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2019 Music on Main & Center Summer Concert Series Underway

The Imagine That Band performed in Clinton last Wednesday night, and Brushville will return once again on July 27.

City Administrator Tim Followell, indicates Snappers Bar & Grill is hosting the local favorite Brushville on July 27 for the Music on Main & Center Concert Series. 

 

 

Followell notes they will have a concert in August with talent to be determined. Follow the Music on Main & Center Facebook page for updates.
 

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2019 Arthur Freedom Fest Set for June 29

A popular Central Illinois Independence Day celebration is taking place on Saturday.

 

The annual Arthur Freedom Fest is taking place on Saturday, June 29, at Jurgens Park in Arthur. Tim Singer with the Arthur Fireworks display notes the celebration starts at 4 pm with live bands, skydivers, powered parachutes, food vendors, and kid's activities. The fireworks display will follow at night.

 

 

Singer encourages anyone who has yet to experience the Arthur fireworks display to attend this weekend. The Arthur fireworks display features multiple pyrotechnic displays that sets it apart from other fireworks shows.

 

 

The Arthur Fireworks Display is slated to begin at 9:30 pm at Jurgens Park.

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State Police Say No Such Thing As Normal Call in Law Enforcement

On Tuesday, Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum was killed while responding to a scene in Avon, Illinois. 

 

The tragic death of Deputy Chisum is a reminder for law enforcement and the public that there is no such thing as a routine call for members of law enforcement. Illinois State Trooper Jason Wilson was among the troopers who heard the radio call 'Shots Fire, Officer Down' on Tuesday afternoon and he explains what that call is like for members of law enforcement... 

 

 

42-year-old Nathan Woodring of Avon, Illinois was arrested in the death of Deputy Troy Chisum following a lengthy standoff with law enforcement. 

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Clinton Administrators Remember Mr. Conner

In light of the passing of former Clinton High School Principal Ron Conner earlier this week, Clinton school administrators are remembering the very likable and charismatic leader of the school.

 

Current high school principal Jerry Wayne had a unique relationship with Conner. Wayne explains Conner gave him the first opportunity to teach and they were together up to Conner's retirement in 2012.

 

 

Superintendent Curt Nettles indicates his relationship with Conner was one of being a school board member and Nettles indicates Conner's legacy as being about the kids was certainly the driver behind his decisions on the board.

 


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

 

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

 

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

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Warner Hospital Relocating Pharmacy, Discontinuing ICU

The space at Warner Hospital that is now the ICU will soon become the pharmacy.

 

CEO Paul Skowron tells Regional Radio News, the hospital has had only two ICU patients in the last two years and have two ICU units. Because of that, they will discontinue the service and utilize the space for the pharmacy.

 

 

Hospital administration will have to submit their intentions and plans to the State for review and approval. Skowron anticipates that happening towards the end of the summer and the transition process in their facility taking a couple of months.

 

 

The government has passed down a regulation that hospitals have to adjust their pharmacies and Skowron indicates this actually helps the hospital in that effort that has to be complete by December 31 of this year.

 

 

What happens to the current pharmacy is still being decided on. 

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The Vault, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ready To Start New Mentorship Program

Big Brothers and Big Sisters earlier this week held a special event to bring in potential volunteers and youth that need mentors in an effort to see what kind of interest there was in a new program between the two DeWitt County entities.

 

Heather Peavler with Big Brothers Big Sisters on the WHOW Morning Show Thursday indicates their Wednesday event laid the foundation for likely three matches between young adults and Clinton teens.

 

 

Peavler explains The Vault targets teens of the community so this program they are starting is a little different than their well-known school-based and community-based programs. She says it's a different type of mentorship.

 

 

The Vault will largely serve as the meeting place for the matches and Peavler hopes the bond developed between them will get other youths interested in being a part of the program.

 

 

Peavler indicates their Wednesday event ended up in having more volunteers to be mentors than youths to match them with so they are still seeking more kids to get involved. To get more information, contact Peavler and h.peavler@bbbscil.org or you can call 217-935-1234. 

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Uncertainty Remains Surrounding Testing for Marijuana

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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Sen. Manar Announces Progress in Independent, Rural Pharmacies

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

 

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

 

 

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

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Red Cross Missing Types Campaign Is Back

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

 

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

 

 

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

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Marijuana Advocates Say Expungement Important Component of New Law

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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Congressswoman Bustos Wants Federal Disaster Declaration for Illinois Farmers

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos urging U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to issue a disaster declaration for areas of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.

 

 

Bustos is asking Perdue to issue a Secretarial disaster declaration for growers to be eligible for disaster assistance, increase prevent plant crop insurance coverage guarantee and to push back the premium payment date for crop insurance to December 1. 

 

She says farmers also continue to face uncertainty due to ongoing trade disputes. 

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Clinton Chamber Planning to Re-Purpose Visitors Center

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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Former Clinton High School Principal, Board of Education Member Dies at 67

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Community Action Focused on Changing Role of Family Service Workers, New App at Center of Change

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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Seniors Invited To Participate in Peace Meal During Summer

Seniors are being encouraged to participate in Peace Meal this summer.

 

Certified nutritionists do the meal planning for Peace Meal and coordinator Shelly Tolley on the WHOW Morning Show Tuesday said their program is a great way to make sure seniors are keeping up on their nutrition through the busy summer months.

 

 

In addition to Peace Meal being an excellent and affordable source of good nutrition for seniors, Tolley says it also has served as a great wellness check program for their seniors. She says they have a number of people that quite possibly had their lives saved from their delivery driver.

 

 

In DeWitt and Piatt Counties, there are site programs seniors can take advantage of. Tolley indicates the DeWitt County Friendship Center is always a location to get a peace meal but there are restaurant programs they've started in Farmer City and Bement.

 

 

To get more information on any ways to participate in Peace Meal, you can call 1-800-543-1770 or 217-345-1800. 

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Cooler Than Normal Temps Anticipated For July

The chances for an extremely hot July and August don’t look good. That assessment from Dr. David Kristovich with the Illinois State Climatologist’s office in Champaign. 

 

 

Most of Illinois should see dry weather for much of this week with the exception of some active weather Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening. Warmer temperatures are also anticipated for this weekend with much of the state seeing 90’s on Saturday and Sunday. 

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Duckworth Blasts Trump Administration Handling of Iran

Senator Tammy Duckworth is blasting the Trump Administration on the Iran front, calling the administration’s Iran strategy reckless and, incoherent. She said it's the kind of thing that could lead the nation to an accidental war...

 

 

The combat wounded vet of the Iraq War, Duckworth expressed fears of deja vu....

 

 

Duckworth urged her Senate colleagues to reclaim Congress’ constitutional authority to declare war.

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2019 Clinton Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing

he Clinton Chamber of Commerce's annual Golf Outing was hosted Tuesday afternoon at the Clinton Country Club.

 

Executive Director Marian Brisard indicated the 18-hole outing had 21 teams this year and featured door prizes donated from local businesses.

 

 

In addition to the several door prizes, Brisard noted that some businesses sponsored tents on certain holes on the course ranging from concessions to contests.

 

 

The annual golf outing is a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce that helps to fund all of their events. For more information on the Chamber or its events visit clintonilchamber.com.

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DeWitt County Sheriff's Office Investigating Vehicle Theft, Burglaries in Kenney

In the early morning hours Monday morning, suspect or suspects burglarized a pair of businesses and a vacant home in Kenney, additionally, the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office is investigating a pair of vehicle thefts.

 

DeWitt County Sheriff Mike Walker says his officers responded to reports of suspicious activity early Monday in Kenney and says there were multiple incidents.

 

 

According to the Sheriff, they are working to acquire a still photo of the person who was located on video. He anticipates that image hitting their Facebook page later today.

 

 

Witness calls came in hours after the incidents and Sheriff Walker says it is important for the public to say something when they see something.

 

 

If anyone in the public has information about these burglaries and thefts, you can contact the Sheriff's office at 217-935-9507. 

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Clinton YMCA Still Looking For Teams For 'Battle at the Cove'

Mud volleyball, beach volleyball and bags will highlight the first weekend of July event for the Clinton YMCA's 'Battle at the Cove' at Whitney's Cove in Clinton.

 

Executive Director Rennie Cluver says the registration deadline for that event is this Friday and he's excited about the possibilities this event will bring. He told Regional Radio News Monday morning on the WHOW Morning Show right now they need more teams to make the mud volleyball competition a go.

 

 

The Battle at the Cove and the recent Y golf outing are all part of events now falling under the umbrella of the Strong Kids Campaign. Cluver indicates the fundraiser is about halfway to its goal of raising $100,000.

 

 

The event is July 6 and you can visit clintoncommymca.org for a registration form or you can stop in at 417 South Alexander Street for that registration form. The high school division of volleyball kicks off in the morning hours and adults play through the afternoon.

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Lincoln High School Superintendent Looks Fondly on Years as District's Lead

This is the final week for Bob Bagby as Superintendent of Lincoln High School and the ten-year tenured leader of the Logan County High School feels like he accomplished a lot.

 

Bagby says the accomplishments of the sports programs are among the highlights of his time in Lincoln. He says that comes down to the district leadership and board of education hiring good people.  

 

 

From a programming perspective, Bagby indicates it has been nice to see the FFA program bounce back. He was also instrumental in the starting of the L-Tech program that gives students the skills to advance through high school and start in the workforce out of high school.

 

 

Duel credit opportunities have taken off across the area for students to earn college credits while taking high school courses. Bagby says it feels good to give kids the opportunity to take advantage of those opportunities.

 

 

As Bagby enters retirement, he hopes to spend more time watching his grandkids take part in their sports and activities and spend time on the lake fishing. 

 

Dwight Stricklin will take over for Bagby. Stricklin has spent the past four years at the Lexington School district where he followed current Clinton Superintendent, Curt Nettles, after he took over for Dr. Jeff Holmes. 

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Weekly Crop Report

ANOTHER RAINY WEEK HAMPERED PROGRESS IN ILLINOIS FARM FIELDS. 

 

WITH JUST ABOUT TWO DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK… THERE’S STILL PLANTING TO BE DONE SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER.

 

 

79 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS HAVE BEEN PLANTED WITH 67 PERCENT EMERGED. 42 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. 

 

 

JUST 15 PERCENT OF WINTER WHEAT HAS BEEN HARVESTED AND 27 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. THE FIRST CUTTING OF ALFALFA IS NOW 78 PERCENT COMPLETE. AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE INCREASED TO 43 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 57 PERCENT SURPLUS.

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State Fire Marshal Talks Fire Safety

THE ILLINOIS STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE IS OFFERING SOME SUMMER SAFETY TIPS. 

 

GRILLING OUT IS A BIG PART OF SUMMER FUN…BUT CAN TURN DANGEROUS. FIRE MARSHAL SPOKESPERSON J-C FULTZ SAYS KIDS AND PETS SHOULD BE KEPT AT LEAST THREE FEET AWAY FROM THE GRILL.

 

 

WHEN IT COMES TO CAMPFIRES…THE FIRE MARSHAL RECOMMENDS THEY BE AT LEAST 25 FEET AWAY FROM BUILDINGS OR ANYTHING THAT CAN BURN AND TO AVOID BURNING ON DRY, WINDY DAYS SINCE THE FIRE CAN QUICKLY SPREAD.

 

 

THE FIRE MARSHAL ALSO REMINDS TO KEEP KIDS AND PETS AT LEAST THREE FEET FROM THE GRILL WHEN YOU’RE COOKING OUT…AND TO NOT PLACE THE GRILL NEAR DECK RAILINGS OR YOUR HOME.

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State Board of Education Releases Report on Kindergarten Readiness

THE LATEST KINDERGARTEN READINESS REPORT FROM THE ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION UNDERSCORES THE NEED FOR QUALITY PRE-SCHOOL OPTIONS FOR KIDS.

 

THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR FOR THE REPORT…WHICH ASSESSES STUDENTS DURING THEIR FIRST FEW MONTHS OF KINDERGARTEN. ISBE DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CARISA HURLEY SAYS THE REPORT FOUND 26 PERCENT OF KIDS DEMONSTRATED READINESS IN ALL THREE OF THE AREAS MEASURED.

 

 

HURLEY SAYS JUST 30 PERCENT OF THE CHILDREN ASSESSED FOR THIS REPORT ATTENDED A STATE-FUNDED PRE-K PROGRAM. THAT'S SOMETHING THEY’D LIKE TO CHANGE SO THAT KIDS ARE BETTER PREPARED TO START SCHOOL.

 

 

53 PERCENT OF KIDS SHOWED READINESS WITH SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS AND 33 PERCENT WERE DOING WELL WITH MATH.

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Starved Rock State Park Cleaning Up After Flooding

Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County is dealing with the aftermath of major flooding on the Illinois River last month. Floodwaters coated picnic areas and parking lots with mud and debris and infiltrated restrooms.

 

Site Superintendent Kerry Novak says staff members are working on dealing with the debris and mud.


 

 

The park is getting extra funds from the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources for the cleanup. Novak predicts it’ll cost between $60,000 and $80,000. He hopes to start awarding bids for the various projects soon. The picnic areas and boat launch are still closed.

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County Engineer: Gas Tax Increase Will Give Us More For Projects

The gas tax has been much maligned but last Thursday night at the DeWitt County Board meeting, the County Highway Engineer says it will allow them to take on more projects.

 

Mark Mathon updated the County Board at their regular monthly meeting last Thursday the gas tax will still get divided up the way it always has but says the County will get more as a result of the tax increase.

