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Washington Street Haunted House

The month of September is halfway over, that means getting closer to the 25th anniversary of Clinton's Terror On Washington Street Haunted House. The haunted house will be open for nine nights this year. To help tweak some things they changed some of the rooms at the haunted house this year. 
 

 

 
The haunted house will be open every Friday and Saturday night starting on October 5th from 7:13 pm to 11 pm.
 

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Homecoming Parade

As fall moves along Clinton schools move closer to having their homecoming. With homecoming comes the parade and Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers wanted to remind everyone where the parade would be taking place.
 

 

 
The homecoming parade will be on Friday, October 5th kicking off at 3 pm. 
 

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Monticellobration

Monticello gets ready for their annual celebration this year. Some of the Monticellobration festivities will be back such as knockerball, food trucks, makers and crafters. This year though Monticello will be kicking festivities off with something new says Director of Community Development Callie Jo McFarland.
 

 

 
The Monticellobration is on September 29th starting at 7 am in Downtown Monticello. 
 

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COUNTRY Finacial Names New CEO

Country Financial in Bloomington released a letter Thursday stating that Jim Jacobs as its new CEO for the year 2019. Jacobs will take over for Kurt Bock, who will retire after serving as CEO for seven years.
 
Jacobs has worked for Country Financial as a general counsel, secretary, and chief legal officer. He has also worked with other affiliated companies such as Illinois Farm Bureau working as an attorney and assistant corporate secretary.  
 
Jacobs currently serves as a board member for the Special Olympics of Illinois. He has also tutored for Star Literacy and was part of the board of directors for Heartland Head Start.

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Harvest Off to Fast Start

Harvest is underway in almost every part of Illinois. The state’s farmers are making quicker work this year than last when it comes to harvesting soybeans. USDA’s Mark Schleusener says things are coming along nicely as four percent of the crop is out of the field.
 

 

 
Farmers will be working for the next six to eight weeks to harvest the majority of the state’s corn and soybeans. 

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Southern Illinois House Candidate Calls Recent Trade Policy One Example of Lack of Congressional Oversight

In the latest tariffs announced by the Trump administration, the U.S. will be putting 10 percent on $200 billion in Chinese imported goods. That new tariff will grow to 25 percent in 2019. China has since announced tariffs on $60 billion of American made goods, including meat, alcoholic drinks, chemicals, machinery, and auto parts. Illinois 12th district house candidate Brendan Kelly says Congress has been passing the buck, and it has hurt Illinois residents for a long time.
 

 

 
Kelly is looking to unseat incumbent Mike Bost in November’s election. Bost has held the 12th district house seat since 2015.

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Some Illinois farmers growing weary of tariff and trade war

Even before President Trump announced another round of tariffs on some goods imported from China, Will County farmer John Kiefner had seen the market for soybeans and other products shipped to China in containers come to a halt;
 

 

 
Kiefner says thousands of containers loaded with big box and dollar store goods from China coming into Chicago-area rail yards will likely return empty. He's not thrilled with the plan for U-S-D-A to pay him and other farmers for being victims of the tariff and trade war;
 

 

 
Kiefner and some other Illinois farmers want the Trump administration to get to the negotiating table with China - and complete a new North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.

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Infant Mortality Rates in Black Communities Addressed

State lawmakers are asking questions about the death rate among African American babies and why it’s higher than that of white babies. 
 
The mortality rate can be as much as three times higher for black infants and Rush University Medical Center Pediatrician Gina Lowell says black families bring babies into bed, and while co-sleeping presents dangers she says that some mothers have far greater concerns about keeping their children safe.
 

 

 
Experts are suggesting more in home follow up care for mothers and helping expect one’s with prenatal checkups.

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Duckworth weighs in on Kavanaugh developments

Sen. Tammy Duckworth is weighing in on the latest developments in the Brett Kavanaugh case, in particular word that university professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will get the discuss her claims of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were in high school.....
 

 

 
Duckworth is hopeful the FBI can take a closer look at the claims...
 

 

 
 

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Clinton Police Get Ready for Apple'n Pork Festival

The Annual Apple'n Pork festival is right around the corner, and Clinton preps for the thousands of people coming. The festival is on its 50th year now and usually reaches up to around 100,000 people attending says Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers. 
 
 

 

Chief Lowers also mentioned some available parking for people coming in that will help shuttle people to the festival.

 

 

 
The Apple'n Pork Festival will be September 29th and 30th, all weekend long.
 

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Monticello Growing Businesses

Economic developments have changed over the years, making it harder for some smaller rural towns. Monticello though hasn't let that stop them as they look to continue to grow businesses through the Monticello Bootcamp program says Director of Community Development Callie Jo McFarland.
 

 

 
The boot camp brings many of people from not just Monticello but from other areas as well. McFarland says that the program brings in different speakers to help growing businesses.
 

 

 
The Monticello Bootcamp program has been going on for a few years and is now on its 7th round looking to grow more businesses in the future. 
 

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Food Pantry Coop

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is offering a new program to help people in need. Instead of coming to a food pantry to go and get food people can now do what is called a food pantry coop says Director of Nutrition Services Becky Leamon.
 

