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Governor Candidates Differ On Overseas Tax Breaks

The practice of U.S. corporations reorganizing overseas with foreign entities to cut taxes back home has emerged as an issue in Illinois' gubernatorial race.

Gov. Pat Quinn condemned the practice Wednesday as "unpatriotic." The Democrat says anyone running for public office supporting it is "taking advantage" of taxpayers.

The comment was directed at Republican challenger Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur). Reports indicate Rauner says the U.S. and Illinois need to compete, not block companies. His campaign later declined to say if Rauner supports the practice.

Much attention has been focused on Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. The company is considering its option to complete a takeover of Swiss retailer Alliance Boots.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin urged the company not to move. His GOP counterparts blocked a bill Wednesday limiting tax breaks.

Quinn Says Workers' Compesation Rate To Fall 2015

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the state's workers' compensation insurance rates will drop 5.5 percent next year.

Quinn announced Wednesday the cut in rates is being recommended by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, which annually reviews payments and fees and proposes new premium figures.

Illinois Department of Insurance officials are estimating the latest proposed reduction in workers' compensation advisory and loss cost rates could result in overall reduction in premiums of up to $143 million in 2015. They say the total savings since the reforms were enacted in 2011 is expected to reach $458 million.

Illinois Manufacturers' Association President Greg Baise is applauding the news, but says the rates must drop more to increase the state's competitiveness.

The workers' comp system pays health expenses for injured workers.

Quinn Gets IFT Endorsement

The Illinois Federation of Teachers is backing Governor Quinn in his bid for re-election.  Board members say Quinn is committed to making sure students have the resources they need to succeed in school.  The group says Bruce Rauner's ideas are out of touch with what's best for education in Illinois.  They add that Rauner's budget plan would force layoffs, larger class sizes, and deeper cuts to public education.

Officials Say Teen Used Drugs Before Deadly Crash

Officials say drugs played a role in the death of a LaSalle teenager who crashed a car into a sand pit at U.S. Silica.  They say 17-year-old Zachary Behrens had LSD and marijuana in his system.  Authorities say he took a woman's car without her permission back on June 16th and zoomed down West Main Street in Ottawa.  The car went through a fence, over a berm, and plunged at least 70-feet before landing in water at the bottom of the pit.  Zachary's family says they're devastated by the whole ordeal.  They say he was a wonderful, intelligent, loving young man who was an honor roll student looking ahead to a bright future.

Pipe Bomb Found In Downtown Springfield

Federal agencies are investigating after a pipe bomb was found outside a downtown Springfield restaurant.

A Secretary of State Police bomb squad on Monday evening used a high-powered water cannon to safely disable the 7-inch-long pipe filled with explosives. Springfield Police Deputy Chief Dan Mounce said Tuesday that police have no suspects or motive. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives collected samples of soil and debris left after the bomb was dismantled.

Authorities say the bomb had caps on both ends, was about an inch in diameter and weighed about three-quarters of a pound.

Officials say they're reviewing surveillance video from the area.

Trial Begins For Man Accused of Deadly House Fire

A trial is underway in central Illinois for a man accused of setting a Peoria house fire that killed four people, including a 2-year-old boy.

According to reports, a jury of seven men and five women were selected Wednesday in the Peoria County trial of 37-year-old Aunterrio Barney of Chicago.

He's charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson in connection with April 2010 fire that killed sisters 24-year-old Youlandice Simmons, 22-year-old Brianna Simmons and 19-year-old Darresse Roddy. Youlandice Simmon's 2-year-old son died the next day.

Barney fled and federal marshals arrested him two months later in North Carolina.

Grant Helps ISU Teach About 'Smart Grid'

A $450,000 grant to Illinois State University will help teachers and their students learn more about cutting-edge electricity distribution.

Reports indicate ISU's Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology and the Center for Renewable Energy is constructing demonstrations to explain "smart grid" technology - measuring how much electric power is used, and when, with lower prices for periods of lower demand.

Utility companies are preparing to introduce smart grid to Illinois.

The grant from the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation is funding projects such as writing curricula and building a diorama and simulated household rooms to show electric distribution - including a kitchen, bathroom with a whirlpool and a utility room with appliances.

The models will be set up in school auditoriums.

Archer Daniels Midland Settles EPA Allegations

Federal regulators say Archer Daniels Midland Co. has agreed to settle allegations that it violated Clean Water Act rules at facilities where it stored fuels and oil in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

The Environmental Protection Agency says Decatur, Illinois-based ADM will pay a civil penalty of $430,000.

Archer Daniels Midland spokeswoman Jackie Anderson said the company worked with regulators to address their regulators.

Anderson says ADM has a compliance program in place to protect the environment.

The EPA says the company violations involved large storage facilities for denatured ethanol, fuels and lubricants in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa; Deerfield and Mexico, Missouri; and Columbus, Nebraska.

The EPA says violations included a lack of EPA-required spill response plans and violations of industrial stormwater requirements for Clean Water Act operating permits.

McLean County Fair Opens Up Thursday; 4-H Highlight of Week

The McLean County Fair offers something for every age this week and through the weekend.

One of the most popular events of the fair are the annual 4-H events. Carolyn Hanson, with the University of Illinois Extension, notes close to 1200 kids are participating in this year's fair with over 8,000 entries.

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Aside from the usual livestock entries, many 4-H participants are offering a variety of categories. Hanson explains the program is not only for those interested in livestock and farming anymore. Kids can take part in events that range from photography to baking wedding cakes. She says as they grow older, 4-Hers are also expected to develop their skills in their chosen categories.

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Participants are not just judged on their various projects alone, they also research and present their own information to the judges. Hanson says this will provide these kids with life-long skills.

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The McLean County Fair continues through Sunday August 3rd. For a full schedule of events, you can visit www.mcleancountyfair.org.

Senate Bill 16 Could Provide Heyworth With Much Needed Financial Relief

One local school district is looking to find equity through a recent senate bill.

Senate Bill 16 has attempted to find a common ground for school financing. According to Dr. Ty Wolf, Superintendent of Heyworth Schools, districts that need extra funding would be able to get what they need due to lack of resources. Currently, Heyworth is reliant on agricultural and residential areas for revenue which limits the district in certain ways.

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Heyworth Schools would receive $169,000 more if Senate Bill 16 is passed as currently constructed. Dr. Wolf feels funding for education cannot be cut any further, and Heyworth and districts all over the state have tried to live within their means, but that is becoming increasingly difficult.

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Dr. Wolf says Heyworth has been spending their savings accounts in order to provide a quality education for students. Like many other districts, Dr. Wolf says if they continue this, their reserves will quickly dwindle, which means something needs to be done to better fund education.

Y-Zone Registration Opens Friday

 width=With school starting up soon, many parents will be signing their kids up for the Cliunton YMCA's in-school program, Y-Zone.

The Clinton YMCA Y-Zone is a before and after school program that allows kids an avenue to be active and stay out of trouble during the school year when parents may not be around to keep a watchful eye over them. Rennie Cluver, Executive Director of the YMCA, explains kids will receive both physical and mental stimulation during the course of the day.

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The program is structured to cater to the individual student's needs. According to Cluver, kids will be able to finish homework or catch up on missed work. The fact that Y-Zone is held in the schools also helps the Y to partner with teachers in case they need to work extra time with child.

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Kids who range from kindergarten through fifth grade can participate in Y-Zone. Cluver eplains the set-up for some of the schools will be different due to the new elementary school. He says leaders from the school district will sit down with him to discuss plans for the future as well.

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Registration for Y-Zone begins August 1st. If you're interested in getting your children signed or want more information, contact the Clinton Y at 217-935-8307 or visit www.clintoncommymca.org.

UPDATED: Clinton Crime Stoppers Investigating Stolen Camera Equipment

The Clinton Police Department is seeking your help and information in solving a theft that occurred.