 

 

The gas tax has not been adjusted in Illinois since the 90s and Mathon points out, with inflation, which was not taken into account at the time, the rate would be at the 38-cents.

 

 

Mathon adds the new law takes a portion of taxes from areas like Cook County and sends them to smaller communities based off motor vehicle registrations per county. At that point, townships have a set amount they receive based on the number of road miles. 

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Clinton Police Weekend Report

On 06/21/19 Clinton Police arrested Christopher D. Mukes 47, Decatur for 4 counts of Burglary for the following businesses, 2 counts Big D’s, Circle K and Clinton IGA. Mukes was transported to the DeWitt County Jail and released to Corrections.

 

On 06/23/19 Clinton Police arrested Riley B. Lindsey 22, Powderly, TX for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Lindsey was transported to the DeWitt County Jail and released to Corrections.

 

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW

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Clinton Schools To Invest Portion of Reserve Funds For Rainy Day

Clinton School officials are going to re-adjust how they invest the money they have in reserves.

 

Superintendent Curt Nettles last Tuesday night, told the Clinton Board of Education they plan to take advantage of better interest rates. He explains this is going to be done locally through Clinton banks.

 

 

Part of the reason for the re-investment of the reserves is preparing for a day the power plant may not be here. Nettles says this was something he thought would be a good idea when he arrived in Clinton four years ago.

 

 

School districts are limited to investments like bonds, CDs or money markets. Nettles says while there is some risk in those investments, it is a minimal risk. 

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Miller Park Zoo Seeing Steady Attendance Through Wet Spring

The Miller Park Zoo has been pleasantly surprised with the attendance figures this spring.

 

Superintendent of the zoo, Jay Tetzloff says it has been a good spring despite the extremely wet weather. He attributes that to their new alligator exhibit that is drawing folks in and they are in the midst of a concession stand project to better serve their patrons.

 

 

Tetzloff says what is particularly surprising about the strong spring is their golf courses have experienced a pretty tough spring. He serves as the Parks Director for the City of Bloomington and says the condition of the courses haven't been the greatest at times.

 

 

Wearing his park director hat, Tetzloff says their department was very behind on their mowing throughout the city. 

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Central Illinois Lawmaker Talks Task Force To Address DCFS Problems

A task force has been established to address the shortcomings of DCFS and a central Illinois lawmaker believes they are headed in the right direction.

 

As the spring legislative season wrapped up, an increase in funding for DCFS and agencies like theirs was approved and State Senator Chapin Rose says DCFS is a mess and needs a new direction.

 

 

According to Sen. Rose, the goal is to break up the responsibilities of DCFS and pass those along to other agencies that are already better suited to deal with issues. He feels DCFS should be the crisis manager for kids and then send them to the appropriate agencies.

 

 

The task force is made up of leaders from both sides of the aisle and Rose is optimistic the recommendations will carry a lot of weight with Illinois Democrats who control the Illinois legislature.

 

 

Sen. Rose compares this task force to the higher education task force that made many positive reforms. While he's short of enthusiastic, Rose is optimistic and says DCFS needs to be a participant with the legislature and be on board. 

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Governor Signs Series of Bills Protecting Immigrants in Illinois

GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS SIGNING A PACKAGE OF NEW LAWS TO HELP PROTECT IMMIGRANTS LIVING IN ILLINOIS.

 

ONE OF THE NEW LAWS BANS IMMIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS FROM SETTING UP IN ILLINOIS…AND ANOTHER CREATES THE “RISE” ACT. THAT ENSURES UNDOCUMENTED AND TRANSGENDER STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO COLLEGE MAP GRANTS. GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAYS WITH ONE POINT EIGHT MILLION IMMIGRANTS IN THE STATE AND THREATS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL…THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

 

 

GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAYS A NUMBER OF IMMIGRANTS CALL ILLINOIS HOME.

 

 

A THIRD NEW LAW PREVENTS LOCAL POLICE FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE U-S IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS.

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Exelon, Local Veterans Among Those Recognized in Springfield For Yearly Am Vet Awards

The weekend of June 8th and 9th, the Illinois AMVETS held their annual convention in Springfield.  At the convention, Clinton Post 14, one of its members, and one of its significant contributors were all presented awards for their outstanding help of AMVETS helping veterans and veteran families.

 

The first award was presented by State Commander Tucker to Post 14 for being the 2018 – 2019 Illinois AMVETS Post of the Year. At Christmas-time for the Illinois AMVETS, Post 14 hosted the “Red Sleigh” program and their joint effort with the other Clinton Veterans organizations provided a holiday meal program. For the reporting year 2019, the Post 14 members contributed over 3,000 hours of volunteerism and community service programs valued at over $50,000.00 to fulfill the AMVET motto of “Veterans helping Veterans.” 

 

Dennis Davenport as the Post 14 AMVET of the Year as well as a special award for his efforts in support of an Outstanding Service Award Project. Davenport saw the need to help the families of college-bound children and grandchildren of local Veterans and asked that AMVET Post 14 facilitate providing ten $1,000 scholarships for College and Trade School bound graduates. The Post established a Scholarship Committee to develop an application process, judge the applications, and present the awards. 2019 was the second year of the program, which has now touched twenty-one (21), Veteran families. This Scholarship Program has been a huge success, enabling Post 14 to be a part of “Veterans Helping Veterans.”

 

Finally, Exelon Nuclear and the Clinton Power Station Employees were awarded the AMVETS Outstanding Firm Recognition Award for the Year 2018-19, based on their support of not only the Clinton AMVETS Post 14 but also for helping all area Veterans.

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Fatigue can be a serious hazard to workplace safety

IT’S NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH AND THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SAYS ON-THE-JOB-FATIGUE CAN BE A REAL HAZARD. 

 

ODD SHIFTS…OVERNIGHTS AND NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP MAY ALL CAUSE WORKER FATIGUE AND AFFECT JOB SAFETY SAYS THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S BEN NOVEN.

 

 

STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT 13 PERCENT OF WORKPLACE INJURIES ARE ATTRIBUTED TO FATIGUE AND THAT 43 PERCENT OF EMPLOYEES SAYS THEY ARE SOMETIMES TOO TIRED TO FUNCTION SAFELY AT THEIR JOBS. STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S BEN NOVEN SAYS EMPLOYERS SHOULD RE-EXAMINE THEIR STAFFING AND WORKLOADS TO MAKE SURE WORKERS CAN DO THEIR JOBS.

 

 

OFFICIALS URGE EMPLOYERS TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO MINIMIZE EMPLOYEE FATIGUE. THAT INCLUDES REASSESSING STAFFING NEEDS, ALLOWING MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BREAKS AND TRAINING WORKERS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL DANGERS OF BEING VERY SLEEPY ON THE JOB.

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Bait Shop By Clinton Lake Spillway Approved by County Board

The DeWitt County Board at their Thursday meeting approved a zoning change for a bait shop to be located across from the Clinton Lake Spillway.

 

Chairman David Newberg told Regional Radio News on the WHOW Morning Show Friday, the Board approved a request to change the zoning from RD2 to RD1.

 

 

Newberg indicates the rezoning will allow for commercial development between Route 10 and the Spillway in addition to residential development.

 

 

Newberg says the Spillway is the perfect location for a bait shop.

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Tractor Supply Opens Saturday

Tractor Supply Company in Clinton will have their soft opening Saturday.

 

The store in the former Walmart location on Clinton's west side is the newest retail outline and will share the location with Goodwill. Store Manager Dalton Cave says Tractor Supply Company has everything from gardening tools to pet supplies to car care needs and tools.

 

 

Cave says Tractor Supply Company is a rural American business that has historically found prime retail spaces in communities like Clinton.

 

 

Next door to Tractor Supply Company, Goodwill will open their doors to the public on July 12. 

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City-Wide Cleanup Vouchers Available

If you have big, bulky items that are not taken by trash haul away services locally, this month and next, you can get a voucher to take those items out to the landfill.

 

City Administrator Tim Followell says those are available at City Hall and are good for the months of June and July. This is a beautification effort the City takes on to try to get bulky items off residents properties. 

 

Stop into City Hall at 118 West Washington Street to get a voucher or more information or call 217-935-9438. 

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Governor signs executive order to make sure every Illinoisan is counted in the 2020 census

GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO HELP MAKE SURE EVERY ILLINOISAN IS COUNTED IN THE 2020 CENSUS.

 

GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAYS IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT THE STATE GET AN ACCURATE COUNT NEXT YEAR.

 

 

THE ORDER FULLY COMMITS THE STATE TO GETTING AN ACCURATE COUNT. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JULIANA STRATTON SAYS THERE ARE REAL CONSEQUENCES IF THIS ISN’T DONE.

 

 

A NEW STATE CENSUS OFFICE WILL AWARD GRANTS FOR LOCAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND AN ADVISORY GROUP WILL WORK TO REACH TYPICALLY “HARD TO COUNT” COMMUNITIES. 29 MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN ALLOCATED IN THE NEW STATE BUDGET TOWARDS THE EFFORT.

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Overhaul to Student Abuse Protections at School

An overhaul to protections for students at school from sexual abuse could be coming. Lawmakers approved a number of changes to state laws after reports of abuse and harassment in Chicago Public Schools. State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant says it’s a step forward.

 

 

The bill will mandate schools to check employees against state sex offender lists on a more regular basis and creates another means for students to go through a hearing process after they report sexual abuse or harassment. 

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Weekly Weather Summary

Summer is here and it has brought warm weather and rain along with it. State Climatologist's Office Spokesperson Brian Kerschner has the latest....

 

 

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Lincoln Bible

Abraham Lincoln's religious beliefs have been a matter of historical debate. Lincoln never joined a church. He also denied being an enemy of religion and of Christians but never professed specifically that he was a believer. Some friends, including former law partner William Herndon, claimed he was an atheist. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum says Lincoln's religious beliefs grew stronger in his final days and they have proof in writing, with the donation of a unique Bible that belonged to Abraham Lincoln in his final year of life. Lincoln Library/Museum Director Alan Lowe says a Lincoln owned bible donated to the library and museum clears up some misconceptions...

 

 

The descendants of Noyes Miner donated the Bible after it had been in the family for 150 years. in 1872, Mary Todd Lincoln provided the Bible to Miner, a Baptist minister who had lived across the street from the Lincolns in Springfield for several years, calling him “a friend very much beloved by my husband,”. The Bible will be exhibited in the museum’s Treasures Gallery for the rest of 2019. Mary Todd Lincoln insisted that Lincoln did believe in God. He often attended church in Washington. He mentioned God in speeches and letters – And Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address was dominated by religious themes.
 

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County Board Approves Mandated Changes to Civil Fees, Criminal and Traffic Assessments

They may not have liked it and it may very well cause issues with budgeting, but the County Board Thursday night at their regular monthly meeting approved a mandate from the Illinois legislature to allow adjustments to fines and fees in DeWitt County.

 

Earlier this week on Regional Radio News, Sheriff Mike Walker outlined what this might look like for his department and Thursday night, State's Attorney Dan Markwell explained the legal side of the mandate.

 

 

Board Chair David Newberg and Vice Chair Camille Redman were among board members to express their opposition to the mandate, however, Markwell says it is something he recommends the Board pass.

 

 

The biggest challenge for the County will be budgeting. Newberg, Redman, and County Administrator Dee Dee Rentmeister says it is going to be even more difficult because it goes into effect in the middle of their fiscal year.

 

 

The Board approved the mandate, however, Board Chair Newberg said voted "no".

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St. Louis District Dairy Council Promoting Dairy Facts

Earlier this week on Regional Radio News, we introduced the 2019 National Dairy Month campaign theme, 'Let's Start a Cow-Versation' and leaders say there's a great deal of factual information to talk about this month.

 

June is National Dairy Month and the St. Louis District Dairy Council says because of the fast-spreading false information that can fester on social media, it is important to talk about the facts around dairy. Monica Nyman says it starts with dairy being the best way to get the needed calcium into your diet.

 

 

While almond milk is very trendy in some diets, Nyman says they often lack many of the vitamins and minerals found in cow's milk.

 

 

Organic is a big buzz word in the several sectors of the food production world and Nyman says there is no evidence organic milk is healthier than regular milk. Pointing out government rules keep non-organic farmers milk safe for consumers.

 

 

It's often believed all milk contains antibiotics and hormones and Nyman says this is simply a misunderstanding of the process of how a cow's milk is pasteurized and how animals are dealt with when on antibiotics.

 

 

As it relates to chocolate milk, Nyman says chocolate milk and other flavored kinds of milk have the same amount of nutrients and minerals as regular white milk. She says half the sugar in those flavored kinds of milk is natural and points out it only adds about 4% of the added sugar in kids' diets so it is just fine to drink. 

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Blue Ridge's Schneider School Street Project Behind, Still Anticipated to Be Ready for New School Year

The Blue Ridge school district is anticipating a significant road project in front of Schneider School to be complete by the start of the new school year but it is already behind.

 

On the WHOW Morning Show Thursday morning, Superintendent Susan Wilson told Regional Radio News Farmer City is the coordinating point for it and they have informed her the construction group taking on the project is a few weeks behind on a project they are working on in town.

 

 

The street project is the highlight of the summer projects within the district, however, district offices are getting a renovation. Wilson explains this is something they are keeping in house and their staff is taking on a lot of the improvements.

 

 

Wilson says they are starting their upgrades to better energy efficiency and cutting down their electric bill at their Farmer City campus. She adds the city has offered them a discount for the next five years but work is underway.

