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Clinton Schools Welcome Veterans

Clinton Schools are having a series of events, on November 9, to bring in veterans honoring them for their service. 


First, will be at the Clinton Elementary School in the morning from 8 am to 10 am for breakfast says, Clinton American Legion Post 103 Commander Josh Thielen.

After the breakfast the veterans go over to the Clinton Junior High at 10am to host another ceremony. Thielen says it is a great way to visit the students.

Veterans will be out at the schools talking with students and showing the students a veteran's perspective. 

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Community Action Weatherization Program

The Community Action Parternship of Central Illinois is now accepting applicants for the weatherization waitlist.

Allison Rumler-Gomez, Community Action CEO, indicates that the weatherization program is designed to help low income families make their homes more efficient.

Rumler-Gomez says that while they can assist more families through the LIHEAP program, Community Action can only weatherize twenty to thirty homes a year. She states that the savings from the weatherization program is substantial for the beneficiaries.

Rumler-Gomez indicates that the weatherization program covers DeWitt, Piatt, Logan, Mason, and Menard counties. For more information or get on the waitlist, 217-732-2159, or go to www.capcil.info.

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Haunted barns attracting Illinoisans too

You, your kids or grandkids have likely visited a haunted house. But how about a haunted barn? Dawn Napolitano and a cast of many host the Dale Street Haunted Barn in the Village of Somonauk in northeast Illinois;

Napolitano has opened her haunted barn for more than a decade. Her husband serves in the Army, so they, their neighbors and workers actually started to set up their haunted barn nearly a year ago;

While most public haunted houses have finished for the season, the Dale Street Haunted Barn that sits on the border of DeKalb and LaSalle County will be open from 7 to 9 on Halloween. Admission is $6-dollars. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Sarcoma Foundation of America.

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STATE BOARD REMINDING THE PUBLIC ONLINE VOTING IN ILLINOIS ARE FAKE

THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS IS REMINDING THE PUBLIC THAT ANY CLAIMS OF ONLINE VOTING IN ILLINOIS ARE FAKE.

 

VOTERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT ANY WEBSITE, APP, SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT OR TEXT OFFERING TO LET YOU CAST A BALLOT ONLINE, IS BOGUS. BOARD SPOKESPERSON MATT DIETRICH SAYS ONLINE VOTING IS NOT ALLOWED ANYWHERE IN THE U-S…AND THAT THIS IS A SCAM THAT HAS POPPED UP BEFORE.

DIETRICH URGES THOSE WHO GET A TEXT OR SEE INFORMATION ABOUT VOTING ONLINE TO REPORT IT TO THE BOARD BY EMAILING: SCAM ALERT AT ELECTIONS DOT IL DOT GOV.

 

THE PROBLEM WAS AN ISSUE IN 2016 AS WELL…WHERE TEXTS, SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS AND WEBSITES OFFERED TO LET PEOPLE CAST A BALLOT ONLINE. THAT’S NOW ALLOWED AND IS LIKELY A RUSE TO INFLUENCE NEXT WEEK’S ELECTIONS SAYS BOARD SPOKESPERSON MATT DIETRICH.

DIETRICH REMINDS ALTHOUGH YOU CAN’T VOTE ONLINE…YOU CAN CAST YOUR BALLOT NOW THROUGH EARLY VOTING AT CERTAIN LOCATIONS IN YOUR AREA OR ON ELECTION DAY AT YOUR REGULAR POLLING PLACE.

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Brakes Program gives young drivers advanced training at Gateway

A legendary NHRA drag racer is trying to get teens up to speed when it comes to driving safety. Multi-time Top Fuel drag racing champion Doug Herbert is coming to the Metro-East's Gateway Motorsports Park, not to compete, but to prevent families from suffering what his family has endured, the loss of his sons Jon and James in a 2008 car crash. Brakes, the national free teen defensive driving program, will take place at the Madison racetrack on Saturday and Sunday. Herbert says with reduced drivers ed requirements, parents are shouldering more responsibility for teaching youngsters to drive, and he notes a lot has changed under the hood since parents went through learning to drive...

Sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

 

Teens will receive extensive behind-the-wheel instruction by ex-law enforcement and professional racing drivers. Exercises include Distracted Driving Awareness, Panic Braking, Crash Avoidance, Drop Wheel/Off-road Recovery, and Car Control/Skid Recovery. B.R.A.K.E.S. graduates are 64 percent less likely to get in a crash within the next three years. Online registration is available at www.putonthebrakes.org. 

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Halloween Safety

Hundreds of kids will be out walking around towns and there are some safety precautions that people should take when trick or treating says Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers.

 

Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers wants to remind everyone some safety precautions families can take while trick or treating. One of those is those is the costume. 

Some costumes come with different objects or items says, Chief Lowers.

Other costumes come with various masks which can also present another hazard says, Chief Lowers.

Watch out for treats as well, look and see if it is a factory wrapped gift says, Chief Lowers.

Children under the age of 12 should have an adult accompanying them, and never trick or treat alone. Go with known adults and known neighborhoods. Chiefs Lowers recommended carrying a flashlight, to help not only you see but others as well. Walk from house to house and have a happy Halloween.

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Weather for Halloween

Halloween is looking a bit wet, but Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chris Miller with the National Weather Service in Lincoln, IL says it should pass us in the morning.

You can find your weather anytime at dewittdailynews.com.
 

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Plenty of Options For Drug Take Back Sites

This weekend marked national prescription drug take back day and it’s a reminder that there is a safe way to get rid of unused medications. That means dropping them off at a designated spot rather than flushing them down the toilet. Melissa Silva with the Illinois EPA says that it’s easy to find a place to take all those unwanted bottles out of the medicine cabinet. 

Silva says flushing or just tossing out unused medication can contaminate drinking water. 

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SECRETARY OF STATE WARNS OF FLOOD AND HURRICANE-DAMAGED CARS


SECRETARY OF STATE JESSE WHITE’S OFFICE IS WARNING CONSUMERS TO BEWARE OF FLOOD AND HURRICANE-DAMAGED CARS. 

 

AN ESTIMATED 40 THOUSAND VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY HURRICANE FLORENCE AND AN UNTOLD NUMBER BY HURRICANE MICHAEL. SECRETARY OF STATE SPOKESPERSON HENRY HAUPT SAYS THAT’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

THE WEBSITE IS: CYBERDRIVE ILLINOIS DOT COM. WHITE’S OFFICE IS ALSO CAREFULLY SCRUTINIZING TITLES IN AFFECTED AREAS…REQUIRING A HURRICANE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT SIGNED BY THE CAR OWNER AND INSURANCE AGENT.

SECRETARY OF STATE SPOKESPERSON HENRY HAUPT SAYS THEY ARE CAREFULLY SCRUTINIZING TITLE APPLICATIONS FOR VEHICLES BOUGHT IN HURRICANE RAVAGED AREAS.

CONSUMERS LOOKING AT USED CARS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO CHECK THE NATIONAL INSURANCE CRIME BUREAU’S DATABASE FOR ANY WATER DAMAGE TO THE VEHICLE ONLINE AT: NICB DOT ORG.

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Halloween Trick or Treating Around Central Illinois

Hundreds will be out and about knocking on doors for trick or treating! Here are some of the times and activities for towns around Central Illinois for Trick or Treating!

