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Registration Open for Little Galilee's Jr. High New Years Lock-In

Junior high youth groups are encouraged to register for Little Galilee's annual New Year's Eve event.

 

Dr. Robert Shoaff, Executive Director of Little Galilee Christian Camp, indicates registration is underway for "Midnight Madness." Junior high youth will usher in the new year in a safe and fun environment.

 

 

Dr. Shoaff says registration is open to individual students and for area youth pastors to bring their junior high youth groups to the event. In the past, they have offered New Years' activities for high school as well, but it was better attended by the junior high age group.

 

 

Dr. Shoaff notes while Little Galilee is Christian-oriented, they want to maintain a sense of openness to everyone. The main goal of the event is to provide kids with a safe communal experience.

 

 

To register, visit littlegalilee.com.

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Miller Park Zoo Excited for Wild Lights

A Bloomington/Normal entity is welcoming back a popular holiday event back to its original format after COVID canceled last year's event. 

 

Jay Tetzloff is the Executive Director of the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington and indicates their Wild Lights event is back and this year it is expanding to two weekends for the first time.

 

 

Tickets can be purchased ahead of the event but that is not required. According to Tetzloff, they are going to limit attendance this year to be respectful of the COVID conscience. He also points out masks will only be required if you are indoors.

 

 

Tetzloff believes Wild Lights is a great opportunity to not only enjoy a relaxing and charming night out, but can be a great opportunity to see some of their animals in an atmosphere not often offered at the zoo.

 

 

Wild Lights is from 5 pm to 8 pm on Friday and Saturday nights December 3-4, and the same times Friday and Saturday nights, December 10-11. Zoo members get into the event for $3 while the general public is $8. Children three and under are free. 

 

Get more information by visiting millerparkzoo.org or find the Miller Park Zoo on Facebook. 

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November Has Been a Meteorological Rollercoaster

Cold then warm, cold then warm - Mother Nature has offered up a rollercoaster of conditions this month.

 

Ed Shimon at the National Weather Service in Lincoln tells Regional Radio News we started the month cold, then warmed up in the 60s even some areas saw 70s and then there was a cooldown, and things have trended warmer again recently. 

 

 

As we get set to the turn the calendar page on November this week, Shimon indicates it's all looking like it's going average all out to average. 

 

 

After a cool weekend, this week is calling for temperatures to become above normal. Looking to December, Shimon says the trends are showing equal chances of above or below normal precipitation and equal chances of above or below normal temperatures. 

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Fall Has Been Warmer Than Normal in Illinois This Year

FALL HAS BEEN WARMER THAN NORMAL IN ILLINOIS THIS YEAR. 

 

CLIMATOLOGICAL FALL IS WRAPPING UP THIS MONTH, WITH SOME TEMPERATURES FOR THE RECORD BOOKS SAYS STATE CLIMATOLOGIST TRENT FORD.

 

 

FORD SAYS FALL PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN ALL OVER THE PLACE, WITH JUST UNDER SEVEN INCHES SINCE SEPTEMBER IN NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS AND OVER 12 INCHES IN EAST-CENTRAL ILLINOIS. 

 

 

DECEMBER IS LOOKING TO START OFF WITH AVERAGE TEMPS AND PRECIPITATION, ALTHOUGH FORECASTERS ARE LOOKING FOR A LA NINA EFFECT TO POTENTIALLY BRING WARMER AND WETTER WEATHER TO ILLINOIS THROUGH FEBRUARY.

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Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

Better Business Bureau representatives say this could be another strong Christmas shopping season, but warns not all online retailers are reliable, so it's up to you to protect yourself if you shop on Cyber Monday or anytime during the holiday season.

 

The National Retail Federation estimates 62.8% of shoppers plan to do at least part of their shopping online today. BBB Investigator Don O'Brien says when you are shopping, search out legitimate and respected retailers:

 

 

When shopping online, the Better Business Bureau suggests you: Research any business and its owners carefully before paying any money. Try to determine whether the business has an actual office. And read all terms and conditions carefully before completing a purchase.

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Warner Hospital Expanding Family Medicine

The Warner Hospital and Health Services will be expanding their Family Medicine.

 

CEO Paul Skowron notes the board at its meeting Monday approved an expansion of the Family Medicine area. The transfer to electronic records has cleared space in the nurse galleys.

