Web Watch - Links You Hear About on The News

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over


Freedom From Smoking


Madigan Warns of Data Breaches
MADIGAN WARNS ILLINOIS BUSINESSES & CONSUMERS TO WIDESPREAD
DATA BREACHES

Attorney General Issues Alert Following Homeland Security Disclosure That Over 1,000
U.S. Businesses Breached by Hackers Using Malware
 
Chicago - Attorney General Lisa Madigan today alerted Illinois businesses and residents to a disclosure by the Department of Homeland Security that over 1,000 U.S. businesses were hit by hackers in the same types of data breaches reported by Target and other major retailers.
 
Madigan is leading investigations into large data breaches reported in the past year by Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels Stores, eBay and Sony. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security disclosed that over 1,000 other businesses across the country were affected by the same kinds of cyberattacks that hit those large retailers, potentially affecting millions more consumers nationwide than previously known.
 
"Unfortunately, it is not a matter of if but when you will become a victim of some sort of cybercrime," Madigan said. "Taking commonsense precautions and making them routine can greatly reduce the threat and any damage done by a data breach."
 
Madigan reminded affected companies that state law requires them to promptly notify customers that their personal data has been compromised in a data breach. She also urged businesses with Illinois customers to ask their IT professionals to check their point of sale systems for the types of malware that the Department of Homeland Security says have been discovered. In addition, businesses should:
 
    Ensure their antivirus software is updated and able to scan for malicious software;
    Require employees to create strong network passwords that include numbers, letters and symbols;
    Require regular employee password changes;
    Lock out network access after a set number of unsuccessful login attempts; and
    Limit remote network access as much as possible.
 
Madigan also emphasized what Illinois residents can do to better protect their personal and financial information:
 
    Set up Transaction Alerts on your accounts to receive notifications when your credit or debit card is used above a certain dollar amount, so if someone uses your card without authorization, you'll receive a text message or email and can immediately call your card issuer to dispute the charge.
    Regularly review your bank and credit card statements to make sure there are no unauthorized transactions. Contest any unauthorized charges immediately by contacting your bank using the toll-free number on the back of your credit or debit card. Prompt reporting of unauthorized charges is critical to limit your liability, particularly if you are a debit card user because liability depends on how quickly you report a lost or stolen card. For instance, if you report a lost or stolen debit card before any unauthorized transactions occur, you are not responsible for any of the unauthorized charges, but if you make the report within two business days of losing your card, you can be liable for up to $50 of unauthorized charges. After two days, reporting lost or stolen cards can increase your liability anywhere from $500 and up.
    Review your credit reports for unauthorized accounts. You are entitled to one free credit report from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies per year. Go to     www.annualcreditreport.com         Consider putting a security freeze on your credit. A security freeze can prevent someone from taking out credit in your name. There is a downside because having a freeze in place will also hamper you from opening new accounts or anything involving a credit check, such as renting an apartment or purchasing a car or home. But you can easily have the freeze lifted when you want to allow a company to check your credit.
 
Consumers also should be wary of companies promising to protect your identity and accounts. All of these steps consumers can take for free.
 
For questions or help if you have been a victim of identity theft, contact Madigan's Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630. Madigan's Identity Theft Unit has helped over 35,000 victims remove over $26 million in fraudulent charges from their credit.
 


Land of Lincoln Honor Flight


DHS Illinois Cooling Centers
Find the closest place to escape the heat through the Illinois Department of Human Services.


ALS Donation


Extreme Heat -- Warning for Seniors
Extreme Heat -- Warning for Seniors


Shelbyville Elected Officials Receive Raises
The mayor who is also the city's Liquor Commissioner will see a raise of $250 a month.

Additional $125 to monthly salaries of 4 city commissioners.

Additional $125 to monthly salaries of Building Commissioner.


Standing Up To Cancer

HTTP://WWW.STANDUP2CANCER.ORG

FACEBOOK.COM/SU2C

INSTAGRAM: @SU2C

TWITTER: @SU2C


Red Band Society Charity Initiative

Visit www.myredbandsociety.com NOW. Share your favorite RED BAND SOCIETY content (videos, GIFs and more). We need YOUR help to raise $100K for charity AND to unlock an early preview of the first episodes for fans!! So get sharing and encourage your friends and family to do the same!

Donations to from this campaign go to five charities including Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Teen Cancer America and Children's Hospital Los Angeles!

"Like" RED BAND SOCIETY on Facebook at facebook.com/RedBandSociety. Follow the series on Twitter @RedBandSociety and join the discussion using #redbandsociety. See photos and videos on Instagram @RedBandSociety.


Schnucks Settlement Website
Learn more about the deal for millions of credit and debit card accounts, potentially hacked between December 2012 and March 2013.


Hy-Vee Ice Bucket Challenge


Friend Verifier App


NASA Wants Public's Help


State Fair Events For Friday


Suicide/Depression Services
If you feel vulnerable and potentially suicidal, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Other resources can be found through the Mental Health Center of Central Illinois.


4-H Membership


Waste Watch Report


American Red Cross School Safety Tips


Lower Ticket Prices for Grandstand Show August 17th

Purchase tickets from Ticketmaster either online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, or in person at participating Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets also can be purchased from the Grandstand Box Office. It is open weekdays, except holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and accepts both walk-up and phone orders. The phone number there is (217) 782-1979.


Enforcing Child Care Payments in Illinois


"VOTE FOR AL"
Would you like to see "Weird Al" Yankovic performing during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show?

Sign the petition and make your voice and choice heard.

Weird Al" fans still have time to make their case. Super Bowl XLIX kicks off in Glendale, Arizona Feb.1.