 

 
The food pantry coop is in DeWitt and now just started up in Logan County. The idea of the food pantry coop is to help people not only be fed but also build some work ethics as well. 

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Mother Road Festival

Route 66 is getting ready for its large festival, the Mother Road Festival. The annual festival will take place in downtown Springfield to celebrate the golden age of route 66. 
 
Guest speaker Assistant Director of the Route 66 Scenic Byway Geoff Ladd talks about some of the attractions at this year's festival. 
 

 

 
Mother Road Festival will be in Downtown Springfield September 21-23. 6 to 10 pm Friday, 9 am to 10 pm Saturday and 9 am to 2 pm Sunday.

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Plenty of Illinois-grown pumpkins to pick

Illinois is the leading pumpkin-growing state in the nation, and as far as those used for jack-o-lanterns and other decorative purposes there will be plenty to pick this year. Jake Goebbert's (GO-burt) family has been growing pumpkins for decades near the northern Illinois village of Pingree Grove;
 

 

 
The Goebbert family grows pumpkins on 100 acres not far from the intersection of Interstate-90 and Illinois Route-47 in Kane County;
 

 

 
Goebbert's allow customers to pick pumpkins right out of the field. They're busy this time of year, opening their farm in Pingree Grove, and another in the Cook County Village of South Barrington seven days a week.
 

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Clinton Lake Sailing Association Teaching Sailing

At Clinton Lake some people fish, some people like to swim but for Eric Bussell and some others, they like to sailing. Eric Bussell is part of the Clinton Lake Sailing Association, a group of people that do competitive sailing but also sail as a hobby. Bussell mentioned that people interested can join to learn more about sailing. 
 

 

 
You can contact Eric Bussell by looking up Clinton lake sailing association, or look up freesailinglesson.org and search for Clinton lake sailing association for classes. 

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Railroad Safety Week

Railroads have been a big part of Clinton's history. With the railroads running through we should take precautions when it comes to those railroads. To help with that is Railroad safety week which takes place from September 23-29th. Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers talks about some of the precautions we should take with railroads.
 

 

 
Chief Lowers mentioned that some people misunderstand railroads thinking that they can be used for whatever use.
 

 

 
Chief Lowers wanted to remind everyone to be safe around railroads with the safety week coming up, that will be from September 23-29th to make sure everyone is safe and follows the laws. 
 

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Friendship Center plans for Live Charlie Brown Show

Paula Jiles has been planning big plans at the Friendship Center. Jiles worked with the rest of the seniors to set up a trip for them to attend.
 

 

 
The Charlie Brown Live show has limited seats so if you would like to attend contact the Friendship Center at 217-855-6036 or by going to their location at 410 E. Main Street in Clinton. 

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SIU School of Medicine launches new department to address rural health

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is retooling to meet the needs of rural residents. Sameer Vohra (vor-uh) is the Founding Chair of the new Department of Population Science and Policy. He says the new department will address key needs in Downstate Illinois....
 

 

 
Dr. Vohra discusses the department's plan of attack for improving the health of Southern and Central Illinois...
 

 

 
The new department will target the opioid epidemic in the Illinois Delta Region, childhood growth and development, cancer disparities in rural communities, and building community capacity for health improvement.

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Conservation Foundation Bike Ride

Rock Springs Nature Center is getting ready for its Prarie Pedal bicycling event. The event is where bike riders can come out and ride around Macon County to help support Macon County Conservation Foundation. Rock Springs Nature Center Director Richie Wolf says its one of their largest fundraisers for the foundation. 

 

 
Wolf talked about how much it was that gets you different prizes and that all that money goes to conservation efforts.
 

 

 
To register or find more information on the event go to maconcountyconservation.org/prarie-pedal or by contacting Rock Springs Nature Center at 217-423-7708.
 

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ILLINOIS TOP 10 SCIENTISTS

VOTERS ARE CHOOSING ENRICO FERMI AS THEIR NUMBER ONE PICK FOR ILLINOIS SCIENTISTS IN THE LATEST TOP 10 POLL.
 
FERMI CAME TO THE U-S IN 1939 AND IS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS WORK WITH NUCLEAR ENERGY SAYS ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY SPOKESPERSON CHRIS WILLS.
 

 

 
OTHER SCIENTISTS MAKING THE TOP 10 INCLUDE JAMES WATSON WHO DISCOVERED THE DOUBLE HELIX SHAPE OF D-N-A, ANDREW MOYER WHO WORKED IN AN AGRICULTURE LAB IN PEORIA TO PRODUCE LARGE BATCHES OF PENICILLIN…AND U OF I PROFESSOR JOHN BARDEEN WHO IS THE ONLY PERSON TO WIN THE NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS TWICE.

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This is farm safety week; expert recommends taking breaks during harvest season

The harvest season in full swing and running at a feverish pace throughout most of Illinois, but even with a prolonged stretch of dry weather, farmers must take breaks. So says University of Illinois Extension farm safety specialist Bob Aherin.
 

 

 
The third week of September is National Farm Safety and Health Week. 

