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Illinois' Elementary Achievement Gap Narrowing

Illinois' latest standardized test results show that the achievement gap among elementary school students is narrowing, largely because of gains among black, special education and low-income students, the Illinois State Board of Education announced Monday.

The board also said that nine schools flagged for improvement under the decade-old federal No Child Left Behind Act were taken off that status because they made adequate yearly progress for two years in a row. The improvement came even as the state's proficiency benchmarks rose 7.5% over the past two years.

The state board reported that over time, the achievement gap between white and black students has narrowed by 11.4% in math and 7.9% in reading. Since 2006, black students have posted a 14.3% increase in meeting and exceeding proficiency in math and a 13% increase in reading on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test.

Hispanic students also have upped their proficiency on the statewide test, improving by 4.7% in math and 5.2% in reading.

The improvements come as the number of minority students in Illinois' public schools continues to climb, from 36.7% of students in 1997 to 48.6% this year. During that span, the population of the state's low-income students rose from 35.7% to 48.1%.

Week's Weather Summary and Outlook

This week saw a swing of conditions with temps just above average in central Illinois. It could warm up mid-week, but cool down by the end of the week according state meteorologist Steve Hilberg.

[audio:wx.mp3]Steve Hilberg With This Week's Weather Summary and Outlook[/audio]

Officials Say Meth Arrests Make Difference

Law enforcement officials say the arrests of 14 people last week has made a serious dent in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Pekin and Peoria areas.

The arrests stem from a new effort to eradicate meth production in the area.

The suspects were indicted Sept. 29 on charges of conspiracy to make and distribute meth, but the charges were sealed until last Thursday.

The indictment says the conspiracy lasted from 2009 to 2010 in Peoria and Tazewell County and involved more than 500 grams of meth. That number is not a true measure of the drugs involved but rather a statutory limit for a sentencing range of 10 years to life in prison.

Officials urged the community to help fight the meth problem.

Man Imprisoned in 1970s Logan County Slayings Dies

Police say a Logan County man convicted of killing a grocery store clerk and his pregnant wife 35 years ago has died in prison.

56-year-old Russell Smrekar died at Menard Correctional Center from a medical condition.

Smrekar was serving a 300-year sentence for shooting Lincoln grocery store clerk Jay Fry and his pregnant wife, Robin, in October 1976. Authorities say Jay Fry was killed after witnessing Smrekar stealing steaks at a Kroger; his wife was killed because she witnessed her husband's slaying.

Last month, Smrekar confessed to killing Ruth Martin of Lincoln because she also saw him stealing. She disappeared in June 1976.

He also said he killed Lincoln College student Michael Mansfield of Rolling Meadows in 1975. Mansfield disappeared six days before he was to testify in another case in which Smrekar was accused of burglarizing a dorm room.

Environmental Groups Vow To Continue Fight Against Landfill Waste

Environmental groups vow to continue their fight against a state decision that allows a Peoria County landfill to treat electric arc furnace dust.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled last week that the groups don't have legal standing to challenge the decision, which included de-listing the treated product as a hazardous waste.

Environmentalists claim the treated product could still produce dangers from dioxins, furans and other contaminants.

Joyce Harant belongs to Peoria Families Against Toxic Waste. She says with legal avenues now closed, the groups must seek another solution or legislative options.

The groups will try to determine if laws could be changed to allow citizens legal standing to sue.

Weldon Springs To Monitor Hummingbirds

Weldon Springs has recently been showcasing one of its most unique birds.

Hummingbirds are one of the most fascinating birds to look at when visiting the springs.  Throughout the summer, hummingbirds make their home at the park. Carol Thompson, Site Interpreter for Weldon Springs  says she's noticed the same attributes to several of the birds, making her think the same ones may come back year after year. Because of this, the park has hired a hummingbird bander to test the theory.

[audio:hummingbirds1.mp3]A Word From Thompson[/audio]

This process will include catching the hummingbird which is not as easy as it sounds. According to Thompson, the bander has the process of capturing the bird down perfectly. This involves using trap doors in an environment that the birds are accustomed to. 

[audio:hummingbirds2.mp3]A Word From Thompson[/audio]

Thompson says the experience of picking up a hummingbird is a unique experience.  Becuase of it's light weight, Thompson must be extra careful when handling one. She adds it feels like you are holding a small heartbeat.

[audio:hummingbirds3.mp3]A Word From Thompson[/audio]

This is the first year for the program and organizers are very anxious to see if the same hummingbirds make their way back to the Springs year after year.

Maroa-Forsyth District To Begin 10-Year Facility Plan Soon

The Maroa-Forsyth School District will be taking the first step forward soon in what will be a 10-year facility goal for the district.

The District in 2006 began a 5-year facility plan, and those plans have now become a reality. Superintendent of Maroa-Forsyth Schools Mike Williams explains the previous plan focused on renovations to the grade school, to the high school football fields athletic facility, and completing the grade school in Forsyth.

[audio:maroaplan1.mp3]A Word From Williams[/audio]

Williams explains phase one of the 4 phase facility plan is set to get underway very soon. He says depending on the cooperation of the weather, the Maroa campus could soon see a new Greenhouse up, among other upgrades around the school.

[audio:maroaplan2.mp3]A Word From Williams[/audio]

The biggest part of the first phase will be some athletic upgrades. The football field will be getting and artificial surface and they will be installing an 8-lane all weather track. Williams says this will allow the district much more flexibility and open up more opportunities for the students.

[audio:maroaplan3.mp3]A Word From Williams[/audio]

The installation of the track and artificial surface will depend on how the Maroa-Forsyth football team fairs in this years playoffs. Williams says plans to upgrade the football field will get underway upon the completion of the season.

The other upgrades for the first of the four phase plan are set to be underway as soon as possible.

Sages Advance To 2nd Round; Other Area HS Football Results

High School playoff football kicked off Friday and Saturday...

For the third straight year the Monticello Sages entered the Class 3A High School football playoffs under Coach Cullen Welter. The Sages travelled to St. Joseph-Ogden to take on the Spartans and won the game with a final score of 42-14. A well-played game all around for the Sages led to their victory. Ryan Donohue led the way for the Sages as he picked up 235 yards on 22 carries for 3 touchdowns and Jacob Williams had 10 carries for 173 yards. The Sages will head back home next week to take on the Tolono-Unity Rockets in round two of the 2011 Class 3A playoffs. That game can be heard live from Monticello High School on 95.9FM WEZC. (Time and day, to be determined)

Other area games

In class 1A...
#16 Central A & M 14 at #1 Salt Fork 13
#9 Cerro Gordo 0 at #8 Tuscola 42
Arcola 15, Oakland [Tri-County Coop] 13
Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) 31, Abingdon 8

In class 2A...
#15 Carlinville 0 at #2 Maroa-Forsyth 41
#14 Tri-Valley 28 at #3 Marshall 34

In Class 3A...
#8 Champaign St. Thomas More 6 at #1 Tolono Unity 41
#6 Macomb 40 at #3 Decatur St. Teresa 13

In Class 4A...
#7 Prairie Central 46 at #2 Mahomet-Seymour 25
#6 Kankakee McNamara 42 at #3 Bloomington Central Catholic 14
#5 Effingham 0 at #4 Mt. Zion 28

Rams Stun Saints For First Win; NFL Scores

Steven Jackson rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns and the St. Louis Rams won their first game of the season in a 31-21 shocker over the New Orleans Saints.  Several St. Louis Cardinals players showed up to the game with the World Series trophy, and the Rams responded, improving to 1-and-6 on the season.  They blocked a punt and intercepted Drew Brees to score two touchdowns in the last 70 seconds of the first half, taking a 17-0 lead into the locker room that was rarely in jeopardy the rest of the way.  The Rams will look to get their second win of the season on Sunday when they head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals.

New York Giants 20, Miami Dolphins 17
Tennessee Titans 27, Indianapolis Colts 10
Minnesota Vikings 24, Carolina Panthers 21
Baltimore Ravens 30, Arizona Cardinals 27
Houston Texans 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 14
Buffalo Bills 23, Washington Redskins 0 (at Toronto, Ontario)
Detroit Lions 45, Denver Broncos 10
Pittsburgh Steelers 25, New England Patriots 17
San Francisco 49ers 20, Cleveland Browns 10
Cincinnati Bengals 34, Seattle Seahawks 12
Philadelphia Eagles 34, Dallas Cowboys 7

Illini Fall; ISU Tops SIU; Eastern Rally's For Win; Youngstown State Tops Western Illinois; Top 25 Scores

>>Illinois Falls To Penn State

(University Park, PA)  --  Silas Redd rushed for a three-yard touchdown with just over a minute remaining to lift Penn State to a 10-7 win over Illinois.  Following Redd's touchdown run, the Illini drove into PSU territory, but Derek Dimke's 42-yard field goal attempt bounced off the upright as time expired.  Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 63 yards and a touchdown and ran for 89 yards as the Illini dropped their third straight game.  Illinois is now 6-and-3 overall and 2-and-3 in Big Ten play.  The Illini are off until November 12th when they host Michigan.

>> ISU Outlasts In State Rival SIU

Matt Brown threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to lead Illinois State to a 38-30 victory over Southern Illinois.

The Redbirds (6-3, 4-2 Missouri Valley) jumped ahead less than 3 minutes into the game when Colton Underwood picked up a Saluki fumble and ran 53 yards for a touchdown. Brown connected with James O'Shaughnessy for an 18-yard score midway through the first quarter to make it 14-0. Illinois State led the rest of the way.

Brown's 19-yard pass to Tyrone Walker gave the Redbirds a 24-7 lead in the second quarter. Southern Illinois (2-6, 1-5) got within 31-24 in the fourth quarter, but Cliffton Gordon's 3-yard TD run with 4:31 to play put it away for Illinois State.

Kory Faulkner was 29 of 37 for 334 yards and a touchdown for the Salukis. He also led SIU with 44 rushing yards and ran for a score.

>>Eastern Illinois Rallies to Beat Austin Peay 19-10

Jake Walker ran for 124 yards and the go-ahead touchdown as Eastern Illinois rallied to beat Austin Peay 19-10 on Saturday.

The Panthers (2-7, 1-6, Ohio Valley Conference) trailed 10-0 before scoring 19 straight.

Jimmy Garoppolo threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Chris Wright, and Walker ran it in for 2 yards to put Eastern Illinois up 13-10 with 4:27 left in the second quarter.

Cameron Berra added field goals of 25 and 29 yards in the second half to secure Eastern Illinois' first win in eight tries. It was also the Panthers' first conference win of the season, after six losses. Eastern Illinois also defeated the Governors last year to improve to 1-6 in the OVC.

Garoppolo had 201 yards and two interceptions on 10 of 18 passing for the Panthers.

Austin Peay (2-6, 2-4) was led by Ryan White with 115 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

>>Youngstown State Routes Western Illinois

Kurt Hess threw for four touchdowns and ran for another to lead Youngstown State in a 56-14 rout over Western Illinois on Saturday.

The Penguins (5-3, 3-2 Missouri Valley Conference) dominated from the start, scoring on the first play of the game, en route to a 49-0 lead. Hess threw a 70-yard TD to Christian Bryan eight seconds into the game.

After a 13-yard TD run by Hess, a 2-yard TD run by Jamaine Cook and a 69-yard TD from Hess to Jelanie Berassa, the Penguins led 28-0 in the first quarter.

Hess who was 7 of 10 for 209 yards, also threw TDs of 17 yards to Kevin Watts and 28 yards to Kintrell Disher.

The Penguins also got 111 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries by Cook.

The Leathernecks (2-6, 1-4) ended the shutout on Nikko Watson's 5-yard touchdown run with 5:21 left in the third quarter.

NCAA Top-25 Football  ("USA Today" Rankings)
#3 Stanford Cardinal 56, USC Trojans 48 (3OT)
#4 Oklahoma State Cowboys 59, Baylor Bears 24
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 31, #6 Clemson Tigers 17
#7 Oregon Ducks 43, Washington State Cougars 28
#8 Arkansas Razorbacks 31, Vanderbilt Commodores 28
#9 Oklahoma Sooners 58, #12 Kansas State Wildcats 17
#13 Nebraska Cornhuskers 24, #10 Michigan State Spartans 3
Ohio State Buckeyes 33, #11 Wisconsin Badgers 29
#14 South Carolina Gamecocks 14, Tennessee Volunteers 3
#15 Virginia Tech Hokies 14, Duke Blue Devils 10
Missouri Tigers 38, #16 Texas A&M Aggies 31 (OT)
#17 Michigan Wolverines 36, Purdue Boilermakers 14
#19 Penn State Nittany Lions 10, Illinois Fighting Illini 7
#20 Arizona State Sun Devils 48, Colorado Buffaloes 14
#21 Georgia Bulldogs 24, Florida Gators 20
Iowa State Cyclones 41, #22 Texas Tech Red Raiders 7
#24 West Virginia Mountaineers 41, Rutgers Scarlet Knights 31
#25 Southern Miss 31, UTEP Miners 13

DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

October 28, 2011


Jail Population: 55

Summons Served: 12

Warrant Arrests: 1


October 29, 2011


Jail Population: 54

Summons Served: 5

Warrant Arrests: 0


October 30, 2011


Jail Population: 55

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0


Janet Loveall, 23, Atlanta, was issued a citation for Illegal Transportation Alcohol. Loveall posted the necessary bond and was released.


Christine Morse, 44, Lincoln, was issued citations for Illegal Transportation Alcohol, Driving Under Influence and Parking In Roadway. Morse posted the necessary bond and was released.


Randy Winterland, 48, Lexington, was issued a citation for Speeding (77 mph in a 55 mph zone). King posted his IL Drivers License and was released


Clifford Bryant, 22, Johnsonville, was issued a citation for Illegal Transportation Alcohol. Bryant posted his IL Drivers License and was released.


Valencia Morris, 61, Bloomington, was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Morris posted her IL Drivers License and was released.


Hamid Sagha, 43, Muscatine, IA, was issued a citation for Speeding (74 mph in a 55 mph zone). Sagha promised to comply and was released.


Jamie Barr, 27, Bloomington, was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Barr posted his IL Drivers License and was released.


Nicole Starr, 26, Normal was issued a citation for Speeding (79 mph in a 65 mph zone). Starr was given a notice to appear and was released.



Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween just a couple of days away. Local authorities are reminding everyone to be aware and be careful, especially on Haloween.

With several hundred trick or treaters expected out this Halloween, motorists and pedestrians need to be aware. DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner says the most important safety measure to be taken is to make sure children are supervised at all times. He also says a good safety measure is to not eat anything unpackaged until it has been inspected and approved to eat. While he says there hasn't been any cases in DeWitt County, he says it just a good measure to take.

[audio:halloweentips1.mp3]Shofner on Safety[/audio]

There are several community events that take place that Sheriff Shofner encourages residents to take advantage of. He feels it provides a safe environment but also may benefit others in the community as well.

[audio:halloweentips2.mp3]Shofner on Area Events[/audio]

With a majority of kids looking forward to going door to door, the Sheriff says keeping an eye on the kids is a necessity. He encourages those in vehicles to be alert for kids who may be crossing the roads.

[audio:halloweentips3.mp3]Be Alert![/audio]

Other tips from the Sheriff include parents reviewing the sex offender list, and finding areas to avoid. He also encourages residents with yard ornaments to clear paths and remove and tripping hazards. And finally, observe the hours of trick or treating (CLICK HERE FOR TIMES) set up by individual communities.

Trick or Treating Times

With Halloween falling on a Monday this year some local communities are having their community Trick or Treat times through the weekend days, though, most are Monday evening.

Sunday evening, the community of Warrensburg's trick or treat hours from 6-9 and then also on Monday...

Monday trick or treat times include...

Argenta, 5-7 p.m.
Bement, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cerro Gordo, 5-7 p.m.
Clinton, 6 p.m. until dark
Decatur, 6-8 p.m.
DeWitt, 5:30-10 p.m.
Forsyth, until 8 p.m. curfew
Maroa, 5-8 p.m.
Monticello, 5-8 p.m.
Mount Pulaski, 5-8 p.m.
Warrensburg, 5-7 p.m.

Bradley University Tops Fundraising Goal

Bradley University says it has topped the goal of its recent fundraising campaign by $11 million.

The private university raised $161.2 million in the recent Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance. The capital campaign started in 2008 with a $30 million donation from Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc.

The university said graduates donated $59.7 million and 29 people donated $1 million or more each.

The campaign has paid for four new buildings and will finance a fifth building project on campus. In addition, $15 million has been added to the school's scholarship program.

Relief Payments For Blizzard Still Trickling In Nine Months Later

(Springfield, IL)  --  Some agencies are still waiting on disaster payments from this February's blizzard. Patti Thompson, with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, says the storm resulted in the largest processing of payments her agency has ever seen.

[audio:rddBlizPay1.mp3]Patti Thompson[/audio]

Pete Sherman, Director of Communications for Springfield Public School System, says his school district just received their check last week but the delay did not cause any budgetary issues.

[audio:rddBlizPay2.mp3]Pete Sherman[/audio]

IEMA officials says many of the FEMA payments did not come through to the state until mid-summer and their offices have been processing 40 a day since that time.  State officials say all validated claims that the state received have been processed even though numerous local units of government haven't received payments.

Quinn Health Alliance Veto Stands

(Springfield, IL)  --  A push to override the governor's veto on a plan to extend the Health Alliance insurance contracts for state employees failed in the Senate yesterday.  Champaign Senator Michael Frerichs says the fight isn't over. 

[audio:rddFrerich1.mp3]Senator Frerich[/audio]

Governor Quinn vetoed the proposal that would've allowed the extension earlier this year.  A motion to override the veto fell short by eight votes.  Thirteen senators who originally voted for the plan switched their votes yesterday.  A temporary contract is in place until June 30th of next year - so Frerichs says employees should not be worried or concerned about their coverage.  A lawsuit over the health contracts is pending in the Sangamon County Circuit Court.

Lawmakers Gearing Up To Overrule Governor Vetoes

(Moline, IL)  --  State Senator Mike Jacobs says lawmakers are prepared to overrule Governor Quinn on many of the issues he rejected this year.  One of the issues likely to come up for debate this week is the controversial gaming bill that Quinn has threatened to veto.

[audio:rddJacobsV1.mp3]Senator Jacobs[/audio]

The gaming legislation never reached the governor's desk because of his threats to veto it.  He recently announced somewhat of a gaming compromise, saying he'll allow five new casinos but no slots at fairgrounds and airports.  Taking slots out of the proposal pretty much kills the bill.  Some downstate lawmakers say they won't support any gaming measure that doesn't benefit the agriculture community.  Jacobs says he isn't sure how the gaming bill will fare during veto session.

Tenaska Coal Gasification Plant Fails Again

(Springfield, IL)  --  A plan for a Tenaska coal gasification plant to be built in Taylorville passed a Senate panel today but failed to gain enough votes in the full Senate.  Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says he believes the bill was blocked by other power plants who don't want competition.

[audio:rddTenaska1.mp3]Taylorville Mayor[/audio]

Similar legislation has failed numerous times throughout the past three years.  Proponents of the bill say the plant would create 25-hundred construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs.  It was also expected to provide a cleaner way to burn Illinois coal.

Sages Advance to Second Round of Playoffs

For the third straight year the Monticello Sages entered the Class 3A High School football playoffs under Coach Cullen Welter. The Sages travelled to St. Joseph-Ogden to take on the Spartans and won the game with a final score of 42-14. A well-played game all around for the Sages led to their victory. Ryan Donohue led the way for the Sages as he picked up 235 yards on 22 carries for 3 touchdowns and Jacob Williams had 10 carries for 173 yards. The Sages will head back home next week to take on the Tolono-Unity Rockets in round two of the 2011 Class 3A playoffs.

That game will be heard live from Monticello High School on 95.9FM WEZC. (Time and day, to be determined)

Cardinals Stun Rangers In 11 To Force Game Seven

David Freese clubbed a lead-off, walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Cardinals a wild 10-9 win over the Rangers in Game Six of the World Series.  Freese also hit a game-tying two-run triple with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth.  Josh Hamilton hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 10th for Texas, but Lance Berkman laced a game-tying RBI single with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the inning.

Berkman had three hits, four runs scored and three RBI for the Cards, who overcame three errors to capture one of the most dramatic wins in World Series history.  Jake Westbrook tossed a scoreless 11th to earn the win.  Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz hit back-to-back solo homers in the seventh for Texas, which was only a strike away from its first World Series title in franchise history twice.  Mark Lowe allowed Freese's blast to take the loss.  The decisive Game Seven in St. Louis will get underway at 8:05 p.m. Eastern this evening.

Illini Basketball, Football Notes

The Illinois Fighting Illini continue Big Ten play this weekend as they square off against the Penn State Nittany Lions in University Park on Saturday.  The Illini have dropped back-to-back games after winning their first six games to start the season.  They are coming off a 21-14 setback to Ohio State last weekend.  Illinois beat Penn State, 33-13, last year.


Illinois coach Bruce Weber knows the team that opens the season in early November will be young, tough and coachable.

What he doesn't know is who will score. Or whether 7-1 center Meyers Leonard is ready to play full time. Or whether transfer guard Sam Maniscalco will be healthy enough to provide the leadership he was recruited for. Or if any of the six freshmen on the roster will emerge as a real player.

Weber says he's challenged his team to make some noise in a year that the Big Ten is expected to be down.

The Illini open the season Nov. 11 against Loyola (Chicago).

Tremont Man Dies From Drugs In County Jail

Authorities in central Illinois say an inmate died after mixing prescription drugs apparently intended to make him sleep as long as possible during his weekend in the Tazewell County jail.

A Tazewell County coroner's jury determined the death of 23-year-old Mitchell Woods was an accidental overdose.

Woods was found dead in April in his jail dorm bed. He was serving a 30-weekend sentence for aggravated battery, domestic battery and criminal damage to property.

Sheriff's Department investigator Eric Goeken testified it's "common knowledge" that some inmates sentenced to spend their weekends in the Tazewell County jail arrive freshly drugged so they can sleep away their time behind bars.

It isn't clear when Woods took the methadone and anti-depressant found in his blood.

Ohio State Picked To Win Big Ten Hoops Title

Defending champion Ohio State was chosen the basketball favorite and the Buckeyes' Jared Sullinger the Player of the Year in the Big Ten preseason poll.

The vote by media was hardly a surprise.

With Sullinger leading the way, the Buckeyes appear poised for another run after going 34-3 and winning the conference regular-season and tournament championships. The Big Ten and national Freshman of the Year, Sullinger averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds and was an All-American.

Wisconsin was picked second and Michigan State third.

Besides Sullinger, Michigan State's Draymond Green, Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe, Purdue's Robbie Hummel and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor were first-team picks.

Soaring Saints Square Off With Reeling Rams

Fresh off a record-setting performance, the New Orleans Saints take on a winless team for the second straight week when the play the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.  The Saints put up a franchise record 62 points in a 62-7 destruction of the Colts this past Sunday.  Drew Brees fired five TD passes as the Saints posted their largest margin of victory ever in moving to 5-and-2.  The Rams dropped to 0-and-6 with a 34-7 setback at Dallas.  St. Louis surrendered 253 rushing yards to rookie DeMarco Murray in defeat.  The Rams have scored an NFL-low 56 points this year.

State Representative Says Quinn's Bad Talk May Have Hurt Him

State Representative Lou Lang says Governor Pat Quinn may have put his own foot in his mouth when it comes to gaming.  He says several lawmakers have changed their "no" vote to "yes" after Governor Quinn started bad talking the legislature.  He says Quinn called the legislature sloppy and down talked the ag and horse industries, which angered many downstate lawmakers who didn't originally support the bill.  Lang says he isn't giving up on gaming.  In fact, he plans on lobbying his colleagues to try to get a veto proof majority so he can call the measure for override in the next few weeks.  Despite their differences, Lang says Quinn is a man of integrity who is doing his best to protect the interests of the people in Illinois.

High School Football Playoffs Kick Off This Weekend

Week 1 of high school football playoffs begin tonight and tomorrow with several area teams in action.

The Monticello Sages are in the playoffs for the 3rd straight year. This year the Sages go on the road to St. Joseph-Ogden. Both teams are 6-3. Kick off for the Sages first round game is 4 pm. You can hear that ball game on 95.9 FM WEZC and also streamed live on dewittdailynews.com.

Other area games

In class 1A...
#16 Central A & M (5-4) at #1 Salt Fork (9-0) Sat. 1:30 pm
#9 Cerro Gordo (6-3) at #8 Tuscola (7-2)Sat. 7:00 pm

In class 2A...
#15 Carlinville (6-3) at #2 Maroa-Forsyth (9-0) Sat. 1:00 pm
#14 Tri-Valley (7-2) at #3 Marshall (9-0) Sat. 2:00 pm

In Class 3A...
#8 Champaign St. Thomas More (5-4) at #1 Tolono Unity (8-1) Sat. 1:00 pm
 #5 Monticello (6-3) at #4 St. Joseph-Ogden (6-3) Sat. 4:00 pm
#6 Macomb (6-3) at #3 Decatur St. Teresa (7-2) Sat. 1:30 pm

In Class 4A...
#7 Prairie Central (6-3) at #2 Mahomet-Seymour (8-1) Fri. 7:00 pm
#6 Kankakee McNamara (7-2) at #3 Bloomington Central Catholic (8-1)Sat. 1:00 pm
#5 Effingham (6-3) at #4 Mt. Zion (7-2) Sat. 2:00 pm

Legislative Commission Bucks Quinn

A state commission voted against Governor Pat Quinn’s recommendation to close several state facilities in order to save money.

Quinn recommended closing seven downstate mental health and corrections facilities, claiming the legislature sent him a budget that didn’t contain enough money to keep the doors open and the workers employed.
The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted on four of Quinn’s recommendations. In all four instances, the commission voted to keep the facilities open.
Representative Mike Tryon sits on the commission.

Lawmakers are looking at using some of the $376-million Quinn cut from the budget to keep the facilities open.
A spokeswoman for Quinn said that the governor is simply trying to manage the budget sent to him, and is willing to look at reallocation of funds to keep from shuttering the facilities.

County Board Puts 2012 Budget on File For Public Viewing

The DeWitt County Board has put their fiscal year 2012 budget on file for public viewing.

The Board met Thursday evening to approve putting the budget on file, per state statute. Ed Young, Committee Chair of the Finance Committee, explains the budget is on file for 30 days for public viewing, at the end of the 30 days, the Board will convene once again to take any questions, and then adopt the budget.

[audio:boardbudget1.mp3]A Word From Young[/audio]

Before the budget was approved to be put on file, Board member Sherri Brown moved to amend striking $35-thousand for a landfill inspector. Young and Board member Terry Ferguson explained the $35-thousand was a figure based off conversations with the DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County Health Department, and also on discussions with Tazewell County.

[audio:boardbudget2.mp3]Young and Ferguson[/audio]

Sherri Brown defended her motion to strike the allocated money for the County Inspector citing the Water Authority and Health Department could work together to pursue a grant without the County getting involved.

[audio:boardbudget4.mp3]A Word From Brown[/audio]

Young felt as though the Water Authority and Health Department working together to pursue a grant would not work because there potentially would not be any grant money until next year.

[audio:boardbudget3.mp3]Brown and Young[/audio]

No motion was carried to strike the allocated $35-thousand dollars for a potential landfill inspector.

The Board approved the budget with a vote of 9-1, with 2 absent Board members and Brown's vote being the "No" vote.

Safe Halls Sunday at DJWH

The Dr. John Warner Hospital in Clinton will be hosting an event over the weekend.

Kids will have the opportunity to get dressed up in their Halloween outfits a day early and walk the halls of the DJWH Rural Health Center. Sandy Rice, Director of Business Development at the hospital, explains Safe Halls a good opportunity for younger kids to have a positive experience at the Rural Health Center.

[audio:safehalls1.mp3]Word from Rice[/audio]

The annual Safe Halls at the Dr. John Warner Hospital's Rural Health Center is this Sunday from 1-3 pm and is free to attend.

Boo at the Zoo This Weekend

This weekend will by your family's last chance to experience a favorite seasonal event.

This will be the last weekend to experience "Boo at the Zoo" at Scovill Zoo in Decatur.  The event is one of the most popular events of the season. Ken Frye, the assistant zoo director, says that the park will be decked out with all kinds of Halloween decor and should be a fun and frightening evening for the whole family. This will include treat collecting as well as train and carousel rides.

[audio:boozoo1.mp3]Word from Frye[/audio]

Frye says that Boo at the Zoo is always a magical night for him because of how the kids that attend react to all of the surprises. It's a rare treat to get to see the zoo and animals after dark.  A talking pumpkin that the zoo creates every year is also one of the highlights.

[audio:boozoo2.mp3]Word from Rice[/audio]

Families are free to dress weather appropriate or are encouraged to come in costumes. Frye says that seeing all of the creative costumes are a highlight for him as well. 

[audio:boozoo3.mp3]Word from Rice[/audio]

Boo at the Zoo will be this weekend, Thursday-Monday night. It goes from 5:30-8pm.  Saturday will start a little earlier at 3.  For more information, you can go to www.scovillzoo.com and click on the Boo at th Zoo tab.

Clinton's Lincoln Elementary Hosting Farm Days

Agriculture will be the name of the game for local students today.

Clinton's Lincoln Elementary students will have the opportunity today to learn a little bit more about farmers and the many aspects of their farms. Garry Gullone is the principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Clinton. He explains his students today is Harvest Day at his school. Gullone explains there will be several stations with different themes.

[audio:harvestday1.mp3]Word from Gullone[/audio]

Gullone explains the school arranges for farmers to come in and give presentations to the kids about what corn or beans can be made into, and also discuss different aspects of the farm and harvest time.

[audio:harvestday2.mp3]Word from Gullone[/audio]

Gullone is a native of New Jersey, in fact, he grew up 10 miles from New York City. He says Harvest Day is a lot of fun for him because he enjoys seeing the farm equipment and learning about all things the different pieces of machinery can do.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-28

October 28, 2011


Jail Population: 55

Summons Served: 3

Warrant Arrests: 0


Investigation into the scene of an accident which occurred at approximately 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 27th, revealed that a car driven by Michael O’Hern, 64, Streator was driving on County Highway 16 and came to a stop sign at County Highway 10. He failed to stop at a stop sign. He skidded through the intersection and struck the ditch. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed from the scene. O’Hern was issued citations for Failure To Reduce Speed/Accident, Disobey Stop Sign, Leaving Scene Of Accident-Veh Damage, Failure To Report Accident To Police. O’Hern was given a notice to appear and was released.



Department Of Agriculture Lab To Shut Down

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is shutting down its lab but one worker, Brenda Books, says that creates a big concern.  Books says her job is to test the tag claims on just about all seed and feed in the state.

[audio:rddBooks1.mp3]A Word From Books[/audio]

Books says there'll be no way of regulating the lab or controlling testing measures if it's controlled by a private company.  She believes Champaign-based Illinois Crop Improvement is set to take over testing.  Calls to the Illinois Department of Agriculture and The Illinois Crop Improvement have not been returned.  The lab will be shut down on Monday, leaving four people out of work.

Cleanup Nearing End After Tiskilwa Derailment

Crews should soon finish clearing the wreckage of an ethanol-laden freight train that derailed in northern Illinois earlier this month, causing an intense blaze.

The wreckage east of Tiskilwa should be cleaned by later this week. Iowa Interstate Railroad attorney Lanny Van Daele says drivers should be able to pass on Saturday morning without seeing evidence of the Oct. 7 derailment.

Van Daele says crews are still dismantling and shredding parts of wrecked rail cars. The debris will then be trucked away. 9 of the more than 26 cars that derailed contained ethanol.

State and federal environmental agencies also are contributing to the cleanup.

Local officials say 52 fire departments and 15 ambulances services responded to the incident.

Tennessee Pair Face Federal Prostitution Charges

Authorities have filed federal charges against a man and woman from Tennessee accused of driving a 15-year-old girl they met through Facebook to Illinois to engage in prostitution.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that 22-year-old Jessica Lidy and 30-year-old Jarrod Sanford of Friendship, Tenn., have been charged with transportation of a minor to engage in prostitution. They have not entered pleas.

Lidy and Sanford were arrested Oct. 7 in Lincoln after the girl told gas station employees she was being held against her will in Sanford's truck.

Sworn statements by an FBI agent indicate Lidy and Sanford said they would take the girl on a trip and Lidy would work as a prostitute and share money with her.

Charges initially filed in Logan County have been dropped.

Clinton High School Host To Sports Injuries Clinic

Clinton High School was the host to a first time event that drew almost 100 people.

The High School's Auditorium was host to an athletic injuries clinic last week. Clinton High School Principle Ron Connor was instrumental in making the event possible. He feels making those who volunteer their time, or even those who are certified, better informed would go a long way in the healing process of injuries and injury prevention.

[audio:injuryprevention1.mp3]A Word From Principle Connor[/audio]

The event focused primarily on two injuries, which doctors well informed spoke about. Connor explains the first injury of focus was ACL. He feels this injury is becoming more common among young athletes today, which can be a very devastating injury.

