Just less than a week ago it was announced that the Walmart Corporate office had made the decision to close the Clinton Walmart.
Many members of the community have reached out to Walmart Corporate including some city officials including Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marian Brisard.
Brisard says she'll miss Walmart both as a member of the Chamber and as a local citizen.
The Clinton Walmart is scheduled to close July 20.
The DeWitt County Board held their monthly county board meeting last week. One topic on the agenda under public safety put to motion the appointing of a new Emergency Management Coordinator. Current EMA Coordinator Teresa Barnett is set to retire at the end of August.
Chairman of the Board David Newberg says Barnett will definitely be missed.
The board approved the motion to appoint Kurt Tweedy as EMA Coordinator.
Tweedy will be named EMA Coordinator upon successful completion of a background check, pre-employment physical and drug screening.
The Clinton Community School District held their monthly board meeting last week wrapping up the 2017-18 school year.
Superintendent Curt Nettles stopped by the WHOW Morning Show and explained how at each June board meeting a look at amending the budget is always on the agenda.
Mr. Nettles says this school year the district was able to manage a solid budget and should finish in the black.
The Clinton School District Board of Education will not meet in July.
One local business is partnering with The Write Stuff for Kids to collect much needed school supplies for children in DeWitt County.
Edward Jones, located on the square in downtown Clinton, is a drop off location. Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, Bryce Starkey, says it's a great feeling supporting the children in the community. Especially when children are in a situation they have no control over.
The president of The Write Stuff for Kids, Helen Michelassi, says, "our work would not be possible without the help of our community partners. It takes a great deal of effort to cover what's needed for this project." Michelassi is thankful for Edward Jones and the community's help.
Each year The Write Stuff for Kids provides supplies for over 400 Clinton students. Supplies may be dropped of at Edward Jones weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm at 707 Northside Square in downtown Clinton through July 25.
The Miller Park Zoo is known for patrons going to see all types of animals and view some of their favorite creatures. Now zoo goers can also enjoy another summer activity while making the trip to the Miller Park Zoo.
Zoo Superintendent Jay Tetzloff says adding more entertainment and family fun is a goal of emphasis to attract and keep patrons coming to Miller Park Zoo. More information on the Miller Park Zoo can be found at bloomingtonparks.org.
The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) is weighing in on Thursday's United State’s Supreme Court’s ruling which will allow states to collect internet sales tax. IRMA President and CEO Rob Karr is excited about the level playing field for retailers with a bricks and mortar presence...
Karr says Illinois is in a great position to quickly put the ruling to use...
Experts believe the ruling could bring another $200 million a year in revenue to Illinois.
The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index measured above growth
neutral in June for a fifth straight month. This is the first time since
July 2015 the survey has recorded five straight months of overall indices
above growth neutral, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in
rural areas of a Midwest dependent on agriculture. However, the overall
index slid slightly to 56.1 from 56.3 in May. Further, organizers caution
that “the negative impacts of recent trade skirmishes has yet to show up”
in the survey results. As part of the survey, bankers responses project
farmland prices to sink by another 2.1 percent over the next year, and the
confidence index, which reflects expectations for the economy six months
out, fell to 48.8 from May’s 50.0, indicating declining economic optimism
among bankers. Bankers also say in the survey that over the past month
borrowing by farmers expanded, as the loan-volume index rose to 76.3 from
74.3 in May.
IT’S BEEN A WARM, WET JUNE SO FAR IN ILLINOIS
STATE CLIMATOLOGIST JIM ANGEL SAYS TEMPS HAVE BEEN MORE THAN FOUR DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL THIS MONTH.
PRECIPITATION IS ALSO ABOVE NORMAL…BUT VARIES WIDELY ACROSS THE STATE. PARTS OF NORTHERN AND EAST-CENTRAL ILLINOIS HAVE RECEIVED AS MUCH AS 11 INCHES OF RAIN WHILE WESTERN AND FAR SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ARE MUCH DRIER.
The House Thursday approved a farm bill that will help farmers weather
the current economic storm they are facing. NAFB's Micheal Clements has
Senator Dick Durbin says the story is far from over after President Trump's executive order on separation of families at the southern border. In a speech on the Senate Floor, Durbin said the executive order lacks teeth to prevent separation...
Durbin says the three-page executive order also doesn't set the stage for reunited families...
Durbin says President Trump's Executive Order attempts to overturn the Flores Settlement, a 1997 court order that set minimum standards for the detention, housing, and release of non-citizen children who are detained by the U.S. government and requires the government to pursue a general policy of releasing children.
The European Union's response to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs take effect today (Friday). The EU will be charging import duties of 25 percent on a range of U.S. goods. Reuters reports that the European Commission formally adopted a law putting in place the duties on 2.8 billion euros, or $3.2 billion, worth of U.S. goods, including steel and aluminum products, farm produce such as sweetcorn and peanuts, bourbon, jeans, and motorcycles. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom stated “we do not want to be in this position,” but adds the U.S. “left the EU with no choice.” President Trump ended an exemption from the tariffs for the EU, along with Canada and Mexico, earlier this month. Canada will impose tariffs on $12.5 billion of U.S. goods, while Mexico has already implemented tariffs on U.S. products, including steel, pork, and bourbon.
THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL IN ALL OF THE STATE’S 14 METRO AREAS FOR THE THIRD MONTH IN A ROW.
THE JOBLESS RATE WAS DOWN IN MAY COMPARED TO YEAR-AGO LEVELS SAYS ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH (goff). ADDITIONALLY…THERE WAS JOB GROWTH IN 11 METRO AREAS.
AREAS THAT LOST JOBS OVER THE MONTH INCLUDE CARBONDALE-MARION, SPRINGFIELD, AND DANVILLE.
On Wednesday the Walmart Corporate office announced they would be closing their store in Clinton by mid-July.
For many within the Clinton community, this came as a shock, including city officials.
City Administrator Tim Followell says when Walmart Corporate told city officials their Clinton location no longer fit their model officials had to decide for themselves what that exactly meant.
Over 70 employees will no longer have work which is a pressing concern for those both with the city council and county government.
While the city feels confident finding a new tenant to fill the vacant space, there still will be a hit for the community.
The Walmart is scheduled to close on July 20.
Most people will let old bank statements or tax returns lay around the house and not know how to dispose of them safely.
The Barclay Public Library is providing a service to help dispose of those sensitive documents.
Wright explains how the shredding service came to fruition.
The shred day will take place this Saturday at the Barclay Public Library.
A taste of the medieval times is returning to the Peoria area. The annual Olde English Faire will take place this weekend at the Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City. Marketing coordinator Eva Kirschbaum explains what patrons can expect at the event.
Kirschbaum also explains a new event feature coming to the Faire this year.
Tickets for the King's Feast will go off sale at midnight tonight. For more information on events happening at the Old English Faire visit WildlifePrairiePark.org.
GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER SAYS THE STATE’S NEW ADOPTION TAX CREDIT WILL HELP PROVIDE MORE CHILDREN WITH LOVING HOMES.
THE INITIATIVE IS INCLUDED IN THE NEW STATE BUDGET AND MAKES ILLINOIS A NATIONAL LEADER SAYS GOVERNOR RAUNER.
THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE CREDIT INCREASED IN THE FUTURE TO HELP KEEP ADOPTION AFFORDABLE AND SAYS HE’S WORKING TO STREAMLINE THE ADOPTION PROCESS.
THIS IS WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH AND THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT ON AGING IS URGING THE PUBLIC TO REPORT SUSPECTED CASES OF ABUSE. THE STATE RESPONDED TO MORE THAN 16 THOUSAND CASES OF SUSPECTED ABUSE, NEGLECT AND FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION LAST YEAR. DEPARTMENT ON AGING DIRECTOR JEAN BOHNOFF SAYS THERE IS OFTEN MORE THAN ONE TYPE OF ABUSE GOING ON.
IF YOU SUSPECT ABUSE…CALL THE 24-HOUR ELDER ABUSE HOTLINE AT: 866-800-1409.
LAWMAKERS ARE HEARING TESTIMONY FROM VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND ARE PREPARING LEGISLATION TO PROTECT STUDENTS STATEWIDE.
HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS LISTENED TO MOVING TESTIMONY FROM TWO VICTIMS WHO SAID SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS DIDN’T CALL THE POLICE AND MADE THEM FEEL LIKE THEY WERE IN THE WRONG. REPRESENTATIVE CAMILLE LILLY OF OAK PARK PRAISED THE VICTIMS FOR THEIR BRAVERY AND SAID THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED.
OTHERS DISCUSSED STUDENTS NEEDING AN ADVOCATE TO HELP THEM THROUGH THE PROCESS OF REPORTING ABUSE. MORE HEARINGS ARE LIKELY THIS SUMMER.
Information continues to be disseminated regarding the nation’s ongoing opioid epidemic and numbers are showing a staggering impact in rural areas and farm country. The American Farm Bureau Federation commissioned a survey on the issue late last year and numbers are concerning says AFBF’s Ray Atkinson.
AFBF has since teamed up with National Farmers Union in an effort called Farm Town Strong, with the goal of bringing awareness to the issue.
The campaign aims to provide resources and information to help those in rural areas impacted by the epidemic, and one of the tools is a website, “www.FarmTownStrong.org”.
The Clinton Community Unit School District held their Board of Education meeting earlier this week, wrapping up items from this past school year.
On the agenda were a wide variety of approvals for new employees within the district, along with amending the district budget.
In new business, several different salary compensation increases were approved, including support staff and several administrators who will earn a 2.1% increase.
Superintendent Curt Nettles stopped by the WHOW Morning Show and explained a new salary structure that will be incorporated for district aides this coming school year.
Nettles says the reasoning for the salary restructures especially for teaching aides is to keep up with competition in surrounding school districts.
A new category system will determine the pay level of each teaching aide throughout the district.
The Clinton School District Board of Education will not meet next month.
Earlier this year it was decided by the team at Dance Xtreme in Clinton that space was at a limit and expanding their dance studio was a key priority.
Dance Xtreme owner Kim Alexander says the dance studio will expand into part of the old First National Bank and Trust building on the south side of Mr. Lincoln's Square.
Alexander says that expanding into the entire space would be a possibility down the road. To find out more about Dance Xtreme visit xtremedancer.com.
