUT FIVE DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK, CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER SAYS FARMERS MADE SOME NICE PROGRESS.
 
 
97 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS HAVE BEEN PLANTED AND 92 PERCENT EMERGED. 59 PERCENT OF CORN AND 67 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. 
 
 
59 PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION WHICH IS ALSO A SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT. THE FIRST CUTTING OF ALFALFA IS NEARLY COMPLETE AND 78 PERCENT OF SORGHUM HAS BEEN PLANTED.
 
THE RECENT RAINS HELPED RAISE AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE LEVELS TO THREE PERCENT VERY SHORT, 19 PERCENT SHORT, 72 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND SIX PERCENT SURPLUS.

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Convenience Stores Concerned About Potential Powerball, Mega Millions Loss

Unless lawmakers and Governor Rauner hammer out a budget agreement, it will take a drive out of state to buy tickets for those massive multi-state lottery jackpots in the Mega Millions and Powerball games. 
 
Bill Fleischli with The Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association and the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores is hopeful a budget deal can be struck by month's end.
 
 
The state reported nearly $100 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales last budget year. It's not clear how much revenue the state gets from multi-state lottery sales. 

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Clinton Rotary Club Makes Annual Re-Payment To City Council

The Clinton Rotary Club presented the Clinton City Council with their annual $3000 check for their contribution to the improvements made at Rotary Park on Quincy Street in Clinton.
 
President of the Club, John Hoblit made the presentation Monday night.
 
Picture Right: City Treasurer Clint Lichtenwalter (Left) and Rotary President John Hoblit (Right)
 
City Administrator Tim Followell explains, thanks to the Rotary Clubs efforts, the playground equipment has been upgraded with rubber chips in the playground. He adds the pickle-ball court has been hugely popular.
 
 
The Rotary Club borrowed funds from the City of Clinton to make renovations to the park happen with the intent to pay them back. 

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City Officials Praise Successful Concert Featuring Sundance Head

City Officials are praising another successful concert on the square from this past Saturday evening when up and coming performer, Sundance Head, took the stage.
 
The performance by Head beat the rain showers of Saturday night in plenty of time for several hundred to enjoy music, food and drinks on the Mr. Lincoln Square. Mayor Roger Cyrulik was one in particular who enjoyed the show.
 
 
Sundance Head was headlined by the Illinois Central Conductors. 
 
The next concert rolls around July 29 when Snapper's Bar and Grill hosts Brushville on Mr. Lincoln Square. 

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First National Bank Highlights Changes With Ribbon Cutting Monday

The customers of First National Bank and the community has heard about the changes at the Clinton bank, but Monday afternoon, the institution welcomed all out for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
 
First National Bank recently was purchased the T.S. Banking Group of Iowa and their CEO, Josh Guttau has been impressed with the bank staff and their attitude through the merger.
 
 
According to Bank President, Josh Shofner, the Bank rolled a plethora of changes last week but the ribbon cutting Monday was a chance to get the community in to potential learn more about what is happening.
 
 
Shofner explains with their new holding company, they are able to maintain their charter but have access to resources that will allow them to offer more to their customers.
 
 
In his remarks at the ribbon cutting, Guttau made mention of The Vault project happening in downtown Clinton. First National Bank recently made a $25-thousand donation to The Vault project and Guttau says he hopes that partnership can continue. 

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Bullock Named General Sales Manager for Miller Media Group

The Miller Media Group today named its first-ever General Sales Manager for both its Taylorville and Clinton, IL clusters.

Chris Bullock brings nearly 30 years of radio on-air, sales and management experience to the Miller Media Group stations.  He most recently was with the Cromwell Group in Decatur as their general manager, and spent some 27 years with that company.

Chris will be managing sales in both clusters, plus will take over the account list of retiring account manager Judi Humphrey.

Chris will be headquartered in Taylorville.
 

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Police Promote Vacation Home Watch Program

The vacation season is in full swing and the Clinton Police Department reminds area residents they offer a free program to keep a close watch over your home while you may be away from home.
 
Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers says if you provide them with your address and some other basic information, they will keep watch over your home while you enjoy time away from home.
 
 
To ensure your home doesn't become the target of someone who might intend to break into your home, the Chief says doing simple things like having someone pick up your mail or having your mail stopped through the post office is a simple way to eliminate the potential of such an occurrence.
 
 
While posting memories on social media is a lot of the fun of taking a vacation, the Chief reminds those away that those posts can be accessed by anyone and can be a giveaway of your absence from your home.
 
 
To contact the Department about their home watch program, contact them at 217-935-9441. 

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Warrensburg-Latham Schools Working on Summer Projects

With students out of school for summer break, now is the time for maintenance and other projects to be completed in school districts.
 
Dr. Kristen Kendrick-Weikle, superintendent of Warrensburg-Latham schools, indicates that the maintenance crew will be busy this summer replacing lockers in the elementary school, replacing windows for energy efficiency, and other minor renovations in the other schools.
 
 
Dr. Weikle says they will also be installing a new lightning tower. The tower will light up when lightning in within a certain mileage alerting everyone about the presence of lightning.
 
 
Funding for the various summer projects come from the facility sales tax. Dr. Weikle indicates that the money from the facility sales tax cannot be put towards the education or instruction of students. She says due to this restriction they put it towards maintaining the school campuses.
 
 
Teachers and administrators spend the majority of the summer preparing classrooms and buildings and working on professional development and activities. 

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Ag Industry Recognizing National Pollinators Week

June 19th to the 25th is National Pollinator Week, a time for the ag industry to celebrate the bees and other pollinators that are so vital to food production. NAFB's Micheal Clements reports…
 

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Summer Jobs Project Underway Again in 2017

The corn is growing in Illinois and that means the “#cornstars” are ready for another season. Jim Taylor reports on a summer jobs project in Western Illinois. 
 

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Clinton Police Give Tips on Preventing Car Burglaries

With warmer weather comes an increase in pedestrian traffic.
 
Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers advises drivers to keep their doors locked and valuables out of sight. Chief Lowers indicates there have been three reported cases of vehicle theft within the past few weeks.
 
 
Chief Lowers stresses that drivers need to remove their keys from the vehicle and lock their doors to help prevent car burglaries.
 

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Special Session Starts Wednesday

Governor Rauner in the past has said he sees little value in calling special sessions for lawmakers but now he’s changed his mind. The Governor will have the legislature back in Springfield starting next week. Rauner will have them reconvene on June 21. He’s now standing behind a package of Republican budget and reform bills.
 
 
Republicans have filed a number of bills for consideration but they did not put their weight behind a tax increase or revenue bill to balance the budget they want passed. Instead they are relying on the Democrat sponsored tax bill to stand alone.

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Jobs Lag In Illinois

The state’s unemployment numbers are falling but the Department of Employment Security isn’t willing celebrate. Illinois’ jobless rate is four point six percent, but IDES’s Bob Gough says we are lacking in total job 
creation.
 
 
Nationwide unemployment is four point three percent.

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Bustos: President Trump's $1-trillion infrastructure plan not based in reality

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos not impressed with President Trump’s $1-trillion infrastructure plan. She’s looking for specific details, but says the public-private partnership, which the plan calls for, will be tough for rural areas to accomplish. 
 
 
Bustos, a member of the House Ag Committee, remains critical of President Trump’s budget plan, which calls for closing the Peoria Ag Research Lab. Bustos says she is satisfied with President Trump’s choice for U.S. Ag Secretary—calling Sonny Perdue “a good man.” 

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Alaska seafood company's investment in Illinois paying off

An Alaska seafood company's investment in Illinois is paying off. Jim Taylor reports.
 

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Elder Abuse Comes in Many Forms

JUNE IS ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH AND THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT ON AGING IS REMINDING THAT ABUSE COMES IN MANY FORMS. 
 
CASES OF ELDER ABUSE HAVE INCREASED IN RECENT YEARS…ALTHOUGH THAT COULD BE DUE TO MORE PEOPLE REPORTING THE PROBLEM SAYS AGENCY SPOKESPERSON VERONICA VERA.
 
