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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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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