The DeWitt County Board had their monthly meeting a little early with Thanksgiving on the way.
Randy Perring, who is in charge of the Marina, reported that the service dock was getting some repairs done. The process wasn't easy as they had a hard time finding divers said Perring.
The divers able to work on the service dock should keep it afloat with more troubling winds come through said Perring.
Perring thanked the board for all the work they have done over the year, and on working together. Perring will have one more board meeting with the county board before leaving the county board.
Partners in Parenting is having guest speaker Cory Baxter come to Clinton Junior High Library.
The Partners in Parenting meet every third Thursday to talk about parenting related topics. The group was originally called a parent advisory said Clinton School Counselor Amanda Douglas.
The group is open to all junior high parents. The group plans and the beginning of each year and to decide what topics the group will discuss they send out surveys to parents to see what topics they might be interested in said, Douglas. These topics will then get presented to all the parents.
This month they will be bringing in guest speaker Cory Baxter to talk about speaking teen said, Douglas.
There is no need to rsvp, but it does help to call ahead if you are interested so the school can help provide all the material for the presentations. If you have any questions, you can call the Clinton Junior High at 217-935-2103. The Partners in Parenting will be meeting at 6 pm in the Clinton Junior High Library.
A brand new holiday family musical is coming to the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts next month. The musical is to find the joy in our own lives and to rediscover the magic of Christmas. The new holiday family musical is working to go to Broadway eventually said Assistant Performing Arts Manager Ann-Marie Dittman.
The musical is going to tell a story about a little girl who helps find the magic of Christmas said, Dittman.
The musical will take place on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available online at www.artsblooming.org, where you can get discounts or family packs. You can call the BCPA at (309) 434-2777 if you have questions or go to their office in Bloomington at 600 N. East Street.
Illinois got some measurable snow mid-week. That assessment from meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather.
For the first 12 days of November, temperatures over most of Illinois are running anywhere from 4-to-8 degrees below normal.
THE FIRST PERIOD OF ILLINOIS’ MOST POPULAR HUNTING RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY. STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SPOKESPERSON ED CROSS REMINDS THAT IN MANY NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNTIES WHERE CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE IS A PROBLEM, HUNTERS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER DEER TAKEN AT A CHECK STATION BETWEEN EIGHT A-M AND EIGHT P-M.
HUNTERS IN THE REST OF THE STATE CAN REGISTER THEIR HARVEST BY CALLING: 1-866-IL-CHECK OR ONLINE AT: DNR DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.
Lawmaker’s are working on a veto override of a bill that allows for widespread renting of personal cars to others. Think of it as Air-b-n-b for vehicles. The bill changed under Gov. Rauner’s amendatory veto pen months ago. Now both sides are fighting to either keep the bill or add regulations that would include taxing peer to peer rentals.
Greg Scott with the American Car Rental Association says his companies aren’t losing business just yet but this emerging car rental market will impact them and state revenues.
About 12,000 cars right now are up for peer to peer rentals in Illinois.
Illinois residents have about a month left to examine health insurance options under the federal Affordable Care Act. Illinois Department of Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer and other I-D-O-I officials plan to travel to all 102 Illinois counties to answer questions and provide some guidance;
Six insurance carriers - that's one more than last year - can provide health insurance to Illinois residents. Some won't have as many plans to choose from, while others could have up to 30 different choices and some subsidized by the federal government based on income;
I-D-O-I says for the first time since 20-15, the cost of most health insurance plans within the federal program will be stable or could drop for those that enroll for coverage next year. The deadline is December 15th. More information can be found online at get-covered-dot-illinois-dot-gov.
The boil order for the area has been lifted. If you have any questions please call 217-935-3432.
The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce gets ready for 60 groups to go through the Clinton Christmas Parade. The Christmas Parade will be taking place this month on November 24. The theme this year will be winter wonderland said Marketing Coordinator Lacy Phelps.
During the parade, the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the 1st annual Eat-Shop-Bank.
The Eat-Shop-Bank is a promotion to chamber members shopping local, helping keep tax dollars in Clinton. Once they shopped at a local store, they would get a stamp on members list where once it equaled 50 dollars you would turn it into the chamber. Reason for doing this promotion had to deal with Wal-Mart closing said, Phelps.
The Christmas Parade will be taking place on Saturday, November 24. The parade will kick off at 2 pm starting from the high rise on East Main Street in Clinton.
The Baby Fold gets ready to celebrate their 25th Anniversary of the Annual Festival of Trees.
The special event will be celebrating Christmas Festivities early, but you'll enjoy the sights, sounds, and excitement of Christmas all while benefiting The Baby Fold said Vice President of Development and Public Relations at The Baby Fold Aimee Beam.
Beam says that this is an enjoyable family activity to enjoy because of the atmosphere and festivities to celebrate.
The event brings in over ten thousand people said Beam, and because of the different activities going like the silent auction, Avanti's Family Night, Breakfast with Santa and more.
All these activities aren't about bringing in the money, but about showing what the Baby Fold is all about said, Beam.
The Festival of Trees will be going on November 16 through the 19 in Normal at the Interstate Center. You can find the full schedule and tickets at www.festoftrees.org.
Do you want to help society and offer your time to a business? Well, you can help with Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois. CAPCIL provides opportunities to volunteer in a variety of roles and positively impact agency programs and create a cohesive society said Volunteer Services Director Breann Titus.
There is even opportunities for a program called Foster Grandparent Program, that help children as well said, Titus.
The candidates must be able to serve 20, 30 or 40 hours per week in a classroom setting, must enjoy working with children, and receive a tax-free stipend, pre-service orientation, training, and recognition for their service.
There is a screening process that Titus will do to figure out what opportunity works with you.
