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  • Downtown parking in Clinton is back on the radar for City leaders. 
     
    Earlier this month, it was decided the City would temporarily end the use of parking meters after local business owners said their patrons were getting ticketed for expired meters.
     
    Commissioner of Public Safety, Danny Ballenger explains the meters are inconsistently enforced because it falls under the jurisdiction of the police department.
     
     
    After 90 days, business owners are asked to seek out local leaders and let them know if they the 90 days of no parking meters has worked out for their patrons. 
     
    Meters around the square were covered this week to signify the change. 

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  • Warner Hospital and Health Services are among several area agencies partnering to provide youth in medical school with first hand experience in rural healthcare.
     
    The program is the Central Illinois Health Education Center at Illinois State University and Sharon Mills explains they work with a number of universities and high schools across the state and midwest.
     
     
    Katie Hamel is a student at Olivet Nazarene and hopes to be a doctor. She has spent the week taking in several aspects of rural healthcare explains her experience in Clinton this week has opened her eyes to a new type of health care.
     
     
    CEO of Warner Hospital and Health Services, Paul Skowron says the program provides them a great recruiting tool. He notes they are getting their name out to the state's universities.
     
     
    Hamel saw and met the mental health board, got to see the drug court, Sheriff's Office, Heritage Behavioral Health Center, the Encore Thrift Store and HRC East among many other agencies. 
     
    Mills says the goal is to introduce her to all aspects of healthcare of a community and how a community works together to meet the challenges in a community. 

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  • It's been a quiet year for local gardeners.
     
    That's what local master gardener Candace Miller at the University of Illinois Extension Office is reporting. She says they are fielding questions on typical fungal and disease issues but so far there's not been anything out of the ordinary.
     
     
    There was a two week stretch of very warm weather and now we're in the midst of a somewhat mild stretch. Miller says August has been predicted to be cooler than normal and doesn't know yet how that could impact your gardens.
     
     
    If you found a plant that did not pan out the first time you planted, Miller says you could start replanting a few things now and looking ahead, those cool weather plants, like lettuces, could be planted now and be ready by late September.
     
     
    Miller has a couple horticulture programs coming up. To get more information on those or for garden and other questions, contact her at the University of Illinois Extension in DeWitt County at 217-935-5764. In Macon County, dial 217-877-6042. Or in Piatt County, call 217-762-2191. You can also visit web.extension.illinois.edu/dmp. 

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  • Monday marks a rare phenomenon for central Illinois residents, a solar eclipse.
     
    While rarely seen to the totality of 95% locally and almost 100% in southern Illinois, the National Weather Service says we will see another soon. Chris Miller notes the eclipse is going to be hard to miss, but it will also come with its risks without proper precautions.
     
     
    If you don't have access to the proper glasses, Miller says there are some other ways to safely view the eclipse. Visit https://www.weather.gov/source/crh/eclipse.html for more information.
     
     
    Miller notes, this will likely not be the last time you can see something like this in the US as another eclipse is expected again.
     
     
    The Warner Library in Clinton is providing their patrons and the community a viewing time and will be providing the proper viewing glasses as well.

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  • When it comes to political life in Illinois, it appears 83 is the new 53. 
     
    Secretary of State Jesse White previously announced his fifth and current term would be last, but he has had a change of heart and he made that change official at the Illinois County Chairman Brunch at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.
     
     
    The White era began with his first term in 1998. 

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  • THE ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASED SLIGHTLY LAST MONTH. 
     
    THE JOBLESS RATE ROSE TO FOUR POINT EIGHT PERCENT IN JULY…AND JOB GROWTH IN ILLINOIS REMAINS BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE SAYS STATE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH (goff).
     
     
    GOUGH (goff) SAYS THERE WAS ONLY A NET GAIN OF 21-HUNDRED JOBS LAST MONTH.
     
     
    JOB GROWTH WAS SEEN LAST MONTH IN PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS SERVICES AND LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY. LOSSES WERE FELT IN CONSTRUCTION, TRANSPORTATION AND EDUCATION AND HEALTH SERVICES.

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  • Next week, the Illinois House will take an override vote, seeking to eliminate the amendatory veto changes Governor Rauner made to Senate Bill One, the school funding reform package. Rauner says negotiations are in play.
     
     
    The House is scheduled to take an override vote on Wednesday.

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