Rantoul/PBL golf places second in dual meet

RANTOUL — The Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda golf team finished second in a dual meet against Champaign Centennial on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The Eagles finished with a score of 210 while Centennial finished first with a score of 187. Hayden Schall led Rantoul/PBL with a score of 50, followed by teammates Ethan Donaldson (52), Mason Uden (54), Alex Swanson (54), Landon Wilson (56) […]

Ford County deputies issue 15 traffic tickets in September

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office issued 15 traffic citations in September, including six for speeding. There were also two tickets issued for driving with no headlights when required and two tickets issued for driving under the influence.  Also, one ticket each was issued for disobeying a stop sign, unlawful use of cannabis by a driver, driving on a […]

Fellow Democrat to challenge Madigan as speaker; House GOP pushes for subpoenas

Rep. Kifowit of Oswego announces bid for January session By JERRY NOWICKICapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The longest-serving state legislative speaker in U.S. history will have a challenger from his own party in January. The Thursday announcement that Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, would challenge Chicago Democrat Michael Madigan as Illinois House Speaker came just an hour before Republicans called a […]

Application period open for $5 million in grants for livestock farmers

Federal CARES Act provides funding for COVID-19 livestock disruptions By RAYMON TRONCOSOCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that $5 million in business recovery grants is available for the state’s livestock industry. Livestock producers and small meat and poultry plants impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to receive the grants, and the application […]

New state unemployment claims increase, continued claims decrease

IDPH announces another 25 virus-related deaths By JERRY NOWICKICapitol News [email protected] SPRIGNFIELD – The state announced another 2,126 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 25 virus-related deaths Thursday as new unemployment claims climbed from a week ago. There were 29,390 initial unemployment claims for the week ending Sept. 26, which was an increase of 3,414, or 13 percent, from the week prior, […]