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Indicted Ex-Lawmaker Poses Dilemma For Illinois Democrats

Punching a straight Democratic ticket on Election Day has been a Chicago tradition for decades.

But this November, the automatic vote is turning out to be a little too dependable for the state's Democratic leaders. The feared victory Tuesday of a former state lawmaker indicted on federal bribery charges has party leaders scrambling to defeat 1 of their own.

Former state Rep. Derrick Smith is trying to regain his seat in the Illinois House. He has pleaded not guilty.

Officials including the governor and secretary of state worry that a Smith victory could be another embarrassment in a city and state with a reputation for corruption.

They've backing another Democrat, Lance Tyson, who's running under the "Unity Party" banner.

Political consultant Delmarie Cobb says Tyson faces an uphill battle.

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Ex-County Board Member Pleads Guilty In Tax Case

A former Kankakee County Board member has pleaded guilty in federal court to filing a false income tax return.

Larry Dean Gibbs of St. Anne entered an open plea of guilty to one count of filling a false return. U.S. Attorney James Lewis says Gibbs admitted he was not entitled to the $66,000 refund from the Internal Revenue Service he received in 2005 for a trust called the "Larry Dean Gibbs Trust."

Gibbs will be sentenced in March. He faces a prison sentence of up to three years, a $100,000 fine and a restitution order. He might also have to pay a tax-fraud penalty.

Gibbs is free on bond. But U.S. District Judge Michael McCuskey ordered him imprisoned for 14 days in August for repeatedly filing frivolous court claims.

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Doctors Encourage People To Get Flu Shot

Flu season is upon us in Illinois and health officials say getting a flu shot can cut down your chances of getting the bug.  Dr. Janak Koirala, with the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, says especially people with chronic diseases should be vaccinated.

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Dr. Koirala adds the vaccination will help protect you throughout the winter.

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Dr. Koirala says flu vaccinations definitely reduce the severity of the symptoms and decrease the spread of the disease.  Individuals who have the flu should be vigilant about washing their hands and staying home from work or school so they don't cause others to get sick.  The flu virus sends more than 200-thousand Americans to the hospital each year and it is among the leading causes of death for senior citizens.

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Statewide Student Testing Standards To Change

THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION IS RELEASING STATEWIDE TESTING DATA…BUT SAYS THEY ARE LOOKING AT NEW WAYS TO BETTER MEASURE STUDENT PROGRESS.

BOARD CHAIRMAN GERY CHICO SAYS 66 PERCENT OF SCHOOLS FAILED TO MEET ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS THIS YEAR UNDER THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT. THAT’S A SLIGHT INCREASE OVER 2011. BUT CHICO SAYS THE BENCHMARKS SET UNDER THE ACT DON’T ACCURATELY REFLECT INDIVIDUAL STUDENT PROGRESS.

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STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO MEET CERTAIN ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS BENCHMARKS EACH YEAR UNDER THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT. STATE SUPERINTENDENT CHRISTOPHER KOCH SAYS THESE MEASUREMENTS DON’T REFLECT INDIVIDUAL GROWTH AND STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS.

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KOCH SAYS THEY HAVE APPLIED FOR A WAIVER FROM NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND…AND THAT NEW ASSESSMENT METHODS WON'T JUST RELY ON A FEW DAYS OF TESTING.

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Trick-Or-Treat Safety Tips

Authorities in Illinois say the key to a safe Halloween is commonsense, but the officials are also offering up some tips.

They recommend trick-or-treating during daylight hours and in familiar neighborhoods.

Safety experts also recommend dressing in light-colored costumes and choosing painted makeup over masks, which could restrict children's vision. Also, don't accept candy or treats that aren't wrapped.

Police say it's also a good time to remind children not to talk to strangers.

Some community groups are hosting Halloween events for children that are an alternative to trick-or-treating.

Authorities across the area say several communities will be hosting Halloween activities where they'll be giving away candy.

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Ameren Illinois Crews To Help With East Coast Storm Repairs

Crews from Ameren Illinois are on the East Coast to help restore power after Superstorm Sandy.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris says 67 workers, field personnel, linemen and supervisors are in New Jersey to assess damage and restore power.

Morris says storms with high winds typically break off major tree limbs, snap trees in two or uproot trees. He says that's why nearly 100 forestry and electric contractors are also headed east.

It isn't clear how long the crews will remain on the scene.

Ameren is helping Public Service Electric and Gas Co.

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Deer Accidents Increase This Time of Year

With the fall season here, deer will be active all over the area.

 width=As hunters head out for the 2012 harvest, this time of year brings a large amount of accidents. Mike Walker, Chief Deputy with the Dewitt County Sherrif's Department, says the majority of accidents that occur in the fall and winter months are caused by deer. He says when driving through heavily wooded areas, your awareness needs to be heightened.

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The early evening and early morning hours are the most frequent times that deer can be seen. They especially start coming out more often once hunting season begins. Even though there are areas where deer are more numerous, they can spring out into the road anywhere and at anytime. Walker says to not swerve to miss the deer, but rather it would be better to hit it straight on.

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Authorities from the Illinois Department of Transportaion also want to make sure that Illinois drivers are cautious of deer in the coming months. IDOT Spokesperson Josh Kauffman adds flashing the headlights or honking the horn can alert the deer and could get them to get off the road.

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Kauffman adds accidents involving deer were responsible for six fatalities last year.

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Okaw Valley Conference To Retain Name; Adds Three New Member Schools

Come the school year 2014-15, the Okaw Valley Conference will have three new members.

 width=Three remaining members of a dismembered Okaw Valley Conference have found three new schools to join them in preserving the Okaw Valley Conference name. Rantoul, Champaign St. Thomas More, and St. Joseph Ogden have agreed to join the Okaw Valley. Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Monticello High School, Randy Moss says this could not have ended any better for Monticello, Tolono Unity, and Maroa-Forsyth.

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 width=The deadline to get three schools committed was November 1. Moss says there was a point where he was worried things would not work out. He says that point came when they received an invitation from the Sangamon Valley Conference to join, so they applied, then were rejected. But that may have played in the favor of these three schools gaining three new members.

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 width=A meeting Monday decided the Okaw Valley name would be preserved, a conference President was named. Brian Brooks, Principal of St. Joseph Ogden High School was named the Conference President. Once those things were established the next priority for the group was expansion beyond 2014-15. While Moss could not name who was invited, four schools were invited to join them.

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Moss says this new conference is going to be fantastic and very competitive. He says they were very pleased with the way things ended up for all the parties involved. He felt as though their patience was rewarded at the end because it was the best outcome they could have received.

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Former Daycare Worker Makes Plea Deal

 width=A former worker at the Clinton day care, Kid Konnection, made a plea deal to giving sleep supplements to kids in her care.

Carron Hospelhorn, 40, pleaded guilty to endangering the health of two children. She received a 500 dollar fine and is on two years probation. While working at Kid Konnection, a police investigation indicates Hospelhorn gave a melatonin pill to a 15 month old and a seven month old without the parents' knowledge or consent.

As a part of the sentencing, Hospelhorn is now banned from working or volunteering at any daycare center.

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NBA Season Kicks Off With Fireworks, New Looks

LeBron James and the Miami Heat started their title defense with a 120-107 win over the Boston Celtics Tuesday night to kick off the NBA's regular season.  Dwyane Wade had 29 points while James collected 26 with 10 rebounds for the Heat.  Ray Allen scored 19 points off the bench for Miami against his old Celtic teammates.  In Los Angeles, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the new-look Lakers, 99-91.  Darren Collison led the way with 17 points for the Mavs, while Dwight Howard posted 19 points and 10 rebounds in his debut with LA.

In Cleveland, the Cavaliers opened their season with a 94-84 win over the Washington Wizards.  Last year's Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving led the way with 29 points, while Anderson Varejao hauled in 23 rebounds for the hosts.  The NBA season rolls on Wednesday night with nine more games.

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NFL Trade Rumors

>>Rams Have Until Tomorrow To Trade Jackson

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams have until 3 p.m. tomorrow if they wish to try and move running back Steven Jackson.  The NFL trade deadline was pushed back from Tuesday until Thursday with the league offices closed the last two days due to Hurricane Sandy.  Jackson can become a free agent after the season.

>>Report: Jags Attempting To Acquire Tebow

(Jacksonville, FL)  --  "Action News" in Jacksonville reports the Jaguars are attempting to acquire quarterback Tim Tebow from the New York Jets prior to Thursday's trade deadline.  According to the report, attempts to contact Jaguars owner Shad Khan and general manager Gene Smith have been unsuccessful.  Earlier this week, the "New York Daily News" and ESPN New York both reported that the Jets have no plan to trade Tebow.

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Bulls, Pacers Tip Season Off Tonight; Granger Out

>>Bulls Tip Against Kings Tonight

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bulls get their regular season underway tonight when they tip off at United Center against the Sacramento Kings.  Chicago was 5-and-2 in the preseason, which wrapped up late last week.  The Bulls play at Cleveland Friday before returning home Saturday to host New Orleans.

>>Bulls Exercise Option On Butler

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bulls announced yesterday they have exercised the third-year option for swingman Jimmy Butler.  The move will keep Butler with Chicago through the 2013-14 season.  Butler played in 42 games in his rookie season last year after being selected 30th overall.

>>Knee To Sideline Pacers' Granger Indefinitely

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  The Pacers will start the season without leading scorer Danny Granger [[ GRAIN-jer ]].  The team announced the forward is out indefinitely with soreness in his left knee.  He injured a tendon in the knee during the playoffs last season and tweaked it again during off-season workouts.

>>Pacers Set To Tip In Toronto

(Toronto, Ontario)  --  The Pacers will tip off the regular season tonight in Toronto against the Raptors.  Indiana was 4-and-3 in the preseason, which finished last week.  The Pacers remain on the road Friday at Charlotte before returning home Saturday to host the Sacramento Kings.

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White Sox Agree To Two-Year Extension With Peavy

One big name pitcher is off the market before free agency even begins.  The White Sox have agreed to a two-year, 29-million-dollar extension with Jake Peavy.  The 31-year-old right-hander went 11-and-12 with a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts this year.  Chicago has also exercised the 9.5-million-dollar option on pitcher Gavin Floyd, while declining options on infielder Kevin Youkilis and pitcher Brett Myers.  The Sox still have exclusive negotiating rights with Youkilis and Myers through Friday.  Players can begin signing with new teams at 12:01 a.m. Eastern on Saturday.

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Molina Wins 5th Gold Glove; Peavy Wins Gold Glove

Major League Baseball announced the winners of the 2012 Gold Glove Awards on Tuesday.  Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won his fifth straight award in the National League.  The Braves' Jason Heyward and Pirates' Andrew McCutchen were first-time winners in the outfield, while Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez won his second Gold Glove.  Darwin Barney of the Cubs won at second base, while the Nationals' Adam LaRoche was a first-time winner at first base.  Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies was the winner at shortstop for the fourth time and Chase Headley of the Padres won his first.  Mark Buehrle [[ BURR-lee ]] of the Marlins won the NL award for a pitcher.

In the American League, the Orioles led the way with three winners.  Catcher Matt Wieters won his second straight Gold Glove while center fielder Adam Jones added his second as well.  Shortstop J.J. Hardy was a first-time winner for the O's.  Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeria won his fifth award while Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre won his fourth.  Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano also won while Kansas City's Alex Gordon and Oakland's Josh Reddick picked up awards in the outfield.  Jake Peavy of the White Sox and Jeremy Hellickson of the Rays shared the AL award in the pitcher's spot.

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Clinton YMCA Offering Sunday Youth Basketball Clinics

 width=Starting this Sunday, the Clinton YMCA will be offering a new basketball clinic for kids.

The YMCA is now open Sunday afternoons, and Executive Director of the Clinton Y, Jann Martin says they will use those hours to offer a basketball clinic for kids. She explains the one hour clinics will teach the kids the basic fundamentals of basketball.

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The basketball clinics will be a lead into the youth basketball leagues which begin in January. Martin believes the basketball leagues are a great opportunity for younger kids to get exposed to basketball early and begin to learn the fundamentals.

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Many times the Clinton High School players will come in and work with the kids during the season. She says the younger kids especially look up to the older kids, and it's a good opportunity for the older kids to fulfill some of their community service hours.

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The Y will start those Sunday clinics this Sunday, November 4. Signing up for both the clinic and the basketball leagues at the same time gets you the clinics for $20. The clinics are broken up by age.

Basketball league sign ups are available until mid-December.

For more information on the basketball clinics or the basketball leagues, you can contact the YMCA at 935-8307 or visit www.clintoncommymca.org.

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Midwest to Feel Effects Of Sandy

Some of the upper Midwest will feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  The National Weather Service has issued a lakeshore flood warning for Lake Michigan in Chicago to be in effect from early tomorrow morning through Wednesday afternoon.  Cook County's coastline could see waves up to 22-feet high thanks to the storm.  Down South, the Riverbend and St. Louis areas may experience gusty winds which could reach the area tomorrow.  Meanwhile, air traffic will be the biggest headache for travelers planning to leave or visit the East Coast during the early part of the week.  Airlines have cancelled more than seven-thousand flights to places like New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC.  Several inches of rain, flooding, and high winds are expected as the storm moves inland from Delaware to Ohio.

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State Senator Calls For DOC Investigation

The state’s Department of Corrections Director Salvador Godinez has a dismissive attitude when it comes to the increased gang violence in state prisons.  That’s according to State Senator John O. Jones, who’s calling on Governor Quinn to launch a formal investigation into what’s really happening behind the prison doors.  

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Senator Jones says gangs are taking over Illinois prisons.

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While he’s calling on Governor Quinn to help fix the problem but, he says he doesn’t think Quinn is to blame.

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Former and current prison employees have contacted Jones about the violence and expressed concern over their safety.  Jones believes the gang activity is directly tied to Godinez’s ability to lead the system.  He says Godinez should be fired, along with Executive Chief Jerry Buscher, Deputy Chief of Operations Kevin Gilson and Southern Illinois Deputy Director Ty Bates.   Jones says those names consistently come up in discussions of improprieties or misconduct within the Department.  He plans to introduce a resolution asking the Senate to approve the investigation when they return to special session next month.

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State Farm Mobilizes Claims Teams

Several State Farm Insurance trucks left Illinois headed out to the East Coast yesterday.  Spokeswoman Patti Kelly says claims teams will be on hand to help those who have home and auto policies with the company.  She reminds the customers to take a few items with them if they're forced to evacuate.  

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Kelly says people should also take pictures and an inventory of the items in their home.  That will help speed up the claims process.  Kelly says safety is the number one priority so people should follow all official instructions closely and promptly.  Anyone who needs to file a claim can call their agent or 800-SF-Claim.

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Red Cross Sends Volunteers East

 width=The American Red Cross is gearing up to help with disaster relief on the East Coast.  Wesley Lind, with the Illinois Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross, says the volunteers will help in several capacities.

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Lind says about 160 emergency response vehicles are headed east.

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Lind says even those who aren't going to the East Coast can make a difference.  He says the Red Cross could always use blood and cash donations to ensure they can continue to help in times of need.  Check out RedCross.org or contact your local Red Cross chapter to make a donation or volunteer.

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Two Admit To Attacking Researcher In Champaign

Two Champaign men have pleaded guilty to attacking an Australian researcher who was visiting the University of Illinois last year.

18-year-old Ralph Gray and 18-year-old Anthony Davis pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping. Last week 18-year-old co-defendant Dorian Wills pleaded guilty. Prosecutors offered the three men a plea bargain capping their prison sentences at 20 years. All three will be sentenced in December.

Clinton Fookes was visiting Champaign while in the U.S. for a conference. Fookes told police he remembered little about what happened to him but woke on the north side of Champaign on Oct. 21, 2011, bleeding and missing a watch and cell phone. The cell phone led police to the men.

Fookes was hospitalized for five days with head injuries.

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DJWH Working With PSI In Ambulance Transition

 width=As the Dr. John Warner Hospital transitions out of the ambulance business, turning it over to PSI, the two groups are negotiating details to obtain DJWH equipment.

The hospital has maintained since they announced they would be getting out of the ambulance business, they would allow the new provider to purchase their equipment and use their housing and bays. CEO of the Dr. John Warner Hospital, Earl Sheehy says negotiations are going well, and the hold up right now is determining fair market value for the hospital's ambulances.

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Sheehy explains determining fair market value for ambulances is very difficult. He says because there is no guide, the hospital has used the company they bought their vehicles from to help in determining their value.

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The cost of the ambulance will be driven up because PSI wants to purchase the equipment on the ambulances. Sheehy says if PSI wants to purchase that equipment, the hospital has to be compensated fairly. However, the hospital does not have to sell them their inventory of equipment.

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Sheehy estimates between drugs and supplies on the ambulances, there is at least twenty-thousand dollars worth of goods. If the two sides cannot come to an agreement for fair market value of the ambulances and the equipment by December the 1st, Sheehy explains they would continue to offer ambulance service up to the end of the year.

The auto-pulse units donated by the Dr. John Warner Hospital Foundation over of the past few years will be kept in possession of the hospital in the emergency room.

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Warrensburg-Latham Board of Education Up For Re-election

The Board of Education in Warrensburg-Latham will be up for re-election next April.

Petitions to run to be on the Board are now available. Superintendent of Warrensburg-Latham Schools Kristen Kendrick says there are many challenges facing their schools. She says the biggest challenge right now may be their budget issues. She says because of these challenges, it can make for some tough decision making.

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Being on the Board of Education will take some time to get used to. Kendrick says one of the biggest learning curves may be understanding how the schools' budgets work. She says the budgets all districts deal with have specific areas they can be used for. She says one fund may look very healthy, but that doesn't mean it can help out a struggling fund elsewhere in the budget.

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Kendrick says she wants people on the Board who will have the best interest of the students of the district in mind. She explains while everyone has their own interests, she does not want someone coming on with an agenda.

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Persons wanting to obtain a petition to run must meet the following requirements: They must be a resident of Warrensburg or Latham for at least one year prior to the election. They must be 18 or older, a registered voter and a resident of the state of Illinois.

Residents wishing to obtain petitions can stop by the School Board Office at 430 West North Street in Warrensburg, or information is available on the schools' website,http://www.wl.k12.il.us/ .

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Chase Drives Into Texas This Week

The Chase for the Sprint Cup starts to wind down as drivers head to Texas this week.  Jimmie Johnson won Sunday's race at Martinsville to take over the lead atop the points standings.  With three races to go, the five-time Cup champion holds a two-point lead over Brad Keselowski.

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NBA Season Tips Off Tonight

The  2012-13 regular season tips off Tuesday with a trio of games, highlighted by the reigning world champion Miami Heat opening defense of their world title against  the  visiting Boston Celtics in  a rematch from last spring's Eastern Conference  finals participants. The Los Angeles Lakers will also be in action at  home with  a  marquee  matchup against  the  Dallas  Mavericks, while the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Washington Wizards.

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MLB Gold Glove Winners To Be Announced Tonight

>>MLB To Award Gold Gloves Tuesday

(Undated)  --  Major League Baseball will award Gold Gloves on Tuesday night.  There are 56 total finalists among each position in both the National League and American League.  The Cincinnati Reds lead the way with six finalists.  Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will be going for his fifth straight Gold Glove award.  Of the finalists, 21 are past winners and 11 won the award last year.  All 30 Major League managers and up to six coaches from each staff vote on the awards from their respective leagues, but cannot pick players from their own team.  The winners will be revealed Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern in an announcement show broadcast on ESPN2.

>>Cubs' Barney A Gold Glove Finalist

(Chicago, IL)  --  Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney is a finalist for a Gold Glove award.  The Chicago infielder started 147 games this season and made just three errors.  The Reds' Brandon Phillips and Diamondbacks' Aaron Hill are up against Barney at the position.  The league will announce the winners of the awards tonight.

>>Peavy, Pierzynski Finalists For Gold Gloves

(Chicago, IL)  --  White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy and catcher A.J. Pierzynski are finalists for Gold Glove awards.  Peavy made just one error in 32 starts this season while Pierzynski made six errors and threw out 27 base stealers in 121 starts behind the plate.  

Peavy is up against the Rays' Jeremy Hellickson and Angels' C.J. Wilson at his position while Pierzynski is opposed by the Orioles' Matt Wieters, Tigers' Alex Avila and Yankees' Russell Martin.  The winners will be announced tonight.

>>Molina A Finalist For Gold Glove Award

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is a finalist for a Gold Glove award.  The St. Louis catcher started 133 games behind the plate for the Cards and threw out 48-percent of base runners.  The Diamondbacks' Miguel Montero and Phillies' Carlos Ruiz are up against Molina at his position.  The league will announce the winners of the awards tonight. 

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NHL Reportedly To Cancel Winter Classic This Week

The Winter Classic is reportedly next on the chopping block due to the NHL lockout.  According to ESPNNewYork.com, the NHL is expected to cancel the annual outdoor game on Thursday.  The Winter Classic is scheduled for January 1st between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium.

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NFL Notes

 width=>>Bears Shift Gears From Big Win Over Panthers

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears are turning the page from Sunday's comeback win over the Panthers.  Head coach Lovie Smith praised the fourth-quarter play of quarterback Jay Cutler yesterday while speaking to the media.  Chicago will travel to Nashville to face the Titans this Sunday.

 width=>>Pagano Visits Colts At Practice

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano paid a visit to his team's practice yesterday.  The ailing coach had received a checkup at the Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center, where he's being treated for leukemia, earlier in the morning.  Pagano was hospitalized September 26th and has been away from the team since.  Many of the Colts players said the visit gave them a boost.

>>NFL Pushes Back Trade Deadline Due To Storm

(New York, NY)  --  The NFL is pushing today's trade deadline back 48 hours due to Hurricane Sandy.  The league announced yesterday that the trade deadline has been moved from 4 p.m. Eastern Tuesday until 4 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.  The league office is closed due to the storm.

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49ers Pound Cardinals

Alex Smith  was nearly  flawless on  Monday night, as  he  had three touchdown passes  to lead the  San Francisco 49ers to a 24-3 beating of the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC West battle. Smith  had just one incompletion as he went 18-for-19 for 232 yards. He set an NFL  record  for the most  completions with just  one incompletion in a single game. Michael  Crabtree  caught five  passes for  72 yards  and two touchdowns while Randy  Moss also had a touchdown catch for the 49ers (6-2), who have won their past two and hold a two-game lead for the top spot in the NFC West.

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Illini Football, Basketball Notes

 width=>>Groce Taking Over At Tough Time For Illini

John Groce's timing could have been better. The new Illinois head coach is taking over in a year in which the Big Ten opens with five AP Top 25 teams.

His Illini won't be 1 of them. Illinois is coming off a 17-15 campaign that ended with 12 losses in 14 games and cost Bruce Weber the job Groce now holds.

And the team Groce will coach is essentially the same one that collapsed under Weber. Only its most talented player, center Meyers Leonard, is now in the NBA.

But Groce says his team is hungry heading into the Nov. 9 opener against Colgate.

Illinois will count on Tracy Abrams and Brandon Paul to be the primary ball handlers. And a committee that includes sophomore Nnanna Egwu and transfer Sam McLaurin will try to fill in for Leonard.

>>Illini Football Learning Lesson It Would Rather Skip

Tim Beckman says he's learning a lot from this losing season at Illinois.

The Illini (2-6, 0-4 Big Ten) have lost five straight after Saturday's 31-17 defeat by Indiana. Beckman says it's important to find ways to keep his players motivated and says this season unfortunately providing opportunities in that department.

The going gets tougher Saturday at Ohio State (9-0, 5-0) Beckman says the motivation this week include extra running for eight costly penalties.

The Illini did have 196 yards on the ground against Indiana and Donovonn Young had a career-best 124.

Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase said it was good to see Young turning in the kind of game the team hopes he can repeat.

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Illinois Party Leaders Ante Up For Legislative Races

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has spent more than $6.5 million on legislative elections in just the past seven months. That's 50% more than campaign funds he controls spent during the same period in 2010.

An analysis shows the state's political parties and legislative leaders spent $17 million overall since the March primary. That's 53% more than in 2010.

The pricier campaign comes even as Democrats hold majorities in both legislative chambers and President Barack Obama is back on top of the ticket.

The 2010 Census required redrawing legislative maps to reflect population shifts, so all 59 seats in the Senate are up when usually no more than two-thirds are. But spending per seat also is up significantly, according to figures through the end of September.

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Knox College Student Killed In Hit and Run

Knox College officials say a student is dead after a hit and run accident.

A campus bulletin was released Sunday informing students of the death of Tundun Lawani. College officials say she was struck by a car as she crossed a street.

Police say the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. and Lawani was transported to Galesburg Cottage Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Authorities say a 33-year-old Galesburg woman has been charged in connection with the death. Lakeesha Smith was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a fatality and no valid insurance, among other things. She's due in court on Monday.

A listed number for Smith couldn't be located. It was immediately unclear if she had an attorney.

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Students Suspended Over Twitter Comments

Officials say nearly a dozen southwestern Illinois high school students were suspended because of comments they posted on Twitter.

The comments included one about a female teacher and another that was an alleged threat to Granite City High School.

Granite City School District Superintendent Harry Briggs says all threats are treated very seriously. He declined to provide details of the comments which were posted during school hours. At least ten students were suspended.

Briggs says the students' suspension times ranged from five to 10 days. He says school officials sometimes monitor Twitter.

The suspensions sparked student outcry online with students tweeting that the suspended students were treated unfairly.

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Governor Pushes Back Launch of Grassroots Pension Campaign

 width=Gov. Pat Quinn has again pushed back the timeline for when he'll revealed his so-called grassroots campaign to rally support for an overhaul of Illinois' pension system.

Lawmakers have failed to come up with a plan to deal with the roughly $85 billion pension funding gap, which is the worst of any state in the country. Legislators couldn't agree on an approach during an August special session and they won't meet again until after the Nov. election.

Quinn has said he'll push forward with a grass-roots campaign to win public support. He initially said more details would come in September but has pushed that back several times. The Chicago Democrat says he'll now wait until after Nov. 6.

His office has said that the campaign will involve the Internet.

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ISU Tells State It Needs $85-Million In Funding

 width=Illinois State University is asking the state to appropriate nearly $85 million in funds for its fiscal 2014 operating budget, while acknowledging that it is unlikely to receive that much.

University trustees approved a request Friday that represents about a 17% increase in current state funding.

Illinois has been steadily decreasing money for higher education as it grapples with debt, unpaid bills and other budget woes.

Still, ISU President Al Bowman says it is "important symbolically to tell the state this is what we really need."

The university's appropriations have dropped from $92 million to $72 million since Bowman became president in 2003.

To cope, Bowman says, ISU has turned to tuition, private donations and grants, and has been helped by stable enrollment.

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WHOW Can Now Be Heard On Your Smart Phone and iPhone

 width=The Miller Media Group has announced that it's Clinton newstalk radio station, WHOW The BIG 1520 AM/92.3 FM in Clinton, can now be heard 24/7 on iphones and Smartphones, thru tunein.com.

iPhone and Smartphone users can access station's live streams, by downloading the tunein.com application which is free, then typing in the call letters to find that station's stream.

Along with WHOW, WTIM Newstalk 97.3 in Taylorville and WRJM newstalk 1270 AM/107 FM in Charleston, can now be heard 24/7 local news, sports, talk and agriculture programming.

The Miller Media Group owns and operates eleven radio stations across central and northwest Illinois.

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Willow Tree Missions' Neighbor House Provides Shelter For Domestic Violence Victims

Monticello's new domestic violence program offers victims a safe shelter for up to 12 weeks.

Willow Tree Missions' Neighbor House is a place for the victims of a domestic violence situation to stay for up to twelve weeks while they get back on their feet. Kimberly Boyd is the Executive Director of Willow Tree Missions in Monticello, she explains Neighbor House can host only two families at a time. Because their operation is so small, they have to limit their services to Piatt County residents only.

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Staying in Neighbor House for victims does not come without a cost. While the service is free of charge, residents must maintain the home. Boyd says this includes just basic chores throughout the house.

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Along with keeping the house up, residents staying there are encouraged to seek counseling. The residents do have the choice of utilizing the counseling services offered by Willow Tree Missions, or going outside the organization. Along with that, Boyd says they are required to seek her assistance in obtaining other living arrangements, employment, or any other areas of their lives they may need help in.

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Willow Tree Missions was able to acquire the home through the sales of their thrift store, which uses the profits to fund the program. Boyd says those funds along with community members and private donations, they are able to fund the house. In just the short time Willow Tree Missions has been active in the community, Boyd says they have had generous and diligent donors.

For information about Willow Tree Missions or their Neighbor House you can contact their business number at 217-631-1018, or they can use their 24/7 hotline at 217-631-1111.

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Lincoln Continues Planning of Downtown Revitalization

 width=The City of Lincoln's dream of revitalizing their downtown district continues to make progress.

The City of Lincoln was the recipient of a grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Mayor of the City of Lincoln, Keith Snyder explains they recently held several community meetings to find out what business owners, community leaders, and the general public would like to see happen in the downtown area of Lincoln.

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The grant they received from the DCEO was a two-fold grant. The first part was to be used for planning, and the second left availability to implement a few things. Mayor Snyder notes the implementation will be very limited, but it should help the plan get in motion.

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Of the many things the City heard regarding things the public would like to see happen in the downtown area. Mayor Snyder says perhaps the biggest concern was parking. The Mayor says much like many communities, their downtown parking situation can sometimes be messy. Other things they heard regarded the downtown stop lights and more outside spaces for leisure and dining.

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The Mayor feels balancing goals that are attainable and goals that will be a challenge should be included in the plan. He explains you want to have goals that you know you can achieve, but not have the whole plan be that way. And at the same time not make the plan so challenging it is unlikely to be implemented.

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Mayor Snyder says the city will look to have the planning portion of the grant complete by the end of the year. Having a plan in place should help the city in obtaining other grants for the revitalization of their downtown. The Mayor says they will continue to seek out other grant opportunities to aid them in making this goal a reality.

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Clinton Schools To Develop School, District Improvement Plans

 width=As a result of not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the Clinton School district will have some ramification.

Because of not making AYP, Superintendent of Clinton Schools, Dr. Jeff Holmes explains the district now has to develop district and school improvement plans. The district has chosen to use the "Rising Star" program. Dr. Holmes adds you can go to a website and compare how the school is doing compared to other districts across the state.

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There are a lot of positive things about the "Rising Star" program. Dr. Holmes feels the continues improvements and modifications of this program are what he likes about it the most. He says when improvement plans would be implemented in the past, it would be looked at only once a year.

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Clinton schools are already somewhat ahead of the game in entering into this improvement plan. Dr. Holmes explains next year, schools will have to start using the "Rising Star" program. In fact, he says he already has two buildings using the program.

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There are 50 indicators the district will have to look at and over 100 for each building. The first deadline to implement this program was the day after the district learned they would have to do a school and district improvement plan. Dr. Holmes says he is not going to rush his administrators in getting things developed. He adds he wants to do it right and make sure it meets the needs of the Clinton School district.

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K-State Moves Into Second In BCS Standings

Kansas State has moved into second in this week's BCS standings.  Alabama continues to sit atop the standings, but the Wildcats moved into second after beating Texas Tech on Saturday.  Notre Dame is third following Saturday's win over Oklahoma.  Oregon is still fourth.  LSU rounds out the top-five.  Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Florida State and Louisville complete the top-10.  The top two teams in the final standings will meet in the national championship game on January 7th.

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NHL Cancels More Games

The NHL lockout has claimed more regular-season games.  The league announced Friday all games through November 30th would be cancelled due to the ongoing labor stalemate.  The NHL recently rejected three union counterproposals to its offer of a 50-50 revenue split.  No further talks are scheduled.

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Giants Sweep Tigers For World Series Sweep; Sandoval MVP

>>Giants Complete World Series Sweep Of Tigers

(Detroit, MI)  --  The Giants captured their second World Series title in three years by knocking off the Tigers in 10 innings, 4-3.  Marco Scutaro [[ SCOO-tuh-roh ]] singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the 10th to help the Giants complete a four-game sweep.  Brandon Belt smacked an RBI triple in the second and Buster Posey hit a two-run homer in the sixth.  Santiago Casilla was credited with the win.  Sergio Romo closed it out for his third save of the series.  Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was named series MVP.  Miguel Cabrera belted a two-run homer in the third, but struck out looking to end the game.  Delmon Young tied the game with a solo blast in the sixth for Detroit, which scored only six runs the entire series.  Phil Coke took the loss.

>>Giants' Sandoval Wins Series MVP

(Detroit, MI)  --  San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was named the Most Valuable Player of the World Series Sunday night.  In Game One, Sandoval became only the fourth player in MLB history to hit three homers in a single World Series game.  He joined Albert Pujols, Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth.  Sandoval went 8-for-16 at the plate in the series.  The Giants completed a four-game sweep with a 4-3, 10-inning victory.  San Francisco captured the World Series title for the second time in three years and for the seventh time in franchise history.

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Johnson Takes Over Points Lead With Win At Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson took over the lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by winning Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.  The five-time Cup champion now holds a two-point lead over Brad Keselowski with three races to go.  It was Johnson's 59th career victory and seventh at Martinsville.  Kyle Busch finished second followed by Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer.  Keselowski was sixth.  The series heads to Texas next week before closing the season with stops in Phoenix and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Two Bears Fined For Uniform Violations

Two Bears were fined Friday by the NFL for uniform violations during last Monday night's 13-7 win over the Lions.  Wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Earl Bennett were fined $10,500 for wearing orange cleats.  Bennett told ESPN he intends to appeal the fine because he also wore pink shoelaces as a part of the league's effort to raise awareness about breast cancer during October.

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Bears Come Back For Win; Colts Win In OT; Pack Survives Jags

 width=>>Bears Erase 12-Point Deficit To Beat Panthers

(Chicago, IL)  --  Robbie Gould nailed a game-winning 41-yard field goal as time expired as the Bears rallied to beat the Panthers, 23-22.  Tim Jennings had a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown to help Chicago erase a 12-point fourth quarter deficit.  Jay Cutler ended 19-for-28 for 186 yards with a TD and an interception for the Bears, who have won five straight to improve to 6-and-1 on the season.  Matt Forte rushed for 70 yards and a score in the victory.  Cam Newton finished 20-of-39 for 314 yards but was picked off twice.  He also ran for 37 yards on five carries for the Panthers, who fell to 1-and-6 with their fifth consecutive loss.  Steve Smith had seven catches for 118 yards, but dropped a sure touchdown with 2:43 to play.

>>Patriots Rout Rams In London

(London, England)  --  Tom Brady threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a 45-7 rout of the Rams at Wembley Stadium in London.  Rob Gronkowski had eight catches for 146 yards and two TDs for the 5-and-3 Patriots, who set an NFL record by recording more than 350 yards of offense for the 17th straight game.  The previous record was set by the Rams in 1999-2000.  Steven Ridley rushed for 127 yards and a score in the victory.  Sam Bradford finished 23-of-31 for 205 yards with a TD and an interception for St. Louis, which has lost three in-a-row to dip to 3-and-5 on the season.  Chris Givens had three grabs for 63 yards and a score in defeat.

>>Colts Clip Titans In Overtime

 width=(Nashville, TN)  --  Andrew Luck found Vick Ballard on a 16-yard touchdown pass in overtime as the Colts clipped the Titans 19-13 at LP Field.  Luck finished 26-of-38 for 297 yards with the TD and an interception for the Colts, who snapped a 10-game road losing streak.  Donald Brown rushed for 80 yards on 14 carries, while Ballard added 55 yards on 12 attempts as Indianapolis won its second straight to improve to 4-and-3 on the season.  Matt Hasselbeck was 22-of-29 for 236 yards and a score for the 3-and-5 Titans, who had won their previous two.  Chris Johnson ran for 99 yards on 21 carries in defeat.

 width=>>Packers Beat Jaguars For Third Straight Win

(Green Bay, WI)  --  Aaron Rodgers threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers beat the Jaguars, 24-15, for their third straight win.  Randall Cobb and Donald Driver both had TD catches for the Packers, who improved to 5-and-3 on the season.  Alex Green rushed for 54 yards on 22 carries in the victory.  Blaine Gabbert played through a shoulder injury and finished 27-of-49 for 303 yards and a score for Jacksonville, which fell to 1-and-6 with its fourth consecutive loss.  Rashad Jennings had 17 carries for 59 yards and six catches for 56 yards in place of an injured Maurice Jones-Drew.

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Cleveland Browns 7, San Diego Chargers 6
Detroit Lions 28, Seattle Seahawks 24
Miami Dolphins 30, New York Jets 9
Atlanta Falcons 30, Philadelphia Eagles 17
Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Washington Redskins 12
Oakland Raiders 26, Kansas City Chiefs 16
New York Giants 29, Dallas Cowboys 24
Denver Broncos 34, New Orleans Saints 14

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Missouri State Rolls Western

 width=Kierra Harris threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, Mikael Cooper-Falls added 95 yards rushing and a score, and Missouri State dominated Western Illinois 42-3 on Saturday for the Bears' first 3-game winning streak in eight years.

Harris completed just 13 passes and was intercepted three times, but he managed to find Dorian Buford, Trey Kelley and Cadarrius Dotson for scores. Cedric Miller added a rushing score for the Bears (3-6, 3-3 Missouri Valley), who last strung together three wins Sept. 2-18, 2004.

Harris opened the scoring with a 38-yarder to Buford in the first quarter, then found Kelley and Dotson on short scoring passes in the second before running it in from the 1 just before halftime. That gave the Bears a 28-3 halftime lead.

The Leathernecks (3-5, 1-4) got 75 yards rushing from Caulton Ray and 72 from Nikko Watson. Pat Smith kicked a 27-yard field goal.

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Indiana Tops Putrid Illini

 width=Nate Sudfeld came off Indiana's bench to throw for two touchdowns, and the Hoosiers defense had seven sacks and a pair of key turnovers in a 31-17 win at Illinois on Saturday.

The win ended a 5-game losing streak for the Hoosiers (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) that included tight losses to Ohio State, Navy and Michigan State. It also ended an 11-game Big Ten drought that dated to 2010.

Sudfeld took over after starting quarterback Cameron Coffman was benched following a first-quarter interception. Sudfeld had 107 yards on 10 of 15 passing.

His second scoring pass, a 17-yarder to Shane Wynn midway through the fourth quarter, put the Hoosiers up 31-17 and finished Illinois.

The Illini (2-6, 0-4) were led by Donovonn Young's career-high 124 rushing yards. Illinois has lost five in a row.

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ISU Tops Northern Iowa

 width=Matt Brown threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Illinois State beat Northern Iowa 33-21 on Saturday night.

Brown was 22 of 27 for 274 yards and two touchdowns - a 76-yard pass to Tyrone Walker and a 49-yard pass to James O'Shaughnessy. Brown kept the ball and scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter.

Cameron Hunt got the scoring started for Illinois State (7-2, 4-2 Missouri Valley) with a 19-yard run into the end zone. Darrelynn Dunn rushed in for a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth for the Redbirds.

Sawyer Kollmorgen was 20 of 48 for 218 yards for Northern Iowa (2-6, 1-4). Kollmorgen kept the ball for the Panthers first touchdown, scoring on a 6-yard run. He later threw a 2-yard TD pass to Chad Owens. David Johnson scored on a 5-yard run in the fourth, finishing with 20 carries for 118 yards.

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DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

October 27, 2012

 

Jail Population: 71

Summons Served: 3

Warrant Arrests: 1

 

October 28, 2012

 

Jail Population: 71

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

October 29, 2012

 

Jail Population: 72

Summons Served: 12

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

Investigation into the scene of an accident which occurred at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Friday, October 26, revealed that a vehicle driven by Nichole Lucas, 40, Clinton, was at the intersection of Main and US 51. She thought the vehicle driven by Phillip Taylor, 61, Clinton, was slowing down to turn so she began crossing the highway. When she realized Taylor was not turning she slammed on her brakes. Taylor’s front passenger side struck Lucas’ front driver’s side. No injuries were reported and the vehicles were towed from the scene. Lucas was issued a citation for Failure To Yield-Stop Or Yield Intersection. Lucas posted her IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.

 

Stacy Derbort, 35, Argenta, was issued a citation for Speeding (60 mph in a 45 mph zone). Derbort posted her IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.

 

Henry Walker Jr, 31, Bloomington, was issued a citation for Speeding (65 mph in a 45 mph zone). Walker posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.

 

Justin Hood, 20, Deland was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Hood posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.

 

Corey Forrest, 39, Rutland, was issued a citation for Speeding (78 mph in a 55 mph zone). Forrest posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.

 

Roger Ledbetter, 54, Maroa, was issued a citation for Speeding (74 mph in a 55 mph zone). Ledbetter posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.

 

 

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.

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Clinton Police Weekend Report

CITATIONS 10/28/12

KEVIN S. TAVARCZKY 21, FORSYTH SPEEDING 73 MPH IN A 55 MPH ZONE. BOND POSTED

 

ON 10/28/12 CLINTON POLICE ARRESTED JAMES D. PASTORE 33, CLINTON FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL WITH A B.A.C. GREATER THAN .08. PASTORE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE DEWITT COUNTY JAIL AND RELEASED TO CORRECTIONS.

 

ON 10/28/12 CLINTON POLICE ARRESTED ANTHONY J. SMITH 22, FRANKFORT FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL WITH A B.A.C. GREATER THAN .08. SMITH WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE DEWITT COUNTY JAIL AND RELEASED TO CORRECTIONS.

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW

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Rare White Fox Making Mclean County Home

Wildlife experts in central Illinois say boaters and fishermen who reported spotting a fluffy, white fox weren't seeing things.

McLean County Michael Steffa says he began getting reports about the animal about three weeks ago.

Wildlife biologist Blob Bluett of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that the animal appears to be a domesticated strain of red fox that's been bred for its fur.

Experts say it isn't clear how the animal ended up in Comlara Park, which is near Hudson - about 10 miles north of Bloomington.

Bluett says he doesn't know of anyone in the area with a permit to breed furbearing animals.

The fox appears in good condition, and Steffa says there are no plans to try to trap it.

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Grad Rates For College Football, Basketball Athletes Up.

>>Grad Rates For College Football, Basketball Athletes Up

(Chicago, IL)  --  Graduation rates for major college football and men's basketball athletes have hit a new record.  NCAA figures show that for the first time, at least 70 percent of athletes in those two designations obtain a college degree.  The rates were measured for athletes who entered college in 2005 and took up to six years to graduate.  Seventy-four percent of men's basketball players earned a degree, up six points from a year go.  Major college football players managed to graduate at a rate of 70 percent, up slightly from 2011.  NCAA President Mark Emmert says he's pleased with the progress, but wants to see grad rates keep going up.

The NCAA has recently begun to crack down on universities where athletes aren't making the grade.  The UConn men's basketball team is barred from post-season play this upcoming season after only eleven percent of UConn players were found to have graduated from the class beginning in 2005.

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Historic Site Opens Exhibit of Weird Antiques


A display of weird and creepy antiques is on display at the Metamora Courthouse Historic Site, just in time for Halloween.

The "Strange, Weird and Unusual Antiques" exhibit includes a metal instrument used to open veins for bloodletting. Another item is a tooth key, which was used to pull bad teeth.

The exhibit also presents artifacts from the nation's tragic history of slavery. Visitors can see slave shackles and a slaver's whip woven from wood.

On Halloween, children in costumes can take a tour with their parents and get free candy and snacks. The Halloween event is from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

"Strange, Weird and Unusual Antiques" runs through Nov. 8 at the courthouse. It's 1 of 2 surviving courthouses on the historic Eighth Judicial Circuit traveled by Abraham Lincoln.

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Two Arrests Made in Connection to Kenney Bank Robbery

The DeWitt County Sheriff's office has made two arrests in connection with the Armed Robbery of the Kenney Bank and Trust which occurred Wednesday morning.

25-year old Joseph M. Allspach and 32-year old Robert McKissick, both of Lake Fork, Illinois were arrested for Armed Robbery. Both appeared in court this morning, and bond was set at $500-thousand for each suspect.

Sheriff Shofner credits the cooperation between the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Secretary of State Police, the Clinton Police Department, and the Logan County Sheriff's Office.

The public is reminded these charges are merely accusations and criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Anyone having further information on these robberies is still encouraged to contact the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office at 217-935-3196.

Just before 10 am Wednesday morning, authorities responded to a report of an armed robbrey at the Kenney Bank and Trust located in Kenney. The suspect fled from the scene in a vehicle owned by a bank employee.  The suspect took the keys from the employee during the hold up.  The employee later was cleared of having any connection to the crime.  Authorities later recovered the stolen vehicle about three miles west of Kenney on a country road just off Route 54.