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State lawmaker hosts forum on opioid epidemic; won't be his last

A Quad City area state lawmaker has hosted an informational forum on the opioid epidemic. And it won’t be the last for State Senator Neil Anderson of Andalusia. 

 

 

Anderson also works as a firefighter and paramedic and he says he sees the effects of the problem first hand. The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse has rolled out a helpline for opioids and other substances at “1-833-2FINDHELP”.

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Library Card Month

Setempber is signing up library card month, a national event that Vespasian Warner Public Library is taking a part of. When you sign up for your new library you can participate in the event that the library is hosting. The event is to help the library find library cards from villains says, Samantha Rusk.
 

 

 
The superhero event with the library will be going all month long. You can find the Vespasian Warner Public Library at 310 N Quincy St, in Clinton. 

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Lego Historian Coming to Macon Museum

As the weather turns colder, activities around the Macon Country History Museum begin to pick up again.  Returning to the museum this year will be Dr. Bob Card, a historian of the construction toys - LEGOs - for over 25 years. Dr. Card came to the museum a few years back with all sorts of his buildings, and Nathan Pierce with the Macon County History Museum thought it would be good to bring him back.
 

 

 
Pierce says this event is geared towards a different crowd than most that take place at the museum.
 

 

 
Dr. Card and his LEGO presentation will make an appearance at the Macon County History Museum on October 13th at 1:30 pm.
 

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Hunter Safety Course at Rock Springs Nature Center

Hunting season is right around the corner and to help prepare for that, Rock Springs Nature Center has teamed up with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to host a hunters safety course. 
 

 

 
The courses are available on October 19th and 20th. You can be a first timer or veteran hunter if you would like to attend. If you have any questions call the Rock Springs Nature Center at 217-423-7708. 
 

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Illinois Emergency Management Agency Advice

THE ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY HAS SOME ADVICE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE FLORENCE. (two stories, same lead).
 
BEFORE YOU DONATE YOUR TIME OR MONEY…IT’S BEST TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE GOING THROUGH A REPUTABLE ORGANIZATION SAYS I-EMA SPOKESPERSON REBECCA CLARK.
 

 

 
THE ORGANIZATION’S WEBSITE IS: NVOAD.ORG.

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Madison County Democrats choose replacement candidate for fallen board member

Madison County Democrats have picked a new board member to fill the ballot slot for the County Board seat held by Helen Hawkins, who recently collapsed at a committee meeting and died hours later. Pontoon Beach Village Board member Chris Hankins was chosen by a nominating committee of the precinct committeemen of County Board District 16. They fulfilled the wishes of Hawkins herself, who had written a letter to the Madison County Board Chairman asking that Hankins be her replacement in the event she retired from her board seat. 
 

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Annual Monticello Railroad Days This Past Weekend

An annual train event took place this weekend in Monticello.
 
The Monticello Railway Museum hosted their annual Railroad Days this weekend and drew a large crowd. 
 
Ted Lemen, with the Monticello Railway Museum, indicated that each ticket allowed unlimited rides on diesel 
 
and steam engine trains.
 

 

 
In addition to the trains rides, there was an abundance of festivities on the museum grounds. Event Chairman 

Bill Chris noted that there were Hodge pedal cars, food vendors, face painting, hula hooping, music, and more.

 

 

 
Proceeds from the Railroad Days go towards the efforts of the Monticello Railway Museum. Railroad Days runs again Sunday, September 16, from 10 am to 5 pm.

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Weekly Crop Report 2

CORN HARVESTING IS UNDERWAY AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT. 
 
56 PERCENT OF CORN IS MATURE AND FOUR PERCENT HAS NOW BEEN HARVESTED. THE CROP IMPROVED SLIGHTLY WITH 77 PERCENT IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. AS FOR SOYBEANS…
 

 

 
CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER SAYS 56 PERCENT OF SORGHUM IS MATURE AND THE THIRD CUTTING OF ALFALFA IS NOW 92 PERCENT COMPLETE. AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE INCREASED TO THREE PERCENT VERY SHORT, SIX PERCENT SHORT, 65 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 26 PERCENT SURPLUS.

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Apprenticeship program for high school students signed into law

Illinois high schools will soon have the opportunity to offer on-the-job apprenticeships. Legislation sponsored by Peoria State Senator Chuck Weaver has been signed into law.

 

 

 
Rules about how the registered apprenticeship program will operate must still be developed and federal approval is also needed for the initiative. 

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Save Back to School Receipts

It’s not quite tax season but as you wrap up back to school shopping the money you spent may be tax deductible. The Illinois Department of Revenue says a few of your purchases can be deducted on your taxes.
 

 

 
That’s Revenue’s Terry Hortman. He says that purchases for homeschooled kids count just the same as they do for kids going to public or private schools.

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State Far Attendance Lower This Year

The State Fair packed fewer people into the grounds over its 11 day run but those who showed up spent more money. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says that they counted 369 thousand people attending the fair. That number is lower than last year but Denise Albert with IDOA says that vendors reported higher sales this year than last.
 

 

 
The fair has changed the way they count visitors beginning in 2015. Since then the fair has averaged about 384 thousand attendees a year.

