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Vice-President Biden Says Illinois Election Sends Message on Guns

Vice President Joe Biden says the primary victory of a gun control advocate to represent Illinois in Congress sends a message that voters won't stand for inaction in response to shooting violence.

Robin Kelly was elected Tuesday as the Democratic nominee to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. after running on gun control. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's political fund poured $2 million into television ads against an opponent who had been highly rated by the National Rifle Association.

Biden told a gathering of state attorneys general at a Washington hotel Wednesday that voters in the Chicago-area district "sent a clear unequivocal signal" to the NRA and politicians nationwide. Biden said, quote, "The message is there will be a moral price as well as a political price for inaction."

Shipping Bounces Back As Mississippi River Rises

Mississippi River shippers say they're returning to handling full loads because the drought-ravaged waterway has benefited from winter storms and aggressive rock-clearing.

The Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard say the crisis is over with the water level rising and rocks cleared to deepen the channel. The corps recently removed riverbed rocks from a treacherous stretch south of St. Louis, and it says recent snow and rain have helped raise the Mississippi.

Shippers late last year and in January reduced their loads with low water levels, and there were concerns barge traffic could be halted near St. Louis.

Still, the Army Corps says the same problems could re-emerge next winter because the nation's worst drought in decades is showing no signs of easing.

Senate Rejects Quinn's SIU Board Appointments

The Illinois Senate hasn't provided a single vote in favor of 3 appointments by Gov. Pat Quinn to the Southern Illinois University board of trustees.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 0-23 with 32 "present" votes on Quinn's request to name Sandra Cook of Collinsville, Melvin Terrell of Chicago and Lee Milner of Springfield. The Democratic governor had named them as replacements for three board members whose terms expired last month.

Alton Democratic Sen. William Haine said he didn't know the nominees' qualifications but he praised the outgoing members - John Simmons of East Alton, Mark Hinrichs of O'Fallon and Ed Hightower of Edwardsville.

He says Quinn didn't seek Senate advice on the appointees as the state Constitution requires.

Illinois Program For Uninsured Winds Down

An Illinois program for uninsured people with medical problems will not accept new enrollees after this week.

The Illinois Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan has been funded by the federal government under the Affordable Care Act. But it's a temporary program designed to help people until the national law was fully implemented in 2014.

That's when the health overhaul law will stop insurers from basing coverage or pricing decision on a person's health status.

More than 3,300 Illinois residents are enrolled under the Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan. Their coverage will continue through the end of the year. Starting Oct. 1, they will be able to shop for coverage on the new health insurance exchange.

Lawmaker: Illinois Is A Joke

State Representative Mike Bost says Illinois is a joke to other states.

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In reality, Illinois has one of the worst financial situations in the nation. The state has about a hundred billion dollars in unfunded pension liability. The last two governors are serving prison terms for corruption. And Illinois is the only state in the nation that doesn't allow people to carry guns in public.

Lawmaker Compares Gun Control To Castration

The fight over where people will and will not be able to carry guns in public is proving to be quite emotional. State Representative Jim Sacia [[ Say-shuh ]] says Chicago lawmakers won't budge on their gun views and he says, they're making him pay for it.

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Chicago lawmakers snapped at Representative Sacia, claiming he was out of order for comparing gun rights to castration. But Sacia disagreed.

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Sacia made the comments Tuesday, when state reps tacked on more than a dozen amendments to a bill that would ban people from carrying guns almost everywhere except on public sidewalks. Chicago lawmakers want more gun free zones because of their high crime rate, but gun supporters say those are the places criminals target. The debate comes as lawmakers scramble to get a concealed carry law on the books. They have until June 9th to do so.

Komatsu Plans Layoffs At Illinois Plant

Japanese construction-equipment maker, Komatsu, plans to start laying off workers at its plant in Peoria.

A statement from the company didn't specify how many of the 575 employees would lose their jobs or exactly when.

Reports out of Peoria indicate the company plans to spread the layoffs out over several weeks.

The company says the Peoria plant primarily makes equipment for mining. Komatsu says a slowdown in the mining industry has led it to make cuts.

Peoria-based Caterpillar last year said it was slowing production because of the drop-off in mining.

Both companies have said they expect sales to pick up later this year.

Higher Education Funding Impearled By Budget Woes

Federal officials say money for research, financial aid and work-study programs would be cut if automatic budget cuts set to kick in on Friday aren't averted.

Potentially at stake at the University of Illinois' three campuses is about $42.8 million, $33 million of which finances research over a wide range of subjects. Spokesman Tom Hardy says the money represents less than 1% of the university's $5.4 billion operating budget.

Spokesman Paul Palian says Northern Illinois University could see a loss of about $2.7 million in research funding and $85,000 in financial aid and work-study funding.

Officials at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston say they stand to lose only about $450,000, about 8% of the $5.6 million in federal money the school receives.

University of Illinois Beefs Up Police For Drinking Event

Authorities say there will be 115 extra police officers on the University of Illinois campus Friday for the annual Unofficial St. Patrick's Day.

But officials say they plan to stress safety over punitive action. It draws thousands of students from the Urbana-Champaign campus and other schools for a day of drinking. In past years hundreds have been ticketed for alcohol-related offenses. In 2006 one died after falling off a motorcycle in an alcohol-related accident.

According to reports, Champaign police Lt. Jim Clark said parties held in homes create more problems than drinking at bars. He advised hosts to keep gatherings small.

The mayors of Champaign and Urbana have issued orders limiting drinking in campus bars by temporarily barring most morning sales and the sale of pitchers of beer.

Illinois Drive-In Theater Gets Money To Stay Open

An eastern Illinois drive-in theater that had faced closure now says it will be able to stay open thanks to a $10,000 donation.

The Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In in Gibson City tried all of last year to raise the $165,000 it said it needed to update to digital projectors. The drive-in was forced to transition to digital because increasingly those are the only movies available. Without the equipment the theater planned to close.

Harvest Moon manager Ben Harroun says the Neal Tire in Gibson City donated the final $10,000 on Tuesday.

Now the seasonal theater plans to reopen next month.

More than 800 people and businesses donated money to help keep the Harvest Moon open. Gibson City is about 30 miles north of Champaign.

Former Illinois Bank President Admits To Embezzlement

The man who was president of a small-town central Illinois bank has pleaded guilty to embezzlement.

Bryson John Russell of Lincoln started working at Hartsburg State Bank in Logan County in 1966. He became bank president in 1989. On Thursday, federal prosecutors said he admitted he stole money from the bank to pay for personal expenses. Officials say Russell did it by taking out loans in the names of bank customers and relatives.

Federal officials say the bank's total loss is between $376,000 and about $562,000. Hartsburg is about 35 miles south of Peoria. It has a population of 314.

Russell is scheduled to be sentenced on June 27. He faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. He also may be ordered to pay restitution.

Snowmobilers Itching To Get Out

With the several inches of snow central Illinois has received over the last few days, there just might be enough in some areas for snowmobilers to get their snowmobiles out.

Local law enforcement officials are urging those taking to the rural parts of the area with those snowmobiles to do so safely. Ray Wichus, Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officer cautions snowmobilers to know where they can and cannot be when out.

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Wearing a helmet while riding a snowmobile is of the upmost importance. Wichus explains there are several scenarios where a helmet can be a life saver. He says there could be drainage ditches or unseen wet spots that can lead to an involuntary accident.

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Wichus says to avoid alcohol at all costs while operating a snowmobile. He says alcohol laws involving snowmobiles mirror those of vehicles and boats.

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State law requires persons 12-16 years old who may operate a snowmobile only if they have in possession a valid Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate of Competency issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Education. Of if they are accompanied on the snowmobile by a parent, guardian or a person at least sixteen years of age designated by a parent or guardian.

Blue Ridge Suspending Varsity For Football Program For One Year

One local school will sit the upcoming varsity football season out.

Blue Ridge made the decision recently to temporarily suspend the varsity football program. Superintendent of Blue Ridge Schools, Susan Wilson explains the decision was made as a safety precaution to their younger kids, but to also rebuild enthusiasm about the program.

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Wilson says this was not an easy decision to make. She feels they really took into account the students this would effect the most, which would be next year's seniors. She says it is disappointing for so many surrounding the program.

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Blue Ridge administrators and coaches hope this will be just a one year scenario. Wilson notes they will reassess where the program stands after next year, though she is hopeful it can be the one year scenario.

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Senior varsity players next year may have to sit out a few games through the course of the JV schedule. Wilson explains the conference rules state coaches of the opposing team can decide if they will allow upperclassmen to play in the JV games, though she is hopeful coaches will allow them to play, even if it is on just one side of the ball.

Bears' Webb Arrested For Pot Possession

Chicago Bears offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb is due in court next month after being arrested for possession of marijuana.  KFVS-TV reports Webb was arrested by a Pulaski County deputy on Sunday night.  He paid 500-dollars of a five-thousand-dollar bond and was released on Monday.  Webb has started all 32 regular-season games at left tackle for the Bears over the last two seasons.  He was a seventh-round draft pick in 2010 out of West Texas A&M.  The Bears say they are aware of the incident and are gathering information.  Webb's court date is set for March 18th.

Bulls Set For Sixers; Knicks/Warriors Slug It Out

>>Bulls set for Sixers

(Chicago, IL) -- Slipping in the playoff standings the Bulls host the Sixers tonight. It's a rematch of the 2012 first-round playoff series when Derrick Rose tore his ACL against Philly. It's still unclear when Rose will make his return. Chicago has dropped to sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff standings after entering the month in third and leading the Central Division.

>>Knicks Sneak By Warriors

(New York, NY) -- The Knicks outgunned the Warriors, 109-105, at Madison Square Garden despite an incredible performance from Stephen Curry. Curry, who played all 48 minutes in the second night of a back-to-back, hit 11 three pointers on his way to 54 points with seven assists and six rebounds. In Golden State's last two games, Curry is 18-of-23 from behind the arc. Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points with eight assists in the win. Tyson Chandler snagged a career-high 28 rebounds and chipped in with 16 points. J.R. Smith dialed up six three pointers off the bench along with 26 points. The Knicks won their second straight to improve to 34-and-20. Golden State is 33-and-25.

Detroit Pistons 96, Washington Wizards 95
Sacramento Kings 125, Orlando Magic 101
Cleveland Cavaliers 103, Toronto Raptors 92
Memphis Grizzlies 90, Dallas Mavericks 84
Milwaukee Bucks 110, Houston Rockets 107
Oklahoma City Thunder 119, New Orleans Hornets 74
Phoenix Suns 105, San Antonio Spurs 101 (OT)
Atlanta Hawks 102, Utah Jazz 91
Denver Nuggets 111, Portland Trail Blazers 109

Bradley Falls; SLU Wins Again; Penn State Stuns Michigan

>>Creighton Tops Bradley

Doug McDermott had another big game at Carver Arena, scoring 32 points, and Creighton moved into a first-place tie in the Missouri Valley Conference with an 80-62 victory over Bradley on Wednesday night.

The win, coupled with a Wichita State loss to Evansville, leaves the Bluejays (23-7, 12-5 Missouri Valley) and Shockers (24-6, 12-5) tied atop the conference standings. The two teams meet Saturday at Creighton in the regular-season finale.

McDermott, who also had 11 rebounds Wednesday, has made himself at home on Bradley's home court. As a freshman, he had a career-best 17 rebounds here, and last season he set a Carver Arena opponent record with 44 points in a 92-83 Creighton win.

Walt Lemon Jr. led Bradley (16-14, 7-10) with 17 points and Will Egolf had 11.

Creighton used a 31-6 run over a span of 8:52 to turn a 42-40 lead into a 73-46 advantage with 6:13 left.

>>Billikens Surge In Second Half To Beat St. Joseph's

(St. Louis, MO) -- Leading by two points at halftime, the Billikens surged past Saint Joe's to a 70-53 win. Saint Louis put away 41 points in the second half, racking up their 11th conference win of the season. Billikens forward Dwayne Evans ended the night with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Rob Loe finished with 11 points for St. Louis while Mike McCall, Jr. had 10 for the Billikens.

>>Penn State Stuns #4 Michigan; Snaps 14-Game Skid

(University Park, PA) -- Jermaine Marshall scored a game-high 25 points as Penn State stunned fourth-ranked Michigan 84-78, snapping a 14-game losing streak in the process. Ross Travis posted 15 points and 12 rebounds, while D.J. Newbill added 17 points for the Nittany Lions, who earned their first Big Ten win of the season and put an end to their 18-game conference skid dating back to last season. Penn State, which improved to just 9-and-18 on the season and 1-and-14 in conference play, hadn't won since December 29th. Tim Hardaway Jr. recorded 19 points and seven boards for the Wolverines, who fell to 23-and-5 and 10-and-5. Trey Burke chipped in with 18 points and six assists in the setback.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#7 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 76, Virginia Tech Hokies 58
#8 Georgetown Hoyas 79, Connecticut Huskies 78 (2OT)
#9 Louisville Cardinals 79, DePaul Blue Demons 58
USC Trojans 89, #11 Arizona Wildcats 78
#14 New Mexico Lobos 70, San Diego State Aztecs 60
#18 Oklahoma State Cowboys 64, TCU Horned Frogs 47
#23 Saint Mary's (CA) Gaels at Pepperdine Waves
#24 Akron Zips 88, Ohio Bobcats 81 (OT)

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 2-28

February 27, 2013


Jail Population: 62

Summons Served: 12

Warrant Arrests: 1



Investigation into the scene of an accident which occurred at 4:45 am on 2/27/13 revealed that Arleen Chaidez, 62, Clinton, was eastbound on IL 10, east of Sumpter Road, when her vehicle began to slide on the snowy surface. Chaidez stated her vehicle spun around and left the road on the north side. The vehicle struck the guardrail on the north side of the road with the passenger side. The crash caused damage to the passenger side rear bumper, fender, and rear passenger side door, as well as the front passenger side quarter panel and bumper. Chaidez stated there was no visible damage to the guardrail. There were no injuries reported or observed.


Tyler Gaherty, 25, Farmer City, was arrested on a DeWitt county warrant charging him with Failure to Appear or Pay for the Conviction of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Gaherty posted the necessary bond and was released.


Bradley Tauge, 46, Decatur was arrested for a Coles County Warrant. Tauge posted the necessary bond and was released.





Snow Piled Up In Parts of Central Illinois

Roads in parts of Illinois grew slick and some schools and government offices closed as the latest winter storm slid across the state.

The National Weather Service says some heavy snow piled up early Tuesday in west-central Illinois. Both Galesburg and Macomb had more than 5 inches on the ground.

In Peoria drivers found some roads closed early Tuesday and others hard to travel.

Weather Service meteorologist Chuck Schaffer told The Journal Star in Peoria that the heavy wet snow was falling quickly, at 2 inches an hour.

Schools in East Peoria, Canton and other towns closed.

Slick roads led to a number of accidents early Tuesday in the Bloomington area.

Further east less snow fell. In Champaign mostly rain had fallen by midday.

Historic Site's Popular Horse To Be Honored

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site is honoring 1 of its most popular residents: A Horse named Bay.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has announced the horse that died in December after living and working at the site for nearly a quarter century will be honored with a memorial service on Saturday.

Bay was the unofficial mascot for the historic site that's a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln once lived.

The horse was a popular attraction at the site about 20 miles north of Springfield. Visitors often had their picture taken with Bay, either sitting on it or standing next to it.

The service will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Later, a marker will be placed on the property, though the location hasn't been determined.

Lawmaker: Don't Implement Gun-Free Zones

Some lawmakers are fired up about the concealed carry debate. Representative Jim Sacia says he doesn't think the state should implement gun-free zones.

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Sacia says the people who are committing mass shootings are actually targeting gun-free zones. He urges lawmakers not to implement gun-free zones. A current proposal seeks to prohibit people from carrying in places like schools, churches, government buildings, and malls.

Emotions Run High During Gun Debate

Emotions are running high at the gun debate in the Illinois House. State Rep Jim Sacia says getting rid of assault weapons is not the answer.

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Rep Sacia adds Chicago lawmakers have been holding up the concealed carry measure for far too long with their demands for gun-free zones.

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The debate comes after rare moves by Democrats to push bills out of committee and allow them to be heard on the floor first. One lawmaker expressed concern over the move, saying the gun debate should have followed proper procedure. He calls the debate a waste of time and thinks he and his colleagues should be focusing on pension reform and passing a state budget.

Slow Moving Snowstorm Pummels Midwest, Heads East

A massive, slow-moving storm paralyzed parts of the nation's midsection with heavy, wet snow Tuesday before churning eastward.

Some parts of the Midwest got a foot or more of snow, which strained power lines, closed schools, clogged roadways and delayed hundreds of flights.

Forecasters expect it to dump 5-8 inches of snow in southeast Michigan on Wednesday afternoon and up to a foot in northern New England by later in the evening.

The storm was so big that it made travel perilous Tuesday from the Oklahoma Panhandle to the Great Lakes.

At least three deaths were blamed on the blizzard.

Russian Roulette Blamed In Illinois Teen's Death

A teenager from Normal has pleaded not guilty in the shooting of another boy during what prosecutors say was a game of Russian roulette.

Larron Carroll pleaded not guilty Tuesday in McLean County Circuit Court to murder, possession of a stolen firearm and four other charges.

The 17-year-old Carroll is charged in the Jan. 21 shooting of 16-year-old Kuantree Massey of Bloomington.

Assistant State's Attorney Bill Workman said in court Tuesday the shooter put a cartridge in a revolver's chamber and pulled the trigger while pointing it at someone. After it didn't fire the shooter spun the revolver's cylinder and pointed it at Massey and fired. Massey was shot in the chest and died at a local hospital.

Defense attorney Joan A. HillMcClain calls the shooting a tragic accident.

Blue Kids Benefit A Big Success For Children's Advocacy Center

The Children's Advocacy Center just wrapped up their largest fundraiser of the year.

The Center, which serves DeWitt, McLean and Livingston counties, recently finished their 16th Annual Blue Kids Benefit. 460 guests attended the benefit. Judy Brucker, Executive Director with the Children's Advocacy Center, says it is always a memorable night which raises funds for there important cause.

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Brucker says the Children's Advocacy Center is always grateful for the support of the community who shows up to show their support for the center. An event such as the Blue Kids Benefit shows that local communities can pitch in to help local children.

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Historically, the Blue Kids Benefit has over 400 people attend annually. Brucker says seeing the number of people that attend to give their support always excites her.

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Brucker adds while they have some corporate partners for the Blue Kids Benefit, they are always looking for more. She is grateful for those who provided in-kind services.

University of Illinois Physics Van Stopping At Warner Library

The Warner Library has a special program they are hosting this afternoon.

The University of Illinois Physics Van will make a stop at the Warner Library this afternoon. The Physics Van is a student run program through the University of Illinois. Scott Luedtke is the student leader of the Physics Van, he explains their program gives them an opportunity to perform different demonstrations to kids.

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While the program is always a good time for kids, Luedtke says the program is a great time for the students as well. He feels it shows kids that science isn't always boring, in fact, it can be a lot of fun.

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The program kicks off at the Warner Public Library from 3:40 until 4:30 this afternoon.

The Physics Van will also be at DeLand Weldon Schools Thursday March 7.

Luedtke notes they travel generally within 100 miles of the University of Illinois campus. He says they've traveled as far as New Mexico and Florida for presentations. He says they are always willing to come and do their demonstrations for many types of groups. To learn more, you can visit van.physics.illinois.edu.

Arizona Cardinals Reportedly Exploring Trade For Alex Smith

The Kansas City Chiefs may have competition if they are looking to trade for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.  The "Arizona Republic" reports the Cardinals are exploring a trade for Smith, impressed by his experience, intelligence and talent.  CBS reported Sunday that a deal for Smith was effectively complete and just waiting for the start of the league year next month to become official.  The Chiefs have been reported to be the most logical destination for Smith.  It seems less likely that the 49ers would trade Smith to the division-rival Cardinals, but the emergence of Colin Kaepernick [[ CAP-er-nick ]] this past season makes Smith either expendable or an expensive backup on the bench. 

Arizona Cardinals Reportedly Exploring Trade For Alex Smith

The Kansas City Chiefs may have competition if they are looking to trade for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.  The "Arizona Republic" reports the Cardinals are exploring a trade for Smith, impressed by his experience, intelligence and talent.  CBS reported Sunday that a deal for Smith was effectively complete and just waiting for the start of the league year next month to become official.  The Chiefs have been reported to be the most logical destination for Smith.  It seems less likely that the 49ers would trade Smith to the division-rival Cardinals, but the emergence of Colin Kaepernick [[ CAP-er-nick ]] this past season makes Smith either expendable or an expensive backup on the bench. 

Beckman Rounds Out Illini Coaching Staff

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman has finished building his staff by naming Al Seamonson as outside linebackers coach.

In announcing the appointment Tuesday, Beckman said Seamonson has worked with some excellent coaches and players during his career, which includes stops at Central Florida, Maryland, Bowling Green State, The Citadel, Army and Wisconsin. He was a wide receiver for the Badgers in the early 1980s and was an assistant at Wisconsin from 1982 to '84.

Seamonson most recently was an assistant at Central Florida in 2011.

He replaces defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale who left for a job at Cincinnati. Defensive coordinator Tim Banks will coach the defensive backs.

Beckman has replaced more than half his staff following last season's 2-10 finish.

Illini Off This Week, Minnesota Upsets Top-Ranked Indiana

>>Illini With One Game This Week

(Ann Arbor, MI) -- Once a top-10 team, Illinois gets a few days off to forget the loss to Michigan last week. The Fighting Illini are 20-and-9 with a 7-and-8 record in the Big Ten. The Illini host Nebraska on Saturday.

>>Minnesota Upsets Top-Ranked Indiana

(Minneapolis, MN) -- Trevor Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Minnesota Golden Gophers pulled off a 77-73 upset win over the top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers. Andre Hollins added 16 points for the Gophers, who had lost four out of five. Minnesota moved to 19-and-9 with a 7-and-8 record in Big Ten play. Jordan Hulls had 17 points while Victor Oladipo netted 16 points for the Hoosiers. Cody Zeller was held to nine points and seven rebounds for IU, which fell to 24-and-4 with a 12-and-3 conference record. It's the third time the Hoosiers have lost this season as the top-ranked team in the nation.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
Tennessee Volunteers 64, #6 Florida Gators 58
#16 Wisconsin Badgers 77, Nebraska Cornhuskers 46
Xavier Musketeers 64, #17 Memphis Tigers 62

Cavs Top Bulls

Dion Waiters scored 25 points to help make up for the absence of Kyrie Irving, and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls with a 101-98 victory on Tuesday night.

While Irving rested a sore right knee in street clothes on the sideline, Waiters converted a fadeaway jumper and a layup before Tyler Zeller drove along the baseline for a layup that helped Cleveland open an 87-78 lead with 7:33 left in the game.

The Bulls were down two when they got the ball back with 37 seconds left, but Luol Deng missed a long jumper.

Former Peoria product, Shaun Livingston, starting in place of Irving, finished with 15 points as improving Cleveland held on for its third win in the last four games, bouncing back from a difficult 109-105 loss at Miami on Sunday.

Indiana Pacers 108, Golden State Warriors 97
Orlando Magic 98, Philadelphia 76ers 84
Miami Heat 141, Sacramento Kings 129 (2OT)
Brooklyn Nets 101, New Orleans Hornets 97
Milwaukee Bucks 95, Dallas Mavericks 90
Phoenix Suns 84, Minnesota Timberwolves 83 (OT)
Los Angeles Clippers 106, Charlotte Bobcats 84

Monticello/Clifton Central Sectional Matchup Rescheduled For Tonight; Other Area Games Postponed, Played

The Monticello Sages boys basketball team is headed to Sectionals this evening as they take on Clifton Central. Clifton Central defeated Momence Friday night 46-41 at Clifton Central. Monticello defeated Unity 53-37 at Sullivan High School. Monticello enters play tonight at 21-5, Clifton Central is 19-9.

The game was to be played last night, but was canceled at the request of Clifton Central.

Tonight's game is at 7:30 at Unity High School. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

The winner of tonight's contest plays the winner of tomorrow night's winner between Bishop McNamara and St. Joseph-Ogden for the Sectional Championship.

Several boys basketball postseason games around the area were canceled...

Class 1A:

At Granville (Putnam County)

Illini Central 7:30pm (Postponed to tonight)
Decatur Christian

At Farmington

Tremont 7:30pm (Postponed to tonight)

Class 3A Regional matchups saw some games postponed, and some were able to play...

At Bloomington

Lincoln 46
Bloomington Central Catholic 39

At Champaign (Centennial)

Champaign Centennial 58
Rantoul 44

At Chillicothe (Both games postponed to tonight)

Metamora 6:00pm
Illinois Valley Central

Peoria Notre Dame 7:30pm

At East Peoria (Tuesday games postponed to tonght)

Washington 6:00pm

Limestone 7:30pm
Peoria Manual

At Jacksonville (H.S.)

Springfield Southeast 58
Chatham Glenwood 60

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 50
Jacksonville 43

At Mattoon

Decatur MacArthur 70
Taylorville 78

Mt. Zion 63
Charleston 57

Class 3A Regularly scheduled games for tonight

At Bloomington (H.S.).
Normal U-High 7:30pm

At Champaign (Centennial)

Urbana 7:30pm

Class 2A Sectional Game Regularly scheduled for tonight...

At Beardstown
Riverton 7:30pm
Pleasant Plains

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 2-27

February 26, 2013


Jail Population: 62

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 1


Daniel Wilson, 38, DeWitt, was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant Charging him with Failure to appear for the offense of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. Wilson unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.











DeWitt County Sheriff Takes Strong Stance on Gun Control As Lawmakers Decide In Springfield

With the gun debate taking center stage in Springfield this week, one local law enforcement official has taken a very strong view on what should be done.

DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner has taken a strong stance supporting the 2nd Amendment. The Sheriff has strongly supported the 2nd Amendment, and he feels there is a fundamental misunderstanding between lawmakers and Sheriffs. He says the law abiding citizens are not the problem, but rather it is a problem of criminals.

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The Sheriff feels the focus needs to be on criminals, but also the mentally ill. He says legislation has taken funding away from providing the necessary help for the mentally ill, and he says they are seeing the consequences of those cuts.

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A lot has been made about assault rifles and now what makes a gun an assault rifle. Sheriff Shofner explains in the past 25 years, he cannot think of a single crime in DeWitt County that has involved what is now considered an assault rifle. He feels attention could be better focused on the other issues at hand.

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The Sheriff says statistics would show we are living in maybe one of the most violent times in American history. He notes though, because of medical technology not as many people are dieing because of assaults.

Ex-Prison Guard Pleads Guilty To Porn Charges

A former Illinois Department of Corrections guard has pleaded guilty to charges of distributing and possessing child pornography and sexually exploiting a minor.

The sentencing of 46-year-old Steven L. Carson of Hillsboro is scheduled for June 21 by U.S. District Judge Richard Mills.

Carson worked as a guard at Graham Correctional Center. He has been in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in August.

According to court records and in testimony during a hearing last week, Carson admitted using a child to perform sexually explicit conduct he videotaped. He also admitted sharing child pornography images over the Internet. Authorities recovered 2,300 images and 40 videos from his computers.

Carson faces a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.

Quinn Makes Appointment to Boards, Commissions

Gov. Pat Quinn has named a Chicago lawyer to the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Sherina Maye has focused on consumer finance litigation, and Quinn's office says her background will be "invaluable" as a watchdog for Illinois consumers.

Her appointment was one of more than two dozen that the governor's office announced on Monday.

Quinn also appointed a former machinists union business executive, Roger Poole, to the Illinois Finance Authority. Kane County board member Cristina Castro and Bloomingdale attorney Salvatore Tornatore were appointed to the Illinois housing Development Authority.

University of Chicago Law School professor Craig Futterman was among three appointed to the state's Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission. Futterman has extensively studied police brutality.

Quinn also named university trustees and public guardians, among other executive appointments.

More Winter Weather Headed Toward Central Illinois

More winter weather is headed toward central Illinois.  Drivers are urged to be careful on the roads.  Authorities say drivers should plan ahead, give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations, and take the necessary safety precautions while traveling on interstates and state roads.  Drifting snow will make if difficult to see.  Drivers are told to reduce their speed and leave space between themselves and the car in front of them.  They are urged to avoid abrupt stops and unnecessary lane changes.  Officials also tell them to always keep their gas tanks at least two-thirds full to prevent fuel from freezing.

House Republicans Introduce Jobs Plan

Dwight Kay says there are major flaws with the state's Workers' Compensation system. He's introduced seven bills that would make the system more business-friendly.

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It's part of a larger jobs package introduced by House Republicans. Kay says the broken workers' comp system is one of the biggest concerns employers have about the state business climate. He and other state reps believe meaningful reform will put businesses on an even playing field with those in bordering states. They've also proposed plans that will reduce the cost of setting up a business, ease regulations on business, and roll back the tax hike that took effect two years ago. They say their proposals could put hundreds of thousands of people back to work.

Three Found Shot To Death In Pekin Home

Authorities say three people found dead in a home in Pekin are a husband, wife and their adult son. Police suspect the three were shot as part of double-homicide and suicide.

Tazewell County Coroner James Baldi said Monday that the dead are 77-year-old Ira L. Clemmons, his 75-year-old wife, Barbara L. Clemons, and their 52-year-old son, Allen S. Clemons. They were found in the couple's home in Pekin. The town is just south of Peoria.

Pekin Police Spokesman Don Jolly says investigators are not looking for suspects.

Baldi says the bodies were found about 9:45 p.m. Sunday after a relative of the three asked police to check on the couple's welfare.

Autopsies are planned for Tuesday.

Fake Officer Tries Stopping Several Women

A fake police officer is on the loose. Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell says a man in an unmarked car has tried to stop several women.

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Undersheriff Campbell says it's very troublesome that someone's preying on the faith of the general public.

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Undersheriff Campbell has a few tips for anyone who's suspicious about the vehicle following them.

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Campbell says they're hoping people come forward with tips, whether they think it's a neighbor or if they see anything suspicious in their neighborhoods. So far three cases have been reported in Sangamon County and two in Morgan County.

Ameren Bracing For Winter Storm

With winter storm warnings, watches and advisories issued for much of downstate Illinois, the Ameren Illinois Emergency Operations Center has declared a weather alert in preparation for tomorrow’s winter storm.

Ron Pate, Ameren Illinois vice president of operations and tech support, says Ameren is monitoring weather conditions for any changes that may impact service and all Ameren Illinois and contractor personnel have been placed on alert.

If necessary, Ameren Illinois is prepared to deploy the special Ameren Illinois Storm Trailers. These trailers are filled with materials field crews need to perform their service restoration work. The trailers can be moved to various staging sites to provide materials when outside crews come in to help with the restoration efforts and to provide a store of materials close to the area with the most damage.

In the event of wide-spread service outages, service restoration work will be directed by Ameren Illinois Emergency Operations Center.

Pate says to stay away from downed power lines and always contact Ameren or dial ‘911’ if you see downed lines,” Pate adds to never go outside during a power outage after sunset because you won't be able to see a downed power line that could still be energized and dangerous. He suggests staying away from brush, shrubs and downed trees that may hide downed lines.

In the event customers experience a power outage or loss of natural gas service, detailed safety and outage information is available at IllinoisOutage.com. Customers with mobile devices can visit www.ameren.mobi.

If your power goes out, call Ameren Illinois at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and always call as soon as possible to report a downed line or natural gas odor. The Ameren Illinois contact number is 1-800-755-7000. In addition to the safety and outage information available at IllinoisOutage.com, customers and media can receive timely updates on outage restoration by following the Ameren Illinois news feed at twitter.com/AmerenIllinois.

Second Winter Storm Bears Keeping Safety In Mind

A second major winter storm is expected to hit much of downstate Illinois starting throughout the day.

With wintery weather expected to continue throughout the day, the American Red Cross has some things to keep in mind. Carl Baker, Executive Director of the Red Cross' Mid-Illinois Chapter says for those that may want to do their daily running or exercising in this weather, it's very important to dress in layers. It's also a good idea to always stretch and prepare before doing any physical activities outdoors.

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Baker says several winter chores and activities, such as shoveling snow, can be physically demanding. The Red Cross has an app for your smartphone that will tell you signs of frostbite if you think you may be getting to that point.

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Another thing to keep an eye on is your car. Baker notes it is important to keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle at all times with items to keep you warm and some snacks to provide energy. He also recommends keeping your car filled up at or over a half of a tank of gas during the winter months. This will help in case you get stranded on the side of the road and keeps the gas from freezing.

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Baker also notes it's important to keep an eye on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly.

Lincoln Hosts Another Successful Jr. High School Boys Basketball Tournament

This past weekend, the community of Lincoln was host to over one-hundred boys Jr. High Basketball teams in the area.

Each year, Jr. High basketball teams from across the state, midwest, and as far away as Alabama make their way to Lincoln for a 2-day basketball tournament. Executive Director of the Abe Lincoln Tourism Bureau, Geoff Ladd says John Welsh, the head of the tournament, recently passed away, but Lincoln Jr. High School Principal Kent Froebe stepped up to make the tournament happen.

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The tournament is a huge economic boost for the Lincoln tourism industry. Ladd explains the hundreds of people that come to Lincoln for the tournament stay in the hotels, eat at local restaurants, and fill their gas tanks at the local gas stations.

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The sports tourism industry Ladd calls "recession-proof". He explains while the economy continues to recover from the recession, he says sports is something parents will always travel for. He says parents will always make their kids sports a priority.

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Ladd says school gymnasiums from Lincoln Jr. High School to Carroll Catholic School to Lincoln College had gymnasiums in use throughout the weekend hosting the tournament.

Ladd thanks Kent Froebe and all the volunteers he was able to coordinate to make the weekend's tournament another big success in Lincoln.

Blackhawks Keep Streak Alive With Win

Marian Hossa's goal in overtime gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Chicago extended its NHL-record streak of games without a regulation loss to 19 as it improved to 16-0-and-3. The 'Hawks trailed 2-1 after the second period before Viktor Stalberg's third-period equalizer and Hossa's winner. Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago. The Oilers got goals from Jeff Petry and Nail Yakupov. Ray Emery had 17 saves for the Blackhawks and Nikolai Khabibulin came up with 31 stops for Edmonton.

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Philadelphia Flyers 2
Ottawa Senators 2, Montreal Canadiens 1 (SO)
Nashville Predators 5, Dallas Stars 4 (OT)
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Edmonton Oilers 2 (OT)
Los Angeles Kings 5, Anaheim Ducks 2

Rams' Jackson To Void Contract; Brady Reportedly Agrees To Three-Year Extension With Patriots

>>Rams' Jackson To Void Contract

(St. Louis, MO) -- Running back Steven Jackson's career with the St. Louis Rams could be coming to an end. The "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" reports the 29-year-old will void the final year of his contract and become a free agent when the new league year starts on March 12th. Jackson is scheduled to make seven-million-dollars for the 2013 season. He has eclipsed the one-thousand yard mark for eight straight seasons and rushed for over 10-thousand yards with 56 touchdowns in his career. Jackson has never played for a winning team.

>>Te'o's 40-Yard Dash Time Disappoints At NFL Combine

(Indianapolis, IN) -- The draft stock of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o [[ MAN-tye TAY-oh ]] may be taking a hit at the NFL Combine. Te'o posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.82 seconds during Monday's linebacker workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Missouri's Zaviar Gooden posted the fastest time among linebackers at 4.47 seconds.

>>Brady Reportedly Agrees To Three-Year Extension With Patriots

(Foxborogh, MA) -- Tom Brady is set to finish his career with New England. SI.com's Peter King reports the veteran quarterback has agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the Patriots through 2017 when Brady is 40 years old. The deal is worth a cap friendly 27-million-dollars, less than half his estimated value on the open market. Brady has led the Patriots to five Super Bowls and three championships in his ten seasons as the team's starting quarterback.

>>Eagles Release DT Jenkins

(Philadelphia, PA) -- The Philadelphia Eagles are cutting ties with defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. They have released the 32-year-old after two seasons in Philadelphia. Jenkins had nine-and-a-half sacks while starting all 32 games the last two years. He spent his first seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Jenkins was due to make 5.5-million-dollars in 2013.

Marquette Upsets 'Cuse; Iowa State Can't Pull Off Upset

>>#22 Marquette Edges #12 Syracuse

(Milwaukee, WI) -- Davante Gardner scored a career-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds as 22nd-ranked Marquette edged number-12 Syracuse 74-71 in a key Big East battle at the Bradley Center. The Golden Eagles have won 24 straight at home to improve to 20-and-7 and 11-and-4. Marquette hosts 20th-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday.

>>ISU Falls To Kansas

(Ames, IA) -- Korie Lucious' 23-point effort was not enough as Iowa State fell in overtime to fifth-ranked Kansas last night, 108-96. Tyrus McGee added 22 points while Will Clyburn had 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Cyclones. ISU saw its three-game winning streak end and fell to 9-and-6 in Big 12 play with a 19-and-9 overall mark. The Cyclones travel to play Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#13 Kansas State Wildcats 75, Texas Tech Red Raiders 55

Bulls Begin Homestand Tonight Against Cavs; Gibson Out

The Bulls begin a three-game homestand tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center. Chicago has alternated wins and losses over its last five games following Sunday's 102-72 setback at Oklahoma City. The Bulls sit at 32-and-24 on the season. The Cavs are 18-and-38.

Washington Wizards 90, Toronto Raptors 84
Atlanta Hawks 114, Detroit Pistons 103
Boston Celtics 110, Utah Jazz 107 (OT)
Denver Nuggets 119, Los Angeles Lakers 108

>>Report: Bulls Forward Gibson Out With Sprained Knee

(Chicago, IL) -- The Chicago Bulls will be without one of their defensive anchors for the immediate future. According to the "Chicago Tribune," Taj Gibson will miss a couple of weeks with a sprained knee. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Bulls loss Sunday night against the Thunder. Gibson averages about 22 minutes a night with around eight points, five rebounds and one block. He is a big part of Chicago's top-five ranked defense.

>>Thunder Reach Deal With Derek Fisher

(Oklahoma City, OK) -- Derek Fisher is back with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 38-year-old guard has signed a deal for the remainder of the season. Fisher signed with OKC late last season and helped the Thunder to the NBA Finals. He played nine games with the Dallas Mavericks earlier this season before suffering a knee injury and asking for his release. Fisher was traded from the L.A. Lakers to the Houston Rockets last March before negotiating a buyout and joining the Thunder.

Clinton Educational Foundation Awards Classroom Grants

The Clinton Community Educational Foundation awarded their yearly classroom grants across the Clinton School District Tuesday morning.

Almost a dozen grants were awarded. Eight teachers received 11 grants. Claudine Wargel with the CCEF explains most of the grant requests were for technology. Wargel explains one request, which was for Mrs. Debra Horvath at Webster School, was for iPads for her classroom, which is a special education classroom.

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Douglas School teach Jennifer Immke received a grant of musical instruments in her classroom. Wargel explains the instruments she will be receiving help her students learn about music and learn to be comfortable playing music as well.

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Teachers put in application for the grants and they are reviewed in January. President of the CCEF, Ruth Lowers says this year they received 11 applications and all 11 applicants for grants received funding.

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The CCEF aims to provide financial assistance to the classrooms of Clinton teachers for things their yearly budgets cannot cover. Lowers feels this provides the teachers a good opportunity to get items that can enhance their curriculum.

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Every teacher was very appreciative to receive the grants and were very surprised when they were presented with their classroom grants. Lowers and Wargel both feel each teacher was very deserving to receive the grants, which was the reason all applications were accepted.



Left to Right: Barbara Gullone, Nikki McDonald, Ruth Lowers (President of CCEF)

Social Studies - Psychology Create a Play-Doh Brain Activity


Left To Right: Ruth Lowers (President of CCEF), Jennifer Immke, Barbara Gullone

5 Orff instruments for music classes at Webster School including soprano glockenspiel, alto glockenspiel, alto metallophone, soprano xylophone and alto xylophone. Used with Orff Schulwerk method, combining music, movement, drama and speech to naturally mimic the ways children create and play. Reduces pressure of performing.


Left to Right: Ruth Lowers, Debra Horvath, Principal of Webster School Mary Diener, & Barbara Gullone

Help provide iPads to seven students in classroom. Different learning levels and abilities, as well as language barriers, create a need for individualized instruction. Ipads will allow each student to continue to work and learn independently while the instructor works one-on-one with others.


Students of Clinton High School's Alternative Education Program

Reading with Kindle; Amazon Prime Memberships & Gift Card


Left To Right: Ruth Lowers, Ray Karcher, Barbara Gullone

Developing Skills in Pursuing Future Careers in Auto Technology


Left To Right: Barbara Gullone, Kendra Shambaugh, Ruth Lowers

Assist with opening Intro to Family and Consumer Science course. Funds to support "food lab" with sewing supplies (tapes, needles, gauges, buttons, etc.), machine maintenance, and possible sewing machine purchase.


