Local News

Don't be surprised if you see Clinton residents rolling around town in golfcart-like vehicles.

 

The Clinton City Council Monday night approved a city ordinance to allow non-highway vehicles on city streets. City Administrator Tim Followell explains the vehicles can be gas or electric and have to pass safety inspections, be insured and licensed.

 

 

Follow explains there were unclear discussions around speed-limits for these vehicles by Clinton officials. The ordinance states, vehicles cannot travel more than 20 MPH and are limited to municipal streets with a speed limit of less than 35 MPH. 

 

 

Other community's ordinances for golf carts vary. Additionally, Followell notes there are not many of these vehicles on the streets of communities that allow them.

 

 

According to Followell, the original reasoning for non-highway vehicles was to deal with rising gas prices. At the time, the idea did not come to fruition. Recently, state law changed regarding crossing highways but Followell points out, there are still laws limiting what roads vehicles can be on.

 

 

Licensing forms are available now at Clinton City Hall and at the Clinton Police Department and inspections on the vehicles must be done by the Clinton Police Department. Stickers will be issued for the first August 13. Licensing fees are $100.

 

Visit clintonillinois.com for the full ordinance


If you woke up Tuesday morning and thought about throwing a sweatshirt on, thank Hurricane Isaias.

 

Chris Miller with the National Weather Service in Lincoln told Regional Radio News Monday on the WHOW Morning Show the hurricane in the south is stalling any warm weather from coming up to the midwest causing very below-normal temperatures. 

 

 

Once the hurricane moves off and weather patterns return to normal, so will the central Illinois weather. Miller explains warm weather will return later this week and by the weekend we should have a return to hot and humid conditions.

 

 

Recent rains have left stretches of central Illinois still needing moisture while other areas are experiencing an overabundance of rain. We'll have more with Miller on this later this week on Regional Radio News. 


For many businesses, taking advantage of the payroll protection program, or PPP, was unsuccessful so an Argenta Bank is stepping up in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank.

 

The Gerber State Bank Vice President Cortney Smatanko (smuh-tank-O) indicates businesses DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties are eligible but cannot have received funds from PPP in the spring. They are giving away 10-$2,000 grants. 

 

 

Visit gerberstatebank.com for a link to the COVID-19 grants. Smatanko says the application is a single page and can be dropped off in-person to 110 East Elm Street in Argenta or to 102 South IL-48 in Oreana. 


Illinois residents, your chance to go to the polls is still a few months away. In Madison County as is the case in many others, the County Clerk’s office is preparing for the various ways to vote early, but also making sure they are ready to go on Election Day on November 3.

 

And among those preparations, Madison County Clerk Debbie Ming-Mendoza says, is making sure there is enough Personal Protective Equipment to go around.

 

 

She says there is an excitement in her office and among voters she hasn’t experienced in a long time heading into this year’s Presidential Election.


US Senator Dick Durbin says 800,000 unemployed people in Illinois can’t afford to not have the federal government provide them an extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits.

 

He met with people out of work in Chicago last week and says everyone he talked too would face hard decisions about what to do and how to move forward without the enhanced benefits. Durbin says for one family with a newborn the choices aren’t going to be easy.

 

 

Democrats in Washington want to keep the enhanced benefit at $600 a week and Republicans want to trim the amount to $200 a week.


GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS VISITING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS TODAY, WHERE THERE HAS BEEN AN ALARMING SURGE OF CORONAVIRUS CASES. 

 

EIGHT OUT OF 11 ILLINOIS COUNTIES THAT ARE AT THE “WARNING” LEVEL FOR COVID-19 ARE LOCATED IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE STATE. THAT INCLUDES JACKSON COUNTY…WHERE THE GOVERNOR MET WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS IN CARBONDALE.

 

 

GOVERNOR PRITZKER HAS WARNED THAT AREAS WITH GROWING POSITIVITY RATES AND INCREASED HOSPITALIZATIONS WILL HAVE TO RESUME PREVIOUS RESTRICTIONS.

 

 

IF NUMBERS KEEP RISING…GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAYS RESTRICTIONS WILL BE PUT BACK INTO PLACE. THAT MAY INCLUDE LIMITING GATHERINGS AND INDOOR DINING AND TEMPORARILY SHUTTING DOWN BUSINESSES EXPERIENCING OUTBREAKS.


Peterson Insurance in Clinton this week made a donation to Neighborhood Care Center of $1000 for their efforts to assist the Clinton community during the ongoing COVID 19 crisis.

 

Presenting the check to Cody Monkman (left) is Dexter Peterson (right) of Peterson Insurance Services.

 


Local Weather - Sponsored By:
 
Townhall Top of the Hour News

 

SRN News
#FarmOn Benefit Concert