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Clinton Grocery Store Owner Says Inflation More Than Increase in Prices

A Clinton grocery store owner says inflation is at least at 20 percent currently and it's because it is more than just increases in prices.

 

Dave Jackson owns the Clinton Save-A-Lot and told Regional Radio on the WHOW Morning Show maintains this is the worst inflation he's ever seen in the grocery business spanning several decades.

 

 

Jackson says there are almost zero items left in the store that has not been touched by a price increase. He points to water which has had to gradually increase its price after years and years of having the lowest price.

 

 

One of the biggest culprits of price increase has been what Jackson refers to as 'stealth-inflation, or companies reducing how much of a good you get without reducing the purchase price.

 

 

Jackson has countless examples of products that, over time, have decreased in what you get but the prices are not reflected in those decreases. 

 

Clinton Save-A-Lot is located at 205 East Washington Street in Clinton. 

Celebrate Clinton Hosting First Ever 'Founder's Day'

The first-of-its-kind event in Clinton takes place this weekend.

 

The Celebrate Clinton Association, known for events like the downtown Fourth of July Celebration and the organizer of the annual Fourth of July fireworks display, is hosting the first-ever Founders Day in Clinton. Edith Brady-Lunny indicates this event will highlight the relationship between Abraham Lincoln, CH Moore, and Jesse Fell.

 

 

This idea for a Founder's Day celebration is two years in the making but like most ideas that morphed around 2020, COVID put a wrench in those plans. Brady-Lunny says the time is now right for an event like this.

 

 

The day starts on Clinton Square at 1 pm with a couple of short presentations and will transition to the lawn of the CH Moore Homestead at 2 pm.

 

 

The event is again, Sunday starting on the Downtown Clinton Square at 1 pm and transitions up Center Street to the CH Moore Homestead at 2 pm. You can learn more by finding the Celebrate Clinton Association on Facebook. 

Teen Dating Violence Has Evolved Thanks to Social Media

As school gets back in session for most central Illinois schools this week, a group of central Illinois professionals is encouraging parents to engage their teenagers regarding healthy romantic relationships.

 

Last week on Regional Radio, we introduced listeners to the basics of teen dating violence with Jill Maxey, the Executive Director of Willow Tree Missions in Piatt County, and Andrea Kocher with DOVE Inc. in Piatt County. They point out teen dating violence can often mirror domestic abuse.

 

 

According to Maxey, social media is a bigger driver of teen dating violence today than ever before. She explains abusers will gain access to a partner's online information and gain control through that means.

 

 

Kocher points out that social media is an easy avenue for stalking and harassing an individual. She explains it is a tool for an abuser to maintain control.

 

 

Deputy Lindsey Bross is the Piatt County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer in Piatt County and points out law enforcement has to get involved in situations when the relationship turns a corner into 'sexting' and exchanging sexually explicit images.

 

We'll hear from her still this week on Regional Radio News. 

Winner in Illinois State Fair Master Showmanship

Plenty of talent at the Illinois State Fair Master Showmanship Contest. There were 60 participants and the winner was Carter Hoge from McDonough County.

 

 

The competition was Friday night.

Weekly Crop Report

CROP CONDITIONS DETERIORATED JUST A BIT OVER THE PAST WEEK IN ILLINOIS. 

 

IN THE LATEST WEEKLY CROP REPORT, SOYBEANS ARE BLOOMING ON 93 PERCENT OF ACRES SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER.

 

 

70 PERCENT OF CORN IS IN THE DOUGH STAGE AND 12 PERCENT IS IN THE DENT STAGE. 73 PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION, A DROP OF TWO POINTS FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK. 

 

 

AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE IS RATED SEVEN PERCENT VERY SHORT, 16 PERCENT SHORT, 64 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 13 PERCENT SURPLUS. THE THIRD CUTTING OF ALFALFA HAY IS NOW 47 PERCENT COMPLETE.

State Awards $106-Million in 50 Communities Across Illinois

THE STATE IS AWARDING 106 MILLION DOLLARS IN GRANTS TO 50 COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE STATE. 

 

THE MONEY COMES FROM THE REBUILD ILLINOIS DOWNTOWNS AND MAIN STREETS CAPITAL PROGRAM AND IS THE LARGEST INVESTMENT IN COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION SAYS GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER.

 

FEDERAL MATCHING GRANTS BRING TOTAL FUNDING TO MORE THAN 200 MILLION DOLLARS.

 

 

PROJECTS INCLUDE REVITALIZING THE DOWNTOWN SQUARE IN MONMOUTH, IMPROVING THE CIVIC CENTER IN NILES, REDEVELOPING DOWNTOWN HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN CHAMPAIGN AND RENOVATING THE TIMES THEATRE IN ROCKFORD.

