When our family thinks about baking for the upcoming Christmas holiday, they imagine getting their favorite treats either by making them or purchasing them.  If they have the time, individuals can begin to plan and gather the ingredients and tools needed to create great tasting cookies, cand…

Thanksgiving has arrived and that means many people will be working overtime in their kitchens. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. U.S. fire depa…

Illinois Secretary of State offices and Commercial Driver License (CDL) facilities, and drive-thru facilities serving license plate stickers will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of Thanksgiving. All other Driver Services facilities are closed until Dec. 7 o…

The global charitable movement “GivingTuesday” will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 1, 2020, and throughout the year. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday…

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A Health Advisory has been issued until further notice by the Woodford County Health Department due to significant increases in percent positivity, cases per 100,000 population and the percentage of Emergency Department visits for COVID-19-like-illness by Woodford County residents. Woodford …

The Gettysburg Address is Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speech. It helped change the way America viewed the Civil War and itself. Now the monumental address will be on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for two weeks.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is proud to relaunch a program aimed at highlighting our service men and women in agriculture. The Homegrown by Heroes program allows Illinois farmers, ranchers, fishermen and producers who have served or are still serving in any branch of the U.…

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) would like to recognize the almost 600,000 Illinois family caregivers providing an estimated 670 million hours of unpaid care during any given year. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and holiday season…

While the official start of winter is not for several weeks, those in Illinois know that winter weather is inevitable. Knowing what to do before a winter storm strikes can provide peace of mind and ultimately impact how well you respond and recover from any winter storm. To help Illinois res…

Sandra Pollard receives the 2020 James L. Fyke Memorial Service Award from President Karen Fyke. The award is given to the person most instrumental in the success of the Woodford County Historical and Genealogical Society in the past year. Appointed treasurer in the spring of the year, Sandr…

Illinois Central College and its Workforce and Diversity division proudly celebrate this week’s fifth annual U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), November 8-14. The nationwide celebration brings together business leaders, labor, educational institutions and those in…

University of Illinois Extension staff from horticulture, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Education (SNAP-Ed), and 4-H teamed up to provide training to teachers, administrators, parents, and master volunteers with the goal to help them understand how to start and maintain a school …

Hunters in Illinois should think safety before, during and after their time in the field this fall and winter as waterfowl, upland game, furbearer, and firearm and archery deer seasons provide ample opportunity to enjoy time in the outdoors in Illinois. 

Illinois Central College has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to implement a new, innovative bridge and transition program titled the Gateway to Medical Laboratory Technician Careers Program.  

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The Eureka Public Library will join over a thousand libraries around the world during International Games Week as they transform their libraries with play. Like many other libraries across the country and around the world, Eureka Public Library will offer special gaming activities suitable f…

The Peoria Comic Book Convention will be held on November 1 at the Holiday Inn & Suites located at 101 Holiday St East Peoria. Admission is free and open to the public, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dealers specializing in comic books new and old, toys and related collectibles …

Harvest season is the time of year when some of the best aspects of Midwest agriculture can be experienced by all. Pumpkin patches and apple orchards in Illinois are open for visitors and the golden-brown fields of mature crops line rural roads across the state. But along with these markers …

Volunteers of University of Illinois Extension's Master Gardener program were recognized at a virtual awards ceremony October 2. The annual awards ceremony recognizes the work of the 2,700 volunteers who provide horticulture-related assistance to their communities.