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Withers Broadcasting and Illinois broadcasters unite against hunger

Withers Broadcasting and Illinois broadcasters unite against hunger

ILLINOIS — Withers Broadcasting and fellow broadcasters in Illinois are uniting to help the many residents who are struggling to keep food on their tables.

Radio and television stations throughout Illinois are uniting in a statewide fundraising drive to combat hunger and food bank shortages in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Illinois broadcasters, in partnership with Feeding Illinois and the Illinois Broadcasters Association, encourage their viewers and listeners to contribute monetary donations that will go a long way to bolster dwindling food supplies at area food banks. Corporations and individuals looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of neighbors experiencing food hardship can contribute here and/or text FEEDIL to 91999.

“Illinois Broadcasters have joined together during these extraordinary times,” said Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) Board Chairman John Idler. The need to shore up food supplies and help feed the hungry has never been greater. The IBA has a long tradition of rallying our members in times of crisis. We have never been prouder to serve the people of Illinois.”

On March 26, radio and television stations throughout the state of Illinois will broadcast stories underscoring the urgent need for food during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
People who never before relied on food banks are now turning to them to feed their families.

Prior to COVID-19, 1 in 8 Americans struggled with hunger. As the virus continues to wreak havoc on the economy, and Illinois unemployment rises, the need for food increases. In recent weeks, one Chicago area food bank estimates a 25-40 percent increase in clients needing help. Meanwhile, a food pantry located in Rockford, Illinois, served double its normal number of neighbors just last week alone. The demand for food has never been greater.

“During this challenging time, the eight food banks that serve Illinois are working to ensure that nobody in our great state goes hungry,” said Steve Ericson, executive director for Feeding Illinois. “The need for food assistance is already growing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects. Thanks to the Illinois Broadcasters Association for using their collective voice to drive support for food banks across the state.”

The goal of ILLINOIS BROADCASTERS UNITING AGAINST HUNGER is to raise awareness and dollars so food banks can purchase the food they need to adequately serve the hungry in their local communities.

There are eight independent food banks serving 102 counties in Illinois, all of which are represented by Feeding Illinois. Click here to see which food bank serves your area.

 

Cardinals Caravan coming to Marion Sunday

Cardinals Caravan coming to Marion Sunday

Marion — The St. Louis Cardinals Caravan will make a stop in Marion Sunday afternoon as part of a four stop tour of the quad-state. Cardinals Radio Affiliates US 97.7, WMIX, and WEBQ will host a group of Cardinals players, alumni, and media at noon at the Marion Cultural & Civic Center. Fans are encouraged to…Continue Reading

Nashville Family Says Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Shot, Killed Family Dogs

Nashville Family Says Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Shot, Killed Family Dogs

NASHVILLE — A Nashville, Illinois family is mourning their family pets they say were shot dead by a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy who is also their neighbor. Jennifer Akers says Bentley and Ella slipped their collars Sunday afternoon and a few hours later they were each shot twice by their neighbor and their bloody bodies…Continue Reading

Closings, Cancellations, & Delays for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

The following is a list of closings, cancellations, and delays for Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Last updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:23 AM CT Schools: Agape Christian School – Closed Ashley Grade School – Closed Akin Grade School – Closed Anna CC District 37 – Closed Anna-Jonesboro High School – Closed Ashley Grade School…Continue Reading

David Overstreet Announces Candidacy for Illinois Supreme Court

David Overstreet Announces Candidacy for Illinois Supreme Court

Fifth District Appellate Court Justice David Overstreet, a Mt. Vernon native, has announced that he will seek election to the Illinois Supreme Court in 2020. He will seek the seat Lloyd Karmeier will vacate. Karmeier recently announced his retirement set for Dec. 6, 2020. Overstreet noted his variety and quantity of law experience makes him…Continue Reading

Carbondale Receiving $14 Million Grant for Multimodel Project

Carbondale Receiving $14 Million Grant for Multimodel Project

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale will receive a $14 million federal grant toward the Carbondale Station Multimodal Project through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) BUILD grant program. The grant was announced Wednesday by Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin. “This federal investment will be a tremendous boost to Carbondale and Southern Illinois,” Durbin…Continue Reading

Two Local Fire Districts to Receive Funding for Emergency Vehicles

Two Local Fire Districts to Receive Funding for Emergency Vehicles

SPRINGFIELD – The Lake Egypt Fire Protection District and the Williamson County Fire Protection District will receive a portion of the $9.3 million in no interest/low interest loans Governor J.B. Pritzker’s administration released Wednesday for the purchase of emergency vehicles. According to a press release from the Governor’s office, Lake Egypt will receive $350,000 and Williamson County…Continue Reading

McCleansboro Man Arrested After Altercation, Disorderly Conduct

McCleansboro Man Arrested After Altercation, Disorderly Conduct

MCCLEANSBORO – A McLeansboro man was arrested Saturday night after McLeansboro Police and Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a fight in progress in the 300 block of E. Broadway. McLeansboro Police Chief Nathan Taylor said when officers arrived to the scene, they learned that 36-year-old Donald Green was in an altercation with a woman…Continue Reading

Massac Co. Man Arrested for Rape of Minor, Multiple Sex Charges

Massac Co. Man Arrested for Rape of Minor, Multiple Sex Charges

PADUCAH – A Massac County man is behind bars on multiple sex charges after his arrest in Paducah, KY. According to a release from the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, 47-year-old Nathan Anderson was arrested on charges of rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, and unlawful transaction with a minor Monday following an investigation into the rape of a teenage…Continue Reading

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