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Monarch Madness

Rock Springs Nature Center gets ready for their annual event called Monarch Madness. You can learn about monarch butterflies from naturalists, then help capture and tag live butterflies says Rock Springs Nature Center Manager Richie Wolf.
 

 

 
The event is free and open to the public, no registration is required. 
 

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DeWitt Family Fun Night

Celebrating the new 4-H year this September the U of I Extension of DeWitt County looks to host a Family Fun NIght. The free event is a new one where it brings an opportunity to meet with leaders, staff, and other 4-H members. 
 
Guest speaker Kim Gibbons talked about having at the Family Fun Night.
 

 

 
The fun night will have inflatable slides, food, and games for everyone. The event will be at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Clinton, IL September 16th from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Register by September 13 online or call the DeWitt County Extension office at 217-935-5764. If you need more information call Gibbons at 217-935-5764 or email at kkgibbon@illinois.edu.
 

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Eastern Illinois Foodbank Foodmobile Giveaway In Clinton, IL

Eastern Illinois Foodbank is in need of volunteers for their distribution at the Clinton American Legion in Clinton, IL. 
 
The distributions are part of the Foodbank's Foodmobile program a system of mobile food pantries designed to help bring nutritious food to areas in need. Through the program, local companies and organizations are invited to contribute a new day distribution of food.
 

 

 
The giveaway will be on October 20th from 10-11:30 a.m. You can visit the Foodbank's website at www.eifoodbank.org and click "find help" to volunteer. 
 

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Richland Courses from Workforce Investment Solutions

Jobs can be difficult to get without some of the qualifications you need to work them. Some of those qualifications could be school or trade skills needed to work. Richland College offers different courses to learn those skills and Workforce Investment Solutions can help you with that says Consultant Larry Peterson.
 

 

 
Not only do they teach you some of the basic skills but trade skills as well. 
 

 

 
If you want to find out about Richland's opportunities call Workforce Investment Solutions at 217-875-8751 or by going to Workforce over in Decatur at 757 W. Pershing Road.

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Weekly Crop Report

CORN HARVESTING IS UNDERWAY AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT. 
 
JUST FOUR DAYS WERE SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK LAST WEEK…BUT SOME PRODUCERS GOT A LITTLE HARVESTING IN SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER.
 

 

 
77 PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. 37 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE DROPPING LEAVES AND 56 PERCENT OF SORGHUM IS MATURE.
 
THANKS TO WIDESPREAD RAINS…AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE IMPROVED TO THREE PERCENT VERY SHORT, SIX PERCENT SHORT, 65 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 26 PERCENT SURPLUS.

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Free and Reduced School Lunches

NEW ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR FREE AND REDUCED SCHOOL LUNCHES ARE BEING RELEASED AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES ARE ENCOURAGE TO APPLY TO THE PROGRAM. 
 

INCOME LIMITS ARE SET EACH YEAR AND ROXANNE RAMAGE WITH THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SAYS THE BREAKFASTS, LUNCHES AND AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS HELP MAKE SURE STUDENTS DON’T GO HUNGRY.

 

 
THE NEW INCOME STANDARDS ARE IN PLACE AND HOUSEHOLDS CAN APPLY ANY TIME DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR. THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION’S ROXANNE RAMAGE SAYS PARENTS SHOULD CHECK TO SEE IF THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PARTICIPATING.
 
 
MANY FAMILIES RECEIVING PUBLIC AID WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENROLLED FOR FREE MEALS. SCHOOLS CAN HELP OTHER HOUSEHOLDS APPLY AT ANY TIME DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR. JUST ONE APPLICATION PER HOUSEHOLD IS NEEDED IF ALL KIDS ARE IN THE SAME SCHOOL DISTRICT.

 

 

 

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Warner Hospital Fair Touts New Physical Therapy Equipment

 

The Warner Hospital held their annual health fair in Clinton Thursday, offering those in attendence free clinics from various area specialists, as well as some local.  The hospital's physcial therapy department recieved new equipment and tables this week courtesy of the Warner Hospital Foundation, and were on display at the event. Physical therapist Cheryl DeMent says the new furniture will be benefitial for both patients and staff.
 

 

 

 

 
The Warner Hospital physical therapy department offers free screenings, and DeMent invites those interested to stop by the facility to check out the new equipment.

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Tailgating Safety

Football season has kicked off and that means fans are out tailgating, celebrating their favorite teams. With tailgating comes grilling hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, etc. and we need to be careful says USDA Janell Goodwin.
 

 

 
Even going by the color of food is not the best way to determine if something is cooked.
 

 

 
If you have any concerns about the safety of tailgate cooking you can call 1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit the US Department of Agriculture website at www.usda.gov.

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Hurricane Florence will result in dry weather for Illinois

Illinois won’t feel any harsh effects from Hurricane Florence. That outlook from agriculture meteorologist Eric Schmidt at EJS Weather in Newton.
 

 

 
Schmidt says most parts of Illinois will also see temperatures climb into the 80’s into the weekend through early next week. 

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One of state's longest running antique tractor show set for this weekend

One of the longest running antique engine and tractor shows in Illinois set for later this weekend. It takes place near Geneseo in Henry County Friday through Sunday. It marks the 57th year for the Antique Engine and Tractor Association Farm Show says committee member Phil Jordan. 
 