[audio:injuryprevention2.mp3]A Word From Principle Connor[/audio]

Thanks to a friend Principle Connor has, those in attendance were treated to a lecture from a team physician from the St. Louis Cardinals. His lecture was on growth plate injuries, which was followed up with a discussion on concussions.

[audio:injuryprevention3.mp3]A Word From Principle Connor[/audio]

Coaches and trainers from several colleges and universities including Illinois Wesleyan and the University of Illinois were in attendance, along with several coaches from around the Okaw Valley Conference.

Connor thanks the work of those who helped make the event a success, and he hopes to make the conference an annual event that fills the Clinton High School Auditorium.

Authorities Caution Motorists To Be Aware of Deer on Roads

Each year around this time, deer make their way out of hiding, and part of that includes crossing roads, sometimes reeking havoc on drivers.

DeWitt County is home to a very large population of deer in central Illinois, which means drivers need to be aware as they head out to county highways and country roads. DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner says the threat a harmless deer can pose to a driver is very real. He asks drivers to be aware especially this time of the year.

[audio:deerseason1.mp3]A Word From Sheriff Shofner[/audio]

Motorists that hit a deer are the first to have a claim to it. Sheriff Shofner says in the past, many hit deer would go unclaimed, however, more recently deer have been getting claimed very quickly.

[audio:deerseason2.mp3]A Word From Sheriff Shofner[/audio]

Sheriff Shofner also notes as the fall season continues to progress, motorists and hunters may notice deer out during the day. He cautions motorists to be aware of those deer out during the daylight hours.













Dr. John Warner Hospital Announces Deadline For End of Ambulance Service

The Dr. John Warner Hospital in Clinton will not be providing an ambulance service after December 31 of 2012.

The announcement was made Monday evening at the DJWH Board meeting. CEO of the city-owned hospital, Earl Sheehy says the decision was made now to allow the community where they want to go for the ambulance service, and also how to finance it. He notes the hospital cannot afford to continue to fund the ambulance service.

[audio:hospitalambulance1.mp3]A Word From CEO Sheehy[/audio]

The City has expressed interest in bringing another ambulance service. Sheehy believes there is a need for the service in Clinton and the hospital will continue to work to have that service, but a better way needs to be found to fund it than through the hospital.

[audio:hospitalambulance2.mp3]A Word From Sheehy[/audio]

Sheehy explains the problem is not with the hospital or the city, but the western half of DeWitt County because Farmer City currently has an agreement with Arrow Ambulance that covers the east side of the county to Route 48.  Sheehy says right now alternative options are currently being pursued as well.

[audio:hospitalambulance3.mp3]A Word From CEO Sheehy[/audio]

The ambulance service certainly is necessary for the city, however, the service does not generate a lot of revenue, so it will be difficult to find ways to pay for it.

World Series Game 6 Tonight; Carpenter For Game 7?

>>Cards Host Game Six Tonight Following Wednesday Rainout

(St. Louis, MO)  --  With better weather in the forecast, the World Series is on target to resume tonight.  The Cardinals will host the Texas Rangers in Game Six at Busch Stadium after last night's scheduled game was postponed by rain.  Jaime [[ HIGH-may ]] Garcia and Colby Lewis are still on target to start tonight.  The Cardinals need to win tonight to force a deciding Game Seven tomorrow night at Busch.

>>"Carp" Possible Game Seven Starter?

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Last night's rainout creates a host of possibilities for a potential Game Seven starter for the Cardinals tomorrow night.  Should the Redbirds win tonight, manager Tony La Russa will have to decide whether to bring back ace Chris Carpenter on three days' rest.  If the skipper elects not to use Carpenter, it's likely right-hander Kyle Lohse would start the series decider.

Illini Under Pressure After 2 Straight Losses; Briggs Wins Weekly Award; TO To AFL Team?

>> Illini Under Pressure After 2 Straight Losses

Illinois won its first six games on big plays.

After two losses, coach Ron Zook wants the Illini (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) to think small. One play at a time.

It will start Saturday at No. 21 Penn State (7-1, 4-0), a team that has won six in a row. Illinois has scored 21 total points the last two weeks and hasn't scored before the fourth quarter of either loss.

Zook isn't sure what's gone wrong. He says his team has played tight, and it may be because the Illini had been expected to win.

>>Bears' Briggs Wins Weekly Award

(New York, NY)  --  Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs has been named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week.  Briggs earned the defensive award for recording six tackles, one interception and two passes defensed in a 24-18 win last weekend against Tampa Bay in London.  With the win, the Bears improved to 4-and-3 on the season.  They have a bye in Week Eight.  Chicago plays on "Monday Night Football" in Week Nine against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

>>AFL's Chicago Rush Offer Terrell Owens 2012 Contract

(Chicago, IL)  --  An NFL club hasn't yet come calling, but that doesn't mean there isn't a football team interested in the services of Terrell Owens.  The Arena Football League's Chicago Rush have extended a contract offer to the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for 2012.  General Manager Geno Nudo says it would be a fantastic honor to add a future NFL Hall of Famer to their roster.  The 37-year-old Owens has been recovering from April surgery for a torn ACL and held a televised workout Tuesday to demonstrate that he is healthy.  "T.O" spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tri-Valley Playoff Preview

The Tri-Vally Vikings will play Saturday at at Marshall in the first round of the Class 2A IHSA Football Playoffs. Head Coach of the Vikings Josh Roop knew coming into the year he had the skill players to be successful, but his team had some questions marks in other areas. Coach Roop says as the year wore on, some of those questions began to get answered.

[audio:roop1.mp3]A Word From Coach Roop[/audio]

Coach Roop feels the biggest surprise of the season came from the experienced portion of the team. He says the 6 seniors on the squad stepped up to provide great leadership.

[audio:roop2.mp3]A Word From Coach Roop[/audio]

The Vikings began the season by facing 3 ranked teams in their first 4 games. Coach Roop felt his team coming out of that stretch at 2-2, and finishing the season by winnning their final 5 games, was a big reason for their success on the season.

[audio:roop3.mp3]A Word From Coach Roop[/audio]

At 7-2, the Vikings will be on the road taking on an undefeated Marshall team at 2pm in their first round class 2A state playoff game.

Durbin Criticizes Plan To Cut Amtrak Funding

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says a plan to cut Amtrak funding by 60% and block the rail line from using federal money for state-supported routes like those that crisscross Illinois would hurt the state.

Durbin talked about the cuts proposed by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee during a stop Tuesday in Normal.

Durbin says the plan would eliminate 8 of the 10 trains that now stop at the station in Normal each day. Other stops in many smaller cities around the state would be cut, too.

The senator also says the cuts would cost many of Amtrak's 1,800 employees in the state their jobs.

Amtrak service is often criticized for its reliance on federal subsidies and regularly targeted for funding cuts.

Governor Quinn Says Latest Electric Plan Still Bad For Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn says proposed changes haven't weakened his opposition to legislation that would raise electricity rates and modernize the Illinois power grid.

Quinn says the changes simply "paper over" problems that make the bill bad for Illinois consumers.

At a news conference Tuesday, Quinn said he will work with the attorney general, AARP and other groups to block the legislation.

The "Smart Grid" bill was approved in the spring, but Quinn vetoed it. Now supporters are trying to override his veto by introducing a second bill that would lower power companies' profits, impose tougher performance standards and put more money into infrastructure improvements.

Critics say it would still weaken regulators who oversee power companies.

Lawmakers Pass Payment Options For Education Officials

Regional superintendents are one step closer to being paid.  A House committee pushed two bills out that create revenue streams for the 44 elected officials who haven't been paid since July 1st.  Bob Daiber, with the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendent of Schools, says this could mean there's a light at the end of the tunnel. 

[audio:rddDaiber1.mp3]A Word From Daiber[/audio]

Daiber says lawmakers expressed some concerns about paying the regional superintendents with personal property replacement taxes.

[audio:rddDaiber2.mp3]A Word From Daiber[/audio]

There are several funding options on the table for the regional superintendents.  The first would be a complete override of the governor's veto which eliminated the salaries in the first place.  That means lawmakers would have to pass a supplemental budget and pay the officials from the state's general revenue fund.  Another option is to pay them from the personal property replacement taxes, which is what the governor wants.  The bills now move on to the House floor for a full vote.

Governor Quinn Vows To Fight Electric Rate Increase

Governor Quinn says so called improvements to the smart grid bill aren't good enough.  He says the fact that it strips oversight from the Illinois Commerce Commission is a major concern.

[audio:rddICC3.mp3]A Word From Quinn[/audio]

Quinn says he's willing to negotiate with the utility companies to draft a bill that doesn't prey on ComEd and Ameren consumers.

[audio:rddICC5.mp3]A Word From Quinn[/audio]

Quinn says nixing the ICC creates the possibility for corruption because the utilities can buy lawmakers with the campaign contributions.  He wants lawmakers to sustain his veto and he vows to fight every step of the way to protect people from the special interests.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan is on board with the governor.  She calls the newest version of the bill a quote, "Trojan Horse" deal designed to distract people from what the legislation really does which guarantees the utilities' profits.

Jailed Marine In Killings Faces New Charges

A Marine Corps recruiter awaiting trial in the deaths of 2 central Illinois women now has been preliminarily charged with trying to have a third woman killed from jail.

Authorities say 27-year-old Timothy Giles of Centralia has been preliminarily charged with solicitation of first-degree murder. He has not entered a plea and his attorney was not immediately available.

Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider says detectives recorded Giles trying to hire an inmate to kill 27-year-old Casey Eaton of Harristown.

Giles has been involved in a custody dispute with Eaton. Giles pleaded not guilty to killing her mother and sister, 57-year-old Cindanett Eaton and 23-year-old Lindsey Eaton, in August. Giles also pleaded not guilty to attempting that day to kill Casey Eaton.

DeWitt County Officials Prepare For Emergency Simulation

An every other year exercise for DeWitt County's emergency services will take place next week.

Over the past several weeks, emergency crews across the county along with different entities have been engaging in exercises that will take place next Wednesday in preparation for situations involving the nuclear power plant. Teresa Barnett Hall, DeWitt County's Emergency Management Coordinator explains the preparations are gearing up for a large exercise to take place next week.

[audio:trainingexercise1.mp3]A Words From Barnett Hall[/audio]

Hall explains the exercise consists of all the agencies that would respond should the situation be a reality. The goal of the training is to make sure all the responders are prepared for any situations that could potentially arise.

[audio:trainingexercise2.mp3]A Words From Barnett Hall[/audio]

Throughout the exercises, responders will be observed by FEMA. Tony Harris is DeWitt County's 911 Manager at the DeWitt County Sheriff's Department, he says having exercises like these are a big help to emergency services because they can then find areas where they need to improve.

[audio:trainingexercise3.mp3]A Words From Harris[/audio]

The exercise that will include all those that have been preparing will take place next Wednesday. Responders have been preparing the past month for the exercise and they will not know when they will be called, or what type of emergency they will respond to.

DeWitt County Board Approves Changes To County Offices

The DeWitt County Board recently approved some adjustments in the public office hours of operations.

County offices will work through the noon hour to allow the public better access to the County offices during the average working persons lunch time. Finance Chair Ed Young explains, in exchange for an additional personal day, giving them 3 personal days.

[audio:personnelpolicy1.mp3]A Word From Young[/audio]

Young believes the trade off will be worth it for the public. He feels since the jobs of those in the offices of Circuit Clerk, Probation, State's Attorney and Public Defender is to serve the public, it will make it more accommodating to them to be there during the noon hour. The offices hours will remain the same, open from 8:30 - 4:30.

[audio:personnelpolicy2.mp3]A Word From Young[/audio]

The County Board approved the personnel policy change. Sherri Brown was the lone "No" in the 11-1 vote. The changes go into effect November 1.

The Board also approved the 2012 Holiday list for DeWitt County employees, which will be the same for union and non-union employees.

Hearing For Logan Correctional Center Tonight in Lincoln

Residents in the Lincoln and Logan County area are encouraged to attend a public hearing this evening on the potential closing of the Logan County Correctional Center.

The Commission of Governmental Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) is made up of twelve legislators, six republicans and six democrats, who are charged with holding hearings for each of the locations. Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder is encouraging those who attend to wear red to show support for the facility and the community.

[audio:lincolnhearing4.mp3]A Word From Mayor Snyder[/audio]

The state hired the University of Illinois to do an economic impact study, and according to Snyder, closing the Logan County Correctional Center would have the largest impact on the local economy than any other of the seven facilities across the state that Governor Pat Quinn has proposed closing.

[audio:lincolnhearing5.mp3]A Word From Mayor Snyder[/audio]

Mayor Snyder points out that the Logan Correctional Center runs more efficiently than almost another center in the state. He explains, by moving inmates to other facilities, the cost per inmate is going to go up, which is a large contradiction to Governor Quinn's plan to close the facility to save money.

[audio:lincolnhearing6.mp3]A Word From Mayor Snyder[/audio]

The hearing gets underway this evening at 5 pm at Lincoln Christian University's Hargrove Chapel. Those that come out are not required to stay the whole time and anyone wanting to speak will be able to do so but will be limited in how long they can speak.

NBA, Players To Meet Again Wednesday

The cancellation of more NBA games has apparently been put on hold.  The move has apparently been delayed as a result of both the owners and the players scheduling another meeting today to resolve their differences.  The first two weeks of the season, a total of 100 games, have already been canceled.  The sides remain divided over the two main issues, the division of revenues and the structure of the salary cap system.  Neither issue could be resolved last week despite three meetings overseen by federal mediator George Cohen.  NBA commissioner David Stern said two weeks ago that the league's popular Christmas schedule could be jeopardized if a deal wasn't reached by last Tuesday.  The regular season was supposed to start November 1st.  The first two weeks of cancellations affected games up to November 14th.

Rangers Look To Close Out Cards In Game Six

After three games in Arlington, Texas, the 2011 World Series shifts back to St. Louis for Game Six tonight at Busch Stadium.  The Rangers took two-of-three in their home ballpark to grab a three-games-to-two-lead in the best-of-seven matchup.  Texas needs just one more win to secure its first-ever World Series title, while St. Louis hopes to extend the series to a deciding seventh game on Thursday.  Colby Lewis will start Game Six for the Rangers, while the Cardinals counter with Jaime Garcia in a rematch of Game Two.  Both were outstanding in that contest, with Texas scoring twice in the ninth off Jason Motte to pull out a 2-1 win.  The Cardinals are seeking the 11th World Series championship in franchise history and first since 2006.

Cerro Gordo, Tuscola Playoff Preview

The Cerro Gordo Broncos varsity football team began the 2011 campaign losing their first 3 games. After losing some key players to injury Broncos head coach Andy Kerley decided to take the offense a different direction. Then a tough loss to rival Arcola dropped that dropped the Broncos to 0-3, Coach Kerley  challenged his team to turn things around....

[audio:kerley.mp3]Cerro Gordo Head Coach Kerley[/audio]

The Broncos responded to Coach Kerley's challenge to put up 6 straight wins in their final 6 games, and finish the season at 6-3 plus clinched a share of the Little Okaw Valley Conference Championship. Now the Broncos face a tough task in the first round of their Class 1A playoff game in the Tuscola Warriors.

Tuscola comes off a trip to the state final last season. Like many great teams, Tuscola pride's itself on their defensive play, head coach Rick Reinhart says his defense's experience will be heavily relied on in this year's postseason.

[audio:reinhart.mp3]Tuscola Head Coach Rick Reinhart[/audio]

The two teams square off Saturday night at 7 in Tuscola. The winner takes on either #1 Salt Fork and #16 Central A & M.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report 10-26

October 14, 2011


Jail Population: 60

Summons Served: 8

Warrant Arrests: 1


Brandon White, 23, Bolingbrook, was issued a citation for Speeding (69 mph in a 45 mph zone) and No DL On Person. White was given a notice to appear and was released.




Clinton Police Report for 10-26






Bradley Receives Grant To Help 3 Peoria Area Schools

Bradley University has received funding to help three Peoria-area schools build relationships with the surrounding communities to ensure the needs of students and their families are being met.

The university says it has been awarded a $300,000 grant over two years from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation.

Bradley will collaborate with School District 150 to implement a full-service community schools model at Manual Academy, Harrison Community Learning Center and Trewyn Kindergarten-through-8 School.

The university's staff will coordinate programs and services during non-academic hours to build relationships with students, teachers, administration, parents, neighborhood residents and the larger community.

The Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation is the state's only private foundation focused solely on the health care needs of children.

Caterpillar Profits Up

 Caterpillar's profits are up.  The company reports a record 15-point seven billion dollars in sales from July through September.  That's a 30-percent increase over 2010's third quarter report.  The increased revenue comes even as the company took on more overhead.  They've hired more than 19-thousand additional workers since this time last year.  According to the company's economic outlook, they expect to see continued growth for the rest of this year and into 2012.

Farm Land Sales Bring In Thousands Over Average Cost

Farm land sales are still going strong in Western Illinois.  Dale Jones says the land he auctioned off over the weekend sold for more than the average cost of land. 

[audio:rddLandSale1.mp3]A Word From Jones[/audio]

The average cost per acre in Illinois is 58-hundred dollars.  Jones says the auction brought out bidders from at least three surrounding states, including Iowa and Missouri.  The property is located three miles west of Aledo.  The four tracts totaled around 470 acres.

Farm Bill Draft Expected By Thanksgiving

Things are busy in our nation's capital as a "farm bill draft" is expected well before Thanksgiving.  Farm Bureau officials say both House and Senate Ag Committees have submitted a proposed 23-billion-dollar, ten-year spending cut for review by a Congressional "Super Committee."  They're charged with finding at least one-point-two-trillion dollars in long-term deficit savings by late next month.  Some lawmakers will likely pick and choose elements from various farm bill program options, including "shallow loss" revenue protections supported by corn and soybean groups across the country.  Other recommendations include no cuts in crop insurance spending and to improve existing program revenue protections with more timely farm payments.

Hearing Wednesday For Logan Correctional Facility

An event in Lincoln is set for tomorrow night in Lincoln to help in the cause to keep the Logan County Correctional Center open.

Community members in Lincoln, Logan County and surrounding communities are invited to Lincoln Christian University's Hargrove Chapel to show support in fighting the closure of the state facility. Executive Director of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Andi Hake says they want to show a panel of legislators how the closure of the Correctional facility would impact the community of Lincoln like it did almost 10 years ago with the closure of the Lincoln Developmental Center.

[audio:lincolnhearing1.mp3]A Word From Hake[/audio]

Hake explains showing these legislators the impact that the closing of the facility could have on the community is the key to the hearing. She adds the loss of the jobs to on of the biggest employers in Logan County would not just be felt there, but to businesses throughout Lincoln as well.

[audio:lincolnhearing2.mp3]A Word From Hake[/audio]

Hake encourages as many residents attend as possible. She says the LCU Chapel is one of the largest venues in Lincoln, and hopes 1,000 can make their way out. She says while the hearing may last close to 4-hours, those that attend are not required to say the entire time, she says showing up as long as possible will go a long way to support the cause.

[audio:lincolnhearing3.mp3]A Word From Hake[/audio]

The hearing will get underway at 5 pm again, at the Lincoln Christian University Hargrove Chapel. Those in attendance that wish to speak will have the opportunity, however, they will have a short time do do so.

For more information, you can contact the Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce at 735-2385.

Blue Ridge Ag Program Receives Memorial Contribution Fund

The Blue Ridge School District's Agriculture program recently received some funds that will boost their program.

Farmer City resident George Dunn recently passed away, and as a part of his memorial fund, the Dunn family donated some of those funds to the Agriculture program of Blue Ridge. Superintendent of Blue Ridge Schools Susan Wilson explains the portion of the funds will be used for a $500 scholarship and also to help in other aspects of the program.

[audio:blueridgeag1.mp3]A Word From Wilson[/audio]

The funds will go to support an already strong ag program at Blue Ridge High School. With three farming communities feeding into Blue Ridge High, Wilson says it is not surprise the program is as strong as it is. She adds many times, students will go on to enjoy different successes at many levels.

[audio:blueridgeag2.mp3]A Word From Wilson[/audio]

The program remains strong year after year thanks to the students at the high school level reaching out to the younger kids at the various grade schools in the Blue Ridge District. Wilson explains there are several different events throughout the school year the FFA Students use to promote agriculture to the younger students.

[audio:blueridgeag3.mp3]A Word From Wilson[/audio]

The Dunn family made a $1330 contribution to the Blue Ridge Ag program. The rest of the funds will be used to renovate the awards display of the Ag program. The district is very grateful for the support of the Dunn Family.

Second Annual Harvest Food Drive Success

A recent one day drive for a local cause was successful in DeWitt County.

The recent Harvest Food Drive through the Young Leaders of DeWitt County through the Illinois Farm Bureau took place. This year, the operation was able to expand after a learning inaugural drive last year, according to Chair of the Young Leaders of DeWitt County, John Klemm.

[audio:driveresults1.mp3]A Word From Klemm[/audio]

According to Klemm, this year, he was able to cover more of the county than last year. He feels not having any prior contact with the farmers makes things a little more uncertain when they head out of the day.

[audio:driveresults2.mp3]A Word From Klemm[/audio]

Klemm explains the drive is focused on the farmers of DeWitt County. He says the program once again has been well received and thanks those who were willing to sacrifice portions of their crop.

[audio:driveresults3.mp3]A Word From Klemm[/audio]

The drive this year raised over $43-hundred. Most of the crop this year was soybeans, which took in close to $35-hundred, they raised over $750 in corn, and received over $100 in cash donations. The donations go to various food pantries throughout DeWitt County to help continuing helping those in the community.

Jags Upset Ravens; St. T Hosting First Round Playoff Game

>>Jags Upset Hapless Ravens

(Jacksonville, FL)  --  The Jaguars defense showed up, and the offense did just enough, helping Jacksonville to a 12-7 victory over Baltimore on "Monday Night Football" at EverBank Stadium.  Josh Scobee kicked four field goals, including three from beyond 50 yards, for Jacksonville which improved to 2-and-5.  Ray Rice had a hard time solving Jacksonville's defense, rushing for just 28 yards on eight carries.  The loss drops the Ravens to 4-and-2 and into a second place tie with Cincinnati in the AFC North behind 5-and-2 Pittsburgh.  The Ravens host the Arizona Cardinals at M&T Bank Stadium in Week Eight.

>> St. T Bulldogs Make Playoffs As 3 Seed

The Decatur St. Teresa Bulldogs found out Saturday evening they will be hosting their first round game. Bulldogs Head Coach Tim Brilley says despite a couple tough regular season losses, he feels he has the team to make a deep run in the postseason.

[audio:brilley.mp3]A Word From Coach Brilly[/audio]

The Bulldogs first round game will be Saturday afternoon with kick off set for 1:30 as they play host to 6-3 Macomb.

Rangers One Game From First Ever Championship

>>Napoli Pushes Rangers Past Cards In Game Five

(Arlington, TX)  --  Mike Napoli's go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the eighth lifted the Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Cardinals in the pivotal Game Five of the World Series.  Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre hit solo homers for Texas, which erased an early 2-0 deficit to take a three-games-to-two lead in the best-of-seven series.  The Rangers are a win away from their first World Series title in franchise history.  Darren Oliver tossed a perfect inning of relief to get the win.  Neftali Feliz closed things out to earn his second save of the series.

Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with an RBI for St. Louis, which scored both of its runs in the second inning.  Chris Carpenter tossed seven innings of two-run ball in a no-decision.  Octavio Dotel was charged with the loss.  St. Louis stranded 12 men on base in the loss.  The Cardinals will try to push the series to the limit when they host Game Six at 8:05 p.m. Eastern Wednesday evening.  The Cardinals are slated to start Jaime Garcia on the mound.  The Rangers are scheduled to counter with Colby Lewis.

NBA To Cancel Two More Weeks of Season

>>Report: NBA To Cancel Two More Weeks Of Season

(New York, NY)  --  More NBA games are reportedly set to be cancelled.  According to the "New York Daily News," the league will announce today that at least two more weeks of the regular season will be wiped out.  The first two weeks of the season, which included 100 games, have already been cancelled.  The latest news comes after labor talks between the league and the players broke off last week.  No further discussions between the sides have been scheduled.  The lockout began on July 1st.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-25


October 25, 2011


Jail Population: 59

Summons Served: 5

Warrant Arrests: 1



Patricia Odolski, 43, Algonquin, was issued a citation for Speeding (92 mph in a 55 mph zone). Odolski was given a notice to appear and was released.


Nicholas Staton, 28, Clinton, was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Staton was given a notice to appear and was released.





Counterfeit World Series Merchandise Seized

Police have a warning this morning for baseball fans: Make sure your World Series merchandise is the real deal.  Officials say they've seized more than a thousand souvenirs at two downtown locations. The merchandise included T-shirts and baseball caps.  So far, no arrests have been made.

Couple, Baby Held at Gunpoint During Robbery

It was a scary night for a central Illinois couple that has police looking for at least three armed gunman.  Cops in Dunlap say a trio of robbers forced their way into an apartment and held a 19-year-old woman, an 18-year-old man and the woman's five-month-old child at gunpoint while they ransacked the home.  The robbers got away with 600-hundred dollars in cash, two computers, two television sets, clothing, and cellphone.  No one was hurt.  Police have descriptions of the robbers, and are searching for them.

Former Illinois Basketball Star Jailed Again

Former University of Illinois basketball player Jereme Richmond is back in jail after authorities said he tested positive for marijuana while free on bond.

Lake County Assistant State's Attorney James Newman said Richmond was jailed Friday.

A judge raised the 19-year-old Richmond's bail to $100,000. The judge also set a 24-hour curfew that requires Richmond to stay at his family's Waukegan home once he's free unless the court gives him permission to leave to train.

Attorney Lawrence Wade asked the judge to consider Richmond's future in basketball.

Richmond has pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery and other counts stemming from an August incident involving a girlfriend.

He was once 1 of Illinois' best players. He played sparingly in one season before leaving for the NBA draft. He wasn't drafted.

Guarding Against The Flu

Influenza is more than just an inconvenience. Flu can be a significant health threat for individuals of all ages, especially seniors and children who have other medical conditions.

Influenza sends more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital each year and it is among the leading causes of death for senior citizens. But getting a flu vaccination can help prevent it. Dr. Vidya Sundareshan, assistant professor of infectious diseases at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, explains who should be vaccinated.

[audio:siuflu1.mp3]A Word From Sundareshan[/audio]

Dr. Sundareshan says flu vaccinations definitely reduce the severity of the symptoms and decrease the spread of the disease.

[audio:siuflu2.mp3]A Word From Sundareshan[/audio]

Dr. Sundareshan says if someone gets very ill from influenza, they should go to their primary care physician or the emergency department. Individuals who have the flu should be vigilant about hand washing and stay home from work or school so they do not cause others to get sick. For information about getting a flu vaccination, contact your primary care physician, local public health department or pharmacy.

Central Illinois Farmers Pleasantly Surprised With This Year's Harvest

Central Illinois farmers say they're pleasantly surprised the harvest of corn and soybeans hasn't been hurt by this year's wacky weather.

Growers say they're bringing in the usual amount of both crops despite a wet spring, extreme heat in June and a drought over the summer.

David Schneman says his corn yields are at least 25 bushels per acre higher than he expected.

He credits the resilience of modern seed hybrids and good plant population.

Bruce Klein of Lexington says he's expecting a record soybean yield this year.

He says conditions were perfect for soybeans after Aug. 1.

Farmers in the area say they should be done with the harvest in about two weeks as long as there aren't heavy rains.

Illinois Officials Want To Meet With Quinn Over Prison Plan

Lawmakers and community leaders from the Lincoln area want to meet with Gov. Pat Quinn to discuss his plan to close the prison that is 1 of the area's largest employers.

Several state senators and representatives, Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder and others have asked for the meeting.

Quinn plans to close to Logan Correctional Center by the end of the year. The prison employs about 375 people.

Michael Maniscalco of the Lincoln and Logan County Development Partnership says that planning to close such a facility is more difficult when decision-makers have to sit down and meet people who are affected.

Officials say Quinn has not responded to their requests.

Police Say Suspect in Missouri Death Kills Self in Illinois

Police in the central Illinois village of Creve Coeur (kreev koor) say a man who killed himself in a motel after a standoff is suspected in the death of a bound & gagged woman found dead in a hotel bathtub in Missouri.

Police say the man fatally shot himself early Friday after holding police at bay for several hours. Tazewell County's interim coroner, Carl Powell, has identified the man as 34-year-old Robert Fuller of East Peoria.

Creve Coeur Police Chief Pete Fisher says the man is suspected in the St. Louis death of 29-year-old Jenifer Goertzen of Morton. Her body was found Thursday morning in a hotel by housekeeping staff.

An autopsy on Fuller was planned, and the investigation continues.

Report: Bulls Star Derrick Rose Passenger To DUI

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose was reportedly a passenger in a car that was pulled over for DUI early this morning.  TMZ reports Rose was a passenger in a BMW driven by his personal assistant Randall Hampton.  The car was pulled over and Hampton was given a field sobriety test.  He was then arrested on suspicion of DUI.  Rose was not arrested, but he followed his friend to the police station.  The man was released soon after he was arrested.

This Past Week's Weather Recap; A Look To This Coming Week

Central Illinois saw much cooler temperatures, and some much needed mid-week rain. Meteorologist Steve Hilberg says we can expect to see normal conditions early in the week, however, we could some rain later in the week.

[audio:wx.mp3]Meteorologist Steve Hilberg With This Week's Outlook[/audio]

Late Payments Cost Illinois Millions in Interest

When Illinois can't pay its bills on time, the interest penalties it's required to add on deliver another blow to the cash-strapped state - but they do little to ease the pain of waiting vendors.

Last year, $27.1 million was paid in interest under the Prompt Payment Act. Bills were paid months or even a year late.

In 2010, at the height of the state's budget woes, interest payments totaled more than $62.3 million after sharply increasing over the previous five years.

But the cash only goes to private businesses and not-for-profit entities.

Government bodies, such as schools, cities and counties also owed by the state, are not eligible to receive any interest.

As of Sept. 8, more than $493,000 already had been spent on interest for late bills.

Grants Buy Radios For Illinois Emergency Agencies

The Illinois Terrorism Task Force has awarded $3.4 million in grants to help emergency responder agencies get new radios.

State officials say the grants were funded using federal homeland security money that the state gets from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The money will help 156 agencies around the state comply with new federal regulations about their communications equipment. The regulations take effect Dec. 31, 2012.

Jonathan Monken, director of the state's emergency management agency, says complying with the federal rules was difficult for many agencies that are dealing with tight budgets.

The switch to new radios is intended to relieve congestion and create increased channel availability on public safety systems.

Illinois Social Services Wait As Dem Lawyer Gets $285,000

Tens of thousands of Illinois businesses and charity groups wait months to get paid money the state owes them. But state records show Gov. Pat Quinn's office pushed out a $285,000 payment to a prominent Chicago Democrat just two weeks after a lawsuit was settled.

Former Chicago alderman Martin Oberman and four other lawyers won a legal skirmish over Quinn that required a special U.S. Senate election last fall.

Democrat Quinn was required to pay legal fees. The two sides settled on $285,000 Aug. 29. It was paid Sept. 15.

Quinn's office says it's not unusual to speed up payments for legal fees. But records The Associated Press reviewed show that in September the government owed $2.9 million on 72 other legal claims - some as old as 10 months.

State Senator Says Lawmakers Will Likely Override Smart Grid Veto

Ameren and ComEd customers can expect to pay an additional three dollars a month in electric costs.  State senator Mike Jacobs says he's confident lawmakers will override Governor Quinn's veto on the Smart Grid bill.

[audio:rddJacobsSG1.mp3]A Word From Sen Jacobs[/audio]

Senator Jacobs says Governor Quinn can't expect the utility companies to improve service if he doesn't allow them to upgrade their infrastructure.

[audio:rddJacobsSG2.mp3]A Word From Sen Jacobs[/audio]

Senator Jacobs adds the monthly fees will be offset with annual savings.

[audio:rddJacobsSG3.mp3]A Word From Sen Jacobs[/audio]

The Smart Gird legislation is expected to be one of the hottest issues at veto session this week.  Lawmakers will be back in Springfield tomorrow to deal with this and other issues, including regional superintendent pay and coming up with a plan to avert Quinn's proposal to shut down seven state facilities.

ISU Reorganizing Student Housing

Illinois State University is going to buy a pair of apartment buildings for student housing and close two dormitory complexes.

ISU will spend about $4 million on the buildings, which are owned by a Chicago company. The board of trustees approved the purchases along with $300,000 for improvements to 1 of the properties. ISU vice president of finance and planning Daniel Layzell says the school has no definite plans for the properties.

ISU had options to buy the properties for several years. The buildings have a total 80 units and will house 160 students starting next fall.

The university also will stop using two dormitory complexes with 1,400 beds. The buildings need extensive updating.

Bond Set At $2 Million in Central Illinois Contractor Shooting

Bond is set at $2 million for a 60-year-old central Illinois man accused of shooting a contractor five times in a dispute over home improvement work.