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Osteoporosis Disease Many Do Not Know They Have

Osteoporosis is a crippling bone disease that affects 44 million Americans who are age 50 years and over. And it’s believed that many more people may have it and do not know it.

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by loss of bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. It can lead to bone fragility and increased susceptibility to fractures. Dr. Casey Younkin, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, says most people have no symptoms until they develop a fracture.

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The people at highest risk for the disease are white, thin women age 50 or over, but men also can have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can be detected by a bone density scan, an out-patient test, which is usually covered by insurance companies and Medicare. Although there is no cure for the disease, medications are available to treat it. He explains some common medications.

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Dr. Younkin says all women over the age of 50 and men who are at risk should take 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams of calcium as well as Vitamin D each day. If you or another adult in your family is losing height, it might be a sign of osteoporosis. Contact a primary care physician for evaluation and possible treatment.

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County Unemployment Figures


Unemployment in every Illinois County went down in September. Local unemployment figures were released Thursday afternoon.

DeWitt County saw unemployment drop a half percent, down to 7.6%.

Piatt County has one of the areas lowest unemployment numbers, which dropped over a whole percent, going from 8% to 6.9%.

Macon County's unemployment also dropped over a percent from August to September, but still remains above 10-percent, at 10.2%.

Logan County saw unemployment go from 8.5% to 7.8%.

Unemployment in McLean County dropped over a half percent, going from 8.3% to 7.8%.

In Champaign County, employment also dropped over a percent, down to 7.8%.

Unemployment in Sangamon County went from 7.9% in August to 7.3%.

Unemployment in Christian County went from 9.8% to 9.3%.

Shelby County's unemployment dropped almost a whole percent, going from 9.5% to 8.6%.

Livingston County had unemployment drop from 8.3% to 7.6%.

Moultrie County had the areas lowest unemployment at 6.8%.

The biggest change in unemployment occurred in Cumberland County, where unemployment dropped over to percentage points, going from 10.4% to 8.2%.

The highest unemployment rate was at 11.4% in Montgomery County.

Brown County once again had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 4.5%.

The state's unemployment dropped almost a percent from last month, going from 8.9% to 8.1%. The national unemployment rate sits at 7.6%.

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In change of position, Quinn to allow prison tours


Gov. Pat Quinn appears to be backing away from his position that visits by reporters to Illinois prisons constitute a security risk.

Illinois' Department of Corrections released a statement Friday saying officials are working to schedule tours of prisons by representatives of the media because of "increased interest in some Illinois prisons."

Correction spokeswoman Stacey Solano says despite the change, "safety and security continues to be the department's top priority."

The Associated Press and other news media outlets have been denied tour requests under Quinn, who is attempting to close two prisons to save money despite historic overcrowding of the state's prisons.

Democratic State Sen. Gary Forby of Benton says he is glad the Quinn administration is changing its position, saying the public should know everything the government is doing.

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Friday's National Scoreboard

MLB World Series
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No Game Scheduled 

NCAA Football  (BCS Standings)
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#16 Louisville Cardinals 34, Cincinnati Bearcats 31 (OT)

NBA Preseason
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Houston Rockets 108, Orlando Magic 92
Chicago Bulls 97, Indiana Pacers 90 (at South Bend, IN)
Detroit Pistons 104, Atlanta Hawks 88
New Orleans Hornets 96, Miami Heat 89
Toronto Raptors 120, Memphis Grizzlies 106
Minnesota Timberwolves 100, Milwaukee Bucks 76 (at Green Bay, WI)
Dallas Mavericks 99, Charlotte Bobcats 82
San Antonio Spurs 100, Washington Wizards 85
Phoenix Suns 88, Denver Nuggets 72

 

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White Sox Promote Williams, Hahn

 Longtime Chicago White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams is getting a promotion.  Williams has been named the team's executive vice president with Rick Hahn taking over as GM.  Williams has been the club's general manager for the past twelve seasons and part of the front office since 1992.  Hahn has been with the White Sox since 2000 as the assistant GM under Williams.

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IHSA Playoffs Round 1 Schedule

 #16 Belvidere (H.S.) (5-4) at #1 Maple Park (Kaneland) (9-0) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 7:00 pm

 #9 New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West) (6-3) at #8 Rochelle (6-3) (map), Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm

 #13 Tinley Park (H.S.) (5-4) vs. #4 Chicago (Westinghouse College Prep) (7-2) at Chicago (Lane Stadium) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 7:00 pm

 #12 Joliet (Catholic Academy) (5-4) at #5 Elmwood Park (7-2) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 6:00 pm

 

#15 Wauconda (5-4) at #2 Woodstock (Marian) (9-0) (map), Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm

 #10 Sterling (H.S.) (6-3) at #7 Woodstock (North) (6-3) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 7:00 pm

 #14 Midlothian (Bremen) (5-4) at #3 Lombard (Montini) (7-2) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 1:00 pm

#11 Chicago (King) (6-2) at #6 Sycamore (H.S.) (6-3) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 7:00 pm

 

#8 Galesburg (H.S.) (5-4) vs. #1 Normal (University) (9-0) at Bloomington (Illinois Wesleyan U.) (map), Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm

#5 Washington (7-2) at #4 Metamora (7-2) (map), Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm

 #7 Park Forest (Rich East) (6-3) at #2 Morris (8-1) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 1:00 pm

 

#6 East Peoria (7-2) at #3 Urbana (H.S.) (8-1) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 7:00 pm

 

 #8 Mattoon (5-4) at #1 Jerseyville (Jersey) (9-0) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm

#5 Marion (H.S.) (7-2) at #4 Chatham (Glenwood) (7-2) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00

#7 Jacksonville (H.S.) (5-4) at #2 Centralia (H.S.) (9-0) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm

 #6 Highland (5-4) at #3 Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin) (8-1) (map), Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm

 #8 Springfield (H.S.) (5-4) at #1 Crete (C.-Monee) (9-0) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 6:00 pm

 #5 Bloomington (H.S.) (7-2) at #4 Peoria (Richwoods) (7-2) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 1:00 pm

#7 Normal (Community) (6-3) at #2 Ottawa (Twp.) (9-0) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm

#6 Normal (Community West) (6-3) at #3 Rock Island (H.S.) (7-2) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm

 

#8 Virden (North Mac) (5-4) at #1 Williamsville (9-0) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 1:00 pm

#5 Monticello (7-2) vs. #4 Nokomis [Coop] (8-1) at Nokomis (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm

#7 Pana (H.S.) (5-4) at #2 Tolono (Unity) (8-1) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 1:00 pm

 #6 Auburn (6-3) at #3 Pleasant Plains (8-1) (map), Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm

 

 #8 Anna (A.-Jonesboro) (6-3) at #1 Greenville (8-1) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 1:30 pm

 #5 Sesser (S.-Valier) [Coop] (6-3) vs. #4 Vienna [V.-Goreville Coop] (6-3) at Vienna (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 1:00 pm

#7 Robinson (6-3) at #2 Benton (8-1) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm

 #6 Carterville (6-3) at #3 Vandalia (7-2) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm

 

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Sages Advance in Playoffs with 45-26 Win Over Nokomis

As heard on 95.9 WEZC the Monticello Sages defeated the Nokomis Redskins by a score of 45-26 in Nokomis. For the Sages, Austin McCall carried the ball six times for 46 yards and a touchdown. Parker Trice completed four of nine passes for 25 yards and an interception. The First State Bank of Monticello Player Of The Game was Ryan Donohue who rushed 17 times for 276 yards and four touchdowns.

Monticello improves to 8-2 on the season and advances  in the 3A IHSA State Playoffs. Nokomis ends their season with a record of 8-2.

Tune in next Saturday to 95.9 WEZC as the Sages continue their playoff push against Williamsville in Monticello.

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Grad Rates For College Football, Basketball Athletes Up

Graduation rates for major college football and men's basketball athletes have hit a new record.  NCAA figures show that for the first time, at least 70 percent of athletes in those two designations obtain a college degree.  The rates were measured for athletes who entered college in 2005 and took up to six years to graduate.  Seventy-four percent of men's basketball players earned a degree, up six points from a year go.  Major college football players managed to graduate at a rate of 70 percent, up slightly from 2011.  NCAA President Mark Emmert says he's pleased with the progress, but wants to see grad rates keep going up.

The NCAA has recently begun to crack down on universities where athletes aren't making the grade.  The UConn men's basketball team is barred from post-season play this upcoming season after only eleven percent of UConn players were found to have graduated from the class beginning in 2005.

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Former Illini Richmond Jailed In Waukegan

Authorities say former McDonald's All American and University of Illinois player Jereme Richmond has been arrested for allegedly violating his probation.

Lake County Assistant State's Attorney James Newman said Thursday that Richmond tested positive for marijuana last month and failed to comply with a curfew imposed on him after the drug test.

The 20-year-old Richmond was jailed in Waukegan without bail by a Lake County judge pending further court action.

Richmond was sentenced in January to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to unlawful use of a weapon. Police said he threatened to shoot a girlfriend during a 2011 incident.

After starring at Waukegan High School, Richmond played sparingly in one season at Illinois. He left early for the NBA draft but wasn't drafted.

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Drought Holds Its Grip As Growers Pivot To Wheat

The worst U.S. drought in decades is showing little signs of easing as farmers close out their corn harvests and pivot toward growing winter wheat that's now struggling in the dry conditions.

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update released Thursday shows that more than roughly 62% of the land in the lower 48 states is experiencing some degree of drought.

The federal government says farmers have harvested 87% of the nation's corn crop and 80% of its soybeans.

Farmers had planted 81% of the winter wheat crop as of Monday. Only half of the crop has emerged, which is 7%age points lower than average.

In South Dakota, only 13% of the wheat crop has germinated, compared with the 5-year average of 80%.

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University of Illinois Enacts New Policies To Prevent Abuse

The University of Illinois has enacted new policies after the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University.

School officials said Thursday that all employees and students will be required to complete sexual harassment training. Also any employee who has regular contact with minors will be subject to a criminal background check. The university must also keep records of all events that involve minors, like sports camps.

The rules apply to all university campuses and facilities. The policies were reviewed Thursday at a board of trustees committee meeting. A university-wide task force developed them.

State law will soon require all university employees to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect.

Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced this month for sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15 years.

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University of Illinois Receives Record Number of FOIA Requests

The University of Illinois says the school is having a record year for Freedom of Information Act requests.

University officials said Thursday they have received 520 information requests through the end of September and expect to receive a record 700 through the end of the year. University officials say they have fulfilled a majority of those requests. The Illinois Freedom of Information Act provides access to public records and documents. In 2007 the university received 386 FOIA requests.

University officials say most of this year's FOIA requests involved the search for a new president at the Urbana-Champaign campus, an investigation at the College of Law, enrollment issues and sports coaches.

School officials say they've reviewed more than 100,000 pages of documents in response to the FOIA requests.

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Decatur Eases Water Restrictions

The city of Decatur has lifted water restrictions that had cut lawn watering and forced car washes to haul in water to stay open.

City officials said Thursday that recent rains have raised the level of Lake Decatur to within its normal winter range. The lake provides water to the city and major local employers such as Archer Daniels Midland Inc.

Officials say remaining restrictions could soon be lifted.

The city first imposed restrictions on July 25 as the drought caused the lake level to drop. The tighter restrictions that were lifted Thursday were put in place on Aug. 9

Even with recent rains, the U.S. Drought Monitor says about half of Illinois remains in at least moderate drought.

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Cerro Gordo Head Coach Andy Kerley Enjoying Success With New Faces

A Clinton resident and former assistant football coach at Clinton High School has led one area football team to an undefeated season.

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For the first few weeks, Coach Kerley explains he could gradually see the divisions falling apart. He says one thing the coaches did was challenge the kids to not let the cliques of the team keep them from achieving great things.

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That unity amongst the players has led the team to a 9-0 record and a fifth seed in Class 2A in the state playoffs. Coach Kerley says from his perspective, this new coop has allowed him more depth, and more quality depth as well.

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Coach Kerley says early on he knew early on with the amount of talent they had a chance to be really special. He takes pride in the fact that as the season has gone on, even during the tough times, there has been very little division amongst his players.

Coach Kerley also coaches track in the spring.

Cerro Gordo takes on Lawrenceville at 2pm Saturday afternoon in Cerro Gordo.

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Mark Grace Indicted On Four Felony DUI Counts

Former Diamondbacks and Cubs first baseman Mark Grace has been indicted on four felony DUI counts.  The "Arizona Republic" reports Grace faces nearly four years in prison if convicted.  He is also charged with driving on a suspended license and without an interlock device, a requirement from his previous DUI conviction in 2011.  Grace is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial conference on December 5th.

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Indiana Picked As Big Ten Favorite In Basketball

Indiana was chosen as the top team in the Big Ten and the Hoosiers' Cody Zeller was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year in a vote by conference media.

With all five starters back from a team that went 27-9 and reached the Sweet 16, expectations are soaring for the Hoosiers.

A big reason for that is the 6-foot-11 Zeller, who averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds as a freshman last season. He was a unanimous pick for the preseason all-conference team, with Michigan's Trey Burke, Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas, and Penn State's Tim Frazier also making it.

Michigan and Ohio State were picked to finish second and third, respectively, after sharing the regular-season title with Michigan State last season.

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Giants Blank Tigers In Game Two

Madison Bumgarner fired seven shutout innings as the Giants blanked the Tigers, 2-0, in Game Two of the World Series.  Bumgarner scattered two hits and two walks while striking out eight to earn the win.  Sergio Romo closed things out to earn the save.  Hunter Pence scored the game's first run on a double play in the seventh.  Pence also plated a run on a sac-fly in the eighth for San Francisco, which holds a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven series.  Doug Fister allowed a run in six-plus innings to take the tough-luck loss.  The Tigers will host Game Three Saturday night.

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Bears Host Panthers; Rams In London; Other NFL Notes

>>Panthers, Bears Battle In Windy City

(Chicago, IL)  --  Teams with opposite records meet up this week as the Carolina Panthers play the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.  The Panthers have lost four in-a-row to fall to 1-and-5 following Sunday's 19-14 setback to Dallas.  Quarterback Cam Newton has thrown five touchdown passes and six interceptions this year, while also losing three fumbles.  Carolina fired GM Marty Hurney earlier this week.  The Bears are working on a short week after a 13-7 win over the Lions on "Monday Night Football."  Chicago has won four straight and sits atop the NFC North at 5-and-1.  The Bears are 3-and-0 at home this season.  The Bears beat the Panthers 34-29 at home in Week Four last year.

>>Pats, Rams Ready For London Rumble

(London, England)  --  The New England Patriots will play the St. Louis Rams Sunday in the NFL's annual International Series game at Wembley Stadium.  This is the sixth straight year the NFL has played a regular season game in London and the seventh straight year a game has been played outside the United States.  The Chicago Bears beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-18 last year at Wembley Stadium.  The Patriots lead the AFC East at 4-and-3 after a 29-26 overtime win against the Jets this past Sunday.  New England has won three of its last four games.  The Rams are coming off a 30-20 home loss to the Packers to fall to 3-and-4.  St. Louis has lost its last two games overall.

>>Colts Take On Titans In Music City

(Nashville, TN)  --  The Indianapolis Colts will try to win consecutive games for the first time this season when they face the Tennessee Titans Sunday at LP Field.  The Colts held off the Browns for a 17-13 home win this past Sunday to even their record at 3-and-3.  Quarterback Andrew Luck passed for only 186 yards in the win, but used his legs to run for a pair of scores.  Indy has been outscored 76-30 in its two road games thus far against the Bears and Jets.  The Titans are looking for their third straight win after beating Pittsburgh and Buffalo the last two weeks.  Matt Hasselbeck will start at quarterback for the fourth straight week with Jake Locker still recovering from a shoulder injury.

>>Bucs Blow Out Vikings

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Doug Martin had 214 total yards and two touchdowns as the Buccaneers blew out the Vikings, 36-17.  Josh Freeman passed for 262 yards and three touchdowns for the Bucs, who improved to 3-and-4 with their first road win of the season.  Mike Williams and Erik Lorig had touchdown grabs in the victory.  Adrian Peterson rushed for 123 yards and a score for Minnesota, which dropped to 5-and-3.  Christian Ponder threw for 251 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the loss.

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Illinois In Action Saturday

Illinois is back in action on Saturday after a bye week.  The Illini spent last week off and are looking to stop a four-game slide.  Illinois and Indiana are both 0-and-3 in Big Ten play.

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Sages Head To Nokomis For First Round Game; Playoff Preview

 width=At 7-2 on the season, the Monticello Sages will play on the road in the first round Saturday. The Sages entered Class 3A and will take on Nokomis, who is 8-1.

The Sages only losses came to one loss teams in Tolono Unity and Maroa-Forsyth. Head Coach of the Sages, Cullen Welter says overall he is proud of his team, but he feels they may have missed some good opportunities in those two losses.

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Nokomis will come in with a very high powered offense, and stout defense. Much like his team, Coach Welter says they will show a lot of formations, but ultimately their strength is running the football.

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Most playoff games will take place Saturday afternoon. Coach Welter explains he has always preferred his playoff teams to play Saturday. He feels afternoon games make the playoffs and even more unique experience.

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The Sages received the #5 seed and Nokomis is the #4. The winner of Saturday's game will take on #1 Williamsville or #8 Virden.

You can hear the Sages take on Nokomis Saturday afternoon on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. Game time is 2pm.

In other Round 1 games around the area...

Class 1A

#16 Brown County (5-4) at #1 LeRoy (9-0) Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm
 #9 Flanagan-Cornell (7-2) at #8 Ridgeview (7-2) Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm
#12 Milford (6-3) at #5 Central A & M (8-1) Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm
#15 Dupo (6-3) at #2 Maroa-Forsyth (8-1) Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm
#10 West Central (6-3) at #7 Villa Grove (8-1) Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm

Class 2A
#5 Illini West (7-2) at #4 Tremont (8-1) Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm
#7 Havana (6-3) at #2 Tri-Valley (8-1) Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm
#13 Argenta.-Oreana (6-3) vs. #4 Camp Point Central (9-0) Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm
#12 Lawrenceville (7-2) vs. #5 Cerro Gordo (9-0) Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm
#11 Arthur-Lovington (7-2) at #6 Carlinville (8-1) Sat., Oct. 27, 1:00 pm

Class 3A
#16 Champaign St. Thomas More (5-4) vs. #1 Elmwood-Brimfield (9-0) atSat., Oct. 27, 3:00 pm
#14 Aurora Central Catholic (6-3) at #3 St. Joseph-Ogden (8-1) Sat., Oct. 27, 5:00 pm
#8 Virden (North Mac) (5-4) at #1 Williamsville (9-0) Sat., Oct. 27, 1:00 pm
#5 Monticello (7-2) vs. #4 Nokomis (8-1) Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm
#7 Pana (5-4) at #2 Unity (8-1) (map), Sat., Oct. 27, 1:00 pm
#6 Auburn (6-3) at #3 Pleasant Plains (8-1) (map), Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm

Class 4A
#5 Peoria Notre Dame (6-3) at #4 Prairie Central (7-2) Sat., Oct. 27, 6:00 pm
#7 Mahomet-Seymour (6-3) at #2 Rochester (8-1) Sat., Oct. 27, 6:00 pm
#6 Bloomington Central Catholic (6-3) at #3 Charleston (8-1) Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm

Class 5A
#8 Galesburg (5-4) vs. #1 Normal U-High (9-0) at Illinois Wesleyan Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm
#5 Washington (7-2) at #4 Metamora (7-2) Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm
#6 East Peoria (7-2) at #3 Urbana (8-1) Sat., Oct. 27, 7:00 pm
#5 Marion (7-2) at #4 Chatham Glenwood (7-2) Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm
#7 Jacksonville (H.S.) (5-4) at #2 Centralia (9-0) Sat., Oct. 27, 2:00 pm
#6 Highland (5-4) at #3 Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (8-1)Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00 pm

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DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-26

October 26, 2012

 

Jail Population: 71

Summons Served: 9

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

Karen Webb, 42, Clinton, was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Webb posted her IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.

 

 

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.

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Breaking News: Two Arrested In Connection With Kenney Bank Robbery

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The DeWitt County Sheriff's office has made two arrests in connection with the Armed Robbery of the Kenney Bank and Trust which occurred Wednesday morning.

25-year old Joseph M. Allspach and 32-year old Robert McKissick, both of Lake Fork, Illinois were arrested for Armed Robbery. Both appeared in court this morning, and bond was set at $500-thousand for each suspect.

Sheriff Shofner credits the cooperation between the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Secretary of State Police, the Clinton Police Department, and the Logan County Sheriff's Office in the apprehension of the suspects.

The public is reminded these charges are merely accusations and criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Anyone having further information on these robberies is still encouraged to contact the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office at 217-935-3196.

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Illinois Fugitive Arrested In Missouri Traffic Stop

A man who was once listed among the most wanted fugitives in Illinois is now in custody in southeast Missouri following a drunk-driving arrest.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 52-year-old John E. Beck of Quincy, Ill., Monday night in Cape Girardeau. He is accused of driving while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a revoked license.

The trooper checked Beck's records and found he had two outstanding felony warrants in Illinois, one accusing him of assaulting a minor in 2010 and the other for failing to register as a convicted sex offender.

The Southeast Missourian also cited court records revealing at least three other alcohol-related driving offenses.

Beck is jailed without bond in Cape Girardeau County.

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Illinois Prison Chief Considering Media Tours

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's corrections chief is reconsidering requests from media outlets for tours of state prisons.

Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano said in an email Wednesday night that prison director Tony Godinez (goh-DEE'-nez) is working to determine a manageable and appropriate way to conduct media visits.

It was not immediately clear whether Godinez could still decide against allowing tours.

Solano was responding to a question about why its Aug. 23 letter to Godinez seeking a visit to Pontiac prison was never answered.

Quinn wants to close two prisons to save money despite record overcrowding. He has said news reporters in prisons pose a security risk.

But the agency acknowledged that community college students from Normal toured the maximum-security Pontiac prison last week.

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Illinois Farmers Donate Food To Needy

The Central Illinois Food Bank got a 53-hundred pound pork donation today.  Executive Director Pam Molitorus [[ Moe-lit-or-us ]] says the timing of the donation couldn't have been better.

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Phillip Borgic, with the Illinois Pork Producers Association, says the meat is a great alternative to ground beef.

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The 53-hundred pound donation is just part of what the Illinois Pork Producers is donating to eight regional food banks across the state.  In all, they're giving 38-thousand pounds of ground pork this year.  That should feed about 900-thousand people.  The IPPA has partnered with Illinois corn and soybean producers since 2008 to make it all possible.  In just four years, they've given away enough pork to feed one point two million people.

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Special Budget Task Force Says State Destined For Insolvency

The State Budget Crisis Task Force, established by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker and Richard Ravitch to examine threats to near and long term fiscal sustainability in 6 U.S states, reports today that Illinois pensions, the worst funded in the U.S., are “destined for insolvency” unless the state overcomes its politicized budget process.  In addition the report also says the state may have a jobless rate at 6 percent or more through at least 2019.  Ravitch believes Illinois is unquestionably in more serious shape than any other single state, because of all the years of issuing pension bonds and the deficits they dealt with by borrowing money.

State Representative Bill Mitchell says he believes one thing lawmakers can do when they return to Springfield is say “No” to Obama-care.

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The study reveals state and local governments nationwide face as much as $3 trillion in unfunded public-employee retirement costs after the 18-month recession that ended in 2009, according to the report. The study goes on to show by fiscal year 2015, pension costs could take up one-fourth of Illinois’s resources.

While releasing its findings, the Task Force did not give specifics on what the state can do to turn the tide.

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Drawing To Determine Trapping Privileges At Weldon Springs Tomorrow

A drawing to determine trapping privileges at Weldon Springs State Park will occur Friday, October 26, 2012.  Names must be submitted to the park office prior to the drawing by calling 217-935-2644.  Lottery entries must include your name, address, phone number and trapping license number.  One trapper will be drawn to trap beaver, muskrat and raccoon, where statewide regulations and season dates apply.  If you have any questions, please call Weldon Springs State Park at 217-935-2644 between 9 AM and 4:30 PM.

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Traffic Study Results Not Very Different

The results are in for two traffic studies done by two separate entities, and those results are not that different.

The Clinton Board of Education and the City of Clinton conducted separate traffic studies around the site of the new elementary school. City Administrator for the city of Clinton, Tim Followell explains the traffic study the city conducted viewed traffic during an approximate 90-minute time span before and after school. The study was then projected to the maximum capacity of the new school.

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The results of the city's study are strikingly similar to the study conducted by the district. Followell says their study does not warrant any changes, however, there are some precautionary suggested measures in theirs. Measures such as no parking signs on stretches of road.

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Superintendent of Clinton Schools Dr. Jeff Holmes was pleased by the results of the district's traffic study. He says the results show no major changes were warranted in the design of the new school. He explains major changes would include expanded entrances or exits to the property.

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Followell expects the suggestions by the city's firm, The Farnsworth Group, of adding no parking signs to stretches of Illini Drive to be taken up.

Between $10 and $15-thousand dollars was spent between the two sides on the traffic studies.

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Thursday Night BCS Schedule

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  7:30 p.m. - #18 Clemson Tigers at Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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Peanut Tillman Gets NFC Weekly Honor; NFL Notes

>>Bears' Tillman Earns NFC Weekly Honors

(New York, NY)  --  Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week Seven yesterday.  Tillman forced two fumbles and posted seven tackles in Monday's 13-7 win over the Detroit Lions.  He becomes the first Bears player to win the award in consecutive games, as he earned the honor in Week Five prior to the bye.

>>Bucs Seek First Road Win Against Home-Savvy Vikes

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Thursday night spotlight shines on Minneapolis this week as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome.  The Bucs squandered a 21-7 lead at home in a 35-28 loss to the Saints this past Sunday.  Tampa Bay is now 2-and-4 on the season, including 0-and-2 on the road.  The Bucs have dropped nine straight on the road overall but have won their last five meetings against Minnesota.  The Vikings are 5-and-2 after a 21-14 win over Arizona.  Christian Ponder threw for just 58 yards and was picked off twice, but Adrian Peterson picked up the slack with 153 yards and a touchdown on the ground.  Minnesota is 4-and-0 at home this season.

>>Lions Place Burleson On IR

(Allen Park, MI)  --  The Detroit Lions placed wide receiver Nate Burleson on injured reserve on Wednesday.  Burleson broke his right leg in Monday's 13-7 loss to the Bears in Chicago.  He will undergo surgery on Friday.  Burleson recorded 27 catches for 240 yards and two touchdowns in six games this season.  The 10-year veteran has 418 grabs for 5,169 yards and 38 TDs in 126 career games with Detroit, Seattle and Minnesota.  To fill the roster spot, the Lions signed wide receiver Brian Robiskie.  The Ohio State product has 39 catches for 441 yards and three scores in 31 career contests.  He was originally drafted in the second round by Cleveland in 2009.

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Giants Trounce Tigers, Verlander In Game One

Pablo Sandoval homered in each of his first three at-bats as the Giants trounced the Tigers, 8-3, in Game One of the World Series.  Sandoval went 4-for-4 with three runs and four RBI en route to joining Reggie Jackson, Albert Pujols and Babe Ruth as the only players in history with three homers in a single World Series game.  NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro had two hits, two runs and two RBI in the opener of the best-of-seven set.  

Barry Zito fired five-and-two-thirds innings of one-run ball to get the win.  Zito also smacked an RBI single.  Tigers ace Justin Verlander was lit up for five runs and six hits in only four innings to take the loss.  Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single in the sixth and Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Tigers, who had a long layoff after sweeping the Yankees in the ALCS.  The Giants will host Game Two Thursday night.

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Maroa-Forsyth Enters Class 1A of Playoffs Since 80s

 width=The Maroa-Forsyth Trojans football team will compete in Class 1A of the IHSA football playoffs for the first time since the 1980s.

The Trojans made their way through the regular season with a record of 8-1. Head Coach of the Trojans, Josh Jostes says this team entering Class 1A has a lot to do with ADM reshuffling. He says this stay in 1A should be temporary.

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Coach Jostes says there are a lot of distractions that go along with being a Maroa-Forsyth football player. He says he's proud of his team, and doesn't feel they have been effected by those distractions.

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Maroa-Forsyth returned just three offensive starters from their semi-final team last year. Coach Jostes says it's taken some time for his team to get things together, but they are starting to get things together at the right time.

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Maroa-Forsyth will play a first round home game against Dupo, who is 6-3. Game time in Maroa Saturday afternoon is at 2pm.

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Richland Community College's Culinary Arts Program Taking Off

Richland Community College has many great program offerings for their students, one of them is the Culinary Arts program.
 
Brian Tucker, director of Culinary Arts , says that the 3 and a half year old program is a very strong and great offering for students. The major covers all bases of food-making and food business.
 
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Tucker says students can attain exactly the kind of certificate or degree they want through the program. They have an Associate's Degree program, but at the same time prospective students can take several classes just to pick up a certificate for specific skills. He also says that there are a wide variety of students that come into the program for various reasons and interests.
 
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Tucker says that a Culinary degree can open many doors for someone who wants to go into the food or restaurant business. Many of Richland's alumni end up finding jobs in restaurants, bakeries and other food-related organizations. He says that experience may help a graduate get a job but a degree helps their cause much more.
 
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The Culinary Arts program starts students out slowly, with the basics in the kitchen. From there, Tucker explains students will know all the cuisines and have a solid knowledge base when they graduate.

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The Culinary Arts Department will be hosting a special event called "Kitchen Warriors November 8. The event is geared towards local chefs who can bring out a signature dish. Guests who attend can taste the dishes and are the judges. The top two chefs will be brought on stage for a live cook-off. Tickets for guests are $25 and there is no charge to have a dish entered.

For information on the "Kitchen Warriors" event or information about the culinary arts program, you can contact Richland at 217-875-7211 ext. 740.

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Drug Arrests Made

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As a result of a Task Force 6 (TF6) investigation initiated in DeWitt County, two subjects have been arrested in Clinton.  Arrested were John D. Smith, age 54, and Mary F. Smith, age 52, both of Clinton.  Both were arrested for commission of the offenses of Criminal Drug Conspiracy, a class X felony; Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, more than 15 grams but less than 100 grams, a class X felony; Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, more than 15 grams but less than 100 grams, Class X felony; and Money Laundering, a class 3 felony.  Offenses were enhanced due to being less than 1,000 feet from a school.  Both subjects are incarcerated in the DeWitt County jail pending a bond hearing.  If convicted, a class X felony carries a possible sentence of not less than 6 years and not more than 30 years and the class 3 felony carries a possible sentence from probation up to 5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Assisting TF6 in the planning, investigation, and arrests yesterday were the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Illinois State Police Zone 5, District 6, SWAT, and Crime Scene Services.

No other information will be released at this time.  TF6 is a multi-agency enforcement unit specializing in narcotics enforcement.  TF6 is composed of officers from the Clinton Police Department, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, McLean County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State University Police Department, and the Illinois State Police.

The public is reminded that charges are merely accusations and criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.  Persons having information regarding illegal drugs are encouraged to contact the TF6 tip line at www.taskforce6.com.

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UDATED: Clinton Police Investigating Recent Rash of Burglaries

The Clinton Police Department has been investigating a rash of recent burglaries to local businesses.

Thursday, October 18, El Reys of Clinton and the Flower Corner were broken into. Money and lose change along with other valuables were taken. Clinton Police Chief Mike Reidy says they have no suspects at this time, but the investigation is ongoing. He believes the two burglaries are related because they found similar evidence at both scenes.

September 3, Clinton Chiropractic, The Loft, and K & M's The Yak Shak on the Clinton Square were burglarized. Chief Reidy says money and lose change were taken. No suspects have been identified, and investigations are ongoing. Chief Reidy believes the two incidents on the Clinton Square are related.

Chief Reidy does not believe the four incidents are all related.

If you have any information on these crimes, contact the Clinton Police Department at 935-9441.

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Bulls Vow To Get By Without Rose

The Chicago Bulls insist they shouldn't be written off this season just because Derrick Rose is recovering from a torn ALC in his left knee.

Rose isn't expected back until early next year. The Bulls also lost a lot of their "bench mob" - the reserves that gave Chicago 1 of the deeper benches in the NBA and helped the team lock up the top seed in the Eastern Conference the past two years.

The Bulls have brought back veteran Kirk Hinrich to run the point. They traded Kyle Korver and lost Omer Asik, C.J. Watson and Ronnie Brewer in free agency. In their place are veterans such as Nate Robinson, Nazr Mohammed, Vladimir Radmanovic and Marco Belinelli.

The Bulls open the season at home on Oct. 31 against Sacramento.

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Tigers, Giants Begin World Series In San Francisco

The 2012 World Series is showcasing two teams that have never played each other in the postseason.  The American League champion Detroit Tigers take on the National League champion San Francisco Giants in Game One of the Fall Classic Wednesday night at AT&T Park.  The Tigers swept the New York Yankees in four games to capture the AL pennant, while the Giants rallied from a three-games-to-one deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals and claim the NL title.  Detroit sends reigning AL Cy Young and MVP winner Justin Verlander to the mound in Game One, while the Giants counter with left-hander Barry Zito.  This is the eleventh trip to the World Series for Detroit, which was last in the Fall Classic in 2006 but hasn't won it since 1984.  It's the 19th World Series for the Giants, who beat the Texas Rangers to win the title in 2010.  San Francisco has home-field advantage in the best-of-seven series after the National League won the All-Star Game in July.

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Cubs Give Three-Year Extension To Assistant GM Bush

The Chicago Cubs have given assistant general manager Randy Bush a three-year contract extension.  The 54-year-old was brought into the organization in 2005 as a special assistant to then-GM Jim Hendry.  Bush was promoted in 2006 as assistant general manager, then was bumped up to interim GM when Hendry was fired in August of 2011.  Bush continued to serve as an assistant general manager under current GM Theo Epstein this past season, and will be one of two men to hold the post going forward.  Shiraz Rehman was promoted earlier this month.

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Cardinals Pack Up, Start Offseason

Members of the Cardinals spent most of yesterday cleaning out lockers in the clubhouse at Busch Stadium following Monday's season-ending loss to the Giants.  St. Louis suffered a 9-0 loss in Game Seven of the NLCS as San Francisco advanced to the World Series.  The Giants and Tigers start the Fall Classic tonight in San Francisco.

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Marlins Fire Manager Ozzie Guillen

The Miami Marlins fired manager Ozzie Guillen on Tuesday.  The move comes after the Marlins finished last in the National League East with a 69-and-93 record.  Guillen was in his first season with the Fish after eight years as skipper of the White Sox.

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Clinton Police Report for 10-23

 

CITATIONS 10/23/12

SERGIO E. VAZQUEZ 19, CLINTON NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE, FAILURE TO SECURE CHILD UNDER AGE 8 IN CHILD RESTRAINT. NOTICE TO APPEAR ISSUED

 

ON 10/23/12 CLINTON POLICE ARRESTED DARRELL S. BUSH 31, CLINTON FOR DOMESTIC BATTERY, UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT, VEHICULAR INVASION, AND AGGRAVATED BATTERY. BUSH WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE DEWITT COUNTY JAIL AND RELEASED TO CORRECTIONS.

 

ON 10/23/12 CLINTON POLICE ARRESTED KADARIUS D. SNEED 18, CLINTON FOR CRIMINAL TRESSPASS TO PROPERTY. SNEED WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE DEWITT COUNTY JAIL AND RELEASED TO CORRECTIONS.

  

ON 10/23/12 CLINTON POLICE INVESTIGATED A PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT AT ALEXANDER & RT 54. A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY DAVID M. BLYTHE 19, CLINTON WAS NORTHBOUND ON ALEXANDER ST AND WAS STOPPED AT THE STOP SIGN. A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY TARA M. LAMBERT 34, KENNEY WAS WESTBOUND ON RT 54. BLYTHE PROCEEDED INTO THE INTERSECTION AND COLLIDED WITH LAMBERT, CAUSING LAMBERT TO COLLIDE WITH A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY GARY R. SEITZER 49, MT PULASKI THAT WAS STOPPED AT THE STOP SIGN FACING SOUTHBOUND ON ALEXANDER ST. BLYTHE WAS ISSUED A CITATION FOR FAILURE TO YIELD INTERSECTION.

 

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW

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Clinton Community Educational Foundation Hosting 5k Run/Walk Saturday

Running for education is the name of the game for one local group this Saturday.
 
The Clinton Community Educational Foundation will host their annual 5 krun/walk fundraiser this Saturday the Clinton Jr. High School. The course consists of blocked-off neighborhood streets. Claudine Wargel of the CCEF explains this 5K is a fundraiser for the Educational Foundation's classroom grants as well as some special funds.
 
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Wargel adds since the run will be a few days before Halloween, it will be fun for runners to wear costumes for the event. She explains there will be special features throughout the event as well.
 
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Wargel adds the planning for the 5K doesn't happen overnight. The run has been going for a few years now and credits John Pine, Principal of the Jr. High for being very motivated and getting others involved. She explains there are many details that go into planning the event, but there are great benefits to the event which attracts many people.
 
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The 5K will be this Saturday, October 27th with registration starting at 8:30 am at the Clinton Jr. High. It will be $20 for adults and $10 for children 14 and under. You can get more information by stopping by the Jr. High to pick up a flyer or e-mail John Pine at jpine@cusd15.org.

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Arrest Made In Connection To Kenney Bank Armed Robbery

At approximately 9:49 A.M. Wednesday morning, the DeWitt County Central Communications received a report of an armed robbrey at the Kenney Bank and Trust located in Kenney.

 width=DeWitt County Sheriff Chief Deputy, Mike Walker says the suspect is described as a white male in his mid-twenties. He is approximately 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall wearing a black ski mask and baggy blue sweatshirt. Walker says the suspect left traveling west on Illinois Route 54 and is believed to have left the area.

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Late Wednesday afternoon, the Sheriff's Department took in two suspects in connection with the burglaries. Walker says right now that is the only information they can release.

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It is not known at this time what was taken from the Bank.

Authorities now report that the suspect fled from the scene in a vehicle owned by a bank employee.  The suspect took the keys from the employee during the hold up.  The employee has been cleared of having any connection to the crime.  Authorities later recovered the stolen vehicle about three miles west of Kenney on a country road just off Route 54.

The Sheriff's department is seeking the public's cooperation in this investigation. You can contact the Sheriff's Office at 935-3196.

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Abbate Civil Trial Could Set Precedent

Legal observers say a civil trial in Chicago focused on an alleged police department code dictating officers protect fellow officers accused of wrongdoing could be precedent-setting.

The trial entered its second day Tuesday. It stems from a lawsuit filed by a female bartender beaten by off-duty officer Anthony Abbate (ah-BAHT'-ee) in 2007. It names him and the city.

Chicago-based defense attorney Kathleen Zellner says a finding against the city could help her and other lawyers with clients alleging police abuse win their cases.

She says a victory for the city could further embolden police.

But Zellner predicts the city will lose - and lose big.

City attorneys say there's no evidence of such a code. And they've said police have a track record of promptly investigating allegations of officer misconduct.

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HIV, STD Conference To Give Away Condoms

The Illinois Department of Public Health is opening its annual conference on HIV and sexually transmitted diseases with a "Save Lives, Condomize" giveaway campaign.

Public health department director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, who will be present for the handout Wednesday, notes condom use decreases the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and new HIV cases.

The 2-day public health conference will draw hundreds of health care providers, educators and advocates statewide. Participants will trade information and develop strategies to prevent the spread of the HIV virus, AIDS and other STDs.

Illinois ranks 7th nationally in the diagnosis of HIV infections and is 5th in the estimated number of AIDS cases. Cook County leads nationwide in reported gonorrhea and primary and secondary syphilis cases. It's second for reported Chlamydia cases.

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Student Urges Officials To Keep College Costs Affordable

The costs of college keeps going up and one student at the University of Illinois, Springfield says it's not easy trying to make it.  Nekira Cooper says she gets financial aid, but even that isn't enough.  

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Cooper is a first generation college student who says she just wants a shot at a better future.  She wants state, local, and university officials to do their parts in keeping the costs of college affordable.  She joined Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon at a summit yesterday.  Simon says it's vital for Illinoisans to have access to higher education so they can compete on a global level.

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Hall of Fame Catcher Charged With DUI In Central Illinois

Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk is charged with driving under the influence and other misdemeanors after his pickup truck was found in a central Illinois cornfield.

New Lenox Deputy Chief Robert Pawlisz (PAHW' lish) said Tuesday officers late Monday found the 64-year-old Fisk asleep behind the wheel and an open liquor bottle on the floor.

Pawlisz says Fisk was taken to Silver Cross Hospital for treatment. He was released from custody after posting bail and has a Nov. 29 court appearance.

Fisk became a part of an unforgettable baseball moment while playing for the Boston Red Sox when he belted a 12th-inning home run that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

Fisk played 11 seasons with the Red Sox and 13 with the Chicago White Sox.

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Report To Present Magnitude of Illiniois Fiscal Woes

An author of a report due Wednesday that outlines the fiscal crisis In Illinois says the account is designed to emphasize the magnitude of the problem.

University of Illinois economist Richard Dye says solutions to problems like the state's backlog of bills and the Medicaid squeeze will be mentioned but not recommended. They include broadening the sales tax base and having cash set aside for emergencies.

The report is a spin-off from one in July led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and former New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch. Illinois was among six states examined.

Gov. Pat Quinn spokesman Abdon Pallasch says the July report highlighted problems the Illinois governor has fixed or proposed solutions for.

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Over $10-Thousand Spent On Separate Traffic Studies

Two separate traffic studies have been completed to allow the Clinton School district to cut an entrance for their new school building.

A year ago, the district considered doing a traffic study at the request of the City of Clinton. The District decided against that. Less than a year later, the City required the District to do a traffic study in order to receive certain permits to build their new elementary school. City Administrator Tim Followell explains the city embarked on their own traffic study because the school district had asked for a quote.

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Followell explains at that point, the city felt they needed to do something, so they gave their firm the green light to proceed with a traffic study, and figure things out later. Followell says at that point the school district also proceeded to complete their own study. He feels having both studies done is not necessarily a bad thing because of the high volume of traffic at the schools at dismissal times.

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President of the Clinton Board of Education, Buck Carter calls the fact two studies were done "outrageous". He feels this was a waste of tax payers dollars. Carter explains the city is now wanting to review their study before the District can obtain a permit.

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Followell feels the differences in opinions cam because the school deals with students and education, where as the city deals with logistics of traffic. He felt the was why it was hard to get Board to understand the importance of the study.

Both studies have come in and each group has each others results. Tomorrow on Regional Radio News we will find out what those results are for each and how they compare.

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DCRA To Put On Dinner Theatre Fundraiser

The Clinton community is about to be treated to a special piece of local theatre.
 
The DCRA is presenting a play called "Welcome to Big Rock" in an effort to raise funds to restore the Magill Hotel in Downton Clinton. Mark Kilough, with the Dewitt County Restoration Associtaion, says this is their fourth play fundraiser. He hopes the progress they've made so far in restoring the house will help be the catalyst for other renovations around town. He says the money from this play will help pay expenses involving the H-VAC system for the retail space.
 
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The play, written by local talent Melanie Cheatham, started rehearsals in early summer. DCRA member Amy Robinson, who has a role in the play, says "Welcome to Big Rock" is about a small town that decides to put on a local version of popular "talent shows" that will be seen on TV.
 
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Robinson explains, like most productions, there are usually some bumps in the road. Yet, everyone has pulled together and made a great show. She says audience members will not believe the range of talent that will be seen onstage, both in the acting and singing departments. Kilough adds there is just as much talent behind the scenes as there is on stage as well.
 
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"Welcome To Big Rock" will be performed at the American Legion on November 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Doors open at 6 on the 2nd and 3rd for cocktails. Then, the play will begin at 7. Doors open at 1 on the 4th and the play will begin at 2. Tickets for the dinner theatre on the 2nd and 3rd cost $40. The 4th will be a dessert-only matinee that costs $25. Tickets can be purchased from all cast members, the Chamber of Commerce or can be ordered online at www.dewittcountyrestoration.org.

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Argenta-Oreana Enters Playoffs with 6-3 record

The Argenta-Oreana Bombers may have been the Okaw Valley's biggest surprise after the first third of the season. The Bombers entered week four against the Unity Rockets 3-0. After a tough loss to Unity, the Bombers would drop their next two, before needing to win their final three games to secure an at-large bid into the playoffs. Bomber Head Coach Chad Eisenmenger (Izz-en-mEn-ger) says this was an up and down year for his team.