With you giving to these various services you do get some rewards working with CAPCIL. One is the food pantry said, Titus.
Some other rewards are discounts on the thrift store, and if you need to use a space for a meeting, you can use your CAPCIL facility for those as well.
If you are interested in becoming a CAPCIL Volunteer, you can print and fill out an application and return it to the agency via email email@example.com, or mail it to 1800 5th Street, Lincoln, IL 62656.
STATE OFFICIALS ARE THANKING ILLINOIS VETERANS FOR THEIR SERVICE.
AT AN EVENT IN CHICAGO...GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER SAID RECENT AND LONG-TIME VETERANS ARE OUR HEROES.
STATE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS DIRECTOR STEPHEN CURDA ALSO ATTENDED THE EVENT IN CHICAGO, SAYING IT'S ALWAYS AN HONOR TO SPEAK TO THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN SO MUCH FOR THEIR COUNTRY.
200 ILLINOIS VETS WILL BE HONORED FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND CONTINUED COMMUNITY SERVICE AT THE ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION PARTY IN CHICAGO ON DECEMBER THIRD.
The Fall Veto Session gets underway in Springfield and Northwestern Illinois state senator Neil Anderson says he doesn’t expect a lot of twists and turns.
Anderson has, however, turned his attention to what can be done in Illinois to better the economy.
The veto session is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week, they will take a couple of weeks off, and reconvene on November 27th, 28th, and 29th.
After a bitter 255 million dollar campaign, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Governor-elect JB Pritzker are burying the hatchet for the state's birthday. The pair have issued a joint press release, announcing they will make a joint appearance at the state’s 200th Birthday Party on December 3rd. The event has moved from the United Center to the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The "more intimate" event will feature a performance by Hamilton's Miguel Cervantes, Blues legened Buddy Guy, performances by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a special acoustic performance by Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon. There will also be a Championship Parade featuring star athletes marching with Chicago team championship trophies. Stuart Layne, executive director of the Governor’s Office of the Bicentennial, acknowledged weaker than expected ticket sales. People who have purchased tickets for the United Center may use them for the party at Navy Pier or contact Ticketmaster for a refund prior to Dec. 2.
Jared White, the local farm broadcaster for NEWSTALK WTIM AM-FM Taylorville and WHOW AM-FM Clinton, won an award earlier this month at the annual meeting of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting in Kansas City.
White, who has been a member of N-A-F-B since 2011, was given an award for 5 years of membership in the organization.
White produces 2 15-minute morning and noon farm shows each weekday for NEWSTALK WTIM and WHOW. He travels extensively over some 12 counties in Central Illinois, covering local agriculture, and interviews over 200 farmers and agri-business leaders each year about current farm issues.
White is also station manager at WHOW and WEZC in Clinton.
The Vault has raised over 16.5 thousand dollars in their recent fundraisers, or donations.
In October the Vault had their Harlem Wizards event, which took place at the Clinton High school where more than a thousand people attended. The event raised over 12 thousand dollars from ticket sales. Michelle Witzke said that they were blown away by the turnout and participation from everyone.
Not only did they raise money from the Harlem Wizards but First National Bank and Trust Company donated 3 thousand dollars to the Vault. Five of the students presented a business plan to FNB to show what the money will go towards for the Vault.
The money will go to buying chairs and tables to use the Vault as a venue that people can rent out.
The money still kept coming for the Vault as the Eagles would help donating 1.5 thousand dollars. The Eagles were a little skeptical at first, but once they saw what the Vault was capable of, they changed their minds said, Witzke.
The Vault continues to work with local organizations to help promote what they are doing for kids today. Creating a safe place to hang out, have fun, and offering many services that kids may need.
If you would like to visit the Vault or support them, you can go to their website at www.thevaultclinton.org or calling (217) 934-4003. You can also go to the Vault location at 802 N. Side Square Clinton, IL.
Need gifts for Christmas? How about a gift you made yourself. You can make fun easy gifts from a variety of fun techniques and take home some nice presents from Decatur Area Arts Council says Executive Director Jerry Johnson.
The workshop will use different art experiences such as making an acrylic pour coaster, alcohol ink ornament, magnets, pendant and more said, Johnson.
The Gift Giving Workshop is for all ages where they can make gifts for loved ones. The workshop will take place on Saturday, November 17 at the Decatur Area Arts Studio from 1 to 3 pm. The fee for members is 25 dollars, and for nonmembers, it is 30 dollars. You can call the Arts Council if you have questions at 217-423-3169 or go to their website at www.decaturarts.org for more information.
Holy Trinity St. Vincent de Paul in Bloomington is repurposing the Parish Junior High Building into a food and clothing pantry.
Over the past few years the volunteer group, who delivers food and clothing to those in need, have outgrown and need a bigger space says Dorthy Deany.
In the past six years, the patrons that attend the pantry have increased threefold serving around 1200 families each month. The clients are seniors, low wage earners, the disabled and the under or unemployed.
The other reason for growing is that they feel that don't quite serve the people enough because of the space they have right now, said Jim Tuite.
The Holy Trinity Saint Vincent de Paul is the largest food pantry in McLean County and the pantry in the Diocese of Peoria. You can call St. Vincent de Paul if you have any questions at 309-829-9611.
With a Democratic super-majority arriving with Governor-Elect J.B Pritzker, talk has begun to swirl regarding potential legislation that could arrive as well. One piece of legislation that has received a great deal of speculation is the potential introduction of a mileage tax for drivers in Illinois. 74th District State Representative Dan Swanson says he's not seen any potential mileage tax legislation yet but he believes it is something to be concerned about.
Swanson was elected to a second term in the state House of Representatives after running unopposed in the recent midterm elections.