 

 

Another purchase approved was a new John Deere tractor. Skowron indicates this will not only impact the hospital but the community as well.

 

 

Skowron reports through its partnership with Gibson Area Hospital they are bringing in a pulmonologist and a neurologist. 

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Lawmaker says COVID monies should be used to pay off debt

Illinois is running a debt in its unemployment fund balance. And it’s costing the state millions in interests. The fund, which includes money borrowed from the federal government was rapidly depleted during the pandemic. But the bill has been due for a while and the state hasn’t made a payment yet.

 

Republican Rep. Tom Demmer says lawmakers need to prioritize using federal COVID relief dollars to pay off the existing debt.

 

 

The loan to steady the unemployment fund from the federal government was $4.2 billion.

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Illinois State Fair Announces Mega, Jumbo Passes Go on Sale Soon

LOOKING FOR AN EASY GIFT TO GIVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR SUGGESTS PURCHASING A MEGA OR JUMBO PASS.

 

YOU CAN BUY THE PASSES ONLINE AT THE LOWEST PRICES YOU’LL SEE BEFORE THE FAIR NEXT SUMMER SAYS SPOKESPERSON KRISTA LISSER.

 

 

LISSER SAYS FAIRGOERS CAN EXPECT TO SEE SOME NEW RIDES NEXT YEAR AS WELL AS FAVORITES LIKE PHARAOHS FURY, FREAK OUT AND ROCK STAR. 

 

 

MEGA AND JUMBO PASSES, AS WELL AS ADMISSION BOOKLETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT: ILLINOIS STATE FAIR DOT INFO.

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IPPA continues to make donations

Illinois Pork Producers donated 400 hams to the Central Illinois Food Bank for this holiday season. The hams will be distributed across 21 counties. Pam Molitoris, the food banks’ executive director says the donation of protein is always needed and giving someone a center piece to their holiday meal helps make the day special for a family in need.

 

 

Through this donation and others, the Illinois Pork Producers have donated more than 3 million meals to food banks state-wide since 2008.

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Weekly Weather Summary

December is anticipated to begin how November ended with average temperatures and precipitation. State Climatologist Trent Ford has the latest...

 

 

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Warner Hospital CEO Touting Equipment Upgrade as Recruiting Tool

In college sports recruiting, a school's facilities can go a long way in attracting top talent and a local healthcare official is pointing out a similar trend.

 

On the WHOW Morning Show Wednesday, Warner Hospital CEO Paul Skowron told Regional Radio he is finding the new CT machine is attractive to prospective medical professionals.

 

 

For Skowron, the fact the hospital continues to invest in its facilities and make upgrades shows they are progressive and moving forward. He believes this does in fact make a difference to professionals they showcase the facility to.

 

 

According to Skowron, there is also a connection when a potential recruit offers an idea on top of what is already happening in the facility. 

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Battlecross Crusaders Hosting Fundraiser at Forsyth Texas Roadhouse Sunday

If you're grabbing a bite to eat this weekend, a DeWitt County non-profit is asking you to consider choosing Texas Roadhouse in Forsyth on Sunday. 

 

Jeff Morlock with Battlecross Crusaders indicates a percentage of sales for those that show Texas Roadhouse staff their flyer will go back to their efforts to honor local veterans that have passed away.

 

 

For those unfamiliar with Battlecross Crusaders, Morlock indicates it is his goal to honor fallen veterans in DeWitt County by lining funeral processional routes with American flags and providing the family with a memento of their service.

 

 

If you cannot make the Sunday fundraiser, Morlock says they do accept donations at any time. The best way to contribute is to find their Facebook page, Battlecross Crusaders.

 

Again, the fundraiser is Sunday at Texas Roadhouse in Forsyth. 

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Social Security Offers Programs for Disability Recipients to Return to Work

If you receive Social Security or SSI disability benefits and want to try to return to work, there are programs available that can help you do just that.

 

Jack Myers with Social Security says one program they offer is the ticket to work program that is a free and voluntary program that supports career development for SSI beneficiaries or SSI recipients that want to work and progress towards financial independence.

 

 

The second program is called PASS, or Plan for Achieving Self Support. According to Myers, this allows an individual to set aside resources and other income besides benefits for a specified period. The purpose is to pursue a work goal that will reduce your need for benefits.