Left To Right: Barbara Gullone, Ruth Lowers, Gale Barnes, Gary Gullone (Principal of Lincoln School)


Left To Right: Courtney Smith, Barbara Gullone, Nancy Stokowski, Ruth Lowers, Tanya Donelson, Gary Gullone

Apple TV in combination with VGA adapter allows teacher to use their iPad in conjuniction with the Starboard to teach from anywhere within their classroom.

Class 3A & 4A Boys Basketball Teams Begin Regionals Today

Boys basketball postseason action kick off today for Class 3A & 4A, and here are some the regional matchups.

Class 3A:

At Bloomington

Bloomington Central Catholic 7:30pm
Decatur Eisenhower

At Champaign Centennial

Rantoul 7:30pm
Champaign Centra

At Chillicothe (Illinois Valley Central)
Dunlap 6:00pm
Illinois Valley Central

Peoria 7:30pm

At East Peoria

East Peoria 7:30pm

At Jacksonville

Chatham Glenwood 6:00pm
Springfield Lanphier

Jacksonville 7:30pm

At Mattoon

Taylorville 7:30pm

Mt. Pulaski Girls Take 2nd In Class 1A; El-Paso Gridley Takes 3rd

>>Mt. Pulaski Girls Take 2nd In Class 1A State Championships

Sophie Brunner scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Freeport Aquin to a 55-46 win over Mount Pulaski for its second consecutive Class 1A title in Illinois high school girls' basketball.

Brunner was 12 of 15 from the field and hit 9 of 15 free throws. Her seven points late in the game helped hold off the Toppers.

Elayna Erdmier added 11 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs (31-3).

The Toppers (29-5) bolted to an early 14-7 lead but Aquin used an 18-7 second-quarter run to grab a lead it never relinquished.

Jessica Awe scored 19, grabbed six rebounds and handed out three assists for Mount Pulaski, Erika Leever added 11 points and six assists for the Toppers.

>>El-Paso Gridley Takes 3rd In Class 2A

El Paso-Gridley's rough first half of shooting didn't stop it from knocking off Melrose Park Walther Lutheran, 55-46, and taking third place in Class 2A high school girls' basketball.

Codee Schlipf's 18 points and Rebekah Ehresman's 16 paced the Titans (30-2). Both also had six rebounds.

El Paso-Gridley made just 9 of 25 shots in the first half Saturday, including missing all eight attempts from 3-point range. The Titans improved dramatically in the second half, hitting half their shots (11-22) overall and making 2 of the five 3-pointers they took.

It was the Titans' first time in the state finals.

Walther Lutheran's Isimeme Edekohad had 12 points and 18 rebounds. Dana Turner added 11 points for the Broncos (26-8), who got their second fourth-place finish in seven years.

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DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

February 22, 2013


Jail Population: 61

Summons Served: 3

Warrant Arrests: 0


February 23, 2013


Jail Population: 62

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0


February 24, 2013


Jail Population: 63

Summons Served: 1

Warrant Arrests: 0




Investigation into the scene of an accident which occurred at 12:04 pm on 2/22/13 revealed that Ivan Leisner, 87, Weldon, and Russell Ritter, 51, Clinton, were both traveling westbound on IL Route 10. Ritter stated he had just passed Leisner due to slow speeds, when a funeral procession was traveling eastbound. A snowplow truck, also westbound, stopped in the roadway for the procession. Ritter stopped behind the plow. When the plow continued, Ritter also began to proceed in traffic. Leisner then struck the rear end of Ritters vehicle. The crash caused damage to the front bumper to Leisner’s vehicle, and caused the license plate and bracket to come off. Ritter’s vehicle sustained damage to the rear bumper. There were no injuries claimed or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene. Russell Ritter was arrested and issued a citation for Driving While License Suspended. Ritter posted the necessary bond and was released.


Ryan Smith, 37, Bloomington, was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Smith was issued a notice to appear and was released.


Mary Pilgrim, 31, Carbondale, was issued a citation for Speeding 75 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Pilgrim posted the necessary bond and was released.


Emma Woods, 41, Iowa City, Iowa, was issued a citation and was arrested for Driving on Suspended License. Woods posted the necessary bond and was released.


Doug Meeker, 42, Farmer City, was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Meeker was issued a notice to appear and was released.


Mark Gardner, 54, Farmer City, was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Gardner was issued a notice to appear and was released.


David White, 25, Heyworth, was arrested and issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle, 2 counts Driving Under the Influence and improper lane Usage. White posted the necessary bond and was released.








Fire Destroys Clinton Home

More details have been released about a house fire that engulfed a Clinton home Friday afternoon.

Clinton Fire Chief Shawn Milton indicates crews from Clinton were called around 12:45 pm Friday afternoon to battle a blaze in a two story home at 31 Park Court in frigid temperatures Friday. Later crews from Kenney, Maroa and Wapella would join the scene.

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The homeowners indicated a suspicion the fire had originated in the basement of the home, but the Chief says they arrived to the fire on the second floor.

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Chief Milton says his crews left the scene around 7 pm but were called back at around 10 pm. Chief Milton says they anticipated being called back. He adds the fire caused the collapse of the floors to the main and 2nd floors.

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The fire home was left at a total loss. Chief Milton says an investigation is still ongoing as to the cause of the fire. He could not confirm reports of a natural gas leak that caused the fire to rapidly spread throughout the house.





McMorrow, First Woman On Illinois Supreme Court, Dies

Mary Ann McMorrow, the first woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court and the state's first female chief justice, has died.

Illinois Supreme Court spokesman Joseph Tybor, who was authorized to speak on the family's behalf, says McMorrow died Saturday at a Chicago hospital following a brief illness. She was 83.

McMorrow set numerous precedents. She was the only woman in her 1953 class at Loyola University School of Law, and became the first woman on Illinois' highest court in 1992. She served as chief justice from 2002 to 2005.

But when she retired in 2006, McMorrow says she never focused on being a trailblazer. She said she was "just trying to do the best I could."

McMorrow is survived by her daughter and her sister.

Three Of Forbes' Most Miserable Cities Are In Michigan , Two in Illinois

The two most miserable cities in the country are in Michigan. Violent crime, falling home values and abandoned homes helped doom Detroit and Flint, which placed first and second in "Forbes'" list of "America's Most Miserable Cities 2013." Illinois also has two cities in the top five. Rockford's double-digit employment put it in third place. Chicago is fourth because of its long commutes, falling home prices and brutal winters.

High foreclosure rates and government budget problems helped put three California cities in the top ten, including Modesto at number five. New York, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Cleveland are all in the top 20 as well.

The full list of "America's Most Miserable Cities 2013" from Forbes:

1) Detroit, MI
2) Flint, MI
3) Rockford, IL
4) Chicago, IL
5) Modesto, CA
6) Vallejo, CA
7) Warren, MI
8) Stockton, CA
9) Lake County, IL
10) New York, NY
11) Toldeo, OH
12) St. Louis, MO
13) Camden, NJ
14) Milwaukee, WI
15) Atlantic City, NJ
16) Atlanta, GA
17) Cleveland, OH
18) Poughkeepsie, NY
19) Gary, IN
20) Youngstown, OH

Strike Threat Raises Stakes In State Union Talks

The largest state-employee union in Illinois is preparing to ask its members about striking if there's no progress this week on contract talks with Gov. Pat Quinn's office.

Henry Bayer is director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union has been negotiating with Quinn on a new contract for more than a year. The last contract expired June 30.

Most of AFSCME's 40,000 members are allowed to strike. But state law prohibits security workers from walking out. Those include guards at prisons and juvenile detention centers in AFSCME's case.

Quinn was asked last week whether he has ordered preparations for a work stoppage. But Quinn said only a governor is "always prepared."

Labor experts say a strike is politically risky for both sides.

Federal Cuts Could Shut Down Illinois Airport Control Towers

Air traffic control towers could be shut down at nine Illinois airports if no deal is reached in Washington to avert federal spending cuts scheduled to take effect next month.

Because of the across-the-board cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration is making plans to trim $600 million in spending for the rest of the fiscal year.

The agency is considering closing more than 100 air traffic control towers at smaller airports nationwide. Pilots using plane-to-plane radios would be left to coordinate landings and takeoffs among themselves.

According to an FAA list, that could affect nine Illinois airports, including Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, Carbondale and St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton, Ill.

In addition, overnight shifts at air traffic control facilities could be scrapped at three airports, including Chicago's Midway.

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Lincoln High School Using Drills To Prepare For Campus On Site Emergencies

Fire, tornado, or earthquake drills used to be all administrators used to have to worry about when it came to preparing students for in school emergencies. But over the past 15 years, that has drastically changed.

Lincoln Community High School this year alone has already done three different drills to prepare for an armed intruder into the school building. Superintendent of Lincoln Community High School Robert Bagby says like other schools, they also upgraded their surveillance equipment.

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The communication between school administrators and law enforcement is vital to the effectiveness of a school's safety. Bagby says without that communication, the procedures each has in place becomes meaningless. He says Lincoln High School and other schools and law enforcement agencies have been working closely.

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Communication with parents o the students is just as important and Bagby says Lincoln uses the system "School Reach". Bagby says while you hope no school ever has to deal with these types of emergencies, schools being forced to spend more time looking into these types of emergencies is a good thing.

FFA Week Highlight - Heyworth

Last week FFA Chapters around the country took time to promote themselves and the things they do throughout the year.

A newer chapter to the area, Heyworth used the week to do things recognizing their nearly 60-member group. Jestun Nutter is the Heyworth FFA Advisor, he explains also part of this week is reaching out to the younger grade levels and raising awareness among them.

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The Heyworth FFA Chapter started in September of 2005. Nutter explains the program started strong and has remained fairly steady in enrollment at the school. Nutter feels he would rather have a smaller group of dedicated, quality students than a large number of students.

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The Heyworth FFA Chapter, like most chapters, uses a donated plot that raises a lot of money. But Nutter says they also do something else that raises a lot of money. The FFA kids restore an antique tractor every year and do a raffle throughout the year to the various events they go to then give it away.

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Nutter says the FFA students do all the planning for what they want to do during FFA week. He says planning took a little over a month.

Area FFA Chapters talked with WHOW Farm Broadcaster Jared White last week during his noon farm show. To hear all those interviews, visit illinoisfarmradio.com.

County Board Looking Into Extending Fishing Areas At Clinton Lake Marina

The DeWitt County Board is making some changes to fishing areas at the Clinton Lake Marina.

An ad-hoc committee was formed recently to look into expanding fishing areas at the Marina. Committee Chair Danny Ballenger says he was approached by residents who desired to fish at the Marina, but could not because of a 'No Fishing-Ban'. Ballengers says he took the voiced concerns to the County Board, who formed the committee to discuss what could be done.

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Fishing at the Marina will be opened up to fishing, however, within 100 feet of the docks will keep the 'No Fishing Ban' in place. Ballenger says that was at the request of the slip renters because that is where they tie their boats up.

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Ballenger explains a study was done recently that showed fishing would be a good thing for that area of the Marina. He adds Marina employees would be able to enforce the rules and if anyone resisted their enforcement, DNR would respond.

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Ballenger doesn't feel the new measure would not cause any problems. He was pleased with the way the committee worked together in coming up with an agreement.

The County Board was going to vote on the measure last Thursday night, however, inclement weather forced the cancellation of the meeting.

Daytona Weekend Notes

>>Johnson Wins Dayton 500

(Daytona Beach, FL) -- Jimmie Johnson rallied to win his second career Daytona 500 on Sunday. The five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap. Johnson also won this race in 2006. Fifty-four-year-old Mark Martin finished in third, followed by reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman. Pole sitter Danica Patrick finished in eighth place. The 30-year-old became the first woman ever to lead a lap at the Daytona 500 and also became the 13th driver to lead a lap in both the Indy and Daytona 500.

>>Several Race Fans Remain Hospitalized In Daytona Beach, Florida

(Daytona Beach, FL) -- The day after a crash injured about 30 fans at Daytona International Speedway, life went on for NASCAR. The running of the Daytona 500 went without incident in the stands but there were some smackups on the oval. None of them had the drama of Saturday's race. By Sunday morning, repairs had been made to the fencing damaged in the multi-car crash which sent debris into the crowd. Two fans who had first been listed as critical were listed in stable condition Sunday. Others were in stable condition or had been treated and released on Saturday.

Blackhawks Continue Historic Streak

orey Crawford made 28 saves, and Andrew Shaw scored the only goal as the Chicago Blackhawks stretched their NHL-record, season-opening point streak to 18 games with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

Crawford earned his seventh NHL shutout and second this season in his first start since Feb. 12. He outdueled Columbus' Steve Mason, who stopped 26 shots.

Shaw provided all the offense in the second period for Blackhawks (15-0-3), who haven't lost in regulation time this season and have earned 33 of 36 possible points. Chicago has won nine straight against Columbus, dating to Feb. 18, 2011.

The Blackhawks set the league record with at least one point in the first 17 games of a season when they beat San Jose 2-1 on Friday - topping the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks, who started 12-0-4.

Boston Bruins 4, Florida Panthers 1
Winnipeg Jets 4, New Jersey Devils 2
Detroit Red Wings 8, Vancouver Canucks 3
Carolina Hurricanes 4, New York Islanders 2
Chicago Blackhawks 1, Columbus Blue Jackets 0
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 3
Calgary Flames 5, Phoenix Coyotes 4
Anaheim Ducks 4, Colorado Avalanche 3 (OT)

Bradley, SLU Win, ISU Loses Tough Game

>>Bradley Tops Illinois-Chicago

Jake Eastman's basket with nine-tenths of a second to play Saturday gave Bradley a 63-62 nonconference victory over Illinois-Chicago.

Walt Lemon Jr. led the Braves (16-13) with 22 points. He drove the lane and passed to Eastman for the winning shot.

Gary Talton's basket with 37 seconds to play had given the Flames (15-13) a 62-61 lead.

Dyricus Simms-Edwards added 17 points and Tyshon Pickett scored 10 for Bradley of the Missouri Valley. Pickett and Shayok Shayok grabbed six rebounds to lead the Braves in that category.

Daniel Barnes scored 18 and grabbed five boards to lead UIC of the Horizon League. Marc Brown scored 13.

The game was part of the BracketBusters series.

>>ISU Falls In BracketBuster Game

Jarred Shaw recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to pace Utah State to an 80-71 victory over Illinois State in a BracketBusters game on Saturday night.

Utah State (16-13) also got 16 points from Spencer Butterfield, 13 points from TeNale Roland and 10 points from Marvin Jean. Roland hit three 3-pointers. Marcel Davis had eight assists.

Illinois State (19-7) was 11 of 32 from 3-point range, including 7 of 14 by Tyler Brown. He also had 10 rebounds.

Jackie Carmichael had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Illinois State.

Utah State had a 17-9 scoring advantage off turnovers and 19-5 edge in bench scoring.

>>SLU Upends Butler

(Indianapolis, IN) -- Saint Louis stayed on a roll Friday night, defeating Butler 65-61. It was the ninth straight win for the Billikens, who moved to 10-and-2 in Atlantic 10 play. SLU is now 21-and-5 overall. The Billikens host Saint Joseph's on Wednesday night.

Bulls Routed By Thunder

Russell Westbrook scored 23 points, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka both contributed double-doubles and the Oklahoma City Thunder held Chicago to the worst shooting performance in the NBA this season, beating the Bulls 102-72 on Sunday night.

The Thunder, who had allowed an average of 113 points over their previous four games, broke out of a rough defensive patch by limiting Chicago to 29.1% shooting.

The Bulls also had their worst shooting performance of last season in Oklahoma City, when they connected on just 33%. Midway through the third quarter, Chicago had missed 44 of its 55 shots and was on pace for the worst shooting night in franchise history.

The Thunder led 61-39 at that point, and the margin reached 32 with both teams' starters sitting out the fourth quarter.

Nate Robinson and Luol Deng had 13 points apiece to lead Chicago.

Los Angeles Lakers 103, Dallas Mavericks 99
Golden State Warriors 100, Minnesota Timberwolves 99
Miami Heat 109, Cleveland Cavaliers 105
New Orleans Hornets 110, Sacramento Kings 95
New York Knicks 99, Philadelphia 76ers 93
Memphis Grizzlies 76, Brooklyn Nets 72
San Antonio Spurs 97, Phoenix Suns 87
Portland Trail Blazers 92, Boston Celtics 86

Illini Fall On Road To Michigan

Trey Burke had 26 points and eight assists to help No. 7 Michigan bounce back from a slow start to beat Illinois 71-58 Sunday.

The Wolverines (23-4, 10-4 Big Ten) shook off a sluggish first half with a strong second half to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month.

The Fighting Illini (20-9, 7-8) had won five straight, a streak that started Feb. 7 by beating top-ranked Indiana.

Michigan played for the first time in a week and looked rusty and sloppy early, turning the ball over the missing open shots. Illinois led by as much as eight points in the first half and didn't trail until Tim Hardaway Jr. had a 3-point play with 3:30 to go.

Brandon Paul scored all 10 of points in the first half to help the Illini lead 31-28 at halftime. Paul didn't attempt a shot in the second half.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#18 Ohio State Buckeyes 68, #5 Michigan State Spartans 60
#6 Duke Blue Devils 89, Boston College Eagles 68
#22 Pittsburgh Panthers 63, St. John's Red Storm 47
#25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 62, Cincinnati Bearcats 41

Next Test for Gay Marriage Bill Comes Next Tuesday in a House Comittee





Feds Approve Illinois Managed Care Plan

More than 135,000 high-cost Illinois patients who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid will be assigned to a managed care health plan by early next year, if they don't opt out of a new program to coordinate their care.

The initiative is a partnership between Illinois and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Illinois is the fourth state to get approval for such a demonstration project, aimed at providing better care at lower costs for a group of patients known as "dual eligibles." The federal agency announced its approval Friday.

Dual eligibles account for a high proportion of spending in Medicaid. In 2010, for example, they made up about 9% of the population and 27% of the costs of the program.

U of Ill. Students Consider Assembley Hall Fee

University of Illinois students will vote next month on a $25-per-semester fee administrators hope will raise funds to help pay for Assembly Hall renovations.

The measure is on the ballot for campus elections on March 5-6.

The fee would raise about $2.1 million a year.

The Assembly Hall renovation project's price tag is currently set at $160 million. The university expects to soon award a contract for architectural plans.

Students already pay $1,433 in fees every semester. That includes $544 for the Assembly Hall and other fee-supported services such as the campus recreation program. A $34 fee is used to help pay off completed renovations at Memorial Stadium.

Costume Collection on Display in Central Illinois

Thirty pieces of Illinois State University's vast costume collection will be displayed at a central Illinois historic site next month.

A scholarship fundraising event will kick off the exhibit March 2 at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington.

Students will explain the history and design details of the garments. Tickets are on sale at the Davis Mansion and various Bloomington businesses.

The exhibit will run through March 15.

The pieces are part of the university's Lois Jett Costume Collection that has more than 2,000 garments and accessories for men, women and children.

The collection is named after the faculty member that began gathering the items in 1962. Jett used the garments to teach students various aspects of the fashion industry including fiber types and construction techniques.

Illinois Firms Must Verify Status of Temp Agencies

The state of Illinois is reminding businesses using temporary workers that it is their responsibility to check whether those temp agencies are licensed.

The Illinois Department of Labor says businesses and third-party clients that fail to do so could be fined up to $500 a day.

A list of registered agencies providing day and temporary labor is available on the Department of Labor's website.

Those agencies are required to register with the state by Dec. 31 of each year. They must provide proof of valid unemployment insurance, workers' compensation insurance and a surety bond.

Ill. Reintroduces Prison Relase-Credit Program

 Inmates in Illinois' bloated prison system who behave behind bars are again eligible for release up to six months early.

The Department of Corrections announced a tougher, revamped "supplemental sentence credit program" on Friday. Gov. Pat Quinn suspended a similar program more than three years ago after it was revealed that the prison agency had taken secret shortcuts with it.

The halt swelled the number of inmates and now there are 49,000 in space designed for 33,000.

Quinn signed a new plan into law last spring requiring a minimum 60-day state prison stay and a review of the inmate's criminal history, disciplinary record and education or work progress.

Corrections must notify local authorities of a release two weeks in advance and publish it online.

Madigan Saysno decison yet on concealed-carry appeal

 Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she hasn't decided whether to appeal a court ruling striking down Illinois' ban on the concealed carry of firearms to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected Madigan's request to reconsider its ruling that the ban is unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel in December gave lawmakers until June 8 to approve a new law. Madigan had asked the entire court to consider the case.

She now has 90 days to decide whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a statement, Madigan says the appellate court ruling gave Illinois lawmakers a framework for drafting a new law.

She says it's critical the Legislature enact a law that protects public safety.

Lawmakers are holding statewide hearings on the issue.

Dealing With Kids Ear Infections

hronic middle ear infection is a very common medical condition affecting young children.

Middle ear infection is one of the most common childhood illnesses that causes them to visit a physician, says Dr. Leonard Rybak, professor of otolaryngology at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. Nearly two-thirds of children in the U.S. will have one episode of middle ear infection by age 1. And three out of four children will have this infection by age 3. Dr. Rybak explains some symptoms of a child’s ear infection.


Dr. Rybak adds that if the eardrum ruptures, drainage will be coming out of the ear. Ear infections often start as a cold or upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. He recommends some treatments.


A child who has symptoms of ear infection should be seen by a primary care physician or pediatrician for diagnosis and possible treatment before the problem becomes serious.

Treasurer Testing I-Cash Kiosks in Five Locations







Chicago Bulls 105, Charlotte Bobcats 75
Washington Wizards 119, Denver Nuggets 113
Indiana Pacers 114, Detroit Pistons 82
Toronto Raptors 100, New York Knicks 98
Houston Rockets 106, Brooklyn Nets 96
Atlanta Hawks 122, Sacramento Kings 108
Dallas Mavericks 104, New Orleans Hornets 100
Oklahoma City Thunder 127, Minnesota Timberwolves 111
Memphis Grizzlies 88, Orlando Magic 82
Boston Celtics 113, Phoenix Suns 88
Los Angeles Lakers 111, Portland Trail Blazers 107
Golden State Warriors 107, San Antonio Spurs 101 (OT)

Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Florida Panthers 1
Vancouver Canucks 1, Nashville Predators 0
Chicago Blackhawks 2, San Jose Sharks 1

Grapefruit League
Detroit Tigers 2, Atlanta Braves 1

Cactus League
San Diego Padres 9,Seattle Mariners 3
Cleveland Indians 11, Cincinnati Reds 10
Kansas City Royals 5, Texas Rangers 5

NCAA Top-25 Basketball  ("USA Today" Rankings)
Saint Louis Billikens 65, #15 Butler Bulldogs 61

Blackhawks Set Record In Win Over Sharks

The Blackhawks made history with a 2-1 win over the visiting Sharks.  Chicago became the first team in NHL history to record at least a point in its first 17 games of the season.  The previous mark for consecutive games without a regulation loss was held by the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks.  Viktor Stalberg tied the game in the second period before Brandon Saad scored the game-winner shorthanded early in the third for the 'Hawks, who improved to 14-0-and-3 on the year.  Ray Emery turned away 26 shots for the victory.  Patrick Marleau [[ MAR-low ]] scored his 11th goal of the year for San Jose, which was outshot by Chicago 34-27.  Antti Niemi [[ ANN-tee  nee-EM-ee ]] made 32 saves for the Sharks, who have dropped eight out of nine after starting the season 7-and-0.  San Jose is now 8-5-and-3.

Bulls Blast Bobcats

  Taj Gibson posted a team-high 17 points and six rebounds as the Bulls defeated the Bobcats, 105-75.  Carlos Boozer chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago, which has won two of its last three.  Luol Deng [[ loo-OLL  dang ]] added 14 points and five boards in the win.  Kemba Walker scored a game-high 27 points for Charlotte, which has lost three-of-four.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tallied 10 points and seven caroms in the setback.

Monticello Sages Defeat Unity Rockets In Regionals

The Monticello Sages defeated the Unity Rockets by a final score of 53-37  on Friday Night in IHSA Regional Game moving on to the IHSA Sectionals. The Sages were led by Ryan Donohue  with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bryan Phipps also chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Stokowski with 8 points and 9 rebounds, Matt Kruse with 8 points and 6 rebounds and Parker Trice with 8 points. Tune in Tuesday, Febuary 26 at 7:30 for game 1 of IHSA Sectionals. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.








Guard Beaten With Broom At Lawrence

A prison guard at Lawrence Correctional Center is recovering after getting beat with a broom handle.  Reports indicate the guard was working in a housing unit when an inmate attacked about 7:00 last night.  The guard was rushed to an area hospital to be treated for what officials think is a broken arm.  This is the most recent in a series of attacks throughout the prison system.  An inmate dragged a guard into a cell and beat him at Pontiac last month.  Just over a week later, more than a dozen inmates jumped a guard at Menard.  Violence is rare at Lawrence, which is a medium security prison.  But several inmates from max security lock-ups are reportedly being housed there.  The AFSCME union warned prison attacks would go up if Tamms SuperMax prison was closed.  That facility was shut down in December.

Questions Arise Over Concealed Carry Deadline

There seems to be confusion over when people in Illinois will get the right to carry a gun in public. A federal court ordered lawmakers to get a law on the books by June 9th, but Paul Castiglione [[ Kuh-stig-LEE-own ]], with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, says the appellate court has no authority to make that call.

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Some argue people will automatically get the right to carry if lawmakers miss their June 9th deadline but Castiglione [[ Kuh-stig-LEE-own ]], says that's not so.

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Governor Quinn wants lawmakers to go ahead and pass a bill. He says they should comply with the court order. But, he wants to make sure people aren't allowed to carry a gun in places like schools or churches.

Quinn Says Fracking Rules Good For State

Gov. Pat Quinn is praising a bill that would regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois, saying it'll help the economy.

Quinn released a statement Thursday after two downstate lawmakers introduced the bill to establish ground rules for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

The method uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack open rock formations and release oil and gas. The industry is eyeing southern Illinois' New Albany shale.

Quinn says he's committed to protecting the environment and creating jobs.

State Reps. John Bradley of Marion and David Reis of Olney sponsored the bill. It was negotiated with officials from industry and agriculture, environmentalists and Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Critics are calling for a 2-year moratorium on fracking to study pollution and health issues.

Lawmakers Propose Fracking In Illinois

Illinois could soon be a pillar in the oil and natural gas industries. A new bill would allow businesses to pull oil and gas out of shale rocks deep within the soil, in a process known as "fracking." Mark Denzler with the Illinois Manufacturers Association says there are major economic benefits that come along with fracking.

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Denzler adds several industries could benefit from fracking.

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Dentzler says producing oil and gas in the U.S. will put money back in your pocket and improve the environment.

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Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow the industry to move in and get to work. They believe areas in southern Illinois and between Champaign and Evansville, Indiana have plenty of shale rocks for drilling. If the measure is approved, industry leaders would have to adhere to strict regulations to ensure they don't contaminate water and protect the environment.

ISU To Get New Fine Arts Center

Illinois State University is getting millions of dollars to revamp its fine arts complex. Quinn says the school will get seven-and-a-half million bucks to get the project off the ground.

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Governor Quinn says fine arts is an important part of learning.

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The project will renovate or replace Centennial East, Centennial West and the Center for the Visual Arts. The former two buildings were constructed in 1959 while the Center for Visual Arts was built in 1973. The 54-million dollar project should be ready to go in about five years. The project is expected to put about 775 construction workers to work.

Roads Messy, Dangerous After Massive Storm

A major snow storm that shuttered airports in Missouri and buried parts of Kansas in knee-deep powder is crawling northeast, promising a messy and possibly dangerous morning commute.

Wind gusts of 30 mph are expected to churn-up snow that fell overnight in southern Wisconsin, where forecasters are warning Milwaukee-area residents of slick roads and reduced visibility Friday morning.

The same is expected in northeast Iowa, where residents could wake up to as much as 7 inches of new snow, and in Chicago, where nearly 200 snowplows were deployed overnight.

The storm system swirled to the north and east late Thursday, its snow, sleet and freezing rain prompting winter storm across the region. The snow accumulations are impressive, especially in Kansas, where as much as 17 inches of snow fell.

FFA Week Highlight - Normal U-High In First Year

A first year FFA Chapter is taking the opportunity to fill their peers in of their presence.

The Normal U-High FFA Chapter is in it's inaugural year and the Reporter for the Chapter, Duncan Terry says they have posters around the school promoting FFA week, but they also have been hosting pancake breakfasts to help raise money. He notes they've been studying in their Ag class on the history of FFA.

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In the first year of the FFA Chapter at Normal U-High, Terry explains they have had a good turnout considering there was not much advertising of it. He explains the technology teacher at the high school became certified to teach ag, which got the program going.

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Normal U-High's FFA student leader has family ties to FFA. Derrek Durdle, the President of the U-High Chapter explains his father was an FFA President when he was in high school and Durdle says he has family that farms which was a driving factor in his decision to join FFA.

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The U-High FFA members are for the time being reaching out to the kids of their school and other grade schools to inform them of the opportunities FFA offers and make them more aware of the role of agriculture in the community.

FFA Week Highlight: Mahomet-Seymour FFA Operates Student-Run Feed Store

The Mahomet-Seymour Chapter of the FFA has a unique way of raising money for their students.

The Chapter is one of just two in the state that have a student run feed store. President of the Mahomet-Seymour FFA Chapter, Caleb Shobe explains they offer just about any feed for any animal you may have on your farm or in your home.

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The store is located in the Mahomet-Seymour High School Building. Shobe explains new school security regulations do not allow them to keep the door open, but they operate in the school and Shobe notes they have are usually stocked full of feeds.

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Shobe explains students operate and run different parts of the store. The FFA's feed store is a part of their ag-business class.

To hear the full interview with Mahomet-Seymour's Caleb Shobe you can visit www.illinoisfarmradio.com.

Clinton Firefighters Doing Annual Walk The Streets Fundraising and Safety Event

Clinton residents may be getting a knock at the door from your local firefighters.

Firefighters will be going door to door over the next couple weeks seeking financial help. Clinton Fire Chief Shawn Milton says his guys while out, will be talking with residents about fire safety and keeping their smoke alarms up to date.

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The department is seeking to acquire some equipment they can train on. Chief Milton says they can basically come up with equipment to have a mock house and do mock drills with.

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Chief Milton says he appreciates the support the community has shown over the years, and he wants his firefighters to be there to answer questions anyone may have. He says he doesn't want the community feel they only knock on their doors when they need financial assistance.

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Chief Milton says the firefighters have been out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the past week, however, some days they may stay in due to weather. He says they will continue to be out knocking on doors for the next few weeks.

Independent Baseball Team Offers Jordan Contract

Michael Jordan is being offered the chance to give baseball another try.  The Joliet Slammers of the Independent Frontier League have offered the NBA legend a maximum 16-hundred-dollar per month contract.  General Manager Chris Franklin says the team is serious about wanting him to play, but at the very least wants to retire his number-45 in a baseball stadium.  The now 50-year-old Jordan briefly retired from the Chicago Bulls in the 1990's to pursue a career in baseball.  Franklin says there is an age limit in the Frontier League, but they are willing to pay the fine to have Jordan play.

NFL Scouting Combine In Progress

The NFL Scouting Combine is in progress. Players don't start drills and work outs until Saturday, but coaches and executives have addressed the media. Tight ends, offensive linemen and special teamers hit the field on Saturday, followed by quarterbacks, running backs and wideouts on Sunday. On Monday, defensive linemen and linebackers workout, and Tuesday will feature defensive backs. Illinois had four players invited to Indy.

Cubs, Sox, Cards Begin Spring Training Slate

>>Cards Begin Spring Slate

(Jupiter, FL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals begin their spring training slate tomorrow against their Roger Dean Stadium cotenants the Miami Marlins. The Cardinals host the Red Sox in Jupiter on Sunday. Adam Wainwright will start Monday's game against the Houston Astros, which puts him in line to start the regular season opener against the Diamondbacks on April 1st.

>>Cubs, Sox Begin Spring Training Slate

(Undated) -- The Cubs and White Sox begin their spring training schedules tomorrow afternoon in Arizona. The Cubs are playing a split squad game in Tempe against the Los Angeles Angels, while the Sox are the away team against their Glendale cotenants the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs host the reigning World Series champion Giants on Sunday, while the White Sox become the home team against the Dodgers.

Illini Hold Football Ticket Prices Steady

A year after lowering the cost of football tickets, the University of Illinois has announced it will hold most prices in place for the 2013 season.

Illinois' Department of Intercollegiate Athletics said Thursday that Big Ten single-game tickets will be $49. That's in line with last season's $50 price. Non-conference game tickets will be $39. That's up from $25 for 2012.

Most season tickets will cost from $230 to $315. Like last season that works out to $32.86 to $45 a game for seven games.

Season tickets in the Horseshoe in the south end zone and student season tickets again will cost $99.

Illinois was 2-10 last season under first-year coach Tim Beckman. The Illini start the 2013 season Aug. 31 at home against Southern Illinois.

Rose Says He Believes Bulls Trying To Win Championship; Hawks Keep Smith As Trade Deadline Passes

>>Rose Says He Believes Bulls Trying To Win Championship

Bulls star Derrick Rose says he believes the organization is trying to win a championship.

Rose, who's recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, says in a statement that management's goals "have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to this city."

His comment comes after older brother Reggie ripped the Bulls, telling ESPNChicago.com they don't have the talent to compete for a championship and that their decision to stand pat before Thursday's trade deadline could be a "big factor" in whether Derrick returns this season from a knee injury.

Reggie Rose, who insisted he was speaking for himself, wondered why the Bulls made no moves when "all roads to the championship lead through Miami."

>>Hawks Keep Smith As Trade Deadline Passes

(New York, NY) -- The NBA trade period is over. Teams had until 3 p.m. Eastern on Thursday to make deals for the stretch run. The biggest surprise was the Atlanta Hawks not trading small forward Josh Smith, who was the subject of numerous rumors. The Celtics sent Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins to the Wizards for Jordan Crawford. The Thunder acquired Ronnie Brewer from the Knicks for a second-round pick and received a 2.2-million-dollar trade exception from the Trail Blazers for Eric Maynor. The Magic got Hakim Warrick from the Bobcats for Josh McRoberts and also dealt Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb to the Bucks for J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith. The Suns sent Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors for Hamed Haddadi and a second-round pick. The Heat received the rights to Ricky Sanchez from the Grizzlies for Dexter Pittman and a second-round pick. The Hawks got Dahntay Jones from the Mavericks for Anthony Morrow. The Warriors dealt point guard Charles Jenkins to Philadelphia and center Jeremy Tyler to Atlanta, both for future second-round draft picks.

LeBron Leads Heat Past Bulls

LeBron James scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 86-67 Thursday for their season-high ninth straight win.

James also had seven assists in another big performance after seeing his franchise-record run of scoring at least 30 end at seven games the previous night in Atlanta.

Dwyane Wade added 17 points, and the Heat took control in the first half, sending the Bulls to their fifth loss in seven games on a night when the Derrick Rose recovery story took another twist.

After saying last week that he wouldn't rush back from his knee injury to play this season if he wasn't ready, Rose had to go into damage control mode after his older brother Reggie blasted the organization in an ESPNChicago.com article for not making a move before Thursday's trade deadline.

San Antonio Spurs 116, Los Angeles Clippers 90

Illini Survive Penn State

D.J. Richardson started slow Thursday but finished with 18 points and hit a pair of key free throws late in Illinois' ugly 64-59 win over Penn State.

The win was the fifth straight for Illinois (20-8, 7-7 Big Ten). But facing a team that hadn't won since late December, it didn't come easy.

Jermaine Marshall's 3-pointer brought Penn State within 62-59 with 5 seconds left. Richardson then sank a pair of free throws that sealed the win.

Illinois led 29-20 at the end of a brutal first half.

The Illini's Brandon Paul entered the game a point shy of 1,500 in his career. It took him almost 17 minutes to get it. He finished with 16.

Penn State (8-18, 0-14) has lost 14 straight. The Nittany Lions committed 31 fouls and sent the Illini to the line 36 times. They made 23.

Jermaine Marshall led Penn State with 20 points.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#6 Duke Blue Devils 88, Virginia Tech Hokies 56
California Golden Bears 48, #23 (tie) Oregon Ducks 46

Monticello Goes For Regional Championship

The Monticello Sages will go for a Regional Championship tonight at the Sullivan Regional. The Sages are coming off a 60-34 win over Sullivan Wednesday. The Sages will take on the Unity Rockets who upset the two seed in the Regional, Champaign St. Thomas More. The Monticello and Unity met back on February 5, a game that saw Monticello blow Unity away, 76-46.

Game time tonight is at 7:30. You can hear the action live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

In the event weather forces the cancellation of the game, information regarding rescheduling will be posted at www.dewittdailynews.com and at WHOW/WEZCs Facebook and Twitter Pages.

Other Boys Basketball Regional Action for tonight:

In Class 1A:

Regional Semi-Finals canceled and rescheduled for tonight include...

At Arcola

Central A & M 6:00pm
Cerro Gordo

Arthur-Lovington 7:30pm
Okaw Valley

At Arcola
Winner Game 4 7:30pm
Winner Game 5

Moved to Saturday at 7:30 p.m

Regional Finals for tonight...

Class 1A

At Decatur (D. Lutheran)

Decatur Lutheran 7:30pm
Decatur Christian


Ridgeview 7:30pm

At Roanoke-Benson

Illini Centra 7:30pm

Class 2A Regional Championships For tonight...

At Athens

Pleasant Plains 7:30pm

At Hoopeston

St. Joseph-Ogden 7:30pm

At Riverton

Riverton 7:30pm
Decatur St. Teresa

At Tremont

Tremont 7:30pm
Midwest Central

Illini Baseball Team Falls In Opener of Keith LeClair Classic

The Illinois (1-3) baseball team dropped its opening game of the 2013 Keith LeClair Classic by a score of 8-2 to host East Carolina (1-3) Thursday night. The Illini allowed eight runs over the final five innings and suffered their third-straight loss.

Illinois scored in the first inning, jumping out to a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Jordan Parr. Davis Hendrickson led off the game with a walk and stole second before scoring on the Parr gsingle.

Senior Kevin Johnson began the game with three scoreless innings but gave up a two-run home run to ECU third baseman Zach Houchins with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Two innings later, the Pirates put up four runs to knock Johnson out of the game and pin him with his first loss of the year.

An RBI ground-rule double started a big inning in the sixth for East Carolina, as they took advantage of a leadoff double. After two walks with two outs, the Pirates scored another run on a bases-loaded wild pitch and added two more on a two-run single through the right side to take a 6-1 lead. Rob McDonnell came on in relief for Johnson and got the final out of the frame.

Johnson struck out six over 5.2 innings.

The Illini loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth and scored on a wild pitch, but couldn't keep the rally going, as a groundout to first ended the game. Illinois totaled eight hits on the evening, but struck out 11 times.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 2-22

February 21, 2013


Jail Population: 61

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0



Investigation into the scene of an accident which occurred at 7:25 pm on 2/21/13 revealed that Heather Kleist, 19, Clinton, was traveling northbound on US Highway 51 when she lost control due to snowy weather conditions. Kleist began to fishtail, overcorrected the steering wheel, which caused her to collide with a mailbox and continue approximately 100 feet into the same property owner’s yard striking a tree. Striking the mailbox caused damage to all parts of the driver’s side and striking the tree caused the front bumper to crack. No injuries were claimed or noticed. No citations were issued as a result of the accident.






Clinton BOE Seeking Community's Help Deciding New School Name

Clinton community members have the opportunity to help name a new building being constructed.

The Clinton Board of Education is seeking the community's input as to what they would like to see the new elementary school be named. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Holmes explains the Board has come up with three possible names, but Dr. Holmes notes, there will be a write-in option as well.

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Dr. Holmes and the Board of Education feels the community has played a vital role to this point in getting the building to the point it is. He says they feel the community should have a say in the naming rights.

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The school district has opened voting up at their website. Click here below to find the poll. Voting ends March 8.

Crews Fight Snow & Fire At Clinton Residence

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Fire fighters from across the area responded to a home fire in Clinton Friday afternoon.

Crews from Clinton, Wapella, and Kenney battled a blaze in a two story home at 31 Park Court in frigid temperatures Friday.  Around 3 inches of snowfall Thursday night made fighting the fire an even bigger challenge.

Few details about the fire have been released.  Regional Radio News will have more on this story as it becomes available.

Illinois Acquires 547 Acres of Park Land for $2.8-Million

Illinois officials have purchased 547 acres of wildlife land, including a huge tract in 1 of the nation's most popular places to hunt deer and the first portion of a new refuge northwest of Chicago.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the acquisitions Wednesday. The $2.8 million purchase uses money set aside for the Democrat's Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program. It will eventually open hunting grounds in Pike County, a state forest in Ogle County, recreation land in Vermilion County and a portion of the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in Lake County.

Quinn says the addition of the land will encourage children to get outside and enjoy nature. Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller says additional recreational land also boosts spending on tourism.

Quinn: We'll Strike Union Deal Soon

State workers are preparing to hit the picket lines. Governor Quinn says he hopes they can reach a deal before that happens.