 

 
Further information is available at “ae-ta.com”.

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Illinois Picks Up Needed Rain in Parts of State

A soggy September has been welcome for parts of Illinois. The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon dumped rain over a large portion of the Illinois. State Climatologist Jim Angel says this month state wide rain fall totals are already at three and half inches. That’s more than some areas got for a large portion of the summer and so the soaking rains were welcome.
 

 

 
Area’s south of St. Louis picked up the most rain in the state this past 
weekend with reports of 10 inches or more over Friday and Saturday.

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A Celebration for Veterans!

Clinton AMVETS Post 14 had their regularly scheduled meeting on September 10, and the Post celebrated a night for the Danville VA hospitalized Veterans. The Clinton Power Station Interns entrusted AMVETS Post 14 with their “Project.”  They raised $1,275.00 designated for the Clinton AMVETS Post 14 to help Veterans, and the CPS Management matched the intern’s efforts with an added $1,475.00 donation.  
 
Post 14 decided that the funds, plus $1,250.00 from Post 14, for a total of $4,000.00, would be donated to support the Danville VA Hospital.
 
AMVETS Post 14 thanked the CPS Interns and Management for entrusting Clinton AMVETS Post 14 to fulfill their project to help Veterans. 

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Two New Births at Scoville Zoo

The Scoville Zoo usually waits around mid-summer to see if any their animals would give birth. This year two of their animals gave birth in late summer this time. Ken Frye came in to talk about the new howler monkey.
 

 

 
The new howler monkey wasn't the only one to be born as a new red panda would also be born at the Scovill Zoo.
 

 

 
The Scovill Zoo will still be open till October 8th and will also be at the Warner Hospital Annual Health Fair this Thursday.

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Congressman Davis and Congress Look To Sign New Bill

Congress has been looking to sign a new bill to help people get more funding toward new careers. Getting the money though is hard for some who already struggle. Congress is investing money into a program to help workers. The raised money is to help support workers get higher paying jobs and get them out of poverty levels. Congressman Rodney Davis with more on the new bill.
 

 

 
Unemployment has been decreasing in the nation to around 4%, and Congress continues to look forward to decreasing that even more. 

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Illinois State Fair

ATTENDANCE WAS DOWN AT THIS YEAR’S ILLINOIS STATE FAIR BUT VENDOR SALES WERE UP. 
 
MORE THAN 369 THOUSAND PEOPLE VISITED THE STATE FAIR IN SPRINGFIELD LAST MONTH. THAT’S A DECREASE OF EIGHT PERCENT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR. FAIR SPOKESPERSON DENISE ALBERT SAYS ALL IN ALL IT WAS A GREAT FAIR WITH GOOD WEATHER AND HIGH VENDOR RECEIPTS.

 

 
ALBERT SAYS GRANDSTAND CONCERTS SALES WERE SOLID…WITH MORE THAN 50 THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDING SHOWS AND OVER ONE POINT EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS IN TOTAL TICKET REVENUE. LUKE COMBS DREW THE BIGGEST CROWDS THIS YEAR.

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Alert About "Green Electricity" Plans

With the advent of electric aggregation, Illinois consumers have been almost constantly bombarded with offers from electricity suppliers trying to get you to switch to their service. The latest angle appears to be the offering of "green plans," apparently trying to appeal to the consumer that wants to take a stand against fossil fuels. But Citizen's Utility Board spokesman Jim Chilsen says there is no way to guarantee a "green" plan will only send you "green" power.
 

 

 
And that means that by buying a certificate, somewhere along the power grid, renewable energy will be added. You can get the agency's free "Guide to Renewable Energy Plans" emailed to you through at CUBHELPCenter.com

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Smithsonian exhibit on rural America opens in Illinois

The Washington D-C-based Smithsonian Institution opened an exhibit over the weekend in Illinois about change in rural America. The exhibit will be hosted in small Illinois communities over the next eight months. Matt Meacham with the Chicago-based Illinois Humanities helped coordinate the Smithsonian exhibit in Illinois, one of three states selected;
 

 

 
The exhibit called "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" is part of the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program to bring exhibits to communities of less than 25-thousand people. Meacham says the six Illinois communities selected had to compete and create a complimentary local exhibit on the topic;
 

 

 
The Smithsonian's "Change in Rural America" exhibit opened over the weekend in the Randolph County community of Chester. It moves on to Winchester in Scott County in late October, then to Shelbyville in mid-December. The communities of Atlanta in Logan County, Marshall in Clark County and Sycamore in DeKalb County will host the exhibit in 2019.
 

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The Warner Hospital Health Fair September 13th

Warner Hospital gets ready this week to host its Annual Health Fair this Thursday. The annual event will be taking place across the street from the hospital with over 40 different vendors coming out to Clinton. CEO and guest speaker Paul Skowron mentioned a new attraction coming to this year's Annual Health Fair.
 