Each year there are new baby animals born of all different species at zoos around the world. Here in central Illinois, there was a special birth at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington.
Zoo superintendent Jay Tetzloff says one of the births earlier this April was only the second in the zoo's history.
Tetzloff adds there was also another birth just shortly after the new Lemar.
Being able to provide interesting animals not only for zoo patrons but also giving these animals a place to live is a big part of the mission at Miller Park Zoo.
To find out more about the Miller Park Zoo visit bloomingtonparks.org.
With the coming school year, the IHSA expects to receive much attention over a district scheduling proposal for high school football. Jim Taylor reports.
How can school resource officers be funded across Illinois? State Senator Chuck Weaver of Peoria says he supports legislation that would allow counties the option to pass a 1-percent public safety sales tax—through referendum—with proceeds specifically used for school resource officers.
Weaver hosted a town hall meeting in his district Tuesday night where he was asked about the issue.
With a recent decision by the SIU Board of Trustees to block additional funding for the Edwardsville campus, State Representative Katie Stuart of Edwardsville is calling on the Illinois State Board of Higher Education to conduct an independent study into the funding split. Southern Illinois University trustees recently voted down a request from SIUE Chancellor Randall Pembrook to shift more funding away from Carbondale and toward the Edwardsville campus. Stuart says the petition drive is a step toward getting more information on the big picture.
In addition, Stuart is backing measures calling for the split of the two schools into two separate entities with two separate boards of trustees, and an equal 50/50 split in state funding.
For over 80 years June has been designated as National Dairy Month and it's been a time to honor dairy farmers for their contributions to the nation's economy and health.
When it comes to dairy nutritionally, Monica Nyman a nutritionist with the St. Louis District Dairy Council says most Americans aren't getting their full dairy serving each day.
There are nine essential nutrients in dairy servings including milk, yogurt and chesse. There is also a great amount of protein in dairy, esspecially with milk.
Nyman also makes the point that dairy is around us a lot closer than we may think.
More information on June Dairy Month and nutritional information on dairy can be found at stldairycouncil.org.
There is currently a boil order for the area of Violet Valley to Revere Rd including Evans and Stone. If you have any questions please call 934-3432 during business hours.
On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at approximately 9:33 p.m., Bloomington Police responded to 1407 N. Veterans Parkway, Papa John’s Pizza for an armed robbery.
It was reported a black male entered the store, displayed a firearm, and demanded money from an employee. After the employee was not able to access the money, the suspect damaged a monitor and fled north on foot.
No injuries were reported from the incident.
The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5’1” in height and unknown weight.
The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is asked to contact BPD Detective Curt Maas at (309) 434-2534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Walmart Corporate office has announced that the Clinton Walmart will close its doors starting July 20.
Walmart corporate director of communications Anne Hatfield says the decision to close came from several different factors.
The store and pharmacy will close on the same date, as pharmacists will look to help those with current prescriptions.
Hatfield says the main focus is now helping those associates in finding other positions.
The Clinton Walmart opened in 1983.
A boil order has been issued for parts of Clinton Wednesday.
The area of E Washington Street to E Jefferson Street from Taylor Street to the railroad tracks to the west. If you have any questions, please call (217) 935-3432.
With several local roads getting summer work done by the Clinton Public Works Department in the coming weeks, there is a major road rehabilitation in the design phases.
Public Works director Steve Lobb says the plan could possibly get underway in 2019.
Lobb explains this project has been in the designing phases because of new compliance laws.
While funding can be tight and with costs higher in order to be ADA compliant, the public works department has had to brainstorm other resources for spending.
The Public Works Department hopes the Center Street rehabilitation would get underway in 2019.
On Monday, June 18, 2018, at approximately 2:43 p.m., Bloomington Police Officers responded to 311 Riley Drive for the report of a subject shot.
Officers arrived on scene and discovered three adult male victims, who were declared deceased at the scene. One additional victim, a 4-year-old male was found with a gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital by Bloomington Fire. The 4-year-old male was then life-flighted to a Peoria, Illinois hospital. Family members stated the 4-year-old is now in stable condition.
On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis identified the three deceased males as Corey D. Jackson, age 22, of Bloomington, Nathaniel A. Pena, age 22, of Bloomington, and Juan C. Perez-Macedo, age 33, of Bloomington.
On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Coroner Davis stated an autopsy was conducted and preliminary autopsy findings indicate that Corey Jackson, Nathaniel Pena, and Juan Perez-Macedo succumbed to injuries from being shot. Toxicology results are pending.
The Bloomington Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is conducting the investigation with the McLean County Coroner’s Office.
No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting and no further details are available at this time.
With flowers blossomed summer conditions here, there are plenty of events happening each weekend around central Illinois.
The Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center will host many events throughout the summer, but start with a hiking event this weekend.
Richie Wolf is the Nature Center manager at Rock Springs, as he explains another event for children also taking place this weekend.
For more information on Rock Springs visit maconcountyconservation.com.
The runners you may see crossing northern Illinois this week are taking turns running 6,000 miles across the country. George Lutz founded Honor and Remember which is organizing America’s Run for the Fallen. Every mile or so, runners stop for a ceremony to honor some of the 20,000 service members killed since the U.S.S. Cole bombing in 2000.
You’ll see different numbers of runners at different times. Lutz says they're taking turns resting in the motorcade between stops.