 

Clinton; will be trick or treating Wednesday, October 31st from 5 pm to 8 pm. 

 

Clinton First Church of  The Nazarene will host its annual Trunk or Treat. The event will run from 5:15 pm to 7 pm Wednesday, October 31st. First Church of The Nazarene location is at 1220 Kleemann Dr, Clinton, Illinois.

 

Clinton Illinois Chamber of Commerce and EMC Photography will be on Mr. Lincoln's Square from 4 pm to 5 pm for some pictures and Halloween Trick or Treating. Terror on Washington Street Haunted House will have one more night on October 31st from 7 pm to 11 pm. The haunted house location is 513 E. Washington St, Clinton Illinois.

 

Lincoln; will be trick or treating Wednesday, October 31st from 5 pm to 8 pm.

 

Heyworth; will be trick or treating Wednesday, October 31st from 5 pm to 9 pm. 

 

On Tuesday Heyworth will have a Halloween Parade going down Main Street to the Heyworth High School. The parade will host the Heyworth high school band, Heyworth Fire Department, and kids dressed up. There will be a costume judging contest at the end of the parade. The Heyworth parade is set to start at 6:30 pm. 

 

Monticello; Trick or Treating will be going on Wednesday, October 31, from 5 to 8 pm. 

 

Monticello will have a haunted house on Halloween from 6 pm to 8 pm. The Nightmare on Foxhill haunted house location is 301 N. Hamilton, Monticello, Illinois.

 

Moroa; hours to Trick or Treat will be on Wednesday, October 31, from 4 pm to 8 pm.

 

Forsyth; Trick or Treating will be going on Wednesday, October 31st from 5 pm to 8 pm.

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Clinton Troop 142 Hosted Breakfast for Black Locust Campsite

Clinton Troop 142 put in thousands of hours to clean up the Black Locsut Campsite.

 

The Weldon Springs camping area became in such bad shape over the years when the state stopped funding the park to keep it up to standards. Don Husted the Clinton Troop Leader, a while back wanted to bring this campground back.  Over the two and half years the Clinton Troop 142 have done that says Assitant Troop Leader Ed Cicenas.

Troop 142 continues to restore the campsite and raise funds. They look to put in a working outhouse area, electricity, and reliable water sources.

The Troop hosted a breakfast this past weekend to help raise some of those funds to continue working on the campsite. Nearly 350 adults and children attended the fund-raiser at the American Legion Saturday in their attempts to reach a near $20,000 goal to install out-houses at Black Locust Campground at Weldon Springs.

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DeWitt County Riding Club Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 10th

DeWitt County Riding Club is getting ready to wrap up there year of competitions.

 

The club rides in shows to earn points, and at the end of the season they add up those points to see who was the best rider.This year to celebrate the end of the season and award those who had the most points, DeWitt County Riding Club is having a Thanksgiving Dinner, says Nathan Lippert.

The winners will get awarded something a little different than past years.

The Thanksgiving Dinner will be on November 10, at the clubhouse on US Route 10 and Connors Rd in Lane, Illinois. Dinner will start at six and awards at seven. For more information on the event, you can go to DeWitt County Riding Club's Facebook.

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Curtin Named FFA 2018 American Star In Agribusiness

A Christian County man is bringing home one of the highest honors in FFA.

 

21-year old Ben Curtin, of Taylorville, was named the 2018 Star in Agribusiness winner at the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.   Curtin was selected due to the success of his business, Curtin's Creations, which he started as a project as a member of the Taylorville FFA chapter. Curtin says the business came about from his experience working on the family farm.

The business has been so successful, that Curtin has kept it up while attending college at Purdue.  He says technology has made it possible...

Curtin credits the FFA experience with building his business acumen, and says his FFA advisors were very influential.

Following graduation from Purdue, Curtin has taken a full time position at GSI in Assumption, but plans to continue to operate Curtin's Creations.  

 

Curtin was also the FFA Star in Agribusiness Award winner for the state of Illinois in 2015.  His parents are Susan and Steve Curtin. His FFA advisors at Taylorville High School are Sue Schafer (SHAY-fer) , Katie King and Elise Hackett.

 

Ben Curtin joins esteemed company.  Only sixteen American Star Award finalists from throughout the U.S. were nominated by a panel of judges who then interviewed the finalists during the national convention and expo. Four were named winners and received cash awards totaling $4,000. All American Star finalists received a $2,000 cash award.

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Governor Bruce Rauner addresses at Seaway Credit Union's "Building on a Legacy."

Governor Bruce Rauner was in Chicago Thursday re-opening what used to be one of the largest African American financial institutions in the Midwest. 

 

Rauner reinvented the credit union to bring more jobs to the South side of Chicago.

Rauner answered a q and a with reporters at seaway saying that Illinois is doing better in unemployment.

 

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Starved Rock State Park expansion

Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have announced the expansion of Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks by over 2,600 acres. Rauner says the two parks are some of the most popular in the country.

The land was purchased by the IDNR from Lone Star Industries-Buzzi (BOOT-zee) Unicem (YOON-ih-chehm) for $11-million. The money comes from the state's Open Lands Trust Bond Fund which is used for purchasing land. The land was used primarily for limestone mining. Most of the mines are now closed. It's situated in between Matthiessen State Park and the city of Oglesby. IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal says the next step is to survey the area to see what grows and what animals live there. After that new trails, camping areas, and parking lots can be planned.

Starved Rock Site Supervisor Kerry Novak says it'll be a few years before the new section of the park opens to the public.

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200 Veterans honored as part of the state's Bicentennial celebration

IDVA and Bicentennial Commission announce 200 veterans to honor as part of the state's Bicentennial celebration. 

 

Executive Director Stewart Lang and the Bicentennial Commision selected veterans for going above and beyond, helping their fellow veterans and communities. 


 

 

The District Manager Tom McBride of Walgreens was also present at the event thanking and spoke about the history Walgreens has with veterans.


 

 

The Bicentennial celebration will be December 3, the birthday of Illinois, at the United Center.

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National Guard to Battle Election Hackers

The state will be turning to the National Guard on Election Day if needed. The Board of Elections says that after Russian hackers attacked statewide voter databases in 2016 they will be ready this year. ISBE has asked a special unit from the National Guard to be on standby. Adjutant General Richard Hayes they are trained and up to the task.

 

 

The state board wants all local election authorities to get on board with a new cyber navigator program. It helps make risk assessments of networks and find vulnerable areas. 

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Pritzker weighs in on final days of campaign and Mendoza

The long and winding road to Illinois choosing who will occupy the Governor's Mansion the next four years is nearly complete. If you believe the polls, Democrat J.B. Pritzker can tap cruise control and prepare for his inaugural. One poll critic says not so fast, and that critic is one J.B. Pritzker....

 

 

Meanwhile, Pritzker isn't biting on speculation that Comptroller Susana Mendoza may try to succeed Rahm Emanuel as Chicago Mayor....

 

 

Chicago Mayoral candidate William Daley is accusing Mendoza of having s petitions for Mayor out with her name on them. He also claims she has told at least a dozen potential donors that she's running for mayor. A Mendoza spokesman says she ,” “is completely focused on running for re-election as state comptroller". 

