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Clinton Grocery Store Owner Says Inflation More Than Increase in Prices

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

Celebrate Clinton Hosting First Ever 'Founder's Day'

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Teen Dating Violence Has Evolved Thanks to Social Media

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

Winner in Illinois State Fair Master Showmanship

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

 

 

The competition was Friday night.

Weekly Crop Report

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

State Awards $106-Million in 50 Communities Across Illinois

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

New Program for Elderly Illinoisans Launched

THE STATE IS LAUNCHING A NEW PROGRAM FOR ELDERLY ILLINOISANS. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Clinton Police School Resource Officer Discusses Back to School Safety

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Clinton Chamber of Commerce Readying for Haunted House Season

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

August Outlooks Have Completely Turned

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Today (Monday) is Senior Day at Illinois State Fair

MONDAY IS SENIOR DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Sunday Was Veteran's Day at the Illinois State Fair

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A VETERAN'S PROGRAM AND PARADE.

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Weekly Weather Summary

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

 

 

New Legislation Ensures Families of Fallen First Responders Receive Benefits

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Gov. Pritzker Signs Six-Year Transportation Plan for Illinois

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

 

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

 

 

FOR EXAMPLE...

 

 

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

August Above Normal for Temperatures So Far

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Sheriff Walker Outlines New Body Cameras and Benefits

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

New Bement Superintendent Looks Forward to New Opportunity

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

OSF Doctor Concerned Over Lack of Routine Pediatric Immunizations

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

 

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

 

 

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

Fair Food Preview

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

 

 

The fair runs through next Sunday in Springfield.

Central Illinois Financial Advisor Reacts to 'Inflation Reduction Act'

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Local Experts Outline Basics of Teen Dating Violence

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Illinois State Fair Opens Today

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

 

 

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

Social Security Says Change Any Personal Information Through A mySocialSecurity Account

If you receive Social Security benefits and have a general information change to make, the agency is encouraging you to do that online.

 

Jack Myers with Social Security encourages, if you haven't, start a mySocialSecurity account, and make any changes you need to your account there.

 

 

Myers clarifies, if you receive Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, you can check the address they have on file for you, but would need to contact Social Security by phone or in person to change it. 

 

 

If you haven't created a mySocialSecurity account, Myers reminds this is a fantastic resource offered that allows you access to so much information about Social Security.

 

 

To create a mySocialSecurity account and get started exploring everything an account offers, visit www.ssa.gov/myaccount. 

IHSA, Illinois Pork Producers Looking for State's Best Concession Pork Chop Sandwich

The Illinois High School Association and Illinois Pork Producers Association teaming up again this fall to find the state’s best concession stand pork chop sandwich. It’s called the Pork and Pigskins Championship and last year’s winner was Normal Community High School says the IHSA’s Tracie Henry. They received a state championship banner and golden spatula.

 

 

Over 100 schools entered the competition last year. Schools can sign up for this year’s competition beginning Aug. 15. The winner will be announced Nov. 26 during the state football championships in Champaign.

Gov. Pritzker Urging Schools to Apply for Federal Clean Bus Rebate Program

GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS URGING ILLINOIS SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO APPLY FOR THE FEDERAL CLEAN SCHOOL BUS REBATE PROGRAM. 

 

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY AUGUST 19TH, SO IF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS HAVEN’T CHECKED OUT THE PROGRAM YET, THEY MAY WANT TO DO SO SAYS GOVERNOR PRITZKER.

 

 

THE REBATES ARE FOR SCHOOLS REPLACING EXISTING BUSES WITH LOW AND NO-EMISSION VERSIONS. 

 

 

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS AUGUST 19TH. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT: EPA DOT GOV SLASH CLEAN SCHOOL BUS.

National Weather Service Offers Services for Larger Events

The fall festival season is nearly upon us and the National Weather Service indicates they are promoting services they can provide to organizers of these larger events.

 

Unfortunately, weather can sometimes interrupt these gatherings and Ed Shimon at the National Weather Service in Lincoln explains they can coordinate with event organizers for plans of action in the event severe weather may strike.

 

 

Shimon points organizers interested in the weather planning phase of their gatherings to visit weather.gov/lincoln.

 

 

Shimon notes with the County Fair season starting to wrap up and the Illinois State Fair kicking off this week, they have worked with some of those organizers and says the State Fair will keep them busy in the next ten days. 

Tourism in Atlanta Remaining Strong

As the summer tourism season starts to wrap up in Illinois, a central Illinois community says their tourism season will last until at least September.

 

The Illinois State Fair often signals the end of the summer vacation season as the new school year begins but tour groups will still make the rounds in central Illinois. Whitney Ortiz is the Tourism Bureau Director in Atlanta, Illinois in Logan County and indicates they will continue to see groups coming to town into October.

 

 

According to Ortiz, Atlanta is seeing a lot of international travelers going making their way down Route 66. She says if they have enough people on hand in the community, those visitors get an extensive tour of the community.

 

 

In early August, Ortiz indicates they are about to match their 2021 tourism numbers. She explains tourism has increased in the last couple of years in Atlanta.

 

 

Ortiz has been making her way to several areas along Route 66 and will also be promoting Atlanta, Illinois at the Illinois State Fair this week and next. She believes those efforts pay off. 