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Governor Quinn says he and his team aren't giving up hope on reaching a deal with the AFSCME labor union.

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Quinn says he thinks AFSCME leaders understand the financial issues facing the state, and he believes they'll be able to work out their differences soon. He says both sides will have to give and take in order to reach a reasonable agreement. But union leaders say they've given enough. They've agreed to take no pay raises for the first year of the contract but Quinn says no pay hikes should be allowed for three years. The union could vote to authorize a strike in the next few weeks.

Quinn Won't Talk About Next Election

Governor Quinn says he won't engage in any conversations about his next election or who he'll choose as a running mate.

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Quinn plans to run for re-election next year but his former running mate, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, says she'll be running for a different office. Some believe she's eyeing the Attorney General's job. That's if Lisa Madigan actually makes a bid for governor.

Record Number of Illinois Graduates Taking AP Exam



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Quinn: Permanent Tax Hike Not Answer For Pension Reform

The newest pension proposal is getting a bit of resistance. Representative Lou Lang introduced a bill that would make a tax hike permanent to foot the bill, but Governor Quinn doesn't like that idea.

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Governor Quinn says he's open to new ideas, but he thinks the Senate bill is the best proposal out there

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Quinn says the bottom line is to get the best bill as possible, even if that means making some changes to current proposals. He says pension reform is the most pressing issue facing the state. He says the whole economy is held up because of the 96-billion dollar liability.

Midwest Braces For Potentially Dangerous Storm

Hundreds of snow plows and salt spreaders are hitting roads and highways across the nation's heartland, preparing for a winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in some areas and bring dangerous freezing rain and sleet to others.

Winter storm warnings were issued from Colorado through Illinois. By midday Wednesday, heavy snow was falling in Colorado and western Kansas.

Jayson Gosselin of the National Weather Service says parts of Colorado, Kansas and northern Missouri could get 10 to 12 inches of snow. Further south, freezing rain and sleet could make driving treacherous.

The winter storm could be the worst in the Midwest since the Groundhog Day blizzard that started Feb. 1, 2011, forced the closure of Interstate 70 across Missouri due to white-out conditions.

Plains Storm Gathers Strength

An armada of snow plows and salt spreaders are deployed on highways across the nation's heartland, working to stay ahead of a powerful winter storm that already is blamed for one road death.

Winter storm warnings have been issued from Colorado through Illinois, with as much as a foot of snow expected in several areas.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kelly Sugden says the storm is moving a bit slower early Thursday morning than had been previously forecast but that it was gaining strength and producing a mixture of snowfall, lightning and sleet showers.

Lincoln Chamber Offering Ag Scholarships

High School and current college students that hail from the Logan County who are focusing their future around agriculture area are encouraged to apply for a scholarship through Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

Executive Director of the Lincoln Chamber, Andi Hake explains they are offering an opportunity to Logan County students, both seniors in high school and current college students, to apply for this scholarship. She says they've received minimal applications so far and they have up to 14 scholarships to be given away.

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The application process for the scholarship is not difficult. Hake explains the application process is much like any other college scholarship a student might fill out. She notes students can receive the scholarship twice, so she encourages all students to apply.

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The recipients of the scholarships are invited a breakfast catered by Guzzardo's Italian Villa which will take place in March. Hake says every year they are able to give at least 10 scholarships away.

For more information about the scholarship or to get an application you visit lincolnillinois.com and find the events tab and click on "Ag-Day Breakfast". You can also contact the Lincoln Chamber at 735-2385.

FFA Week Highlight - Blue Ridge & Monticello

FFA Week continues, local chapters are taking the opportunity to promote and publicize themselves.

The Monticello FFA Chapter has organized special days to promote their FFA members. Elizabeth Miller is the Vice-President of the Monticello FFA Chapter Development, she feels this week is a reward for the FFA members.

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The Monticello FFA has over 150 members. Miller feels their efforts in reaching out to the younger grade levels pays off. She explains the freshman class that came in and joined the Monticello Chapter of FFA really was a boost to their numbers.

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The Blue Ridge FFA is also recognizing FFA this week. President of the chapter, Katie Tobin says the last few weeks have been eventful for her as she is going for her state FFA Degree. Tobin explains getting a state FFA Degree takes a long time to achieve.

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Like many FFA members, Tobin does not have an agriculture background. She explains she has come to appreciate FFA and says FFA is for anyone and really teaches young people important life skills.

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This week FFA Chapters around the country are showcasing themselves raising awareness or holding activities in their local communities.

This week WHOW is also highlighting those local FFA chapters from around the area. Local Farm Broadcaster Jared White will be interviewing leaders of those chapters during his daily noon farm show. So far this week FFA Chapters from Lincoln, Clinton, Maroa-Forsyth, Blue Ridge and Monticello have all stopped by. This week Chapters from Normal U-High and Heyworth will be stopping by as well.

You can hear the upcoming interviews live on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW, also online at illinoisfarmradio.com and dewittdailynews.com. You can get access to interviews from earlier this week at illinoisfarmradio.com.

Avalanche Top Blues In Overtime; Blackhawks On Verge Of Record Start

>>Blackhawks On Verge Of Record Start

(Chicago, IL) -- The Chicago Blackhawks are on the verge of setting an NHL record. The 'Hawks have posted at least one point in 16 straight games to open the season, tying Anaheim's record set in 2006-07. They beat Vancouver 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday to match the record. A win on Friday over the San Jose Sharks would put the 'Hawks in the history books. Chicago is currently 13-0-and-3. The Ducks started the 2006-07 season 12-0-and-4 and went on to win the Stanley Cup.

>>Avalanche Top Blues In Overtime

(Denver, CO) -- David Jones scored the game-winning goal with 17 seconds left in overtime, leading Colorado to a 1-0 win over St. Louis. Semyon Varlamov saved all 33 shots he faced for his 10th-career shutout. The Avalanche won its second straight game to go to 6-7-and-1. Jaroslav Halak registered 19 saves for the Blues. St. Louis was shut out for the first time this season and dropped to 9-6-and-1.

Philadelphia Flyers 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 5
Colorado Avalanche 1, St. Louis Blues 0 (OT)
Los Angeles Kings 3, Calgary Flames 1

Bulls Get Heat Next; Pacers Demolish Knicks

>>Bulls Get Heat Next

(Chicago, IL) -- The Bulls host Miami tonight in a key NBA Eastern Conference game. Chicago had lost three out of four games before Tuesday's win over New Orleans. The Bulls are 31-and-22 on the season.

>>Pacers Demolish Knicks

(Indianapolis, IN) -- The Pacers embarrassed the Knicks, 125-91, behind 27 points and eight rebounds from Paul George. Indiana put the game away with a 44 point second quarter and shot 53-percent from the field as a team, while New York connected on just 34-percent of its attempts. David West finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Pacers, who are only a half game behind the Knicks for the second seed in the Eastern Conference. New York forward Carmelo Anthony shot 7-of-21 from the field on his way to 15 points. Tyson Chandler posted a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards.

Detroit Pistons 105, Charlotte Bobcats 99
Indiana Pacers 125, New York Knicks 91
Memphis Grizzlies 88, Toronto Raptors 82
Brooklyn Nets 97, Milwaukee Bucks 94
Minnesota Timberwolves 94, Philadelphia 76ers 87
Houston Rockets 122, Oklahoma City Thunder 119
Cleveland Cavaliers 105, New Orleans Hornets 100
Miami Heat 103, Atlanta Hawks 90
Dallas Mavericks 111, Orlando Magic 96
Los Angeles Lakers 113, Boston Celtics 99
Golden State Warriors 108, Phoenix Suns 98

Illinois In Action Tonight

Illinois returns to the hardwood tonight. The Fighting Illini will host Penn State at Assembly Hall. The Illini beat Northwestern on Sunday to move to 19-and-8 with a 6-and-7 record in Big Ten play. Penn State is the only Big Ten squad without a conference win at 0-and-13.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#3 Gonzaga Bulldogs 85, Santa Clara Broncos 42
#8 Syracuse Orange 84, Providence Friars 59
#9 Kansas Jayhawks 68, #14 Oklahoma State Cowboys 67 (2OT)
#11 Georgetown Hoyas 90, DePaul Blue Demons 66
#12 Arizona Wildcats 72, Washington Huskies 50
#17 Wisconsin Badgers 69, Northwestern Wildcats 41
#18 Ohio State Buckeyes 71, Minnesota Golden Gophers 45
#19 Memphis Tigers 81, Houston Cougars 74
UNLV Rebels 61, #21 Colorado State Rams 59

ISU, Bradley Lose

>>Drake Rallies Past Bradley In OT

Seth VanDeest made two free throws with 1.2 seconds left to force overtime, and Drake dominated the extra session to beat Bradley 92-84 on Wednesday night and snap a 4-game losing streak.

Bradley looked to have the game in hand after Will Egolf's 3-pointer with 28 seconds to play put the Braves up 70-65. But the Bulldogs got a 3-point play from Richard Carter before Bradley's Tyshon Pickett was fouled and missed the front end of a 1-1. VanDeest then rebounded a missed 3-pointer, was fouled and made both shots.

Drake, which erased a 12-point second-half deficit, never trailed in the extra session and led by as many as 10.

Jordan Clarke led the Bulldogs (12-15, 6-10 Missouri Valley) with a career-high 20 points and 15 rebounds. VanDeest and Ben Simons scored 14 apiece.

Egolf had 21 points and Walt Lemon Jr. scored 19 for the Braves (15-13, 7-9).

>>Evansville Tops ISU

Colt Ryan continued his climb up the scoring charts, pouring in 31 points as Evansville defeated Illinois State 79-62 Wednesday night.

Ryan now has 2,092 career points and is just 144 points shy of Evansville's all-time leader, Larry Humes (2,236 from 1963-66), with three regular-season games plus the Missouri Valley Conference tournament remaining. Ryan also moved past Bradley's Roger Phegley (1974-78) into 11th place on the MVC all-time scoring list.

The Purple Aces (15-13, 8-8 Missouri Valley) never trailed Wednesday night, jumping out to an 11-2 lead en route to a 42-33 halftime advantage. Evansville stretched its lead to as many as 23 points in the second half.

Ned Cox added 16 points for Evansville and Egidijus Mockevicius had 11 rebounds.

Tyler Brown scored 21 points for Illinois State (16-12, 7-9), which had won 7 of its past nine games after starting 0-6 in conference play. Jackie Carmichael added 14 rebounds.

UPDATED: Monticello Sages Defeat Sullivan Redskins

The Monticello Sages held the Sullivan Redskins to just two second quarter points and Ryan Donohue set the tone with 7 of his 14 points in the first quarter as Monticello rolled in the first round of the IHSA Regionals by a final score of 60-36 on Wednesday night.

The Sages were led by Nick Stokowski with 21 points. Matt Kruse also chipping in with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Tune in Friday at 7:30 for the Regional Final as the Sages take on Unity who upset the two seed in the Regional, Champaign St. Thomas More. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.


Other Class 2A Regional scores from Tuesday...

At Sullivan

Champaign St. Thomas More 48
Unity 65

At Athens

Pleasant Plains 62
Athens 44

Petersburg PORTA 42
Williamsville 51

At Auburn

Virden (North Mac) 60
Meridian 55

At Eureka

Eureka 48
Tri-Valley 38

At Hoopeston

St. Joseph-Ogden 79
Fithian (Oakwood) 30

At Riverton

Decatur St. Teresa 40
Maroa.-Forsyth 39

At Tremont

Tremont 64
Olympia 46

Class 1A Scores From Wednesday...

At Arcola

Arthur-Lovington 68
Atwood -Hammond 33

Bethany Okaw Valley 51
Arcola 17

At Ridgeview

Ridgeview 41
Heyworth 20

Lexington 39
Bloomington (Cornerstone Christian Academy) 35

At Roanoke (R.-Benson)

Illini Central 61
Delavan 31

Peoria Heights 45
Flanagan-Cornell 61

Class 1A Regional Semi-final matchups for tonight...

At Arcola

Central A & M 6:00pm
Cerro Gordo

Arthur-Lovington 7:30pm
Bethany Okaw Valley

Doctors-In-Training Face Licensing Delays In Illinois

Hundreds of medical students may not be able to start their residency programs in Illinois this summer because of licensing delays.

The delays are the result of layoffs in the state office that processes the residents' license applications. Illinois officials and the physicians they license have disagreed for months over how to fund the office.

Financial woes forced the office to cut 18 staffers last month. Since then, the application processing time has increased from 16 days to six months.

Dr. Karen Broquet (broh-KAY') oversees medical residencies at Southern Illinois University, and she says the delays mean some highly qualified students may choose to complete their residencies in other states.

Senior medical students nationwide have until Wednesday to rank the teaching hospitals where they want to earn their specialty.

Industry, Environmentalists Mull "Fracking" Rules

A bill regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois is expected to be introduced this week in the state House - two weeks after a Senate bill called for a 2-year moratorium on the practice.

Supporters of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," believe they have a good shot because the regulatory bill is being negotiated by officials from industry and agriculture, environmentalists, lawmakers and Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack rock formations and release oil and gas. The industry is eyeing southern Illinois' New Albany shale deposits.

Negotiators say the regulatory bill addresses chemical disclosure, air and water pollution, and setbacks from homes. But critics say the state needs more time to study safety issues and evaluate best practices.

Search Begins For College Board Executive Director

The state coordinating board for community colleges has started searching for a new executive director.

The Illinois Community College Board announced Tuesday that its chairman, Alexi Giannoulias, is leading the search committee.

The board's current executive director announced earlier this month that he plans to retire at the end of June.

Illinois has 48 community colleges in 39 districts and has the nation's third largest community college system enrollment.

The executive director reports directly to the board and is the chief community college system representative working with the governor's office, legislative committees, the state board of higher education and other state agencies.

Illinois Fairgrounds Community Garden Returns

Those with green thumbs, and those who want them, are invited to participate in the Illinois State Fairground's fifth community garden this summer.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is inviting new and returning gardeners to a planning meeting March 5 at the department's auditorium on the fairgrounds in Springfield.

Planting begins April 1 if the weather permits.

Rupp Seeds is providing a variety of seeds for free. Gardeners will have access to water, tools and compost. Mentoring is available to those who want it.

The garden is set up on the infield of the fairgrounds' grandstand racetrack.

The program began five years ago as a way for people without garden space to have a save and friendly place to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.

Lawmaker Supports Concealed Carry For Personal Reasons

State Representative Dwight Kay supports concealed carry for personal reasons. He says his daughter was assaulted by a man much bigger than her when she was just 16.

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Kay sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which heard testimony from both supporters and opponents of concealed carry yesterday. The people fighting for the right to carry say violence will go down once a law is on the books. They say criminals are less likely to attack if they think someone else is armed. But opponents want lawmakers to impose strict restrictions on where people will be able to carry guns, and they also want universal background checks on everyone who applies for a carry permit.

Citizen Pushes For May Carry Concealed Carry Law

Gun advocates want lawmakers to pass a "Shall Carry" concealed carry law, which means state police would issue a permit to all qualified applicants. But Mary Kay Mace, who lost her daughter in the NIU shootings five years ago, wants local authorities to have a stronger voice.

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Mace is pushing for the "May Carry" alternative. The Illinois Council against Handgun Violence supports Mace's position, claiming each region of the state has different needs. But State Rep Denis Reboletti says a "May Carry" law would further divide Illinois. He stresses that Illinois is one state and everyone needs to be governed by the same law.

Two Types Of Concealed Carry Options On Table

Lawmakers are pressed for time when it comes to getting a concealed carry law on the books, but there seems to be some concern on what type of law to draft. Nicole Wilson has the details.

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Normal Council Agrees To 2-Year Deal With Police

The Normal Town Council has agreed to a 2-year contract with its police officers.

Reports indicate the deal with the Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 22 includes 2.85% wage increases in both years. The contract also calls for a match of up to $500 per year in the employee's retirement account and an increase in the sick leave exchange for retirement.

At the council's meeting Monday night, Councilman Adam Nielsen said the deal shows negotiations went well. He says both sides bargained in good faith and he appreciates the effort that went into reaching an agreement.

Economy Plays Factor In Rising Gas Prices

Drivers are paying about 45-cents more for a gallon of gas than they were this time last year. Patrick DeHaan, with GasBuddy.com, says it's partly because the economy is rebounding.

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DeHaan, with GasBuddy.com, says that's bad news for people who are still struggling.

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DeHaan adds he wouldn't be surprised if gas prices hit four bucks a gallon.

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Illinois' average price of gas is three dollars and 93-cents.

Defeated Congressional Candidate Suing IRS

A failed congressional candidate has sued the Internal Revenue Service, claiming its rules contributed to his loss.

Bloomington physician Dr. David Gill Doctor in November lost the 13th District race to Taylorville Republican Rodney Davis.

In his lawsuit, filed with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Gill contends the tax-exempt group American Action Network spent $1.5 million in negative advertising, which contributed to his defeat. His lawsuit seeks to force the IRS to ban certain tax-exempt organizations from spending on political ads.

CREW's executive director Melanie Sloan says under federal law 501-c-4 groups like American Action Network must be operated "exclusively for social welfare purposes." But IRS regulations say such groups need only be "primarily engaged in social welfare."

IRS spokesman Michael Devine refused to comment on the lawsuit.

Fake Officer Sexually Assaults Teenager

Here’s a reminder that it may not be safe to pull over for some unmarked police cars.  A 16-year-old girl in Sangamon County reports she was pulled over by a fake officer early Sunday morning.  Repeats indicate the girl was driving on Old Jacksonville Road , about two and a half miles west of Veterans Parkway, when a small white vehicle pulled behind her and turned on a white flashing light.  The fake officer asked for her driver’s license and registration, made her perform a field sobriety test, then told her to get inside his car.  That’s where he allegedly touched her between the legs, outside her clothes.  She punched him, ran to her car, and drove away.  Police remind drivers that all their vehicles have red and blue lights.  And they remind drivers that they have the right to call 9-1-1 before pulling over to make sure it’s a real officer tailing them.

FFA Week Highlight - Maroa-Forsyth FFA

FFA Week gives chapters all across the Country the opportunity to showcase the things they do through the year.

The FFA Chapter of Maroa-Forsyth is using this week to raise awareness about the things FFA does not only for the schools but for the community and world. Vice President of the Maroa-Forsyth FFA chapter, Ryan Scott explains they have special things going on at school, but they are also taking the opportunity to let students know the things FFA does through the year.

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Scott emphasizes FFA is not just for farmers or people growing up on farms as he himself does not live on a farm. He says that is the biggest thing they preach when the reach out to the youth when they are trying for more members.

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This week FFA Chapters around the country are showcasing themselves raising awareness or holding activities in their local communities.

Clinton Board of Education Recognizes Outstanding Student, Student Athletes

The Clinton Board of Education took time Tuesday night to recognize some outstanding students and student athletes.

 width=The Clinton High School Girls Basketball team won a Regional Championship. Head Coach of the Lady Maroons Josh Williams says his girls had a very successful season. Playing in numerous championship games and stepping up against the state of Illinois' toughest competition bodes well for their future.

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This past weekend, Clinton High School Senior Wrestler Kye Reczek competing at the IHSA Individual State Wrestling meet at the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Holmes explains Reczek went all the way to the championship and competed against Brian Bahrs from Newman Central Catholic in Sterling. It was a rematch between the two, which Bahrs took. Bahrs would win the match and the 160 pound class championship, but Reczek made this match much closer.

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 width=The Clinton High School WYSE Program, or Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, has also experience success this year. Leader of the WYSE team, Steve Cors says they have made to the sectional competition. He notes their scores were very close to them not qualifying, which points to how important each individual on the team is.

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12 Junior High School students were chosen out of 95 Illinois students to have their art displayed at the Madden Arts Center in downtown Decatur.

Hockey Notes

>>Blackhawks Win Shootout Over Canucks

(Chicago, IL) -- Andrew Shaw scored the deciding goal in the shootout to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Canucks. Chicago has at least a point in 16 straight games to start the season, tying a mark set by the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks. The 'Hawks have won three straight to move to 13-0-and-3. Marian Hossa [[ HO-sah ]] had a pair of goals, but had to be helped off the ice after a collision with Jannik Hansen in the third period. Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks while Ray Emery made 29 saves. The Canucks trailed 3-1 but rallied with two late third-period goals, one by Alex Edler on the power play and the other from Kevin Bieksa. Daniel Sedin [[ se-DEEN ]] recorded his fifth goal of the season for Vancouver. Corey Schneider made 40 saves as the Canucks lost their third straight to fall to 8-3-and-4.

>>Sharks Skate Past Blues

(St. Louis, MO) -- Tim Kennedy's third-period tally proved to be the game winner as the Sharks topped the Blues, 2-1. Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, which ended a seven-game losing streak. The Sharks had started the year 7-and-0 before going 0-4-and-3 in their next seven. Antti Niemi turned away 25 shots in the win. Patrik Berglund gave St. Louis a lead with his ninth goal of the year in the first period. Jake Allen made 23 saves for the Blues, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

Winnipeg Jets 2, Buffalo Sabres 1
Montreal Canadiens 3, New York Rangers 1
Ottawa Senators 3, New York Islanders 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
San Jose Sharks 2, St. Louis Blues 1
Nashville Predators 4, Detroit Red Wings 3 (OT)
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Vancouver Canucks 3 (SO)
Los Angeles Kings 3, Edmonton Oilers 1

Bears Coaches, Executives Start Work At Combine

Bears coaches and executives are off to Indianapolis to take part in the NFL Combine this week.  It will be the first major event for new head coach Marc Trestman.  College stars will be put through numerous tests and drills as they start the road to the NFL.  The action starts today with workouts starting Friday. 

Bears Coaches, Executives Start Work At Combine

Bears coaches and executives are off to Indianapolis to take part in the NFL Combine this week.  It will be the first major event for new head coach Marc Trestman.  College stars will be put through numerous tests and drills as they start the road to the NFL.  The action starts today with workouts starting Friday. 

College Basketball Notes

>>Top-Ranked Hoosiers Hold Off Michigan State

(East Lansing, MI) -- Victor Oladipo had 19 points and nine rebounds as top-ranked Indiana held off number-five Michigan State, 72-68. Cody Zeller added 17 points with five boards for the Hoosiers, who won their fourth straight to improve to 24-and-3 with a 12-and-2 Big Ten record. Indiana's win snapped a 17-game losing streak at Michigan State, marking the Hoosiers first win in East Lansing since 1991. Gary Harris had 19 points to lead the way for the Spartans. Adreian Payne scored 17 points with seven rebounds for MSU, which fell to 22-and-5 with an 11-and-3 conference mark.

>>Saint Louis Upsets VCU

(St. Louis, MO) -- Jordair Jett scored all 16 of his points in the second half and Saint Louis took down 23rd-ranked Virginia Commonwealth, 76-62, in Tuesday's matchup of the top two teams in the Atlantic 10. The Billikens took sole possession of first place with their eighth straight victory. They improved to 20-and-5 overall and 9-and-2 in conference play.

>>Tigers Upset Gators

(Columbia, MO) -- Missouri upset fourth-ranked Florida 63-60 to stay undefeated at home this season. Laurence Bowers finished with a game-high 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Tigers. Mizzou improved to 19-and-7 overall and 8-and-5 in the SEC. The Tigers go to Kentucky for Saturday's game.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#2 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 54, Virginia Cavaliers 50
#15 Butler Bulldogs 68 Duquesne Dukes 49
#20 Marquette Golden Eagles 67, Seton Hall Pirates 46

Cubs, Sox Notes

>>Cubs' Garza To Miss A Week

(Mesa, AZ) -- Cubs pitcher Matt Garza will sit out for about a week according to general manager Jed Hoyer. Garza suffered a strain on the left side of his body and underwent an MRI Monday. Hoyer says the strain is "where the lat meets the oblique" and added that the injury is mild. The ailment will push back Garza's first Cactus League start.

>>White Sox Reliever Thornton Has MRI

(Glendale, AZ) -- White Sox relief pitcher Matt Thornton underwent an MRI yesterday on his left elbow. The test revealed inflammation, which caused discomfort for him and kept him from throwing live batting practice. The White Sox say there is no current timetable for the 36-year-old's return to action.

Deng Leads Bulls Over Hornets; Lakers To Honor Buss Before Tonight's Game

Luol Deng scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls snapped a 2-game skid with a 96-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

The Bulls took the lead for good late in the first quarter, but didn't put the Hornets away until Deng's clutch jumper from the top of the key with 44.8 seconds left put Chicago up 94-87 after the Hornets had pulled within five points on Eric Gordon's 3-pointer.

Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah had 15 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, which outrebounded New Orleans 47-39 and had 15 second-chance points.

Gordon finished with 20 and Anthony Davis had 15 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which saw its 2-game winning streak snapped after committing 9 of its 15 turnovers in the final quarter. Greivis Vasquez had 11 points and 10 assists for the Hornets.

Toronto Raptors 96, Washington Wizards 88
Charlotte Bobcats 105, Orlando Magic 92
Brooklyn Nets 113, Milwaukee Bucks 111 (OT)
Memphis Grizzlies 105, Detroit Pistons 91
Denver Nuggets 97, Boston Celtics 90
Utah Jazz 115, Golden State Warriors 101
Phoenix Suns 102, Portland Trail Blazers 98
San Antonio Spurs 108, Sacramento Kings 102

>>Lakers To Honor Buss Before Tonight's Game

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Los Angeles Lakers will honor late owner Jerry Buss tonight. The team will hold a moment of silence before its home game against the Boston Celtics. It's the Lakers' first game since Buss passed away Monday at the age of 80 after a long battle with cancer. The Lakers plan to wear a purple and gold "JB" patch on their jerseys for the rest of the season. Teams around the league held a moment of silence for Buss last night as the NBA resumed play following the All-Star break. There will be a private memorial Thursday at the Nokia Theater. Buss has owned the Lakers since 1979, winning ten championships.

Monticello In Action At Regionals; IHSA Regional Scores, Tonight's Previews

After a first round bye, the Monticello Sages will take on Sullivan tonight at the Sullivan regional. Sullivan defeated Paris 60-40 Monday night to advance and take on the top seeded Sages. Monticello closed out the regular season by downing Warrensburg-Latham Friday night 68-43.

Monticello finished the regular season at 20-5. Sullivan comes in at 12-13.

Game time tonight is at 6 pm. You can hear all the action live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

The winner of tonight's game takes on the winner of the 7:30 contest in Sullivan between Champaign St. Thomas More and Tolono Unity.

Class 1A Regional scores from Tuesday...

At Arcola

Bement 49 (Game delayed Monday from power outage)
Cerro Gordo 54

At Colfax (Ridgeview)

Lexington 54
Normal (Calvary Christian Academy) 33

Blue Ridge 55
Bloomington (Cornerstone Christian Academy) 68

At Decatur (D. Lutheran)

Decatur Christian 50
Greenview 26

At Decatur (D. Lutheran)

Sangamon Valley 62
DeLand-Weldon 49

At Roanoke-Benson

Peoria Heights 51 F
Roanoke-Benson 46

Flanagan-Cornell 55 F
Hartsburg-Emden 43

Class 2A scores from Tuesday...

At Clifton (Central)

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 53 F
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 41

At Riverton

Riverton 62
Warrensburg-Latham 36

Class 1A regional semi-final games for tonight...

At Arcola

Arthur-Lovington 6:00pm

Bethany (Okaw Valley) 7:30pm

At Colfax Ridgeview

Ridgeview 6:00pm

Lexington 7:30pm
Bloomington (Cornerstone Christian Academy)

At Decatur (D. Lutheran)

Decatur Lutheran 6:00pm

Decatur Christian 7:30pm
Sangamon Valley

At Roanoke-Benson

Illini Central 6:00pm

At Roanoke-Benson

Peoria Heights 7:30pm

Other Class 2A Regional semi-final matchups for tonight...

At Athens

Pleasant Plains 6:00pm

Petersburg PORTA 7:30pm

At Auburn

Virden (North Mac)
Meridian 7:30pm

At Eureka

Eureka 7:30pm

At Riverton

Decatur St. Teresa 7:30pm

At Sullivan

Champaign St. Thomas More 7:30pm
Tolono Unity

At Tremont

Tremont 6:00pm

Midwest Central 7:30pm

Monticello Area Foundation Holding Annual Gala Event Saturday

The Monticello Area Educational Foundation, MAEF, which supports Monticello Schools is holding their only fundraising event this weekend.

The Educational Foundation's Gala event is this weekend at Monticello Jr. High School. Dr. Vic Zimmerman, Superintendent of Monticello Schools explains the theme for this year is the "Healing Arts". Dr. Zimmerman explains this year they will be honoring graduates in the medical field. Guests of Honor for this year's event are Dr. Beth Riley Hicks, Class of 1991 and Dr. Roger Crouse, Class of 1969..

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In years past, the Foundation's Gala's have honored business owners and entrepreneurs, also military personnel and educators. Dr. Zimmerman says because of the great success of Monticello graduates, they make it quite easy to come up with people to honor.

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Dr. Zimmerman says the foundation provides financially assistance to the district for a variety of areas. He explains they've provided several thousand dollars in scholarships for students over the past several years. On top of those scholarships they also help provide tutoring opportunities for students who need it.

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This year's Gala is the only fundraiser for the school foundation. Dr. Zimmerman says the school district is very fortunate to have the continuous support of the Foundation.

Clinton Considering More Changes To Liquor Laws

The City of Clinton is looking to implement changes to the liquor code.

During the time when changes were made to the city's gambling codes, the City Council voted to approve changes to the liquor licensing. Mayor Carolyn Peters says the new gaming laws required a liquor license. The ordinance in effect that limited the liquor licenses within the city.

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The Mayor explains the way the ordinance is worded currently, a business could be opened, a request for a liquor license could be made, but the main source of revenue would come from gaming machines. Mayor Peters says she and the City Council did not like that idea.

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There is currently one establishment in Clinton that has a bar only license. The Mayor says they have had time to see how their new ordinances have effected the city. Mayor Peters says they will lift the limitations in place, except for future establishments seeking a bar only license. The current establishment with a bar only license is Sophie's in downtown Clinton.

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The Mayor says the Council feels if they allowed an establishment where the primary source of revenue is the gaming machines, they would hurt other businesses who have partial revenues from the gaming devices. She also believes the community does not want an establishment where there is only gambling.

The Council will consider the changes at their next meeting, March 4.

Quinn Defends Decision To Close Tamms

Governor Quinn is standing behind his decision to close Tamms SuperMax prison, despite a recent spike in violence inside the system.

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The AFSCME Labor Union warned there would be increased violence after Tamms was closed. All the inmates were shipped out in December. Since then, several guards have been severely attacked and one inmate has been killed. Union leaders say Tamms helped reduce violence because inmates didn't want to be taken out of general population at other facilities.

Quinn: DOC Taking Care Of Inmate Safety

Prison inmates at six facilities in Illinois will be sleeping in gymnasiums, thanks to overcrowding within the system. Union leaders and lawmakers have expressed concerns over the plan but Governor Quinn says he trusts his administration.

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But prison safety has been a problem in the past several months. One inmate was killed by his cellmate in a segregation unit at Menard. Several guards have been very badly beaten by inmates. Former State Senator John O. Jones says the DOC Director isn't doing his job when it comes to ensuring prison safety. Jones actually filed a resolution back in January, calling on Quinn to fire Godinez and several other top DOC officials. The resolution never got called for a vote. Jones retired last month but other GOP senators plan to keep pushing the issue.

Big Weather Systems Hitting Parts Of U.S.

The country's midsection is dealing with a massive cold front and the southern states are dealing with severe weather late Monday.  Portions of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio and Missouri are either getting hit with a cold blast or are bracing for one.  Heavy rain is changing to heavy snow on the western side of this storm front.  To the south, parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee are dealing with thunderstorms carrying heavy rain.  Flooding is likely is low lying areas across the south and in the Midwest. 

Monticello's Adam Auten Named To All-State All-Academic Team

Twenty-six Illinois students have been named to the All-State Academic Team sponsored by Caterpillar.

The Illinois High School Association announced the winners of the top academic honor on Monday. Team members will be honored at a banquet in Bloomington on April 15.

The winners include Adam Auten of Monticello, Sarah Bell from Bloomington Central Catholic, and Bradley Dulee of Normal U-High.

Schools were invited to nominate one female and one male student by the February deadline. Nominees needed to have at least a 3.5 grade point average, participated in at least two other activities or sports sponsored by IHSA and demonstrated leadership.

Officials Say Flu Contributed To McLean County Death

McLean County officials say the flu was a contributing factor in the death of an 8-year-old girl.

Reports indicate Kera Simon of the McLean County Health Department said Monday even though it's no longer peak flu season, it doesn't mean the season is over.

She says the 8-year-old girl died last week but there were other medical conditions that contributed to the death.

The girl's death is the second flu-related in McLean County.

A 54-year-old woman died of flu-related causes in November.

State health officials say flu activity in Illinois continues to be high and the virus struck earlier than usual. More than 600 people statewide have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with the flu this season and at least 96 have died.

Barber Robbed At Gunpoint Receives Cash Donation

An Urbana barber who was robbed at gunpoint earlier this month has received a donation to cover his losses, thanks to a good Samaritan.

Reports indicate 63-year-old James Winston received $60 cash last week. That was days after his business inside Sunnycrest Mall was robbed.

The donor asked to remain unnamed.

The money contained a handwritten note thanking Winston for his services. It was signed "two haircuts and two smiles."

Winston says he's thankful.

FFA Week Highlight - Clinton FFA

It's FFA Week across the country as we take time to recognize the Future Farmers of America.

The Clinton Chapter has seen a lot of exciting things take place over the past year. As the group continues on this school year, Michael Perkins, the Chapter's Vice-President says this year has been fun to see the young FFA members come up from the Jr. High ranks.

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President of the Clinton FFA Chapter, Nathan Clark, his highlight to this year's FFA group was harvesting the Chapter's plot. Clark explains the plot provides the Chapter with most of their yearly funds.

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The FFA also sets up a booth at the Apple and Pork Festival every year and sells their well-known pork chops and ribs.

The Chapter also takes part in conventions and competitions.

Clinton City Council Monday Meeting Recap

 width=The Clinton City Council had a very short order of business Monday night.

The Council voted to extend an agreement with the Human Resource Center. HRC has provided the city with maintenance services in areas of the city and Clinton Mayor Carolyn Peters says the agreement will continue the current areas in place, but also expand to the revamped Peace Park on Main Street, and also Downey Park's Walk of Honor.

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Recently, Monical's has announced they will be relocating to the Douglass Subdivision. Mayor Peters explains they need to approve a redevelopment agreement for that to take place. She adds the city is excited to have another developer set up shop at the location just off Highway 51.

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The City has also purchased property at 310 North Madison Street. Mayor Peters explains this removes property from a negligent owner in hopes of something being done with the property. She says the contract does include opt-outs in case the City feels they need to void the contract.

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The city has contracted with the Farnsworth Group to do an environmental and structural assessment of the property.

Other items on the City's agenda Monday evening included:

>>The approval of repairs to two fire engines for the Fire Department at a total cost of just over $6700.

D'backs Acquire Campana From Cubs

The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Tony Campana from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a pair of pitching prospects.  Campana hit .264 with five RBI and 30 stolen bases in 89 games last season with the Cubs.  In two big league seasons, the 26-year-old has batted .262 with 11 RBI and 54 stolen bases in 184 contests.  The Cubs receive 17-year-old right-handers Jesus Castillo and Erick Leal.  The D'backs also moved pitcher Daniel Hudson to the 60-day disabled list as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery.

Bulls Notes

>>Bulls' Rose Takes Part In More Drills

(Deerfield, IL) -- Bulls guard Derrick Rose took another step in his recovery from an ACL tear yesterday. Rose participated in five-on-five drills for the first time since the injury. He had been taking part in contact drills for weeks, but worked out in a full scrimmage during practice yesterday.

>>Bulls Start Second Half In New Orleans

(New Orleans, LA) -- The Bulls open the second half of the season in New Orleans tonight against the Hornets. Chicago entered the All-Star break having lost four out of five to dip to 30-and-22. The Bulls sit fifth in the Eastern Conference, seven games back of the first-place Heat. Tonight's game tips off at 7:00.

Illini Name New Director of Player Personnel

Illinois football officials have named a new director of player personnel to help coordinate recruiting efforts.

Marcus Berry was named to the post on Monday. He formerly held the same position at North Carolina for four seasons.

Berry is an Ohio native who played football at West Virginia. He worked as an account manager for the NBA's Washington Bullets and coached at a Maryland high school. He's completed two NFL player personnel and scouting internships, including with the Green Bay Packers.

Illinois Coach Tim Beckman says Berry has great experience evaluating and analyzing players. He says Berry has a keen eye for talent.

Illinois Off Until Thursday

Illinois has a few more days before hitting the hardwood. The Fighting Illini will host Penn State this Thursday night at Assembly Hall. The Illini beat Northwestern on Sunday to move to 19-and-8 with a 6-and-7 record in Big Ten play. Penn State is the only Big Ten squad without a conference win at 0-and-13. The Nittany Lions are 8-and-17 overall.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#11 Kansas State Wildcats 71, West Virginia Mountaineers 61
#21 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 51, #17 Pittsburgh Panthers 42

Officials From Wichita State, Illinois State Game Disciplined

The Missouri Valley Conference has disciplined the officiating crew from Sunday night's Wichita State-Illinois State game after it awarded technical foul shots to the wrong player in the closing seconds of the game.

The league office said in a statement Monday the crew of David Hall, Gerry Pollard and Paul Janssen wrongly awarded two foul shots to the Shockers' Cleanthony Early after calling a Flagrant 1 technical foul on Illinois State star Jackie Carmichael with 40 seconds left.

The officials reviewed video during a stoppage in play that showed Carmichael kicking Wichita State's Tekele Cotton above the shoulder on a defensive rebound.

The Shockers were trailing 67-60 when the incident occurred. Early made both technical free throws and his 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left gave them a 68-67 victory.

The conference did not say how the officials were disciplined.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Holiday Weekend Report

February 15, 2013


Jail Population: 62

Summons Served: 4

Warrant Arrests: 0


February 16, 2013


Jail Population: 62

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0


February 17, 2013


Jail Population: 62

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 1


February 18, 2013


Jail Population: 62

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0




Cody Bryant, 22, Clinton, was arrested and charged with a DOC Warrant. With no bond listed, Bryant, remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.



Investigation into the scene of an accident which occurred at 5:08 pm on 2/15/13 revealed that Erik Williams, 34, Bloomington, was traveling southbound on US 51, just south of Autumn Road when it left the roadway to the right. The vehicle continued into the ditch where it struck a highway sign post, then a culvert. The vehicle continued in the ditch and into a field, where it became stuck. The driver left the scene. The crash caused damage to the front driver’s side fender, front bumper and radiator, as well as the driver’s side windshield. The vehicle was towed by Gary’s Towing. Williams was issued citations for Failure to Reduce Speed/ Accident and Leaving the Scene of Accident/ Damage. No injuries were reported.


Korte Long, 27, Decatur was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Long was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.


Ismael Lopez, 34, Rantoul, was issued a citation for Speeding 77 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Lopez posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.


Daniel Hurley, 36, Lake In The Hills, was issued a citation for Improper Lane Usage. Hurley posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.





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Best Illinois Jobs In Manufacturing, Medical

Illinois' growing medical industry and its old-standby, manufacturing, may be the best places to look for a job this year.

But experts say some of the positions will require higher levels of education and training and many won't pay what they did a few years ago.

According to a survey from the staffing firm ManPower Group, 17% of Illinois employers plan to add staff during the first quarter. That's up 3% from a year earlier.

John Challenger is CEO of the Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. He says, "Job creation has been relatively strong in the last two years."

Even so, Illinois is, like the rest of the nation, still staggering back from the recession. And statewide unemployment hasn't dropped below 8% since 2008.

Quinn Urges Eligible Taxpayers To File For Credit

Gov. Pat Quinn wants taxpayers to take advantage of a newly expanded tax credit.

The Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit provides low-income families with tax relief and an incentive to work. But the non-profit Center for Economic Progress estimates between 10 to 20% of eligible taxpayers didn't file for the credit last year.

In an event at Truman College in Chicago Saturday, Quinn said he wants to get the word out about how eligible people may apply for the tax relief.

Families earning less than $50,000 annually and individuals making less than $25,000 may qualify for free tax preparation help at assistance centers across the state.

A list of assistance centers and other information about the tax credit is online at www.dhs.state.il.us or www.revenue.state.il.us.

Be Extra Cautious With Electric Heaters

Here's a reminder to be careful with electric heaters.  State officials say the warming units were responsible for many of the eight thousand fires were reported last winter.  But the Fire Marshall says there are things people can do to minimize their risks. For example, be sure to keep the heaters away from sheets, clothing, and plastic objects.  Also, prepare for tragedy in advance by having a clear escape plan.  The plan should include a meeting place and emergency contacts.  And most importantly, make sure all windows and doors can easily be opened from the inside of the home.

