Web Watch - Links You Hear About on The News

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

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

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

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
Tammie Roedl
Associate Director of Foster Care

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:


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


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


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.





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.

United Way
108 W Market Street
Taylorville, IL, 62568


Taylorville Fire Department
202 N Main Street
Taylorville, IL, 62568

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:


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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