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Senior citizens targeted in scams …

There are a couple of re-activated scams senior citizens should be aware of. It could be costly if you don’t take precautions.

Callers ask would-be victims to provide personal information to renew Medicare cards.

Seniors are also being targeted by scammers claiming to be personal defenders. The scammer says that your grandchild is in jail and needs $40,000 to help get him or her out.

In some cases, the scammers even will have the correct name of your grandchild, and someone will act as your grandchild over the phone.

If you’re called, always check with family members if you think you could be the target of this scam. Contact police if you receive such a call.

94.1 WGFA

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Ford County Terror Suspects to face trial in Illinois first

(Urbana, IL) -- Three central Illinois terror suspects will likely face a weapons trial in Illinois before heading to Minnesota to face bombing charges. Federal prosecutors in Urbana yesterday asked for a 60-day delay in the case in Minnesota against Michael Hari, Joe Morris, and Michael McWhorter. They are charged with planting a bomb at a mosque last summer. The three, along with Ellis Mack, are charged with felony possession of a machine gun in Illinois. Prosecutors want to take that case to trial first.

94.1 WGFA {Metro News}

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Drugs seized during search in Livingston County

Two individuals were arrested (last Friday) for possessing and dealing drugs in Livingston County. 30-year-old Cory Clay and 31-year-old Kristina Ridenour, both of Pontiac were arrested after a search warrant was conducted at a Pontiac apartment.

Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress said other agencies involved in the case included Dwight and Pontiac police, the Livingston County Proactive Unit and the State’s Attorney’s Office.

During the search, a variety of prescription pills, ‘bath sals’ and electronics were seized.

Clay was charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, both class 1 felonies, while Ridenour was charged with a felony of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

94.1 WGFA

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Barickman co-sponsors resolution to oppose further tax hikes

On Tax Day 2018, as Illinois residents feel the first big tax bills from the massive state tax hike passed last year, State Sen. Jason Barickman’s (R-Bloomington) joined with several colleagues to oppose further flat or graduated tax hikes that are being discussed in the Capitol.

“We hear firsthand everyday about how that hike is hurting families and employers,” said Sen. Barickman. “Yet there is a push underway by some in Springfield to raise taxes even higher. We have to draw a line.”

The plans being talked about in Springfield include changing the Illinois Constitution to allow for a graduated or progressive income tax, allowing for higher tax rates on higher incomes and business owners, along with a “fake progressive tax” proposed on the campaign trail that would hike all rates and possibly offer some credits to reduce the tax burden for certain people.

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Public Health Promotes National Infant Immunization Week – April 21-28

East-central Illinois public health departments are pushing Infant Immunization Week, asking parents / guardians to take precaution against the spread of infectious diseases.

Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that routine immunization of children born between 1994 and 2016 will prevent an estimated 381 million illnesses, 24.5 million hospitalizations, and 855,000 early deaths over the course of their lifetimes, at a net savings of $360 billion in direct costs and $1.65 trillion in total societal costs.

The Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston and Ford County Public Health departments issue reminders to check with local health officials about immunization clinics – for adults and children.

Read more: Public Health Promotes National Infant Immunization Week – April 21-28