David Bauer of Decatur is charged with attempted murder in the shooting of 46-year-old Alan Goodwin.

Goodwin is in critical condition, and his wife says he has bullets lodged in his left lung, liver and kidneys.

Goodwin is the owner of A-1 Construction Inc.

Bauer was unhappy with work that Goodwin had been performing at his home.

Goodwin told police that he was talking to Bauer's mother about the work Wednesday morning when Bauer came out of a back room and started shooting.

Police say Bauer was holding a .38-caliber handgun when officers arrived.

DeWitt County's HRC and Clinton School's Teaming Up To Promote Red Ribbon Week

It's time once again for Red Ribbon Week in our local schools.

The week of October 23rd through the 31st will be celebrating a drug free life with the events of Red Ribbon week. This is a nationally recognized week which encourages young people to live a life free of drugs.  The Human Resource Center's youth program is joining forces with Clinton Schools to promote the message of the week. The head of the youth program, Tina Baxter, says that students will be encouraged to sign pledges that will be posted throughout the community.

[audio:redribbon1.mp3]A Word From Baxter[/audio]

The students will each recieve their own red ribbon which has a special significance.  Baxter says that this week was created in the 1980s in order to remember a DEA agent who worked undercover in Mexcio who was killed by drug trafficers.

[audio:redribbon2.mp3]A Word From Baxter[/audio]

The state of Illinois is sponsoring a program called "Paint Illinois Red" this year. This program offers many activities to participate in but the HRC in Clinton is highlighting one in particular this year. According to Baxter,they are asking people to paint their fingers or fingernails red in order to show support for red ribbon week.      

[audio:redribbon3.mp3]A Word From Baxter[/audio]

For more information on these activites you can call 217-935-9496 or you can go to the HRC's website at www.hrc.org.

U of I Extension's Soybean Plot Numbers Better Than Expected

The University of Illinois Extension each year does a soybean plot, and this year's plot's results are in.

The extension approaches seed companies each year about being a part of the seed plots. Paul Mariman, Small Farms Educator, with the University of Illinois Extension in DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties explains the planted location in their plot field is completely random.

[audio:soybeanplot1.mp3]A Word From Mariman[/audio]

Numbers for the plot this year were a little down, however, With the lack of rain central Illinois saw this summer, Mariman says the numbers were actually pretty good.

[audio:soybeanplot2.mp3]A Word From Mariman[/audio]

Much like a science experiment, Mariman says all the whole plot is treated the same throughout the summer. He says it is a true farm production plot.

[audio:soybeanplot3.mp3]A Word From Mariman[/audio]

The farm is located at the Albert Farm with Busey Bank and Chris Schick is the plot cooperator in Macon County. The farm was planted in early May and was harvested earlier in the month.

To find out the results you can visit the University of Illinois Extension office website for Macon, Piatt and DeWitt Counties.

Clinton High School Principal Connor Instrumental in Dance Becoming Official IHSA Sport

The Illinois High School Association ruled early last week dance will be an official IHSA sport.

Principal of Clinton High School Ron Connor had a lot to do with that decision. Connor is a member of the Board of Directors for the IHSA. He explains he it took a while for the process to work itself out, but it finally came about last week.

[audio:dancesport1.mp3]A Word From Principal Connor[/audio]

The Clinton dance squad has had a lot of success in the past, and according to Connor, he felt watching the teams that worked hard deserved to be recognized, just as athletes in other sports do.

[audio:dancesport2.mp3]A Word From Principal Connor[/audio]

Connor hopes to see the different events take place throughout the year for the different teams. He feels a format similar to wrestling would work, with post-season competitions.

[audio:dancesport3.mp3]A Word From Principal Connor[/audio]

Next season will be the inaugural year for dance as an IHSA sport, with the first official state competition for dance squads to take place next winter.

Northern Illinois Edges Buffalo

Chandler Harnish gained 217 all-purpose yards in Northern Illinois' 31-30 win over Buffalo on Saturday.

Buffalo (2-6, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) rallied from a 31-10 deficit with 20 points in the fourth quarter, but a missed extra point by Peter Fardon with 14 seconds to play ended the Bulls' comeback.

Harnish, who finished with 150 passing yards on 11 of 26 attempts, also ran for 67 yards on 12 carries and his 6-yard touchdown run gave the Huskies a 17-10 halftime lead. Harnish moved into first place in career completions at Northern Illinois (5-3, 3-1) and within 91 yards out of 10th place on the Huskies' career rushing list.

Jasmin Hopkins led the Northern Illinois rushing attack, carrying 19 times for 55 yards and adding 3 touchdowns. Hopkins scored twice from 1 yard out and once from 12 yards out. His third touchdown made it 31-10.

UT-Martin Edges Eastern Illinois 24-23

Quentin Sims caught two touchdowns and Jason McNair ran for 111 yards as Tennessee-Martin defeated Eastern Illinois 24-23 on Saturday.

Sims hauled in a 24-yard pass from Derek Carr in the second quarter, and the two hooked up again from 12 yards out for the go-ahead score with 11:02 remaining in the game to put the Skyhawks (4-3, 3-2 Ohio Valley) up 24-20. Carr finished with 124 yards passing while completing 12 of 21 attempts.

Eastern Illinois (1-7, 0-6), which lost its seventh straight game, got a 24-yard field goal from Cameron Berra with 7:56 remaining to pull within one point. But the Panthers' final drive was stopped when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo fumbled on a fourth & 12 play with 1:46 left.

Garoppolo completed 27 of 36 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns. The Panthers' running game accounted for minus-5 yards.

Northern Iowa Tops SIU 17-10

Tirrell Rennie had two touchdowns and broke the school record for consecutive passes without an interception as Northern Iowa beat Southern Illinois 17-10 Saturday.

Rennie hit Terrell Sinkfield for an 18-yard touchdown pass to tie the game 7-7 in the second quarter, then scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to put the Panthers (6-1, 5-0 Missouri Valley) up 17-7. Rennie completed 14 of 23 passes for 167 yards and no interceptions. He has not thrown an interception in his last 146 attempts - dating back to last season - breaking the mark of 138 set by Eric Sanders in 2007.

Southern Illinois (2-5, 1-4) scored first on a 7-yard pass from Kory Faulkner to MyCole Pruitt. It also got a 30-yard field goal from Jackson MacLachan in the fourth quarter - the first points Northern Iowa has allowed in the second half in its last four games.

Missouri State Beats Western Illinois 31-17

Trevor Wooden ran for a touchdown and threw a scoring pass to lead Missouri State to its first win of the season, 31-17 over Western Illinois Saturday night.

Wooden threw for 190 yards and ran for a team-high 82. He had a 14-yard TD run and a 20-yard pass to Jermaine Saffold for another score. Saffold finished with four receptions for 138 yards.

Jimmie Strong returned an interception 91 yards for a touchdown with 2:15 remaining to seal the win. The return was a school record for the Bears (1-7, 1-4 Missouri Valley).

Larry Patterson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and caught a 38-yard pass from Josh Hudson for the only touchdowns for Western Illinois (2-5, 1-3). Hudson was 20 of 34 for 269 yards and two interceptions.

ISU Beats Indiana State 17-14

Matt Brown threw for 172 yards and a touchdown to help Illinois State beat Indiana State 17-14 on Saturday.

Brown's 10-yard TD pass to James O'Shaughnessy gave the Redbirds a 17-6 lead early in the third quarter. Ashton Leggett scored on a 1-yard run in the first half for Illinois State (5-3, 3-2 Missouri Valley).

Indiana State (5-3, 3-2) drew within 17-14 on Ben Obaseki's 1-yard run and Ronnie Fouch's 2-point conversion pass to Leonard Riston with 6:59 to play. The Sycamores recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, but couldn't cash in when Tann Frischle missed a 41-yard field goal attempt.

Fouch found Alex Jones for a 77-yard touchdown for the Sycamores' first score. Fouch was 10 for 25 for 175 yards and was sacked five times.

Illini Hold Orange & Blue Scrimmage

The Illinois basketball team held its annual Orange and Blue scrimmage Sunday at Assembly Hall, with the Orange team edging the Blue, 68-60.

The scrimmage was split into four eight-minute quarters. The scores were reset and the rosters changed after each quarter.

Sophomore center Meyers Leonard led all scorers with 18 points on 9 of 10 shooting. Senior guard Sam Maniscalco downed five three-pointers to finish with 17 points, while junior forward Tyler Griffey also contributed 17 points and four rebounds.

The Orange team led off by winning the first two quarters with scores of 26-21 and 20-18. After the Blue team won the third quarter, 14-12, the Orange finished with a 10-7 advantage in the final period.

The Illini combined for 16 three-pointers throughout the scrimmage, shooting 44 of 87 (51%) overall.

Illinois Falls to Purdue

Caleb TerBush threw for 178 yards with a pair of first-half touchdowns , as Purdue built a big lead and held on for a 21-14 victory over Illinois.  The Illini have now dropped two straight games to fall to 6-and-2 overall and 2-and-2 in the Big Ten.  Jason Ford and Nate Scheelhaase each ran for a rushing touchdowns in the fourth-quarter.

Bears Win in London; Cowboys Top Winless Rams

Matt Forte racked up 145 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries as the Bears beat the Buccaneers 24-18 at Wembley Stadium in London.  Jay Cutler threw for 226 yards, a TD, and two interceptions for Chicago, which improved to 4-and-3.  Roy Williams made four grabs for 59 yards and a score.  Josh Freeman was less than effective, throwing four interceptions, two touchdowns, and 264 yards on 29-of-51 passing.  The Bears have a Week Eight bye then head to Philadelphia for a NFC showdown with the Eagles.

Filling in for an injured Felix Jones, DeMarco Murray erupted for a franchise-best 253 yards rushing as Dallas dispatched St. Louis 34-7.  A.J. Feeley stepped in for the injured Sam Bradford and finished 20-of-33 for 196 yards and an interception.  In his debut with the Rams, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd had 74 yards on six catches as they dropped to 0-and-6.  St. Louis looks to pick up its first win next week home against the New Orleans Saints.

Carolina Panthers 33, Washington Redskins 20
New York Jets 27, San Diego Chargers 21
Cleveland Browns 6, Seattle Seahawks 3
Houston Texans 41, Tennessee Titans 7
Denver Broncos 18, Miami Dolphins 15 (OT)
Atlanta Falcons 23, Detroit Lions 16
Kansas City Chiefs 28, Oakland Raiders 0
Pittsburgh Steelers 32, Arizona Cardinals 20
Green Bay Packers 33, Minnesota Vikings 27
New Orleans Saints 62, Indianapolis Colts 7

Rangers Even World Series With Game Four Win

The Texas Rangers got a eight-and-a-third crisp innings from Derek Holland in a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals to even the World Series at two games apiece.  Holland surrendered two hits and struck out seven while Mike Napoli blasted a three-run homer in the sixth inning to break the game open.  Neftali Feliz surrendered a walk but recorded the final two outs to end it.  Josh Hamilton added an RBI double for Texas, which bounced back from a blowout loss in Game Four.  Edwin Jackson absorbed the loss for the Cards after giving up three runs over five-and-a-third innings.  Game Five takes place tonight in Arlington.  Chris Carpenter will take the ball against C.J. Wilson.

Clinton Police Report for 10-24




CITATION 10/22/11








DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report


October 24, 2011


Jail Population: 59

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0



October 23, 2011


Jail Population: 59

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0


Investigation into the scene of an accident, which occurred at 3:58 A.M. on Saturday, October 22, revealed that Danial Church, 33, Forsyth was travelling northbound on IL Route 51 on the Clinton bypass. Church left the roadway and turned sideways into the ditch. After entering the ditch Church reentered the pavement of the business 51 entrance and exit and rolled. Church was able to escape and was taken to Dr. John Warner Hospital for injuries sustained during the crash.


Investigation into the scene of an accident, which occurred at 3:15 A.M. on Saturday, October 22, revealed that Elizabeth Alwood, 21, Wapella was travelling northbound on Center Street. Alwood drifted to the right side and struck the rear of a parked car causing it to collide with the rear of the parked car in front of it. The vehicle Alwood was driving was towed from the scene. Alwood was arrested for Driving Under Influence and was issued a citation for Failure To Reduce Speed To Avoid An Accident. Alwood posted the necessary bond and was released.


October 22, 2011


Jail Population: 58

Summons Served: 8

Warrant Arrests: 1


Thomas Bross, 29 Swarthmore, PA, was issued a citation for Speeding (63 mph in a 45 mph zone). Bross promised to comply and was released.


Kristen Davis, 29 Clinton, was issued a citation for No Valid Registration. Davis posted her IL Drivers License and was released.


John Kane, 34 Decatur, was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Kane posted his IL Drivers License and was released.


Crystal Brown, 37 Wapella, was arrested and charged with Bad Check. Brown was also arrested on a DeWitt County warrant charging her Bad Check. Brown posted the necessary bond and was released.



Chase Shifts To Talladega

>>Chase Shifts To Talladega

(Talladega, AL)  --  Five down, five to go, as the Chase for the Sprint Cup continues this week at Talladega for Sunday's Good Sam Club 500.  Only seven points separate the top three drivers at the halfway point, as Carl Edwards holds down the top spot, followed by Kevin Harvick, five behind, and Matt Kenseth, seven points behind.  Five-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, after moving to third on the points list, was pushed to the door last week in North Carolina, as he dropped to eighth after wrecking at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Despite tumbling down the points list, Johnson is 35 points behind.  Matt Kenseth won last weekend in Charlotte.

Clint Bowyer will attempt to do something only the Earnhardt family has accomplished at Talladega, and that is to win this race in back-to-back seasons.  Dale Earnhardt won back-to-back fall races at Talladega three times, while son Dale Jr. captured this race in 2001 and 2002.

Final Week of Regular Season High School Football

It's the final week of the regular season for high school football. Tonight several teams across the state look to make their final statements on their playoff hopes, while some have their tickets stamped, and are looking to fine tune areas of concern.

The Clinton Maroons come into tonight's game off a tough loss at home against Tolono-Unity, 48-13. The Maroons will be on the road to cap off their season at Sullivan-Okaw Valley. You can hear that game on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and streamed online at dewittdailynews.com.

Last week, the Monticello Sages beat the Shelbyville 46-14. Senior Ryan Donahue  had 32 carries for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns and Jacob Williams had 8 carries for 76 yards.  Parker Trice was 7 of 11 for 101 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 pick. Colton Gibson contributed 2 touchdown receptions. Scott Huisinga had 101 yards through the air on four catches. With the win, the Sages now become playoff eligible, however, they currently sit on the bubble, a win tonight at home versus Decatur St. Teresa would certianly boost the Sages into a playoff spot. It was just 2 seasons ago in the final game of the season the Sages pulled off the epic upset in the final home game of the season beating the Bulldogs, 28-15. You can hear tonight's ball game on 95.9 FM WEZC and also online at dewittdailynews.com.

Also be sure to tune into WEZC tomorrow night for coverage of who has made the playoffs and where each team will be headed. Coverage kicks off at 7 and includes the announcement of the pairings, and interviews throughout the evening with local coaches.

One game from Thursday night, in the Central State 8 Conference...
Lincoln 6 SHG 49

In other area action this week...

Okaw Valley (Black)
Shelbyville at Tolono (Unity)

Okaw Valley (Blue)
Argenta (A.-Oreana) at Tuscola
Macon (Meridian) at Moweaqua (Central A & M)
Maroa (M.-Forsyth) at Warrensburg (W.-Latham)

Little Okaw Valley
Arcola at Arthur-Lovington Coop
East Central vs. South Piatt
Cerro Gordo at Martinsville
Oakland Tri-County at Villa Grov

Heart of Illinois
El Paso-Gridley at Tremont
Blue Ridge at Fisher
Heyworth vs. Flanagan.-Cornell
LeRoy at Ridgeview
Lexington at Tri-Valley
Fieldcrest at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley

Big Twelve
Bloomington at Decatur Eisenhower
Champaign-Central at Champaign-Centennial
Danville at Normal Community
Decatur-MacArthur vs. Urbana
Normal West at Mattoon

Illinois Unemployment Up Slightly



[audio:ides1.mp3]A Word from Rivara[/audio]


[audio:ides2.mp3]A Word from Rivara[/audio]



28th Annual Harvest of Talents in Lincoln This Weekend

Lincoln is quickly preparing for one of its largest annual community events.

The 28th annual Harvest of Talents for World Hunger will take place this Saturday, October 22nd beginning at 7am at Lincoln Christian Church. Just as local farmers are bringing in their harvests for the year, the community will harvest their time and talents in order to aid world hunger. Every penny made from this event will be given to International Disaster Emergency Service. Harvest chairman, Carolyn Neal, says the idea started 28 years ago with the vision of ,founder, Pat Snyder.

[audio:harvest1.mp3]Neal discusses Harvest[/audio]

On Saturday morning the entire building will be flooding with activity  Neal says that there will be all kinds of food to eat outside in their food tents and inside will be warm hand baked goods and hot soup. Another of the most popular events is the auction at 2pm, featuring many one of a kind handmade items. There will also be a large shopping area that will have many great handcrafed items on display for purchase. Neal says that this area provides many people with great gift giving ideas.

[audio:harvest2.mp3]Neal discusses Harvest displays[/audio]

 The Harvest of Talents has made over $1 million dollars over the last 27 years for hunger relief. Yet, Neal says the numbers are not what their team pays attention to. They are focused on giving any amount they can to feed hungry people. They have been able to do this through their partnership for nearly 3 decades with IDES, a four star charity that provides hunger relief.

[audio:harvest3.mp3]Neal discusses IDES[/audio]

Lincoln Christian Church is located in Downtown Lincoln just a couple blocks away from the Downtown Square. Doors will open at the church at 7 this Saturday morning with lunch being served beginning at 10. The live auction will take place at 2 as the final event of the day.

Doctor John Warner Hospital Gala This Weekend

A huge event benefiting the city-owned Dr. John Warner Hospital takes place this weekend.

The Dr. John Warner Hospital Foundation Board will be hosting their 8th annual HARVEST GALA tomorrow(Sat) evening. The event is aimed to help raise funds for the Dr. John Warner Hospital. According to Dixie Walden, co-chair of the Gala event, the goal the Foundation would like to raise this year is $20-thousand.

[audio:djwhgala1.mp3]Walden discusses Foundation [/audio]

The focus for this year's Gala event will be the purchase of an additional two auto pulse units for the hospital's ambulances. Walden explains it is purchases like the auto pulse units, which are un-budgeted items the hospital has a need for, that the Foundation steps in to provide for the DJWH.

[audio:djwhgala2.mp3]Walden discusses purchases[/audio]

Those who attend the Gala event will be treated to great food and also entertainment. Co-Chair  of the Gala event, along with Walden is Kim Davenport, she says the entertainment is all local and they entertainers are donating their time to the DJWH Foundation's event.

[audio:djwhgala3.mp3]Davenport talks entertainment[/audio]

The GALA takes place this Saturday at the Madison Hall on South Madison street in Clinton.  Cocktails at 5 PM and dinner and entertainment will follow at  6 PM. Dress is casual and ticket price is $75.  You can call either Kim Davenport at 217-935-2028 or Dixie Walden at 217-935-3979 for additional tickets.

County Board Approves Resolution on ROE Pay

The ongoing dispute between the State of Illinois and Regional Superintendents of Schools was a main topic of discussion for the DeWitt County Board Thursday night.

The full County Board voted 10 to 2 Thursday to approve a resolution allowing the Regional Superintendent and his assistant to be paid from local enterprise funds.  The officials have been working without pay since July due to the state's ongoing financial issues.  DeWitt County joins McLean and Livingston Counties in approving the measure for the local Regional Office of Education.

Regional Superintendent of Schools Mark Jontry explains the money being discussed comes from continuing education and alternative school funding.  He says the cost of the two salaries will not impact any programs currently offered by the R-O-E.

[audio:countysupers1.mp3]Word from Jontry[/audio]

According to Jontry, several other R-O-E's are looking into similar funding sources while debate on the issue continues in Springfield.  However, he says some of the Regional Offices are not as fortunate, and are looking to county governments for assistance.

[audio:countysupers2.mp3]Word from Jontry[/audio]

DeWitt County Finance Committee Chair Ed Young notes the Jontry's office was not required to approach the counties for their approval, and commends them for doing so.

[audio:countysupers3.mp3]Word from Young[/audio]

In other business Thursday night, the DeWitt County Board...
> voted unanimously to approve the 2012 Holiday list for county employees; giving county workers 13 days off next year.

> also approved by an 11 to 1 vote an additional personal day for county employees.  The third personal day is in exchange for all county offices to now be required to be open during the noon hour to better serve the public.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-21

Jail Population: 8

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 1

Mitchell Riley, 37 Bloomington, was issued a citation for Speeding (70 mph in a 55 mph zone). Riley posted his IL Drivers License and was released.

Investigation into the scene of an accident, which occurred at 6:07 on Wednesday, October 19, revealed that Steven Hunter and Kevin Radley were travelling south on business 51. Radley approached the intersection of 51 and Violet Valley Road yielding to oncoming traffic. Hunter collided with the rear bumper of Radley. Hunter sustained minor cuts and scratches and was released. Radley was taken by ambulance due to back pain. Both vehicles were towed. Steven Hunter, 50 Maroa, was issued a citation for Following Too Closely. Hunter posted his IL Drivers License was released.


Sages Upset St. T

The Monticello Sages upset St. Teresa 35-7 on Senior Night in Monticello.  Ryan Donahue led the Sages with 205 plus yards on the ground and 4 scores, one being a 68 yard touchdown run on the second play of the game, setting the tone for what was stunning Sages upset over the Bulldogs in Monticello.  Jacob Williams had 12 carries for 46 yards for a score.  Monticello's defense was stout all night, holding St. T star Shevonte Joyner to just 71 yards on 18 carries.  The Sages are now 6-3 on the year and earned a spot in the playoffs with the win. 


Tune in tomorrow to the Pigskin Preview, featuring interviews with coaches from the areas playoff teams and the announcement of playoff pairings as they are released. You can hear the coverage on 95.9 FM WEZC.

Maroons Drop Season Finale to Sullivan

The Clinton Maroons closed their 2011 football down in Sullivan. The Maroons lost the game 28-14 to the Redskins. The Maroons were led by senior running back Brett Murphy who had 7 carries for 89 yards, Nathan Clark had 13 carries for 64 yards, and Mitch Creager and Kye Reczek had the two touchdowns in the game. The Maroons end their 2011 season with 2 wins and 7 losses.

Tune in to 95.9 WEZC tomorrow (10/22) night at 7pm as Seth Laurence and Daren Moser host the annual "Pig Skin Preview" to break down the upcoming postseason. Also, tune in to WEZC next week to hear the Monticello Sages in the postseason as they clinched their spot tonight with a win against the St. Teresa Bulldogs.

Winter Forecasts say Cold North, Dry South Heavy Snow

Government forecasters say this winter looks to be cold and wet across the northern tier of states, and the drought will worsen in the South, where conditions are expected to be warmer and drier than usual.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that like last winter, the Pacific Ocean cooling known as La Nina is affecting the weather.

Mike Halpert, who's deputy director of the agency's Climate Prediction Center, says snowfall is likely to top the usual amounts from the Northwest to the Great Lakes and the Ohio and Tennessee river valleys.

He says dry conditions could extend from Southern California east across drought-stricken Texas and Oklahoma and along the Gulf Coast into Florida and possibly north to Virginia.

Sinkholes Reveal Stone Tunnel in Peru

An old stone arch tunnel that was once part of the Star Union brewery in Peru has been uncovered after two sinkholes caved in.

The brewery opened in the late 1800s and closed in 1966. Its building is now a distributing company. Peru engineering consultant Roger Chamlin says the tunnels likely date to before Prohibition. He says they were used to move brewery waste to the Illinois River.

Alderman Dave Waldorf told city council members the tunnel collapsed, causing the sinkholes. He says one sinkhole turned into two sinkholes in recent days. Waldorf says the city doesn't know how it will fix the sinkholes yet. The city will try to contact the landowner and meet next week to talk about a solution.

Illinois Applies to Third Round to Race For The Top

Illinois has applied for the chance to win $70 million in federal early childhood education funding.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday that the state has submitted an application to the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund.

The U.S. Department of Education is awarding $500 million to states that win the competition.

Quinn says the funding would pay for professional development resources and coaching opportunities.

Illinois was among nine state finalists from round 2 of the Race to the Top competitive grant process, but didn't win.

Race to the Top distributed nearly $4 billion in federal education money last year.

The new competition is designed to encourage better coordination, clearer learning standards and increased access to early learning programs for low income children.

Quinn Approval Rating at 35.5%

A new poll shows most Illinoisans don't approve of the job Gov. Pat Quinn is doing.

The Chicago Democrat has a 35.5% approval rating in the poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Only 14.9% of those polled say Illinois is headed in the right direction.

The former lieutenant governor, Quinn inherited the job in 2009 when Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed from the governor's office. Quinn won a 4-year term of his own in November 2010.

Illinois has struggled under crushing financial difficulties since Quinn took office, some he inherited and others made worse by a national recession.

The telephone poll of 1,000 voters has an error margin of 3%age points. It was conducted Oct. 11-16.

Rangers Rally To Top Cards; Even Series

The Rangers scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to rally for a 2-1 win over the Cardinals in Game Two of the World Series.  Josh Hamilton plated the tying run with a sac-fly, and Michael Young followed with a sac-fly of his own that put Texas ahead.  The Rangers evened the best-of-seven series at a game apiece with the victory.  Mike Adams tossed a scoreless eighth to get the win.  Neftali Feliz worked around a lead-off walk to earn the save.  Allen Craig laced a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh inning for St. Louis.  Jason Motte allowed two hits and was charged for both runs in the ninth to take the loss.  Motte failed to record an out.  Jaime Garcia tossed seven shutout innings for the Redbirds in a no-decision.  Texas will host Game Three at 8:05 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.

Illini Football At Purdue, Volleyball Team Tops in Nation

>>Illinois At Purdue

(West Lafayette, IN)  --  Coming off their first loss of the season, the Illinois Fighting Illini look to bounce back on the road tomorrow afternoon at Purdue.  The Illini slipped to 21st in this week's "USA Today" poll after a 17-7 home loss to Ohio State last Saturday.  Illinois is 6-and-1 overall and 2-and-1 in the Big Ten.  The Boilermakers lost at Penn State last weekend and are 3-and-3 and 1-and-1.

>>Illini Volleyball Rises To Top of NCAA

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - As a soon-to-be head coach at Illinois in 2007, Kevin Hambly saw in the Illini a slumbering giant.

Hambly convinced heavily recruited Michelle Bartsch from the St. Louis area that his vision just might be right. A stream of talented players followed her to Champaign. Now all of that is paying off.

The undefeated Illini (20-0, 9-0 Big Ten) are No. 1 in the country for the first time in school history. They ended Penn State's unbeaten run at 68 matches, and say they're not done there. Up next is a Saturday night showdown at Nebraska, another Big Ten power that is also 9-0 in league play.

Bears Head To London, Rams Notes

>>Bears, Bucs Battle In London

(London, England)  --  A pair of teams coming off bounce-back wins carry that momentum several thousand miles overseas for this year's London game as the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers battle at Wembley Stadium in England on Sunday.  The Bears rebounded from their Monday night loss at Detroit in Week Five with a resounding 39-10 victory over Minnesota last weekend at Soldier Field to even their record at 3-and-3.  Jay Cutler threw for 267 yards with a pair of scores, while Devin Hester found the end zone via the air and also added a 98-yard kickoff return to the house to help Chicago pick up its first divisional win of the season.  Tampa Bay topped division rival New Orleans 26-20 in Week Six to improve to 4-and-2. The Bears and Buccaneers haven't played since the 2008 season when Tampa Bay came away with a 27-24 overtime win in Chicago.

>>Rams Clash With Cowboys In Lone Star State

(Arlington, TX)  --  The St. Louis Rams once again look for their first win of the season as they head to "Big D" to take on the Dallas Cowboys.  The Rams fell to 0-and-5 with a 24-3 loss at Green Bay and remain one of three teams without a victory this season.  Quarterback Sam Bradford has a high ankle sprain and backup A.J. Feeley will start if Bradford can't go.  The Cowboys suffered a last-minute 20-16 loss at New England to fall to 2-and-3.  Dallas will play three of its next four games at home.

>>Bradford Status Still Uncertain

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams still don't know whether quarterback Sam Bradford will be able to play in Sunday's game at Dallas.  The second-year signal-caller says his high ankle sprain is getting better but he's taking it day-by-day.  Backup A.J. Feeley has been getting the reps in practice this week as the 0-and-5 Rams still seek their first win.  The Cowboys have lost two straight and are 2-and-3.

Sex Offender Charged With Assaulting Girl

A sex offender who rented living space in a Bloomington woman's home has been charged with sexually assaulting her daughter.

McLean County Court records indicate 25-year-old Charles Radcliffe has been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault, aggravated battery of a child and other counts. He has not entered a plea and doesn't yet have an attorney.

Police arrested Radcliffe Monday after the girl told a teacher she had been assaulted. The girl is younger than 12.

Assistant State's Attorney Jacob Harlow says Radcliffe moved in with the woman months ago.

Authorities say the mother knew about Radcliffe's history and that the girl told them he slept in her room.

Radcliffe was convicted in 2007 of assaulting a teenaged girl.

Unpaid Regional Superintendent Resigns

A central Illinois regional school superintendent has announced his resignation after going without pay for 14 weeks.

Christian and Montgomery County Regional Superintendent of Schools Tom Campbell says he can't continue. Campbell blames "political decisions made by our governor" for taking "a tremendous toll" on his ability to "stay positive and focused on remaining in office."

In July, Gov. Pat Quinn cut off pay to superintendents and their assistants. He says the state can't afford to pay the salaries. Quinn wants local governments to pay the salaries, but made no arrangements before vetoing the money.

Campbell says the decisions by state leaders show "total disrespect" for those who work in regional education offices in Illinois.

Taylorville is about 25 miles southeast of Springfield.

ISU Police Looking For BB Gun Shooter

Police at Illinois state University in Normal are looking for the person who targeted at least two people with a BB gun from a dormatory window.

ISU Police Chief Aaron Woodruff says two people reported being hit by pellets about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night near Atkin-Colby Hall. Neither was seriously injured.

Woodruff said police couldn't tell exactly where the shots were fired from.

The chief said similar incidents have happened on campus in the past, but not recently.

Lincoln College Student Dies, Cause Unknown

Illinois authorities say they have yet to determine the cause of death of a Lincoln College student from Arizona, who was found in an unresponsive state at the college.

Logan County Coroner Bob Thomas says Brett Malmquist of Yuma, Ariz. was pronounced dead Tuesday at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Thomas says an autopsy performed Wednesday in Springfield didn't determine the cause of Malmquist's death, adding he is awaiting lab reports.

Police Chief Ken Greenslate says an investigation into the death is ongoing.

In a statement, Lincoln College officials said they were saddened by Malmquist's death, adding he left a positive impression on his peers..

Malmquist, who began attending the college this fall, was a member of the school's swim and diving team.

Corn Maze Attractions Fall Favorite

Fall is a prime time of year for agri-tourism related events, and one of the traditional favorites is the corn maze.  Jared White has more....

[audio:101711CornMazeWRAP.mp3]Jared White With The Story[/audio]

Scovill Zoo To Begin Expansion

Scovill Zoo in Decatur is in the process of expanding and renovating.

The Decatur zoo recently received an Illinois Museums grant in the last year. This will allow them to put up a brand new concession stand as well as renovation and expanding their restroom facilities. Both of these expansions should be ready by the opening of next season. Ken Frye, with Scovill Zoo, explains that these will be great improvement on their current facilities.

[audio:penguins1.mp3]A Word From Frye[/audio]

According to Frye, the planned renovations are all a part of a long-range plan for the future of the zoo, which will include several new animal exhibits are on the schedule to begin construction this winter. Frye explains their annual Gala event the past two years have been the primary fund raiser for the projects.

[audio:penguins2.mp3]A Word From Frye[/audio]

Frye says the penguins the zoo will be getting are going to be very unique. He explains these penguins will be more likely to adapt to our Illinois heat rather than cold.

[audio:penguins3.mp3]A Word From Frye[/audio]

Frye also said that he is also looking into exhibits featuring otters and gibbons that should be coming within the next year.

Clinton YMCA Remodel To Be Finished This Week

The Clinton YMCA began embarking on a remodeling project that is expected to be done this week.

Since its inception in 1964, the Y over the years has continually had additions put onto it. Executive Director, Jann Martin, explains this project is going to add on to space upstairs and allow for them to better accommodate those who frequent the Y.

[audio:yremodel1.mp3]A Word From Martin[/audio]

Martin says the project is been on time since it started, almost 60 days ago, which was the target time frame to finish. She says the estimated $175-thousand renovations would not be possible be possible without the support from the community.

[audio:yremodel2.mp3]A Word From Martin[/audio]

These renovations will allow senior citizens, and others with limited mobility, much more accessibility to the equipment and facilities. According to Martin, free weights and other equipment will now be downstairs in one area while aerobics will be moved upstairs.