New Program for Elderly Illinoisans Launched

THE STATE IS LAUNCHING A NEW PROGRAM FOR ELDERLY ILLINOISANS. 

 

THE INITIATIVE IS DUBBED "PACE," THE PROGRAM OF ALL-INCLUSIVE CARE FOR THE ELDERLY. THE GOAL IS TO COORDINATE MEDICAL CARE AND HEALTH SERVICES, SO THAT SENIORS CAN REMAIN IN THEIR HOMES INSTEAD OF MOVING INTO A NURSING HOME FACILITY SAYS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JULIANA STRATTON.

 

 

THE GOAL OF "PACE," THE PROGRAM OF ALL-INCLUSIVE CARE FOR THE ELDERLY, IS TO HELP SENIORS STAY IN THEIR HOMES INSTEAD OF A NURSING FACILITY BY COORDINATING CARE AND LOCAL RESOURCES SAYS GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER.

 

 

THE NEW PACE PROGRAM WILL INITIALLY BE AVAILABLE IN WEST CHICAGO, SOUTH CHICAGO, SOUTHERN COOK COUNTY, PEORIA AND EAST SAINT LOUIS.

Clinton Police School Resource Officer Discusses Back to School Safety

School in central Illinois gets back in session this week and a local law enforcement official is offering up his annual reminders for safety around schools.

 

Clinton Police Department School Resource Officer Mike Bennett indicates the biggest change in Clinton will be the traffic around the various school buildings. He encourages motorists to either avoid the areas or allow for extra time during their daily commutes.

 

 

According to Officers Bennett, the pick-up list is one of the biggest issues the district encounters on a regular basis when it comes to dropping off/pick up. He encourages families to have that list updated before the first day of school.

 

 

If your child is on any medications that will need to be administered at school, Officer Bennett encourages parents to make sure the school is aware of those and if there are any changes from the previous school year.

 

 

In areas of the schools, motorists are asked to be aware of children walking or biking to school. Officer Bennett also encourages parents to go over the rules of the road and to encourage them to look both ways before crossing the street.

 

 

One of the most egregious offenses Officer Bennett says he encounters far too often is motorists that simply ignore the crossing guard signals on buses. He emphasizes the severe consequences this offense carries.

 

 

Officer Bennett encourages parents as much as possible, get kids to school on time, and for the general public to be aware of the increase in traffic that is inevitably going to come starting Wednesday in Clinton. 

Clinton Chamber of Commerce Readying for Haunted House Season

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce is readying for its annual haunted house season.

 

On the WHOW Morning Show Friday, Marian Brisard announced the dates for this year's Terror on Washington Street Haunted House noting because Halloween falls on a Monday this year, there will not be a Halloween night Haunted House.

 

 

Brisard says progress on the annual haunted house will likely go all the way up to opening day.

 

 

Brisard explains they are taking the entrance room where guests would normally have the rules of the house presented and turning that into another scare room. She notes rules will be presented outside. 

 

Get more information about the annual haunted house by visiting clintonhauntedhouse.com. 

August Outlooks Have Completely Turned

If you're not a fan of the oppressive August heat, you're going to like the latest outlooks from the National Weather Service.

 

Ed Shimon at the National Weather Service in Lincoln indicates the August outlooks have gone from above normal for temperatures and below normal for rainfall to below average temperatures and below average rainfall.

 

 

The heat has shifted to the Pacific Northwest and the east. Shimon indicates we may not get the excessive heat at all that we once anticipated this summer.

 

 

At the halfway point this month, Shimon explains while we're a few degrees above normal at this point, it wouldn't take much to drop to an average temperature for the month and if we get several cool nights, we could end up cooler than normal.

 

 

Shimon notes if the dry trend lasts through the fall months, which is the trend for the time being, that could bring back drought concerns heading into the winter. 

Today (Monday) is Senior Day at Illinois State Fair

MONDAY IS SENIOR DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR.

 

VISITORS AGE 60 AND OVER GET INTO THE FAIR FOR FREE ON SENIOR DAY. ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT ON AGING DIRECTOR PAULA BASTA SAYS THERE ARE PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED.

 

 

HEALTH SCREENINGS ARE ALSO BEING OFFERED, ALONG WITH COVID BOOSTER SHOTS AND HAIRCUTS. SCOOTERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR RENT INSIDE THE ILLINOIS BUILDING BY THE MAIN GATE. 

 

 

MUCH OF THAT IS LOCATED IN THE ILLINOIS BUILDING ON THE FAIRGROUNDS NEAR THE MAIN GATE. SCOOTERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR RENT THERE AS WELL. THE STATE FAIR RUNS THROUGH AUGUST 21ST.