American Idol Auditions at the State Fair


Breast Feeding Awareness Support Group
The Breast feeding support group will be held Wednesday, 8/6 at the Lincoln Memorial Hospital.  For questions or information, call, 217-605-5707, or click on link above. 


National Night Out - Champaign Schedule of Events

Several Champaign neighborhood associations are hosting block parties on Tuesday, August 5 to coincide with National Night Out. Below is the schedule of events:

Beardsley Park Neighborhood, 5-8 PM
Draper/Healey Streets, 6-8 PM
Town Center Apartments Neighborhood Association, 4-8 PM
Metanoia Center, 4:30-6:30 PM
North 1st Street Association, 4:30-6 PM
Garden Hills Park, 5-7:30 PM
Union & Elm Streets, 5-8 PM
Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., Champaign Park Districts Sounds at Sunset, 6-8PM (Entertainment by Candy Foster)


Donations to the Shoe Closet
The Shoe Closet provides shoes for over 50 kids who live in local shelters.  Click on either link to donate.


More Information On Sex Offenders


Abandoned Kittens Rescue
To help the four kittens found outside a Walgreens in Jacksonville, contact Dog P.E.N. rescue shelter.


Rate Your Risk

Evaluate Risks in Your Life


Bat-Kid Returns

Click here to find out how you can help bring Bat-Kid's dream to the big screen!


See the full movie trailer by clicking the link below:
NBC12.com - Richmond, VA News


Find out if you qualify to receive school Supplies from the Springfield Township

Contact, Kim Cessna from the Springfield Township at, 217-525-1464




Barnes & Nobles Batman Sweepstakes


Hope for Addy with Medical Marijuana


Swimming Dangers

Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis



Peacekeeper's Ride


New "Fountain of Youth" Skin Treatment


4-H Kid's Membership


Freebie Friday: How To Beat Priceline


Weird Al's "Word Crimes"


Freedom To Debate A Sex Assault Statistic


Flag Controversy


Springfield Gus Macker



Champaign Flooding
Due to the recent heavy downpours in the area, many homes are dealing with backed up sewage in living spaces including bathrooms and basements.  The American Red Cross will be opening a shelter for affected residents today in response to this situation.  


The shelter will be located at the Kenwood on Kirby School (1605 W. Kirby in Champaign) at 6:30pm.  Affected individuals and families will be able to have a safe place to sleep and food to eat at the shelter.  


A few items to take to a shelter include: medications, a change of clothing, comfort items for young children (i.e. stuffed animals) and important papers (driver's license, insurance policies, etc.)


Legion Hiring Event
Resources compiled by the IL Department of Veterans' Affairs


Taste of Downtown Information


Freebie Friday: Best Travel Apps


National Gay Blood Drive


Save Money on Utility and Phone Bills


Precision Aerial Ag Show


Campus Sexual Assault Survey


Follow Randy Cooke's Journey at the Transplant Games of America
The "Randy at the Games" Facebook page is dedicated to keeping track of Randy Cooke and all of Team St. Louis at the Transplant Games of America. Results and pictures will be posted daily.


Suttill's Garden


Danville Humane Society


Hearing Loss


Fireworks displays in Springfield


Fourth of July Events


What's happening over the weekend


Capital City Celebration
Details for the Springfield Capital City Celebration on July 3-5.


4th of July Weekend Fireworks

Date: July 4, 2014 at 9:15pm

Where: University of Illinois parking lot E14 (just west of Assembly Hall)
1800 S 1st St
in Champaign, Illinois61820
Find more fireworks displays in Champaign County

 

Date: July 4, 2014 at Dusk

Where: Nelson Park
200 Nelson Blvd
in Decatur, Illinois62521
Find more fireworks displays in Macon County

 

Date: July 4, 2014 at Dusk

Where: Coles County Airport
432 Airport Road
in Charleston, Illinois61938
Find more fireworks displays in Coles County

 

Date: July 5, 2014 at Dusk

Where: Ervin Park
Main and North Line Rd
in Tuscola, Illinois61953
Find more fireworks displays in Douglas County


Illinois Firework Displays


Agnes of God


Buy Illinois Challenge

 


Massive Hacker Targeting Attack


Gun Violence Report


VA Whistleblowers


Truck Driver Films Run-in with State Trooper
This State Trooper pulled over a truck driver after he honked at the officer for speeding. The officer threatened to ticket him for "Illegal Use of Horn," until he realized, he was being taped.


Naloxone Distribution Program in Decatur


Skin Cancer Screenings


American Outlaws


Bottom Line Diaper Bank of East Central Illinois


Batman 75th Anniversary Exhibit
All seven Batman films come together for the first time ever in a themed exhibit on the studios Burbank, California lot.


Freebie Friday: Ways To Save Money At The Grocery Store


Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers
Call in your tip: 788-8427
Text tip: TIP672


"Bring Their Goats Home"
Help Bring Their Pet Goats Home


Kaitlyn Heffren of Lincoln, IL is petition city government for the right to keep her pygmy goats at her home, which lies within city limits. Sign your name on this petition.


Community Zone: 5K Fundraiser for BBBS


Springfield Home Owners Get A Shocking Surprise


Becoming A Milk Donor
Find more information here about donating breast milk through the Indiana Mothers Milk Bank!


Fighting Child Abuse


Illinois Sex Offenders
Do you know who's living in your neighborhood?  Check out this map to find out if there are registered sex offenders living near your home or school.


Northside Sandlot Baseball facebook
Facebook page for Northside Sandlot Baseball club. Like and Message to find out how to help or donate to program.