[audio:yremodel3.mp3]A Word From Martin[/audio]

The new renovations will be on display during an open house on Sunday November 13th. There will be a free spaghetti dinner that night for guests in hopes of attracting new members to the Y.

For more information about the renovations or the open house, you can call the YMCA at 935-8307.

Cards Take Game 1 of World Series

>>Cardinals Edge Rangers In Game One Of World Series

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The St. Louis Cardinals have won Game One of the World Series.  Allen Craig's pinch-hit, go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Cards rolled to a 3-2 win over the Rangers at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night.  Lance Berkman added a two-run single in the fourth frame for St. Louis, which took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven set.  Chris Carpenter tossed six innings of two-run ball to register the win.  Four relievers worked the next two innings of one-hit ball to bridge the gap to closer Jason Motte, who worked a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down the save.  Mike Napoli's two-run homer in the fifth frame accounted for Texas' only runs of the game.  C.J. Wilson gave up all three runs through five-and-two-third innings of duty to absorb the loss.

St. Louis is looking to add to it's NL-best 10 World Series titles and first since 2006, while the Rangers are in search for their first in franchise history after losing to the San Francisco Giants in last year's Fall Classic.  The Redbirds host Game Two this evening.  Jaime Garcia is slated to toe the rubber for St. Louis and the Rangers are expected to counter with Colby Lewis.

Cubs May Make Epstein Announcement Tomorrow

>>Cubs May Make Announcement During World Series Off-Day

(Chicago, IL)  --  Only in Wrigleyville could a team get away with making a big time announcement during an off-day of the World Series, despite the league's traditional ban on doing so.  According to sources close to the situation, the Cubs may be able to announce the hiring of their new baseball executive.  Talks between the Boston Red Sox and Northsiders regarding compensation for general manager Theo Epstein have dragged out more than a week, which has created this dilema.  Meanwhile, "Sports Illustrated" is reporting that Epstein will likely assume the title of Chicago's president of baseball operations and the Cubs would bring in San Diego Padres general manager Jed Hoyer to fill the same position in the Windy City.  Two years ago on a travel day during the World Series, a news conference was held to announce that the Ricketts family had acquired the Cubs from Tribune Co.

Football Notes

>> Illinois Duo Top Sack Producers in Big Ten

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When Illinois recruited Whitney Mercilus, the coaches told the young defensive end the sky was the limit.

Mercilus is starting to prove them right and fellow junior Michael Buchanan isn't far behind.

Mercilus leads the nation with 10 sacks and Buchanan has five, helping the Illini put up 26 sacks through seven games. That is tops in the Big Ten and the fifth-best pass rush in the country.

Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning says Buchanan could have four or five more sacks if he were more sound fundamentally.

>>Hester Wins Weekly Award

(New York, NY)  --  Thanks to a couple big plays, Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester was named an NFC player of the week on Wednesday.  Hester earned special teams player of the week honors after returning a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown during Sunday's 39-10 victory against Minnesota.  The score was his 16th career kick-return TD, extending his NFL record.  Hester also returned a punt for 27 yards and had 91 yards on five receptions, including a 48-yard TD catch.  The Bears head to London, England to clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

>>Rams' Bradford Misses Practice

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Rams quarterback Sam Bradford missed Wednesday's practice and is a question mark for Sunday's game at Dallas.  He suffered a high ankle sprain late in this past Sunday's loss at Green Bay.  Head coach Steve Spagnuolo said earlier this week that Bradford is wearing a protective boot and is considered day-to-day.  A.J. Feeley will start against the Cowboys if Bradford can't go.

>>Rams Get Some Players Back

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Rams wide receiver Mark Clayton and defensive end Marquis Johnson practiced yesterday for the first time since coming off the physically unable to perform list.  Wideout Brandon Lloyd was also on the field for the first time after his acquisition from Denver.  Banged up offensive tackle Rodger Saffold and running back Cadillac Williams also practiced after having Monday MRIs.

Illinois Universities Cope With Chronic Late Payments

The state of Illinois owes more than half a billion dollars to nine public universities, a debt that contributes to rising tuition, spending cuts and growing class sizes.

The backlog as of Sept. 8 topped $550 million. More than half of that was owed to the University of Illinois.

Research grants and other money have helped the U of I. But the school has had to cut some specialized courses, increase the size of classes and offer some courses less often.

Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard says his school must set aside money to get through the long periods when state government doesn't pay its bills. He says that without reserves, "we're in big trouble."

Poshard says the state has got to fix its budget problems.

Regional Superintendents Lobbying Lawmakers To Reinstate Pay

Veto session is just one week away and lawmakers are expected to find a way to reinstate pay for regional superintendents.  Bob Daiber, with the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents, says the option to pay them from the Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax fund has stirred up a bit of controversy.

[audio:rddPay1.mp3]A Word From Daiber[/audio]

The 44-elected superintendents have been working for free for nearly four months.  Governor Pat Quinn cut their salaries from the budget in an effort to save about ten-million dollars.  Quinn wants the regional superintendents to be paid from the corporate personal property replacement taxes instead of from the state's operating budget.

Bloomington-Normal Gets Grant For Public Transit System

The Bloomington-Normal Public Transit system is getting $465,000 in federal grants.

In a news release, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the money from the U.S. Department of Transportation will be spent to buy radios and other equipment that will do things like allow customers to track buses in real-time with GPS.

In the release, Mayor Chris Koos of Normal says the purchase of what is called Intelligent Transportation System software and hardware will make using the bus more convenient, which will attract more riders.

Some Call Quinn Closure Plan A Bluff

Governor Quinn wants lawmakers to give him more money to avert a plan to shut down seven state facilities but the question is, where is the money coming from.  Political Scientist Kent Redfield says he wouldn't be surprised if Quinn reneged on his plan. 

[audio:rddBluff1.mp3]A Word From Redfield[/audio]

Redfield says Quinn has a lot of discretion so there's really no need to shut down the state facilities.  He says the governor has lost quite a bit of trust and support among lawmakers which limits his ability to leverage in the general assembly.

Ameren Encourages Customers To Inspect Heating Systems

Winter weather is moving in and Ameren Illinois' Leigh Morris says now's the best time to protect yourself from potential heating dangers. 

[audio:rddHeat1.mp3]A Word From Morris[/audio]

Morris says customers should have their heating systems inspected and serviced to avoid the danger.  He says inspectors will make sure the system is operating at its peak efficiency.  If it's not working properly, Morris says it could cost you more to heat your home.  He encourages customers to replace the system if its going bad so they're not without heat during the coldest winter months.

Clinton High School To Host Injuries Clinic This Morning

Clinton High School will be hosting a conference on the prevention and education of sports injuries on October 19th. Professional development credits with ISBE will be available for conference attendees. Sign in begins at 8:30. Those who attend will have the opportunity to learn about ACL and growth plate injuries, along with strength conditioning tips and finally, they will learn about concussions, which has been a major topic in the high school sports arena for some time now. For more information you can contact Clinton High School or you can visit the school's website.

WEIC Signs on New Newstalk Format

The new owners of WEIC 1270 AM radio in Charleston, will sign on their new newstalk format at 6am this morning.

 The Miller Media Group's Kaskaskia Broadcasting, Inc., took possession of the station on October 7, and immediately took the station off the air while new transmitting and programming equipment has been installed.

 width= The antenna for WEIC's new FM repeater at 107.5 FM, was installed on Monday of this week, but additional parts for the system won't arrive for another couple of weeks, so the FM signal won't be on at the start of WEIC's new newstalk format.

 WEIC's local programming will also be streamed live and archived, on the station's on-line daily newspaper, Eidailynews.com.

 WEIC's new newstalk format will feature a live and local morning show including local guests, weekday mornings from 6 til 10.  WEIC will also feature over 6 hours a day of agriculture programming, including from 6 to 7 weekday mornings, 10am to 3pm weekdays, and 8 to 9:30am Saturdays.

 WEIC invites Eastern Illinois radio listeners to turn on the new format starting Wednesday morning at 6am.

Emerald Ash Borer Difficult To Detect, Prevent

As reported yesterday, the Emerald Ash Borer's presence in DeWitt County certainly threatens the Ash Tree population.

After a Dutch Elm disease outbreak, the Ash tree was chosen to replace the Ash tree population because of the tendency of the Ash tree to grow rather quickly. Jeff Squib is the Communications Manager with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. He says the Ash tree was the unofficial chosen tree to replace the Dutch Elm population because of it's nature to grow quickly, and now it is being threatened by a deadly beetle.

[audio:eab4.mp3]A Word From Squib[/audio]

Many land owners with the Ash tree are now left wondering what there is to do to prevent the Emerald Ash Borer from burrowing into their Ash Tree inventory. Squib says detecting the beetle before the tree is showing signs of distress is incredibly difficult. While not impossible, the beetle is difficult to see, as it is smaller than a penny, however, it is a bright green metallic color.

[audio:eab5.mp3]A Word From Squib[/audio]

Squib says while there are some treatments available, he says it is up to the individual owner of each tree what their approach will be in fighting against or preventing the emerald ash borer. He says while the tree may not show signs of distress, it could still be infected, but not showing those signs, and it may not show the signs for a long time.

[audio:eab6.mp3]A Word From Squib[/audio]

Ash tree owners have a couple of options to obtaining information or help. The first is to visit the wesbite www.illinoiseab.com. Or they can call 217-785-2427, which is the number to the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Environmental Programs.

Ameren To Host Open House This Afternoon At Old Gas Factory in Clinton

If you have noticed the big white tent on Washington Street in Clinton, there is an opportunity to see what is inside this afternoon.

The tent is covering a project by Ameren to remove dirt containing Manufactured Gas Plants, or MGPs. Clinton Mayor Carolyn Peter's invites the public to be a part of an open house this afternoon at the site hosted by Ameren. She explains there will be billboards of descriptions of the project and also Ameren representatives will be on site to answer any questions residents may have about the project.

[audio:amerenopenhouse1.mp3]A Word From Mayor Peters[/audio]

Until recently, the route the trucks were going to take was still being deliberated on. Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvements Nan Crang says the route has now been decided on for the dirt to be taken to the landfill. Crang explains the trucks will be in and out of the site continuously from 7 am to 4 pm.

[audio:amerenopenhouse2.mp3]A Word From Commissioner Crang[/audio]

Recently, there has been some public discussion of whether Ameren should be allowed to take the dirt containing the MGPs through the City of Clinton. Mayor Peter's says because the project is in the middle of town, they have to go through town to get to the landfill.

[audio:amerenopenhouse3.mp3]A Word From Mayor Peters[/audio]

Ameren officials will begin digging up the site next Wednesday to clean up the site of the old Gas Manufacturing Plant on Washington Street. The open house at the site is this afternoon from 4-6:30. Residents will have the opportunity to view information about the site and what will be happening there, and also to have any questions answered about the project.

Clinton Board of Education To Look Into Traffic Survey For New Elementary Building

It is not very often the entities that are the City of Clinton and the Clinton Board of Education cross paths.

The Clinton Board of Education met for their monthly meeting last night, and one item of discussion for the Board was a request from the City of Clinton to conduct a traffic survey for the new elementary building.

Clinton Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeff Holmes explains, he and President of the Board Buck Carter, met with Clinton Mayor Carolyn Peters, Streets Commissioner Nan Crang, and Clinton Police Chief Mike Reidy to discuss the board conducting a traffic survey. Dr. Holmes believes the issue will not be before school, but rather upon the dismissal of school, that the city is concerned most with.

[audio:trafficsurvey1.mp3]A Word From Dr. Holmes[/audio]

The school district could do a number of things to ease the congestion and make the flow of traffic smoother during dismissal times. Dr. Holmes suggests staggering dismissal times to keep from having parents and buses picking students up all at the same time.

[audio:trafficsurvey2.mp3]A Word From Dr. Holmes[/audio]

President of the Board of Education, Buck Carter, voiced his concern over the idea. He explains should the Board decide to take this on, the cost would have to be picked up 100% by the Board. He says with several aspects of the new elementary building still undecided, putting the idea on hold may not be the worst idea.

[audio:trafficsurvey3.mp3]A Word From Carter[/audio]

The Board agreed to seek out estimates on getting a traffic survey completed. Should any modifications need to be made based on the traffic study, such as the widening of Illini Drive for a turn lane, in front of the Jr. High School, the Clinton Board of Education would be responsible for the cost of the project, not the City of Clinton.

World Series Preview

>>Cards Clash With Rangers In World Series

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Unfamiliar foes square off as the St. Louis Cardinals battle the Texas Rangers in the 107th edition of the Fall Classic.  The Cardinals host the Rangers in Game One of the World Series tonight at Busch Stadium.  These teams have not played against one another since the 2004 season.  St. Louis defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in six games to capture its 18th National League pennant, while Texas took out the Detroit Tigers in six games to win its second straight American League crown.  The Redbirds already own a NL-best 10 World Series titles, while the Rangers are seeking their first after falling to the Giants in five games in last year's World Series. 

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says his team isn't just happy to be in the World Series despite a Cinderalla season.

[audio:STLLaRussaWSG1a.mp3]The Cardinals Manager[/audio]

Rangers first baseman Michael Young says it will be an interesting matchup with an unfamiliar foe.

[audio:TEXYoungWSG1a.mp3]The Rangers First Basemen[/audio]

Texas manager Ron Washington feels the same way...

[audio:TEXWashingtonWSG1.mp3]Rangers Skip Ron Washington[/audio]

Despite some initial concerns over a possible elbow injury, Chris Carpenter is slated to start Game One of the series for the Cardinals.  The Rangers will counter with left-hander C.J. Wilson.  The Cardinals have home-field advantage in the best-of-seven set thanks to the National League's win over the American League in this summer's All-Star Game.  St. Louis hosts Game Two on Thursday

The Cardinals will once again go with a 12-man pitching staff as they try to put the finishing touches on a championship run against the Rangers.  The Redbirds relied heavily on their bullpen in dispatching the Brewers in the NLCS, with relievers combining to throw four-and-a-third more innings than the starters over the six games.  The pen worked seven innings in the final game.

>>Ryan Takes Rangers In Six

(St. Louis, MO)  --  It should be no surprise that Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan believes his team will win the World Series.  Major League Baseball's all-time strikeouts leader told a Dallas ESPN Radio affiliate that he's very proud of his team's accomplishment of repeating as American League champs and believes his team will beat the Cardinals in six games to claim its first World Series title.

Report: Epstein To Cubs Talks Stale

Negotiations between the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox about compensation in return for general manager Theo Epstein [[ ep-STEEN ]] remained stalemated on Tuesday.  With the World Series starting this evening, the soonest an announcement could be made would be Friday, which is an off-day for the Rangers and Cardinals.  It's been more than a week since reports leaked that Epstein was headed to the Windy City after nine years with the BoSox.  However, there appears to be some resolution on one issue that was stalling the process.  According to sources close to the situation, Epstein will be allowed to take one prominent member of the Red Sox organization with him to Chicago, and one rumored name has been executive vice president of business affairs Jonathan Gilula.

Rams Notes

>>Rams Cut Sims-Walker To Make Room For Lloyd

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams have cut wide receiver Michael Sims-Walker to make room for new wideout Brandon Lloyd.  Sims-Walker had 11 receptions for 139 yards and no touchdowns in four games after signing as a free agent before training camp.  Lloyd was acquired from the Broncos on Monday and is expected to step right in and start in Sunday's road game against the Cowboys.

>>Bradford Status Uncertain

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The status of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford for Sunday's game at Dallas is uncertain.  The second-year signal-caller suffered a high ankle sprain late in Sunday's loss at Green Bay.  Bradford is wearing a protective walking boot and is considered day-to-day.  Head coach Steve Spagnuolo said backup A.J. Feeley will get the majority of first-team reps in practice this week.

Man Arrested For Slapping Devin Hester In Head At Casino

A man has been arrested for apparently slapping Bears wide receiver Devin Hester in the head.  Des Plaines police tell the "Chicago Tribune" Daniel Rago smacked Hester Friday night at the Rivers Casino.  They're not sure why Rago hit Hester, nor has any motive been given.  Police added Hester was very professional and contacted security, who called police.  Rago is charged with battery and has a December 1st court date.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-19


October 19, 2011


Jail Population: 59

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0


Lori Miller, 50 Oreana, was arrested and charged with Driving Under Influence. Miller was also issued a citation for No Rear Registration Plate Light and was issued a citation for Driving Under Influence. Miller, being un-able to post the necessary bond, remains lodged in DeWitt County Jail.


Richard McKinnis, 49 Chicago, was arrested and charged with Theft and Possession Stolen License Plate. McKinnis, being un-able to post the necessary bond, remains lodged in DeWitt County Jail.




Dr. John Warner Hospital's Gala Event Saturday

The Dr. John Warner Hospital Foundation Board presents the 8th annual

HARVEST GALA to raise funds for two Auto Pulse Cardiac Support Pumps.

The GALA takes place on Saturday October 22, 2011 at the Madison Hall on

South Madison street in Clinton. Cocktails at 5 PM and dinner and

entertainment will follow at 6 PM. Entertainment for the event is “The

Girls”. Dress is casual and ticket price is $75. Call either Kim Davenport at

217 935-2028 or Dixie Walden at 217 935-3979 for additional tickets.

Ameren Natural Gas Prices Remain Steady

If you heat your home with natural gas, Ameren Illinois says prices will stay about the same as they were last winter.  Ameren's Scott Glaeser says an increased supply and a sluggish economy mean customers won't see much of an an increase in prices.  Ameren customers paid an average of 61-cents a therm during the last season.  This year, that price is expected to be about 62-cents a therm.  Glaeser says Ameren has secured an adequate supply to meet customer needs this winter and most of the gas is price protected.

Illinois Education Begins To Build Budget Proposal

The Illinois State Board of Education is giving taxpayers a chance to weigh in on school funding in the next state budget.

The board said Monday it is launching a series of public hearings to gather feedback.

Officials say hearings can provide insight into local priorities and put a face on the two million students in Illinois public schools.

State government provides about 30% of school money in Illinois. Local funds account for 55% and federal aid covers the rest.

The State Board of Education has consistently recommended increased education spending, but Illinois has cut funds by $650 million the last few years.

Hearings are scheduled for Springfield, Edwardsville, Champaign, Wheeling and Chicago.

Gov. Quinn To Veto Gaming Bill; Outlines New Plan



[audio:changes1.mp3]A Word From The Governor[/audio]


[audio:changes2.mp3]A Word From The Governor[/audio]


October Unseasonably Dry, Warm in Midwest So Far

October so far has been unseasonably dry and warm in Illinois and across the Midwest.

Climate expert Steve Hilberg at the Illinois State Water Survey says the Midwest experienced only 23% of its normal rainfall during October's first 12 days. Temperatures averaged 6 degrees above normal.

Some spots had no measureable precipitation for nearly 20 days as dry conditions extended from the end of September into early October. Kansas City, Mo., finally received detectable rainfall on Oct. 9 after 21 days without precipitation.

Temperatures were above normal for the first 12 days of October across most of the Midwest. The largest departures from normal were found mainly in Minnesota, where average temperatures ranged from 10 to 16 degrees above normal during this period.

EAB Brings Heightened Awareness of Beetle's Effects

The Emerald Ash Borer being spotted in central Illinois has lead to different agencies around the state to take action in trying to find the evasive beetle.

The beetle has most recently been spotted in DeWitt and Stark Counties, and as previously reported, once the beetle has been spotted in Ash Trees, the chances of their survival at this time are slim. However, there are several agencies working to find ways to save the Ash trees or prevent the beatle from infesting more trees.

Communications manager with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Jeff Squib explains the beatle has used several methods of coming to the  area. It has used the transportation firewood and also on rail lines from the Northeast, which is where the beetle is thought to be originated from in the United States.

[audio:eab1.mp3]A Word From Squib[/audio]

DeWitt County is not part of a current quarantine of the EAB. However, Squib says the next step would be including DeWitt County as a part of the quarantine, and potentially surrounding counties.

[audio:eab2.mp3]A Word From Squib[/audio]

Squib explains once an Ash tree has been infected, the tree begins to die from the top down, which is where the EAB tends to burrow. He says there are several signs of the tree being under distress once infested. He says Ash tree owners may notice a "D" shape hole in the bark or branches, and also small branches growing from around the trees base, which are both early signs of distress.

[audio:eab3.mp3]A Word From Squib[/audio]

If Ash tree owners believe their tree may be infested with the EAB, there are a couple of ways to seek help. They first can visit www.illinoiseab.com or they can call Department of Agriculture' Bureau of Environmental Programs at 217-785-2427.

Tune in to Regional Radio News tomorrow for more on what land owners with Ash Trees can do to help keep their trees protected.

Clinton Board of Education Has Full Agenda For Tuesday Meeting

The Clinton Board of Education will convene for their October meeting tonight.

The Board has several topics of discussion are on tap for tonight. The Board will begin to review school improvements for the High School and Jr. High. Dr. Jeff Holmes, Superintendent of Clinton Schools says they will review the projects that were completed last year and begin looking at what the goals are for this year.

[audio:boardpreview1.mp3]A Word From Dr. Holmes[/audio]

Dr. Holmes will discuss the school district's report card that will be released to the public. The academic sides of the report have been released, according to Dr. Holmes, this will be the demographic side.

[audio:boardpreview2.mp3]A Word From Dr. Holmes[/audio]

According to Dr. Holmes, the big item for tonight will be the audit from the fiscal year 2011 budget. Dr. Holmes says the audit shows the district was in compliance with all the state regulations.

[audio:boardpreview3.mp3]A Word From Dr. Holmes[/audio]

The Board of Education tonight will also receive and update on the Strategic Plan and they will also begin the referendum campaign for the new Elementary Building.

The Clinton Board of Education meets this evening at 6:30 in the Jr. High School Library.

Downtown Tree Removal in Works For Clinton's Square

The Downtown Clinton Square will see another face-lift in the coming months.

In each of the corners of the square, there are three trees that are planted. Over the past several months, there have been store owners on the square concerned over the trees blocking their storefronts. Steve Lobb Public Works Director for the City of Clinton gave a presentation to the Clinton City Council on behalf of John Baker, the Chairmen of the Clinton Tree Board, and the Board began finding the best possible solution to benefit the vegetation and also the businesses on the square.

[audio:downtowntrees1.mp3]A Word From Lobb[/audio]

The business owners on the square want the two trees out in front of their fronts removed for better visibility, however, the Tree Board was hoping to find a way to make the businesses more visible without removing the trees, as their goal is to preserve and promote tree vegetation and growth. Lobb says the decision was not easy but it was ultimately made to remove the two front trees to allow for better visibility to the businesses.

[audio:downtowntrees2.mp3]A Word From Lobb[/audio]

According to Lobb, the hardest part of the Tree Board's decision was finding a way to remove the trees without completely destroying them. However because of many factors, the biggest being potential damage to underground lines such as water, gas, or sewer, so the trees will be removed and destroyed.

[audio:downtowntrees3.mp3]A Word From Lobb[/audio]

The hope is to have the trees removed in time for the City's Christmas Parade.

In other news from the Clinton City Council Meeting Monday evening...

>The City approved the purchase of a new 2012 Chevy Malibu for City Administrator Tim Followell at a cost of just over $16-thousand.

>The Council approved the City of Clinton's share of the Radio Band Compliance purchase through CENCOM at a cost of just under $48-thousand.

> The Council approved the bid of J & S Roofing to Re-Roof the Salt Storage Building  for the Street Department at a cost of just over $12-hundred.

Bears, Rams Notes

>>Rams Acquire Broncos' WR Lloyd

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams have another weapon for quarterback Sam Bradford to throw to.  The Rams have acquired Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos.  The Rams gave up a conditional sixth-round draft pick in return.  The pick could become a fifth-rounder based on the number of catches by Lloyd.  The 30-year-old Lloyd will be a free agent after the season.

>>Rams' Bradford Has High Ankle Sprain

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is day-to-day with a high left ankle sprain.  Head coach Steve Spagnuolo confirmed the injury on Monday, saying Bradford is wearing a walking boot for protection and will be limited in practice this week.  The second-year signal-caller suffered the injury during the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, but remained in the game.

>>Bears' Harris Requests Trade

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris has requested a trade.  Harris, who was benched, then later placed on the inactive list for the team's blowout win over Minnesota on Sunday night, announced his intensions on a Chicago radio show on Monday morning.  Harris, a seven-year veteran, was a second-team All-Pro in 2010.  He started in the Bears' season-opening win over Atlanta, but pulled his hamstring late in the contest and missed the next three games due to the injury.  He returned to the starting lineup on October 10th against the Lions and his missed assignment led to a 73-yard TD by Detroit.  The trade deadline is today.

In related Bears' news, head coach Lovie Smith said on Monday that the chest injury Devin Hester suffered in the team's 39-10 win over the Vikings on Sunday night was not serious.  Smith said it was nothing more than "bumps and bruises," and that the receiver isn't likely to miss any time.  Hester suffered the injury late in the third quarter while blocking on a Marion Barber run.  He didn't play at all in the fourth quarter.

New York Jets 24, Miami Dolphins 6

Illini Left With Questions After Loss To Ohio State

>> Illini Left With Questions As Ohio State Finds An Answer

Ohio State's 17-7 upset of Illinois answered one big question for the Buckeyes - how do we end a two losing streak?

But Illinois' loss on Saturday raised a bunch of questions for the Illini (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) and dropped them from 16 to 23 in The Associated Press college football poll.

Ohio State (4-3, 1-2) forced three turnovers, and one set up the winning touchdown. The Buckeyes also held Illini runners to 116 yards.

Illinois fans could also question the decision to punt early in Buckeyes territory, and another to go for it on a late fourth down instead of trying a field goal.

Derrick Rose Says Blame Owners For NBA Lockout

>> Derrick Rose Says Blame Owners For NBA Lockout

Derrick Rose says blame for the NBA's current labor impasse rests squarely with team owners, not players.

The 23-year-old Bulls star talked about the lockout and his training regimen during downtown appearances introducing a new shoe line.

Rose said the NBA lockout, which has wiped out training camp, exhibition games and the early part of the regular 2011-12 season, has been frustrating. He believes a partial regular season seemed a likely scenario.

NBA commissioner David Stern wiped out the season's first two weeks and has threatened to also cancel the league's showcase Christmas Day games.

Rose said he continues to work out despite the lack of organized practices that training camp would provide.

BoSox Wanted Garza For Epstein

The Boston Red Sox won't be getting starting pitcher Matt Garza in exchange for general manager Theo Epstein's services in the Windy City.  Major League sources reported that the BoSox initially wanted the Cubs starter to be included as compensation for Epstein, but the Northsiders quickly refused.  Last week, Epstein and the Cubs agreed in principle to a five-year deal worth close to $20-million.  The two teams have now been discussing minor leaguers as compensation.  The MLB prohibits major announcements during the World Series, which has led to speculation that an agreement could be reached as soon as Tuesday since the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers start their bid to be the best on Wednesday.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-18

October 18, 2011


Jail Population: 57

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0


John Lahey, 29 Wapella, was arrested and charged with Violation Of Probation. . Lahey, being un-able to post the necessary bond, remains lodged in DeWitt County Jail.




Experts Say Illinois Nation's Worst at Paying Bills

Experts say Illinois appears to be the worst state in the country when it comes to paying bills late.

Illinois regularly lets several billion dollars of bills stack up. Businesses and community groups sometimes wait months to be paid for their services.

Many states slow down payments when money is tight, but it has become the status quo in Illinois.

The Council of State Governments says it doesn't know of any other state that matches Illinois' backlog, which topped $5 billion last month.

And an expert with the Urban Institute think tank says Illinois wins the prize for worst in the country.

An Urban Institute survey in 2009 found that more non-profit groups reported late payments in Illinois than in any other state.

Behind The Unpaid Bills Numbers

Figuring out the Illinois government's backlog of unpaid bills isn't simple. It all depends on what you count and when you count it.

The most direct method is counting bills that state agencies have sent to the Illinois comptroller for payment.

By that measure, Illinois had $5 billion in unpaid bills as of Sept. 8. More than $1.4 billion were more than two months old.

That method doesn't count bills that aren't being sent to the comptroller. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services is simply sitting on about $1.9 billion in unpaid bills.

Illinois also owes about $1.7 billion for corporate tax refunds and employee health insurance premiums, two obligations that don't go through the comptroller.

By any measure, Illinois has a lot of bills to pay.

U of I Professor Joins Engineering Hall of Fame

A University of Illinois professor who created the first usable light-emitting diode will join Thomas, Edison, the Wright brothers and a select group of scientists and inventors when he's inducted into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame next month.

The university said Friday that 82-year-old Nick Holonyak Jr. will be inducted in a ceremony in Dayton, Ohio, on Nov. 3. He will be added to the Hall of Fame along with Nikola Tesla and James Tsui.

Since its creation by Holonyak the LED has become commonplace. It is used in everything from instrument panels to head lamps used by joggers. His work has also helped create household dimmer switches, the lasers central to CD and DVD players, and fiber-optic communication.

FutureGen Project Drilling Test Well in Western Illinois

 The developers of the $1.3 billion FutureGen clean-coal project are drilling a test well in western Illinois and say they're on schedule to pump carbon dioxide underground for storage in 2016.

FutureGen Alliance CEO Kenneth Humphrey said Thursday that crews have so far drilled 375 feet into a well in Morgan County that will eventually reach 5,000 feet. The site near Jacksonville is about 30 miles west of Springfield.

If the site works FutureGen plans to refit a nearby coal-fired power plant with experimental low-emissions coal technology. The greenhouse has carbon dioxide from the coal would be captured and stored.

Some area residents are concerned about the safety of storing the gas underground. Others like Andy Davenport worry that the price tag will rise.

Truck Crashes Into Peoria Salon, Killing Customer

Police are investigating what caused an elderly driver's pickup truck to crash through the wall of a Peoria hair salon, killing a customer inside the shop.

Authorities say 76-year-old Gerald Brown was pulling into the Plaza Hair Salon parking lot on Saturday to pick up his wife from her hair appointment when his truck went out of control.

The vehicle pinned an 83-year-old customer, Ila Aupperle, against the shop's back wall. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Decatur Orders Only Taxi Company To Shut Down

The city of Decatur is ordering the only taxi company in town to shut down over what the city manager calls violations of local codes.

City Manager Ryan McCrady ruled Friday that AOK Taxi used an unregistered vehicle as a taxi and failed to inform the city about changes in its fleet such as the junking of a number of cars that had fire damage.

McCrady said the loss of the taxi service would create a hardship, but he said his duty is to make sure the taxis are safe and well regulated.

AOK owner Anthony Walker said he is considering suing the city.

Walker shut the company down for a while last year as he complained about city regulations.

Police Say Couple's Deaths Were Murder-Suicide Near Monticello

Illinois State Police say the deaths of a couple inside a central Illinois home appear to be a murder-suicide.

Master Sgt. Michael Atkinson says investigators believe 63-year-old Roger Sharp shot his 59-year-old wife Shirley in their White Heath home Thursday before turning the gun on himself.

Both Sharps died of single gunshot wounds to the chest.

Authorities say a female who sounded upset called police about 4 p.m. Thursday about a possible shooting at the Sharps' home.

When the Piatt County Sheriff's office called back, officers say Roger Sharp answered and said his wife was dead. He ended the call and didn't answer again.

Authorities evacuated the area and brought in a SWAT team. The couple were found dead hours later.

White Heath is about 15 miles west of Champaign.

Canning, Preservation Course Being Offered at U of I Extension in Macon County

The U of I will soon be offering tips on how to properly preserve your food.

With the winter months approaching and gardening coming to an end, it's time for many people to start thinking about preserving and canning their homegrown food. Before they do, it might be a good idea to take a lesson from Lynette Mensah. She is an Educator for the University of Illinois Extension, and specializes in Nutrition and Wellness. She says this is a good opportunity for anyone to be a part of.

Mensah will be giving a lecture on October 18th from 1 to 3 pm and answering questions on the safe and sanitary ways to can and preserve food this fall. 

[audio:preservation1.mp3]A Word From Mensah[/audio]

According to Mensah canning has become more commonplace recently. This is largely because of the state of the economy and people becoming more interested in local foods. There have been many methods of canning over the years, but Mensah says that many methoda of the past are no longer safe.

[audio:preservation2.mp3]A Word From Mensah[/audio]

Mensah says she has obtained relevant and updated information about canning which will be discussed at the meeting. She hopes to engage those whoe attend through questions and presentations.

[audio:preservation3.mp3]A Word From Mensah[/audio]

The Meeting will be at the Macon County Extension in Decatur. The address in 3351 N. Pres. Howard Brwn Blvd. Seating is limited so call and register and 217-877-6042.

Clinton City Council To Approve Upgrade Purchases

The Clinton City Council convenes this evening for the second of their October meetings.

The Council has some unfinished purchases to take care that will upgrade several operations throughout the city. The Council will be approving the new radio system for CENCOM. Clinton Police Chief Mike Reidy explains the system cost is split three ways between the Clinton, Farmer City and DeWitt County based on population.