 
FOR EVERY REPORTED INCIDENT OF ELDER ABUSE…DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON VERONICA VERA SAYS FIVE OTHERS GO UNREPORTED. SHE SAYS THERE ARE SEVERAL TYPES OF ABUSE.
 
IF YOU SUSPECT AN ELDERLY PERSON IS BEING ABUSED OR ARE BEING ABUSED YOURSELF, CALL THE DEPARTMENT’S HOTLINE AT: 866-800-1409.

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Weekly Weather Summary

The trend of rainfall this past week will extend into the weekend and following week. State Climatologist Jim Angel has the latest...
 

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Celebrate Clinton Association Announces Change in Fireworks Display

The Celebrate Clinton Association has announced a change of date for the July 4 fireworks display.

 

“For reasons beyond our control, fireworks slated for the evening of our Independence Day Celebration, has been moved to the evening of July 5” is the statement released by the CCA on Facebook Friday.

 

The CCA’s Independence Day Celebration on the Mr. Lincoln Square will still go on as scheduled July 4.

 

Donations are being accepted at retail locations across the community for the display.

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Illinois Unemployement Down, Job Growth Lagging

THE ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED SLIGHTLY LAST MONTH…BUT JOB GROWTH REMAINS BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. 
 
THE STATE JOBLESS RATE FOR MAY CAME IN AT FOUR POINT SIX PERCENT…DOWN FROM FOUR POINT SEVEN IN APRIL. 24-HUNDRED JOBS WERE GAINED LAST MONTH SAYS ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH (goff).
 
 
THE BIGGEST JOB GAINS LAST MONTH WERE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND THE EDUCATIONAL AND HEALTH SERVICES SECTOR. LOSSES WERE SEEN IN TRADE, TRANSPORTATION AND UTILITIES AS WELL AS GOVERNMENT.
 
 
THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MAY WAS FOUR POINT THREE PERCENT.

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From Texas to The Voice, Sundance Head Headlines Another Up and Coming Act in Clinton

Texas native Sundance Head will be the opener of a string of concerts on the downtown Clinton Square Saturday night and his journey from the radio stations of Texas to the big time of The Voice, Head says it was all about something clicking for him.
 
Head tried out for American Idol almost a decade ago and decided he wanted to get better and become a performer for a living. 
 
 
Touring Texas and growing in popularity across the state gave Head and his band the motivation to pursue something bigger. He explains they worked hard to get to where they were and wanted something more.
 
 
Unsure how to grow their brand, Head explains going on The Voice was something he felt he could realistically do.
 
 
Head says he's excited to bring his unique brand to Clinton Saturday. He hopes to get people fired and up put on a good show.
 
Hear Sundance Head Saturday night on the downtown Clinton Square and opening act Illinois Central Conductors. 

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Sen. Rose: Proposed Budget Bipartisan Bill

A budget proposed by Illinois Republicans in the General Assembly Wednesday will bring significant cuts and changes to the Illinois budget.
 
That is the message from State Senator Chapin Rose who applauds the bills that are being endorsed by Governor Bruce Rauner. He says it brings a little bit of everything from each side of the isle.
 
 
Sen. Rose anticipates the Governor getting behind the bill Thursday. He says initially there was agitative feelings about the proposal but notes as the day went on, more Democrats began to get behind the proposal.
 
 
Governor Rauner called lawmakers back to Springfield next week for a special session. Rose issued a statement late Thursday saying quote - "I completely support the decision to go back to Springfield and when we do the House Democrats need to step up to the plate – everyone else has!”

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Local Authorities Discuss Busy Weekend in Clinton

Sundance Head's much anticipated performance in Clinton Saturday is expected to bring a big crowd to the downtown area of the Clinton square and local authorities recently took time to refresh the public about how things will work with the performance.
 
Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers says the performers should arrive in Clinton Saturday morning and begin setting up. He says with their arrival will come with a shut down of a portion of the square.
 