On July 29th at approximately 2:00 pm Clinton Police officers were flagged down while on patrol in the 200 block of E. Washington St.

At this time, officers learned that a professional photographer was conducting a photo shoot and upon finishing, inadvertently left a very valuable camera lenz sitting on the sidewalk.

Upon realizing their mistake, the victim returned approximately 1 hour later, only to find that the lenz was no longer there and presumably had been stolen.

This property is described as a Canon 24 X 70 lenz. The lenz is approximately 8 inches in length and black in color with a red ring around it.

The Clinton Police Department is asking for your help in solving this crime of opportunity and theft of mislaid property.

Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspects responsible for this crime or any other crimes are asked to contact the Clinton Area Crime stoppers at 217-935-3333.

Remember; Crime Stoppers want your name, just your information.

UPDATE: The camera lenz has been recovered and returned to the owner.

Marquette's Mayo Leaves Program

 width=Marquette guard Todd Mayo is leaving the program to begin his professional career.  The "Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel" reports Mayo will likely play in Europe.  He was entering his senior season with the Golden Eagles, who now have just 10 scholarship players.  Mayo averaged 11.3 points and 2.7 rebounds last season.  He is the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo.

Barracuda Championship Preview

 width=Since  this event  is playing against the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, all of the  top players  in the world are  in Ohio in preparation for next week's PGA Championship. But there are 14 former major championship winners in the field: Rich Beem (2002 PGA Championship), Ben Curtis (2003 British Open), David Duval (2001  British  Open), Lucas Glover (2009  U.S. Open), Retief Goosen (2001 and 2004  U.S. Open),  Todd Hamilton (2004 British Open), Padraig Harrington (2007 and 2008 British Open, 2008 PGA Championship), Trevor Immelman (2008 Masters), Lee  Janzen (1993 and 1998 U.S. Open), Davis Love III (1997 PGA Championship), Geoff  Ogilvy (2006  U.S. Open), David Toms (2001 PGA Championship), Mike Weir (2003 Masters) and Y.E. Yang (2009 PGA Championship). 

Cavs Only Team Talking With T'wolves

 width=There is only one team in talks with the Timberwolves for big man Kevin Love.  ESPN says the Cavaliers are the lone team in serious discussions for the former UCLA standout.  Reports had the Bulls and Warriors also interested in Love.  The T'wolves are reportedly looking to land this year's first overall pick, Andrew Wiggins, former first overall selection Anthony Bennett and a future first round choice from the Cavs. 

Bears, NFL Notes

 width=>>Bears' Long Cleared, Will Start Conditioning Soon

(Bourbonnais, IL) -- The Bears say second-year guard Kyle Long has been cleared by doctors to begin conditioning. Long contracted a viral infection early last week and has not practiced in training camp. Coach Marc Trestman says Long could be in pads by Saturday night's practice.

>>Bears' Marshall Praises Cutler

(Bourbonnais, IL) -- Bears receiver Brandon Marshall has confidence in quarterback Jay Cutler. Marshall told reporters at the team's training camp practice yesterday that Cutler could win the NFL MVP Award if he plays in all 16 games this year. Marshall adds that Cutler is way different this year.

 width=>>Packers Sign GM Thompson To Extension

(Green Bay, WI) -- The Green Bay Packers are locking up the team's architect. The Packers have signed General Manager Ted Thompson to a multi-year contract extension. Details of the new deal have not been disclosed. Since taking over the GM position in 2005, Thompson has helped the Packers to an 86-57-and-1 regular-season record and a Super Bowl championship in the 2010 season.

>>Pro Bowl Captains Named

(New York, NY) -- A pair of Hall of Fame wide receivers will serve as alumni captains for the 2015 Pro Bowl. Cris Carter and Michael Irvin take over the roles that Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice served last season. In the second year of the revised format, Carter and Irvin will join two active player captains and one NFL.com fantasy football champion to select players placed into a pool and drafted into two teams. Last season, Team Rice defeated Team Sanders 22-21 in Honolulu. This season's Pro Bowl will be played stateside on January 25th at the site of Super Bowl 49 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

 width=>>Three Bids Submitted To Buy Buffalo Bills

(Toronto, Ontario) -- Three bids are in to purchase the Buffalo Bills. The "Toronto Sun" reports billionaire Donald Trump, Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula [[ peh-GOO-luh ]] and a Toronto-based group that includes rock star Jon Bon Jovi all submitted bids to the investment bank handling the sale of the team before Tuesday's deadline. Former Sabres owner Tom Golisano was expected to bid, but did not submit. The "New York Post" reports Pegula's bid is for more than one-billion-dollars. The Bills are up for sale after longtime owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

>>Report: Retractable Roof Proposed For New Oakland Coliseum

(Oakland, CA) -- A report says a new Raiders stadium in Oakland could have a retractable or transparent roof. The "San Francisco Chronicle" says planners are debating the additional 150-million-dollar cost of a roof so they can attract events like conventions that require dry weather. There are still many other issues that need to be worked out for the proposed billion-dollar stadium that Mayor Jean Quan wants to build at the site of the existing one. The report says the Raiders prefer an open-air stadium.

Trade Deadline Notes

 width=>>Cardinals Acquire Masterson From Tribe

(San Diego, CA) -- The Cardinals have acquired right-handed starter Justin Masterson from the Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder James Ramsey. Masterson has been on the disabled list since July 8th with a knee injury, but was scheduled to start for Cleveland tomorrow. He will now toe the rubber for St. Louis on Saturday against Milwaukee. The 29-year-old went just 4-and-6 with a 5.51 ERA for the Tribe this season.

 width=>>Cubs, Dodgers Complete Trade

The Dodgers have completed their trade with the Cubs, sending minor-league pitcher Jonathan Martinez to Chicago and optioning infielder Darwin Barney to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Barney was acquired by the Dodgers in Monday's trade and he was sent down Wednesday.

The Gold Glove winner in 2012 played second base, third base and shortstop in five seasons with the Cubs, but they cut him loose after he hit .230 with 16 RBIs in 72 games this season.

Martinez, a 20-year-old right-hander, was 7-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 19 starts for Class A Great Lakes this season. He was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in May 2011 out of Venezuela.

 width=>>White Sox Promote Rodon To Single-A

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The White Sox have promoted 2014 top pick Carlos Rodon to Single-A Winston-Salem. The left-hander made his debut yesterday for the Dash, allowing two earned runs in one relief inning in which he struck out the side. Rodon could join the Sox later this season.

>>Red Sox Deal Doubront To Cubs

(Chicago, IL) -- Pitcher Felix Doubront [[ doo-BRONT ]] is changing leagues. The Boston Red Sox have dealt the left-hander to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later. The 26-year-old is 2-and-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 games for Boston this season, including 10 starts.

>>Derek Jeter Greeted By George W. Bush In Final Arlington Game

(Arlington, TX) -- Derek Jeter is getting a presidential send off in his last game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. Former president George W. Bush came out on the field before Wednesday's game, giving the Yankees shortstop a signed photo taken in 2001. Jeter was also given a ten-thousand-dollar donation from the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to his Turn 2 Foundation, and a pair of cowboy boots with his name, number and the Yankees' logo on them.

>>Red Sox, O's Reportedly Discussing Lester Deal

(Boston, MA) -- Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester could be heading to an AL East rival. The "Boston Globe" reports the Red Sox are in talks with the Baltimore Orioles about a trade for the ace left-hander. Brittany Ghiroli of Orioles.com reports Miguel Gonzalez could be headed to Boston in the deal. Other reports say the two sides are talking, but a deal is not close. Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is 4 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. Lester is 10-and-7 with a 2.52 ERA.