[audio:councilpreview1.mp3]A Word From Chief Reidy[/audio]

The salt storage building needs some roofing upgrades made to the building. Public Works Director Steve Lobb had hoped his crew would have been able to do it to save the city money, however, they do have the materials together to do it now so all they need is a contractor to do it.

[audio:councilpreview2.mp3]A Word From Lobb[/audio]

City Administrator for the City of Clinton, Tim Followell has been driving around a Range Rover after the Police Department confiscated it. However, Range Rover's are not the most economic vehicles in relation to gas mileage and Followell does a lot of in-town driving as City Administrator. Clinton Mayor Carolyn Peters says, the Council will be looking to sell the Range Rover for a more gas friendly vehicle.

[audio:councilpreview2.mp3]A Word From The Mayor[/audio]

The Council this evening also purchase a 2012 Chevy Malibu, which will replace the Range Rover Followell has been driving.

The Council meets this evening at 7 pm at City Hall.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Brings Events This Week to Clinton

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

DeWitt County DOVE is taking this week to raise awareness for those being effected, or who have been effected by domestic violence. Cathy Briggs, Domestic Violence Program Coordinator of DeWitt County DOVE says domestic violence does not have any boundaries. Anyone of any class, gender, or age can be effected by domestic violence.

[audio:domesticviolence1.mp3]A Word From Briggs[/audio]

As a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, DeWitt County DOVE has a couple of programs this week aimed at recognizing those effected by domestic violence and raising awareness. This evening, there will be a candle lighting ceremony at the First Nazarene Church. Candles will be lit to honor those who have passed on because of domestic violence and Briggs hopes following the ceremony, those who attend will stick around for a community discussion.

[audio:domesticviolence2.mp3]A Word From Briggs[/audio]

DOVE will also be hosting a simulation event, "In Her Shoes", Tuesday and Wednesday. People can come out and go through what it is like to be a domestic violence victim and make the choices  they are forced to make every day. Briggs says it can really shed some light into what a victim of domestic violence goes through.

[audio:domesticviolence3.mp3]A Word From Briggs[/audio]

"In Her Shoes" will take place Tuesday at 3 pm and Wednesday at 11 am at St. John's Catholic Church in Clinton. Briggs says anyone is welcome to attend these no cost events, not just DeWitt County residents.

For more information about these events, you can contact Cathy Briggs at 935-6619.DD

Cards Headed to World Series

>>Cards Double Up Crew To Advance To World Series

(Milwaukee, WI)  --  The Cardinals blasted three home runs and secured a spot in the World Series with a 12-6 rout of the Brewers in Game Six of the National League Championship Series.  David Freese went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer en route to winning NLCS MVP honors.  Albert Pujols hit a solo shot and drove in a pair for the Cards, who won the best-of-seven series four-games-to-two.  Rafael Furcal added a solo shot and Allen Craig drove in two for St. Louis, which will face the Texas Rangers in the Fall Classic.  The Cardinals will host Game One on Wednesday.  Marc Rzepczynski earned the win, tossing two-and-a-third innings out of the bullpen.

Bears, Pack Roll

>>Bears Embarrass Vikings

(Chicago, IL)  --  Devin Hester did it all as the Bears trounced the Vikings, 39-10.  Hester had five catches for 91 yards and a touchdown.  He also returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score.  Jay Cutler passed for 267 yards and two touchdowns to help the Bears even their record at 3-and-3.  Donovan McNabb was 19-of-24 for 177 yards before being lifted for rookie Christian Ponder, who went 9-for-17 for 99 yards.  Adrian Peterson had a touchdown run but was limited to 39 yards on 12 carries.  The Vikings drop to 1-and-5 with the loss.

>>Pack Roll Over Rams

(Green Bay, WI)  --  Aaron Rodgers threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns to lead the unbeaten Packers in a 24-3 victory over the Rams.  Rodgers finished 17-of-28 for 310 yards with TD tosses to Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Donald Driver to go along with an interception for Green Bay, which improved to 6-and-0 on the season.  Mason Crosby added a 32-yard field goal in the victory.  Josh Brown's 36-yard field goal in the first half accounted for St. Louis' lone points of the game.  Sam Bradford threw for 321 yards with a pick, and Steven Jackson added 96 yards on the ground for the Rams, who remain winless on the season at 0-and-5.

Green Bay Packers 24, St. Louis Rams 3
Pittsburgh Steelers 17, Jacksonville Jaguars 13
Philadelphia Eagles 20, Washington Redskins 13
San Francisco 49ers 25, Detroit Lions 19
Atlanta Falcons 31, Carolina Panthers 17
Cincinnati Bengals 27, Indianapolis Colts 17
New York Giants 27, Buffalo Bills 24
Baltimore Ravens 29, Houston Texans 14
Oakland Raiders 24, Cleveland Browns 17
New England Patriots 20, Dallas Cowboys 16
Tampa Bay Buccanneers 26, New Orleans Saints 20
Chicago Bears 39, Minnesota Vikings 10

Illini Upset; Other Illinois NCAA News

>> Ohio State Upsets Illini

Daniel Herron, who hadn't played since the Sugar Bowl in January because of NCAA suspensions, ran for 114 yards and a touchdown in his return Saturday to lead Ohio State past No. 16 Illinois, 17-7.

With true freshman Braxton Miller at quarterback, the struggling offense of Ohio State (4-3, 2-1 Big Ten) counted on Herron against Illinois (6-1, 2-1). The Buckeyes didn't complete a pass until Miller hit Jake Stoneburner for a fourth-quarter touchdown and a 17-0 lead.

The Buckeyes' defense forced three turnovers and turned 2 of them into their only touchdowns. Herron's 12-yard touchdown run followed an interception by Bradley Roby and put Ohio State up 10-0 in the third quarter.

Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was 20 of 34 for 169 yards, two interceptions and a late TD pass.

>> Illinois State Stops South Dakota State 28-3

Ashton Leggett ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as Illinois State beat South Dakota 28-3.

Matt Brown threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score for the Redbirds (4-3). Brown threw for 133 yards, while Illinois State finished with 228 yards rushing.

South Dakota's Dante Warren was sacked six times and completed five passes in 16 attempts for only 25 yards. No South Dakota receiver had more than one catch and none had double figures in receiving yards.

The Coyotes (4-3) managed 108 yards in total offense, most of which came in a 16-play, 91-yard drive that ended in Kevin Robb's 20-yard field goal just before halftime to make the score 7-3.

Brown threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Walker in the third quarter, then Leggett scored from 13 yards for a 21-3 Illinois State lead. Leggett scored a 12-yard TD with 1:29 to play.

Other In State Saturday Action...
Murray State 36, Eastern Illinois 27
Indiana State 46, Western Illinois 24
Northern Illinois 51, Western Michigan 22
Youngstown State 35, Southern Illinois 23

>>Kenseth Holds Off Pack For Charlotte Win

(Concord, NC)  -- Matt Kenseth rode the number-17 car to victory lane in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday to pull within seven points of the Chase leader Carl Edwards.  Kyle Busch finished second and sits 18 points back of the third-place finisher, Edwards.  Kevin Harvick, who finished sixth, sits in second place in the Chase.  Tony Stewart had a pair of disappointing pit stops late in the race to finish eighth, and he sits fifth in the Chase, 24 points back.  Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson saw his night end with just 18 laps remaining when he hit the wall hard on lap 315.  Johnson finished 34th and fell back to eight-place in the standings, 35 points back.  The series heads to Talladega Superspeedway next weekend.

Clinton Police Report for 10-17













DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report


October 14, 2011


Jail Population: 57

Summons Served: 6

Warrant Arrests: 1


October 15, 2011


Jail Population: 58

Summons Served: 5

Warrant Arrests: 1


October 16, 2011


Jail Population: 59

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0


Chris Brown, 30, Wapella, was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Brown posted his IL Drivers License and was released.


John Shull, 37, Merrill, WI, was issued a citation for speeding (74 mph in a 55 mph zone). Shull promised to comply and was released.


Howard King, 51, Bloomington, was issued a citation for speeding (79 mph in a 55 mph zone). King posted his IL Drivers License and was released


Marcus Woodfolk, 37, Champaign, was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Contempt of Court. Woodfolk posted the necessary bond and was released.


Richard Doty, 42, Clinton, was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery. Doty, being un-able to post the necessary bond, remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.


Elliott Howard, 25, Clinton, was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Contempt of Court. Howard, being un-able to post the necessary bond, remains lodge in the DeWitt County Jail.


JoAnna Emmerson, 21, LeRoy, was arrested and charged with Battery. Emmerson posted the necessary bond and was released.




Weekly Weather Summary

We saw above normal temperatures with some much needed rain later in the week, meterologist Steve Hilberg says we can expect to see some rain is likely early in the week with temperatures warming as the week progresses.

[audio:wx.mp3]Steve Hilberg[/audio]

LaHood Leaving President Obama's Cabinet

A spokeswoman for Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the former Illinois Republican congressman will leave the Obama administration at the end of the president's current term.

The spokeswoman, Jill Zuckman, said LaHood was asked about his intentions at a media luncheon Thursday. She said he gave no reason for his decision and hadn't discussed his intentions with President Barack Obama.

LaHood was congressman for 14 years until retiring in 2008, and a top aide to former House Minority Leader Bob Michel before that.

He had a reputation in Congress as a moderate who tried to foster greater cooperation between Democrats and Republicans. While those skills made LaHood an attractive Cabinet choice, he has become better known as a plain-speaking advocate for safer driving and job-creating transportation projects.

Steps to Prevent SIDS

SIDS, a primary cause of death in infants before the age of one year, is not well understood by medical experts. But parents can take steps to prevent it.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is an unexplained cause of death occurring in infants when they are sleeping. Dr. Tracy Milbrandt, assistant professor of pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, says the exact cause of SIDS has not been determined, but she suggests it may be a combination of factors.

[audio:siusids1.mp3]Dr. Milbrandt[/audio]

SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants between the age of one month to one year and it claims the lives of about 2,500 infants each year in the U.S. Dr. Milbrandt explains some risk factors for SIDS that can help parents be more aware.

[audio:siusids2.mp3]Dr. Milbrandt[/audio]

Dr. Milbrandt says babies should be placed on their backs when put to sleep. If parents are looking for more information about SIDS, she recommends the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control Web sites. Or talk to your child’s physician.

New Hope Christian Fellowship Food Pantry

The New Hope Christian Fellowship Church located in Clinton at 118 S Monroe will be giving food items to anyone in need on Saturday (10/15) from 2-4pm.

Illinois EPA Ask Attorney General To Take Action Against Railroad

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency wants the state to require a rail company to clean up after last week's derailment of freight cars filled with ethanol.

The EPA said Thursday that it's asked the attorney general's office to take enforcement action against Iowa Interstate Railroad.

Tanker cars operated by the railroad derailed early Friday outside the small northern Illinois community of Tiskilwa.

The train was shipping ethanol and other materials for Decatur-based corn processor Archer Daniels Midland Co.

The derailment touched off a fire that burned at least six tanker cars and led to the temporary evacuation of all 800 residents of Tiskilwa.

The EPA wants the rail company to pay for environmental cleanup and ongoing testing of the soil, groundwater and surface water in the area.

Illinois Pork Producers Applaud Free Trade Agreements

The Illinois Pork Producers Association is applauding members of Congress for passing the Free Trade Agreements with Columbia, Panama, and South Korea.  Spokesperson Tim Maiers says this could mean a big financial boost for pork producers in Illinois.

[audio:rddPorkFTA1.mp3]A Word From Maiers[/audio]

Illinois is the fourth largest state in the country when it comes to pork production.  Maiers says 25-percent of the pork bred in Illinois is shipped out to other countries.

Soybean Harvest Could Be Good

Soybean harvest is picking up across Illinois, and one expert believes it should be a good crop in terms of a lack of disease pressure.  Jared White has more...

[audio:101011FerrieOnBeansWRAP.mp3]Jared White With The Story[/audio]

Body in Illinois Identified As Missing Woman

Authorities have identified a body found in a Bloomington field as a 57-year-old woman who's been missing since last month.

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said Wednesday that Jean L. Kelly of Minier was identified through dental records.

Kelly had been missing since early September.

Her remains were found Monday afternoon in some brush near a harvested cornfield. Kimmerling says the body had been in the field for quite some time.

She says an autopsy found no evidence of trauma, and nothing found in the area explained what may have led to Kelly's death.

A preliminary cause of death is pending toxicology and other tests.

Logan Correctional Officer Speaks Out

Shannon Kelly is a guard at Logan Correctional Center who says Governor Quinn's plan to close the facility is, quote, "fool hearted." 

[audio:rddLoClose2.mp3]A Word From Kelly[/audio]

Kelly is AFSCME Local 2073 President and says he can't sign on to the governor's plan to transfer inmates to another facility. 

[audio:rddLoClose3.mp3]A Word From Kelly[/audio]

The closure is expected to have a 73-million dollar impact on Logan County.  Kelly adds he and his co-workers aren't going to let Governor Quinn close the facility without a fight.
He was part of a team that led a rally in Lincoln yesterday and plans on testifying at the public hearing about the closure on October 26th.

DJWH Sleep Study Has New Addition To Current Program

The Dr. John Warner Hospital has a referral program that has really taken off.

The "Sleep Study" program at the city-owned hospital will now be a program that patients can take advantage of from the comfort of their own home. CEO of the DJWH Earl Sheehy says patients will receive a device that monitors in 12 hour cycles, they wear it overnight, and bring it back to the hospital for study.

[audio:sleepstudy1.mp3]A Word From Sheehy[/audio]

The "Sleep Study" program has seen a good response since its inception a short while ago,  however, one issue they may with the addition to the program will be insurance issues. Sheehy says it will be possible some insurance companies will only cover a sleep study if the patient stays in the hospital.

[audio:sleepstudy2.mp3]A Word From Sheehy[/audio]

According to Sheehy, the response has been good enough to keep their staff busy, however, having just one staff makes coordinating days off difficult, so his hope the home portion of the program will help with that scheduling conflict.

[audio:sleepstudy3.mp3]A Word From Sheehy[/audio]

The sleep study program is a referral program, so anyone interested in it needs to consult with their physician to be enrolled. The new home program is a one night program.

Movie Buffs Have Unique Opportunity This Weekend in Clinton

Movie buffs have a catch a movie most people won't get to see until it is released on DVD.

Clinton's Eagle Theater will be showing the movie "Dog Jack", a small budget film, Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening. Eagle Theater owner Eric Gubelman feels this is a great opportunity for residents to see a family friendly film before it is released to the public, and also for the theater to play a role in low budget films getting publicized.

[audio:dogjack1.mp3]A Word From Gubelman[/audio]

Gubelman is also owner to the Eagle Theater in Robinson, in southern Illinois. He explains the movie was well received there, with over 200-people coming to see the movie. Gubelman also has a unique connection to the film, as he has a cousin who is an actor in it.

[audio:dogjack2.mp3]A Word From Gubelman[/audio]

According to Gubelman, his theaters have a strong relationship with faith based film makers, and feels this movie is another example of the family friendly films he brings to the community. He does say while the film does not shy away from prompting faith based questions, he says it is not a Christian movie endorsed by churches.

[audio:dogjack3.mp3]A Word From Gubelman[/audio]

The movie shows starting Saturday at 12 noon and Sunday at 7 pm. Tickets are a discounted $4 in advance, and those who attend will have the opportunity to talk with some of the cast members of the movie.

United Way Announces Kick Off To DeWitt County Fundraising Campaign

The United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois is set to kickoff its 2011 fundraising campaign in DeWitt County, however expectations for this year's effort have been scaled back.

Chad Clevenger, Direct of Community Impact with the local agency, indicates they have officially launched the 2011 campaign.  Last year DeWitt County raised just under 45-thousand dollars for United Way.  Clevenger hopes that amount can be matched this year, however he says the organization's goal is 5-thousand dollars less for the 11 DeWitt County Programs United Way Supports.

[audio:unitedwaycampaign1.mp3]A Word From Clevenger[/audio]

There are two primary avenues that the United Way utilizes to raise money.  Clevenger explains numerous local businesses organize employee campaigns, while contributions from local individuals also help the organization.  He says the funds raised will stay within DeWitt County, and will be distributed to 11 local partner agencies.

[audio:unitedwaycampaign2.mp3]A Word From Clevenger[/audio]

Another unique aspect of the United Way is how the funds are distributed.  Clevenger notes the organization is truly community driven, as a group of local volunteers determines how the money is given among the partner agencies.

[audio:unitedwaycampaign3.mp3]A Word From Clevenger[/audio]

To learn how you can contribute to the annual United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois' Campaign Drive ask your employer about organizing a drive or contact the agency to contribute as an individual by calling (217) 422-8537.

Brewers Even Series With Cards

>>Brewers Get Even With Cards In Game Four

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Randy Wolf tossed seven innings of two-run ball to lead the Brewers to a 4-2 win over the Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Championship Series.  Wolf struck out six en route to picking up the win.  John Axford closed things out to earn his second save of the series.  Ryan Braun smacked a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth for Milwaukee, which scored twice in the fourth to erase a 2-0 deficit.  The Brewers evened the best-of-seven series at two games apiece with the victory.  Matt Holliday and Allen Craig hit solo homers for St. Louis.  Kyle Lohse allowed three runs over four-and-a-third innings to take the loss.  Game Five of the NLCS in St. Louis this evening with Zack Greinke slated to get the start on the mound for the Crew.  The Cardinals will counter with Jaime Garcia.  First-pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

MLB AL Championship Series
Detroit Tigers 7, Texas Rangers 5
(Texas leads best-of-seven ALCS, 3-2)

Illini Take On Ohio State; Rams/Bears In Action; Chase Notes

>>Illinois Puts Unbeaten Mark Up Against Ohio State

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois will put its unbeaten mark on the line Saturday afternoon against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium.  The Fighting Illini are a perfect 6-and-0 on the season after last Saturday's 41-20 triumph over Indiana.  The Buckeyes have dropped two straight to Michigan State and Nebraska to slip to 3-and-3 on the season.  Illinois will play at Purdue next Saturday.

>>Bears Battle Vikes In NFC North Affair At Soldier Field

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings will collide in an NFC North tilt on "Sunday Night Football" at Soldier Field.  The Bears, who have dropped three of their last four games, are coming off a 24-13 loss to the unbeaten Detroit Lions on "Monday Night Football."  Jay Cutler tossed two touchdowns and Matt Forte rumbled for 116 yards as Chicago fell to 2-and-3.  Chicago has lost only one game at home this season, but comes into the contest winless in divisional action.  The Vikings snapped a four-game losing streak to start the season with a 34-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last week in Minneapolis.  Adrian Peterson had three scores via the ground and a season-high 122 yards in the win.  It marked just the second time in franchise history that Minnesota scored 28 points in the first quarter.  Chicago beat the Vikes in both meetings last season.

>>Winless Rams Play Unbeaten Packers

(Green Bay, WI)  --  The St. Louis Rams face a stiff test if they are to get their first win of the season as they travel to Lambeau Field to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.  The 0-and-4 Rams are coming off a bye week, but still lost cornerback Bradley Fletcher to a season-ending ACL injury in practice.  QB Sam Bradford has been sacked 18 times in four games.  The Pack rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat the Falcons 25-14 in Atlanta in a rematch of last year's Divisional Playoffs.  Aaron Rodgers has 14 TD passes and just two picks thus far, with a QB-rating of 122.9.

>>Chase Shifts To Charlotte

(Concord, NC)  --  After four races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Carl Edwards owns the slimmest of leads heading into Saturday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte.  Edwards is one point ahead of Kevin Harvick and four clear of last week's winner Jimmie Johnson as the drivers reach the halfway point of the Chase.  Johnson put on a dominating performance but had to hold off Kasey Kahne during a green-white-checkered finish to win last week's race.  The five-time Sprint Cup champion should have the upperhand this week, as he owns six titles in Charlotte, including three wins in the last seven fall races.  Last year, Jamie McMurray won the Bank of America 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Clinton Police Report for 10-14









DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-14


October 14, 2011


Jail Population: 55

Summons Served: 3

Warrant Arrests: 1


Antoine Marshall, 32 Bloomington, was issued a citation for Speeding (66 mph in a 45 mph zone). Marshall posted his IL Drivers License and was released.


Kim Neely, 26 Clinton, was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging her with Failure To Appear. Neely being unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.



Sages Top Shelbyville, Become Playoff Eligible

The Monticello Sages beat the Shelbyville Rams 46-14.  They were led by Senior Ryan Donahue who had 32 carries for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns and Jacob Williams carried 8 times for 76 yards.  Parker Trice was 7 of 11 for 101 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 pick. Colton Gibson contributed 2 touchdown receptions. Scott Huisinga had 101 yards through the air on four catches. With the win, the Sages now become playoff eligible. Tune in next week as the Sages play St. Teresa on Senior night!

Kirk Says IL Needs Financial Game Plan

 U.S Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois must reign in its massive debt and bring reform to the pension system, otherwise it will remain in dire straits.   Kirk issued a report that highlights some of the state's biggest problems, including its underfunded pension systems and a poor credit rating.  In fact, Kirk says Illinois has the poorest credit rating in the nation.  The state is unable to cover 40-percent of its pension obligations and is paying three-billion-dollars a year in interest on borrowed money.  Kirk says Governor Quinn's administration should not expect a federal bailout. 

Kroger Recalls Ice Cream with Unlisted Peanuts

- Kroger Co. is recalling ice cream sold in 10 states because it may contain peanuts not mentioned on the label.

The nation's largest grocery store operator says people with peanut allergies could have a serious or even life-threatening reaction if they eat the Private Selection Extreme Moose Tracks ice cream being recalled.

The recall involves only 16-ounce pints of the product with a sell-by date of June 18, 2012 and the UPC code 11110 52909.

The ice cream was sold at Kroger stores in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as the company's Jay C, Food 4 Less, Owen's, Pay Less and Scott's stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Kroger says shoppers should return the product to supermarkets for a refund or replacement.

Kansas Man Charged in IL Farm Shooting

A 68-year-old Kansas man is charged with shooting his 80-year-old cousin to death in an eastern Illinois farm field.

Court records indicate that Gerard James of Lawrence, Kan., was charged Tuesday with four counts of murder in the Friday shooting death of 80-year-old Harlan James.

Gerard James has not entered a plea. Champaign County court officials say he doesn't yet have an attorney.

Lt. Ed Ogle of the Champaign County Sheriff's Office said the two men argued in a field northwest of Mahomet before the shooting. The town is just west of Champaign. Ogle said the two had been involved in a long-term dispute but wouldn't say what it was about.

Investigators say Gerard James and another family member own the field.

Bond has been set at $1 million.

IL to Have Plenty of Pumpkins Despite Dry Summer

Central Illinois farmers say there will be plenty of pumpkins this fall for carving and cooking despite a hot, dry summer.

State agriculture officials say Illinois is the country's largest producer of pumpkins.

Illinois produces nearly one-third of the nation's pumpkins.

Brenda Martin owns the Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm near Clinton. She says the drought hurt the 15-acre farm but that rains in August helped.

She says there will be plenty of jack-o'-lanterns and ornamental pumpkins.

And pumpkin pie fans also won't be disappointed.

Nestle/Libby's, the nation's leading pie filling producer, gets 6,000 acres of pumpkins that are grown in Morton. The company is expected to meet consumer demand this year.

Two years ago, heavy rains hurt the pumpkin crop, causing a shortage.

Change of Venue in Upcoming Jacksonville Hearing

There's been a change of address for an upcoming public hearing in Jacksonville.  Lawmakers will discuss the possible closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center on Monday, October 24th.  The meeting was originally scheduled at the Rammelkamp Chapel but has been moved to the Bruner Recreation Center on the campus of Illinois College.  The public can provide oral or written testimony at the hearing if they'd like.  Those wishing to provide testimony or attend the hearing should call 782-5322.

Drunk Driver Kills Daughter in Crash

 A Petersburg man is charged in the death of his seven-year-old daughter.  Authorities say Paul Carlson was drunk when his car crossed the center line, went down an embankment and crashed into a ditch Monday afternoon, killing his daughter.  He's being charged with aggravated DUI and could spend up to 14 years behind bars.  Bond has been set at one-million dollars.

Tenn. Couple Charges in IL Alleged Abduction

A Tennessee couple is jailed in Illinois after the abduction of a 14-year-old girl police say they met through Facebook.

Logan County State's Attorney Michael McIntosh said Wednesday that 30-year-old Jarrod S. Sanford and 21-year-old Jessica M. Lidy are initially charged with human trafficking, child abduction, involuntary servitude of a child after their arrests Friday in Lincoln. The town is 35 miles northeast of Springfield.

McIntosh said the couple have not appeared in court and do not have attorneys. Police say they are from Friendship, Tenn.

Investigators say the girl is safe after being returned to her family in Tennessee.

Police say they arrested the couple after getting a call from a restaurant about a girl being held against her will. Police said the girl met Lidy through Facebook.

Cards, Rangers Win; Epstein Agrees To Deal With Cubs

>>Cards Clip Crew To Take 2-1 NLCS Lead

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals scored four runs in the first inning en route to a 4-3 win over the Brewers in Game Three of the NLCS.  Albert Pujols, Jon Jay and David Freese had RBI doubles in the first for St. Louis, which has won two straight to take a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series.  Chris Carpenter tossed five innings of three-run ball to get the win.  Jason Motte got the final four outs to earn the save.  

Mark Kotsay smacked a solo homer for Milwaukee, which left nine men on base.  Yovani Gallardo went five innings, allowing all four runs and eight hits while walking five and striking out two, to take the loss.

The Cards will clash with the Crew in Game Four of the NLCS this evening.  Kyle Lohse is slated to get the start on the mound for St. Louis.  Milwaukee will counter with Randy Wolf.  First-pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

>>Rangers Cruz Over Tigers In 11th Of ALCS Game Four

(Detroit, MI)  --  Nelson Cruz hit his second 11th inning home run of the American League Championship Series, this time a three-run shot in Game Four, as the Rangers rolled to a 7-3 win over the Tigers on Wednesday night.  Cruz had the first-ever postseason walk-off grand slam to give the Rangers the win in Game Two.  Mike Napoli sparked the four-run 11th inning with an RBI double, while Michael Young, Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus all plated a run for Texas, which took a commanding three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven set.  Scott Feldman tossed a scoreless inning of relief to register the win.  Miguel Cabrera had a two-run double in the third and Brandon Inge's solo homer in the seventh sent the game into extras for Detroit.  Jose Valverde was tagged with the loss.  C.J. Wilson will toe the rubber opposite Justin Verlander in this afternoon's Game Five at Comerica Park.  If neccesary, the series will shift back to Arlington for Game Six on Saturday evening.

>>Report: Epstein, Cubs Agree To Deal

(Boston, MA)  --  Theo Epstein has reportedly reached an agreement to join the Chicago Cubs front office.  Epstein's contract as Red Sox general manager and executive vice president runs through 2012, but WEEI radio in Boston reported Wednesday that a five-year deal worth $15-million had been reached.  The report said the sides hadn't decided what title Epstein will have.  ESPN also reported that Epstein and the Cubs agreed to a five-year deal.  In 2002, Epstein became the youngest GM in major league history when he took over the Red Sox at age 28.  He helped the BoSox snap an 86-year championship drought in 2004 and the organization tacked on another title in 2007.

The Cubs have not won a World Series title since 1908.  They went 71-and-91 this past season, missing out on the postseason for the third straight year.  General manager Jim Hendry was fired in mid-August, and Randy Bush was promoted from assistant to interim GM.

Illini In Need of Young Players To Step Up

>> Illinois Starting Over With Young Roster

Illinois begins basketball practice on Friday, and coach Bruce Weber says he is looking for someone on the roster to step up.

The Illini went 20-14 last season and knocked off UNLV in the NCAA Tournament. But key contributors Demetri McCamey and Mike Davis are gone, and the current roster has six freshmen.

Illinois added Sam Maniscalco at guard to improve its experience level. Maniscalco is a graduate student who transferred from Bradley after missing most of last season with an injury.

Weber is hoping sophomore center Meyers Leonard can mature. The 7-foot-1 Leonard was part of the U.S. national team that played at the under-19 world championships over the summer.

Illinois' season opener is Nov. 11 against Loyola.

Bears Notes

>> Bears QB Cutler Calls For Change

The Chicago Bears' quarterback says it's getting more difficult to maintain faith in the system with the offense struggling and the hits on him piling up. Cutler was running for cover again in Monday's 24-13 loss at Detroit, and he sounds like a man who might be running out of patience.

He said "yeah" when asked Wednesday if it was tough to stay confident in the offense run by coordinator Mike Martz. But he added that the Bears "have to believe more and we've really got to work on it."

With Jared Allen staring at a shaky line, Cutler could be in for another long night against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

>> Bears Hope To Have Peppers Against Vikings

The Chicago Bears hope to have Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers available this week against Minnesota after he mildly sprained his left knee.

Peppers was injured in the first half of Monday's loss at Detroit and briefly left the game.

Coach Lovie Smith says the knee was "still sore" Wednesday, but he will "hopefully" be able to practice Friday and play this week. Smith also says defensive tackle Matt Toeaina also suffered a knee injury against the Lions and that defensive end Corey Wootton will hopefully be available. He missed the first three games with a knee injury and sat out Monday with a broken hand.

Annual CROP Walk Scheduled for this Sunday

DeWitt County residents have the opportunity to take part in an event to help fight hunger, both locally and abroad.

The annual CROP Walk will take place this Sunday afternoon at Weldon Springs State Park. One of the organizers of the event, Patrice Brotherton explains the campaign is aimed at raising money to fight hunger. She feels taking to the streets to walk several miles speaks volumes to the work they are trying to do.

[audio:cropwalk1.mp3]Word from Brotherton[/audio]

According to Brotherton, just after World War II, farmers gathered grain to ship over to Europe to help combat the starvation that was happening as a result of the devastation from the war. And from there, the event has taken off to a nationwide event, that happens throughout the country.

[audio:cropwalk2.mp3]Word from Brotherton[/audio]

With the many weather catastrophes that have struck not just America, but the many locations around the world. Brotherton explains 25% of the funds raised will stay in DeWitt County and go to various food banks, however, the rest goes to Church World Service, a company with a very low administration overhead, which means just over 70% of the funds raised go directly to needed areas.

[audio:cropwalk3.mp3]Word from Brotherton[/audio]

Registration takes place at 1:45 at Weldon Springs. Those participating will walk from the Springs to Mr. Lincoln Square in Clinton. For more information, you can contact Darryl Bremner at 935-9670 or Jeannette Ferguson 935-5203.

Final Community Engagement Meeting Outlines Financial Plans

Close to 40 members of the community made their way out Tuesday evening for the final community engagement meeting in the series of meeting being put on by the Board of Education in relation to their proposed new elementary building project.

Members from First Mid-State Bank out of Bloomington were in attendance for the meeting. Superintendent of Clinton School's Dr. Jeff Holmes explains the big topic of discussion was the school district being able to fund the building without raising the tax rate. Dr. Holmes explains the way the school's bonds are situated now, they will be able to do exactly that.

[audio:finalmeeting1.mp3]Word from Dr. Holmes[/audio]

When school's use bonds to fund project such as the one the Clinton School district is seeking, they first need permission from the tax payer. Then according to Dr. Holmes, the process becomes similar to taking a mortgage out for a home,  and the money gets paid back over many years.

[audio:finalmeeting2.mp3]Word from Dr. Holmes[/audio]

Dr. Holmes explains, right now is a great time to try and build. He says interest rates are lower than they have been in nearly 50-years.

[audio:finalmeeting3.mp3]Word from Dr. Holmes[/audio]

The Board will now shift the focus from the community engagement process to the referendum process. Dr. Holmes says the Board of Education would like to see the community take charge to getting the referendum passed at the March primary.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-13


October 13, 2011

Jail Population: 56

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 1


Jerry Pray, 35 LeRoy, was issued a citation for Speeding (75 mph in a 55 mph zone). Pray posted his IL Drivers License and was released.


Anthony Riley, 20 Champaign, was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Failure To Appear. Riley being unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.




Change of Venue For Upcoming Jacksonville Public Hearing

There's been a change of address for an upcoming public hearing in Jacksonville.  Lawmakers will discuss the possible closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center on Monday, October 24th.  The meeting was originally scheduled at the Rammelkamp Chapel but has been moved to the Bruner Recreation Center on the campus of Illinois College.  The public can provide oral or written testimony at the hearing if they'd like.  Those wishing to provide testimony or attend the hearing should call 782-5322.

3 Dead in Firey Vehicle Accident

Three people are dead after a fiery traffic accident in central Illinois.

An SUV traveling west on Illinois 9 near the Fulton County town of Monterey swerved into oncoming traffic Tuesday morning. The SUV struck a van carrying passengers from the Tazewell County Resource Center, which provides services for the developmentally disabled and people with vision problems. The SUV caught fire when it hit the van.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Department says the SUV's driver was killed along with two passengers in the van. The van had 13 passengers. Four other passengers were taken by helicopter for treatment at a Peoria hospital. The other passengers were taken to a Canton hospital.

Monterey is about 25 miles southwest of Peoria.

