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BUG awards at CES

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
Gordon Woods / Journal
Clinton Elementary School held its BUG awards this past Friday. See BUG group pictures inside the Jan. 23 Clinton Journal
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Agencies work to help residents displaced by fire

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
CLINTON -- The fire at Chet's Apartments on Jan. 9 displaced more than 20 people, more than any single local event that Red Cross co-captain Bob Reed has ever dealt with. Reed and his co-captain Leslie Cyrulik on Monday reported to the city council about that fire and the efforts that took place during and after.
"Our first priority
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HRC Fund seeks donations to help county residents

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
The DeWitt County Human Resource Center's Client Support Fund, considered a "fund of last resort," is seeking donations to keep the fund solvent and continue to assist DeWitt County residents.
According to Lynn Scoville, executive director of the DeWitt County Human Resource Center, the majority of the money in the fund comes from the organization's annual garbage collect responsibility at
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New superintendent reception set for Jan. 31

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
New superintendent reception set for Jan. 31

A community reception to meet Clinton's new school superintendent, Curt Nettles, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Clinton Elementary School.
Currently Lexington Community Unit School District Superintendent, Nettles will assume the responsibilities for the Clinton school district, effective July 1. Nettles replaces Dr. Jeff Holmes
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Demolition continues at Webster and Washington schools

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
CLINTON -- While Webster and Washington schools may only be memories now, contractors continue to clear the properties. Bricks from both buildings will be placed outside the construction fences and are free to anyone who would like them.
Both projects will be completed by May 1, Steve Sebby of Corrigan and Clark told Clinton's school board at Tuesday night's meeting.
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Average Illinois gas price down 3.7 cents

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.03/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.05/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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Clinton Power Station taken offline for maintenance Elevated water levels discovered in containment sump

Modified: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
CLINTON -- Operators removed Clinton Power Station from service at 5:24 p.m. CT on Wednesday evening after discovering elevated water levels in the containment sump, which could be indicative of a small pipe or valve leak inside the containment building.  
While the unit is offline, other maintenance activities will be performed.
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Rose appointed to Senate GOP leadership team

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
SPRINGFIELD -- Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno today announced her leadership team for the 99th General Assembly. State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) will serve as the Senate Republican Whip.
"I am very honored and humbled Leader Radogno appointed me Senate Republican Whip," State Senator Chapin Rose said. "I am very excited to work on her leadership team and with our
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Report: Illinois poor face unfair tax burden

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A new study finds Illinois' poorest residents are paying almost three times more in taxes than the top one percent of earners.
According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the state takes a much greater share of income from middle and low income families than from the wealthy. Meg Wiehe, the institute's state policy
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2014 marks fourth coldest Illinois year on record

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
CHAMPAIGN -- The statewide average temperature for 2014 was 49.4 degrees F, which is 2.9 degrees below average.  The year was tied with 1912 and 1979 for fourth place, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
The coldest year on record since 1895 was 1917 with an average of 48.3 degrees F.
"Although
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Warner Library periodicals move up a level

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
CLINTON -- A bit of Warner Library's old days is back, and the change helps library staff expand part of the facility and improve service for patrons.
The periodicals room, which has been housed on the lower level since the new library opened, has been moved to the main level of the library's old portion. The move makes more
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Land use cmte. will recommend Waters for ZBA

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
CLINTON -- The land use committee will recommend to the county board it appoint Dave Waters to the zoning board of appeals. Waters' appointment would fill an unexpired term on the zoning board, which expires at the end of September 2017.
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Clarification requested in billboard permit process

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
CLINTON -- County zoning administrator Mike Bradford on Monday updated the county board's land use committee about the status of a special use permit for the installation of billboards near Wapella. The full county board first received information about the request at its Nov. 13 meeting before the new board took office.
The request for the special use permit
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AmVets delivers “4 Cs” to Danville VA

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
CLINTON -- On Dec. 22, AmVets Post 14 made four special deliveries to the Veterans Administration Hospital, in Danville. Four post members traveled to the facility, supported by more members at home, as two car loads of supplies were transported with "4 Cs" exceptional items. The four Cs included candy, contributions, cash and cards.
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Five departments respond to Friday fire

Modified: Friday, Jan 9th, 2015
Fire departments from Clinton, Kenney, Wapella, Maroa and Forsyth responded Friday afternoon to a fire at a former motel located on Clinton's east side. The building was more recently known as Chet's Apartments. Firefighters were still on the scene at 5 p.m.

The call went out to department at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday that the building
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Citizen award

Posted: Friday, Jan 9th, 2015
Gordon Woods / Journal
Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers awarded resident Robert Houston during Monday's city council meeting. Lowers recognized Houston for alerting an elderly couple on Nov. 22 that their home was on fire. Houston saw smoke coming from the home and his persistent efforts to alert the residents might have saved their lives.
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Sears looking for local entrepreneur to open a Sears Hometown Store in Clinton

Posted: Friday, Jan 9th, 2015
CLINTON -- The DeWitt County Development Council learned on Wednesday that Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. seeks Clinton area investors to own and operate their own Sears Hometown Store. DCDC has been working with Sears Hometown regional manager Mike Jones to offer the opportunity.
"We're looking for a highly-motivated member of the Clinton community who wants to
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Edmunds suggests alternative to hospital plan

Posted: Friday, Jan 9th, 2015
CLINTON -- City commissioner Tom Edmunds during Monday's council meeting complimented the hospital staff after recently being a patient. His comments also included what he hoped the hospital board would consider for the future of the facility.
"I was at the hospital quite a bit, and I'll tell you, the professionalism shown by the folks in every department was
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Census bureau says Illinois loses population; Estimates for 2014 don’t paint pretty picture

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 6th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week confirm what pollsters and demographers had already suggested: Illinoisans are making tracks for greener pastures.
The bureau's state population estimates for 2014 indicate Illinois lost nearly 10,000 (9,972) residents, or 0.08 percent of its population from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014.
It appears this is the first time
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‘Banning the Box’ could open doors for some Illinois job applicants

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 6th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is set to join many other states in "banning the box" on job applications that ask about a person's criminal history.
A new law goes into effect this week that prevents criminal background checks until after an applicant is deemed qualified for a job. Michelle Rodriguez, senior staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project,
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