Voters Can Start Requesting Permanent Mail-In Ballots Today

ILLINOISANS WILL BE ABLE TO SIGN UP FOR PERMANENT MAIL-IN VOTING STARTING TODAY. 

 

ONE OF THE EASIEST WAYS TO REQUEST A MAIL-IN BALLOT AND TO SIGN UP FOR FUTURE ELECTIONS IS TO START ONLINE SAYS STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SPOKESPERSON MATT DIETRICH. THE WEBSITE IS: ELECTIONS DOT IL DOT GOV.

 

 

VOTERS CHOOSING THE PERMANENT MAIL-IN OPTIONS WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE SENT BALLOTS FOR PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS. 

 

 

THAT WEBSITE AGAIN IS: ELECTIONS DOT IL DOT GOV.

Sen. Durbin Says Inflation Reduction Act Will Benefit Solar Power

The US Senate has been busy recently passing legislation and Democrat Dick Durbin says the recent inflation reduction act will take major steps forward in fighting climate change. Durbin says the incentives for solar power, more efficient cooling and heating equipment and rebates for electric cars will all save people money.

 

 

Durbin recently installed solar panels on his home in Springfield.

BBB Warning of Another Scam

Scammers are targeting home service providers, playing the role of a customer looking for estimates.

 

CEO and President of the BBB, Jessica Tharp, says that scammers pay above and beyond when sending the transaction, causing business owners to scratch their heads.

 

 

Tharp says that scammers typically use a business check when overpaying, then ask for the extra money to be paid to a second contractor working on the property. If you receive a call similar to this scam, the agency asks you to report any potential frauds to their website: www.bbb.org

Back to School Nutrition Tips From U of I Extension Nutrition Educator

School for most Illinois kids gets back underway next week and a University of Illinois Extension nutrition educator has a few tips on how to go back to school with a good nutrition plan for our kids.

 

Caitlin Mellendorf is the Nutrition Educator at the University of Illinois Extension in DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties and explains when parents send kids to school with a lunch, kids bring that lunch box home and parents discover just a little bit of the meal was eaten.

 

 

Mellendorf recommends within the guidelines of the schools, sending foods your kid enjoys and will eat. She explains a kid's appetite is going to vary depending on if they've eaten breakfast or had a snack.

 

 

When it comes to nutrition in the lunch we send kids to school with, Mellendorf says we want to keep the 'my plate' model in mind. She says some of these foods will provide good protein and hold off hunger a bit longer.

 

 

When it comes to keeping foods hot or cold, Mellendorf says there are lunchboxes and materials to allow to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. 

Local Lawmaker Part of Five-Legislator Forum in Effingham Thursday

A central Illinois lawmaker is going to be a part of a five-legislator panel in Effingham this Thursday.

 

On the WHOW Morning Show Monday, State Representative Dan Caulkins told Regional Radio the event will take place at the Effingham Holiday Inn conference center and the topic discussed will be the energy policy of Illinois.

 

 

According to Rep. Caulkins, part of the program will focus on the energy policies of other states and how it is impacting Illinois. Other states are essentially creating enough energy for themselves and if there is anything left, they can send it to places like Illinois.

 

 

Local representative Brad Halbrook will also be a part of the event along with Blaine Wihour, Chris Miller, and Adam Niemerg.

 

Again doors open in Effingham around 5:30 pm at the Holiday Inn.

Weekly Crop Report

THE CONDITION OF ILLINOIS CROPS IMPROVED AGAIN THIS PAST WEEK.

 

IT WAS A HOT, WET WEEK AND 96 PERCENT OF CORN ACRES ARE NOW SILKING SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER.

 

 

90 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE BLOOMING AND 61 PERCENT ARE SETTING PODS. 70 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. 

 

 

THE THIRD CUTTING OF ALFALFA IS NOW 32 PERCENT COMPLETE. 

 

AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE IS EIGHT PERCENT VERY SHORT, 16 PERCENT SHORT, 58 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 18 PERCENT SURPLUS.

Another Record Year for Illinois Treasurer's I-Cash Program

IT WAS ANOTHER RECORD YEAR FOR ILLINOIS TREASURER MIKE FRERICHS' I-CASH PROGRAM. 

 

DURING THE LAST FISCAL YEAR, I-CASH RETURNED A RECORD 280 MILLION DOLLARS IN UNCLAIMED PROPERTY TO TAXPAYERS. THIS INCLUDES FORGOTTEN BANK ACCOUNTS, OLD LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES AND THE LIKE. TREASURER FRERICHS CREDITS OUTREACH EFFORTS AND SIMPLIFYING THE CLAIMS PROCESS.

 

 

FRERICHS URGES THE PUBLIC TO SEE IF THEY HAVE ANY OLD LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES OR BANK ACCOUNTS WAITING FOR THEM.

 

 

FRERICHS SAYS ABOUT ONE IN FOUR PEOPLE WHO SEARCH THE I-CASH DATABASE FIND SOMETHING. HE ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO GIVE IT A SHOT, AND TO ALSO TRY INPUTTING YOUR BUSINESS, NON-PROFIT GROUP OR DECEASED RELATIVE'S NAME. VISIT: I-CASH DOT ILLINOIS TREASURER DOT GOV.

