U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin used a Livingston County stop to push his bill to keep federal money flowing toward rural emergency medical services.
Durbin visited the Flanagan-Graymont Fire Protection District station in Flanagan Wednesday to outline his Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs, or SIREN, Act. The measure is an amendment to the farm bill which passed the Senate in June.
Durbin said the measure will help rural districts which have a difficult time affording equipment and training.
This year, 180 youth from Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, Champaign and Vermilion Counties have advanced to the Illinois State Fair. All exhibited outstanding project work in their specific areas during their county fair and now compete against their peers from across the state in hopes of receiving an award for having the Best Project in Illinois.
Judging takes place Sunday, August 12 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Celebrating 200 Years of Farm Families at the Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is proud to announce that the Wiseman Family, which owns the Wiseman Farm in Wabash County, will be the Grand Marshals for the 2018 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade on Thursday, August 9th.
The Wisemans have been recognized as one of only two Bicentennial Farm families in Illinois. They grow corn and soybeans on their land, which has been in their family since 1818.
“We’re proud to have the Wisemans lead our Twilight Parade this year,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. “Our farm families play a critical role in feeding people in Illinois and across the globe. And since we’re celebrating our state’s 200th birthday this year, it’s the perfect time to recognize the contributions that the Wisemans have made for the past 200 years.”
“Very few families can say they’ve owned the same farm ground since the year Illinois was founded. That’s a tremendous feat,” said IDOA Director Raymond Poe. “The Wiseman’s have shown their commitment to building Illinois’ greatest industry and we are proud to have them join us for the Fair this year.”
Annual National Night Out events were popular in area cities/towns Tuesday evening. Food, games, musical entertainment and friendly law enforcement officers welcomed local citizens.
The Perry Farm was a host site. Bourbonnais Police teamed with area law enforcement and fire departments to welcome community folks. Entertainment and food was provided. The evening ended with a fireworks display.
Community gatherings were also popular in Champaign and McLean counties, Joliet and Chicago, and also in northwest Indiana cities.
Watseka officers responded to a disturbance Sunday in the 300-block of W. Oak Street. Three area men were arrested for criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.
35-year-old Brian Walwer of Woodland, 37-year-old Roger Thompson of Woodland and 34-year-old Jason Schwartz of Gilman were all taken to the Iroquois County Jail.
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A Bourbonnais man is jailed in Kankakee County. 29-year-old Jacob Hudson is charged with possession of a weapon by a felon and unlawful possession of cannabis. Agents observed his vehicle parked illegally on S. Rosewood in Kankakee. Police seized about 16 grams of suspected cannabis and a loaded .22 caliber revolver from inside the vehicle.