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Coach Eisenmenger says the community has really gotten behind the team this year and they are excited to see the school back in the playoffs. He says the team got together to watch the unveiling of the brackets and then had a parade around town.

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One thing Coach Eisenmenger likes about their draw is they are the only Okaw Valley school in Class 2A. He says that is going to make the playoffs a lot more fun for them. He adds the Okaw should prepare his team well for what is ahead. Argenta-Oreana's opponent is an undefeated Camp Point Central team, and the coach keeps preaching to his players, records are meaningless right now.

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Argenta will make the trip to Camp Point for the 2 pm game Saturday afternoon. The winner of this game will take on the winner of 9-0 Cerro Gordo and 7-2 Lawrenceville.

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Belmont Joins Ohio Valley Conference

The Belmont Bruins are jumping into the Ohio Valley Conference with all the finesse of a cannonball off the diving board.

The OVC always has been tough as 1 of only nine leagues to win at least one game in each of the past four NCAA tournaments, and Murray State pushed the league to a new level last season by being ranked most of last season. The Racers are the preseason favorite to win the OVC this season.

But Belmont is the preseason pick to win the OVC's new Eastern Division after moving from the Atlantic Sun where the Bruins joined only Memphis and Kansas in making the NCAA tournament 5 of the last seven years.

The Bruins also have been trumpeting this move with billboards and commercials.

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Bears Notes

>>Bears Say Offense Must Improve

The Chicago Bears defense is holding its own and more for now. The offense is having trouble keeping up.

With the 1-5 Carolina Panthers coming to Chicago on Sunday, the Bears are hoping to protect quarterback Jay Cutler better and be more consistent with their running game than they were against Detroit in a 13-7 win Monday and in other recent victories.

Cutler's rib injury is not expected to keep him out of the Carolina game, and the running game has shown some signs of reviving after running back Matt Forte gained 96 yards Monday.

>>NFL Says No Fine For Suh's Hit On Cutler

(New York, NY)  --  The NFL says the hit by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh [[ en-DOM-uh-kon  Soo ]] on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was legal.  The league confirmed to NFL Network that Suh will not be fined for his hard takedown Monday night that left Cutler slumped over in pain.  Cutler briefly came out of the game before returning.  He later called Suh's hit a clean play.  Suh has been fined on several occasions for excessive hits since coming into the league in 2010.

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Rams Arrive In London, Start Practice For Pats

The Rams arrived in London yesterday and got to work in preparation for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.  St. Louis fell to 3-and-4 after last week's 30-20 loss to Green Bay.  The Pats moved to 4-and-3 after defeating the Jets 29-26 in overtime.

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Cheerleading Needs Sports Safety Rules, Docs Say

The nation's leading group of pediatricians says cheerleading should be considered a sport to make it safer.

In a new policy, the American Academy of Pediatrics says cheerleading has become a lot more physical and athletic, and it should get the same kind of safety oversight that sports get. That would include on-site athletic trainers, limits on practice time and better qualified coaches.

Studies show that the number of cheerleaders injured each year has climbed dramatically in the last two decades.  Common stunts that pose risks include tossing and throwing cheerleaders in the air and creating human pyramids that reach 15 feet high or more.

The new policy was published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

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Pediatricians Offer First Report On Organic Foods

The nation's leading pediatricians group is offering its first advice on organic fruits and vegetables for children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents who want to reduce their kids' exposure to pesticides may seek out organic produce. But the group notes that organics aren't necessarily safer or more nutritious than conventional foods.

The group says science hasn't proven that eating pesticide-free food makes people any healthier.

The report was published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics and echoes a Stanford University study released last month.

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Early Voting Sets Record In Cook County Suburbs

The Cook County clerk says suburban Chicago voters set a record on the first day of early voting.

Cook County Clerk David Orr says more than 13,500 ballots were cast in suburban Cook County on Monday, the first day of early voting in Illinois. Orr's office says voters were in line when early voting sites closed at 5 p.m. and they will be allowed to cast ballots.

Orr says his office is sending extra help to early voting sites to help with crowds. He calls turnout "already impressive." There are about four dozen early voting sites in the Chicago suburbs.

Just more than 7,700 ballots were cast on the first day of early voting in 2008. Voters can cast their ballots early until Nov. 3. Election Day is Nov. 6.

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AIG Agrees To Pay $11-Million, Other States

Illinois will share part of an $11 million payment as part of an agreement with insurance giant American International Group Inc.

The announcement was made Monday by Illinois Department of Insurance Director Andrew Boron. AIG has agreed to change the way it handles the payment of life insurance benefits. The company will pay $11 million to states that are party to the agreement.

Boron says the department appreciates AIG's cooperation and the company's efforts to adopt business practices that protect policyholders and ensure that death benefits are paid quickly.

Illinois was among seven lead states that started discussions with the company.

AIG admits no liability in the settlement.

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Illinoisans Raise Ten Grand For Domestic Violence

Illinoisans donated more than one thousand cell phones during a domestic violence phone drive.  Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon says that amounts to about ten thousand dollars to help victims of domestic abuse.

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Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Director Vickie Smith says people can do big things when they do the simplest of tasks.

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The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence will use the money to expand its Virtual Legal Clinic consultation program, which connects domestic violence survivors in underserved rural areas with an experienced family law attorney for free legal counseling.  This is the second year Simon's office partnered with Verizon Wireless for the HopeLine phone drive.  Anyone can donate a phone at a local Verizon store, or go to VerizonWireless.com, search HopeLine, and download and print a pre-paid postage label to send in your old phone.

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Boat Crash Victims From Iowa, Illinois; Names Released

Authorities have released the names of 2 men who died after a boat carrying duck hunters crashed into a buoy on the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois.

Coroner Brian Gustafson of Rock Island County, Ill., identified the men as 50-year-old David Slater, of Davenport, and 42-year-old Thomas Trainer, of Canton, Ill. The crash occurred early on Saturday on the Illinois side of the river, not far from Muscatine on the Iowa side.

The two men had joined five others to go duck hunting. The names of the other five haven't been released. They were taken to Iowa hospitals for treatment.

The accident is being investigated.

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Students Advise State Board of Education

Sixteen Illinois high school students are meeting in Springfield to advise the state Board of Education about student concerns. This year's Student Advisory Council meets Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time and includes 11 new members.

New members include local students Morgan Rich from Dee-Mack High School in Mackinaw; Taylor Rossi from PORTA High School in Petersburg; and Danielle Segerstrom from LeRoy High School.

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Cheerleading Needs Sports Safety Rules, Docs Say

The nation's leading group of pediatricians says cheerleading should be considered a sport to make it safer.

In a new policy, the American Academy of Pediatrics says cheerleading has become a lot more physical and athletic, and it should get the same kind of safety oversight that sports get. That would include on-site athletic trainers, limits on practice time and better qualified coaches.

Studies show that the number of cheerleaders injured each year has climbed dramatically in the last two decades.  Common stunts that pose risks include tossing and throwing cheerleaders in the air and creating human pyramids that reach 15 feet high or more.

The new policy was published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

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Weekly Crop Report

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Social Security Looks To Aid Applicants Of Disability Benefits

Many people have questions and concerns about the process of applying for disability benefits.
 
According to Jack Myers, of Social Security, there are many ways to handle quesitons regarding disability. He says one of the first steps should be to gathering information at the Social Security website. There, a person can find overviews and a starter kit.
 
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Myers adds for anyone interested in disability, there has to be some sort of permanence to a condition. In order to qualify for disability, their condition should last for at least a year. He notes a terminal illness also qualifies.  There are a couple options to apply. Myers says an applications can be completed online or over the phone.
 
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The severity of one's medical condition will be evaluated so medical records will be requested and viewed. Myers warns this process can take some time, even up to a couple months.  He says medical records already in your possession can speed up the application process. Myers says Social Security has been lookind to speeding up this process through a new initiative, especially for more sever condiitons.
 
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There is a wealth of knowledge to be learned about applying for benefits. For more information you can go to www.socialsecurity.gov or give Social Security a call at 1-800-772-1213.

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County Sets Tax Rate For Ambulance Subsidy

The DeWitt County Board has set the tax rate for the levy for an ambulance service subsidy.

In March, voters approved a property tax levy of up to .25% to subsidize ambulance service for much of DeWitt County. DeWitt County Board Chair Melonie Tilley explains they have set the rate for that tax at point-164, which is 66% of the full amount.

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Because of the overlap in timing of Paramedic Services of Illinois, PSI, taking over ambulance service in DeWitt County, and the time tax money from the levy will come in, there will be about six or eight months  when the County is not receiving money to subsidize PSI. Tilley explains the County has taken out an interest-free loan from the County's Building Appreciation fund in the amount of $400-thousand.

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Tilley explains instead of doubling the tax next year to make for the six to eight month lapse of no money coming in, the County will cut the tax in half next year. The point-164 allows for the subsidy to be paid to PSI, and after tax money begins to flow in, to allow the Board to pay the County back.

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Tilley feels this will be a good for the tax payers. She adds it has been the philosophy of the County Board to only tax what is necessary to meet the needs of their budget.

PSI begins their service of DeWitt County starting December 1, the tax levy the County is imposing will take effect January 1, 2013.

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Packers' Woodson Out Six Weeks With Broken Collarbone

The rival Packers will be without defensive back Charles Woodson until December.  Woodson suffered a broken right collarbone during Sunday's 30-20 win over the Rams and will miss six weeks.  The Packers are 4-and-3 on the season.

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Bears Outslug Lions

Brandon Marshall had six catches for 81 yards and a score as the Bears outslugged the Lions, 13-7, on "Monday Night Football."  Jay Cutler threw for 150 yards and the score to help the NFC North-leading Bears improve to 5-and-1.  Matt Forte rushed for 96 yards and Chicago's defense forced four turnovers in the victory.  Matt Stafford passed for 261 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Lions, who dropped to 2-and-4.  Ryan Broyles caught the touchdown pass with 30 seconds left in the fourth.  Calvin Johnson was held to only three catches for 34 yards in the loss.

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Illinois Adjusts Focus After Much Needed Time Off

After four straight losses by a combined 163-45 score, no team needed the past week off quite like Illinois.

First-year coach Tim Beckman said Monday that the week off has allowed quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (SHEEL'-hows) and cornerback Terry Hawthorne to bounce back from concussions before Saturday's game with Indiana (2-5, 0-3).

Beckman says he used the week to evaluate himself and his team.

He says Illinois' record (2-5, 0-3 Big Ten) means he isn't doing a good job. But he says his players focused on many plays where small mistakes are leading to big plays for the opponent.

Offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic (Svee-YAHN'-o-vich) says that tight focus on blown blocks and reads has helped.

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LeRoy Receives #1 Seed In Playoffs, Caps Off 9-0 Regular Season

 width=The LeRoy Panthers football team capped off an undefeated regular season with a 34-0 victory over the Tri-Valley Vikings last week. As the Panthers head into Saturday's ball game hosting Brown County, Head Coach BJ Zeleznik says it is nice to see his team playing good football and improving each week.

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Part of the success of the Panthers comes from their experience. Coach Zeleznik says he has eleven seniors that can all play, and when firing on all cylinders, his team can be a lot of fun to watch.

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Many coaches over the past few years have not been happy with the regional format the IHSA has gone to to determine seedings. Zeleznik believes part of the fun of the playoffs is getting to see new teams and traveling to other areas of the state.

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LeRoy will host Brown County at 2pm on Saturday afternoon. The winner of their match up awaits the Flannagan-Cornell/Ridgeview matchup. That is an 8/9 matchup.

To hear our full interview w/ Coach Zeleznik, visit the sports section of dewittdailynews.com and click on the Pigskin Preview Show, or find it at the Around Central Illinois tab.

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Giants Take Game 7, Headed To World Series

>>Giants Clobber Cards To Win NL Pennant

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The Giants advanced to the World Series by clobbering the defending champion Cardinals, 9-0, in Game Seven of the NLCS.  Hunter Pence drove in two during a five-run third inning for San Francisco, which will host the Tigers in Game One of the Fall Classic on Wednesday.  Matt Cain tossed five-and-two-thirds shutout innings to earn the victory.  The Giants have won six straight games when facing elimination this postseason.  Kyle Lohse was lit up for five runs and six hits in only two-plus innings to take the loss.  St. Louis blew a three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series.

>>Giants' Scutaro Named NLCS MVP

(San Francisco, CA)  --  San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro was named Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series.  Scutaro batted .500 in the series and tied an LCS record by smacking 14 hits.  Scutaro had the amazing series despite being barreled over on a takeout slide by Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday in Game Two.  The Giants rallied from a three-games-to-one deficit to win the best-of-seven series.  San Francisco will host the Detroit Tigers in Game One of the World Series on Wednesday.

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DeWitt Savings Bank Remodeling Interior

One local financial establishment is getting an interior makeover.

 width=Work is nearly complete at DeWitt Savings Bank's Clinton location as the bank has remodeled it's inside. President of DeWitt Savings Bank, Steve Willis explains the makeover was much needed.

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DeWitt Savings Bank was remodeled in the late 1990s, and at that time, according to Willis, they put a slant on the roof. Willis adds that remodel allowed for office space in their basement, which previously was primarily used for storage.

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 width=The remodel also includes a paint job on the inside and new counter tops. Willis says since he started at the bank, they have tripled their staff. He says that is largely due to the amount of new services provided by the bank and the many changes in the banking industry.

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WHOW Streaming Live 24/7

The Miller Media Group's Central Illinois newstalk radio station, The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW is now streaming live 24/7.

Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller announced today the Clinton station, along with WTIM Newstalk 97.3 in Taylorville, WRJM newstalk 1270 AM/107 FM in Charleston, are now streaming all of their programming and local sports content, 24/7, on each of their on-line daily newspaper web sites.

WHOW can be heard live by going to dewittdailynews.com.

According to Miller, Iphone and Android applications are in the process of being developed and should be completed in the next 60 days, allowing any electronic device the ability to hear all 3 of the stations.

Certain programming carried by the 3 stations are not allowed to be streamed, and will be blacked out.  This includes NCAA football, NFL football, and Cardinal baseball.

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State To Launch $1 Billion In Water Projects

Illinois officials say they're ready to launch a $1 billion program to improve water quality and fix outdated infrastructure.

That means fixing broken water mains, constructing wastewater treatment plants and upgrading sewers.

Gov. Pat Quinn says the initiative will create about 28,500 jobs. Details of the plan were expected to be released Thursday afternoon during an event with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

The money will be distributed through low-interest loans to local governments and comes from a state program backed by federal money.

Quinn previewed the push for improved water systems during his State of the State address earlier this year.

State environmental officials say hundreds of local governments have expressed interest. Applications will be taken by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and projects are expected to begin next year.

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Lawsuit States Aspen Dental Clinics Operating Illegally

A federal lawsuit filed in New York claims Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country.

The suit filed Thursday in Albany says Aspen, based in says East Syracuse, N.Y., and Leonard Green and Partners are violating laws that require clinics to be owned by dentists who actively perform procedures onsite.

Court papers say Aspen's "so-called 'Practice Owners' are nothing more than de facto employees and/or independent contractors" of the company, which controls its 358 clinics' marketing, hiring, training and bookkeeping.

Aspen says it provides management services and doesn't control clinical care. A spokeswoman says the accusations made in the filing are "entirely without merit." A message left with Los Angeles-based LGP wasn't initially returned.

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Illinois Paid Workers $23 Million To Stay Home

A published report says cash-strapped Illinois has paid state workers about $23 million for administrative leave over the last five years.

The report reveals since 2007, more than 2,000 state employees who've stayed at home have continued to receive paychecks and collect benefits. That's even as the state has struggled to pay its own bills.

Workers can be placed on administrative leave for several reasons, including investigation for wrongdoing. They are not allowed to return to work. The report shows in some instances, those on leave continued to receive raises.

Gov. Pat Quinn says paid leave is carefully monitored and necessary. His office says Quinn has instructed state agency heads to take a closer look at who's on leave.

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Illinois Making More Public Data Available

The Illinois state government is seeking to make more local and state data available online and is challenging entrepreneurs to create applications with the information that will serve the public.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the Illinois Open Technology Challenge on Saturday and said it would start on a pilot basis in four communities around the state: Belleville, Champaign, Rockford and Chicago's south suburbs.

The governor said the project would increase transparency at the local level and create jobs.

Quinn says "we live in a knowledge economy that is driven by access to information and new ideas."

One similar state-supported competition produced applications like iFindit, which provides information on food, housing and medical care to the homeless.

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Early Voting Gets Underway Today In Illinois

Illinois voters can now cast their early ballots for next month's election.

Early voting starts Monday at locations statewide. It ends Nov. 3.

Voters can cast ballots for the presidential election, state legislative contests and the U.S. House.

Election officials say about 7.4 million people in Illinois are registered to vote.

The Illinois Board of Elections says that the last day of absentee voting is Nov. 1.

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Ameren Says Natural Gas Costs To Be Steady This Winter

 width=Ameren Illinois officials say they're expecting natural gas prices this winter will be similar to last season.

Ameren Illinois serves 1.2 million electric and more than 800,000 natural gas customers in central and southern Illinois. Ameren gas supply manager Ken Dothage says prices will stay about the same this winter because of an increase in the North American gas supply. He also cites slower U.S. and global economies and decreased worldwide demand for energy.

But there is a caution. Ameren officials say last year was an unusually mild winter and natural gas bills were lower. They say customers can expect to use more natural gas this year if temperatures return to normal.

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Caterpillar CEO Says Company To Stay In Illinois

 width=Caterpillar's CEO has again criticized Illinois' political leaders and what he calls the state's uncompetitive business environment.

But Doug Oberhelman says the heavy equipment maker will keep its headquarters in Peoria.

Last year, Oberhelman pressed Gov. Pat Quinn to improve the state's economy and noted that the company had out-of-state suitors. Though he said later he was not threatening to leave Illinois, the remarks set off alarms.

On Thursday evening, Oberhelman told the Economic Club of Chicago that the company is staying in Peoria.

He also spoke about how much cheaper it is to do business in other states.

He also said last year's increase in Illinois' state income tax has hurt executive recruitment.

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Leaders Hope Amtrak Milestone Is Just Beginning

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is promising Amtrak's 111-mile-per-hour milestone in Illinois won't be the last.

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LaHood says travel between Chicago and St. Louis is going to get even shorter.

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Governor Quinn says the high-speed rail is going to revolutionize travel.

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LaHood says the new rail service will help reduce travel time between Chicago and St. Louis to under four hours.  LaHood, along with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, showed off how fast Amtrak can go last Friday.  It took only six minutes for the train to go down 15 miles of track between Dwight and Pontiac.

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Illinois Gets Taste of High Speed Rail Line

ILLINOIS ENJOYED ITS FIRST TASTE OF HIGH SPEED RAIL FRIDAY.

GOVERNOR PAT QUINN AND OTHER LEADERS GOT A PREVIEW OF THE LOOK AND FEEL OF TRAIN TRAVEL AT 110 MILES PER HOUR. THAT’S ABOUT 30 MILES AN HOUR FASTER THAN CURRENT SPEEDS.

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ON A NEWLY UPGRADED STRETCH OF TRACK BETWEEN DWIGHT AND PONTIAC. U-S SENATOR DICK DURBIN SAYS HE’S PROUD ILLINOIS IS A LEADER IN THE HIGH SPEED RAIL MOVEMENT.

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OTHER STRETCHES OF TRACK ARE ALSO BEING IMPROVED TO HANDLE THE FASTER TRAINS. THE GOAL IS TO ULTIMATELY OFFER HIGH SPEED RAIL SERVICE BETWEEN CHICAGO AND SAINT LOUIS.

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Miller Park Takes Big Step Forward With Approval of Master Plan

Nearly a year and a half long process of creating a plan for the future of the Miller Park Zoo is complete.

 width=For over a year, the Bloomington Zoo has been working on a Master Plan for the next 15-20 years of the zoo. Superintendent of the Zoo, Jay Tetzloff says some of the things the master plan will include will be clustering the animals by continents of origin and also expansion.

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While those are some of the goals the Zoo has for farther into the future, Tetzloff says there are some smaller things the Zoo can do to improve. One of his goals, is to have flamingos from Africa being the very first animals you see when you come in. Tetzloff explains seeing animals when you first walk into the Zoo is very important to him.

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Making the master plan become a reality is going to take a lot of community support. Tetzloff says a challenging task he has taken on since he started at the Zoo nearly three years ago, is going out and gathering that support. He explains they cannot be dependent on tax dollars, and he says partnering with the private sector is a big part of the zoo becoming self-sustaining.

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Tetzloff feels finishing the master plan and having it approved by the Bloomington City Council was a huge boost of momentum forward. He hopes to continue that momentum by announcing plans for project beginnings within the next year.

The Bloomington City Council approved the Miller Park Zoo's master plan last Monday.

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Harvest For All Drive Huge Success

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DeWitt County Board Ammends; Approves PSI Contract

The DeWitt County Board approved the contract with Paramedic Services of Illinois (PSI) to serve the County.

 width=The contract was given to members of the Board who were able to look over it and ask questions of PSI representatives and DeWitt County State's Attorney Dick Koritz. DeWitt County Board Chair Melonie Tilley explains there were just a few things she and other Board members had questions on. The first was wording in the contract discussing enhancement of employee salaries. She explains the mutual feeling was there was no need for the County to determine salaries, so that paragraph was scratched.

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An article that needed clarification and was ultimately left in the contract regarded extra staffing for a special event. Tilley says the contract stated an additional fee to the subsidy PSI is receiving called for $25 per person per hour of staffing at the request of the County for "special duty detail". Tilley explains there is not anything they could come up with for a need for that, but Koritz advised the article be left in the contract.

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PSI is planning on taking over ambulance service in the County on December 1. PSI officials addressed the Board Thursday as well saying they feel good about where they are in the transition. They have been working with Dr. John Warner Hospital officials on leasing of their bay and house. Mike Hanson, President of PSI says things are going smoothly to this point.

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The DeWitt County Board put their 2013 budget on file for public viewing Thursday night, which will include the tax for the PSI subsidy. Tune in to Regional Radio tomorrow for what the tax rate will be for residents of DeWitt County that fall into the coverage area of PSI.

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Kenseth Wins At Kansas

 width=Matt Kenseth took his second Chase race by winning a wreck-filled test at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.  Martin Truex Jr. followed Kenseth while Paul Menard finished third, Kasey Kahne came in fourth and Tony Stewart rounded out the top-five.  Jimmie Johnson stormed back from an early wreck to finish ninth, one spot back of points leader Brad Keselowski.  Johnson trails Keselowski by seven points in the standings with four Chase races to go.

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Cardinals/Giants Headed To Game 7

 width=>>Giants Rout Cards To Force Game Seven

(San Francisco, CA)  --  Marco Scutaro's two-run double capped a four-run second inning as the Giants knocked off the Cardinals, 6-1, in Game Six of the NLCS.  Scutaro and Brandon Belt scored twice for San Francisco, which has won two straight to force a decisive Game Seven in the best-of-seven set.  Ryan Vogelsong struck out nine over seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball to earn his second win of the series.  Allen Craig smacked an RBI single in the sixth for St. Louis.  Chris Carpenter allowed five runs, two of which were earned, over four innings to take his second loss in the set.  

>>Giants Host Cardinals For World Series Berth

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The San Francisco Giants host the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals tonight in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series.  The Giants won Game Six Sunday night to force the win-or-go-home contest.  St. Louis held a 3-1 series lead at one point.  Matt Cain will take the mound for the homestanding Giants against the Cardinals' Kyle Lohse.  The winner will host the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in Game One of the World Series.

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Bears Host Lions On MNF

 width=The Detroit Lions head outdoors to take on the Chicago Bears on "Monday Night Football" at Soldier Field.  The Lions are last in the NFC North at 2-and-3, while the Bears sit atop the division at 4-and-1.  After three straight losses and a bye, Detroit rallied from ten points down in the fourth quarter to pull out a 26-23 overtime win at Philadelphia in Week Six.  This is the second in a stretch of four road games in five weeks for the Lions.  The Bears are coming off their bye after a 41-3 pasting of the Jagaurs in Jacksonville the week before.  Chicago has won three straight overall and has allowed an NFL-low 71 points this season.  The Bears have won seven of the last eight meetings.

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Packers, Colts Win

 width=>>Rodgers, Packers Pound Rams

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Aaron Rodgers threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Packers to a 30-20 win over the Rams.  Jordy Nelson had eight catches for 122 yards and a TD, while Randall Cobb added eight grabs for 89 yards and two scores for 4-and-3 Green Bay, which has won back-to-back games for the first time this season.  Sam Bradford finished 21-of-34 for 255 yards with a TD and an interception for the Rams, who have lost two straight to dip to 3-and-4.  Steven Jackson ran for 57 yards and a score on 12 carries in defeat.

>>Luck Leads Colts Past Browns

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  Andrew Luck threw for 186 yards and ran for two touchdowns as the Colts beat the Browns, 17-13.  Reggie Wayne had six catches for 73 yards and Vick Ballard ran for 84 yards on 20 carries for the Colts, who improved to 3-and-3.  The Colts travel to Tennessee to face the Titans in Week Eight.

NFL
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New York Giants 27, Washington Redskins 23
Minnesota Vikings 21, Arizona Cardinals 14
Dallas Cowboys 19, Carolina Panthers 14
New Orleans Saints 35, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28
Houston Texans 43, Baltimore Ravens 13
Tennessee Titans 35, Buffalo Bills 34
New England Patriots 29, New York Jets 26 (OT)
Oakland Raiders 26, Jacksonville Jaguars 23 (OT)
Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Cincinnati Bengals 17

>>Colts' Pagano Released From Hospital

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  Colts head coach Chuck Pagano [[ puh-GAH-noh ]] was released from Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center on Sunday.  The 52-year-old has been battling leukemia over the past few weeks.  Pagano was able to watch his Colts defeat the Cleveland Browns from his home on Sunday.  Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has served as interim head coach in Pagano's absence.  There is no timetable for Pagano's return to the sidelines.

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Missouri State Shocks ISU; Western Falls To Indiana State

 width=>>Missouri State Shocks ISU

Kierra Harris and Ashton Glaser each ran for a touchdown, and the Missouri State defense recorded two safeties Saturday to shock Illinois State 24-17.

After Harris' 1-yard score, Nate Davis sacked Matt Brown, whose fumble bounced out of the ISU end zone to give the Bears (2-6, 2-3 Missouri Valley) a 9-0 lead. But Brown recovered to hit Tyrone Walker for TDs of 4 and 15 yards, and the Redbirds (6-2, 3-2) took a 14-9 lead into the fourth.

Austin Witmer's 20-yard field goal and Glaser's 2-yard run put Missouri State up 19-14. The Bears added two more points when Howard Scarborough tackled Darrelynn Dunn in the end zone, and another Witmer field goal made it 24-14.

Nick Aussieker's 47-yard field goal pulled ISU within seven with 10 seconds left, but the Redbirds couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick. ISU had been trying for its first 7-1 start since 1967.

>>Indiana State Tops Western

 width=Each side scored from recovering fumbles in the end zone, but it was Indiana State that would win the game, beating Western Illinois 23-7 on Saturday night.

In the first half, the Sycamores got touchdowns from a 14-yard run by Richie Dyer and a 46-yard run by Shakir Bell. Defensive back Mark Sewall recovered the fumble in the end zone, and Tanner Fritschle added the extra point in the fourth quarter.

Mike Perish was 12 of 18 for 99 yards for Indiana State (6-2, 4-1 Missouri Valley).

Western Illinois (3-4, 1-3 Missouri Valley) was scoreless in the first half.

The only points for the Leathernecks came after David McDaniel recovered a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter, followed with a kick by Pat Smith. Wil Lunt was 4 of 19 for 25 yards.

Indiana State had 16 first downs; Western Illinois had 5.

>>Mizzou, Illinois Spend Weekend Off

(Undated)  --  Illinois spent the weekend away from the playing field.  The Illini will be home Saturday as Indiana visits Champaign.

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Clinton Police Weekend Report

CITATIONS

10/20/12

NIKKI M. TAYLOR 19, LINCOLN SPEEDING 73 MPH IN A 55 MPH ZONE. BOND POSTED

PAT W. WEBER 53, MONTICELLO OPERATING VEHICLE WITHOUT REGISTRATION. NOTICE TO APPEAR ISSUED

 

10/21/12

JACOB L. WOODBURY SPEEDING 51 MPH IN A 30 MPH ZONE, OPERATING UNINSURED MOTOR VEHICLE. NOTICE TO APPEAR ISSUED

BINH V. PHAN 46, DECATUR SPEEDING 74 MPH IN A 55 MPH ZONE. BOND POSTED

DILLON L. LESLIE 20, LINCOLN ILLEGAL TRANSPORTATION OF ALCOHOL. NOTICE TO APPEAR ISSUED

ZACHARY D. SPROWLS 23, LINCOLN ILLEGAL TRANSPORTATION OF ALCOHOL. BOND POSTED

MARIO H. TAYLOR 26, LINCOLN ILLEGAL TRANSPORTATION OF ALCOHOL. NOTICE TO APPEAR ISSUED

 

ON 10/20/12 CLINTON POLICE ARRESTED FRENCES I. BATESON 43, CLINTON FOR DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED. BATESON WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE DEWITT COUNTY JAIL AND RELEASED TO CORRECTIONS.

 

ON 10/21/12 CLINTON POLICE ARRESTED QUINN A. SCHMID 37, CLINTON FOR DOMESTIC BATTERY. SCHMID WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE DEWITT COUNTY JAIL AND RELEASED TO CORRECTIONS.

 

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW

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DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

 

October 20, 2012

 

Jail Population: 73

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

October 21, 2012

 

Jail Population: 74

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

October 22, 2012

 

Jail Population: 71

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

Taneshia Brooks, 32, Farmer City, was issued citations for Unlawful Possession Of Registration Sticker, No Valid Registration, Driving While License Suspended, and Operating Vehicle With Expired Registration. Brooks posted the necessary bond and was released.

 

Kyle Wright, 27, Latham, was issued citations for No Valid Driver’s License and Speeding (68 mph in a 55 mph zone). Wright was issued a Notice to Appear and Promised To Comply and was released.

 

Wesley Sparks, 24, Lincoln was issued citations for No Registration Light and Driving Under Influence. Sparks posted the necessary bond and was released.

 

Wesley Chrisman, 21, Wapella, was issued citations for Driving Under Influence and Improper Lane Usage. Chrisman posted the necessary bond and was released.

 

 

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.

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Monticello, Piatt County Now Home To Domestic Violence Agency

Monticello and Piatt County are now home to a domestic violence agency.

Willow Tree Missions aim is the new agency aimed to help those effected by domestic violence. Kimberly Boyd is the Executive Director of Willow Tree Missions, she explains they offer a number of services to aid women effected by domestic violence. One of their services provides women and children with housing for up to 12 weeks, or until they are able to get back on their feet.

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Domestic Violence is a cyclical problem in the world today. Boyd says before Willow Tree opened their doors, women and children were having to rely on agencies outside of Piatt County. She adds, since they have opened their doors, the number of victims they are helping has risen.

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Partnering with local enforcement has been a goal of Boyd's since Willow Tree started earlier in the year. Boyd says local law enforcement has gotten on board with the agency's efforts and have been supportive the whole way.

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Boyd says the partners they have so far have been great to work with. She explains they have also partnered with several other area domestic violence agencies in their effort to get off the ground.

For more information about Willow Tree Missions, you can contact their hotline at 217-631-1111.

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2012 High School Playoff Preview Show

High School Pigskin Playoff Preview Show 2012 

Head Coaches interviewed include: Andy Kerley (Cerro Gordo), BJ Zeleznik (LeRoy), Josh Jostes (Maroa-Forsyth), Josh Roop (Tri-Valley), Scott Hamilton (Tolono Unity), Cullen Welter (Monticello)

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 width=Breast cancer is the cancer most-diagnosed in American women. Early detection is the key to overcoming the disease.

Each year more than 220,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Robert Mocharnuk (Mo'-chur-nuck), associate professor of hematology and oncology at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, explains the importance of annual breast exams for early detection of breast cancer.

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Dr. Mocharnuk, who is also on the staff of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, recommends that women have annual mammography screenings after age 40. He says screenings have helped improve survival rates in recent years.

Insurance companies and Medicare are required to cover mammography screening for breast cancer. Low-income women without insurance may qualify for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer program. For more information about the program, call the toll-free number, 1-888-522-1282, or talk to your personal physician about breast cancer screening.

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FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD

MLB NLCS
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San Francisco Giants 5, St. Louis Cardinals 0
(Cardinals lead best-of-seven NLCS, 3-2)

NBA Preseason
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Orlando Magic 112, Indiana Pacers 96
Toronto Raptors 107, New York Knicks 88 (at Montreal, Quebec)
Philadelphia 76ers 106, Brooklyn Nets 96
Oklahoma City Thunder 107, Phoenix Suns 97  (at Tulsa, OK)
Chicago Bulls 92, Minnesota Timberwolves 81
Golden State Warriors 101, Portland Trail Blazers 97
Sacramento Kings 103, Los Angeles Lakers 98 (at Las Vegas, NV)

WNBA Finals
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Indiana Fever 76, Minnesota Lynx 59
(Fever lead best-of-five Finals, 2-1)

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Giants Down Cardinals In Game Five

Barry Zito struck out six over seven-and-two-thirds frames of six-hit, shutout ball to lift the Giants over the Cardinals, 5-0, in Game Five of the NLCS.  Pablo Sandoval drilled a solo shot in the eighth and scored twice for San Francisco, which still trails 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.  Brandon Crawford knocked in two runs in the win.  Cards outfielder Carlos Beltran was back in the lineup after missing Game Four and was 1-for-4 with a stolen base.  Lance Lynn struck out six but gave up four unearned runs in three-and-two-thirds innings for the loss.  Game Six is in San Francisco on Sunday night.

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Illinois Cities Push No-Text and Drive Pledge

More than 170 cities and towns in Illinois have issued proclamations urging citizens to pledge never to text on their mobile phones while driving.

Telecommunications company AT&T and the Illinois Municipal League made the announcement Friday at the league's annual convention in Chicago.

Jim Maurer of AT&T Illinois says the goal is to save lives by challenging every driver in Illinois to take the pledge. AT&T is spending millions of dollars on a campaign called "It Can Wait" to publicize the dangers of texting and driving.

AT&T is 1 of the nation's largest cellphone companies. The company says it's challenging device makers and app developers to work toward a pre-loaded, no-text & drive technology for all devices.

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Dewitt County Soil and Water Conservation Hosts Sucessful Landowners Meeting

The DeWitt County Soil & Water Conservation District hosted the first annual Lady Landowners meeting on Wednesday at the Warner Public Library. The meeting was huge success with 35 landowners in attendance to hear speakers reporting on programs offered throughout Dewitt County from agencies such as the Dewitt County Soil and Water, National Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, University of Illinois Extension, and the Farm Bureau. Participants voted on agricultural speakers and field trips they would like to attend for future meetings.

The Lady Landowners meetings are going to be held 4 times a year with the next one scheduled for January of 2013.   The Lady Landowners meetings are open to any landowner, male or female, in Dewitt County interested in learning about current farming topics. If you would like to attend these meetings, please call Jonah at the Dewitt County Soil and Water Conservation District 217-935-6504 ext. 3 so your name can be put on their mailing list.

The SWC District would like to thank all the participants who attended the meeting.

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CMS Surplus Program Donates $1.1 in Surplus and Winter Clothes and Boots to help the Homeless


THE STATE’S SURPLUS PROPERTY PROGRAM IS DONATING MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN WINTER CLOTHING TO HELP THE HOMELESS.

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ARE VISITING THE SURPLUS WAREHOUSE IN SPRINGFIELD TO COLLECT EVERYTHING FROM SLEEPING BAGS AND LONG UNDERWEAR…TO COATS AND BOOTS. ILLINOIS SURPLUS PROPERTY MANAGER CURTIS HOWARD SAYS THE ITEMS COME FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT…AND WILL BE PUT TO GOOD USE KEEPING THE HOMELESS WARM THIS WINTER.

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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CENTRAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES DIRECTOR MALCOLM WEEMS HOPES THESE ITEMS GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS KEEPING THE OVER 15 THOUSAND HOMELESS ILLINOISANS WARM THIS WINTER.

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THE STATE’S SURPLUS PROPERTY DIVISION ALSO OFFERS THINGS LIKE CARS, TRACTORS AND OFFICE FURNITURE TO OTHER STATE AGENCIES, LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS. PUBLIC AUCTIONS ARE HELD PERIODICALLY... AS WELL AS ONLINE SALES AT: IBID DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.

ACCORDING TO A 2011 REPORT…OVER 15 THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS IN ILLINOIS.

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IHSA Playoff Pairings Announced; Monticello Headed To Nokomis

The IHSA announced the football post season playoff pairings Saturday night.

The Monticello Sages are headed to Nokomis. Nokomis finished the season at 8-1. You can hear all the Monticello football post season action on 95.9 FM WEZC and streamed live online at dewittdailynews.com. The game for Saturday is set for 2 pm.

In Class 1A, LeRoy, who finished the regular season undefeated at 9-0 and received the #1 overall seed in the southern bracket, will host Brown County.

Maroa-Forsyth enters the playoffs in Class 1A for the first time since the 1980s and they will play host to Dupo, who finished the season at 6-3. Maroa-Forsyth will play at 2 pm on Saturday.

Ridgeview will play host to Flanagan-Cornell.

Class 2A saw an undefeated Cerro-Gordo team receive a five seed, but will play host to Lawrenceville.

Also in Class 2A, Tri-Valley will Havana. Argenta-Oreana will travel west to play Camp Point Central.

In Class 3A, Tolono Unity will play host to Pana.

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Monticello Finishes Season at 7-2

As heard on WEZC 95.9 FM Friday night, the Monticello Sages defeated St. Teresa 42-22. Ryan Donahue had 16 carries for 157 yards and a 68 yard touchdown catch. Parker Trice was 7-12 for 227 yards and 2 TDs and added four carries with 17 yards and a touchdown. Austin Eckerty had 6 catches for 88 yards, and was your First State Bank player of the game. And Isaac Bales added a 68 yard TD catch. 

Tune tomorrow night (Saturday) from 6-8 pm for the "Pigskin Playoff Preview" show. The Show will air on 95.9 FM WEZC and 92.3 FM WHOW. We will talk with coaches from around the area who's teams make the playoffs. 

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Maroons defeated by Sullivan Redskins

As heard on WHOW 1520 AM/92.3FM, the Sullivan Redskins defeated the Clinton Maroons with a score of 49-28. The Clinton Maroons were led by Greg Osgood with 2 catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns, Kye Reczek with 11 carries for 47 yards and Caleb Luck with 9 carries for 34 yards. Your Clinton IGA player of the game was Zach Pate with 7 carries for 20 yards, he also passed for 3 of 5 for 128 yards for 3 touchdowns. 

The Sullivan Redskins were led by Jacob Vail with 30 carries for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns and Nick Frerichs with 18 carries for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and he passed for 4 of 7 for 80 yards with 2 TDs and had one interception.

The Maroons finish the season at 1-8, while the Redskins wrap up their season at 3-6.

Clinton radio stations WEZC 95.9 FM and WHOW 92.3 FM, will originate the “Pigskin Playoff Preview” show featuring the Illinois High School Association state football playoff pairings, this Saturday night from 8 to 10 pm.  The show will also be streamed by clicking the WEZC sports icon at dewittdailynews.com.

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Illinois Unemployment Down In September

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL TO EIGHT POINT EIGHT PERCENT LAST MONTH IN ILLINOIS.

THAT’S DOWN FROM NINE POINT ONE PERCENT IN AUGUST…AND REFLECTS STEADY JOB GROWTH SAYS STATE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON GREG RIVARA.

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THAT’S THE 10TH DROP IN THE STATE JOBLESS RATE IN THE PAST 13TH MONTHS…SHOWING ILLINOIS IS STILL ON A SLOW, STEADY PATH TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY RIVARA SAYS.

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RIVARA SAYS NEARLY 14 THOUSAND JOBS WERE ADDED LAST MONTH…WITH THE MOST GROWTH SEEN IN THE PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS SECTOR. THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR SEPTEMBER CAME IN AT SEVEN POINT EIGHT PERCENT.

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Punkin' Chuckin' Contest I nPekin Cut To One Day

The annual Punkin' Chuckin' Contest has been cut to one day due to religious concerns.

Pumpkins are scheduled to fly Saturday at the event in the central Illinois community of Pekin.

But the pumpkins will then be grounded because a landowner who allows the Morton Tourism Association to hold the spectacle asked that his land not be used Sunday due to his religious convictions.

Punkin' Chuckin' has been a 2-day event since it moved to the fields in 2002.

Teams compete in air cannon, catapult and trebuchet categories to see who can toss their pumpkins the farthest. The record is 4,859 feet.

Spokeswoman Susan Pyles says about 500 pumpkins will take to the skies Saturday.

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Bradley University Board of Trustees Chairman Dies

The chairman of Bradley University's board of trustees and CEO of Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Co. has died.

Mike McCord died Wednesday night. A spokeswoman for the insurance company says he had cancer.

McCord served as president of the family-run Illinois Mutual life Insurance Co. for 28 years before becoming CEO and chairman in 2011. He was the fourth generation of his family to run the company.

McCord also was a member of the Peoria Riverfront Museum board of directors and involved with the Salvation Army and the United Way.

Longtime Illinois Mutual receptionist Joy Lowery told the Peoria newspaper that McCord was a very special man to all of us.

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Accused High School Shooter's Father Arrested

The Normal Police Department has arrested the father of the child accused of firing shots into the ceiling at Normal Community High School last month.  Rodney Kinder was arrested Wednesday and is facing charges on two counts of unlawful sale of a firearm.  He allegedly provided and allowed access to the guns used in the high school shooting.  Kinder's being held in the McLean County Jail.  His 14-year old son is being held at a juvenile detention center.  He's been charged with 16 felony charges after he allegedly brought an arsenal of weapons to school on September 7th.  The young man also allegedly held students and a teacher hostage that morning before shooting two rounds into the ceiling.  His attorney has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

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Voters File Lawsuit Challenging Ballot Question

A group of voters is challenging the validity of a measure on this fall's ballot that would make it more difficult to improve retirement benefits for public employees.

In a statement Thursday, Republican state Senate candidate John Bambenek (BAM'-behn-ick), of Champaign, said he and 10 other Illinois residents filed a lawsuit arguing the question is unconstitutional.

Bambenek says the form of the question and the amendment are "deceptive, inaccurate and incomprehensible."

If approved, the proposed constitutional amendment would require a three-fifths vote instead of a simple majority for any pension increase. Cutting benefits would still require just a simple majority.

The lawsuit against the Illinois State Board of Elections was filed in Champaign County Circuit Court.

A hearing date has not been set.

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Recent Storms Have Helped EaSe Drought Conditions

Recent storms have eased drought conditions in several key Midwest farming states where the corn harvest is wrapping up.

The U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly update released Thursday shows that 62.4% the lower 48 states remained mired in some form of drought during a 7-day period ending Tuesday. That's down more than a percentage point from the previous week and a welcome sign for farmers enduring the nation's worst drought in decades.

Thursday's update shows that 63.9% of Iowa, the nation's biggest corn producer, is still in extreme or exceptional drought, which are the worst two classifications. That's down nearly 12%age points from a week earlier.

Those two categories fell in Kansas from 95.7% last week to 77.8% now.

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Logan County Deals With Bills From Brothers' Trials

The Logan County Board is working to come up with the money to pay for the trials of 2 brothers charged in the deaths of 5 members of a central Illinois family.

The board will decide next week whether to make big cuts in next year's budget or sell $1 million in bonds.

The looming legal tab involves the trials of Christopher Harris and Jason Harris. They've both pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Ruth and Rick Gee and 3 of their children. The Gees were killed in their home in Beason in 2009.

Board member Jan Schumacher says the county could face up to $600,000 for trial costs in the next fiscal year.

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CHS Students To Camp Out For Homeless

 width=If you are heading out to the Clinton High School football game tonight, stash a can or two of food in your purse or sweatshirt.

Throughout the game tonight you may notice a group of high school students roaming the high school grounds and stands collecting canned food donations. The high school's Interact Club is doing an annual fundraising event aimed to help the students better understand the life of a homeless person. Sponsor of the Interact Club through the Clinton Auxiliary, Rob DeLeon explains the event, Box City, takes anything the students bring, including blankets, sweatshirts, etc and at the end of the event, gets donated to local thrift stores and food banks around the community.

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After the game, the students then will stay the night on the grounds of the high school, and DeLeon explains he provides them with boxes, duct tape, and plastic wrap, and together they have to put together shelter using those three items. He adds it quickly becomes apparent to them they have to work together to build something.