Lutz says anyone can offer support for gasoline, lodging, and other needs online at “www dot honor and remember dot org”. The runners entered Illinois last Thursday after leaving Burlington, Iowa. They went to Galesburg, then to Princeton, and were to stop in Marseilles Monday night after running all day from the Spring Valley area along U.S. 6. Their route is to be on rural highways south of Marseilles and Seneca on to Illinois 113 south of Wilmington and east to Kankakee. Then they'll run to Indiana today.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced a series of agriculture grants. He says over a third of the 16 million dollars will go toward ensuring farm fields have a great foundation....
Rauner describes the fate of the remainder of the money....
County fair grants will help operations at the fairs and may be used to support critical facility rehabilitation needs. A University of Illinois study shows the state's county fairs generate more than $90 million annually and create more than 1,000 jobs each summer.
PLANS FOR THE DISCOVERY PARTNERS INSTITUTE IN CHICAGO ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH STATE SUPPORT AND NEW CORPORATE AND ACADEMIC PARTNERS.
THE INSTITUTE WILL BE AN INNOVATION CENTER LED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SYSTEM. THE NEW STATE BUDGET INCLUDES MONEY FOR THE PROJECT WHICH GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER SAYS IT’S THE KEY TO MAKING ILLINOIS A NATIONAL LEADER IN INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH.
THE PROJECT HAS SECURED IT’S FIRST CORPORATE PARTNER…O-S-F HEALTHCARE…AND TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY WILL COLLABORATE WITH RESEARCHERS AND ENTREPRENEURS HERE IN ILLINOIS.
Some relief from heat advisories and excessive heat warnings on the way. It’s still going to be warm, but rain is expected in most parts of the state over the next seven days says agriculture meteorologist Eric Schmidt of EJS Weather in Newton.
Schmidt anticipates temperatures to be more in the average range during July.
CROP CONDITIONS ARE DECLINING A BIT AS HOT WEATHER PERSISTS ACROSS ILLINOIS.
THE AVERAGE STATEWIDE TEMPERATURE THIS PAST WEEK WAS NEARLY 77 DEGREES…AND TOPSOIL MOISTURE LEVELS DIPPED TO FOUR PERCENT VERY SHORT, 16 PERCENT SHORT, 68 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 12 PERCENT SURPLUS. CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER SAYS WINTER WHEAT HARVESTING JUMPED AHEAD TO 30 PERCENT COMPLETE.
93 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS HAVE EMERGED AND THREE PERCENT ARE BLOOMING. 77 PERCENT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP AND 81 PERCENT OF CORN IS IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION…ALSO DOWN A LITTLE FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK.
Gov. Bruce Rauner is weighing in on the separation of children and parents at the southern U.S. border.....
When asked about potentially responding to White House requests to send National Guard troops to help patrol the southern border, Rauner said he isn't thinking about that right now.
Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost says fixes to the nation's immigration issues need to be addressed sooner rather than later, and in a bipartisan manner. Recently, much attention has been given to the separation of children from their parents as families are caught entering the country illegally at the Mexico border. Bost says while it's getting a lot of attention right now, it's not a new development.
He reminds that if a citizen of the United States commits a crime and they have their children with them, the children will be separated from the parents for a period of time.
This Saturday marks that start of the Summer Concert Series on Mr. Lincoln's Square in downtown Clinton.
Police Chief Ben Lowers describes the lineup for the opening weekend.
The concert series has been able to draw up and coming acts such as Lauren Alaina and Sundance Head over the last several years.
More information on the Summer Concert Series can be found at clintonrec.com.
With the help of the DeWitt County community, United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois (UWDMI) will increase investment in multiple agency programs in DeWitt County that are changing lives and moving individuals towards self-sufficiency and independent living.
Eight different programs will receive the full amount of investment they requested from the United Way for one year. James Keith is the Community Impact Director at UWDMI as he says the contributions made are all due to generosity from those in the community.
Programs such as Dove Inc.'s Domestic Violence Program, American Red Cross’s Disaster Services Program, Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program, Clinton Community YMCA’s Grow the Impact Program, DeWitt County Human Resource Center’s Developmental Training Program, Boy Scouts of America – W.D. Boyce Council’s Comprehensive Youth Development Program, DeWitt County Friendship Center’s Senior Programming, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central IL’s Mentor Program have all received full funding for one year.
Keith says the overall impact these donations make will not be forgotten.
DeWitt County agencies will need to apply for funding in the spring of 2019 in order for their programs to be considered for investment again.
Yesterday at approximately 2:43 p.m., Bloomington Police Officers responded to 311 Riley Drive for the report of a subject shot.
Officers arrived on scene and discovered three adult male victims, who were declared deceased at the scene. One additional victim, a 4-year-old male was found with a gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital by Bloomington Fire. The 4-year-old male was then life-flighted to a Peoria, Illinois area hospital in critical condition.
Representatives from the McLean County Coroner’s office responded to the scene. McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis pronounced one of the males deceased at 4:08 p.m. and the other two males were pronounced deceased at 4:16 p.m. The names of the decedents are being withheld at this time pending notification of family. Autopsies are scheduled for today.
