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  • Six people have been charged with dismembering a missing Champaign woman whose remains were found in a central Illinois lake.

     

    Authorities announced Thursday six men are accused of cutting up the body of 24-year-old Ashley Gibson in a northwest Champaign home. Her mother reported her missing April 19.

     

    Charged are 26-year-old Davion Hedrick, Donte Meeks and Deundrea Weatherspoon, both 25, 28-year-old Randale Banks, 23-year-old Reginald Logan and 19-year-old Javon Tate.

     

    Authorities say Hedrick is a resident of the house where the alleged dismemberment occurred.

     

    No charges have been filed relating to her death. Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz says more charges could be filed later.

     

    Gibson's remains were found Sunday in Clinton Lake in DeWitt County.

     

    Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer says investigators are trying to determine a motive for the dismemberment.


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  • GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS TAKING ACTION TO STREAMLINE THE STATE’S ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING PROCESS.

     

    THE GOVERNOR SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER CREATING A PILOT PROGRAM TO EASE THE BACKLOG OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS IN ILLINOIS. SADZI OLIVA, A STATE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE, SAYS THE STATE GETS ABOUT 100 THOUSAND REQUESTS FOR HEARINGS EACH YEAR.

     

     

    RIGHT NOW 25 AGENCIES HAVE THEIR OWN HEARING SYSTEM. THIS PILOT PROGRAM WILL FOCUS ON CONSOLIDATING THE PROCESS AND IMPROVING TECHNOLOGY TO BETTER TRACK CASES.

     

     

    25 DIFFERENT STATE AGENCIES HANDLE ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS…AND ABOUT 100 THOUSAND REQUESTS COME IN EACH YEAR. THE BURDENSOME PROCESS HAS CREATED UNREASONABLE WAIT TIMES SAYS GOVERNOR RAUNER.

     

    RAUNER SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER CREATING A PILOT PROGRAM TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE. THAT WILL INCLUDE EXPLORING THE IDEA OF A CENTRAL PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS, IMPROVING TECHNOLOGY TO BETTER TRACK CASES, AND DEVELOPING UNIFORM RULES FOR THE HEARING PROCESS.


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  • ADVOCATES ARE PUSHING LAWMAKERS TO APPROVE A BILL THAT THEY SAY WILL CURB PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE.

     

    THE LEGISLATION REQUIRES INSURANCE COMPANIES TO COVER MEDICATIONS THAT ARE HARDER TO CRUSH OR MELT…IN HOPES OF MAKING IT TOUGHER FOR PEOPLE TO USE TO GET HIGH. KEVIN KAMINSKI OF INGLESIDE, A FORMER DRUG ABUSER, SUPPORTS THE MEASURE.

     

     

    DR. MICHAEL ROSS WITH COMMUNITY FIRST MEDICAL CENTER SAYS OPIOID ABUSE IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. HE’S BACKING A MEASURE THAT REQUIRES INSURERS TO COVER PAIN MEDS THAT ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO CRUSH OR MELT AND USE TO GET HIGH.

     

     

    THE MEASURE HASN’T HAD MUCH TRACTION LATELY BUT SUPPORTERS HOPE TO REVIVE THE IDEA.


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  • ILLINOIS TREASURER MIKE FRERICHS IS URGING RADIO SHACK SHOPPERS TO SEE IF THEY HAVE ANY OLD REBATES WAITING FOR THEM.

     

    THE TREASURER’S OFFICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR RETURNING UNCLAIMED PROPERTY…AND HAS CONVINCED RADIO SHACK TO HAND OVER 140 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN UNPAID REBATES SAYS SPOKESPERSON GREG RIVARA.

     

    YOU MAY HAVE REBATE MONEY IF YOU BOUGHT SOMETHING AT RADIO SHACK BETWEEN 2002 AND 2008.

     

     

    YOU CAN CHECK FOR ANY REBATES AND OTHER UNCLAIMED PROPERTY ONLINE AT ILLINOIS TREASURER DOT GOV THROUGH THE “I-CASH” PROGRAM.


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  • The Clinton Tree Commission will recognize National Arbor Day this weekend by planting trees.

     

    It's an annual tradition and Tree Commission President, John Baker, says the city arboretum is at Jefferson and Alexander Streets

     

     

    Also as a part of the National Arbor Day celebrations in the Clinton School District, local youth are asked to create a poster and recently Baker presented the winners of this year's contest before the Clinton City Council.

     

    The winners this year were Kieran Conaty (1st), Trinity Buggar (2nd) and Emily Burkett (3rd). 


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  • While severe storms have proven to come at any time of the year, this is the time year where the storms are at their peak for chances of striking.

     

    With that in mind, local authorities are taking time to remind residents what to do, and not do, during severe weather. Teresa Barnett is the Director of DeWitt County's Emergency Management Agency, and says the most important thing you can do is be prepared for any circumstance.

     

     

    When the chances for severe weather increase, Barnett explains a watch will be issued. She explains a watch simply means the conditions are right for a storm but a warning means a storm is near and shelter needs to be sought.

     

     

    Barnett stresses when the tornado sirens go off, residents need to seek shelter immediately as a tornado has been spotted near your area or is headed towards your area.

     

     

    Clinton and DeWitt County have an emergency notification system that can send immediate notifications to residents impacted by various storms that is free. Learn more about the "Code Red" alert system next week, or to get signed up, visit clintonillinois.com or dewittcountyill.com. 


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  • State Comptroller Leslie Munger has news that should be music to the ears of anxious college students who depend on Monetary Award Program grants. Munger has revealed she received $164 million dollars worth of MAP grant vouchers from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

     

    Munger says she turned around the payments immediately. 125,000 Illinois college students depend upon help from the MAP grant program to help funding their education.

     

    Munger also notes the recent higher ed funding deal reached between Governor Rauner and lawmakers isn't a long term solution.

     

    The MAP grant funding provided by the deal only represents half of what students were promised this year. 


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