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Interact Club members will also be collecting any monetary donation football game attendees may have as well. DeLeon says the money they raised last year went to Community Action with purchased food. He says this year they'd like to add another program to their donation, to do that though, they will need to increase what they raise.

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Again the event is Box City is this Friday. DeLeon says anything the students bring out, gets donated. He hopes to receive great community support for the event this year.

Box City will also include some fire wood for a burn barrel to keep the students warm through what is expected to be a chilly night.

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PSI Contract Approved For County Ambulance Service

 width=Paramedic Services of Illinois (PSI) is now officially the ambulance provider for much of DeWitt County.

The DeWitt County Board made the approval Thursday night at their regular Board Meeting, but not before lengthy discussion on the details of the contract. Much discussion was dedicated to who the reports from PSI would go to for review. Differing opinions were thrown around. Board Chair Melonie Tilley says she wanted the issue to be brought to the full board for discussion because it was in the Request For Proposal that there would be monthly reports.

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Tilley felt as though it was not necessary for the reports to be sent to a committee. She explains because this will be a contractual agreement, it would be much different than an employee of the County giving monthly updates. She adds the reports would be up to PSI as to who they are directed towards.

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Board member Terry Ferguson saw things a little different from Chairwoman Tilley. Ferguson states the contract allows for 120 days notice of termination of the contract. He says if the County was the one to end the contract, it would be over cause. He feels as though there needs to be a committee to monitor the activity.

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Dana Evans held somewhat of the same view as Ferguson. Evans says he does not mind who the reports go to, but he felt as though it would be best if any issues be taken up with PSI officials. Evans adds, he talked with PSI about the issue of dealing with local problems, and they assured him they would have a local office, with a local administrator.

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The primary arguments against having reports taken to a committee was having an incident take place, and have the events of the incident spread through the rumormill, at which point, representatives from PSI would be called before the Board to speak to the issues. State's Attorney Dick Koritz says the record of PSI indicates there will be very few incidents to have resolved.

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A motion was approved by a vote of 7-5 to have the reports taken to the Public Safety Committee, and from there, the 12 members of the Board would all see the report.

The motion to approve the PSI Ambulance contract was approved unanimously.

In other business from the County Board meeting:

>>A quote was approved for Rahn Equipment Company to transfer the bed from the County's 2002 Ford F-550 to the 2012 Ford F-550 at a cost not to exceed $47-hundred.

>>The purchase of a Land Pride double batwing mower from Clinton Equipment Company at a cost of just over $15,500 was approved.

>> The purchase of a new gas operated how water pressure washer from M&M Pump for just over $4-thousand was approved.

>>The Marina Committee had approved the purchase of concrete bumpers for the slip renters parking lot at a cost not to exceed $2-thousand.

>>The 2013 budget was put on display for 30 for public viewing.

>>A truth and taxation hearing was set for November 29 at 6 pm.

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NASCAR Heads To Kansas

The Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to Kansas on Sunday.  Drivers will test their luck on the re-paved track at Kansas Speedway in the sixth of 10 races in the Chase.  Brad Keselowski holds a seven-point lead over Jimmie Johnson while Denny Hamlin sits 15 points back.

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Bulls Host T'wolves Tonight

The Bulls are back in action tonight as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the United Center.  Chicago is coming off a 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday that improved its preseason record to 2-and-2.  The Bulls have three more preseason games left before opening the regular season against Sacramento on Halloween.

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Chicago Prospect Parker Might Wait To Sign National Letter of Intent

Prep star Jabari Parker might wait until the spring to sign his letter of intent, although he probably will commit to a school before he makes it official.

Sonny Parker says his son might not have enough time to decide during the early signing period next month.

Jabari Parker, who plays for Chicago's Simeon Career Academy, is scheduled to make five official visits, starting this weekend with Michigan State. Trips to Duke (Oct. 26-28), Florida (Nov. 2-4), Stanford (Nov. 9-11) and Brigham Young later in November are also on tap.

Sonny Parker says his son might "go on his first two visits and say, 'Hey, this is where I want to go.'"

If Jabari Parker doesn't sign during the early period from Nov. 14-21, he would likely commit before the spring signing period.

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Illinois/Missouri BBall Game Renewed Through 2017

It has become a holiday-time staple in St. Louis, and the annual "Braggin' Rights" basketball game between Illinois and Missouri will continue for at least another five years.

Athletic officials from the two schools announced the extension of the series through at least 2017 during a news conference Thursday in St. Louis. The games will continue to be played at Scottrade Center.

Illinois holds a 20-11 series advantage in the late-December St. Louis games, but Missouri has won the last three meetings. Before that, Illinois won nine straight from 2000 through 2008.

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Thursday Football

>>Niners Hold Off Seahawks

(San Francisco, CA)  --  Frank Gore rushed for 131 yards on 16 carries as the 49ers dropped the Seahawks, 13-6, to take over first place in the NFC West.  Gore also led the team with five receptions and 51 yards.  Alex Smith tossed for 140 yards, a score and an interception for San Francisco, which is now 5-and-2.  Delanie Walker hauled in the touchdown from Smith.  Russell Wilson threw for 122 yards and a pick on 9-of-23 passing.  Marshawn Lynch rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries for Seattle, which dropped to 4-and-3.

>>Ducks Dismantle Devils

(Tempe, AZ)  --  Second-ranked Oregon scored 43 points in less than the first 19 minutes of the game en route to a 43-21 win over 24th-ranked Arizona State.  Kenjon Barner scampered for 143 yards and three touchdowns to help the Ducks improve to 7-and-0.  Marcus Mariota ran for 135 yards and a score while also passing for 46 yards and a TD in the laugher.  Taylor Kelly threw a touchdown pass to Kevin Ozier 49 seconds into the game to give ASU a 7-0 lead.  Kelly and Michael Eubank each had two intereceptions as the Sun Devils dropped to 5-and-2.

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Bears Hope Run Game Improves After Bye, Healthy Forte; Pack At Rams

>>Forte Healthy, Bears Look To Improve Run Game

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte says he's just about 100%, that his sprained right ankle is feeling better.

That's certainly good news for the NFC North leaders.

They sit atop the division at 4-1 and rank 10th in the league in rushing despite some uneven performances. Forte is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and newcomer Michael Bush has been solid backing him up, but the Bears realize there's room for improvement.

Forte says he's "pretty much back" to where he should be, so maybe the run game will kick into a higher gear, as it has in recent years around their off week. The Bears just had theirs with Detroit (2-3) visiting Chicago on Monday night.

>>Packers Play Rams In Dome

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Green Bay Packers head to the Gateway City to play the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.  The Rams dropped a 17-14 decision to the Dolphins in Miami.  St. Louis is 3-and-0 at home and 0-and-3 on the road.  The Rams have been outscored 93-34 by the Pack in the last three meetings.

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Cards Take 3-1 Lead; Tigers Await

>>Cards Down Giants In Game Four

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Adam Wainwright fired seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball to lead the Cardinals to an 8-3 win over the Giants in Game Four of the NLCS.  Wainwright struck out five and walked none to earn the win.  Jon Jay, Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina plated two runs apiece to help the defending World Series champs take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven set.  The Cards can close out the series with a win Friday night.  Pablo Sandoval belted a two-run homer and Hunter Pence added a solo shot for San Francisco.  Tim Lincecum allowed four runs in four-and-two-thirds innings to take the loss.

>>Tigers Sweep Yankees To Reach World Series

(Detroit, MI)  --  The Detroit Tigers are heading to the World Series.  The Tigers beat the New York Yankees 8-1 to sweep the American League Championship Series in four games.  Jhonny Peralta homered twice and Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson also went deep for Detroit, which outhit the Yankees 16-to-2.  Max Scherzer struck out ten over five-and-two-thirds innings of one-run ball for the win.  CC Sabathia gave up six runs in less than four innings to take the loss for New York.  Nick Swisher doubled in the Yankees' lone run in the sixth.  Tigers outfielder Delmon Young was named ALCS MVP.

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Week 9 High School Football Preview

It's the final week of the regular season for high school football teams across the state. For some, this is the final opportunity to grab that elusive fifth win, for others, this is a chance to solidify their place in the conference standings, and their place in the playoffs.

>> Maroons Host Sullivan

The Clinton Maroons and Sullivan Redskins are two teams that will be looking in from the outside on Saturday as both squads will miss the playoffs. The Maroons look to build on what has been a continuing improvement. The same could be said of Sullivan. The Maroons enter play with a 1-7 record, and are winless in Okaw Valley Black action. For Sullivan, they look to build on a 2-6 record, and add to their 1-3 Okaw Valley Black record. Game time tonight is 7pm and the action can be heard on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and live online at dewittdailynews.com.

>>Sages Look To Add To Playoff Resume

The Monticello Sages are coming off a solid 42-8 victory of Shelbyville last Friday and look to build on their 6-2 overall record and bid for a first round home game as they head to Decatur St. Teresa this week. St. T has struggled this season, as they are 2-6. Game time tonight is 7pm and you can all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

The lone other Okaw Valley Black game for week 9 features Shelbyville playing host to Tolono Unity. Shelbyvill has given themselves a shot at the playoffs with a 5-3 record. Unity looks to build on a 7-1 record.

Okaw Valley Blue
Central A & M (7-1) at Meridian (0-8)
Tuscola(4-4) at Argenta-Oreana (5-3)
Warrensburg-Latham(2-6) at Maroa-Forsyth (7-1)

Little Okaw Valley
Arcola(4-4) at Cerro Gordo (8-0)
Arthur-Lovington (6-2) at Martinsville(2-6)
East Central (0-8) at Villa Grove (7-1)

Big Twelve
Bloomington (6-2) at Decatur MacArthur (3-5)
Champaign Central (0-8) at Normal Community (5-3)
Danville (4-4) at Urbana (7-1)
Normal  West (5-3) at Champaign Centennial (2-6)

Central State Eight
Chatham Glenwood (6-2) vs. Springfield (5-3) at Memorial Stadium
Jacksonville (5-3) at Rochester (7-1)
Springfield Lanphier (0-8) at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (7-1)
Springfield Southeast (3-5) at Taylorville (3-5)

Heart of Illinois
El Paso-Gridley (2-6)at Dee-Mack (4-4)
Blue Ridge (0-8) at Tremont (7-1)
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (3-5) at Fisher (2-6)
Heyworth (1-7) at Lexington (2-6)
LeRoy(8-0) at Tri-Valley (8-0)
Fieldcrest (2-6) at Ridgeview (6-2)

Mid-Illini
Limestone (2-6) at Metamora (6-2)
Canton (0-8)at Washington (6-2)
Dunlap (3-5) at Pekin (5-3)
East Peoria (6-2) at Morton (3-5)

Sangamon Valley
Clifton Central (7-1) at Momence (6-2)
Iroquois West (2-6) at Watseka (5-3)
Paxton-Buckley-Loda (4-4) at St. Joseph-Ogden (7-1)

Non-Conference Game for tonight
Bethalto (3-5) at Mt. Zion (3-5)
Bloomington Central Catholic (5-3) at Decatur Eisenhower (1-7)
Mahomet-Seymour (5-3) at Effingham (2-6)
Normal U-High (8-0) vs. Peoria Notre Dame (6-2) at Peoria Stadium
Oakland Tri-County (3-5) at Palestine (2-6)
Peoria (4-4) at East Moline United (1-7)
Peoria Manual (0-8) at Eureka (1-7)
Peoria Richwoods (6-2) at Galesburg (5-3)
Peoria Heights (4-4) at Havana (5-3)
Rantoul (1-7) at Champaign St. Thomas More (4-4)
Olympia (1-7) at Lincoln (2-6)

Also, tune in to 95.9 FM WEZC and 92.3 FM WHOW or listen online at dewittdailynews.com for our "Pigskin Playoff Preview" show Saturday night from 8 to 10 pm as we will have live coverage of the playoff pairings. We will also talk to area coaches about their teams 2012 campaigns and get their thoughts on the playoffs.

Again that's Saturday night from 8-10 pm on 95.9 FM WEZC and 92.3 WHOW or online at dewittdailynews.com.

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West Innovations Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Thursday

 width=The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new West Innovations, Incorporated new storefront Thursday afternoon.

Owner Don West says he extensively remodeled the building for the new business.

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West added the new West Innovations offers many different items for the home.

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And, West has hired a drafter to help customers with planning their home.

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West Innovations, Incorporated is located at 210 East Main just east of the downtown Clinton Square. West can be reached at 935-93-78.

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Nine Charged In Alleged NIU Scrap-Selling Scheme

Prosecutors say nine current and former employees at Northern Illinois University are facing charges in an alleged scheme to sell the school's scrap materials and put the cash in a private bank account.

The DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office on Tuesday announced the filing of charges in the case, including felony theft, felony misconduct and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors say employees working at a campus physical plant allegedly sold scrap metal, including some from campus building renovations. Authorities say the money was put into an account dubbed the "coffee fund" and the cash was used for social events, including retirement parties.

Records dating to 2005 show the fund had paid over $13,000.

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Funeral Set For Teen Killed In Accidental Shooting

Family and friends are saying their final goodbyes to a southern Illinois teenager who authorities say died after accidentally shooting himself at a friend's house.

Massac County authorities say 15-year-old Lane Wolfe of Metropolis sustained a gunshot wound to the head Sunday. Four older teenagers were at the house at the time.

Investigators say toxicology screenings of the Massac County High School student's blood are pending.

Services were to be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Metropolis, followed by burial in Sterling Church Cemetery in Brookport.

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Jimmy John's Founder Hosting Romney Event In Las Vegas

The founder of Jimmy John's sandwich shops is hosting an event supporting Mitt Romney in Las Vegas on Thursday.

 width=The Republican National Committee announced in a statement Wednesday night that Jimmy John Liautaud (LEE'-uh-tohd) will hold a business round table discussion to support Romney.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Romney campaign's Nevada headquarters at 9640 West Tropicana Ave.

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The Champaign, Ill.-based Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches was founded in 1983 and now has more than 1,200 locations.

Food-industry consulting firm Technomic has listed the company as 1 of the fastest growing food chains in the country for the past several years.

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Secretary of State's Office Streamlining Driving Permit Application Process

SECRETARY OF STATE JESSE WHITE’S OFFICE IS MODERNIZING THE DRIVING PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS.

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Nurse Speaks Out About Losing Her Job

 width=A nurse fired from the Jacksonville Developmental Center after the choking death of a resident opened up to the city's newspaper.  Registered nurse Cyndi Rutlege explains the events that unfolded when 69-year-old John Long choked on a donut at about 4:30 in the morning on October 7th.  Rutledge said one JDC employee was already performing CPR when she arrived in Long's room.  Another called 911.  Rutledge says she went to get a defibrillator after explaining the situation to the nurse assigned to that area of the facility.  She was later told her contract had been terminated because she left the scene to get a defibrillator.  Officials at the facility told her nurses are supposed to stay with the resident.

She said a reading from the defibrillator indicated no shock was needed, so Rutledge did chest compressions herself.  She said EMS crews arrived within minutes and took Long to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour-and-a-half later.

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Local Lawmaker Troubled By Potential Pension Reforms

 width=When Illinois lawmakers head back to Springfield next month, a number of big issues await them, but one of the biggest may be growing pension problem in Illinois.

One local lawmaker believes when the changes that are bound to take place go down, it will not be good for downstate Illinoisans. State Representative Chapin Rose explains three Chicago Democrats, in Governor Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton are proposing a plan they say will not effect downstate Illinoisans, but Rep. Rose begs to differ.

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Along with the concerns Rep. Rose has over the plan being proposed by the three Chicago Democrats, Rose says the House may be victimized once again by a lame duck session. Rep. Rose says the number of lame duck legislators who may have under the table deals to vote a certain way could be alarming.

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One plan Rep. Rose thinks is a good one is a plan modeled after financial guru Dave Ramsey, which uses his "debt snowball" method.

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Along with the pension issue, many legislators are hoping to come up with a way to keep several state prisons open that Governor Quinn has proposed shutting down.

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Monticello Superintendent Says Common Core Standards Are Good Thing

As schools across the state continue moving towards the new Common Core curriculum and standards, one school district leader says the Common Core movement is a good thing.

 width=Since the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, the standards each year for every school district increases. The standard by which districts are then set to is called Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP. While some administrators might say the standard is too ridiculous to meet, Monticello Schools Superintendent Dr. Vic Zimmerman says there is nothing wrong with high standards, but they find themselves trying to have all students meet that standard, including those students with disabilities.

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As the deadline of the 2014-15 school year looms for schools to have their curriculum geared towards the Common Core standards, Dr. Zimmerman says it seems the country is moving towards a common curriculum. Some school leaders argue there is no local control but Dr. Zimmerman believes there is not much to control currently. He feels getting everyone on the same page academically will be a good thing.

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Because of the overlap of phasing out AYP and implementing the new Common Core curriculum into schools, a majority of schools across the state, including Monticello did not make AYP this year. Dr. Zimmerman says there are 18 indicators to meet, and all 18 was the number for meeting AYP this year. Monticello met 15. Dr. Zimmerman feels that is a pretty good number.

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Clinton Appliance Business Discontinues One Side; Expands Another

Clinton's local appliance store is expanding on one part of the business, and eliminating another.

Buck's Appliance on the downtown Clinton Square is discontinuing their sales of appliances. According to owner Jerry Milton, he plans to continue offering service of appliances, however, they have sold out of appliances in the store. He notes he will special order appliances for anyone wishing to order them in Clinton.

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Milton says they thought about discontinuing service, but because of interest shown by one of his son's, Shawn, they decided not to. Milton notes Shawn has been spending the past few weeks in Ohio learning on the newer appliances, so they can continue servicing them.

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Milton explains the business started 70 years ago, by Milton's father-in-law, Sherman Buck. Milton says he started working at Buck's in 1963 and he and his wife bought the store in 1984.

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First Hoops Poll Released

 width=The first "USA Today/ESPN" Top-25 college basketball poll was released yesterday.  Indiana sits atop the poll after receiving 21 first-place votes.  Louisville received five first-place votes and is second.  Kentucky, Ohio State and Michigan round out the top five.

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NFL Notes

 width=>>Rodgers, Rolle, Hanson Take Weekly NFC Honors

(New York, NY)  --  The NFL is recognizing Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Giants safety Antrel Rolle and Lions kicker Jason Hanson as the NFC's top performers in Week Six.  Rodgers earned offensive honors by throwing for 338 yards and six touchdowns in Green Bay's 42-24 win at Houston.  Rolle took defensive honors with a pair of interceptions in New York's 26-3 win at San Francisco.  Hanson claimed special teams honors with four field goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as Detroit rallied for a 26-23 win at Philadelphia.

>>Manning, Byrd, Jones Take Weekly AFC Honors

(New York, NY)  --  Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Bills safety Jairus Byrd and Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones have been named the AFC's top performers for Week Six.  Manning passed for 309 yards and three touchdowns in Denver's 35-24 comeback win at San Diego.  Byrd had two interceptions in Buffalo's 19-16 overtime win at Arizona.  Jones tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Baltimore's 31-29 victory over Dallas.

>>Seahawks, 49ers Face Off For NFC West Lead

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks face off against the San Francisco 49ers in a key NFC West battle at Candlestick Park.  Both teams come in at 4-and-2, tied with Arizona atop the division.  The Seahawks are seeking their third straight victory after rallying for a 24-23 home win over the Patriots on Sunday.  Seattle has won four of its last five overall, but is playing its third road game in four weeks.  The 49ers are looking to bounce back from a 26-3 home loss to the Giants in what was a rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game.  Alex Smith had his worst game of the season, throwing three interceptions without a touchdown.  The 49ers have won the last three against Seattle.

>>Packers Place Smith On IR

(Green Bay, WI)  --  The Green Bay Packers have placed linebacker D.J. Smith on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury.  Smith suffered the injury in Sunday's 42-24 win over the Houston Texans.  The 23-year-old had started each of the Packers' first six games, recording 42 tackles and two sacks.  Meanwhile, Green Bay has signed wide receiver Jeremy Ross and defensive end Drew Vanderlin to the practice squad.  The 3-and-3 Packers take on the 3-and-3 Rams Sunday in St. Louis.

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Yankees Notes

 width=>>Yankees-Tigers Rained Out

(Detroit, MI)  --  Game Four of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers was postponed due to rain in Detroit.  The game is now scheduled for 4:07 Eastern today.  The Tigers can wrap up the best-of-seven set and secure a spot in the World Series with a victory.

>>"A-Rod" Talks Benching

(Detroit, MI)  --  Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez took to the media prior to yesterday's Game Four rain out to talk about his benchings.  "A-Rod" was not listed in the starting line for Game Four before the game was called.  This is the second straight game Rodriguez was sat.  The 37-year-old is 3-for-23 this postseason and is hitless in 18 at-bats against right-handed pitchers.  The Yankees trail the Tigers 3-0 in the best-of-seven ALCS.  Game Four will be played this afternoon.

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Cubs Broadcaster Brenly Leaving Cubs Next Season

 width=Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly says he won't return to the team next season.

WGN-TV and Brenly released a joint statement Wednesday announcing his departure from the Cubs. Brenly says he's looking for another baseball broadcasting position. Brenly leaves the team after eight years and a 101-game losing season.

Brenly first worked for WGN radio in 1990, spending time with Harry Caray for two seasons. The former catcher left Chicago to return to the field as bullpen coach for San Francisco. He eventually went to Arizona, where he served as Diamondbacks manager and led the team to a World Series championship in 2001.

Brenly says working in Chicago was 1 of the most enjoyable experiences of his career. WGN officials say they wish Brenly well.

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Cardinals Down Giants In Game Three

 width=Matt Carpenter clubbed a two-run homer as the Cardinals downed the Giants, 3-1, in Game Three of the NLCS.  Carpenter came on after Carlos Beltran left after the first inning with a strained left knee.  Shane Robinson also plated a run to help the Cards take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.  Kyle Lohse [[ lowsh ]] tossed five-and-two-thirds innings of one-run ball to get the win.  Jason Motte earned a two-inning save.  Pablo Sandoval knocked in the lone run for the Giants, who left 11 men on base.  Matt Cain allowed all three runs in six-and-two-thirds innings to take the loss.  Rain delayed the game for nearly three-and-a-half hours in the seventh inning.  St. Louis will host Game Four Thursday night.

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WHOW/WEZC To Air High School Playoff Preview Show Saturday

Clinton radio stations WEZC 95.9 FM and WHOW 92.3 FM, will originate the “Pigskin Playoff Preview” show featuring the Illinois High School Association state football playoff pairings, this Saturday night from 8 to 10 pm.  The show will also be streamed by clicking the WEZC sports icon at dewittdailynews.com.

The show will feature the first information on what local high school teams make it into the IHSA football playoffs, and who their first round opponents will be.  The show will also include live interviews with coaches whose teams make it into the playoffs.

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DJWH To Meet About Updating Strategic Plan

 width=The Dr. John Warner Hospital, about mid-year, entered into an agreement with the Wipfli group on updating the hospital's strategic plan.

The updating of their strategic plan will provide a road map for their decision making in the near and long terms. CEO of the Dr. John Warner Hospital, Early Sheehy explains there are a lot of things to consider with the update. He explains the hospital has to analyze the future of critical access hospitals. Sheehy also says because the facility is aging, there are a lot of upgrades that will need to be made inside it.

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This Saturday, the DJWH Board of Directors along with hospital administrators will work with Wipfli in the beginning stages of developing this plan. Board President, Randy Workman expects this meeting to be more of a brainstorming session.

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Of the most important issues to Workman, he feels surgery needs to be readdressed. When the Board updated their strategic plan five years ago, they added a surgeon, but could not support one because of the lack of volume. Overall, Workman feels the updating of this plan is going to be very important though because of many, many changes over the past five years.

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Workman explains this is a big part of the plan, but this is just the beginning. Workman says Wipfli has been working with hospital administrators over the past few months gathering information. Workman says this will be the Board of Directors first step in hearing what Wipfli has come up with and talking about those results.

The Board will meet for five hours this Saturday morning at the hospital.

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30 Named To Volunteerism Commission

Gov. Pat Quinn is announcing 30 new members to the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

Serve Illinois is supported by the Illinois Department of Human Services and aids the AmeriCorps state program. The new commissioners will meet Wednesday for the first time in Springfield and serve 3-year terms.

The announcement was made in advance of Thursday's National Service Recognition Day. The ceremony at the state Capitol, called "Everyone Can Serve," will feature nearly 1,000 Illinois residents taking a pledge of another year of helping communities through service.

A parade will follow in downtown Springfield.

Quinn announced $8.4 million in federal money earlier this year for Illinois' AmeriCorps programs. AmeriCorps volunteers give a year of service in education, human services, environmental quality, health and safety.

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Smith Could Keep Seat In House

Ousted state Representative Derrick Smith could very well keep his seat in the legislature if he's re-elected next month.  State Representative Lou Lang says the law prohibits Smith from being expelled again.

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Lang is right.  Article four, Section six of the Illinois Constitution clearly says, quote "A member may be expelled only once for the same offense."  John Marshall Law School Professor Ann Lousin [[ Lou-seen ]] says the representatives could follow federal precedent and refuse to seat Smith.  Smith was expelled back in August after being arrested and charged with bribery.  Lawmakers voted to put Smith out after he refused to confirm or deny his participation in the bribery scheme.

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University of Illinois Exploring Chicago R&D Lab Ideas

University of Illinois officials are talking about a potential new, private research and development laboratory in Chicago that would be affiliated with the school.

University President Robert Easter and other administrators wouldn't discuss details of the idea. But Easter says the idea is under discussion.

Attorneys for the university filed paperwork to trademark the name "UI Labs: The Future Today" last summer.

The university has set up partnerships with outside organizations before. The university offers a degree program through a Singapore campus that is privately managed.

Professor Nick Burbules chairs a faculty leadership group. He says the university should make sure that any lab program doesn't pull resources away from the university's three campuses.

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Peoria Teen Faces Up to 32 Years in Prison

Prosecutors in central Illinois say a Peoria teen faces up to 32 years in prison for stealing money, electronics and weapons to support his newborn son.

17-year-old James Sharp pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of armed robbery and 10 counts of residential burglary.

Assistant State's Attorney Brian FitzSimons says the two armed robberies occurred on Dec. 18. In each case, Sharp was in a car, stopped near the victim and demanded money before grabbing a wallet and fleeing.

The residential burglaries occurred in Bartonville in December, May and June. Authorities say Sharp admitted he robbed so many homes he forgot what he took from each. But FitzSimons says Sharp took mostly electronics and weapons to get money for his son.

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Decatur Looks To Wells For Drought Relief

The Decatur City Council has decided to spend $1.59 million to drill four temporary water wells to supplement the local water supply during the drought.

The wells also will allow a consulting firm hired by the city to determine whether permanent wells can be drilled at the site.

The city relies on Lake Decatur for water. But the reservoir has dropped during this year's drought to levels low enough to require water-use restrictions.

City officials say 2 of the wells would pump water straight into the lake and two would pump into an old gravel pit used as a backup water supply.

Assistant City Manager Jerry Bauer says the wells should be drilled within 80 days.

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Clinton School District Report Card Released; Looks Good Overall

 width=The Clinton School Districts Report Card that covers all the buildings looks very good.

The report card covers everything from the racial diversity of students, to finances, and of course the state grades. Superintendent of Clinton Schools Dr. Jeff Holmes explains the district average class size at all levels remains right in line with the state's average and also at the goal the district has set for themselves.

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The staff summary shows the experience of Clinton school teachers is around 15-years and a majority of teachers have a bachelors degree. Dr. Holmes points out as teachers retire, the amount of teachers with just a bachelors degree is increasing and the amount of teachers with a masters is decreasing.

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Comparing Clinton Schools to the state average financially, Clinton Schools appear to be in good shape. Dr. Holmes explains currently salaries are below the state average. He points out administrative salaries are a little higher, but he says the district has a lot of administrators and as older administrators with higher salaries retire, they will be replaced by younger administrators.

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Because of the tax money being received from the power plant, the district relies less on state funding right now. Dr. Holmes says given the state of the state, that is a good thing.

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Dr. Holmes adds the districts tax rate is right around where they would like it to be. He explains come next month, when the district will discuss issuing the second half of the bonds they had approved by the voters in March, the tax rate will increase slightly, but will remain right around the $3.50 they have committed to.

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The Board of Education feels the Clinton District's report card is very enviable compared to other districts right now.

The district's report cards will be posted this morning for viewing on the district's website.

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DCRA Thankful For Volunteers, Businesses In Helping Transform Magill Home

 width=The Magill Hotel on the downtown Clinton Square has been transformed over the past several years thanks to the efforts of the DeWitt County Restoration Association.

The DCRA could not have done the things they have, or gotten the historic building where it is without the help and generosity of many volunteers. DCRA Chair Becky Adams says they are very grateful for the many people who have stepped up to support their many efforts to raise money and support.

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While many individuals have stepped up to lend a helping hand or make a monetary donation, several businesses have given of their time and equipment to the continued progress of the Magill Hotel. Adams says amongst many businesses, Danny Ballenger and Pam and Rodney Rogers are just a few of many who have given of their businesses supplies, time and equipment.

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Several years ago as the process of fundraising began for the DCRA, Adams explains there was not a lot of support. She says a small group in the Clinton community had some misconceptions about their goals for the building and where the money was coming from. She says over the past years as the home has made progress and begun to look better, the resistance toward their efforts has declined.

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Adams says there are many, many more volunteers who have done work on the inside of the building painting, and hanging dry wall and many other things to begin the transformation process.

Adams thanks all the local businesses that have stepped to help in whatever they have done.

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Cubs Lowering Ticket Prices

The Cubs are lowering ticket prices next year.  Officials say the most drastic cuts will be in the bleachers, where the average ticket price will be slashed by 10-percent.  Meanwhile, season ticket holders will pay one-to-two-dollars less per game than individual game tickets in the same location.

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Bulls Beat Bucks

Nate Robinson racked up 24 points and 13 assists as the Bulls beat the Bucks 100-94 last night at the United Center.  Richard Hamilton scored 23 points and Joakim Noah posted 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who snapped a brief two-game losing streak and improved to 2-and-2 in preseason play.  Chicago hosts Minnesota on Friday.

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Cards Back In Action Tonight; Tigers Go Up 3-0

>>Tigers Hold Off Yankees To Take 3-0 ALCS Lead

(Detroit, MI)  --  Justin Verlander pitched into the ninth inning and the Tigers held off the Yankees, 2-1, in Game Three of the ALCS.  Verlander allowed a solo homer in the ninth to Eduardo Nunez, but scattered three hits, a walk and three strikeouts over eight-and-a-third innings to earn the win.  Phil Coke permitted two hits in the ninth, but held on to earn his second save.  

Delmon Young homered and Miguel Cabrera doubled in a run for the Tigers, who hold a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven set.  Detroit can advance to the World Series with a win Wednesday night.  Phil Hughes took the loss after allowing a run in three-plus innings.  Hughes had to leave in the fourth due to a back issue.  Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher were not in the lineup for the Yankees.

>>NLCS Shifts To St. Louis Tied At One

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The National League Championship Series shifts to St. Louis for Game Three this afternoon at Busch Stadium.  The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are tied at a game apiece in the best-of-seven series after splitting the first two games at AT&T Park.  Matt Cain will take the mound for the Giants, while the Cards counter with Kyle Lohse.  The Cardinals built a 6-0 lead and held on to win Game One 6-4.  The Giants bounced back with a 7-1 win in Game Two.  The teams split a four-game series in St. Louis back in August.  Games Four and Five will also be in St. Louis Thursday and Friday night before the series heads back to San Francisco, if necessary.

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Bears Sign Bowman; Release Williams

The Bears re-signed cornerback Zack Bowman to a one-year contract yesterday and terminated the contract of former first-round pick Chris Williams.  The team also released defensive end Aston Whiteside from the practice squad.  Bowman spent the first four seasons of his career with the Bears.  He joined Minnesota in March but was waived on September 2nd.

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Big Ten Wants To Put Ugly First Half Behind

The second half of the season couldn't arrive fast enough for the Big Ten Conference.

With most everyone having six games under their belts, the official second half of the season is beginning this week. That offers the Big Ten a chance to move on from a fairly dreadful showing in the nonconference portion of the season and start building some momentum toward the bowl games.

Teams like Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin appear to be rebounding after some early struggles. The Wolverines were thumped by Alabama and the Hawkeyes suffered an embarrassing loss to Central Michigan. But both are 2-0 in conference play, while the Badgers are in position to represent the Leaders Division in the Big Ten championship game because Penn State and Ohio State are ineligible.

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Illini Lineman Quits Over Concussions


Illinois football coach Tim Beckman says transfer offensive lineman Ryan Klachko has decided to stop playing football after suffering what Beckman said were "numerous" concussions.

Beckman said Tuesday during a conference call with reporters that the recent transfer from Nebraska had suffered concussions during practices more than once in the past couple of months.

The 6-4, 290-pound Klachko transferred in August. He was sitting out this season to comply with NCAA transfer rules.

Beckman says he expects Klachko to stay with the team and work in its strength and conditioning program. Klachko remains on scholarship.

Klachko is from Illinois and went to high school at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.

Earlier Tuesday Texas A&M announced that cornerback Steven Campbell left the team over lingering trouble from a concussion.

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WHOW/WEZC To Air High School Playoff Preview Show Saturday

Clinton radio stations WEZC 95.9 FM and WHOW 92.3 FM, will originate the “Pigskin Playoff Preview” show featuring the Illinois High School Association state football playoff pairings, this Saturday night from 8 to 10 pm.  The show will also be streamed by clicking the WEZC sports icon at dewittdailynews.com.

The show will feature the first information on what local high school teams make it into the IHSA football playoffs, and who their first round opponents will be.  The show will also include live interviews with coaches whose teams make it into the playoffs.

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Clinton Police Report for 10-17

CITATIONS

10/15/12

COREY L. SCHOPP 24, DOWNS SPEEDING 73 MPH IN A 55 MPH ZONE. NOTICE TO APPEAR ISSUED

MARGARET M. CRONIN 25, ELMHURST SPEEDING 75 MPH IN A 55 MPH ZONE. BOND POSTED

HOLLY C. THOMAS 34, HALLSVILLE NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE. NOTICE TO APPEAR ISSUED

 

10/16/12

LISA D. CREASON 39, DECATUR OPERATING UNINSURED MOTOR VEHICLE, SPEEDING 45 MPH IN A 30 MPH ZONE. NOTICE TO APPEAR ISSUED

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Danville Man Drowns At Fishing Tournament

Authorities in east-central Illinois say a 72-year-old man drowned after falling out of his boat at the start of a weekend fishing tournament.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson says Kenneth Dunbar of Danville was pronounced dead Saturday morning after he fell into Lake Vermilion.

The coroner's office says Dunbar had just left the boat ramp to participate in the Illini Bass Club tournament when he fell out of the boat.

Johnson says an autopsy on Sunday determined that Dunbar drowned, but she says he had severe heart problems that are believed to have contributed to the accident.

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Democrats Join Call To Drop Illinois Prison Closures

A handful of central and northern Illinois Democrats are urging Gov. Pat Quinn to drop plans to close seven correctional facilities because of overcrowded prisons.

Sen. Pat McGuire said Monday that the youth detention center at Joliet is the only facility for the worst juvenile offenders. The Joliet Democrat says closing it would make the rest of the system more dangerous.

McGuire was 1 of at least five lawmakers or legislative candidates who planned to speak out against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's plan. He wants close prisons at Tamms and Dwight, three halfway houses and the Joliet and Murphysboro youth centers.

They join a solid southern Illinois Democratic contingent urging the General Assembly to restore funding for the facilities that Quinn vetoed last spring. The Legislature meets next month.

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State Rep Responds To Low Gambling Support

A new survey reveals people in Illinois aren't that supportive of adding more casinos across the state.  State Representative Lou Lang says they've been influenced by Governor Quinn.

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Rep. Lang says he's not surprised by the numbers but when it boils down to it, the gaming proposal is less about gaming and more about boosting the economy.

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Lang says he's positive the numbers would swing back in favor of gaming if there were another public debate on the issue.  Governor Quinn vetoed the gaming bill back in August, which would've added five casinos across the state.  There are enough votes in the state House to override Quinn's veto but Lang isn't sure if the Senate can find enough votes to do the same.

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Partnerships To Help Control Medicaid Costs

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn plans to announce six partnerships aimed at controlling health costs by eliminating unneeded care for to up to 6,000 Medicaid recipients.

The collaborations to be announced Tuesday will help Illinois comply with a 2011 state law requiring that at least 50% of Illinois Medicaid recipients be moved into managed care by 2015.

The project is aimed at the costliest patients for Medicaid - the elderly and disabled.

A spokesman for the Illinois Medicaid agency tells The Associated Press that the collaborations include four groups in northeastern Illinois and two in central Illinois.

The Macon County Mental Health Board in Decatur will lead one partnership. Others include a nonprofit network on Chicago's South Side and a group involving a company that manages several Chicago nursing homes.

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University of Illinois, ISU Boast Lowest Student Loan Default Rates

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University have the lowest student loan default rates among public schools in the state.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, UIUC's default rate is 2.5%, while ISU's is 3%.

The statewide average is 14.4% for all schools, including community colleges and private institutions.

University officials credit ISU's low rate to financial counseling and an emphasis on limited borrowing. ISU officials say they also have well-educated graduates who land jobs in their fields that enable them to make payments.

The Education Department's recently released figures are based on the percentage of students whose repayment was to begin between Oct. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2009, and who defaulted before Sept. 30, 2011.

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Weekly Crop Report

HARVEST CONTINUES AT A BRISK PACE AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT.

WITH ABOUT FIVE DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK THIS PAST WEEK…STATE CROP STATISTICIAN DAVID WARD SAYS HARVEST IS MOVING RIGHT ALONG.

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69 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS HAVE BEEN HARVESTED. THAT’S AHEAD OF PROGRESS AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR SAYS STATE CROP STATISTICIAN DAVID WARD.

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AS FOR OTHER CROPS…46 PERCENT OF WINTER WHEAT HAS BEEN PLANTED AND 11 PERCENT EMERGED. 57 PERCENT OF SORGHUM HAS BEEN HARVESTED…AND THE THIRD CUTTING OF ALFALFA IS NOW 97 PERCENT COMPLETE. AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE…AND NOW STANDS AT: FOUR PERCENT SURPLUS…61 PERCENT ADEQUATE…23 PERCENT SHORT AND 12 PERCENT VERY SHORT.

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Drivers Getting Break At Pump

Drivers are getting a bit of relief at the pump.  GasBuddy.com's Patrick DeHaan says gas should remain low for the rest of the year.

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DeHaan says there are several reasons why prices are going down.

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The current statewide average for gas is about three-eighty a gallon.  Of course that falls about another quarter in Central and Southern Illinois.

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Warrensburg-Latham Schools Seeking To Bring Alumni Back Through Educational Foundation

The Warrensburg-Latham School district is seeking to get their alumni more involved in their school.

Through the efforts of the Warrensburg-Latham Educational Foundation, the district is hoping to gather more alumni support. Superintendent of the Warrensburg-Latham district, Kristen Kendrick explains the district has established a giving wall outside their main sports entrance as a way to raise funds for the district. Kendrick explains the support of this effort has really taken off.

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Through this effort outside the new gym at Warrensburg-Latham High School, the district has found alumni wishing to pledge support for the tile. Kendrick says she is excited to reach out to the alumni of the district. She is looking to find networking opportunities for them to stay in touch.

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Kendrick says this effort is about more than just raising financial support. While she says it would be generous of the alumni to donate their funds, she feels she just wants to keep them informed of the things happening at the school district.

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For more information on the Warrensburg-Latham Educational Foundations Giving Wall, you can call 217-672-3514.

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CHS Interact Club Developing Leadership Skills In Youth

A group within Clinton High School serves as a way for students to volunteer and be active in the community.

The Interact Club at Clinton High School serves as a way for students to be active and volunteer within the community. The Club is sponsored by the local Auxilary and Rob DeLeon from the Clinton YMCA is the sponsor who works with the students at the high school. He explains the club sets up at least ten projects and work with several organizations around the community.

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Hayden Kauffman is the President of the high school Interact Club. He says the club has taught him a great deal about leadership. As a Sophomore, Kauffman leads the weekly meetings and helps decide what service projects to take part in.

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DeLeon says the club provides a great opportunity for kids, such as Kauffman to gather leadership skills for the next level in their lives. DeLeon credits Kauffman for having the respect of his peers, in being the club's leader as just a sophomore.

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The Clinton High School Interact Club will be hosting a special fundraiser at the final football game, this Friday. Regional Radio News will have what the fundraiser is and who it is for later this week.

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Clinton City Council Approves Modifications For New TIF District

A TIF fund in place in the downtown portion of Clinton is set to expire at the beginning of 2013, and the city has approved modifications to it.

Because of the age of the current TIF, the new TIF has be modified. City Administrator Tim Followell explains the new TIF district will be a way of keeping an incentive for business in the downtown area. Followell adds the new district has some areas left off from the old, and areas added new.

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Followell explains the City has approved an early release process, which will effect a couple of business owners in the old district, that are left out of the new district. Followell says an early release will have a final payment of the end of the year, but businesses can still draw after the final pay-ins are made.

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Because of the early release process, a payment amount will have to be determined to go to Dave Jackson and Don West, business owners that are being left off the new TIF district. Followell says this is a long process with a lot of legalities to go through. The Clinton City Council approved some of those legalities to begin Monday evening.

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The Council will also have to hold public meetings with business owners in the new district with the intent of having the new district established by the end of the year. The end of the year is a soft timeline according to Followell. He says they could hit a snag somewhere along the way.

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NASCAR Notes

>>NASCAR Heads To Kansas

(Kansas City, KS)  --  The Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to Kansas this week.  Drivers will test their luck on the re-paved track at Kansas Speedway in the sixth of 10 races in the Chase.  Brad Keselowski holds a seven-point lead over Jimmie Johnson while Denny Hamlin sits 15 points back.

>>NASCAR Reaches New Deal With FOX Sports

(Daytona Beach, FL)  --  NASCAR has reached a new eight-year agreement with FOX Sports, a deal that will keep the Daytona 500 on the network through 2022.  The deal takes effect in 2015.  FOX will continue to broadcast the first 13 Sprint Cup events of each season, starting with Daytona.

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Bulls Continue Preseason Schedule

>>Bulls Host Bucks Tonight

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bulls continue preseason play tonight as they battle the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center.  Chicago is just 1-and-2 in exhibition action following an 82-75 setback at Minnesota on Saturday.  The Bulls have four more preseason tilts left before opening the regular season against Sacramento on Halloween.  Tipoff tonight is at 7:00 p.m.

>>Councils Sign Off On New Seattle Arena

(Seattle, WA)  --  The city of Seattle is one step closer to luring an NBA or NHL team to town.  The King County and Seattle City councils have given final approval to an agreement to build a new sports arena in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood.  Under terms of the deal, the arena would be built with up to 145-million dollars in public financing if promoter Chris Hansen can lure a team to town, and 200-million dollars if he manages to snag two teams.  Officials with the Longshore Union had hoped to stop the council's approval of the deal, saying such an arena would cause traffic nightmares at the Port of Seattle and potentially drive away business.  The union now says it'll file a lawsuit to stop the project.

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NFL Notes

>>Broncos Storm Back To Stun Chargers

(San Diego, CA)  --  The Broncos erased a 24-0 halftime deficit and rallied for a stunning 35-24 win over the Chargers on "Monday Night Football."  Peyton Manning threw for 309 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for Denver, which enters its bye 3-and-3 on the season.  Tony Carter returned a fumble 65 yards for a score, while Chris Harris took an interception back 46 yards for a touchdown in the win.  Philip Rivers passed for 242 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions for the Chargers, who also go into their bye 3-and-3.  Rivers also lost a pair of fumbles, while Antonio Gates had both TD catches in the loss.

>>Bears Waive Bell; Sign Eldridge

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears waived running back Khalil Bell on Monday and signed tight end Brody Eldridge.  Bell rushed for 32 yards on 12 carries in two games this season.  The UCLA product has ran for 589 yards on 131 touches in 22 career games over three seasons, all in Chicago.  He also has 21 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown.  Eldridge has 14 catches for 84 yards in 27 career contests with Indianapolis.

>>Ravens' Lewis, Webb Done For Season

(Baltimore, MD)  --  Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will miss the rest of the season with a torn triceps.  Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced Monday that Lewis has a complete tear.  Harbaugh also confirmed that cornerback Lardarius Webb will miss the rest of the year with a torn ACL in his left knee.  Both players suffered the injuries in Sunday's 31-29 home win over the Dallas Cowboys.  Lewis posted 57 tackles and one sack in six games this season.  Webb had 25 tackles, one interception and six passes defensed in six contests.  The 5-and-1 Ravens travel to Houston to take on the 5-and-1 Texans on Sunday.