Meteor Catches Astronomers Off Guard

A scientist at Illinois State University says astronomers were caught off guard by the meteor that exploded over Russia Friday. A large asteroid got about 18-thousand miles away from earth today but Tom Wilmitch, an astronomer at ISU, says it's not related to the meteor that hit Russia this morning.

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Wilmitch says had astronomers known about the meteor, they may have been able to minimize the impact.

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Wilmitch says he's seen hundreds of meteors in his lifetime, but never anything quite like the one that hit Russia Friday.

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More than 12-hundred people were injured when the Meteor hit about 730 miles outside of Moscow. The Sonic boom shook the ground, shattered windows, and bent frames in some of the nearby homes.

Red Cross' Newest Fundraiser Right Around Corner

The Mid-Illinois Chapter of the Red Cross is kicking off what they hope to be their signature fundraising event.

The Red Cross Ball and Diamond Affair will be the first of its kind for the Mid-Illinois Chapter. Carl Baker, Executive Director or the Red Cross, hopesthe event will be the major source of fundraising for years to come. He adds the funds raised will be staying local and helping those in our area who need it the most in times of need. Baker looks forward to a fun night that will encompass many areas for the enjoyment of their guests.

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Another area of the Ball and Diamond Affair will be the Silent Auction. Baker explains there are several items that will be featured in the auction. A few of these will be sure to peak bidders' interest

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The Ball and Diamond Affair will become the premiere fundraising event every year for the Red Cross. Baker says that they have decided to remove fundraising from a smaller event, the "Heartland Heroes". That event will now be able to retain the purposes in which they were intended, honoring local heroes.

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The Red Cross Ball and Diamond Affair is this Saturday, February 23rd, at the County Club in Decatur, from 5:30pm-11:30pm. Cocktails and appetizers will be served starting at 5:30, then dinner will start at 6:30.

For ticket information you can call 428-7758 or visit their website at www.redcross.org/il/decatur.

Local Lawmakers Team Up For New Bill To Protect Mahomet Aquifer

Last week a pair of local lawmakers proposed a bill to better protect the Mahomet Aquifer.

State Senator Chapin Rose along with Representative Bill Mitchell proposed a bill that would allow all the counties on the aquifer to pass off the local siting of polychlorinated bipheynls (PCBs) being dumped over the water table. Representative Rose says because the Mahomet Aquifer provides drinking water for almost 750-thousand people, caution is necessary when discussing what happens over it.

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Senator Rose says there was significant opposition last year, but he says they will continue to work through that opposition and try to work with lawmakers that oppose it. He says the general goal will be to stop and prevent the dumping of PCBs over the aquifer.

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Last year, Rose coordinated a hearing in front of the EPA where community leaders spoke of the importance of the Mahomet Aquifer. He feels that will be a huge catalyst in this bill continue to have momentum.

The bill filed is similar to a bill filed last year by Rose and Mitchell, however, they have made some changes to it.

Clinton Police Makes 3 Arrests In Recent Car Burglaries

A rash of car burglaries in Clinton may be a step closer to being solved.

The Clinton Police reports last week three 13-year olds were arrested for a rash of car burglaries in Clinton. Police Chief Mike Reidy says this was a crime of opportunity, and these teens were bringing in almost $200 a night by picking up lose change in unlocked vehicles.

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While many cars have been ransacked over the past several months, Chief Reidy speculates there are probably many more they do not know about because they haven't been reported. He says they have recovered some very nice items from vehicles that were rummaged through and nothing was reported, so they have no owner to return the items to.

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The Chief has several tips to prevent being a victim of burglaries like these. He says to first lock doors to vehicles and garages. They have learned from the kids they were going through unlocked garages and finding unlocked cars. He adds, if possible, keep porch lights or outside garage lights on to keep the car from being hidden by darkness.

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One other suggestion the Chief makes is to get to know your neighbors. He feels there is something to be said about being a good neighbor and looking out for one another. Chief Reidy feels looking out for your neighbors won't necessarily prevent these types of crimes, but he believes someone saw these crimes taking place, but did not say anything.

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Chief Reidy says there are a lot of items they have recovered they do not have an owner for. He is imploring vehicle owners who suspect their car was broken, or have discovered they are missing something from their vehicle to contact the police department at 935-9441.

Danica Wins Daytona 500 Pole

Danica Patrick is the first female in NASCAR history to win the pole for the Daytona 500.  One day after recording the fastest lap in practice, Patrick made her qualifying lap around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway at 196.434 mph to grab the top starting position for Sunday's season-opener in the Sprint Cup Series.  Jeff Gordon will share the front row with Patrick in the Daytona 500.  The three-time winner of NASCAR's most prestigious race of the season turned a lap at 196.292 mph.  The rest of the 43-car field will be set following Thursday's twin-qualifying races at Daytona. 

Blackhawks, Blues Win

>>Blackhawks Beat Kings

(Chicago, IL) -- The Blackhawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held off the Kings for a 3-2 victory. Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews [[ tayves ]] and Patrick Sharp each scored for Chicago, which improved to 12-0-and-3 on the season. The 'Hawks remain the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss. Ray Emery turned aside 25 shots for the win. Mike Richards scored both goals for Los Angeles, which dipped to 5-6-and-2 overall. Jonathan Quick allowed all three goals on 37 attempts in the setback.

>>Blues Edge Canucks In Shootout

(Vancouver, British Columbia) -- T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald scored in the shootout to lift the Blues past the Canucks, 4-3. Each player also scored in regulation, as did Vladimir Sobotka for St. Louis. Jake Allen turned away 28 shots for the Blues, who have won three straight to move to 9-5-and-1. Henrik Sedin had a goal and assist while Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver. Roberto Luongo turned away 20 shots for the Canucks, who have lost two straight since a six-game winning streak. Vancouver is now 8-3-and-3.

Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Buffalo Sabres 3
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Los Angeles Kings 2
Boston Bruins 3, Winnipeg Jets 2
Calgary Flames 4, Dallas Stars 3
Minnesota Wild 3, Detroit Red Wings 2
New York Rangers 2, Washington Capitals 1
St. Louis Blues 4, Vancouver Canucks 3 (SO)

Colts To Part Ways With Freeney, Collie

The Colts will part ways with defensive end Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Austin Collie.  Both have expiring contracts.  The team says it will not renew Freeney's deal and NFL.com reports the same will be true of Collie.  The soon-to-be 33-year-old pass rusher has spent the first 11 years of his career in Indianapolis after being selected 11th overall out of Syracuse in 2002.  Collie has 260 catches and 16 touchdowns in 42 games over four seasons, all with Indy. 

Flowers Has Tough Job As Sox New Backstop

Tyler Flowers is going to have a busy spring.

In addition to having to handle the White Sox pitching staff, the 27-year-old catcher will be expected to add some offense into a lineup that will miss the production of the guy he's replacing, A.J. Pierzynski.

Also, he'll have to deal with the pressure of replacing a fan favorite who was 1 of the last remaining links to the White Sox's 2005 World Series championship team.

"Saying this from a team perspective, Tyler Flowers is stepping into a very, very tough situation," White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy said.

"We lost an iconic figure and world champion in A.J. I know for the fans it's hard to watch franchise players like him and (Mark) Buehrle leave. I hope the fan base doesn't get on Tyler Flowers' case because he has such big shoes to fill. He's not going to be A.J. Pierzynski and he's going to feel that pressure at times if he has a bad week not hitting."

Stars Celebrate MJ's 50th Birthday

Michael Jordan turned 50 on Sunday, giving this year's All-Stars a chance to reflect on his illustrious career and how much he still means to the sport.

In a weekend filled with the NBA's greatest players, Jordan was the topic no one could stop talking about. Though he hasn't played since the 2002-03 season, Jordan's influence still permeates the league and its players.

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade says, "everything he did was groundbreaking."

Jordan won six titles and picked up five MVP awards during a career spent mostly with the Bulls that began in 1984.

Jordan was in Houston this weekend, and celebrated his birthday early with a private bash on Friday at the Museum of Fine Arts with guests including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

NBA All-Star Weekend Recap

>>West Wins Third Straight Over East

(Houston, TX) -- Chris Paul posted 20 points, 15 assists and four steals to lead the Western Conference over the Eastern Conference 143-138 at the NBA All-Star Game in Houston. Paul was named the game's MVP. Kevin Durant scored 30 points with six rebounds for the West, which has won three straight over the East. Blake Griffin added 19 points for the winning side. Carmelo Anthony tallied 26 points and 12 boards for the East. Dwyane Wade added 21 points and seven assists in defeat. LeBron James totalled 19 points and five assists in the loss.

>>Ross Takes Slam Dunk, Irving Wins Three-Point Competition

(Houston, TX) -- Terrence Ross and Kyrie Irving were the big winners at the NBA's All-Star Saturday Night competitions. Ross outshined defending champion Jeremy Evans of the Jazz to win the Slam Dunk Contest. The Toronto Raptors rookie performed a between-the-legs, jump over the ball boy dunk for his final showing of the night to seal the win. Irving defeated Spurs forward Matt Bonner to win the Three-Point Competition. The Cavaliers guard scored 23 points in the final round to best Bonner's total of 20. Earlier in the night, Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard captured the Skills Challenge. He beat out 76ers guard Jrue Holiday with a time of 29.8 seconds. In the Shooting Stars competition, the West had the fasted time in the team round while the East captured the championship round. Team Bosh, led by Heat forward Chris Bosh, won the title. Overall, the West won the night, beating the Eastern Conference in overall points, 140-125.

>>Team Chuck Smashes Team Shaq

(Houston, TX) -- Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried [[ fuh-reed ]] posted 40 points and 10 rebounds to help Team Chuck defeat Team Shaq 163-135 and win the NBA Rising Stars MVP Award on Friday. Cleveland forward Tristan Thompson added 20 points and 10 boards, while Kings guard Isaiah Thomas chipped in with 18 points and 10 assists in the win. Last year's MVP Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers scored 32 points with six assists and six caroms for Team Shaq. Fellow Cav Dion Waiters tallied 23 points in the loss. Both teams shot over 60-percent from the floor, while Team Chuck made 17-of-32 three-point shots.

>>New York A Favorite To Host 2015 NBA All-Star Game

(Undated) -- It looks like the 2015 NBA-All Star Game will be held in the Big Apple. The only question that remains, is whether the contest will take place at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan or the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. NBA Commissioner David Stern confirmed to ESPN on Saturday that the Knicks and Nets have both applied to host the game. He added that Adam Silver, who is set to take over for Stern next year, will have a great time looking at each application. New York last hosted the All-Star Game in 1998. The 2014 game will be held in New Orleans.

Western Illinois Upsets Top-Ranked Razorbacks

Jameson Henning and Brent Turner had two hits and an RBI apiece to help lead Western Illinois to a 7-5 victory over Arkansas on Sunday.

The effort gave Western Illinois (1-2) the split in the 3-game series with the Razorbacks, the top choice in several polls heading into the season.

Mason Pingel (1-0) picked up the win for the Leathernecks. He pitched five innings and gave up three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Brian Loconsole got the save for 1.2 hitless innings.

Trent Daniel (0-1) took the loss, giving up six runs (three earned) on eight hits and striking out two in 3.1 innings.

Arkansas plays next on Tuesday when the Razorbacks face New Orleans. First pitch is 3:05 p.m.

Wichita State Rallys, Shocks Illinois State

Cleanthony Early's 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds remaining capped Wichita State's comeback and gave the Shockers a 68-67 victory over Illinois State Sunday night.

Early scored 12 points, all in the second half. The Shockers (22-5, 11-4) scored the game's final eight points over the last 36 seconds for their only second-half lead and moved into a 1-game lead over Creighton in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Wichita State has won three straight since a 3-game losing streak.

Malcolm Armstead led Wichita State with 18 points and six assists. Carl Hall scored 13 and Demetric Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Tyler Brown led Illinois State (16-11, 7-8) with 17 points. Johnny Hill scored 14, Jackie Carmichael had 12 points and nine rebounds and Bryant Allen scored 12. The Redbirds, who went without a field goal in the final 6:15, had won four straight and 7 of their last eight.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#4 Miami Hurricanes 45 Clemson Tigers 43
#5 Michigan Wolverines 79, Penn State Nittany Lions 71
#9 Arizona Wildcats 68, Utah Utes 64
#12 Louisville Cardinals 59, South Florida Bulls 41
#19 Wisconsin Badgers 71, #14 Ohio State Buckeyes 49

Bradley Downs Indiana State

Tyshon Pickett and Walt Lemon Jr. scored 17 points apiece and Bradley dominated the second half in a 45-30 victory over Indiana State on Saturday afternoon.

Dyricus Simms-Edwards added 13 points off the bench, and Will Egolf had 12, for the Braves (15-12, 7-8 Missouri Valley), who outscored Indiana State 45-30 and shot 60% from the floor after halftime.

Dawon Cummings scored 19 off the bench for the Sycamores (16-10, 9-6). R.J. Mahurin and Jake Odum chipped in 14 points each.

Lucas Eitel's 3-pointer with 2:35 left in the first half put Indiana State ahead 36-29, but Bradley cut it to 38-35 at halftime on Lemon's layup at the buzzer. The Braves took the lead for good with a 13-2 run early in the second half.

Lemon's point total left him with 1,009 in his career and made him the 46th Bradley player to reach 1,000 career points.

Illini Continue Hot Streak, Routes Northwestern

D.J. Richardson scored 18 points to lead Illinois to a 62-41 victory over Northwestern on Sunday night.

Tracy Abrams added 13 points off the bench for the Illini (19-8, 6-7 Big Ten), who have won four straight.

Reggie Hearn led Northwestern with 11 points. The Wildcats (13-13, 4-9) have lost three straight and 5 of their last six.

Illinois scored the first 16 points of the second half after ending the first half on a 10-0 run. Richardson's layup extended Illinois' lead to 45-15 with 13:53 remaining. James Montgomery scored Northwestern's first points of the half on a layup with 13:26 left.

Northwestern shot 25% from the field and Illinois shot 43.6%.

Illinois avenged a 68-54 home loss to Northwestern on Jan. 17.

During their winning streak, the Illini have also beaten top-ranked Indiana, then-No. 18 Minnesota and Purdue.

Monticello Looking Into Updating Strategic Plan

The City of Monticello has been discussing and investigating updating their Master and Strategic Plans.

The Strategic Plan will be more of a "skeleton" but the Master Plan will be more of a financial plan. Mayor Chris Corrie says their Strategic Plan will include plans for items such as parks and recreation or their infrastructure.

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Putting long term plans together will not be something that happens over a short period of time, in fact, Mayor Corrie says in order to make the plans work well and be effective, it is going to take some time.

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Part of Monticello's Strategic Plan will be to develop a long term Master Plan that will be a projection of revenues. Mayor Corrie feels the best way to project those revenues is to look at past budgets. Once those projections have been developed into an estimated budget, the Monticello City Council and staff members can then begin working together on where they want that money to go.

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Mayor Corrie explains the city has had yearly budgets they put together, but he feels having a longer term budget would benefit the City. He feels they need to know where the money will come from and where it needs to go.

Illinois Department of Corrections Modernizing IT System


Peoria Police Find Woman Dead in Home

 Police in Peoria say they're investigating the death of a 39-year-old woman as a homicide.

Police say they found Denise Leuthold dead inside a home Thursday when they responded to a call about a possible burglary.  Leuthold was the victim of an apparent shooting. The Peoria County coroner says the woman was living at the home with her husband, three children and parents.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

Lawsuit Targts Fraternity in NIU Student's Death

The family of a Northern Illinois University freshman who died after a night of heavy drinking has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the fraternity he was pledging.

Nineteen-year-old David Bogenberger was found dead at Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity on Nov. 2.

The night before, he and other pledges had attended an event there that the national fraternity organization says it did not sanction.

Toxicology results found Bogenberger's blood alcohol content was about five times the legal limit for driving.

The family's lawsuit says members of the fraternity failed to seek medical attention after the pledge had become unconscious.

Five fraternity members have been charged with felony hazing. Seventeen others face misdemeanor hazing charges.

The fraternity's national office in Memphis did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.

Art Musem Recieves Gift of Edward Steichen Photos

 An Illinois museum has received 49 photographs by Edward Steichen (STEYE'-kehn), a photographer known for his portraits of celebrities such as Greta Garbo and Charlie Chaplin.

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston on Friday announced the gift from collectors Richard and Jackie Hollander. The museum plans an exhibition of the photos in the fall.

The Hollanders gave other Steichen photographs from their collection to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

The Hollanders purchased the photos from the artist's estate and they were printed by Steichen himself.

Lisa Corrin of the Block says the museum has been building its photography collection. She says she considers the gift of the Steichen photos "transformative" for the museum.

Fire Marshal Issues Winter Fire Prevention Tips

The Illinois State fire marshal is urging residents to take steps this winter to avoid fires caused by cooking and heating.

In a press release Friday, Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis says winter is the leading time of year for home fires.

More than 8,000 fires were reported in Illinois between December and February last year. Heating and cooking were 2 of the leading causes of those fires.

The fire marshal recommends families have and practice a fire escape plan and teach children how to call 911. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from space heaters and never use a stove or oven to heat a home.

Matkaitis also urges residents to always have functioning smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Il Taxpayers now Have Tax Refund Debit Option


Weekly Weather Update

Temperatures have been above average this month. Yet, some snowfall has been above average in northern parts of state. This weekend will see warmer weather but normal temps will return as we head into the work week. State Climatologist Jim Angel has more.

SIU Weekly Medical Update

Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death in women of all ages, with about one-half million women dying each year in the U.S.
One in every three American women dies of heart disease. The disease in women may not be easily recognized because some women have different symptoms for heart attack than men, says Dr. Tiffany Leung (Lee-ung), assistant professor of internal medicine at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. She explains some symptoms.
Dr. Leung says women often have more vague symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath. And some tests for heart disease are not as conclusive in women as in men. Also, women’s breast tissue can obscure the images that are taken. She explains the risk factors for heart disease.
Dr. Leung says there are a number of newer treatments for heart disease, which can help improve outcomes. She also says women can lessen their risk of heart disease by eating the right foods and getting a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise on most days. If a woman has symptoms for heart attack, she should see her primary care physician or go to a hospital emergency room as quickly as possible.

Small Farm Webinar Series is Coming Up

The 2013 Small Farm Webinar Series is coming up. It is a weekly on-line educational series for the small farm community. This free webinar series, hosted in the comfort of your own county, provides practical knowledge on emerging topics to advance local food production in Illinois.  Series discussion will look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing help to improve long-term planning and sustainability.
Hosted by University of Illinois Extension Units in DeWitt, Macon and Piatt counties the offices will be offering a webinar session on Managing Crop Rotations in High Tunnels, Thursday February 28, 2013. The webinar will be presented by U of I Extension Educators and Specialists.
You can contact our office at 217-935-5764 or go online to register at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/dmp/. For each class, we ask that you RSVP one week in advance.


Team Chuck 163, Team Shaq 135 (Rising Stars Challenge at Houston, TX)

Buffalo Sabres 4, Boston Bruins 2
New Jersey Devils 5, Philadelphia Flyers 3
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Winnipeg Jets 1
Anaheim Ducks 5, Detroit Red Wings 2
Chicago Blackhawks 4, San Jose Sharks 1
St. Louis Blues 5, Calgary Flames 2
Dallas Stars 4, Vancouver Canucks 3
Los Angeles Kings 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#15 Georgetown Hoyas 62, Cincinnati Bearcats 55

Rams Waive Troubled WR Young

  The St. Louis Rams placed Titus Young on waivers Friday, just 10 days after claiming the problematic wide receiver from the Detroit Lions.  Young was waived by the Lions on February 4th following a turbulent 2012 campaign that ended on injured reserve in early December.  Young had an altercation with wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson on the sidelines in November.  Head coach Jeff Fisher did not discuss specifics about the move during a Friday news conference, though he did indicate that health was not a factor in the team's decision.  In 26 games over his two-year stint in Detroit, Young recorded 81 catches for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Blackhawks Drown Out Sharks

The Blackhawks' dominance on the NHL continued with a 4-1 victory over the Sharks.  Marcus Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson [[ JAHL-mer-sun ]] each had a goal and assist for Chicago, which remains the only team in the league without a regulation loss at 11-0-and-4.  Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw also lit the lamp for the 'Hawks, who bounced back from a shootout loss and have won five out of six.  Ray Emery made 27 saves in the win.  Tim Kennedy had the lone goal for San Jose.  Antti Niemi [[ ANN-tee  nee-EM-ee ]] turned away 33 shots for the Sharks, who have lost seven straight since a 7-and-0 start.  San Jose is now 7-4-and-3 this year. 

Monticello Sages Defeat Warrensburg - Latham Cardinals

The Monticello Sages defeated the Warrensburg- Latham Cardinals by a final score of 68-43 on Friday Night. The Sages were led by Matt Kruse with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Nick Stokowski also chipped in with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Parker Trice also chipping in with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Your First State Bank player of the game was Matt Kruse. With the win the Sages improve to 20-5 and 7-4 in the Okaw Valley Conference. With the loss the Cardinals fall to 7-18 and 2-9 in the Okaw Valley Conference. The Monticello Jv Sages fall to the Warrensburg- Latham Cardinals with a final score of 49-44 and end the season with a record of 13-4. Tune in Wednesday, Febuary 20 at 6:00 for Sullivan Regionals. You can hear the game live on 95.9 WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Illinois Family's Syrup Making Mistaken For Meth Lab

A southern Illinois family is finding their homemade maple syrup operation anything but sweet after investigators swarmed their property, mistaking their sap collection for a meth lab.

Laura Benson says drug agents showed up at her home near Anna on Wednesday morning saying they fielded a report that a meth-making operation was on the Union County property.

When investigators pointed to buckets near some trees, 49-year-old Benson says she quickly explained the containers were collecting sap for the family's production of syrup.

The law enforcers quickly moved on, taking with them some homemade syrup the Bensons gave them.

Benson thanks her neighbors for being alert and notifying police, even if it was a misunderstanding. She's extending an open invitation to those locals to come by for pancakes.

Illinois Lawmakers To Meet Gun Violence Victims

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says the group of lawmakers she's put together to study firearms will meet with families impacted by gun violence.

Simon assembled the Firearms Working Group last month. Members include about a dozen freshmen Illinois legislators.

On Friday Simon plans on having members of the group meet with parents who have lost children in shootings. The meeting will be at Saint Sabina Church on Chicago's South Side, which is led by the Rev. Michael Pfleger (FLAY'-gur). The priest is a staunch gun-control advocate.

Members of the working group plan to meet with people on all sides of the firearms debate, such as police, hunters and domestic violence prevention advocates.

Police Use Unconventional Means To Separate Deer

Three Illinois police officers used unconventional means to untangle two deer.  They fired off four rounds to separate the bucks, whose antlers had gotten caught up during a fight.  The deer were freed after the fourth shot but one PETA member says he wasn't happy with the officers' method.  A video of the shooting is posted on the Illinois Conservation Police Facebook Page.  That's where Marc Dorencz says quote, "As a proud member of PETA, I am appalled at this video.  The officer should have comforted the deer before shooting at them."  The officers reportedly feared the bucks would starve to death if they didn't take action to separate them. 

Religious Belief Key In Gay Marriage Vote

Religion played a major factor in how certain Senators decided to vote for a gay marriage proposal yesterday. Senator Dave Koehler is an ordained clergyman but he says when it comes to gay marriage, he must see the issue through the eyes of a parent.

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Senator Tim Bivins says voting for gay marriage would've gone against his moral compass.

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The measure passed 34-to-21 and now heads to the House for a vote.

Senate Passes Bill To Boost Doctors Fees

The Senate has approved a plan to boost doctor's fees from 300-dollars every three years to 700 dollars. Senate President John Cullerton says the extra cash will help rehire people to process the doctor licenses, otherwise the state will lose out on good doctors.

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The Illinois Hospital Association says at least one neurosurgeon has passed Illinois up because it took to long to get him licensed. Other doctors are still waiting to be licensed. Under the proposal, doctor fees would go up from 300-dollars every three years to 700-dollars. That's until 2018, when the fee would then drop to 500 dollars.

Illinois Provides Disaster Planning Money

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is sending $62 million to 55 communities around the state for use on disaster plans.

The department announced Thursday the money is part of the IKE Disaster Recovery Planning Program. The program was set up after remnants of Hurricane Ike caused destruction in towns around the state in 2008.

Communities have to apply for the grants with plans that will help prevent damage from future disasters and help with recovery from damage that could come.

The grants went to communities across the state. They ranged from the town of Arcola just south of Champaign to Ottawa and Streator in central Illinois and Rock Island in the northwest. Most grants were between $75,000 and $125,000.

Illinois Prisons To Set Up Temporary Housing

A prison watchdog says the need for inmate space in Illinois is "trumping security" as officials announced they plan to set up temporary bed space in a half-dozen mostly medium-security prisons.

The change was announced Thursday in a letter from the Department of Corrections to the main employee union.

John Maki (MA'-kee) of the prison observer John Howard Association says the six prisons targeted - in Centralia, Danville, Hillsboro, Canton, Vienna (vy-EHN'-nah) and Vandalia - are among the state's most crowded.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says the planned closure of the Dwight prison is forcing the move.

Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano says prison gymnasiums will be used temporarily for minimum-security inmates. She would not comment specifically on the reason for the move.

Ed Helms To Speak At Knox College Commencement

Comedian and actor Ed Helms will be the speaker at Knox College's commencement this spring.

Reports indicate Helms will speak at the school's June 8 ceremony at the Galesburg school. Helms is known for his roles in "The Hangover," ''The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Office."

Previous big-name speakers to address Knox College commencements include President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, comedian Stephen Colbert and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

The school's graduating seniors select the commencement speaker.

DNR Conservation Receive New Boat Unique To Area

When boaters begin hitting the lakes this spring, they may notice the Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police strutting a new ride.

CPOs were recently awarded a grant from a US Coast Guard Force Security Grant that will provide them with a nice new boat built to the specifications of local CPOs. DNR Conservation Police Officer, Ray Wichus explains the new ride will be mainly used for sonar detail, but they will get it out for patrol purposes, which is when the general public will most likely see it.

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There are going to be some extremely unique features. Wichus says the capabilities of the boat are far beyond anything he could ever imagined 25 years ago when he started as a CPO. Wichus explains the capabilities with the sonar on the new boat are far more reaching than anything they currently have.

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It's the many features of the boat that make it one of the most unique boats of it's kind in Illinois and the midwest. Wichus explains it will be taken to Lake Shelbyville frequently, but he notes it will be available to wherever it is needed.

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The boat is a 33-foot boat. Wichus is pleased the Department was able to obtain it and calls the boat "one of the best in the midwest".

Wichus says it should be another month before the boat arrives in Central Illinois.

Clinton Chamber's Ag Banquet Next Weekend

Time is running short for Agri-business professionals to get their tickets to the annual Agri-Business banquet put on each year by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce.

This speaker for the event on February 23 is Jerry Gulke from the Gulke Group. Executive Director of the Clinton Chamber, Marian Brisard says tickets are available and are free at the sponsors of the event.

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Brisard says organizers discussed changing the event to a breakfast, but she is glad they did not because they have new Chamber member, Hilltop Catering from Mt. Pulaski who will be providing the meal for the evening.

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For a list of sponsors to receive tickets from, you can visit the Chamber's website at clintonilchamber.com. You can also get them at the Chamber office at 100 South Center Street at Suite 101 in downtown Clinton.

Again the event is February 23 with check in at 5 pm and dinner served at 6.

Blackhawks Battle Sharks

The Chicago Blackhawks welcome in the San Jose Sharks tonight.  The Blackhawks are 10-0-and-3 on the year, having lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Ducks on Tuesday.  San Jose comes in at 7-3-and-3 overall.  The 'Hawks host Los Angeles on Sunday.

Baseball Spring Training Notes

>>Cardinals Extend Mozeliak, Matheny

(Jupiter, FL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals are extending the contracts of General Manager John Mozeliak [[ mo-ZAY-lack ]] and manager Mike Matheny. Mozeliak has been given a three-year extension through 2016, while the Cardinals have picked up the 2014 option on Matheny. Mozeliak was in the final year of his deal. He's been the Cardinals' GM since 2007. Matheny is entering his second season as skipper after replacing the retired Tony La Russa following the 2011 World Series.

>>Ventura Turns Down Extension

(Glendale, AZ) -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura is turning down a one-year extension offered by the team. He is under contract through 2014. Ventura says he is only worried about the two remaining seasons left on his deal. He finished third in the AL Manager of the Year voting following his first season as skipper in 2012.

>>Feldman Named Fourth Cubs Starter

(Mesa, AZ) -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Scott Feldman will be the fourth starter in the team's rotation to start the season. Feldman is in his first season with the Cubs after spending the first eight of his career with the Texas Rangers. The 30-year-old right-hander was 6-and-11 last season with 21 starts and 29 appearances. He won 17 games in 2009.

>>Angels Put Hamilton, Trout, Pujols On Display

(Tempe, AZ) -- As full squads begin reporting for spring training, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are showing off their three superstars. New slugger Josh Hamilton, AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout and three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols [[ POO-holes ]] met with reporters Thursday in a joint media session. Hamilton joins the Halos after signing a five-year, 125-million-dollar contract during the offseason and says the chance to play with Pujols and Trout was very attractive.

The 2010 AL MVP spent the last five seasons with the Texas Rangers. He hit .285 with a career-high 43 home runs in 2012. Trout took the league by storm after a late April callup, batting .326 with 30 homers and a league-leading 49 stolen bases. Pujols overcame a slow start in his first year in the American League, finishing with a .285 average, 30 home runs and 105 RBI. The trio forms the core of an offensive lineup that has the Angels as the front-runner to win the AL West this season.

Bears' D To Look Familar With, Or Without, Urlacher

The Chicago Bears' defense will likely have a similar look next season whether Brian Urlacher is part of it or not.

New coach Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker say the Bears will stick with a 4-3 set and won't change much schematically with a defense that ranked among the league's best under Lovie Smith.

The big question is whether Urlacher will be a part of it.

The 8-time Pro Bowl linebacker has an expiring contract and missed the last four games with a hamstring injury after being slowed by a knee problem.

Trestman says it would be "premature" to discuss Urlacher's future. He says they spoke on the phone for about 30 to 40 minutes about the team, not specifically his situation.

NBA All-Star Weekend Notes

>>East And West Clash Sunday In NBA All-Star Game

(Houston, TX) -- The league's top stars square off in the 62nd NBA All-Star Game Sunday night at Houston's Toyota Center. The Eastern Conference squad is highlighted by Heat teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. The West team features 2012 All-Star MVP Kevin Durant of the Thunder, along with Lakers teammates Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard and the Clippers' tandem of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.

>>NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Tonight

(Houston, TX) -- The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game is tonight in Houston. The annual event helps kick off NBA All-Star Weekend, with rosters including celebrities from film, television and music. 2012 MVP Kevin Hart from "Real Husbands of Hollywood" will look to defend his title alongside stars like Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo, "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon, Jamaican Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt and actor Josh Hutcherson from "The Hunger Games." NBA All-Stars James Harden of the Rockets and Russell Westbrook of the Thunder will serve as coaches of the West and East squads.

>>Team Shaq Vs. Team Chuck In Rising Stars Challenge Tonight

(Houston, TX) -- It's Team Shaq against Team Chuck tonight in the Rising Stars Challenge in Houston. The game featuring rosters of first and second-year players is part of NBA All-Star Weekend. NBA legends Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley are serving as general managers of the two squads after selecting their teams in a fantasy-style draft last week. The game will feature young stars such as Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis.

>>Conferences Compete For Charity In All-Star Saturday Night Events

(Houston, TX) -- The NBA is gearing up for All-Star Saturday Night in Houston. This year features a new format, with the Eastern and Western Conference competing against one another for charity. It's highlighted by the historically popular Slam Dunk Contest, along with the Three-Point Contest, Skills Challenge and Shooting Stars. Jazz forward Jeremy Evans is the defending dunk champion and returns to compete against Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, Pacers forward Gerald Green, Raptors guard Terrence Ross and Knicks swingman James White.

The Three-Point Contest features Pacers swingman Paul George, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Knicks forward Steve Novak in the East, while Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Spurs forward Matt Bonner and Hornets forward Ryan Anderson will fire from long range for the West.

With Rose's Status Up In Air, Bulls Getting By

Given all the gasps around Chicago after Derrick Rose indicated he might not play this season, the All-Star break appears to be coming at a good time for the Bulls.

They can take a deep breath. They can hardly breathe easy, though. Until their sidelined superstar point guard is back to tying opponents in knots, they can forget about that.

For now, the Bulls are doing what they can without him, and all things considered, they're not in a bad spot even after dropping 4 of 5.

They're fifth in the Eastern Conference at 30-22, 1 1/2 games behind first-place Indiana in the Central Division, and a playoff run doesn't seem out of the question.

Illinois Takes On Northwestern

Illinois shoots for its fourth straight win on Sunday when they play at Northwestern.  The Fighting Illini have beaten Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue to move to 18-and-8 overall and 5-and-7 in the Big Ten.  The Wildcats are 13-and-12 and 4-and-8.

Maroons, Sages Wrap Up Regualar Seasons

>>Maroons Wrap Up Regular Season

The Clinton Maroons will wrap up their regular season tonight as they travel to Central A&M. The Maroons are coming off a close loss to Argenta-Oreana Tuesday night. The Raiders are coming off a 75-51 win over Warrensburg-Latham Tuesday.

The Maroons have dropped 18 straight and sit at 3-21 and 0-10 in the Okaw.

Central A&M looks to go for a share of the conference title tonight as they are in a 4-way tie with Decatur St. Teresa, Meridian, and Maroa-Forsyth.

Game time tonight is approximately 7:30. You can hear the game live on 92.3 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, and Clinton Cable Channel 13.

>>Sages Wrap Up Regular Season

The Monticello Sages look to end their regular season on a positive note tonight as they take on Warrensburg-Latham on the road tonight. The Sages have lost two straight for the first time this season. Both were close losses at the hands of Decatur St. Teresa and Maroa-Forsyth.

The Sages defeated Warrensburg-Latham earlier this year at the Okaw Valley Conference tournament 62-45.

The Sages come into play tonight at 19-5 and 7-3 in the Okaw. Warrensburg-Latham comes in at 7-17 and 2-8 in conference play. The Cardinals are also losers of five straight.

You can hear tonight's game on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Other games around the Okaw tonight...

Argenta-Oreana 7:30 PM

Decatur St. Teresa
Macon Meridian 7:30 PM

Maroa-Forsyth 7:30 PM

Tolono Unity 7:30 PM

Clinton's Reczek, Monitcello's Van Dalsen Among Area Wrestlers Moving On At Individual State Meet

Class 1A Individual Wrestling Results

106 Pounds


Hunter Spengler, Sherrard, def. Logan Knisley, Monticello, Fall :45
Zach Lorek, Kankakee (McNamara), def. Alex Matlock, LeRoy [Coop], Dec 5-1

113 Pounds


Cameron Schwing, Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) [Coop], def. Colin Weis, Wilmington, Fall 3:28
Tate Ruffner, LeRoy [Coop], def. AJ Pascente, Lisle (Sr.), Dec 7-6
Carlos Gutierrez, Rock Falls, def. Garrett Brachbill, Shelbyville, Dec 7-5

120 Pounds


Austin Matlock, LeRoy [Coop], def. Shadriq Jackson, Peotone, Dec 5-4
Casey Brown, Coal City, def. Dylan Donner, Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) [Coop], Fall 5:55

126 Pounds


Jacob Devolder, Orion, def. Austin Hyde, Monticello, Dec 9-6

132 Pounds


Andy Rodawold, Wilmington, def. Peyton Roop, LeRoy [Coop], M-Dec 15-1
Shaun Wollenweber, Plano, def. Paul Garcia, Fairbury (Prairie Central), Dec 4-3
Nate Jozsa, Argenta (A.-Oreana) [Coop], def. Chance Shelton, Harvard, M-Dec 16-4

138 Pounds


Chet McClure, Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) [Coop], def. Gabe Hartnett, Peotone, Fall 1:50
Austin McPeek, Lena (L.-Winslow) [Coop], def. Wyatt Fox, Shelbyville, Fall 4:46
Ben Buchelt, Lisle (Sr.), def. Ben Traub, Fairbury (Prairie Central), Dec 5-3

145 Pounds


Evan Bahler, Fairbury (Prairie Central), def. Zack Tomac, Plano, Dec 11-4
Quincy Kalkbrenner, Lena (L.-Winslow) [Coop], def. Dylan Knisley, Monticello, Dec 6-4 OT
Brian Czyl, Lisle (Sr.), def. DJ Morgan, LeRoy [Coop], Dec 7-6
Rob Lane, Argenta (A.-Oreana) [Coop], def. Talon Paul, Stillman Valley, Dec 3-0

152 Pounds


Austin Hedrick, St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden), def. Brock Elliott, Argenta (A.-Oreana) [Coop], Dec 8-1
Brett Meyer, Manito (Midwest Central) [Coop], def. Lucas Duckett, Shelbyville, Dec 7-1

160 Pounds


Caleb Wilson, LeRoy [Coop], def. Brandon Allen, Dwight [Coop], Dec 10-6
Kye Reczek, Clinton, def. Kody Goberville, Peotone, Fall 2:55
Devin Morford, Aledo (Mercer County), def. Jacob Burton, Monticello, Dec 5-3
Wes Brown, Plano, def. Cole Hutson, El Paso (E.P.-Gridley), Fall 3:13

170 Pounds


Zach Abney, Pittsfield, def. Josh Hicks, Shelbyville, M-Dec 10-1
Austin Upton, St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden), def. Bryce Thornton, Litchfield, Fall :50
Michael Rathbun, Stanford (Olympia), def. Tyler Godden, Toledo (Cumberland) [Coop], Fall 3:02

182 Pounds


Justin Harris, Herscher, def. John Kupferschmid, Fairbury (Prairie Central), Fall 3:13
Garrett Kelson, Stanford (Olympia), def. Dexter Fierro, Wilmington, Dec 3-1
Terry White, Port Byron (Riverdale), def. Brendan Menacher, Monticello, Fall 3:37
Devin Mahnke, Grant Park [Coop], def. Wesley Kibler, St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden), Fall 5:20

195 Pounds


Tristun Reeves, El Paso (E.P.-Gridley), def. Timmy Carll, Toledo (Cumberland) [Coop], Dec 8-2
Tanner VanDalsen, Monticello, def. Alex Rhoda, Fairbury (Prairie Central), Dec 4-2
Mitchell Barna, Shelbyville, def. Sam Donovan, Stanford (Olympia), Dec 9-6

220 Pounds


Daniel Zimmerman, Dakota [Coop] def. Zach Armstrong, Monticello, Fall 3:22
Ty Sandy, LeRoy [Coop] def. David McDermott, Westmont, Dec 5-1
Derrick Maisonet, Plano def. Cedric Wilder, Normal (University), Fall 1:14

285 Pounds


Josh Wallick, Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) [Coop] def. Eddie Gonzalez, Aurora (Central Catholic), Fall 1:40
Junior Nunez, Plano def. Tyler Ortmann, Argenta (A.-Oreana) [Coop], Dec 5-2
Michael Behrends, Warrensburg (W.-Latham) def. Kolton Koch, Clifton (Central) [Coop], Fall 1:08
Derrick Romano, Wilmington def. Elliott Smithson, Shelbyville, Fall 5:19

Class 2A Results

106 Pounds

Jimmy Pawelski, Lombard (Montini), def. Austin Wileman, Washington, Dec 3-1
Devante Gray, Bloomington (H.S.), def. Larry Cozzo, New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West), Fall 2:31

113 Pounds


Riccardo Roman, Belvidere (North), def. Steven Bradford, Bloomington (H.S.), Fall 5:56
Kyle Akins, Sycamore (H.S.), def. Kolton Taylor, Mahomet (M.-Seymour), Fall 3:12

120 Pounds


Sam Butler, Chatham (Glenwood), def. Jake Domke, Chicago Heights (Marian), Fall 2:44
Noah Keefe, New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West), def. Ethan Mason, Mt. Zion, M-Dec 12-1

126 Pounds


Christen Hunt, Springfield (H.S.), def. Mike Guerrero, Midlothian (Bremen), Dec 6-4
Austen Schott, Champaign (Centennial), def. Rey Labampa, Tinley Park (H.S.), M-Dec 9-1
Rudolph Johnson, Chicago (Bowen), def. Tyler Moxley, Mahomet (M.-Seymour), Dec 10-3

132 Pounds


Devin Tortorice, Wauconda, def. Randy Meneweather, Washington, Dec 2-1 OT
Randle Taborn, Springfield (H.S.), def. Kendall Gibbs, Chicago (Bowen), M-Dec 10-0
Kyle Rodriguez, New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West), def. Cody Hooper, Mahomet (M.-Seymour), Fall 5:18
Darren Wynn, Champaign (Centennial), def. Rayshaun Smith, Tinley Park (H.S.), Fall 1:11

138 Pounds


Kyonn Keith, Bloomington (H.S.), def. Michael Shanahan, Chicago (St. Ignatius College Prep), Fall 3:17
Eric Schultz, Tinley Park (H.S.), def. Elliot Smith, Peoria (Notre Dame), Dec 4-3
Colton Gladwell, Washington, def. Sir Lathan Wynn, Chicago (King), Fall 1:28

145 Pounds


Dalton Coleman, Mt. Zion, def. Vaughn Hobart, Pontiac, Dec 7-3
Dan Goress, Maple Park (Kaneland), def. Haratio Austin, Springfield (H.S.), Dec 4-2

152 Pounds


Austin Culton, Sycamore (H.S.), def. Nick Hamilton, Jacksonville (H.S.), Fall 1:30
Jon Evetts, Marion (H.S.), def. Drew Foster, East Peoria, Dec 7-2
Tanner Schuldt, East Moline (United), def. Derek Grant, Mahomet (M.-Seymour), Dec 3-0
Jacob Morgan, Mt. Zion, def. Gunnar Hjorth, Yorkville, Dec 3-2

160 Pounds


Tyler Wilkinson, Yorkville, def. Griff McQuality, Mt. Zion, Fall 4:23
Ryan Johnson, Rockford (Boylan Catholic), def. Tre Sims, Bloomington (H.S.), Dec 8-3

170 Pounds


Javier Soto, Midlothian (Bremen), def. Andrew Mahone, Springfield (Southeast), Dec 8-3
Andrew Marsden, Crystal Lake (Central), def. Martez Cox, Peoria (H.S.), Fall 4:17

182 Pounds


Jake Turk, Lombard (Montini), def. Conner Schmidt, Lincoln, Fall 1:27
Brock Letcher, Taylorville, def. Anton Krocko, Hampshire, Dec 9-4
Colin Carr, Washington, def. Chris Giatras, Lemont (H.S.), Dec 8-4

195 Pounds


Roy Hickman, Richton Park (Rich South), def. Cody Barnes, Woodstock (North), Fall 5:02
Austin Weltha, Bloomington (H.S.), def. Keith Lawrence, Rock Island (H.S.), T-Fall 5:43 15-0
Gavin Kitson, Decatur (MacArthur), def. Jordan Ladd, Chillicothe (Illinois Valley Central), Fall 1:14
Alex Fuentes, Ottawa (Twp.), def. Toby Rivera, Champaign (Central), Dec 10-4

220 Pounds


Lucas Joseph, East Peoria, def. Dan DeSimone, LaGrange Park (Nazareth Academy), Fall 2:54
Deuce Rachal, Chicago (Lindblom), def. Jake Godinez, Washington, Fall :20
John Lesiak, Marengo, def. Alex Gelber, Springfield (H.S.), Dec 5-4 OT UTB

285 Pounds


Josh Smith, Jacksonville (H.S.), def. Jason Kaminski, Chicago Heights (Marian), Fall 5:39
Copache Tyler, Springfield (Southeast), def. Danny Korycki, Tinley Park (H.S.), Dec 7-2
Lavontay Cobb, Chicago (King), def. Trevor Wilson, Springfield (Lanphier), Fall 1:33
Ben Mauk-O'Connor, Chicago (Northside), def. Robert Walker, Peoria (H.S.), Fall 2:57


The meet continues today at the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall, as wrestlers compete in the quarterfinal and semi-final rounds.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 2-15

February 14, 2013


Jail Population: 62

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 4


Casey McGarry, 23, Mansfield, was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. McGarry posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.