AARP Driver's Safety Class

For more information about the Driver Safety class or to register for this class, please contact Margie Muehlebach at 217-464-2046.



Champaign County Search and Rescue Team
From Sheriff's Office Website:

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh and Champaign County Emergency Management Agency have joined their respective agencies together to establish a county-wide Search and Rescue Team.  The end goal is to train teams of volunteers to be at the ready to perform search and rescue of persons, assist in the recovery of bodies, assist Law Enforcement with evidence recovery, support disaster area operations and promote safety.

If you have questions, want to volunteer as a member or have resources that could be utilized please send an email to SearchAndRescueInfo@co.champaign.il.us.


Girl Technology Summer Camp

Hosted by the University of Illinois, Springfield.

http://csc.uis.edu/girltech/


Ronald McDonald House Charities "Labor of Love"


When To Buy In Bulk


Johnson Flight Academy Website
Website for the Johnson Flight Academy. Information for upcoming classes and events.


Local Psychologist On School Violence


College For Kids Program

Click on link to pre-register your child in the College For Kids program coming up in July.  These sessions will be held at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.


YMCA Summer Camps
The Springfield YMCA runs 11 weeks worth of half-day and full-day summer camps. Prices range from $80 to $150 with discounts available for YMCA members. Scholarships are available as well.


Facebook Feedback

JOIN THE CONVERSATION


Tommy's Angel-Service Dog

Click here to make a donation towards helping to fund a new service dog for Tommy Annis.


Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dog


Biking for a Cause


2014 State Fair Grandstand Acts


New Season Announced for Sangamon Auditorium


Summer Basketball Leagues and Springfield Urban League Programs
Basketball summer leagues are held Monday's at the Boys and Girls Club in Springfield for high school kids starting at 6 PM; Tuesday's at the Boys and Girls Club in Springfield for middle school kids starting at 6 PM; and Wednesday's at Lanphier High School for youth 18 and older starting at 6 PM.

Click here for more information about the upcoming summer programs with Springfield Urban League.



Carillon Festival


Signs of Cyber Bullying


DACC Kids Courses
College for kids in 3rd through 8th grade.


Washington Dog Park Proposal
For more information on supporting the Washington Dog Park proposal, click on the above link.

If you 'd like to get involved with those against the proposed dog park, email KNOXY1958@YAHOO.COM.


Get Signed up for CPR classes here


State Sponsored "Leave No Child Inside" Activities
June 6-9
Illinois Free Fishing Days
http://www.ifishillinois.org

June 7
Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair, Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, IL, 10 am -4 pm
http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/R4/PRM/PMTwo_Rivers_Fish_Fair.htm

Kids Fishing Derby, Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton, IL, 9:00 am
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/calendar/Pages/KidsFishingDerby(WeldonSprings).aspx

Kids Fishing Derby at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Marion, IL, 8 am
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/calendar/Pages/KidsFishingDerby-CrabOrchardNWR.aspx

Kids Fishing Derby, Oakwood Bottoms/Shawnee National Forest, Grand Tower, IL,7:30 am
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/calendar/Pages/FishingDerby-ShawneeNationalForest.aspx

June 7-8
Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinics, Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area,Wilmington, IL,
http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/wingshootinghome.htm

June 10-12
A Taste of Archeology for Teens, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, IL, 8 am -3:30 pm
www.museum.state.il.us/events<http://www.museum.state.il.us/events

June 14
Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish andWildlife Area, Chandlerville, IL
http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/wingshootinghome.htm

Owls Program - Hunters of the Night, Cache River Visitor Center, Cache RiverState Natural Area, Cypress, IL, 1-3 pm
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/calendar/Pages/HuntersoftheNight-Owls.aspx

June 14-15
Lockport Canal Days, Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, Lockport, IL
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/calendar/Pages/LockportOldCanalDaysFestival2014.aspx

June 15
More than Bows-N-Arrows Father's Day Event, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown,IL
www.museum.state.il.us/events<http://www.museum.state.il.us/events

June 17-19
Nature Adventure for Kids, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, IL
www.museum.state.il.us/events<http://www.museum.state.il.us/events

June 21-22
Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic, St. Charles Sportsmen's Club, Elburn, IL
http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/wingshootinghome.htm

June 21
Celebrate the Summer Solstice, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, IL, 6-7:30 am
www.museum.state.il.us/events<http://www.museum.state.il.us/events

Hike for Your Health, Beall Woods State Park, Mt. Carmel, IL, 10 am - Noon
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/calendar/Pages/HikeForYourHealth21JUN2014.aspx

Memorial Open Water Swim Benefit, Lincoln Trail State Park, Marshall, IL
http://my.mhaus.org/events/event_details.asp?id=421311&group

June 25-26
Nature Explorers Camp for Kids, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, IL
www.museum.state.il.us/events<http://www.museum.state.il.us/events


Springfield Dog Park
TO SUPPORT AND LINK TO THE NATIONAL CONTEST:
http://www.washingtondogpark.com/default.aspx

OR

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED WITH THOSE AGAINST THE DOG PARK, EMAIL KNOXY1958@YAHOO.COM


Autism and Movement Project


Double D Farms


Home Instead Senior Care


Mission Mart Thrift Store


Independent Movie Filming in Champain
Extras Wanted:

Email your head shot and resume to FOODTHEMOVIE@gmail.com


National Park Foundations' "Ticket To Ride" Program
\Click the link to learn more about the "Ticket to Ride" program and ways to support this and the other National Park Foundation programs.


Troubled VA Facilities Bonuses


Same Sex Marriage Licenses - Sangamon County
Those couples wishing to be married by a judge on June 1st must make an appointment in advance by calling (217) 753-6366.