DCDC Hoping to Establish Late-Fall Annual Meeting

A DeWitt County organization is hoping to start an annual dinner later this year to highlight the good things they are accomplishing.

 

Curt Homann is the Executive Director of the DeWitt County Development Council and on the WHOW Morning Show Friday told Regional Radio he hopes to start an annual dinner before the hectic holiday season later this fall. He feels it would be a good chance for the community to get to know about the things they are doing.

 

 

According to Homann, an annual dinner would be a good opportunity to highlight some of the grant recipients from the year but he feels it's a good way for like minds to get together and share ideas with one another.

 

 

As developments on an annual dinner come about, Homann points those interested to follow the DCDC on Facebook. 

McLean County Museum of History In Midst of Accreditation Process

A McLean Count non-profit is in the midst of its accreditation process.

 

The McLean County Museum of History every ten years has to go through an extensive process to be accredited through the American Alliance of Museums and the Museum's Candace Summers says this is a big deal because less than three percent of the nation's museums are accredited.

 

 

Every ten years an evaluation is done on the museum and Summers explains they are looking at the collection of the museum and how well that collection is cared for. She also points out evaluators want to see the museum engage the community.

 

 

To get ready for the evaluation of the Museum, not only is the collection and engagement part of the process but the facility needs to be in tip-top shape. Summers says they've already done a lot of work on the building in the last few years. 

 

 

For museum staff, the readying process for its evaluation is always ongoing. Summers says it is a natural preparation because museums want to offer great programs and care for the history they are entrusted with. 

 

 

Summers says the last time the Museum was evaluated, she was a very young historian at the library and so she was not a large part of the process but she compares it to defending a thesis and having everything in line for that extensive process. 

State Fair Rates Staying Steady

The price of everything seems to either be going up or higher this year than in years past. But that won’t be the case to get into the Illinois State Fair. Becky Clark, State Fair Manager, says they have held the line on admission.

 

 

Full price admission is $10 for adults and parking inside the fairgrounds is $5. The fair begins on Thursday.

Why Exercise Makes You Feel Better Emotionally, Mentally

If you've ever been having a bad day or things aren't going your way and you have an urge to just leave and take a walk it is because there is a response in our bodies when we exercise that can help us feel better.

 

Dr. Jim LaValle is the author of 'Cracking the Metabolic Code' and the clinical director for the Pro Football Hall of Famer performance health program. He explains getting that heart rate up releases serotonin, a natural chemical in our bodies that makes us feel good.

 

 

A few weeks ago we heard from Dr. LaValle regarding the lawsuit over Skittles and the challenge in court over their appropriateness for human consumption. Dr. LaValle says one way to reset your body's glucose response is to exercise.

 

 

Dr. LaValle points you don't have to be in a weight room under a bench press or pushing out dumbbell exercises for a moderate workout. He encourages people to just walk in their neighborhoods for 30-45 minutes at a time and that is ideal moderate exercise. 

Road Improvements At State Fairgrounds

The Illinois State Fair starts this week and when you first arrive you will certainly notice improvements to the roads.

 

Jerry Costello, the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, says more than $4 million has been spent to resurface and improve them.

 

 

 

 

The spending is part of more than $58 million of overall infrastructure spending dedicated to the grounds.

IDPH Acting Director Discusses Spread of Monkeypox

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS REMINDING PEOPLE HOW MONKEYPOX IS SPREAD. 

 

FOR STARTERS, ACTING STATE PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR DOCTOR SAMEER VOHRA SAYS THIS IS NOT AN AIRBORNE VIRUS.

 

 

THE VIRUS CAN ALSO BE SPREAD BY TOUCHING AN OBJECT OR FABRIC THAT HAS COME IN CONTACT WITH AN INFECTED PERSON'S RASH OR THEIR BODILY FLUIDS. 

 

VOHRA SAYS THE STATE IS WORKING WITH FEDERAL OFFICIALS TO SECURE MORE OF THE MONKEYPOX VACCINE.

Downstate Daycare Worker Has Monkeypox

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SAYS A DOWNSTATE DAYCARE WORKER HAS MONKEYPOX. 

 

THE INFECTION OF AN ADULT AT A DAYCARE IN THE RANTOUL AREA IS THE THIRD CASE IN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY. STATE PUBLIC HEALTH ACTING DIRECTOR DOCTOR SAMEER VOHRA SAYS CHILDREN AND STAFF AT THE DAYCARE ARE BEING SCREENED AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE WHITE HOUSE.

 

 

LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS WILL STAY IN CONTACT THE AFFECTED FAMILIES. THE INFECTED PERSON ALSO WORKS IN HOME HEALTH CARE AND THE ONE CLIENT THEY CAME IN CONTACT WITH IS ALSO BEING MONITORED.

 

 

THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 600 PROBABLE AND CONFIRMED CASES OF MONKEYPOX IN ILLINOIS.

Redman Re-Elected to Democrat Party of Illinois

Terry Redman of Wapella has been elected to serve as the State Central Committeeman for the newly drawn 15th Congressional District representing the Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI).  

 

The 15th Congressional District includes all or parts of 35 counties, running from near Rock Island south to Metro East, and across the state to Vermillion County.

 Committeeman Redman has served as a member of the Democratic Party of Illinois for the past 20 years. 

