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Mitchell talks budget to Clinton residents

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
CLINTON -- If comments made Tuesday by residents suggest anything, it's that Illinois voters want Gov. Rauner and the state's Democratic leadership to settle their differences and pass the 2016 budget, this as the governor is now working on the state's 2017 budget.
As part of his "Listening Tour," Rep. Bill Mitchell met at Snappers on Tuesday with about 15
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Alexander speaks in Reagan’s home on eve of Pres. Day

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
CLINTON, Clinton resident Joe Alexander, in noting President's Day, spoke recently in Dixon, Ill., the hometown of 40th President Ronald Reagan. Illinois has ties to four American Presidents.
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President, knew Clinton and Dewitt County well, where he practiced law prior to becoming President. U.S. Grant was in Galena and Cairo, Ill. before
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Clinton High School WYSE team advances to Sectionals

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
CLINTON -- The Clinton High School WYSE Team placed 2nd in Regional competion held at Richland Community College on February 3.  The team also advanced to Sectionals, which will be held at Eastern Illinois University on March 10.
The following students were medalists for Clinton, Physics 2nd Place (tie) - J.T. Harrold, Jordan Hendricker, Jacob Kroeger, Math 3rd Place
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Free Lincoln program at Vespasian Warner Public Library Feb. 18

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
CLINTON--"The Humorous Mr. Lincoln," a free public program sponsored by the Lincoln Heritage Committee of DeWitt County, will be offered in the 2nd floor museum room of the Vespasian Warner Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Kim Bauer, a noted Lincoln scholar.
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UMC poster contest winners

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
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Kinda like a Treasure Hunt

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
It's possible to imagine that, at some
point, items we see for sale in thrift
stores someone once loved, at least as much as a person can love, say, a blender or a coffee maker. Thrift stores give those things a chance to continue to be useful -- if only someone adopts them.
A new local thrift
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First local Habitat family burns mortgage

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
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CHS girls learn some self-defense

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
CLINTON -- Clinton Police Department recently held self-defense training for Clinton High School girls.
City commissioner John Wise, who works for the schools district, reported recently how much the girls enjoyed the class.
"They were ecstatic," Wise told fellow commissioners during a recent city council meeting. "They really enjoyed it; they liked what they were taught."
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Illinois historic sites celebrate Lincoln’s birthday this week

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Sites where Abraham Lincoln made history will celebrate his birthday with food, dance, music and a bit of education this week.
Lincoln's 207th birthday is Feb. 12, but the special events aren't limited to a single day.
The Old State Capitol State Historic Site welcomes the annual meeting of the Abraham Lincoln Association, which includes many of the nation's
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IDOT, Amtrak reach agreement on train service

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Amtrak announced Monday that they have reached an agreement to keep in place existing service levels on state-supported routes at a savings to taxpayers and without having to raise fares on the downstate Illinois routes.
"Passenger rail plays a vital role in connecting our state's great communities and institutions," said Illinois Transportation
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Average Illinois gas price down 7.9 cents

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
(GasBuddy.com) -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 7.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.59/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.74/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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BLIZZARD?

Modified: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
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Square tree to grow next Christmas

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
CLINTON -- The new Christmas tree on Mr. Lincoln's Square will miraculously grow by about four feet by next holiday season. This feat will be possible thanks to the city council, which voted Monday to buy an extension for the tree.
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CFD annual fundraising drive during February

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
CLINTON -- The Clinton Fire Department will conduct its annual fundraising drive during the month of February. The department will be going door-to-door  asking for  donations to help with the purchase of new Thermal Imaging Cameras. These cameras are used to help  quickly locate a potential victim trapped in a fire; it also helps locate hotspots not visible to the 
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Local weather spotter training class Mar. 1

Modified: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
CLINTON -- DeWitt County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will host a National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Spotter Training on Tuesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the DeWitt County Courthouse. Trained Weather Spotters play a vital role in gathering information about weather conditions that may affect public safety. Participants are asked to RSVP.
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City looks to buy new truck

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
CLINTON -- The city council placed on file Monday price quotes to replace a street department dump truck. The department generally replaces trucks about every 15 years, said public works supervisor Steve Lobb. The truck the city would replace is about 17 years old.
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Remember, to see the full Clinton Journal online, call to subscribe at (217) 935-3171.

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
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Unit 15 Schools preschool screening Feb. 24-26

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
CLINTON -- Clinton Unit School District 15 will conduct preschool screenings on Feb. 24, 25 and 26 at St. John's Parish Center, 514 N. Monroe Street.
Screening is for all 3, 4 and 5-year-old children in the district, including a check up in language, concepts and motor development. The screening program is for all preschool children who will turn
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Rose, Righter propose plan for higher education

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, To ensure critical funding for universities and community colleges, and students who receive Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) are promoting a comprehensive proposal that is paid for and will direct much-needed funding to schools and the MAP program, which have gone without funding during the state's ongoing budget
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Illinois average gas price down 5.6 cents

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
(GasBuddy.com) -- Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 5.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.68/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.80/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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Transition at Farm Bureau

Posted: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016
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A chance to help all year round

Posted: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016
CLINTON -- The holiday season always reminds us to be especially generous to people who need a helping hand, people who are having a rough time, sometimes, just getting through daily life.
Of course, there are organizations and agencies that work year round helping those among us who experience a variety of problems from not having enough to eat to
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DeWitt County seasonal weight limits begin Feb. 1