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SIUE launches food pantry

Students at SIUE struggling with keeping food on their table have a new resource at their disposal. The school recently launched the Cougar Cupboard food pantry in the Morris University Center, where students can find groceries and some hygiene products. Sarah Laux (locks), associate director of the Kimmel Student Involvement Center says this is the product of an idea that was developed over the past few years.

 

 

The Cougar Cupboard is run entirely on donations, and is open to active students, faculty and staff with a valid SIUE ID on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. For more information, go to siue.edu/kimmel/community/CougarCupboard
 

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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL IN MOST OF THE STATE’S METRO AREAS LAST MONTH. 

 

THE STATE JOBLESS RATE WAS DOWN IN 12 OF THE 14 METRO AREAS COMPARED TO YEAR AGO LEVELS. ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH SAYS THERE WAS SOME JOB GROWTH AS WELL.


 

 

ALL BUT TWO OF ILLINOIS’ METRO AREAS SAW AN OVER-THE-YEAR DECREASE IN THE JOBLESS RATE. BLOOMINGTON WAS UNCHANGED COMPARED TO SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR AND CHAMPAIGN-URBANA SAW A SLIGHT INCREASE. STATE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH SAYS MORE THAN 55 THOUSAND JOBS WERE GAINED…ESPECIALLY IN THE CHICAGO AREA, THE QUAD CITIES, KANKAKEE AND ROCKFORD.

 

 

GOFF SAYS ILLINOIS SAW ITS LOWEST NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS FILED IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER IN 45 YEARS.
 

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ILLINOIS TESTING PROGRAM FOR SELF-DRIVING CARS

THE STATE IS LAUNCHING A NEW TESTING PROGRAM FOR SELF-DRIVING CARS. 

 

GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER CREATING “AUTONOMOUS ILLINOIS,” AN INITIATIVE DESIGNED TO PARTNER WITH BUSINESSES AND RESEARCHERS TO SAFELY TEST THE TECHNOLOGY. ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RANDY BLANKENHORN SAYS IT’S TIME TO EMBRACE THE POSSIBILITIES.

 

 

A DRIVER WILL HAVE TO REMAIN BEHIND THE WHEEL AND BE ABLE TO TAKE CONTROL DURING TESTING. BLANKENHORN SAYS THEY ARE ALSO LOOKING AT USES FOR “CONNECTED CARS” THAT ARE PART OF A WIRELESS NETWORK.

 

“AUTONOMOUS ILLINOIS,” CREATED BY AN EXECUTIVE ORDER FROM GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER, AIMS TO MAKE ILLINOIS A NATIONAL LEADER IN THE TECHNOLOGY SAYS STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RANDY BLANKENHORN.

 

 

BLANKENHORN SAYS ANY TESTING WILL BE OVERSEEN BY A DRIVER IN THE CAR THAT CAN TAKE CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AT ANY TIME. THEY ARE ALSO LOOKING INTO BUILDING A TEST TRACK SPECIFICALLY FOR AUTOMATED TRUCKS.

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Rauner avoids coverage of him

Governor Bruce Rauner has followed the path of some pro athletes, who avoid the sports page and sports talk radio, to avoid the criticism that comes with the job. After fielding thousands of questions from reporters in his first term in any office, the Governor turned to students from Chicago's Hope Academy for a Q&A session. When asked about how he handles the rough and tumble world of politics, he remembered some advice from a familiar figure....

 

 

Rauner visited the Hope Academy to promote the Invest In Kids Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

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Protect Yourself From Hackers

Something a little scarier than all the horror movies out right now would be having your online world hacked. And to prevent that from happening you need a strong password to protect your online life. State officials with the Department of Innovation and Technology say you gotta have a password that’s long enough to stave off the hackers. Jennifer Rominger says it might be a pain to remember a long password but it’s for the best. 

 

 

And unfortunately once you get a good long password you can remember – you should only use it on one website.

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National Teen Driver Safety Week

Secretary of State Jesse White unveiled a distracted driving video during National Teen Driver Safety Week.

 

 

Secretary White went to schools letting Illinois State police bring in programs to test teens driving skills while texting, under the influence, and a crash simulator.

 

Secretary White said that he wants to keep the roads of Illinois the safest, and teens play an essential role in doing that.
 

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Weekly Weather Summary

In Illinois this week was much colder than average temperatures, with 7 degrees below average, and now some rain over the weekend after a dry period.

 

Here is State Climatologist Jim Angel with your weekly weather summary.

 

 

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American Legion Looking for Youth 7th-12 Grade For Contests

Clinton American Legion Post 103 looks to support youth, giving them opportunities to earn scholarships and learn. 

 

Commander Josh Thielen mentioned two new contests that 7th to 12th grade could be a part of, one of those is a speech.

Another contest they are looking for youth to take part in is an essay contest. The essay requires no more than 500 words says, Thielen.

If you are interested in entering either contest reach out to the Clinton American Legion Post 103 on 219 N. Elizabeth St. or by calling 217-935-5183 for more information.

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CEO of Warner Hospital and Health Services Expresses Preventative Maintenance

Flu shots have kicked off now, some hospitals starting them around 30 days ago some even earlier. 

Warner Hospital and Health Services have given out many flu shots to the community. CEO Paul Skowron wanted to remind everyone that flu shots are one of those preventative maintenance tasks you should do to take care of your health.

Skowron referred preventative maintenance as looking at a car, don't wait till it is too late and what could end up costing you more in the long run.

Warner Hospital also helps with quitting smoking; they offer smoking cessation classes.

DeWitt County is one of the highest for lung cancer, and that all comes back to that preventative maintenance says, Skowron.

Skowron and the Hospital want all to think of that preventative maintenance and check in to the walk-in clinic if you ever want to check on your well being.

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Lincoln Schools Continue to Upgrade Says Superintendent

Lincoln Schools have been working on many projects over the summer. The schools operated on the roof and were able to finish that project off this fall says Lincoln Superintendent Bob Bagby.

Good weather was the critical factor on getting the roof job done said Bagby, but as well as a new circle drive, new sign, and metal fascia.

With getting all those jobs done Lincoln Schools now look to put in a new lighting system for the football and track field. Lincoln Schools wrote a grant a while back for the lights but were back ordered says Bagby.

Lincoln Schools look to finish those projects up sometime next week, with weather permitting.

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Governor Bruce Rauner tours Chicago Hope Academy

Governor Bruce Rauner toured Chicago Hope Academy on Tuesday, October 23 and talked about the Invest in Kids program with students.

 

Jobs today all come down to having an excellent education, no matter what career you want to go said Governor Rauner.

Governor Rauner said that the state is looking to put 1.4 billion dollars into local schools to help support teachers all over Illinois.

Governor Rauner and the state have started a program called Invest Kids, a new tuition scholarship tax credited program. The program allows parents to have their kids attend any school without worrying about money.

Governor Rauner would go on to thank all the students at Hope Academy for getting a 100 percent accepted into colleges and those who enlisted into military service.

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Illinois public health releases report on maternal mortality

For the first time, Illinois Public Health officials have released a report breaking down the issue of pregnancy related deaths. First Lady Diana Rauner is pleased with the recommendations with making house calls for those who need it....