>>Saints' Vilma Could Return This Week

(New Orleans, LA)  --  Suspended New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma could reportedly return to action this week.  Vilma told WVUE-TV that he will come off the Physically Unable to Perform list as he appeals his year-long suspension.  Vilma was one of several Saints players banned by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who amended some of the suspensions he originally imposed but kept Vilma's at a full season.  The latest appeal will likely be heard some time next week, allowing Vilma to play this Sunday against Tampa Bay if he is activated by the team.  Vilma is one of the central figures in the club's bounty scandal.

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Giants Clobber Cards, Get Even; Reds Extend Baker

>>Giants Clobber Cards To Get Even

(San Francisco, CA)  --  Angel Pagan hit a lead-off homer and the Giants went on to crush the Cardinals, 7-1, in Game Two of the NLCS.  Marco Scutaro and Ryan Theriot [[ TAIR-ee-oh ]] each drove in two runs to help the Giants even the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.  Theriot came on after Scutaro left after the fifth inning with a hip injury.  Ryan Vogelsong fired seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball to get the win.  Chris Carpenter doubled in a run in the second for St. Louis, which will host Game Three on Wednesday.  On the mound, Carpenter allowed five runs, two earned, in four innings to take the loss.

>>Reds Give Baker Two-Year Extension

(Cincinnati, OH)  --  The Cincinnati Reds and manager Dusty Baker have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension.  The new deal will keep Baker in Cincinnati through 2014.  The 63-year-old guided the Reds to a 97-and-65 record this season and the National League Central Division pennant.  The team lost, however, in five games to the San Francisco Giants in the opening round of the playoffs.  Baker is 419-and-391 since taking over the Reds in 2008.  His 1,581 career wins ranks 19th all-time and second among active managers.

>>Tigers Look To Take Commanding Lead On Yankees

(Detroit, MI)  --  The Detroit Tigers look to take a commanding lead in the American League Championship Series when they host the New York Yankees in Game Three on Tuesday.  The next three games of the best-of-seven set will take place in Detroit.  The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the series after winning both games in New York.  Anibal Sanchez struck out seven over seven shutout innings as the Tigers blanked the Yankees 3-0 in Game Two on Sunday.  Justin Verlander will get the ball in Game Three for the Tigers.  Verlander is 2-and-0 with a 0.56 ERA this postseason.  The Yankees will counter with Phil Hughes, who gave up just one run in six-and-two-thirds innings in a no-decision in Game Four of the ALDS.

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DNR Seeing Illegal Deer Dumping In Early Hunting Season

 width=The Department of Natural Resources wants to remind hunters as they start the hunting season to properly dispose of those deer carcasses.

DNR Conservation Police Officer Ray Wichus says each year this becomes an issue. Officer Wichus feels this is a problem that can easily be rectified if hunters will take the time to dispose of the carcasses properly. He says improperly disposing of them makes hunters look bad.

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With bow season already underway, the deer harvest for 2012 has begun. Officer Wichus says so far this year he has already seen carcasses being dumped on the sides of roads and in waterways. He says that is illegal, but they can be dumped in wooded areas, with the proper permission.

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Once a deer carcasses has been found illegally dumped, it is very difficult for DNR CPOs to track down who was responsible. Officer Wichus says while dealing with the carcasses in illegal areas can be frustrating, he says more than a majority of hunters will properly dispose of the remains of their deer.

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Officer Wichus encourages anyone who knows of an illegal dumping of deer carcasses to contact their regional DNR Office or your local Sheriff's Department. He adds your name is not necessary and they will not use it when confronting the hunter.

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Illinois Donating Surplus Clothes To Homeless

Homeless people across Illinois will get some warm winter clothing from the state government.

The state plans to donate $1 million worth of surplus clothes to organizations that help the homeless.

The Department of Central Management Services said Friday the items include boots, coats, sleeping bags and other winter gear. The department is responsible for disposing of surplus state and federal property.

Details of the clothing donation will be announced next week.

Officials say there are more than 15,000 homeless people in Illinois. The figure is based on a 2011federal report.

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AFSCME: Violence Poses Serious Threat In Prisons

Violence inside state prisons has caused concern among union members and staff who work at the facilities.  Both inmates and staff members have been hospitalized after attacks in the past month.  AFSCME Council 31 Regional Director Eddie Caumiant [[ Ka-me-yaunt ]] says the inmates are responding to the conditions of their living space.

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Caumiant says there's a fundamental breakdown in communication between the DOC and Governor Quinn's office.

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Caumiant believes it's not a coincidence that Quinn won't allow the media inside the facilities.

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Caumiant adds someone could very well lose their life if Governor Quinn's administration doesn't wake up and do what's right.

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Caumiant says gang activity has increased since Governor Quinn announced the closure of Tamms.

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Union members say the inmates are getting less segregation time when they commit serious offenses, such as attacking a staff member or carrying a weapon.  One corrections sergeant at Menard says gangs are getting as sophisticated as they were back in the late 80's, early 90's, before Tamms was opened.  He says closing Tamms could prove to be a very, very dangerous situation.

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HIV Home Tests Now Available

Illinoisans can now test themselves to see if they're HIV positive.  The OraQuick test hit shelves earlier this week.  Jamie Gates, with the Illinois Department of Public Health, says it's great that people can test themselves, but testing with a certified agency offers valuable counseling services.

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Gates says there's still a lot of fear associated with being HIV-positive.

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Joe Trotter, with the Champaign County Health Department, says people must understand they can't get a true diagnosis until at least three months after possible contact.

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About 32-thousand people in Illinois are HIV positive.  The OraQuick test is not 100-percent accurate, so it shouldn't be the final authority on an actual diagnosis.  During the testing trials, one in twelve actual HIV positive people tested negative and about one in five thousand were falsely diagnosed as positive.  Still, experts say it will help people discover their status.  The test can be purchased at CVS Stores, Walgreens, and some Rite Aid Stores.  It costs about 40-bucks.

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Meningitis Cases Increase In U.S.

The number of cases involved in the meningitis outbreak in the U.S. is rising.  The CDC says seven more people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis linked to possibly tainted vials of a steroid medication.  This brings the total number of cases to 205 in 14 states.  The death toll from the outbreak remains unchanged at 15, according to the CDC.  The new cases have been confirmed in New Hampshire, Florida, Indiana and Tennessee.  The outbreak has developed into a major health scandal.  A Massachusetts-based company shipped vials which may have been tainted to 23 states and nearly 80 medical facilities.  New England Compounding Center has recalled the product and suspended operations.

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Congress Is Big Prize In Illinois Election

The big Illinois prizes in next month's election are a handful of congressional seats that could help change the balance of power in Washington.

No statewide offices are up for grabs, and President Barack Obama is almost certain to carry his home state again. So that puts Congress in the spotlight.

Democrats dream of picking up four or five seats now held by Republicans. That would help Democrats in their quest to regain control of the U.S. House.

All 177 seats in the Illinois General Assembly are on the ballot, too.

And voters get to decide whether to amend the state constitution so that it's harder to improve pension benefits for public employees.

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Illinois Man Gets 12 Years For Drug Trafficking

A central Illinois man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in a marijuana trafficking operation.

22-year-old Tylor Nowlin of Saybrook was sentenced as part of a plea deal.

Nowlin is among seven people targeted in a McLean County Sheriff's Department investigation. His grandmother is also among those facing marijuana trafficking charges.

Operation Clean Sweep began in June 2011 after another suspect picked up a package from California containing marijuana at an Illinois post office.

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Voters T o Weigh Ammendment On State Pension Hikes

Voters will decide next month whether to change the Illinois Constitution so that it's harder to improve retirement benefits for public employees. Basically, the amendment would require a three-fifths vote instead of a simple majority for any pension increase.

Illinois pension systems are in a financial mess, and some critics say legislators too often grant better benefits without worrying about the cost. The amendment is supposed to encourage consensus and keep the majority party from ramming a bill through the Legislature.

But it's not clear how much the amendment could help.

Most pension "sweeteners" have been approved by overwhelming majorities.

And the increases are a small part of the financial problem. They account for only 9% of growth in the pension shortfall over the past 15 years.

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Lincoln High School Superintendent 'Has Concerns' About Common Core

One local school leader is not a big fan of the new Common Core curriculum being implemented by the state of Illinois.

Lincoln High School Superintendent Robert Bagby says while he is not against the Common Core, he is not overly optimistic about the changes. He feels this curriculum is teaching towards one test.

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One of the criticisms of the new system Bagby has is the Common Core is a focused curriculum towards 4-year college bound students. Bagby feels the new methods needs to meet the needs of students who will enter the workforce, and technical schools as well. He also feels it limits teachers on what they are able to do.

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Bagby explains in education, things are always changing, but he feels if something works, they need to implement it right away. Growing up a farm kid, Bagby compares education to farming advancements. He feels if something works, implement it right away.

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While Bagby has several issues with the new system, he is for it. He feels the new Common Core will be a good thing because it will allow for immediate improvements in individual schools to be changed, where as other systems, changes required a one year waiting period.

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DNR Conservation Police Host Annual Golf Outing

This past week, the Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police held their annual golf outing.

Each year the DNR Conservation Police hosts the golf outing in Springfield in honor of a former Conservation Police Officer, Captain Kim Rhodes, who a few years ago lost a battle to cancer. DNR Conservation Police Officer, Ray Wichus explains the Memorial Golf Outing honors Captain Rhodes, who trained every Conservation Police Officer currently serving the State of Illinois.

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Officer Wichus explains the outing is not just limited to Conservation Police. He says there are several groups that make an appearance that are friends of the DNR and are there to support their cause.

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Officer Wichus credits Matt Graden who puts together the event each year. Officer Wichus says it is quite an undertaking and he thanks Graden each year for putting the outing together and gathering sponsors and prizes to be given away.

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In 2010, they hosted 16 teams, had 31 hole sponsors, raising a total of over $4-thouaand raised to help Nick Rhodes, Kim’s son, pay college expenses. In 2011 the outing reached a new plateau, hosting 20 teams and secured 43 hole sponsors. Over $6-thousand was raised to help CPO Jeff Lane in his fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Each year, the organizers explores new ways to create excitement about the opportunity to support a cause. In previous years, they had given away over $3,500 in cash and prizes each year. Key prizes included St.Louis Cardinals baseball tickets, a Branson vacation package, Illini Football tickets, St. Louis Rams Football tickets, $1,450.00 in cash, and a guided quail hunt.

The beneficiary for Captain Kim Rhodes Memorial Golf Outing 2012 is the Noah Johnson Memorial Initiative. CPO Chris Johnson’s son, Noah, tragically died at the age of 17 in December 2011. Since Noah’s passing, Officer Johnson has undertaken various projects to honor the memory of his son through things like the youth waterfowl hunt, a college scholarship program, amongst others.

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Wapella Christian Church Uses Proceeds From Apple and Pork For Youth Group

The vendors on the grounds of the CH Moore Homestead during the Apple and Pork weekend are all non-profit groups who use the Apple and Pork Festival as a way to raise money.

One such non-profit is the Wapella Christian Church. For the past ten years, Wapella Christian has been setting up selling corn on the cob. Pastor of the Church, Phil Yakey explains the proceeds from their sales go towards to the youth groups activities.

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Before the festival even begins, the Church has to prepare the corn. Pastor Yakey explains the purchase the corn from IGA, bring it back to the church and prepare it for the next day. Yakey says throughout the day they will cook the corn crates at a time, with two kettle boiling all the time.

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Pastor Yakey says each year the church will bring in around $25-hundred and the money goes to a couple of events the church tries to do annually. The first is a ski trip they take up north, and the other is to a summer youth conference called Christ in Youth.

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The church bought around 3700 ears of corn and their goal was to sell half Saturday and half Sunday.

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Bowyer Takes Checkers At Charlotte

Clint Bowyer won Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to grab his third victory of the year.  Bowyer held off Denny Hamlin in the final laps and moved within 28 points of Brad Keselowski for the top spot in the Chase for the Championship.  Keselowski led the most laps before running out of fuel and settling for 11th.

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Cards Take Game 1 of NLCS; Yanks Down 2-0

>>Cardinals Down Giants In Game One

(San Francisco, CA)  --  Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer during a four-run fourth inning as the Cardinals held off the Giants, 6-4, in Game One of the NLCS.  David Freese drilled a two-run shot in the second to help the defending World Series champions take the opener of the seven-game series. Edward Mujica was credited with the victory.  Jason Motte earned the save.  Gregor Blanco smacked a two-run triple for the Giants, who had won their last three playoff games.  Madison Bumgarner allowed all six runs in only three-and-two-thirds innings to take the loss.  The Giants will host Game Two on Monday.

>>Tigers Top Yanks In Game Two

(Bronx, NY)  --  Anibal Sanchez struck out seven over seven innings of shutout ball to pace the Tigers to a 3-0 win over the Yankees in Game Two of the ALCS.  Miguel Cabrera was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Detroit, which is up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.  Phil Coke pitched the final two frames to pick up the save.  Hiroki Kuroda struck out 11 but gave up three runs in seven-and-two-thirds innings for the loss.  The Yankees managed only four hits in the setback.  Detroit hosts Game Three on Tuesday.

>>Jeter Likely To Have Surgery On Ankle

(Bronx, NY)  --  New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is likely to have surgery on his broken left ankle.  ESPN reports the surgery will be needed to repair potential ligament damage.  Jeter suffered the injury in the 12th inning of Game One of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.  Jeter's ankle was placed in a splint and he is walking with crutches.  He did not attend the Yankees' loss to the Tigers in Game Two on Sunday and is not expected to travel with the team as the series shifts to Detroit this week.

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Rams, Colts Fall; Packers Pound Texans

>>Dolphins Drop Rams

(Miami, FL)  --  Sam Bradford tossed for 315 yards on 26-of-39 passing but the Rams lost in Miami to the Dolphins, 17-14.  Bradford added a TD on the ground in the win.  Daryl Richardson rushed for 76 yards to led St. Louis, which dipped to 3-and-3.  The Rams host the Green Bay Packers next week.

>>Packers Pound Texans

(Houston, TX)  --  Aaron Rodgers passed for 338 yards and six touchdowns as the Packers knocked the Texans from the ranks of the unbeatens with a 42-24 win.  Jordy Nelson had nine catches for 121 yards and three scores to help the Packers move to 3-and-3.  James Jones had a pair of touchdown grabs in the victory.  Matt Schaub threw for 232 yards and two interceptions for the Texas, who fell to 5-and-1.  Arian Foster rushed for just 29 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

>>Jets Crush Colts

(East Rutherford, NJ)  --  Shonn Greene ran for a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns as the Jets crushed the Colts, 35-9.  Mark Sanchez finished 11-of-18 for 82 yards and two TDs for the Jets, who snapped a two-game skid and evened their record at 3-and-3.  New York racked up 251 rushing yards as a team.  Andrew Luck went 22-for-44 for 280 yards and two interceptions for Indianapolis, which fell to 2-and-3.  Reggie Wayne had five catches for 87 yards in defeat.

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Atlanta Falcons 23, Oakland Raiders 20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38, Kansas City Chiefs 10
Cleveland Browns 34, Cincinnati Bengals 24
Detroit Lions 26, Philadelphia Eagles 23 (OT)
Miami Dolphins 17, St. Louis Rams 14
Baltimore Ravens 31, Dallas Cowboys 29
Buffalo Bills 19, Arizona Cardinals 16 (OT)
Seattle Seahawks 24, New England Patriots 23
New York Giants 26, San Francisco 49ers 3
Washington Redskins 38, Minnesota Vikings 26

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South Dakota State Defeats Western Illinois

Tyrel Kool returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Zach Zenner ran for 171 yards and two scores, leading South Dakota State to a 31-10 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday.

South Dakota State (5-1, 3-0 Missouri Valley) gave up the tying TD in the first quarter when Martinez Davis returned an interception 28 yards for a TD.

Zenner got his first score, on a 46-yard run, just 10 seconds into the second quarter. His second score, from 60 yards out, came in the fourth quarter and gave South Dakota State a 24-10 lead.

Charles Chestnut had a strong effort for Western Illinois (3-3, 1-2) with 9 catches for 123 yards.

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ISU Beats Youngstown State

Matt Brown threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for one more as Illinois State made a comeback to beat Youngstown State 35-28 on Saturday afternoon.

Brown was 20 of 31 passing for 225 yards, including a 16-yard pass to Donovan Harden. Brown scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth for the Redbirds. He also threw touchdown passes to Lechein Neblett and Tyrone Walker. Brown was 20 of 31 for 225 passing yards.

Jamaine Cook put the Penguins on the scoreboard first with a 7-yard run. He had two more touchdowns, including a 14-yard run, keeping Youngstown out in front of Illinois State (6-1, 3-1 Missouri Valley Conference). Cook had 30 carries for 177 rushing yards.

Youngstown State had a 28-7 lead in the second quarter. The Redbirds came back, scoring 28 consecutive points and keeping Youngstown State (4-2, 1-2 Missouri Valley Conference) scoreless in the second half.

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No. 25 Michigan Crushes Illinois

Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, leading No. 25 Michigan in a 45-0 win over Illinois on Saturday.

The Wolverines (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) got a scare when Robinson left the game with an undisclosed injury late in the first quarter. He missed just one-plus possessions, though, and returned to score on a 6-yard run to put Michigan up 17-0 late in the first half.

Robinson ran for a 49-yard score - giving him 10,000-plus career yards of offense - on the Wolverines' first drive of the second half and tossed an 8-yard TD pass to Devin Funchess on their next possession to make it 31-0.

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DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

October 13, 2012

 

Jail Population: 74

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 1

 

October 14, 2012

 

Jail Population: 74

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

October 15, 2012

 

Jail Population: 75

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

Investigation into the scene of an accident which occurred at approximately 4:53 p.m. on Friday, October 12, revealed that a vehicle driven by John Warner, 58, Melvin Village, NH, was southbound out of Kenney on Kenney Road. Warner stopped at the stop sign, preparing to continue south across the intersection with Illinois 54. When Warner pulled into the intersection, Kaycie Neuhaus, 26, Mount Pulaski, was eastbound on Illinois 54 and struck Warner’s vehicle. Neuhaus, in an attempt to swerve to miss Warner’s vehicle went into a deep ditch on the southeast corner of the intersection. Both vehicles had front end damage. Neuhaus was transported by ambulance to Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, IL. Warner was released from the scene with no obvious or claimed injury. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

 

Shalee Bayne, 21, Taylorville, was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging her with Driving Under Influence. She posted the necessary bond and was released.

 

 

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.

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WHOW/WEZC To Air Annual Pigskin Playoff Preview Show

Clinton radio stations WEZC 95.9 and WHOW 92.3, will again originate its long-standing “Pigskin Playoff Preview” show featuring the Illinois High School Association state football playoff pairings, this Saturday night from 7 to 9 pm. The show will also be streamed by clicking the WEZC icon at dewittdailynews.com.

 

The show will feature the first information on what local high school teams make it into the IHSA football playoffs, and who their first round opponents will be. The show will also include live interviews with coaches whose teams make it into the playoffs.

 

The show’s concept was first created by the Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller in 1988, and has originated locally from MMG radio stations ever since.

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Weekly Weather Update

It was a much cooler week across the state with small amounts of rain. While parts of the state are out of the drought, others are still feeling its effects. We'll see more rain at the start of the week though. State Climatologist Jim Angel has more.
 
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SIU School Of Medicine Weekly Report

SIDS, a primary cause of death in infants before the age of one year, is not well understood by medical experts. But parents can take steps to prevent it.
 
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is an unexplained cause of death occurring in infants when they are sleeping. Dr. Tracy Milbrandt, assistant professor of pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, says the exact cause of SIDS has not been determined.
 
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SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants under one year old and it claims the lives of approximately 2,000 to 3,000 infants each year in the U.S. Dr. Milbrandt explains some risk factors for SIDS that can help parents be more aware.
 
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Dr. Milbrandt says babies should be placed on their backs when put to sleep. If parents are looking for more information about SIDS, she recommends the American Academy of Pediatrics and HealthyChildren.org web sites. Or talk to your child’s physician.

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Illinois' Child Welfare Agency Cancels Layoffs

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is canceling plans to lay off 375 employees.

DCFS Director Richard Calica (KAL'-ihk-uh) announced the move in a memo to staff Thursday.

The agency says it will be working with state lawmakers to restore some funding to the department. DCFS says it also will pursue a reorganization plan that will reduce staffing while also trying to avoid layoffs.

Faced with severe budget strains, Illinois lawmakers approved a $50 million cut in the agency's funding for the new fiscal year. That led to plans for layoffs at DCFS this month.

Anders Lindall of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says DCFS employees are "extremely relieved" that the agency has changed course.

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Illinois Donating Surplus Clothes To The Homeless


 Homeless people across Illinois will get some warm winter clothing from the state government.

The state plans to donate $1 million worth of surplus clothes to organizations that help the homeless.

The Department of Central Management Services said Friday the items include boots, coats, sleeping bags and other winter gear. The department is responsible for disposing of surplus state and federal property.

Details of the clothing donation will be announced next week.

Officials say there are more than 15,000 homeless people in Illinois. The figure is based on a 2011federal report.

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Illinois Settles With Nationwide Insurance

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE IS ANNOUNCING A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT WITH NATIONWIDE INSURANCE.
 
AGENCY SPOKESPERSON KIMBERLY PARKER SAYS ILLINOIS IS ONE OF SEVERAL STATES THAT’S BEEN INVOLVED IN AN INVESTIGATION INTO HOW LIFE INSURANCE BENEFITS ARE PAID.
 
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UNDER THE SETTLEMENT…NATIONWIDE HAS AGREED TO PAY SEVEN POINT TWO MILLION DOLLARS TO THE STATES INVOLVED…AND TO WORK HARDER TO TRACK DOWN SURVIVORS OF CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE DIED. THE STATE HAS ALREADY REACHED A SIMILAR AGREEMENT OVER WITH DEATH BENEFITS WITH METLIFE.

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Lt. Governor Discusses College Affordability

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SHEILA SIMON IS KICKING OFF A SERIES OF SUMMITS ON COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY IN ILLINOIS.
 
WHETHER IT BE TAKING BETTER ADVANTAGE OF FINANCIAL AID…MAP GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS…OR OFFERING MORE WORK STUDY PROGRAMS…LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SIMON SAYS FOUR YEAR COLLEGES MUST BE AFFORDABLE IN ORDER TO MEET SOME TOUGH GOALS.
 
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SIMON ALSO SUPPORTS STATE LEGISLATION CREATING THE COLLEGE CHOICE REPORT…WHICH WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR FAMILIES TO COMPARE TUITION…AVERAGE STUDENT DEBT…AND DEGREE COMPLETION RATES AT DIFFERENT SCHOOLS.

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Urbana Opens Sculpture Project 22 Years In The Making

Chicago artist John David Mooney has been planning and raising money to build a sculpture park for a patch of land in front of Urbana's City Hall for more than two decades. Now it's finally finished.

Mooney, who is from nearby Champaign, and Urbana officials will open the sculpture garden Sunday.

In a statement, Mooney says the land in 1990 was being considered for a parking lot. He asked city officials to leave it vacant and they agreed.

The park includes a 33-foot-tall stainless steel & light sculpture called "Spirit Tree" and a 12-foot fountain called "Falling Leaf."

Mooney says the park is a backyard garden for City Hall.

Mooney is known for public art works displayed at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the Vatican and Chicago's Tribune Tower.

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IEMA Begins Image Gently Campaign

THE ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY IS ALERTING PARENTS TO THE DANGERS OF RADIATION EXPOSURE THROUGH THE “IMAGE GENTLY” CAMPAIGN..
 
IEMA SPOKESPERSON PATTI THOMPSON SAYS THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN AND “IMAGE GENTLY” WEBSITE HELPS MOMS AND DADS BETTER EDUCATE THEMSELVES ON THE POTENTIAL NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF X-RAYS AND C-T SCANS IN CHILDREN.
 
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THE CAMPAIGN ALSO URGES MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO MAKE SURE THE LOWEST DOSE OF RADIATION NEEDED IS USED WHEN X-RAYING KIDS.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION…VISIT THE WEBSITE: IMAGE GENTLY DOT ORG.

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IHSA FRIDAY SCORES

IHSA FRIDAY SCORES


At Arcola
LITTLE OKAW VALLEY
Arthur (A.-Lovington) [Coop] 28 F
Arcola 21
     
At Athens
SANGAMO
Pleasant Plains 35 F
Athens [Coop] 19
     
At Auburn
SANGAMO
Pawnee 12 F
Auburn 42
 
    
At Bartonville (Limestone)
MID-ILLINI
Dunlap   7:30
pm
Bartonville (Limestone)   
     
At Bement
LITTLE OKAW VALLEY
Martinsville 6 F
Cerro Gordo [C.G.-Bement Coop] 46
     
At Bismarck (B.-Henning)
VERMILION VALLEY
Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm) [G.R.F.-Chrisman Coop] 0 F
Bismarck (B.-Henning) 42
 
    
At Bloomington (Central Catholic)
CORN BELT
Stanford (Olympia) 22 F
Bloomington (Central Catholic) 40
     
At Bloomington (H.S.)
BIG TWELVE
Decatur (Eisenhower) 7 F
Bloomington (H.S.) 33
     
At Canton
MID-ILLINI
Morton   7:30
pm
Canton   
 
    
At Charleston
APOLLO
Salem 6 F
Charleston 42
     
At Clifton (Central)
SANGAMON VALLEY
Watseka 14 F
Clifton (Central) 47
     
At Colfax (Ridgeview)
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Downs (Tri-Valley) 27 F
Colfax (Ridgeview) 8
 
    
At Danville (H.S.)
BIG TWELVE
Normal (Community) 48 F
Danville (H.S.) 24
     
At Decatur (D. Lutheran)
PRAIRIE STATE
Nokomis [Coop] 48 F
Decatur (D. Lutheran) 0
     
At Decatur (MacArthur)
BIG TWELVE
Urbana (H.S.) 33 F
Decatur (MacArthur) 20
 
    
At East Peoria
MID-ILLINI
Pekin   7:30
pm
East Peoria   
     
At Edwardsville (Metro-East Lutheran)
PRAIRIE STATE
Mt. Olive 49 F
Edwardsville (Metro-East Lutheran) 6
     
At Effingham (H.S.)
APOLLO
Mt. Zion 26 F
Effingham (H.S.) 6
 
    
At El Paso (E.P.-Gridley)
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) 7 F
El Paso (E.P.-Gridley) 14
     
At Fisher
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Mackinaw (Deer Creek-M.) 56 F
Fisher 16
     
At Gilman (Iroquois West)
SANGAMON VALLEY
Champaign (St. Thomas More) 44 F
Gilman (Iroquois West) 12
 
    
At Greenville
SOUTH CENTRAL
Gillespie 21 F
Greenville 49
     
At Heyworth
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Farmer City (Blue Ridge) 0 F
Heyworth 16
     
At Kincaid (South Fork)
NON-CONFERENCE
Lexington 24 F
Kincaid (South Fork) [Coop] 14
 
    
At K-R Field
NON-CONFERENCE
Breese (Mater Dei) 14 F
Jacksonville (H.S.) 41
     
At LeRoy
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Flanagan (F.-Cornell) [F.C.-Woodland Coop] 12 F
LeRoy 49
     
At Litchfield
SOUTH CENTRAL
Hillsboro 14 F
Litchfield 20
 
    
At Mahomet (M.-Seymour)
CORN BELT
Normal (University) 16 F
Mahomet (M.-Seymour) 0
     
At Marshall
NON-CONFERENCE
Oblong 22 F
Marshall 21
     
At Metamora
MID-ILLINI
Washington 0 F
Metamora 40
Burk (Meta) 16 Rushes 117 Yards 3 TDs Doerr (Meta) 9 Rushes 110 Yards 1 TD Patton (Meta) 13 Rushes 95 Yards 1 TD
 
    
At Milford
VERMILION VALLEY
Fithian (Oakwood) [O.-Armstrong-Potomac Coop] 0 F
Milford [Coop] 48
     
At Minonk (Fieldcrest)
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Tremont 55 F
Minonk (Fieldcrest) 14
     
At Mishiwaka (Marian Catholic), IN
NON-CONFERENCE
Normal (Community West) 21 F
Mishiwaka (Marian Catholic), IN 49
 
    
At Monticello
OKAW VALLEY (BLACK)
Shelbyville 8 F
Monticello 42
     
At Moweaqua (Central A & M)
OKAW VALLEY (BLUE)
Maroa (M.-Forsyth) 39 F
Moweaqua (Central A & M) 36
     
At New Berlin
SANGAMO
Niantic (Sangamon Valley) [Coop] 24 F
New Berlin [Coop] 41
 
    
At Oakland
LITTLE OKAW VALLEY
Villa Grove 52 F
Oakland [Tri-County Coop] 13
     
At Pana (H.S.)
SOUTH CENTRAL
Vandalia 33 F
Pana (H.S.) 13
     
At Paris
APOLLO
Mattoon 35 F
Paris 6
 
    
At Paxton
SANGAMON VALLEY
Momence 52 F
Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda) 29
     
At Peoria Stadium
MID-STATE 6
Peoria (Notre Dame) 63 F
Peoria (Manual) 14
     
At Piasa (Southwestern)
SOUTH CENTRAL
Carlinville   7:30
pm
Piasa (Southwestern)   
 
    
At Pontiac
CORN BELT
Eureka [Coop] 12 F
Pontiac 29
     
At Quincy (Notre Dame)
MID-STATE 6
Peoria (Richwoods) 49 F
Quincy (Notre Dame) 0
     
At Rantoul
CORN BELT
Fairbury (Prairie Central) 46 F
Rantoul 0
 
    
At Riverton
SANGAMO
Williamsville 45 F
Riverton 8
     
At Robinson
NON-CONFERENCE
Casey (C.-Westfield) 28 F
Robinson 6
     
At Rochester
CENTRAL STATE EIGHT
Lincoln 8 F
Rochester 47
 
    
At Roxana
SOUTH CENTRAL
Staunton 45 F
Roxana 21
     
At Sidell (Jamaica)
VERMILION VALLEY
Danville (Schlarman) 0 forf.
Sidell (Jamaica) [Salt Fork Coop] 1
     
At Sidell (Jamaica)
NON-CONFERENCE
Broadlands (Heritage) [East Central Coop]   7:00
pm
Sidell (Jamaica) [Salt Fork Coop]   
 
    
At Springfield (Lanphier)
CENTRAL STATE EIGHT
Taylorville 47 F
Springfield (Lanphier) 6
     
At Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin)
CENTRAL STATE EIGHT
Chatham (Glenwood) 35 F
Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin) 40
     
At Sullivan
OKAW VALLEY (BLACK)
Decatur (St. Teresa) 10 F
Sullivan [S.-Okaw Valley Coop] 21
Sullivan-Okaw Valley QB Nick Frerichs rushed for 105 yards and threw for 133. Andy Brown had 5 receptions for 66 yartds and Caden May had 3 for 58. Bailey Matheson led SOV with 12 tackles. Isom led St. T with 144 yards rushing.
 
    
At Tolono (Unity)
OKAW VALLEY (BLACK)
Clinton 28 F
Tolono (Unity) 47
     
At Tommy Stewart Field
BIG TWELVE
Champaign (Centennial) 40 F
Champaign (Central) 20
     
At Tuscola
OKAW VALLEY (BLUE)
Macon (Meridian) 12 F
Tuscola 59
 
    
At Virden (North Mac)
SANGAMO
Petersburg (PORTA) [Coop] 21 F
Virden (North Mac) 48
     
At Warrensburg (W.-Latham)
OKAW VALLEY (BLUE)
Argenta (A.-Oreana) 55 F
Warrensburg (W.-Latham) 21
     
At Westville
NON-CONFERENCE
Hoopeston (H. Area)   7:00
pm
Westville   
 


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FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD


MLB NLDS
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St. Louis Cardinals 9, Washington Nationals 7
(Cardinals win best-of-five NLDS, 3-2)

MLB ALDS
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New York Yankees 3, Baltimore Orioles 1
(Yankees win best-of-five ALDS, 3-2)

NBA Preseason
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Toronto Raptors 82, Detroit Pistons 75
Indiana Pacers 96, Minnesota Timberwolves 91
Cleveland Cavaliers 86, Chicago Bulls 83
Houston Rockets 95, New Orleans Hornets 75
Denver Nuggets 97, San Antonio Spurs 91
Utah Jazz 97, Oklahoma City Thunder 81
Phoenix Suns 104, Portland Trail Blazers 93

WNBA Playoffs
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No Game Scheduled

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MLB's Championship Series Matchups Set

 Major League Baseball's Championship Series matchups are set.  The New York Yankees will take on the Detroit Tigers starting Saturday night in the American League Championship Series.  The Yanks defeated the Baltimore Orioles in five games while Detroit got past the Oakland Athletics to advance.  In the National League, the San Francisco Giants will battle the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals starting Sunday.  The Giants ousted the Cincinnati Reds while the Cards dropped the Washington Nationals in five games.  The Division Series round saw all four series go a full five games, the first time that has happened in the current format.  In 2011, a total of 19 out of a possible 20 games were played.  The winners of the two Championship Series will meet in the World Series which starts October 24th.

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Cards Come Back To Shock Nats, Advance To NLCS

The Cardinals scored four times in the ninth to shock the Nationals and grab a 9-7 win in a deciding Game Five of their National League Division Series.  St. Louis kept its hopes of repeating as World Series champions alive by coming back from an early six-run deficit.  Pete Kozma's two-run single gave the Cards the lead.  Daniel Descalso had a two-run single that tied the game and had a solo homer in the eighth.  Matt Holliday drove in two for St. Louis, which will head to San Francisco for Game One of the National League Championship Series starting Sunday.  Jason Motte got the win in relief.  Drew Storen blew the lead in the ninth for Washington, allowing all four runs.  Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse each hit two-run homers while Bryce Harper added a solo shot and an RBI triple for the Nats, who finished the regular season with the best record in baseball.

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UPDATED: Monticello Sages Defeats Shelbyville

As heard on 95.9 FM WEZC, the Monticello Sages defeated the Shelbyville Rams, 42-8 in Monticello on Senior Night. Parker Trice was your 1st State Bank Player of the game. The senior QB led the Sages with 13 carries for 67 Yards and 2 touchdowns. He was also 5/8 through the air for 67 and a TD. Senior tailback Ryan Donahue had 23 carries for 175 yards, a TD and 3 catches for 40 yards, adding a 24-yard touchdown reception. Shelbyville's QB Tucker Schwengel had 16 carries 62 yards.

With the win, the Sages clinch themselves a playoff spot, and improve to 6-2, and 3-1 in the Okaw Valley Black Conference. 

Shelbyville still has a chance at the playoffs, with a 5-3 record. Shelbyville will host Tolono Unity next Friday and the Sages will take on Decatur St. Teresa in Decatur next week.

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Legal Aid Available For Families In Foreclosure

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office has awarded a grant to help provide legal help to Chicago-area homeowners facing foreclosure.

Madigan's office says Chicago's Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family services will receive $650,000 over three years to provide legal and advocacy services to homeowners on Chicago's South Side and surrounding suburbs.

The money is part of a national settlement between state attorneys general and the nation's five largest bank mortgage servicers over allegations of "robo-signing" of foreclosure documents and other fraudulent practices.

The legal aid society will hire a full-time attorney to help communities in Chicago and its southern suburbs. It'll also hire a full-time paralegal to work from its Blue Island and Palos Hills offices and at the Cook County Court in Markham.

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Violence Up At State Prisons

Several prisons in Illinois were on lockdown last weekend because of increased violence.  Menard Prison Correctional Sergeant Kevin Hirsch says they've had several fights in the past week.  

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Hirsch says violence is increasing but inmates are getting more leeway.

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Hirsch adds the threat of closing Tamms means dangerous inmates have gotten bolder.

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An inmate attacked a lieutenant at Menard about three weeks ago.  The inmate responsible for that attack has reportedly been transferred to Pontiac to spend time in isolation.  Menard and Statesville prisons were locked-down after staff members were attacked last week.   Hirsch says one reason inmates are getting so bold is because they know Governor Quinn wants to close Tamms, which means the inmates know their punishment for major offenses will be less severe.  A spokesperson for the DOC says the safety of staff and inmates is the department's top priority and they take incidents of violence very seriously. 

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McCarthy: Accountability, Not Control Problem With Chicago Guns

Chicago's police superintendent wants a law requiring gun owners to report when a weapon gets lost, stolen or sold.

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McCarthy says the focus needs to be keeping people from putting guns in the hands of criminals.

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Speaking at Chicago Ideas Week yesterday, Garry McCarthy says the city needs to focus on a select group who love violence.

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Mattoon Man To Pay $19-Thousand For Corn Field Damage

A judge in central Illinois has ordered a Mattoon man to pay more than $19,000 for the damage he caused while driving drunk in a corn field.

40-year-old Tony Osborn pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in the October 2011 incident.

In addition to the restitution, Judge James Glenn also sentenced Osborn to two years of court supervision and ordered him to pay a $500 fine and not use alcohol.

Police discovered the corn field damage after getting a report of a vehicle in a field just north of Mattoon.

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US Corn Estimates Lowered To Reflect Harvest Yield

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has slightly lowered its projection for the size of this year's corn crop for a fourth straight month.

The USDA released its monthly crop report Thursday in which it estimates that farmers will harvest 10.71 billion bushels of corn. That's down from last month's estimate of 10.73 billion bushels.

The estimates change as the harvest progresses and the impact of this summer's widespread drought becomes clearer.

The average yield is about 122 bushels per acre. That's down from last month's estimate of 122.8 bushels.

Corn supply is now estimated at 11.77 billion bushels. That's down from last month's estimate of 11.98 billion bushels.

The tightening supply likely will push corn prices higher short-term but analysts expect prices to now stabilize.

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Forecasters Say Stormy Weekend Perhaps For Midwest

Eyes to the skies could be wise this weekend as a storm is expected to develop in the middle of the country.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., says high winds and perhaps tornadoes could be possible Saturday and that people in a broad area from Dallas to Minneapolis should pay attention.

The center's operations branch chief, Bill Bunting, says the risk area is large because of some uncertainty on where storms may hit. Future forecasts will consider when a cold front and low-pressure system should cross the region and whether humid air can surge into the upper Midwest.

The highest threat as of Thursday extended from Kansas and Missouri northward, but Bunting said strong storms could occur to the south because of stronger instability in the atmosphere.

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Argenta-Oreana Voted Out of New Central Illinois Conference; Applies To Little Okaw

The newly formed Central Illinois Conference is now down to eight member schools.

 width=At a meeting that took place Wednesday afternoon, the eight members officially created the Central Illinois Conference (CIC) and Argenta-Oreana was voted out. Principal of Argenta-Oreana High School Sean German explains they had been in talks with the Little Okaw Valley Conference (LOVC) about joining. He says back in late September, the LOVC had extended an invitation to the nine schools who have the left Okaw Valley Conference to join them in a mega-conference.

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According to German, that was an option they felt was very much worth discussing. Unfortunately, they were the only ones to go to the meeting. However, from that discussion was an invitation was extended from the LOVC to join them. At that point, Argenta-Oreana Schools now had two options, and German explains they began to seriously consider both and which would be better for their students.

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German did not keep his discussions with the LOVC away from the eight schools in the now CIC. He says he was up front with them and said while if he had to make a decision as of earlier this week, his decision would be to join the LOVC, but he felt because nothing was definite, Argenta-Oreana wanted to remain a part of their discussions. At which point the eight voted out Argenta-Oreana.

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When comparing conferences, German explains he found a lot he liked about the LOVC. He says when it comes to the arts, the LOVC also offers an every other year band festival. And he felt the two-divisions they will set up accommodated better to their travel costs, and they could continue competing with other members of the new CIC in other sports, as they are in their geographical region already.

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For the 2014-15 school year, Argenta-Oreana becomes the 11th team to join the Little Okaw Valley Conference. German says while it would have been nice to continue conversations with CIC since nothing is certain yet for them, but he says he understands their situation in having to make schedules out.

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Clinton Elks Club's Ham And Beans Annual Favorite At Apple and Pork Festival

Arguably the most popular of all the food stands at the Apple and Pork Festival year after year is the Clinton Elks Club's ham and bean stand.

 width=Each year the Elks Club sets up their ham and beans tent on the very west side of the grounds and by early afternoon, if not earlier, on Saturday the lines will be back up for some time. Mike Ginger is the Chairman for the fundraiser for the Elks Club, and he explains each year they make 30 pounds of ham and 50 pounds of beans in each of the kettles as you watch them make it. He says that along with a "secret" incredient makes what is favored by some as their favorite Apple and Pork food.

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The Apple and Pork Festival is the biggest fundraiser for the Elks Club through the year. Ginger says they give the money back to the community, whether it is through Veterans groups or to the schools, he says they stay very active through the year.

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In a good year, the Elks Club will go through ten kettles of ham and beans.

Ginger says they have been serving ham and beans long enough now, they have serving people and getting them through the lines quickly, the waits are not that long.

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NASCAR Notes

>>Chase Heads To Charlotte

(Concord, NC)  --  The Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 tomorrow night.  After four races in the 10-race Chase, Brad Keselowski owns a 14-point advantage over Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup Championship.

>>Earnhardt Jr. To Miss Two Races With Concussion

(Concord, NC)  --  NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to miss the next two Sprint Cup Series races.  Hendrick Motorsports revealed he was diagnosed Wednesday with a concussion after being involved in Sunday's 25-car wreck at Talladega.  Regan Smith will drive the number-88 car instead.

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Bulls Battle Cavs

The Bulls will battle the Cavaliers in a preseason affair at Assembly Hall this evening.  Chicago opened exhibition play with a 92-88 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday.  Tip-off tonight is at 7:00.  The Bulls will also be on the road to face the Wolves tomorrow night.

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NFL Notes: Bears On Bye; Colts Take On Jets; Rams Travel To Miami

>>Titans Upset Steelers

(Nashville, TN)  --  Rob Bironas' 40-yard field goal as time expired gave the Titans a 26-23 upset win over the Steelers on "Thursday Night Football."  Matt Hasselbeck passed for 290 yards, a touchdown and an interception to help the Titans improve to 2-and-4.  Chris Johnson rushed for 91 yards in the victory.  Ben Roethlisberger passed for 363 yards, a touchdown and a pick for the Steelers, who dropped to 2-and-3.  Roethlisberger passed Terry Bradshaw for most passing yards in franchise history.  Pittsburgh running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Issac Redman were both injured in the loss.

>>Rams, Dolphins Face Off In Miami

(Miami, FL)  --  The resurgent St. Louis Rams head to South Florida to take on the Miami Dolphins Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.  The Rams recorded nine sacks in a 17-3 win over the previously-unbeaten Cardinals in Week Five.  St. Louis has won two straight to improve to 3-and-2, the first time the team has been over .500 since 2006.  The Rams have lost four in-a-row in Miami and are 0-and-2 on the road this year.  The Dolphins are 2-and-3 after beating the Bengals, 17-13, at home this past Sunday.  Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has thrown just two touchdown passes and six picks so far this season.  The Dolphins are leading the NFL in run defense, allowing just 61 yards per game.

>>Colts Clash With Jets In Big Apple

(East Rutherford, NJ)  --  The Indianapolis Colts head to the "Big Apple" to battle the New York Jets Sunday at MetLife Stadium.  The Colts are coming off a 30-27 comeback win over the Packers that has them at 2-and-2 on the season.  Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck hit Reggie Wayne with a four-yard TD pass with 35 seconds to play for the win.  This is Indy's first road game since starting the season with a 41-21 loss at Chicago.  The Jets are coming off Monday night's 23-17 home loss to unbeaten Houston.  Gang Green has lost two straight and three-of-four to drop to 2-and-3.  Head coach Rex Ryan is sticking with Mark Sanchez at quarterback, leaving Tim Tebow in a reserve role.

>>Bears Enjoy Bye

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bears will enjoy their bye this weekend.  At 4-and-1, Chicago enters its off week tied with the Vikings atop the NFC North.  The Bears will be back in action a week from Monday when they host the Lions at Soldier Field.