 

 

There is a drainage project the district is working on for one of their parking lots and Wilson indicates that will solve some minor flooding issues at their Mansfield campus. 

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Scovill Zoo Offering Free Admission on Thursdays

Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Scovill Zoo in Decatur is offering free admission on Thursdays throughout the summer.

 

Ken Frye, Scovill Zoo director, indicates the zoo is offering free admission every Thursday until October 10. Frye notes the zoo has seen good crowds so far on Thursdays.

 

 

Frye says Scovill Zoo sees an increase in zoo memberships being purchased on Thursdays. A Scovill Zoo membership also offers free or reduced admission to 150 zoos across the country.

 

 

For more information visit scovillzoo.com or call (217) 421-7435.

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State Police Highlights Trooper in a Truck To Curb Distracted Driving

TRUCKS DRIVING DOWN ILLINOIS HIGHWAYS MAY HAVE MORE THAN JUST CARGO…THEY MIGHT BE CARRYING AN ILLINOIS STATE POLICE TROOPER LOOKING FOR DISTRACTED DRIVERS.

 

THE "TROOPER IN A TRUCK" INITIATIVE HAS BEEN UNDERWAY FOR ABOUT A YEAR…WITH DETAILS HELD SO FAR ON I-57, 55 AND 70. I-S-P MAJOR ROBERT MEEDER SAYS SITTING UP HIGHER IN A TRUCK MAKES IT EASIER TO SPOT DRIVERS TEXTING OR PLAYING ON THEIR PHONES.

 

 

MEEDER SAYS TROOPERS RIDE ALONG WITH TRUCK DRIVERS, LOOKING FOR MOTORISTS WHO ARE TEXTING OR OTHERWISE ON THEIR PHONES.

 

 

THE PROGRAM IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE STATE POLICE AND THE ILLINOIS TRUCKING ASSOCIATION.

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Pritzker Responds To Trump Threat to Deport Millions

President Trump has pledged to deport millions of people residing in the U.S. illegally. 

Governor J.B. Pritzker is responding to Trump’s Monday night messages and he plans to respond with more than rhetoric....

 

 

Pritzker says state law will be used in a bid to protect those targeted for deportation.

 

 

Pritzker isn't outlining what steps he will take to protect some of the deportation targets.

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Tractor Supply Company Opening Signals Strong Year for Clinton Business Community

Tractor Supply Company in Clinton is having a soft opening Saturday.

 

Clinton City Administrator Tim Followell says they likely going to hold a grand opening event sometime soon, but this Saturday, folks can start filtering in and checking the newest retail store for DeWitt County.

 

 

The opening of the new retail location is almost a year to the date of the closing of Walmart in that same location. Followell says this is a big win for the community, adding 2019 has been a strong year for DeWitt County businesses.

 

 

Followell says the stroke of good fortune is about being in the right place at the right time, recognizing Clinton is very fortunate, especially when you compare the fate of other communities' retail spaces in recent years. 

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Clinton Police Chief Talks Vacation Season

With the summer vacation season here, local authorities are reminding residents leaving town for extended periods of time to keep in mind things to keep your home safe while you're gone..

 

Wednesday morning on the WHOW Morning Show, Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers told Regional Radio News a new wrinkle to risks of home invasions in today's world is social media. He says the best thing you can do is be discrete in who you inform of your plans and how much detail you are choosing to reveal.

 

 

According to the Chief, evidence and statistics indicate a home invasion is committed by someone known to the victims. While that may be a surprise to some, that can be the consequence of thinking information your sharing and not realizing who might be seeing it.

 

 

Chief Lowers recommends waiting to post those pictures or videos until you have returned. He also encourages smart device users to be mindful of the location settings on an app or phone as those often will without you knowing, give away where you are.

 

 

The Clinton Police Department offers their long-standing vacation watch program and Chief Lowers says it is as easy as calling the dispatch center to get some basic information to them and an officer will check on your house at least once during their shift.

 

 

Chief Lowers says if you have neighbors you are friendly with, it is a good idea to ask them to keep a watch over the home and to stop paper service and hold mail delivery as those can be giveaways of a vacant home. 

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High School Students Now Have To Apply for College Aid

In order to graduate high school students may have to fill out a free application for federal student aid. 

 

Lawmakers approved a measure this spring designed to get kids thinking about the help they might qualify for in order to pay for college. Democrat Rep. Katie Stuart says a waiver can be granted for those who don’t want the extra hassle. 

 

 

Those against the bill say that not all schools may have enough staff to help students fill out the application, creating a burden for them to get their diploma. 

 

The bill needs the Governor’s signature. 

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LaHood Supports Statewide Disaster Declaration For Illinois Farmers

Peoria Congressman Darin LaHood is joining the Illinois Farm Bureau in calling for a statewide disaster declaration for farmers. LaHood says it's hard for farmers to make headway with mother nature and the nation's trade battles....

 

 

LaHood notes tariffs are also producing some positive results....

 

 

LaHood believes it's crucial for the trade dispute to be solved by year's end to prevent loss of market share in China. 

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Clinton Board of Education To Consider E-Learning Policy

Putting in place a policy on e-learning days will soon be taken up by the Clinton Board of Education.

 

Tuesday night at the June Board meeting, Superintendent Curt Nettles says he will put together a policy to bring forward in the months ahead. He has been hesitant to jump into e-learning days given a lot of factors in the community and keeping kids on a level playing field.

 

 

Administrators at the Board meeting weighed on how they would go about implementing this. High School Principal Jerry Wayne says it shouldn't be a big problem to implement with his students while Junior High School Principal Josh Maxwell agreed it shouldn't be an issue in his building.

 

 

The Board of Education will not meet in July but a proposal could be in front of the Board of Education in August. 

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Sheriff Walker Talks Changes For Law Enforcement

Legalization of marijuana, sports gambling and tax increases galore overshadowed some changes that are going to impact the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office.

 

Sheriff Mike Walker says there's a number of things that could ultimately hurt his department and others across Illinois, including how fines and fees are administered. He explains individuals can contest their fines and that could ultimately be adjusted based on income and expenses. 

 

 

According to the Sheriff, there's already a good chunk of the fines and fees they administer heading to Springfield. 

 

 

What's more disheartening for the Sheriff is the fact communities and their law enforcement agencies are asked to be more self-sufficient and the State of Illinois cannot do the same.

 

 

Sheriff Walker says it's all a part of the goal for Governor JB Pritzker to continue to expand revenues to Springfield for all the plans of the Democrats in Springfield. 

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Ameren Cooling Assistance Program Now Targeting Seniors, Disabled Residents

If you were hoping for cooling assistance through Ameren's Warm Neighbors Cool Friends program this summer, a change in the program's qualifications may impact you.

 

Program Outreach Coordinator, Shane Hartman Tuesday morning on the WHOW Morning Show told Regional Radio News, the program opened June 1 with new guidelines. This year, the program is targeting only seniors or those with a heat-related disability.

 

 

There are income guidelines for the program this year and Hartman breaks those down....

 

 

The program is funded through donations by bill payers. Hartman says if you'd like to donate so the program can expand and reach more people, all you have to do is check out your Ameren paper bill or find your electronic copy at the Ameren Illinois website and select how much you'd like to contribute.

 

 

Hartman serves Macon and DeWitt Counties and says he's seen the program benefit the senior community countless times and says it feels good to be able to see the program serve the purpose it was intended for.

 

 

To get more information, you can contact Hartman in Macon County at 217-423-7349 or in DeWitt County at 935-6619. You can also visit the Ameren Illinois website. 

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Eagle's Women's Auxiliary Hosting Second BBQ Competition

The Eagle's Women's Auxiliary is hosting their second BBQ competition for HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes this weekend.

 

Organizer Jean Rogers told the Regional Radio News on the WHOW Morning Show Monday registration kicks off bright and early Saturday morning at 6:30 am and you can decide the night before you want to come out and compete. 

 

 

The event is a fundraiser for the HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes and Rogers says they have a raffle, 50/50 giveaway, car show and bounce house for kids.

 

 

Get more information about the event by finding the women's auxiliary page on Facebook or you can find the HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes page there as well. 

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Maroa Library's Summer Reading Club Offers Something For Everyone

The Maroa Library's summer reading club is underway and there is something for everyone this summer.

 

Andrea Wilbur explains kids can read books for Scrabble tiles and over the course of the summer form words with the letters they get.

 

 

There's lots of programming for the community this summer. Wilbur says they have a summer movie series planned and special guests among several other programs.

 

 

While not directly connected to the summer reading club, Wilbur explains they are going to organize a couch-to-5k get in shape program with the intent to run in a 5K in the fall.

 

 

The Library in Maroa is located at 305 Garfield Street. You can call them at 217-794-5111 or find them on Facebook by searching Maroa Public Library. 

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Weekly Crop Report

CORN PLANTING IN ILLINOIS IS NEARLY COMPLETE AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT. 

 

AFTER A LATE START…88 PERCENT OF CORN HAS NOW BEEN PLANTED SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER.

 

 

70 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS HAVE BEEN PLANTED AND 50 PERCENT EMERGED. 

 

 

SIX PERCENT OF THE WINTER WHEAT CROP HAS BEEN HARVESTED AND 33 PERCENT IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. 

 

AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE DECLINED TO TWO PERCENT SHORT, 62 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 36 PERCENT SURPLUS.

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Changes To Clinton's Brush Pickup Program Could Be Coming

Changes to the City of Clinton's brush pick up program could be on the way.

 

This week, crews are out picking up brush residents leave out. It is a once a month task but Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvements, Ken Buchanan Monday night at the Clinton City Council meeting indicated he will be talking with Public Works Director Steve Lobb about the future of the program.

 

 

Buchanan campaigned changes could be coming to the program and Monday night could be the first step in changes in the brush pickup program. 

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Clinton Sales Tax Down Again But Commissioner Optimistic Things Could Level Out

Sales taxes in Clinton are still down from the time last year but Commissioner of Finance, Tom Edmunds is optimistic perhaps things will start to level out as we approach the one-year anniversary of Walmart closing and approach the opening of Tractor Supply Company in Clinton.

 

 

Monday night at the Clinton City Council meeting....

 

>>The Council approved the purchase of exterior lighting for a fire department engine at a cost of just over $7,000.

 

>>The Council approved the purchase of portable radios for the Police Department at a cost of just over $41,600.

 

>>The Council approved the purchase of a shared agency purchase for law enforcement reporting with DeWitt and Piatt Counties along with Farmer City. The cost was just over $62,000.

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Warner Hospital Targeting More Women's Health Seminars

A recent women's health seminar hosted by Warner Hospital and Health Services proved to be a huge success and officials indicate they looking forward to doing more.

 

CEO Paul Skowron says a recent seminar hosted by one of their doctors was a huge hit with the community. Skowron was not sure how it would be received and the fact they had over half their signed up women attend at the Community Center of First Christian Church was a great thing.

 

 

Following the seminar, a survey was taken of the women and if the hospital hosted more, what they'd like to see for topics. Skowron says they got a lot of great feedback and feel good about continuing the offerings later this year.

 

 

In addition to being encouraged by the attendance by the women, Skowron hopes it will bring someone forward to lead a men's health group locally.

 

 

To learn more about the upcoming seminars and events, visit warnerhospital.org and visit the events tab to find out what is happening. Skowron also points the public to Facebook or take note of their electronic sign. 

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Farmer City Police Asking Residents To Keep Yards Tidy

Authorities in Farmer City are asking their residents to keep their properties clean as the weather has finally turned to a more seasonable trend.

 

Police Chief Glenn Neal says, for the most part, they are getting good compliance and indicates while yard waste is certainly of priority, he's hoping their citizens take to heart the height of their grass and other things.

 

 

The Chief also touched on vehicles and other machinery items that are in yards or driveways and reminds their residents of the city ordinances and points out they are very similar to those other communities.

 

 

Chief Neal encourages a phone call to him or their department if there are any questions or complaints and those can be directed to 309-928-2111. 

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June is National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month and the St. Louis District Dairy Council is using the month to push factual discussion around dairy.

 

Monica Nyman with the St. Louis District Dairy Council says the theme is 'let's have a cow-versation' in hopes of dispelling the myths around dairy and it impacts on our health and diets.

 

 

Because of so much bad information that goes around social media, Nyman says that was the driver behind their campaign and says that bad information can go viral. She says it is about getting information out that is scientifically based.

 

 

In addition to the social media conversation, Nyman says they also have real-life conversations through tours of people on a dairy farm and she indicates most everyone learns something from that experience.

 

 

To get more information on June Dairy Month by emailing cowversation@stldairycouncil.org or you can check out the Dairy Council's Facebook page. 

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Weekly Weather Summary

Finally, most found dry weather around Illinois. The past week was marked with a lack of rainfall but record cool temps to go along with them. Brian Kerschner with the Illinois State Climatologist office says that dry run is about to end.

 

 

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Community Action Readies for Summer Cooling Season

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is already receiving inquiries regarding summer cooling assistance.

 

Executive Director Alison Rumler-Gomez told Regional Radio News Friday morning on the WHOW Morning Show they have not received funds from the State of Illinois for this program yet but indicates Ameren Illinois is set to announce a program for the public this summer.

The website for Community Action is capcil.info or you can find them on Facebook. 

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Over 13,000 Livestock Entries Expected at State Fair

More than 13,000 livestock entries are anticipated for this summer’s Illinois State Fair. State Fair Competitive Event Manager Donna Miller says exhibitors still have time to get signed up.