Danville Dangerous Intersection Survey
For a paper copy call (217) 431-3453


Staying Healthy Before and During Your Vacation
How Not To Get Sick When You Travel


National Park Foundation's "Ticket to Ride" Program
Click the link to learn more about the "Ticket to Ride" program and ways to support this and the other National Park Foundation programs.

www.nps.gov


Cost of Living in Report
Put together by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce


Adopt-A-Highway Program


Ronald McDonald House Renovation


Cash In Your Diploma


Illinois: "Where Fresh Is" Campaign


Vote for Sgt. Katie Williams for Miss Veteran America


Proper Flag Etiquette


Vote for Sgt. Katie Williams for Miss Veteran America


Coffee Producers


Assumption, IL Veterans Memorial Information


Myer's Mobile Animal Clinic

http://www.springfieldmobilevet.com/


Community Action Program's 50th Anniversary
For more information or questions can be made by calling 535-3120 or through the website at http://www.co.sangamon.il.us/CR/resource.asp.


How to Avoid Dishonest Contractors

Madigan offered these tips to residents and businesses from being targeted by dishonest home repair contractors:
Be wary of contractors who go door to door to offer repair services. Ask for recommendations from people you know and trust and, whenever possible, use established local contractors.
Call the Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Hotline < http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/hotlines.html> and the Better Business Bureau to check out a contractor and to learn if any complaints have been filed against a particular business.
Even if there is a need to act quickly, shop around for the best deal. Get written estimates from multiple contractors, and don't be rushed into a deal.
Get all of the terms of a contract in writing, and obtain a copy of the signed contract.
Never make full payment until all the work has been completed to your satisfaction.
Never pay in cash.
Be aware that you have the right to cancel a contract within three business days if you signed it based on the contractor's visit to your home.
In the case of disaster repair, you have an additional right to cancel. If your insurance carrier denies coverage, you have the right to cancel the contract within five days of when your insurance carrier denies your coverage.
Madigan also reminded consumers that the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act requires contractors to furnish customers with written contracts for any repair or remodeling work costing more than $1,000. A contract must be signed by both the customer and the contractor. The law also requires contractors to carry at least minimum amounts of insurance for property damage, bodily injury and improper home repair. Contractors also must provide consumers with an informational pamphlet entitled "Home Repair: Know Your Consumer Rights."

Madigan urged Illinois residents who think they have been scammed by a home repair contractor to contact her Consumer Fraud Bureau hotlines to file a complaint:

1 (800) 386-5438 Chicago
1 (800) 243-0618 Springfield
1 (800) 243-0607 Carbondale


How to Avoid Dishonest Contractors
Madigan offered these tips to residents and businesses from being targeted by dishonest home repair contractors:
    Be wary of contractors who go door to door to offer repair services. Ask for recommendations from people you know and trust and, whenever possible, use established local contractors.
    Call the Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Hotline <        http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/hotlines.html>         and the Better Business Bureau to check out a contractor and to learn if any complaints have been filed against a particular business.
    Even if there is a need to act quickly, shop around for the best deal. Get written estimates from multiple contractors, and don't be rushed into a deal.
    Get all of the terms of a contract in writing, and obtain a copy of the signed contract.
    Never make full payment until all the work has been completed to your satisfaction.
    Never pay in cash.
    Be aware that you have the right to cancel a contract within three business days if you signed it based on the contractor's visit to your home.
    In the case of disaster repair, you have an additional right to cancel. If your insurance carrier denies coverage, you have the right to cancel the contract within five days of when your insurance carrier denies your coverage.
Madigan also reminded consumers that the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act requires contractors to furnish customers with written contracts for any repair or remodeling work costing more than $1,000. A contract must be signed by both the customer and the contractor. The law also requires contractors to carry at least minimum amounts of insurance for property damage, bodily injury and improper home repair. Contractors also must provide consumers with an informational pamphlet entitled "Home Repair: Know Your Consumer Rights."
 
Madigan urged Illinois residents who think they have been scammed by a home repair contractor to contact her Consumer Fraud Bureau hotlines to file a complaint:
 
1 (800) 386-5438 Chicago
1 (800) 243-0618 Springfield
1 (800) 243-0607 Carbondale


Skin Therapy Breakthrough


Donations for Gracie
Donate using the link above or here:
http://www.dreysalertdogs.com/gracie-hernandez/

For more information about upcoming fundraisers head to:
https://www.facebook.com/helpgraciegetherdad


Groom and Mother's Epic Wedding Dance


The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children


Memorial Home Services Hospice Volunteers
For more information call Becky Gabany at 217-788-3870.


VFW Rider Group

If you're interested in becoming a VFW motorcycle rider or joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars, email David Schafer at taylorvillevfwriders@outlook.com or visit the group's Facebook page by clicking the above link.

The VFW Riders is open to all central Illinois VFW members and their immediate family members.


Ramp Closures and Detour Information for I57/74 Interchange
Marked detours will take drivers to Curtis Road or Market Street.

May 20: I-74 westbound ramp to I-57 southbound closed.
May 21: I-74 eastbound ramp to I-57 southbound closed.
May 22: I-74 westbound ramp to I-57 northbound closed.
May 27: I-57 southbound ramp to I-74 eastbound closed.
May 28: I-57 southbound ramp to I-74 westbound closed.
May 29: I-57 northbound ramp to I-74 eastbound closed.
June 2: I-57 northbound ramp to I-74 westbound closed.
June 4: I-74 eastbound ramp to I-57 northbound closed.