The Bloomington Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is conducting the investigation along with the McLean County Coroner’s office.
No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting and the motive is unknown at this time.
The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is asked to contact BPD.
Since 2011, the Let's Keep Decatur Bee-utiful contest has looked to find the most curb appealing businesses in the area. Each year local businesses can participate in the free contest as Co-chair of the event Jill Davis talks about the legacy of the competition.
Davis explains that the judging takes place over a three day period with a total of nine judges. Criteria for judging includes five areas with a possibility of 30 points. Areas include well-maintained landscaping, no litter around the entire perimeter, well-maintained facade, well-maintained hardscape, and a WOW factor.
This year there were over 100 businesses that entered the competition, as Davis says the growth of the event has continued to multiply.
The 2018 Let's Keep Decatur Bee-utiful winners will be recognized today with a presentation of awards. Awards include gift cards to the top-3 finishers in each category and all winners receive a custom trophy courtesy of Caterpillar.
A full list of the 2018 Let's Keep Decatur Bee-utiful award winners can be found at beautifuldecaturbusiness.com.
Millikin University will host the 39th annual Showchoir Camps of America (SCA) this week on the Millikin campus. The event hosts approximately 800 students, as Director of Public Safety Chris Ballard says there will be increased pedistrian traffic over the next couple weeks.
Throughout the camps, Millikin University Police will be conducting proactive patrols focused on pedestrian and vehicle safety on the streets mentioned.
A DESIGN FROM A DOWNSTATE COLLEGE STUDENT IS THE WINNER OF STATE TREASURER MIKE FRERICHS’ ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL COIN CONTEST.
THE WINNER IS 21-YEAR-OLD HAYDEN SCHUMER OF CHATHAM WHOSE DESIGN, CALLED “THE FIRST 200” FEATURES DEPICTIONS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, CHICAGO's WILLIS TOWER, THE STATE CAPITOL, ROUTE 66 AND MORE. TREASURER MIKE FRERICHS SAYS SCHUMER’S WORK WAS CHOSEN FROM ABOUT 30 SUBMISSIONS.
THE DESIGN WILL BE MINTED IN SILVER ON ONE SIDE OF THE COIN. THE OTHER SIDE WILL HAVE THE STATE SEAL. YOU CAN PRE-ORDER THE COMMEMORATIVE COIN FOR $45 AND THEY WILL BE SHIPPED OUT AROUND AUGUST FIRST. VISIT ILLINOIS TREASURER DOT GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.
With the month of June being dedicated to dairy, there are many people who don't get a full serving of dairy each day. According to Monica Nyman from the St. Louis Dairy Council, the average person only consumes two servings of dairy each day when the recommended serving is three. Nyman suggests substituting other beverges during meals such as sodas and sports drinks.
There are also other ways to incorporate dairy into meal plans such as through snacks and other beverage items.
More recipes and meal plan options for including more dairy into everyday diets can be found at stldairycouncil.org.
Several members in the U.S. House of Representatives from the State of Illinois sent a letter to President Donald Trump airing their concerns with any pardon given to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rep. Rodney Davis was one who signed and sent the letter, as he feels the former governor shouldn't be given any reprieve for the crimes he committed...
Other Republican Members who signed the letter included Reps. Darin LaHood, John Shimkus, Peter Roskam, Randy Hultgren, Adam Kinzinger, and Mike Bost.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is taking on skyrocketing prescription drug costs. In a visit to Peoria's OSF Children's Hospital, he called for increased transparency from pharmaceutical companies when advertising directly to consumers......
While they are dramatically increasing prices on patients and the federal government, Durbin says the pharmaceutical industry spends more than $5 billion on advertising drugs to consumers and more than $20 billion in aggressive marketing to prescribers. Durbin says soaring prescription costs for Vitamin K are one example of the problem.....
Durbin is also calling for the Food and Drug Administration to intervene when it comes to shortages of EpiPens and other critical medicines.
Every year the Clinton Public Works Department will get underway on their summer maintenance program. Public Works director Steve Lobb explains the process for undergoing work on local streets throughout Clinton.
The oil and chip work is planned to begin sometime during the July-August time period. The following areas are on the list for oil and chip renovation.
There is also a larger road work plan for the upcoming months looking to help beautify one of the busiest areas in town.
The Public Works Department plans on having the oil and chip road work done before schools return to session in August.
Dairy is a large part of the nations food supply, as consumers who indulge in products like milk, cheese, and yogurt all are consuming dairy.
Monica Nyman is a registered dietitian and works with the St. Louis District Dairy Council to help promote dairy and connect people with where their food comes from. She explains some of the reasons why this month is dedicated to dairy.
The St. Louis District Dairy Council also focuses on recognizing dairy farmers for their efforts in producing to the nation's economy and health. More information on June Dairy Month can be found at stldairycouncil.org.
St. Sen. Sue Rezin says Illinois needs to work harder to keep high school students from going to college in other states. The Morris Republican says when students leave, they start to build lives in those other places and are less likely to come back.
A bill that Rezin sponsored would provide four-year MAP—Monetary Award Program—grants so students have certainty from year to year. It also provides money for college scholarships and other funding to try to keep universities from raising tuition.
GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS HIGHLIGHTING HOW THE STATE IS TACKLING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN ILLINOIS. THERE’S THE “WARM-HANDOFF” INITIATIVE, AIMED AT GETTING OPIOID OVERDOSE VICTIMS ACCESS TO TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY...THE STATE’S OPIOID HOTLINE AND THE USE OF NARCAN TO COUNTERACT AN O-D SAYS GOVERNOR RAUNER.
THE STATE IS ALSO LAUNCHING A NEW WEBSITE: HELPLINE IL DOT ORG WHERE YOU OR A LOVED ON CAN FIND HELP FOR AN ADDICTION. THE OPIOID HOTLINE NUMBER IS: 1-833-2FINDHELP.
THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY IN SPRINGFIELD IS OFFERING WALKING TOURS THIS SUMMER EXPLORING THE COURTSHIP AND MARRIAGE OF THE LINCOLNS.
THE “ABE AND MARY: QUITE CONTRARY” WALKING TOUR TAKES VISITORS TO SITES THAT WERE IMPORTANT DURING THEIR ROMANCE SAYS LIBRARY SPOKESPERSON CHRIS WILLS.
THE FREE TOUR WILL BE OFFERED EVERY TUESDAY AT 10 A-M AND 1:30 P-M THIS JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST. THOSE INTERESTED ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE ONLINE AT: PRESIDENT LINCOLN DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.
Six Illinois communities have been chosen to host a new exhibit developed by the Smithsonian Institution. It's part of the group's "Museum on Main Street" series. The communities selected include Atlanta in Logan County, Marshall in Clark County, Shelbyville in Shelby County, Sycamore in DeKalb County, Winchester in Scott County, and Chester in Randolph County where it will begin first, shortly after Labor Day. Tammy Grah (Gr-AH) leads the effort to host the exhibit in Chester;
The federal and state-funded Illinois Humanities, the entity which selected the host-communities, says the exhibit will aim to examine the impact of rural American culture on the identity of the U-S. Each Illinois community selected must create a local exhibit as well, and Chester plans to focus on the first capital of Illinois, Kaskaskia, local industry and farms;
The exhibit entitled, "Crossroads: Change in Rural America," will start in the southwest Illinois town of Chester on September 8th. The five other Illinois communities chosen will each host it for about two months, all the way through next June.
With the historic Singapore Summit taking place last week, there is a feeling of hope when it comes to denuclearizing North Korea.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says there is a good sentiment in Washington with what President Donald Trump was able to accomplish, but he is indifferent if the North Korean government will hold their end of the bargain.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will lead the negotiations to determine the denuclearization process.
The National Fire Protection Association released their annual U.S. Firefighter Fatalities report, which indicated a total of 60 U.S. firefighter fatalities while on duty in 2017.
The 60 fatalities represent the lowest total reported since 1977 according to NFPA's manager of fire databases and systems Rita Fahy (FAY-he)...
Overexertion, stress and medical issues accounted for more than half of the deaths this year, while the number of fatalities caused by vehicle collisions was six higher than the 30 year average of four. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, two firefighter fatalities occured this past year in Illinois.
It was a successful year for the Clinton chapter of the FFA.
Section Reporter Tennyson Kern received her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) in Equine Entrepreneurship and is in the top three Section Reporters in the state. Kern adds that four people received their State FFA Degree: Megan Finfrock, Anna Mills, Kinser Wargle, and Emma Moore.
Kern indicates that the chapter is very pleased with how they did at this year's State Convention, even more so knowing that it is Chapter Advisor Jamison Holt's last year with the Clinton FFA and that they can send him off with pride.
Chapter Treasurer, Krayton Carter, got his SAE in Beef Entrepreneurship and plans to continue his involvement in FFA next year.
For a full list of American and State FFA Degrees, you can go to the Clinton FFA Alumni Facebook page.
A 2016 Southeast High School graduate and Springfield, Illinois, native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Assault Craft Unit FOUR (ACU 4), one of the Navy’s most advanced amphibious warfare units.
Fireman Antonia Thomas is a gas turbine systems technician (mechanical) with the group operating out of Virginia Beach,Virginia.
A Navy gas turbine systems technician (mechanical) is responsible for making sure the main propulsion machinery is working properly throughout the boat.
ACU 4 is one of the components of Naval Beach Group TWO (NBG 2).
Commissioned in 1948, just after World War II, NBG 2 trains and equips military forces for deployment overseas. Sailors with NBG 2 serve a vital role in the Navy our nation needs by ensuring that amphibious operations remain ready to defend and protect America at all times.
ACU 4 operates landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) vehicles, which are designed to transport personnel and equipment from surface ships to shore.
The exercises and real-world operations that ACU 4 Sailors participate in include evacuation of American citizens from a hostile territory, delivery of food and medical supplies after a natural disaster, and many other tasks that involve movement from ships off-shore to the beach, according to Navy officials.
Though there are many ways for a sailor to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Thomas is most proud of being the only one who left her hometown and was successful.
While serving in the Navy may present many challenges, Thomas said they have found many great rewards.
Some local youth recently took home awards at the 2018 Central Illinois Angus Association Preview Show, June 1, in Bloomington.
The American Angus Association reports Dameron Northern Frontier earned grand champion bull honors after first winning junior champion. Jack Dameron, Towanda, Ill., owns the January 2017 son of DDA Dameron Northern Light.