First Lady Rauner says the struggles are relateable for all mothers, but not all of them have a safety net....

The report found about 73 Illinois women die within a year of pregnancy each year. Black women are six times more likely to die of a pregnancy related condition than white women. Other recommendations call for increased access to substance abuse and mental health treatment for pregnant and postpartum women. The report also recommends medicaid eligibility for postpartum care be expanded from 60 days to one year after delivery. 

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Clinton Community Educational Foundation Annual Autumn Dinner Nov. 3rd

Clinton Community Educational Foundation is getting ready for their Annual Autumn Dinner. 

The Clinton Community Educational Foundation helps acquire resources to Clinton Community Public Schools District to enhance or enrich the students at Clinton Schools said Barbara Gullone.

The Foundation has been around for 12 years now and to help celebrate their accomplishments, CCEF will have their Annual Autumn Dinner said Gullone.

The 2018 Annual Dinner will be on Saturday, November 3 at the Clinton Country Club. You can get tickets from any Foundation Board Member. For more information visit clintonedfoundation.org.

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DeWitt County Riding Club Fun Show And Chili Cook-Off Oct. 27th

DeWitt County Riding Club gets ready for their Fun Show And Chili Cook-Off October 27.

 

The event is for free and open to the public to enjoy the last riding club event. Nathan Lippert with the DeWitt County Riding Club said it would be a fun family event with six different shows.

This event or show will be different than previous shows said, Lippert.

The Chili Cook-Off is going to see not only who can ride the best but who can make the best chili. The way to vote, you drop a 25 cents at the stand of whom you think made the best chili said, Lippert.

The event will start at one and will take place at 4783 Connor Road in Clinton. For more information, you can look up the DeWitt County Riding Club on Facebook.

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Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center Multiple Services

Growing Strong Sexual Assualt Center Executive Director Cathy Byers spoke with Regional Radio News Monday, about some of the services they offer and what they do.

 

Growing Strong Sexual Assualt Center believes in the equality of all persons. Providing healing services to victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse, and their significant others, and to educate the community in an effort to end violence and victimization said, Byers.

The center also goes to local schools to educate students about sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Byers said that they helped around 430 clients in Central Illinois ranging from ages 4 to 80 years old.

If you are a victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse Byers said that you can, call the growing strong 24-hour helpline (217-428-0770) for immediate information, resources, crisis intervention, and support. Victims and their family and friends are urged to call. Call the police, or go directly to the hospital. Preserve any evidence that you may have by not showering, bathing, or drinking anything, not changing clothes, not cleaning, or touching objects at the scene of the crime. Try and recall details of the event. Ask for counseling, legal and medical, and support.

 

You can also go out to Growing Strong Sexual Assualt Center at 270 West Prairie Avenue in Decatur.

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State climatologist finishing up 34 year career

There’s been much to keep track of as Jim Angel finishes up his final year as State Climatologist for the Illinois State Water Survey. And 2018 has been a pretty active year to this point. 

Angel has spent 34 years at the Illinois State Water Survey. 

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HSHS Hospitals in Central Illinois helping patients vote

There's a lot of talk about voter turnout and early voting this election cycle, but another group of Illinoisans who might be unable to reach a polling place on Election Day is also getting to weigh in. HSHS Hospitals in Central Illinois are working with their respective county clerks’ offices to help hospitalized voters get information on how to cast their ballots in the upcoming election. Erica Johnson with HSHS....

The effort is underway at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville. According to Illinois law, a qualified voter who has been admitted to a hospital not more than 14 days before an election is entitled to delivery of a vote-by-mail ballot in the hospital by a legal family member or someone who is registered to vote in the patient’s precinct.

 

(The process the hospitals will help to facilitate includes the following steps:


1. The patient, family member or registered voter who lives in the same precinct as the patient and patient’s physician, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant must fill out a form attesting to the patient’s reason for being in the hospital and that he or she will not be able to go to the polling place on election day, November 6, 2018.


2. The family member or registered voter who lives in the same precinct as the patient must take the form to the countyclerk’s office for review, to be notarized and to receive the patient’s ballot.


3. The family member or registered voter who lives in the same precinct as the patient will bring the ballot back to the hospital to be filled out by the patient.


4. The family member or registered voter who lives in the same precinct as the patient will then return the ballot to the county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on election day.)

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Clinton School District Honor Oct. 21-27 Principal's Week

This week is Principal Appreciation Week, October 21 through 27 and Principal Appreciation Day on Friday.

 

The state-endorsed recognition approved by the Governor of Illinois. The IPA also joins the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators to recognize October as National Principals Month. 

 

Clinton Superintendent Curt Nettles wanted to remind everyone and thank the Principals for all the work they do.

Principal Appreciation Day provides learning communities an opportunity to publicly recognize the work, commitment, and importance of principals, assistant principals, and deans throughout the state.

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CEA Family and Friends Trivia Nov. 2nd!

Test your trivia knowledge at the Clinton Elementary School next month!

 

Clinton Education Association is hosting its annual trivia night to raise fund for scholarships this coming November. There will be categories like music, books, sports and more. 

 

This year though will be different allowing kids to play as well says CEA's Christina Soberalski 

The event's proceeds go to the CEA scholarships that will go to Clinton High School seniors.

Teams for the trivia night can be made up of 8 people.

 

The trivia night will be on November 2nd for all ages. The event will start at 6:00 pm. You can RSVP your team on the Facebook event page or by emailing csoberalski@cusd15.org.
 

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New Marina Lease with DeWitt County

DeWitt County had their board meeting and discussed the new signing of a marina lease.

DeWitt County Board approved a new contract for the marina. The current contract is set to expire at the end of this December. They have been working on the new contract since August said DeWitt County Board Chairman Dave Newberg.

The new contract is set up for a three-year lease, which will be renewable every year similar to the ambulance service says, Newberg.

The new contract will start up on the 1st of January next year.

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Farmer City Haunted Forest Oct. 26th-27th

Spooky live scares are coming to Farmer City this Friday and Saturday.

 

The Farmer City Haunted Forest is bringing back their Haunted Hay Rack Ride through Salt Creek Campsites. Salt Creek located in South Park, south of Farmer City where hay rack rides take you around the park. People will go into the Haunted Forest where campsites decorated with various themes of Halloween says President of the committee Angela Testory.

The Halloween event isn't just to scare; they will also have family fun activities for less of a scare on Saturday from 3 to 6 pm.

The event takes place on Friday, October 26th from 6 to 11 pm and Saturday, October 27th from 3 to 11 pm. If you have any questions, you can check out Farmer City Haunted Forest Facebook page. 

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Clinton Teachers at Those Who Excel Awards Banquet

Seven Clinton school staff members attend the Those Who Excel Awards Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 20 put on by the Illinois State Board of Education.  The banquet took place in Normal.  The following staff members were present to receive recognition in the following categories:

 

Name                    Category                                Award
Rodger Baldwin     Teacher                                Excellence

Barb Gullone          Volunteer                             Excellence

Elizabeth Riley        Early Career Educator        Excellence        
Lina Riordan           Volunteer                             Merit

Cheryl Taylor           Team                                   Recognition

Bob Svencner          Administrator                      Excellence

Dauna Delashmit      Student Support                Merit

 

Rodger was a finalist for Teacher of the Year but did not win.  He teaches science at CHS.  His wife Julie Baldwin attended the banquet with him.