 

 

If returning to work is a goal of yours, it is important to communicate that with Social Security. Myers indicates to let them know you are starting a new job and report your earnings. You can make the initial report by calling your local office and then you can arrange how to report your monthly income. Online through your mySocialSecurity account is an additional option. 

 

For additional information on how work returning to work will impact your disability benefits, you can review our publications like 'Working While Disabled, How We Can Help', or 'Red Book'. Both are available at www.ssa.gov/pubs.

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Tips for Picking out Christmas Tree

IF YOUR FAMILY IS HEADED OUT THIS WEEKEND TO PICK OUT A CHRISTMAS TREE, YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER A FEW OF THESE TIPS. 

 

ONE THING PEOPLE OFTEN FORGET TO DO IS MEASURE THE SPACE WHERE THEY WANT TO PUT THE TREE, AND IT ENDS UP BEING TOO BIG SAYS UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION HORTICULTURE EDUCATOR RICHARD HENTSCHEL. HE SUGGESTS BRINGING A TAPE MEASURE WHEN YOU HEAD OUT TO THE TREE LOT OR FARM TO MAKE SURE IT WILL FIT. AS FAR AS THE TYPE OF TREE, THAT’S A PERSONAL CHOICE.

 

 

HENTSCHEL SAYS YOU NEED TO KEEP THAT WATER FILLED AT ALL TIMES. NO SPECIAL ADDITIVES LIKE SUGAR OR ASPIRIN ARE NEEDED.

 

 

HENTSCHEL SAYS ONCE YOU GET THE TREE HOME, MAKE A FRESH CUT RIGHT BEFORE PUTTING IT IN THE STAND. 

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DeWitt County Museum Looking Forward to Holiday Season

The DeWitt County Museum and CH Moore Homestead are looking forward to the return of its annual holiday activities.

 

Starting this Friday, November 26, the candlelight tour season kicks off with its annual special event that offers an evening of fun at the Homestead. Director Joey Long believes the Homestead decorated both inside and out brings out the feelings that make the holidays special.

 

 

According to Long, candlelight tours are from 5 pm to 8 pm on Friday nights in December. Long explains they decorate the CH Moore Mansion in Victorian decore and on the opening night of the tours, which again is Friday, November 26, they will offer musical entertainment.

 

 

If you're coming out with younger visitors, Long says Santa Clause will be at the Museum this Friday and Woods Photography will be doing photos for the kids. Long says you can purchase those photos although that is optional.

 

 

Get more information about the candlelight tour season at the Homestead by finding the DeWitt County Museum on Facebook or contact them by phone at 217-935-6066. 

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Atlanta, Illinois Inviting Central Illinois For Weekend of Christmas Fun

If you're in the area or looking for something to fill the time this weekend, officials in Atlanta, Illinois are hoping you'll join them for a weekend of holiday fun.

 

Whitney Ortiz is the Executive Director of the Atlanta, Illinois Tourism Bureau and indicates they have been hard at work to get things ready for the Christmas season. It's going to be a busy weekend in Atlanta highlighted by the community's first-ever Christmas Parade. 

 

 

If you're not in town for the festivities of Christmas, Ortiz indicates she is working on creating a map that will highlight the home Christmas lights displays.

 

 

The Atlanta Christmas Tree Lighting Committee is also doing some fundraising this weekend thanks to the participation of a couple of local establishments. Ortiz says if you're looking to grab a bite to eat this weekend, think of Atlanta.

 

 

Get more information on all things happening this weekend and throughout the holidays in Atlanta by visiting atlantaillinois.org. Ortiz indicates their social media accounts have been generating a lot of interest in the holidays lately and she is hoping that parlays itself into a big weekend in Atlanta. 

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Thanksgiving Weekend Expected to Cool Off

Whether you're heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house or staying in for the weekend, the weather is expecting to cool off as we head into the holiday weekend.

 

On the WHOW Morning Show Wednesday, Ed Shimon at the National Weather Service in Lincoln says things will cool off through the day Thursday setting up a sunny but colder weekend in central Illinois.

 

 

It's been breezy in central Illinois this week but Shimon indicates those winds will calm down for the remainder of the weekend setting up a sunny and calm holiday weekend. 

