Some folks who shop at farmers across the state of Illinois could soon be shut out.
One of the companies that allows people on food stamps across the country to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets is ending its service.
That means some markets in some states, and some in Illinois, will no longer be able to allow people with LINK cards to buy their produce. Molly Gleason with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance that runs the farmers market in Springfield says it all depends on how a farmers market connects to the food stamp network.
Gleason says the Springfield market won't see any changes. Illinois' Farmers Market Association says on its website that 16 of the state's markets will see a change.
The USDA, which runs the food stamp program, says it is working to find a new service provider.
An early-morning incident today (Thursday) finds one man in custody and another likely to be arrested after Watseka Police responded to a call about a hate crime.
37-year-old Donald Russell of Watseka is charged with robbery, aggravated battery, mob action, theft, escape and resisting a police officer.
Police report they’re seeking a second suspect in connection with the hate crime.
Watseka officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a robbery and theft in progress in the 100-block of E. Oak Street just after 1 am.
A male victim, wearing a dress, was approached by two individuals questioning his gender. The victim, according to police, attempted to walk away but was punched in the face and had his purse stolen. The two assailants fled. Police were able to locate one of the suspects. Russell was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.