Trumpeter and Farmer City Native George Rock, wearing a Boy Scout uniform for a performance with Spike Jones And His City Slickers.
Farmer City Genealogical and Historical Socieity
December 15, 2017

A Farmer City Native Is Featured In A Perennial Christmas Song

You’re going to hear a lot of Christmas songs between now and December 25th. And you may hear one that features a little boy asking Santa to replace his two central incisors, after losing them in a slide down the bannister. The vocalist that made that song famous was George Rock, a trumpeter hailing from the central Illinois town of Farmer City.


Entrance to the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC.
Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images
December 14, 2017

FCC Repeals ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules For Internet Providers

After a brief security evacuation, U.S. telecom regulators have voted to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, which restrict the power of Internet service providers to influence loading speeds for specific websites or apps.


J.B. Pritzker, left, has pledged to help Democrats get elected across the state. State Sen. Daniel Biss, right, says Democrats shouldn't have to depend on ultra-wealthy benefactors to fund the party.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
December 14, 2017

Key Question For Democrats: To Billionaire, Or Not To Billionaire?

With roughly three months to go until Illinois' primary election, there are seven men seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to be governor of Illinois. One of the key questions facing primary voters: To counter the vast wealth of incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, do Democrats need their own billionaire at the top of the ticket?


Vashoune Russell/for Illinois Public Media
December 14, 2017

Illini Blast Longwood 92-45

The Illini men's basketball team easily handled the Longwood Lancers last night in Champaign. The final score was 92-45.


Numbered balls waiting to go into the election lottery box.
Jaclyn Driscoll/NPR Illinois
December 14, 2017

Pritzker To Be First On Primary Ballot

Even though the primary election is over three months away, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful J.B. Pritzker has already notched a win. Pritzker was selected to be first on the primary ballot among the seven candidates running. 


A 3-D graphical representation of a single norovirus virion.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
December 13, 2017

Norovirus Outbreak Closes Head Start Center In Rantoul

An outbreak of norovirus closed the Rantoul Head Start Center Wednesday, and the facility will stay closed for the rest of the week. That’s according to the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, which operates Head Start programs in the county.


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