Candi Vonbehren, 50, Blue Mound, was issued a citation for Speeding 61 MPH in a 45 MPH Zone. Vonbehren posted a Bond Card and was released.


P Daniel Beal, 45, Champaign, was issued a citation for Speeding 70 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Beal posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.



DeWitt County Board Puts Off Decision On Electric Aggregation Again

 width=The DeWitt County Board continues to put off a decision on the firm they are going to hire to aid them in the electric aggregation process.

Thursday night, the County Board discussed moving forward with one of two firms, Integrys Energy or Good Energy. Board member George Wissmiller felt it may be a little premature to be discussing what firm they will hire, before the voters have even have made a decision. In January the board made the decision, as by law, to send the decision to referendum. The voters will vote on the electric aggregation process April 9.

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Representing Good Energy was Jerod McMorris, an Energy Consultant with Good Energy explained to the Board it is not customary to work with an entity prior to the election, however, the Board can decide on a provider before the election.

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Representatives were on hand from both firms, who waited almost two hours for a discussion to be taken up. Motions were made to hire both firms and neither had a majority vote.

Both firms were present last week in hopes of seeing action taken as well.

The City of Clinton entered into a contract agreement with Good Energy just last week.

Republican Lawmakers Unveil Transparency Measures

Two Republican lawmakers seeking are seeking to make state and local government in Illinois more accountable to taxpayers.

House Minority Leader Tom Cross and Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove proposed three transparency initiatives Wednesday. 1 of the proposals would allow residents to see an itemized breakdown of how their tax dollars are spent.

That requirement would apply to areas of local government such as school districts, municipalities and park districts.

At the state level, 1 of the initiatives would expand an existing transparency website that shows several state expenditures.

Sandack says it should include all taxing bodies as well as pension and retiree health care liabilities.

Cross calls it one-stop shopping for transparency.

He says much of this information is already available but is not easily accessible to taxpayers.

After Return, Kirk Pushes Bipartisanship In Senate

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says returning to the Senate after suffering a life-threatening stroke has been 1 of the greatest honors of his life - and one he doesn't want to squander by bickering over partisan issues.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the Illinois Republican described his return to the Senate as grueling but fulfilling. Now that he is back in Washington, Kirk says he is looking for ways to work with members in both parties and believes that is the best way for the country to address its issues.

Kirk is partnering with New York Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer on two pieces gun control legislation.

Kirk says the issue is one of his top priorities.

Senate Committee OKs Medical Licensing Fees Raise

An Illinois Senate committee has approved a measure that would more than double the cost of 3-year physicians' license fees to $700.

The Senate Executive Committee passed the proposal Wednesday. Doctors currently pay $300 for the 3-year permit. The fee hasn't increased since 1987.

The measure comes after budget constraints forced the Department of Financial and Professional Regulations to lay off more than half of the staff in its medical unit.

The proposal also authorizes the department to borrow $6.6 million to immediately rehire staff.

The proposed fee increase would last through June 2018, when fee costs would go down to $500. The fee raise would pay for the department's loan.

A House committee recently approved a proposal to raise the fee to $250 a year.

Gay Marriage Votes Poses Challenge For GOP

Democrats say they have enough votes to approve gay marriage on the floor of the Illinois Senate.

But Thursday's vote poses a challenge for Republicans.

After suffering big losses at the polls last fall, GOP leaders in Illinois and nationwide said the party needs to be more inclusive and diverse.

But after Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady publicly backed gay marriage during January's lame-duck legislative session, members of the more conservative wing of his party called for his ouster. Opponents also pledged to fund primary challenges to any Republican who voted in favor of the bill.

The conflict comes as voters' feelings are shifting rapidly in favor of gay rights.

If the Senate approves the measure, it will move to the House.

Senate Moves To Clarify Smart Grid Bill

The Smart Grid Bill, which passed in 2011, was designed to upgrade infrastructures at utility companies, create jobs, and eventually help customers save on their electric bills. But the Illinois Commerce Commission misinterpreted the bill and according to ComEd's Anne Pramaggiore [[ Prom-muh-zhor-ree ]], the mistake hindered their progress.

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A Senate committee has passed a bill that would allow ComEd and Ameren to raise rates. AARP Illinois says the bill promotes corporate greed but Senate President John Cullerton disagrees with that notion.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission misinterpreted the bill and according to Ameren's Richard Mark the mistake hindered their progress.

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The bill will help the companies raise money to move forward with improving their infrastructure. The idea is to create a system that reduces power outages and restores power sooner when there is an outage. The Senate bill now heads to the floor for a full vote.

Quinn Wishes Simon Well In Next Endeavor

Governor Quinn says he wasn't surprised by Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon's decision not to seek reelection.

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Some say Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is jumping ship and abandoning Governor Quinn as he runs for reelection next year. Reporters asked Quinn why he didn't attend Simon's big announcement yesterday.

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Simon says she's not giving up on public service. She's weighing her options and will run for a different office next year. Simon is an attorney, which leads some to believe she'll make a bid as Attorney General. That's if Lisa Madigan actually makes a run for governor.

Simon Not Running For Re-Election

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon says she’s not running for re-election in 2014.

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Simon says she’s not stepping away from public office.

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Simon won’t say what office she’s eyeing, but some speculate she’s looking at running for Attorney General. That’s if Lisa Madigan actually makes a bid for governor. Simon is the daughter of late U.S. Senator Paul Simon, who had a long career in public office, serving as a state representative, state senator, the state’s lieutenant governor, and 22 years in the U.S. Congress.

Decatur To Get $180-Thousand In Atrazine Settlement

The city of Decatur's share of a class-action settlement with the maker of the herbicide atrazine will total nearly $180,000.

Syngenta has agreed to a $105 million settlement, which is being divided among more than 1,000 communities that have spent millions to filter the weed-killer out of their drinking water.

The lawsuit claimed atrazine exposure could lead to health problems such as low birth weights, birth defects and reproductive problems. The company has countered that no one could be exposed to enough atrazine in water to affect their health.

Decatur water management Director Keith Alexander says he was "pleasantly surprised by the amount" the city will receive.

Reports indicated the money represents a fraction of the $2 million annual cost of Decatur's chemical water treatments.

Red Cross Providing Information On New Life Saving Techniques

A medical emergency can strike anytime and it's vitally important for individuals to know life saving skills.

Carl Baker, Executive Director of the Mid-Illinois Chapter of the Red Cross, says that he wonders about the number of people trained to save lives when he is in a public place. Sometimes, an amubluance can't get to a specific location right away. That means that it's important for as many people as possible to know life saving techniques.

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February is Heart month. Heart Disease is the largest killer of women and Baker says being trained in CPR can be one of the best ways to combat those statistics.

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Certain skills have been altered Baker says classes the Red Cross provides can help people understand and keep up to date with these changes.

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To sign up for Life-Saving classes, you can go the Red Cross' new website. Once there, you can find out about class locations and times as well as register.

The new address is redcross.org/il/decatur.

Congressman Davis Feels President's State of the Union Address 'An Improvement'

Congressman Rodney Davis was in Washington Tuesday night for President Obama's State of the Union Address, and felt the speech was an improvement.

The Congressman says the delivery of the speech, as usual with this President, was an A. While Congressman Davis says the President addressed major issues, he says the problem is there is never any proposals on what President Obama hopes to get accomplished.

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Congressman Davis joined fellow Illinois Democratic-Congressman Dan Lipinski on his side of the isle to listen to the President's address Tuesday. Davis explains there were many things discussed amongs the two, but the one that stood out the most was the President failing to acknowledge a Farm Bill.

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 width=After the speech, Congressman Davis inadvertently bumped into President Obama and the two engaged in conversation over everything from mutual friends to issues concerning central Illinoisans. Davis says when it comes down to it, President Obama is a pleasure to talk to.

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Over the next several days we will go into greater detail of what Congressman thought about the issues the President addressed, and those that went un-addressed.

Blues Win; Hawks Back Home

>>Blues Beat Red Wings In OT

(Detroit, MI) -- Alexander Steen found the back of the net 52 seconds into overtime to lift the Blues past the Red Wings, 4-3. Chris Stewart had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, which snapped a five-game slide. Jake Allen made 15 saves in net for his first career NHL victory. Pavel Datsyuk [[ PAV-el DAT-zook ]] tied the game at three with seven minutes and 21 seconds left in the middle period. Jimmy Howard turned aside 21 shots for Detroit, which had won three in-a-row. The teams were a combined 1-for-7 on the power play.

Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Ottawa Senators 2
St. Louis Blues 4, Detroit Red Wings 3 (OT)
Calgary Flames 7, Dallas State 4

>>Blackhawks At Home For Sharks

(Chicago, IL) -- Chicago remains the NHL's only team without a loss in regulation. The Blackhawks are 10-0-and-3. They welcome the San Jose Sharks to town on Friday in the midst of a seven-game homestand.

Former Bears' Receiver Knox Ending Football Career; Rams Name DC

>>Former Bears WR Knox Says He's Giving Up Football

Former Chicago Bears receiver Johnny Knox says he's giving up football.

The Bears terminated Knox's contract Tuesday after he missed this past season recovering from a back injury. Knox told the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/12AQ66o) on Wednesday that his career is over and he's "moving on and going forward." Knox says he's not going to able to perform with the same ability he used to have.

Knox says he knows "things will work out for the best." He says he has no hard feelings toward the Bears.

Knox needed surgery to stabilize a vertebra after he sustained a back injury against Seattle late in the 2011 season.

Knox had 133 receptions for 2,214 yards from 2009 to 2011 and was on special teams with 55 kickoff returns for 1,506 yards.

>>Lions' Walton To Become New Rams DC

(St. Louis, MO) -- Detroit Lions assistant Tim Walton is in line to become the defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams. According to the "Post-Dispatch," Walton was offered and accepted the job on Tuesday and the deal could be finalized by the end of the week. The 41-year-old has been the Lions' defensive backs coach since 2009 and beat out Dick Jauron and Mike Singletary for the DC job in St. Louis. The Rams were close to hiring former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan earlier this month, but that deal blew up. Ryan later was hired to head up the defense with the New Orleans Saints.

Bulls Fall To Celtics, Rose To Begin 5-on-5 Drills

>>Celtics Hold On For Win Over Bulls

Kevin Garnett scored 8 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics overcame poor shooting to beat the Chicago Bulls 71-69 Wednesday night.

Paul Pierce went only 2 for 12 from the floor but he hit a 3-pointer that bounced around the rim to give Boston a 5-point lead with 3 minutes to play. The Celtics shot just 36.8% but still had the advantage over the Bulls, who made just 36.5% of their shots.

Joakim Noah had 10 points and 16 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer had 11 and 11 for Chicago. Reserve Marco Belinelli added 12 points in under 20 minutes for Chicago.

Atlanta Hawks 108, Orlando Magic 76
San Antonio Spurs 96, Cleveland Cavaliers 95
Indiana Pacers 101, Charlotte Bobcats 77
Brooklyn Nets 119, Denver Nuggets 108
Detroit Pistons 96, Washington Wizards 85
Toronto Raptors 92, New York Knicks 88
Milwaukee Bucks 94, Philadelphia 76ers 92
New Orleans Hornets 99, Portland Trail Blazers 63
Utah Jazz 97, Minnesota Timberwolves 93
Dallas Mavericks 123, Sacramento Kings 100
Los Angeles Clippers 106, Houston Rockets 96

>>Bulls' Rose To Scrimmage After All-Star Game

(undated) -- According to an ESPNChicago report, Bulls guard Derrick Rose will take part in five-on-five practices with the team after this weekend's NBA All-Star Game. The team wants to see how Rose will respond as he continues his recovery from ACL surgery last May. Chicago executive vice president John Paxson remains hopeful that Rose will play this season.

Resurgent ISU Drops Rival Bradley

 width=Jackie Carmichael had 27 points and 13 rebounds as streaking Illinois State avenged a loss to Bradley two weeks ago with a 79-59 victory Wednesday night.

Tyler Brown added 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Redbirds (16-10, 7-7 Missouri Valley).

After starting 0-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference, Illinois State has won 7 of its last eight games, with the lone loss coming to Bradley 83-77 on Jan. 29. During that stretch, the Redbirds won last Saturday at then-No. 16 Creighton (their first win over a ranked team since 1985) and came back last Wednesday from a 17-point deficit to beat Drake (their biggest comeback win since 2004).

Bradley (14-12, 6-8) got 15 points from Walt Lemon Jr., 11 from Jake Eastman and 10 from Tyshon Pickett.

Illinois State led by just two points with 9:42 remaining but closed the game on a 24-4 run.

Illinois Pounds Purdue

 width=D.J. Richardson scored 18 points and Illinois opened up a big first-half lead that buried Purdue 79-59 on Wednesday night.

The win was the third straight for Illinois (18-8, 5-7 Big Ten), which is clawing its way back into the postseason picture. The other wins were resume-builders over No. 1 Indiana and then-No. 18 Minnesota.

A dunk by Tyler Griffey with 8:46 remaining put Illinois up 64-46. The margin was too much for a Boilermakers team that had already tried to dig out of a 16-point first-half hole.

Purdue has lost four of its last five games to fall to 5-and-7 in the Big Ten and 12-and-13 overall. The Boilermakers go to top-ranked Indiana on Saturday.

Griffey scored 12 points and Joseph Bertrand had a career-high 12 rebounds.

Terone Johnson led Purdue (12-13, 5-7) with 18 points. Boilermakers coach Matt Painter was ejected for arguing with officials with just over eight minutes to play.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#1 Duke Blue Devils 73, North Carolina Tar Heels 68
#2 Indiana Hoosiers 76, Nebraska Cornhuskers 47
#4 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 74, Florida State Seminoles 68
Connecticut Huskies 66, #7 Syracuse Orange 58
Charlotte 49ers 71, #10 Butler Bulldogs 67
#16 Oklahoma State Cowboys 91, Texas Tech Red Raiders 67
#18 New Mexico Lobos 54 Fresno State Bulldogs 48
#21 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 82, DePaul Blue Demons 78 (OT)
#24 Colorado State Rams 66, #22 San Diego State Aztecs 60
Northern Iowa Panthers 61, #23 Creighton Bluejays 54
#25 Memphis Tigers 93, UCF Knights 71

Girls Basketball Regional, Sectional Championship Previews

Girls basketball teams around the area hit the hardwood tonight, looking to take one step closer to the State Finals. Here's a preview of tonight's action.

Class 1A:

At Altamont

Central A & M 7:30pm

At Fisher

LeRoy 7:30pm
Iroquois West

At Mt. Pulaski

Illini Bluffs 7:30pm
Mt. Pulaski

Class 2A:

At Clifton (Central)

Watseka 7:30pm
Champaign St. Thomas More

At Orion

Sherrard 7:30pm
El Paso-Gridley

Class 3A and 4A teams will head into Regional Championship games tonight. Here's a preview of those matchups.

At Bloomington (Central Catholic)

Morton 7:30pm
Normal U-High

At East Peoria

Peoria Notre Dame 7:30pm

At Fairbury (Prairie Central)

Ottawa 7:30pm
Prairie Central

At Jacksonville (H.S.)

Quincy Notre Dame 7:30pm
Springfield Southeast

At Mattoon

Taylorville 7:30pm

At Rantoul

Champaign Centennial 7:30pm

At Rochester

Chatham Glenwood 7:30pm

Local Wrestlers Headed To Champaign For State


t's tournament time for area wrestlers as individual matches kick off this evening at the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall. Here's a rundown of area grapplers in action.

106 pound Class...

In Class 1A:

Hunter Spengler, Sherrard (31-5)
Logan Knisley, Monticello (29-13)

Alex Matlock, LeRoy (35-5)
Zach Lorek, Kankakee McNamara (27-7)

Class 2A:

Larry Cozzo, Lincoln-Way West (12-11)
Devante Gray, Bloomington (33-6)

113 pound Class...

Class 1A:

Cameron Schwing, Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) [Coop] (40-4)
Colin Weis, Wilmington (31-17)

Tate Ruffner, LeRoy (29-6)
AJ Pascente, Lisle (Sr.) (33-5)

Garrett Brachbill, Shelbyville (38-4)
Carlos Gutierrez, Rock Falls (34-6)

Class 2A:

Riccardo Roman, Belvidere (North) (33-9)
Steven Bradford, Bloomington (39-12)

Kolton Taylor, Mahomet-Seymour (24-5)
Kyle Akins, Sycamore (36-1)

120 pound Class...

Class 1A:

Shadrig Jackson, Peotone (33-5)
Austin Matlock, LeRoy [Coop] (28-8)

Dylan Donner, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (37-12)
Casey Brown, Coal City (42-3)

Class 2A:

Sam Butler, Chatham Glenwood(38-3)
Jake Domke, Chicago Heights (Marian) (29-16)

126 Pound Class...

Class 1A:

Austin Hyde, Monticello (27-6)
Jacob Devolder, Orion (35-5)

Class 2A:

Mike Guerrero, Midlothian (Bremen) (18-5)
Christian Hunt, Springfield (31-7)

Austen Schott, Champaign Centennial (35-2)
Rey Labampa, Tinley Park (37-13)

Casey McWhirter, East Peoria (25-6)
Cameron Kennedy, Richmond-Burton (40-1)

Tyler Moxley, Mahomet-Seymour (37-10)
Rudolph Johnson, Chicago (Bowen) (28-2)

132 Pound Class...

Class 1A:

Andy Rodawold, Wilmington (44-2)
Peyton Roop, LeRoy (24-7)

Paul Garcia, Prairie Central (26-12)
Shawn Wollenweber, Plano (32-10)

Chance Shelton, Harvard (36-11)
Nate Jozsa, Argenta Oreana (41-0)

Class 2A:

Randall Taborn, Springfield (34-4)
Kendall Gibbs, Chicago (Bowen) (23-6)

Kyle Rodriguez, New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West) (40-5)
Cody Hooper, Mahomet-Seymour (30-16)

Rayshaun Smith, Tinley Park (34-11)
Darren Wynn, Champaign Centennial (38-1)

138 Pound Class...

Class 1A:

Chet McClure, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley) [Coop] (42-5)
Gabe Hartnett, Peotone (21-9)

Austin McPeek, Lena (L.-Winslow) (37-4)
Wyatt Fox, Shelbyville (39-6)

Ben Buchelt, Lisle (Sr.) (35-2)
Ben Traub, Prairie Central (30-9)

Class 2A:

Michael Shanahan, Chicago St. Ignatius Prep (32-13)
Kyonn Keith, Bloomington (H.S.) (35-7)

Eric Schultz, Tinley Park (38-6)
Elliot Smith, Peoria Notre Dame (30-6)

145 Pound Class...

Class 1A:

Evan Bahler, Prairie Central (34-5)
Zack Tomac, Plano (20-11)

Quincy Kalkbrenner, Lena-Winslow (38-3)
Dylan Knisley, Monticello (37-10)

DJ Morgan, LeRoy (26-12)
Brian Czyl, Lisle (Sr.) (25-1)

Rob Lane, Argenta-Oreana (38-1)
Talon Paul, Stillman Valley (28-4)

Class 2A:

Dalton Coleman, Mt. Zion (36-3)
Vaughn Hobart, Pontiac (34-14)

Dan Goress, Maple Park (Kaneland) (38-3)
Haratio Austin, Springfield (34-7)

152 Pound Class...

Class 1A:

Brock Elliott, Argenta -Oreana (26-1)
Austin Hedrick, St. Joseph-Ogden (35-7)

Brett Meyer, Midwest Central(34-3)
Lucas Duckett, Shelbyville (38-11)

Class 2A:

Austin Culton, Sycamore (H.S.) (40-0)
Nick Hamilton, Jacksonville (28-10)

Drew Foster, East Peoria (32-6)
Jon Evetts, Marion (H.S.) (35-5)

Derek Grant, Mahomet-Seymour (33-9)
Tanner Schuldt, East Moline (United) (29-6)

Jacob Morgan, Mt. Zion (21-5)
Gunnar Hjorth, Yorkville (36-16)

160 Pound Class...

Class 1A:

Brandon Allen, Dwight (35-6)
Caleb Wilson, LeRoy (33-11)

Kye Reczek, Clinton (38-3)
Kody Goberville, Peotone (22-6)

Jacob Burton, Monticello (16-7)
Devin Morford, Aledo (Mercer County) (19-5)

Class 2A:

Griff McQuality, Mt. Zion (25-15)
Tyler Wilkinson, Yorkville (35-12)

Ryan Johnson, Rockford Boylan (31-4)
Tre Sims, Bloomington (38-5)

170 Pound Class

Class 1A:

Zach Abney, Pittsfield (41-2)
Josh Hicks, Shelbyville (35-14)

Bryce Thornton, Litchfield (20-10)
Austin Upton, St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) (41-2)

Tyler Godden, Toledo Cumberland (29-14)
Michael Rathbun, Olympia (34-10)

Class 2A:

Cameron Mammen, Urbana (29-0)
Collin Farley, Chicago De La Salle (36-7)

Javier Soto, Midlothian (Bremen) (27-9)
Andrew Mahone, Springfield Southeast (33-3)

Martez Cox, Peoria (39-3)
Andrew Marsden, Crystal Lake (Central) (39-4)

182 Pound Class

Class 1A:

Justin Harris, Herscher (23-2)
John Kupferschmid, Prairie Central (29-6)

Dexter Fierro, Wilmington (33-14)
Garrett Kelson, Olympia (40-3)

Brendan Menacher, Monticello (34-8)
Terry White, Port Byron (Riverdale) (29-1)

Wesley Kibler, St. Joseph-Ogden (27-14)
Devin Mahnke, Grant Park [Coop] (32-0)

Class 2A:

Jake Turk, Lombard Montini (39-8)
Conner Schmidt, Lincoln (31-13)

Anton Krocko, Hampshire (30-9)Alex Lynch, Urbana (H.S.) (26-14)
Justin Ellman, Crystal Lake Central (23-12)
Brock Letcher, Taylorville (34-3)

195 Pound Class...

Class 2A:

Keith Lawrence, Rock Island (19-21)
Austin Weltha, Bloomington (39-3)

Gavin Kitson, Decatur MacArthur (30-6)
Jordan Ladd, Chillicothe (41-3)

Toby Rivera, Champaign Central (26-6)
Alex Fuentes, Ottawa (29-9)

220 Pound Class...

Class 1A:

Daniel Zimmerman, Dakota [Coop] (43-0)
Zach Armstrong, Monticello (34-10)

Ty Sandy, LeRoy (34-3)
David McDermott, Westmont (33-9)

Cedric Wilder, Normal U-High (33-16)
Derrick Maisonet, Plano (44-1)

Class 2A:

Lucas Joseph, East Peoria (37-0)
Dan DeSimone, LaGrange Park (Nazareth Academy) (24-8)

Alex Gelber, Springfield (32-5)
John Lesiak, Marengo (16-3)

285 Pound Class...

Class 1A:

Josh Wallick, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (46-0)
Eddie Gonzalez, Aurora Central Catholic (26-9)

Junior Nunez, Plano (28-7)
Tyler Ortmann, Argenta-Oreana (32-7)

Michael Behrends, Warrensburg-Latham (37-3)
Kolton Koch, Clifton Central (23-7)

Elliott Smithson, Shelbyville (37-10)
Derrick Romano, Wilmington (41-4)

Class 2A:

Josh Smith, Jacksonville (37-8)
Jason Kaminski, Chicago Heights (Marian) (26-12)

Copache Tyler, Springfield Southeast (33-1)
Danny Korycki, Tinley Park (27-9)

Lavontay Cobb, Chicago King (50-1)
Treavor Wilson, Springfield Lanphier(30-12)

Robert Walker, Peoria (H.S.) (30-7)
Ben Mauk-O'Connor, Chicago (Northside) (35-4) (30-12)

Class 3A:

Ben Calamari, Barrington (34-7)
Kyran Tucker, Normal West (27-3)

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 2-14

February 13, 2013


Jail Population: 63

Summons Served: 9

Warrant Arrests: 0


Dana Powers, 33, Clinton was issued a citation for Operating an Uninsured vehicle. Powers posted her Illinois Drivers License and was released.



DeWitt County Triad Setting Goals For 2013

A new community group aimed at protecting the senior citizens of DeWitt County is going on one year of formation.

The DeWitt County Triad program is closing in on their first year in service in DeWitt County. DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner explains the group is outlining their goals for 2013. He says the first goal they have is to work with the senior community to not become victims of theft, vandalism and scams.

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Another goal for the Triad in 2013 will be to develop a program known as "RU OK". The Sheriff explains it would be a computer based program that a senior citizen would dial a number and key a dial command to register themselves as "OK" or needing help.

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A third goal for the group is to continue to raise awareness of scams amongst seniors. Sheriff Shofner says scams are one of the most under-reported crimes facing law enforcement today, and he hopes to protect seniors by raising awareness of the things to do to keep from being scammed, but what to do when they are scammed.

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The final goal for the Triad in 2013 is to continue offering periodic "Rules of the Road" course training through AARP. Late last year, one was held and the Sheriff says it was a huge hit that provided lots of good information. Sheriff Shofner adds AARP also provided special discounts to the Veterans who took the course.

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The group aims to protect the senior citizens of DeWitt County through awareness raising classes and events, but they also help to provide opportunities for seniors to maintain a safe lifestyle.

For more information on any upcoming events or to get information about the Triad program of DeWitt County, you can call the Sheriff's office at 935-9504 or visit dewittsheriff.com.

Dems, GOP Senators Clash At Latest Hearing On Guns

A top Democrat says the toll that gun violence is taking on families makes it clear that Congress needs to pass more firearms restrictions.

At a hearing Tuesday of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin said it is time for lawmakers to act. He said he believed steps like requiring background checks for all gun purchases would be constitutional, and he said current laws have too many gaps in them.

Disagreeing was Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the panel's top Republican. He said the focus of law enforcement should be on criminals, and argued that curbing the rights of citizens to own gun would do nothing to stop violent crime.

Lt. Governor Unveil's 'Game Changing' Education Reform

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has announced potential education reforms that would make college more affordable to Illinois students.

Simon on Tuesday labeled the suggested reforms as game-changing.

She says affordability is the most significant barrier for students who want to pursue degrees at public institutions.

One of Simon's proposals would allow students to simultaneously enroll in community colleges and universities. She says students would be able to pay lower community college tuition rates and later transition seamlessly to a university.

Simon is also suggesting income tax waivers for students who earn higher education degrees in Illinois and choose to stay in the state upon graduation.

Simon's proposals follow her tour of the state's 12 public universities last fall when she met with students, teachers and administrators.

Gov. Quinn Rededicates Lincoln Hall At University of Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn has rededicated 1 of the centerpieces of the University of Illinois campus after a 3-year renovation project.

Quinn was on campus Tuesday to rededicate century-old Lincoln Hall.

The building reopened for classes last fall after the 3-year, $64 million project. The state paid about $58 million of the cost.

Lincoln Hall is 1 of the most noted buildings on campus, but was considered in urgent need of repairs and modernization. No major work had been done on the building since 1930.

The renovation work included adding office and class space and improving the building's energy efficiency.

Illinois Sheriffs Association Opposes Assault Weapons Ban

The Illinois Sheriffs' Association has adopted a resolution opposing the state's proposed assault weapons ban.

McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery says the association wants Illinois instead to go to the "root of the problem," which is mental health. Emery says an assault weapons ban won't address the primary problem. He says that's upgrades for mental health services.

The sheriffs' association offered other ways to end gun violence in addition to expanding mental health services. Those include giving police access to mental health records, addressing violent video games and prosecution of those who violate existing gun laws.

Man Suspected of Being Armed On ISU Campus Wasn't

An erroneous report of a man with a gun led to a lockdown at Illinois State University and the arrest of a man attempting to board a train to Chicago.

The Tuesday incident began when the man allegedly accosted a female student. ISU chief of staff Jay Groves says the woman's boyfriend called campus police to report the incident and a campus-wide alert was issued, prompting the lockdown of 2 laboratory schools and restricting access to residence and dining halls.

The man was spotted by Normal police at the Amtrak station and was taken into custody. No gun was found on the man.

Reports also indicate an interview of the man and student determined the report of the man being armed was unfounded. No charges have been filed.

Monticello Seeking To Update City's Strategic, Master Plans

The City of Monticello is looking to update an outdated Strategic plan, and at the same time, update their master plan.

The City is looking to regularly update their plans every four to five years. Mayor Chris Corrie explains Strategic Plan will be more of a "skeleton" but the Master Plan will be more of a financial plan.

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Mayor Corrie explains the city has had yearly budgets they put together, but he feels having a longer term budget would benefit the City. He feels they need to know where the money will come from and where it needs to go.

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Grants are a great way for a community to ease the cost of certain projects, and with economic times the way they are, Mayor Corrie says you cannot bank on grants and grant money being available. He notes though, the City will always explore that possibility, but not build them into the budget as a certitude.

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The Mayor says if you let a grant opportunity drive a certain project, the project may never become a reality. He says that will most likely end in frustration.

Ducks Edge Blackhawks In Shootout

Nick Bonino and Corey Perry scored in the shootout to lift the Ducks past the Blackhawks, 3-2. Andrew Cogliano [[ cog-lee-ANN-oh ]] and Ryan Getzlaf each scored in regulation for Anaheim while Ben Lovejoy assisted on each goal. Viktor Fasth had 28 saves as the Ducks won their second straight and sixth in seven games to move to 9-2-and-1. Nick Leddy and Brandon Saad each lit the lamp for Chicago, which remains the NHL's only team without a loss in regulation. The 'Hawks fell to 10-0-and-3 and saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.. Corey Crawford turned away 29 shots in the setback.

Carolina Hurricanes 4, New Jersey Devils 2
New York Rangers 4, Boston Bruins 3 (SO)
Ottawa Senators 2, Buffalo Sabres 0
Montreal Canadiens 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (SO)
Washington Capitals 6, Florida Panthers 5 (OT)
Philadelphia Flyers 3, Winnipeg Jets 2
Nashville Predators 1, San Jose Sharks 0 (OT)
Dallas Stars 4, Edmonton Oilers 1
Vancouver Canucks 2, Minnesota Wild 1

Baseball, World Baseball Classic Notes

>>Tigers' Verlander Won't Pitch For U.S. In World Baseball Classic

(Lakeland, FL) -- Team USA will not have arguably its best pitcher for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander is declining an invitation to participate in the event. Verlander told reporters of his intention to skip the WBC upon arriving to Detroit's spring training complex in Florida. The 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner says he doesn't think his arm would be ready for competitive action by the time the United States begins play in early March. The U.S., Canada, Mexico and Italy will compete in Pool D play beginning March 8th in Phoenix, Arizona.

>>Mariners Finalize Extension With Hernandez

(Peoria, AZ) -- The Seattle Mariners have finalized the much-anticipated contract extension with ace pitcher Felix Hernandez. According to CBSSports.com, the terms remain seven years for 175-million-dollars through 2019. A press conference to formally announce the deal is set for this afternoon. The extension was first reported last week, but the deal hit a snag over concerns about Hernandez's elbow. The Mariners are believed to have added language in the contract to protect themselves from any long-term health concerns for the 26-year-old former Cy Young winner. Hernandez went 13-and-9 with a 3.06 ERA last season. He is 98-and-76 with a 3.22 ERA in eight seasons overall, all with Seattle.

>>Tigers' Prince Fielder On World's Largest Baseball Card

(Lakeland, FL) -- Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder is the featured athlete on what the Topps trading card company is touting as the world's largest baseball card. It was unveiled yesterday at the Tigers' Spring Training home in Lakeland, Florida, measuring 90 feet long by 60 feet wide. One hundred kids and Fielder helped to take part in the event to kick off the season and promote the release of the first series of Topps baseball cards for the year.

Bears Part With WR Knox

The Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of receiver Johnny Knox after he missed this past season recovering from a back injury.

The team announced the move on Tuesday.

Knox needed surgery to stabilize a vertebra after he sustained a gruesome back injury against Seattle late in the 2011 season. The Seahawks' Kam Chancellor poked the ball out of his hands following a reception, and as Knox made a diving attempt to retrieve it, he was hit by Anthony Hargrove and bent backward.

Knox had 133 receptions for 2,214 yards from 2009 to 2011 and was a contributor on special teams with 55 kickoff returns for 1,506 yards.

Illinois Hires Ex-Player As Defensive Line Coach

Illinois has hired former Illini player and assistant Greg Colby as its new defensive line coach.

Illinois coach Tim Beckman on Tuesday called Colby a vastly experienced coach with a track record of recruiting Chicago.

Colby was a starter on three Illinois teams in the early 1970s and was an Illini assistant coach from 1988 through 1995. He is a native of nearby Danville.

Colby was head coach at Division II Millersville University in Pennsylvania from 2008 through his resignation this month. He was 11-44 in five seasons.

Previously Colby also worked as an assistant at Northwestern, Michigan State and Kent State.

Colby replaces Keith Gilmore who left this month for North Carolina.

Bulls' Rose Says He's Far Away From Return

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says he's "far away" from returning from knee surgery.

Sidelined all season, Rose has been practicing and traveling with the team. But in an interview with USA Today posted on Tuesday, he says he has no specific timetable for a return.

Rose says he's not coming back until he's "110%" and adds, "Who knows when that will be?" He says it could be any day, within a few weeks or even next year. Asked how close he is to 110%, he responded "probably in the high 80s. Far away. Far away."

Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during last year's playoff-opening win over Philadelphia, and the top-seeded Bulls wound up losing to the 76ers.

Heat Bounce Blazers

LeBron James made history with his 30 point, 11-of-15 performance in the Heat's 117-104 win over the Blazers. James became the first player to ever score 30 or more points and shoot 60-percent from the field or better in six straight games in the NBA. Chirs Bosh added 32 points on 13-of-16 shooting, while Dwyane Wade chipped in 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Miami is now 35-and-14 and 23-and-3 at home. Damian Lillard dropped 33 points in the loss for Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge tallied 29 points and five boards and Wesley Matthews scored 20 points. The Blazers fell to 25-ande-27 with their fourth straight defeat.

Toronto Raptors 109, Denver Nuggets 108
Memphis Grizzlies 108, Sacramento Kings 101
Utah Jazz 109, Oklahoma City Thunder 94
Houston Rockets 116, Golden State Warriors 107
Los Angeles Lakers 91, Phoenix Suns 85

Illinois Hosts Purdue

Illinois looks to stay on its recent roll tonight when it hosts Purdue. Last week, the Fighting Illini took down a pair of top-25 teams by beating previously top-ranked Indiana and Minnesota. The victories moved the Illini to 17-and-8 with a 4-and-7 Big Ten record. The Boilermakers fell to Michigan State on Saturday to drop to 12-and-12 with a 5-and-6 Big Ten record. The Boilermakers are 12-and-12 and 5-and-6.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#8 Michigan State Spartans 75, #5 Michigan Wolverines 52
#6 Florida Gators 69, Kentucky Wildcats 52

Monticello's Vinny Strack Signs National Letter of Intent

The Monticello Sages football program has another prospect headed to the next level.

 width=Monticello High School Senior Vinny Strack signed his letter of intent earlier this week to play football for the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Strack was a starting safety and played limited offensive snaps. Strack says he is eager to get going next year, and felt Wisconsin-Stout was a great fit for him.

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It was not until after the football season Strack started receiving interest from the DIII program in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Strack says he didn't seriously consider playing at the next level until after a loss to Tolono-Unity late in the season. He sees this opportunity as a new lease on his football career.

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 width=Monticello High School football coach Cullen Welter feels college is going to be a great opportunity for Strack. Welter has coached Strack all four years and feels he has made great progress. Coach Welter feels Strack has barely tapped into the leadership qualities that makes him such a popular kid.

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Strack primarily played in the secondary for Monticello High School. He says Wisconsin-Stout has recruited him as a receiver, with a good opportunity to play right away. He hopes to eventually have the opportunity to play defense again, but is keeping a team-oriented mindset.

Wisconsin Stout plays in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). Menomonie is towards the western edge of Wisconsin.

Monticello Sages Fall to Maroa - Forsyth Trojans

The Monticello Sages fall to the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans by a final score of 57-50 on Tuesday Night. The Sages were led by Bryan Phipps with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Parker Trice also chipped in with 11 points. Isaac Bales also chipping in with 10 points and 5 assists. With the loss the Sages fall to 19-5 and 7-3 in the Okaw Conference. With the win the Trojans improve to 16-9 and 8-2 in the Okaw Conference. Tune in Friday, Febuary 15 as the Sages take on Warrensburg - Latham Cardinals at 7:30. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Two US Adoption Agencies Closing, Citing Woes Abroad

The lone U.S. adoption agency accredited in Kyrgyzstan is shutting down due to financial troubles, a new setback for about 15 American families battling since 2008 to complete adoptions there.

The North Carolina-based agency, Christian World Adoption, said an array of factors in Kyrgyzstan and elsewhere abroad had boosted its costs and cut its income to the point where it would file for bankruptcy.

Another U.S. adoption agency also is closing, blaming Russia's recently imposed ban on adoptions by Americans. Illinois-based Adoption ARK said its program in Russia had provided more than half of its income.

The two closures highlight the challenges facing many U.S. agencies that specialize in international adoptions. Americans adopted 8,668 foreign children last year, down 62% from the peak of 22,884 in 2004.

One Hospitalized After Explosion In Carrier Mills

One person was rushed to a St. Louis area hospital after an explosion at the Bucyrus facility in Carrier Mills this morning.   No details have been released on how badly the person was injured.  Caterpillar owns the facility, which manufactures mining equipment and supplies.  A spokesperson says the blast occurred inside a paint booth which is not connected to the main building.  The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. 

Springfield Bishop Honors Pope Benedict The 16th

Pope Benedict the 16th will be resigning at the end of this month. Bishop Thomas Paprocki, with the Catholic Diocese in Springfield, says he was surprised by the Pope's decision.

