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McDONALD’S® RESTAURANTS OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS KICKS OFF ANNUAL RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES ‘GIVE A HAND’ FUNDRAISER TO RAISE MILLIONS FOR FAMILIES IN NEED

                         Annual fundraiser puts emphasis on family togetherness

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Nov. 10, 2013 – McDonald's® Restaurants of Central Illinois launched the 11th annual Ronald McDonald House Charities "Give a Hand" fundraiser today with a goal to raise $5 million for its "Charity of Choice." Ronald McDonald House Charities creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

From now until Nov. 20, 2013, supporters will be able to give a hand to families in need by purchasing a paper hand at all participating McDonald's restaurants in Central Illinois. Each donation, available in $1, $3 or $5 denominations, supports Ronald McDonald House Charities family-centered programs in the U.S., such as Ronald McDonald Houses, that enable families with sick children to stay together during their treatment, helping them cope better and heal faster. The more hands sold, the more families are helped.

In addition to the "Give A Hand" fundraiser, McDonald's supports Ronald McDonald House Charities year-round through donations from Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal sales, in-restaurant Ronald McDonald House Charities Donation Boxes and various local initiatives.

"For nearly 40 years, McDonald's has been supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities, and because of it, so many local families in need have been able to heal together and find the vital resources they need to help their children reach their full potential" said Steve Jeffers, McDonald's owner-operator and president of the Central Illinois Co-Op. "Springfield-area McDonald's are proud to again support the "Give a Hand" fundraiser, and encourage residents to make a donation during their next visit."

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Lawmakers pave way for Ford County assisted living facility

{Lee News Service}

Illinois lawmakers Thursday signed off on a plan that could result in Ford County's first assisted living facility.

Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Jason Barickman extends a tax increment financing district in Gibson City for an additional 12 years.

The measure, which earlier was approved in the House, was unanimously endorsed Thursday in the Senate. It now awaits action by Governor Pat Quinn.

The extension will allow the city to reinvest property tax income in infrastructure improvements or economic development. Plans call for a 50-bed assisted living center to be built northeast of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School.

Mayor Dan Dickey said "With much of our population aging, this is a vital project for Gibson City."

The legislation is Senate Bill 2071.

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Danville man indicted for 2012 murder

A Vermilion County grand jury indicted 27-year-old Edward Woodfork on three counts of first-degree murder for the May 13, 2012, death of 26-year-old Larry Carter of Danville.

Danville police found Woodfork in Danville around 9:55 p.m. Thursday and arrested him without incident, according to police.

Danville police found Carter lying in the front yard of a residence in the 500 block of Robinson Street after receiving a call of shots fired in that area.
A witness led police to Woodfork, who was seen in the area of the shooting.

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USDA: 2013 corn harvest a record 13.9B bushels

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- This year's corn crop has soared to a new national record, breaking expectations in many states that received too much rain early on and a summer dry spell that brought back drought concerns.

In its first crop supply and demand report since the partial government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it expects 13.99 billion bushels of corn, more than the September forecast of 13.8 billion bushels. The previous record was 13.1 billion in 2009.

Some observers thought there would be a subpar harvest in the Midwest, including Iowa and Nebraska. Heavy rains delayed spring planting by several weeks, causing some farmers to give up planting the wettest fields. Then, drought conditions returned in the summer months.

"Better than expected" are the three most popular words in Iowa right now, said Chad Hart, an agriculture economist at Iowa State University.

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Cissna Park FFA Scholarship Auction

The Cissna Park and Crescent-Iroquois Ag Hall-of-Fame is a new creation this year. And the annual Cissna Park FFA Scholarship Auction today (Sat) will feature the first inductees into the Hall-of-Fame.

Today's dinner and auction is from 4-6 pm at the Cissna Park High School gym.

John Terrell (Tear-O) is FFA President. He says 15 alumni alumni will be honored.

All proceeds from the event benefit the FFA chapter.

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