Dixon Mayor Says Quinn Has Soft Side

 Dixon Mayor Jim Burke says a threat to shutdown seven state facilities seems out of character for Governor Pat Quinn.

[audio:rddDixon3.mp3]Word from Burke[/audio]

Quinn says lawmakers didn't give him enough money to keep the facilities running until the end of the year, that includes the Jack Mabley Developmental Center in Dixon.  Mayor Burke says the town's two legislators, Senator Tim Bivins and Representative Jerry Mitchell want to work with the governor on keeping the center open.  Lawmakers are expected to deal with the matter when they return to veto session in two weeks.

Quinn Says Rallied Against Higher Electric Rates

Gov. Pat Quinn says he didn't travel Illinois encouraging lawmakers to uphold his veto against raising electric rates to pay to modernize the state's power grid because he's concerned they'll override him.

He said Tuesday it was democracy in action and his duty to rally people to the cause.

Lawmakers have cautiously predicted they'll be able to override Quinn's veto when they return to work this month in Springfield. The measure didn't pass initially with a veto-proof majority. Supporters need 71 House votes and 36 Senate votes to be successful.

The governor followed through on a promise to veto the measure last month, calling it a "nightmare" for consumers.

Supporters say the money is needed to finance a "Smart Grid" and give Commonwealth Edison and Ameren money for basic infrastructure.

WEIC Remodeling Begins

Remodeling work has begun at the studios of WEIC-AM 1270 Radio at 2560 West State on Illinois Route 316 on the northwest edge of Charleston.

 width= New owners, the Miller Media Group's Kaskaskia Broadcasting, Inc., of Taylorville, closed on the purchase of the station last Friday, and immediately took it off the air, to prepare equipment and facilities for the station's new newstalk format premiering Wednesday, October 19th at 6am.

 The large concrete step at the front entrance of the building, has been taken out, and will be replaced with a new concrete slab.

 And, an extensive amount of landscape work is being done on the front of the property along Illinois Route 316, to make the station's new sign more visible.

 Interior work to be done includes a complete remodeling of offices in the front of the building, including new carpet and walls in the reception and administrative offices, and new paint.

 Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller said that the physical improvements will go along width= with the improvements in the on-air signal of WEIC.  The station's signal will be cleaner and louder due to an investment in new broadcast equipment.

 And, all of WEIC's local newstalk content will be streamed live and archived on the station's new web site that will be live on October 19th—EIdailynews.com.

Emerald Ash Brorer Poses Threat to Tree Population

As previously reported, the invasive Emerald Ash Borer has been found in DeWitt County.

Steve Lobb, the Public Works Director for the City of Clinton and an Arborist says the Emerald Ash Borer uses the ash tree as a host and slowly kills it. He says it could be several months before the bug is detected, however, once it has been detected, it may be too late to save the tree.

[audio:eab4.mp3]Word from Lobb[/audio]

Despite knowing for many years of the threat the Emerald Ash Borer poses to the region, Lobb says their is a real possibility the Ash tree population could be wiped out of central Illinois.
[audio:eab5.mp3]Word from Lobb[/audio]

Early on in other parts of the country, when the bug would be discovered, Ash trees within a half a mile of the infected tree would be cut down, however, that method was ineffective, as the bug is still migrating and still infecting Ash trees. Lobb says, while there are treatment options to fight the bug, he says because it is such a new development, science continues to discover new things on the bug.

[audio:eab6.mp3]Word from Lobb[/audio]

If you head down country roads or are out walking and you notice purple boxes up in certain trees, those are the traps the USDA is using to monitor the bugs. The traps are purple because the bug is attracted to the color purple.

Lobb says the bug will search for older trees with some possible health problems, and branch out from there.

U of I Extension To Release Program Survey

The University of Illinois Extension in DeWitt County will be turning to residents of DeWitt County for feedback in the coming weeks.

The U of I Extension of DeWitt County is working on putting together a survey for the residents of the county to help them focus on their future programs. Paul Mariman, Extension Educator with the DeWitt, Piatt, and Macon Extension Offices says with the recent re-organization of Extension offices throughout the state, there is less money and less personnel, forcing the offices to get the most from their funds.

[audio:extensionsurvey1.mp3]Word from Mariman[/audio]

Meriman says there is a lot of opportunity for anyone involved in agriculture in DeWitt County to give their input and obtain information, however, he says the goal of the survey is to find out what people are interested in.

[audio:extensionsurvey2.mp3]Word from Mariman[/audio]

Because of the re-structuring of the Extension offices throughout the state, Mariman says many offices are doing things similar to DeWitt County. He says for some the goal is to reach people they haven't before, and for others it is to fine tune their programs.

[audio:extensionsurvey3.mp3]Word from Mariman[/audio]

The Extension will be using various means to put their survey out. Mariman says it will be available the first week of November, and hopes by that time it will be available online.

Facility Closures Part of Game with Gov. Quinn

With the fall veto session right around the corner for lawmakers, the session is sure to be intense with many issues at the fore-front.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Madigan has recently spoke out and said he is going to side with Governor Pat Quinn on a couple of his vetoes, however, now lawmakers face deciding which veto to uphold between the transportation funds being restored or closing state facilities and laying off workers. Representative Chapin Rose says the governor has put them in a tough situation.

[audio:vetosession1.mp3]Word from Madigan[/audio]

Rep. Rose says for many years state facilities for the developmentally disabled have had a need to close down because it costs almost twice as much to have people in a state facility rather than a local facility. And also, the local setting is a better place for a person to achieve their full potential. Rose says despite the need for state facilities to close, a plan needs to be behind it.

[audio:vetosession2.mp3]Word from Madigan[/audio]

The governor is planning on closing a couple of prison facilities as well. Representative Bill Mitchell says closing prisons is not a good idea because there are already overcrowding issues happening.

[audio:vetosession3.mp3]Word from Madigan[/audio]

With Speaker Madigan's statements about supporting the governor's vetoes, according to Rose, the governor then said he would keep the facilities open, but would need $8-billion in borrowed money. Rose feels the governor may be overplaying his hand. He speculates the facilities will stay open, however, that would mean the transportation cuts would stand.

Legislators re-convene later this month.

Maroons Golf Season Ends Monday At Sectionals

The Clinton Maroons golf season came to an end on Monday at the LaSalle Class 2A Sectional Meet.  Three Clinton golfers advanced to the Sectional Meet as individuals by placing in the Top 10 at the Mt Zion Regional Meet at Red Tail Golf Course last week.  The Sectional Meet was held at the Oak Ridge Golf Club at Seneca (Par 72) and none of the golfers placed in the Top 10, which was required to qualify for the State Finals.  The Maroons were led by Logan Woolridge, who shot an 84, Zach Newberry shot an 86, and Corey Wisher shot a 94. The cut to place in the Top 10 to advance to the State Finals was 76.  The Maroons finished their regular season with a team record of 20-4.

Cards Back in Action Tonight; Tigers Win At Home

>>Cardinals Host Brewers In NLCS Game Three Tonight

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals are back at home tonight as they host Game Three of the National League Championship Series against the Brewers.  The best-of-seven set is all square at a game apiece after the teams split the first two games in Milwaukee.  Chris Carpenter gets the start for St. Louis, while the Brewers counter with Yovani Gallardo.  First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

>>Tigers On The Board; Top Texas In ALCS Game Three

(Detroit, MI)  --  Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta and Miguel Cabrera each popped solo home runs to back seven-and-a-third stellar innings of duty from Doug Fister as the Tigers topped Texas, 5-2, in Game Three of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday night.  Cabrera added an RBI double and Austin Jackson also drove in a run for Detroit, which still trails two-games-to-one in the best-of-seven set.  Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler each plated a run for Texas.  Colby Lewis was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs through five-and-two-third frames.  The two teams are right back on the diamond for Game Four this afternoon at Comerica Park.  Matt Harrison is slated to be on the bump for the Rangers, while Rick Porcello will get the nod for the Tigers.

Report says Theo Epstein on Verge of Joining Cubs; Sox Introduce Ventura

>>Report: Theo Epstein On Verge Of Joining Cubs

(Boston, MA)  --  It looks like the Chicago Cubs have found a new general manager.  According to the "Boston Herald," Theo Epstein is on the verge of leaving the Boston Red Sox to become the Northsiders new GM.  An announcement is reportedly expected to be made in the next day or two.  There are, however, a couple things getting in the way of current negotiations.  The "Herald" is reporting that the BoSox are making a last-ditch effort to keep Epstein and also want some sort of compensation for letting the 37-year-old out of his current contract with Boston.  He has one year left on his remaining deal.

>>ChiSox Officially Introduce Ventura

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago White Sox officially introduced new manager Robin Ventura on Tuesday.  Ventura becomes the 39th manager in White Sox history.  The former major leaguer has no prior managerial experience and takes over a Southside ballclub that finished third in the AL Central division, 16 games back of Detroit, at 79-and-83.

White Sox general manager Kenny Williams revealed a shocking revalation after the indroduction, saying that he briefly considered offered a player-manager position to the team's current first baseman Paul Konerko.  Ultimately, though, Williams decided against that thought when he realized it may not be in the best interest of the team.

Illini's Jenkins Leading Nation in Receiving

>>Illini's Jenkins Leading Nation In Receiving

At the end of the 2009 season, A.J. Jenkins packed up and headed for home. He didn't intend to come back to Illinois.

Illinois coaches talked the wide receiver into coming back and it's a good thing they did.

Jenkins is leading the Football Bowl Subdivision with 815 yards receiving this season for the 16th-ranked and undefeated Illini (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten).

The senior has four 100-yard games this season and seven touchdowns. He torched Northwestern for 268 yards and scored twice on 182 yards worth of catches against Indiana.

Illinois hosts Ohio State (3-3, 0-2) on Saturday.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-12


October 11, 2011


Jail Population: 59

Summons Served: 2

Warrant Arrests: 0


Bianca Browning, 44 Decatur, was arrested and charged with Driving While Suspended. Browning was also arrested on a Macon County warrant charging her with failure to appear and was issued a citation for Driving While Suspended. Browning posted the necessary bond and was released.


Jason Danner, 33 Waynesville, was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Danner posted his IL Drivers License as bond and was released.


Donald Roberts, 30, Roberts, was issued a citation for Speeding (65 mph in a 45 mph zone). Roberts posted his IL Drivers License and was released.




Former Cop Gets 10 Years in Prison

A former Warrensburg police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

44-year old Doug Spensley made a deal with federal prosecutors in June, pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in exchange for the 10-year sentence.

A federal judge accepted that agreement Friday.

Spensley will have to serve another 10-year sentence after this federal one for pleading guilty the same charges in a Macon County Court.

Multiple Fields Catch Fire Friday in Central Illinois

Several large field fires broke out around central Illinois Friday afternoon.

About 40 acres of harvested field caught fire just off I-72 near the Niantic-Harristown exit just west of Decatur.

Another field caught fire just northwest of Lincoln off I-55.

Heavy winds rapidly blew that fire across harvested corn fields, threatening farms and other property.

Community Petitions To Keep Prison Open

Logan Correctional, Center is slated to close by the end of the year but some Lincoln residents don't understand why.  Mike Maniscalco [[MAN-ih-SKAL-koh]], with the Lincoln Logan Economic Development Partnership, says the prison offers the best paying jobs around and the economy will suffer if they're eliminated. 

[audio:rddLogan1.mp3]A Word From Maniscalco[/audio]

Maniscalco says he understands the need for shared sacrifice when cutting budgets, but he says this decision doesn't make sense. He says more than three thousand people have signed a petition to keep the prison from closing.  The economic development partnership will also host a march on Thursday to raise awareness of a state hearing on the prison, scheduled for October 26th.

Emerald Ash Borer Siting in DeWitt County Threatens Ash Trees

A deadly insect that feasts on a certain tree has been discovered in DeWitt County.

The threatening Emerald Ash Borer, which feasts on Ash Trees has been discovered in DeWitt County, north of Clinton Lake. Steve Lobb is the Public Works Director for the City of Clinton and also an arborist, says there are some very large Ash Trees in DeWitt County that could be in danger.

[audio:eab1.mp3]A Word From Lobb[/audio]

The threat of the Emerald Ash Borer in DeWitt County is nothing new, in fact, Lobb says he is not surprised to hear the news of it here. He feels it was only a matter of time before it was discovered.

[audio:eab2.mp3]A Word From Lobb[/audio]

The Emerald Ash Borer makes its way down from the northern states with forests of ash trees, and was first discovered in Illinois in Cook County, and is now making it's way south. Lobb speculates the insect could be in more trees, however, at this point it has only been spotted in one part of the county.

[audio:eab3.mp3]A Word From Lobb[/audio]

The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia.  Its larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die.  While the beetle does not pose any direct risk to public health, it does threaten the ash tree canopy. 25 counties in the northeastern and central part of the state are under quarantine to slow the spread of the beetle.  The quarantine prohibits the intrastate movement of potentially-contaminated wood products, including ash trees, limbs and branches and all types of firewood. DeWitt County is not within those quarantine boundaries.

Fire Safety Week in Clinton Highlighted By Fire Engine Parade

It is Fire Safety Week in Clinton.

As a part of Fire Safety Week there are some activities being put on by the Fire Department. Clinton Fire Chief Shawn Milton explains, each year the Fire Department goes into the school's and promotes fire safety. He says each year his department does something different for the kids and this year brings back a big hit from last year's program.

[audio:firesafetyweek1.mp3]A Word From Chief Milton[/audio]

This week you also may notice the Fire Department out with the new engine. Chief Milton says his crew is still in the process of getting trained on it, and until they complete their training, the engine remains an emergency vehicle only.

[audio:firesafetyweek2.mp3]A Word From Chief Milton[/audio]

The biggest event for the Fire Safety week in Clinton will be the Fire Truck parade Wednesday. The trucks will start at Clinton High School and work their way to Mr. Lincoln Square where they will be on display, including the Department's new engine.

Residents should be aware the square will be getting closed off around 5:30 for the 6 pm parade.

Clinton Chamber's 'Terror on Washington Street' Open For October

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce's Terror on Washington Street haunted house opened up this past weekend.

The 17th annual haunted house has returned for the season. Executive Director of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Marian Brisard explains the haunted house has not always been the "Terror on Washington Street". In fact, for the first several years it made several appearances throughout Clinton before permanently being located on Washington Street.

[audio:hauntedhouse1.mp3]A Word From Brisard[/audio]

The Haunted House has grown to such a big event that people from different areas around DeWitt County come to be a part of it. With the size of the event, the house takes up to 50 volunteers helping out to function on any given night.

[audio:hauntedhouse2.mp3]A Word From Brisard[/audio]

The Haunted House obviously would not be possible through the event without the many volunteers that come out. However, Brisard explains many volunteers lent a hand in upgrading the house this year. She says earlier in the spring, a group went as far as attending a workshop to learn how to improve the Haunted House. Brisard feels the improvements will certainly bring some added thrills to those who attend.

[audio:hauntedhoue3.mp3]A Word From Brisard[/audio]

The "Terror on Washington Street" haunted house is open Friday's and Saturday nights until October 29th from 7 pm to 11 pm. To get more information or learn more about volunteering, you can visit clintonhauntedhouse.com, or you can call Marian Brisard at the Chamber of Commerce at 935-3364. You can also search the Haunted House on Facebook.

Cards Pound Brewers; Rangers Win on Walk-Off Grand Slam

>>Cards Pound Crew To Even Series At One

(Milwaukee, WI)  --  Albert Pujols led an offensive assault for St. Louis as the Cardinals dropped Milwaukee, 12-3, in Game Two of the National League Championship Series.  The win evens the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.  Pujols blasted a two-run homer in the first and David Freese added a solo shot in the ninth to go with his pair of RBI.  Lance Lynn earned the win in relief of Edwin Jackson, who lasted just four-and-a-third frames and gave up two runs.  The series shifts to Busch Stadium in St. Louis for Games Three through Five starting on Wednesday evening.

>>Cruz' Slam Leads Rangers Over Tigers In Game Two

(Arlington, TX)  --  Nelson Cruz clubbed the first walk-off grand slam in postseason history in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Rangers a 7-3 victory over the Tigers in Game Two of the American League Championship Series on Monday in Arlington.  Cruz also smacked a solo shot in the seventh and Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre each plated a run for Texas, which took a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven set.  Mike Adams worked a scoreless inning of relief to register the win.  Ryan Raburn's three-run homer in the third frame accounted for Detroit's only runs of the game.  Ryan Perry was saddled with the loss.  The series shifts to Comerica Park this evening for Game Three.  Colby Lewis is slated to toe the rubber opposite Doug Fister.

Bears Lose on MNF; Illini Up in Rankings; Illini CB Receives Weekly Big Ten Honor

>>Lions Stay Unbeaten With Monday Night Win Over Bears

(Detroit, MI)  --  Jahvid Best rumbled for 163 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown to lead the unbeaten Lions in a 24-13 victory over the Bears on "Monday Night Football" at Ford Field.  Jay Cutler finished 28-of-38 for 249 yards with a touchdown toss to Kellen Davis for Chicago in defeat.  Matt Forte had 122 yards on 22 touches for the Bears, who have dropped three of their last four games to fall to 2-and-3 on the season. Quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 19 of 26 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, Calvin Johnson had five receptions for 130 yards, including a touchdown, and Jahvid Best rushed 12 times for 163 yards and a TD.  DeAndre Levy led the defense with 12 tackles, while Cliff Avril, Lawrence Jackson and Willie Young each had a sack, while rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley made his NFL debut after missing the first four games of the year with a broken foot.  Lions kicker Jason Hanson, who converted three extra points and hit a 31-yard field goal became the first player in NFL history to play 300 games with the same team. The Bears host the Minnesota Vikings at Solider Field in Week Six action on "Sunday Night Football."

>>Illini Rises In Recent Rankings

(Undated)  --  The Illinois Fighting Illini have risen one spot in the latest "USA Today" Top-25 College Football Poll.  The Illini climbed from 16th in the nation to number-15 after Saturday's 41-20 win over Indiana to improve to a perfect 6-and-0 overall and 2-and-0 in Big Ten action.  Off to their best start since 1951, the Fighting Illini have all the makings of a serious contender in the Big Ten this year.  Illinois hosts Ohio State this weekend.

>> Illini's Wilson Receives Big Ten Honor

Illinois cornerback Tavon Wilson has been named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week.

Wilson earned the honor Monday after returning a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown in Illinois' 41-20 win at Indiana on Saturday.

The senior also logged a team-high 11 tackles to help Illinois keep its record perfect at 6-0.

The Illini have been collecting Big Ten Player of the Week honors all season.

Last week, Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins was 1 of 2 Big Ten Offensive Players of the Week. And the week before, kicker Derek Dimke was Special Teams Player of the Week and running back Donovonn Young was the Big Ten's Freshman of the Week.

NBA Cancels First 2 Weeks of Regular Season

>>NBA Cancels Two Weeks Of Regular Season

(New York, NY)  --  The NBA has cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season.  NBA commissioner David Stern made the cancellation announcement on Monday evening after meeting with the players' association for several hours earlier in the day in a last-ditch effort to end the lockout and start the 2011 season on time.  This marks the first time games have been cancelled in the NBA since the 1998-99 season.

Clinton Police Report for 10-11










DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-11


October 7, 2011


Jail Population: 56

Summons Served: 3

Warrant Arrests: 2


October 8, 2011


Jail Population: 57

Summons Served: 4

Warrant Arrests: 1


October 9, 2011


Jail Population: 57

Summons Served: 4

Warrant Arrests: 0



October 10, 2011


Jail Population: 58

Summons Served: 5

Warrant Arrests: 1


Kristen Denton, 20 Bloomington, was issued a citation for speeding (87mph in a 65 mph zone). Denton posted her IL Drivers License as bond and was released.


Tyler Stewart, 27 Champaign, was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Stewart posted his IL Drivers License as bond and was released.


Michael Bell, 23, Robinson, was issued a citation for speeding (71 mph in a 55 mph zone). Bell posted his IL Drivers License and was released.


Lee Ridgeway, 41, Beason, was arrested and charged with DUI (Alcohol). Ridgeway was also issued citations for Driving Under Influence of Alcohol and Driving Under Influence. Ridgeway posted the necessary bond and was released.


Kody Fitzgerald, 19, Philo, was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery. Fitzgerald, being un-able to post bond, remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.


Natali Figueroa, 21, Farmer City, was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery. Figueroa, being un-able to post the necessary bond, remains lodged in DeWitt County Jail.


Mark Mandrell, 18, Clinton, was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Criminal Damage to Property. Mandrell posted the necessary bond and was released.


Joshua Olson was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Failure to Appear. Olson, being un-able to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.


Jacob McCauley was arrested and charged with Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property. McCauley posted the necessary bond and was released.


Dionte Taylor was arrested and charged with Agg. Battery. Taylor, being un-able to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.


Wyatt Washburn, 20, Forsyth, was arrested and charged with DUI (Alcohol) and Minors Consumption of Alcohol. Washburn was also issued citations for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving on the Shoulder and Driving Under the Influence. Washburn, posted the necessary bond and was released.


Investigation into the scene of an accident which occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m. on Friday, October 7th, revealed that a car driven by Francis Query, 72, Maroa was driving on Leghorn Road when the driver side tires of her trailer got too close to the ditch. Francis said the trailer continued to slide into the ditch and eventually overturned. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed from the scene.



Hot-Cold September Among Coolest

It started scorching hot but ended up being pretty cool, overall.

That's what climatologists are saying about September.

A climatologist with the Illinois State Water Survey, Jim Angel, says the statewide average temperature for the month was 63.2 degrees - or about 3 degrees below average.

He says that makes this year's September the 13th coolest in Illinois on record.

The coolest September recorded was in 1918, when the average was 59.3 degrees.

September, 2011, began with some parts of the state hitting record temperatures in the 100s. The highest temperature recorded in the state for the month was in Quincy, where it reached 104 degrees on September 1.

It was a different story weeks later. On September 15, Paw Paw recorded the coldest temperature for September - 32 degrees.

Survey To Help Illinois Determine School Effeciency

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is launching an online survey to give parents and taxpayers a chance to comment on school district efficiency.

The survey will help Simon's Classrooms First Commission find ways to improve learning and make administrative duties more cost-effective.

The questionnaire was initialized Friday.

The commission will conduct public hearings on the topic too.

The first is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at John A. Logan College in Carterville.

Comments are welcome on improving work within districts, across school districts or by combining districts.

Work To Start on New U of I Engineering Facility

Officials have broken ground for a new $95 million engineering building at the University of Illinois that the school says will be the world's largest to produce as much energy as it uses.

Gov. Pat Quinn, university President Michael Hogan and others attended a ceremony at the Urbana-Champaign campus Friday at the site of the new Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. Construction is expected to start in November and be finished in 2014.

The state is providing $47.5 million of the cost while the university will cover the rest. Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said the university needs about $10 million more to cover its half of the cost.

The 230,000 square-foot building will include a 400-seat auditorium.

Peoria Diocese Quits Fight Over Civil Unions

Three Catholic dioceses in Illinois are continuing a court fight over Illinois' new civil unions law, while another is withdrawing from the litigation.

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria announced Thursday it plans to stop providing state-funded services and withdraw from the court battle.

Catholic Charities affiliated with the Joliet, Springfield and Belleville dioceses filed an appeal Tuesday of a Sangamon County judge's ruling siding with the state of Illinois. The charities wish to continue their state contracts, while referring unmarried couples who want to be adoptive or foster parents to other agencies.

The state says that's discriminatory, a violation of the civil unions law.

Bishop Daniel Jenky of the Peoria Diocese says the decision to withdraw from the litigation and from providing state-funded social services was not made lightly.

Illinois Gets Grants For Specialty Crops

Illinois has received nearly $650,000 in federal grants to expand the state's specialty crop industry.

State agriculture officials say 13 projects will split the funds from the Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant program.

While officials say Illinois is best known for growing corn and soybeans, specialty crops produce nearly $137 million a year in sales for state farmers.

Ag officials say Illinois is the country's largest producer of pumpkins and ranks in the top10 in the production of asparagus, cauliflower, green peas and lima beans.

The projects receiving funding include pest control workshops for grape growers and efforts to encourage the use of specialty crops among food stamp clients.

ADM Cooperating With Derailment Investigation

A spokeswoman for agriculture giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. says the company is cooperating with authorities investigating Friday's train derailment in north-central Illinois that triggered several fiery explosions.

ADM spokeswoman Jessie McKinney says the train included ADM railcars carrying ethanol and a type of dry animal feed. She says the derailment isn't affecting the company's ability to deliver product to customers.

Mick Burkart of Iowa Interstate Railroad says 26 cars on the 131-car train derailed, including seven to nine loaded with highly flammable ethanol.

Authorities evacuated the village of Tiskilwa (TIHS'-kihl-wah) as a precaution following the predawn derailment. The fire has been contained and no injuries have been reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a team to investigate the accident about 100 miles west of Chicago.

DeWitt County Barn Quilt Tours to Begin Soon

A unique effort blending agriculture, tourism, and history kicks off this month in DeWitt County.  Jared White has more...

[audio:10311DeWittCountyBarnQuiltWRAP.mp3]Jared White With the Story[/audio]

Backpack Program in Farmer City District Taking Off

Farmer City is gearing up for its monthly Backpack program.

The mission of the Backpack Program is to fill as many backpacks as possible with various snacks and other items for children throughout the community. According to Silvia Comfort, the volunteer coordinator of RSVP and Faith in Action, the more volunteers they  get, the better.

[audio:backpack1.mp3]A Word From Comfort[/audio]

Farmer City's Backpack program is different from Clinton's program because families can actually sign up for the bags. According to Comfort, the recent economics issued have created a large need for this type of program and many from the area are thankful for it.

[audio:backpack2.mp3]A Word From Comfort[/audio]

Many of the volunteer opportunites Comfort has available do not take a lot of time. She says anyone with just a couple hours a week or an hour a month can make a big difference in taking time out to volunteer.

[audio:backpack3.mp3]A Word From Comfort[/audio]

The program has been so well recieved, it even got a mention on The Oprah Winfrey Show last year. The next packing event is this Wednesday, October 12 at 1 pm in the Agriculture Room at Blue Ridge High School. For more information on this program as well as other volunteer opportunities, you can contact Silvia Comfort at 935-2241.

DeWitt County Board Could Discuss Possibility of County Landfill Inspector

The DeWitt County Board may consider a County Inspector for the Landfill.

The Board's Land Use Committee discussed the idea at length at a Committee Meeting last week. Land Use Chair Terry Ferguson says he has talked with several area counties that have a County Inspector working in conjunction with the Illinois-EPA. He says Livingston County is hiring the services of an engineering company to do inspections, but says that is not a route the county is likely to pursue.

[audio:countyinspector1.mp3]A Word From Ferguson[/audio]

Macon County may be the most interesting case for DeWitt County. According to Ferguson, they are very interested in potentially sharing a county inspector, which would be a similar situation to the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department.

[audio:countyinspector2.mp3]A Word From Ferguson[/audio]

One other possibility that was discussed was the possibility of the Health Department pursuing an inspector as a part of their staff. Member Sherri Brown is on the Board for the Health Department, she was approached by County Board chair Melonie Tillie, asking Brown to discuss the potential of the Health Department pursuing the grant.

[audio:countyinspector3.mp3]A Word From Ferguson[/audio]

Ferguson says the local EPA officials are very willing to meet with the Land Use Committee and the other counties that are a part of the program are willing to meet with DeWitt County Board members to discuss the inspectors in their counties.

The process of potentially bringing on a county inspector are still in the preliminary stages and no time table is set for any meetings or even when an agreement would be reached for an inspector in DeWitt County.

Brewers Top Cards in Game 1 of NLCS

>>Brewers Score Six In Fifth In Game One Win

(Milwaukee, WI)  --  The Brewers scored six runs in the fifth inning en route to a 9-6 win over the Cardinals in Game One of the National League Championship Series.  Prince Fielder and Yuniesky Betancourt each hit two-run homers in the fifth to help Milwaukee take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.  Ryan Braun also belted a two-run homer and added a two-run double in the fifth.  Zack Greinke got the win, despite allowing six runs in six-plus innings while John Axford earned the save.  Shaun Marcum will go to the mound tonight in game two of the seven-game series while Edwin Jackson gets the call for St. Louis.

Illini Win; Move Up in Polls

>>No. 19 Illini Top Indiana With Big Plays

Nathan Scheelhaase and A.J. Jenkins hooked up on two long TD passes to lead No. 19 Illinois to a 41-20 victory Saturday at Indiana.

Illinois (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) is off to its best start since the 1951 team was 7-0.

Indiana (1-5, 0-2) lost its third in a row, still has not beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision team this season and has lost 13 consecutive games against Top 25 teams since a 31-28 victory over then No. 13 Iowa on Oct. 14, 2006.

Sparked by Shane Wynn's 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the Hoosiers took a 10-0 lead early.

But Illinois came back with a 77-yard scoring pass to Jenkins, took the lead on Tavon Wilson's 66-yard fumble return for a TD and made it 27-13 at the half on Scheelhaase's 67-yard TD pass to Jenkins.

>>Illini Move To 15th With Win

(Champaign, IL)  --  The Fighting Illini moved up a spot to number-15 in the USA Today college football poll after their 41-20 win over the Indiana Hoosiers.  The Illini move to 6-and-0 overall, 2-and-0 in conference action. The Illini will host Ohio State Saturday.  The Buckeyes were handed a heartbreaking late loss to Nebraska 34-27 this weekend, and come into the game at 3-and-3, 0-and-2 in Big-Ten play.

Pack Win; Bears on MNF Tonight; Scores

>>Bears In Detroit For "Monday Night Football"

(Detroit, MI)  --  The Chicago Bears will look to hand the Detroit Lions their first loss of the season as the two NFC North teams square off this evening on "Monday Night Football" from Fore Field.  The Bears snapped a two-game slide with a 34-29 home win over Carolina last weekend to even their record at 2-and-2.  The Bears won both meetings against the Lions last season.  Overall, Chicago has won six straight games against the Lions.

>>Packers Overcome Slow Start To Foil Falcons

(Atlanta, GA)  --  Aaron Rodgers threw for 396 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers overcame a 14-0 deficit and notched a 25-14 win over the Falcons.  James Jones had five catches for 140 yards and a touchdown for the Packers, who moved to 5-and-0 with the victory.  Greg Jennings added four grabs for 82 yards and a score in the win.  Including last year's Super Bowl run and victory, the Packers have won 11 straight games dating back to last season.  The Pack will welcome in the winless St. Louis Rams next Sunday to Lambeau Field.  The Rams will be coming off their bye week.

Kansas City Chiefs 28, Indianapolis Colts 24
Minnesota Vikings 34, Arizona Cardinals 10
Buffalo Bills 31, Philadelphia Eagles 24
Oakland Raiders 25, Houston Texans 20
New Orleans Saints 30, Carolina Panthers 27
Cincinnati Bengals 30, Jacksonville Jaguars 20
Pittsburgh Steelers 38, Tennessee Titans 17
Seattle Seahawks 36, New York Giants 25
San Francisco 49ers 48, Tampa Bay Buccanneers 3
New England Patriots 30, New York Jets 21
San Diego Chargers 29, Denver Broncos 24

ISU Wins

>>ISU Tops Missouri State on Road

Ashton Leggett ran for a career-high 178 yards and two touchdowns, and Illinois State rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat Missouri State 38-13 on Saturday.

The Redbirds (3-3, 2-2 Missouri Valley) scored 28 points in the fourth quarter. Missouri State (0-6, 0-3) led 13-3 at the half on long touchdown passes from Trevor Wooden to Jermaine Saffold, one for 82 yards and the other for 91. But those big first-quarter plays were it for the Bears' offense.

Illinois State scored in the third quarter on Matt Brown's 13-yard pass to Milton Colbert. The Redbirds took the lead for good on Brown's 17-yard pass to Tyrone Walker seven seconds into the fourth quarter. Leggett, who carried 23 times, scored from 4 and 75 yards to put the game out of reach.

Wooden finished 8 for 15 with 232 yards, with Saffold accounting for five catches and 207 yards.

Jimmie Johsnon Wins At Kansas

(Kansas City, KS)  --  Jimmie Johnson made a strong statement in his bid for a record-extending sixth straight Sprint Cup Series championship at the at Kansas Speedway.  Johnson put on a dominating performance but had to hold off Kasey Kahne during a green-white-checkered finish to win Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400, the fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.  The five-time defending series champion led 197 of 272 laps for just his second win of the season.  Johnson notched his 55th career victory, which placed him in a tie with Rusty Wallace for eighth on the series' all-time race winners list.  Johnson sat 10th in the point standings after New Hampshire two weeks ago, but has since climbed to third in the rankings, just four points behind new leader Carl Edwards.  Brad Keselowski finished third, while Matt Kenseth took the fourth spot.  Edwards dealt with an ill-handling car for most of the race but rebounded nicely in the late-going to finish fifth.  Six races remain in the Chase, with the series running next Saturday night at Charlotte.

