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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.
 

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. 
 

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. 
 

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.

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. 

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.

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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