Last week, Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker introduced his budget and innovation transition team. Former Comptroller Dan Hynes will quarterback that effort. He acknowledges it's no easy task.....
Hynes says when it comes to budget gameplanning, accuracy is everything.....
Pritzker is set to introduce a new transition team that will focus on the needs of veterans.
The first of two periods allowed by the state of Illinois for deer hunters to use firearms opens Friday, November 16th and will run through Sunday, November 18th. In some cases, hunters will double or triple the population of some small Illinois towns, such as Golconda in the Shawnee National Forest. The Pope County Deer Festival starts there Thursday, and Connie Beck - who leads its planning as president of the Golconda Rotary Club - says they’ll be ready;
Beck says Pope County, which borders Kentucky, doesn’t even have one traffic light. But she explains why some roads during peak deer hunting periods can sometimes be tricky to navigate;
Illinois will also have a second period this year for hunting deer using firearms. That will take place November 29th through December 2nd.
DeWitt County Development Council Board announced First National Bank and Trust Company as their Business of the Month Spotlight for the donations and their involvement in the community.
Over time DCDC has been working on a Revolving Loan Fund to help local businesses says President DCDC, David Torbert.
DCDC worked on the application process making it easier for businesses said, Torbert. The fund is to help these businesses if they can't get the needed funds from a local bank.
FNB can help the businesses with the funding but there are sometimes banks cannot fund the entire project said President of FNB Josh Shofner.
Businesses can work with DCDC to help cover that extra funding that they maybe were not able to get from the banks and continue to grow.
Children's Discovery Museum in Uptown Normal will be opening a new exhibit dealing with wind energy. The new exhibit is to go with their Imagine Air Exhibit to learn about wind energy says Education Manager Rachel Carpenter.
Kids will get a chance to build their own windmills and wind farms with different components.
The kids will also get a chance to learn why they build wind turbines in certain areas.
Carpenter said this is an excellent exhibit for parents to learn about windmills and this is a nice exhibit for kids because this relates to schools for kids.
The new exhibit will be opening this month on November 24. You can check out the new wind exhibit at the Children's Discovery Museum in Normal on 101 E. Beaufort St. If you have questions on pricing for admission, you can check out their website at childrensdiscoverymuseum.net or by calling (309) 433-3444.
For married couples, understanding spouse's benefits is a big part of retirement planning. Whether or not your spouse will qualify for anything on your Social Security earnings record depends on several factors says Public Affairs Specialist Jack Myers.
One of the factors comes down to age and children.
Another factor that could limit your earnings is if your spouse is working.
Then another factor is if your spouse is available for a pension.
These are some the factors that can affect on that social security benefit that may or may not come to you. You can learn more about social security and its benefits by going online to www.socialsecurity.gov.
The city of East Peoria is gearing up to get patrons in the holiday spirit once again. The "Festival of Lights" will kick off this month for the 34th year. Jill Peterson with the Festival says the party gets started with a parade of lights on November 17th.
Peterson says many of the displays carry over from year-to-year, but some seasons they are able to make upgrades and new additions to keep it fresh.
Following the parade, the floats are moved to a permanent location and becomes "Folepi's Winter Wonderland" for folks to drive through during the holiday months. The Parade of Lights will be on November 17th, after which you can see all of the floats at the Festival of Lights, open Thanksgiving night through New Year's Eve. Parade route and more information on the festival can be found at folepi.org.
University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Candice Hart continues her how-to gardening
series Hands-on Horticulture with Hart on December 4 with a wreath-making demonstration.
Candice will show you how to begin and what greenery to use and what supplies are needed to
make a gorgeous wreath of your own design! From raw materials to finished beauty, Candice will
demonstrate each step along the way. Each participant will create their own evergreen arrangement
or décor item to take home.
This program will meet at the Vespasian Warner Public Library District located at 310 N. Quincy St.
in Clinton from 6-7:30pm. The program is free and includes all evergreens and items necessary to
create an item to take home. Please register by November 30 at vwarner.org or call 217.935.5764.
Class is limited to the first 15 registrants. Contact Candice at 217.935.5764 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Eastern Illinois Foodbank will distribute a truckload of food from the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to hungry area families. The distribution will be held at Clinton High School in Clinton, Illinois on 12/1/2018 from 10 – 11:30am. All Dewitt County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome. Those attending are asked to bring boxes or bags to transport food.
October came and went and left some folks in Illinois with the first snow fall of the season. The month will go down as having something for everyone. State Climatologist Jim Angel says that by mid-month most the state had seen freezing temps. Now he says get ready for a colder and wetter November.
Northern Illinois saw wetter than normal conditions over the month of October and for farmers there it’s created challenging harvest conditions.
Healing Of Our American Heroes, or HOOAH, is a statewide organization in Illinois that has developed a platform for disabled Veterans to pursue outdoor activities.
Board Member, Tom Gaither, says the founding member Tom Huffington, got the idea to create HOOAH after seeing a disabled vet on TV.
Gaither, a Marine Corp Veteran and avid outdoorsman himself, says HOOAH is providing a service to those men and women who have sacrificed for their country.
You can visit hooah-deer-hunt-for-heroes-dot-com for more information.
In advance of Veterans Day, the Illinois Veterans Affairs Healthcare System offering education about suicide prevention among vets. Dale Horaz (HER-AZ) is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the agency. He says the biggest hurdle for preventing suicide is simply getting vets, of all ages, invested in the care they need.
Someone is always available for veterans at 1-800-273-TALK or you can contact Horaz personally at email@example.com.
With Democrats winning back control of the U.S. House Tuesday night, Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has indicated she plans to run for Assistant Democratic Leader. This would be the number four post in Democratic House Leadership. She made the announcement last month on MSNBC.
