Fulton County

City of Lewistown

Fulton County has long been a reliable Democratic vote. In every election since 1988, the rural county just west of Peoria has turned out in force for the Democratic presidential nominee, including voting for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

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The Easley Pioneer Museum in the little town of Ipava closed this week for the season, so if you want to see the museum’s display on Camp Ellis, you’ll have to wait until the place reopens next April.

Centers for Disease Control

Fulton County is reporting its first positive COVID-19 case.

Mitchell Baalman/ USFWS via Facebook

Fulton County is launching a new campaign to bring tourism dollars to the community.

Fulton County ESDA

RAPATEE -- Central Illinois is reaching out to to help a rural Knox County family after their house exploded Sunday morning, killing two people. 

The Fairview Fire Department responded to the intersection of Illinois Route 97 and North Street in Rapatee around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The explosion was heard from Fairview six miles away, the fire department said in a press release. 

Fulton County ESDA

RAPATEE -- Two people are dead after a house exploded in the small community of Rapatee.

A Sunday night train derailment near Table Grove has closed a portion of U.S. Route 136.

Disease is Killing Illinois Deer

Nov 6, 2018

White-tailed deer in Illinois are experiencing a disease that’s killed more 430 animals this year as of Oct 29.

Eric Leubehusen/USDA

Drought conditions are not improving across portions of Central and Western Illinois despite recent rainfall. The U.S. Drought Monitor continues to list all of Peoria county and portions of Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Fulton and McLean counties as “abnormally dry” in its weekly update released Thursday.

1 Killed, 11 Injured in Canton Gas Explosion

Nov 17, 2016
H. Wayne Wilson

A gas explosion on the square in Canton Wednesday killed one person and injured 11. The blast occurred shortly before 6 P.M. behind the Opera House, but damaged numerous businesses within several blocks of the site. Ameren Illinois spokesman Tucker Kennedy says a company apprentice was fatally injured and three other employees were hurt in the explosion.


Gas Explosion Rattles Downtown Canton

Nov 16, 2016

BREAKING: A major explosion in Canton this evening on the square left one person dead, others injured and caused massive damage to multiple businesses. More than 500 residents in the area are without power. Natural gas has been cut off to the community until further notice. The public is asked to avoid the area as a precaution while Emergency Management and clean-up crews work to secure the site.

Rich Egger / Tri-States Public Radio

The Emiquon Corps of Discovery describes itself as a group of volunteers trained to analyze with the mind of a scientist, see with the eyes of an artist, and speak with the words of a poet.  And that's what they've done for 10 years on the 9,000 acre Emiquon Nature Preserve along the Illinois River near Lewistown.