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Paprocki says he's personally grateful for the Pope.

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Paprocki, with the Catholic Diocese in Springfield, says he met with the Pope last year and saw just how demanding his schedule was.

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Paprocki says the Pope has been a defender of the truth and a voice for the poor. The Pope says his physical condition prevents him from adequately serving the people any longer. His last day will be February 28th. One hundred-18 Cardinals will select the Pope's successor.

Illinois School Plans To Cut A Fifth Of Its Teachers

Financial difficulties are leading one small eastern Illinois school district to consider firing about a fifth of its teachers.

School board members in Neoga have proposed cutting about a dozen of the district's roughly 55 teachers for next school year. Administrators said the move would save the school district 60 miles south of Champaign $450,000.

Reports indicate the district is preparing for the possibility of future state-funding cuts. Board members also worry the school district might have to pay teacher pensions as state lawmakers look for ways to cover billions of dollars in unfunded pension obligations.

School board Vice President Tina Moore says cuts would mean larger class sizes in Neoga.

School athletic and academic teams would also cut their budgets by 10%.

Illinois Treasurer's Office Announces Budget Cuts

Budgets are tight within the State of Illinois and one State Office is tightening its' own budget.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says he has been especially aggressive in lowering his office's budgets over the past several years. He has been able to cut the total by several percentage points.

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Rutherford adds local Goverment should set an enxapmle in these rocky economic times. He is looking for ways, no matter how small, save a much as possible. This example is something Rutherford says all areas of goverment should be doing.

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Rutherford believes other areas of government have noticed and appreciated his way of reducing his budget. He says his experience as a business man has helped in this process a great deal.

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Rutherford also says he still wants to make sure the Treasurer's Office fulfills its mission to the taxpayers of Illinois. In fact, these budget reductions has drmatically enhanced all of their services and functions.

Congressman Davis Looking Forward To Hearing President's State of the Union

Tonight President Barack Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union Address.

This will be the President's first State of the Union since his re-election in November. Illinois Republican Congressman Rodney Davis says he will be intently listening to the President's speech, hoping to hear his plans for economic growth.

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Another topic Congressman Davis will be intently listening for will be how the President addresses gun control. The Congressman criticizes the way Vice-President Biden has used the committee that was formed to inadequately address the proper gun control reform. Davis believes there needs to be more emphasis on mental health issues, rather than gun control legislation.

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Davis also expects the President to address jobs creation through tax increases. Davis has been critical of this plan in the past and continues to be critical of it now. He says Americans are already dealing tax increases that he says are "killing our economy".

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Republicans have been very critical of the President over the past four years, and we may begin to see them become a little less pointed in their remarks. Davis says, on his end, his reaction will depend on what the President has to say.

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Congressman Dan Lipinski, an Illinois Democratic Congressman has invited Congressman Davis to watch the State of the Union with him. Lipinski and Davis are part of a problem solving group to bring bi-partisanship back to Washington.

DeWitt County's Lincoln Heritage Committee Hosting Special Event

The Lincoln Heritage Committee is teaming up with the DeWitt County Museum to host a special event Tuesday evening at the Warner Library.

Tuesday marks the birthday of former President Abraham Lincoln and Chair of the Lincoln Heritage Committee, Joey Woolridge explains the event is going to coincide with the celebration. She adds the program is going to feature the portrayal of CH Moore and his recollections of Abraham Lincoln.

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Larry Buss will be portraying CH Moore, and Buss explains while this is nothing new for him, they are always learning more about CH Moore. Buss is the resident manager of the CH Moore Homestead, Moore's residence in DeWitt County.

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Part of the portrayal of CH Moore will be recollecting on his relationship with Abraham Lincoln. Buss explains there area many resources they use to gather information on the relationship between the former President and CH Moore.

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The Lincoln Heritage Committee of DeWitt County is hosting the program titled "C.H. Moore Remembers Abraham Lincoln" Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30pm at the Warner Public Library's Museum Room. The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau at 217-935-3364 or 866-4-DeWitt.

Kings Quiet Blues; Hawks Host Ducks

>>Kings Quiet Sliding Blues

(St. Louis, MO) -- Jeff Carter scored twice to lift the Kings to a 4-1 win over the Blues. Davis Drewiske and Jarret Stoll also lit the lamp for Los Angeles, which had lost four out of five. The Kings are now 4-5-and-2. Jonathan Bernier made 21 saves for LA in the victory. Alexander Steen had the lone goal for St. Louis while Brian Elliott turned away 19 shots in the cage. The Blues have lost five in-a-row since starting the year 6-and-1. St. Louis is now 6-5-and-1 on the year.

Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Philadelphia Flyers 2
Carolina Hurricanes 6, New York Islanders 4
Columbus Blue Jackets 6, San Jose Sharks 2
Phoenix Coyotes 3, Colorado Avalanche 2 (OT)
Minnesota Wild 2, Calgary Flames 1 (SO)

>>Blackhawks Host Ducks

(Chicago, IL) -- The Blackhawks welcome the Anaheim Ducks to the United Center this evening. Chicago will look to remain the NHL's hottest team and stay unbeaten in regulation. The 'Hawks are 10-0-and-2 this season, leading the league with 22 points. The Ducks aren't far behind, sporting an 8-2-and-1 record. Tonight's game starts at 7:30.

Indians Ink OF Michael Bourn

The Cleveland Indians made a splash on Monday, reportedly agreeing to a deal with free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn.  According to FOX Sports, the 30-year-old will receive a four-year, 48-million-dollar deal from the Tribe.  Bourn will also get a fifth year for 12-million-dollars if he reaches 550 plate appearances in 2016.  Bourn spent the last two seasons with the Atlanta Braves, after previous stints with the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies.  Last year, he hit .274 with nine home runs and 57 RBI while stealing 42 bases.  He was selected to his second All-Star Game as well.

Bulls Fall To Shorthanded Spurs

Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 26 points and Danny Green scored 18 on Monday night, helping the short-handed San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 103-89 without their three biggest stars.

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were all out with injuries, and swingman Stephen Jackson also missed the game due to "personal business," according to the team. And the NBA-best Spurs still had enough talent to beat 1 of the Eastern Conference's best teams in its building.

Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter had 16 points apiece for San Antonio, which improved the league's best road record to 19-10. Nando De Colo, subbing for Parker, had nine points and seven assists in his second career start.

Nate Robinson scored 20 points and Richard Hamilton had 16 for the Bulls.

Charlotte Bobcats 94, Boston Celtics 91
Los Angeles Clippers 107, Philadelphia 76ers 90
Brooklyn Nets 89, Indiana Pacers 84 (OT)
Minnesota Timberwolves 100, Cleveland Cavaliers 92
New Orleans Hornets 105, Detroit Pistons 86
Washington Wizards 102, Milwaukee Bucks 90
Atlanta Hawks 105, Dallas Mavericks 101

Illini's Richardson Shares Weekly Big Ten Award; Other Big Ten Notes

>>Illini's Richardson Shares Award

Illinois senior guard D.J. Richardson shares this week's Big Ten Player of the Week award for his key role in the Illini's two season-changing wins over Top 25 opponents.

Richardson averaged 18 points a game and shot 50% from the field in Illinois' wins over Indiana and Minnesota. That included 23 points against Indiana and eight late in the game that fueled the Illini's comeback.

Richardson shares this week's honor with Wisconsin guard Ben Brust. He scored 14 in the Badgers' upset of Michigan.

This is the first Big Ten Player of the Week award for Richardson.

The last Illini to win the award was Brandon Paul in mid-December. Since then, the Illini had struggled and fallen out of the NCAA Tournament discussion. This week's wins changed that.

>>Thrilling Finishes, Upets Fueling Big Ten

The Big Ten could be the best league in the nation. It might also be the most fun to watch.

A week of thrilling upsets and stunning finishes has put the national focus back onto the Big Ten ahead of what should be a fascinating stretch run.

The Big Ten has three top 10 teams, five in the Top 25 and eight squads with at least 15 wins. All of that has led to a litany of high-profile matchups and a season as entertaining as any in recent memory.

The Big Ten Network says January was its highest-rated month ever in prime time, a bump the network credited largely to high-profile basketball games.

>>Big Ten ADs, Coaches Worry About Easing Recruiting Rules

Big Ten athletic directors and football coaches say they have reservations about loosened NCAA recruiting rules that would allow unlimited contact between recruiters and high school players.

The NCAA Board of Directors in January approved rulebook revisions that, among other things, remove limits on the number of phone calls and text messages to prospective recruits. The eased restrictions are set to begin July 1.

During their regularly scheduled meeting in Park Ridge, Ill., on Monday, athletic directors and coaches issued a statement expressing "serious concerns whether these proposals, as currently written, are in the best interest of high school student-athletes, their families and their coaches."

The ADs and coaches also said they "are also concerned about the adverse effect they would have on college coaches, administrators and university resources."

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#13 Kansas Jayhawks 83, #11 Kansas State Wildcats 62
#15 Georgetown Hoyas 63, #20 Marquette Golden Eagles 55

Sages Host Maroa-Forsyth

It is senior night at Monticello High School. The Sages the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans at 7:30. The Sages are coming off a disappointing loss last Friday at Decatur St. Teresa.

The Trojans are also coming off a tough loss to Central A & M last Friday.

The Sages are 19-4 overall, and 7-2 in Okaw play. The Trojans come in with a mark of 15-9 overall and 7-2 in the Okaw.

You can hear tonight's game on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Other Okaw Valley Games for tonight:

Central A&M
Warrensburg-Latham 7:30 PM

Decatur St. Teresa
Shelbyville 7:30 PM

Macon Meridian
Sullivan 7:30 PM

Tolono Unity
Tuscola 7:30 PM

Maroons At Argenta-Oreana

The two teams at the bottom of the Okaw Valley standings go at it tonight in Argenta as the Clinton Maroons take on the Argenta-Oreana Bombers. The Maroons come into tonight's contest having lost 17-straight games and 3-20 overall, and 0-9 in the Okaw Valley Conference.

The Bombers enter play, also winless in Okaw play, and an overall record of 8-15.

Game time tonight is at 7:30. You can hear the game live on 92.3 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, and also at Clinton Cable Channel 13.

Lady Maroons End Season At Sectionals; Girls Basketball Postseason Notes

The Clinton Lady Maroons fell to St. Thomas Moore by a final score of 89-59 on Monday night. The Maroons were led by Senior Morgan Hickman with 12 points and Haley Toohill also had 12 points.

St. Thomas Moore was led by Tori McCoy with 27 points.

With the loss, the Lady Maroons end their season at 25-6.

St. Thomas Moore improves to 29-2 and continues into the sectional final Thursday against Watseka.

Other Sectional Scores From Monday...

In Class 1A:

At Altamont

Hume Shiloh 59
Central A & M 75

At Fisher

LeRoy 45
Fisher 24

At Mt. Pulaski

Mt. Pulaski 53
Lewistown 44

In Class 2A:

At Clifton (Central)

St. Joseph-Ogden 34
Watseka 48

At Newton

Sullivan 56
Mt. Carmel 72

At White Hall (North Greene)

Pleasant Plains 34
Camp Point Central 37

Class 3A Regional Scores From Monday...

At Bloomington Central Catholic

Washington 61
Bloomington 21

Normal U-High 59
Metamora 29

At East Peoria

East Peoria 43
Peoria Notre Dame 60

Peoria Manual 51
Peoria 36

At Jacksonville (H.S.)

Springfield Lanphier 43
Jacksonville 61

At Rochester

Lincoln 50
Decatur MacArthur 43

Class 4A Regional scores from Monday...

At Bradley-Bourbonnais

Minooka 52
Normal Community 27

Class 3A Regional Matchups for tonight...

At Bloomington (Central Catholic)

Morton 6:00pm

Bloomington Central Catholic 7:30pm
Normal U-High

At Jacksonville (H.S.)

Quincy Notre Dame 6:00pm

Springfield Southeast 7:30pm
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin

At Mattoon

Taylorville 6:00pm

Mattoon 7:30pm
Mt. Zion

At Rantoul

Champaign Centennial 6:00pm

Champaign Central 7:30pm

At Rochester

Chatham Glenwood 6:00pm

Rochester 7:30pm
Decatur Eisenhower

Lincoln Chamber Sponsoring Young Professionals Network

The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is calling on it's young people in the business community to step up and be a part of a network of young business leaders.

The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the "Young Professionals Network" which aims to socially connect young people in their 20s and 30s to be a part of this network. Executive Director of the Lincoln Chamber, Andi Hake explains it appears their goal is to provide opportunities for professional development and service opportunities.

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With the network being relatively young, Hake explains they are still planning out their year of activities. They've already held a few things geared towards socialization and recruiting, and they also have a special event next Tuesday.

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The network is all but 3 1/2 months old, but Hake says, there has already been a terrific response from the young people in Logan County. Hake explains their liaison for the network is fresh out of college, and Hake feels she is the perfect person to lead the group.

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Not only are the young people of the County responding well to it, but there is certainly a desire from other business leaders to see this network succeed. Hake explains, the first few events that were put on have been sponsored, and Hake feels the response to sponsor the events this group puts on shows them the desire the community has to keep this group and it's members close.

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For young people in Logan County interested in joining the "Young Professionals Network", it is not too late to do so. To find out what it takes to join the network, you can contact the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce office at 217-735-2385.

Spring Training Begins As Pitchers And Catchers Report

 Spring is in the air, at least in Florida and Arizona.  Pitchers and catchers are gathering in both warm weather locations for the start of spring training this week.  The Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies are scheduled to hold their first formal Cactus League workout today.  Fifteen other teams will begin pitcher and catcher workouts tomorrow, with 12 more to start up on Wednesday.  The Washington Nationals are the last team to get going, with their first official workout on Thursday.  Position players are due to report either Friday, Saturday or Sunday for 28 big league clubs.  The New York Mets and Yankees are the last to start full squad workouts next Monday.  The Grapefruit and Cactus League exhibition slate gets underway a week from Friday. 

NBA Notes

>>Heat Top Lakers

(Miami, FL) -- LeBron James scored 32 points and Dwyane Wade added 30 as the Heat topped the Lakers 107-97 at AmericanAirlines Arena. Wade scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter. Chris Bosh added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who have won five straight and 10 of their last 12 overall. Mario Chalmers chipped in with 13 points in the victory. Kobe Bryant racked up 28 points, nine assists and six boards for the Lakers, who have dropped two-of-three to finish their seven-game road trip 4-and-3. Earl Clark donated 18 points and nine rebounds, while Dwight Howard had 15 points and nine boards in defeat.

>>Clippers Cruise Past Knicks In New York

(New York, NY) -- Jamal Crawford scored 27 points and Chris Paul added 25 as the Clippers cruised past the Knicks 102-88 at Madison Square Garden. Paul also had seven assists, six rebounds and four steals, while Blake Griffin chipped in with 17 points and 12 boards for LA, which improved to 3-and-4 on its eight-game road trip. Eric Bledsoe added 13 points off the bench in the victory. Caron Butler left in the first half with a sore lower back and did not return. Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 42 points to go with eight boards for the Knicks, who have dropped two-of-three since a five-game winning streak. Raymond Felton had 20 points in the setback.

Boston Celtics 118, Denver Nuggets 114 (3OT)
Orlando Magic 110, Portland Trail Blazers 104
Toronto Raptors 102, New Orleans Hornets 89
Memphis Grizzlies 105, Minnesota Timberwolves 88
San Antonio Spurs 111, Brooklyn Nets 86
Oklahoma City Thunder 97, Phoenix Suns 69
Sacramento Kings 117, Houston Rockets 111

>>Bulls Welcome Spurs

(Chicago, IL) -- The Bulls welcome the San Antonio Spurs to the United Center this evening. Chicago snapped a two-game slide Friday with a win at Utah. The Bulls wrapped up the six-game trip with a 3-and-3 record. The Spurs come into tonight's game at 40-and-12 after a win at Brooklyn yesterday. Tonight's game starts at 7:00.

ISU Upsets Creighton, Bradley Falls To Northern Iowa

>>ISU Upsets Creighton

Tyler Brown scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half and Illinois State took advantage of Creighton's dismal shooting to beat the 16th-ranked Bluejays 75-72 Saturday night.

The Redbirds (15-10, 6-7) have won 6 of their last seven after losing their first six Missouri Valley Conference games. The Bluejays (20-5, 9-4) lost their second straight, falling into a three-way tie for first in the league.

Illinois State made things interesting at the end. After Creighton's Grant Gibbs hit two free throws to make it 75-72, Illinois State's John Wilkins was called for double dribbling just before the buzzer. One second was put back on the clock, and Wragge's long pass to McDermott at mid-court was bobbled as time ran out.

Johnny Hill had 19 points and Jackie Carmichael added 16 for the Redbirds.

McDermott scored 24 points to lead the Bluejays.

>>Bradly Falls To Northern Iowa

Marc Sonnen scored 15 points and Northern Iowa held on to beat Bradley 68-65 on Sunday.

Matt Bohannon and Jake Koch scored 14 points apiece and Anthony James added 10 points for the Panthers (14-11, 7-6 Missouri Valley).

Northern Iowa led 37-18 at halftime. Bradley shot 66% in the second half but couldn't overtake Northern Iowa. The Braves came within 66-65 with 15 seconds to play, but Koch made two free throws to complete the scoring.

Dyricus Simms-Edwards scored a career-high 32 points for the Braves (14-11, 6-7), hitting his five 3-pointers in the second half. Walt Lemon Jr. had 18 points and nine rebounds for Bradley.

Northern Iowa shot 42% for the game while Bradley made 46% of its shots.

Illinois Upsets Minnesota On Road

Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week for Illinois with 16 points, and the Fighting Illini went 11 for 23 from 3-point range in a 57-53 win over No. 18 Minnesota on Sunday night.

Three days after Griffey's buzzer-beating layup gave Illinois (17-8, 4-7) a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana, Tracy Abrams swished a step-back 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to stretch the lead over Minnesota to four. Abrams came off the bench for the first time this season after failing to score against the Hoosiers.

D.J. Richardson had 13 points and Brandon Paul added 10 points for the Illini, who ended a 10-game losing streak on the road against ranked Big Ten teams. Their last such win was three years ago at Wisconsin.

Austin Hollins had 16 points and four steals for the Golden Gophers (17-7, 5-6), who lost for the sixth time in eight games and could find themselves out of the Top 25.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#1 Indiana Hoosiers 81, #10 Ohio State Buckeyes 68
#4 Duke Blue Devils 62, Boston College Eagles 61
California Golden Bears 77, #7 Arizona Wildcats 69
#9 Syracuse Orange 77, St. John's Red Storm 58

Lady Maroons Head To Sectionals

After winning the Decatur St. Teresa Regional last week, the Clinton Lady Maroons will head to Sectionals. The Lady Maroons head to Clifton Central tihs evening to take on Champaign St. Thomas More at 7:30.

You can hear the game live on 92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.

The winner of tonight's game takes on the winner of St. Joseph-Ogden and Watseka Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Other Class 2A Sectional matchups for tonight:

At Newton

Sullivan 7:30pm
Mt. Carmel

At White Hall (North Greene)

Pleasant Plains 7:30pm
Camp Point Central

Class 1A Sectional matchups for tonight:

At Altamont

Hume (Shiloh) 6:00pm
Central A & M

At Fisher

LeRoy 6:00pm

At Mt. Pulaski

Mendon (Unity) 6:00pm
Illini Bluffs

Mt. Pulaski 7:30pm

DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

February 8, 2013


Jail Population: 66

Summons Served: 3

Warrant Arrests: 0


February 9, 2013


Jail Population: 66

Summons Served: 2

Warrant Arrests: 0


February 10, 2013


Jail Population: 65

Summons Served: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0




Robart Spath, 40, Clearwater, FL, was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence. Spath was also issued citations for Driving in Wrong Lane and 3 Counts of Driving Under the Influence. Spath posted the necessary bond and was released.


Thomas Walker, 48, Decatur was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence. Walker was issued citations for Failure to Dim Headlights, Illegal Transportation Alcohol and 3 counts Driving Under the Influence. Walker posted the necessary bond and was released.


Ryan Robles, 23, Longwood was arrested and charged with Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle. Robles unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.


Stephen Druessel, 42, Bloomington was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Druessel posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.


Agnel Silva, 39, Mahomet was issued a citation for Speeding 79 MPH in a 65 MPH Zone. Silva posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.


Connor Whitting, 21, Elmhurst was issued citations for Operating Uninsured Vehicle and Speeding 81 MPH in a 65 MPH Zone. Whitting posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.

Breanna Gannon, 22, Decatur was issued a citation for Speeding 65 MPH in a 45 MPH Zone. Gannon posted her IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.


Kenneth Castle, 19, Riverside was issued a citation for Speeding 66 MPH in a 45 MPH Zone. Castle posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.


Ellen Roth, 56, Bloomington was issued a citation for Speeding 70 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Roth posted her IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.




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Clinton Lady Maroons Fall To St. Thomas Moore

The Clinton Lady Maroons fell to St. Thomas Moore by a final score of 58-89 on Monday night. The Maroons were led by Senior Morgan hickman with 12 points who was also your Clinton IGA Clinton MAroons Player of the Game. Haley Toohill also had 12 points.

St. Thomas Moore was led by Tori McCoy with 27 points.

With the loss the Lady Maroons fall to 25-6 to end their season, while St. Thomas Moore improves to 29-2 and continues into the sectional.

Tune in Tomorow night as the Clinton MAroons take on A-O. You can hear the game live on The Big 1520 AM/ 92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com

Gov. Quinn Says Time To Put Voting Registration Online

Gov. Pat Quinn wants Illinois residents to be able to register for voting by typing information into a website.

The Chicago Democrat says the state's election process must move into the 21st century.

Supporters tout the proposal as a way to simplify registration and attract the Millennial Generation that has traditionally been absent from the election process.

The state's GOP leadership doesn't object to the idea. Still, Republicans question whether this is the right time to introduce the measure.

Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady says lawmakers should solely focus on fixing the state's worst-in-the-nation pension crisis.

Quinn made the proposal before lawmakers during his State of the State address last week.

More than a dozen states, including Colorado, Nevada and Indiana, already offer online registration.

Hostage Hoax Brings Out Police In Indiana and Illinois

Police in Indiana and Illinois are looking for a caller who claimed he had hostages, explosives and nerve gas, bringing officers to homes I two cities with the same name.

Reports from Indiana indicate police in Bloomington, Ind., and Bloomington, Ill., received the calls last week.

The caller initially gave Illinois police a fictitious address, then told them it was in Indiana.

Police who responded to the call in Indiana found a surprised resident who had been watching a movie while his 2-year-old daughter slept. The man who met police at the address in Illinois told officers he was being taunted by a disgruntled chat room user who was making prank calls using his name.

A second call in the Illinois city brought a SWAT team to the scene.

Monticello Schools Facing Challenging Deficit

The Monticello school district is going to have to deal with budget reductions next year.

Monticello faces an almost $1-million deficit in their expenditures and Superintendent of Monticello Schools, Dr. Vic Zimmerman says that will result in reductions through attrition. He explains the combination of lower revenues from CPPRT and state revenues has led to that deficit in the expenditures.

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Dr. Zimmerman explains he will be recommending to the Board of Education to reduce the budget between $300 and $500-thousand. He adds a lot of the cuts are dependent on enrollment numbers, which are currently high in the high school.

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Monticello High School is expected to graduate more students than the freshman class brings in. Dr. Zimmerman says that is something they will see take place over the next couple of years because of the high enrollment numbers currently in their high school.

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Dr. Zimmerman is optimistic CPPRT will bounce back, but for now they are going to tighten their belts and dip into reserves to cover the deficit. He says if they face back-to-back years of $1-million deficits, and dip into reserves each year, they leave the door open to having less than a million dollars in their reserves, which according to Dr. Zimmerman, is not a situation they want to be in.

Barn Quilts of DeWitt County Open Applications For 2013 Barn Quilts

The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau have made applications available for 2013 DeWitt County Barn Quilts tour.

2013 will be the third year for Barn Quilts here in DeWitt County. A commitee of 6 members began discussing this new tradition in 2010. The group, then, took a trip to Kanakee to see their communities' barn quilts and used them as a resource in setting up DeWitt County's displays. Carolyn Sugg, Tourism Director with the Chamber of Commerce, mentions that each year has progressively had more people getting involved with the tour.

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Sugg feels there are many beautiful barns in DeWitt County and while many doubted there would be enough, driving through local rural areas proved to her there would be plenty of space for the tour. The history of many local barns are also a point of great interest.

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There is a good amount of work put into these tours each year. Accoring to Sugg, preparations begin each Fall. The search for barns for their quilts are usually very time consuming. Making the quilt pattern and painting the quilt are quite time consuming as well.

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Applications for Barn Quilts are now available. You can call the Chamber office at 935-3364 or toll free at 1-866-4-DEWITT. You can also use their website at www.clintonilchamber.com. The Barn Quilts of DeWitt County are seeking 10 more barns for 2013. That would take their total to 30 quilts around rural DeWitt County.

Snedeker Cruises To Win At Pebble Beach

Brandt Snedeker fired a 7-under 65 on Sunday and picked up a 2-stroke win at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The win was Snedeker's fourth victory since the start of the 2011 season. He will move to No. 4 in the world rankings on Monday.

Chris Kirk carded a 6-under 66 at Pebble Beach to grab second place at

James Hahn, who shared the third-round lead with Snedeker, managed a 2-under
70 on Sunday. He was joined in third place at 14-under-par 272 with Jimmy
Walker (66) and Kevin Stadler (65).

Jason Day closed with a 67 and ended alone in sixth at minus-13.

Mickelson, last year's winner, had four birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey
in an even-par round of 72. He finished tied for 60th at 1-under-par 285.

The reigning FedExCup champ erased that mistake with a 26-foot birdie effort
at 10. Snedeker made it two in a row with a birdie on No. 11 and that pushed
his lead to four.

Snedeker cruised to five straight pars before converting a 10-footer for
birdie at 17. He 2-putted for par from 30 feet out at the last to seal the

Snedeker was the eighth player since 1990 to finish runner-up in back-to-back
weeks on the PGA Tour, but no player won the third week. Mark Calcavecchia did
take second in three consecutive weeks in 1990.

Crawford Helps Blackhawks Blank Preds

Corey Crawford made 17 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Blackhawks dropped the Predators, 3-0. It was the sixth shutout of Crawford's career. Marcus Kruger and Jonathan Toews [[ tayves ]] each lit the lamp in the second period for Chicago, which remains the NHL's lone team without a regulation loss at 9-0-and-2. Patrick Kane added his ninth goal of the year in the final frame. Pekka Rinne [[ PECK-uh REE-nay ]] turned away 24 shots for Nashville, which was outshot 27-17. The Preds have dropped two straight since winning four in-a-row and are now 5-3-and-4.

Detroit Red Wings 3, Los Angeles Kings 2
Edmonton Oilers 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
Boston Bruins 3, Buffalo Sabres 1
New York Rangers 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 1
New Jersey Devils 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Artwork Sought to Dissuade Drinking by Minors

Teenagers are being asked to come up with artwork and slogans encouraging adults in Illinois not to provide alcohol to minors.

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission says the deadline for entries is Feb. 15. The winning submissions will go on display across the state later this year.

It's the commission's first contest of its kind. It's being called the "Don't Be Sorry Youth Art Contest."

The commission's executive director, Gloria Materre, says the competition is part of an ongoing campaign to prevent underage drinking.

Winners will be selected by a panel that includes safety experts, police and school officials. It also includes members of industry associations, including the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois and the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association.

Ill. Building added to Historic Places Register

he Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says four buildings in the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Named to the list was the 1920 Neuville apartment building in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood, an early example of luxury apartment buildings that offered the amenities of private mansions. It features an elegant lobby and 10-room apartments.

The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America Building in Chicago, which still houses the organization and its Polish Museum of America, made the registry, as did the Vesta Accumulator Company Building, constructed in 1913 on Chicago's South Side. Batteries, lights and other electric devices for cars were made there.

Also making the list is the Classic Revival-styled Sheffield Village Hall in Bureau County, built in 1910 by George Franklin Barber & Co.

Toby Keith Coming to State Fair


Davis not Cooperating in Ethics Probe

The office investigating U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock over allegations the Illinois Republican violated campaign fundraising laws says freshman Congressman Rodney Davis isn't cooperating with the probe.

A report released Wednesday by the Office of Congressional Ethics indicates Davis refused to cooperate. Davis is a Republican from Taylorville.

In a statement Friday, Davis emphasized the report doesn't accuse him of any wrongdoing.

Schock is accused of soliciting a $25,000 contribution last March from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's political action committee for PAC backing of U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Federal law prohibits contributions of more than $5,000.

Schock has denied any wrongdoing.

The report says Davis was the contact between Schock and several PACs. Davis was then part of U.S. Rep. John Shimkus' staff.

Quinn Signs Law To Fast-Track Foreclosures

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law that's designed to speed up Illinois' foreclosure process.

The governor's office says the law will help restore neighborhoods and property values by decreasing the time a home sits empty and getting properties back on the market. The foreclosure process now takes nearly two years, and the law is designed to shorten that to a few months.

Quinn says the bill also will allow the state to invest in Illinois families by preventing foreclosures in the first place.

The law, for example, will provide about $13 million each year for housing counseling assistance, which is designed to help 18,000 households struggling to keep their homes.

The law takes effect June 1.

Preperations Being for Il State Fair


Nutrition Program To Be Presented in Dewitt and Piatt Counties

A new nutrition program is about to make it's way into DeWitt, Piatt and Macon counties.
Caitlin Huth, the Nutrition and Wellness Educator at the U of I Extension, is excited to get this new program off the ground. The title of the program is "Serve it Safely". Huth says that this class will help individuals or groups prepare food safely and cleanly. She mentions several groups that could benefit.
Huth adds that they have had great assistance from the various Health Departments of the three counties that she serves. Representatives from the Health Department also participate in the class to help students understand the guidelines for serving food to large amounts of people.

Huth mentions that there is a section of the class where she will present food preparation in the wrong way. This helps to see how much the students of the program know and how much they need to learn. Huth says that she's planning to bring the entire program to DeWitt and Piatt in the way she has to Macon County. She wants to reach as many communities as she can through the program.
The Piatt County "Serve It Safely" program will be presented in Monticello on February 12th from 1pm -3:30pm. It will be located at the Piatt County extension office at 210 South Market Street.
The Dewitt County program will be February 20th from 9am-11:30am at the DeWitt County Office. The office is located at 8425 Katie Rd.
Huth recommends that those attending be pre-registered. You can be registered through both offices or go to web.extension.illinois.edu.

SIU School of Medicine Weekly Update

Deaths from the major types of cancer have declined in recent years, primarily because of earlier detection.
Cancer deaths are declining, yet many more lives could be saved if more people took advantage of the various cancer screenings offered. Finding cancers in an early stage improves the likelihood of successful treatment, says Dr. David Steward, professor of internal medicine at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. He explains the most important cancer screenings.

Dr. Steward says women should start getting Pap smear or Pap test screenings when they become sexually active. Mammograms should begin at age 40 or 50. Both men and women should be screened for colon cancer at age 50. He says screenings need to be repeated at various intervals.
Dr. Steward encourages people to take advantage of screening opportunities through their personal physicians or community programs offered by county health departments or local hospitals.


Los Angeles Lakers 100, Charlotte Bobcats 93
Washington Wizards 89, Brooklyn Nets 74
Toronto Raptors 100, Indiana Pacers 98 (OT)
Detroit Pistons 119, San Antonio Spurs 109
New Orleans Hornets 111, Atlanta Hawks 100
Cleveland Cavaliers 119, Orlando Magic 108
Memphis Grizzlies 99, Golden State Warriors 93
Miami Heat 111, Los Angeles Clippers 89
New York Knicks 100, Minnesota Timberwolves 94
Oklahoma City Thunder 127, Phoenix Suns 96
Houston Rockets 118, Portland Trail Blazers 103
Chicago Bulls 93, Utah Jazz 89

Dallas Stars 3, Anaheim Ducks 1

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
No Games Scheduled



Cardinals Avoid Arbitration With Freese

  The St. Louis Cardinals have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract with third baseman David Freese.  Terms were not disclosed, but the "Post-Dispatch" reported the amount was expected to exceed three-million-dollars.  The 2011 World Series MVP hit .293 last season while setting career highs with 20 home runs and 79 RBI, earning his first All-Star selection.  He's a career .296 hitter with 35 home runs in four seasons with the Cardinals overall. 

Bulls Edge Jazz

  Carlos Boozer scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulls edged the Jazz 93-89 in Utah.  Nate Robinson added 18 points and Luol Deng contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago, which snapped a brief two-game skid.  Joakim Noah had 12 points and 11 boards in the victory.  Al Jefferson poured in a season-high 32 points to go with 13 boards for the Jazz, who had won their previous two.  Paul Millsap had 21 points in the setback. 

Monticello Sages Fall to St.Teresa Bulldogs

The Monticello Sages fell to the St. Teresa Bulldogs by a final score of 50-51 on Friday Night. The Sages were led by Nick  Stokowski with 16 points. Bryan Phipps also chipped in with 16 points. Ryan Donohue also added 12 points. The Bulldogs were led by Madison Velchek with 16 points. Your First State Bank player of the game was Bryan Phipps. With the loss the Sages fall to 19-4 and 7-2 in the Okaw Conference. With the win the Bulldogs improve to 20-3 and 8-1  in the Okaw Conference. The Monticello JV Sages lost on Friday Night with a final score of 58-44 falling to 12-3.Tune in Tuesday, Febuary 12 as the Sages take on the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans at 7:30. You can here the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com


Boston Celtics 116, Los Angeles Lakers 95
Denver Nuggets 128, Chicago Bulls 96

Buffalo Sabres 5, Montreal Canadiens 4 (SO)
New Jersey Devils 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
New York Rangers 4, New York Islanders 1
Florida Panthers 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2 (SO)
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Washington Capitals 2
Calgary Flames 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (OT)
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Ottawa Senators 2 (OT)
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Winnipeg Jets 2
Detroit Red Wings 5, St. Louis Blues 1
Nashville Predators 3, Los Angeles Kings 0
Vancouver Canucks 4, Minnesota Wild 1
Chicago Blackhawks 6, Phoenix Coyotes 2

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
Illinois Fighting Illini 74, #1 Indiana Hoosiers 72
#4 Duke Blue Devils 98, North Carolina State Wolfpack 85
#6 Gonzaga Bulldogs 82, Pepperdine Waves 56
Colorado Buffaloes 48, #19 Oregon Ducks 47
Texas A&M Aggies 70, #20 Missouri Tigers 68

Bulls Blown Away By Denver

 Denver outscored the Bulls by 21 in the third quarter and coasted to a 128-96 win.  Chicago got 19 points from Daequan Cook and 18 points from Carlos Boozer. The Nuggets won their eighth straight game and the Bulls lost their third in the past four games.  The Bulls are in Utah tonight. 

Illini Buzzer-Beater Upsets No. 1 Hoosiers, 74-72

Tyler Griffey made an uncontested layup at the buzzer off a baseline inbounds pass and Illinois beat No. 1 Indiana 74-72 on Thursday night, the fifth straight week the nation's top-ranked team has lost.

The Illini (16-8, 3-7 Big Ten) trailed 41-29 at halftime and by double digits for most of the second half before closing the game on a 13-2 run over the final 3:36.

With the score tied, Indiana's Victor Oladipo turned the ball over and recovered to block a breakaway layup by D.J. Richardson out of bounds with less than a second to play.

Griffey, who was open after setting a screen, took the inbounds pass from Brandon Paul with .9 seconds left and gently laid the ball into the basket.

Hundreds of Illinois students rushed the court.

The upset ended a 3-game losing streak for Illinois.

Maroons In Action For Senior Night

The Clinton Maroons are in action tonight for Senior Night at Clinton High School. The Maroons play host to Tuscola at 7:30.

The Maroons are coming off a 66-32 loss to Decatur St. Teresa Tuesday. They are 3-19 on the year and 0-8 in the Okaw Valley Conference.

Tuscola is 4-17 overall and 1-7 in the Okaw.

You can hear tonight's game on 92.3 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, and Clinton Cable Channel 13.

Worker Dies At ADM Plant in Decatur

Authorities in central Illinois are investigating after a 31-year-old worker died in an apparent accident at the Archer Daniels Midland Co. corn processing plant in Decatur.

The Macon County coroner identified the worker as Michael Cordray of Decatur. The Bodine Services employee was in the process of cleaning the interior of a tank at the time of the accident.

In a statement, ADM spokeswoman Jackie Anderson says the man fell while working in a confined space at the plant.

Coroner Michael Day says Cordray was pronounced dead Wednesday evening at the ADM facility. An autopsy is planned.

IL Buildings Added to Historic Places Register

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says four buildings in the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Named to the list was the 1920 Neuville apartment building in Chicago's Steeterville neighborhood, an early example of luxury apartment buildings that offered the amenities of private mansions. It features an elegant lobby and 10-room apartments.

The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America Building in Chicago, which still houses the organization and its Polish Museum of America, made the registry, as did the Vesta Accumulator Company Building, constructed in 1913 on Chicago's South Side. Batteries, lights and other electric devices for cars were made there.

Also making the list is the Classic Revival-styled Sheffield Village Hall in Bureau County, built in 1910 by George Franklin Barber & Co.

Madigan Scheduled Hearing on Gun Legislation

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is seeking public input on concealed carry of firearms and gun safety at two hearings later this month.

The Chicago Democrat announced Thursday that the Judiciary Committee will have public hearings Feb. 19 at the state Capitol and Feb. 22 in Chicago.

Madigan says the hearings will allow gun-rights advocates, gun-control supporters and police to "offer their views and argue their cases" on the issues.

A federal court rejected the state's concealed-carry ban in December and demanded the Illinois Legislature adopt some form of firearms possession.

Madigan says hearings are important after the court decision and the December school massacre in Connecticut.

Concealed-carry legislation that narrowly failed in 2011 has been re-introduced in the Illinois House.

Quinn Says Minimum Wage Hike Will Increase Jobs

Gov. Pat Quinn says raising the minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 per hour will be good for the economy and create jobs.

The Chicago Democrat proposed the 20% increase during his State of the State address Wednesday.

Republicans and business groups called the idea ill-advised and a job killer. They say businesses will leave Illinois if forced to pay more.

But during a small business tour Thursday, Quinn said workers who earn more will have more money to spend. He says that will create more jobs.

Quinn also says lawmakers must ensure everyone has an opportunity to improve their life.

Quinn spoke at the future site of Vosges (VOHJ) Haut-Chocolat. CEO Katrina Markoff says her company pays more than minimum wage and supports the proposed increase.

Mistrial Declared In Case Where Witness Was Killed

A mistrial has been declared in an Urbana prosecution during which a witness was shot to death.

Champaign County Circuit Judge Tom Difanis declared a mistrial Thursday in the trial of 23-year-old Ardis Fenn after several jurors said they had heard news of the Monday shooting.

Fenn is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm in another shooting last June. Curtis Mosely was injured in a robbery attempt.

Police say Mosley was shot to death Monday in Urbana. The next day Fenn did not appear for the scheduled start of his trial, but later surrendered to police. State's Attorney Julia Reitz said Fenn was in court Thursday.

Difanis said he hopes to start the trial again next week with new jurors.

Senators Seek Deal on Gun-Sale Background Checks

A small, bipartisan group of senators is quietly trying to reach a compromise on expanding the requirement for background checks to cover nearly all gun purchases. A deal could give political momentum to 1 of the key elements of President Barack Obama's gun-control plan.

The private talks involve liberal Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who is the No. 3 Senate Democratic leader, and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a National Rifle Association member and 1 of the Senate's more moderate Democrats.

On the Republican side, participants are Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, another NRA member and 1 of the more conservative lawmakers in Congress, and moderate Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois.

The NRA says expanding background checks would do little good because criminals largely get their guns illegally.

Illinois Auditor General Accused of DUI

Illinois Auditor General William Holland has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

The 61-year-old Holland was stopped late Wednesday by Illinois State Police in Springfield. In addition to DUI, Holland was cited for improper lane usage.

No additional information was available late Thursday on the circumstances of the traffic stop. Nor was there information on whether Holland was alone at the time.

Holland is to appear in Sangamon County Circuit Court on March 24.

Holland has served as auditor general since 1992. He began his third 10-year term in August. His duties include auditing the use of public funds and reporting findings and recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly.

Telephone calls to Holland for comment were unsuccessful.

DeWitt County Friendship Center Receives Assistance From New Copier

The DeWitt County Friendship Center has a brand new addition to their office.

The Center has aquired a new copy machine through their winnings earned from a contest by RK Dixon. They earned $5000 dollars towards an office makeover for being chosen as a top non-profit organization in the area. Sissy Leggit, Executive Director of the DeWitt County Friendship Center, says that the new machine has been a great help to her staff.

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The copy machine has not only saved time, it has also saved money. Leggitt says that the machine saves paper as well. She adds that several other features with the machine and accompanying computer program help to enhance the work that they do at the Center.