 

DPI consists of 17 women and 17 men who are elected at large to represent each of the 17 congressional districts in the State of Illinois. 

 

Committeeman Redman’s counterpart in the 15th is Kathryn Daniels of Quincy. 

Scovill Zoo Going to Fall Hours Monday

Fall hours at a Decatur entity go into effect Monday.

 

Ken Frye is the Director of the Scovill Zoo in Decatur and told Regional Radio on the WHOW Morning Show Friday it is the time of the year when a lot of their volunteers head back to school and so they need to scale back on hours.

 

 

With kids going back to school, programs are also slowing down but you can keep up with the latest at Scovill Zoo by following them on Facebook.

 

Frye also notes the free admission Thursdays until the final day of the season, Oct. 10. 

Voter Turnout Low for June Primary Election

VOTER TURNOUT WAS LOW FOR THE JUNE PRIMARY ELECTION. 

 

ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SPOKESPERSON MATT DIETRICH SAYS LESS THAN 22 PERCENT OF REGISTERED VOTERS CAST A BALLOT BACK IN JUNE.

 

 

DIETRICH GIVES A PARTY BREAKDOWN:

 

 

DIETRICH SAYS ABOUT 16 PERCENT OF VOTERS CHOSE MAIL-IN BALLOTS FOR THE PRIMARY.

Weekly Weather Summary

It was a very wet week for much of central Illinois. State Climatologist Trent Ford has a recap on the severe weather and a look at the week ahead.

 

 

Local Business Owner Asks City of Clinton for Action on Crumbling Downtown Sidewalks

An owner of a downtown Clinton storefront in the midst of opening a business is requesting the City Council address crumbling sidewalks adjacent to her storefront.

 

Melissa Morris owns the storefronts once occupied by Darvin's Barbershop Shop on the north side of Clinton Square and is requesting the City address concerns she has over sidewalks that are falling apart to the point they have resulted in an injury and are a safety hazard.

 

 

While the City has taken steps to correct the issue, she feels it is not enough and other tenants nearby are concerned. She points out they have done what they can but it is not enough. 

 

 

Mayor Roger Cyrulik, who owns a cement business, explained to Morris the work would need an engineer to review and he emphasized when embarking on concrete work, you want only have to do it once.

 

 

Mayor Cyrulik told Morris they have plans to make improvements to that area but Morris had more questions about issues that will linger until then. 

 

 

The Mayor assured Morris the issue is being worked on and would be fixed. 

Social Security Goes Over Commonly Used Acronyms

A couple of times a year, Social Security reminds the public of commonly used acronyms as part of the Plain Writing Act of 2010.

 

On the WHOW Morning Show Thursday, Jack Myers says this can be challenging when talking about complicated programs like Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicare. He notes they have an online glossary of terms and acronyms that will help you understand the meaning.  

 

 

COLA, or cost of living adjustment, will be making headlines soon. Myers explains Social Security and SSI benefits keep pace with inflation through COLAs. Most years your benefit will get a COLA, which usually means extra money. This “inflation protection” is a very valuable aspect of your Social Security benefits. 

 

 

Credits are another term the public may hear when talking about Social Security. Myers explains as you work and pay Social Security taxes on your earnings, you earn credits - previously called “quarters of coverage”. You can earn up to 4 credits per year, and the amount of gross wages or net earnings from self-employment required to earn a credit typically increases from year to year.  

 

 

Earnings records is is the history of the amount of money you earned each year during your working lifetime. And finally, Myers says FICA is one that is becoming less and less known as pay stubs go digital. 

 

 

Again that website is www.ssa.gov/agency/glossary. 

Illinois State Police Squad Car Hit Again

ANOTHER ILLINOIS STATE POLICE SQUAD CAR HAS BEEN STRUCK, MARKING THE 14TH SCOTT’S LAW RELATED CRASH THIS YEAR. 

 

A CHICAGO AREA TROOPER WAS SITTING IN HIS CAR WITH THE LIGHTS ACTIVATED WHEN HE WAS HIT BY A DRUNK DRIVER. THE TROOPER SUFFERED NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES, BUT THIS IS HAPPENING WAY TOO OFTEN SAYS STATE POLICE MASTER SERGEANT JOEY WATSON.

 

 

WATSON SAYS BOTTOM LINE, ANYTIME YOU SEE ANY VEHICLE PULLED OVER WITH THE LIGHTS FLASHING OR HAZARDS ON, PASSING MOTORISTS MUST SLOW DOWN AND CHANGE LANES IF POSSIBLE.

 

 

SCOTT’S LAW REQUIRES DRIVERS TO SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER IF POSSIBLE WHEN PASSING A STOPPED VEHICLE WITH FLASHING LIGHTS. VIOLATORS FACE A FINE OF AT LEAST 250 DOLLARS AND COULD LOSE THEIR LICENSE IF THEY HURT SOMEONE.

Illinois State Fair Manager Previews Upcoming State Fair

THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK, WITH NEW ATTRACTIONS AND NO ADMISSION PRICE INCREASES. 

 

UNLIKE EVERYTHING ELSE, THE COST TO GET INTO THE FAIR IS NOT GOING UP THIS YEAR SAYS STATE FAIR MANAGER REBECCA CLARK.