 

Barb Gullone and Linda Riordan both volunteer in classrooms at CES.

 

Elizabeth Riley is in her first year with the district and teaches 3rd grade special needs students at CES.

 

Cheryl Taylor is a teacher assistant at CES.  She was part of a team that included Dana Goar, but Dana did not attend the banquet.

 

Bob Svencner is the assistant principal at CHS.

 

Dauna Delashmit is a social worker in our district.

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Clinton School Board Selects member to represent the district at the annual IASB conference in Chicago.

Clinton School Board had their monthly meeting, and during the meeting, they selected a member to represent the district as the delegate to the Resolution Committee at the annual Illinois Association of School Boards conference in Chicago.

 

Clinton Superintendent Curt Nettles briefed everyone at the board meeting what the committee will be doing in Chicago.

Nettles spoke with Regional Radio News saying that the conference brings in speakers to learn several school-related topics.

The board selected  John Blythe to attend the conference in Chicago and represent the Clinton School District.
 

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Operation Santa In Clinton

A non-profit organization looks to help armed forces who are serving around the globe in war zones. 

Operation Santa a nonprofit which supports deployed troops collects items to ship over during Christmas says, Graduate Teaching Assitant Jessa Hendricker.

The stockings get filled with several items such as granola bars, toothbrushes, foot powder, hand wipes, lip balm, notebooks, deodorant and more.

 

Operation Santa works with Illinois State to help support the deployed troops.

Operation Santa has a few locations located around Clinton to help collect some of the trial size items at Thomas Automotive and NAPA Auto Parts. They will be collecting items through October 30th.

For more information, you can look them up on Facebook, or visit operationsanta.us.
 

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City Council looks to turn Minor Subdivision into two lots

Regional Radio News spoke with City Administrator Tim Followell about a lot of land brought up at the City Council meeting. 

 

The lot is in DeWitt County which must go through the county zoning domain, but it also lies just mile and a half outside of the city which then must go through Clinton's zoning regulations says, Followell. 

The lot is likely to be used for building a house on said Followell and is along West State Route 54. 

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After hacking of Illinois voter records, State Board of Elections amps up security

After thousands of Illinois voter records were hacked prior to the 2016 election, the State Board of Elections has worked to boost security. 

 

Elections Executive Director Steven Sandvoss says cutting edge resources are being deployed as voters prepare to go to the polls next month....

Twelve Russians are charged with hacking into Illinois' election database.

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Warner Hospital and Health Services Discuss New Pharmacy System

Warner Hospital and Health Services had their monthly meeting on Monday.

 

Warner Hospital looks to upgrade its pharmacy medication and supply automation system. The new system Warner Hospital was looking at is Omnicell. Omnicell is an automated medication and supply cabinet system that enables remote dispensing of needed medicines at the point of care. 

 

Erin Schlosser said that the new system would help pharmacy hours and be less expensive.

Before the hospital even decided they tried both Pyxis and Omnicell before determining what worked best said CEO Paul Skowron.

The current cabinets at the hospital are set to expire by April of next year; the hospital did motion to get the new Omnicell cabinets which are supposed to last a total of ten years longer than the older version of which only lasted 6-8 years said. Schlosser.
 

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Clinton City Council Talks about 4000 dollars down in sales

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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Spooktacular at the Miller Park Zoo

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

 

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

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

 

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

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Weekly Weather Summary

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

 

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Legionnaires In Champaign Urbana

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

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

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REPORT ON PREGNANCY RELATED DEATHS IN ILLINOIS

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

 

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

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

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

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NEW ILLINOIS SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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Monticello Railway Museum Pvt. Roy W. Hamm Tribute Train

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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SMARTER STATE GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS HIGHLIGHTING ILLINOIS' EFFORTS

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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ILLINOIS LEGALIZING SPORTS BETTING

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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Fan the Flame Supports Salvation Army!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Miller Park Zoo Adds Some New Animals


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

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

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

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

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DEWITT COUNTY FAMILIES IN HOLIDAY FINANCIAL NEED

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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City Council Talks about Downtown Sidewalk Repair in Clinton

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Novel Energy Solutions Spoke to the DeWitt County Board

The DeWitt County Board had their meeting on Thursday night.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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Clinton Power Station Community Open House

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

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

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

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

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Casey's Progressing Says City Admin

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

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

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Friendship Center Plans for a Rodeo

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

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

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Rauner promises school funding reform for higher ed

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

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

Last year, most public universities saw enrollment decreases.

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

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

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

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Parents Night Out Halloween Themed!

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

 

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

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

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

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Children's Museum of Illinois Annual Halloween Hoopla

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

 

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

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

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

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Autumn Celebration Sugar Grove Nature Center Oct. 20th

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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Harvest Slows But Ahead of Last Year

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

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

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

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

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

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Red Cross making call for help in Illinois

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Liberty Village's Trick or Treat through the Village

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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Harlem Wizards coming to Clinton Oct. 22

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Governor Rauner on Quincy Veterans

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

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

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TOP 200 PROJECT POLL GROUNDBREAKING WOMEN

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

 

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

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

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Hunters Safety Course at Rock Springs Nature Center


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

 

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

 

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

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

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Rauner and Priztker on track to spend most on governor race

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

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

 

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

 

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

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EF High School Exchange Year

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Brewers Pitching Coach Remember Time in Central Illinois

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

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

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

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NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

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

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

 

 

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

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REDUCE THE SUICIDE RATE AMONG FIRST RESPONDERS

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

 

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

 

 

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

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CONFIRMED NINE CASES OF AFM

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

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

 

 

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

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CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH

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

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

 

 

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

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UC to Host Illinois's 200th Party

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

 

 

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

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Weekly Weather Summary

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

 

 

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Reports of 12-year-old pronounced dead

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Lunch and Learn Medicare Open Enrollment

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

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

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Painting Pumpkins Oct. 20th at Vespasian Warner Library

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

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

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

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Boo at the Zoo

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

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

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

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

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Rauner and Priztker spar in Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Scrap Booking at Vespasian Warner Library


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

 

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

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

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

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Safe Route Blue Ridge School Grants

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

 

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

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

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Healthy Halloween

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Governor Bruce Rauner on Property Tax and Income Tax

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

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

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

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WEEKLY CROP REPORT

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

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

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

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Warner Hospital Public Hallways Getting Facelift

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

 

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

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Job Fair at Warrensburg-Latham

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

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

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

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30 College Credit Hours at Heyworth High Schools

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

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

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

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

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Harristown renames post office after veteran

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

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

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

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

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America's Pig Farmer of Year from Central Illinois

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

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

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Harvest celebration in LaSalle County

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

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

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Steel plow and John Deere legacy in Grand Detour, Illinois

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

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

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Fire Prevention Week Safety Tips

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

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

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

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

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U of I Extension Eating to Prevent Diabetes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FEMA reform passed the House

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

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

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

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Governor Rauner visits Laser Precision

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

Governor Rauner praised the company and workers at Laser Precision.

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

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

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


 

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Durbin offers final remarks on Kavanaugh

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

Durbin cast his vote against Kavanaugh.

