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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. 


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.


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.


Weekly Weather Summary

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

 


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. 


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.


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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