Petition For Manufacturers To Install Extinguishers, Window Hammers & Seatbelt Cutters in New Cars



Ground Beef Recall
A Mattoon based meat market is recalling more than 200 pounds of uninspected ground beef.

The product was made by Morgan's Meat Market, and sold in two pound containers. Under state and federal regulations, meat products that have not been inspected are considered unfit for human consumption.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says some of the beef was sold at a location in Effingham, with a marking of "EST 516" inside the Illinois Mark of Inspection.

Those products were labeled as follows:

- 2 lb. containers labeled "Ground Beef" with production dates of DEC 02 2013 and DEC 31 2013
- 2lb. plastic bags  labeled "Smokey's Bacon & Cheddar Fluffy Burgers" with production dates of DEC 02 2013; DEC 31 2013; FEB 18 2014; MAR 31 2014; APR 01 2014 and APR 28 2014 
- 2 lb. plastic bags labeled "Swiss & Mushroom Fluffy Burger" dated APR 28 2014
- 2lb. plastic bags labeled "Black and Blue Fluffy Burger" dated APR 28 2014
- 2 lb. plastic bags labeled "Jalapeno Fluffy Burger" dated MAR 31 2014, and APR 28 2014
- 2 lb. plastic bags labeled "Hawaiian Fluffy Burger " dated MAR 31 2014 and APR 28 2014
- 2 lb. plastic bags labeled "Chili Cheese Fluffy Burgers" dated FEB 18 2014; APR 01 2014; and APR 28 2014.  

Officials say that anyone concerned that they may have contracted a food-borne illness should contact their health care provider.


Donate Time, Money to Help Baby Aris' Family
Checks or money orders payable to the Children's Organ Transplant Association, with "In Honor of Aris P" written in the memo line of the check, can be mailed to COTA at 2501 W. COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403.


Illinois State Memorial Park Donations


Looking for he Right Cop for the Job


Eight Ways To Save Money


Springfield Sliders Need Host Families
Find out how to become a host family and get information on tickets!


Iconic B-17 Bomber Offering Rides This Weekend
Information regarding the EAA's B-17 Bomber rides this weekend from Willard Airport. Ticket, prices and times are listed.


Texting 9-1-1
A list of counties/state's where Text-To-911 is up and running.


Turkey Terror in Wisconsin
A wild turkey has been turning heads and takes the town of Shorewood, Wisconsin by storm.



Wounded Warriors Project


Springfield Sliders Need Host Families


Pesticide Clean Sweep Program


How To Tell If Your Kids Are Entitled


Small Business Optimisim Improves


Information on preeclampsia

Click here to learn more information, signs and risk factors of preeclampsia,

the condition of pregnancy that generally effects women after the 20th week.


Donations Needed for Fireworks


Decatur Celebration Announcements
The 2014 headliners are:

  • Undead funk band Here Come the Mummies
  • Led Zeppelin Tribute Band Led Zepplica
  • Funk and R&B band Space Capone
  • American Idol winner Ruben Studdard
  • Christian pop/rock singer Royal Tailor
  • Contemporary Christian singer and rapper Jamie Grace
  • '90s hip-hop icons Salt 'n Pepa
  • Country artist Jo Dee Messina
  • Rock singer and guitarists Joan Jett and the Blackhearts


Volunteering for the Macon County Fair
Volunteers are needed for this year's Macon County festival which runs June 10th-15th.


Taxpayer Subsidized Air Service


Illinois Department of Agriculture Chemical Disposal
Forms can be obtained either by calling the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Hotline at 1-800-641-3934 or visiting one of the program sponsors listed on their website.

Completed forms should be mailed or faxed to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The mailing address is: Clean Sweep Program, Illinois Department of Agriculture, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL, 62794-9281. The fax number is (217) 524-4882.


FDA's Regulation of "Gluten-Free" Claims
Questions and Answers: Gluten-Free Food Labeling Final Rule


Start Seeing Motorcycles


CWLP Phone Scam
THE RED FLAGS.YOU SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR?:
-CWLP WON'T DEMAND PAYMENT OVER THE PHONE OR A CREDIT CARD NUMBER,
-THEY ALWAYS HAS WALK IN OPTIONS AVAILABLE
-AND CWLP WON'T CUT YOUR POWER OFF WITHOUT NOTICE.
IF YOU'RE EVER UNSURE WHETHER A CALL IS COMING FROM THE UTILITY...
    ASK FOR THE CALLER'S NAME... AND PHONE NUMBER.
THEN HANG UP...
    AND CALL BACK CUSTOMER SERVICE TO VERIFY THE STATUS OF YOUR ACCOUNT.


Climate Assessment Report


Eisenhower Pool Hours


IEMA School Safety Grant Recipients


Rantoul High School "Survivor" -- Gifford Relief
Donate cash or check to: Rantoul Township High School
Checks (write): "Senior Survivor" in Memo

Teacher Contact: Ms. Alyssa Greenwald -- 892.6028; alyssa.greenwald@rths.k12.il.us
Rantoul Principal: Mr. Todd Wilson -- 892-6160; trwilson@rths.k12.il.us


Teach It Forward


Working With Ceasefire in Springfield
CeaseFire is a local peace group made possible by volunteers and the work of the Springfield Urban League. To find out more call the Springfield Urban League at 217-789-0830


Stroke Awareness Month
Learn more information, tips and preventative measures here


Habitat for Humanity: Women's Build
Women's Build


Police Officer Memorial Route
The route that the memorial will take 5/1/14.


Land of Lincoln Honor Flight



Molina Health Care Jobs


Free Hearing Screening!


