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Nuclear energy supporters converge on Springfield

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- Amid chants of "Save Our Plants" and "Vote Yes," more than 1,500 people crowded into the rotunda at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on Tuesday while more than 500 waited outside, unable to get in due to capacity limits.
The crowd was gathered to show legislators support for the Next Generation Energy Plan (NGEP), a comprehensive
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Applications available for mental health funding

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
CLINTON -- The DeWitt County Community Mental Health Board is now accepting applications for FY 2017 funding for mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disability programs that serve DeWitt County residents.
Nonprofit or governmental organizations must submit written applications by July 1, 2016 for the Board's consideration. Applicants will be asked to attend an evening meeting in Clinton July
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Dollar Tree open

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
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Jury convicts WATCH chairman of battery

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
CLINTON -- On Thursday, a DeWitt County jury convicted WATCH Clinton Landfill chairman Bill Spencer, 60, of Kenney, of aggravated battery. The charge was in connection with an incident involving county Republican chairman Dustin Peterson after a September 2014 county board meeting.
The jury received its instructions and went into deliberation at 1:12 p.m. on Thursday, returning with its
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County appoints, reappoints officials

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
CLINTON -- On Thursday, the DeWitt County Board appointed and reappointed some officials to various posts.
Reappointments included Pat Sympson, of Clinton, to the DeWitt County Housing Authority for a term to expire on May 31, 2021, and Howard Hedrick to the Wapella Community Fire District for a term expiring on the first Monday in May 2019.
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Sidewalks to be added around ball fields

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
CLINTON-At Thursday night's meeting, the Clinton School Board of Education approved the purchase of concrete to build sidewalks from the Clinton Junior High School parking lot to the high school ball fields to allow better access for fans.
Board members were concerned about the safety of fans with limited mobility, said Superintendent Curt Nettles, who added employees of the district
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MayDays 2016 open through Sunday

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
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City approves donation for July 4 fireworks

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
CLINTON -- On Monday, the city council approved a donation for the annual July 4 fireworks display. Although members did not approve the amount in the original motion, they might consider an addition donation later.
The original motion was for a $5,000 donation to help fund the fireworks display. Total cost of the display is about $10,000.
Brady
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Rose: Legislation to cap rate increases and protect local jobs deserves a vote

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- Citing a report from the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), the Illinois Power Agency (IPA), the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) says legislation that would support keeping nuclear power plants open in Illinois, such as the plant in Clinton, should move forward based
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Clinton Power Station begins possible final refueling outage

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
CLINTON -- Clinton Power Station began its scheduled refueling outage this morning after a year of providing the region with reliable, carbon-free electricity. While the local economy will see a boost from nearly 200 extra workers in town, local officials and business owners worry this might be the plant's final refueling outage.
Exelon announced on May 6 that it will
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HITTING THE TRAIL Weldon springs getting up to eight miles of new and repaired trails this summer

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
CLINTON -- This summer, members of Trails for Illinois will work to rebuild, repair and construct new trails around Weldon Springs State Recreation area. The group plans to work on as much as eight miles of trails at the park.
Steve Buchtel, executive director of Trails for Illinois, was in Clinton recently meeting with Weldon Springs Foundation members and
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State Police warns residents about telephone scam

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state.  An individual will call and claim to be associated with the ISP or the "Illinois Police."  The caller will then ask for a donation or advise you there is a warrant out for your arrest and you need to
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Mr. White & Rudy

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016
Dog owners do a lot to take care of
their pets, and they figure it's the
least they can do for a good friend. Dogs generally keep their part of the bargain, too, at least as far as their owners are concerned.
In no way is that relationship more pronounced than when it's between a service dog
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Exelon, others await outcome of energy legislation

Modified: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- Exelon Generation and ComEd announced May 5 the pending filing in Springfield of the Next Generation Energy Plan, a bill with bipartisan, labor and community support that would drive Illinois' clean energy future, while saving and creating jobs and strengthening the state's economy, Exelon reported in a media release
The bill grew out of discussions between Exelon
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Veterans honored at Hawthorne Inn

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
CLINTON -- On Saturday, April 30, after the rains ceased, two members from the AmVets Post 14 / Eagles Lodge 586, in Clinton, arrived at Hawthorne Inn Supportive Living facility with one purpose in mind. 
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Exelon: Without legislation, Clinton plant will close in 2017

Modified: Saturday, May 7th, 2016
CHICAGO -- Exelon announced Friday that the company would move forward with early retirements of its Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear facilities "if adequate legislation is not passed during the spring Illinois legislative session."
The session ends on May 31. Rep. Bill Mitchell and Sen. Chapin Rose are sponsoring a bill in the House that would help prevent the
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Up, up and away!

Modified: Saturday, May 7th, 2016
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Habitat for Humanity of DeWitt County conducts house blessing

Modified: Friday, May 6th, 2016
CLITNON -- The DeWitt County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity conducted a ceremony on May 1 at 815 E. Webster, Clinton, to celebrate the transfer of the completed home from the affiliate to the new owner, Amber Webb and her two children.
Approximately 30 people attended the house blessing ceremony conducted in the new home's living room. The
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Vouchers available for revamped city clean up

Posted: Friday, May 6th, 2016
CLINTON -- Vouchers are available for the revamped citywide clean up. Vouchers are available from the city until June 30. One voucher per household is permitted.
Some residents already have begun picking up their vouchers
"I think this morning when I was up here at the office, we had 30," said commissioner Nan Crang during Monday's city council
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Deadly results for addicts self-treating with Imodium

Posted: Friday, May 6th, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. --The over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medication ImodiumŪ, or its key ingredient loperamide, is increasingly being abused by people attempting to self-treat their opioid addiction, with sometimes fatal results.
Two case studies outlining the phenomenon were published online Friday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Loperamide Abuse Associated with Cardiac Dysrhythmia and Death").
"Loperamide's accessibility, low cost, over-the-counter legal status and
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Vouchers available for revamped city clean up

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
CLINTON -- Vouchers are available for the revamped citywide clean up. Vouchers are available from the city until June 30. One voucher per household is permitted.
Some residents already have begun picking up their vouchers
"I think this morning when I was up here at the office, we had 30," said commissioner Nan Crang during Monday's city council
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GET THE WORD OUT: With Clinton Power Station committed to another year, lawmakers push nuclear issue to the forefront

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
CLINTON -- Rep. Bill Mitchell and Sen. Chapin Rose have, for the past several months, worked to get the state government to recognize the importance of nuclear energy in Illinois. Now that Exelon has taken to committing Clinton Power Station to continued operation on a year-by-year basis, however, Mitchell and Rose feel themselves scrambling to achieve "green" status for
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Jefferson sidewalks/drainage project could begin this week

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
CLINTON -- A sidewalks and drainage improvements project could start Tuesday or Wednesday this week on Jefferson Street between Grant and Elm Streets, engineer Phil Koeberlein told the Journal.
"That what the contractor said, depending on the weather," Koeberlein said.
Koeberlein said the contractor plans to begin work on the south side of the street, which will affect
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