>>MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline Today

(Undated) -- Today is the last day for major league teams to make deals before the non-waiver trade deadline. Clubs have until 4 p.m. Eastern to make trades without first having to pass players through waivers. Among the prominent names rumored to be on the block are Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, Rays pitcher David Price, Phillies pitchers Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd.

All Locals Lose

 width=>>Rockies Get Past Cubs In Extras

(Chicago, IL) -- Brandon Barnes singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth as the Rockies got by the Cubs 6-4 at Wrigley Field. Drew Stubbs added a run by scoring on a wild pitch as Colorado stopped a three-game slide. Charlie Blackmon and Michael McKenry each had three hits and doubled in a run while Charlie Culberson also knocked one in with a two-bagger. Rob Scahill earned the win in relief while Adam Ottavino notched his first save. Wesley Wright was charged with the loss for Chicago. Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer and drove in three to complete a 3-for-5 effort. The Cubs have lost three of five.

>>Padres Brutalize Cardinals

(San Diego, CA) -- The Padres used an eight-run seventh inning to pick up a 12-1 win over the Cardinals at Petco Park. Will Venable and Jedd Gyorko [[ JER-koe ]] both cracked a home run and tallied four RBI apiece. Yangervis Solarte [[ yahn-HER-viss so-LAR-tay ]] went 4-for-5 and batted in two runs for San Diego, which has won two straight since losing three in-a-row. Jesse Hahn threw seven innings of one-run ball to improve to 7-and-2 on the season. Joe Kelly got tagged for four runs and seven hits in five frames of work to fall to 2-and-2 for the Cardinals, who have lost six of their last eight. Peter Bourjos [[ BORE-juss ]] drove in the lone St. Louis run.

 width=>>Tigers Top White Sox

(Detroit, MI) -- Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run first inning and knocked in four to guide the Tigers to a 7-2 win over the White Sox at Comerica Park. Torii Hunter went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI for Detroit, which snapped a four-game slide. Max Scherzer picked up his 13th win after seven innings of one-run ball. Adam Dunn went deep for the second straight game for Chicago, which has lost two of three. Hector Noesi [[ no-AY-see ]] gave up six runs in six innings for the loss.

MLB National League
New York Mets 11, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Cincinnati Reds 4
Washington Nationals 4, Miami Marlins 3
San Francisco Giants 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Atlanta Braves 2 (10 inn)

MLB American League
Houston Astros 8, Oakland Athletics 1
Baltimore Orioles 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3
Cleveland Indians 2, Seattle Mariners 0
Toronto Blue Jays 6, Boston Red Sox 1
Texas Rangers 3, New York Yankees 2
Kansas City Royals 3, Minnesota Twins 2

MLB Interleague
Milwaukee Brewers 5, Tampa Bay Rays 0

Northern Illinois, San Diego State Set Games For 2016, '17

 width=Northern Illinois has added a pair of games against San Diego State to its schedule starting in 2016.

NIU said in a news release Tuesday that the Huskies will play the Aztecs in DeKalb on Sept. 17, 2016, and travel to San Diego to face the Aztecs on Sept. 30, 2017.

The teams haven't faced each other since 1971. San Diego State has won all four meetings between the teams.

San Diego State has to four straight bowl games. That includes a win over Buffalo in the 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Former Illini Track Standout Wins Gold

Former Illini standout Andrew Riley competed at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday, winning the 110m hurdles to capture his first major title.

Riley advanced to the 110m hurdles final after winning his first-round heat with a time of 13.47 on Tuesday morning. In the finals later that afternoon, the Kingston, Jamaica, native clocked a 13.32 to win gold, finishing ahead of England's William Sharman (13.36) and Barbados' Shane Brathwaite (13.49).

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DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 7-30

July 30, 2014

Jail Population: 34
Summons Served: 2
Warrant Arrests: 0


Investigation into the scene of an accident that occurred on 7/30/14 at 4:10 P.M revealed that Joseph Eilers, 31, Decatur was backing from a parking space near the north side of the store at Casey’s General Store in Wapella. Eilers states another car was entering the parking lot, so he continued to back up further, to make room for the other vehicle. An employee’s vehicle was parked at the north end of the parking lot, north of the gas pumps, unoccupied. As Eilers continued to back up, the rear end of his vehicle ran into the rear driver’s side of the employees vehicle. The crash caused damage to the rear driver’s side bumper, quarter panel, and tail light of Eilers vehicle. The employees vehicle sustained damage to the rear driver’s side bumper and quarter panel. There were no injuries reported or observed. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.



Illinois River's Man-Made Isand Complete

A man-made island in the Illinois River built to provide habitat for fish and a place for birds to call home will officially be complete this week.

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to mark the end of the five-year project with a ceremony Friday in Peoria.

Anthony Heddlesten is an environmental engineer with the Army Corps. According to reports, he says the 24-acre island is already thick with cottonwoods and willows. Ducks, geese and heron also are being seen.

The island is built of material dredged from the river.

John Marlin of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois says he would like to see the island built up another 10 feet to accommodate trees such as pin oaks.

Illinois Warns Insurers Of Discrimination Ban

The state of Illinois has cautioned insurers about discriminating against transgender people.

The Illinois Department of Insurance bulletin issued to insurers this week details nondiscrimination provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act along with Illinois laws.

Backers say the move was prompted by concerns for transgender people's rights, a focus for some gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights advocates after Illinois legalized same-sex marriage this year.

Several other states including Oregon, California, Massachusetts and Vermont have recently issued similar statements to insurers.

The guidance reminds insurers that both excluding and denying coverage based on a person's gender identity are illegal.

However, some question the move. The Illinois Family Institute's Executive Director David Smith says it puts some religious business owners in a position that forces them to compromise their faiths.

Quinn Signs Millionaires Tax Ballot Question

Illinois is giving voters a chance to weigh in on whether millionaires should dig a little deeper and pay more to make sure schools have the money they need. Governor Quinn says that's not too much to ask.

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The proposal aims to tax an extra three-percent on all income over one-million-bucks. Voters will get to vote up or down on the issue this November, but it's a non-binding question so lawmakers won't be required to implement the tax, no matter what voters say. Republicans don't like the idea. They say it's nothing more than a Democratic ploy to boost their support at the polls.

Quinn Launches New Comeback Ad

Governor Quinn is hitting the television airwaves with a new, positive campaign ad called "Comeback." The ad touts Quinn's efforts to lead the state out of tough economic times, even when he had to do it alone.

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But Quinn's move to block lawmakers' pay was deemed unconstitutional and a judge ordered the state to pay up. Quinn also touts improved job numbers in his ad. At the height of the recession, Illinois' jobless rate topped eleven-percent and more than 750-thousand people were unemployed. Even though that looks like a comeback, critics will argue that point down, considering Illinois' unemployment rate sits at seven-point-one-percent. That means more than 460-thousand people are still without work.

Peoria Library Lands on National Register

Peoria's 104-year-old Lincoln Library has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reports indicate library officials learned last week that the facility was awarded national registry status as a historic place worthy of preservation.

The library joins about 20 other Peoria properties on the National Register.

The city boasts a total of five library locations, but the Lincoln branch is the only one in the city financed by 19th century philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. While officials say parts of the 4,000-square-foot building have been altered, few of the other 1,700 libraries Carnegie financed are still standing and operating as libraries today.

Officials say the designation of the library as historic place brings visibility and prestige to the city of Peoria.

Man In Pana Standoff Dead

The man who allegedly shot a Pana police officer in an early morning standoff is dead. Officials say the man fired on the officer around 3:00 this morning, then ran to the roof of the home in the vicinity of 1498 East and 350 North. He refused to come down so the state police SWAT team was called in to negotiate with him. But officials say the man ended up setting the roof on fire then started shooting at officers on the ground. Members of the SWAT team fired back and killed him.

The Pana Police Officer who was hit is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. There's still no word on what prompted the whole ordeal but police are questioning three other people who were in the home.