Bustos currently serves as a Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.
Want to learn about the early days of Illinois from a historian? Well, check out the Vespasian Warner Library in Clinton this Saturday for Illinois Hieroglyphics a detective story presented by the University of Illinois Historian Professor Bob Morrisey.
The library was able to get Morrisey to come to present his history class with a grant from Illinois Humanities. Morrisey will talk about artwork about Illinois history said Business Manager Samantha Rusk.
The event will be going on Saturday at the Vespasian Warner Library from 10 am to 11 am. Rusk did ask if you are interested, call the library to let them know you are coming. You can call the library at 217-935-5174.
The Scovill Zoo has closed for the winter, but during their closed period, they are getting ready for next year. Over the winter Scovill Zoo plans for next spring, and with that planning, the zoo looks to train volunteers to do all sorts of activities and tasks.
The volunteers will go to the Scovill Zoo to help start some of their training and education classes to help prep them says Scovill Zoo Director Ken Frye.
The classes for volunteers will start in February, and there is a volunteer application on the Scovill Zoo website if you are interested. The website for the Scovill Zoo is scovillzoo.com, or you can call if you have any questions at 217-421-7435.
More than 8 million people who get monthly Social Security or SSI benefits need help managing their money. If this sounds familiar, it may be time for you to apply to become a representative payee.
The program is for family members or a trusted loved one to help represent the person receiving those benefits says Public Affairs Specialist Jack Myers.
Becoming a payee will place your name on the Social Security or SSI record and allow you to conduct business with Social Security on behalf of the loved one receiving those benefits. To become this payee, you will have to contact one of your local Social Security offices.
The money received is still their money to be used for their expenses, but it is your name on file to help that loved one. Becoming the payee while receiving that money does not affect your tax says Myers.
You can learn more about the representative payee program at www.socialsecurity.gov/payee or call 877-326-0108.
THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM IS HONORING VETERANS WITH FREE ADMISSION SUNDAY.
THE MUSEUM WILL FEATURE SPECIAL LIGHTING AND DECORATIONS AND A MEMORIAL FLAME WILL BE LIT IN CELEBRATION OF VETERANS DAY. SPOKESPERSON CHRIS WILLS SAYS THEY WILL ALSO HAVE A GUEST SPEAKER.
VIETNAM VETS IN ATTENDANCE WILL RECEIVE A SPECIAL LAPEL-PIN. THOSE WISHING TO ATTEND THE AL LYNCH EVENT NEED TO RESERVE A SEAT ONLINE AT: PRESIDENT LINCOLN DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.
VETERANS ARE BEING HONORED AT THE ILLINOIS STATE CAPITOL.
THE ANNUAL “WALL OF HONOR” IS NOW ON DISPLAY…FEATURING PHOTOS AND STORIES OF MILITARY HEROES FROM ILLINOIS. LORI YATES WITH THE SENATE REPUBLICANS SAYS THEY SET UP THE MEMORIAL AREA AS A WAY OF REMEMBERING AND HONORING VETS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE.
THE ANNUAL “WALL OF HONOR” IN THE CAPITOL ROTUNDA…WILL BE FEATURING SUBMITTED PHOTOS AND STORIES OF COURAGE OF HEROES FROM ILLINOIS SAYS DIRECTOR OF DISTRICT PLANNING LORI YATES.
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO WRITE A MEMORY OR THANK YOU TO VETS ON A STAR AND THEN TAPE IT TO THE WALL. THE DISPLAY IS OPEN THROUGH THE 16TH.
The Illinois Bicentennial committee selected a Clinton local AMVET as an Illinois Bicentennial Honor 200 Honoree. The Honor 200 award nominations were evaluated on the achievements and the contributions made by each Honoree that have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their local communities and their fellow veterans.
Darrel Tucker with the Clinton AMVETS and AMVETS Department of Illinois Commander was selected, representing recipients from more than 50 counties across the state.
To qualify for the selection, the nominee has to demonstrate involvement in communitties, as a veteran, and Tucker continues to make extraordinary contributions to his community and the people.
Tucker served six years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Tucker and the other Honorees will receive their award and recognition at the December 3 Bicentennial Celebration at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Around 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's is what causes dementia which is what we know as a memory loss disorder.
Alzheimer's Association Education and Outreach Manager Daryl Carlson said that dementia isn't a disease itself, but what is the result from Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's currently doesn't have a cure, but Carlson did say that there are ways to pick up on it early to prepare yourself.
One of those early steps to picking up on Alzheimer's is checking in with your doctor. Carlson said it never hurts to do check-ups with your doctor. Another factor is any significant memory loss, not just losing your keys or wallet, memory loss that affects your day. Carlson said if you forgot about a conversation you had five minutes ago, can't remember your schedule for an entire day if you don't write down.
What causes the Alzheimer's to bring the dementia is still unsure other than the fact that the brain builds up some kind of plaque similar to heart disease that builds up in your brain killing cells said, Carlson.
The big factor that comes to play trying to prevent Alzheimer's and it comes down to risk management. Unfortunately one of the more significant risk factors is getting older said, Carlson. The other risk management is heart health, keeping that heart and brain connection. Maintaining a good diet and health and social interaction helps keep a better well being.
If you have questions about Alzheimer's contact your doctor, or you can speak with Alzheimer's Association at their 24/7 helpline 1-800-272-3900 or go to www.alz.org/illinois for more information.
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million people will increase by 2.8 percent in 2019.
The increase will begin with social security payments paid in January and SSI payments paid on December 31. The raise is a cost of living adjustment tied with a measure of inflation says Public Affairs Specialist Jack Myers.
