Jesse White’s Vehicle Renewal Sticker Receipt Legislation Signed Into Law

September 3, 2014

Allows people to drive if they have proof of recently purchased vehicle renewal sticker
Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to allow a printed receipt from the Secretary of State to serve temporarily as the vehicle renewal sticker was recently signed into law by the governor. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2015. Read More

A Wet August Wraps Up a Cool, Wet Summer in Illinois

September 3, 2014

The 12th wettest August in Illinois finishes out the 10th wettest summer on record. While August was slightly warmer than average, the summer was cooler than average, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
The statewide average precipitation for August was 5.18 inches, 1.59 inches above average. The wettest area of the state was Cook County. The largest monthly total was from a site in Cicero with 10.20 inches of precipitation. There were a few areas in the northwest and east-central Illinois with only 2 to 3 inches of rainfall. Read More

Local FD Warns About Field Fires this Fall

September 3, 2014

Fall 2014 is quickly approaching.
We have been very fortunate in the past years, even when faced with little precipitation, not to have a large number of ground cover or field fires. These types of fires can start in many ways and have a large dollar loss depending on the vegetation that is consumed by fire. Everyone from the common homeowner to the farmer should be aware of this possibility and take precautions to keep it from happening and have a plan to control or get assistance if it does. Read More

Sullivan FFA Members Travel to Washington, D.C.

September 3, 2014

Sullivan FFA members Keegan Kruckeberg and Brodie Scribner attended the FFA Washington Leadership Conference this past summer.
One of the objectives of the conference was to have FFA members learn to be stronger advocates for their State and Federal government, as well as their own FFA chapters and schools. During this part of the training, Kruckeberg and Scribner had the opportunity to meet with Illinois State Senator Dick Durbin at the Capitol. Read More

C.E.F.S. Utility Assistance Program Starting Soon

September 3, 2014

The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation will begin taking applications for the 2015 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Tuesday September 2, 2014. This is also the first day that appointments can be made for the program. September and October are priority months reserved for those households that have either a member aged 60 and above or disabled. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach offices. Read More

Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities at Lake Shelbyville

September 3, 2014

Okaw Wetland offers 10 waterfowl blinds that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis 7 days a week only during the 2014 Early Goose and Teal waterfowl-hunting seasons. The blinds have not been brushed; maintenance to the blinds will take place when time and resources are available. Current water level is significantly low at this time to allow for optimal planting and growing conditions for waterfowl plantings. Hunting hours will be 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset for goose and sunrise to sunset for teal. Read More

LLC to Host Presentation on K-12 Learning Standards

September 3, 2014

The Lake Land College Learning Resource Center (LRC) is hosting two discussions regarding recent changes to K-12 curriculum and the resources available to students, faculty and community members in order to better understand these new standards.
The sessions will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from noon until 1 p.m. in the Luther Student Center Theater on campus in Mattoon. The second session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 12:15-1 p.m. at the Kluthe Center in Effingham, room 201. Read More