Illinois Woman Dies Retrieving Phone From Fire

Authorities say a central Illinois woman is dead after running back into her burning home to get her cell phone. A police officer who tried to save her was hospitalized.

Police in Bartonville said the home caught fire around 4 a.m. Tuesday. The woman and her teenage daughter were out of the house but the woman ran back inside. Bartonville is just southwest of Peoria.

According to reports, Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says the woman's identity wasn't yet available.

Police Chief Brian Fengel said officer Salvador Lopez tried to save the woman but was overwhelmed by smoke. Fengel said Lopez is recovering at a local hospital.

The fire is being investigated though authorities say there doesn't appear to be anything suspicious.

University of Illinois Opening Office In India

The University of Illinois plans to open an office in India by the end of next summer to help handle the university's partnerships with Indian institutions and companies.

Pradeep Khanna is the university's associate chancellor for corporate and international relations. According to reports, he says the university has strong ties to India and wants to strengthen them.

The university has just over 1,000 Indian students at its campus in Urbana-Champaign. Only China and South Korea send more students. The University of Illinois also has existing partnerships with the College of Engineering in Pune and companies such as Infosys Technologies that do business in the country.

Khanna said the office will start with one employee. It is expected to open by the start of the 2015-16 school year.

Old Courthouse Unearthed In Bloomington

History buffs will get a kick out of what's been uncovered at the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington. Archaeologist Floyd Mansberger says they found part of the foundation for the old downtown courthouse where Abraham Lincoln once practiced.

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Mansberger says not much of the foundation can be saved, but its legacy and connection to the young attorney Abraham Lincoln will be recorded with pictures and drawings for future generations. The original two-story courthouse dates back to 1836 and cost about 340-bucks to build. Crews are digging at the site now, preparing it for a new Route 66 visitor's center.

ATIM Project Seeks To Put Workers In Manufacturing Sector

Residents in and around Lincoln who may be searching for a job in the manufacturing sector are encouraged to attend a meeting Thursday on how the skills you already possess can be improved to help you find a higher paying job in the industry.

According to Larry Peterson, the Regional Manager for the Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing Program, or ATIM Program, explains the program is in the midst of a partnership with the Eaton Corporation in Lincoln to train potential employees on specific jobs they have a need for. Peterson says it will also hope to improve the skills of current Eaton employees.

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Manufacturers locally are having a hard time finding a certain skill set to fit the needs they have to keep them competitive. Peterson says the program quickly gets those out of a job the skills they need to fill these voids.

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Not only do those who enter the program get the workforce skills necessary to succeed, they also learn how to go through an interview process. Peterson says they want the applicants and workers they put out for potential employers to be prepared for almost everything they will encounter when they get an interview, and then in many cases, a job.

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Once in the program, a potential employee will be trained to increase the skills they already posses. According to Peterson, they don't force their trainees to take on skills they may have little experience in. He says it's all about accelerating the process of increasing a skill-set and getting a person back to work.

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To learn more about the ATIM Project and the job opportunities in Lincoln and across the area, you are encouraged to attend a couple informational sessions this week and next.

Tomorrow (Thursday) at the Lincoln Heartland Community College downtown location will be the site for the first at 11 am Thursday morning.

The second is at the Richland Community College Education Center in Clinton next Thursday at 10:30 am.

Both sessions are free and no registration is required.

You can also 'Google' search ATIM Project and an application can be found online as well.

Quinn Spokesman Says Hundred-of-Thousands Illinoisans Water Protected With Quinn Mandate

Earlier this week, Governor Pat Quinn directed the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to take immediate action to keep polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) waste out of the Clinton Landfill.

According to Dave Blanchette, Spokesman for Governor Quinn, the Governor’s order is based on a response from the DeWitt County Board received by IEPA on Friday, July 25. Blanchette notes the County Board responded with exactly what they were hoping for.

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Illinois law allows the IEPA to modify a landfill permit upon the discovery that a decision was made using false or misleading information. According to Blanchette, the Illinois EPA will issue a modified permit for the Landfill this week.

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The Mahomet Aquifer is a system of river basins and surface waters that supplies water to portions of Cass, Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Menard, Peoria, Piatt, Tazewell, Vermilion and Woodford Counties.

Witness Tampering Charges Dropped Against College Football Player

Witness tampering charges against a college football player are being dropped.  Earlier today, Zakee Lloyd pleaded guilty in a Wilmington, Delaware courtroom to murdering Manuel Oliveras in April of 2012.  In light of that confession, prosecutors dropped charges against West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood.  He'd been accused of threatening a witness against Lloyd in an attempt to get her to change her testimony.  Prosecutors say Smallwood has been cooperative and had agreed to testify against Lloyd if needed. 

NASCAR Comes Down On Hamlin's Team

 width=NASCAR is coming down hard on Joe Gibbs Racing and Denny Hamlin's number-11 team.  Hamlin drove to a third-place finish Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway but infractions were discovered in a post-race inspection.  The team has been stripped of 75 points in the series' owner championship standings and Hamlin will lose 75 points in the drivers' standings.  Additionally, crew chief Darian Grubb will be suspended for the next six Sprint Cup events and be fined 125-thousand dollars.  Car chief Wesley Sherrill will also serve a six-race suspension and both he and Grubb will be on probation for six months.

Report: LeBron To Return To Miami On Christmas

 width=LeBron James will be spending his Christmas in Miami.  According to the "Miami Herald," the Cavaliers will head South and face the Heat on Christmas as LeBron returns to face his former team.  The game will be on one of the afternoon ABC slots at either 2:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. Eastern.  James returned to the Cavs after winning two championships and making four finals appearances with the Heat.

NFL Notes

>>Cardinals Agree To Extension With Peterson

(Glendale, AZ) -- Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is staying in the desert long-term. Peterson tweeted that he and the team have agreed to a five-year, 70-million-dollar contract with 48-million guaranteed.  width=The 24-year-old LSU product hasn't missed a game in his first three NFL seasons, recording 161 tackles and 12 interceptions in 48 contests. Peterson had 42 tackles and three picks last year.

>>Former Bills WR Reed Rips Bon Jovi, Manziel

(Undated) -- Soon-to-be Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Andre Reed is apparently not a fan of rock star and prospective owner Jon Bon Jovi. About Bon Jovi's reported plan to buy the Bills and move the team to Toronto, Reed tells "New York Magazine," "Man, f--- Bon Jovi! You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls." Reed also ripped into Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel [[ man-ZELL ]], saying he would be booed out of Buffalo and that Bills fans would put him in his place. Reed is set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

>>Browns' Gordon To Blame Second-Hand Smoke For Positive Test

(New York, NY) -- Suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is ready to blame second-hand smoke for testing positive for marijuana. ESPN.com reports Gordon's legal team intends to dispute the accuracy of the positive tests during an appeal hearing on Friday. One sample barely exceeded the threshold for a positive test and a second from the same sample registered under the threshold, consistent with exposure to second-hand smoke. Gordon was suspended for at least one year after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for a third time. He led the league with more than 16-hundred yards receiving last year.

Blues Sign Mueller

 width=The Blues signed 26-year-old center Peter Mueller to a one-year, two-way contract yesterday.  Mueller was selected eighth overall by the Arizona Coyotes in 2006 and scored 54 points in his rookie season.  However a career plagued by injuries led to him playing for three different NHL teams in six seasons and most recently a season with the Swiss club, the Kloten Flyers.  Mueller recorded 46 points in 49 games for the Flyers last season. 

Trade Deadline Heats Up; Baseball Notes

 width=>>Matheny: Saturday Starter Could Come Via Trade

(San Diego, CA) -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny stated yesterday that their starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Brewers could be somebody who isn't on the roster. While the club is tossing around the options of calling up a player from the minors and dipping into their bullpen, Matheny said that it all comes down to if anything happens externally. St. Louis has previously expressed interest in trading for Tampa Bay southpaw David Price before tomorrow's trade deadline. The Cards have also been linked to the Phillies' Cole Hamels and the Red Sox' Jon Lester.