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Cards Headed To Winner Take All Game Five; Giants, Tigers Off To LCS

>>Werth Walk-Off Homer Extends Nats, Cards To Game Five

(Washington, DC)  --  Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo home run to give the Nationals a 2-1 win over the Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series.  The best-of-five matchup is now tied at two games apiece.  Werth connected off St. Louis reliever Lance Lynn, swatting the 13th pitch of the at-bat over the wall for the walk-off win.  Adam LaRoche homered in the second to stake Washington to a 1-0 lead.  Carlos Beltran tied the game with a sac-fly for St. Louis in the third.  Drew Storen got the win, while Lynn took the loss.  Each team had just three hits.  The Nationals will host the deciding Game Five on Friday.  The winner will advance to the National League Championship Series to play the San Francisco Giants for the right to go to the World Series.

>>Giants, Tigers Secure LCS Spots

(Undated)  --  The San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers secured spots in their respective League Championship Series on Thursday.  Buster Posey hit a grand slam during a six-run fifth inning as the Giants held off the Reds, 6-4, in the decisive Game Five of their NL Division Series.  After falling in a two-games-to-none hole, the Giants reeled off three straight road wins to advance to the NLCS.  The Reds have not won a playoff series since 1995.

In Oakland, Justin Verlander went the distance as the Tigers trounced the A's, 4-0, in Game Five of their AL Division Series.  Verlander scattered four hits and struck out 11 as Detroit advanced to the ALCS for the second straight year.  The A's were attempting to come all the way back from a two-games-to-none deficit.

In New York, J.J. Hardy's RBI double in the top of the 13th gave the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Yankees in Game Four of their ALDS.  Nate McLouth smacked a solo homer in the fifth to help Baltimore dodge elimination and force a decisive Game Five at 5:07 p.m. Eastern on Friday.  The O's and Yanks have split their 22 meetings this season.  All four division series went the maximum five games.

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Illinois Visits Michigan

 Illinois will be on the road to battle Michigan tomorrow afternoon.  Illinois is 2-and-4 on the season after last week's 31-14 loss to Wisconsin.  Michigan holds a commanding 68-23-and-2 lead in the all-time series.  Kick-off will be at 2:30.

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High School Football Week 8 Preview

>>Maroons Travel To Unity

The Clinton Maroons will travel to Tolono Unity tonight to take the Rockets in an Okaw Valley  Black matchup. Unity comes in at 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the Okaw Valley Black division. The Rockets are coming off an 18-14 win over Monticello last Friday. The Maroons are just 1-7, and 0-3 in the Okaw. They fell to Decatur St. Teresa 20-12 last Friday. Game time tonight is at 7 pm and you can hear all the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.

>>Sages Host Shelbyville For Senior Night

The Monticello Sages are coming off a tough 18-14 loss last Friday at the hands of the Unity Rockets and look to bounce back tonight as they host Shelbyville. The Sages will host the Rams for Senior Night. Shelbyville won a shootout with Sullivan last Friday, 35-28. Both teams come into play tonight at 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Okaw Valley Black division. Game time tonight is 7pm and you can hear all the action live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Other Week 8 action around the area...

Okaw Valley Black
Decatur St. Teresa @ Sullivan

Okaw Valley (Blue)
Argenta-Oreana at Warrensburg-Latham
Meridian at Tuscola
Maroa-Forsyth at Central A & M)

Little Okaw Valley
Arthur-Lovington at Arcola
Martinsville vs. Cerro Gordo at Bement
Villa Grove at Tri-County

Apollo
Mattoon at Paris
Mt. Zion at Effingham
Salem at Charleston

Big Twelve
Champaign Centennial vs. Champaign Central at Tommy Stewart Field
Decatur Eisenhower at Bloomington
NormalCommunity at Danville
Urbana at Decatur MacArthur

Central State Eight
Chatham Glenwood at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin
Lincoln at Rochester
Springfield at Springfield Southeast (Sat.)
Taylorville at Springfield Lanphier

Corn Belt
Eureka at Pontiac
Prairie Central at Rantoul
Normal U-High at Mahomet-Seymour
Olympia at Bloomington Central Catholic

Heart of Illinois
Tri-Valley at Ridgeview
Blue Ridge at Heyworth
Flanagan-Cornell at LeRoy
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley at El Paso-Gridley
Deer-Mack at Fisher
Tremont at Fieldcrest)

Mid-Illini
Dunlap at Limestone
Morton at Canton
Pekin at East Peoria
Washington at Metamora

Sangamon Valley
Champaign St. Thomas More at Iroquois West
Momence vs. Paxton-Buckley-Loda at Paxton
Watseka at Clifton Central)

Non-Conference action for this Week 8...
Breese Mater Dei vs. Jacksonville at K-R Field
Normal West at Marian Catholic of Mishiwaka , IN
St. Joseph-Ogden at Monmouth (Sat.)

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Clinton YMCA Seeking Students To Join Y-Zone Before, After School Program

The Clinton YMCA has been keeping busy this fall season with several programs.
 
Their Y-Zone before and after school care program that involves several school sites around the Clinton. Rob DeLeon, with the YMCA, describes what Y-Zone entails.
 
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DeLeon says Y-Zone is a great way for kids to learn social interaction as well as a way to accomplish homework before going home. The environment is positive and safe which Deleon also feels is a great asset to the program. He says Y-Zone also provides major assistance to parents, who can go to work without having to worry about what their children are doing.
 
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DeLeon explains children can be dropped off before school from 6:30 until 7:45. After school is just as structured as before school at Y-Zone. There are snacks, games and homework time to keep the kids occupied and stimulated. DeLeon feels the greatest benefit of the Y-Zone program are the character traits and values that can be learned.
 
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Anyone interested in getting thier children signed up for Y-Zone, you can contact the Clinton Y at 935-8307 or visit www.clintonymca.org. Registration is available all year long with no size limit.

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Tolono-Unity Tops Clinton 47-28

As heard on The Big 1520 AM WHOW and 92.3 FM, The Tolono-Unity Rockets defeated the Clinton Maroons 47-28. Justin Deters led the Rockets offense by completing seven of ten passes for 78 yards and rushing for over 100 yards. Conner Gracen also added 100 plus yards on the ground from Tolono-Unity.

For Clinton, Zach Pate completed three of seven passes for 15 yards and a touchdown. Pate also ran for 50 yards. Caleb Luck ran for 24 yards and two scores for the Maroons. Nic Thompson was the Clinton IGA Player of the Game, running ten times for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Tolono-Unity improves to 7-1 on the season. Clinton drops to 1-7. Tune in next week for the final broadcast of the season for the Maroons. You can hear the game on The Big 1520 AM/ 92.3 FM WHOW as Clinton takes on the Sullivan Redskins for Senior Night at Clinton.

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Illinois Man Sentenced For Illegal Gambling Operation

A federal judge has sentenced an eastern Illinois man to a year and a day in prison for laundering more than $6 million from an illegal gambling operation and structuring bank deposits to avoid detection.

Federal prosecutors say 66-year-old Jimmy LaCost of Kankakee must report to prison on Jan. 7. His son, 43-year-old Michael LaCost of Kankakee, was sentenced to a year of probation in home confinement with electronic monitoring. The two men, along with LaCost Amusements, Inc., also were ordered to forfeit $4.3 million in illegal gambling proceeds, nine properties and 300 illegal gambling machines.

Jurors found Jimmy LaCost guilty of 54 counts of structuring financial transactions and one count of money laundering. LaCost and his son also pleaded guilty to conducting an illegal gambling business.

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Illinois Quarter Three Foreclosures Up 31% Over 2011

Illinois' third-quarter home foreclosure activity rose 31% compared to the same period last year.

A report released Thursday by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac shows Illinois with 42,176 foreclosure filings from July through September. That represents one in every 126 housing units - the fourth-highest rate in the nation.

That rate is almost 4% higher than in the second quarter of this year. On a monthly basis, Illinois foreclosures dropped 20% in September compared to August.

Filings include default notices, auction-sale notices and bank repossessions.

Florida had the nation's highest third-quarter foreclosure rate - one in every 117 housing units. Arizona and California also have foreclosure rates higher than Illinois.

Nationally, third-quarter foreclosure activity fell 13% compared to 2011.

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AFSCME: Judge's Decision On Prison Closures Step In Right Direction

AFSCME is extremely happy with an Alexander County judge's decision yesterday to keep Governor Pat Quinn from closing some Illinois prisons.

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Lindall says Governor Pat Quinn's prison closures are short-sighted.

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LIndall says the state Legislature gave the prisons funding for this year.

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Council 31 spokesperson Anders Lindall says the injunction keeps the prison system from destabilizing and will keep more people safe.  Quinn hasn't commented on the judge's decision.  A veto session starts next month.

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IDES Continues Working To Stop Unemployment Fraud

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY CONTINUES TO CRACK DOWN ON BENEFIT FRAUD…TARGETING INMATES TRYING TO COLLECT UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS.

TO COLLECT UNEMPLOYMENT…YOU NEED TO BE ACTIVELY SEEKING WORK. BUT THAT’S TOUGH TO DO IF YOU’RE BEHIND BARS…MAKING INMATES INELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS. I-D-E-S DIRECTOR JAY ROWELL SAYS A NEW CROSS MATCH SYSTEM COMPARES THE NAMES OF PRISONERS…TO THOSE APPLYING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT.

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THE AGENCY CONTINUES CRACKING DOWN ON ABUSE IN SEVERAL AREAS…INCLUDING PEOPLE BEHIND BARS SEEKING UNEMPLOYMENT. ROWELL SAYS THE NEW CROSS MATCH SYSTEM FERRETS OUT THOSE INDIVIDUALS.

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THE STATE IS ALSO GOING AFTER THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY COLLECTED BENEFITS. NEARLY TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN FRAUDULENT PAYMENTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN IDENTIFIED. THE MORE THAN 11-HUNDRED INMATES WHO COLLECTED THAT MONEY WILL HAVE TO PAY IT BACK.

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Pumpkin Farmers Have Smashing Crop Despite Drought

Pumpkin farmers say they expect their crop to be 1 of a few bright spots in a year when most farms have been hit hard by a severe drought that stretches across much of the U.S.

Most of the nation's pumpkins are grown in a stretch of Illinois where Nestle has its Libby's pumpkin-canning plant.

Nestle spokeswoman Roz O'Hearn says farmers who irrigate seem to have produced bigger and more pumpkins than those who don't this year but overall the crop looks "fine."

Pumpkin farmer John Ackerman says that's because pumpkins thrive in dry weather that holds back fungus, mold and other rind-rotting diseases.

He says most of the pumpkins he planted fared "fantastic" and even those planted after the drought took hold are starting to turn orange now.

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University of Illinois Names New Head of Fundraising

The University of Illinois has named a former University of Chicago executive as president of its fundraising operation.

The school said Wednesday that Thomas J. Farrell will take over as president of the University of Illinois Foundation on Jan. 1. He will replace Sidney Micek (MEE'-sek), who will retire. Micek became president in 2000.

The 50-year-old Farrell is the former vice president for alumni relations and development at Chicago. Officials say fundraising increased sharply in his two years in that roll.

Foundation board Chairman Jane P. Donaldson said Farrell has a good understanding of how important money raised from private sources is to the University of Illinois

Farrell says the university is well positioned to address some of the biggest challenges facing the country.

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Zoo Group Has Concerns About Bloomington Sea Lion

A zoo accrediting organization has given a 1-year extension to a zoo in central Illinois as the facility works on financial issues and finding a companion for its lone sea lion.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has put off approving a 5-year accreditation for the Miller Park Zoo. The organization says the zoo's sea lion needs a companion and the zoo needs written plans for education and conservation.

The accrediting group also says the zoo lacks financing to make needed improvements.

Zoo superintendent Jay Tetzloff says the zoo is making progress on the issues brought up by the association. For example, he says the zoo is working with a breeding program to attain another sea lion.

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Local Representative Questions EPAs Role In Allowing PCBs At Clinton Landfill

Call it a conspiracy theory. Call it a belief. Or call it crazy. But one local legislator believes there are a lot more factors at play in the Peoria Landfill's attempt to get a permit to allow the dumping of polychlorinated biphynals, or PCBs, into the Clinton Landfill.

Illinois legislator Chapin Rose says he is not a conspiracy theorist, but he believes there are other avenues to pursue for the purpose of dumping these PCB's. The biggest concern voiced by thousands of residents, and several agencies around the area is the Clinton Landfill sits on the Mahomet Aquifer, which is the drinking water source for three-quarters of a million people in central Illinois. Rose believes there has to be a better avenue of dumping those.

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While he cannot prove this, Rose believes this is something the EPA wants to have happen. He says in the past, they are normally a headache to deal with, but when it comes to answering questions of this issue, they are nowhere to be found.

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According to Rose, the US EPA issued a statement claiming the PCBs coming from the Great Lakes being dumped over the Mahomet Acquifer is not a big deal because the Mahomet Aquifer gets recharged by the Great Lakes anyways. Rose disputes that claim and sites a professor from the University of Illinois who has done extensive research and issued several articles providing factual evidence of why the EPAs claims are wrong.

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It was the DeWitt County Board's decision to enter into an agreement with Peoria Disposal, the parent company of the Clinton Landfill, to dump the PCB's there. Rose believes it has been the EPAs intent to dump these PCBs from the Great Lakes into a downstate landfill, and after being turned down many times, they finally found a community will to take them. Rose believes the EPA will "move hell and high water to make sure this thing actually happen".

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Increases In Apple Prices Didn't Slow Homestead Sales At Apple and Pork

The Apple and Pork Festival originally was a fundraising event for the CH Moore Homestead, and has grown over 40 plus years.

Dr. John Veirs, a Board Member of the Homestead Board was a part of the first Apple and Pork Festival 44 years ago. He recalls the event was intended to be a fundraiser to keep the Homestead up after a big renovation process. He says they just a few years prior had acquired the Homestead to take care of.

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This summer's drought plagued the apple crop which is vital to the Homestead's booths on the grounds during the Apple and Pork Festival. Each year the Homestead features an event favorite of apple cider floats, also cups and gallons of apple cider, and apple butter. Dr. Veirs says the drought had a significant impact on their operations this year.

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Dr. Veirs estimates it takes around $50-thousand to maintain the grounds of the CH Moore Homestead through the year. The Apple and Pork Festival is the primary fundraiser through the year.

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On top of the money the Homestead makes from the sales of the Apple booths, they also collect a small percentage from the profits for the non for profit groups on the grounds and also the vendors at the flea market.

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Bulls Host Cavs Tomorrow At Assembly Hall

The Bulls are back in action tomorrow night as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers at Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois.  Chicago will then head to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves on Saturday.  The Bulls opened exhibition play with a 92-88 win over Memphis on Tuesday.

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NFL Notes

>>Bears' Tillman Wins Weekly Award

(New York, NY)  --  Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week yesterday for Week Five.  Tillman racked up four tackles and had 36-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Bears' 41-3 rout of Jacksonville last Sunday.  The defense held the Jaguars to just 189 total net yards.  The Bears have their bye this week and will return to action at home against Detroit on Monday, October 22nd.

>>Bears Not Talking Extension With Smith

General manager Phil Emery says the Chicago Bears have not discussed a contract extension with coach Lovie Smith.

Emery said Wednesday there are simply "not enough hours in a day" during the season and that he prefers to negotiate during the offseason.

Smith's contract doesn't expire until after the 2013 season. The Bears are in a good spot heading into their off week with a 4-1 record and a share of the NFC North lead with Minnesota.
 
>>Packers Place RB Benson On IR

(Green Bay, WI)  --  Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson has been placed on the injured reserve designated to return list.  Benson injured his foot during Sunday's loss to the Colts.  He was expected to miss Sunday night's game against the Texans, but now won't be eligible to practice for six weeks and can't play for eight weeks.  The earliest Benson can return to game action is December 2nd against Minnesota.  In five games this year, Benson has 248 yards rushing and one touchdown.

>>Steelers Take On Titans On Thursday Night Football

(Nashville, TN)  --  The Pittsburgh Steelers head to Nashville for a Thursday night showdown with the struggling Tennessee Titans.  The Steelers rallied for a 16-14 win over the Eagles in Week Five, evening their record at 2-and-2.  Pittsburgh has had a tough time on the road this season, losing 31-19 at Denver to open the year and falling 34-31 in Oakland in Week Three.  The Titans, meanwhile, have lost two in-a-row, including a 30-7 rout by the Vikings in Minnesota.  Matt Hasselbeck will start again this week in place of Jake Locker, who will miss his second straight game with a shoulder injury.  Hasselbeck threw for 200 yards, a touchdown and an interception against Minnesota.  The Steelers have won three straight in the series, including a 38-17 home victory in Week Five last season.

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Cards Crush Nats, Take 2-1 Lead; Playoff Notes


>>Cards Crush Nats To Take 2-1 NLDS Lead

St. Louis is just a win away from a trip to the National League Championship Series.  Pete Kozma belted a three-run homer to lead a 14-hit attack as the Cardinals crushed the Nationals 8-0 in Game Three of their National League Division Series in Washington.  It spoiled the first playoff game in the nation's capital in 79 years.  Matt Holliday went 3-for-5 with two RBI for St. Louis, which leads the best-of-five matchup two-games-to-one.  Chris Carpenter scattered seven hits and two walks over five-and-two-thirds innings for the win.  Edwin Jackson gave up four runs in five frames to take the loss.  Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 for the Nats, who host Game Four Thursday.

>>A's, Yankees Get Walk-Off Wins

(Undated)  --  A pair of walk-off wins highlighted a busy day of playoff baseball on Wednesday.  The A's scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to avoid elimination and notch a 4-3 win over the Tigers in Game Four of their ALDS.  The A's have won two straight in the series to force a decisive Game Five at 9:37 p.m. on Thursday.  

In New York, Raul Ibanez [[ ee-BAHN-yez ]] clubbed a solo homer in the bottom of the 12th to give the Yankees a 3-2 win over the Orioles.  Ibanez pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez and smacked a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extras.  The Yanks now hold a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five ALDS.  New York hosts Game Four at 7:37 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.

In the other NLDS, the Giants hammered the Reds, 8-3, to force a decisive Game Five.  The Giants homered three times and Tim Lincecum got the win in relief.  The Reds, who held a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, will host the decider at 1:07 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.

>>Cards Can Close Out Series Today

(Washington, DC)  --  The Cardinals can close out their NL Division Series with a win in Game Four this afternoon in Washington.  Kyle Lohse will get the start for the Redbirds.  The 34-year-old veteran finished 16-and-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts during the regular season.  The Nationals will counter with left-hander Ross Detwiler, who went 10-and-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 33 games including 27 starts this year.  First pitch is at 3:07 p.m.

>>Cards' Holliday Nominated For Hank Aaron Award

(Undated)  --  Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has been named a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award.  The honor is given to the most outstanding offensive player in each league.  Holliday batted .295 with 27 home runs and 102 RBI in 157 games this season.  Voting runs through Tuesday and the winners will be announced during the World Series.

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Groce Still Learning About His New Team

John Groce has been basketball coach at Illinois since spring but he's really only had his team together on the court a handful of times.

That means there's still a lot he doesn't know about the Illini. The regular season starts Nov. 9 against Colgate.

Groce isn't sure yet how well his players will allow him to run the up-tempo offense he prefers. And he isn't sure how he'll fill in for big man Meyers Leonard. Leonard left early for the NBA.

Groce says all that will change as practices begin in earnest this weekend.

Groce brought in 6-8 transfer Sam McLaurin from Coastal Carolina to help replace Leonard. And he'll lean heavily on sophomore point guard Tracy Abrams.

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Annual Fire Truck Parade Successful Again In Clinton

The annual Clinton fire truck parade was another success Wednesday night.

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Several hundred kids to the newly renovated smoke house the fire department had on hand. James says they haven't had it at the parade the past few years, and being back, it was a big hit for the young kids. He says the smoke house is a great tool they can utilize to reinforce the the things they are teaching the kids.

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Gov. Quinn Says Critics Should 'Examine Their Consciences'

Gov. Pat Quinn says those people trying to tear down his pick to lead a state sports commission should "examine their consciences."

Quinn is in a public fight with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over his choice to lead the Illinois State Facilities Authority, the agency that manages U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.

On Monday, Quinn said Emanuel opposes his pick because the mayor wants someone who will allow a "backroom deal" to renovate Wrigley Field.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Emanuel called that idea "ridiculous."

Quinn says Kelly Kraft, his communications director and former assistant budget director, would ensure any talk about Wrigley Field occurs in the open.

Emanuel says he wants someone with more financial experience to protect taxpayers from any mismanagement or bad business deals.

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Tight Senate, House Races Turn Snarky And Personal

Short on time and tempers, House and Senate candidates in tight races are turning snarky and personal in their attacks on their opponents.

The stakes, and the unpleasantness, are highest in the race for control of the Senate, where Republicans need to gain four seats to win the majority - only three if Republican Paul Ryan becomes vice president and, in his role as Senate president, breaks any tie votes.

In the battle for control of the Senate, neither Republicans nor Democrats have put away enough seats to tip the balance of power.

Republicans are favored to hold onto the House, where Democrats need to net 25 seats to regain control, but both parties want to win as many seats as possible.

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IRS Tax-Filing And Payment Extensions Expire October 15th

The deadline is fast approaching for thousands of Illinois residents who received a tax-filing extension.  Internal Revenue Service spokesman Bill Brunson says time is of the essence.

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The IRS is urging those taxpayers to double check their returns and take advantage of electronic filing at irs.gov.  October 15th is the last day for most taxpayers who requested a six-month extension.  Exceptions include military veterans returning from a combat zone and people in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi affected by Hurricane Isaac.

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Illinois Agencies Get Help Updating Radio Equipment

About 40 local emergency management agencies in Illinois are receiving federal funds to help them switch to narrowband radio equipment.

The grants totaling more than $400,000 were announced Tuesday by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force. The federal homeland security grants will help local agencies comply with Federal Communications Commission requirements.

Agencies must convert to narrowband equipment by the end of the year.

The move is meant to ease congestion and result in increased channel availability for public safety systems. If public safety agencies do not make the move to narrowband channels they may face a loss of communications capabilities. FCC rules will not protect wideband systems from harmful interference.

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Schools Partake In Wind Energy Project

A Fulton County school was the site of this year's "Illinois Wind for Schools" project kickoff.

Astoria Junior High School is 1 of 6 schools around the state to participate this year. A workshop there Tuesday included presentation of the school with model wind turbines, a weather station, lab activities, a comprehensive wind energy curriculum and materials to supplement teachers' academic goals.

The project's aim is to encourage energy education while targeting wind power. It's designed to meet Illinois Learning Standards in mathematics such as estimation, measurement, data analysis and probability.

The project is jointly operated by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University and the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University.

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Video Gaming Up And Running In Illinois

VIDEO GAMING IS NOW UP AND RUNNING IN ILLINOIS.

LONG AWAITED VIDEO GAMING IS AVAILABLE ON 278 TERMINALS AT 65 LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. MORE ARE EXPECTED TO COME ONLINE SAYS ILLINOIS GAMING BOARD SPOKESPERSON GENE O’SHEA.

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O’SHEA SAYS THE INDUSTRY WILL BE TIGHTLY REGULATED.

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THE LAW ALLOWS UP TO FIVE VIDEO GAMING MACHINES AT BARS, RESTAURANTS, TRUCK STOPS AND VETERAN'S HALLS. SOME OF THE MONEY COLLECTED WILL GO TO THE STATE FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS.

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Weather Helping Farmers During Harvest Season

Good weather has allowed combines to roll, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture says more than three-quarters of the state's corn crop has already been harvested - well ahead of last year's pace.

Patrick Kirchhofer of the Peoria County Farm Bureau explains mostly dry days have aided the harvest season. Kirchhofer says Peoria County farmers are finding the harvest is better than expected - considering the hot, dry weather Illinois endured this summer.

Ross Pauli of Edwards, for example, says he's been "pleasantly surprised" by what he's found in his fields so far.

Farmer Mike Hoeft, however, isn't happy. He's finding yields of 20 to 30 bushels an acre on some of his fields in Delavan. But Hoeft says "that's why you buy crop insurance."

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Weekly Crop Report

CORN AND SOYBEAN HARVEST CONTINUES IN ILLINOIS AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT.

CHIEF STATE CROP STATISTICIAN BRAD SCHWAB SAY FARMERS REMAIN WELL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE IN THE FIELDS.

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SCHWAB ADDS 97 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE NOW DROPPING LEAVES…AND 47 PERCENT HAS BEEN HARVESTED.

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AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE…AND NOW STANDS AT FOUR PERCENT SURPLUS…46 PERCENT ADEQUATE…33 PERCENT SHORT AND 17 PERCENT VERY SHORT. AS FOR OTHER CROPS…38 PERCENT OF SORGHUM HAS BEEN HARVESTED…AND THE THIRD CUTTING OF ALFALFA IS NOW 96 PERCENT COMPLETE. 30 PERCENT OF WINTER WHEAT HAS BEEN PLANTED.

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Fire Safety Week In Illinois

It's fire safety week in Illinois and local safety officials want to remind area residents of basic things to do to prevent fires.

Recently, the Mid-Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross has responded to over 10 fires of the past two weeks. Tara Winter with the Mid-Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross says this week is a good reminder of things to  be aware of to help ensure you and your family's safety.

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Part of the Red Cross's focus is to get out into the schools of their four County area and to inform them of things to do in the event of a fire. Winter says parents should also take the opportunity this week to talk to their kids about what to do should there be a fire in their home.

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With the fall season upon us, residents around Central Illinois will most likely be burning leaves as they fall. Executive Director of the Mid-Illinois Chapter, Carl Baker explains to never leave those fires unattended. He say you never know when they could spread with a gust of wind.

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Winter also encourages to have those dryer vents checked out and cleaned out. As heaters begin to be turned on, the Red Cross is also encouraging those residents to get those carbon monoxide detectors checked because the gas can build up in those ducts over the summer and the gas is deadly.

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FFA Porkchops Sales At Apple And Pork Big Hit Once Again

One of the most anticipated foods at the Apple and Pork festival each year are the porkchops and sandwiches that are provided by the FFA.
 
Colleen Paulin, who is the FFA instructor, explains that their porkchops are the biggest that you will find at the entire festival. She says the porkshops usually fall right off the bone because they are incredibly tender. Paulin adds they sell out quickly once the festival begins.
 
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Paulin explains the proceeds will go into benefiting FFA alumni as well as scholarships for current members. She says without the yearly festival, the FFA would be forced to participate in time-wasting, unwanted fundraisers.
 
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Paulin says the Apple and Pork is always one of the favorite events of the year for the FFA.

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Goodell Reaffirms Bounty Suspensions

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is reaffirming the suspensions of four players involved in the New Orleans Saints bounty case.  Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma remains suspended for the season but will not lose his salary for the six games he was on the physically unable to perform list.  Saints defensive end Will Smith remains suspended four games, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita's [[ fuh-JEE-tuh's ]] suspension is reduced from three games to one, and free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove's suspension is reduced from eight games to seven.  The initial suspensions were vacated by a collective bargaining panel before the start of the season.

Hargrove is currently unsigned but will get credit for the five games he has already missed if he is picked up by a another team.  Goodell was told by the panel to go back and clarify the language of the initial suspensions.  The panel ruled that pay-for-performance bonuses are a salary cap issue not under his jurisdiction, while pay-to-injure bonuses are an on-field issue that are under his jurisdiction.  The Players' Association says it will review Goodell's decision thoroughly and consider its options.

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Michigan State Mum On Prospect Parker At Media Day

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says the program is in on the right recruits.

Jabari Parker is one of them.

The highly touted senior from Chicago recently decided Michigan State is among his final five schools. Parker plans to make official visits to Michigan State, Duke, Florida, Stanford and BYU.

Izzo says he hasn't gotten any commitments from recruits for his next class, adding he and his assistant coaches have some work to do in the next few weeks.

NCAA rules prohibit coaches from commenting on high school players until they sign a national letter of intent as seniors. That prevented Izzo from saying anything about Parker, or any other recruit, on Tuesday at media day.

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Bulls Beat Grizz In Preseason Opener

Luol Deng scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Bulls to a 92-88 win over the Grizzlies in their preseason opener last night at the United Center.  Nazr Mohammed added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who also got 13 points apiece from Richard Hamilton and Nate Robinson.  The Bulls host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

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Rangers To Let Hamilton Explore Free Agency

The Texas Rangers will let slugger Josh Hamilton test the free-agent market before deciding whether to make a contract offer.  General Manager Jon Daniels says they will let the process play out and let Hamilton explore his options once he hits the open market following the World Series.  Daniels added that the team is not closing the door on Hamilton's return, but history shows players don't typically return to their original club after becoming a free agent.  The 31-year-old hit .285 with 43 home runs and 128 RBI this year, but has a well-documented history with drugs and alcohol.

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Playoffs Notes: Cards Travel To Washington For Game 3; Make Roster Move

>>Cards, Nats Shift To D.C. For Game Three

(Washington, DC)  --  The National League Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals now shifts to the nation's capital.  After splitting the first two games in St. Louis, Washington will host the best-of-five series the rest of the way.  The Cardinals send Chris Carpenter to the hill in today's Game Three, while the Nats counter with former Cardinal Edwin Jackson.  The 37-year-old Carpenter made a late season return after missing most of the year with a nerve issue that caused problems in his neck and shoulder.  The 29-year-old Jackson went 10-and-11 with a 4.03 ERA this season for the Nationals.  He was with St. Louis last year during its run to the World Series title.

>>Giants Edge Reds In 10 To Stay Alive

(Cincinnati, OH)  --  Buster Posey scored on an error with two outs in the top of the 10th as the Giants avoided elimination with a 2-1 win over the Reds in Game Three of their NLDS.  Angel Pagan plated a run on a sac-fly in the third for the Giants, who had only three hits in the win.  Sergio Romo tossed two perfect innings to get the victory.  Jay Bruce singled in a run in the first for the Reds, who still hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five set.  Jonathan Broxton was charged with the loss.  Cincinnati will host Game Four on Wednesday.

>>A's Hold Off Tigers, Elimination From ALDS

(Oakland, CA)  --  Yoenis Cespedes singled in a run in the first and Oakland never looked back, grabbing a 2-0 win over the Tigers and holding off elimination in their ALDS.  Seth Smith added a solo homer in the fifth for the A's, who trail Detroit in the best-of-five series two-games-to-one.  Brett Anderson fired six innings of two-hit ball while striking out six.  Grant Balfour came on to get the save.  Anibal Sanchez gave up two runs in six-and-a-third innings to suffer the loss for the Tigers.  Jhonny Peralta managed two of the four total hits for Detroit.  The Athletics will host Game Four Wednesday night.

>>Cardinals Drop Garcia, Add Miller To Playoff Roster

(Washington, DC)  --  The Cardinals are making an injury change to their postseason roster.  Starting pitcher Jaime Garcia has been placed on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain and inflammation in his left shoulder.  Rookie Shelby Miller has been added to the roster to take Garcia's spot.

>>Reds Ace Cueto Has Oblique Strain

(Cincinnati, OH)  --  Cincinnati Reds ace starting pitcher Johnny Cueto has been diagnosed with a mild right oblique strain.  His status for the rest of the playoffs is now in jeopardy.  Cueto suffered the injury in Game One of the Reds' National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.  If he is put on the disabled list, he would be forced to sit out the rest of the NLDS as well as the NL Championship Series.

Cueto could return to the World Series if the Reds make it.  The hard-throwing right-hander was originally diagnosed with back spasms after exiting just eight pitches in to Game One.  Reds manager Dusty Baker said Mike Leake would be activated and replace Cueto if he is disabled.  The Reds host the Giants in Game Four of their NLDS Wednesday night.  Cincinnati leads 2-1 in the best-of-five series.

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DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-10

October 10, 2012

 

Jail Population: 77

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

Shayna Garrelts, 27, Champaign, was issued a citation for Speeding (72 mph in a 55 mph zone). Garrelts posted the necessary bond and was released.

 

 

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.

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DJWH Introduces New Pharmacy Partnership To Help Them Out

 width=Starting Monday, patients at the Dr. John Warner Hospital who get their prescriptions filled in Clinton can take advantage of a new program that will help benefit the hospital.

The '340B Drug Program' allows the hospital to partner with Walgreens pharmacy to fill their prescription needs, and at the same time benefit the hospital. CEO of the DJWH, Earl Sheehy explains the hospital does not have a pharmaceutical license, nor do they want to get one, and this program allows them to partner with Walgreens to provide the 340B retail services.

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Through the program, the city owned hospital will be reimbursed for the drugs for supplying them through a virtual inventory. Walgreens will get reimbursed for their filling fee. Sheehy says while patients are still allowed to fill their prescriptions through other pharmacies, they can help the hospital by going to Walgreens.

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The DJWH has been a part of the 340B program already, and Sheehy says it was just a basic involvement of getting their vaccines through the program. He explains through the program, they cannot use the same program for outpatient services, it can only be used as an inpatient program, and to get into the outpatient services, they would have to have separate inventory of drugs for that.

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Sheehy explains there are state and federal laws prohibiting hospitals from competing with retail pharmacies, so again they would have to have a completely separate inventory of drugs, and Sheehy adds if they had a retail pharmacy, they could get penalized and lose money. So having a retail pharmacy at the hospital is not a viable option for them.

Patients again can start taking advantage of the program Monday.

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Bears Extend Condolences To Murdered Fan

The Chicago Bears are expressing condolences after a fan was murdered before their game against Jacksonville.

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Head Coach Lovie Smith says the team is always happy when fans like William Chris Pettry go on the road to support them.  Pettry was killed early Sunday morning in Jacksonville when someone slit his throat at a bar near the team hotel.  Police have charged Matthew Hinson with murder.

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Florida Police Search For Answers In Murder Of Bears' Fan

Police in Florida are still searching for answers after a Chicago Bears fan was murdered. Jacksonville County Police Lieutenant Rob Schoonover believes Matthew Hinson murdered William "Chris" Pettry because he talked to his wife.

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Jacksonville County Police Lieutenant Rob Schoonover says Matthew Hinson went into a jealous rage then slit William "Chris" Pettry's throat.  Schoonover also called Hinson's actions on early Sunday "cold-blooded" because he apparently showed no emotion during the incident.  Pettry was visiting Jacksonville from Lake Villa to see the Bears take on the Jaguars.  In a post on Facebook, his wife says she's "numb, angry and very lost" over the murder.

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Possible Dwight Closure Puts Dog Program At Risk

The organizers of a program that trains dogs to help those in need say the planned closure of a central Illinois prison may put their efforts in jeopardy.

Prisoners at the Dwight Correctional Center train dogs for Luthern Church Charities' K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. The program started after a gunman killed five students at Northern Illinois University. The dogs are sent to disasters, like last year's Joplin, Mo., tornado.

Luthern Church Charities President Tim Hetzner says it would hurt the program if the prison closes. Program officials say they pay for all expenses and don't use any state money.

Gov. Pat Quinn has said he wants to close major lockups at Dwight and Tamms and three halfway houses because of the budget crisis.

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University of Illinois Celebrates LED Inventor On 50th Anniversary

 The University of Illinois is planning a big celebration for 1 of its most recognized scientists - Nick Holonyak (HOHL'-nyak) Jr.

Holonyak will be honored Tuesday to mark the 50th anniversary of his invention of the first practical light-emitting diode, or LED.

The 83-year-old researcher's discovery led to a host of developments from digital clocks to the lasers that make CD players possible to fiber-optic communication networks.

Holonyak calls the LED the "ultimate lamp," but the southern Illinois native isn't done inventing. His latest work with U of I Professor Milton Feng is focused on a high-speed transistor laser.

U of I Chancellor Phyllis Wise says it's wonderful to meet someone like Holonyak who's had a huge impact but remains "a totally modest person."

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Today is Final Day To Register To Vote

The deadline to register to vote in the November presidential election has arrived.

Tuesday is the last day that those who are eligible can contact their local city, village, library or township office or the Illinois State Board of Elections to register to vote.

Voters must be at least 18 years old on Nov. 6, a citizen of the United States and have lived in their election precinct for at least 30 days before the election.

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State's New 'Focus On The Four' To Focus On More Personalized Student Learning

The Common Core many school districts have been focusing their attention on is only part of a handful of changes coming from the state of Illinois in the coming years.

There are four parts to what the Illinois State Board of Education is going to change. Superintendent of Heyworth Schools, Dr. Ty Wolfe explains the "Focus on the Four" campaign has four areas of focus for the State BOE. The first is support of lower performing schools. Dr. Wolfe explains this will change the current way schools are funded.

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The second initiative creates an identification number to see how each student does going from pre-K all the way through high school and into college. Dr. Wolfe says it is the Heyworth districts goal to get more than one year's growth in a years time.

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The third part of the initiative focuses on creating more effective teachers and leaders. Dr. Wolfe explains the fourth initiative is where the Common Core standards begin to come into play. He explains it will change the way students are assessed through testing, and also changes the way they take assessment tests.

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Dr. Wolfe feels this initiative is an attempt to personalize the learning experience and also creates an environment where a student can be challenged, whether they are struggling or exceeding.

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Warner Library New Home To Legal Help Center

The Warner Public Library is the new home to a Legal Help Center.

The help center comes courtesy of a grant the library received from Illinois Coalition For Equal Justice. Librarian Bobbi Perryman explains this help center will help with just about any civil matter if you cannot get a lawyer. She feels it helps ease the process during what is already a difficult time for the person.

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Perryman explains local Judge Garry Bryan applied for the grant and recommended the library be the housing place for the computer. She adds it is a nice set up with a printer and headphones. Perryman feels the library is a suitable place for the system since they are the open a lot and the library is a more comfortable environment than the Courthouse.

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Perryman says if someone comes in to use the computer, they will not be given advice from the library staff. She says that is considered "practicing law without a license".

The system can be accessed at the Warner Public Library during regular business hours, and it is also available online at dewitt.illinoislegalaid.org.

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NFL Notes

>>Texans Hold Off Jets

(East Rutherford, NJ)  --  Arian Foster scampered for 152 yards and a touchdown as the Texans held off the Jets, 23-17, on "Monday Night Football."  Matt Schaub threw for 209 yards, a touchdown and an interception as Houston improved to 5-and-0 for the first time in franchise history.  Owen Daniels caught four passes for 79 yards and a score in the victory.  Mark Sanchez was 14-of-31 for 230 yards, a touchdown and two costly interceptions for the Jets, who dropped to 2-and-3.  Joe McKnight returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the loss.

>>Packers' Benson May Need Foot Surgery

(Green Bay, WI)  --  Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson reportedly has a Lisfranc foot injury that will sideline him for up to two months.  ESPN reports the injury could cause Benson to miss the season if doctors determine he needs surgery.  Benson is scheduled for further testing on the foot.  Packers head coach Mike McCarthy already ruled Benson out for Sunday's game in Houston against the Texans.  The 29-year-old has rushed for 248 yards and one touchdown in five games this season, his first in Green Bay.

>>T.O. Asks Jets For A Chance On Twitter

(Undated)  --  Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens took to Twitter during Monday night's Jets-Texans game to ask for another chance to play in the league.  Owens tweeted, "Hey JETS!!! I'm available! I'm ready, willing & able! Call my agent @jordanwoy & let's make it happen."  The 38-year-old hasn't appeared in a regular season NFL game since 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals.  He spent training camp with the Seattle Seahawks this year, but was cut before the season started.  In 15 seasons, Owens caught 1,078 passes for nearly 16-thousand yards and 153 touchdowns.

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Bulls Open Pre-Season Play Tonight

>>Bulls Open Preseason Play

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bulls begin preseason play against the Grizzlies at the United Center at 7:00 tonight.  The contest is the first of three exhibition games for the Bulls this week.  Chicago will host Cleveland at Assembly Hall on Friday before hitting the road to face the Timberwolves on Saturday.

>>Noah's Status Uncertain

(Chicago, IL)  --  It's unclear if Bulls center Joakim Noah will play in tonight's game against the Grizzlies.  Head coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah missed his third straight practice yesterday due to personal reasons.  Noah will be a game-time decision.

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Beltran Leads Cardinals Over Nationals

>>Cards Clobber Nats To Get Even

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Carlos Beltran homered twice and plated three as the Cardinals clobbered the Nationals, 12-4, in Game Two of their NLDS.  Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso also went deep to help the Cards even the best-of-five set at a game apiece.  Lance Lynn tossed three innings in relief of Jaime [[ HIGH-may ]] Garcia to earn the win.  Ryan Zimmerman and Andy LaRoche hit solo homers for the Nats, who will host Game Three on Wednesday.  Jordan Zimmermann was tagged for five runs in only three innings to take the loss.

MLB ALDS
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Baltimore Orioles 3, New York Yankees 2
(Best-of-five ALDS tied, 1-1)

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Illini Find Silver Lining In Loss At Wisconsin

Illinois coach Tim Beckman isn't calling last weekend's 31-14 loss to Wisconsin a victory, moral or otherwise.

The first-year coach said Monday he saw three quarters of pretty good football out of the Illini (2-4, 0-2 Big Ten). And that's an improvement.

Now as the Illini prepare for another tough road test at No. 25 Michigan (3-2, 1-0), Beckman says his team needs to learn how to finish.

Illinois lost in back-to-back blowouts before the Wisconsin game but found itself very much in Saturday's game after three quarters. The Badgers led 10-7.

Safety Steve Hull said the defense can build on what it did right in those 45 minutes of football.

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DeWitt County Sheriff's Holiday Weekend Report

 

October 6, 2012

 

Jail Population: 76

Summons Served: 1

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

October 7, 2012

 

Jail Population: 76

Summons Served: 6

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

October 8, 2012

 

Jail Population: 77

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

October 9, 2012

 

Jail Population: 77

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

Investigation into the scene of an accident which occurred at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, revealed that a vehicle driven by Zach Groves, 24, Normal, was traveling on south on Green Valley Road near Ten Mile Creek when the vehicle left the roadway and entered the water. Driver and passengers abandoned the vehicle in the waterway. No injuries were reported and the vehicle was towed from the scene. Groves was issued citations for Improper Lane Usage and Immediate Notice Of Accident.

 

 

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.

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Clinton Police Holiday Weekend Report

 

CITATIONS

10/6/12

DREY N. REES 17, CLINTON OPERATING VEHICLE OUTSIDE PERMITTED DRIVING RESTRICTION TIME-GDL. BOND POSTED

TRAVIS J. DICKEN 19, DECATUR SPEEDING 72 MPH IN A 55 MPH ZONE. BOND POSTED

VERNON L. KING 39, SPRINGFIELD NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE. NOTICE TO APPEAR ISSUED

 

10/8/12

STEFANIE H. HOPKINS 26, DECATUR SPEEDING 73 MPH IN A 55 MPH ZONE. NOTICE TO APPEAR ISSUED

LORETTA L. BUESCHER 47, DECATUR NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE. NOTICE TO APPEAR ISSUED.

MICHAEL J. HOWELL 35, DECATUR NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE. NOTICE TO APPEAR ISSUED

 

ON 10/6/12 CLINTON POLICE ARRESTED RUDOLFO A. SARINANA 22, CLINTON ON A 2 DEWITT COUNTY WARRANTS. SARINANA WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE DEWITT COUNTY JAIL AND RELEASED TO CORRECTIONS.

 

ON 10/6/12 CLINTON POLICE ARRESTED STEPHEN T. CHRISPEN-MANDRELL 19, CLINTON AND A 17 YEAR OLD JUVENILE FOR ILLEGAL CONSUMPTION OF ALCHOL BY A MINOR. CHRISPEN-MANDRELL WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE DEWITT COUNTY JAIL AND RELEASED TO CORRECTIONS AND THE JUVENILE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE CLINTON POLICE DEPT AND RELEASED TO THEIR PARENT PENDING FORMAL CHARGES IN COURT.

 

ON 10/6/12 CLINTON POLICE ARRESTED GARY L. SETZER 58, CLINTON ON A DEWITT COUNTY WARRANT. SETZER WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE DEWITT COUNTY JAIL AND RELEASED TO CORRECTIONS.

 

ON 10/8/12 CLINTON POLICE ARRESTED ANTHONY J. REAVES 26, CLINTON FOR DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED AND OPERATING UNINSURED MOTOR VEHICLE. REAVES WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE DEWITT COUNTY JAIL AND RELEASED TO CORRECTIONS.

 

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW

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Illinois Oil Buys Clinton's Evergreen FS

The Clinton Evergreen FS station has been bought out by a Midwest tank manufacturing operation.

Illinois Oil Marketing Equipment, Inc., or IOME, has announced the purchase of the tank production facility of Evergreen FS, Inc in Clinton. Spokesman for IOME, Mark McLaren explains they are in a cyclical business and there are years when there are barely enough sales to support operations, and years when there is not enough capacity to support the sales.  He adds the volume created by this combination will bring added value and consistency to the market.