 

 
The Annual Health Fair will be this Thursday, September 13th, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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AMVETS Look To Expand Building

Over time the AMVETS have looked into getting a building to support veterans. They were able to acquire the building and now look to expand in Clinton. Darrel Tucker and Marc Rogers have asked the state for a grant to help expand that new building.
 

 

 
Tucker mentioned that the state has put restrictions on the specifics of the grant.
 

 

 
If you want to help with veterans or you are a veteran who wants a place to talk visit the Clinton AMVETS at 302 N. Monroe St. Clinton, IL or visit ilamvets.org for more information.

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Workforce Investment Solutions Training Money

Finding new jobs can be hard, and sometimes you need to meet different qualifications for those jobs. Trying to meet some of those qualifications can cost you thousands of dollars. You either need years of schooling or training in that career. Workforce investment solutions can help you with that says Consultant Larry Peterson.
 

 

 
Not everyone though can receive the funding, you still have to meet the requirements for Workforce Investment Solutions.

 

 
If you need help finding jobs or need extra schooling/training call Workforce Investment Solutions at 217-875-8751 or by going to Workforce over in Decatur at 757 W. Pershing Road.
 

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The Vault Open House

 
With the first week of September now over we move closer to Clinton opening a new teen center called The Vault. Michelle Witzke wanted to help create a new fun safe space for teens to hang out. 

 

 
The Vault is looking to have an open house in mid-September, but right now they are still in the middle of building phases.
 

 

 
Phase 3 fundraising is now beginning for The Vault to redo the AC units in the building. Witzke is hoping to have the open house September 23rd and fully open sometime in October. 
 

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DeWitt County Emergency Managment Agency's Coordinator Retiring and Kurt Tweedy Taking Over

DeWitt County Emergency Managment Agency's Coordinator Teresa Barnett is retiring this year. Barnett has worked with the agency for over 8 years and has decided to take a step back.  
 

Barnett said that she has enjoyed working with the agency, but it is time now to retire.

 

 

 
Kurt Tweedy who will be taking over as the coordinator is from Branson, Missouri. He attended school down in St. Louis and has come up for DCEMA. Tweedy will continue to coordinate and make sure DeWitt County is safe from all emergencies. 
 

 

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Hunger Action Month

It is now September and with this month comes Hunger Action Month. Hunger Action Month is where Eastern Illinois Foodbank has an event every day for people to learn more about hunger says Development Relations Manager Kristen Costello.
 

 

 
One main event that Eastern Illinois Foodbank has in September is the Snap Hunger Challenge.
 

 

 
You can find more information on Hunger Action Month or Snap Hunger Challenge at eifoodbank.org.
 

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State promoting update to IllinoisJobLink.com

A couple of state agencies are collaborating to expand mobile services for those seeking a job in Illinois and those trying to find employees. Late last month, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and Department of Innovation and Technology jointly announced the release of mobile functionality for the website “IllinoisJobLink.com” says Bob Gough with IDES.
 

 

 
Gough says job openings are populated both by IDES staff and employers in a nightly exchange of job order information with the National Labor Exchange. 

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September is Disaster Preparedness Month

THIS IS DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MONTH IN ILLINOIS AND GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS THANKING FIRST RESPONDERS FOR THE WORK THEY DO IN TIMES OF CRISIS. 
 
MORE THAN 600 EMERGENCY WORKERS HAVE BEEN IN SPRINGFIELD ALL WEEK FOR A TRAINING SUMMIT…HEARING ABOUT HOW TRAGEDIES IN OTHER STATES WERE HANDLED…SUCH AS THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING…AND WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER. GOVERNOR RAUNER ALSO ADDRESSED THE GROUP.
 

 

 
PLENTY OF TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR FAMILY, PETS AND HOME READY FOR A DISASTER ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT: READY.ILLINOIS.GOV.

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ISP announces results from last month's Saturation Saturday effort.

A 10-HOUR STATEWIDE EFFORT TO CATCH DRUNK DRIVERS LAST MONTH NETTED 39 D-U-I ARRESTS. 
 
SATURATION SATURDAY ON AUGUST 26TH INCLUDED ROVING PATROLS AND ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECKS…AND EIGHT OF THE 39 DRIVERS BUSTED WERE FOR MORE THAN TWICE THE LEGAL ALCOHOL LIMIT. ILLINOIS STATE POLICE LIEUTENANT MATT BOERWINKLE SAYS TROOPERS WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT DRUNK DRIVING AND ASKS THE PUBLIC TO HELP AS WELL.
 

 

 
TROOPERS MADE 162 OTHER ARRESTS FOR OUTSTANDING WARRANTS, OPEN ALCOHOL AND DRUGS DURING THE ONE-DAY EFFORT.

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Increase Load Limits

FARMERS WILL BE ABLE TO CARRY A LITTLE HEAVIER LOADS DURING THE FALL HARVEST IN ILLINOIS. 
 
GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO INCREASE LOAD LIMITS BY 10 PERCENT. THAT HELPS PRODUCERS MOVE GRAIN QUICKER AND HAS AN ADDED BENEFIT SAYS STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DEPUTY DIRECTOR WARREN GOETSCH.
 