>>Lester Scratched From Wednesday Start

(Boston, MA) -- With trade rumors mounting, the Boston Red Sox are keeping left-hander Jon Lester off the mound. The Sox have scratched Lester from his scheduled start on Wednesday and say that Brandon Workman will pitch instead. The move means that Lester is now more likely to be traded prior to Thursday's non-waiver deadline. ESPN Boston reports that the Dodgers, Cardinals, Pirates, Blue Jays, Orioles and Athletics are finalists to land Lester.

>>Lester Agent Denies Report About Contract Demands

(Boston, MA) -- The agent for Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester is denying that trade talks for his client have been fueled by high contract demands. The "Boston Globe" reports the team was informed of what it would take to sign the pending free agent and that led to the Red Sox seeking trade offers. Lester's agent says that is not true and that talks with the Red Sox remain confidential. The 30-year-old left-hander is reportedly seeking a market-competitive offer of between 22 and 24-million-dollars per season. ESPN Boston reports the Dodgers, Cardinals, Pirates, Blue Jays, Orioles and Athletics are still in on trying to acquire Lester prior to tomorrow's non-waiver trade deadline.

Lester is 10-and-7 with a 2.52 ERA this season. He's was scheduled to start tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays but was scratched amid all the rumors. Instead, Brandon Workman will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make the start.

 width=>>Trade Winds Could Blow Toward Cubs

(Chicago, IL) -- With the non-waiver trade deadline approaching, trade winds are swirling around the Cubs. General manager Jed Hoyer says moves will start going down today, ahead of tomorrow's 3:00 p.m. deadline. Emilio Bonifacio is rumored to be in high-demand from other teams.

>>Dodgers Announce Scully Will Return In 2015

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The legendary voice of Vin Scully will return to Dodgers broadcasts next season. The team made the announcement Tuesday. Scully will be returning for his 66th season of calling games for the franchise. The 86-year-old has been with the team since its days in Brooklyn. Scully has called three perfect games and 19 no-hitters, including Clayton Kershaw's earlier this season.

>>TWC Bends In Hopes Of Expanding Dodgers Coverage

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Time Warner Cable says it is willing to let an arbitrator set a fair price for SportsNet LA in an effort to resolve its current dispute with DirecTV and other pay-for-TV providers. The network has released a statement saying six congressmen led by Representative Brad Sherman sent a letter suggesting the move to DirecTV. An agreement on DirecTV's part would allow for a wider range of broadcasts of Los Angeles Dodgers games to be shown on SportsNet LA, which is owned by the team. The "Los Angeles Times" reports that DirecTV doesn't appear interested in entering arbitration at this time.

>>TV Dispute Between Nationals, O's Escalates

(Undated) -- The ongoing drama over television revenue between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals is heating up. The "Hollywood Reporter" reports that an arbitration panel has ruled in favor of the Nationals in the battle over the rights fees from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. In 2012, the Nats were to have started receiving a larger piece of the revenue from MASN, which is controlled by Orioles owner Peter Angelos. The O's and MASN have still yet to pay the extra revenue, which is an increase on the original deal struck when the Nationals moved from Montreal and into the region in 2005.

The report indicates that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig recently wrote to both clubs warning of "the most severe sanctions" if a lawsuit comes about between the teams. There's no indication that the Orioles or Nationals have plans to back down in the disagreement. The Orioles issued a statement to NBC Sports Tuesday saying that MASN was established to compensate them for damages caused by the relocation of the Nationals. The team added that it was continuing to work with the Office of the Commissioner to resolve the issue.

Sox, Cubs Win; Cards Lose

 width=>>White Sox Trounce Tigers

(Detroit, MI) -- Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer during a seven-run seventh inning and drove in four runs total as the White Sox trounced the Tigers 11-4 in the opener of a three-game set at Comerica Park. It's Abreu's Major League-leading 31st long ball of the year. Adam Dunn also went deep in the big inning and Alexei Ramirez had a three-run double for Chicago, which has won four of five. Jose Quintana tossed six innings of two-run ball to improve his record to 6-and-7. Bryan Holaday had two RBI and J.D. Martinez tripled in a run and scored for the Tigers, who have lost four in-a-row. Anibal Sanchez yielded five runs, four earned, in six-and-a-third frames as he dipped to 7-and-5 with the loss.

 width=>>Cubs Clip Rockies In Longest Game Ever At Wrigley

(Chicago, IL) -- Starlin Castro drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning as the Cubs clipped the Rockies 4-3 in the longest game ever in the 100-year history of Wrigley Field. The contest lasted six hours and 27 minutes, surpassing the previous record of six hours and 10 minutes set back in August of 1982. Emilio Bonifacio hit a two-run homer as part of a four-hit night and Anthony Rizzo plated the other run for the Cubs, who have won the first two of this four-game series. Catcher John Baker pitched the 16th to pick up the win and also scored the winning run after a leadoff walk in the bottom of the frame. Justin Morneau had a two-run double and Nolan Arenado doubled in the other run during a three-run first inning for Colorado, which has dropped three straight. Tyler Matzek suffered the loss.

>>Padres Take Down Cardinals

(San Diego, CA) -- Tyson Ross struck out seven and gave up one run in six innings as the Padres claimed a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals at Petco Park. Ross improved to 10-and-10 and Joaquin Benoit [[ wah-KEEN ben-WAH ]] closed it out for his third save. Yangervis Solarte [[ yahn-HER-viss so-LAR-tay ]] belted a solo homer, while Alexi Amarista [[ ah-muh-REE-stuh ]] and Jedd Gyorko [[ JER-koe ]] drove in a run for San Diego, which snapped its three-game losing streak. Lance Lynn surrendered two runs, one earned, in six innings to fall to 11-and-8 for the Cardinals, who have lost five of their last seven. Kolten Wong drove in the team's lone run off a fifth-inning sac-fly.

MLB National League
Miami Marlins 3, Washington Nationals 0
Philadelphia Phillies 6, New York Mets 0
Cincinnati Reds 3, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 8, Atlanta Braves 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, San Francisco Giants 1

MLB American League
Baltimore Orioles 7, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (12 inn)
Seattle Mariners 5, Cleveland Indians 2
Toronto Blue Jays 4, Boston Red Sox 2
New York Yankees 12, Texas Rangers 11
Minnesota Twins 2, Kansas City Royals 1
Oakland Athletics 7, Houston Astros 4

MLB Interleague
Tampa Bay Rays 5, Milwaukee Brewers 1

Big Ten Notes

>>Nebraska Coach Says Get Rid of Signing Day

If Nebraska coach Bo Pelini had his way, National Signing Day would be a thing of the past. And the result would be an improved recruiting process.

"You've made a commitment to a young man to come play in your program, why do we have to wait to any certain day?" Pelini said. "Why don't we just go ahead and let's sign on the dotted line, let's get it over with and move forward."

 width=That would be a big change from the system in place, where players have to wait until the signing period even if they've made an oral commitment. But what if they could sign as soon as they decide on a school?

"I think it would slow down some of the early offers," Pelini said. "I think it would slow down some of the ridiculous things that go on on both ends, on the institution's side of things and as far as the recruit's."

He used the word "integrity" and mentioning teaching athletes about honoring their commitment and "what it means to be a teammate."

>>First Season For Maryland, Rutgers In Big Ten

The Big Ten expanded its footprint in the east where there's a large alumni base and big markets by adding Rutgers and Maryland. The way coach Kyle Flood sees it, Rutgers is expanding its footprint, too.

"It's also opened up some access in the Midwest," he said.