FCF Blackbird 658 was named reserve grand champion female after first winning senior champion. Sierra Day, Cerro Gordo, Ill., owns the September 2016 daughter of PVF Surveillance 4129.
Schafers Prince Harry 7308 won grand champion steer. Eric Schafer, Owaneco, Ill., owns the March 2017 son of BSF Hot Lotto 1401.
FCF Proven Queen 632 won reserve grand champion cow-calf pair. Sierra Day, Cerro Gordo, Ill., owns the March 2016 daughter of EXAR Blue Chip 1877B. A March 2018 heifer calf sired by PVF Insight 0129 completes the winning pair.
Angus enthusiasts led 192 entries through the show. Jim Pipkin, of Republic, Missouri., evaluated the 20 bulls, 157 females, 11 steers and four cow-calf pairs.
THE C-D-C IS INVESTIGATING A MULTI-STATE SALMONELLA OUTBREAK LINKED TO KELLOGG’S HONEY SMACK CEREAL.
73 CASES FROM 31 STATES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED SO FAR…INCLUDING ONE IN ILLINOIS. STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SPOKESPERSON MELANEY ARNOLD SAYS SYMPTOMS OF SALMONELLA POISONING USUALLY SHOW UP 12 TO 72 HOURS AFTER EATING CONTAMINATED FOOD.
ARNOLD RECOMMENDS CHECKING YOUR PANTRY FOR ANY BOXES OF KELLOGG’S HONEY SMACK CEREAL AND THROWING THEM OUT…EVEN IF YOU’VE ALREADY EATEN SOME AND HAVEN’T GOTTEN SICK.
GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS ANNOUNCING 16 MILLION DOLLARS IN AGRICULTURE GRANTS FOR ILLINOIS COMMUNITIES.
GOVERNOR RAUNER SAYS THE MONEY INCLUDES SIX MILLION DOLLARS FOR SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS AROUND THE STATE WHICH WORK TO PROTECT ILLINOIS FARMLAND. THERE’S ALSO MONEY FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION SERVICE.
THE REMAINING FIVE MILLION IS FOR COUNTRY FAIRS. MORE THAN 54 THOUSAND DOLLARS WILL BE SENT TO EACH OF THE 92 COUNTY FAIRS AROUND THE STATE FOR OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE NEEDS.
Mexico is turning to the European Union and Latin America to offset any
potential declines in U.S. pork imports. Mexico recently announced a 20
percent tariff on U.S. pork shoulders and legs starting next month in
response to steel and aluminum tariffs placed on Mexico by the Trump
administration. Mexican officials told Politico the nation will allow
350,000 tons of pork from all countries to ensure “that its consumers do
not face shortages.” Experts predict the quota will be quickly filled by
the European Union and Latin America. U.S. pork will still be able to
compete under the quota but is expected to see a sharp loss in sales from
the Mexican tariffs. The United States sent 25 percent of its total pork
exports to Mexico last year. Meanwhile EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil
Hogan said “if Trump does not want to do business, the EU is ready and
U.S. tractor and combine sales increased last month, according to the
latest monthly measure by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The
association’s monthly report shows sales of all tractors in the U.S.
during May increased 17 percent compared to the same month last year. For
the five months in 2018, a total of 96,700 tractors were sold which
compares to 92,100 sold through May 2017, representing a five percent
increase for the year. Farmers purchased 20 percent more two drive
tractors under 40 horsepower in May, compared to last year, along with 20
percent more two-wheel-drive 100-plus horsepower tractors. However, sales
of four-wheel drive tractors were down six percent for the month. For the
year, two-wheel drive tractors under 40 horsepower are up six percent from
last year, and sales of four-wheel drive tractors are up two percent.
Combine sales were up 52 percent for the month. Sales of combines for the
year total 1,550 compared to 1,225 in 2017, a 27 percent increase.
Cooling Centers Open June 15, June 16 & June 18, 2018
NWS HEAT ADVISORY NOON TO 1:00PM TODAY, JUNE 15 THRU 7:00PM June 18, 2018
Increasing heat and humidity are forecasted with temperatures over 90 degrees and high humidity. This mix of heat and humidity will push Heat Indexes to 100 – 105 degrees through Monday.
**DeWitt County Friendship Center – 410 E. Main, Clinton
Monday - Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm
**Vespasian Warner Public Library – 310 N. Quincy, Clinton
Monday -Thursday – 9:00am – 8:00pm
Friday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am – 4:00pm
**No drinks or snacks are allowed at the library**
Millikin University has been named the top college in Illinois for helping students land a job after graduation according to Zippia, a career advice website dedicated to helping recent college graduates with their career choices.
Zippia identified the best colleges for employment in each state by using the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
Pam Folger is the director for Professional Performance at Millikin, as she explains the career planning process begins right as students arrive at the university.
Folger gave some of the key tools students use to land jobs after graduation and how her department feels seeing the success of their alumni.
Last year, 99.2 percent of Millikin graduates gained employment or continued their education within six months of graduation.
Sometimes people don't always get the best start in life and they need help to find the right path.
Community Action Partnership here in Central Illinois looks to help those who may need extra guidance, from everything such as their food co-op program to classes on learning how to manage money more wisely.