The 2019 state fair runs August 8th to the 18th

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Gnats, Mosquitoes Making Ferocious Return

THANKS TO A WET SPRING THERE ARE PLENTY OF MOSQUITOS AND GNATS TO CONTEND WITH THIS SUMMER.

 

BUGS ARE ALWAYS ANNOYING BUT THIS YEAR THE BUFFALO GNATS SEEM PARTICULARLY NASTY. STATE PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR DOCTOR NGOZI (en-gozi) EZIKE (eh-zee-kay) SAYS THEY ARE ATTRACTED TO THE AIR WE BREATH OUT, PERFUMES AND EVEN OUR DEODORANT. THEY ALSO AREN’T FENDED OFF EASILY.

THE ONE BIT OF GOOD NEWS…. THE MOSQUITOS OUT NOW ARE MOSTLY FLOODWATER MOSQUITOS WHICH DON’T TYPICALLY CARRY THE WEST NILE VIRUS.

EZIKE SAYS TYPICAL INSECT REPELLANTS DOESN’T REALLY WORK ON THE GNATS, SO LONG SLEEVES AND EVEN A BIG FAN MAY BE THE WAY TO GO.

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Making It Easier for Local Tax Collections

Taxes drive most people crazy but dealing with them or understanding tax rates or the collection process might be getting a little easier. The Illinois Department of Revenue is launching My Local Tax to communicate to local official’s tax allocation information and to help streamline the verification processes. 

 

State Revenue Director David Harris.

Workshops are being held this month to get local governments up to speed on the web portal.

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Kids' Fishing Derby Washed Out; Will Be Rescheduled

The Fishing Derby set for today at Weldon Springs State Park has been canceled due to rain. A make-up date will be announced.

 

The event is a Kids’ Fishing Derby to celebrate Free Fishing Days.  This year’s event is sponsored by The Weldon Springs Foundation, Inc. and Boy Scout Troop 142. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for number of fish caught from the bank in three age divisions: 6 and under, 7-8-9, and 10-11-12. There is no registration fee. No experience is needed and volunteers will be on hand to assist participants. 

 

Free Fishing Days is an opportunity for those who want to give fishing a try, or those who haven’t fished for awhile, to experience the fun of one of our most popular forms of outdoor recreation. Young people and adults alike can discover the joys of fishing and develop an appreciation for our lakes, rivers and streams and the wildlife in and around them. Illinois and non-resident anglers can fish without purchasing annual fishing licenses, salmon stamps or inland trout stamps during the four-day Free Fishing Days promotion June 14-17, 2019.

 

For more information please call the park office at 217-935-2644.

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Four Paws Spa and Retreat Enjoying New Facility at Old Copper and Brass Room

The relocated Four Paws Salon and Retreat is enjoying their renovated new location at the former Copper and Brass Room on Madison Street on the south side of Clinton.

 

Owner DeeAnn Cooley says about two years ago they starting to think about expansion and indicates the opportunity to purchase the former Copper and Brass Room and now offer boarding services and expanded grooming service.

 

 

There's plenty of space on the property for Cooley to use for multiple purposes. She explains they have fenced in the back with a white panel fence that keeps the dogs out of site from the neighbors and the dogs from seeing out. Inside, there's plenty of possibilities.

 

 

You can check out Four Paws Salon and Retreat's new facility at 1305 South Madison Road or find them online at fourpawssalonandretreat.com. You can also reach them by phone by calling 217-935-2972 or find them on Facebook. 

 

 

Picture Above: Owner DeeAnn Cooley and DCDC Board President David Torbert

 

 

 

 

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Monticello Police Department Promoting Summer Vacation Watch Program

Monticello residents headed out of dodge for vacation this summer are encouraged to contact the police department to have an extra set of eyes on your home while you're gone.

 

While many may ask neighbors or friends to take care of pets or mail service or newspaper deliveries, Police Chief John Carter says his guys will drive by a couple of times a day to make sure everything is in order.

 

 

You can get signed up for the service by calling the Monticello Police Department or Chief Carter notes, there's a place at the city website to get all the information to them and sign up online.

 

 

The number for the Monticello Police Department is 217-762-7727 and that is from 8 am to 5 pm, or you can visit cityofmonticello.net. 

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State Ag Dept Responding to Industrial Hemp Applications

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has been busy responding to industrial hemp applications. There’s been a lot of interest says state ag director John Sullivan…..

 

 

Sullivan says the department has two industrial hemp plots on the state fairgrounds to train their staff. One is for fiber and the other is for oils.

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Bill Awaiting Governor's Signature Aims to Protect Students from Sexual Abuse

A BILL AWAITING THE GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE AIMS TO BETTER PROTECT STUDENTS FROM SEXUAL ABUSE AT SCHOOL.

 

THE MEASURE COMES IN RESPONSE TO A CHICAGO TRIBUNE INVESTIGATION LATE LAST YEAR INTO SEXUAL ABUSE AND HARASSMENT IN CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. SENATOR IRIS MARTINEZ SAYS IT OVERHAULS HOW THESE CASES ARE HANDLED.

 

 

SENATOR JENNIFER BERTINO-TARRANT OF PLAINFIELD IS A CO-SPONSOR.

 

 

ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL REQUIRES SCHOOLS TO CHECK EMPLOYEES AGAINST THE STATE SEX OFFENDER DATABASE MORE FREQUENTLY AND ADDRESSES TEACHERS WHO DON'T REPORT SUSPECTED CASES OF ABUSE.

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Encore Services Prepares for Challenge of Minimum Wage Hike

Opponents of the minimum wage hike in Springfield warned the legislation would impact non-profits and entities and not the least among them are agencies like DeWitt County's Encore Services.

 

Formerly the DeWitt County Human Resource Center, Director Stephanie Coonce says the state rate they get reimbursed with is just not enough to pay their clients minimum wage.

 

 

According to Coonce, plans are underway with their administration and board to begin planning for the $15 an hour minimum wage that will gradually and over time go into effect. There's an additional challenge for Encore Services in that they have quite a waiting list for people to come in and work. 

 

 

While Encore Services did get more funding from the state in the last fiscal year which was able to go towards salaries, Coonce indicates their reimbursements for services is very low. She says it has been a decade since they have had an increase in their funding. 

 

 

You can learn more about Encore Services by visiting encoreservices.org, call them at 935-2218, or visit their location at 10840 Route 10 East in Clinton. 

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Services Set For 4-Month Old Clinton Girl Who Died Sunday

Services are set for a four-month-old Clinton girl who was found unresponsive early Sunday and was a short while later declared dead at Warner Hospital and Health Services.

 

Services for Emily Killian will be noon, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the Life Bridges Church, Clinton, IL with Pastor Jonathan Taylor officiating. Visitation will be 11 AM – 12 Noon, Wednesday, at the church. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements. 

 

Memorials may be directed to the Emily Jane Killian Memorial Fund.

 

Emily was born February 8, 2019, in Springfield, IL to Eric Michael Killian and Sarah T. Moore. 

 

She had a sister, Hannah, and a brother, Ethan. 

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DeWitt County Farm Bureau Teaming Up With Clinton Casey's To Promote E-85

The DeWitt County Farm Bureau will be teaming up with Casey's General store in Clinton on Route 54 to promote E-85 ethanol blend.

 

Casey's General Store executives recently announced several of their midwest locations will be some of the first gas stations in the nation to offer E-85 out of season thanks to a change in legislation that will allow its sale year round.

 

Janel Baum-Thomas with the DeWitt County Farm Bureau indicates the Farm Bureau will be at an upcoming Casey's General Store customer appreciation day to promote the details of E-85.

 

 

Customers of Casey's have been curious on the details of E-85 and Baum-Thomas indicates on June 21, they'll be at Casey's in the afternoon for a customer appreciation day to talk to folks with questions about the fuel blend.

 

 

The Farm Bureau will be at Casey's from noon to 5 pm Friday, June 21. 

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Recent Dry Weather Forcing Gardeners to Break Out Hoses

Some areas of Illinois have seen limited rain the last few weeks and that is likely bringing out the hoses for the first time this summer.

 

Most gardeners likely have their vegetables and flowers planted by now and despite Wednesday afternoon rain showers, Master Gardener at the University of Illinois Extension Office, Candice Hart, says a lot of gardeners are starting to break out the hoses lately.

 

 

The baby animal season has adult critters like rabbits, squirrels, and birds on the prowl for food. Hart says the best defense against some these garden pests is to have a barrier and protect young plants with milk jugs or coffee containers.

 

 

If you're wanting to fertilize this summer, Hart recommends an all-purpose fertilizer. She notes, if your soil is really healthy, you may not need to fertilize.

 

 

Hart says the University of Illinois Extension's master gardener's is available to help answer any gardening questions. To find your local extension office, just visit extension.illinois.edu or do a Google search for the office nearest you.

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Warrensburg-Latham Schools Announce Return of Dance Team for 2019-2020

Warrensburg-Latham schools are continuing to add on to their extra-curricular offerings to their students.

 

Superintendent Dr. Kristen Kendrick-Weikle indicates that Warrensburg-Latham had a dance team in the past but it was discontinued due to a lack of interest. The recently had a strong interest for the squad and tryouts were held in the last weeks of school.

 

 

Dr. Kendrick-Weikle says there was a good attendance at tryouts and notes many of the girls have studied dance outside of school. She hopes the community will enjoy the addition of the squad to home sporting events.

 

 

The dance team is just one of many extracurricular activities that the Warrensburg-Latham school district has added in recent years. Last year the district start an FFA program and built a greenhouse for the program to use along with other classes in the school. 

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New Law Offers Free Rides To School For Students Who Walk Through High Crime Areas

A NEW STATE LAW PROVIDES FUNDING TO HELP GET KIDS LIVING IN CRIME-RIDDEN AREAS TO SCHOOL.

 

THE LAW LETS DISTRICTS GET STATE REIMBURSEMENT FOR PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION TO STUDENTS WHO LIVE CLOSE TO SCHOOL…BUT HAVE TO WALK THROUGH AREAS WITH CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY TO GET THERE. THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION’S TIM IMLER:

 

 

IMLER SAYS PARENTS SHOULD WORK WITH THEIR CHILD’S SCHOOL TO SET UP THE TRANSPORTATION. A SAMPLE LETTER FAMILIES CAN USE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE.

 

 

THE WEBSITE IS: ISBE DOT NET FORWARD SLASH TRANSPORTATION.

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Governor Signs Reproductive Health Act Into Law

GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS SIGNING A LAW THAT HE SAYS WILL MAKE ILLINOIS THE MOST PROGRESSIVE STATE IN THE COUNTRY FOR WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS.

 

GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAYS THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT WILL ENSURE WOMEN HAVE A SAY OVER THEIR OWN BODIES…REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.

 

 

THE NEW LAW ESTABLISHES THAT WOMEN HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO HAVE AN ABORTION AND REMOVES SOME RESTRICTIONS ON THE PROCEDURE.

 

 

THE NEW LAW EXPANDS INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THE PROCEDURE AND CONTRACEPTIVES.

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Social Security Continues To Warn of Impersonators

Robocalls of people posing at officials at Social Security continues to be an issue.

 

That's what Jack Myers with Social Security indicates and says the underlying theme of these calls is scaring the public into thinking there is a problem. He says the method or message is different but the theme is more often than not fear.

 

 

According to Myers, the goal is to get you to act quickly by 'verifying' information. He adds they are very skilled at what they do and advises to just hang up.

 

 

If you receive a voice message from one of these calls, Myers advises not to call the number they give you back. If you are going to call any number, call a number you find at socialsecurity.gov.

 

 

Myers notes, if you receive one of these calls, you can contact the Social Security Office of the Inspector General at 800-269-0271 and Myers reminds the public their website is www.socialsecurity.gov. 

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IHSA Moves Forward With Basketball State Tournament Changes

The IHSA has made significant changes to the Boys and Girls Basketball tournament following their Board of Directors meeting on Monday, June 10th. Matt Troha, Assistant Executive Director of the IHSA explains the most significant change, the decision to move both the Girls and Boys tournaments, all classes, to single weekends in March of 2021. 

 

 

The venues for the tournaments will be opened for bidding beginning later this year. 

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Governor Says Budget Invests More Money Into Mental Health Treatment

GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER SAYS THE NEW STATE BUDGET INCLUDES MORE MONEY FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT IN ILLINOIS.

 

EVERYONE KNOWS SOMEONE WHO IS DEALING A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM SAYS GOVERNOR PRITZKER…BUT TWO-THIRDS OF THOSE STRUGGLING DON’T GET THE HELP THEY NEED. HE SAYS THAT IS CHANGING…WITH AN 80 MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE TOWARDS MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION TREATMENT…AND STREAMLINING OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES.

 

 

THE GOVERNOR WAS SPEAKING AT THE KENNEDY FORUM’S ANNUAL MEETING IN CHICAGO.

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Bee Season

When nature calls at this time of year, bees like to swarm. Larry Krengel, who serves on the board of the Illinois State Beekeepers Association, says swarming is what bees have done to survive over millions of years;

 

 

Krengel says if you encounter a swarm of bees, contact a local beekeeper for assistance;

 

 

For example, the Heart of Illinois Beekeepers Association has a form on their website people can fill out if they encounter a swarm of honey bees and want it removed. The state beekeepers association website has more information about all of its local chapters throughout the state that can help remove swarms too.

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Ag Meteorologist Looks At Summer Weather Prospects

Is it time to feel more optimistic with more corn and soybeans now in the ground? Maybe. 