Rutgers, of course, will continue to focus on New Jersey and try to limit out-of-state schools from poaching players, something that has been an issue for the Scarlet Knights over the years. But Flood believes the new conference affiliation will open some doors for them in the Midwest to fill some holes.

 width=Maryland coach Randy Edsall understands that leaving the ACC after 61 years jolted fans. He thinks they're coming around to it, though.

"It's been embraced, and people understand why we did what we did, how it's going to benefit us for now and into the future," Edsall said. "I would say that the reaction now moving forward is people are very, very excited about what's gonna take place starting this fall."

Maryland opens conference play at Indiana on Sept. 27 and gets a big test the following week when Ohio State visits. There are also Big Ten home games against Iowa, Michigan State and Rutgers as well as trips to Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan.

>>New Playoff System Could Create Great Chances For Big Ten Teams

As he watched the BCS championship game last season, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook could not help but wonder what might have been if a playoff system was in place.

No need to wonder anymore.

A four-team playoff to determine a national champion is being implemented this season, and that could open some more opportunities for the Big Ten and the other four power conferences.

Cook says that hopefully "will give everyone an equal opportunity to play for a national championship.

The Spartans went 13-1, beat Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game and knocked off Stanford to capture the Rose Bowl. But when the BCS matchup arrived, it was Florida State taking out Auburn.

ISU, Missouri Valley Football Notes

>>Pair of ISU Redbirds Selected to Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Team

 width=Coming off its first sub-.500 season in the last five years, the Illinois State football team was picked to finish sixth in the 2014 Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll announced Tuesday by the league office. Three-time defending national champion North Dakota State was selected first in the annual list selected by the league's head coaches, sports information directors and media.

A pair of Redbirds were also selected to the 2014 MVFC Preseason Team in the annual vote. Senior preseason All-American long snapper Chris Highland and 2013 All-MVFC Second-Team linebacker Pat Meehan were among 30 MVFC student-athletes listed on the preseason lineup. In addition, senior offensive tackle Jermaine Barton was tabbed as a preseason honorable mention selection, signifying he received at least five votes on the ballots submitted.

Highland has been named to several preseason All-America lists in 2014, after earning Second-Team FCS All-America honors from The Sports Network in 2013. Over the past two seasons, he has not been credited with a bad snap while handling long and short snapping duties in all 24 games for the Redbirds.

Meehan started all nine games he played in at middle linebacker for the Redbirds last season and led the team with 82 total tackles. He ranked fifth in the MVFC with 9.1 tackles per game, despite missing a pair of games due to illness, and added two sacks, 3.5 tackles-for-loss and two pass breakups. In his first season at middle linebacker, Meehan posted four double-digit tackle efforts, including a career-high 15-tackle effort in the season finale at Southern Illinois.

Barton started all 11 games at right tackle in 2013 and has started every game on the offensive line for the past two seasons, after he transferred from Miami. A 2012 MVFC All-Newcomer Team selection, Barton was a key member of the unit that led the way for Marshaun Coprich, who rushed for 885 yards, with nine touchdowns, and recorded four 100-plus yard rushing performances in 2013.

The Redbirds will open the season Saturday, Sept. 6, at home against Missisppi Valley State, with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Hancock Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, with Kurt Pegler and Boomer Grigsby calling the action.

>>North Dakota State Picked To Win Missouri Valley Football Title

 width=Three-time defending national champion North Dakota State is picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference title.

The poll of league coaches, media and sports information directors released Tuesday shows the Bison with 24 out of 39 first-place votes and 370 points.

NDSU has won 24 straight games. The Bison had a change in head coaches over the winter when Chris Klieman (KLY'-mihn) was named to replace Craig Bohl, who left for Wyoming.

South Dakota State is the second choice with eight first-place votes and 330 points, followed by Northern Iowa with seven first-place votes and 324 points.

Youngstown State is tabbed for fourth with 240 points, followed by Southern Illinois (237), Illinois State (197), Missouri State (180), South Dakota (121), Western Illinois (96) and Indiana State (50).

DJWH Board Member Says He Utilizes Another Hospital Because of Costs; Says CEO Doing An 'Objective' Job

 width=Monday's Doctor John Warner Hospital Board Meeting saw several board members concerned with the hospital's finances.

Interim CEO John Wininger (right) presented the June Financial Reports and improvements Monday night. He believes they are doing well so far this fiscal year as the average spending for this year is below last year.

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According to Wininger, cutting the budget is a marathon and will take time. While hospital employees are unhappy due to hits taken in wages and overtime, Board President Cindy Saylors says budget alignment would be better if they knew the information sooner.

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Board Member David Wilson explains he pays out of pocket and uses the services of OSF due to cheaper pricing than what DJWH has. Wilson acknowledges he may get criticized for not going to a hospital he works for, but feels compelled to for his own financial needs.

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Wilson believes the DJWH has to find ways for patients to afford their services and feels Wininger is starting to provide answers for the hospital's needs. According the board member, the recent criticism of the interim CEO has been unfair and Wininger has performed a careful, objective job.

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Wininger explains one of the major cuts needing to be made is in employee overtime. He's pleased with the savings he's seen from the cuts so far this fiscal year.

Wininger's entire presentation lasted over 40 minutes. Hear it below:

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Still A Few Kinks With Housing Migrant Kids

Governor Quinn says he's open to letting more migrant children from Central America take refuge in Illinois, but there are a few kinks that still need to be worked out.

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Illinois is already housing more than 300 kids who've escaped bad situations in Central America. Most of them are in the Chicago area. It's still unclear where the state would put any additional children if the federal government decides to pitch in and use Illinois as an official place of refuge.

NIU Alumni Creates Campus Safety Device

Three former roommates at NIU are making a buzz for creating a new safety device. Dominick Blando is one of the creators of EduProtect. He says the small, wireless remote could've helped save the life of a student who was killed at NIU three years ago.

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Blando says the small, wireless remote sends an alert to police when someone is in trouble.

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Blando adds they created the EduProtect device in response to increased attacks on college campuses, but you don't have to be a student to use it.

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All three of the EduProtect creators were students at NIU when a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall, killing four people back in 2008. They're taking orders for the safety devices right now. They'll be available in September. Check out Edu-Protect.com for more details.

New Logo To Promote Farmers Who Served In Military

A new logo on agricultural products will help identify Illinois farmers, fishermen and ranchers who served in the military.

The state Department of Agriculture and Illinois Farm Bureau say veterans can take part in a national branding campaign called Homegrown by Heroes. It allows agricultural producers who served or are serving in the military to advertise that fact by putting a special logo on their products.

The program will be introduced Tuesday at a Farm Bureau meeting in Bloomington. Agricultural officials say a statewide steering committee is being formed to help implement the program in Illinois.

They say consumers and businesses eventually will see the logo on business signs and in places where they buy agricultural products, giving them the opportunity to support farmer veterans.

Nominees Sought For Illinois Distinguished Seniors

The Illinois Department on Aging is seeking nominees for the 2014 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame awards.

The annual award recognizes Illinoisans 65 and older who are outstanding in the categories of community service, education, performance or graphic arts and in the workforce.

Nominations must be postmarked or faxed by Aug. 22 to be included in the consideration for the awards. Nomination forms can be obtained at local Area Agencies on Aging or at the Illinois Department on Aging website.

Candidates can be current state resident or former residents who lived in Illinois most of their lives. Posthumous nominees are also considered. The Illinois Council on Aging will help determine the award winners.

Those chosen will be inducted into the hall of fame in October.

Fair Officials Caught Up In Beer Scandal

An Illinois state fair official is without a job following a scandal over free beer tickets. Investigators say former DuQuoin State Fair Manager John Rednour asked a beer vendor to give him up to two-thousand free beer tickets back in 2012. That's a total tab of between four and eight-thousand dollars, which is more than the state's Gift Ban allows. Rednour resigned his post back in January and agreed to stay off the state's payroll for at least five years.