'85 Bears Finally Gets White House Visit

>>'85 Bears Visit White House

(Washington, DC)  --  The 1985 Chicago Bears have finally visited the White House.  President Barack Obama welcomed his beloved Bears for the 25th anniversary of their Super Bowl 20 championship on Friday.  Chicago finished the season 18-and-1 by defeating the New England Patriots 46-10 in New Orleans.  Their visit in 1986 was canceled due to the crash of Space Shuttle Challenger.

Miller Media Closes on Sale

The Miller Media Group’s Kaskaskia Broadcasting, Incorporated, today closed on its purchase of WEIC (AM) 1270 Radio in Charleston, from Eastern Illinois Christian Broadcasting, Incorporated.

 The new owners immediately took the station off the air, in order to ready the facilities for their new newstalk format that will debut at 6am on Wednesday, October 19.

 The new newstalk format will feature a live and local morning show featuring expanded local newscasts, 2 local interview shows, and a daily Swap Shop.  Hourly local news updates will air 24/7 at 30 minutes past each hour, along with a customized local weather forecast twice an hour from the Metro Weather Network.

 The new WEIC will also feature nearly 6 hours a day of agriculture programming, including programming from the RFD Radio Network, AgriTalk Radio Network, and WILL-AM 580.\

 The new WEIC will feature 6-minute hourly newscasts from the CBS Radio Network, along with syndicated talk from the Westwood One Radio Network featuring Dennis Miller weekdays 3-6pm, Phil Valentine weekdays 6-9pm, and Jim Bohannon weekdays 9pm to 6am.

 Saturday’s programming line-up on the new WEIC will feature a Saturday Farm Show from 8am to 9:30am, and the Saturday Request Show featuring your favorite oldies from 9:35am to 1pm.

 Sunday’s programming line-up on the new WEIC will feature the long-running Gospel Sing Time with Brad Lee from 7 to 11am.

 Also, effective October 19, WEIC programming will be heard 24/7 on a new FM repeater covering Coles County and surrounding area at 107.5 FM.  WEIC local programming will also be streamed on-line on its new web site, EIdailynews.com, which also premieres on October 19.

 The Miller Media Group owns and operates 9 other radio stations in central and northwest Illinois, serving Taylorville, Pana, Shelbyville, Kewanee, Geneseo, the Quad Cities, and Clinton.  Corporate headquarters are in Taylorville.

Weekly Weather Summary

Sunny warm weather dominated most of the week, and meteorologist Steve Hilberg says it could be mid-week again before we see more rain.

[audio:wx.mp3]Hilberg Audio[/audio]

Early Detection of Breast Cancer Helps Survival Rates

Breast cancer is the cancer most-diagnosed in American women. Early detection is the key to overcoming the disease.

Each year more than 220,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Robert Mocharnuk (Mo'-chur-nuck), associate professor of hematology and oncology at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, explains the importance of annual breast exams for early detection of breast cancer.


Dr. Mocharnuk, who is also on the staff of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, recommends that women have annual mammography screenings after age 40. He says screenings have helped improve survival rates in recent years.


Insurance companies and Medicare are required to cover mammography screening for breast cancer. Low-income women without insurance may qualify for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer program. For more information about the program, call the toll-free number, 1-888-522-1282, or talk to your personal physician about breast cancer screening.

ADM Announces Gift To Clean Rivers Organizations

Decatur-based agricultural processor Archer Daniels Midland Co. is giving $125,000 to a nonprofit that promotes the health of the nation's inland waterways.

ADM announced the gift on Thursday to Living Lands and Waters, an environmental organization based in East Moline. The group conducts cleanups on the Mississippi and other rivers, along with other projects.

The donation comes from ADM Cares, the company's social-investment program.

ADM vice president Jeff Becker says cleaning up the Mississippi River benefits communities along the river and people who enjoy recreational activities on the water. He says it's also important for ADM because the company depends on the river to transport grain from America's heartland to points around the world.

ADM employees also volunteer to help with Living Land and Waters river cleanups.

Free Trade Agreements May Help Illinois Farmers

The Illinois Corn Growers Association's Rodney Weinzierl says free trade agreements with Colombia, Korea and Panama could mean a lot more business for Illinois farmers.

[audio:rddTrade1.mp3]A Word From Weinzierl[/audio]

A U.S. House of Representatives committee has made the first step toward passing agriculture free trade agreements with the three countries.  The agreements are aimed at lowering tariffs on U.S. farm produce exports.  The USDA projects an additional two and a half billion dollars in agriculture exports and the creation of 20-thousand jobs nationwide if they are signed into law.

Miller Park Teaming Up With ISU For 'Reggie Redbird Day' At Zoo Monday

Parents with small children home for the Columbus Day holiday have an opportunity to take part in an event at a local zoo.

The Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington is joining forces with Illinois State University this week as a part of ISU's Homecoming week. ISU's mascot "Reggie" the Redbird will be at the zoo for a few hours this Monday.

[audio:reggieredbirdday1.mp3]A Word From Tetzloff[/audio]

Tetzloff hopes "Reggie" being there for the day will attract the young kids. He feels it will be a good opportunity to teach the kids about the different types of birds and nature being their home and how to preserve the environment.

[audio:reggieredbirdday2.mp3]A Word From Tetzloff[/audio]

In partnering with ISU for their homecoming week, Tetzloff hopes the partnership the zoo has with the university can continue to grow. He feels having an asset like that in the community would make a great partnership.

[audio:reggieredbirdday3.mp3]A Word From Tetzloff[/audio]

Reggie will be at the zoo from 11 am to 1 pm this Monday. Kids will have the opportunity to learn about birds such as the Bald Eagle and Burrowing Owls and they can have their picture taken with ISU's Reggie the Redbird.

For more information you can visit millerparkzoo.org or you can call 309-434-2250. Miller Park Zoo is also on Facebook.

Piatt County's Barn Tours This Weekend

An annual history of agriculture even takes place this weekend in Piatt County.

The 14th annual Piatt County Barn Tour kicks off today hosted by the Piatt County Museum. The self driving tour will feature over a dozen barns for viewing this weekend. The Blue Ridge township will be on display for this year's installment of the tour. Peg Bargone, with the Piatt County Museum says with the harvest in full swing, this is a good time to come in and see how a farming operations works.

[audio:piattbarns1.mp3]A Word From Bargone[/audio]

With farm equipment getting larger each year, many old style farms are beginning to dissipate around central Illinois. Bargone believes showcasing these farms and old barns is something necessary to preserving the history of the family farm. She applauds the farmers who keep their old barns up despite the ever changing agriculture technology.

[audio:piattbarns2.mp3]A Word From Bargone[/audio]

According to Bargone, the Tour originated as a one-day event to barns around the county, and now it has grown into an award winning three-day festival. Over 200 historic barns and agriculture structures have been identified, researched and documented over the past 14 years.

[audio:piattbarns3.mp3]A Word From Bargone[/audio]

The Tours will be from 9 am to 3 pm this week. To purchase tickets for the tours you can visit Blue Ridge Township Town Hall at 116 East Oliver in Mansfield. Tickets are $15 per person, children 12 and under are free, and tours are available until dusk.

Habitat For Humanity To Open 11th Home in DeWitt County This Weekend

One local family will be receiving a great gift this weekend.

DeWitt County Habitat for Humanity will be christening a home for a local family this weekend. The home was completed earlier this week and is now ready for a move in date this Sunday. President of the DeWitt County Habitat for Humanity Delmar Sandage says they tried something different this year. He says instead of building a bigger home, they built a basement under it, which was more cost effective.

[audio:habitathome1.mp3]A Word From Sandage[/audio]

This will be the 11th home Habitat has built. Sandage stresses the family that will be acquiring the home must put in quite a bit of work in order to move in. He feels them helping with the construction gives them a greater appreciation for what they will have.

[audio:habitathome2.mp3]A Word From Sandage[/audio]

Since Habitat For Humanity is a volunteer organization, the houses would not be completed without the help of willing people throughout the community. Sandage believes the community support they receive in building houses is a tribute to the great place Clinton is.

[audio:habitathome3.mp3]A Word From Sandage[/audio]

The house is located at 910 West Clay in Clinton. The house christening will take place at 2 pm Sunday afternoon. Board members for Habitat for Humanity will be present, the family will be there and the house will also be open to walk through and see.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity, you can stop by their location Saturday mornings at 401 Washington Street, which is the Habitat Re-Store for DeWitt County.

Last Teen Sentenced in Decatur Stomping Attack

The 18-year-old who police say led a group of teens as they kicked and stomped a Decatur man to death and attacked another in 2009 has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Elliot Murphy was sentenced Wednesday to 55 years in prison in the death of 61-year-old Jerry Newingham and 25 years for the attempted murder of Kevin S. Wilson.

Authorities say the group of 6 Decatur teens killed Newingham as he rode a bicycle down a street and later attacked the 46-year-old Wilson.

Police have said none of the teens knew the men they attacked.

Murphy is the last of the teens to be sentenced.

Newingham's brother, Harry Newingham, said Murphy's sentence was fitting.

Tigers Move on to ALCS; Cards, Brewers in Decisive Game Fives Tonight; Sox Hire Ventura As New Manager

>>Tigers Move On To The ALCS

(Bronx, NY)  --  The Tigers are heading to the American League Championship Series after a 3-2 win over the Yankees last night in Game Five of the ALDS.  Don Kelly and Delmon Young had back-to-back solo homers in the first inning and Victor Martinez knocked in the game winning run with an RBI single in the fifth.  Starter Doug Fister got the win, giving up one run on five hits while striking out four through five innings of work, Max Scherzer and Joaquin Benoit came out of the bullpen in relief and Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth to notch his second save of the post season.   Tomorrow night, the Tigers take the field in Game One of the ALCS against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.

>>Cardinals, Phillies Game Five Tonight

(Philadelphia, PA)  --  It's do-or-die for the Cardinals and Phillies tonight as they play Game Five of their National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park.  The Cards squared the series at two games each with a 5-3 home win on Wednesday.  Third baseman David Freese had a home run and four RBI for St. Louis.  Chris Carpenter opposes Philadelphia's Roy Halladay tonight.

>>White Sox Name Robin Ventura New Manager

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago White Sox have found their replacement for Ozzie Guillen.  The Sox have named two-time All-Star third baseman Robin Ventura as their new manager.  The 44-year-old spent the first 10 seasons of his 16-year big league career with Chicago.  The six-time Gold Glove winner also played for the Mets, Yankees and Dodgers.  He takes over for Guillen, who was released from his contract during the final week of the season to become manager of the Florida Marlins.  The White Sox finished third in the AL Central this season at 79-and-83, 16 games out of first.

>>Brewers Battle Snakes In Decisive Game Five

(Milwaukee, WI)  --  The Brewers will battle the Diamondbacks in the decisive Game Five of their National League Division Series at Miller Park today.  Arizona evened the set with a 10-6 home win in Game Four Wednesday.  Each team has won two games at home. 

Yovani Gallardo is slated to get the start on the mound for Milwaukee.  Arizona will counter with Ian Kennedy.  Gallardo and the Crew beat Kennedy and the Snakes, 4-1, in Game One.  With a win, the Brewers can advance to their first LCS since 1982.  First-pitch today is set for 4:07 p.m.

Illinois At Indiana Saturday; Rams Amendola Done For Season; Chase in Kansas

>>#16 Illini Action This Weekend

(Undated)  --  The 16th-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini are on the gridiron this weekend.  The Illini hit the road on Saturday to square off against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.  Illinois improved to a perfect 5-and-0 on the season with a 38-35 win over Northwestern last weekend.

>>Rams' Amendola Done For Season

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The season is over for Rams wide out Danny Amendola.  He has a torn triceps muscle in his left arm and will require season-ending surgery.  Amendola was injured in the Week One loss to the Eagles but had hoped to return wearing a brace.  The Rams also lost cornerback Bradley Fletcher to a season-ending knee injury in practice this week.  The Rams have a bye Sunday.

>>Chase Race Number-Four Shifts To Kansas

(Kansas City, KS)  --  The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship shifts to the Kansas Speedway for race number-four on Sunday in the Hollywood Casino 400.  Kansas is the second of five 1.5-mile tracks on this year's playoff schedule.  Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards currently share the points lead, while the next seven drivers in the rankings are all within 19 points of the leaders.  Kurt Busch picked up a lot of momentum in the Chase by winning at Dover for the first time last Sunday.

Week 7 High School Football Preview

It's week 7 in high school football and there's a lot of meaningful games taking place all over Central Illinois...

The Clinton Maroons(2-4) played spoiler at Shelbyville's Homecoming last Friday with a 67-22 win. Good offensive line play, great defense, and taking advantage of opputunities put propelled the Maroons. Junior Kye Reczek led the Maroons with 11 carries for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns. Senior Mitch Creager also had 11 carries for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns and freshman Alex Wheat had 5 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown. The Maroons will need a similar effort tonight as they head to Decatur St. Teresa. That game will be live around 7pm on The Big 1520AM and 92.3FM WHOW and on DeWittDailyNews.com.

The Monticello Sages(4-2) are coming a sloppy Homecoming victory against Sullivan where the only they could get going offensively was their run game. The Sages defense was extremely impressive pitching a shutout in the 34-0 victory. Ryan Donahue led the way for Monticello, going for 292 yards on 20 carries and 2 TDs. Jacob Williams carried 11 times for 63 yards, he also carried back a fumble for a TD. The Sages make the trip to take on a tough Unity team this week, that ball game can be heard on 95.9 FM WEZC and also on dewittdailynews.com.

Other area games this week...

Okaw Valley (Black)
Shelbyville at Sullivan

Okaw Valley (Blue)
Argenta-Oreana vs. Macon-Meridian
Maroa-Forsyth at Tuscola
Warrensburg-Latham at Central A & M

Little Okaw Valley
Arthur.-Lovington at Oakland Tri-County
South Piatt at Arcola
East Central at Martinsville
Villa Grove at Cerro Gordo

Heart of Illinois
Tri-Valley at LeRoy
Flanagan- Cornell at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley
Lexington at Ridgeview
Dee-Mack at Blue Ridge
Fieldcrest at El Paso-Gridley
Tremont at Fisher

Big Twelve
Champaign Centennial at Bloomington
Decatur Eisenhower at Normal Community
Decatur MacArthur at Danville
Mattoon at Champaign Central
Urbana at Normal West

Central State Eight
Lincoln vs. Springfield

Corn Belt
Bloomington Central Catholic at Mahomet -Seymour
Prairie Central at Pontiac
Normal U-High at Rantoul
Olympia at Eureka

Sangamon Valley
Champaign St. Thomas More at Paxton-Buckley-Loda
Watseka at St. Joseph-Ogden

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-7

October 6, 2011

Jail Population: 56

Summons Served: 5

Warrant Arrests: 2

Crystal McConnell, 33, Lincoln was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. McConnell posted the necessary bond and was released.


Nicholas McCauley, 19, Waynesville was arrested and charged with burglary. McCauley unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the Dewitt County Jail.


HS FOOTBALL: Clinton Maroons Prove To Be No Match For St. Teresa Bulldogs

The Clinton Maroons traveled to Decatur to face off against the St. Teresa Bulldogs this evening. The Maroons coming off of a big win over the Shelbyville Rams last Friday night, and the Bulldogs coming off of their first defeat by the Tolono Unity Rockets. Clinton came out and, early on, took a 3-0 lead over the Bulldogs. However, St. Teresa came back at them harder and managed to take control of the game from that point. The Maroons held a strong defense against the Bulldogs but they proved too inconsistent against their fast offense. Joyner had over 200 yards tonight and once again was a major contributor to St. Teresa tonight. The Maroons were led by Nathan Clark who had 8 carries for a total of 27 yards. The Bulldogs got the victory this evening with a final score of 41-9. They move to 6-1 in the season and the Maroons move to 2-5. Tune in again Friday night at 7 PM for more Maroons action right here on WHOW as they take on the Tolono Unity Rockets.

Unity Defeats Monticello In a Shutout

As heard on 95.9 WEZC, the Unity Redskins beat the Monticello Sages 41-0.  Quarterback Parker Trice had one of his best games of the year with 5 of 11 for 110 yards and an interception.  Austin Eckerty had 6 catches for 42 yards and Scott Huisinga had 4 catches for 51 yards.  Tune in next week as the Sages take on Shelbyville.   

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-5


October 5, 2011


Jail Population: 56

Summons Served: 8

Warrant Arrests: 0


Anthony Long, 48, Clinton was issued a citation for disobeying a stop sign. Long posted his Illinois Drivers License as bond and was released.


Selous Freeman, 44, Clinton was issued citations for speeding (76 mph in a 55mph zone) and operating an uninsured vehicle. Freeman was issued a notice to appear and was released.


Investigation into an accident that occurred at approximately 9:14 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4th revealed that a car driven by Wesley Thompson, 17, DeWitt, was traveling southbound on County Highway 16 and collided with the south ditch embankment, leaving severe damage to the front end. The Wapella Fire Department and Clinton Ambulance Service arrived on the scene and treated the middle seat passenger. She was later taken to Dr. John Warner Hospital for further treatment. The Vehicle was towed from the scene. The driver was not issued any citations.




Quinn Touts Small Business Financial Plan

Gov. Pat Quinn says a new state initiative will help small businesses get the financing they need to start up or expand.

Quinn on Wednesday said the state will leverage $78 million in federal funding to help banks and other lending institutions support Illinois businesses.

The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will enroll lending institutions in the initiative, called Advantage Illinois. Lenders then will provide financing to businesses through three loan programs.

They include encouraging banks to give loans to business that don't qualify for conventional loans, allowing the state to buy part of a loan for businesses and establishing accounts to provide collateral so businesses can get loans.

The state also is starting a new venture capital program to support companies that show high growth potential.

Quinn Wants IL To Be Electric Car Capital

Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to make Illinois the electric vehicle capital of the United States.

Quinn appeared publicly Wednesday for the first time since he returned from a trade mission to China and Japan.

He says he had a good meeting with the CEO of Mitsubishi at that company's Tokyo headquarters, where he rode in an electric vehicle. He says he's trying to persuade the company to build its electric vehicle business in Illinois.

Mitsubishi already has a manufacturing plant in downstate Normal.

Quinn says he also visited a major company in China that builds electric vehicles to "make sure they're interested in Illinois."

He says Illinois already is "well on its way" to capitalizing on the industry with the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations around the state.

EPA Awards Grants for Landfill Investigation

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is awarding 19 grants to local governments for landfill inspections and to investigate complaints about illegal dumping.

EPA director Lisa Bonnett says those getting grants have negotiated terms with EPA and agreed to hire and train inspectors for examinations of landfills and other pollution-control sites.

Bonnett says local government officials know their communities and can respond more quickly to complaints.

The agreements allow EPA to delegate its authority to local governments such as the city of Chicago and the Ambraw Valley Solid Waste Agency. Ambraw oversees solid waste disposal for Crawford, Richland and Lawrence counties.

Other grant recipients are Christian, DuPage, Jackson, Lake, LaSalle, Macon, Madison, McHenry, Montgomery, Ogle, Perry, Sangamon, St. Clair, Tazewell, Vermillion, Wayne and Will counties

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Dewitt County

Traps set to monitor the movement of the emerald ash borer have detected the tree-killing beetle in two additional Illinois counties.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture today announced infestations have been confirmed in DeWitt and Stark counties. 

Both detections occurred in rural areas.  In DeWitt County, the beetle was discovered between Clinton Lake and the McLean County border.  In Stark, it was trapped near Toulon.

The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia.  Its larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die.  While the beetle does not pose any direct risk to public health, it does threaten the ash tree canopy. 

Currently, 25 counties in the northeastern and central part of the state are under quarantine to slow the spread of the beetle.  The quarantine prohibits the intrastate movement of potentially-contaminated wood products, including ash trees, limbs and branches and all types of firewood.  However, neither DeWitt nor Stark County is within those quarantine boundaries.

The emerald ash borer is difficult to detect, especially in newly-infested trees.  Citizens should watch for metallic-green beetles about half the diameter of a penny on or near ash trees that are showing signs of disease or stress.  Other signs of infestation in ash trees include D-shaped holes in the bark of the trunk or branches and shoots growing from its base.

Since the emerald ash borer was first confirmed in the Midwest in the summer of 2002, more than 25 million ash trees have been felled by the beetle. Anyone who suspects a tree has been infested is urged to contact either their county Extension office or village forester. For more information, visit www.IllinoisEAB.com.


Winter Wheat Market Looks to Make Up for A Disappointing Summer

It's been a tough year for corn and soybean producers, but some experts believe there is an opportunity to make up for a disappointing summer in the winter wheat market.  Jared White has more...

[audio:10311WinterWheatWRAP.mp3]Jared White With The Story[/audio]

Miller Park Zoo Looks To Future

The Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington is ready to move forward with a plan that will bring about several upgrades over the next several years.

After getting approval from the City Council, the zoo's superintendent, Jay Tetzloff explains part of the plan if for the zoo to become more self-sufficient and not rely on as many tax dollars. He hopes to make changes that will not only affect Bloomington, but central Illinois as a whole.

[audio:masterplan1.mp3]Word from Tetzloff[/audio]

There are several projects in the works for raising revenues for the zoo. He says one of the major focuses for the zoo is food facilities. He hopes to incorporate concession stands in hopes of having guests stay longer and stay engaged with the zoo.

[audio:masterplan2.mp3]Word from Tetzloff[/audio]

There may also be a plan to expand the space the zoo occupies as well as adding more animals. According to Tetzloff, expanding the property may also be a likely possibilty as the zoo does not have a lot of space, and they do have a large number of animals.

[audio:masterplan3.mp3]Word from Tetzloff[/audio]

Tetzloff also would like to incorporate farm animals to the zoo in order to give city dwellers an appreciation for the surrounding farmland.

There are several upcoming events at the zoo, to learn more about them you can visit www.millerparkzoo.org, you can also find them on Facebook.

Peace Park Continues Move Forward

The Peace Court Project in Clinton continues it's path to restoration and completion.

The Park has recently seen a couple of nice upgrades to the area. The most recent is the addition of a couple of water fountains. The Clinton High School Class of 1973 is in charge of the restoration project, and part of that class is Cris Rogers, he says the men of the group put up over nine tons of rock for the electric fountains. He says once electricity is wired to the park, the fountains will work.

[audio:peacepark1.mp3]Word from Rogers[/audio]

The Class of 1973 was hopeful to have the project complete prior to the Apple and Pork Festival, however, thanks to an incredibly hot summer, the project has been stalled, and Rogers is hopeful things can be complete for a park opening of next spring.

[audio:peacepark2.mp3]Word from Rogers[/audio]

Already operating on a limited budget, the Peace Park restoration project has been very reliant on donations. Rogers believes it is with the generous donations of the residents of Clinton the restoration continues moving forward. He adds it is not always about needing money, many times they just need supplies that many people have excess or used sitting around taking up space that the Class of 73 would find great value in.

[audio:peacepark3.mp3]Word from Rogers[/audio]

Rogers says eventually it will be a walkable park with a playable roque court. Rogers believes roque is anything but a dead sport. He says the Class of 73 has collected many items to play from various sources and they even have a rule book. He adds there are local residents who know the rules and how to play the game of roque.

Clinton Schools Enter into Negotiations Over Power Plant

The Clinton Board of Education and 6 other taxing bodies of DeWitt County will enter into negotiations soon with the Exelon Nuclear Power Plant.

A 4-year agreement with the plan is set to expire, and they will have to enter into negotiations on the appraised value of the power plant. To enter into negotiations, the taxing bodies have hired an economist and appraiser to come in and give an estimate of what the Estimated Appraised Value(EAV) of the power plant would be. Dr. Jeff Holmes, Superintendent of Clinton Schools explains, like every negotiation, the Power Plant representatives will start with a low bid, and the taxing bodies will come in with a high bid.

[audio:powerplantpact1.mp3]Word from Holmes[/audio]

The value of the Power Plant will determine how much money the district receives, which will directly benefit their budget. Dr. Holmes feels getting the property appraised will benefit the district when they sit down at the negotiating table with Exelon.

[audio:powerplantpact2.mp3]Word from Holmes[/audio]

Getting the appraisal will cost about $60-thousand between the taxing bodies, however, because the Clinton School district receives the most tax dollars from the tax dollars generated from the power plant, they will have to foot most of the bill for the appraisal. Dr. Holmes notes the last time these negotiations were done, they did not go to the extent of they are this time, but he feels it necessary this time around.

[audio:powerplantpact3.mp3]Word from Holmes[/audio]

A full appraisal of the Power Plant has not been done in many years, and Appraisal attorney, Fred Lane, believes the investment the taxing bodies are making is worth while. One big part of the appraisal is it is based on income the Power Plant receives. Dr. Holmes is optimistic the value of the power plant will rise, and again, the more the power plant is worth, the more tax funds the school district and taxing bodies will receive.

Cards Force Game 5; MLB Notes

Cards Foil Phils To Force Game Five

(St. Louis, MO)  --  David Freese drove in four runs as the Cardinals avoided elimination with a 5-3 win over the Phillies in Game Four of their National League Division Series.  Freese smacked a go-ahead two-run double in the fourth, and added a two-run homer in the sixth for St. Louis, which evened the best-of-five set at two games apiece with the victory.  Edwin Jackson tossed six innings of two-run ball for the win.  Jason Motte closed things out to notch his second save.  Chase Utley and Hunter Pence plated a run apiece in the first for the Phillies.  Roy Oswalt allowed all five runs in six innings to take the loss.

>>Diamondbacks Drill Brewers To Force Game Five

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Ryan Roberts hit a grand slam during a five-run first inning as the Diamondbacks downed the Brewers, 10-6, in Game Four of their National League Division Series.  Chris Young homered twice, plated three and scored three times for Arizona, which tied the best-of-five set at two games apiece with the victory.  Micah Owings tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Joe Saunders to get the win.  Carlos Gomez clubbed a two-run homer for Milwaukee, which will host the decisive Game Five Friday.  Randy Wolf was shelled for seven runs in only three innings to take the loss.

>>Yankees Host Tigers In ALDS Game Five

(Bronx, NY)  --  It's do-or-die for the Yankees and Tigers tonight as they play Game Five of their American League Division Series in the Bronx.  The Yanks staved off elimination with a resounding 10-1 win in Detroit on Tuesday to even the best-of-five series at two.  Ivan Nova, who won the series opener, will start for New York, while Detroit counters with Game One loser Doug Fister.

>>Brenly Blasts Aramis Ramirez

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago Cubs WGN television analyst Bob Brenly says it may be time to let third baseman Aramis Ramirez go.  Brenly said on a Wednesday radio show that Ramirez is a "numbers gatherer," but is a liability defensively and is going to demand a large contract on the verge of free agency.  Ramirez has played eight and a half seasons with the Cubs and led them with 93 RBI to go along with 26 homers and a .306 batting average this past season.  He decided he would opt out of the $16-million option year, if it was picked up by the Cubs, and test free agency.  He is in the final year of a five-year, $75-million contract.

Bears' Hester Wins Weekly Award, Rams' Jackson Addresses Team, Northwestern's Persa To Play Against Michigan

>>Bears' Hester Wins Weekly Award

(New York, NY)  --  Chicago Bears punt/kick returner Devin Hester has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.  Hester set an NFL record with his 11th punt return for a touchdown in the Bears win against the Carolina Panthers in Week Four.  Hester's 69-yard touchdown punt return was his 11th in 182 career punt returns, breaking a tie with Eric Metcalf for the league record.  Hester won the award for the 10th time, the most ever by a return specialist.  The Bears play at Detroit on "Monday Night Football" in Week Five.

>>Rams' Jackson Addresses Team

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams are on a bye, but have still been getting their work in this week as they look to correct mistakes that have led to an 0-and-4 start.  Running back Steven Jackson says he's frustrated by the team's start and addressed the team, but did not divulge what was said.  Word around the Rams locker room is that teammates responded well to hearing Jackson speak out.

>>Northwestern's Persa To Play Against Michigan

Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa is expected to play against No. 12 Michigan on Saturday.

Coach Pat Fitzgerald says Persa is "great, he's ready to go" after leaving last week's 38-35 loss at Illinois because of soreness in his right foot near the Achilles tendon he ruptured last November. The senior took himself out after a hit in the fourth quarter, spoiling what had been an impressive season debut.

Sidelined the first three games, he threw for a career-high four touchdowns as the Wildcats built an 18-point lead.

While Persa appears ready to go, Fitzgerald said Monday at his weekly news conference that running back Mike Trumpy will miss the rest of the season after being carted off the field with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

>>Wisconsin Coach Likes Big Ten Title Game Despite Risk

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema still likes the idea of divisional play and a Big Ten championship game, even if those new elements could cost his team a shot at a national title.

Wisconsin is coming off a 48-17 win over Nebraska, though the No. 4 Badgers could face the Huskers again in December depending on how the rest of the Big Ten schedule plays out. Bielema says the boost in national profile from a conference title game offers is worth the risk.

Big Ten teams are just getting used to divisional play, but reality already has set in.

Illinois coach Ron Zook and Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald say divisional play adds urgency to their games this Saturday. Illinois plays Indiana in a Leaders Division game, while Northwestern plays Michigan in a Legends Division matchup.

Illinois Lt. Governor Completes Tour of Community Colleges

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will complete her tour of the state's 48 community colleges with a swing through northern Illinois this week.

Simon will visit Kishwaukee Community College in Malta, Sauk Valley college in Dixon, and Highland college in Freeport on Wednesday. She will stop at Rock Valley College in Rockford on Thursday, which will be her 48th college visit.

Simon is Gov. Pat Quinn's point person on education reform. She has spent several months visiting local colleges and meeting with students, faculty and staff at each campus.

A key goal for the Quinn administration is increasing graduation and completion rates and increase student success.

AGCO Buys Out Illinois-based GSI Holdings

AGCO, the third largest farm machinery manufacturer in the world, is giving themselves a leg up in the agriculture sector with their purchase of Assumption, Illinois-based GSI Holdings.  Greg Peterson, AGCO's Director of Investor Relations, says there were a lot of reasons for the move.

[audio:rddAGCO1.mp3]A Word From Peterson[/audio]

Peterson adds GSI is a top-notch company.

[audio:rddAGCO2.mp3]A Word From Peterson[/audio]

The buyout will give AGCO a better presence in the grain storage and protein processing markets.  Peterson says there are no immediate plans to make employment or business model changes at GSI. 

Regional Superintendents Hope for A Paycheck Soon

Illinois' regional superintendents are expecting a paycheck soon, though it's still not clear where the money to pay them will come from.

Lawmakers will come back to Springfield on October 25th for the fall veto session. The General Assembly will then have to either override Governor Pat Quinn's veto of $11 million dollars that was supposed to go to the regional superintendents, or approve legislation to pay the superintendents from local tax dollars.

Rock Island County Regional Superintendent Tammy Neurhoff doesn't care which, as long as she's paid.

[audio:100411TammyMuerhoff1.mp3]Word from Neurhoff[/audio]

The governor's office wants to use money from the Personal Property Replacement Tax to pay the regional superintendents. But that would mean less money for counties, park districts, and local school districts.

Homeless Sentenced in Beating Death

A homeless Pekin man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the beating death of another homeless man.

32-year-old Johnathan Tandy pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the September 2010 death of 55-year-old Michael Marshall. Marshall died of multiple blunt force trauma to the head and neck due to assault. Marshall's body was found lying on a concrete slab under the John T. McNaughton Bridge in Pekin.

Jury selection in Tandy's trial was scheduled for Monday, but instead there was a plea agreement. Tandy was originally charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He also must serve two years of probation when he finishes his prison sentence.

Champaign Police Still Looking For Suspect In Attempted Abductions

Champaign police say they're still investigating a string of recent attempted child abductions.  Ten children have reported cases in the last two weeks.  Deputy Police Chief Troy Daniels says they believe one man is behind at least six of the kidnapping attempts.

                [audio:rddAbduct10.mp3]Word from Daniels[/audio]

Daniels says they're re-interviewing all of the children and taking the most credible information they can to solve the cases.  There's no one in custody yet but Daniels says other agencies are helping in the investigation, including the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit, local FBI and U.S. Marshals as well as the State Police and Champaign County Police Department.

Decatur Woman Pleads Guilty to Accidental Shooting

A woman accused of shooting a Decatur man to death when she fired a handgun at a tree in her back yard has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Mattisha Houston will be sentenced on Nov. 7 after entering her plea Monday. She faces up to five years in prison.

Houston was charged after 30-year-old Joseph Wells was shot in the back of his head while watching television in his apartment on July 9. Police say the bullet came through a window.

Houston and her husband, Quincy Houston, reportedly told police she'd fired his gun at a tree in their yard.

Quincy Houston is due in court Thursday for a pretrial hearing. He hasn't entered a plea.

More Issues to be Discussed at Fall Veto Session

The upcoming Fall Veto session will have many items on the agena, including state layoffs and budget cuts.

Downstate legislators are greatly frustrated with the decisions made by Governor Pat Quinn and his cabinet concerning the budget and jobs.  Illinois Representative Chapin Rose does not deny legislators did not leave enough money in the budget for state employees union member's raises, but he says Governor then cut funding to things such as the developmentally disabled and the Regional Superintendents.