Sunday Was Veteran's Day at the Illinois State Fair

SUNDAY WAS VETERAN'S DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR. 

 

THE DAY KICKED OFF WITH A SPECIAL CEREMONY FOR GOLD STAR FAMILIES, THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE LOST SOLDIERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER SPOKE AT THE EVENT ABOUT WHAT LOVED ONES GO THROUGH WHILE THEIR SOLDIER IS AWAY.

 

 

GOV. PRITZKER SPOKE TO THE CROWD ABOUT THE SACRIFICES MADE BY SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

 

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A VETERAN'S PROGRAM AND PARADE.

Previewing DNR's 'Conservation World' At Illinois State Fair

LOOKING FOR SOME FUN, FREE ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR? CHECK OUT CONSERVATION WORLD.

 

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WANTS FAIRGOERS TO EMBRACE THEIR LOVE FOR THE OUTDOORS WHEN THEY VISIT CONSERVATION WORLD. DIRECTOR COLLEEN CALLAHAN SAYS IT'S A GREAT ENVIRONMENT FOR FAMILIES WITH PLENTY TO DO.

 

 

CALLAHAN SAYS THE 30-ACRE TRACT THAT MAKES UP CONSERVATION WORLD OFFERS FREE FISHING CLINICS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND WILDLIFE TENTS

 

 

CONSERVATION WORLD ALSO HAS A LUMBERJACK SHOW, LIVE MUSIC, A YOUTH B-B GUN RANGE AND A ROCK CLIMBING WALL.

Weekly Weather Summary

It was a mild week in central Illinois, setting up a trend for the rest of the month. State Climatologist Trent Ford has more...

 

 

New Legislation Ensures Families of Fallen First Responders Receive Benefits

NEW LEGISLATION PROPOSED BY ILLINOIS COMPTROLLER SUSANA MENDOZA WOULD ENSURE THE FAMILIES OF FALLEN FIRST RESPONDERS RECEIVE THE APPROPRIATE BENEFITS. 

 

FAMILIES ARE ENTITLED TO THE BENEFITS UNDER THE LINE OF DUTY COMPENSATION ACT, BUT FUNDING SOMETIMES RUNS OUT BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR. THIS CAUSES DELAYS IN THE MONEY TO BE PAID OUT SAYS COMPTROLLER MENDOZA.

 

 

THE MEASURE JUST FILED WOULD MAKE THESE PAYMENTS A CONTINUING APPROPRIATION, SO THAT FUNDING FOR BENEFITS IS ALWAYS THERE SAYS MENDOZA.

 

 

MENDOZA SAYS CURRENTLY, FUNDS SOMETIMES RUN OUT BEFORE THE END OF A FISCAL YEAR, LEADING TO A DELAY IN THE MONEY BEING PAID OUT.

Gov. Pritzker Signs Six-Year Transportation Plan for Illinois

GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS ANNOUNCING A MORE THAN 34 BILLION DOLLAR SIX-YEAR STATE TRANSPORTATION PLAN.

 

THE GOVERNOR SAYS THIS INVESTMENT IS THE STATE'S HIGHEST YET, ADDRESSING REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS ILLINOIS.

 

 

FOR EXAMPLE...

 

 

THERE'S ALSO MONEY TO BOOST RAILROAD CROSSING AND HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ADDRESS AIRPORT AND TRANSIT NEEDS.

August Above Normal for Temperatures So Far

It's been warmer than average in August so far but not noticeably painful.

 

That's how Ed Shimon at the National Weather Service in Lincoln described the month so far. He explains it hasn't been noticeably above normal but so far it's been wet and warm.

 

 

The traditional oppressive heat of August has largely stayed away but Shimon notes some warm nights at the start of August have helped the average temperature trends stay high.

 

 

The above normal trends for the rest of the month and in fact, have almost done an entire 180. We'll have more from Shimon Monday on Regional Radio News. 

Sheriff Walker Outlines New Body Cameras and Benefits

DeWitt County Sheriff Mike Walker says new body cameras coming to his department thanks to ARPA funds will be very high tech and years of use have already proven beneficial.

 

Body cameras are becoming increasingly in demand as police come under more and more public scrutiny. Body cameras have been used in DeWitt County for many years and Sheriff Walker says they've proven to be largely beneficial.

 

 

According to Sheriff Walker, the department is getting body cameras that will match the brand of in-car laptops, which he says they are in the process of getting new in-car laptops.

 

 

Among the perks of updating the body and in-car cameras will be the automatic turning on of the body cams and in-car cameras when certain events trigger them on.

 

 

Sheriff Walker says while the body cams provide good evidence for police in the event of complaints or incidents they are involved in, he says it provides for more accurate report writing.