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Leggitt mentions that having this new machine is invaluable to a non-profit organization such as the Friendship Center.

The Center received the second grand-prize in the RK Dixon Contest.

Local Lawmakers Not Impressed By Governor Quinn's State of the State Address

The State of the State address given Wednesday afternoon by Governor Pat Quinn did not impress local legislators.

Perhaps the biggest criticism by lawmakers locally was his disconnect with the jobs situation in downstate Illinois. State Senator Chapin Rose says he was "flabbergasted" by the Governor's view of jobs in central Illinois. Sen. Rose says he agrees though with Gov. Quinn that the state needs ethics reform.

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One lawmaker was disappointed in the hypocrisy when it comes to gun control. Representative Adam Brown says the Governor is proposing to ban high powered assault rifles, however, his proposals speak otherwise. Rep. Brown says the proposals they are seeing are seeking to ban household guns.

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Representative Bill Mitchell says the governor needs to make a trip to downstate Illinois and visit Decatur. Rep. Mitchell says the jobs situation is not good in Decatur, which represents the largest populated are in his district. Rep. Mitchell says "Gov. Quinn, let's face it, is just not a good Governor".

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Representative Dan Brady says there is a lot of work left to do. Rep. Brady agreed with Governor Quinn, that pension reform needs to be the number one priority. But he says the Governor and the Democrats need to work with Republicans to put together a budget.

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Amongst the many topics lawmakers disagreed with the Governor on, Quinn also proposed raising the minimum wage in Illinois, giving State Police better access to more accurate medical records to help reduce gun violence, gay marriage, and he pushed for online voter registrations and open primaries.

Earthquake Drill Set For Today In Eight States

Illinois is taking part in an eight-state earthquake drill and says participants should "drop, cover and hold on" at 10:15 a.m. CST Thursday.

The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium organizes the annual "ShakeOut," allowing individuals, schools, organizations and governments a chance to practice taking cover. Other states taking part are Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

The event falls on the 201st anniversary of the New Madrid, Mo., earthquakes, the last of which occurred on Feb. 7, 1812.

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management says more than 2.7 million people have registered for this year's drill, including more than a half-million from Kentucky. To register, visit http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/register/ .

Illinois Merchants Against Raising Minimum Wage

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association and Illinois Chamber of Commerce are against raising the state's minimum wage.

Gov. Pat Quinn proposed raising Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour. He made the announcement during his annual State of the State speech on Wednesday.

The merchants association represents more than 23,000 stores. President David Vite says raising the state's minimum wage will hurt people looking for jobs and employers. He says instead Quinn and lawmakers should focus on the state's budget crisis and pension problems.

The chamber says raising the minimum wage is "an untimely, ill-advised and outrageous proposal."

Quinn says nobody should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty. The federal rate has been $7.25 an hour since 2007.

2014 Governor Candidates Blast Quinn's Speech

Several Republicans considering runs for the 2014 governor's race have criticized Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State address for a lack of specifics and little attention to Illinois' strained finances.

State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington says Quinn failed to mention the backlog of unpaid bills. Brady says Quinn should have focused more on jobs.

Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale says Quinn should have talked more about job creation and addressed the nearly $100 billion pension problem.

Quinn cast pensions as the "toughest of issues" but didn't mention it heavily.

Brady and others say Quinn's roughly 40 minute speech sounded like a campaign-style address focusing on positives.

In a statement, Congressman Aaron Schock says Quinn failed to show leadership.

Quinn has said he'll seek re-election next year.

Quinn Touts Facility Closure As Accomplishment

Governor Quinn says shutting down 54 state facilities, like prisons and mental health facilities, is a big win for Illinois. But state Senator Dave Luechtefeld [[ LUCK-teh-feld ]] says that depends on who you ask.

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Senator Luechtefeld notes prison violence has gone up since Quinn shut down Tamms.

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Quinn says shutting the facilities down saves the state 100-million dollars a year. Luechtefeld says it's disingenuous to say that none of the facilities should have been closed. But he says Tamms and Murray Developmental Center are two that should've remained open. He says prison officials need a deterrent like Tamms, where the worst of the worst criminals were housed. And, he says Murray serves patients with the most severe needs.

Congressman Schock, NY Congressman Under Investigation

The House Ethics Committee is continuing investigations of 2 congressman: Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock and New York Democrat Bill Owens. In both cases, the committee describes the probes as reviews and says the fact they are occurring is not an indication a violation has occurred.

The committee says Schock is being investigated over allegations he solicited contributions of more than $5,000 per donor for a super political action committee. The Owens probe centers on whether a trip he took to Taiwan was arranged by lobbyists for the country's government.

Both cases had been referred to the House committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics, which is a separate, outside ethics office.

Both Schock and Owens say they expect to be exonerated by the ethics committee.

University of Illinois To Consider Chinese Funded Institute

The University of Illinois may open a new institute financed by the Chinese government and focused on Chinese language and culture.

The Confucius Institute would be based at the Urbana-Champaign campus and paid for by $150,000 a year from the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Reports indicate Chancellor Phyllis Wise signed a tentative deal with the Chinese government last fall to set up the institute. University trustees and the state Board of Higher Education still need to approve the plan.

Similar Chinese-funded Confucius Institutes are operated on 300 college campuses around the world.

Some schools have declined to open them over worries that the institutes are used to spy on Chinese students abroad. University of Illinois officials say they've found no evidence to back those concerns.

Springfield Utility To Repay FEMA Aid

A Springfield utility must repay nearly $800,000 in federal reimbursements it received after tornadoes struck central Illinois in March 2006.

Reports out of Springfield indicate City Water, Light and Power will return some of the damage reimbursements it got after the storm because the federal government says the utility shouldn't have received the money.

The utility has fought with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for years over damage claims from the tornadoes, but utility officials now say they've exhausted their appeals.

CWLP plans to ask the Springfield City Council for permission in the next few weeks to repay FEMA from the electric emergency repair account.

The utility paid nearly $12 million to repair power lines and poles and restore power to more than 50,000 customers after the 2006 tornadoes.

Lincoln Community Beginning Sessions For Revitalization Efferts

The City of Lincoln's plan to revitalize their downtown begins as they have started a string of public meetings.

The City was the recipient of a grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for $675-thousand to spur downtown revitalization. Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder feels the city already has a very good downtown, but they want to find out what can make it better. He explains the plans they have will find ways to do that.

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Many may not realize, but there are actually two different downtown orientations. Mayor Snyder explains one is around their historic courthouse but the other is just a few blocks removed, along the railroad line.

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The Mayor says there is a certain amount of business to draw from your own citizens, but part of the goal with this plan is to draw people from outside the area to come in and spend their day and money downtown. He compares a downtown setting to a mall. You have your anchor stores with small stores that fill in the rest of the area.

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One major obstacle facing downtown Lincoln is the lack of parking for those who utilize the downtown area, especially during the day. The Mayor says it may sound "silly" for a small community like Lincoln, but he says there is at times, a need for somewhere for people to have access to parking.

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On a positive note, Mayor Snyder says Lincoln currently has a very highly rated downtown in terms of "walkability" because of access to the courthouse, the post office, grocery stores, and restaurants. Hey says so much is within walking distance for downtown that it provides great opportunities for those that live close to downtown.

NFL Announces Scouting Combine Invites

The NFL announced who they were inviting to the NFL Scouting Combine yesterday.  The event, which helps teams prepare for the NFL Draft, is held in Indianapolis at the Lucas Oil Stadium from February 23rd to February 26th.  Players are put through a series of physical tests, measurements and meet with teams individually.  They are also required to interview with the media.  The 333-player list is headlined by controversial Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.  There are a record 67 underclassman invited to the event.

Bulls At Denver Tonight; HGH Testing In NBA Next Year Possibility

The Bulls are set to meet the Nuggets in Denver this evening. Chicago is coming off Monday's loss at Indiana. The defeat dropped Chicago to 29-and-19 on the year. Denver is 31-and-18 this season. Tonight's game starts at 9:30.

>>Stern Wants To Have HGH Testing In NBA Next Season

(Undated) -- NBA Commissioner David Stern is taking a stand on human growth hormones. Stern tells WCCO radio in Minneapolis that he hopes to starting testing for HGH in the NBA by next season. The news comes after Major League Baseball and the National Football League announced they would have blood tests for HGH in time for their next seasons.

Boston Celtics 99, Toronto Raptors 95
Indiana Pacers 88, Philadelphia 76ers 69
Los Angeles Clippers 86, Orlando Magic 76
Washington Wizards 106, New York Knicks 96
Cleveland Cavaliers 122, Charlotte Bobcats 95
Miami Heat 114, Houston Rockets 108
Brooklyn Nets 93, Detroit Pistons 90
Atlanta Hawks 103, Memphis Grizzlies 92
Oklahoma City Thunder 119, Golden State Warriors 98
New Orleans Hornets 93, Phoenix Suns 84
Dallas Mavericks 105, Portland Trail Blazers 99
San Antonio Spurs 104, Minnesota Timberwolves 94
Utah Jazz 100, Milwaukee Bucks 86

Illini Nabs 20 Recruits; National Signing Day Recap

Yesterday marked the unofficial start of the college football season with National Signing Day. High school standouts from across the country made their college selections. According to Rivals.com, Illinois has the 46th-best class according to Rivals.

Illinois' 2013 recruiting class:

Aaron Bailey, qb, 6-2, 220, Bolingbrook (Ill.) HS (4-star recruit)

Dillan Cazley, db, 5-10, 175, Charleston (Ill.) HS

Jesse Chadwell, ol, 6-5, 260, Clarkston (Mich.) HS

Jarrod Clements, dl, 6-3, 275, Trotwood Madison HS, Dayton, Ohio

James Crawford, db, 6-2, 195, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Deerfield, Fla.

Caleb Day, db, DB, 6-1, 190, Darby HS, Hilliard, Ohio

Christian Dilauro, ol, 6-5, 270, Green HS, Uniontown, Ohio

Bryce Douglas, dt, 6-2, 330, Plainfield (Ill.) HS

Jaylen Dunlap, db, 6-1, 175, Crete-Monee HS, Glenwood, Ill.

Kendrick Foster, rb, 5-9, 190, Richwoods HS, Peoria, Ill.

Michael Hermosillo, wr, 5-10, 200, Ottawa (Ill.) HS

Merrick Jackson, dl, 6-2, 320, Althoff Catholic HS, Cahokia, Ill.

Paul James III, dl, 6-3, 240, Miami (Fla.) Norland HS (4-star Recruit)

Darwyn Kelly, db, 6-1, 195, Woodson HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.

Darius Mosely, db, 5-11, 185, O'Fallon Township HS, O'Fallon, Ill. (4-star recruit)

Marchie Murdock, wr, 6-1, 180, Legacy HS, Arlington, Texas

Austin Schmidt, ol, 6-6, 275, Olentangy HS, Galena, Ohio

Dawuane Smoot, dl, 6-3, 230, Groveport (Ohio)Madison, HS

Dionte Taylor, wr, 6-0, 170, University School, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Tyler White, te, 6-5, 245, Plainwell, HS, Kalamazoo, Mich.

>>'Bama Rated Top Recruiting Class Again

(Undated) -- The University of Alabama is being declared the recruiting winner once again in college football. Rivals.com rates the Crimson Tide's 2013 class the best in the nation following Wednesday's National Signing day. It's the fifth time in six years Alabama has claimed the honor. The two-time defending national champions landed four five-star recruits in defensive end Jonathan Allen, linebacker Reuben Foster, defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson and tight end O.J. Howard. Four-star running back Alvin Kamara is also headed to Tuscaloosa. Ohio State's class ranks second, followed by Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan, LSU and Ole Miss. The Rebels landed three top-20 players, including top-overall prospect in defensive end Robert Nkemdiche [[ kem-DEECH-ee ]].

Illini Welcome Top-Ranked Hoosiers

Illinois is set to host top-ranked Indiana in Champaign tonight. The Illini are 15-and-8 with a 2-and-7 mark in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers are now 20-and-2 with an 8-and-1 conference record. Tonight's game tips at 6:00.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
TCU Horned Frogs 62, #5 Kansas Jayhawks 55
#7 Arizona Wildcats 73, Stanford Cardinal 66
#8 Michigan State Spartans 61, #18 Minnesota Golden Gophers 50
#12 Louisville Cardinals 68, Rutgers Scarlet Knights 48
Indiana State Sycamores 76, #13 Creighton Bluejays 57
#14 Butler Bulldogs 77, St. Bonaventure Bonnies 58
#16 New Mexico Lobos 81, Air Force Falcons 58
Providence Friars 54, #17 Cincinnati Bearcats 50
#23 Ole Miss Rebels 93, Mississippi State Bulldogs 75
#24 Oklahoma State Cowboys 69, Baylor Bears 67 (OT)
#25 San Diego State Aztecs 63, Boise State Broncos 62

ISU Comes Back For Win Against Drake

Tyler Brown had 25 points, nine assists and four steals as Illinois State rallied late to defeat Drake 94-86 Wednesday night.

Jackie Carmichael added 23 points and John Wilkins had 18 for the Redbirds (14-10, 5-7 Missouri Valley), who have won 5 of their last six games after starting out 0-6 in conference play.

Richard Carter had 17 points and six assists, and Chris Hines scored 16 for Drake (11-12, 5-7), which had defeated the Redbirds 82-77 earlier this year.

Illinois State trailed by 17 points in the first half and didn't take its first lead until Jon Ekey hit a 3-pointer with 1:44 remaining to put the Redbirds ahead 85-84. That shot came amid 13 straight points by Illinois State that turned an 84-78 deficit into a 91-84 lead with 22 seconds left.

Drake led 51-40 at halftime after hitting 9 of 20 3-pointers in the opening period. The Bulldogs finished 12 of 28 beyond the arc.

Lady Maroons Go For Regional Championship Tonight

The Clinton Lady Maroons will go for a Regional Championship tonight against Maroa-Forsyth at Decatur St. Teresa High School.

The Lady Maroons beat Argenta-Oreana Tuesday, 67-55 to get to this game. Maroa-Forsyth topped Decatur St. Teresa 55-51.

The Lady Maroons took two regular season matchups from Maroa-Forsyth, as the two will battle it out tonight at 7:30 to move on to the Clifton Central Sectional.

You can hear tonight's game live on 92.3 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, and on Clinton Cable Channel 13.

Other Class 2A Regional Championship games for tonight:

At El Paso (E.P.-Gridley)

El Paso-Gridley 7:30pm

At Riverton

Riverton 7:30pm
Pleasant Plains

At Tolono (Unity)

Champaign St. Thomas More 7:30pm

At Tuscola

Pana 7:30pm

At Westville

St. Joseph-Ogden 7:30pm

Class 1A Regional Championships for tonight:

At Farmer City (Blue Ridge)

Fisher 7:30pm
Blue Ridge

At Heyworth

LeRoy 7:30pm

At Moweaqua

Central A & M 7:30pm

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 2-7

February 6, 2013


Jail Population: 69

Summons Served: 1

Warrant Arrests: 0



Allison Jones, 20, Waterloo, was issued a citation for Speeding 80 MPH in a 65 MPH Zone. Jones posted her IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.



Area Car Thefts On Rise Again

The DeWitt County Sheriff's Office is seeking the publics help to solve a recent crime.

Late Sunday evening or early Monday morning, catalytic converters at Thomas Automotive in Clinton were burglarized. DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner says these vehicles' converters have the valuable commodity of platinum. The Sheriff says they have seen these types of thefts before.

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The Sheriff says they are very actively investigating this case because this is a type of theft that will rapidly spread from town to town once it begins. Sheriff Shofner says there is often a direct correlation between recycling going up and car thefts going up.

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Sheriff Shofner is encouraging anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity at Thomas Automotive in Clinton, where Business 51 and Highway 51 meet, to contact the Sheriff's office at 935-3196.

The Sheriff also encourages everyone to either put their cars in their garages, if possible. If cars must be kept out in the open, he says to keep them in well lit areas and to always lock your vehicle, no matter how safe you feel the neighborhood is.

CEO of Illinois Community College Board To Retire

The president and chief executive officer of the Illinois Community College Board is planning to retire.

Geoffrey Obrzut has held that position since January 2004. In a statement Monday, he said he plans to retire on June 30.

Obrzut says he's grateful for the time he's spent working with Illinois' community college system. He says no state has a community college system that provides a better education or is more dedicated to students than Illinois.

Obrzut has spent more than 30 years in state government. He's also served in the Illinois House and on the Triton College Board of Trustees.

Officials Urge Parents To File For Student Aid

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month and officials are urging parents of college-bound kids not to delay seeking assistance.

The Illinois agency that administers the state's need-based financial aid is hosting nearly 200 events this month. They're posted on the website of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Executive director Eric Zarnikow says it's especially important in uncertain economic times to get a quick start applying for funds.

Many of the events for this month are geared toward helping parents fill out so called Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms. The FAFSA forms are key to determining eligibility for an array of aid.

Eligibility for state MAP grants that don't have to be repaid is based on FAFSA applications. And last year, MAP-grant funds were essentially depleted by April.

Illinois House OKs Road Funds, Child Welfare Money

The Illinois House has approved a measure that authorizes new road building funds and transfers money saved from prison closures to child-welfare and mental-health services.

The proposal passed by a 63-52 vote Monday, after a heated discussion. Republican legislators accused Democrats of creating more spending rather than reforming the state's wrecked budget.

The so-called supplemental appropriation includes $675 million to boost transit construction and $12 million for community mental health grants, among several other expenditures.

It authorizes $600 million to pay for state worker and legislator health insurance. The measure now moves over to the Illinois Senate.

Sponsors of the bill say it would save as many as 1,900 jobs at the Department of Children and Family Services thanks to a $25 million appropriation.

House Approves Delay of Governor's Budget Address



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Illinois Wild Turkey Harvest Grew Slightly In 2012

Illinois wild turkey hunters harvested 1,330 birds during the 2012 season, a slight increase over the previous year.

The Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday interest in fall turkey hunting is particularly strong with archery hunters who are able to harvest a wild turkey while deer hunting.

The number of wild turkeys harvested during the fall archery harvest increased about 8.4% over 2011. The fall firearm harvest fell about 6.7%.

Overall, the harvest increased about 1% over 2011.

The archery wild turkey season ran from Oct. 1 to Jan. 20 in 96 counties. The firearm season was Oct. 20 to 28 in 51 counties.

The firearm harvest was greatest in Jo Daviess County. Fulton County had the top archery harvest.

Judge Hands Out 58-Year Sentence In Rantoul Murder

A judge in Champaign County has sentenced a 29-year-old Rantoul man convicted of fatally shooting another man to almost six decades in prison.

Reports indicate Judge John Kennedy handed out the 58-year sentenced Monday in the case of Steven Monroe.

Monroe was convicted in the January 2011 killing of Marcus Brown, who was shot once in the back of the head in his home east of Rantoul. Champaign County sheriff's investigators say Brown had been robbed of a video game, a laptop computer and a small amount of marijuana.

In court Monday, Monroe said he's innocent of killing Brown. His defense attorney argued for a more lenient sentence, calling Monroe "a nice, sweet person."

Urbana Trial Witness Killed, Defendant No Show

A witness in a trial in Champaign County has been shot to death, and authorities say the defendant didn't show up for the trial's opening.

Urbana police say 29-year-old Curtis Mosley was shot Monday night at an Urbana apartment.

Mosley was scheduled to testify Tuesday in the trial of 23-year-old Ardis Fenn. Fenn has pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm in the June 12 shooting of Mosley.

A jury was selected Monday in Fenn's trial, but court officials say he didn't show up on Tuesday. He was free on bond.

Fenn's public defender hasn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Judge Tom Difanis has issued a warrant for Fenn's arrest.

Monticello Preparing Budget For Stricter EPA Mandates

The City of Monticello's budget so far this year has faired quite well.

About 25% of the Monticello city budget comes from the Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax, CPPRT. The money from that tax ebbs and flows with the state's economy, so one year it may give more, and some years it may be significantly down. Monticello Mayor Chris Corrie says the positive outlook on the budget right now is because that tax has produced more revenue than they initially anticipated it would.

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With the positive outlook on the budget, Mayor Corrie explains they have some infrastructure improvements that need attention. The city's above ground water storage tank that needs improving. The Mayor adds they are anticipating some tighter restrictions as it pertains to waste water treatment facilities that may require some funding.

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The changes the EPA brings down are not just once a year types of items. Mayor Corrie says the changes they mandate are constant and he says it does have an effect on the way they spend their money and budget their money.

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While it may seem the EPA mandates would hold the city back from budgeted projects they have, Mayor Corrie feels up to this point, the regulations have not been very strict. But he says they are preparing for stricter mandates which may require much more of their attention financially.

DCDC Not Giving Up On Developing 80 Acres At Clinton Lake

The DeWitt County Development Council has been continuing efforts for development at the Clinton Lake property.

DeWitt County acquired 80 acres several years ago from the power plant and it was recommended they use the property for lodging. Executive Director of the DCDC, Ruth Stauffer says they have not given up on the dream of developing that property.

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Right now, the lodging industry is doing quite well. Stauffer explains the firm they worked with in deciding what would be best for that 80 acres of land has been watching the markets and they are reporting very good numbers when it comes to people staying at hotels.

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According to Stauffer, industry within the County is really growing. She points to the many good things happening in Farmer City. She feels DeWitt County has many positive assets that could be a draw for developers.

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The DCDC receives many leads throughout the week about potential clients or developers, and Stauffer says it can be frustrating for some leads to take such a long time to make decisions. She notes though, DeWitt County is not the only ones dealing with the frustration of the slow economy, she says many areas have expressed the same concerns.

DJWH Finances Continue Positive Rebound

The Dr. John Warner Hospital's financial situation continues to turn around.

Last year this time the hospital's losses were over $780-thousand. CEO of the DJWH, Earl Sheehy says things have turned around so much that by the end of this month, they expect to break even or have a positive bottom line by the end of January.

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Sheehy attributes that potential gain and the positive outlook on their budget to the drop in their workers compensation premiums. He explains having the ambulance's costs off their books has helped that as well.

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With the added revues, the hospital has been able to make up some of the losses to their reserves. Sheehy says the sale of the ambulances also contributed over $260-thousand. He adds, they have not been forced to dip into their reserves for almost 18 months.

Report: Brewers' Braun Linked To Biogenesis Clinic Records

Former National League MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has reportedly been linked to the Miami-area clinic alleged to have distributed performance-enhancing drugs to several big league players. Yahoo! Sports reports Braun's name as well as the names of New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia were included in the records of Biogenesis, a clinic run by Anthony Bosch. The "Miami New Times" reported last week that several players including Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez are among the top professional athletes on the list of clients at Biogenesis. Major League Baseball will investigate the link to Braun, who tested positive for illegal synthetic testosterone during the 2011 postseason but appealed the result and had it overturned.

Braun issued a statement on Tuesday, saying his link to Bosch came during research for his successful appeal of that drug test. Yahoo! Sports says three of the Biogenesis clinic records it obtained showed Braun's name on them. However, unlike players like A-Rod named in the "New Times" report last week, no specific substance is listed next to Braun, Cervelli or Valencia. The records Yahoo! Sports obtained match those released by the "New Times" last week that had Braun's name removed and Cervelli and Valencia's cut off.

Football Notes

>>Jay Cutler On Least Liked Athletes List

(Chicago, IL) -- Jay Cutler is one of the least liked athletes in sports. According to a report by "Forbes" magazine, the Bears quarterback is seen as standoffish and only has a 21-percent approval rating. Cutler comes in behind Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o [[ MAN-tye TAY-oh ]] and Tiger Woods.

>>Patriots Early Favorite For Super Bowl 48

(Undated) -- Super Bowl 47 is barely in the books, but Las Vegas oddsmakers are already making the New England Patriots the early favorites to be in next year's big game. The Patriots are listed at 7-to-1 to play in Super Bowl 48. The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos are right behind at 8-to-1. The Green Bay Packers are listed at 10-to-1, while the defending champion Baltimore Ravens have 14-to-1 odds. The longest odds belong to the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars, both at 150-to-1. Next year's Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

>>Jaguars Unveil New Logo

(Jacksonville, FL) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are tweaking their logo for the 2013 season. The Jags unveiled the new look at a state of the team address on Tuesday. Owner Shad Khan calls the logo a new symbol for a new generation. In the year since purchasing the team, Khan has brought in new General Manager David Caldwell and new head coach Gus Bradley. The logo is the next phase of rebranding a team that finished tied for last in the NFL this past season at 2-and-14.

>>Flacco's Agent Wants Big Money Contract

(Undated) -- The agent for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said Tuesday his client should be the highest paid QB in the NFL. Joe Linta said in a CNBC interview that the Super Bowl MVP, who is a free agent this offseason, should make more money than any other quarterback. The 28-year-old Flacco threw for over 11-hundred yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions during Baltimore's four-game postseason run, which ended with a win over the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Linta says Flacco has as many Super Bowl wins as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, and should be paid as such. Manning makes around 18-million-dollars a year while Brees earns about 20-million each season. Flacco was drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft by the Ravens and is the only quarterback ever to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons.

>>Rams Claim Young Off Waivers From Lions

(St. Louis, MO) -- The St. Louis Rams have claimed wide receiver Titus Young off waivers from the Detroit Lions. He was just cut loose on Monday after spending his first two seasons with Detroit. Young had 33 catches for 383 yards and four touchdowns this past season but did not play in the final six games after problems with the coaching staff. A day after getting into an altercation with wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson in a November 18th loss to Green Bay, Young was sent home from practice by head coach Jim Schwartz. The Boise State product then missed the next two games before being placed on injured reserve. The 23-year-old Young has 81 catches for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns in 26 career games.

>>Saints To Hire Rob Ryan

(New Orleans, LA) -- The New Orleans Saints are set to hire former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to the same position. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Sean Payton will name Ryan his new DC over other candidates such as Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini. Payton had indicated that he wants to run a 3-4 defense next season. Ryan had been unemployed since Dallas fired him in early January. He was reportedly close to joining the Rams, but last week St. Louis confirmed that he would not be coaching for them.

Blackhawks Win, Blues Blown Out

>>Blackhawks Outlast Sharks

(San Jose, CA) -- Patrick Kane broke a three-all tie in the second and added an empty-netter in the closing moments to lift the Blackhawks over the Sharks, 5-3. Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger all lit the lamp in the opening period for Chicago, which has won two straight and is now 8-0-and-2. Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews [[ tayves ]] each had two assists while Corey Crawford halted 30 shots in the win. Michal Handzus [[ HAHN-zoose ]] and Tommy Wingels had a goal and assist for San Jose, which has lost three straight to fall to 7-2-and-1. Joe Pavelski netted his fifth goal of the year while Antti Niemi [[ ANN-tee nee-EM-ee ]] made 26 saves in the loss.

>>Preds Blow Away Blues

(St. Louis, MO) -- Six different Predators scored in Nashville's 6-1 victory over the homestanding Blues. Martin Erat [[ EE-rat ]] had a goal and two assists while Ryan Ellis scored one with one helper. Kevin Klein, Gabriel Bourque, RIchard Clunie and Nick Spaling also scored while Colin Wilson had three assists. Pekka Rinne [[ PECK-uh REE-nay ]] made 31 stops for the Preds, who have won three straight to move to 4-2-and-3. Alex Pietrangelo had St. Louis' lone goal while Brian Elliott was pulled from net after giving up four goals on 11 shots. Jake Allen made six saves in relief. The Blues have dropped two straight to fall to 6-and-3.

New Jersey Devils 3, New York Rangers 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, New York Islanders 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Washington Capitals 2
Los Angeles Kings 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 2
Ottawa Senators 4, Buffalo Sabres 3
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 1
Calgary Flames 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
Winnipeg Jets 3, Florida Panthers 2 (OT)
Nashville Predators 6, St. Louis Blues 1
Chicago Blackhawks 5, San Jose Sharks 3

Cards Ace Chris Carpenter Out For Season

St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter won't be pitching this season.  General Manager John Mozeliak [[ mo-ZAY-lack ]] says the right-hander doesn't think he should be throwing this year due to his shoulder.  Carpenter has been dealing with soreness and discomfort in his neck, shoulder and arm for some time.  He made only six starts last season, including the playoffs.  Mozeliak is hoping Carpenter will still make himself available to the team's younger pitchers for advice.

North Carolina Hires Illinois' Gilmore As Defensive Line Coach

North Carolina has hired Keith Gilmore as its defensive line coach.

Gilmore had spent the past four seasons in the same position at Illinois. 2 of those seasons came under UNC's associate head coach for defense Vic Koenning while Koenning was defensive coordinator for the Illini. Tar Heels defensive coordinator Dan Disch also worked with Gilmore at Illinois in 2009 and 2010.

Gilmore worked as an assistant at Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Howard, Norfolk State, Eastern Michigan, Wayne State, Grand Valley State and Northern Michigan. He also served as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in 1988.

Gilmore replaces Deke Adams, who left for South Carolina after the season.

Bradley Tops Evansville

Dyricus Simms-Edwards scored 21 points, Walt Lemon Jr. and Tyshon Pickett added 18 apiece, and Bradley scored the game's final six points Tuesday night to beat Evansville 76-70.

The Braves (14-10, 6-6) led 61-51 after Jordan Prosser's jumper with 8:18 to play, but Evansville rallied, ultimately tying the game at 70 on Colt Ryan's 3-pointer with 1:33 left. The Purple Aces (13-11, 6-6) went cold after that, going 0 of 5 from the floor the rest of the game while Lemon, Simms-Edwards and Pickett hit two free throws apiece to seal the victory.

Ryan led Evansville with 27 points, and D.J. Balentine added 13.

Bradley, which improved to 11-2 at home, has doubled the win total of the 2011-12 squad, which finished 7-25. The Braves also avenged a 66-56 loss at Evansville on Jan. 23. The Purple Aces had won the last three meetings between the schools.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
Arkansas Razorbacks 80, #2 Florida Gators 69
#3 Michigan Wolverines 76, #10 Ohio State Buckeyes 74 (OT)
#11 Miami Hurricanes 72, Boston College Eagles 50
#15 Kansas State Wildcats 68, Texas Tech Red Raiders 59

Indiana Pacers 114, Atlanta Hawks 103
Los Angeles Lakers 92, Brooklyn Nets 83
Houston Rockets 140, Golden State Warriors 109
Phoenix Suns 96, Memphis Grizzlies 90
Denver Nuggets 112, Milwaukee Bucks 104

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 2-7

February 5, 2013


Jail Population: 69

Summons Served: 1

Warrant Arrests: 0



Anthony Velez-Noble, 29, Clinton, was arrested and charged with Possession of cannabis- less than 2.5 grams. Velez-Noble unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.




Monticello's Donohue Signs National Letter of Intent

Wednesday was national signing day where young men around the country made decisions official and made decisions known as to where the next step of their lives would take place.

One local athlete put an end to much speculation by signing his national letter of intent. Monticello senior Ryan Donohue signed his national letter of intent to play football at the Butler University, a Division I program in Indianapolis, IN. After signing his letter of intent Wednesday morning at Monticello High School, Donohue says this is an exciting day for him.

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Head football coach for Monticello High School, Cullen Welter says he is proud of his star runningback and linebacker. He says Donohue has a great head on his shoulders and was making this decision with his family and making sure it was the right decision.

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Donohue stood out mostly as a runningback, but also started and as an outside linebacker. He says they recruited him as a runningback, but they will try and fill him in wherever there are needs, which Donohue seems just fine with.

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Donohue poses great athleticism, strength, speed and size and Coach Welter says those physical aspects certainly make him an intriguing player. He also notes it's the intangibles that make Donohue a great recruit as well. Things such as leadership and work ethic.

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Donohue says it all hit home when he would return home and have two or three coaches calling him interested in his talent. He says playing at a Division I level of football will be a lot different than playing in a 3A small town school.

Butler is a Divsion I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) program that plays in the Pioneer League.


Governor Quinn Addresses Major Issues In State of the State Address

Governor Pat Quinn gave his annual State of the State address Wednesday afternoon.

 width=The Governor took the opportunity address some major issues facing the state. He says the legislator must be ready to make tough decisions in the upcoming legislative year. One surprising area he addressed was the minimum wage in Illinois. The Governor called on lawmakers to increase Illinois' minimum wage, which is already one of the highest in the nation.

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The Governor recognized Illinois needs to come up with a concealed carry law, which currently is non-existent in Illinois. Governor Quinn reiterated his desire for an assault weapons ban in Illinois.

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The obvious obstacle that has yet to be dealt with under Governor Quinn's tenure is the state's ballooning pension crisis. The Governor addressed this by urging lawmakers to get pension reform passed this session.

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The Governor also addressed gay marriage in Illinois, voter registration and open primaries, unemployment, and up to date mental health records to prevent gun violence.

Energy Department Funding Phase Two of FutureGen

The U.S. Energy Department has announced it is going ahead with phase 2 of central Illinois' FutureGen clean-coal project.

In announcing the agreement with FutureGen Industrial Alliance on Monday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu says the department is committed to demonstrating carbon capture and storage technologies.

The FutureGen Industrial Alliance is a group of coal and power companies planning to refit a coal-powered power plant in Meredosia with technology that removes carbon dioxide from coal and stores it underground. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas linked to climate change. The project has $1 billion in federal funding.

The alliance and the Energy Department claim the project will help pave the way for other cleaner and more sustainable advanced coal-burning power plants.

Initial plans to build a plant near Mattoon fell through.

IL Lawmaker Wants Gym Shoe Tax

You'll pay an extra quarter for new sneakers if an Illinois lawmaker has his way. Some shoppers say no thanks.

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State Representative Will Davis of Hazel Crest says a 25-cent-per-pair tax on gym shoes would generate three-million dollars a year, and while consumers wouldn't notice it, the money would fund the state's YouthBuild programs. Davis calls it a creative way to help young people, but the Illinois Retail Merchants Association says the measure would create unnecessary paperwork.

January Snow In Short Supply

 width=Snow was in short supply across Illinois in January, but the State Water Survey says many areas got relief after a dry 2012 with soaking rain.

State Climatologist Jim Angel said Monday in a news release that statewide average precipitation was 3.9 inches last month. That's almost 2 inches more than average. Some areas in far southeastern Illinois had more than 6 inches of precipitation.

Angel says snowfall was below average across the state. It ranged from 6.5 inches in far northwest Illinois to no snow at all in the far southern tip of the state.

The statewide average temperature for January was 28.7 degrees. That's four degrees warmer than the average. The warmest January on record was in 2006 when the average temperature was just below 38 degrees.

State Treasurer Imploring Central Illinois To Inquire On Unclaimed Property

The State of Illinois' Treaurer is encouraging residents to check into the unclaimed items in their I-Cash program..

Treasurer Dan Rutherford explains the program focuses on unclaimed property that is now being held at the Treasurer's office. Certain property may belong to individuals either living or dead. There are several ways items come into his possession.

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The State Of Illinois' Treasurer's website has received claims from over 51-hundred people. That adds up to $990-thousand. Rutherford advises people to go their website and look up their name as well as close relatives who have passed away. He would like to return as much property back to the citizens of Illinois as possible.

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For anyone interested in discovering if they have unclaimed property, you can go to the Treasurer's website, www.treasurer.il.gov and click the I-CASH tab.

To claim property, certain forms of ID or paperwork may be needed. Rutherford says his staff is always available for questions concerning these issues.

For further assistance, you can call 217-785-6998.

DeWitt County Relay For Life To Have Information Available At Tonight's Clinton Basketball Game

Tuesday night's basketball game at Clinton High School will feature a very special communtiy kickoff.

 width=In conjunction with Clinton High School's boys basketball game, the DeWitt County Relay For Life will have information available throughout the high school. Marcia Wise, co-chair of the Relay For Life, says the game will be a great opportunity for people to become aware of the different ways to get involved.

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The Relay for Life helps to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Wise says the event has grown significantly over the last 5 years that she has participated. She adds even obstacles such as bad weather hasn't stopped the momentum of Relay For Life.

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Relay For Life coordinators feel there is always room for more community involvement. Wise says everyone has been touched by cancer in some form or another, whether through a family members of friends. The theme for the event this year is "Mardi Gras". Tuesday's basketball game will feature several Mardi Gras themes in order to bring awareness to the Relay.

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This year's Relay For Life will take place June 7-8.

Wise appreciates the high school staff and students for the opportunity to shed light to their efforts and encourages anyone wishing to get involved to stop by any of the informational set ups they will have.

Clinton plays host to Decatur St. Teresa tomorrow night. The JV game gets underway at 6pm with the varsity game scheduled for 7:30.

City of Clinton Joins Effort To Petition US EPA On Mahomet Aquifer

 width=The Clinton City Council Monday evening faced a decision to join an intergovernmental agreement petitioning the US Environmental Protection Agency to designate the Mahomet Aquifer as a sole source aquifer.

 width=Last week on Regional Radio News we outlined what this agreement would mean for the City if they joined in this petition. Monday Council members discussed the action further. Council Member Tom Edmunds was in full support of the measure, however, he did question why more tax payer money should go towards this when the Mahomet Aquifer Coalition was established several years ago.

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One member of the Council did not see the value in joining the Sole Source Aquifer petition. Commissioner Nan Crang says she values the water, but because the City would have to pay to join the effort, she did not see the value in that.

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 width=Clinton Mayor Carolyn Peters says the Council should think about the future. She feels joining this effort would give it another layer of protection.

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The Council voted 3-2 to become an additional paying party to the intergovernmental agreement to petition the US EPA to designate the Mahomet Aquifer as a sole source aquifer.

Other action from Monday's Council meeting included:

>>The Council decided to consult with Good Energy L.P. for their electric aggregation efforts. The citizens of Clinton will vote on this in the April 9 election. We'll have more on this story in the coming days on Regional Radio News.

>>The Council put on file the approval of a redevelopment agreement with Randy Martin who wishes to build on a lot at the Douglass Subdivision and move his Monicals Pizza location there.

Hockey Notes

>>Blackhawks Take On Sharks

(San Jose, CA) -- The Blackhawks look to stay unbeaten in regulation tonight when they battle the Sharks in San Jose. Chicago earned a 3-2 shootout win at Calgary on Saturday to improve to 7-0-and-2. The Sharks come in at 7-1-and-1. Tonight's game starts at 9:30.

>>Blues Start Homestand Tonight

(St. Louis, MO) -- The Blues open a four-game homestand tonight against the Nashville Predators. St. Louis lost at Detroit on Friday night, 5-3. They are now 6-and-2 on the season.

Carolina Hurricanes 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Dallas Stars 3, Colorado Avalanche 2
Phoenix Coyotes 2, Minnesota Wild 1
Vancouver Canucks 3, Edmonton Oilers 2 (OT)
Anaheim Ducks 2, San Jose Sharks 1

A's Acquire Lowrie From Astros

The Oakland Athletics have acquired shortstop Jed Lowrie and pitcher Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for infielder Chris Carter, pitcher Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi.  Lowrie hit .244 with 16 home runs and 42 RBI in 97 games last season, while Rodriguez struggled to a 2-and-10 record with a 5.37 ERA in just over 70 innings.  Carter hit 16 home runs in 67 games, but only had an average of .239.  Peacock and Stassi both played in the minors in 2012 and are prospects. 

Baltimore, San Francisco Return Home Post-Super Bowl

>>Baltimore Hosting Victory Parade For Ravens Today

(Baltimore, MD) -- Baltimore is not quite done celebrating the Ravens' heart-stopping 34-31 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl 47. Charm City will host a victory parade and celebration today beginning at 10:45 a.m. going though downtown and ending up at M&T Bank Stadium. At 12:30 p.m., a celebration featuring the team is slated to get underway at the "Purple Palace." Parking on stadium lots will be free but no tailgating will be permitted.

>>49ers Back Home From The Super Bowl

(San Jose, CA) -- The San Francisco 49ers have returned home following their loss in the Super Bowl in New Orleans. The team's plane arrived at Mineta San Jose International Airport just after 3:20 p.m.. where the players, coaches and others aboard were greeted by hundreds of fans. The 49ers are headed to team headquarters in Santa Clara where another group of fans awaits them. Yesterday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens was the first franchise loss for San Francisco in the Super Bowl, the 49ers having won all five previous appearances in the big game.

>>Lions Release WR Titus Young

(Allen Park, MI) -- Titus Young's tenure with the Detroit Lions is over. The troublesome wide receiver has been released after a two-year stint with the team. Young did not play in the Lions' final six regular season games after causing problems with the team's coaching staff. A day after getting into an altercation with wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson in a November 11th game against Green Bay, Young was sent home from practice by head coach Jim Schwartz. The 23-year-old Boise State product was then held out of Detroit's next two games before going on injured reserve. He had 33 catches for 383 yards and four touchdowns this season. In 2011 as a rookie, Young hauled in 48 balls for 607 yards and six scores.