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Weekly Weather Summary

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

 

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Dewitt County DOVE to Host Candlelight Ceremony

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

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

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

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Get Your Motor Running at Vespasian Warner Library

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

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

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

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Blue Ridge Elementary Night Walk Oct. 12th

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

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

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

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

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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE IS LAUNCHING A NEW WEBSITE

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

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

THE WEBSITE IS: TAX DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.

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

Regional Radio News received a letter Monday saying that,

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

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

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

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Trivia Fundraiser to Benefit the Autism Place

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

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

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First Lady Diana Rauner and Consul General Aviv Ezra met with Bright Star Community Outreach Center leadership

First Lady Diana Rauner and Consul General Aviv Ezra met with the Bright Star Community Outreach Center Thursday to discuss TURN center and trauma programs.

 

 

Bright Star Community Outreach has been around for nine years, helping vulnerable communities as a nonprofit organization. The strategy includes developing impactful community development initiatives facing violence in communities, poor economic opportunities, mental health services, homelessness, child safety, and drug abuse. 

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SIUE Investigates Racially-Charged Vandalism

Campus police at SIU Edwardsville are investigating vandalism in the form of racial and homophobic slurs on campus in recent days. One incident involved hair gel being used to write a slur on a student's car, another was a car-keying incident also with a racial slur. Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple (WAY-pull) says both of those incidents happened on the parking lot for the Evergreen residence hall. 

 

 

Last year, a racist note was found on an African American student’s apartment door. Administrators offered a free semester’s tuition for information leading to the identification of the person committing the acts, but no one was ever caught. Discussions are taking place in this incident with students and the Bias Incident Report Team.
 

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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE IS LAUNCHING A NEW WEBSITE

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

THE REDESIGNED SITE IS MORE SECURE, HAS EASIER MENU ACCESS AND PROVIDES REAL TIME UPDATES OF WHICH QUESTIONS AND FORMS ARE CURRENTLY THE MOST POPULAR SAYS REVENUE SPOKESPERSON TERRY HORSTMAN.

 

 

THE WEBSITE IS: TAX DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.

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Clinton Homecoming Parade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Puffy Paint Creations at Vespasian Warner Library

The Vespasian Warner Library had their library card month in September and had a great turnout of events.

They continue to run events throughout the month of October as well. One event for kids ages kindergarten to 8th grade will get to take a part of is Puffy Paint Creation. The kids will go to the library to learn how to make puffy paint and what they can do with that paint says Business Manager Samantha Rusk.

Rusk says they will get to learn how to put the puffy paint on shirts creating their own design of whatever images the kids have. All supplies will be provided by the library.

The event will be Tuesday, October 9th at the Vespasian Warner Library. Rusk did ask that if you are interested to contact the library to let them know you are coming. You can call the library at 217-935-5174 or by going to their website at www.vwarner.org.

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United Way Supports DeWitt County

United Way, a non-profit organization based out Decatur, help other community organizations run by creating more fundraising. Ryan Huffer, came in to talk with Regional Radio News about how they support DeWitt County.

United Way helps campaign for different programs that they work with. The funding raised by United Way goes to those programs and be used for their funding to help give some security.

Some of those programs or organizations are Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Clinton YMCA, DOVE, DeWitt County Human Resource Center, DeWitt County Friendship Center, to name a few.

To learn more about United Way of Decatur and Central Illinois you can go to uwdecatur.org or call them at (217) 422-8537.

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After School Programming at Blue Ridge

The Blue Ridge School District has been planning a new program for students this year.

The new after-school programming offers various different courses for almost all ages. Blue Ridge teamed up with the University Extension office to put together in different groups. Regional Radio News spoke with Blue Ridge Superintendent Susan Wilson about some of the new after-school programmings.

The program kicked off last week. The program has various age groups meeting just one day a week offering education in each group. One of the groups meeting up is kids 6th through 8th grade.

Kids even in the lower grades will have a chance to learn. Kids from kindergarten to 5th grade will learn agademics.

The cost for the classes is 15 dollars per class, and they meet up once a week. You can find more information on the after-school programs on the Blue Ridge school's website.
 

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New Illinois State Police Memorial Park

THE NEW ILLINOIS STATE POLICE MEMORIAL PARK WAS DEDICATED TUESDAY IN DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD…HONORING 67 FALLEN TROOPERS. 

THE PARK HAS BEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING AND PAYS TRIBUTE TO TROOPERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THAT INCLUDES SERGEANT ERIN HEHL WHO WAS KILLED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH DURING A TRAINING EXERCISE IN 1997. HER HUSBAND BOB SPOKE AT THE CEREMONY.

THE PARK FEATURES A BLACK GRANITE MEMORIAL WALL ETCHED WITH THE NAMES OF FALLEN TROOPERS AND WILL SOON HAVE BENCHES, LANDSCAPING AND A REFLECTING POOL.

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Rauner Pritzker Jab at Debate

A night of playing defense for the two men running for Governor in Illinois. Republican Bruce Rauner and Democrat JB Pritzker squared off in another debate last night and the handling of an outbreak of deadly Legionella bacteria at a veteran’s home in Quincy. A new report shows that Rauner’s administration delayed in relaying information to the public about the problems at the home. Rauner contends it was an appropriate move.

Pritzker took the opportunity to jump on Rauner.

The two also traded jabs over Pritzker’s removal of toilets from a mansion he owned in Chicago in order to get a property tax break.

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City Council Announces Proclamation Oct. 8th-14th DeWitt County Association For Home and Community Education Week

City Council had their meeting on Monday, October 1st. The meeting was an overall honor as the council would announce the week of October 8th through the 14th DeWitt County Association For Home and Community Education Week. 

Lucretia Crawford and Sona Hoke were at the meeting announcing that the governor made the week for the statewide organization and they wanted to do the same for DeWitt County.

The organization has been going on since 1935, providing social and economic well being in DeWitt County homes and neighborhoods. The organization has continued to evolve with the changing times and needs. Their mission is to enhance the lives of individuals and families through quality education programs.

Altogether the organization donated 2,706 hours to service projects last year. 

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Rotary Club Hosts Dinner Oct. 23rd

The Apple and Pork festival was this past weekend with lots of vendors and tourists coming to Clinton.

One of the vendors was Clinton's Rotary Club cooking pulled pork sandwiches. 

The Clinton Rotary Club was working to raise money for the different organizations they support and some of the scholarships they give out to students says, Bryce Lynch.

The Rotary Club continues with events to help support some of their locals. On October 23rd, The Rotary Club will be having a dinner to host the 4 candidates running for the circuit judge position says, Lynch.

The dinner will be serving beef and chicken starting at 6 pm at the Clinton American Legion. 

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Future Goals for Parents With a Purpose

Early this year in March of 2018 a committee of parents, special education teachers, social workers, and administrators got together and discussed that there need to be more support services for families of children with special needs. That conservation helped create Parents with a Purpose in DeWitt County. 

Parents with a Purpose is a support group that is open to parents and guardians of children with special needs in DeWitt County. 

Regional Radio News spoke with Autumn Kenny Thursday on what the goals are for the group.

Jenny Baker a mother and supporter of Parents with a Purpose talked about how hard it may be for some parents learning the new hardships. Baker experienced it first hand.