 

 

CLARK SAYS NEW FEATURES INCLUDE THE GIANT DINOSAURS EXHIBIT WITH OVER 20 HUGE ROBOTIC CREATURES, CHARACTER BRUNCHES AND THE BASS MOBILE. 

 

 

CARNIVAL MEGA AND JUMBO PASSES ARE STILL AVAILABLE, AS ARE TICKETS TO GRANDSTAND SHOWS LIKE SAM HUNT, DEMI LOVATO, WILLIE NELSON, AND COMEDIAN TREVOR NOAH. 

 

THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR RUNS AUGUST 11TH THROUGH THE 21ST IN SPRINGFIELD. MORE DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT: ILLINOIS STATE FAIR DOT INFO.

Illinois Has Third Most Monkeypox Cases

The state of Illinois has declared Monkeypox a public health emergency. Dr. Sameer Vohra, the new acting director of the Illinois Department of Public Health says they are acting quickly to get more vaccines to individuals in the state who need them.

 

 

Illinois currently has 520 presumptive cases of Monkeypox – the third most in the country. And the state has 7,000 vaccines on hand and 13,000 more are expected to arrive soon.

Illinois Corn Growers Association Promoting E-15

While gas prices throughout the state of Illinois have dropped significantly from lofty highs over the summer, prices remain expensive for consumers.

 

E15 fuel is a less expensive alternative to the more conventional gasoline. But what exactly is E15 and how can it help prices at the pump? Here to explain is Executive Director of the Illinois Corn Growers Association Rodney Weinzierl.

 

 

Weinzierl adds that because of E15's movement in the marketplace, it's possible more and more stations will begin offering the fuel moving forward.

Gov. Pritzker Announces Increase in Medicaid Reimbursements for Abortion Services

MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT RATES FOR ABORTION SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE GOING UP NEXT MONTH.

 

GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER SAYS ILLINOIS WILL REMAIN A SANCTUARY FOR WOMEN TO MAKE THEIR OWN REPRODUCTIVE CHOICES, AND THAT PROVIDERS NEED MORE SUPPORT TO HANDLE THE INFLUX OF PATIENTS.

 

 

ILLINOIS IS ONE OF ONLY 16 STATES THAT ALLOWS MEDICAID COVERAGE OF ABORTIONS. THE GOVERNOR IS ALSO ANNOUNCING AN ADDITIONAL TWO MILLION DOLLARS FOR FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES.

 

 

ILLINOIS PROVIDERS ARE ALREADY SEEING A RISE IN WOMEN FROM OTHER STATES SEEKING AN ABORTION. 

Peace Meal Still Building Back After COVID

Peace Meal continues its return to the routine of central Illinois seniors as COVID concerns ease.

 

Shelly Tolley with Peace Meal says this is the time of the year when many seniors may be taking a pause from the program because of travel plans and it's simply a good time for easier mobility. 

 

 

Peace Meal is in need of volunteers. Tolley explains there are several capacities a volunteer could make a difference. She points to drivers who could volunteer for roughly an hour a week or a volunteer could help at congregate sites.

 

 

Tolley offers an update on moving into northern Piatt County and eastern DeWitt County. In Farmer City, it is a restaurant program while in DeLand they are only able to do home-delivered meals.

 

 

Those interested in signing up for Peace Meal or volunteering can call 309-665-5900 or 833-923-3905. 

Illinois Food Bank Helping With Flood Victims

Amid eight inches of rainfall in eastern Kentucky, the Midwest Food Bank in Normal is sending truckloads of supplies to support victims of flooding.

 

Mike Hoffman, the director of logistics and inventory at the food bank, says the organization is sending six truckloads full of food.

 

 

With the death toll continuing to rise, Kentucky officials report almost forty people died from flash flooding and mudslides. For those who wish to donate, visit the Midwest Food Bank dot-org and click 'donate,' then select ' disaster relief.'

Gov. Pritzker Announces $17.5-Million to Renovate Shuttered Rend Lake Resort in Southern Illinois

GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS ANNOUNCING FUNDING FOR THE LONG-AWAITED RENOVATION OF REND LAKE RESORT IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS.

 

THE RESORT OPENED IN THE 90'S BUT WAS SHUTTERED IN 2016 AFTER MOLD WAS FOUND IN SEVERAL AREAS. THE GOVERNOR SAYS THIS 17 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING WILL RESTORE THE SITE TO ITS FORMER GLORY.

 

 

REPRESENTATIVE DAVE SEVERIN OF BENTON.

 

 

REND LAKE IS THE SECOND LARGEST OF THE STATE’S THREE MAN-MADE LAKES WITH 19-THOUSAND ACRES OF WATER AND 162 MILES OF SHORELINE. THE RESORT USED TO ATTRACT MORE THAN TWO MILLION VISITORS ANNUALLY.

Monday, Tuesday Storms Bring Flooding, Small Tornado to Central Illinois

Flooding in parts of central Illinois and a small tornado in eastern Logan County highlighted some crazy weather that rolled through Monday and Tuesday this week.

 

Ed Shimon at the National Weather Service in Lincoln says things were much calmer on Monday but still a small tornado hit the eastern Logan County community of Beason.

 

 

Tuesday things ramped up in a big way with thunderstorms lasting throughout the area for much of the morning hours. According to Shimon, there were significant rains in Jasper County and the Decatur area saw severe flooding.