[audio:quinnlayoffs1.mp3]Word from Rose[/audio]

Rep. Rose does not believe it is a partisan issue when it comes to state employees receiving raises. He criticizes Quinn cutting funds from the developmentally disabled to pay for a "sweetheart deal".

[audio:quinnlayoffs2.mp3]Word from Rose[/audio]

Rep. Rose calls the Governors promises of raises to AFCSME members uncalled for considering right now the state is facing a backlog of unpaid bills and a massive deficit.

[audio:quinnlayoffs3.mp3]Word from Rose[/audio]

During the fall veto session, lawmakers will work to reinstate funding to the Regional Superintendents and also to fight to keep 7 state facilities open and save nearly two-thousand jobs. Rep. Rose says it will not be an easy battle trying to deny members of AFSCME their promised pay raises.

Blue Ridge Schools Dealing with Deficit Spending

School Boards across the submitted budgets in the month of September.

Like most school districts right now, the Blue Ridge School district is dealing with a deficit right now. Superintendent of Blue Ridge Schools, Susan Wilson says the district will be dealing with a lot of deficit spending in their general education funds and their transport fund.

[audio:blueridgebudget1.mp3]Word from Wilson[/audio]

Governor Pat Quinn recently cut transportation funding for districts. According to Wilson, Blue Ridge right now is well over 100-thousand dollars under budget. She says estimates they can continue without payments for this school year, but if the funding doesn't get restored, they may have to turn to money that is intended to go to the classrooms.

audio:blueridgebudget2.mp3]Word from Wilson[/audio]

Illinois State Representative Chapin Rose feels confident legislators will be able to restore the transportation funding in the fall veto session. He adds the Governor is clearly targeting downstate Illinois with some of his veto of the transportation funding.

audio:blueridgebudget3.mp3]Word from Rose[/audio]

Legislators will reconvene for the fall veto session at the end of October. Governor Quinn also vetoed the payment of Illinois' Regional Superintendents. Rose is confident that funding can be restored as well.

Old Gas Factory Excavation Process Brings Up More Landfill Issues

The clean up of the old gas factory in the City of Clinton is bringing up issues involving the Clinton Landfill.

The excavation process is bring up Manufactured Gas Plants(MGP) that will be stored at the Clinton Landfill. Clinton resident, Terry Hoffman, asked the DeWitt County Board's Land Use Committee why they were allowing the elements to be stored at the landfill when they are, according to Hoffman, illegal to the site.

[audio:mgp1.mp3]Word from Hoffman[/audio]

Hoffman also asked the committee to bring in several outside experts to analyze the landfill and where they are storing the hazardous wastes. He believes the Committee and Board need to use common sense and not allow the MGP's to be stored at the landfill.

[audio:mpg2.mp3]Word from Hoffman[/audio]

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has ruled that MGP's are not considered hazard waste, despite the fact they contain hazard materials. Both Hoffman and Land Use Committee Chair Terry Ferguson believe it is a contradiction, but Ferguson says there is nothing to enforce because the law is they are not MGP's and are not considered hazardous by law.

[audio:mgp3.mp3]Word from Ferguson[/audio]

The Land Use Committee also discussed the possibility of bringing in a county inspector for the landfill, however, according to members, that is something that would take some time before any action would be taken.

In other action at the Committee's meeting, Monica DeGrawe was appointed to the Regional Planning Committee.

Local Golf Teams Compete At Regionals

The Clinton Maroons Golf team traveled to Decatur's Red Tail Par 72, for Regionals yesterday afternoon. The Maroons as a team did not place well enough to move on, taking 5th among a teams in the Class 2A Regional, however, they did have three individuals with qualifying scores move on. Logan Woolridge, Zach Newberry, and Corey Wisher each qualified to move on to play in the Sectional tournament next Monday. The top three finishers that qualified to move on as a team were Washington, Morton, and Mt. Zion. Other individual qualifiers include Ryan Dean and Jordan Perry of Lincoln, Lewis Borwn of Maroa-Forsyth, and Monticello's Drew Heffley and Daly O'Brien.

Cards Fall Behind 2-1 To Phils; Cubs Ask To Talk To BoSox GM; Playoffs Update

>>Phillies Clip Cards In Game Three Of NLDS

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Ben Francisco's pinch-hit, three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the difference as the Phillies took command of their National League Division Series with a 3-2 win over the Cardinals in Game Three on Tuesday evening.  David Freese and Yadier Molina each knocked in a run for St. Louis, which is down 2-1 in the series.  Jaime Garcia allowed six hits and gave up the big home run through seven innings of duty to absorb the loss.  The Cards outhit the Phils, 12-7, in defeat.  The series stays at Busch Stadium for Game Four tonight.  Edwin Jackson is slated to oppose Roy Oswalt.

>>Rangers Finish Off Rays To Advance To ALCS

(St. Petersburg, FL)  --  The Texas Rangers are headed back to the American League Championship Series.  The Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in Game Four of their AL Division Series on Tuesday afternoon at The Trop to win the matchup three-games-to-one.  Adrian Beltre hit three solo homers and Ian Kinsler also went deep for the defending American League champs.  Matt Harrison struck out nine over five innings of two-run ball for the series-clinching win.  Neftali Feliz gave up a run in the ninth, but held on for his third save.  Texas will play either Detroit or New York in the ALCS.  The Yanks beat the Tigers on Tuesday night to extend the series to a decisive Game Five to be played tomorrow night in New York.

>>D'Backs Clobber Crew To Avoid Sweep In NLDS

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Paul Goldschmidt's grand slam sparked a five-run fifth frame as the Diamondbacks cruised to an 8-1 win over the Brewers to avoid getting swept in Game Three of the National League Division Series.  Miguel Montero plated a pair and Ryan Roberts also knocked in a run for Arizona, which still trails two-games-to-one in the best-of-five set.  Corey Hart's solo home run in the third inning accounted for Milwaukee's lone run of the game.  Shaun Marcum was tagged for seven runs through four-and-two-third frames of duty to absorb the loss.  The series stays at Chase Field for Game Four.  Randy Wolf tries to get the Brewers to the NLCS tonight against Arizona's Joe Saunders.


New York Yankees 10, Detroit Tigers 1
  (Best-of-five ALDS tied, 2-2)

>>Report: Cubs Ask To Talk With BoSox' Epstein

(Undated)  --  The Chicago Cubs have made their first move in trying to replace former general manager Jim Hendry.  The Northsiders asked the Boston Red Sox for permission to talk with their general manager Theo Epstein on Tuesday, according to the "Boston Globe."  The report says meetings to discuss the Cubs' request took place at Fenway Park yesterday.  Epstein is still under contract with the Red Sox, which means the club can refuse the request, or allow it with the condition they receive some sort of compensation in return.  Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts fired Hendry during this past season.

Illini Suspended Starting Linebacker

No. 19 Illinois has suspended sophomore linebacker Jonathan Brown for Saturday's game at Indiana after he appeared to intentionally knee a Northwestern player during the Illini's victory over the weekend.

Coach Ron Zook says the team is "extremely disappointed" in Brown's actions. He says Brown got caught up in the moment and made a mistake.

Brown, who was flagged twice for unsportsmanlike conduct during the game, issued an apology Monday to Northwestern, his teammates and fans.

He is tied for second on the team with 30 tackles. Earlier this season, Brown was named Big Ten defensive player of the week after making seven tackles and 1.5 sacks in beating then-No. 22 Arizona State. He also had an interception and forced another.

$50-Million Given to Illinois Communities For Parks

 An Illinois program that provides grant money to parks and recreational facilities is making $50 million available to local governments.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Monday that 22 Illinois communities statewide would receive funds to renovate and repair recreation facilities and build new facilities. Quinn's office says money from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program is expected to create more than 300 jobs.

Projects will include $2.5 million for Carbondale to build an outdoor aquatic center, $2.5 million for Champaign to build a recreation center and $2.5 million for Chicago to rehabilitate the South Shore Cultural Center.

The Kankakee Valley Park District will receive $2.5 million to expand the Ice Valley Centre with a gymnasium, bleachers, locker rooms, storage areas, exercise room and a mezzanine.

Arbitrator Says State In Violation Of Union Contract

An arbitrator says Governor Quinn's plan to shut down seven state facilities and layoff more than 19-hundred is a violation of the state's collective bargaining agreement with the unions.  AFSCME Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer says Quinn needs to back off of his plan and stick to his word. 

[audio:rddShutdown3.mp3]A Word From Bayer[/audio]

Bayer says Governor Quinn contradicts himself when it comes to jobs in the state.

[audio:rddShutdown1.mp3]A Word From Bayer[/audio]

Bayer adds Quinn doesn't have the right to renege on contracts.

[audio:rddShutdown2.mp3]A Word From Bayer[/audio]

Bayer says Quinn's plan is illegal and if it moves forward, the state will be liable for any economic harm that the laid off employees may suffer.  Quinn has said the union contract is moot because the general assembly did not appropriate enough money to keep the state running.  Bayer disagrees saying the contract is not contingent on appropriations.  Lawmakers will deal with the issue when they return to Springfield at the end of the month.

State Farm Says Illinois Deer-Vehicle Crash Odds 1 in 250

State Farm insurance company says the number of deer-vehicle collisions has dropped nationally for the third year in a row.

The Bloomington-based insurance company said Monday that client data show a 7% drop in deer-vehicle collisions between July 2010 and June 2011. Data show 1.09 million collisions between deer and vehicles during that time period.

State Farm says motorists in West Virginia are most likely to run into a deer. The state tops the list for the fifth year in a row. Iowa is second and South Dakota is third, followed by Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Deer-vehicle collisions are least likely in Hawaii.

State Farm classifies Illinois as a medium-risk state, saying odds are 1 in 250 of having a deer and vehicle collision.

Miller Media Group Partners With Riverbender.com for New Auto Mall Section

The Miller Media Group, owner of 4 on-line daily newspapers in central and northwest Illinois, today announced a partnership with the Metro East’s leading on-line daily newspaper, riverbender.com, for  a new auto mall section on all 5 web sites.

 Auto dealers in the Miller Media Group’s service areas—Taylorville, Kewanee, the Quad Cities and Clinton—can now advertise their inventory on the “autos” section of Miller’s 4 on-line daily newspapers, and that inventory will also appear in the “autos” section of the riverbender.com web site.

 Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller said the partnership will dramatically increase the number of exposures for car dealers that advertise on his group’s 4 on-line daily newspapers’ “autos” section, because readers to riverbender.com in the Metro East area, will also have access to those dealers’ inventory as well.

 The Miller Media Group operates 8 radio stations in central and northwest Illinois, and are building or buying 2 additional signals in central Illinois this month.

National 4-H Week Being Recognized in DeWitt County

It is National 4-H week.

The theme for this year is "Do The Right Thing". 4-H Youth Director of Education, Sherry Fulton, with the DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt University of Illinois Extension says youth in this day and age are blasted with decisions, and she feels doing the right thing as a young person is as important as ever. Which is why she feels the theme is very fitting.

[audio:4hweek1.mp3]A Word From Fulton[/audio]

Part of the 4-H Week activities include students from the Clinton grade schools going out to Weldon Springs as a part of Stewardship and Science Day Wednesday. Fulton explains the Extension Office will have the students out there to teach the young kids about nature in a first hand environment.

[audio:4hweek2.mp3]A Word From Fulton[/audio]

Last week, those that had projects they showed as a part of 4-H had the opportunity to put their projects on display as a part of the 4-H open open house, which was an opportunity for anyone interested in 4-H to come and ask questions and learn about the program and what it is all about. Fulton says it is never too late to join 4-H and encourages anyone with questions to contact her at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Clinton at 935-5764.

Harvest DeWitt County Through Farm Bureau Today

Local producers in DeWitt County have the opportunity to help with a good cause as they harvest today without leaving the fields.

The Young Leaders Committee at the Illinois Farm Bureau will be out and about today asking farmers for grain donations as part of their 2nd annual Harvest for DeWitt County Event. Coordinator of the event and chair of the Young Leaders Committee, John Klemm explains they will be driving around the farms of DeWitt County today with a small wagon collecting whatever farmers can give to give back to the local food pantries.

[audio:harvestdewitt1.mp3]A Word From Klemm[/audio]

Last year, the Young Leaders were able to collect over 36-hundred dollars of donated grain. Klemm says taking those donations to the local pantries was the best part of the whole experience.

[audio:harvestdewitt2.mp3]A Word From Klemm[/audio]

Klemm explains he was unsure of the reaction he would get from local producers, especially when asking for a farmer's grain, but he received a great response from those he was able to reach, the first year of the drive.

[audio:harvestdewitt3.mp3]A Word From Klemm[/audio]

Klemm says they will be out with two wagons this year looking to collect for local pantries once again. He adds they will try to get to the whole county for farmers that are looking forward to giving, however, he does give a couple of options to producers to donate.

Should they not get approached today, Klemm says producers can transfer part of their grain out of their elevator to the ADM Grain Facilities around DeWitt County to the Young Leaders Committee at the Illinois Farm Bureau. Setting up an appointment with Klemm may be difficult but he asks that producers that want to donate that have not been approached to reach him at 217-737-6881.

Angel Tree Program Still Seeking Families, Volunteers

The Clinton City Council met Monday evening for the first of their October meetings.

The Council was approached by Leslie Volker with the Angel Tree program of DeWitt. Angel tree provides clothes and a toy for children that attend school in DeWitt County. Volker this year will be helping the entire community getting involved in the Angel Tree process. She says a family wishing to get on the list still has time to do so.

[audio:councilmeeting1.mp3]A Word From Volker[/audio]

Volker says right now several businesses and churches throughout the County will be have trees up for children to be adopted, however, they are currently seeking more businesses to get involved.

[audio:councilmeeting2.mp3]A Word From Volker[/audio]

Volker says each year, nearly half of the kids in the program do not get adopted. She explains being a part of the program and giving gifts to families in the community is worth seeing the happiness they get when they receive their gifts for the holidays.

[audio:councilmeeting3.mp3]A Word From Volker[/audio]

You do not have to adopt a child to get involved with Angel Tree. Volker says they always accept donations, which go to the kids that do not get adopted. She also says they always are in need of volunteers to help sort donations and help with the gifts.

To find out more about the Angel Tree Program, you can stop by the Community Action Office at 1700 East Main at the Countryside Apartments, or you can call 935-2455.

Randy Rice Announces Running For DeWitt County Coroner

Randy Rice has announced he will seek the nomination for the position of DeWitt County Coroner in 2012.  Rice earned his bachelor degree in Christian Education from Judson Christian College in 1983.  He then attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science where he graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science in 1984.  He has served as Chief Deputy Coroner under Alex Calvert for the past sixteen years.

Rice moved to Clinton in October 1991 after accepting a position with Calvert Funeral Home.  Randy is married to Sandy Rice, together they have two daughters: Brianna (Nick) Deavers and Kelsey Rice both of Clinton.  He and his family are members of the First Baptist Church.  Rice is a member and past President of Clinton Rotary, YMCA board member and a past Chamber of Commerce board member.

Rice has dedicated his life to serving families during their time of loss.  For twenty-six
years he has dealt with death and death related issues on a daily basis.

“I would be proud to serve my community as DeWitt County Coroner.  It’s an important job and I am confident, with your help, I will continue in Alex’s footsteps to bring honor and respect to the office.  I feel one of my most valuable qualities is compassion for families suffering loss.”

Cards Set For Game 3 Today; MLB Notes

>>Cards Host Phils In Game Three Tonight

(St. Louis, MO)  --  All even at one, the Cardinals host the Phillies tonight in Game Three of their National League Division Series at Busch Stadium.  Jaime Garcia takes the ball for St. Louis, while Philadelphia counters with Cole Hamels.  The Cardinals overcame a 4-0 deficit to win Sunday's Game Two 5-4 in Philadelphia.  The Redbirds also host Game Four of the series tomorrow at 5:07 p.m.

>>Tigers Top Yanks; Take 2-1 ALDS Lead

(Detroit, MI)  --  Delmon Young clubbed a go-ahead solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to back eight strong innings from Justin Verlander as the Tigers topped the Yankees, 5-4, in Game Three of their American League Division Series.  Ramon Santiago plated a pair for Detroit, which took a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-five set.  Brett Gardner had a two-run double and Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez each knocked in a run for New York.  Rafael Soriano was saddled with the loss.  The Yanks will look to avoid elimination in tonight's Game Four at Comerica Park.  A.J. Burnett is slated to start opposite Rick Porcello.

>>Rangers Rally Past Rays In ALDS Game Three

(St. Petersburg, FL)  --  Mike Napoli's two-run homer sparked a four-run seventh inning as the Rangers rallied to roll over the Rays 4-3 in Game Three of the American League Division Series on Monday evening at The Trop.  Josh Hamilton added a two-run single in the decisive frame for Texas, which takes a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-five set.  Colby Lewis struck out six through six innings of one-run, one-hit ball to pick up the win.  Neftali Feliz registered the final four outs to nail down the save.  Desmond Jennings popped a pair of solo home runs and Sean Rodriguez added an RBI ground out for Tampa Bay.  David Price gave up three runs through six-and-two-third frames of duty to absorb the loss.  Matt Harrison is slated to toe the rubber opposite Jeremy Hellickson in this afternoon's Game Four in St. Petersburg.

>>Brewers Head To Desert

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  The Brewers will try to clinch a spot in the National League Championship Series tonight when they take on the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.  Milwaukee won the first two games of the NLDS at Miller Park over the weekend.  Shaun Marcum will take the hill for the Crew against Arizona's Josh Collmenter in tonight's Game Three.

Illini's Jenkins Receives Big Ten Honor; Colts Lose on MNF

>> Illini's Jenkins Big Ten Co-Player of the Week

Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins is one of the Big Ten's Players of the Week.

Jenkins shares offensive Player of the Week honors with Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson.

Jenkins finished with 12 catches and a career-high 268 yards and three touchdowns in the Illini's 38-35 win over Northwestern on Saturday. The Big Ten says the 268 yards rank as the third-most receiving yards in a conference game and the fourth-best mark in all games in Big Ten history.

The Illinois senior set a new school record in receiving yards, breaking the old mark of 208.

>>Bucs Escape Winless Colts

(Tampa, FL)  --  LeGarrette Blount rumbled 35 yards to the endzone with just under four minutes to play, giving the Buccaneers a 24-17 victory over the Colts on "Monday Night Football" at Raymond James Stadium.  Blount carried the ball 25 times for 127 yards for Tampa Bay, which improved to 3-and-1 on the season.  Josh Freeman threw for 287 yards with a touchdown and also ran for 27 yards and a score in the win.  Curtis Painter made his first career start for Indianapolis and threw for 281 yards with a pair of TD passes to Pierre Garcon.  Painter did commit one turnover when he lost a fumble in the first quarter.  Joseph Addai ran for just 41 yards in defeat.  The loss keeps the Colts winless at 0-and-4 on the season.  The Colts return to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday to host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week Five action.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 9-27 & 9-28


September 27, 2011


Jail Population: 56

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 2


Investigation in to the scene of an accident, which occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2011, revealed that a vehicle driven by Mildred Sturgeon , 76, Clinton, was traveling north, leaving the drive way, turning east onto Gash Bridge Road. A vehicle driven by Sara Blythe 21 was traveling east on Gash Bridge approaching driveway when Sturgeon failed to yield right of way. Blythe braked and swerved to avoid hitting Sturgeon. Blythe steered back onto the roadway, ending in ditch on south side of Gash Bridge Road. Blythe had major damage to front driver side tire, tire rim and rear bumper. There were no injuries and both vehicles were driven from the scene.


Investigation in to the scene of an accident, which occurred at approximately 0928 a.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2011, revealed that a vehicle driven by Larry Humphreys , 63, Clinton, was traveling south on Hallsville Road, south of intersection with Sunset Road. Humphreys moved over to diverge on-coming traffic. Humphreys' passenger side tires were in grass along ditch. Humphreys came to a stop in the ditch when vehicle then tipped over onto passenger side. Humphreys had major damage to front passenger side quarter panel and passenger side door. The side mirror and tarp roller pole were also damaged. There were no injuries and the vehicle was driven from the scene. No citations were issued




September 28, 2011




Jail Population: 55


Summons Served: 1


Warrant Arrests: 2




Douglas Rock, 44, Decatur, was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Failure to Appear. Rock, being un-able to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.




David Droke, 20 , Taylorville, was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Failure to Appear. Droke, being un-able to post the necessary bond, remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.










Weekly Weather Update

We saw plenty of clouds and cool weather last week, however, Meteorologist Steve Hilberg says we can expect to see things warm up this week.

[audio:wx.mp3]Meteorologist Steve Hilberg[/audio]

Schools To Celebrate 'Farm To School Month'

State officials say October is a good month to bring a farmer or a chef to school.

Or at least that's the theme of the official "Farm to School Month." The event encourages Illinois schools to visit local farms, plan a spring garden and focus lessons on agriculture and cooking with fresh produce.

The idea is that students will chose healthier foods, like fruits and vegetables, if the products are fresh and locally grown.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says programs such as "Farm to School Month" encourage the economic prosperity of rural, urban and suburban communities.

She says the partnerships between local farmers, chefs and schools will also introduce students to fresh food and agriculture professions.

Illinois Sites To Open For Youth Waterfowl Hunting

Illinois officials say several sites will be open this month and next to youth waterfowl hunting.

Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources say hunters age 15 or younger may hunt ducks, geese and mergansers, among other waterfowl as long as they are accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. The accompanied adult isn't allowed to hunt, but can participate in other open hunting seasons.

Young hunters must have a valid license. All are required to register with the Harvest Information Program.

Bag limits are the same as during regular seasons.

Illinois Takes 35 Medical Licenses Away Under Sex Law

State officials say they have taken licenses away from 35 doctors, nurses and other health care workers since a new law barring sex offenders from practicing medicine took affect two months ago.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported the actions Friday.

Those who lost their licenses included doctors who have practiced in the past or were currently practicing in Decatur, Streator, Moline and Carmi. Most of those doctors were convicted of crimes against children.

The law allows state officials to revoke licenses without a hearing.

Some health care workers have filed lawsuits against the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, arguing the law shouldn't apply to them.

Peoria Official Pleads Not Guilty To Hiring Hooker

Peoria City Councilman Dan Irving has pleaded not guilty to paying for sex with an 18-year-old woman he met online.

Irving pleaded not guilty Thursday to one felony count of paying for sex with the woman.

If convicted, the 43-year-old Irving could be sentenced to anything from probation to five years in prison. Prosecutors have also asked that Irving's probation on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct conviction from February be revoked.

Irving was arrested in July. Prosecutors say he paid to have sex with a woman he contacted through a website.

Illinois Man Acquitted in Cousin's Killing

A central Illinois jury has acquitted a man of murder charges in the death of his cousin.

A Mason County jury decided Friday that Randy Deskin was not guilty of beating 27-year-old Dustin Englebrecht to death.

Authorities have said the 34-year-old Deskin was at Englebrecht's home in rural Mason County the day he disappeared and was the last person to see him alive. Englebrecht was found in a shallow grave on his property. The area is about 40 miles southwest of Peoria.

Deskin, who is from Green Valley, was an inmate at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet when authorities arrested him.

Deer Open Archery Season Opened This Weekend

Deer open archery season opened this past weekend.

Hunters head out for what is sure to be a busy hunting season in central Illinois. Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officer Ray Wichus says over the past 15 years they have seen a large increase in the number of open archery hunters.

[audio:openarchery1.mp3]A Word From Officer Wichus[/audio]

Even though you can get as many permits as you want, Wichus reminds hunters they are allowed only two bucks per year. He specifies any deer with antlers over 3 inches is considered a buck.

[audio:openarchery2.mp3]A Word From Officer Wichus[/audio]

Wichus says his officers get a lot of calls about hunters hunting on private property. Wichus encourages them to talk with the owners of the property and work things out to eliminate problems in the future.

[audio:openarchery3.mp3]A Word From Officer Wichus[/audio]

Wichus reminds hunters of the new "Purple Paint" law. Land owners can now mark their property with purple paint on the trees as a "No Trespassing" notice. He reminds hunters observe those and be aware of private property vs public property.

Authorities also remind hunters to know what they are shooting at through the season as October weather will still allow for others to be out walking.

Clinton Water Department Set To Flush Mains

The Clinton Water Department will be embarking on a mandatory yearly project this week.

Starting today, the Water Department will be flushing the water mains throughout the City of Clinton. Public Works Director Steve Lobb explains the department breaks the town up into segments and they will flush the mains through the fire hydrants.

[audio:mainflush1.mp3]A Word From Lobb[/audio]

Lobb calls the process a necessary evil. He explains when they flush the water mains, it disturbs the water quality. He also encourages residents when the see the hydrants being flushed near them to refrain from using the water for about 24 hours.

[audio:mainflush2.mp3]A Word From Lobb[/audio]

The original date to flush the mains was last week, Lobb says there were some things they needed to work out so they moved it to this week. He add residents do not need to worry about any street closures.

Monticello School District Approves Budget With Lots of Questions

September was budget month for districts across the state.

The Monticello School Board of Education took time to approve their budget for the upcoming year a few weeks back. Much like schools across Illinois, the district faces a deficit this year. Superintendent of Monticello Schools Dr. Vic Zimmerman says the Monticello budget is not in good shape.

[audio:monticellobudget1.mp3]A Word From Dr. Zimmerman[/audio]

Dr. Zimmerman explains the Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax(CPPRT) came about because of some larger businesses in Monticello that were paying a tax that was ruled as unconstitutional, so it was replaced with the CPPRT, and because of the decline in the economy, the amount of revenue generated from that tax is not as great as it has been. According to Dr. Zimmerman, other than last year, the CPPRT dropped $1-million in 2008 and 2009, however, in 2010 it increased by $1-million. He says it usually follows the Illinois economy, but predicting its value can be difficult.

[audio:monticellobudget2.mp3]A Word From Dr. Zimmerman[/audio]

And like most school districts south of Chicago, the transportation funds in the Monticello district are hurting as well. Dr. Zimmerman points out the money the state receives for transportation are reimbursements for money spent last year. He also adds the governor did not modify the state law that requires schools to provide transportation to a certain portion of the district. He says the governor knows schools are hurting right now, and the result is a burden on the tax payer.

[audio:monticellobudget3.mp3]A Word From Dr. Zimmerman[/audio]

Dr. Zimmerman says the district faces over  a million and a half dollar deficit, but he says the district does have $8-million their fund balance. He says while the district faces a tough year ahead, he says being conservative and saving money will help the district in the coming years in uncertain times.

Cards Complete Comeback; Even Series With Philadelphia

>>Cards Craft Comeback Win Over Lee, Phils

(Philadelphia, PA)  --  St. Louis overcame a 4-0 deficit against Cliff Lee to carve out a 5-4 win over the Phillies and even their NLDS, 1-1.  Ryan Theriot, Jon Jay and Rafael Furcal each had an RBI during a three-run fourth that closed the gap to one.  Jon Jay's RBI single evened the score in the sixth, and Albert Pujols drove in Allen Craig an inning later to claim the lead.  Chris Carpenter only lasted three innings, allowing four runs and walking three before departing.  Octavio Dotel earned the win in relief, while Jason Motte tossed the final inning-and-a-third to end it.  Game Three takes place tomorrow night at Busch Stadium.

MLB NL Division Series
Milwaukee Brewers 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 4
(Brewers lead best-of-five NLDS, 2-0)

Bears Win; Rams Lose

>>Bears Maul Panthers

(Chicago, IL)  --  Matt Forte rushed for a career-high 205 yards and a touchdown as the Bears were able to hold off the pesky Panthers, 34-29.  Jay Cutler didn't do much, completing nine passes for 107 yards and an interception as Chicago improved 2-and-2.  Marion Barber also scored once on the ground, while Devin Hester returned a 69-yard punt to the house.  Hester's runback gave him an NFL record eleven career punt return TDs.  Cam Newton threw for 374 yards, a TD, and a pick, which was returned for a touchdown.  Newton added two TD's on the ground.  Steve Smith caught eight balls for 181 yards, but Greg Olsen recorded the touchdown grab against his former team.  Carolina fell to 1-and-3.  The Bears head to Detroit next week to meet the Lions on Monday Night Football.

>>'Skins Ride Torain Over Rams

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Ryan Torain rushed for 135 yards and a score as the Redskins held off the Rams 17-10 at the Edward Jones Dome.  Sam Bradford finished 20-of-43 for 164 yards and a score for St. Louis, which remains winless at 0-and-4.  Steven Jackson had 17 carries for just 45 yards, but did have the Rams' lone touchdown with a 15-yard reception in the fourth quarter.  Bradford was sacked seven times for St. Louis in the setback.  The Rams head into the bye week and will travel to face the Green Bay Packers on October 16th.

Cincinnati Bengals 23, Buffalo Bills 20
Tennessee Titans 31, Cleveland Browns 13
Detroit Lions 34, Dallas Cowboys 30
Kansas City Chiefs 22, Minnesota Vikings 17
San Francisco 49ers 24, Philadelphia Eagles 23
New Orleans Saints 23, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Houston Texans 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 10
New York Giants 31, Arizona Cardinals 27
Atlanta Falcons 30, Seattle Seahawks 28
Green Bay Packers 49, Denver Broncos 23
New England Patriots 31, Oakland Raiders 19
San Diego Chargers 26, Miami Dolphins 16
Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Jets 17

Illinois Comes Back For Win; ISU Loses

>>Illinois Tops Northwestern Late

(Champaign, IL)  --  Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase bowled his way into the end zone with 13 seconds remaining, sending Illinois to a 38-35 win over Northwestern on Saturday afternoon in the Big Ten opener for both scores.  Scheelhaase finished with a career-high 391 yards, three touchdowns and one pick as the Illini move up six slots to number-16 in the USA Today Football Poll with a 5-and-0 mark.  A.J Jenkins also had a career day  for the Fighting Illini catching 12 passes for 268 yards and three scores.  Wildcats quarterback Dan Persa played in his first game since last November when he suffered a ruptured Achille's tendon, throwing for 123 yards and a career-high four touchdowns as Northwestern falls to 2-and-2.

>> North Dakota State Beats Illinois State

D.J. McNorton ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for another as North Dakota State beat Illinois State 20-10 on Saturday.

The Bison (4-0), playing their Missouri Valley opener after coming off a 37-24 victory over Minnesota last week, scored first when Brock Jensen connected with McNorton for a 36-yard touchdown. McNorton's 15-yard run gave North Dakota State a 14-3 lead early in the third quarter, and Bobby Ollman returned an interception 82 yards for the Bison's other TD.

Matt Brown, who was 31 for 48 for 270 yards for Illinois State (2-3, 1-2), found Milton Colbert for a 43-yard touchdown with 3:07 to play. Brown was intercepted twice.

Jensen finished with 207 yards passing and 28 yards rushing for North Dakota State, while McNorton ran for 56 yards. The Redbirds outgained the Bison 397 yards to 331.

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DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report


September 30, 2011


Jail Population: 57

Summons Served: 4

Warrant Arrests: 2



October 1, 2011


Jail Population: 57

Summons Served: 4

Warrant Arrests: 2



October 2, 2011


Jail Population: 59

Summons Served: 2

Warrant Arrests: 0


David Knotts, 52, Decatur, was issued a citation for speeding (71 mph in a 55 mph zone). Knotts posted his IL. Drivers license as bond and was released.


Cory Christensen, 36, Gibson City was issued a citation for speeding (81 mph in a 55 mph zone). Christensen posted his IL Drivers license as bond and was released.


Suzanne Martinez, 30, Decatur was issued a citation for Operating an uninsured vehicle. Martinez was issued a notice to appear and was released.


Michael Rudicil, 28, Bloomington, was issued a citation for Expired Registration. Rudicil posted his IL Drivers License and was released.


Angela Isaacs, 44, Bellflower, was issued a citation for operating an un-insured motor vehicle. Isaacs posted her IL Drivers License and was released.


Carol Jordin, 42, Clinton, was issued citations for Illegal Transportation of Alcohol. Jordin posted her IL Drivers License and was released.


Rustin Wagers, 31, Bloomington, was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Failure to Appear. Wagers being un-able to post the necessary bond, remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.


Kelsey Baker, 18, Lancefield, was arrested and charged with illegal consumption/minor. Baker posted the necessary bond and was released.


Amelia Figueron, 18, Farmer City, was arrested and charged with Contributing to Delinquency Minor. Figueron posted the necessary bond and was released.


William Bishop, 37, Bloomington, was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Bad Checks/Obtain Control Prop. Bishop posted the necessary bond and was released.


Keenan Hawkins, 18, Farmer City, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Consumption Alcohol by Minor. Hawkins posted the necessary bond and was released.


John Strum, 18, Farmer City, was arrested and charged with Illegal Consumption by minor. Strum posted the necessary bond and was released.


Dylan Russell, 18, Normal was arrested and charged with Illegal Consumption/Minor. Russell posted the necessary bond and was released.


Daniel Terry, 19, Bellflower was arrested and charged with Illegal Consumption/Minor. Terry posted the necessary bond and was released.




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