 

 
FARMERS CAN APPLY TO I-DOT FOR A SPECIAL PERMIT TO CARRY MORE CROPS. A NEW STATE LAW MAKES THE INCREASED LIMIT DURING HARVEST SEASON PERMANENT…BUT THAT DOESN’T TAKE EFFECT UNTIL NEXT YEAR.

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Vaccination Agaisnt Hepatits

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS WORKING TO GET MORE PEOPLE VACCINATED AGAINST HEPATITIS A.
 
I-D-P-H IS SENDING HEP-A VACCINE TO NEARLY A DOZEN LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS…IN HOPES OF VACCINATING THOSE MOST AT RISK WHICH INCLUDES DRUG USERS, MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN AND THE HOMELESS. DIRECTOR DOCTOR NIRAV SHAH SAYS HEPATITIS A IS AN INFECTION THAT CAN DAMAGE THE LIVER.
 

 

 
SHAH SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN OUTBREAKS OF HEPATITIS A IN SEVERAL OTHER STATES…BUT NONE SO FAR IN ILLINOIS.

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Weather forces cancellation of DeWitt County Farm Bureau Tractor Drive

CLINTON, ILL. - Organizers announced Friday the cancellation of the 2018

DeWitt County Farm Bureau Tractor Drive due to forecasted rains and expected
wind for Saturday, Sept. 8.

 

The drive, which raises funds for the DeWitt County Farm Bureau Foundation,
was scheduled to depart the Farmer's Grain Elevator and Excel Railcar
Grounds in Kenney at 12 noon on Saturday, and travel about 26 miles before
returning to Kenney at about 5:30 p.m. 

 

Because many of the drives' volunteers are farmers, it will not be
rescheduled for this year due to proximity to fall harvest. Drivers who were
pre-registered and pre-paid will receive a full refund. 

 

Despite the rains, which forecasters say are remnants of the tropical storm
Gordon, the Farm Bureau encourages residents to keep the Kenney Fall
Festival in your weekend plans as events including the Kenney Fire Chicken
Supper will continue.  

 

DeWitt County Farm Bureau thanks its Drive sponsors: AHW, Inc., Anderson
Ford, Baum Chevrolet Buick, Central Illinois Ag, Douglas Dodge Ram, and Farm
Credit Services.

 

Questions may be directed to DeWitt County Farm Bureau at 217-935-2126.

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Rescheduled Brain Tumor Nature Walk

The Annual Brain Tumor Nature Walk over at Weldon Springs State Recreation Area was supposed to take place this weekend. But due to bad weather, Lauren Johnson decided to reschedule the walk for October 6th. 
 
With the nature walk being a month later Johnson was able to get more activities added into the event.
 

 

 
There will also be a new activity for "teams" to earn prizes.
 

 

 
The goal of the event is to raise $25,000 dollars for the National Brain Tumor Society and find a cure for brain tumors. The nature walk will be on October 6th at 10 a.m. For more information on the event visit nbtsevents.braintumor.org or by calling Lauren Johnson at (217)-622-8294.

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Are You Ok?

We always want to try and keep an eye on our loved ones. Well with the help of the Clinton Triad Committee and CenCom Coordinator Tony Harris you can. Harris and the committee have created a program called "Are you ok?" 
 

 

If you have loved ones that you would like to have on the "Are you ok?" program call CenCom at 217-935-9441.
 

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Safety Glasses For Workers

Working in certain jobs can be difficult and may require some protective eyewear. Clinton Prarie Eye can help workers with that. Guest speaker Seth McCormick talks about some of those services available to workers.
 

 

 
McCormick said that the glasses are made with a specific lens that makes them safety glasses.
 

 

 
If you qualify for a pair of safety glasses or are interested in a set, contact Clinton Prarie Eye at 217-937-1111 or by going to their website at prairieeyecenter.com.
 

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Public Health On Vaccination

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS WORKING TO GET MORE PEOPLE VACCINATED AGAINST HEPATITIS A. 
 
ILLINOIS HASN’T HAD ANY OUTBREAKS YET…BUT OTHER STATES ARE REPORTING AN INCREASE IN HEPATITIS A CASES. HEP-A IS AN INFECTION THAT CAN DAMAGE THE LIVER AND IS SPREAD THROUGH FOOD, WATER, DRUG USE AND SEX. STATE PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR DR. NIRAV SHAH SAYS THEY’RE SENDING PLENTY OF VACCINE TO ALMOST TWO DOZEN LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS TO HELP IMMUNIZE THOSE WHO CAN’T AFFORD IT.
 

 

 
THE LOCAL DEPARTMENTS WILL THEN OFFER THE SHOT FOR FREE OR AT A REDUCED COST. SHAH SAYS HEP-A IS A SERIOUS DISEASE THAT CAN BE PAINFUL AND CAUSE LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES.

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Durbin talks executive power in the opening salvo of Kavanaugh hearing

Senator Dick Durbin had lots to say about executive power in his opening remarks at the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Durbin says Judge Kavanaugh's judicial views on a key issue changed when he served in the Bush White House.....
 

 

 

Durbin says the question of Judge Kavanaugh beliefs on executive power are especially timely...