Storm Safety

Preparing for severe weather


Tools to Track Kids and Keep Them Safe Online


How to Avoid Marathon Traffic This Weekend
This link shows the traffic beltway for the 2014 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon


Ask A Lawyer Day
Saturday, April 26th from 9 a.m. to noon.

Options to ask a lawyer;

-  Call the ISBA toll-free 800.252.8908 or 800.678.4009
-  Email your legal question to askalawyerday@isba.org and it will be answered Saturday morning
-  Skype-a-lawyer at isbalaw1


Drop Off Old or Expired Prescriptions


Run or Dye Cancellation Policy


PSA Made by Villa Grove Students Wins Statewide Competition



BIG BANG THEORY: Journey to Comic-Con Sweepstakes
Watch THE BIG BANG THEORY every weekday for the  "Word of the Day"
Go online to BigBangContest.com to enter for a chance to win a trip to Comic-Con San Diego and other great prizes.
All correct entries will be entered to win.


Destination Dinner Table Program


I-Cash Program
Do you missing property?   Find out here!


Texting and Driving App
Drive Alive Smart Phone App


Is Afghanistan Ready To Govern On Its Own?
EXCLUSIVE: Secret U.S. assessment shows Afghanistan not ready to govern on its own.


Congo Adoption Petition to Bring Kids Home


CASA Pinwheels
Court-Appointed Services for Children in Champaign County

More than 2,000 Pinwheels have been placed around the county in honor of children who've been abused or neglected.


Failed Tax Reform Efforts
http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000026667


Cooking Class Tuesday at, Let's Make Dinner
This cooking class is specifically geared towards those with cognitive and physical disabilities.
 It will start at 3pm at Let's Make Dinner in Springfield:
2943 W White Oaks Dr, Springfield, IL 62704
Any additional questions on the class or restaurant, you can click on link above or call:

(217) 546-4825


Hope Institute


Summer Fellowship for Science Teachers
Click on link and scroll down their home page to find the tab for this application


Jack's Back : Exclusive New 24 Content
Jack Bauer will return to a television screen near you. Check out of a sneak peak of the new season of Fox's hit show "24."



Cycle Rider Safety Training


Vermilion County Animal Shelter



ST. BALDRICK'S FOUNDATION...SHAVE A HEAD FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH
Click to learn more about childhood cancer research and to find out how you can donate.  You can also find out how one shaved head will benifit a child with cancer.


Athena Award Nominee
You have until May 15th to submit who you feel should be nominated for the Athena Award.  This goes to someone dedicated to mentoring, encouraging and helping women to realize their leadership potential.
Click on link above for the to submit your nomination.


Benghazi Testimony


Welcome Home Illinois


Sangamon County CEO Program
If you're a High School Junior and you'd like to apply for the Sangamon County CEO Program, click on link above for application packet.


County Health Rankings


Diabetes Risk Test


Golden Hammer: Feds Paid $1.3 Million On Alcohol Sales In 2013


On The Farm: Backwoods Berry Farm


IRS Employs Former Cop Convicted of FBI Snooping
New questions arise about the federal background check system.


Hy-Vee Job Applications


National Nutrition Month


Kick Butts Day
Kicking the habit and pushing



Where To Go To Vote For Sangamon County Primaries


St. Patrick's Day Parade - Springfield


Illinois Online Auction


Lawsuit Filed by John McQuillan Against District 186
(PDF)


Senator Investigation
Allegations against two senators revealed a Washington Times report.


District 118 Proposed Uniform Standard of Dress Rules
New rules for a uniform code of dress in Danville Schools.


Deputy Merit Commission Rules
Rules and regulations of the Deputy Merit COmmission.



Cunningham Children's Home - Foster Parenting
Contact:
Tammie Roedl
Associate Director of Foster Care
217.337.9099
troedl@cunninghome.org

Cunningham Children's Home
130 N. Cunningham Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802

**Cunningham only assists families that live within 45 miles of Urbana, IL.**


Contact Ministries


Donate to Family of 6 That Lost Everything in House Fire
Donate to Family of 6 That Lost Everything in House Fire The Calhoun Family of Petersburg can use any generosity that you can afford. They lost everything in a house fire in last February, but managed to get their four kids out in time.

There is an account set up at Athens State Bank in Petersburg under Brittany Calhoun for monetary donations, but the bank will also take other donations and make sure they get to the family.  Any location will take the donations.
Their needs include everything from the bare necessities to sheets, bedding, pillows, children's toys, kitchen appliances, and clothes. 

Clothing sizes: 
Boys wear size 10-12 clothes and 3.5 and 4 shoes.
Girls wear size 6-7  clothes and 13.5 and 1 shoes.
Brittany wears 2X shirts, 20 pants, and size 8.5 shoes.
Tom wears XL shirts, 36x32 pants, and 8.5 shoes.


"Be The Match" for Joe Heath's 2nd Birthday
Visit "Be The Match" to register to become a blood or bone marrow donor.

To donate in Joe's honor -- visit the website and enter the promo code "JosephHeath" (no spaces).

"Be The Match" will host additional blood drives at the University of Illinois on:

March 14 from 12-6pm at Allen Hall, the Illini Union and at Ikenberry Commons.


New IRS Rules
The controversial questions they're asking of businesses,


Aid to Tornado Damaged Illinois Towns


Illegal Insurance Scam
Illinois Dept. of Insurance on Stranger-Originated Life Insurance


Danville Dashers Raffle Refund

For more information, contact the Danville Dashers office at
217-474-2511 or info@danvilledashers.com. Raffle license #4222


Farmers Market Local Regulations
Once you click the link, you'll see the details of House Bill 5657 regarding the regulation of farmer's markets across the state of Illinois. The bill is sponsored by use Sponsors
Rep. Michael W. Tryon - Naomi D. Jakobsson - Kelly M. Cassidy - Ann Williams, Jaime M. Andrade, Jr., Martin J. Moylan, Laura Fine, Sam Yingling, Robyn Gabel, Charles E. Meier, Donald L. Moffitt, Timothy L. Schmitz and Barbara Wheeler.