Posted: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016
CLINTON -- The spring weight limits for county roads will begin on Feb. 1 and continue through April 30
The DeWitt County Highway Department may issue written permits for loads in excess of the seasonal limits as conditions allow. The driver of a load in excess of the posted limits is required to have a current and valid written
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Ill. Sheriff’s Association scholarships available

Posted: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016
CLINTON -- The Illinois Sheriff's Association announces that it will be awarding $54,000.00 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2016-2017 academic years. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the
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M-Squad qualifies for State

Posted: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016
CLINTON --On Saturday, January 23, the Clinton High School M-Squad qualified for the state semifinal rounds of the state completion in lyrical performance. 
Coached by Stephanie Reynolds, the M-Squad performed in the Muscoutah, Ill. regional Illinois High School Association (IHSA) dance competition.  This is a separate competition than the Illinois Drill Team Association (IDTA) which had a regional competition at
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Regional dance competition

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 26th, 2016
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Start of early voting, vote by mail delayed

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 26th, 2016
CLINTON -- The official start date of early voting and vote-by-mail for the March 15 Primary Election will be delayed at least until mid-February, according to the Illinois State Board of Election.
Challenges to several Presidential candidates have delayed the ballot from being certified to county clerks in all counties.
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Average Illinois gas price down 10.6 cents at $1.75 / gal.

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 26th, 2016
Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 10.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.75/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.82/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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December jobs in Illinois down 16,300; unemployment rate up to 5.9 percent

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 26th, 2016
CHICAGO, The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that Illinois' nonfarm payroll employment lost -16,300 jobs and the unemployment rate in December rose 0.2 percentage points to 5.9 percent, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). According to IDES labor market analysts, Illinois' average job growth since the employment
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YMCA program raises money for local groups

Posted: Friday, Jan 22nd, 2016
CLINTON -- The Clinton Community YMCA held Super Saturday on January 9 and raised money for Second Chance for Pets.  
Super Saturday is a fitness event that the fitness department puts on every quarter to raise money for a charity while they launch their new Les Mills workouts.
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Council opens bid for Madison Street property

Posted: Friday, Jan 22nd, 2016
CLINTON -- City clerk Cheryl VanValey opened a sealed bid Monday for property the city owns at 310 N. Madison Street, and commissioners discussed the submitted offer.
Don Hammer, owner of Hammer Strength & Fitness, submitted the offer for $51,000 for the lot.
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School Board discusses technology for CHS

Posted: Friday, Jan 22nd, 2016
CLINTON -- The Clinton Community School Board of Education discussed the district's 1:1 Initiative at length on Tuesday during its regular meeting.
Part of that initiative includes the purchase of electronic devices for high school students. Currently, Ipads are provided to students in grade 2 through 8.
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IEMA reviews flood damage info submitted by counties

Posted: Friday, Jan 22nd, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is continuing to review damage information received from nearly three dozen counties affected by severe storms and flooding in late December. IEMA asked counties to provide assessments of damages to homes as well as response and recovery costs incurred by units of local government. The deadline for submitting the information to the agency
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llinois governor’s office asks labor board to rule on stalled state worker talks

Posted: Friday, Jan 22nd, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- Is Illinois headed toward a state workers strike?
That's the question in Springfield, where Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration on Friday asked the Illinois Labor Relations Board to determine if talks between the state and its biggest employee union have hit an impasse.
If that board agrees that talks are at an impasse -- a point where further progress isn't
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CES BUG awards

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 19th, 2016
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Parents and others on Friday attended BUG (Bringing Up Grades) awards for the second quarter at Clinton Elementary School. See third grade students on page A8. Fourth and fifth grades will appear in Friday's Clinton Journal.
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Unfunded pension liability increases to $113 billion

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 19th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- Taxpayers are now on the hook for nearly $113 billion dollars in unfunded liability for the state's five pension funds and lawmakers on a House pension committee say it's beyond time to act.
The most recent Auditor General report of the state's various pension funds highlights a $1.7 billion increased unfunded liability over the past year. Democratic Representative
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January is National Radon Awareness Month

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 19th, 2016
Radon is a radioactive element that is part of the radioactive decay chain of naturally occurring uranium in soil. You can't see radon.  You can't smell radon and you can't taste radon. Unlike carbon monoxide and many other home pollutants, radon's adverse health effect, lung cancer, is usually not produced immediately.  Thus you may be exposed to radon for many years
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Average Illinois gasoline price down 9.9 cents in past week

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 19th, 2016
Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 9.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.86/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.90/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
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'My dear Moore' Enduring Friendships

Posted: Friday, Jan 15th, 2016
It is probable that the friendship forged between Clifton H.
Moore and Davis Davis began during the late 1830s. In
1835, Davis, who was an attorney, resided in Pekin. Two years later, Moore located there.
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Lingering cold could yield snowstorms from Chicago to NYC

Posted: Friday, Jan 15th, 2016
AccuWeather reports enough cold air will linger across the midwestern and eastern United States during the latter half of January to increase the chance of snow in areas that have received little so far this season.
Following a complex storm that will bring snow, ice and rain to portions of the Midwest and interior Northeast, another wave of arctic air will
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