 

Some nice progress was made in the latest Illinois crop report with 73-percent of the corn crop now planted and 49-percent of the soybean crop. As for the weather prospects moving into the summer months. 

 

 

That’s Dan Hicks, who serves as agriculture meteorologist for Freese-Notis Weather. 

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Community Action Using Summer Food Shortage to Promote Food Pantry Program

With kids home for the summer months, a local non-profit indicates some families are starting to experience a food shortage because they have more meals they need to provide.

 

Community Action feels this is a chance to promote their food pantry co-op and their Executive Director, Alison Rumler-Gomez indicates a lot of families are unaware of the new system they have gone to.

 

 

The food pantry co-op has become a very popular option for their clients and now that kids have more free time, Rumler-Gomez says they have volunteer opportunities for the youth as well.

 

 

Kids can participate in helping clean the toys and materials for the Head Start program along with stock shelves within the food pantry. Rumler-Gomez indicates there is no shortage of things to do for anyone wanting to be a part of that program.

 

To get more information you can visit capcil.info or call the Lincoln office at 217-732-2159. 

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Monticello Farmers Market Opens This Thursday

The Monticello Thursday farmers market opens this week in downtown Monticello.

 

Tuesday morning on the WHOW Morning Show, Director of Community Development in Monticello, Callie McFarland told Regional Radio News their market is a good way to kick off the weekend with entertainment and food trucks along with the usual offerings for at a market.

 

 

McFarland says their market offers some unique items from sweet treats to jewelry makers and they have master gardeners that come out as well. 

 

 

A new law through the USDA is going to open up the possibilities for vendors at Illinois farmers market and McFarland hopes there will be home-based businesses that will want to step up and participate.

 

 

The Monticello market opens this Thursday and is every Thursday until October, rain or shine, just off the square in Monticello from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. 

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Scovill Zoo Expanding Train Ride

Visitors this summer to Scovill Zoo will be able to experience an extended train ride.

 

Ken Frye, Scovill Zoo director, indicates the Zoo is building a 500-foot long extension to the train that will go to the Children's Museum and along the lakefront.

 

 

Frye says much of the bill was footed by the Howard Buffet Foundation and the Decatur Park District. He notes people will be able to get on and off the train at either the zoo or the Children's Museum.

 

 

The majority of the train conductors are volunteers.

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Weekly Crop Report

FARMERS FINALLY CAUGHT A BREAK AND WERE ABLE TO GET SOME PLANTING DONE AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT. 

 

OVERALL…PRECIPITATION WAS A LITTLE BELOW NORMAL LAST WEEK…GIVING PRODUCERS ABOUT FOUR AND A HALF DAYS IN THE FIELDS SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER.

 

 

49 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS HAVE NOW BEEN PLANTED AND 25 PERCENT EMERGED. 

 

 

THE FIRST CUTTING OF ALFALFA HAY IS NOW 41 PERCENT COMPLETE.

 

93 PERCENT OF THE WINTER WHEAT CROP HAS NOW HEADED. 

 

AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE DECLINED TO FOUR PERCENT SHORT…54 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 42 PERCENT SURPLUS.

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Durbin Looks to Future in Flood Fight

Some flood weary Illinoisans fear rising rivers are the new normal. Senator Dick Durbin is also alarmed. Senator Durbin fears flooding along major rivers is becoming the rule, not the exception...

 

 

Durbin believes the Army Corps of Engineers needs to lead a campaign of restoring and strengthening levees.

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Tour DeWitt Set for June 29

The annual Tour DeWitt is set for Saturday, June 29 and this Friday is the deadline to register and get the event t-shirt.

 

Event organizer Steve Lobb indicates the ride is non-competitive and is mainly a fundraiser for the McLean County Child Protection Network, which has a satellite office in Clinton.

 

 

Lobb says Tour DeWitt begins at the Clinton United Methodist Church and they offer a 9 mile, 22 mile, 40 mile, and 62 mile bike rides. He adds the routes are clearly marked and riders can change which ride they want to take mid-ride.

 

 

Registration is currently underway and Lobb says there is a special Tour DeWitt t-shirt that is only available by preregistration which is due to the Clinton Chamber of Commerce by June 14.

 

 

Lobb says same day registration will be available at the church from 6am-9am. For more information visit www.tourdewitt.weebly.com.

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UPDATED: Authorities Investigating Death of 4-Month Old Clinton Girl

DeWitt County authorities are investigating the death of a 4-month old Clinton girl.

 

Around 8:30 am, officials responded to the 400 block of South Jackson Street in Clinton Sunday morning to a report of an unresponsive 4-month old girl. The girl, identified as Emily Killian, was pronounced dead at Warner Hospital at 9:30 am. 

 

Assisting with the investigation is the Illinois State Police and Dewitt County Coroner’s Office. 

 

In a release Monday morning, Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers, said quote - “At this point, this is a death investigation and will remain as such until or unless we determine otherwise. We are following our death investigation protocol and anticipate more information following autopsy and toxicology reports”. 

 

The investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.  

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Warner Hospital Purchases Building By KFC, Opens Up Possibilities

Warner Hospital and Health Service CEO Paul Skowron has been watching closely the budget situation in Springfield, concerned with the status of dollars that would funnel in for Medicaid reimbursements.

 

Skowron can take a sigh of relief because the new budget from Illinois Governor JB Pritzker allocates funding for Medicaid reimbursements, a very significant chunk of the annual budget for the city-owned entity.

 

 

The impacts of the Medicaid dollars coming in is going to allow the hospital to speed up their capital expansion plans. Skowron explains they have purchased the building behind KFC and will be transferring their billing and collections staff to that location after it is renovated. Additionally, they are

going to be able to speed up their projects within the hospital itself.

 

 

According to Skowron, the availability of the building behind KFC changes the hospital's plans for the billing department. He explains it is going to save them money on a new building and allow them to advance the emergency room project.


 

 

Through not having to build a new building, Skowron says they have saved roughly $200,000 and allows them to dream even bigger about a facility several years down the road. 

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Warrensburg-Latham Superintendent 'Cautiously Optimistic' With New State Budget

The new Illinois budget is a big win for education according to Governor JB Pritzker and a local school leader is says she is cautiously optimistic.

 

For the first time in some time, a state budget means schools can plan accordingly for funding from the state. Superintendent of Warrensburg-Latham Schools, Dr. Kristen Kendrick-Weikle says that is certainly a good thing but wants to see the funds come in before she gets too excited. 

 

 

Dr. Kendrick-Weikle indicates last year changes to the calendar put a wrench in their plans and now this year they are once again awaiting a decision from Illinois in regards to the structure of their calendar.

 

 

Dr. Kendrick-Weikle indicates the budgeting process has seen a shift in recent years. She explains there are four payments districts expect to receive from the State and in the worst of times they planned on getting two but she wonders if they can start planning to receive all four?

 

 

Dr. Kendrick-Weikle says it makes them very optimistic going into the school year and they feel much better about their financial status going forward. 

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Symetra Tour Returning to Forsyth for Forsyth Classic This Weekend

High-level golf is returning to Forsyth this weekend as the Symetra Tour invades central Illinois this weekend. 

 

Played at Hickory Point Golf Course Friday through Sunday, Forsyth Classic coordinator Cindy Deadrick-Wolfer says this is one of the early steps for female professional golfers to get on the LPGA Tour.

 

 

With over 100 golfers coming to Forsyth and fans coming from all over to watch, the event is a big economic boost for the Forsyth and Decatur area. Deadrick-Wolfer says they can estimate its impacts but ultimately it is hard to put a real number on it.

 

 

Leading up to the Friday through Sunday event, there are a number of opportunities to interact and meet the golfers. You can get more on those events and the tournament itself by visiting decaturforsythclassic.com. 

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Water Tower on South Side of Clinton Cleaned Friday

If you were on the southwest side of Clinton Friday you likely noticed a little activity around the water tower.

 

City Administrator Tim Followell indicates the tower was getting a much-needed cleaning.

 

 

Followell explains it is not hard to understand the water tower getting dirty and yet some may not even notice.

 

Followell estimates the water tower was last cleaned about ten years ago. 

 

The water tower cleaning will cost the City $5250. 

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Wet Spring Cancels Upcoming DeWitt County Museum Tractor Show

The wet 2019 planting season has caused the cancellation of the upcoming DeWitt County Museum Tractor Show. 

 

The event had been set for June 15th, 2019.  Museum Director, Joey Woolridge, made the announcement Wednesday saying the museum apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Clinton YMCA Announces Battle At the Cove Fundraiser

The Clinton YMCA is partnering with a local restaurant for a new Strong Kids Campaign fundraiser.

 

David Torbert, Clinton YMCA activity director, indicates on Saturday, July 6 at Whitney's Cove they will have corn hole, mud volleyball, and sand volleyball tournaments with all proceeds benefiting the annual Strong Kids Campaign.

 

 

Torbert says for the mud volleyball and sand volleyball tournaments there will be a high school and an adult division. The high school volleyball will start at 8 am with the adult division following in the afternoon.

 

 

The corn hole tournament is $25 per team and high school volleyball is $60 per team and adult volleyball is $120 per team. All proceeds go towards the Strong Kids Campaign. To register stop by the Clinton YMCA.

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DeWitt-Logan Retired Teachers Association Holding Annual Luncheon This Week

The DeWitt-Logan Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at Cracker Barrel in Lincoln. 

 

The speakers were part of the June 4th Leadership Conference and will present information and the latest developments from Springfield.  

 

Committees for next year will be established at the annual gathering. 

 

No reservations are required. The DeWitt-Logan Retired Teachers Association is a chapter of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association and is open to all active and retired teachers and their spouses.  

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DeWitt County Veterans Headed to Washington, DC as Part of June 11 Honor Flight

Clinton residents Walter Strohl, Mark Rogers, and Kenney resident Alfred Hassebrock will be attending the Land of Lincoln Honor flight June 11 along with 85 other veterans from the local area.

 

Stops will include the World War II, Korean and Vietnam War memorials, as well as Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. 

 

Other stops include the Lincoln Memorial, the National Air & Space Museum (Chantilly, Virginia), the US Air Force Memorial, the US Navy Plaza, and the US Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima).

 

The return to Springfield’s airport is planned at June 11 at 9:30 PM and the general public, along with friends and family, are encouraged to “pack the port” to Welcome Home the veterans. 

 

They will also receive a police escort from Springfield to Clinton, with the Illinois State Police, Sangamon County Sheriffs Department, Logan County Sheriff Department, Dewitt County Sheriffs Department, Clinton Police Department, Kenney, Wapella, Clinton Fire Department and the Clinton ambulance service participating in the escort. 

 

The Clinton Amvets will be also placing approximately 500 flags along the parade route from the Clinton high school to the Dollar Tree in Clinton, and the Amvets will also be hosting a welcome home ceremony for these local veterans.

 

The Welcome Home Ceremony will be at approximately 11 pm at the Dollar Tree parking lot in Clinton. For more information on the ceremony or to sign up a Veteran for the Honor Flight, contact Jeff Morlock at 217-853-2530.

 

The Honor Flight is free for all military veterans. 

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4-H Workshop Wednesdays Heading to Farmer City Library

DeWitt County 4-H will be offering free, hands-on and educational projects for youth going into kindergarten up to the fifth grade at the Farmer City Library on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 19 through July 10.

 

Participants will create art from nature, give back to their community, build electric cars and learn about photography. Program sessions will include outside activities and youth should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

 

 Youth can attend one or all four workshops. Parents should sign up their children by June 17 by calling the library at (309) 928-9532.

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University of Illinois Extension Offers Free Online Diabetes Nutrition Course

The University of Illinois Extension is offering a research-based, 30-minute course is designed to help those with prediabetes, caregivers and anyone who is interested learn about simple steps you can take that can reduce risk factors. This includes losing a small amount of weight, learning about food nutrients and designing healthier meals.

 

This program is free and available for anyone to take from the comfort of a home computer, tablet or smartphone. To sign up and access the online course, visit go.illinois.edu/DiabetesClass or call the Macon County Extension office at (217) 877-6042.  

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Illinois State Military Museum Opens D-Day exhibit

The Illinois State Military Museum on Thursday, June 6th, opened their brand new D-Day exhibit on the 75th Anniversary of the battle that turned the tide of World War 2. Illinois Army National Guard Major Michael Hart was the inspiration for the exhibit. The items on display in the exhibit come from his personal collection of World War 2 memorabilia...


Bill Lear, the Curator of the Illinois State Military Museum says that the goal was to honor D-Day and also the Illinois soldiers who gave their lives that day... 

 

 

The D-Day exhibit at the Illinois State Military Museum runs through December 31st in Springfield. 

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IDNR reminds boaters to stay off of Illinois rivers during flooding

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IS URGING THE PUBLIC TO STAY OFF ILLINOIS RIVERS. 

 

NEARLY ALL OF THE WATERWAYS IN ILLINOIS ARE AT FLOOD STAGE…AND PORTIONS OF THE ILLINOIS, KASKASKIA AND FOX RIVERS ARE CLOSED SAYS D-N-R SPOKESPERSON RACHEL TORBERT.

 

 

EVEN IF A RIVER ISN’T OFFICIALLY CLOSED…MOST ARE AT FLOOD STAGE AND POSE SEVERAL DANGERS SAYS D-N-R SPOKESPERSON RACHEL TORBERT. THAT INCLUDES STRONG CURRENTS AND DEBRIS.