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The purchase of Evergreen FS gives Illinois Oil a more specific clientèle focused on farmers. McLaren says all during the negotiations, Evergreen FS was a small player, but a significant player. He feels both sides will benefit from each others specialties.

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Illinois Oil is going to need personnel for the Clinton site. McLaren says currently employees at the Evergreen FS site are being interviewed for positions in the new structure. He says some employees can opt to retire or some can move to other locations within the FS company.

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Illinois Oil began manufactering oil in 2007 in Clinton, and according to McLaren, it was because they were not getting what they needed from those who were manufacturing tanks for them.

IOME also bought the tank production equipment of Fabstar Tanks, Inc., Cayuga, IN. All three organizations have manufactured tanks in the 110-10,000 gallon range.  All production will be combined at the current and newly acquired property in Clinton. Tanks manufactured by IOME are distributed across the Midwest.

Illinois Oil Marketing Equipment, Inc. was founded in 1954, and is headquartered in Pekin, IL.

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Thomson Eager To Push Forward After Prison Sale

Residents of a small northwest Illinois village say they're eager for economic opportunities after the sale of a prison to the federal government.

The sale of Thomson Correctional Center could bring up to 1,600 inmates and just as many jobs to struggling Thomson where fewer than 600 people reside.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons will pay $165 million for the facility and convert it into a maximum security prison estimated to generate about $200 million annually in economic activity. Thomson was built in the 1990s but never fully opened due to state budget shortfalls.

Some Republicans have blasted the sale saying it could "set in motion" a plan to house suspected terrorists.

Democrats rebuked those claims saying that treaties bar such action.

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Illinois Receives Tainted Meningitis Shot

Illinois is one of 23 states that received tainted steroid shots from a Massachusetts pharmacy.  Health officials say 35 people across the nation have contracted meningitis, six have died.   All of them had recently received an injection of the contaminated steroid shot to treat back pain.  So far no one in Illinois has been infected.  The drug has been recalled.

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Illinois Congressional Races Getting Ugly

Some Illinois congressional races are getting ugly.

Democrats have several chances to pick up seats here and perhaps win control of the U.S. House. That attracts national organizations and raises the stakes.

In southern Illinois, Democrats accused Jason Plummer of wanting to end Medicare, but that's a distortion of what he said. Meanwhile, Republicans are exaggerating Bill Enyart's limited connection to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

In eastern Illinois, GOP candidate Rodney Davis faces false accusations that he was "in the middle" of former Gov. George Ryan's scandal. Democrat David Gill is being called a radical who would wipe out Medicare.

And in northwestern Illinois, Republicans claimed Democrat Cheri Bustos wasted tax money to help her local country club. But she wasn't even a member of the club.

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9 1/2 Foot Tall Cake Celebrates New Peoria Museum

Bakers in central Illinois created a 9 1/2-foot tall cake to celebrate the new Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Six local shops worked together on the six-level cake, which was dedicated to the museum on Friday. It took five months to make the confection. Workers used about 50 pounds of sugar fondant. The cake also is made of plaster. That's because it needs to last until the museum's grand opening on Oct. 20.

Museum CEO Jim Richardson says the cake has "captured the spirit of the museum." He says it's "quite ephemeral, and shows the creativity this place inspires."

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Tuesday Final Day To Register To Vote

Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in time for the November general election.

Cook County Clerk David Orr says his office is "seeing a surge in registrations" and he hopes it will continue. Orr says his downtown Chicago office and five suburban offices will stay open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday for those who want to register.

Orr says that as of last week the total number of registered voters in Cook County was 1.3 million. That compares with about 1.4 million at this time before the 2008 presidential election.

Orr says his office has processed about 45,000 registrations since the beginning of September.

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Drought, Early Spring Affecting Illinois Fall Colors

Brilliant red, yellow and orange fall colors are popping up over Illinois but state horticulture experts aren't sure how long leaves will hold the hues this season after a summer drought.

Rhonda Ferree is a horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension in central Illinois. She says fall color is early this year because of the early spring and the drought. But she says rains from Hurricane Isaac in August gave some Illinois trees a reprieve. Experts in Illinois expect a shorter fall color season. Ferree says the drought caused some plants to turn brown early. She says once leaves turn brown they won't color.

Fall colors are visible in Illinois state parks, including Starved Rock State Park in northern Illinois and Sugar Grove Nature Center outside Bloomington.

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Could Be Cold, Wet Fall

AFTER A COOL…WET SEPTEMBER…IT MAY BE MORE OF THE SAME FOR THE REST OF THIS MONTH.

FORECASTERS INITIALLY PREDICTED THIS FALL WOULD BRING ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES…AND LOW RAINFALL. BUT STATE CLIMATOLOGIST JIM ANGEL SAYS THAT’S CHANGED.

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EVEN WITH THE RECENT RAINS…WE’RE STILL SHORT ON PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR. ILLINOIS HAS RECEIVED A LITTLE OVER 22 INCHES OF RAIN FROM JANUARY THROUGH SEPTEMBER. THAT’S MORE THAN EIGHT INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

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RCC Project Helping Adults Reach Reading Potential

A silent issue in central Illinois that holds back thousands of adults in life is the problem of illiteracy.

One local group is reaching out in the Decatur area to help those who either cannot read or struggle to comprehend what they are reading. Julie Pangrack is the Literacy Coordinator for Project READ through Richland Community College. She says while illiteracy is often associated with children, they are finding adults are the ones who are struggling.

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Pangrack says in Macon County alone they have found there are tens of thousands of adults who do not currently have a high school diploma. She says while the numbers are quite staggering for Macon County, the problem is far greater in Illinois and America as a whole.

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With huge numbers, the task is certainly daunting for Project READ to help turn people's lives around. Pangrack explains they help people one individual at a time. She says they have trained volunteers that help people through an intensive course that is producing very good results and helping people through meeting the individual needs of their students.

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Once a student who comes into the program comes to the realization they are improving, their confidence grows, and they begin to set higher goals for themselves. Pangrack says this program has transformed the lives of many people . She says helping people who struggle with reading can improve the communities in which we live.

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There is currently a 100-person waiting list to get into the program, however, anyone wanting more information about enrolling in the program or volunteering can visit www.projectread.richland.edu or can email Pangrack at projectread@richland.edu.

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Monticello Confident They Can Find Conference

The three schools left in the dark in the Okaw Valley shake up may have a conference after all.

Pending approval from the athletic directors of the Sangamon Valley Conference, Monticello, Tolono Unity and Maroa-Forsyth have applied to join the nine member conference of west-central Illinois. Monticello Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Randy Moss says this may be an avenue for them to acquire a conference affiliation for the school year 2014-15.

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A decision is expected this week on whether Monticello will be allowed to join the Sangamon Valley Conference. Moss says if things do not go their way, he is still optimistic they can find something, and continue the Okaw Valley on. He explains because most conference require an early November notice of memberships, time is running out for Monticello to find a conference affiliation.

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One of the original reasons for several schools talking of dismembering was travel costs. Moss says while that is certainly a primary concern with becoming an independent, he says that will limit the amount of games for certain programs, but won't be a reason for shutting the programs down all together.

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Moss says he is confident Monticello will find a conference affiliation, however, he adds it could be the 2015-16 school year before they either join, or find other schools to join them in a new Okaw Valley Conference.

Because Monticello is a founding member of the Okaw Valley Conference, they hold the naming rights to it.

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Clinton Golf and Football Teams Enjoy Successful Apple and Pork Weekend

 width=The latest Apple and Pork Festival drew in a record crowd for Saturday. The Clinton High School Golf Team set up its annual kettle corn booth to raise funds for the program. Saturday morning started off with a bang and Coach Randy Workman said the line was so long it was difficult to get caught up.

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Coach Workman said he never planned on opening a kettle corn stand at the Apple and Pork but when his wife needed money for her cheerleading program at the high school they took it over. Now that she no longer coaches the cheerleaders, the golf team and the football team co-op in running the booth.

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Since the festival is so big, Workman says they will arrive with lots of supplies and by the end of the weekend, there will be little to no supplies left over for the next year. In the end, the golf and football program take the money earned from the booth, pay all of the bills and then split the money 50-50 so both programs can benefit equally.

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With the record-breaking attendence this year, Coach Workman said they sold more popcorn than they have in years past. The proceeds from the festival go towards the JV golf program to develop younger and less experienced players into key golfers for future varsity teams.

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Kenseth Survives Wreck Carnage To Win At Talladega

Matt Kenseth came through a 24-car wreck in the final turn to win the fourth race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday.  The massive pileup was triggered by defending Cup champion Tony Stewart.  NASCAR spent nearly one hour reviewing video to determine the final finish of each driver after the wreck.  

Jeff Gordon was slotted second followed by Kyle Busch, David Ragan and Regan Smith.  With six races to go in the Chase, Brad Keselowski holds a 14-point lead on Jimmie Johnson.  Denny Hamlin is 23 points back of Keselowski followed by Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer.  The Chase heads to Charlotte next week.

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Nats Knock Off Cards In Game One

>>Nats Knock Off Cards In Game One

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Tyler Moore's pinch-hit, two-run single in the eighth pushed the Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Cardinals in Game One of their NLDS.  Kurt Suzuki smacked an RBI single to help Washington grab a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five set.  Ryan Mattheus was credited with the win.  Drew Storen closed things out for the save.  Jon Jay plated a run during a two-run second inning for the Cardinals, who will host Game Two on Monday.  Adam Wainwright struck out 10 over five-and-two-thirds innings of one-run ball in a no-decison.  Mitchell Boggs was charged with the loss.

MLB NLDS
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Cincinnati Reds 9, San Francisco Giants 0
(Reds lead best-of-five NLDS, 2-0)

MLB ALDS
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Detroit Tigers 5, Oakland Athletics 4
(Tigers lead best-of-five ALDS, 2-0)

New York Yankees 7, Baltimore Orioles 2
(Yankees lead best-of-five ALDS, 1-0)

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Bears Blast Jags; Colts Stun Packers

>>Bears Blast Jaguars

(Jacksonville, FL)  --  Brandon Marshall had 12 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown as the Bears blew out the Jaguars, 41-3.  Jay Cuter tossed for 292 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for Chicago, which moved to 4-and-1.  The Bears' defense scored twice via an interception.  Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs each took a pick to the house, becoming the first set of teammates to do so in consecutive games in NFL history.  Blaine Gabbert threw for 142 yards and the two picks in defeat.  Maurice Jones-Drew was held to 56 yards on 12 carries for Jacksonville, which dropped to 1-and-4.

>>Colts Come Back To Stun Packers

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  Reggie Wayne's four-yard touchdown grab with 39 seconds left gave the Colts a stunning 30-27 win over the Packers.  Luck threw for 362 yards, two scores and an interception for the Colts, who erased a 21-3 halftime deficit to improve to 2-and-2.  Wayne had 13 catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns for Indianapolis, which played for the first time without head coach Chuck Pagano.  Pagano is battling leukemia.  Aaron Rodgers passed for 243 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the Packers, who fell to 2-and-3.  James Jones had two touchdown catches in the loss.  Mason Crosby had a chance to force overtime, but his 51-yard field goal with eight seconds to go went wide left.

NFL
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Atlanta Falcons 24, Washington Redskins 17
Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Philadelphia Eagles 14
New York Giants 41, Cleveland Browns 27
Miami Dolphins 17, Cincinnati Bengals 13
Baltimore Ravens 9, Kansas City Chiefs 6
Seattle Seahawks 16, Carolina Panthers12
New England Patriots 31, Denver Broncos 21
San Francisco 49ers 45, Buffalo Bills 3
Minnesota Vikings 30, Tennessee Titans 7
New Orleans Saints 31, San Diego Chargers 24

>>Colts Deliver Game Ball To Ill Coach

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  The Indianapolis Colts went the extra mile following Sunday's surprising 30-27 win over the Green Bay Packers.  Team owner Jim Irsay visited the Simon Cancer Center after the victory to deliver the game ball to ailing head coach Chuck Pagano [[ puh-GAH-noh ]], who is battling leukemia.  Pagano was diagnosed with the treatable form of the disease early last week and will continue to undergo treatment in the coming weeks.  Irsay, along with interim head coach Bruce Arians, spoke to the team following the victory and dedicated the triumph to their coach.  Pagano is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks as he battles the disease.

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Illinois, ISU Fall; Western Wins

>>Illinois Falls At Wisconsin

Joel Stave threw two touchdown passes and Wisconsin's running game showed signs of life as the Badgers defeated Illinois 31-14 on Saturday.

Stave threw for 254 yards for the Badgers (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten), who rushed for 173 yards - 96 in the fourth quarter.

The offensive struggles of the Illini (2-4, 0-2) continued, with quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase the only positive. He finished with 178 yards passing and 84 rushing as Illinois gained 287 yards overall.

Scheelhaase ran for a 5-yard touchdown in the first quarter and threw for an 8-yard touchdown to Ryan Lankford to make it 24-14 late in the game.

But Jared Abberdaris fielded the ensuing onside kick, and Montee Ball scored his second touchdown of the game to snuff any hopes of an Illinois comeback.

Ball has 59 rushing TDs in his career, nine shy of the NCAA record. He finished with 19 carries for 116 yards.

>>Southern Illinois Shuts Out ISU

Anthony Thompson returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, and Southern Illinois intercepted four passes en route to a 17-0 victory against Illinois State on Saturday.

The Salukis (3-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley), who had just 182 yards of offense, recorded their first shutout since 2009.

Cameron James blocked Patrick Wright's punt, and Thompson ran it 16 yards to the end zone with 5:38 remaining in the first quarter.

Matt Brown was 21 of 40 for 216 yards for the Redbirds (5-1, 2-1), but all 4 of his interceptions thwarted drives inside the Southern Illinois 35-yard line.

The Salukis salted it away with their most sustained offense of the game, driving 91 yards in 10 plays to Mika'il McCall's 1-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter.

Tyler Williamson had seven tackles, a sack and interception for Southern Illinois.

>>Western Beats South Dakota

Wil Lunt connected with Fredson Salomon on a 66-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter Saturday and Western Illinois held on to beat South Dakota 24-17.

The Leathernecks (3-2, 1-1 Missouri Valley) trailed 10-3 at halftime but Kieron James blocked a punt to set Western Illinois up in Coyotes territory, and Lunt threw a 25-yard TD pass to Salomon to tie it. Lunt later hit Charles Chestnut for 39 yards to the South Dakota 1 and Caulton Ray ran it in on the next play to make it 17-10 WIU late in the third quarter.

South Dakota (1-4, 0-2) tied it up quickly. After Jasper Sanders returned the kickoff 55 yards, three plays later Josh Vander Maten found Anthony Williams for 41 yards and the tying score. But Lunt and Salomon answered for the winning points with 7:40 left.

Nikko Watson ran for 138 yards for the Leathernecks.

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Waynesville Women's Club Enjoys Successful 2012 Apple and Pork Festival

The 2012 Apple and Pork Festival was great success this year for many of our local vendors.
 
One of those vendors was the Waynesville Women's Club. The organization makes their famous gingerbread cookies. Carol Spaulding, who is a member of the club, said that the money from the cookies goes toward their local community.
 
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Spaulding says there is quite a bit of preparation that goes into making these cookies every year. She explains they will have several baking sessions in preparation and this it resulted in an inventory of 7-thousand cookies, 6-thousand of which all sold Saturday.
 
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Spaulding says that the Apple and Pork Festival is essential to the Waynesville Women's Club.

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College Illinois Enrollment Now Open

ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN FOR THE STATE’S COLLEGE ILLINOIS PREPAID TUITION PROGRAM.

NO NEW CONTRACTS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR AWHILE…OVER CONCERNS ABOUT PROGRAM MISMANAGEMENT. BUT COLLEGE ILLINOIS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ERIC ZARNIKOW (zar-ni-coe) SAYS THEY ARE BACK OPEN FOR BUSINESS…LETTING FAMILIES PAY FOR THEIR CHILDREN’S FUTURE COLLEGE EDUCATION…AT CURRENT PRICES.

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ZARNIKOW SAYS THEY ARE OFFERING SPECIAL RATES THROUGH THE END OF DECEMBER.

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TO SIGN UP FOR COLLEGE ILLINOIS…VISIT THE WEBSITE: 529 PREPAID TUITION DOT ORG.

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CPA Outlines Plan To Pay For Teacher Conflict

Chicago school officials say they've come up with a plan to pay for the first year of a new teacher contract.

Officials say salary increases will amount to $103 million in the first year of the 3-year contract ratified this week by Chicago Teachers Union.

The plan released on Friday doesn't include classroom cuts. Instead, most of the money will come from restructuring debt, selling surplus properties and capitalizing interest from a bond sale. The rest will come from reducing costs and not filling non-teaching vacancies.

The contract includes a new evaluation system and an agreement that some teachers can keep their jobs if schools close. It also includes an agreement on implementing a longer school day.

Teachers went on strike Sept. 10, idling about 350,000 students for seven days.

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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

IT’S BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IN ILLINOIS…AND STATE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE URGING WOMEN TO GET AN ANNUAL MAMMOGRAM.

ALL WOMEN OVER THE AGE OF 40 SHOULD HAVE A MAMMOGRAM DONE EACH YEAR SAYS PUBLIC HEALTH SPOKESPERSON SABRINA MILLER. YOUNGER WOMEN SHOULD DO SELF BREAST EXAMS AT HOME…AND EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH FOR POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS OF BREAST CANCER.

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YOU CAN HELP LOWER YOUR RISK OF BREAST CANCER BY EXERCISING REGULARLY...MAINTAINING A HEALTHY WEIGHT…AND LIMITING THE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL YOU DRINK.

MILLER SAYS ALL WOMEN SHOULD DO MONTHLY SELF BREAST EXAMS AND LOOK FOR CHANGES INCLUDING PAIN…LUMPS…AND NIPPLE DISCHARGE.

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AN ESTIMATED 94-HUNDRED WOMEN WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER IN ILLINOIS THIS YEAR. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE STATE’S FREE SCREENING PROGRAM…VISIT THE WEBSITE: CANCER SCREENING DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.

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Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month In Illinois

IT’S INFANT SAFE SLEEP AWARENESS MONTH IN ILLINOIS.

SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR INFANTS BETWEEN ONE MONTH AND ONE YEAR OF AGE. DOCTOR PAULA JAUDES (jaw-diss) WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES SAYS THE NUMBER ONE RULE FOR PREVENTING SIDS IS TO LAY BABIES TO SLEEP ON THEIR BACKS. IN ADDITION…BABIES NEED TO SLEEP IN THEIR OWN CRIB.

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JAUDES ADDS THREE SIMPLE RULES CAN HELP PREVENT SUCH A TRAGEDY.

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STATISTICS SHOW SIDS OCCURS MORE OFTEN IN MALES AND MINORITY INFANTS.

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Are Organic Foods Really More Healthy?

Organic foods are a growing trend, but are they better or more nutritious than conventionally grown foods?

More organic foods are now being offered in supermarkets. And there is some confusion about the nutritional value of organic foods compared to conventionally grown foods. Sara Lopinski, registered dietitian at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, says a recent study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine indicated that there is little evidence that organic foods are healthier.

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Lopinski says the term “organic” can be used for foods that are grown and processed according to U.S. organic standards. However, the terms natural or all natural or free-range, hormone-free, are unregulated by the U.S. D.A, so there are no standards established. She offers this advice about organic foods.

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Lopinski says non-organic fruits and vegetables have high nutritional value and are safe to consume. She recommends washing and scrubbing fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water to help remove pesticides.

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Weekly Weather Report

It was cooler week in Illinois this week. State Climotologist Jim Angel says we will see much cooler with little rain.

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Quinn Drops Union Chief's Wife From State Job

 Gov. Pat Quinn has fired a workers' compensation arbitrator who is married to the head of a major state-employees union.

Jacqueline Kinnaman had been an arbitrator since 2004. She is married to Henry Bayer, executive director for Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

The union is battling Quinn over salaries, layoffs and retirement benefits.

Kinnaman and AFSCME said they have no "direct knowledge" to suggest her firing was a jab at her husband.

Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson would only say Friday that Kinnaman's term had expired and the governor decided to go in a different direction by making several new appointments.

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Bust Honoring Richard Pryor Unveiled in Peoria

Legendary comedian and Peoria native Richard Pryor has been honored by an artist in his hometown.

R. Rashad Reed's ceramic bust of the late entertainer was unveiled to the public Thursday at John H. Gwynn Park. Reed says that Pryor is an icon and a notable part of Peoria's history.

Pryor was born in Peoria in 1940 and grew up in his grandmother's brothel in the central Illinois community. He went on to be known for his stand-up performances and films such as "Silver Streak" and "Stir Crazy." He died in 2005.

The comedian's son, Richard Pryor Jr., attended Thursday's ceremony in Peoria. He says it is great to see the city come together to honor his father.

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IEMA Urges Families To Include Pets In Disaster Preparedness Plans

THE ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SAYS ANY GOOD DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLAN INCLUDES YOUR FAMILY PETS.

THIS MONTH…IEMA OFFICIALS ARE FOCUSING ON WHAT YOUR PET MIGHT NEED IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY…AND HOW TO BEST PREPARE FOR A DISASTER SAYS SPOKESPERSON PATTI THOMPSON.

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THOMPSON SAYS WHILE YOU PUT TOGETHER AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR YOUR FAMILY…YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT YOUR PET’S NEEDS AS WELL.


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THOMPSON SAYS IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A THREE DAY SUPPLY OF FOOD AND WATER FOR YOUR PETS ON HAND…AS WELL AS A PICTURE OF THEM AND THEIR VACCINATIONS RECORDS. A PET FIRST AID KIT AND CRATE OR PET CARRIER IS ALSO RECOMMENDED.

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New Contest Aims To Combat Teen Dating Violence

A NEW CONTEST AIMS TO COMBAT TEEN DATING VIOLENCE.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO CREATE A VIDEO PROMOTING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS IN THE “NO MORE DATING ABUSE” VIDEO CONTEST. IT’S SPONSORED BY VERIZON WIRELESS…LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SHEILA SIMON AND THE ILLINOIS COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THE GROUP’S VICKIE SMITH:

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SMITH SAYS THE NO MORE DATING ABUSE VIDEO CONTEST ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS TO THEIR PEERS.

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ENTRIES ARE DUE BY NOVEMBER 30TH…PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED IN FEBRUARY. FOR MORE INFORMATION…VISIT THE COALITION’S WEBSITE AT: ILCADV DOT ORG.

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TV Production Hits An All Time High In Illinois

TELEVISION PRODUCTION IS HITTING AN ALL TIME HIGH IN ILLINOIS.

ILLINOIS FILM OFFICE DIRECTOR BETSY STEINBERG SAYS THE FILMING OF FOUR T-V SHOWS IN CHICAGO IS PUMPING 92 MILLION DOLLARS INTO THE STATE ECONOMY…AND SUPPORTING MORE THAN 12-HUNDRED JOBS THIS YEAR.

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STEINBERG ADDS IT’S ALWAYS GREAT TO HAVE TELEVISION SHOWS BASED OUT OF THE CITY.

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THE FOUR SHOWS INCLUDE CHICAGO FIRE…UNDEREMPLOYED…BOSS…AND MOB DOCTOR.

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IHSA FRIDAY SCORES

 At Argenta (A.-Oreana)
OKAW VALLEY (BLUE)
Macon (Meridian)     14     F
Argenta (A.-Oreana)     41
    
        
At Arthur (A.-Lovington)
LITTLE OKAW VALLEY
Villa Grove     31     F
Arthur (A.-Lovington) [Coop]     0
    
        
At Attica, IN
NON-CONFERENCE
Bismarck (B.-Henning)     16     F
Attica, IN     0
        
At Bloomington (Central Catholic)
CORN BELT
Mahomet (M.-Seymour)     7     F
Bloomington (Central Catholic)     21
    
        
At Bloomington (H.S.)
BIG TWELVE
Normal (Community West)     14     F
Bloomington (H.S.)     33
    
        
At Champaign (St. Thomas More)
SANGAMON VALLEY
Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda)     14     F
Champaign (St. Thomas More)     49
        
At Chatham (Glenwood)
CENTRAL STATE EIGHT
Springfield (Lanphier)     0     F
Chatham (Glenwood)     45
    
        
At Chillicothe (Illinois Valley Central)
MID-STATE 6
Peoria (Notre Dame)     17     F
Chillicothe (Illinois Valley Central)     14
    
        
At Clinton
OKAW VALLEY (BLACK)
Decatur (St. Teresa)     20     F
Clinton     12
        
At Danville (Schlarman)
VERMILION VALLEY
Milford [Coop]     1     forf.
Danville (Schlarman)     0
    
        
At Decatur (Eisenhower)
BIG TWELVE
Urbana (H.S.)     42     F
Decatur (Eisenhower)     8
    
        
At Downs (Tri-Valley)
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Heyworth     0     F
Downs (Tri-Valley)     46
        
At Dunlap
MID-ILLINI
East Peoria     35     F
Dunlap     14
    
        
At El Paso (E.P.-Gridley)
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Fisher     14     F
El Paso (E.P.-Gridley)     12
    
        
At Fairbury (Prairie Central)
CORN BELT
Pontiac     6     F
Fairbury (Prairie Central)     51
Hawks combine on 7 TD's, 1 field goal, & three 2-pt conversions
        
At Farmer City (Blue Ridge)
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Lexington     64     F
Farmer City (Blue Ridge)     6
    
        
At Flanagan (F.-Cornell)
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Tremont     24     F
Flanagan (F.-Cornell) [F.C.-Woodland Coop]     22
    
        
At Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm)
VERMILION VALLEY
Sidell (Jamaica) [Salt Fork Coop]     33     F
Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm) [G.R.F.-Chrisman Coop]     7
        
At Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley)
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Minonk (Fieldcrest)     12     F
Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley)     41
    
        
At Gillespie
SOUTH CENTRAL
Roxana     47     F
Gillespie     34
    
        
At Gilman (Iroquois West)
SANGAMON VALLEY
Clifton (Central)     57     F
Gilman (Iroquois West)     6
        
At Hillsboro
SOUTH CENTRAL
Carlinville     33     F
Hillsboro     7
    
        
At IWU Tucci Field
CORN BELT
Rantoul     0     F
Normal (University)     56
    
        
At K-R Field
CENTRAL STATE EIGHT
Taylorville     7     F
Jacksonville (H.S.)     21
        
At LeRoy
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Colfax (Ridgeview)     24     F
LeRoy     37
    
        
At Lincoln
CENTRAL STATE EIGHT
Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin)     62     F
Lincoln     14
    
        
At Litchfield
SOUTH CENTRAL
Pana (H.S.)     46     F
Litchfield     0
        
At Maroa (M.-Forsyth)
OKAW VALLEY (BLUE)

Tuscola     0     F
Maroa (M.-Forsyth)     45
    
        
At Marshall
LITTLE ILLINI (EGYPTIAN)
Lawrenceville     28     F
Marshall     7
    
        
At Martinsville
LITTLE OKAW VALLEY
Arcola     40     F
Martinsville     7
        
At Mattoon
APOLLO
Effingham (H.S.)     7     F
Mattoon     16
    
        
At Memorial Stadium
NON-CONFERENCE
Champaign (Centennial)     7     F
Springfield (H.S.)     35
    
        
At Momence
NON-CONFERENCE
Mackinaw (Deer Creek-M.)     26     F
Momence     55
Momence running back Deandre Wright had 447 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns.
        
At Monticello
OKAW VALLEY (BLACK)
Tolono (Unity)     18     F
Monticello     14
    
        
At Morton
MID-ILLINI
Metamora     45     F
Morton     3
    
        
At Mt. Olive
PRAIRIE STATE
Kincaid (South Fork) [Coop]     3     F
Mt. Olive     10
        
At Mt. Zion
APOLLO
Salem     12     F
Mt. Zion     32
    
        
At New Berlin
SANGAMO
Auburn     49     F
New Berlin [Coop]     6
    
        
At Niantic (Sangamon Valley)
SANGAMO
Virden (North Mac)     38     F
Niantic (Sangamon Valley) [Coop]     20
        
At Nokomis
PRAIRIE STATE
Edwardsville (Metro-East Lutheran)     0     F
Nokomis [Coop]     71
    
        
At Normal (Community)
BIG TWELVE
Decatur (MacArthur)     0     F
Normal (Community)     31
    
        
At Oakland
LITTLE OKAW VALLEY
Broadlands (Heritage) [East Central Coop]     14     F
Oakland [Tri-County Coop]     35
        
At Olney (East Richland)
LITTLE ILLINI (EGYPTIAN)
Newton     13     F
Olney (East Richland)     21
    
        
At Paris
APOLLO
Charleston     44     F
Paris     0
    
        
At Pawnee
SANGAMO
Riverton     40     F
Pawnee     36
        
At Pekin
MID-ILLINI
Canton     14     F
Pekin     38
    
        
At Peoria (Richwoods)
MID-STATE 6
Peoria (H.S.)     14     F
Peoria (Richwoods)     21
    
        
At Pleasant Plains
SANGAMO
Petersburg (PORTA) [Coop]     18     F
Pleasant Plains     60
        
At Public School Stadium
PRAIRIE STATE
Decatur (D. Lutheran)     14     F
Alton (Marquette)     47
    
        
At Quincy (Notre Dame)
MID-STATE 6
Peoria (Manual)     8     F
Quincy (Notre Dame)     48
    
        
At Robinson
LITTLE ILLINI (EGYPTIAN)
Flora [Coop]     6     F
Robinson     22
        
At Shelbyville
OKAW VALLEY (BLACK)
Sullivan [S.-Okaw Valley Coop]     28     F
Shelbyville     35
Game delayed 45 minutes due to lightning.
    
        
At Springfield (Southeast)
CENTRAL STATE EIGHT
Rochester     55     F
Springfield (Southeast)     12
    
        
At Stanford (Olympia)
CORN BELT
Eureka [Coop]     6     F
Stanford (Olympia)     12
        
At Staunton
SOUTH CENTRAL
Greenville     26     F
Staunton     20
    
        
At Tommy Stewart Field
BIG TWELVE
Danville (H.S.)     44     F
Champaign (Central)     17
    
        
At Warrensburg (W.-Latham)
OKAW VALLEY (BLUE)
Moweaqua (Central A & M)     41     F
Warrensburg (W.-Latham)     6
        
At Washington
MID-ILLINI
Bartonville (Limestone)     6     F
Washington     37
    
        
At Watseka
SANGAMON VALLEY
St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden)     27     F
Watseka     19
    
        
At Westville
VERMILION VALLEY
Fithian (Oakwood) [O.-Armstrong-Potomac Coop]     7     F
Westville     29
        
At Williamsville
SANGAMO
Athens [Coop]     6     F
Williamsville     27

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FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD

MLB Wild Card Playoffs
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St. Louis Cardinals 6, Atlanta Braves 3
Baltimore Orioles 5, Texas Rangers 1

NBA Exhibition
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Istanbul 97, Boston Celtics 91

WNBA Playoffs
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Connecticut Sun 76, Indiana Fever 64
(Sun lead best-of-three East finals, 1-0)

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Cardinals Top Braves, Advance To NLDS

 The defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals dropped the Atlanta Braves, 6-3, in the first National League Wild Card game.  Kyle Lohse [[ low-sh ]] gave up two runs in five-and-two-thirds innings to pick up the victory while Jason Motte recorded the final four outs for the save.  Matt Holliday went 2-for-3 with a solo homer while Allen Craig finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored for St. Louis.  The Cards advance to the National League Division Series where they will host the Washington Nationals starting Sunday.

David Ross hit a two-run homer for the Braves while Kris Medlen gave up five runs, two earned, in six-and-a-third innings to suffer the loss.  Chipper Jones went 1-for-5 in the final game of his career.  Jones reached on an infield single in the ninth inning.  Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez played the game under protest after umpires declared Andrelton Simmons out on an infield-fly rule call in the bottom of the eighth.  The questionable call gave Atlanta runners at second and third with two outs rather than having the bases loaded with one out.  Major League Baseball denied the Braves of the protest shortly after the game ended.  Fans angrily threw debris onto the field in protest of the call, delaying the game nearly 20 minutes.

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UPDATE: Rockets Drop Sages

As heard on 95.9FM WEZC Friday night, the Monticello Sages took on the Unity Rockets. A defensive battled ended in with a score of 18-14 in favor of the Rockets. For the Sages, Parker Trice was 10 of 21 for 95 yards and a touchdown, and added 3 carries for 17 yards. Ryan Donahue carred 17 times for  107 yards and a touchdown. Isaac Bales had six catches for 54 yards, including several first down receptions at several big spots in the game, including two 15-yard receptions in the final minute on a last minute drive. Bales was named the First State Bank Player of the Game.

For the Rockets, they were led by the 31 carries of tailback Connor Grace for 142 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Justin Deters had 20 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown. He was also 2 of 9 through the for 32 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Derrek Hooker had both Unity catches for 32 yards and a crucial go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Monticello drops to 5-2 on the season, and 2-1 in the Okaw Valley Black Conference. Unity improves to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in Okaw Valley Black action.

Next week the Sages will play host to Shelbyville on Senior Night. Game time is 7pm and can be heard on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

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St. Teresa Bulldogs Defeat Clinton Maroons

As heard on WHOW 1520AM/92.3FM, The St. Teresa Bulldogs defeted the Clinton Maroons with a score of 20-12 to spoil Clinton's Homecoming.

The Maroons left points on the field, as they fumbled twice inside the 5-yard line on a cold and wet Homecoming night.  St. T was able to move the ball through the air in the second half on their way the win.

Zack Pate again contributed to Clinton's ground attack with 15 Carries for 46 yards and one touchdown.  Pate was 3 of 7 passing for 53 yards.  Greg Osgood had 3 carries for 47 yards, and Caleb Luck had 5 carries for 15 yards.  The Clinton IGA player of the game was Kye Rezeck with 20 carries for 151 yards and one touchdown.

It was the second straight game the Maroons outgained their opponent offensively, but were unable to come up with a "W."

St. Teresa improves their record to 2-5 . The Clinton Maroons' record falls to 1-6.

Tune in next Friday to WHOW 1520AM/92.3FM as the Clinton Maroons travel to Tolono to take on the Unity Rockets.  

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NRA Endorses Western Illinois Democrat Senator

An incumbent Democratic Illinois state senator from Quincy has earned an endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

The NRA issued its support to state Sen. John Sullivan during a news conference Thursday morning in Quincy. NRA representative Todd Vandermyde says Sullivan received the endorsement because of his strong support for the 2nd Amendment.

Vandermyde says Sullivan has been critical to blocking anti-gun legislation. Sullivan says his father taught him responsible gun ownership.

Sullivan has served in the Illinois Legislature since 2003. He faces Republican candidate Randy Frese in the Nov. 6 general election. The NRA gave Frese its highest rating available in September.

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Court Opens Door To Divorce For Mentally Disabled

The Illinois Supreme Court has opened the door to divorce for people who need guardians because of mental disabilities.

For years, Illinois has barred mentally disabled people or their guardians from seeking a divorce. Experts say that included people with severe brain damage but also people who could make their wishes known despite Alzheimer's disease or mental illness.

In a ruling Thursday, the Supreme Court said an outright ban is no longer appropriate. It said case-by-case hearings should determine what is in the disabled person's best interests.

The advocacy group Equip for Equality praises the ruling. They call it a "major change" that will look at each disabled person individually.


The case is Jan Karbin v. Marcia Lovenson Karbin.

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Illinois Among States Shipped Questionable Steroids

Federal health officials say Illinois is among 23 states that received shipments of a steroid linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says there are no illnesses reported in the state.

Elsewhere, about 35 people have been sickened and some have died. All received steroid injections, mostly for back pain, a fairly typical treatment. The drug was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts that issued a recall last week and has shut down operations.

The type of meningitis involved is not contagious like the more common forms. This type is caused by a fungus often found in leaf mold. Health officials suspect it may have been in the steroid.

Investigators say they are still trying to confirm the source of the infection.

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Hospitals To Be Fined For Medicare Re-Admissions

Medicare is going to start fining hospitals that have too many patients re-admitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications.  The penalties are part of a broader push under President Barack Obama's health care law to improve quality while also trying to save taxpayers money.  For now, hospitals are only being measured on three medical conditions: heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia.  

Jacksonville's Passavant Area Hospital CEO Chester Wynn says they have misgivings about being held liable for circumstances beyond their control.  He says it's a good theory but probably won't be implemented right away.  For the first year, the penalty is capped at one percent of a hospital's Medicare payments.  The overwhelming majority of penalized facilities will pay less.  Under the health care law, the penalties will gradually rise until three percent of Medicare payments to hospitals are at risk.  Passavant was one of 16 in Illinois that did not receive a re-admission penalty.

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Debate Should Push Romney Ahead In Polls

Mitt Romney should bump up in the polls after such a good performance at this week's debate.  That's according to State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who chairs Romney's campaign in Illinois.

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Critics claim Mitt Romney may have performed well in Wednesday night's debate but many say he still didn't lay out any specific plans.  State Treasurer Dan Rutherford disagrees.

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Romney squared off against President Obama in the first presidential debate Wednesday night.  Rutherford says Romney stood out in the debate, especially when it comes to the economy.  He was on the offensive for much of the debate, seeming at times to back the president into a corner.  Many pundits say he was the clear winner.

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Illinois Debt Hasn't Changed Since Last Year

This time last year the state was about eight billion dollars in debt and according to State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the debt hasn't even budged.  That's despite a 67-percent income tax hike that was supposed to generate money to pay the bills.

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The tax hike was supposed to be temporary and expire in 2014.  Topinka won't predict whether the hike is going to become permanent but she says lawmakers need to stop spending the additional cash and actually use it for what it was designed for.  Right now the state has 135-thousand-147 unpaid bills totaling five-point-nine billion dollars.

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Illinois State Senate Candidate Blasts Obamacare In Viral Video

An Illinois state senate candidate is becoming an Internet star after a video of her blasting the Obama administration's healthcare reform law went viral.  Dr. Barbara Bellar says the rant was suppose to be a lighthearted opening to a serious conversation. Dr. Bellar speaking in her viral video which blasts Obamacare.

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She believes the video went viral because people can relate to it.

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Dr. Barbara Bellar says getting rid of Obamacare is one of the first things she wants to work on if she gets elected to the Illinois State Senate.

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In the video, Bellar points out how the American people are going to be gifted with a healthcare plan which we are forced to purchase, be fined if we don't and which will cover ten-million more people without adding a single new doctor.  She goes on to say the bill was passed by a Congress who didn't read it, but exempted themselves from it and signed by a President who smokes.

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Drought Worsens In Some Key Farming States

A weekly drought report shows that conditions have worsened in some key Midwest farming states where the corn harvest is more than halfway completed.

The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that 75% of Iowa, the nation's biggest corn producer, is enduring extreme or exceptional drought, which are the two worst classifications. That's up roughly 10%age points from the previous week.

The worse conditions won't make much difference to Iowa's already withered corn crop but it could affect crops such as winter wheat.

Nearly 98% of neighboring Nebraska still falls into the two most severe drought categories.

Overall drought conditions in the lower 48 states remained relatively unchanged.

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Environmental Groups File Complaint Over Coal Ash

Environmental groups have filed a legal complaint against Midwest Generation, claiming the utility's coal ash ponds are leaching pollution into groundwater.

The Environmental Integrity Project and the Environmental Law & Policy Center filed the complaint Wednesday with the Illinois Pollution Control Board on behalf of several environmental groups.

It claims coal ash ponds at Midwest Generation power plants in Pekin, Waukegan, Romeoville and Joliet are leaching toxic pollutants such as arsenic, selenium and boron into groundwater in violation of state pollution laws. It's asking the board to order the company to stop open dumping of coal ash and to clean up contaminated groundwater.

Midwest Generation says the complaint doesn't appear to raise new issues and the company will defend itself against groups trying any avenue to shut down coal-fired plants.

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Virus Likely Killed More Than 2,000 Deer

More than 2,000 deer in 76 Illinois counties likely have died from a virus that often kills the animals but poses no risk to humans.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released an update Thursday on epizootic hemorrhagic disease or EHD. State officials say the highest number of deer came from Cook, Calhoun, Coles, Macon and Shelby counties. The gnat-borne virus causes high fever and severe internal bleeding. The first deaths in Illinois were reported in August.

State officials are asking hunters or landowners who find sick or dead deer to contact their nearest IDNR field office.

Other animals such as elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep are vulnerable.

There is no vaccine or effective treatment for the disease.

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September Cooler, Wetter Than Normal

SEPTEMBER WAS COOLER AND WETTER THAN NORMAL IN ILLINOIS.

THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE LAST MONTH WAS 64 POINT SIX DEGREES. THAT’S ABOUT ONE AND A HALF DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. AND AFTER MONTHS OF DROUGHT CONDITIONS…STATE CLIMATOLOGIST JIM ANGEL SAYS MANY AREAS SAW PLENTY OF RAIN IN SEPTEMBER.

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ANGEL SAYS THE RAIN WAS SPOTTY THOUGH…AND MUCH OF ILLINOIS STILL SUFFERS FROM DROUGHT CONDITIONS.

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DESPITE THE PRECIPITATION…DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST IN MUCH OF THE STATE. ANGEL SAYS THE NORTHERN THIRD OF ILLINOIS IS THE DRIEST PART OF THE STATE.

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Clinton Chamber's Haunted House Opens Tonight

The biggest fundraiser of the year kicks off tonight for the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Clinton Chamber's "Terror on Washington" Street kicks off tonight and runs each weekend in October. Marian Brisard, Executive Director of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce explains last year they brought in around 5-thousand people, which was down, but it still ends up being a profitable event.

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The Haunted House has been a huge success in recent years and Brisard says it would not be possible without the help of her volunteers. She explains they have a passion for haunted houses and volunteerism and she greatly appreciates their efforts.

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Each year the Chamber tries to change things up in various rooms throughout the house. Brisard says it is too expensive to change each room every year, but she is excited about the changes they've made for this year's house.

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Beginning tonight, the Haunted House will enter its 18th year of scaring Central Illinoisans.  Clinton's Terror on Washington Street Haunted House is located at 513 E. Washington Street in Clinton.  The premises is open every weekend in October from 7-11 pm and the 31st from 7-9 pm.  Friendly Ghost Tours will be held on Saturday, October 20th and October 27th from 5-6 pm. 

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Miller Park Zoo To Host Special Day In Conjunction With ISU Homecoming

Each year, the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington teams up with Illinois State University for their Homecoming for a special event.

As part of Illinois State University’s Homecoming Celebration, Reggie Redbird will be at the Miller Park Zoo this Sunday. According to Jay Tetzloff, Superintendent of the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Reggie Redbird Day is an opportunity for guests to learn about the diverse collection of birds that can be seen at the Zoo including the Bald Eagle, Green Aracari, Kookaburra, Burrowing Owl in addition to the 27 species of birds in the Tropical Rainforest exhibit.   

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Three-time Illinois State Alum Mike Lockett will also be on hand, telling animal-themed stories for children at the Rainforest Theatre. Tetzloff says it is a great partnership they have with ISU and he recognizes the importance of partnering with ISU and other partners to promote caring about nature.

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The Miller Park Zoo staff will have some special things planned for the birds at the Zoo including a Bald Eagle feeding, and the Zoo’s Barn Owl and Screech Owls on display. The event again is this Sunday from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington.

For more information, you can contact Steve Fast at Bloomington Parks at 309-434-2413 or Miller Park Zoo at 309-434-2250.

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Chase Shifts To Talladega

The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship is at the Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for Sunday's Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500.  Sunday's race at Talladega is round four in this year's playoffs.  After winning last weekend at Dover, Brad Keselowski reclaimed the points lead and holds a five-point advantage over Jimmie Johnson.  Denny Hamlin is 16 points behind, while Clint Bowyer trails by 25.

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Wild Card Games Tonight; Sandberg Joins Phillies Staff

>>Cardinals Battle Braves In NL Wild Card Game

(Atlanta, GA)  --  The St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves meet in tonight's National League Wild Card game at Turner Field.  It's a one-game playoff as part of Major League Baseball's new postseason format, with the winner advancing to take on the NL East champion Washington Nationals in the best-of-five National League Division Series.  Kyle Lohse [[ Loash ]] will start for St. Louis, while Atlanta counters with Kris Medlen.  The Braves have won a record 23 consecutive starts by Medlen.  The Cardinals begin another postseason run without former manager Tony La Russa and slugger Albert Pujols.  La Russa retired after St. Louis won the World Series last year, while Pujols signed as a free agent with the Angels.  The Braves were eliminated from postseason contention on the last day of the regular season in 2011.  This could be the final game for future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones, who is retiring at the end of the season after 20 years in an Atlanta uniform.