 
Alcohol will be available on the square for this year's performances and Chief Lowers explains there will be designated areas for alcohol consumption and wristbands will once again be issued to those of age.
 
 
Chief Lowers reminds residents to leave the pets at home for the concerts. He says last year's concerts were well attended and the crowds were excellent. He's hoping for more of the same this year.
 
The Chief also notes, the square will re-open a few hours after the performance wraps up Saturday night. 

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Christian County Car-Train Crash Kills Five

Five people are dead after a car entered the path of a train in Christian County, near Pana. 
 
State Police investigators say a 79-year-old Pana man entered the tracks on a county road near Illinois Route 16. 
 
The impact killed three of the victims at the scene. The remaining victims died later after being airlifted to St. Louis area hospitals. 
 
The victims were in their upper 70's and upper 80's and all resided in Pana. They are: 
 
Herbert Castle
Mary Pugsley 
John. Castle 
Nell Castle 
Mary Castle

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Rauner Calls Special Session

One day after House and Senate Republicans unveiled a compromise balanced budget plan, Governor Bruce Rauner is calling lawmakers back to Springfield.
 
 
Rauner says the Republican budget plan is one he can sign. It calls for a four year property tax freeze, compared to the two year freeze previously passed by lawmakers. 
 
House Speaker Michael Madigan released a statement saying House Democrats have tried to compromise with the Governor without hurting middle class families. 
 
He says when Democrats have tried to work to find common ground on a balanced budget, Rauner has refused to return to the bargaining table and negotiate. 

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Rep. Mitchell Reacts To Republican's Budget Proposal

One day after House and Senate Republicans unveiled a compromise balanced budget plan to end the budget impasse, Governor Bruce Rauner today called lawmakers back to Springfield for a 10-day special session from Wednesday, June 21st through the June 30th fiscal year deadline.
 
State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) said he is hopeful we get a  “real” balanced budget and get the state back on track. 
 
 
If no action is taken by the General Assembly to pass the compromise balanced budget plan by June 30th, the ramifications for our state will be devastating and long-lasting.  
 
In order to find a resolution, Governor Rauner issued 10 proclamations calling for special sessions every day starting Wednesday, June 21 at Noon. The proclamations direct the General Assembly to consider legislation that will reach a balanced budget with changes to our broken system, including property tax relief, job creation, term limits and spending caps.  
 
Should the General Assembly enact the compromise balanced budget plan prior to June 30th, the Governor will cancel any remaining special session days..

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Sundance Head Excited About Stop in Clinton Saturday

Sundance Head has burst on the national music scene with his unique sound and fun personality.
 
Head says he grew up around music and found a liking for all kinds of genres that formed his musical taste today.
 
 
Before he stops in Clinton Saturday, Head will be at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville. He says he'll be among some big time performers there and explains he always takes that time to take in everything they have to say.
 
 
Head's father was a performer but Sundance's story takes a while for him to gain momentum. He says he wanted to pave his own path rather than use the connections his father had from his performing days.
 
 
Sundance takes the Mr. Lincoln Square Stage Saturday evening. The Illinois Central Conductors take the stage to open for Head Saturday. 

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ANNUAL KID'S FISHING DERBY SATURDAY AT WELDON SPRINGS STATE PARK

Weldon Springs State Park will offer a Kids’ Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 17, 2017 to celebrate Free Fishing Days.  This year’s event is sponsored by The Weldon Springs Foundation, Inc. and Boy Scout Troop 142.  Registration will begin at 8:30 AM at the concession area.  The derby will run from 9 AM to 11 AM.  Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for number of fish caught from the bank in three age divisions: 6 and under, 7-8-9, and 10-11-12.  There is no registration fee.    No experience is needed and volunteers will be on hand to assist participants.  In the case of heavy rain or lightning, the event will be cancelled.
 
Free Fishing Days is an opportunity for those who want to give fishing a try, or those who haven’t fished for awhile, to experience the fun of one of our most popular forms of outdoor recreation.  Illinois and non-resident anglers can fish without purchasing annual fishing licenses, salmon stamps or inland trout stamps during the four-day Free Fishing Days promotion June 16-19, 2017.
 