 

 

More rain is expected this afternoon (Wednesday) and then after today, things heat and dry out. Shimon does not anticipate too much more rain for the rest of August.

 

 

Shimon implores the public to be on the lookout for those watches and warnings as they are issued. He reminds severe weather can pop up out of nowhere. 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Randall Forehand from Chestnut

Clinton City Council Hears Comments on Animal Ordinance; Codifies Ambiguous Issue

The Clinton City Council Tuesday night heard from community members interested in a change in policy regarding animals in city limits of the livestock description.

 

Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers admits he is the author of the code that would regulate the number of animals allowed in the City of Clinton explaining there has never been a code to enforce when the issue comes up - and he notes, it is a frequent issue the encounter.

 

 

According to the Chief, there have been exactly two complaints regarding the number of chickens on a property. He explains in the past there were only estimates regarding how many animals could be on a property and enforcement is difficult because nothing is in writing.

 

 

Seth Reddington says this ordinance will impact his home in town.

 

 

Sharon Reddington also spoke against the ordinance. She points out it has been an acceptable practice for over a generation to allow animals categorized as livestock to be at her residence in Clinton.

 

 

To craft the ordinance, Chief Lowers looked at communities around Clinton. He used mostly the Farmer City ordinance as it is a community that closely resembles Clinton.

 

 

While many are critical of the ordinance, Chief Lowers looks at the situation as now there are rules in place to allow something the community wants whereas previously, this was technically an illegal practice. 

 

The Council approved the measure 4-1. 

Warner Library Wraps Up Wildly Successful Summer Reading Club

500 participants were the goal for the Warner Library for the 2022 edition of the summer reading club and organizers say they blew that number out of the water.

 

On the WHOW Morning Show Tuesday, Librarian Corey Campbell told Regional Radio they totaled nearly 650 participants between the kids' program and the adult program. 

 

 

The Summer Reading Club offered a full summer of activities and prizes for submitting reading logs as the last few summers had been slowed by COVID concerns. 

 

 

With the summer reading club wrapped up, organizers are hoping to hear from participants about what can improve the program. Campbell explains they did a similar survey last year and used the feedback to improve the program this year.

 

 

Campbell points out the breakdown for kids and adults is around a 50/50 split. He credits the staff of the library for engaging the patrons and making them aware of the program and how fun it can be for all ages. 

Unclaimed Property Auction Taking Place at State Fair

A staple of the Illinois State Fair is coming back. The state’s unclaimed property auction. The Treasurer is preparing for another sale of valuable unclaimed items. Michael Frerichs says they have already returned more than a million properties that total more than $1.5 billion in value.

 

 

The state can’t simply hold all the items in perpetuity, so they auction surplus items and hold those dollars for the family to eventually claim.

State Finalizes Regulations for Nannies, Housekeepers

NEW RULES ARE NOW IN PLACE FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS INCLUDING NANNIES, HOUSEKEEPERS AND CAREGIVERS. 

 

THE STATE’S MINIMUM WAGE LAW HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO INCLUDE DOMESTIC WORKERS, ENSURING THEY HAVE RIGHTS ON THE JOB SAYS ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR JASON KELLER.

 

 

THE RULES ALSO SPECIFY THAT DOMESTIC WORKERS MUST BE PAID TIME AND A HALF FOR ANY OVERTIME HOURS.

 

 

THE RULES ALSO ADDRESS OVERTIME PAY AND CASES WHERE MULTIPLE EMPLOYERS SHARE THE SERVICES OF A DOMESTIC WORKER.

IHSA Continues Call for More Officials

As the Illinois High School Association gets set for a new season, attention continues to focus on recruiting more officials. Craig Anderson serves as executive director of the organization.

 

 

The new IHSA season begins next Monday.

IEMA Urges Caution Through Flooding, Heavy Rains

THE ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY IS URGING THE PUBLIC TO REMAIN AWARE AND BE PREPARED FOR FURTHER HEAVY RAINS AND FLASH FLOODING. 

 

SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT STORMS MAY BE IMPACTING ILLINOIS THIS WEEK, BRINGING A POTENTIAL FOR RAPID FLOODING AND STORM DAMAGE. I-EMA SPOKESPERSON KEVIN SUR STRESSES THE NEED TO STAY ALERT DURING THE THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER.

 

 

SUR ALSO ADVISES HAVING AN EMERGENCY KIT AT HOME AND IN THE CAR AND TO INCLUDE FAMILY PETS IN ANY PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS.

 

 

SUR ADDS YOU SHOULD NEVER TRY TO CROSS A FLOODED ROAD, SINCE IT ONLY TAKES ABOUT SIX INCHES OF WATER TO WASH AWAY YOU OR YOUR CAR.

DeWitt County Board Sticking With Marina Operator After Insurance Paperwork Issues

The DeWitt County Board last week decided it would stay with its Marina operator after it was brought to light at the regular County Board meeting in July Joe Caldwell and his organization was out of compliance on insurance coverage.

 

In July when the findings came to light, board members pressed to have a special board meeting to direct State's Attorney Dan Markwell to take corrective action but Caldwell ultimately filed the paperwork ahead of the Board's special meeting last Tuesday. Board Chair Terry Ferguson indicated during the meeting it was proposed to terminate Caldwell's contract, which was voted down.