>>O's, Rangers Meet For Spot In ALDS

(Arlington, TX)  --  The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers will clash tonight in the American League Wild Card game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.  Joe Saunders will start for Baltimore, while Texas counters with Yu [[ Yoo ]] Darvish.  The Orioles are back in the postseason for the first time since 1997.  The Birds battled the Yankees all season in the quest for the American League East Division title before settling for one of the two Wild Card spots this week.  The Rangers squandered a bid for their third straight AL West crown by losing five of their last six games down the stretch.  Texas blew a 5-1 lead in a 12-5 loss to Oakland on the final day of the regular season that gave the Athletics the division title.  The Rangers have won the last two American League pennants, but came up short in the World Series both times.  The O's last won the World Series in 1983.  The winner of this game will host the Yankees in the first two games of the best-of-five AL Division Series beginning Sunday.

>>Sandberg To Be Phillies Third Base Coach

(Philadelphia, PA)  --  Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is joining the Philadelphia Phillies coaching staff.  The former Chicago Cubs second baseman will serve as the Phillies third base coach and infield instructor next season.  Sandberg has been a minor league manager in the Phillies' system the last six years.  Also being promoted from the minor league system are new hitting coach Steve Henderson and bullpen coach Rod Nichols.  Current Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee will be back next year.

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Rams Shut Down Undefeated Cardinals; Bears At Jacksonville; Jennings Honored

>>Rams Knock Cardinals From Unbeaten Ranks

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Sam Bradford passed for 141 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams battered the previously-undefeated Cardinals, 17-3, on "Thursday Night Football."  Lance Kendricks and Chris Givens had the TD grabs for the Rams, who improved to 3-and-2.  The St. Louis defense recorded nine sacks, three of which were by Robert Quinn.  Kevin Kolb was 28-of-50 for 289 yards for Arizona, which dropped to 4-and-1.  Larry Fitzgerald had eight catches for 92 yards in the loss.

>>Streaking Bears Face Another Road Test At Jacksonville

(Jacksonville, FL)  --  The Chicago Bears travel to Florida this weekend to face the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.  The Bears are seeking their second straight road win and third straight victory overall.  Chicago picked off Tony Romo five times, returning two for scores, in a 34-18 rout of Dallas on "Monday Night Football."  The Bears are tied atop the NFC North with Minnesota at 3-and-1.  The Jags are 1-and-3 after a 27-10 home loss to Cincinnati in Week Four.  A week after rumbling for 177 yards and a touchdown, Maurice Jones-Drew was held to just 38 yards on 13 carries.  Second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert has five touchdown passes and just one interception this season.

>>Bears' Jennings Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Month

(New York, NY)  --   Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings has been named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month for September.  Jennings led the league with four interceptions and registered a pick in three of the Bears' four games.  He is part of a defensive unit that led the NFL with 14 takeaways and 11 interceptions.

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Illinois Goes On Road To Wisconsin

>>Illini At Wisconsin This Weekend

(Madison, WI)  --  The Illinois Fighting Illini play their second Big Ten tilt this weekend when they square off against Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon in Madison.  The Illini have dropped back-to-back games and are coming off a 35-7 setback to Penn State last weekend in their conference opener.  They sit at 2-and-3 on the season.  Illinois suffered a 28-17 loss to Wisconsin last season in Champaign.

NCAA Top-25 Football  ("USA Today" Rankings)
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#12 USC Trojans 38, Utah Utes 28

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High School Football Week Seven Preview

>>High School Football Week 7 Preview

As we enter week seven of the high school football season, many teams are running out of time to lock up a shot at a playoff birth.

>>Maroons Host St. Teresa For Homecoming

The Clinton Maroons are licking their chops as a struggling Decatur St. Teresa team comes to Clinton for Homecoming 2012. St. T is just 1-5 on the season, and is 0-2 in Okaw Valley Black play. Clinton comes in at 1-5 as well and is coming off a 46-35 loss to Shelbyville last Friday while St. T was handed a 49-21 loss from Unity. Game time tonight is 7pm and you can hear the action live on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.

>>Monticello Hosts Unity For Homecoming

It can fairly be stated, tonight's Unity at Monticello football game could determine this year's Okaw Valley Black conference champion. Both teams have wrapped up a shot at the playoffs with a 5-1 record. Both teams feature a high powered offenense, at 1 & 2 in the Okaw Black division, and only trail Central A & M in the entire Okaw. However, Unity's defense has given up almost twice as many points as Monticello (126-60). The Sages have yet to beat Scott Hamilton's Unity Rocket's in Coach Cullen Welter's tenure at Monticello  or won the Okaw Valley Conference since 1991 and the argument could be made, this is their best shot to get that first victory over Unity. This game can be heard on 95.9 FM WEZC and on dewittdailynews.com.

Other games around the area...

Okaw Valley Black:
Sullivan at Shelbyville

Okaw Valley Blue
Meridian at Argenta-Oreana
Central A & M at Warrensburg-Latham (Sat.)
Tuscola at Maroa-Forsyth

Little Okaw Valley
Arcola at Martinsville
Heritage East Central at Oakland Tri-County
Villa Grove at Arthur-Lovington

Apollo
Charleston at Paris
Effingham at Mattoon
Salem at Mt. Zion

Big Twelve
Danville vs. Champaign Central at Tommy Stewart Field
Decatur MacArthur at Normal Community
Normal West at Bloomington
Urbana at Decatur Eisenhower)

Central State Eight
Rochester at Springfield Southeast
Springfield Lanphier at Chatham Glenwood
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin at Lincoln
Taylorville vs. Jacksonville at K-R Field

Corn Belt
Eureka at Olympia
Mahomet-Seymour at Bloomington Central Catholic
Pontiac at Prairie Central
Rantoul vs. Normal U-High at IWU Tucci Field

Heart of Illinois
Ridgeview at LeRoy
Fisher at El Paso-Gridley
Heyworth at Tri-Valley
Lexington at Blue Ridge
Fieldcrest at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley
Tremont at Flanagan-Cornell

Mid-Illini
Limestone at Washington
Canton at Pekin
East Peoria at Dunlap
Metamora at Morton

Sangamon Valley
Clifton Central at Iroquois West
Paxton-Buckley-Loda at Champaign St. Thomas More
St. Joseph-Ogden at Watseka

Non-Conference Action around the area...
Cerro Gordo at Bunker Hill (Sat.)
Champaign Centennialvs. Springfield at Memorial Stadium
Dee-Mack at Momence

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DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 10-5

 

October 5, 2012

 

Jail Population: 78

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

Timothy Burton 47, Clinton, was issued citations for Driving Under Influence, Failure To Reduce Speed and Disobey Stop Sign. Burton posted the necessary bond and was released.

 

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.

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Local Group Feeds Clinton Football Team

A local group has come together to make sure the Clinton Maroons varsity football team is well fed before each game.

The Clinton United Methodist Church has started what they hope will become a tradition of feeding the varsity football team each Thursday night through the season.  Pastor Steve Killion (Kill-ee-on) explains he's been a part of the "carb feeds" in other communities, and wanted to bring the event to Clinton.

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Both Maroons players and coaches are grateful for the support.  Defensive Coordinator Aaron Fricke believes this type of community support is a boost to the players.

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Senior Jamie Williams hopes to see more community groups get behind the Maroons athletic programs.

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The Clinton United Methodist Church Men plan to continue the Thursday night "Carb Feeds" for the football team throughout the remainder of the season.

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Corruption Widespread In Illinois Prisons

Governor Quinn is clueless when it comes to what's really going on inside state prisons.  That's according to State Senator John O. Jones, who says corruption is running rampant within the system.  

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Jones says if Quinn fires DOC Director S.A. Godinez, some of the corruption may go out the door with him.

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Jones says people are holding onto their jobs even after they've been charged with crimes themselves.

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Jones says he got his information straight from a former warden.  That warden doesn't want to be identified because he still has friends and family working in the system and he doesn't want prison officials retaliating against them.   Jones says he's already talked to someone in Quinn's administration but they have not addressed the problem.   Quinn and DOC officials have been criticized recently because they refuse to allow reporters into the prisons.

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IDOT Career Day Spotlights Transportation Jobs

The Illinois Department of Transportation is spotlighting jobs in engineering, surveying and construction in a first-ever conference in Peoria.

IDOT officials expected more than 200 central Illinois students to attend Wednesday's forum to learn about opportunities in the transportation industry.

There were 40 exhibits with hands-on activities for the students. Transportation professionals showed off several pieces of heavy equipment used to build and maintain Illinois highways and bridges.

Careers highlighted included civil engineering, engineering technology, safety engineering, surveying and the construction trades.

Federal statistics show as many as 1 million new construction-industry jobs will be available by 2016.

IDOT partners for the event included representatives from the transportation industry, educational institutions and community organizations.

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Bucket List Bandit Faces Federal Detention

A man nicknamed the Bucket List Bandit by the FBI is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate, who must decide whether he'll remain in jail until he can be tried on a charge that he robbed a northwestern Pennsylvania bank last month.

Fifty-4-year-old Michael Eugene Brewster is charged only in the Sept. 10 robbery of the Huntingdon National Bank branch in Erie.

But based on surveillance photos, FBI agents believe he's responsible for nine other robberies in eight other states since June 21 - including a July robbery in Utah in which he told a teller he was terminally ill.

Brewster's attorney isn't commenting, but federal prosecutors are expected to argue Brewster should remain jailed because he's a flight risk and a danger to the community. U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Paradise Baxter will hear that request Thursday.

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Illinois Hunters Encouraged To Donate Deer Meat

Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials are encouraging sportsmen to donate deer meat to food banks and charities as the fall hunting seasons approach.

The department has a list of participating meat processors who will grind venison into 2-pounds packages. The Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program will offer $50 to help pay for the cost of processing whole deer donations.

Hunters must properly field dress deer before delivering the game to meat processors. Processors won't accept questionable deer. Road kill deer can't be donated because it isn't possible to determine the animal's time of death.

The youth firearm deer season starts Saturday. The firearm deer seasons for this year start Nov. 16 and Nov. 29. Muzzleloader seasons begin Nov. 29 and Dec. 7.

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IDOT To Create Statewide Plan For Bicycle Trails

Efforts to put together a first-ever Illinois statewide bikeway plan are underway.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking bids from companies to design the plan. The plan could mean upgraded bicycling paths across the state. IDOT officials say the plan is a major step for sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation options for Illinoisans.

The effort could create policies for state and local governments to consider bike lanes when building or improving roads. There are hundreds of miles of bike trails in Illinois but no overall plan to link or improve them.

Bicycle advocates say the plan is a positive step.

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Cooler, Wetter September Eases Drought Conditions

September marked the first wetter and cooler than normal month in Illinois this year.

State Climatologist Jim Angel says the cooler temperatures and heavier than normal rainfall helped ease drought conditions in most of the state.

Statewide, the average precipitation was 4.9 inches, which is 1.7 inches higher than normal.

Much of that rainfall came over Labor Day weekend, when the remains of Hurricane Isaac passed over Illinois. Additional rains later in the month brought monthly totals of up to 1 foot or more to areas south of Interstate 80.

The statewide average temperature was 64.6 degrees, 1.6 degrees cooler than normal.

Despite the change, 82% of Illinois remained in some stage of drought at the end of September.

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WHOW's White Honored By Illinois Corn Growers

 width=The Illinois Corn Growers Association announced Tuesday that it is honoring Miller Media Group local farm broadcaster Jared White, as its "2012 Excellence in Media" award winner.  

    The award is given a member of the media each year, who promotes Illinois Corn Growers thru their coverage.

    White will be presented the award at the association's annual meeting November 20 in Bloomington.

    White serves as the local farm broadcaster for 3 of the Miller Media Group radio stations:  WHOW Clinton, WTIM Taylorville, and WRJM Charleston.  White was promoted to the position in May 2011.

    White also serves as program director at WHOW-WEZC in Clinton.  White and his family reside in Clinton.

    Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller said that the company is very proud of White's work providing local farm shows to listeners across Central Illinois every day.  Miller added that White's recognition by the Corn Growers, is very deserving.

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Soybean Harvest Underway

With corn harvest quickly wrapping up, central Illinois farmers are switching gears to bring in this year's soybean crop.  Jared White has more...

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Local Representative To Reach Out To Elderly Community

One local representative will be reaching out to the elderly in the area to help inform them of Alzheimer's Disease.

Today and tomorrow, Representative Bill Mitchell will be paying visits to local senior centers to discuss Alzheimer's Disease. Rep. Mitchell explains he would like to talk about research developments and the things he is doing to help further that research in a time when the 'Baby Boomer' generation is starting to feel the effects of this disease.

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One idea Rep. Mitchell is proposing is to introduce a license plate, where the proceeds generated from it's sales would go towards Alzheimer's prevention research. He feels because so many families are impacted by this disease, the response could be great.

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Today Rep. Mitchell is in LeRoy, Mahomet, and Monticello. And Friday he will be in Decatur and Clinton.

For more information you can contact Rep. Mitchell's office at 217-876-1968.

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NBA To Impose Fines For Flopping

The NBA is cracking down on flopping this season.  The league is implementing a new rule aimed at eliminating defenders from falling down after minimal contact.  Players guilty of flopping will be subject to a warning, followed by a five-thousand-dollar fine for a second violation.  Fines will increase incrementally, with a fifth infraction resulting in a 30-thousand-dollar penalty.  Six or more violations will lead to an increased fine and/or suspension.  The Chicago Bulls play their preseason opener on Tuesday, October 9th against the Memphis Grizzlies at the United Center.

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Unbeaten Cardinals Face NFL West Foe Rams

The Arizona Cardinals take their unbeaten record into St. Louis to play the Rams in this week's Thursday night game at the Edward Jones Dome.  The Cardinals are one of three undefeated teams left in the NFL.  Arizona outlasted Miami 24-21 in overtime at home on Sunday to improve to 4-and-0, joining Houston and Atlanta with unblemished records.  Kevin Kolb [[ Cobb ]] has thrown seven TD passes and just two picks since replacing the injured John Skelton at quarterback in Week One.  The Rams are coming off a 19-13 win over Seattle that evened their record at 2-and-2.  It was highlighted by a fake field goal for a touchdown.  Rookie Greg Zuerlein also made four fields, including franchise record boots of 58 and 60 yards.  Arizona has won 10 of the last 11 meetings.

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Baseball Season Ends; Cards Advance To Post-Season; Cabrera Wins Triple Crown

>>Cubs Walk-Off On Astros In Season Finale

(Chicago, IL)  --  Bryan LaHair singled in Darwin Barney in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cubs a season-ending 5-4 win over the Astros.  LaHair also had a solo home run in the second inning for Chicago, which won for just the second time in its last eleven games to finish the season 61-and-101.  Starlin Castro became the first Cubs infielder to play in all 162 games since Hall of Famer Ron Santo in 1968.  He is just the fourth shortstop to play in all 162 games in the last ten seasons.  Carlos Marmol worked a scoreless inning of relief to get credit for the win.  Justin Maxwell clubbed a three-run homer for Houston.  Hector Ambriz was saddled with the loss for the 'Stros, who move to the AL West next season.  They finished this year at 55-and-107.  The 107 losses are a franchise-record.

>>Cards Edge Reds

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Matt Carpenter's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth gave the Cardinals a 1-0 win over the Reds in the season finale for the playoff-bound teams.  Victor Marte was credited with the win.  Jason Motte earned his 42nd save.  The Cardinals will clash with the Braves in the NL Wild Card Game in Atlanta on Friday.

MLB NL
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Atlanta Braves 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Washington Nationals 5, Philadelphia Phillies 1
New York Mets 4, Miami Marlins 2
Colorado Rockies 2, Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, San Francisco Giants 1
San Diego Padres 7, Milwaukee Brewers 6

>>Floyd Leads ChiSox Over Cleveland

(Cleveland, OH)  --  Dan Johnson blasted three home runs and plated five to back seven scoreless innings from Gavin Floyd to lead the White Sox in a season-ending 9-0 win over the Indians.  Floyd struck out six and allowed just three hits to improve to 12-and-11.  Paul Konerko clubbed a two-run shot and Dayan Viciedo [[ vee-cee-AY-doh ]] added a solo shot for the Southsiders, who took two-of-three at Progressive Field to finish the season at 85-and-77.  Jason Kipnis recorded two of Cleveland's five total hits.  David Huff gave up seven runs, just three earned, through four-and-two-third frames to suffer the loss.  The Tribe ends its campaign at 68-and-94.

MLB AL
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Oakland Athletics 12, Texas Rangers 5
Seattle Mariners 12, LA Angels of Anaheim 0
New York Yankees 14, Boston Red Sox 2
Toronto Blue Jays 2, Minnesota Twins 1
Tampa Bay Rays 4, Baltimore Orioles 1
Detroit Tigers 1, Kansas City Royals 0

>>Cardinals To Play Braves In NL Wild Card Game Tomorrow

(Atlanta, GA)  --  With the regular season all finished, the Cardinals are now gearing up for the playoffs.  The Cards will take on the Braves in the National League Wild Card game Friday in Atlanta.  Kyle Lohse [[ Loash ]] will oppose Kris Medlen.  The winner moves on to the NL Division Series.

>>Alfonso Soriano Open To Trade

(Chicago, IL)  --  Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano says he is open to a trade.  Soriano wants to stay in the Windy City, but is willing to be moved if the team is still looking to rebuild after next season.  The 36-year-old just finished up his sixth season of an eight-year, $136-million deal he signed before the 2007 season.  The final year of his contract is in 2014.  Soriano batted .262 with 32 homers and 108 RBI this season.

>>MLB Regular Season Comes To Close

(Undated)  --  The 2012 regular season in Major League Baseball has come to an end.  Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera made history on the final day as he became the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years.  Cabrera finished the regular season with an American League-leading .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 runs batted in.  Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski [[ yah-STREM-skee ]] was the last Triple Crown winner in baseball back in 1967.

Meanwhile, the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees clinched division titles on the final day.  The A's captured the AL West crown by routing the Rangers, 12-5.  Oakland trailed Texas by 13 games on June 30th, but swept the three-game series to clinch its first division title since 2006.  The Yankees claimed their 18th AL East title in franchise history when the Orioles lost to the Rays.  New York also went on to crush Boston, 14-2.

The playoffs will get underway with the inaugural Wild Card games on Friday.  The Atlanta Braves will host the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in the NL tilt.  The winner will advance to face the Washington Nationals.  In the AL affair, the Rangers will host the Orioles.  The winner will move on to clash with the Yankees.  The Cincinnati Reds will face the San Francisco Giants in one NL Division Series.  The A's will take on the Tigers in an AL Division Series.

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ISU Star RB Breaks Hand

Illinois State running back Darrelynn Dunn broke his hand in last week's 34-31 Missouri Valley Conference victory at South Dakota.

Illinois State football coach Brock Spack confirmed Dunn's injury on Tuesday.

Spack says whether Dunn plays in Saturday's homecoming game against Southern Illinois will be a game-time decision.

Dunn leads the Redbirds with 533 yards and nine touchdowns. He ranks fourth in the MVC with a 105.8 yards per game average and has logged more than 100 yards in 4 of the first five games.

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Clinton Golfer Borland Advances To Sectionals

Faith Borland was the Clinton Lady Maroons Golfer only entry at Regionals held at the Lake of the Woods Golf Course in Mahomemet. Borland competed as an individual golfer and finished in 10th place with a 117 to advanced to the Sectional Tournament.  

Evelyn Brand of Monticello won the individual side of Regionals with an overall score of 80. Megan Tsevelekos of Blue Ridge advanced with a score of 97 and Madeline Diniz of Monticello advanced with a score of 115.

They will play next at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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'Drive One For Your School' Back Again In Clinton

An annual event tied in with Homecoming weekend in Clinton takes place once again.

 width=The annual "Drive One For Your School" through the Ford Motor Company is beinging brought back through Anderson Ford in Clinton this year. President of the Clinton Athletic Boosters, Brian Ennis explains this is a fundraiser for the Boosters, and they could raise up to $8-thousand between the event Friday and Saturday.

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This is a program that not every school gets the opportunity to take advantage of. Ennis thanks Anderson Ford owner Randy Anderson for his hard work to bring this program back to the Clinton Community and also to keep it at two day event.

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The funds raised from the Drive One For Your School promotion go to help the athletic programs not just at the high school level, but the district wide programs. Ennis says they have been involved in helping get some bigger items for the district, but also smaller ones as well.

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'Drive One For Your School' is one of the bigger fundraisers for the Boosters. This is the 4th year for the fundraiser and Ennis says the first couple of years they fell short of their goal, but as the event has grown in popularity they have done better and better each year.

Again you can stop by Anderson Ford in Clinton to take a test drive a new Ford vehicle.

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UPDATED: DeWitt County Emergency Sirens Sound After Glitch In EMA System

A glitch in the system at the DeWitt County Building led to the emergency sirens throughout DeWitt County to be set off.

EMA Coordinator of DeWitt County, Teresa Barnett tells Regional Radio there is no emergency, and the sirens that went off County wide just after 1 pm is a glitch in the system and emergency officials of DeWitt County are working to fix the problem.


Teresa Barnett released the following statement on Friday morning:

During the process of testing another system yesterday afternoon, the Emergency Siren Alert System was inadvertently activated. The sirens are not specifically an EMA system.  They are used for several functions.. The role of EMA Coordinator Barnett in this incident was to notify the public of the error and to communicate that there were no emergency concerns. We appreciate WHOW for helping to notify the public. The Countywide Mass Notification System was also used to alert DeWitt County residents by phone, e-mail and text. CenCom, EMA, Exelon and Clinton Power Station officials worked very closely to identify the problem and resolve the issue.

 

 

 

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Mayors Call For Pension Reform

Mayors all across the state are chiming in and calling on lawmakers to reform local pension systems.  The Pension Fairness for Illinois Communities Coalition, made up of Illinois municipalities and business leaders, wants to curb increases in police and fire pension obligations that local communities must cover through property taxes.  In Danville, half of the city's property tax collections went toward paying down police and fire pensions this year.  The group is committed to working with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on lobbying state lawmakers to approve reforms in the upcoming fall veto session, especially as many municipalities are crafting their 2013 budgets.  Many of those budgets may include property tax increases or additional service cuts to cover pension shortfalls.  Members of the PFICC say failing to address the unfunded liabilities will inevitably cost local residents throughout the state.

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Measure of US Homes Prices Rises By Most In Six Years

A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 4.6% in August compared to a year ago. That's the largest year-over-year increase in more than six years.

CoreLogic is a private real estate data provider, and today it also says prices rose 0.3% in August from July.

Steady price increases, combined with greater home sales and rising builder confidence, suggest the housing recovery may be sustainable.

CoreLogic says housing prices are rising in most areas. Only 20 large cities out of 100 tracked showed declines in the 12 months ending in August. That compared to 26 in July. And only six states reported declines in August.

States with the biggest price increases in the past 12 months were Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii. The states with the biggest declines were Rhode Island, Illinois, New Jersey, Alabama and Connecticut.

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First Presidential Debate Tonight

President Obama will square off with GOP candidate Mitt Romney in the first debate of the election cycle tonight.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, says women's issues are among the most important in the nation.

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Dan Rutherford, Chairman of Romney's campaign in Illinois, says there are several important issues at hand but the economy takes center stage.  

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Current polls show President Obama with an 18-point lead over Romney among women voters.  Romney's Illinois campaign chairman says women's issues are certainly a priority for the GOP nominee.  The presidential debate airs tonight at 8:00 p.m.  President Obama's campaign is hosting quite a few watch parties across the state.  Check out BarackObama.com/Debate to find one near you.  Romney's official watch party is being held at the Heroes West Sports Grill in Joliet at 7:30 p.m.

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Virginia GOP Congressman Blasts Illinois Prison Sale

Virginia Republican Congressman Frank Wolf is blasting the Obama administration's decision to move forward with the purchase of a prison in western Illinois.

Illinois officials announced Tuesday that federal officials are moving forward with the sale of the now-closed Thomson Correctional Center.

The sale has been stalled for years, most recently because Wolf believed terrorism suspects would be housed there. The Obama administration says that won't happen. Wolf chairs a key House subcommittee overseeing the sale.

But federal officials decided to go ahead without his approval. Illinois Democrat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says it's an unusual move but not illegal.

Wolf says he's deeply troubled by the sale. He says it's an "unprecedented directive" to "circumvent Congress."

Thomson was built in 2001, but budget troubles kept it from fully opening.

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Quinn Says Thomson Sale Proceeds Will Pay Off Bonds

Gov. Pat Quinn says the $165 million from the sale of Thomson Correctional Center to the federal government will pay off bond debt used to build the prison and anything else Illinois lawmakers decide.

Quinn's preference is to use the money to pay down Illinois' massive backlog of unpaid bills.

The Chicago Democrat and other state officials announced Tuesday that the now closed facility will be sold to the federal government. State officials say it will create about 1,100 jobs and federal officials say it will ease overcrowding.

Thomson was built in 2001. Budget troubles kept it from fully opening. It has 1,600 cells but housed fewer than 200 inmates before closing to prepare for a sale.

Quinn's spokeswoman didn't immediately have a further breakdown on what's owed on Thomson.

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Thomson Correction Center Sold To Federal Government

AFTER YEARS OF NEGOTIATIONS…THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS PURCHASING THE THOMSON CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS.

THE FEDS ARE BUYING THE PRISON FOR 165 MILLION DOLLARS. THOMSON HAS SAT EMPTY SINCE 2010…AND GOVERNOR PAT QUINN SAYS THIS SALE WILL BRING MORE THAN 11-HUNDRED MUCH NEEDED JOBS TO THE AREA.

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THE DEAL HAD BEEN HELD UP BECAUSE OF CONCERNS THAT THOMSON WOULD HOUSE DETAINEES FROM GUANTANAMO BAY. U-S SENATOR DICK DURBIN SAYS THAT WON’T BE THE CASE…AND THAT TURNING THE FACILITY INTO A MAXIMUM SECURITY FEDERAL PRISON WILL CREATE AND JOBS AND STIMULATE THE ECONOMY.

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DURBIN SAYS THE JOBS WILL BE BOTH AT THE PRISON AND IN CONSTRUCTION.

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USDA Provides Specialty Crop Money For Illinois

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing about $630,000 to help pay for a dozen projects in Illinois intended to strengthen the specialty crop industry in the state.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture said Tuesday the grant will be used for projects that include a University of Illinois effort to improve produce handling at farmers markets and a social media campaign to inform people of specialty crop growers.

Other projects include a buy-local marketing campaign in grocery stores and farmers markets, and educational conferences for farmers.

The state Department of Agriculture points out that while the state is known for corn and soybeans it is also the largest grower of pumpkins in the country. Illinois also grows substantial amounts of asparagus, cauliflower and lima beans, as well as other produce.

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Camp White Tail Provides Introduction To Into Outdoorsmen Skills

Central Illinois parents looking to introduce their youngsters to the basics of hunting and the outdoors have an opportunity to do so at the end of the month.

Camp White Tail is a 2-day camp that gives families with younger children the opportunity to learn the basics of the outdoor sports. Youth Educator with the University of Illinois Extension Office of DeWitt County, Sherry Fulton explains this is a very family oriented program.

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Fulton says it is in a great environment and involves getting a lot of hands on experience. Youngsters will get the opportunity to get experience with rifles and shotguns, along with archery and watercraft safety.

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The camp is October 27 and 28 at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. The cost is $49, which includes the program, equipment, supplies, meals and lodging. Registration is required. For more information you can contact 4-H Memorial Camp at 217-762-2741.

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Second Chance For Pets of Central Illinois Used Apple and Pork To Raise Awareness

While many groups were out fundraising this past weekend, one group was both fundraising and awareness-raising.

 width=Second Chance Pet Adoptions of DeWitt was both fundraising, but primarily trying to raise awareness for their group and the animals they have. Heather Wantland with the group explains they are a non for profit that will focus on getting pets adopted from owner relinquish and animals in kill shelters. She says the numbers of animals they have continues to grow, mainly due to the tough economic times.

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The Apple and Pork Festival not only serves as a great awareness raising opportunity for Second Chance, but also they were able to raise some funds. Saturday and Sunday Wantland says they had t-shirts, magnets, and even homemade dog treats for sale.

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Second Chance had adoption applications available all weekend for those who came by interested in adopting. Wantland explains there is quite an extensive process to adopt. She says they want to make sure the dog is going to go into a good home, with a good situation.

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 width=The primary purpose for funds raised over the weekend will go towards vet care costs for their animals. Wantland says that makes up the majority of the costs they have.

Those who attended the Apple and Pork Festival may have noticed dogs walking around with orange vests on. Those were pets currently in Second Chance's foster care system.

To learn more about adopting a pet or becoming a foster care partner, you can contact Second Chance for Pets by phone at 217-935-3488. You can visit their website at secondchanceforpets.com. Or you can email them at secondchanceforpets@yahoo.com.

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Bears' Cutler Responds To Sideline Scuffle With Tice

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is clearing the air about an awkward encounter with offensive coordinator Mike Tice that was caught on national T.V. during Monday night's 34-18 rout at Dallas.  Tice moved over to sit next to Cutler on the bench and the signal-caller walked away as the coach attempted to speak.  Cutler dismissed the situation as anything more than tempers flaring in the heat of the moment.  The Vanderbilt product was upset about not converting on a third-and-one, but says there is no rift between the two and that they quickly got back on the same page.  Cutler threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears improved to 3-and-1 on the season.

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Cards Clinch 2nd Wild Card; Cubs, Sox Fall

>>Reds Roll Cards

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Scott Rolen drilled a solo home run as the Reds dropped the Cardinals, 3-1.  Despite the loss, the Cards clinched the second NL Wild Card spot when the Dodgers lost to the Giants later in the evening.  Mat Latos tossed five innings of one-run ball to improve to 14-and-4 on the season.  Aroldis Chapman locked up his 38th save.  Chris Carpenter struck out seven over six innings of three-run ball to fall to 0-and-2.  Matt Holliday hit a sac-fly in the first in defeat.

The St. Louis Cardinals have clinched the second Wild Card spot in the National League.  Despite suffering a 3-1 loss to the Reds, the defending World Series champions secured the spot when the Dodgers lost to the Giants later Tuesday night.  The Cards won the championship as a Wild Card team last season.  The Cardinals will face the Braves in Atlanta in the NL Wild Card Game on Friday.

>>'Stros Shutout Chicago

(Chicago, IL)  --  Jason Castro clubbed a solo home run to back six scoreless innings from Bud Norris as the Astros shutout the Cubs, 3-0.  It marked the first meeting between 100-loss teams since 1962.  Norris fanned four and allowed just four hits and two walks to improve to 7-and-13 on the season.  Wilton Lopez closed it out to nail down his 10th save for Houston, which has won three games in-a-row.  Chris Volstad gave up two runs, one earned, during seven frames of duty to suffer the loss for Chicago.  Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 while playing in his franchise-record 161st game of the season at shortstop.  The Northsiders have dropped 13 of their last 15 games and picked up their 100th loss of the season on Monday.

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Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Atlanta Braves 1
Washington Nationals 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Miami Marlins 4, New York Mets 3  (11 inn)
Milwaukee Brewers 4, San Diego Padres 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Colorado Rockies 3
San Francisco Giants 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 3

>>Indians Down White Sox In 12

(Cleveland, OH)  --  Jason Donald's RBI single in the bottom of the 12th gave the Indians a 4-3 win over the White Sox.  Travis Hafner hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth after Dayan Viciedo launched a two-run blast in the top of the ninth.  Shin-Soo Choo had a solo shot for the Indians.  Chris Seddon was credited with his first win.  Orlando Hudson smacked an RBI single for the White Sox, who were eliminated from playoff contention on Monday.  Matt Thornton was charged with the loss.

MLB AL
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New York Yankees 4, Boston Red Sox 3  (12 inn)
Toronto Blue Jays 4, Minnesota Twins 3
Baltimore Orioles 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 2
Oakland Athletics 3, Texas Rangers 1
Seattle Mariners 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 1

>>Astros To Play Final Game Today As NL Club

(Chicago, IL)  --  Today is the last day the Houston Astros play as a National League team.  The Astros will make the switch from the National League Central to the American League West Division next season.  The move will create balance between the two leagues with 15 teams each as well as give all six MLB divisions five teams each.  The Astros will play their National League finale this afternoon against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the same team they broke into the majors against as the Houston Colt .45s back in 1962.

>>Cards Lock Up Final Playoff Spot

(Undated)  --  The St. Louis Cardinals have locked up the final postseason spot.  Despite losing on Tuesday, the Cards still clinched the final National League Wild Card spot after the Dodgers lost to San Francisco.  The Atlanta Braves will host St. Louis in the newly-created Wild Card Game.  The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals are tied for the best record in the NL, but the Nats hold the tie-breaker.

On the American League side, the Oakland Athletics moved into a tie atop the West Division with the Texas Rangers.  The winner of today's matchup takes the West.  Oakland was 13 games out of the division lead on June 30th.  The Yankees are one game up on the Orioles in the East after surviving in extras against the Red Sox.  The O's came away with a 1-0 win against the Rays and can force a one-game playoff with the Yankees if the teams were to tie for the division.  The regular season ends today.

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Maroons Send One Golfer Out of Regionals

The Clinton Maroons Golf team was at Regionals Tuesday afternoon. Out of the 12 team field, the Maroons finished sixth with a team score of 414. Tuscola, Champaign St. Thomas More, and Champaign Judah Christian finished in the top three, respectively.

Steven Evans tied for 10th place and advanced to the Sectional tournament by winning a sudden death playoff hole with a par.  He will play at Shewami Country Club in Sheldon on Monday.

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Warrensburg-Latham Celebrating Homecoming Week

 width=Warrensburg-Latham students are enjoying their Homecoming week this week.

The dress up days and class competitions all lead up to an exciting Friday of events for the Warrensburg-Latham communities. Superintendent of Warrensburg-Latham schools, Kristen Kendrick explains Friday the classes will compete in outdoor activities, which adds to their dress up days through the week.

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Kendrick feels their Friday of activities make the day a fun day all around. She explains the afternoon also features their pep assembly and then after that their Homecoming parade. She says the parade is after school so other members of the community can come out and be a part of it.

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Kendrick says there is a lot of great things surrounding the Homecoming events in the Warrensburg-Latham district. She feels there is something special about the pride the community and school takes in their Homecoming week and says it brings a lot of energy to the communities.

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Warrensburg-Latham will play host to Central A&M Friday at 7pm.

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DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

September 29, 2012

 

Jail Population: 85

Summons Served: 2

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

September 30, 2012

 

Jail Population: 79

Summons Served: 1

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

October 1, 2012

 

Jail Population: 79

Summons Served: 5

Warrant Arrests: 0

 

Donald Builta, 70, Clinton, was arrested and charged with DUI/BAC 0.08. Builta posted the necessary bond and was released.

 

Miranda Lowry, 20, Farmer City, was arrested and charged with Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by Minor. Lowry posted the necessary bond and was released.

 

Investigation into the scene of an accident which occurred at approximately 1750 p.m. on Friday, September 28th, revealed that a vehicle driven by Carley Weikle, 20, Maroa, was traveling on State Route 54, just east of Green Valley Road, when she drifted off the roadway to the north. Weikel overcorrected causing her to enter the eastbound traffic lane. Weikel overcorrected again going down the ditch/embankment on the north side of 54. The vehicle spun 90 degrees causing it to face south and struck a tree. Weikel was issued a citation for operating an uninsured vehicle and was released.

 

Investigation into the scene of an accident which occurred at approximately 1240 a.m. on Saturday, September 29th, revealed that a vehicle driven by Casey Glaub, 20, Lovington, was traveling on State Route 48, just south of State Route 54, and lost control of her vehicle. Glaub left the roadway and entered the ditch on the east side of IL Route 48 and ramped Cumberland Road. Major damage to the front of the vehicle occurred. Glaub was issued Citations for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving While License Suspended and Improper Lane Usage and transported to Decatur Memorial Hospital for her injuries.

 

ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.

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Two Major Trade Shows Staying In Chicago

Two major trade shows are staying in Chicago thanks to concessions by unions.

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National Restaurant Association president Dawn Sweeney thinks the agreement is a win for the city.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced yesterday the National Restaurant Association and the Hotel-Motel Show is staying until 2021.  The International Manufacturing Technology Show is staying until 2020.  He credits the new "exhibitors bill of rights," which allows people to set up their own booths as one reason the trade shows stayed.  The new agreements mean almost a billion dollars is coming to Chicago.

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Court Won't Hear Illinois Redistricting Complaint

Illinois Republicans say the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear their appeal on the state's new legislative districts is disappointing.

A joint Monday statement from Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (rah-DOHN'-yoh) and House Minority Leader Tom Cross says Monday's ruling is disappointing.

The nation's high court gave no reason.

Radogno and Cross have said the maps were unconstitutional and gerrymandered to benefit Democrats. Lower courts threw out their complaints.

Illinois Republican Party chairman Pat Brady says it's not surprising the Supreme Court didn't hear the matter because it takes such few cases.

Democrats say the ruling affirms that the maps are fair.

Political boundaries are redrawn every decade based on U.S. Census data. Challenges to the congressional map were heard by lower courts and failed.

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Dems Out To Reverse GOP's 2010 Gains In Illinois

Some Illinois Republicans who rode a partisan tea party wave to take five U.S. House seats away from Democrats two years ago are wooing voters with a different approach this election. They're preaching unity and compromise.

To take back most of those seats, Democrats are counting on a big turnout in President Barack Obama's home state, new congressional boundaries favoring their candidates and big advertising dollars. They even claim hopes of retaking the House if they make similar gains in New York and California.

Republicans are pushing back hard, but with a softer message.

Pizzeria owner Bobby Schilling was a tea party-supported GOP winner in 2010. He now describes himself as center-right and says in a TV ad that being a congressman is not a "Democrat or Republican issue."

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Illinois Gets Grant To Fight Unemployment Fraud

Illinois is getting $2.7 million to strengthen its efforts to fight waste and fraud involving unemployment claims.

The grant from the U.S. Labor Department will help beef up anti-fraud programs launched in the past year.

The state Department of Employment Security says it has begun garnishing tax returns of unemployment cheats; working more closely with the attorney general and holding business leaders personally liable for misstating company obligations.

The department said Monday that those efforts have saved taxpayers more than $120 million.

Rising unemployment claims take money from a trust fund supported by business taxes. When the fund gets too low, business taxes go up.

So preventing false claims takes some of the pressure off the unemployment trust fund.

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Drought May Have Been Good For Some Wildlife

It's too soon to know how the drought impacted Illinois wildlife but Tim Schweizer, with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, says it may be good news for turkey hunters.  

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Schweizer says the rainfall over Labor Day weekend means there could be pretty good waterfowl habitats for the upcoming waterfowl season.  Harvest is early this year.  The first day of archery deer hunting season in Illinois was yesterday.

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Man Accused of Threatening To Slash Baby's Throat

A south-central Illinois man is accused of threatening to cut a 2-month-old baby's throat and refusing to let a woman leave the bathroom during a dispute at his home.

Authorities in Clinton County have charged 25-year-old Jesse Gilbert of Wamac with felony domestic battery, unlawful restraint, endangering the life and health of a child and resisting a peace officer.

Police say they were called last week to Gilbert's home after fielding a report of a fight involving a knife.

Police say they initially found no sign of Gilbert but arrested him later after they returned to the residence and saw him run.

Gilbert doesn't have a listed home telephone number, and it isn't clear if he has an attorney.

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Two Teens Charged With Murder In Peoria Shooting

Authorities in central Illinois have charged two 15-year-old boys with first-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting during an alleged robbery last week.

Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady charged the boys Sunday. A third juvenile also was arrested Sunday, although he hasn't been officially charged with murder.

Authorities contend the three teens approached Michael Robinson and Perry Mollohan on the rear porch of Mollohan's home Wednesday night. Both men were shot in the head.

Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene, while Mollohan was shot in the eye but survived.

In 1977, Robinson was convicted in the beating death of Bradley University religion professor Domenic Volturno. He spent almost 30 years in prison before being released in 2007.

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Student Hospitalized After Falling Into Bonfire

An Illinois State University student is hospitalized after falling into a bonfire during a weekend barn dance near Lexington.

Lauren Bucaro was transferred to the burn unit at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood where her condition was not available late Monday. ISU spokesman Jay Groves says the 21-year-old Bucaro was not a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, which threw the Saturday dance.

McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery said Monday he has concerns about events at Pleasant View Farm that include alcohol.

Pleasant View Farm boasts guaranteed privacy, security, domestic farm animals "as an attraction," bonfires and hayrack rides. Owner Sam Payne said he did not see the incident.

Groves said the university was not notified of the incident until late Monday.

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Caterpillar Plans Late Year Shutdown in Decatur

Days after saying it is worried about the slow pace of the global economy Caterpillar Inc. says it will shut down parts of its operations in Decatur for a week in November and all of December as demand for some products drops.

The Peoria-based construction- and mining-equipment company on Monday called the layoffs temporary. Caterpillar spokesman Jim Dugan (DOO'-gan) said that not all of the company's employees in the city would be affected but wouldn't say how many would be.

Caterpillar manufactures large trucks in Decatur but the current number of employees wasn't immediately available.

Late last month Caterpillar expressed concerns about the slow pace of global economic growth for the next few years. The company lowered its expectations for its profits in 2015.

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Weekly Crop Report

COOL AND FAIRLY DRY CONDITIONS ARE GIVING FARMERS PLENTY OF TIME IN THE FIELDS AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT.

CHIEF STATE CROP STATISTICIAN BRAD SCHWAB SAYS 98 PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP IS NOW MATURE.

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85 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE DROPPING LEAVES AND 22 PERCENT HAS BEEN HARVESTED. SCHWAB SAYS THE SOYBEAN CROP IS RATED IN MOSTLY FAIR CONDITION.

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AS FOR OTHER CROPS… NINE PERCENT OF WINTER WHEAT HAS BEEN PLANTED…AND 27 PERCENT OF SORGHUM HAS BEEN HARVESTED. THE THIRD CUTTING OF ALFALFA IS NOW 95 PERCENT COMPLETE. AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE CONTINUE TO IMPROVE…AND NOW STANDS AT FOUR PERCENT SURPLUS…44 PERCENT ADEQUATE…37 PERCENT SHORT…AND 15 PERCENT VERY SHORT.

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Springfield's 'Whip Guy' Apple And Pork Performance Big Hit

The Sunday crowd of the Apple and Pork festival was treated to the special talents of a Springfield man and his family.

Chris Camp hails from the Springfield area and he and his family are North America's only family whip act. He says to pull of some of the things they do takes lots of hours of practice and lots of confidence.

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The presentation the Camp pulled off mixed a little comedy, along with basic stunts to high difficulty stunts. He says when they pull those in attendance to be a part of their stunts, it is something they will remember for a long time.

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Chris and his wife were contestants on the TV show "America's Got Talent". Camp explains they made it to the Las Vegas portion of the show and he says it was a very worth while experience, and while they did not win, they finished in the top 100 out of several thousand contestants.

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Camp performed on Sunday only, however, his family is the owner of the Gandy Dancer train cars that were available both days of the festival.

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Clinton Looking Into Modifying TIF District in Downtown Area

A TIF fund in place in the downtown portion of Clinton is set to expire at the beginning of 2013, and the city is looking to extend it.

Because of the age of the current TIF, the new TIF will be modified. City Administrator Tim Followell says because of the beginning of a Presidential election, the economy will change after. He adds this will be a way of keeping an incentive for business in the downtown area as well.

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Because there will be modifications to the new district, Followell explains the City will have to go through an early release process, which will effect a couple of business owners in the old district, that are left out of the new district.

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Because of the early release process the City will go through, they will have to determine a payment amount to Dave Jackson and Don West, business owners that are being left off the the TIF district, for the next three months of payments. Followell says this is a long process with a lot of legalities to go through. He says they are aiming to have everything finished by early December.

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Other items from the Monday Clinton City Council meeting:

** Mayor Carolyn Peters made a proclamation recognizes October as Illinois Arts and Humanities Month.

** The Council approved a bid for removal of sludge lime from the water treatment plant through Chris Riddle for a cost of almost $105-thousand.

**They approved the purchase of a 2013 Jacobsen HR 9016 Mower for the Parks Department at cost of just $64,500.

** A raffle license was approved for Home Community and Education.

** The purchase of the SCADA upgrade for the water department at a cost of over $20thousand.

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Greenberg To Get At-Bat Seven Years After Beaning

Adam Greenberg is getting the most unlikely of second chances.  More than seven years after he was beaned in the head by the first and only pitch he saw in the majors, Gree