For more information please call the Weldon Springs park office at 217-935-2644.

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Congressman Davis At Scene of Virginia Shooting, Escapes Without Harm; Wants Better Political Tone

For Congressman Rodney Davis, making it home after a morning "at bat" was a matter of life and death. He escaped injury in Alexandria, Virginia where police say a Belleville man targeted a practice for the Republican Congressional baseball team, firing dozens of shots, wounding five, including Congressman Steve Scalise. 
 
Davis ran to the safety of a dugout then a nearby apartment. Davis credits Capitol Police with saving the day and he has no words of forgiveness for suspected gunman James Hodgkinson of Belleville, who was later pronounced dead.
 
 
An emotional Davis thought the worst when a bullet struck the hip of Congressman Scalise.
 
 
He repeatedly called for an end to political hatefulness and he says rhetoric needs to change on all sides. . Davis is happy that this week's Congressional baseball game will go on as scheduled. 

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Republican Lawmakers Propose Budget, Reforms

REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ARE OFFERING A BUDGET AND REFORM PLAN THEY SAY WILL BREAK THE IMPASSE.
 
THE PROPOSAL INCLUDES A FOUR YEAR PROPERTY TAX FREEZE, FUNDING FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, PENSION AND WORKER’S COMPENSATION REFORM AND MORE. HOUSE MINORITY LEADER JIM DURKIN SAYS THEY AIMED TO INCLUDE COMPONENTS THAT EVERYONE CAN BACK.
 
 
ADDITIONALLY…IT WOULD PROVIDE FULL YEAR FUNDING FOR SOCIAL SERVICES SAYS REPRESENTATIVE PATTI BELLOCK OF WESTMONT.
 
 
THE G-O-P PLAN ALSO ADDRESSES SCHOOL FUNDING REFORM AND PLACES A CAP ON STATE SPENDING FOR FOUR YEARS.

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Outgoing Illinois FFA President Enjoyed His Term

Illinois FFA elects a new president this week in Springfield. The organization’s outgoing president—J.C. Campbell of Little York says he had a great year. 
 
 
Campbell will attend the University of Illinois in the fall. Among his most memorable experience the past year was participating in an international agriculture trip to South Africa. 
 
The new Illinois FFA president is elected Thursday morning. 

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Latest Pork Tour Leads To $3-Million in International Sales

The numbers are in for the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s latest pork tour. The event brings in international buyers says the agency’s Bobby Dowson.
 
 
The tour was last week and Dowson says some nice business was generated for the Illinois pork industry.
 
 
Among the tour stops are breeding farms, the Chicago Board of Trade and Mercantile Exchange along with the University of Illinois. 

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Congressman Bost Reacts To Shooting in Virginia, Addresses Tone

Perhaps no other Congressman is more familiar with the suspected shooter in today's incident at the GOP Congressional baseball practice in Northern Virginia than the man who represents the Belleville area, Republican Mike Bost of Murphysboro says all indications showed James Hodgkinson had politics in mind before opening fire on members of Congress.
 
 
Congressman Bost is concerned about the tone in Washington.....
 
 
Bost said his office has received 10 calls from Hodgkinson in the past year. Bost says none of the contact from the suspect led him to believe he was dangerous or threatening. 

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Monday Night Agriculture Accident Claims Life of Logan County Farmer

An agriculture accident Monday night claimed the life of a Logan County Farmer. 
 
43-year old Micah Wakeman's tractor rolled on an incline and trapped him underneath, killing him at the scene Monday night in northern Logan County north of Bethel Cemetery. 
 
Authorities say Wakeman was doing hay baling work and was pronounced dead at 1:21 am Tuesday morning. 
 
Wakeman was a 16-year veteran of the Decatur Fire Department. He was a father of four also served as a foster-parent. 
 
The Logan County Coroner is investigating the accident. 
 
Arrangements are pending at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski.

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HRC Updates Clinton Rotary

Despite some tough decisions almost a year ago, things are steadily getting better at the DeWitt County Human Resource Center.
 