SIU Migraine Clinic
SIU Migraine Clinic


Angel Psychic
Briana Brooks Angel Psychic website


Petition to Cancel Congress's Paychecks
Petition to stop congress from getting their paychecks if they don't work.


What to do If Targeted by Tax Scammers
Send an email detailing your experience to phishing@irs.gov


Freebie Friday: Eating Out On The Cheap


Freebie Friday: Eating Out On The Cheap


Freebie Friday: Eating Out On The Cheap


Freebie Friday: Eating Out On The Cheap


IRS Website


New Decatur Farm Show


Affordable Care Act Enrollment Questions

Help with the new healthcare law.


Decoding Cancer - Helping Brenna
18 year old Brenna recently diagnosed with a very aggressive type of cancer.
This site is to help raise money for her health care and travel to far hospitals for treatments if doctors decide to.


Go Red For Women


U.S. Conference of Mayors' Report


Health Matters: Fit Bit Skin Irritation


Champaign Area School Closings


Ameren - Report a Power Outage


Food Industry and Childhood Obesity
Food industry helping to fight childhood obesity.


Brush With Kindness


LIHEAP Information


Theater Thursday - Mardi Gras Celebration 2014
Little Theater on the Square - Sullivan
Seating is limited so be sure to reserve your tickets now! Adult tickets are $35.00 and include dinner buffet and dancing.


FEMA Disaster Assistance - Deadline Feb. 3
Deadline to apply is February 3rd!
Click the link to find out how to apply, or call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Assistance is available in most languages. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585.


Blarney Bash for St. Patrick's Catholic School
Blarney Bash " March 14-5:30-8:30 p.m. at the LRS Hangar at Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport, Springfield. Join us for a fun-filled fundraiser benefiting St. Patrick Catholic School. The bash includes a bounty of hors doeuvres and libations, live and silent auction, drawings and raffles, Celtic entertainment, live music by the Shenanigans, and viewing of incredible car and motorcycle collection.  For the festive at heart, green attire is optional. But for those who want give it their all, a Leprechaun contest with prizes is in store.

Tickets $25/person, $40/couple, $175/table of 10.


Help for Springfield Fire Victims

Clothing and shoe donations can be taken to:

1527 E. Adams Street

*5 year old boy: 5-6 in clothes. 13 in shoes.

*4-year-old twins: 4T in clothes. 11 in shoes.

*2 year old boy: 3T in clothes. 9 in shoes.

*Adult female: Large shirt. Size 16 pants. Size 9 shoes.


American School in Afghanistan


Community Zone: Illinois Symphony


Theater Thursday: The Odd Couple


Charity Auction to Win a Date with George Clooney


Pew Charitable Trusts
Study on the fiscal health of states.


Radon Action Month

January is Radon Action Month.

Find Test Kits Here:

http://takeactiononradon.illinois.edu/testing


New Rules for Medical Marijuana


Winter Wine Festival


Ball Charter School Lottery


Earned Income Tax Credit

For more information on the Tax Counseling Project, contact the Center for Economic Progress in Chicago at 312-630-0273, or call the toll-free statewide number at 888-827-8511. For information on the Tax Assistance Program call 312-409-1555.  Details are also available on the DHS website at http://dhs.state.il.us and the Department of Revenue website at http://revenue.state.il.us.


Rochester Police Department Application



Champaign Co. Association of Realtors Tornado Relief Grants


Saving Money on Utility Bills
Click the link or call the CUB hotline at 1-800-669-5556.


Closures and Cancelations




FIRST PRESBYTERIAN SUMMER HOME REPAIRS (DANVILLE)

The First Presbyterian Church of Danville AND Group Cares Housing Repair project runs from July 7-11, 2014. The deadline for homeowners to apply is January 8, 2014.

HomeOwners may contact the church for more details -- 442.0541

Repair Volunteers may contact Group Cares --
800-385-4545 OR www.groupworkcamps.org


Hope After The Storm

Fundraiser runs through January 2014, but sales will continue after.
Contact Jessie -- jstarkeyphotos@yahoo.com


FEMA Assistance Applications



Cat Apotions

Or Call the Animal Protective League at 217-544-7387


Tree Drop-Off Locations Lake Shelbyville & Champaign County

http://ci.champaign.il.us/2013/12/23/news-release-city-of-champaign-christmas-tree-collection/

It's time to start tearing down those Christmas trees, but you don't have to let them go to waste. Lake Shelbyville is collecting live Christmas trees to build new homes for fish. The trees are bundled together and submerged in Lake Shelbyville to provide fish with breeding areas and cover to hide in.

Before you donate your live tree, be sure to remove the stand, tinsel and ornaments.

In Sullivan, you can drop off your tree at the yard waste dropoff area to the east of the sewage treatment plant. Leave your tree inside the snow fence area on the north side of the building.

In Shelbyville, you can drop off your tree at the Johnstown Mall on the city's west side. Leave trees inside the snow fence area on the grass at the northwest corner of the parking area.

Trees are being collected at both sites until January 31.