Into next week, anticipate temperatures creeping back up into the 40s, maybe close to 50 degrees in some places. 

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Illinois Secretary of State's Office Announces Annual Parking Sting at Shopping Malls

ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF STATE JESSE WHITE’S OFFICE IS LAUNCHING ITS ANNUAL DISABILITY PARKING STING AT MALLS ACROSS THE STATE.

 

THE MESSAGE OF THE OPERATION IS SIMPLE SAYS SECRETARY OF STATE SPOKESPERSON BETH KAUFMAN: “IF YOU DON’T BELONG THERE, DON’T PARK THERE.”

 

 

THOSE THAT ARE BUSTED FACE HEFTY FINES RANGING FROM UP TO 35O DOLLARS FOR PARKING IN A DISABILITY SPOT WITHOUT A PLACARD TO AS MUCH AS 25-HUNDRED DOLLARS AND LOSING YOUR LICENSE FOR A YEAR IF CAUGHT USING A DECEASED PERSON’S PLACARD.

 

 

THE STING BEGINS ON BLACK FRIDAY AT SHOPPING CENTERS IN SCHAUMBURG, SPRINGFIELD AND FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE HOLIDAY SEASON AT MALLS STATEWIDE.

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Illinois Office of the Attorney General Determines DeWitt County Board Members Violated Open Meetings Act

The Illinois Office of the Attorney General has determined DeWitt County Board Chair Terry Ferguson and Board member Megan Myers violated the open meetings act but is not issuing any corrective action on the County. 

 

DeWitt County Democrat Pary Chairperson Terry Redman filed the complaint in August stemming from the July 21 meeting where the Board voted to prohibit issuing further building permits to Enel Green Power for its Alta Farms II wind project in northwest DeWitt County. The agenda item sought to get more information from Enel regarding its curtailment of wind turbines during severe weather events. 

 

A Champaign County judge later overturned the Board's decision to withhold those building permits. Myers in email correspondence to Board Chair Ferguson in August defended her motion on the July meeting agenda saying she did her due diligence to ensure any taken was done properly. In the August 6 email, Myers claimed she had contacted Sarah Pratt, Public Access Counselor for the Attorney General's office and that Pratt had told her the motion would not violate the Open Meetings Act.

 

The Attorney General's office noted in its determination Myers' correspondence with the Attorney General's Public Access Counselor happened after the meeting and Pratt advised the agenda item must identify the general subject matter of any related final action. 

 

The motion Myers filed was under "old and new business" and determination added while the Open Meetings Act does not define the term "general subject matter" the Illinois Senate enacted a provision in 2013 that ensures agendas provide sufficiently descriptive advance notice of the matters upon which a public body anticipates taking final action.

 

The Attorney General's office determination noted a person reviewing the agenda before the meeting would have been deprived of advance notice of the general subject matter of the Board's action to prohibit the issuance of building permits to Alta Farms Wind Farm until it provided confirmation that power companies would automatically curtail turbines for its wind farm project during severe weather. 

 

While the Board was determined to have violated the open meetings act, the Attorney General's office has deemed no corrective action is required but did request the Board be mindful of its statutory obligations to include on its meeting agendas the general subject matter of all topics of final action. 

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DeWitt County Administrator Breaks Down Upcoming Budget

DeWitt County's Administrator is very pleased with the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

 

DeeDee Rentmeister told Regional Radio News they are lowering the overall County levy by two cents for this upcoming year. She is crediting elected officials and department heads for their diligent and conservative budgeting.

 

 

For DeWitt County, Rentmeister explains the County relies heavily on local tax dollars and other contracts like the hosting fee for the landfill.

 

 

The County operates on a $28-million budget. According to Rentmeister, there are several areas of the budget that do not rely on tax dollars and instead on fines and fees. She also points out by next year, the County will have received $3-million in COVID money from the government.

 

 

COVID funding is going to help the budget for the next few years. Rentmeister explains the CARES funding ended last year but the rescue plan funding does not have to be used until 2024.

 

 

Rentmeister again reiterated her appreciation to elected officials and department heads for being conservative in their budgeting. 

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Heyworth Schools Exploring Self-Established COVID Exit Strategy

The lack of communication from government officials regarding COVID is starting to frustrate local school leaders to the point they are exploring self-established metrics to unmask children and start to return to a completely normal school setting.