That is the message from Stephanie Coonce at the DeWitt County Human Resource Center. She explained to the Clinton Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon, despite the loss of services, some things are returning to the community from other places.
 
 
Coonce emphasizes all their clients at HRC are adults. Everyone is over the age of 18 and says it does offend some of them when they get referred to as "kids".
 
 
Coonce hopes the public will consider what they are donating. She explains they are hoping for items that can be put out on their sales floor and not just thrown away once they receive it. 
 
 
Coonce notes the unemployment rate for someone with a disability is 70-percent because someone with a disability is often dismissed, but she points out their clients are learning new skills each day and says great things can happen if you give someone a chance. 

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The Vault Dinner and Auction Fundraiser this Weekend

The Vault is having a dinner and auction fundraiser this Saturday the 17th to add to their renovation funds.
 
There will be both silent and live auctions with items donated by members and businesses in the community such as Disney passes, YMCA Memberships and wedding cakes. According to Michelle Witzke, the silent auction will go on through the dinner with breaks through the live auction for you to check on your bids.
 
 
Ginny Carter adds that there are many ways to get tickets for the event. They would prefer if you got your tickets ahead of time, but will not turn you away if you show up the night of the event.
 
 
The event will be at the Wapella Community Center on 301 North Poplar Street in Wapella this Saturday. The dinner will begin at 5pm and the live auction at 6pm.
 
To find out more information or to purchase tickets, you can email them at thevaultclinton@gmail.com, visit The Vault's facebook page or give them a call at (309) 212-7332.

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Barclay Library Programs and Services

The purpose of your local public library is to meet the needs of your community.
 
In a world where more and more things occur online or are electronically based, the Barclay Library in Warrensburg has stepped up its game and according to Director, Lacey Wright, they are offering more and more digital services.
 
 
Programs and classes for both children and adults are big at the library right now. They've had classes on painting and cheese making, have had authors come to the library to speak and have recently started a senior lunch program.
 
 
Another service they offer is the fun, free, family friendly Barclay Backyard Theater the third Fridays in June, July and August. 
 
 
To learn more about events at the Barclay Public Library you can visit their website, www.barclay.lib.il.us, or give them a call at (217) 672-3621.

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Emerging Corn Feeling Impact of Dry June

The emerging corn crop doesn’t look very well in certain parts of the state. Chad Bell farms in Viola in Western Illinois. He describes what his conditions look like.
 
 
He’s hoping for some relief soon.
 
 
The last measurable rainfall for Bell occurred 19 days ago—only two-tenths of an inch. 

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Durbin Lashes Out At Trump Cuts To Humanitarian, Development Assistance

Senator Dick Durbin grilled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on proposed cuts to the international affairs budget, namely humanitarian and development assistance.
 
 
Durbin argued that the proposed cuts would make the world less safe and undermine U.S. global leadership on refugees, global education, emergency food aid, and the fight against poverty. Durbin noted more than 20 million people face famine and starvation in Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Somalia. Meanwhile, a record-breaking 65 million people – including 11 million Syrians – are displaced. 

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Duckworth Not For Privatizing Air Traffic Control

Senator Tammy Duckworth says the nation's air traffic control system should remain a public enterprise. 
 
She expressed her opposition to President Trump's proposed privatizing of air traffic control towers while questioning Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
 
 
Moving governance of air traffic control from the FAA to a private corporation would increase the nation's budget deficit by 46 billion dollars over the next decade. 

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Blue Ridge Schools to Change Food Service

With many students deciding not to buy school lunch, one local school district is looking into changing their cafeteria service.
 
Susan Wilson, superintendent of Blue Ridge schools, says that the participation in the Blue Ridge lunch program has decreased in recent years. Wilson indicates that she and the food service director performed an extensive evaluation of the school lunch program.
 
 
The Blue Ridge school district for years have operated their own cafeteria program. The misnomer of school lunches did not apply to the Blue Ridge school lunches. Due to federal regulations, the cafeteria program had to start to incorporate already prepared food service. 
 
 
Wilson hopes they can increase school lunch participation while also staying in step with the federal guidelines.

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