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A Clinton Police Department investigation into multiple burglaries of storage units has led to the arrest of a Lincoln man. 

 

Friday June 4th Clinton Police were summoned to the business of “Storage Unlimited” located on Illinois Route 54 East to investigate the discovery of at least 17 storage units forced open and at least eight units burglarized during the early morning hours of June 4th. 

 

On Tuesday, June 15, Clinton Police Detectives arrested Thomas Slayton, 28, Lincoln, for multiple counts of Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools and Possession of Stolen property/Theft. Slayton was transported to the Dewitt County Jail where he was turned over to Dewitt County Sheriff’s Office Corrections personnel pending an appearance in court.

 

Clinton Police were assisted in the arrest by Lincoln Police and the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Chief Ben Lowers said in a statement this week, quote - “I’d like to commend our officers and Investigations Unit on their diligent work to resolve these cases in a swift and timely manner. We want to send a message that theft and burglary in our community will not be tolerated and we are dedicated to bringing those responsible to justice for their criminal actions.” 

 

Authorities remind all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


The Monticello Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is today (Friday) from 3-6pm in downtown Monticello.

 

Shelly Crawford-Stock, Monticello Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, indicates they will be highlighting the many local businesses in Monticello. She notes businesses will be hosting giveaways along with food and live music.

 

 

Crawford-Stock says the business expo has been ongoing for many years and serves as a reminder of the businesses in the Monticello community. With many of the businesses hit hard by the pandemic, Crawford-Stock hopes the community will come out and show their support.

 

 

The Monticello Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is from 3-6pm Friday. Monticello Main Street will be hosting live, acoustic music from Dave and Lisa from 5-8pm as part of the Music on Main concert series. Both events are on the downtown Monticello square.


Suicide Rates During COVID

Suicide rates did not increase as much as some have expected during COVID, but one local mental health expert says it's too early to tell.

 

Executive Director of the Piatt County Mental Health Center Tony Kirkman indicates it is too early to say suicide rates did not increase during COVID. He notes data usually lag along with the number of factors brought by the pandemic.

 

 

Kirkman believes one reason might be the destigmatization of mental health among the younger generations. He says in today's day and age people are more willing to discuss mental health and to seek help when they need it.

 

 

Kirkman says if you or a loved one is experiencing mental health issues the first place should turn to is your friends and family. If you don't feel comfortable or that isn't an option, there are various local and state resources.

 

 

Kirkman indicates taking the first step of recognizing you need help is the hardest part. Kirkman liked therapy to a quick lube station for your car. You are receiving resources to help you get your levels back in check.

 

 

To contact the Piatt County Mental Health Center, visit piattmhc.org or call (217) 762-5371.


Yesterday on Regional Radio News we outlined the sudden dry trend in which we find ourselves in central Illinois.

 

As we wrap up June and turn the calendar to July, Chris Miller at the National Weather Service in Lincoln is keeping an eye on the moisture that could potentially be makings its way to the midwest, unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be much on the horizon.

 

 

According to Miller, the condition of the corn crop can play a large role in the weather of the summer. He explains if the crop is not in good condition, it will not be as humid as usual. Additionally, the weather of the upper-midwest, which drives moisture to central Illinois, is in a very dry pattern as well.

 

 

Looking beyond July, Miller says above-normal temperatures are expected, which is not out of the ordinary. He says nothing too extreme is expected.

 

 

As we hit the weekend, portions of central Illinois remain under an umbrella of dry air that seems to be skipped over when moisture makes its way through. Miller says this continues a pattern of the last few years where there is no local moisture for the atmosphere to draw from. 


A Central Illinois lawmaker, who is mulling a decision to run for Governor, says Illinois' new state budget is "fatally flawed."

 

The budget, which passed on June 1, was initially set to take effect next summer. However, some mistakes in the legislation led to a Senate vote to correct the errors. According to State Sen. Jason Barickman, the legislation was a disaster from the beginning.

 

 

The Bloomington Republican added that when Gov. Pritzker corrected the legislation; he could have scaled back a bill that provides politicians with an 18-hundred dollar a year pay raise.

 

The House must also accept the changes. The state's new fiscal year begins July 1.


It was a brutal day at the Chicago Board of Trade. Big red numbers in the commodity market on Thursday.

 

 

That’s Hugh Whalen with MID-CO Commodities in Bloomington, speaking shortly after the close on Thursday.


Recreational Marijuana Equity Act

A new state bill allows for minority businesses to receive recreational marijuana licenses.

 

Tony Kirkman, Piatt County Mental Health Center Executive Director, reminds last year when recreational marijuana was legalized, a lottery system was established to award licenses. The reasoning was to award licenses to minority owners, but larger companies received the licenses.

 

 

The General Assembly recently passed the Recreational Marijuana Equity Act, which creates two additional lotteries of 110 total for minority dispensary owners. In addition to the 110, the bill also allows the lottery for last year's 75 licenses to move forward.

 

 

Kirkman notes the original recreational marijuana bill provided for twenty percent of the tax proceeds would go to substance abuse and mental health providers. The new state budget allocates $15 million to the Substance Use and Prevention Recovery Department.

 

 

Kirkman says this is much-needed funding to allow mental health providers to continue serving the communities they serve.

 

The bill now heads to the Governor's desk.


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