With the increasing of the benefits, Medicare announced that the standard part B premium is increasing slightly from 134 dollars to 135.50 dollars said, Myers.
The new benefit amounts are not available yet, but will get calculated in December and letters will be mailed out. You can be among the first to know about the amount by creating my social security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount said, Myers.
You can go to www.socialsecurity.gov or call 877-326-0108 for more information.
The polls showing Democrat J.B. Pritzker with a solid lead in the race for Governor turned out to be on target. Pritzker racked up 54 percent of the vote to Bruce Rauner's 39 percent in rolling to victory in the 255 million dollar campaign. Pritzker used the celebration of the state's bicentennial as a rallying cry for change.....
Pritzker highlighted key points of his agenda for the day he gets the keys to the Governor's Mansion....
While money had an obvious impact on the race, Pritzker has maintained the ground game of his campaign and Democrats as a whole, paved the way for victory.
Governor Bruce Rauner has learned his fate, he will be a one term Governor.....
He has pursued his Turnaround Agenda since the moment he took the oath of office. Even though he was soundly defeated in his bid for re-election, Rauner believes it's still possible to make changes to the legislative remapping process and bring term limits, if Democrats are willing....
Rauner says successful Democratic led efforts to enact portions of his turnaround agenda have occurred in a number of states.
Optimism was brimming most of the night at the Downtown Springfield gathering for Democratic Congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. Returns showed her holding a massive lead early and CNN projected her as the winner of the race with Republican incumbent Rodney Davis. But in a moment reminiscent of the newspaper headline Dewey defeats Truman, it was Davis declaring victory in his hometown of Taylorville.....
Davis won by just over 3600 votes.
Want to celebrate veterans day? Well, you can with the Macon County Honor Guard at the Salvation Army in Decatur.
On Veterans Day November 11, Macon County Honor guard will be hosting a Veterans Day Observance at the Salvation Army to honor veterans says Chairman of the Macon County Veterans Assitance Commission Bill Hanes.
The Observance will have guest speaker Manager of Moran & Goebel Funeral Home David Gobel. The event will start at 7 pm and will take place at 229 West Main Street in Decatur, IL. If you would like to attend and find more information you can call the Veterans Assistance Commision of Macon County at 217-424-1376.
DeWitt County Development Council Board picked First National Bank and Trust Company for the Business of the Month Spotlight.
DCDC recognized them for its history and benefits to the community. First National Bank recently donated to Warner Hospital and Health Services, DCDC, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
First National Bank has helped fix some of the needs of the community donating to different organizations said DCDC president David Torbert.
DCDC helps to engage with current or potential business to grow market in DeWitt County to attract jobs. DCDC promotes the local businesses, providing assistance and direction to improve businesses.
If you would like to find more information or help a business grow in DeWitt County, you can call DCDC at (217) 935-5271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAINY WEATHER SLOWED HARVEST PROGRESS A BIT AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT.
JUST THREE DAYS WERE SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK…AND AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE INCREASED TO THREE PERCENT SHORT, 75 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 22 PERCENT SURPLUS SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER.
SORGHUM HARVEST REACHED 89 PERCENT COMPLETE. 85 PERCENT OF WINTER WHEAT HAS BEEN PLANTED AND 66 PERCENT EMERGED.
A state champion will be crowned in Illinois 8-man football this weekend. Jim Taylor reports.
DeWitt County Board Member District B:
Terry Ferguson (R) - 28.98%
Christina L. Pruser (R) 27.16%
Travis E. Houser (R) 227.88%
Randy F. Herring (D) 15.98%
DeWitt County Board Member District D:
Nathan Ennis (R) 23.05%
Melonie S. Tilley (R) 22.85%
Dan Matthews (R) 21.46%
Rita Sue Whitted (D) 16.88%
Cris Rogers (D) 15.77%
A LOT OF QUESTIONS USUALLY POP UP ON ELECTION DAY. HERE’S SOME OF THE ANSWERS.
DON’T WORRY IF YOU’RE THE ULTIMATE PROCRASTINATOR…YOU CAN STILL REGISTER TO VOTE...RIGHT AT THE POLLS SAYS STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SPOKESPERSON MATT DIETRICH.
ADDITIONALLY, IF YOU REQUESTED A MAIL-IN BALLOT, DON’T TRY TO VOTE AGAIN AT THE POLLS. EITHER GET THE BALLOT IN THE MAIL RIGHT AWAY OR BRING IT TO YOUR LOCAL POLLING PLACE IF YOU DECIDE TO VOTE IN PERSON INSTEAD.
YES, YOU CAN STILL REGISTER TO VOTE, JUST BRING TWO FORMS OF I-D, AND YES YOU CAN UNDERVOTE IF YOU WANT TO SKIP CHOOSING A CANDIDATE IN A CERTAIN RACE. ADDITIONALLY, IT’S ALSO OKAY TO TAKE A SELFIE, SO LONG AS YOUR PIC DOESN’T INCLUDED YOUR COMPLETED BALLOT SAYS STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SPOKESPERSON MATT DIETRICH.
DIETRICH SAYS THE BALLOT CAN’T BE IN THE PHOTO SINCE IT COULD BE OFFERED AS PROOF OF VOTING A CERTAIN WAY IN EXCHANGE FOR MONEY. FIND YOUR LOCAL POLLING PLACE AND ELECTION DAY INFORMATION ONLINE AT: ELECTIONS DOT IL DOT GOV.
The 100th anniversary of Armistice Day is coming up and Armistice Day is what we know as Veterans Day on November 11th. Many across the nation look to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans, some will even have parades.
One town looking to have a parade is Monticello. Monticello has the Veterans Parade each year to celebrate veterans said Mayor of Monticello Larry Stoner.