 

 

TORBERT ALSO WARNS RESIDENTS TO STAY OFF OF LEVEES, SINCE MANY ARE CRITICALLY UNSTABLE AT THIS POINT.

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Springfield Catholic Bishop Paprocki bans lawmakers who backed Reproductive Health Act from Communion

Springfield Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki is banning Illinois Catholic lawmakers, including House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, from taking Communion if they promoted or voted for legislation that expands abortion access...

 

 

Legislation has legalized taxpayer funding for abortion and required private insurance to pay for abortion. House Speaker Madigan released a statement. “The Reproductive Health Act is a recognition that women across Illinois deserve access to health care without intrusion from government. I was notified by Bishop Paprocki that if I permitted the House of Representatives to debate and pass the Reproductive Health Act, I would no longer be allowed to accept the sacrament of communion. After much deliberation and reflection, I made the decision to allow debate and a vote on the legislation

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Clinton High School Fourth Quarter B Honor Roll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B HONOR ROLL


SENIORS
CHAMPLEY, CALLIE R.
DIAL, RAYMI L.
DUNCAN-SAVAGE, WILLIAM J.
GOERGEN, CASEY E.
HAYNES, PEYTON D.
HINTZ, NICHOLAS T.
MCGHEE, ERIN T.
MCKEE, WILLIAM R.
MCMATH, KOLTON M.
NICHOLS, ISAIAH D.
OSORIO, AMAIRANI I.
OVERTON, MATTHEW A.
PATTERSON, KANE J.
PRIMMER, JACOB G.
REYNOLDS, CHRISTIAN A.
RICH, SAMUEL M.
STARK, AUDREY R.
THOMAS, REID J.
THOMPSON, KAITLYNN L.
WERTZ, CAMERON J.
WERTZ, RUSTIN D.
WHEELER, MERSADES V.

 

JUNIORS
ARNOLD, GRACE K.
AUGHENBAUGH, ETHAN C.
BURTON, CODY W.
CARTER, KRAYTON C.
CROSS, BRADEN D.
DOWNS, MICAH B.
ETTIEN, RAVEN L.
HEMPHILL, BRIAUNA T.
HENDRIEX, TERRY L.
HORN, TYLER D.
HOSPELHORN, BETHANY G.
JONES, FLORA L.
KORNEMAN, ELLA G.
LANG, TREVOR M.
MCCAMMON, BRANDON L.
MEARIDA, CHLOE M.
NEWMAN, ALEC B.
NORD, ELSIE M.
OSWALD, MICHAEL S.
OVEROCKER, KAELA M.
POLEN, ELLISA N.
QUINN, TRAVIS A.
RAMIREZ CASAREZ, LETICIA
RICH, JAYDLYNN A.
SLOAT, PRESTON A.
SOLIS, EDGAR E.
STACEY, DREW D.
STAUFFER, MAX C.
TAYLOR, LONI J.
TRIMBLE, ALEXIS C.
WEISS, KOLETON M.
WELCH, CLAYTON R.
WILSON, GRANT
WOLFE, JACOB M.

 

SOPHOMORES
BALDASSARI, VINCE L.
BECK, KAILE A.
BUGGAR, KYREN S.
CHITWOOD, SELAH M.
COCENZA, JOAO B.
DECKER, HAYDEN M.
DEVORE, GAVIN C.
DOWNS, SOREN G.
FORBIS, GATLYN K.
HARPER, ABBY K.
HENSON, NATALIE G.
HOOKER, REECE W.
JEWETT, BROOKE R.
KARR, MACKENZIE J.
MCCORMICK, KAIDYN I.
MCCUE, MARGARET E.
MISTHAL, CYNARA J.
PAGE, EMILY M.
PETERSEN, OLIVIA L.
POLEN, CHASITY A.
RODAS, KEVIN J.
SANDERS, TRENTON E.
SCHMID, CARSON R.
TAYLOR, KADENCE T.
TORBERT, ALEXA P.
WILSON, HADLEY R.
WOLFE, BRENNEN J.
YOUNG, COLE G.

 

FRESHMEN
BARNES, ZOE L.
BRINKOETTER, AUTUMN N.
CHRISPEN, KYLIE A.
CLYMER, DAMIEN J.
DEERWESTER, LOGAN W.
FORTUNE, MORGAN L.
GOLDEN, KAILEA J.
GRAVES, IZAC M.
HART, KAYLEY L.
HENRY, MARANDA J.
HITCHINGS, CARTER D.
JOHNSON, HAILEY J.
JOHNSON, JADE A.
JOHNSON, MAXWELL K.
KLITZING, LEAH H.
KROEGER, ADAM J.
LINGO, CHEYANNE N.
MCGHEE, ZACHARY A.
RAMIREZ, FATIMA G.
RICH, CAIDEN L.
ROBB, KENSETH A.
SMITH, ELIJAH X.
TULL, KAIRI I.
VANNOSTRAND, SADIE R.
WHERRY, KATIE A.
WILLIS, TREVOR M.
YOST, KAYLEE D.
ZENGER, NATHAN L.
ZENGER, NICHOLAS W.

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Clinton High School Fourth Quarter A Honor Roll


A HONOR ROLL

 

SENIORS
ALSUP, CAMDYN R.
ARMSTRONG, MACKENZIE A.
BENTON, OLIVIA J.
BLACK, AVERY M.
BOUGHTON, GRACIE M.
BRODEN, KATHERINE R.
BRODEN, LAUREN M.
COOLEY, HUNTER L.
DUPONT-BARLOW, RYTY L.
FOSTER, MASON C.
FOUGHT, KAITLYN E.
FRYMAN, KAYEDEN S.
GLIDDEN, GABRIELLE F.
MCGHEE, ANDREW L.
MORSE, JACOB W.
STONE, ABIGAIL M.
TORBERT, JAKE R.

 

JUNIORS
ALEXANDER, MACY B.
BOND, EVA M.
BRENNAN, TY D.
CRUTCHFIELD, MARIAH L.
DEMPSEY, JACKSON R.
GUILLIAMS, GAGE J.
HALE, IAN W.
MAGANA, LENSLY
MAXWELL, CLAIRE H.
MONTGOMERY, KARA N.
NICHOLLS, ASTASIA C.
NICHOLLS, SYDNEY K.
O'DANIELL, ETHAN L.
PHILLIPS, JACOB A.
POLEN, JOSEPH E.
RHODES, NATALIE A.
SCHLESINGER, DESTINY K.
SCOTT, ARYN E.
TAYLOR, KYLE S.
WOODBURY, DELANEY R.

 

SOPHOMORES
ATKINS, BENJAMIN J.
BARGER, BREANNA M.
CERVANTEZ, ARIANNA A.
CLIFTON, SAVANAH N.
JOHNSON, XANDER S.
PAKIDIS, ROBERT T. JR
RANSDELL, DEANN M.
SHAFFER, HAVEN T.
WINEBRINNER-DODD, JOSEPH A.

 

FRESHMEN
ATKINS, ELI G.
BAKER, BLAISE L.
DECKER, BRADEN A.
DIAL, ISAIAH J.
ELLIS, MAYCIE L.
FOUGHT, EMILY N.
FOUGHT, MADELYN N.
GRIFFIN, CHLOE L.
HARRIS, KYLER J.
HAYS, EMMA G.
KARR, CORINNE E.
MALCOLM, CASEY L.
MENDOZA, LUIS E. JR
MILTON, DREW M.
MOORE, KYLEE K.
MOORE, PEYTON L.
MORRIS, TRINITY C.
PERHAY, ALEXANDER M.
QUEEN, LILIAN E.
RAYMER, KYLIE R.
SHANKS, AIDAN R.
TRIMBLE, KAINE B.
WEST, JUSTYN L.
WHITE, ISAIAH B.
WHITE, JAXSON L.
WILSON, EMILY J.
YOUNG, SOPHIE E.

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Clinton High School Fourth Quarter High Honor Roll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGH HONOR ROLL


SENIORS
BIERBRODT, OLIVIA G.
CALVERT, ZAYIN S.
COOPER, TESS E.
HICKMAN, CLARA E.
HICKS, SARAH V.
HOLTMAN, LINDSEY M.
JAMES, ANNMAREE E.
KINDER, ALLISON R.
LINDQUIST, CHRISTINE L.
LONG, BRANDON J.
LONG, DEREK A.
LUX, EMMA R.
MILLS, ANNA N.
MURPHY-LEACH, JORDAN M.
PATELSKI, KADY A.
PATTERSON, KYLE A.
PETERSEN, LOGAN J.
POLEN, ZOIE J.
PRUSER, RILEY M.
STEVENS, MADELYN J.
TAYLOR, EMILY N.
TERRY, MICHAEL C.
TOOL, AMANDA R.
UNDERWOOD, SYDNEE E.
WARGEL, KINSER P.
WILLIAMS, HANNAH C.
WOOD, EVELYN M.
WORKMAN, CLAUDIA L.

 

JUNIORS
BENTON, LAURA R.
BURKE, TORI L.
EARL, OLIVIA N.
FABRIS, SARAH E.
FRIESLAND, KAYLA B.
GREEN, DARCY C.
IJAMS, CORRIE
KAUFMAN, MCKAYLA L.
MAIER, ELIZABETH G.
MCKINSEY, HALEY A.
OCAMPO, SARAH
REEVES, BRETT K.
ROBBINS, HAYLEIGH A.
STERR, KAYLA I.
TRUMMEL, JASMYNE S.
TURNEY, PAYNE E.
WADE, EMILY P.
WAYNE, GARRETT D.
WEST, TYLER M.
WILLIAMSON, SKYLER H.

 

SOPHOMORES
BLACK, ETHAN C.
CHIPMAN, JENNA B.
HICKMAN, ZEKE C.
HUSTED, CONNER R.
KAUFMAN, MIA L.
NORD, INGA P.
OVERBEY, BETHANY K.
PAGEL, ANDREW J.
SWARTZ, RAYA L.
TAYLO, LYDIA M.
WITTE, JACOB D.
WORKMAN, CORDELL J.

 

FRESHMEN
ALSUP, HAYDEN B.
BATESON, ELLA D.
BIEBER, PHOENIX R.
BRADD, ABEL N.
BURTON, KAITLIN D.
CALVERT, EMERALD S.
CARTER, JOSHUA T.
CRUTCHER, WYATT R.
CULBERTSON, EMMA G.
CYRULIK, MALLORY L.
DEMPSEY, GRACE A.
HARROLD, WESLEY J.
HOLLAND, CLARE M.
JENKINS, AUSTIN D.
LUX, DENNIS J.
MAHONEY, KAITLYN E.
MCDONALD, GARRETT L.
MILLS, ERICA M.
MORRIS, SHELBY R.
RAUCH, KAITLYN D.
STEPHENSON, NOAH K.
STERR, JACOB D.
WERTZ, JESSIE M.
WEST, JESSICA M.

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Clinton Public Works Already Thinking About Impacts of Minimum Wage Hike

The Clinton Public Works Department is going to one of the many areas of city government that is going to be feeling the impacts of the minimum wage hike.

 

By 2025, the minimum wage is going to be $15 an hour and Public Works Director Steve Lobb says they are already thinking about how that is going to impact them and are planning accordingly.

 

 

Many opponents of the minimum wage pointed to part-time workers and seasonal workers like those that could be most impacted by a minimum wage hike. While there is an age restriction in the bill, Lobb says they are very dependent on seasonal help.

 

 

Lobb says much like every other change that gets thrown at them, they will manage and make it through like they always do. 

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Pritzker Says New Budget Can Pave Way for Lower Local Taxes

The recently passed state budget can achieve some relief of local taxes according to Democrat Governor JB Pritzker. He says it’s not as simple as just issuing a property tax freeze to save homeowners money because so many parts of local government use property taxes to fund local needs. 


Pritzker notes as the state steps forward and pays its share for a number of services - that can give local leaders the ability to change the way they tax.

 

 

Pritzker says there is a task force that is meeting right now to discuss what can be done moving forward to give property tax relief.

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State budget includes more money to improve operations at DCFS

THE NEW STATE BUDGET INCLUDES MORE MONEY TO BETTER SUPPORT THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND SERVICES’ MISSION. 

 

D-C-F-S’ BUDGET IS GETTING A BOOST IN HOPES OF PREVENTING ANY MORE KIDS SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS. REPRESENTATIVE GREG HARRIS OF CHICAGO.

 

 

D-C-F-S IS GETTING ITS LARGEST INCREASE IN SEVERAL YEARS. HOUSE MINORITY LEADER JIM DURKIN SAYS IT’S NEEDED TO IMPROVE THE CARE OF ABUSED AND NEGLECTED KIDS IN ILLINOIS.

 

 

THE NEW FUNDING WILL BE USED TO HIRE MORE THAN 300 FRONT-LINE STAFF, EMPLOYEE TRAINING AND MORE.

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WW II Exhibit Now Open in Springfield

To honor the 75th anniversary of D-Day the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is opening an exhibit about World War II. Main parts of it are first-hand accounts of World War II – a series of interviews are available to watch with the men and women who fought and served in Europe and Japan. Museum Director Alan Lowe says those stories have to be recorded and shared.

 

 

Outside of the stories and videos that share accounts from the war and the effort to support it, you can also see artifacts like Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s helmet.

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Farmers Market Season in Full Swing in Lincoln

The farmers market season is in full swing and organizers of the Lincoln farmers market are ready for a busy year.

 

The Lincoln market is a grower only market meaning the vendors have to grow their own produce and Angela Stoltzenburg with the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation says that means a lot to those that come out every Saturday.

