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Richland Community College has announced it will not be extending its lease on the Clinton Education Center on the community's west side.

 

In a statement to Regional Radio, the Decatur-based institution said quote- 

 

"Richland Community College is committed to providing educational and training opportunities for all individuals from the Clinton Community and DeWitt County with students from DeWitt County receiving the second highest percentage of scholarships from the Richland Community College Foundation. However, over the past few years, enrollment at the Clinton Higher Education Center has declined by an average of 26% annually over the last three years. Additionally, all Clinton High School Dual Credit course offerings for the fall 2022 semester are 100% online. After spending several years exploring all opportunities, Richland Community College has made the difficult decision not to renew our lease in the building where the Clinton Higher Education Center is located. Although we will no longer have a physical presence at the Clinton Higher Education Center, Richland Community College remains committed to providing accessible and affordable educational paths and training opportunities that meet the needs of the Clinton Community."

 

Richland has occupied the building since November of 2013.


The DeWitt County Board last week approved the Fiscal Year '23 budget. 

 

On the WHOW Morning Show, Board Chair Terry Ferguson told Regional Radio the budget is highlighted by a slight reduction in the tax rate and several projects within the County Building.

 

 

In addition to the overall tax rate being reduced, Ferguson indicates it was a labor negotiating year and so those update terms are reflected in the upcoming budget.

 

 

Ferguson notes there will be a flooring project for some of the offices of the County Building as well as a replacement of a door that they hoped they could just leave alone but it is an emergency and needs to be replaced.

 

 

Ferguson appreciates the work put in by the various County department heads and Administrator DeeDee Rentmeister who has many years of experience budgeting for the County. 


The Monticello Board of Education has approved a plan to invest over $ 4 million in sports facilities improvements in the next year.

 

On the WHOW Morning Show Tuesday, Superintendent Adam Clapp told Regional Radio they will move the soccer facility inside the track and field complex, football turf will be installed ahead of next season, and turf will be installed at the high school baseball and softball fields. 

 

 

According to Clapp, work on the soccer field will come first. Later next spring, work on the football field will begin and then after the baseball and softball seasons, the turf will begin on those complexes.

 

 

After turf is installed, a facilities plan will look at improving the bleachers and press boxes for the soccer fields. Clapp notes they are looking into a greenhouse for the ag program as well as dugout improvements at the softball field.

 

 

According to Clapp, the project will come in north of $ 4 million. He credits the influx of corporate personal property replacement tax dollars, or CPPRT dollars, as well as Piatt County's one-cent facilities sales tax allowing them this opportunity.

 

 

Clapp notes there are lifespans on these turf surfaces and depending on how well they are cared for, those can be extended. He indicates there are tools to help keep them cared for. 


Illinois’ seven-day firearm deer season concludes this Thursday through Sunday. A few safety reminders from Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Colleen Callahan.

 

 

During the first firearm weekend Nov. 18-20, Illinois hunters harvested 52,354 deer.


GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER SAYS HE’S HOPEFUL LAWMAKERS WILL MAKE SOME TWEAKS TO THE SAFE-T ACT DURING THIS WEEK’S VETO SESSION. 

 

THE FALL VETO SESSION IS SCHEDULED TO END ON THURSDAY, BUT THE GOVERNOR THINKS A TRAILER BILL CAN BE PASSED BY THEN, CLARIFYING THE LAW THAT ENDS CASH BAIL ON JANUARY FIRST.

 

 

GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAYS LAWMAKERS, PROSECUTORS AND OTHERS ARE WORKING HARD TO REACH AN AGREEMENT THIS WEEK.

 

 

THE FALL VETO SESSION IS SCHEDULED TO END THIS THURSDAY.


GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS ANNOUNCING A BIPARTISAN DEAL TO PAY BACK PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DEBT. 

 

THE AGREEMENT MAKES GOOD ON THE REMAINING ONE-POINT-FOUR BILLION DOLLAR UNEMPLOYMENT LOAN THAT WAS NEEDED TO PAY CLAIMS WHEN SO MANY LOST THEIR JOBS. IT WILL ALSO ENSURE THE FUND IS REPLENISHED FOR THE FUTURE SAYS THE GOVERNOR.

 

 

SENATOR SUE REZIN OF MORRIS WAS ON THE NEGOTIATING TEAM AND SAYS SHE’S RELIEVED SOMETHING COULD BE WORKED OUT.

 

 

THE STATE HAD THE PLAN NEEDS TO BE PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE TO TAKE EFFECT.


The Greater Peoria Farm Show is underway this week. RFD Radio is on the ground.

 

 

There are plenty of exhibitors at this week's Greater Peoria Farm Show.

 

 

The Greater Peoria Farm Show runs through Thursday at the Peoria Civic Center.


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