Monticello helped celebrate a veteran on October 20th, a World War I veteran Pvt. Roy W. Hamm, replicating the 100th anniversary of him coming home on the Monticello Railroad. Mayor Stoner said that it honored Pvt. Hamm.
The parade for Veterans Day in Monticello will kick off at 7 pm in Downtown Monticello. The ceremony will be on Main Street with guest speakers, with the parade to follow.
Two locals of DeWitt County look to host a Jaxton Lee's Toys For Tots Fundraiser, to remember Jaxton Denno. Michelle Denno gave birth to Jaxton Dennon in October 2017 where he passed away just hours after being born from a bilateral multicystic dysplastic kidney disease. To help remember Jaxton, Michelle donated to TOYS FOR TOTS at WCIA'S drive up donation.
Michelle and Carolyn Denno wanted to keep that tradition of donating to TOYS FOR TOTS going increasing their donations. This November 10 they look to host a bags tournament, with raffles, DJ entertainment, and live auctions.
The event will take place at the Blue Ridge High School on 411 N Johns Street in Farmer City, with bags tournament registration from 11 am to 1 pm then 3 pm catering by Two Reds Barbecue and live auctions starting at 4:30 pm. You can find more information on the event on Facebook by looking up Jaxton Lee's Toys For Tots Fundraiser.
Do you know of a child where there has been an allegation that a child may have been sexually abused, physically abused, or a witness to a major crime?
McLean County Children's Advocacy Center helps children with these allegations says Executive Director Molly Evans.
Families may have to travel far for some of these services from Advocacy Center, but the McLean County Children's Advocacy Center helps surrounding counties families sending their services to them.
Children may need to speak with a therapist, which is a quick process sometimes for McLean County Children's Advocacy Center says, Evans.
The Children’s Advocacy Center operates three child-friendly interviewing sites; McLean County Office 200 West Front Street, Suite 500-B Bloomington, Illinois, Dewitt County Office 100 South Center Street, Suite 202 Clinton, Illinois, or Livingston County Office 202 ½ North Main Street Pontiac, Illinois. You also learn more by calling (309) 888-5656 or online at www.mcleancountyil.gov/childadvocacy.
Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Kash Jackson feels that Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B Pritzker are out of touch with the problems of everyday citizens.
Jackson is retired from the Navy, a stay at home dad, and a political activist who won the Libertarian nomination for Governor earlier this year.
In the final hours of the campaign for Governor and other key Democratic races, gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker isn't taking any chances. A hoarse Obama gained strength during his speech and closed by urging the crowd to be supporters with action, not words....
The former Illinois State Senator borrowed a page from President George H-W Bush's playbook and said voting Democrat could pave the way for a kinder, gentler America...
Pritzker traveled with US Senator Dick Durbin, running mate Juliana Stratton, Treasurer Mike Frerichs and Attorney General Nominee Kwame Raoul on the final full day of the campaign. The flyaround tour has reached Rockford, Moline, Belleville and Marion. The tour closed with stops in Springfield and Peoria. Governor Bruce Rauner will host a get out the vote rally at Lisle's Benedictine University with statewide Republicans for a get out the vote rally. Rauner made Sunday stops in Decatur, Gibson City, Morris, and St. Charles.
AN OUTBREAK OF E-H-D HAS CLAIMED THE LIVES OF MORE THAN 400 DEER IN ILLINOIS.
THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IS REPORTING 432 CASES OF EPIZOOTIC HEMORRHAGIC DISEASE, OR E-H-D IN DEER SO FAR THIS YEAR. IT’S A VIRAL DISEASE TRANSMITTED BY MIDGES THAT HATCH IN MUDDY AREAS. D-N-R’S DOUG DUFFORD SAYS SICK DEER HAVE BEEN FOUND IN 49 ILLINOIS COUNTIES.
THE WORST YEAR FOR E-H-D IN ILLINOIS WAS IN 2012 WHEN NEARLY THREE THOUSAND CASES WERE CONFIRMED. D-N-R ASKS HUNTERS TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR DEAD OR DYING DEER AND TO REPORT ANY INSTANCES TO THE AGENCY.
THE OUTBREAK HAS HIT 49 ILLINOIS COUNTIES…WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CASES ALONG THE ILLINOIS RIVER IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND PARTS OF SOUTHEASTERN ILLINOIS.
It’s Election Day across the United States. Polls opened at 6 o’clock this morning, and remain open until 7 tonight in Illinois.
Election officials say if you haven’t voted and are in line at 7 tonight, you’ll still get the chance to vote.
Make your vote count today, and then hear your vote count tonight as WHOW Radio and dewittdailynews.com bring you live coverage of contested races from the DeWitt County Courthouse starting at 8, and continuing until local races are decided.
You’ll hear local reports 6 times an hour, plus extended coverage from CBS News Radio.
Results from contested races will also be posted thru-out the evening on dewittdailynews-dot-com.
Clinton City Council had their meeting Monday to put on file the Mach 1 TIF Amendment. The TIF amendment was placed on file to reflect the time frame showing Mach 1's construction season. City Administrator Tim Followell said this was a typical amendment showing the time frame.
The amendment was to amend the payable taxes in 2018 because they didn't open till early October so they won't pay till 2019 said, Followell.
The city council just put the amendment on file and will discuss more on a later date.
Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center reported around 430 clients in Central Illinois ranging from ages 4 to 80 years old were sexually assaulted or abused.
You can help volunteer your time to help some of these people says Executive Director Cathy Byers.
There are only a couple of qualifications; commitment to and support sexual assault/abuse victims and must be at least 18 years of age.
There is training that you must do to prepare for Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center.