 

 

The question the County Board has largely been unable to answer is just how long has the operator been without insurance? Some speculation is it was the entirety of his first year as operator plus the first half of this year. Ferguson believes it is an easy oversight to make.

 

 

According to Ferguson, the County Board heard from a couple of marina users that spoke in favor of Caldwell and his organization praising the job he's done at the marina. Ferguson felt those comments went a long way for the Board.

 

 

Ferguson reminds the Board extended Caldwell's contract through 2023 to allow him time to work through all the COVID challenges and make the appropriate changes at the Marina.

 

 

Ferguson indicates breakwater installation at the Marina continues this week. Rain mid-week last week held things up a little bit and so that project continues. 

 

Also at the special meeting last week, the Board approved a $67,500 mowing tractor from Central Illinois Ag for the highway department. 

Warner Hospital Foundation Announces First Ever Golf Outing in September

The Warner Hospital Foundation is announcing its first annual golf outing to take place this September.

 

Board Director Curt Homann on the WHOW Morning Show Monday told Regional Radio says it's a lot of work upfront to establish the event but hopes as it becomes an annual event, it will grow in popularity.

 

 

Homann will be pursuing sponsorships for the outing on Friday, September 9. He notes now is also the time to start getting registered.

 

 

The Warner Hospital Foundation will be the latest to introduce a golf outing among a host of local groups that offer such an event throughout the nice weather of the summer. Homann says while you might think adding another outing to the lineup would oversaturate the demand, he says golf outings are usually very successful for a number of reasons.

 

 

There are a number of ways to support the get registered or sponsor the golf outing. Homann points anyone to the Warner Hospital Foundation Facebook page and send a direct message. You can also contact the Hospital itself and they will direct you to Homann for more details. 

 

Again the outing is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9 at the Clinton Country Club. 

Weekly Crop Report

ILLINOIS CROP CONDITIONS IMPROVED OVER THE PAST WEEK. 

 

THE WEATHER WAS COOLER AND WETTER IN MANY PARTS OF THE STATE, GIVING CROPS A LITTLE BOOST. STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER SAYS 76 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE BLOOMING.

 

 

91 PERCENT OF CORN ACRES ARE SILKING AND 31 PERCENT HAVE REACHED THE DOUGH STAGE. 74 PERCENT OF THE ILLINOIS CORN CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. 

 

 

AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE IS NOW RATED AT THREE PERCENT VERY SHORT, 23 PERCENT SHORT, 61 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 13 PERCENT SURPLUS.

National Night Out Tonight

National Night Out, held the first Tuesday in August each year, will be celebrated all across the country in several communities. 

 

The event started in the 1980s as an opportunity for neighbors to turn their porch lights on and talk with law enforcement and first responders on ways to keep communities safer. Jacksonville National Night Out Co-Chair Leslie Forsman says its a way for a community to meet first responders in their community in a non-stressful situation.

 

 

131 Illinois communities are hosting National Night Out events.

National Minority Organ Donation Awareness Month

SECRETARY OF STATE JESSE WHITE'S OFFICE IS ENCOURAGING MORE MINORITIES TO CONSIDER ORGAN DONATION.

 

THIS IS NATIONAL MINORITY ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS MONTH AND SECRETARY OF STATE SPOKESPERSON BETH KAUFMAN EXPLAINS WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.

 

 

KAUFMAN SAYS TRANSPLANTS CAN BE SUCCESSFUL REGARDLESS OF THE ETHNICITY OF THE DONOR AND RECIPIENT BUT LONG-TERM SUCESS MAY BE GREATER IF BOTH ARE MORE CLOSELY MATCHED.

 

 

ANYONE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT ORGAN DONATION AND SIGNING UP TO BE A DONOR CAN VISIT THE WEBSITE: LIFE GOES ON DOT COM.

Illinois Farm Bureau Resolutions Work Underway for Annual Meeting

An update on the resolution process heading toward the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in December. Subcommittees have been doing work. Steve Warrick serves as Chair of the Agricultural, Production & National Issues Subcommittee.

 

 

Warrick is also President of the Will County Farm Bureau.

Sunday Night Blaze Destroys Clinton Country Club Golf Cart Garage

A Sunday night fire outside of Clinton left the golf cart garage at the Clinton Country Club a total loss.

 

A DeWitt County Sheriff's Deputy reported the fire shortly before 11 pm Sunday and was fully involved by the time crews arrived on scene. 

 

Clinton Fire Department personnel indicate by the time crews arrived at the scene the barn was already nearly a total loss and the goal was to protect the main Country Club building adjacent to the garage.

 

In addition to Clinton Fire, tankers were at the scene from Kenney Fire, Wapella Fire, and a Maroa Fire Department with Waynesville Fire on standby at the Clinton Fire Station.

 

Around 5,000 to 6,000 gallons of water were used, primarily to protect the main Country Club building. According to Clinton Fire personnel, that is a relatively small amount of water used and it was in part because the building was nearly a total loss by the time of their arrival.

 

Crews were at the scene until roughly 1 am and the cause of the fire is undetermined. 

August Expected to Be Warm, Dry

The warm-up is coming and it looks like we're not going to be able to avoid it.