New Bement Superintendent Looks Forward to New Opportunity

Mary Vogt calls her journey to the Superintendency in Bement one that has come full circle.

 

The Champaign native began her career in education briefly outside of Piatt County. When her youngest daughter entered school, she came to the Monticello district in White Heath, and in her final year in Monticello, her daughter graduated. 

 

 

As Vogt transitions to the role of Superintendent, she is learning there is quite a difference in starting the school year as a building administrator versus the district administrator. She explains there is a lot more to keep track of and she is learning to rely on her administrative team.

 

 

According to Vogt, the support of the community and the future outlook of Bement Schools has her motivated to continue the good things happening and continue to make the district stronger.

 

 

Vogt calls herself extremely fortunate that the students of her district are all on one campus and if she leaves her office, it's likely she's going to run into those students that she got into education to serve. 

OSF Doctor Concerned Over Lack of Routine Pediatric Immunizations

A recent study by the CDC shows a drop-off in children receiving routine vaccinations. During the 2020-2021 school year, the rate dropped from 95% to lower than 94%, which represents more than 35,000 children. A doctor with OSF HealthCare thinks it may be linked - at least in part - to the pandemic.

 

Dr. Rebecca Sierra says getting people into the office and keeping them up to date on their visits and vaccines fell off during the height of the pandemic. She says a decrease in vaccination rates could result in fewer communities maintaining herd immunity for preventable diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough.

 

 

She says if kids haven't had a routine physical within the last year they need to check in and make sure that there's nothing that needs to be addressed. If you have questions about your child’s vaccination schedule or about vaccines in general, Dr. Sierra recommends reaching out to your child’s pediatrician.

Fair Food Preview

The ribbon was cut on the Illinois State Fair on Thursday and Governor JB Pritzker says as he spends time on the grounds there are a few food items that stand out as must-haves.

 

 

The fair runs through next Sunday in Springfield.

Central Illinois Financial Advisor Reacts to 'Inflation Reduction Act'

A 4-hundred 30-billion-dollar Inflation Reduction Act economic package is heading to the House of Representatives on Friday.

 

However, a financial advisor reports the package has little to do with inflation. Kevin Kingston is a financial advisor at Savant Wealth Management.

 

 

The economic package includes billions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, impose a 15-percent tax on corporations earning over one-billion dollars and invest in clean energy technology. According to President Joe Biden, the economic package would bring down inflation by "lowering the deficit and lowering costs for regular families." The latest Consumer Price Index, measuring the nation's inflation, showed inflation cooled to 8.5% from 9.1% over the past month.

After Latest Deposit, State's Rainy Day Fund Tops $1-Billion

AFTER THE LATEST DEPOSIT, THE STATE’S RAINY DAY FUND NOW TOPS ONE BILLION DOLLARS. 

 

THAT’S THE MOST THE FUND HAS EVER HAD SAYS ILLINOIS COMPTROLLER SUSANA MENDOZA, AND A VITAL RESOURCE SHOULD THE STATE SUFFER TOUGH TIMES.

 

 

MENDOZA WOULD EVENTUALLY LIKE TO SEE MORE THAN THREE BILLION DOLLARS IN THE FUND. 

 

 

WHILE THE STATE BUDGET STALEMATE OF 2015 TO 2017 WAS GOING ON, THE RAINY DAY FUND DROPPED TO AROUND 48 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

Local Experts Outline Basics of Teen Dating Violence

As kids get set to get back to school in the next few weeks, they will quickly be reunited with friends they haven't seen in some time.

 

New friendships and romantic relationships will be forged and local experts are imploring parents to be mindful of the things kids are doing online. Andrea Kocher with DOVE Inc. in Piatt County says teen dating violence happens in roughly one in ten Piatt County relationships.

 

 

On the WHOW Morning Show Wednesday, Kocher told Regional Radio teen dating violence will look a little different than domestic abuse. While they may not be stuck in the same home as their abuser, they can be stuck in a relationship.

 

 

Jill Maxey is the Executive Director of Willow Tree Missions in Piatt County and says when kids approach adults about a situation they are dealing with, we need to believe them. Piatt County Sheriff's Office Deputy Lindsey Bross - the School Resource Officer - notes many times she encounters a victim who has disclosed the information to someone who encourages that person to come forward.

 

 

We'll have more from Kocher, Maxey, and Det. Bross next week on Regional Radio on teen dating violence as school gets back in session across much of central Illinois. 

Illinois State Fair Opens Today

The Illinois State Fair will open with a flourish at the Grandstand this year. Ahead of the annual Twilight Parade, harness racing will begin at noon on Thursday according to Rebecca Clark, State Fair Manager.

 

 

A free ice cream social will be held at noon and the first 100 kids who come to the races will receive a free stick horse.

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