More information on how to get involved with "Parents with a Purpose" can be found on their Facebook page at Parents with a Purpose DeWitt.  

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ILLINOIS ATTACKING OPIOID EPIDEMIC

GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER SAYS THE STATE IS ATTACKING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN ILLINOIS FROM SEVERAL ANGLES. 

A NEW STATE LAW LETS PATIENTS USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA INSTEAD OF ADDICTIVE OPIOIDS FOR PAIN. ADDITIONALLY, WALGREENS HAS 83 KIOSKS SET UP AROUND THE STATE WHERE PEOPLE CAN DROP OFF UNUSED MEDICATIONS SAYS GOVERNOR RAUNER.

THERE’S ALSO THE 24-HOUR OPIOID ADDICTION HELPLINE AT: 833-2 FINDHELP AND WEBSITE AT: HELPLINE IL DOT ORG.

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Frost not likely in near term in Illinois per ag meteorologist

Frost not likely in the near term for most of Illinois. That’s the prediction from DTN Agriculture Meteorologist Bryce Anderson.

Anderson says over the next week much of Northern Illinois is going to get some of the track of the moisture trail that is enhanced by the southwestern tropical depression called Rosa. 

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Mendoza seeking re-election as Illinois Comptroller

Asked to describe her two years in office as Illinois Comptroller, Susana Mendoza used the words “truth telling fiscal watchdog”. She was elected to fill out the remaining two-year term of the late Judy Baar-Topinka in 2016 and is now seeking a four year term in office.

Before serving as Comptroller, Mendoza spent time as a state legislator and Chicago City Clerk. She is being challenged by Republican Darlene Senger. 

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Clinton YMCA Basketball Registration Opened October 1st

The YMCA soccer season is getting closer to ending, with it now being October. Soccer season will end this month, but right after soccer, the YMCA rolls into basketball. 

The Clinton YMCA has opened up registration this month for the youth basketball to sign up says Rennie Cluver. 

The official basketball season won't start till January, giving plenty of time for parents to register kids for basketball season at the Clinton YMCA.

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5th Annual Swifty Swine 5K

Warner Hospital and Health Services held their 5th Annual Swifty Swine 5K at Weldon Springs State Park this past Saturday. They had over 120 participants. The fastest runner came in at 19 minutes and 33 seconds. The 3.1 mile course takes you through out Weldon Springs on the roads and trails. At the end of the race, the runners and walkers are greeted with bacon and a yogurt buffet, homemade medals, great raffle prizes and top finisher trophies along with stretching provided by Warner Hospital Physical Therapy Team. For the little ones there is the Piglet Prance followed by a cup full of goodies for the children. The money raised from this event provides community wellness programs such as the Safe Sitter Class to area youth and First Aid & Safety to area businesses. 

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Wapella Raises Money For Veteran's Honor Wall

The Apple and Pork festival was this past weekend with lots of vendors and tourists coming to Clinton.

One of those vendors was Wapella's Veterans of Wapella, raising money for a new veteran wall. The Veterans of Wapella were set up just down on the square of the Apple and Pork Festival helping raise money for the new wall to honor veterans of Wapella. 

After the school closing in Wapella, Bryan Atwood, mayor of Wapella, said there was a lot of tension in the town. He hopes the new wall would help bring down some of the tension and bring the community together.

It was their first year attending at the Apple and Pork festival and Atwood would like to go again to continue raising money to make the wall as big as possible. 

 

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Evergreen Cemetery Walk To Commemorate the Illinois Bicentennial

McLean County Museum of History plans to take a walk back through history. 

Every year the Evergreen Cemetary Walk brings voices of McLean County's history to life. Costumed actors portraying individuals representing different lives from the county's past. 

The event has served over 3,500 people featuring more than 170 different people from past times. Telling stories, illustrating how they impacted Central Illinois says Candace Summers. 

The Evergreen Cemetary Walk will be introducing 8 individuals that have a history in Central Illinois dating all the way back from the 1800s. People who began settling the land, people from Illinois State University, aiding Abraham Lincoln, leading agricultural innovations, and some circus performers. 

More characters will be introduced at the event this October 6th and 7th taking place on 302 East Miller Street in Bloomington. The times for the shows are 11 am and 2 pm for both days. You can call the McLean County Museum of History at 309-827-0428 or visit www.mchistory.org for more information.
 

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UBER and Illinois Reach Agreement over Data Breach

The state has an agreement with UBER over a 2016 data breach. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says that Illinois will get $8.5 million under the agreement. The data hack impacted drivers for the ride share service and the problem was UBER never told those affected by the breach. 

If you drove for UBER at the time you can expect a $100 check for the data breach.

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RURAL DRIVING TIPS

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN FARMERS AND MOTORISTS NEED TO SHARE THE ROAD. 

THERE ARE TYPICALLY MORE THAN 275 CRASHES WITH FARM EQUIPMENT EACH YEAR IN ILLINOIS. U OF I EXTENSION AGRICULTURAL SAFETY SPECIALIST BOB AHERIN HAS SOME TIPS FOR FARMERS TO AVOID AN ACCIDENT.

AHERIN SAYS DRIVERS NEED TO DO THEIR PART AS WELL…BY SLOWING DOWN AND GIVING BIG FARM EQUIPMENT PLENTY OF ROOM. MACHINERY IS USUALLY TRAVELING AT LESS THAN 25 MILES AN HOUR SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP AN EYE OUT ON COUNTRY ROADS.

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Congressman LaHood salutes Trump on trade deal, excited for farmers

Peoria area Congressman Darin LaHood is saluting President Trump after news that trade negotiators have struck a new deal that would replace NAFTA with a new trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada. The Republican says the trade deal will give an economic boost to many Illinois industries, especially agriculture.....

LaHood will play a key role in the approval process as a member of the Ways and Means Committee. 
 

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Bustos seeking Democratic leadership post if Democrats gain control in November

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announcing that, should Democrats be successful in winning back the majority in November, she plans to run for Assistant Democratic Leader. This would be the number four post in Democratic House Leadership. She made the announcement Monday on MSNBC.

Bustos currently serves as a Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. 

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WEEKLY CROP REPORT

FIVE AND A HALF DAYS WERE SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK THIS PAST WEEK, GIVING PRODUCERS TIME IN THE FIELDS SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER.

35 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS HAVE BEEN HARVESTED AND 80 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. SORGHUM HARVEST REACHED 33 PERCENT…AND WINTER WHEAT PLANTING IS UNDERWAY. AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE IS RATED AS THREE PERCENT VERY SHORT, 15 PERCENT SHORT, 75 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND SEVEN PERCENT SURPLUS.

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12TH WARMEST SEPTEMBER

LAST MONTH WAS THE 12TH WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD IN ILLINOIS. 

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN SEPTEMBER WAS 70 DEGREES. THAT’S NEARLY FOUR DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL SAYS STATE CLIMATOLOGIST JIM ANGEL.

ANGEL SAYS THE LATEST LONG-TERM OUTLOOK CALLS FOR AN INCREASED CHANCE OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPS AND RAINFALL FOR OCTOBER.

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Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities at Clinton Schools

Clinton Schools have been working on a community program driven by business leaders and city leaders. 