Champaign Tree Collection

Residents are also encouraged to sign up for an automatic e-mail notification of this and all future yard waste collections at the City's website. Any questions about the program can be answered by calling Public Works at (217) 403-4700.  Trees may also be taken to the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Avenue in Urbana for free disposal during the month of January. Residents may call the Center at (217) 344-5323 with any questions regarding operating hours.




U of I Campus Smoking Changes


U Of I Professor Researching Own Lineage


SNUGGLES Stitch-a-thon
Volunteer organization that provides knitted or crocheted square to be sewn together for children in Africa.


Road Conditions

Check road conditions:
IDOT road conditions (for state highways and interstates)
Sangamon County road conditions (for Sangamon County roads)


Check school closings:
List of school closings


Sangamon Co. Health Dept. Food Inspection Reports


Making 'Giving Tuesday' a Part of Your Life

Thousands of people nationwide are participating in #GivingTuesday. But volunteers are needed every day and for a variety of reasons. Below are just some of the organizations you can get involved with locally to give back.

https://www.centralilfoodbank.org/news/Volunteer.aspx

http://www.cicbc.org/DonatingBlood.asp

http://www.tsaspringfield.org/volunteer.html

http://www.bbbscapitalregion.org/site/c.evKTI6OVIpJ8H/b.8100455/k.E11E/Volunteer_to_start



World Aids Day 25th Anniversary


Safe Shopping Guide
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky joined forces with consumer safety experts to release their 2013 Safe Shopping Guide.


Hot Holiday Toys
Links to the best toys and latest in this year's gadgets.


Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois
Protect yourself against scams this holiday season.


Shelters in Central Illinois for Storm Victims

Shelters open in Tazewell and Massac counties.

Two shelters remain open to provide a safe haven for families displaced by the recent tornadoes. Current shelter locations are:

TAZEWELL COUNTY- Washington Shelter-Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1420 N Main St, Washington, IL

MASSAC COUNTY - Metropolis Shelter - First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Road, Metropolis, IL

Relief supplies being distributed to assist with clean-up

Bulk distribution sites provide relief supplies to families impacted by the recent tornadoes. Items to be distributed include rakes, shovels, work gloves, buckets, trash bags, tarps, water, and Gatorade,.

Five Points Washington, 360 N Wilmor Rd, Washington, IL, Saturday, 11/23 - Tuesday, 11/26, 8am-7pm

Old Gym (behind Brookport Elementary), 306 Crockett St, Brookport, IL 62910, Saturday, 11/23 -Tuesday, 11/26, 10a-6pm

The American Red Cross will also be distributing bulk items on our Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV's) driving through the affected areas in Pekin and East Peoria area.


Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger
Programwhere hunters donate deer meat to feed the hungry


Storm Chaser Scams
Scammers, known as storm chasers, may hit the tornado-ravaged areas and try to take advantage of those needing home repairs and people left temporarily homeless.

To report suspicious activity, click here or call 1-800-386-5438.


Free Insurance Counseling for Washington Residents


Help Christian County Save Christmas
After the "2013 Kids, Cops and Christmas Program" was cancelled this year these organizations are helping pick up the slack.

Contact:
United Way
108 W Market Street
Taylorville, IL, 62568

(217)-824-8404

Taylorville Fire Department
202 N Main Street
Taylorville, IL, 62568
(217)-824-2295


Black Friday Consumer Reports


Local Groups Collecting Supplies, Funds for Tornado Victims

Local Groups Collecting Supplies, Funds for Tornado Victims

Several local groups and individuals are collecting supplies and funds for tornado relief efforts.

The American Red Cross is accepting cash donations. Call the Springfield office at 217-787-7602 or visit redcross.org to donate.

A Springfield group is collecting toiletries, non-perishable food items, and household supplies for tornado victims. They will hold a donation drive Saturday, November 23 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the ACE Hardware on Wabash Avenue. Visit facebook.com/springfieldhelpstornadovictims for more information.

Holly Tisdale-Zavodny is collecting donations from the Cass County area to deliver to Washington. She's accepting toiletries, cases of water, animal food, etc. Call 217-320-4170 or e-mail holls_85@hotmail.com for more information.

The Lincoln Fire Department is accepting donations. Call 217-735-4020 for more information.

If you want to volunteer or start your own donation drive, the Red Cross has the following tips:

  • Coordinate with the Red Cross if you plan to deliver supplies.
  • Send only monetary donations--not supplies--to the Red Cross.
  • If you wish to volunteer, contact the Red Cross or a similar service organization, rather than just showing up.

 


Red Cross Relief Efforts


National Donor Sabbath


Information on GED's

The current series of the GED Test is expiring at the end of 2013. A new GED Test series begins January 1, 2014. You must complete and pass all five subject area tests by December 2013. Partial scores WILL NOT carry over to 2014. If you do not pass all tests by the end of this year you must start over in 2014.

Here is more information on the new test format:

http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/new-assessment


2013 Fall Sangamon County Economic Outlook Survey


Star Wars Casting Call


Smartphone Safety


Stroke Awareness Month


FDA Recall List

A full list of the affected foods.


Salvation Army Bell Ringing Contest

For the third year in a row, The Salvation Army is hosting a bell-ringing contest to test the skill and endurance of hand-bell ringers at Red Kettles.

Entrants must have their forms in by Friday, November 15, 2013.

If anyone is interested in entering, please contact The Salvation Army at 428-4672.


Ebert Festival Passes

16th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival will run April 23-27, 2014

To purchase festival passes visit www.ebertfest.com or call the box office at (217) 356-9063.

Virginia Theatre Box Office

203 W. Park Avenue

Champaign, IL

10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

 


Get Covered Illinois
Statewide education on the Affordable Care Act, set to take place Saturday, November 2nd.



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