The Illinois State Fair Manager was also caught up in the free beer scandal. Amy Bliefnick [[ Bleef-ninck ]] was fined a-thousand-bucks and ordered to serve a two-day suspension without pay for taking unsolicited tickets from beer vendors last year. There's no evidence that she actually asked for the tickets, but she took them as part of a "long-standing practice" and handed them out to senior members at the Department of Ag.

University of Illinois Club Hockey Team Looking For Temporary Home

The Ice Arena at the University of Illinois won't be able to open until at least mid-September because of mechanical problems. That will leave the school's popular club hockey team looking for a new temporary home.

According to reports, Coach Nick Fabbrini says he is looking at rinks in Bloomington, Danville, Kankakee and Chicago for sites for practices and possibly games. The team is scheduled to open its season Sept. 19. The club would have to ask alumni to cover the extra costs.

The university's Campus Recreation Department says work to repair the system that cools pipes under the ice should take about six weeks.

The 73-year-old arena is the only rink in Champaign. It also hosts youth hockey, speed skating, a synchronized skating team and other on-ice activities.

New Campaign Promotes Products By Veteran Farmers

Illinois farmers, ranchers, and fishermen who've served in the military are getting a boost to help promote their Ag products.  The state is unveiling a new logo tomorrow that lets consumers know that the products they see in stores were grown right here in Illinois, by a farmer who served his or her country.  The state also wants to recruit more veterans to become farmers.  The Homegrown by Heroes program will offer them the training and informational resources they'll need to get started.  

DeWitt County Board Puts Off Decision on Referendum On Mahomet Aquifer

A resolution to place a referendum on the November election ballot was tabled Thursday by the DeWitt County Board.

The Board discussed the placement of a referendum regarding the Mahomet Aquifer on the ballot. Board Chair Sherrie Brown says the question concerns whether citizens are in favor of disposal of toxic wastes over the aquifer. State's Attorney Karle Koritz shared a few concerns with the referendum. He wonders if certain terms had been clearly defined and if the question was politically neutral. Koritz points out there is still a question as where the public stands on the issue.

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The question will be looked over by the State Board of elections before being approved. Terry Hoffman feels it is a good idea to place the question one the ballot, calling it "common sense", but Koritz differed with Hoffman when the board member couldn't define "chemical" and "toxic" without looking at his papers.

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George Wismiller notes the most effective tool in dealing with the Mahomet Aquifer has been the two previous resolutions. Because of residency issues pertaining to Wismiller, when asked if he would be around next year to continue the fight, he answered "probably not".

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There have been two previous referendums passed regarding the public's acceptance of PCB's in the Clinton Landfill. It is Wismiller's contention those two referendums are not current and should be updated. However, Camille Redman disagrees, she feels the public opinion has not changed.

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A motion was made to table the motion until the referendum went through the State's Attorney for proper wording. Brown says it is properly worded, but it still failed to pass 5-4. Keith Koons and David Newberg were absent Thursday night.

Gov. Quinn Orders IEPA To Disallow PCB Waste Dumping At Clinton Landfill

Governor Pat Quinn today directed the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to take immediate action to keep polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) waste out of the Clinton Landfill and protect the drinking water of 800,000 residents.

The Governor’s order is based on a response from the DeWitt County Board received by IEPA on Friday, July 25. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

Illinois law allows the IEPA to modify a landfill permit upon the discovery that a decision was made using false or misleading information. The IEPA will issue a modified permit for the Landfill this week.

In a letter received July 25 by the IEPA, the DeWitt County Board stated that it “did not authorize the disposal of TSCA-regulated PCBs in its Sept. 12, 2002 siting approval.” This confirms that federally regulated concentrations of PCB waste at the Clinton Landfill were never authorized locally.

In both the location application to the County Board and in testimony at a public hearing on the request for local approval from 2002, representatives of the Peoria Disposal Company clearly represented to the County Board that the Clinton Landfill would not accept PCBs at federally regulated concentrations.

In May, Governor Quinn sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging the administration to deny Peoria Disposal Company’s request for federal authorization to dispose of toxic waste in the Clinton Landfill.

The Mahomet Aquifer is a system of river basins and surface waters that supplies water to portions of Cass, Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Menard, Peoria, Piatt, Tazewell, Vermilion and Woodford Counties.

This story will be updated.

Clark Moves Inside Top 100 of World Rankings

 width=Tim Clark earned his first victory in four years at the Canadian Open on Sunday, and that win moved him inside the top 100 of this week's world rankings.

Clark birdied five of his last eight holes to rally past third-round leader Jim Furyk and earn his second career win on the PGA Tour. His first win came at the 2010 Players Championship.

With that victory, Clark vaulted 78 places up the rankings from 153rd to 75th.

The top five players in the rankings remained the same, with Adam Scott maintaining the top spot ahead of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

Furyk's third runner-up finish of the season jumped him up two spots to eighth, causing Jason Day and Tiger Woods to each drop a place and they sit at ninth and 10th, respectively.

Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson maintained their positions from 11th through 14th.

Hideki Matsuyama moved up a pair of slots to 15th, while Dustin Johnson and Graeme McDowell both fell a spot to 16th and 17th. Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker and Steve Stricker all held firm to round out the top 20.

Congressman Plead With NCAA To Minimize Sanctions Against Penn State

 width=Five Pennsylvania congressman are urging the NCAA to reduce its sanctions against Penn State.  The NCAA punished the university and its football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.  U.S. Congressman Charles Dent and four other lawmakers sent a letter to the NCAA Friday, asking for the elimination of a 60-million-dollar fine as well the restoration of football scholarships.  The NCAA has yet to release a comment.

Derrick Rose Recovering; NBA Notes

 width=>>Rose Takes Court In Vegas

(Las Vegas, NV) -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is looking to prove his doubters wrong. The 25-year-old took the practice court in Las Vegas on Monday to work out with Team USA. Rose is attempting to come back from a second knee injury. Rose has played in just ten games over the last two seasons. He tore the ACL in his left knee in April of 2012 and suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in November of 2013. He says he has no pain in either knee and is dealing with no restrictions.

>>Jordan "Cool" With LeBron Going Back To 23

(Undated) -- Michael Jordan is taking no issue with LeBron James reverting back to his old number-23.  width=The Hall of Famer tells ESPN.com, "I'm cool with it. I don't own a number." James announced that he is switching from the number-six he wore with Miami back to the number-23 that he wore for seven seasons with Cleveland. "King James" said after leaving the Cavs in 2009 that he would start a petition to prevent any player from wearing Jordan's number-23 again.

>>Lakers Officially Hire Byron Scott

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Lakers finally have their coach in place. The Purple and Gold announced on Monday they have hired Byron Scott on what multiple reports is a four-year, 17-million-dollar deal. Los Angeles will also hold a team option on the fourth year of the deal. The 53-year-old last coached the Cleveland Cavaliers and prior to that coached the New Orleans Hornets and New Jersey Nets. He's gone 416-and-521 in his career and lost consecutive NBA Finals with the Nets in 2002 and 2003. Scott played for the Lakers from 1983 through 1993 and again in 1996-97.

Cubs Win; Sox, Cards Return To Action Tonight

 width=>>Cubs Get By Rockies

(Chicago, IL) -- Tsuyoshi Wada [[ soo-YO-shee WAH-duh ]] tossed seven innings of one-run ball to lead the Cubs in a 4-1 victory over the Rockies at Wrigley Field. Wada picked up his first career victory while Hector Rondon [[ ron-DOAN ]] notched his 13th save and Anthony Rizzo drove in two. Emilio Bonifacio was 2-for-4 and scored twice as Chicago won for just the second time in six games. Yohan Flande [[ flawn-DAY ]] struck out eight while allowing two runs in six-and-two-thirds innings as he fell to 0-and-3. Brandon Barnes doubled for one of Colorado's six hits while Nolan Arenado drove in a run. The Rox have lost two straight since a three-game win streak.

