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Former principal of Clinton High School Ron Conner passed away at age 67 Tuesday night in Bloomington.

 

Conner served as principal from 1994-2012. He has been on the Clinton Board of Education since 2015 and served on the IHSA Board of Directors as well as the HRC Board.

 

Conner was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving from '72-'73.

 

A time to celebrate with Ron’s family will be 4 – 7 PM Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the Clinton Community High School gymnasium. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to R.C. Conner Scholarship Fund.


The Clinton Chamber of Commerce is going to pack up their visitors center at Clinton Antique Mall and move it to the grounds adjacent to the haunted house and repurpose it.

 

Executive Director Marian Brisard explains they are going to create an escape room with the structure. This will give attendees of the haunted house something more to do while they wait to go through.

 

 

Brisard indicates a haunted house convention in St. Louis this spring inspired them. The themes will change each week and she points out they are going to theme one weekend around a local veterinarian.

 

 

The change also comes with a small financial incentive for the Chamber. Brisard explains it is $600 a year to house their visitors center at the Antique Mall but it will be a cost of $500 to move it to the haunted house site on Washington Street.

 

 

After the haunted house season, Brisard says they could open up the escape room to anyone who may want to do a team-building exercise or even for special events. 

 

Chamber officials also say they are adjusting their dates for the haunted house. Brisard says they are not going to open on the traditional first weekend of October but rather the second and then take their open dates to November 1-2 immediately following Halloween on Thursday, October 31. 


Community Action of Central Illinois is again looking at a way to better serve their communities and their clients, and their new app is at the heart of the change. 

 

Executive Director, Alison Rumler-Gomez indicates they want their family service workers to become more of a coach with their clients and less of a monitor. She explains aiding them in this shift is the new app they developed for their clients.

 

 

The shift comes with more of a focus on their clients and asking them to evaluate themselves. Rumler-Gomez explains they are asking their clients to take control of their circumstances and then giving them the tools to work through that.

 

 

Rumler-Gomez indicates the way they were working with their families was becoming like a checklist of things to do. She explains they know this because their clients told them and so they listened and adjusted their approach.

 

 

While the checklists have their merits, Rumler-Gomez says their staff is starting to get on board more and more and they are seeing the value of the new approach. 


NOW THAT ILLINOIS HAS LEGALIZED RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA…ONE QUESTION THAT REMAINS IS HOW WILL POLICE TEST PEOPLE FOR DRIVING WHILE STONED?

 

POLICE CAN EASILY TEST FOR ALCOHOL IMPAIRMENT WITH A BREATHALYZER OR FIELD SOBRIETY TEST…BUT THE SAME IS NOT TRUE FOR POT. THAT’S BEEN A BIG CONCERN FOR POLICE, BUT GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER SAYS THEY ARE ADDRESSING THE ISSUE.

 

 

SENATOR HEATHER STEANS (stains) OF CHICAGO SAYS THEY ARE LOOKING AT METHODS USED IN OTHER STATES.

 

 

THE NEW MARIJUANA LAW CREATES A SPECIAL TASK FORCE TO LOOK AT THE ISSUE, ENLISTING THE HELP OF POLICE TO COME UP WITH SOLID WAYS TO TEST DRIVERS.


One of the most discouraging developments in the pharmaceutical business is the struggle of rural, independent pharmacies to stay alive and profitable. 

 

State Senator Andy Manar says relief is on the way for those businesses and the people who depend on them as the Department of Healthcare and Family Services is now implementing the Critical Access Pharmacy Program, providing $10 million in additional funding to keep rural, independent pharmacies open....

 

 

Manar says throughout rural Illinois communities, consumers have experienced skyrocketing drug prices because of the poorly-regulated Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) industry. PBM operations craft special deals with large corporate chain stores that small, independent and locally-owned operations can’t compete with. 


Red Cross Missing Types Campaign Is Back

The American Red Cross is in need of blood during the summer months at least as much if not more than during the rest of the year, according to an agency spokesman. As a rule, donations fall off between May and August, so the organization is bringing back an awareness campaign to try and stir people to make the effort to donate.

 

The campaign is called Missing Types. Joe Zydlo (ZID-low) says the goal is to get potential donors to make an appointment, and then follow through.

 

 

The Missing Types campaign draws attention to what happens when the letters A, B, and O are missing from everyday life. You can find donation location information on the organization's website, www.RedCross.org. 


ONE OF THE KEY COMPONENTS OF THE STATE’S NEW MARIJUANA LAW IS ADDRESSING THOSE PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED FOR MINOR VIOLATIONS.

 

ABOUT 700 THOUSAND RECORDS COULD BE WIPED CLEAN UNDER THE LAW. MORE THAN HALF ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE AUTOMATICALLY EXPUNGED OR PARDONED IF THE OFFENSE INVOLVES LESS THAN 30 GRAMS OF WEED. GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER SAYS TOUGH MARIJUANA LAWS HAVE HIT MINORITY COMMUNITIES ESPECIALLY HARD.

 

 

REPRESENTATIVE JEHAN GORDON-BOOTH OF PEORIA. SHE ADDS THE EXPUNGEMENT PORTION OF THE LAW IS SO IMPORTANT.

 

 

THOSE BUSTED FOR LARGER AMOUNT OF POT COULD PETITION THE COURTS TO VACATE THEIR CONVICTION. NO VIOLENT OFFENDERS WOULD BE ELIGIBLE.


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