 

 

The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation is the sponsor of the weekly farmers market in Lincoln and Stoltzenburg indicates the community health perspective is starting to shift to freshly grown produce.

 

 

Chelsea Campbell is the Market Coordinator for the Lincoln Farmers Market and indicates they have roughly 22 vendors and most attend the Saturday markets on a full-time basis and every other weekend the market is rolling out a new program that gives an insight into the things you can do with the produce being sold by the various vendors.

 

 

The Lincoln farmers market is each Saturday from 8 am to noon at the Logan County Fairgrounds in the expo building. To get more information, you can find the ALMH farmers market on Facebook or visit thealmhmarket.org.

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Clinton Goodwill Store Still Working Towards Early July Opening

The new Goodwill store in Clinton is aiming for an early July opening.

 

Pat Anderson with Goodwill Industries says things are still on track and their target remains the same. He says the interior of the building is really starting to take shape.

 

 

According to Anderson, their recent hiring event was a success. He says they are looking to hire around 15-20 employees for their new store.

 

 

Goodwill has their signage up next to Tractor Supply Company in the former Walmart location on the west side. 

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Tradewind Energy Planning to Reapply for Permit for Wind Farm

The fight over a wind farm in DeWitt County looks like it is headed to a second round.

 

Tradewind Energy Alta Farms II Project Development Director Tom Swierzcewski says they are planning to re-apply for their project in the northwest corner of DeWitt County and are underway in preparing their new application.

 

 

Despite a rejection from the DeWitt County Board in late April, Tradewind still feels good about their chances at getting an application approved. Swierzcewski believes County codes are very modern and hopes once they submit their application, they can quickly get back before the County Board.

 

 

Since the rejection of the application, the Tradewind office on the square has been, according to Swierzcewski, surprisingly busy. He feels there is still a silent majority of people that support the project. 

 

 

If Tradewind gets the application submitted in the second half of the year, the proposal could be back before the County Board in the early part of 2020. 

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Weldon Springs Foundation Hosting Friday Quarterly Meeting

This Friday, the Weldon Springs Foundation will host their quarterly meeting at 6 pm.

 

Held at Lookout Point, the meeting is a potluck beginning at 6 pm and the meeting at 6:45 pm. There will be information about what is happening in the park and what volunteers will be doing at the park this summer. 

 

If you're interested in becoming a Foundation member, attending the meeting is a great introductory first step. 

 

Again the meeting is this Friday evening with a potluck dinner at 6 pm and then the meeting starting at 6:45 pm at Lookout Point at Weldon Springs. 

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Community Action Looking For Head Start Applicants

Even though the latest school year just wrapped up, Community Action of central Illinois is looking for income-eligible families to start the process to get their kids enrolled in Head Start.

 

Alison Rumler-Gomez, Executive Director of Community Action, explains July 1 they have their May selections made, they are in the midst of their June selections and there's still time to be a part of the program as they do another selection process in July.

 

 

In recent years, Community Action has struggled to keep their program full as area school districts have been able to expand their availability in their own pre-k programs. Rumler-Gomez explains they have adjusted their own programming to make them more available to the community.

 

 

You can fill out an application at capcil.info or call their Lincoln corporate office at 217-732-2159 and an application can be mailed to you. And Rumler-Gomez stresses it is important to get those applications in as soon as possible. 

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Lincoln Hoping To Land Record Number of Ab Lincoln Lookalikes

Abe Lincoln will have you surrounded if you pay a visit to Logan County come September. 

 

The city of Lincoln and Logan County Tourism Bureau hope to break the World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed up as Abraham Lincoln. On September 21st, novice and veteran Lincoln impersonators will stand side by side at the Logan County Courthouse. Morgan Gleason, the Executive Director of the Logan County Tourism Bureau, offers the minimum standards for those who want to join in....

 

 

Gleason says you probably shouldn't try to add your infant, toddler or pet to the mix....

 

 

Beards don't have to be authentic, which means the door is open to women who want to join in the record attempt.

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IHSA To Decide on State Tournament Format Next Week

The IHSA will make a final decision next week on changing the state basketball tournament format for both the boys and girls. 

 

Under consideration is a plan to have one state tourney weekend (Thursday through Saturday) for the girls and another weekend for the boys effective in 2021 says the IHSA’s Kurt Gibson, who spoke with WRMJ about the issue back in March.

 

 

The IHSA Board of Directors meets Monday, June 10th.

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Governor Signs Budget

GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS SIGNING THE NEW 40 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET INTO LAW, SAYING IT WILL GET THE STATE ON BETTER FISCAL FOOTING.

 

THE BUDGET INCLUDES MORE MONEY FOR EDUCATION, SOCIAL SERVICES LIKE MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT, MORE COLLEGE MAP GRANTS AND DOLLARS TO CHIP AWAY AT THE STATE’S BILL BACKLOG SAYS GOVERNOR PRITZKER.

 

 

HE NOTES IT’S ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR EDUCATION.

 

 

THE GOVERNOR ALSO SIGNED THE RATE STRUCTURE THAT WOULD BE PUT INTO PLACE IF VOTERS SAY YES TO A GRADUATED INCOME TAX. PRITZKER SAYS ONLY THOSE MAKE MORE THAN 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR WOULD PAY MORE.

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DeWitt County Highway Department Preparing for Summer Maintenance Work

The summer construction season is here and the DeWitt County Highway Department is gearing up for their annual season of work.

 

Highway engineer Mark Mathon indicates they have several miles of road they will be doing the standard oil and chip to and then some gutter work in parts of DeWitt County.

 

 

According to Mathon, the County roads maintenance budget is very similar to that of most entities. They have a set amount and typically it does not fluctuate significantly.

 

 

Mathon says there will culvert on Connors Road this summer, which is likely the most significant work they have planned. 

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Warner Library Adult Summer Reading Club Underway

Clinton youth are mere days into their summer reading club at the Warner Library in Clinton and once again they are offering up incentives for adults in the community to read this summer as well.

 

Tuesday morning on the WHOW Morning Show, Business Manager at the Clinton Library, Sam Rusk, encouraged adults to be active in reading this summer whether they have kids or not. The library has stepped up its game with a twist on 'BINGO'.

 

 

Rusk explains they are incorporating the kids reading club prize system into their adult reading club. For every card turned in, adults will receive a prize and there will be a grand prize for the adults and one for the teens.

 

 

Rusk says they have a tremendous amount of support in the business community in Clinton and thanks them for stepping up year after year to allow them to put this on.

 

Rusk also indicates they are hosting events of interest for adults. To get more on those, visit vwarner.org or stop into the library at 310 North Quincy Street. 

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Local Lawmakers Differ on Gas Tax

A handful of new taxes were pushed through the General Assembly on the way to the Governor's desk as a part of the upcoming budget in Illinois and a pair of Republican lawmakers have differing opinions on the gas tax.

 

State Representative Dan Caulkins explains the gas tax comes with increases to license renewals and license plate renewals and those are earmarked for transportation improvements.

 

 

Caulkins calls it the most progressive taxes you can have and feels this is going to cause a lot of problems on people and place a burden on everyday people. He says lawmakers did not listen to the people who opposed these tax increases.

 

 

Meanwhile, State Senator Chapin Rose says the roads in Illinois needs fixed and believes it needs attention now. He points out there will be a guarantee to keep some of the motor fuel tax funds local.

 

 

Sen. Rose believes this is going to be a big win for downstate Illinois. He explains downstate is going to get more out of it than any community will put into it.

 

 

Both lawmakers left the spring session very frustrated and with a lot of concerns about what is next for the state. 

 

The gas tax and other tax increases take effect on July 1. 

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Third Wettest May on Record

State climate experts say Illinois had the third wettest May on record and it was the sixth consecutive month with above-average rainfall.

 

The Illinois State Climatologist Office says preliminary average statewide precipitation during May was 8.4 inches (21.3 centimeters), 3.8 inches (9.7 centimeters) above the long-term average. The office says nearly the entire state had above-average precipitation for the month. A gauge in Dallas City along the Mississippi River in western Illinois registered the highest precipitation total for May at 14.75 inches (37.5 centimeters).

 

An area that stretches from Quincy and the Quad Cities east to Peoria had the most precipitation in the state, with seven rain gauges having 13 inches (33 centimeters) or more of rainfall during May.

 

Chicago had its wettest May on record at 8.25 inches (20.1 centimeters) of precipitation. That beats the previous record of 8.21 inches (20.9 centimeters) last May.

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Gambling Legislation Would Bring Wagering To State Fairgrounds

Both Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield and DuQuoin will get a new revenue source under the gambling expansion legislation. State Representative Tim Butler....

 

 

Butler also says the door will open to possible horse races beyond the run of the Illinois State Fair..... 

 

 

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Social Security Beginning To Embark on Using YouTube For Informational Purposes

Your local Social Security office has long been the hub for business and information to the public but in recent years, agency officials indicate more and more business is taking place on Social Media.

 

Primarily basic messages and inquiries are handled through social media platforms. Jack Myers with Social Security says that is a change in recent years as people's consumption of information begins to evolve.

 

 

YouTube is becoming an increasingly utilized platform by Social Security. He calls it a great platform for general 'how to' information about their website.

 

 

For whatever preferred social media platform you prefer, just do a search by typing 'Social Security' and looking for their verified accounts. 

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Weekly Crop Report

PLANTING CONTINUES TO LAG WAY BEHIND AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT. 

 

RAIN WAS ABOVE NORMAL THIS PAST WEEK…AND JUST TWO DAYS WERE SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER.

 

 

21 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS HAVE BEEN PLANTED, COMPARED TO 93 PERCENT AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR. 

 

 

87 PERCENT OF WINTER WHEAT HAS HEADED AND THE FIRST CUTTING OF ALFALFA IS NOW 23 PERCENT COMPLETE. AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE STANDS AT 40 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 60 PERCENT SURPLUS.

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Summer Meals Available for Low-Income Students

THE SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM PROVIDES HEALTHY MEALS AND SNACKS TO LOW-INCOME CHILDREN.

 

THE GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE KIDS DON’T GO HUNGRY WHILE THEY AREN’T IN SCHOOL SAYS THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION’S MEGAN KUCHNER.

 

 

PARENTS CAN VISIT: SUMMER MEALS ILLINOIS DOT ORG, OR TEXT “FOOD IL” TO 877-877 TO FIND A LOCATION IN THEIR COMMUNITY. SOME SERVE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH OR JUST LUNCH. INCOME GUIDELINES MUST BE MET TO PARTICIPATE.

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Lawmakers Make Medical Marijuana Permanent

STATE LAWMAKERS ARE EXPANDING THE STATE’S MEDICAL CANNABIS PROGRAM.

 

THE PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2013 AS A PILOT VENTURE AND WAS SET TO EXPIRE NEXT YEAR. THE LEGISLATURE VOTED TO MAKE IT PERMANENT AND TO ADD MORE AILMENTS MARIJUANA CAN BE USED TO TREAT. HOUSE G-O-P LEADER JIM DURKIN SAYS HE INITIALLY HAD DOUBTS, BUT WAS CONVINCED AFTER HEARING THE STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO BENEFITED FROM MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

 

 

SENATOR LAURA FINE OF GLENVIEW SAYS MEDICAL MARIJUANA HAS BEEN BENEFICIAL TO HER HUSBAND WHO LOST AN ARM IN A CAR ACCIDENT.

 

 

THE NEW CONDITIONS IN THE PROGRAM INCLUDE ANOREXIA, MIGRAINES, IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME AND CHRONIC PAIN. THE GOVERNOR WILL NEED TO SIGN THE BILL INTO LAW.

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City Council Approves Amended Code for Fees for Fire Department

Recouping costs associated with various incidents is the goal of a passed change to city code.

 

Monday night at the Clinton City Council meeting, the Council approved a change to the city code that would allow the Clinton Fire Department to bill insurance companies for costs associated with efforts for residents not within the fire protection district limits. City Administrator Tim Followell explains local dollars often are dedicated to incidents involving people outside the community.

 

 

A change in Springfield allows for fire districts to bill an individuals insurance for the costs they incur surrounding emergy response. Followell adds this is simply the city taking advantage of that change.

 

 

Also at the Monday night Clinton City Council meeting....

 

>>The Council approved the summer maintenance bid through Illiana Construction for just short of $100,000. 

 

>>The Council approved the purchase o fa backhoe for the cemetery department for $64,500. 

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NWS: 1.5 To 2 More Inches of Rain This Week

The wet theme of 2019 is going to continue this week in Illinois. 

 

The National Weather Service in Lincoln says we can expect to receive rain in the amount of one-and-a-half to two-inches this week. Monday morning on the WHOW Morning Show, Chris Miller told Regional Radio News a system is going to move into the area and sit on top of the nation's mid-section.

 

 

The outlook for June is not much better as Miller indicates they are looking at a spring-like month in terms of temperatures and it doesn't appear we're going to shake this wet trend.

 

 

Miller says it's going to make things very difficult on farmers this summer as they try to find time in the fields if they've been able to take advantage of the limited chances already. He adds it could even impact the harvest in September and October.

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Clinton High School To Start Summer Projects

With kids out of the school buildings for the summer, Clinton maintenance workers will embark on summer projects. 

 

Superintendent Curt Nettles indicates those projects are both indoor and outdoors. Inside at the high school, painting will take place and LED lights will be installed. 

 

 

The outdoor athletic facilities will be a point of emphasis this summer. Nettles indicates the varsity softball diamond is going to get a similar makeover as the JV baseball field from a few summers ago.