Craig Farnam is the director of the food co-op program and he explains how members receive products through the service.
Along with the food co-op, Community Action also offers classes on the right way to handle yourself in a professional standard.
Mike Robbins is a family service worker for Community Action, as he says he's been able to see first-hand the impact these classes have made.
For more information on the Community Action Partnership here in Central Illinois visit www.capcil.info.
The warm weather is here to stay in the area, with anticipated weekend weather in the 90's. With the hot temperatures, its advised that certain precautions are taken in order to avoid heat-related instances.
Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers says there's also the issue of pets getting overheated, especially if left inside a vehicle.
Chief Lowers also encourages extra precaution while traveling around neighborhoods with increased foot traffic due to the nicer weather.
Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has introduced legislation aimed at increasing access to treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction in rural areas.
Bustos says only 55-percent of rural counties have substance use disorder treatment facilities. She says that makes access to telemedicine vital in combating the opioid epidemic. However, current federal law prohibits a medical practitioner from dispensing controlled substances through the internet without first evaluating the patient in-person. The Special Registration for Telemedicine Clarification Act instructs the Attorney General to take the necessary steps to allow for the prescription of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and other controlled substances via telemedicine. Specifically, Bustos says the bill will lead to the implementation of a special registration process for physicians to prescribe such treatment, helping connect patients with the treatment they need without risking important safeguards to prevent misuse.
THE ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL FOR THE FIFTH MONTH IN A ROW IN MAY.
THE STATE JOBLESS RATE CAME IN AT FOUR POINT THREE PERCENT LAST MONTH…DOWN SLIGHTLY FROM FOUR POINT FOUR IN APRIL. ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH (goff) SAYS JOBS GREW BY 86-HUNDRED IN MAY…MARKING A POSITIVE TREND.
AREAS WITH THE MOST JOB GROWTH LAST MONTH WERE EDUCATIONAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, GOVERNMENT AND FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES.
It’s peek mosquito season time in Illinois. And West Nile surveillance is an ongoing effort throughout the state says Connie Austin with the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Mosquito batches in Morton Grove and Glenview have already tested positive for West Nile this year. Last year in Illinois, there were 90 human cases of West Nile virus with eight deaths.
A NEW PROMOTION OFFERS VISITORS HALF-PRICE ADMISSION TO BOTH THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR AND THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM IN SPRINGFIELD. (two stories, same lead).
STATE FAIR SPOKESPERSON REBECCA CLARK SAYS IT’S CALLED THE “DOUBLE PLAY” DEAL...AND IT ONLY COSTS 12 DOLLARS.
THE MUSEUM TICKET CAN BE USED ANY TIME THIS YEAR…NOT JUST DURING THE FAIR. YOU CAN GET YOUR DOUBLE PLAY TICKETS WEEKDAYS AT THE EMMERSON BUILDING ON THE STATE FAIRGROUNDS OR AT THE PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM IN DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD. THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR RUNS AUGUST NINTH THROUGH THE 19TH.
Senator Dick Durbin is taking Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration to task for their policy of separating children from their parents who arrive at the nation's southern border. ....
Durbin says the policy gives America's reputation a black eye and he's hopeful Republicans will join him in calling for an end to the practice of child separation... ....
The parents are seeking protection from a pattern of violence in the Northern Triangle region of Central America, which includes Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Those country have some of the world's highest homicide rates and girls and young women in those nations fall prey to sexual violence, with little protection from local authorities.
The Bloomington Police Department continues efforts to combat opioids. There has been an arrest of a subject for the drug-induced homicide of a male in Bloomington, which is the second time this past year and highlights the continued problem of opioid use and addiction across Central Illinois.
An initial investigation began on March 23, 2018, when BPD divisions (Patrol, Criminal Investigation Division-Crime Scene Detectives, Vice Unit, and Street Crimes Division) worked jointly with the Champaign (IL) Street Crimes Task Force and arrested Troy D. McBride, age 24, of Rantoul, Illinois for Intent to Delivery of a Controlled Substance after a traffic stop in Urbana, Illinois. Recovered was heroin/fentanyl and crack cocaine.
On Friday, June 8, 2018, McBride was indicted by the Statewide Grand Jury for Drug-Induced Homicide as well as six counts related to Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance.
On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, members of BPD’s Vice Unit, Street Crimes Unit, and Champaign Street Crimes Task Force arrested McBride in the 200 block of North Vine Street, Urbana, Illinois after the McLean County States Attorney's Office assisted in the investigation.
McBride was arrested for Drug-Induced Homicide, and multiple counts of Manufacture/Delivery of 1-15 grams of cocaine.
McBride was transported from Champaign County Jail to the McLean County Jail.
If you know someone who is battling drug addiction, please call local treatment agencies at 309-827-6026 or 309-888-0993.
The state budget approval has allowed for certain projects and grants to finally be awarded, specifically right here in DeWitt County.
The DeWitt County Friendship Center has long needed a new parking lot, as the current lot is insufficient and can cause headaches according to Friendship Center director Paula Jiles.
The State grant of $100,000 was awarded by Rep. Bill Mitchell, who has been working on this project over the last nine years.
The new parking lot addition to the Friendship Center is planned to add 30-40 new parking lot spaces.