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Fischer Selected to Top 15 at Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant

Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen, Brittany Fischer, was among the top 15 queens competing at state this past weekend.

Miss Fischer was among the seventy-four queens from across the state of Illinois participated in the four-day event at the Crown Plaza Convention Center in Springfield.

Fischer was selected to the Top 15 and competed in the finals competition which concluded the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention Sunday evening. Brittany is the daughter of Darrin and Julie Fischer of Watseka. She's a junior at Olivet Nazarene University majoring in elementary education.

The 2015 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen is Sadie Gassman of Richland County.

Brianna Klein of Morgan County was awarded first runner-up. Second runner-up went to Henry County represented by Maggie Schlindwein. Maria Meyer of Moultrie-Douglas County was named third runner-up.
Fourth runner-up was awarded to Meredith Timmons of Clinton County.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Kankakee, Danville, Champaign and Bloomington are cities in the WGFA-listening area hosting special remembrance events today as we respectfully honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The annual prayer breakfast is this morning (7:30 am) at the Quality Inn in Bradley. Larry Williams is serving as emcee. A service follows at the Zion Gate Missionary Baptist Church. The keynote speaker is the reverend Rodney Lake. The Lifetime Achievement Award winner will also be announced.

Danville has an annual MLK March and Motorcade thru downtown. It begins at 10:30 am.

Several places will be closed for MLK Jr. Day. Some schools are open, others close so students can attend remembrance services. All government offices, courts, post offices are not open. Most banks and some libraries are closed.

In Indianapolis, a survivor of an infamous church bombing in Alabama is in Indianapolis today to take part in the city's remembrances of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sarah Collins Rudolph was only 12-years-old in 1963 when white supremacists attacked the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Rudolph will speak at the Madame Walker Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

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Semi flips in Newton County, utility pole snapped

There was a power outage Friday afternoon in Newton County after a semi-trailer flipped over and snapped a utility pole.

The Sheriff's Office reported a semi was southbound on County Road 600 East, when for an unknown reason the semi flipped on its side and took out the utility pole.

Authorities said the semi snapped the utility pole and caused power to be lost in the area for a short time.
Utility crews quickly restored power. The semi driver was not injured.

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America’s Farmers Grow programs pushed by Monsanto

America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is now launching in 40 states, with more than $500,000 worth of scholarships available. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program provides $1,500 college scholarships to students pursuing a degree related to agriculture. High school seniors and college students can apply until Feb. 1, and farmers have until Feb. 8 to endorse their applications.

Back for a fourth year, America's Farmers Grow Rural Education is partnering with farmers to award another $2.3 million to rural school districts. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program encourages farmers to nominate their local schools districts to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 to enhance math and science education. Farmers can nominate public schools until April 1, 2015 and nominated schools have until April 15, 2015 to submit their application.

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Governor Rauner puts Illiana Expressway on hold

It was his first move as Governor. Bruce Rauner's first act as the state's top executive official delays the Illiana Expressway.

And there is reaction from local officials.

Mike Van Mill of the Kankakee Economic Alliance says he's confident once the project's finances and plans are reviewed, the already-approved project will proceed. Van Mill said "we'll remain confident."

Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert said he wasn't surprised the governor made the move to put the plan on-hold.

The planned 47-mile expressway between Illinois and Indiana is on hold following Gov. Rauner's executive order aimed at addressing the state's deep budget problems.

It was unclear Tuesday how long that review may take.
The $1.5 billion project would provide an east-west link between Interstate 65 in Indiana and Interstate 55 in Illinois.

Supporters, including Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence, say the expressway would relieve traffic congestion on Interstate 80 south of Chicago and create much-needed jobs.

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