 

 

 
Durbin continues to pursue the issue of seeking records from Kavanaugh's time as a White House aide. He called the lack of paperwork from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House a 35-month black hole of missing documents. from Kavanaugh’s time as White House Staff Secretary.
 

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Money Match

TREASURER MIKE FRERICHS’ NEW PROGRAM “MONEY MATCH” AIMS TO RETURN 12 MILLION DOLLARS TO ILLINOIS TAXPAYERS. 
 
“MONEY MATCH” TAKES ALL THE WORK OUT OF GETTING ANY UNCLAIMED MONEY YOU ARE DUE SAYS TREASURER FRERICHS.
 

 

 
THE TREASURER’S OFFICE IS SENDING AN ESTIMATED 63 THOUSAND NOTIFICATION LETTERS THIS MONTH AND CHECKS WILL BE MAILED AFTER ADDRESSES ARE VERIFIED.

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UPDATED: Dead Male Found At Clinton Lake

Authorities are investigating a dead male recovered from Clinton Lake Thursday.
 
John Williamson with the IDNR Conservation Police said that it looked like the male was swimming from a boat, struggled in the water, went under then never came back up. 
 
 

 

The DeWitt County Coroner's Office reports the unidentified man was a 63-year old from the Peoria area.  The time of death was pronounced at 1:40pm Thursday.  
 
The death is still under investigation by the DeWitt County Coroner's Office, and IDNR Conservation Police.  
 
The identity of the man is being withheld pending notification of family.  
 
We'll have more on this story once it is released.
 
 
 

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3rd Annual Brain Tumor Nature Walk

Over at Weldon Springs State Recreation Area, Lauren Johnson looks to host the 3rd Annual Brain Tumor Nature Walk. The walk is a national event that helps raise awareness and to honor all who have suffered the devasting effects of brain tumors. 
 
One of the participants and veteran, Norman Emery has brain tumors. Emery created a team that works closely with the veterans to help support and fight brain tumors.

 

 
Norman also expressed that other local vets are helping as well.
 

 

 
The walk will be this weekend September 8th and start at 10 a.m. where you can participate in the walk, activities, donate, or even be a vendor. To find more information go to nbtsevents.braintumor.org or by calling Johnson at 217-622-8294.

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Warrensburg/Latham Adds Restorative Practices

School kids have it hard sometimes going through life. Trying to build relationships is one of those hardships. To help with building those, Warrensburg/Latham School and Superintendent Kristin Weikle is starting a program called Restorative Practices to help students grow and build relationships.
 

 

 
Weikle says that all staff and students will be practicing this program to help better everyone.
 

 

 
Warrensburg Latham School and Superintendent Weikle look forward to this school year and its new program, helping students grow.

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Lincoln Works on Route 66 Road

Over the past 20 years, Lincoln has been trying to acquire the parcels for road construction over on route 66. Though not much luck has come with finishing the road says Lincoln Mayor Seth Goodman.
 

 

 
Unfortunately, Mayor Goodman did say that there is no set date for when the roadway will be updated or finished.
 

 

 
Lincoln will plan more on what to do with the roadway as time moves on. 

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Prairie Eye Center Open House

 
Prairie Eye Center will have an open house this month. The open house is for their new facility over in Decatur to show off the new spa that they now offer. 
 

 

 
Leslie Andrews wanted to reach out to the people and let them know that this facility is still an eye center but with a new addition.
 

 

 
The open house will be Thursday, September 27th, to find more information go to prairieeyecenter.com.

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I-74 Dedicated to Illinois State Police Trooper

A PORTION OF I-74 NEAR FARMER CITY IS BEING DEDICATED TO A FALLEN ILLINOIS STATE POLICE TROOPER. 
 
37-YEAR-OLD RYAN ALBIN WAS KILLED ON DUTY LAST YEAR ON I-74 WHEN HIS SQUAD CAR COLLIDED WITH A BOX TRUCK AS THEY ENTERED A CONSTRUCTION ZONE. GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER ATTENDED THE DEDICATION CEREMONY.
 

 

 
TROOPER ALBIN SERVED IN DISTRICT SIX AS A CANINE OFFICER AND WAS KNOWN FOR HIS DEDICATION TO HIS UNIT. THE RYAN ALBIN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY STRETCHES FROM MILE MARKER 155 TO 160 NEAR FARMER CITY.

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Ag meteorologist provides outlook for last half of September

The first full week of September will bring with it some substantial rain chances for much of Illinois, but what about the latter part of the month. DTN Chief Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson provides his outlook.

 

 

 
Anderson says there’s been a corridor of heavy rainfall from central Texas all the way north and northeast into the Great Lakes with amounts over the last three weeks approaching 12-inches in some parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Bost on Trade

A new trade deal with Mexico is in place, one with Canada is in the works, and the president has his sights set on doing the same with the European Union. That is the summary from Congressman Mike Bost of Murphysboro, who says he likes what he sees as far as leveling the economic playing field with our country's trade partners. Bost says when American goods are sent to Europe, there is anywhere from an 8-25% tariff on each product, while European products have about a 2% tariff coming into the U.S.
 

 

 
Bost says it is vitally important to restore free and fair trade with the E.U.

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