 

Administrators across the State have admitted the only thing different about this school year has been the masks and the fact there are still some distancing precautions but that is impacting group work - a critical piece to 21st-century learning. Dr. Lisa Taylor is the Superintendent of Heyworth Schools and says they are now exploring their own exit strategy.

 

 

According to Dr. Taylor, the goal would be to break down the exit strategy as close to building level and then grade levels after that. She indicates the goal would be to keep as many kids in school as possible.

 

 

Dr. Taylor calls it the professional responsibility to come up with a plan because anxiety is growing among the staff, kids, and community. She says if the experts were offering a plan of action, they would likely go along with that but as of now, there is none.

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Thanksgiving Gas Prices

Prices at the pump are on the decline, as a recent report details the lack of travel this Thanksgiving holiday.

 

According to a new study by GasBuddy, only 32 percent of Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving this year, a decline from 35% from last year. Patrick DeHaan (DE-Hawn) is the Head of Petroleum at GasBuddy.

 

 

The recent report also details how 75% of Americans say that COVID-19 has had no impact on their holiday plans this year. On Monday, the average price per gallon stood at $3.51 in Illinois.

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Illinois State Police Upping Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement

STATE AND LOCAL POLICE ARE BOOSTING PATROLS FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. 

 

THIS IS ONE OF THE BUSIEST TRAVEL TIMES OF THE YEAR, SO EXTRA POLICE, SPECIAL DETAILS AND ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECKS ARE BEING DEPLOYED SAYS ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SPOKESPERSON PAUL WAPPEL.

 

 

POLICE WILL BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR DRUNK DRIVERS, SPEEDERS, THOSE NOT WEARING A SEATBELT, DISTRACTED DRIVERS AND MORE SAYS  WAPPEL.

 

 

AS OF NOVEMBER 12th…ONE THOUSAND 90 PEOPLE HAVE DIED ON ILLINOIS ROADS THIS YEAR. THAT’S AN INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR.

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Illinois GOP Announces Proposal to Fight Inflation

ILLINOIS HOUSE REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ARE PROPOSING A RELIEF PACKAGE TO HELP COMBAT RISING INFLATION. 

 

THE ONE POINT FOUR BILLION DOLLAR PLAN INCLUDES A ONE-TIME TAX CREDIT OF UP TO 400 DOLLARS, DEPENDING ON INCOME. IT WOULD BE APPLIED TO TAXES FILED NEXT YEAR AND IS NEEDED AS EVERYTHING FROM THE COST OF BACON TO NATURAL GAS IS GOING UP SAYS LITCHFIELD REPRESENTATIVE AVERY BOURNE.

 

 

IT WOULD BE APPLIED WHEN YOU FILE TAXES IN THE SPRING SAYS REPRESENTATIVE TOM DEMMER OF DIXON.

 

 

THE G-O-P SAYS THIS COULD BE PAID FOR WITH FEDERAL COVID-19 RELIEF MONEY AND HOPES THE PROPOSAL IS APPROVED WHEN THE LEGISLATURE RETURNS TO SPRINGFIELD IN JANUARY.

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DeWitt County Museum Partnering With John Warner for Special Aviation Exhibit

Aviation and DeWitt County.

 

It's a story that John Warner wants to tell and so he is partnering with the DeWitt County Museum to make it happen. On the WHOW Morning Show Tuesday, Director Joey Long told Regional Radio she is very excited about this exhibit and will need the public's help in making it happen.

 

 

(Pictured left to right: John Warner, Joey Woolridge, Denis Hambucken)

 

According to Warner, there is a long history of aviation in DeWitt County and he wants to tell that story. He says from airline hostesses to war veteran pilots or just airport workers, there are stories worth telling.

 

 

A friend and colleague of Warner's, Denis Hambucken is going to help with the exhibit. He indicates he's worked closely with Warner on other museum exhibits in other places and is also a photographer and designer.

 

 

Long says if anyone is interested in contributing to this exhibit or has stories and artifacts they are unsure if the Museum would be interested in those, to contact the Museum either on Facebook or give them a call.

 

 

The exhibit is targeted to get up and going in June of 2022. 

 

Get more information by finding the page 'Prairie Flyers: A Century of Aviation in DeWitt County' or call the museum at 217-935-6066. 

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