Four schools will be partnering to create an opportunity to give seniors a perspective on how to run a business says Clinton Superintendent Curt Nettles.

Nettles said that it wasn't necessarily a school program, but more of a community program. Mora Forsyth, Clinton, Blue Ridge, and Warrensburg Latham schools will be working together on this program supplying the seniors to learn from community leaders.

The program won't actually start till 2019, but the board in charge of the program are having meetings to discuss with community leaders. Nettles said that there will be a meeting at 6 pm on October 10th at the Clinton Country Club to talk about the program. 

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Boy Scouts Host Breakfast For Black Locust Campsite

The Apple and Pork festival was this past weekend with lots of vendors and tourists coming to Clinton.

One of the vendors who was raising money to help support some of their work was the Boy Scouts Troop 142. One job Troop 142 worked on was cleaning up the Black Locust Campsite. Connor Husted with Troop 142 says they put in hours cleaning up the campsite trying to make it a fully functional public campsite. 

Conner spoke with Regional Radio News that Troop 142 will be hosting a breakfast to help build a functional bathroom out at Black Locust Campsite.

The breakfast will help raise money to fund the bathrooms. The breakfast will take place at the American Legion on October 27th at 7 am to 10 am 
 

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Allerton Park Murder Mystery

Holiday events are coming up at Allerton Park this season.

According to Hannah Dole, Allerton Park's Murder Mystery is coming up with Halloween just a few weeks away. The murder mystery is one of Allerton Park's most popular event where people can come dressed up to celebrate Halloween but also solve a murder mystery. 

Dole says that the event is to have a spooky feel with the story being about three witches coming back.

The murder mystery is usually held in the mansion but this year Dole said they will be hosting it in the music barn with the fall weather being so nice. 

Dole did say the event isn't for all ages with it being scary and a mystery to solve. 

Tickets are sold out but you can find more information on the Murder Mystery or other events at Allerton Park on their website at allerton.illinois.edu.

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TOP 10 ILLINOIS ATHLETES

MICHAEL JORDAN LEADS THE LIST OF TOP 10 ILLINOIS ATHLETES IN THE LATEST BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION POLL. 

ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY SPOKESPERSON CHRIS WILLS SAYS IT SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE THAT JORDAN CAME IN AT NUMBER ONE. THE FIVE TIME M-V-P LED THE CHICAGO BULLS TO SIX CHAMPIONSHIPS.

OTHERS MAKING THE TOP 10 INCLUDE CHICAGO CUBS GREAT ERNIE BANKS AND OLYMPIANS JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE AND BONNIE BLAIR. VOTE NOW IN THE NEXT CATEGORY...GROUNDBREAKING WOMEN AT: ILLINOIS TOP 200 DOT COM.

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Durbin votes no on Kavanaugh

Senator Dick Durbin has made his views clear on how he'll vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. Durbin said it's difficult when two individuals have sworn testimony in direct contradiction with each other. He believes Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's willingness to talk to the FBI speaks volumes...

 

Durbin calls Dr Ford credible, cooperative, and resolute. 

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50th Annual Apple and Pork Wrapped Up Sunday

A cast of thousands descended upon Clinton once again for the Apple and Pork Festival on Sunday.

DeWitt County Museum Director Joey Woolridge, indicated with the weather and various food booths there was something for everyone. Woolridge says that the weekend would be one of the last to feature a special exhibit on display at the Museum.

Billy Ervin, Museum board member, said that the Farm Museum was open to the public with a host of antique tractors and a farm lighting display.

Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers reported that the official estimate for the Sunday crowd was 38,380 and 106,502 for the total weekend.
 

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Anderson Ford Drive Athletic Boosters Biggest Fundraiser!

A partnership between a car dealership and a school group in Clinton continues their annual event. 

The Clinton Athletic Booster's partnership with Anderson Ford, a car dealership in Clinton continues this coming Friday. Anderson Ford hosts a Drive One For Your School event at their Clinton dealership location. Athletic Booster President Brian Ennis explains the process of the fundraiser.

This year will run a little differently though, usually, the drive is scheduled for two days for the event to raise 6000 dollars. This year the event is getting cut short one day. Ennis is hoping plenty of folks will be around and stop by and take a drive. According to Ennis, only one person per address can stop by and drive and drivers must be 18.

The goal for the test drives is to get 300 and the Ford Corporation donates $20 per drive. Ennis says that money, combined with funds raised from their home game pork chop and apparel sales all go back into the Clinton Schools sports programs.

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Fall Gardening, and Cleaning Tips


With the month of October starting up, we start to move into colder weather. It's still not too late to prep your gardens for the winter months and with the help of local University of Illinois Extension office has some tips for gardeners. 

Candace Hart, U of I Horticulturist, says we can still harvest before the frosting starts.

Cleaning up now is what direction most would be going through fall. Hart indicated that if you noticed diseased plants or pests cleaning up your garden removing them helping next years garden.

The best to help fight against those diseases is just being in control, scouting out your gardens making sure it doesn't spread. Routine checks are beneficial for your gardens if you want them to live longer.

Hart says if gardeners have any questions, contacting your local Extension office, as each one has a gardener on staff. 
 

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Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting This Tuesday in Monticello

A new Preferred Care Medical Center is opening in Monticello Tuesday.

According to Doctor Jason Goldstein, who is one of the physicians at Preferred, spoke with Regional Radio News about the new medical center opening and what it will offer.

The new medical center will have its opening on Tuesday where Doctor Goldstein says the Monticello Chamber of Commerce wanted to have a ribbon cutting to show off the new facility and let the people visit.

The new medical center will be over on 313 West Main Street next to Filippo's pizza in Monticello. The grand opening will be Tuesday from 4 pm to 6 pm with parking across the street. 

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Durbin questions Dr. Blasey Ford

Durbin questions Dr. Blasey Ford

Senator Dick Durbin questioned Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in the Senate Judiciary Committee, as she testified on her claim that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Durbin addressed new claims someone else assaulted Dr. Ford...

 

After this week's release of a sworn affidavit new sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh from Julie Swetnick, Durbin called for Senate Republicans and the White House to either immediately call for the FBI to conduct an investigation into the multiple allegations of sexual assault by Judge Kavanaugh or withdraw his nomination.

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Money Match Program to Begi

A new unclaimed property program is underway at the Treasurer’s office. Money Match has been created to take away much of the work that individuals needed to put in to get forgotten or lost money owed to them. Simply put the state is going to mail you a check. Treasurer Mike Frerichs says that there are a few guidelines to begin, one being the cash amount needs to be less than $2,000. Secondly if you’re going to be getting a check the state will soon let you know.

In all $12 million will be going out in the first round of Money Match.

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UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FALL

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL IN NEARLY ALL THE STATE’S METRO AREAS LAST MONTH. 

THE JOBLESS RATE IN CHAMPAIGN-URBANA WAS UNCHANGED COMPARED TO THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR…BUT THE 13 OTHER METRO AREAS SAW A DECREASE IN AUGUST. ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH SAYS JOBS WERE ADDED OVER THE YEAR AS WELL.

GOUGH SAYS A LOT OF GAINS WERE SEEN IN MINING AND CONSTRUCTION, MANUFACTURING AND TRANSPORTATION.

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