 

Ed Shimon at the National Weather Service explains as we enter August, the Climate Prediction Center has Illinois solidly above normal for temperatures and below normal for precipitation.

 

 

Excessive heat warnings could come into the fold in August. Shimon explains an excessive heat advisory or even a heat warning could be issued at times this week.

 

 

While August is showing strong above normal temperatures trends, getting into September and October the trends are still above normal for temperatures but they are not as strong as for August. 

DNR Conservation Police Captain Says Now is Time to Think About Upcoming Hunting Season

Now is the time to begin preparing for the upcoming hunting seasons that are right around the corner.

 

That's the message from Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Captain John Williamson. On the WHOW Morning Show Friday, Capt. Williamson indicates tags are starting to be awarded.

 

 

Capt. Williamson reminds now is the time to get those hunter safety courses taken care of. He says there is a full list of locations on the DNR website if you need to attend in person. Some individuals can just log on and take care of that online.

 

 

Now is also the time to think about checking tree stands and giving those a good once over. Capt. Williamson explains now is a good time to do that as it will allow deer to bed where you want them.

 

 

Today opens the squirrel season. Capt. Williamson says Sept. 1 opens the busy hunting season with dove season and then Oct. 1 is the opening of the archery deer season. 

 

Visit dnr.illinois.gov for all things hunting, fishing, and outdoors in Illinois. 

Winning MegaMillions Ticket Bought in Illinois

A single ticket bought in a Chicago suburb beat the odds and won a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

 

According to megamillions.com, there was one jackpot-winning ticket in the draw Friday night, and it was bought at a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Des Plaines.

 

The winning numbers were: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.

 

The jackpot was the nation’s third-largest lottery prize. It grew so large because no one had matched the game’s six selected numbers since April 15. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.

 

Lottery officials had estimated the winning take at $1.28 billion, but revised the number up to $1.337 billion on Saturday.

 

The total prize is for winners who choose the annuity option, paid annually over 29 years. Most winners opt for the cash option, which for Friday night’s drawing was an estimated $780.5 million.

 

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.

 

According to the Illinois Lottery, the store that sold the ticket is a pretty big winner, too; it will receive half a million dollars just for selling the ticket. A clerk at the Speedway store who answered the phone but declined to give his name said the store had not been officially notified that it sold the winning ticket and that he learned about it from reporters calling for comment.

 

Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The game is coordinated by state lotteries.

 

Illinois is among the states where winners of more than $250,000 can choose to not reveal their names and Illinois Lottery spokeswoman Emilia Mazur said the vast majority of those winners do just that.

 

Even lottery officials may not know for a while who won because winners don’t have to come forward straight away. And the winning ticket may have been bought by a group of people.

Today is First Ever Sweet Corn Appreciation Day in Illinois

August 1st means the first ever Sweet Corn Appreciation Day in Illinois. The special day is thanks to legislation by State Rep. Tony McCombie of Savanna. It won approval in the Illinois General Assembly this spring and was signed by the Governor in June.

 

 

McCombie is hosting an event today in Savanna recognizing Sweet Corn Appreciation Day.

State Officials Announce Next Step in Fighting Opioid Crisis After National Settlement

ILLINOIS IS SET TO RECEIVE AS MUCH AS 760 MILLION DOLLARS TO FIGHT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. 

 

THE MONEY WILL COME OVER THE NEXT 18 YEARS, THE PRODUCT OF LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS WITH PHARMACEUTICAL DISTRIBUTORS AND MANUFACTURERS. GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO ENSURE THE FUNDS GO TOWARDS THE STATE'S EFFORTS BATTLING OPIOID ABUSE.

 

 

THE MONEY WILL BE USED FOR PREVENTION, INTERVENTION AND TREATMENT. DEATHS FROM OPIATE RELATED OVERDOSES CONTINUE TO RISE IN ILLINOIS.

 

 

NEARLY EIGHT PEOPLE IN ILLINOIS DIE EACH DAY FROM AN OPIOID OVERDOSE.

Opening for USDA Rural Development Jobs

The state director for USDA Rural Development in Illinois says jobs are available within the agency.

 

 

There are 15 job openings and again you can find more info at usajobs.gov and type in the search words “Illinois rural development”.

Gov. Pritzker Announces $15-Million in Tourism Grants

GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS ANNOUNCING 15 MILLION DOLLARS IN TOURISM GRANTS. 

 

10 MILLION HAS ALREADY BEEN AWARDED THROUGH A NEW STATE PROGRAM TO SUPPORT EXHIBITS, FESTIVALS AND ATTRACTIONS AROUND THE STATE AND NOW AN ADDITIONAL 15 MILLION IS UP FOR GRABS. GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAYS IT HAS BEEN IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT AN INDUSTRY HIT SO HARD BY THE PANDEMIC.

 

 

STRATTON SAYS THE ILLINOIS TOURISM INDUSTRY OFFERS SO MUCH TO STATE RESIDENTS AND VISITORS.

 

 

GRANTS ARE FUNDED BY THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT AND APPLICATIONS FOR THIS SECOND ROUND ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED VIA THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY'S WEBSITE. DOWNSTATE COMMUNITIES ARE BEING PRIORITIZED THIS TIME AROUND.

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