 

 

The cost will roughly $10,000 and there is the possibility of having private funding sources help pay for the upgrades, much like with the JV baseball diamond. 

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Warner Library's Summer Reading Club Kicks Into High Gear THIS Week

With school out for the summer, the highly anticipated summer reading club kicks into high gear this week at Warner Library in Clinton.

 

Children's Librarian Paula Lopatic says registrations began last week and there will be three different age groups for this year's programming. 

 

 

Lopatic is excited about the programs they have coming this summer, starting with a popular returning act this Tuesday with cold-blooded creatures featuring a nine-foot American alligator, tortas, and an albino python. 

 

 

You can get signed up at the Library for the summer reading club by stopping into the library at 310 North Quincy Street. You can get a full list of activities by visiting vwarner.org. 

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Community Action Celebrating Successful Cheeseburger in Paradise Fundraiser

Community Action is celebrating another successful Cheeseburger in Paradise from last month.

 

The central Illinois non-profit's biggest fundraiser raises money for their entire agency spanning counties from Piatt to Mason. Executive Director Alison Rumer-Gomez says it was a great night that brought supporters from all over their service area together.

 

 

Rumler-Gomez calls Cheeseburger in Paradise a critical piece to their operation. She explains the revenue they generate helps them gap-fill as their clients begin to see success in getting out of poverty.

 

 

Community Action's annual budget is around $9-million and while only a $20,000 infusion of cash may not seem like much, Rumler-Gomez points out it is a critical piece to their operation.

 

 

While the fundraiser is held in Lincoln, Rumler-Gomez stresses the funds raised are used across their service area including in DeWitt, Piatt and Logan Counties. To learn more about Community Action, you can visit capcil.info. 

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Spring Legislative Sessions Ends With Budget, Gambling Expansion and Construction Projects Approved

THE SPRING LEGISLATIVE SESSION HAS CONCLUDED IN SPRINGFIELD…WITH PLENTY OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

 

AN EXPANSION OF GAMBLING, ABORTION RIGHTS, A BALANCED BUDGET, MONEY FOR ROADS AND BUILDINGS, LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA AND JOB CREATION INCENTIVES ARE JUST A FEW OF THE THINGS LAWMAKERS WERE ABLE TO GET DONE. GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER SAYS EVERYONE SHOULD BE PROUD.

 

 

IT TOOK A LOT OF NEGOTIATIONS AND COMPROMISE SAYS SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER BILL BRADY.

 

 

THE SESSION WENT TWO DAYS PAST THE SCHEDULED ADJOURNMENT DATE OF MAY 31ST…BUT BIPARTISAN AGREEMENTS PUSHED SOME OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES THROUGH IN THE FINAL HOURS.

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Teacher Minimum Salary Bill Passes

THE MINIMUM SALARY FOR TEACHERS WOULD INCREASE UNDER A BILL HEADED TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK.

 

THE PLAN CALLS FOR BASE TEACHER PAY TO RISE TO 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. THE FIRST JUMP WOULD BE TO 32 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR. SENATOR ANDY MANAR OF BUNKER HILL SAYS TEACHERS DESERVE TO BE PAID FAIRLY.

 

 

MANAR SAYS THEY HOPE THIS HELP EASE THE TEACHER SHORTAGE IN ILLINOIS. 

 

CRITICS, LIKE SENATOR JASON BARICKMAN OF BLOOMINGTON, WONDER HOW DISTRICTS WILL AFFORD IT.

 

 

THE BILL NEEDS TO BE SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE GOVERNOR TO TAKE EFFECT.

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Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive Workplace Anti-Harassment, Discrimination Law

ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS ARE APPROVING A SWEEPING WORKPLACE ANTI-HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION PACKAGE.

 

THE LEGISLATION ADDRESSES SEVERAL ISSUES…REQUIRING MORE TRAINING FOR STATE EMPLOYEES, OFFICIALS AND LOBBYISTS AND GIVES VICTIMS MORE RIGHTS. REPRESENTATIVE ANN WILLIAMS OF CHICAGO:

 

 

THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES THE STATE TO PUT TOGETHER A SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING PROGRAM FOR USE BY EMPLOYERS AND LETS VICTIMS OF GENDER-RELATED VIOLENCE TAKE UNPAID LEAVE FROM WORK TO SEE A DOCTOR, THEIR LAWYER OR GO TO COUNSELING. SENATOR MELINDA BUSH OF GRAYSLAKE SAYS IT’S THE PRODUCT OF ABOUT TWO YEARS OF WORK.

 

 

IT NOW AWAITS THE GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE.

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Lawmakers Approve Gambling Expansion, Cigarettes Tax Hike

AN EXPANSION OF GAMBLING, AN INCREASE IN THE CIGARETTE TAX AND MORE WILL HELP FUND A MASSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE APPROVED SATURDAY BY THE ILLINOIS HOUSE. 

 

SIX NEW CASINOS, SLOTS AT HORSE RACING TRACKS AND O’HARE AND MIDWAY AIRPORTS, MORE VIDEO GAMING AND SPORTS WAGERING ARE INCLUDED, AS WELL AS A DOLLAR A PACK TAX INCREASE ON SMOKES. THE MONEY GENERATED WILL GO TOWARDS “VERTICAL CONSTRUCTION” SUCH AS SCHOOLS, STATE BUILDINGS AND COLLEGES. THAT’S MUCH NEEDED SAYS REPRESENTATIVE MARGO MCDERMED OF MOKENA.

 

 

HELP PAY FOR MUCH NEEDED “VERTICAL CONSTRUCTION.” THAT INCLUDES REPAIRS TO STATE BUILDINGS, SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES SAYS REPRESENTATIVE BOB RITA OF BLUE ISLAND.

 

 

THE CASINOS WOULD BE BASED IN CHICAGO, WAUKEGAN, THE SOUTH SUBURBS, ROCKFORD, DANVILLE AND WILLIAMSON COUNTY. THE SENATE WILL CONSIDER THE PACKAGE NEXT.

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House Passes Capital Plan

HOUSE LAWMAKERS APPROVED AN INCREASE IN THE STATE GAS TAX TO HELP PAY FOR MUCH NEEDED ROAD AND BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS IN ILLINOIS. 

 

THE GAS TAX WILL DOUBLE TO 38 CENTS A GALLON ON JULY FIRST UNDER THE 45 BILLION DOLLAR "REBUILD ILLINOIS" PLAN, AND VEHICLE REGISTRATION COSTS WILL RISE. REPRESENTATIVE JAY HOFFMAN OF BELLEVILLE SAYS THE STATE’S DETERIORATING ROADS ARE ALREADY COSTING TAXPAYERS PLENTY.

 

 

REPRESENTATIVE STEVE REICK OF WOODSTOCK:

 

 

THE PROGRAM ALSO ADDRESSES HIGH SPEED RAIL AND MASS TRANSIT NEEDS. IT MOVES TO THE SENATE FOR A VOTE.

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McLean County Farm Bureau Hosting Prevented Planting Meeting

The McLean County Farm Bureau in conjunction with Country Financial will be hosting a prevented planting informational meeting this Monday.

 

Crop Claims Supervisor at Country Nyle Wiechmann, Adam Nielsen, Director of National Legislation and Policy Development with the Illinois Farm Bureau and Karen Corrigan, Agronomist with McGillicuddy-Corrigan Agronomics will present on everything you need to know about this unique planting season. McLean County Farm Bureau President Mark Hines invites anyone with questions out....

 

 

The meeting is at the McLean County Fairgrounds starting at 6:30 pm, Monday night. RSVP is not required but the Farm Bureau is asking if you know you plan to attend to contact them at 309-663-6497. 

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Lawmakers Send Top Ten Universal Admission Bill to Governor

STUDENTS IN THE TOP 10 PERCENT OF THEIR GRADUATING CLASS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ADMITTED TO SOME STATE UNIVERSITIES UNDER A BILL HEADED TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK.

 

THE IDEA IS TO HELP KEEP STUDENTS IN ILLINOIS AND INCREASE MINORITY ENROLLMENT. GRADUATES IN THE TOP 10 PERCENT WHO ALSO MEET A COLLEGE’S S-A-T OR A-C-T REQUIREMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AUTOMATICALLY. REPRESENTATIVE ANDRE THAPEDI OF CHICAGO SAYS IT ONLY APPLIES TO NORTHERN, SOUTHERN, EASTERN AND WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITIES.

 

 

REPRESENTATIVE ANDRE THAPEDI OF CHICAGO SAYS THIS WILL BE GOOD FOR ILLINOIS.

 

 

IF SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE GOVERNOR, THIS WILL BE A FOUR-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM.

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Lawmakers Pass Non-Binary Option to Driver's Licenses

ILLINOIS DRIVER’S LICENSES MAY OFFER A GENDER-NEUTRAL OPTION.

 

LAWMAKERS HAVE PASSED A BILL TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE OF THOSE WHO DON’T IDENTIFY AS SOLELY MALE OR FEMALE. IT’S SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE ANNE STAVA-MURRAY OF DOWNERS GROVE.

 

 

IF THE GOVERNOR SIGNS THE BILL INTO LAW THE CHANGE WON’T HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY. THE OPTION WOULDN’T BE AVAILABLE UNTIL THE SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE MOVES TO A NEW DIGITAL LICENSE AND I-D SYSTEM.

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Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Urges Farmers to Consider Their Options as Planting Falls Far Behind

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS URGING FARMERS TO CONSIDER THEIR OPTIONS AS MANY FIELDS REMAIN TOO WET TO PLANT.

 

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST CROP REPORT…JUST 35 PERCENT OF CORN AND 14 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS HAVE BEEN PLANTED SO FAR…WAY BEHIND PREVIOUS YEARS. STATE AGRICULTURE DIRECTOR JOHN SULLIVAN SAYS SOME IMPORTANT DATES ARE COMING UP FOR PRODUCERS LOOKING FOR RELIEF.

 

 

THE DEADLINE FOR FILING FOR SOYBEANS IS EITHER JUNE 15TH OR THE 20TH…DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU’RE LOCATED. SULLIVAN URGES FARMERS NEEDING ASSISTANCE WITH THE PAPERWORK TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF AG.

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Congressman Davis Announces Opioid Response Planning Grants for Rural Communities

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) Wednesday announced federal help for many communities fighting the opioid epidemic. 

 

The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded Rural Communities Opioid Response planning grants to five organizations and agencies in central and southwestern Illinois. 

 

Davis says the grants will go a long way in helping communities address the opioid epidemic. He points in the previous Congress, there were 60 other bills passed to help address opioid addiction. 

 

Each of the awards is in the amount of $200,000, mostly in southern Illinois.

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Weekly Weather Summary

It was another wet week in central Illinois but the weekend looks to be shaping up nicely. State Climatologist Office Spokesperson Brian Kerschner has more....

 

 

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Lawmakers pass $40 Billion Dollar New State Budget; Work Still To Do

ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS STILL HAVE WORK TO DO…BUT DID PASS A BUDGET WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.

 

THE 40 BILLION DOLLAR NEW STATE BUDGET INCLUDES MORE MONEY FOR COLLEGE MAP GRANTS, EDUCATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN FAMILY SERVICES. IT ALSO FUNDS A STATEWIDE VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM AND EFFORTS TO MAKE SURE THE STATE GETS AN ACCURATE COUNT THE NEXT CENSUS. IT’S SUPPORTED BY HOUSE MINORITY LEADER JIM DURKIN.

 

 

THE BUDGET ALSO MAKES THE STATE’S FULL PENSION PAYMENT FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR AND PAYS DOWN ONE POINT FOUR BILLION DOLLARS IN OLD BILLS.

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Illinois Congress Sends Reproductive Health Act to the Governor's Desk

STATE LAWMAKERS ARE APPROVING THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT…EXPANDING ABORTION RIGHTS FOR WOMEN IN ILLINOIS.

 

THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT TREATS ABORTIONS JUST LIKE ANY OTHER MEDICAL PROCEDURE AND LIFTS SOME RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTIONS. SUPPORTERS SAY IT’S NEEDED TO PROTECT A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE…BUT OPPONENTS, LIKE SENATOR SUE REZIN OF MORRIS SAY IT’S WRONG.

THE PUSH TO PASS THE BILL GAINED STEAMED AS SEVERAL OTHER STATES WORK TO LIMIT ACCESS TO ABORTIONS. THE GOVERNOR HAS SAID HE WILL SIGN IT INTO LAW.

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Bill Starting College Savinds Fund For All Newborns Headed to Governor

THE STATE WILL START A COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNT FOR ALL NEWBORNS IN ILLINOIS UNDER A BILL PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE WEDNESDAY.

 

UNDER THE BILL…ANY CHILD BORN OR ADOPTED DECEMBER 31ST OF 2020 WOULD HAVE FIFTY DOLLARS PLACED IN A COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNT. THE HOPE IS THAT THIS WOULD PUSH FAMILIES TO ADD THEIR OWN MONEY. SENATOR PAT MCGUIRE OF CREST HILL SAYS IT’S NOT A NEW CONCEPT.

IT’S SUPPORTED BY SENATOR JACQUELINE COLLINS OF CHICAGO.

 

 

CRITICS WORRY ABOUT THE COST TO THE STATE…ESTIMATED AT BETWEEN NINE AND 10 MILLION DOLLARS. IT’S NOW UP TO THE GOVERNOR TO SIGN THE BILL INTO LAW.

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