The training will be taking place on November 6; it takes over a span of two weeks every Tuesday and Thursday. To sign up for volunteering call the Growing Strong Sexual Center at 217-428-0770.
Forget some of your medical information? Well, don't fret File of Life Medical Information Program helps with that. The Program helps emergency responders to obtain a quick and accurate medical history when a patient is unable to offer one says DeWitt County Triad's, Connie Unruh.
There is also a small card holder to keep the same information inside your wallet or purse.
Unruh said that you should call the county to register your File of Life Medical Information with the county, so when you call 911, they know you have that File of Life. Triad has got more of the File of Life packs to help people update or start a File of Life.
Information on the File of Life can be obtained by contacting the DeWitt County Triad program through dewittsheriff.com or calling 217-935-9507.
Habitat for Humanity is looking for new residents on a three bedroom house in DeWitt County. The house will be released to HFH within a week or two and will need some remodeling on the house.
The house won't open probably for a few months because they are going to replace the furnace and AC unit, along with siding and flooring says Secretary for DeWitt County HFH Robert Cox.
Families can go ahead and apply for the home said, Jessica Devore. The houses though depend on some requirements says, Cox.
HFH will run a credit check, but you don't need a high credit score of 700 plus said, Cox. The three-bedroom house is located at 1835 E. Main Street in Clinton. The house won't be available for move in till February, but HFH is taking applications. You can reach HFH at 217-935-4663 or by going to their office at 401 E. Washington Street in Clinton.
October weather we jumped right into fall, with 50-degree temperatures and a dryer October than average. In November, we could see more mild temperatures for Central Illinois says Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Chris Miller.
Looking towards the future into winter, we still see an El Nino says, Miller.
That does not mean we will not still have a chance of the snow just chance of less precipitation. Get your weather anytime at dewittdailynews.com or go to the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov.
THIS IS WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS MONTH AND THE ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY IS URGING FAMILIES TO GET READY FOR THE COLD.
WINTER WEATHER IN ILLINOIS CAN INCLUDE EVERYTHING FROM TORNADOES AND RAIN TO ICE STORMS AND HEAVY SNOW. A GOOD PLACE TO START PREPARING IS YOUR CAR SAYS IEMA SPOKESPERSON REBECCA CLARK, SINCE YOU NEVER KNOW IF YOU’LL GET STRANDED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.
OTHER ITEMS CARS SHOULD BE OUTFITTED WITH ARE A BLANKET, FLASHLIGHT, FIRST AID KIT, WATER, JUMPER CABLES AND A SHOVEL SAYS CLARK. NEXT UP IS YOUR HOME.
CLARK REMINDS THAT POWER OUTAGES CAN LAST SEVERAL DAYS AND NOTES THERE HAVE BEEN 600 COLD WEATHER-RELATED DEATHS IN ILLINOIS OVER THE LAST DECADE.
Have questions on how to use your cell phone? You can join the DeWitt County Triad and Clinton High School National Honors Society on Monday, November 5, from 10 to 11 am and attend a cell phone for seniors workshop at the First National Bank and Trust of Clinton says Connie Unruh.
The Triad and CHS National Honors Society had a class last year and went so good that some people upgraded to new phones says, Unruh.
With having the event at the First National Bank and Trust of Clinton Unruh said they would be showing some of the banks' apps and how safe it can be using your phone with banking.
If you have questions on the event, you can call Connie Unruh at 217-935-7464 or email at email@example.com. You can call and request any specific topics you'd like to cover.
DeWitt County families are in holiday financial need. To help those families, Samaritan Room will have a sign up for "Angel Tree" holiday assistance.
The Samaritan Room helps families in need in DeWitt County providing coats, clothing, and holiday gifts for families living below poverty level say Director of the DeWitt County Samaritan Room Sue Calvert.
The Samaritan Room works with Farmer City, providing coats to kids in need.
The Samaritan Room's Angel tree which provides gifts to kids during the holidays, but in recent years the Samaritan Room had to do Angel tree a different way.
After they couldn't use the Elk Club, they used the Clinton Wal-mart. The families would get a certain amount of money to use at Wal-mart. Unfortunately, Wal-mart closed, and this has affected the Samaritan Room says, Calvert.
This weekend they will be having three events going on to help the families with all the changes. November 3 they will have the coat distribution at the Clinton Jr. High School from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You can sign up then for the Angel tree events by going to SignUpGenius.com and enter firstname.lastname@example.org for the coat distribution and holiday assistance. State Farm Literacy event will also be going on to hang out with the kids playing games and give little gifts.
To sign up for the events go to SignupGenius.com or go to the Vespasian Warner Library for the paperwork signing up. If you have any questions, Calvert said you can reach her at 309-825-5822 or by email at email@example.com
Monticello is in the process of upgrading a 14.5 million dollar project.
Monticello are working on the wastewater treatment plant and looks to get finished this year says Mayor of Monticello Larry Stoner.
That is not the only thing getting a change. Monticello's First Mid building that was left unattended looks to get filled in by Christy's Clinic.
The building was modernized to give it a new look at Monticello's square.
Mayor Stoner said that they try and keep everything up with the infrastructure to improve Monticello.
THE FALL HARVEST IS CHUGGING ALONG AS WE HEAR IN THE LATEST CROP REPORT.
PRODUCERS GOT SOME TIME IN THE FIELDS THIS PAST WEEK…WITH ABOUT FIVE DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER.
89 PERCENT OF CORN AND 86 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS HAVE NOW BEEN HARVESTED. 74 PERCENT OF WINTER WHEAT HAS BEEN PLANTED WITH 50 PERCENT EMERGED. SORGHUM HARVEST REACHED 86 PERCENT COMPLETE.
