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Chandler brings “Agriculture into the Classroom”

The last 11 years have been busy for Aimee Chandler. She’s been very active promoting Ag in the classroom programs thru the University of Illinois Extension Office. And on Friday, the extension family is recognizing what Aimee has meant to the program.

Friday will be "Aimee Chandler Ag Day" in Ford and Iroquois counties.
The U of I’s Ford-Iroquois Office is hosting its annual “Ag Day.” The event at the Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley finds several ag-related businesses and educational programs promoting what they do for the ag community.

 

This year, the program is named in honor of Chandler, Ag in the Classroom program coordinator and 11-year Ford-Iroquois extension staff member.

Aimee is leaving her position to pursue a middle-school teaching position, instead of returning to the Extension Office. She holds a Master’s degree in Ag education.

Aimee and husband, Greg, are expecting their third child.


{WGFA Radio will be broadcasting from the Ag Day event FRIDAY from 10 am ‘til Noon}.

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WGFA Radio and FFA Groups Promote FFA Week

The Watseka FFA chapter is hosting a petting zoo today. The public is welcome to stop by the Watseka High School ag shop up until 2:30 pm. All visitors are welcome to experience what the club’s mission is all about.

Area FFA groups from all communities are sponsoring several events to promote their programs.

Four members of the Milford FFA with WGFA’s (Don Elliott) audience this (Wed) morning. Jordan Schippert explained the local slogan is “Grow,” moving forward with plans and programs to grow the local members and get more young people involved in FFA.

Cole Burton also laid out some of the week’s activities, which include a tractorcade; students driving farm tractors to school.

Amanda Graf is with the Momence River Valley FFA. She says her membership has worked toward several goals this year. The River valley team is encouraging more young people to take an interest in the FFA mission.

Cissna Park, Clifton Central, South Newton and Benton Central FFA members will also visit with WGFA this week.

 

94.1 FM, WGFA

 

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Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team Rules on December Fatality

An Illinois State Police investigation from a car versus school bus crash last December reveals fatigue may have been a contributing factor in the death of a Braceville man.

29-year-old Matthew Ballenger was killed when his vehicle crashed into the rear of a school bus on Route 113 at Kankakee County Road 7500 West.

A state police reconstruction team said there no motor carrier vehicle violations involved in the accident, which occurred at 7:15 am. Police reports indicated Ballenger was returning home from working a 12-hour shift and it may have been fatigue which led to the crash. Ballenger’s vehicle was traveling at 71 mph and he was not wearing a seat belt.

Six students on the bus were treated for minor injuries.

 

94.1 FM, WGFA

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>>US Supreme Court Declines George Ryan Appeal

(Washington, DC)  --  Former Illinois Governor George Ryan isn't going to be getting his day in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Justices denied a motion yesterday to hear his appeal of his 2005 conviction and prison sentence on racketeering and fraud charges.  Ryan had been trying to get the Supreme Court to hold hearings on the case for almost eight years, claiming jurors were given faulty instructions. 

He was released from prison last month and is now on home confinement in Kankakee.

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>>Hutchinson Drops Out Of Congressional Race

(Chicago, IL)  --  Robin Kelly gets a big boost in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior.  Toi Hutchinson dropped out of the race yesterday and endorsed Kelly.  Hutchinson was considered a front-runner but says she doesn't want to create a rift within the Democratic party.  Hutchinson will continue to serve in the State Senate. 

MEANWHILE -- Former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson believes her chances of winning the Democratic nomination have been given a shot in the arm. Halvorson said she can woo those who had supported Hutchinson and keep the votes from going to Kelly.

Halvorson also questions Hutchinson’s sudden withdrawal and questioned what was behind the decision.

94.1 FM, WGFA