Illini Looks To Regroup; Northwestern Returns To Wrigley

>>Illini Looks To Regroup

(Champaign, IL) -- Reeling Illinois has lost three straight and six of its last seven games after falling at home to Wisconsin over the weekend. The Fighting Illini don't have it any easier with top-ranked Indiana coming to campus Thursday. Illinois is 15-and-8 and 2-and-7 in the Big Ten.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#9 Syracuse Orange 63, Notre Dame Fighting Irish 47
#25 Pittsburgh Panthers 56, Seton Hall Pirates 46

>>Northwestern To Return To Wrigley

(Chicago, IL) -- The Cubs are expected to hold a news conference today to announce a new partnership with Northwestern University. The deal will allow Northwestern to play a variety of sports, including football, at Wrigley Field. ESPN Chicago reports the Wildcats soccer and women's softball teams will also play at Wrigley.

Pacers Tip Bulls; Robinson Player of Week

David West scored 29 points and Paul George had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, leading Indiana past short-handed Chicago 111-101 on Monday night, and into a share of the Central Division lead.

The Pacers have won three straight and extended their home winning streak to 14, matching the team's longest since 2002-03.

Marco Belinelli had a season-high 24 points and Nate Robinson had 19 to lead the Bulls, who lost for only the third time in nine games. The Bulls played again without starting guards Kirk Hinrich (elbow), Derrick Rose (knee) and center Joakim Noah (foot). The Bulls also survived a scare when Marco Belinelli crashed to the floor clutching his right ankle late in the first quarter.

Indiana seized control with a 15-4 run in the third quarter that made it 79-67 with 4:13 to go. Chicago never got closer than four the rest of the way.

Washington Wizards 98, Los Angeles Clippers 90
Philadelphia 76ers 78, Orlando Magic 61
New York Knicks 99, Detroit Pistons 85
Miami Heat 99, Charlotte Bobcats 94
Oklahoma City Thunder 112, Dallas Mavericks 91
Portland Trail Blazers 100, Minnesota Timberwolves 98
Utah Jazz 98, Sacramento Kings 91 (OT)

>>Bulls' Robinson Wins Award

(New York, NY) -- Bulls guard Nate Robinson was named the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week yesterday. Robinson averaged nearly 18 points and seven assists per game last week. The Bulls went 3-and-1 during the week.

Sages Look To Stay Atop Okaw; Maroons In Action

>>Maroons Hosting Decatur St. Teresa

The Clinton Maroons will play host this evening to Decatur St. Teresa. The Bulldogs are coming off a third place finishing at the Okaw Valley Conference Tournament, and finished with a furious 4th quarter comeback fueled by sophomore guard Christian Williams.

Decatur St. Teresa is in a three-way tie with Monticello and Maroa-Forsyth for first place in the Okaw Valley at 6-1. They are 18-3 overall.

Clinton is one of two Okaw teams that are winless in conference play at 0-7 and are 3-18 overall. They've lost 15 straight.

>>Sages Look To Remain Atop Okaw

The Monticello Sages are coming off a devastating loss for a second time this season at the hands of Meridian in the Okaw Valley Conference Tournament Championship Saturday night. Tonight they'll look to bounce back against Tolono Unity who is playing exceptional basketball right now, as they are winners of eight out of their last nine games.

Unity is 10-12 overall and 4-3 in the Okaw Valley.

Monticello is 18-3 overall and 6-1 in the Okaw Conference. Monticello has not lost two games in a row this season.

Game time tonight is at 7:30. You can hear all the action live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Other Okaw Valley Conference games for tonight:

Maroa-Forsyth 7:30 PM

Central A&M 7:30 PM

Macon Meridian
Warrensburg-Latham 7:30 PM

Tuscola 7:30 PM

Lady Maroons Open Regional Play; Games On WHOW

>>Lady Maroons Open Regional Play

The Clinton Lady Maroons open Regional play this evening at 6 pm against Argenta-Oreana at Decatur St. Teresa. The Lady Maroons are in the Decatur St. Teresa Regional as the #1 seed. The Lady Bombers edged out Cerro Gordo last night 49-48.

WHOW will follow the Clinton Lady Maroons all throughout the post-season. To hear the action, tune in to 92.3 FM WHOW. Also, listen live online from your computer, smart phone, or tablet at dewittdailynews.com. Also, the game will be broadcast live on Clinton Cable Channel 13.

Class 1A Regional matchups for tonight:

At Heyworth

LeRoy 6:00pm

Heyworth 7:30pm
Colfax (Ridgeview).

Class 2A Regional Action tonigth includes:

At Decatur St. Teresa

Maroa-Forsyth 7:30pm
Decatur St. Teresa

At Riverton

Riverton 6:00pm

Williamsville 7:30pm
Pleasant Plains

At Tolono (Unity)
Champaign St. Thomas More 6:00pm

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 7:30pm
Tolono Unity

At Westville
St. Joseph-Ogden 6:00pm

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 2-5

February 4, 2013


Jail Population: 64

Summons Served: 4

Warrant Arrests: 0



Investigation into the scene of a accident which occurred at 4:30 pm on Monday February 4th revealed John Lewis, 20, Bloomington, was southbound on Enterprise Rd at 55 MPH when his vehicle struck a pothole in the roadway at ten-mile creek crossing. Lewis stated that his passenger side front rim was split and the rear wheel went flat from the collision with the pothole. He stated that the plastic interior of his front passenger wheel well was damaged.





Lawmaker Urges Common Sense Concealed Carry Law

A state representative from Chicago says lawmakers across the state must work together to craft a rational and "common sense" concealed carry law.

Democratic state Rep. Ken Dunkin told an audience at a town hall meeting in Chicago Saturday that concealed carry "is coming" to Illinois. He and other Chicago lawmakers held the meeting to gather input from constituents about proposed firearms legislation.

A federal appellate court judge ruled in December that the state's concealed carry ban was unconstitutional. He gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law legalizing it.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is appealing the ruling, but the judge's deadline remains.

Gun-rights advocates have argued the state ban violates the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment and what they see as Americans' right to carry guns for self-defense.

Chicago Goes Over Local Leaders Heads For Obama Gun Request

Chicago is on track to match the 506 murders investigated in the city last year and is reaching out for help. The Reverend Jesse Jackson, along with shooting victims in the city, is asking President Obama to leave Washington and address the issue of gun violence in his hometown.

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Jackson says the federal government needs to step in, as it did during the civil rights movement.

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During a march and rally against violence on Saturday, Jackson compared the fight against gun violence to the fight for civil rights, saying the federal government eventually had to step in to ensure African Americans had the right to vote. Jackson said the government must now intervene to stop the violence in Chicago.

Attorney General Begins Safety Campaign On Tip-Over Accidents

The Illinois attorney general is launching a campaign to alert Illinoisans about the risk of furniture tip-over accidents.

The campaign comes in the wake of reports of children being injured and killed after climbing on unsecured furniture.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging families to follow a few guidelines to secure their furniture.

Parents should anchor furniture to the wall or floor and place televisions on sturdy, low-base stands. Cable and television cords must be kept out of reach of children.

Parents should also ensure freestanding kitchen ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.

At least five Illinois children have died since 2011 in tip-over accidents. Officials say nearly 23,000 children under the age of 9 go to emergency rooms each year because of these accidents.

AFSCME Blasts Quinn After Prisoner Murder

AFSCME Council 31 is worried more violence is possible after the murder of an prison inmate in Menard. Union spokesperson Ty Peterson says Governor Pat Quinn's decision to shut down prisons is coming back to haunt him.

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Peterson adds this will not be the last time this happens, if Governor Quinn doesn't do something soon.

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Peterson says Tamms needs to be re-opened or next time a staff member could be killed.

Students Can Soon Apply For Summer Food Program

Education officials say low-income Illinois students who want to participate in free food summer programs can apply soon.

Programs are available for students up to age 18 when school isn't in session. The Illinois State Board of Education says the application period is March 4 through June 15.

Education officials say the programs helps fill the nutritional gap between the last day and first day of school and good nutrition helps keep young brains active and engaged in learning inside and outside the classroom.

The food sites are located in areas where most children are eligible for free and reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program.

In 2011, more than 109,000 low-income students ate free meals through the summer program.

Illinois Attorney General Collects $1.1-Billion In 2012

The office of Illinois' attorney general says it generated more than $1.1 billion in state revenue through litigation and collection efforts in 2012.

Of that amount, more than half came from collections litigation, including funds from child support, damage to state property, unpaid educational loans, fines and penalties. The rest was split between tobacco litigation and estate tax revenues.

In a Sunday news release, officials say it was the largest annual amount collected in nearly a decade. The sum doesn't include millions of dollars the office recovered through mediation and litigation. Those funds are usually given as restitution to the parties involved.

Officials estimate they generated more than $36 for every tax dollar they spent in 2012.

Collections under the Attorney General Lisa Madigan have reached more than $9.9 billion.

Pensions, Ethics To Feature In Quinn State Speech

Gov. Pat Quinn faces big expectations over how he'll address Illinois' disastrous finances when he delivers his State of the State speech, but he's hinting he'll also spend time reminding the public how the state's image has been cleaned up under his watch.

Wednesday's speech will set the tone for the year ahead of a later budget address.

But this is also Quinn's best chance to boast of accomplishments and he's yet to succeed at forging compromise on pension reform as he did with helping restore Illinois' reputation as two predecessors went to prison.

Focusing on ethics more than finances will be tricky for Quinn.

Illinois has the nation's worst pension problem and Quinn's under pressure to show progress with Republicans and Democrats eyeing his seat for the 2014 election.

University of Illinois Employee Solves Missing Wallet Cold Case

An employee in the University of Illinois' refrigeration shop has helped solve a "cold case" of sorts.

Reports out of Champaign indicate Mike Porter was draining the Freon from a large freezer when he noticed a wad of what looked like dirty paper towels. When he unrolled the towels and looked more closely Porter discovered a woman's wallet.

Porter says that's when he called his boss to report a "cold case."

The wallet was stolen from a university employee's office 12 years ago. Barbara Meyer, who is now retired, says a woman was arrested for the theft. But the wallet wasn't found until Porter's discovery last week.

Still tucked inside were credit cards, a $100 gift card and a few phone numbers. The only thing missing was $80 cash.

Central Illinois Man Gets 48 Years In Prison Over Sex-Assault

A central Illinois man has been sentenced to 48 years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl that he knew.

Sixty-3-year-old Stephen Orendorff of Normal was sentenced Friday following a guilty plea in December to charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a minor over a 5-year period.

He made a statement of remorse. But reports indicate Judge Scott Drazewski told Orendorff he manipulated the girl and a second victim who testified Friday but was not named in the charges.

The judge told Orendorff that he "did all the things we know molesters of children do."

In a statement, the victim said "the pain, hurt and deceit were never-ending battles for" her.

DC SWCD Annual Meeting Recap

The DeWitt County Soil and Water District held it's annual meeting Friday morning at the Clinton Country Club.

This year's installment featured a buffet breakfast, a short business meetings, and a comedic performance.

 width=Chairman Myron Kirby summed up 2012 as another busy, successful year for the DeWitt County Soil and Water District. He thanks the landowners of the county for continuing to support their efforts.

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 width=The morning featured an overview of those efforts. Jonah Cooley, Resource Conservationist, says some of the highlights of 2012 were a local Conservation Bus Tour, and the establishment of the DeWitt County Lady Landowners.

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Those in attendance also heard from representatives of the local Farm Service Agency, NRCS, and Extension offices, as well as from Lonnie Wilson, the President of the Illinois Association of SWCDs. The meeting concluded with the comedic stylings of Ken Evans, who has opened for several top comedians, including Tim Allen, Ellen DeGeneres, and many more.

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Clinton Board of Education Forms Committee To Micro-Analyze Technology

As the Clinton School district continues to move closer towards a one-to-one computing initiative, there are many things administrators are preparing for in advance.

The Clinton Board of Education recently formed a committee to take a more micro look at the one-to-one computing initiative. Superintendent of Clinton Schools Dr. Jeff Holmes says this committee will work with the technology personnel of the district to make sure they are doing this "the right way".

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Because iPads are so expensive, Dr. Holmes wants to make sure the iPads are being used the best ways possible. He says this committee they have formed will work to find the best ways to utilize the technology available to them.

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School districts are beginning to prepare for a trend expected to put an end to hard copy textbooks. Dr. Holmes says this is not something imminent, but it is something they need to prepare for. He explains he has instructed his administrators to be looking for text books companies that are developing paper-less textbooks.

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Dr. Holmes estimates they are still a year to a year and a half away from having an electronic device in the hands of every student. Last year the district's administrators had iPads to get used to them. This year the district has a select number of iPads in the schools, readying for the one-to-one computing initiative to launch.

Area Girl Scouts Begin Cookie Sales

 width=It's that time of year once again when the Girl Scouts start to sell cookies.

CJ Henrichson, Director of Product Sales for the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, mentions that this is the an important year for the Scouts. When troupe members approach your door, they will acutally have the cookies with them this year. Henrichson says that they've delivered over 150,000 cases throughout Central Illinois at 85 different stops. The funds made from the cookie sales have only gotten better over the years and go to several areas.

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The Girl Scouts is very prominent in teaching ethics and life skills to young people. Henrichson says that the Cookie Program is one of the greatest ways that young women learn about setting goals and, most importantly, financial responsibilities.

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Another life skill that the Girl Scouts teach young women is giving back to their communities and world. Henrichson mentions a program entitled "Operation Cookie Share". Not only will customers be able to buy their own box of cookies, but they will also be able to donate to our service men and women.

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Cookie sales began on Friday. You can go to www.getyourgirlpower.org and find your cookie locater or you can contact your troop leader at 877-231-1446.

Cardinals Agree To One-Year Deal With Rzepczynski

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year contract with pitcher Mark Rzepczynski [[ zep-CHIN-skee ]].  The 27-year-old left-hander went 1-and-3 with a 4.24 ERA in 70 appearances for the Redbirds last season.  He was acquired from Toronto at the 2011 trade deadline.  Rzepczynski is 9-and-17 with a 4.04 ERA in four seasons overall. 

Deng, Bulls Storm Hawks; Bulls Face Pacers Tonight

>>Deng, Bulls Storm Hawks

(Atlanta, GA) -- Luol Deng scored 25 points and added 14 rebounds as Chicago took care of Atlanta 93-76 despite missing three starters. The Bulls also got double-doubles from Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler. Gibson had 19 points and 19 rebounds while Butler had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Nate Robinson scored 20 points and added eight assists. The Hawks were missing Devin Harris and Zaza Pachulia but led 44-43 at halftime before the Bulls took over in the third quarter. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Al Horford added 14 points and 12 boards. The Bulls won their third game the last four outings. The Hawks have lost two-of-three.

>>Bulls Face Pacers Tonight

(Indianapolis, IN) -- The Bulls are in Indianapolis this evening to take on the Pacers. Chicago split a pair of games over the weekend, losing at Brooklyn on Friday before winning at Atlanta on Saturday. The Bulls are now 29-and-18 on the year. Tonight's game starts at 6:00.

Boston Celtics 106, Los Angeles Clippers 104
Los Angeles Lakers 98, Detroit Pistons 97
Miami Heat 100, Toronto Raptors 85

Super Bowl Notes

>>Ravens Top Niners For Super Bowl 47 Title

(New Orleans, LA) -- Joe Flacco tossed for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns as the Ravens held off the 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl 47 at the Superdome. Flacco was named the game's MVP. Anquan Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a TD for Baltimore, which was ahead 28-6 prior to a power outage early in the third quarter. Jacoby Jones added a 56-yard TD reception and a 108-yard kickoff return for a score, which is the longest play in Super Bowl history. Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis made seven tackles in his final NFL game. This is the franchise's second Super Bowl championship, with their first coming at Super Bowl 35 in 2001. Colin Kaepernick [[ KAP-er-nik ]] threw for 302 yards, a TD and an interception for the Niners. He added 62 yards and a score on the ground, but Frank Gore was San Francisco's leading rusher with 110 yards and a touchdown. Michael Crabtree hauled in five balls for 109 yards and a touchdown, while Vernon Davis chipped in with six grabs for 104 yards in San Francisco's first-ever Super Bowl loss.

>>Flacco Named Super Bowl 47 Most Valuable Player

(New Orleans, LA) -- Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was named the Super 47 MVP after leading Baltimore to a 34-31 win over the 49ers. Flacco completed 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. All three TD tosses came in the first half. He did not throw an interception the entire postseason. It is the fourth straight Super Bowl a quarterback earned the MVP honor. Flacco has a 9-and-4 career mark with the Ravens in the playoffs. This was his first appearance in the season's final game.

>>Ray Lewis Goes Out On Top

(New Orleans, LA) -- Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis' career came to a conclusion as a champion when Baltimore defeated the 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl 47. Lewis announced earlier in the season this would be his final year at the age of 37. Lewis played all 17 seasons with the Ravens, who drafted him with the 26th pick in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. The University of Miami product made it to the Pro Bowl 13 times and is the only player in NFL history to record 40 or more sacks and 30 or more interceptions. This was Lewis' second Super Bowl win. The first one came in 2001 when Baltimore defeated the Giants in Super Bowl 35.

>>Second Half Power Outage Swings Super Bowl Momentum

(New Orleans, LA) -- Super Bowl 47 is being remembered for a power outage that helped change the game's momentum early in the second half. With 13:22 remaining in the third quarter, more than half the lights inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome cut out. That led to a nearly 35-minute delay before power was fully restored. Baltimore led 28-6 at the time, but San Francisco scored 17 points in a span of just over four minutes after play resumed to get back in the game. A pair of Justin Tucker fourth-quarter field goals helped the Ravens hold off the 49ers for a 34-31 win.

ISU Routes SIU

Tyler Brown scored 16 points and Jackie Carmichael had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Illinois State recorded its most lopsided victory ever over Southern Illinois, 83-47 on Saturday.

The 36-point margin of victory was the largest in the 143-game series between the two schools, and the fourth-worst loss in Southern Illinois history.

The Redbirds (13-10, 4-7 Missouri Valley), who also beat Southern Illinois 70-56 on Jan. 20, made 28 of 35 free throws in Saturday's rematch and limited the Salukis to 30.5% shooting.

Desmar Jackson scored 14 points and Anthony Beane Jr. had 10 for Southern Illinois (8-14, 1-10), which has lost six in a row.

Illinois State took control early, building a double-digit lead in the first five minutes.

The Salukis pulled within 52-40 on Beane's 3-pointer with 13 minutes left in the game, but were outscored 31-7 the rest of the way.

Illini Lose To Wisconsin

Ben Brust scored 20 points and Wisconsin overcame a ragged start on Sunday to beat Illinois 74-68.

The Badgers (15-7, 6-3 Big Ten) shot under 30% for most of the first half and combined with the Illini to score 14 points in the game's first eight minutes.

Wisconsin eventually started making shots and Illinois (15-8, 2-7) didn't until it was too late. The Illini closed the gap late but trailed by 15 with 5:13 to play.

Frank Kaminsky added 19 for the Badgers and Ryan Evans scored 15. The win keeps the Badgers in fifth place in the Big Ten.

Illinois was led by Joseph Bertrand's 17 points. Four other Illini scored in double figures.

The Illini have lost 7 of 9 and have fallen to 10th in the conference.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#13 Louisville Cardinals 70, #25 Marquette Golden Eagles 51
#24 Minnesota Golden Gophers 62, Iowa Hawkeyes 59

Clinton Police Weekend Report














DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

February 1, 2013


Jail Population: 63

Summons Served: 1

Warrant Arrests: 1


February 2, 2013


Jail Population: 64

Summons Served: 5

Warrant Arrests: 0


February 3, 2013


Jail Population: 63

Summons Served: 11

Warrant Arrests: 0




Todd Crozier, 42, Champaign, was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Failure to Pay or Appear/ Admin Fees. Crozier posted the necessary bond and was released.


Colton Alexander, 19, Lincoln, was arrested and charged with Illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Alexander was also issued citations for failure to signal when required and operating uninsured vehicle.Alexander posted the necessary bond and was released.


Wesley Holloway, 20, Bloomingotn, was arrested and charged with Possession of Cannabis less than 2.5 grams. Holloway posted the necessary bond and was released.


Franklin Senters, 39, Clinton, was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery. Senters unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.


Jeremy Cyrulik, 41, Clinton, was issued a citation for Speeding 88 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Cyrulik posted the necessary bond and was released.


Michael Valoon, 22, Decatur, was issued a citation for Speeding 63 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. Valoon posted his IL Drivers License as bond and was released.




Investigation into the scene of a accident which occurred at 12:59 pm on 1/22/13 revealed that Ashley Holmes, 23, Kenney, was traveling west bound on Sunset Drive. Holmes looked down inside the vehicle and left roadway striking a utility pole. Holmes had a dog getting sick in the vehicle, causing a distraction. The vehicle had major damage to the front passenger side. The vehicle was towed by Kathy’s Towing. Holmes had no visible signs of injuries and did not report any at the scene. No citations were issued.


Investigation into the scene of a accident which occurred at 2:24 pm on 1/23/13 revealed that Clint Rabbe, 28, Normal was traveling north bound on Leroy Road when both passenger side tires left the blacktop and touched the soft gravel on the east side of the road. Rabbe stated he over corrected the vehicle and swerved across both lanes of traffic into the soft gravel on the west side of the road. Rabbe then attempted to correct the vehicle again, ultimately losing control and swerving into the ditch on the east side of Leroy Road. Upon impact, the vehicle rolled side over side into a grassy area. Farmer City Arrow Ambulance also responded to the accident. Rabbe claimed no injuries and signed a refusal of treatment form. His vehicle was towed from the scene by Quinn’s Towing per his request. Rabbe was wearing his seatbelt, and the airbags did not deploy as a result of the accident. Rabbe was issued a citation for Failure to Reduce Speed/ Accident. Rabbe posted his IL Driver’s License and was released.


Scott Goodman, 60, Lincoln was issued a citation for operating uninsured vehicle. Goodman posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.






WHOW To Follow Clinton Lady Maroons Through Entire Postseason

WHOW will follow the Clinton LadyMaroons all throughout the postseason. Their first game of Regionals is tomorrow night at 6 pm against the winner of tonight's contest between Cerro Gordo/Argenta-Oreana at Decatur St. Teresa.

The Lady Maroons are in the Decatur St. Teresa Regional as the #1 seed.

To hear the actionl, tune in to 92.3 FM WHOW. Also listen live online from your computer, smart phone, or tablet at dewittdailynews.com. Also game will be broadcast live on Clinton Cable Channel 13.

Monticello Sages Fall to Meridian Hawks In OVC Tournament Championship Game

 /></a>The Monticello Sages fell to the Meridan Hawks by a final score of 46-42 on Saturday Night in the Championship Game of the OVC Tournament. The Sages were led by Ryan Donohue  with 14 points. Nick Stokowski also chipped in with 10 points. The Hawks was led by Brock Snarski with 18 points. Your First State Bank Player of the game was Ryan Donohue. With the loss the Sages fall to 18-3. With the win the Hawks improve to 13-9. Tune in Tuesday, Febuary 5 as the Sages take on Unity at 7:30. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC or online at dewittdailynews.com.</p>						</div>

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Long-Term Care Now Part of Ill. Medicaid Program

State officials say Illinois is moving toward the second phase of a new program for those in the Medicaid system.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services made the announcement. Officials say starting Friday there will be new services for more than 40,000 people in the Integrated Care Program. Those services include nursing home care and home and community-based care.

State officials say they hope the program saves government money and offers better care. The first phase of the program focused on standard services like specialist care, lab work, mental health care and substance abuse. The second phase adds long-term care services.

The third phase is expected to launch in 2014 and those suffering from developmental disabilities.

Illinoisans are Asked to Take Part in Earthquake Drills

Authorities in Illinois and eight other states are trying to make this year's Great Central U.S. ShakeOut the largest earthquake drill ever held in the Midwest.

Gov. Pat Quinn urged Illinois residents to sign up for the Feb. 7 exercise.

Those registering for the drill at www.shakeout.org/centralus will find advice on earthquake preparedness. Around 2.3 million Midwestern residents have already signed up for the event, including 410,000 people from Illinois.

Parts of southern Illinois sit atop two major fault lines, including the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

The most powerful series of earthquakes ever recorded in the U.S. happened between 1811 and 1812 near New Madrid, Mo.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken says people should know escape routes, have an earthquake kit and make plans to care for pets.

Treasurer Repays Stolen Money, Avoids Prison

A woman who stole more than $14,000 while working as treasurer for the village of San Jose won't be going to prison because she's repaid the money.

Melanie Blair pleaded guilty Thursday to theft in a plea agreement.

Mason County State's Attorney Roger Thomson says Blair was given probation and a stayed jail sentence provided that she repay the $14,671.59 that she transferred from village accounts to accounts in her name and the names of her underage daughters.

San Jose Village Board President Joe McCormick says an audit spotted a discrepancy in the village's books and bank officials helped discover the transfers made by Blair.

Blair must pay a $500 fine, serve 30 months of probation and perform 100 hours of community service.

Thousands of Pizzas are Headed to Illinois Troops over Super Bowl Weekend





Illinois Survey to Give Inside Look at Schools

Illinois education officials expect more than a million students, parents and teachers to give opinions about what they like and dislike at school in a first-of-its-kind survey.

The online survey began Friday and runs through March 31. A 2011 state law requires that children in grades 6-12 and teachers in all elementary and secondary schools be given the survey. They and parents can choose not to participate.

Eric Camburn is an education researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He says surveys are good for gauging opinions but officials must remember they're not the answer themselves.

Williamsville School Superintendent David Root wonders whether a survey is a good idea when schools are overburdened and underfunded. He says schools might not have the resources to respond to negative input.

SIU Weekly Medical Update

Thyroid disease is a fact of life for 20 million Americans and more than half of those people remain undiagnosed.

Thyroid disease is very common. It’s caused when the butter-fly-shaped thyroid gland, located in the neck, is not functioning properly, says Dr. Carmel Fratianni, associate professor of endocrinology at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. She explains one of the thyroid disorders.


Other thyroid disorders include an enlargement of the thyroid, called a goiter, and other growths in the neck which can be benign or cancerous. Hyperthyroidism is another disease in which the thyroid produces too much hormone, causing anxiety, loss of weight and an irregular heartbeat. Dr. Fratianni explains the treatment for hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid.


Dr. Fratianni advises people who have symptoms for thyroid disorders to see their primary care physician or endocrinologist for evaluation and possible treatment.

GOP Sen. Brady Weighing Bid for Illinois Governor

Republican state Sen. Bill Brady says he is laying the groundwork to run for governor in 2014.

Brady sent an email to supporters asking if he should run and asking them to donate to his campaign.

The Bloomington lawmaker defeated six other candidates in the 2010 Republican primary, but lost the general election to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

In his email, Brady says hundreds if not thousands of people have asked him to "finish the job" he started three years ago. He says he will make a final decision on whether to run by June.

Other Republicans considering a bid are state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Congressman Aaron Schock. State Sen. Kirk Dillard already has announced his candidacy.


Toronto Raptors 98, Los Angeles Clippers 73
Indiana Pacers 102, Miami Heat 89
Brooklyn Nets 93, Chicago Bulls 89
Detroit Pistons 117, Cleveland Cavaliers 99
New York Knicks 96, Milwaukee Bucks 86
Philadelphia 76ers 89, Sacramento Kings 80
Boston Celtics 97, Orlando Magic 84
Memphis Grizzlies 85, Washington Wizards 76
Dallas Mavericks 109, Phoenix Suns 99
Utah Jazz 86, Portland Trail Blazers 77
Denver Nuggets 113, New Orleans Hornets 98
Los Angeles Lakers 111, Minnesota Timberwolves 100

Washington Capitals 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2
Carolina Hurricanes 1, Ottawa Senators 0
Tampa Bay Lightning 8, Winnipeg Jets 3
Detroit Red Wings 5, St. Louis Blues 3
Dallas Stars 4, Phoenix Coyotes 3 (SO)
Vancouver Canucks 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1 (SO)
Anaheim Ducks 3, Minnesota Wild 1

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
No Games Scheduled

Cardinals Agree To One-Year Deal With Rzepczynski

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year contract with pitcher Mark Rzepczynski [[ zep-CHIN-skee ]].  The 27-year-old left-hander went 1-and-3 with a 4.24 ERA in 70 appearances for the Redbirds last season.  He was acquired from Toronto at the 2011 trade deadline.  Rzepczynski is 9-and-17 with a 4.04 ERA in four seasons overall. 

Canucks Win In Shootout Over Blackhawks

Roberto Luongo [[ loo-ON-go ]] saved three penalty shots in a shootout before Jordan Schroeder's winning goal to led the Canucks over the Blackhawks, 2-1.  Luongo made 27 saves.  Alex Edler opened the scoring for Vancouver in the first period.  Chicago tied it in the third period with Patrick Kane's goal.  The Canucks won their second straight game to go to 4-2-and-2.  The Blackhawks lost their second-in-a-row after starting the season with six straight wins to go to 6-0-and-2. 

Nets Hang On For Win Over Bulls

MarShon Brooks scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Nets held on for a 93-89 win over the Bulls. Nets All-Star Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 20 points scored in three quarters. Chicago tried 14 three-pointers and made just one. Luol Deng [[ loo-OLL dang ]] and Marco Belinelli led the Bulls with 18 points each. The Bulls were without injured top players Joakim [[ joe-keem ]] Noah, Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose. Brooklyn moved to 28-and-19 overall and the Bulls fell to 28-and-18.

15-Year Old Urbana Boy Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Robbery

A judge in Champaign County has sentenced a 15-year-old boy to 20 years in prison for armed robbery.

Judge Tom Difanis says the public deserves to be protected from Denashio Tester.

Reports indicate Tester was prosecuted as an adult and faced a maximum sentence of 30 years. He could be released in 10 with credit for good behavior.

Tester pleaded guilty in the Oct. 9 armed robbery of a payday loan store. Authorities say he stuck a gun in the face of an employee and demanded cash. He got more than $1,100.

The judge called Tester's case "an incredibly sad and disturbing situation."

In court Wednesday, Tester told the judge he was sorry for his actions and said he wanted to turn his life around.

Illinois Investment Adviser Gets 12-Years In Prison

A former Urbana investment adviser has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for defrauding clients of millions of dollars.

The U.S. Department of Justice says 57-year-old Timothy J. Roth was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Peoria to 12 years and seven months in prison. Roth was also ordered to pay $16.15 million in restitution to people who lost money. He pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering in October.

The Justice Department says Roth admitted that he moved mutual fund shares out of clients' accounts and sold them to use the money himself.

Roth worked for a Champaign money-management firm at the time. He had since moved to Stonington, just southwest of Decatur.

Teen Arrested In Fatal Bloomington Shooting

Authorities in central Illinois have charged a 17-year-old boy from Normal in the fatal shooting of a Bloomington teenager earlier this month.

Sixteen-year-old Trae Massey was shot at his home on Jan. 21 and died a short time later at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling says he was shot once in the chest.

Police on Wednesday said the 17-year-old boy is jailed on preliminary charges of involuntary manslaughter, possession of a stolen firearm and obstruction of justice.

Officers responding to a report of a loud argument on Jan. 21 were told that witnesses saw several people carrying a shooting victim to a car. Massey's relatives had taken him in a private car to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

Local Lawmaker Sees Long Battle Over Gun Control In Illinois

One local lawmaker says the gun issue in Illinois will not be resolved quickly.

Illinois State Senator Chapin Rose says the issue of gun control in Illinois is not going to die quickly. He says now that Democrats have a super-majority in both the Illinois General Assembly and the Senate, it remains to be scene what will happen next.

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On a national level, Rose says it should be no shock that President Obama has taken an anti-gun stance with the gun debate continuing to be front and center in Washington. Rose explains in when Obama was an Illinois Senator, he supported a bill that would not allow anyone to have a gun in their own homes. Rose says "that is ridiculous".

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Rose says lawmakers from Chicago do not understand, some counties in downstate Illinois may only have one Deputy Sheriff on duty on a given Saturday evening. He says the issue comes down to personal protection, and he feels every citizen has the right to defend themselves.

Flu Season Continues, Not Too Late For Flu Shot

If you've not received your flu shot yet, it is not too late.

The Illinois Department of Public Health categorized this year's flu as an epidemic. Brian Eddings, Pharmacy Manager at Sav Mor Pharmacy in Clinton says it's not too late to get that flu shot for this year. Many retailers have run out of flu vaccines, but they just started offering them about a week ago, and offer both the normal vaccine, but the high dose vaccine for people ages 65 and up.

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Because the flu is a viral illness, Eddings says once you have it, the best thing to do is rest and let it run its course. He notes while some medications do help the recovery faster, the best thing to do is to let it run its course and see a doctor.

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Eddings explains when you get the flu shot, you are not automatically exempt from getting the flu. He says you may have the flu for 3-5 days and not show symptoms. He says the flu shot takes about two weeks to take full effect. To prevent getting the flu, the best thing to do is wash your hands every half hour.

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Eddings notes last year's flu season was so mild, that it has exploded this year, making it seem so much worse. He says another reason for the continued explosion of the flu is doctors are running out of the prescription drug, Tamiflu.

Blues Best Blue Jackets

The Blues scored three times in the opening period and they held on to top the Blue Jackets, 4-1. Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko each lit the lamp in the first frame for St. Louis, which improved to 6-and-1. David Backes [[ back-es ]] added an empty-netter late in the game. Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots in the win. Derick Brassard scored the lone goal in the setback. Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three goals, while Steve Mason shut out the Blues on 13 attempts for Columbus, which dipped to 2-5-and-1.

Buffalo Sabres 7, Boston Bruins 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Washington Capitals 2
New York Islanders 5, New Jersey Devils 4 (OT)
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, New York Rangers 0
St. Louis Blues 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
Florida Panthers 6, Winnipeg Jets 3
Colorado Avalanche 6, Calgary Flames 3
Nashville Predators 2, Los Angeles Kings 1 (SO)
San Jose Sharks 3, Edmonton Oilers 2 (SO)

MLB Off-Field Drama

>>Cubs' Marmol Accused Of Domestic Violence

(Chicago, IL) -- According to a report in the "Chicago Sun-Times," Cubs pitcher Carlos Marmol faced charges of domestic violence in the Dominican Republic Wednesday. Marmol's attorney counter-sued claiming extortion, the paper reported. The club is looking into the matter and had no comment on Thursday.

>>Former Cub Grace Sentenced To Jail Time

(Phoenix, AZ) -- Multiple reports said former Cubs first baseman Mark Grace was sentenced to four months in jail on Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. Grace is to begin serving his sentence on Feb. 10. Grace was replaced as color commentator on Arizona Diamondbacks baseball broadcasts midway through last season.

>>A-Rod Has No Plans To Retire

(New York, NY) -- Despite hip surgery and new drug allegations, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez isn't looking to hang it up. ESPNNewYork.com cites a source with close ties to "A-Rod" as saying he has no plans to retire. The three-time American League MVP is said to be working hard on his rehab in an effort to return to the field as soon as possible. Rodriguez is expected to be out until after the All-Star break. Earlier this week, the "Miami New Times" reported that "A-Rod" is on the client list of a Miami clinic suspected of selling performance-enhancing drugs. That led to a report the Yankees are looking to void the final five years on his contract, and speculation Rodriguez may have played his last game as a Yankee.

Packers' Driver To Retire

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver is calling it a career. Appearing on ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" in New Orleans, Driver said he would officially announce his retirement during a press conference next Wednesday in Green Bay. The four-time Pro Bowler said, "I'm going to officially put the cleats on the shelf, I'm going to walk away from the game." The Packers also issued a news release, saying Driver's retirement will take place in a public event at Lambeau Field. Driver spent 14 seasons with the Packers and is their all-time leader with 743 catches for 10,137 yards.

Ravens, 49ers Battle For Lombardi Trophy

The hype is almost over and Super Bowl 47 is just days away. Nicknamed the "HarBowl," this marks the first Super Bowl in which head coaching brothers will face one another. John Harbaugh's Ravens are in the title game after beating the Colts, Broncos and Patriots this postseason, while Jim Harbaugh's 49ers advanced with playoff wins over the Packers and Falcons. Baltimore won its only prior Super Bowl appearance in 2001, while San Francisco is a perfect 5-and-0 in the big game. It's the first time two teams with prior experience meet with undefeated Super Bowl records. The 49ers' last Super Bowl victory came in 1995. A San Francisco win would match Pittsburgh for the most Super Bowl victories of all-time with six. John and Jim have faced off one other time as NFL head coaches, with John's Ravens beating Jim's 49ers 16-6 in November of 2011. This also marks the final game for retiring Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. The 49ers have ridden the dual-threat of quarterback Colin Kaepernick [[ CAP-er-nick ]], who took over for Alex Smith as the team's starter in November after Smith suffered a concussion in a Week 10 tie against the St. Louis Rams. The Ravens and 49ers battle for the Lombardi Trophy Sunday at the Superdome.

College Basketball Notes

>> Robinson To Be Inducted Into Pac-12 Hall

(Walnut Creek, CA) -- Chicago Bulls guard and former University of Washington star Nate Robinson is one of 12 who will be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor next month. Robinson was a two-sport star in football and basketball at UW and has been in the NBA since 2005. The ceremony will take place March 16 at the conference mens basketball tournament in Las Vegas. The Bulls are off that day.

>>Hoosiers Host Michigan

(Bloomington, IN) -- The Indiana Hoosiers welcome in the second-ranked Michigan Wolverines tomorrow night. Number-three Indiana has won four straight to move to 19-and-2 and 7-and-1 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines come in at 20-and-1 and 7-and-1 in conference play.

Bulls Look To Keep Rolling

The Chicago Bulls continue their current road trip with a game tonight at the Barclays Center against the Nets. Chicago has won 13 of its last 17 games and looks for its third straight win. The Bulls lead the Central Division at 28-and-17.



Oklahoma City Thunder 106, Memphis Grizzlies 89

Golden State Warriors 100, Dallas Mavericks 97

Illinois Squanders 10-Point Halftime Lead, Falls To Michigan State

Keith Appling led a pivotal run early in the second half and finished with 24 points and seven assists to help No. 13 Michigan State beat Illinois 80-75 on Thursday night. The Spartans (18-4, 7-2 Big Ten) scored the first 14 points of the second half to take their first lead. The Fighting Illini (15-7, 2-6) lost for the fifth time in six games. They had a chance to be the first team with four wins over currently ranked teams. Illinois started strong and responded to rallies with shots and stops in the first half. Michigan State played with a lot of energy in the second half. Appling alternated making shots and setting up teammates to score in helping turn a 10-point deficit into a 41-37 lead.

NCAA Top-25 Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)


#7 Gonzaga Bulldogs 88 Loyola Marymount Lions 43

#8 Arizona Wildcats 57, Washington Huskies 53

Saint Louis Billikens 75, #10 Butler Bulldogs 58

Sages To Play For Conference Tournament Title

The Monticello Sages will take on Meridian Saturday night at 7:30 in a rematch of the only loss in Conference play to this point for the Sages. The Sages have defeated Warrensburg-Latham and Central A&M to get to the Okaw Tournament Championship. Meridian has defeated Argenta-Oreana, and upset Maroa-Forsyth and Decatur St. Teresa to get to the Championship game.

The Sages will enter play at 18-2 overall. Meridian is 12-9.

The game Saturday night can be heard on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Central A&M and Decatur St. Teresa will play at 6 pm Saturday for 3rd place in the conference tournament.

Maroons In Action Tonight At OVC Tournament

The Clinton Maroons hit the hardwood after a week off tonight as they get back in action at the Okaw Valley Conference Tournament. The Maroons tonight will take on Sullivan tonight at Maroa-Forsyth High School. The Maroons were defeated last Friday by Shelbyville, 61-23.

If the Maroons win, they will play tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 and take on the winner of Tuscola and Argenta-Oreana, who play tonight.

Game time tonight is at 5 pm. You can hear all the action on 92.3 FM WHOW, dewittdailynews.com and at Clinton Cable Channel 13.

Other Okaw Valley Conference games tonight...

Tuscola 6:30

Shelbyville 8 pm (Consolation Championship)

Clinton Man Arrested On Battery Charge

DeWitt County State's Attorney Karl Koritz confirms to Regional Radio News, that an investigation is ongoing into an alleged incident that happened on Monday involving a Clinton man.  Clinton Police earlier this week reported to Regional Radio News the arrest of 40-year-old Tony C. Snelling on battery charges.  Snelling was taken to the DeWitt County Jail and released to corrections according to Clinton Police.
State's Attorney Koritz would not release any further details regarding the incident, other than an investigation is ongoing.

Monticello Forced To Evacuate Students Due To Fire

A fire at Monticello schools Thursday forced the evacuation of about 375 students.

About mid-day Thursday the fire alarms went off at Washington School in Monticello. Dr. Vic Zimmerman, Superintendent of Monticello Schools explains they walked out to one of the halls of Washington School and discovered smoke coming from the bathroom. He says it was revealed a roll of toilet paper was lit on fire causing damage to the bathroom.

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Dr. Zimmerman explains the way Monticello schools are set up, part of that hallway houses high school classes. Those classes in that hallway were forced to other parts of the building. He says classes today have resumed as usual, however, those bathrooms have been shut down.

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It's unknown how much monetary damage was caused to the bathroom. Dr. Zimmerman says there doesn't appear to be any structural damage and they were fortunate the fire was contained to that area.


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