As Republicans were learning how to handle President Trump's unique political style, Governor Bruce Rauner seemingly kept his distance. Now, the Governor is saluting the President for helping Illinois, especially when it comes to health care....
Rauner hoped to bring that message to Trump during a weekend rally in Murphysboro but wasn't able to meet with the President.
Did you buy too much candy, to where you got bags of it left and don't know what to do with it?
Well, a local dentist office is helping collect some of this year's unopened Halloween candy for cash. Karen Augenbaugh said that Dr. John Larkin in Clinton is going to be giving a dollar for a pound of candy and then donating them to Operation Enduring a military support group.
People can donate up to 10 pounds of candy starting Thursday, and through November 5 from 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm and then on Tuesday, November 6 from 12pm-6pm.
You can find Dr. John Larkin's office at 323 West Washington Street in Clinton. You can also call them at 217-935-5216 to find more information.
Warner Hospital and Health Services are thanking First National Bank and Trust for its generous $2,500 donation to assist in our efforts to reduce lung cancer. The funds will be made available to the community for people without insurance or other means to participate in the Smoking Cessation classes which is the first step on the way to reducing lung cancer.
DeWitt County is ranked number two in the state for lung cancer deaths. Warner Hospital with the help of First National Bank and Trust’s donation is fighting back with lung cancer prevention initiatives. Starting January 2019, Warner Hospital will offer a Freedom from Smoking class. The class is an 8-week course offered through the American Lung Association.
For Warner Hospital Family Medicine patients, the hospital has a lung cancer screening program if they qualify. Criteria are you have to be 50 or over, have a 20-30 or more pack year history of smoking, current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years, and have additional lung cancer risk factors.
For more information on these great programs, call 217-937-5284 or email Warner Hospital at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DeWitt County Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Tweedy resigned this past week. Tweedy was assigned to take over for Teresa Barnett as the DeWitt County EMA Director this past summer.
Tweedy left to due to personal reasons says Dewitt County Board Chairman Dave Newberg.
Assistant Director Christine Hasler will take over as interim director till public safety of DeWitt County decides on a new EMA Director says Public Safety Chairman Cris Rogers.
Rogers and public safety had a meeting to decide on what to do moving forward.
Rogers said that they are looking to have a final decision by the end of November, but will have to go through the full County Board before the new director is selected.
A Clinton, Illinois custom printing shop that opened up a year ago continues to prosper.
Meghan Morge and her husband opened up a custom printing shop called C and P Custom Printing, but it wasn't an immediate start says Morge.
C and P have worked with various groups making designs from t-shirts, coffee mugs, and more.
You can find C and P Custom Printing on Facebook, on the Clinton Chamber of Commerce website, or call 847-655-9544 if you are interested in C and P making you some designed items.
Ensign Daniel Sparks applied the lessons learned from Middletown, Illinois, to help in developing the skills to become a naval supply officer.
Those lessons learned during Sparks’s time in his hometown, turned into an opportunity to learn leadership and the most innovative tactics of naval supply in the world at Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS), located in Newport, Rhode Island.
Sparks is a 2007 University of Illinois Springfield graduate.
Considered to be one of the Navy’s greatest assets, the supply officers must first train and be mentored at supply school.
Prior to any type of extraordinary achievement, the students must first pass a rigorous course structure in order to become a Navy supply officer.
The mission of supply school is to provide students with the personal and professional foundations for success. This mission lends itself to the vision of the school which is to ensure all supply corps officer graduates are prepared to provide global logistics support to Navy and joint warfare.
Once these service members finish training, they are deployed around the world putting their skill set to work.
There are many sacrifices and goals one must achieve to be selected as a supply officer and Sparks is most proud of Earning Blue Jacket of the Year in 2017 while he was an enlisted sailor during his tour in Diego Garcia.
The future of naval warfare is rapidly changing, so the course and materials at supply school are constantly evolving to create the most dynamic, lethal, safe and professional warfighting team for the Navy our nation needs.
Just as Americans go grocery shopping and conduct car and home repairs, supply officers in the Navy ensure sailors have the tools and equipment they need to deter any threat and maintain warfighting readiness and threat deterrence in an era of great power competition.
As Sparks and other officers continue to train, they take pride in what it means to serve their country in the United States Navy.
The 100th anniversary of Armistice Day is coming up, which is what we know as Veterans Day. Armistice Day is when the Allies and Germany signed to end World War I.
To help celebrate and teach some history McLean County History Museum of History is hosting a program with a local historian and retired lawyer Guy Fraker. Fraker will present a program about the experiences of one World War I soldier, his uncle Harry “Hal” Holliday, says Director of Education at the McLean County Museum of History Candace Summers.
Holliday was from the Peoria area, and this program is to commemorate all veterans.
The program is free to the public and will take place on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum’s second-floor courtroom. For more information about this program, you can contact the Education Department at email@example.com or by phone at 309-827-0428.
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GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS URGING THE PUBLIC TO GET THEIR ANNUAL FLU SHOT.
THE GOVERNOR JUST GOT HIS SHOT…AND RECOMMENDS EVERYONE SIX MONTHS AND OLDER DO THE SAME. HE SAYS IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT KEEPING YOURSELF HEALTHY.
THE GOVERNOR AND FIRST LADY WERE JUST VACCINATED…AND SAY EVERYONE OVER SIX MONTHS OF AGE SHOULD AS WELL.
THE GOVERNOR SAYS GETTING VACCINATED PROTECTS YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES FROM THE FLU. IT’S AVAILABLE IN BOTH SHOT AND NASAL SPRAY FORM AND TAKES ABOUT TWO WEEKS TO BECOME EFFECTIVE.