MLB National League
Atlanta Braves 2, San Diego Padres 0
Miami Marlins 7, Washington Nationals 6
New York Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Arizona Diamondbacks 2, Cincinnati Reds 1 (15 inn)
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, San Francisco Giants 0

MLB American League
Toronto Blue Jays 14, Boston Red Sox 1
Texas Rangers 4, New York Yankees 2
Houston Astros 7, Oakland Athletics 3

MLB Interleague
Tampa Bay Rays 2, Milwaukee Brewers 1

 width=>>Cards Travel To Take On Padres

(San Diego, CA) -- After a day off, the Cardinals return to the diamond tonight for the first of a three-game series with the Padres from Petco Park. St. Louis is 56-and-48 this season and trots Lance Lynn to the hill. Lynn is 11-and-7 with a 3.05 ERA. San Diego counters with 9-and-10 Tyson Ross who has a 2.65 ERA this season. First pitch is at 9:10.

>>White Sox Face Tigers Tonight

(Detroit, MI) -- The White Sox open up a three-game series with the Tigers tonight at Comerica Park in Detroit. Chicago sends Jose Quintana to the mound. He's 5-and-7 with a 3.15 ERA. Detroit counters with Anibal Sanchez, who is 7-and-4 with a 3.45 ERA. First pitch is at 6:08.

>>Marlins' Cishek, Mets' deGrom NL Co-Players Of Week

(New York, NY) -- Miami Marlins reliever Steve Cishek [[ SEE-sheck ]] and Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom are the National League Co-Players of the Week. Cishek was 5-for-5 in save opportunities, fanning eight in five innings. deGrom went 2-and-0 with a 0.68 ERA in wins over Seattle and Milwaukee.

>>Indians' Santana AL Player Of Week

(New York, NY) -- Cleveland Indians infielder and designated hitter Carlos Santana is the American League Player of the Week. He went 15-for-27 for a .556 average with six homers and 10 RBI to give the Tribe their second straight weekly winner. Second baseman Jason Kipnis won the award last week.

>>Jeter Passes Yastrzemski On Hit List

(Arlington, TX) -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter now sits alone in seventh place on the all-time hits list. Jeter went 3-for-4 against the Rangers on Monday and his seventh-inning single was his 3,420th career hit. He passed former Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski [[ yah-STREMZ-kee ]] on the list.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 7-28

July 28, 2014

Jail Population: 35
Summons Served: 10
Warrant Arrests: 0


Investigation into the scene of an accident that occurred on 7/28/14 at 11:35 A.M revealed that Jayson Rodgers, 29, Clinton was traveling eastbound on State Highway 10, east of Setting Sun Road. Rodgers admitted to using his cell phone to check his e-mail. Rodgers dropped his cell phone on the floor and was trying to pick it up, this causes his vehicle to go off the roadway to the south. Rodgers veered back north onto the roadway again and veered south into the ditch. Upon striking the ditch the vehicle rolled on its roof. Once on the roof the vehicle continued to slide destroying 4 rows, 120 foot section of corn. Rodgers stated he was not injured, was wearing his seatbelt and airbags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed by Maples Towing.

Derek Santis, 39, North Salem, NY, was issued a Citation for Speeding 77 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Santis was issued a promise to comply and was released.

Jeremi Vandyke, 38, Bloomington was issued a Citation for Speeding 71 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Vandyke posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.

Marina Shofner, 22, Kenney was issued a Citation for Speeding 80 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Shofner posted her IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.

Terry Taylor, 26, Clinton was issued a Citation for Speeding 73 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Taylor posted his IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.




Illinois Man Gets One-Year In Grant Fraud Scheme

The husband of a former suburban Chicago police chief has been sentenced to one year in prison for his role in a $1.25 million grant fraud scheme.

Ronald Evans, Jr. of Country Club Hills pleaded guilty last year to money laundering and wire fraud. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Springfield said Friday he was sentenced to a year in prison, followed by six months of home confinement and two years of supervised release.

Evans and his wife Regina allegedly misused state grant money awarded in 2009 to their nonprofit organization, We Are Our Brother's Keeper.

Regina was sentenced in May to five years in prison. Her brother, Ricky McCoy, was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by six months of home confinement in connection to the same fraud scheme.

Ronald and Regina Evans must also pay more than $900,000 in restitution.

Quinn Proclaims Frank Thomas Day In Illinois

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a proclamation making Sunday Frank Thomas Day as the former Chicago White Sox slugger is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Thomas played 19 seasons in the major leagues and 16 of them with the White Sox. He hit 521 home runs and drove 1,704 runs before retiring in 2008.

In his proclamation Quinn also noted that Thomas won MVP awards in 1993 and '94. The White Sox have honored Thomas by retiring his number, 35, and placing a statue of him in U.S. Cellular Field.

Thomas will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, Sunday along with former pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.

Thomas now works as a commentator for Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Fox Sports.

Governor Quinn To Live Off Equivalent Of Minimum Wage

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure.

Quinn and other Democrats spoke at a Chicago campaign event Sunday about the non-binding measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. It asks if the minimum wage should be raised from $8.25 to $10.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky said she's lived for a week on a minimum-wage income. She then asked Quinn if he would do the same. He answered, "Yes."

It wasn't immediately clear what that would entail for Quinn. But Schakowsky says her expendable income for the week was $11 a day.

Quinn's Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner, has said he's open to raising the minimum wage. But he'd want to tie it to business reforms.

Eastern Illinois Makes Athletic Deal With Adidas

Eastern Illinois University has made a five-year deal with athletic wear company Adidas.

The Charleston school says the Portland, Oregon-based company will be the Panthers' official source for footwear, apparel and accessories. The contract lasts through the 2019 season.

Adidas will supply EIU athletic programs with game and practice uniforms and travel and practice gear starting this fall.

EIU says Adidas supplies athletic gear to more than 70 collegiate programs.

Illinois Farmers Market Prices Being Surveyed

The University of Illinois Extension Service is now regularly surveying prices at farmers markets around the state.

According to reports, the surveys of 11 farmers markets around Illinois are being conducted as part of a three-state effort that includes Kentucky and Tennessee. The weekly price surveys are being published on the University of Kentucky Center for Crop Diversification's website.

The idea is to give produce farmers an idea of what prices look like across the region.

Extension educator Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant said the price data should help farmers set prices at competitive levels.

Illinois State University Sets Fundraising Record

It's been a banner year for fundraising at Illinois State University.

The Normal-based school has announced it set a fundraising record by raising $19.5 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. That compares with $14.8 million over the previous year.

The record-setting tally includes two donations of $1 million or more. In all, more than 10,400 alumni offered some form of gift to the university during the fiscal year.

The money raised will go toward various projects and programs. That includes student scholarships and endowed faculty positions.

In a statement, Illinois State President Larry Dietz heralded the fundraising success. He says it'll help the school "accomplish its mission."

Price Of Gas Is Going Down

Gas prices are going down across America.  The average price for Gasoline is now about ten-cents lower than a year ago according to a survey released by Lundberg Sunday.  The drop is being attributed to wholesale price cuts at refiners.  San Francisco has the highest prices for Gas at $4.03 a gallon while Tulsa is seeing the lowest Gas prices at $3.23 per gallon. 

Social Security Replacement Cards Not Always Must

One of the most common reasons people visit or contact a Social Security Office is to obtain a new card. 

Social Security encourages beneficiaries to make sure they actually need a replacement card. According to Jack Myers with Social Security, a majority of people only need to know their number rather than need a replacement card. But in the event a new card is needed, the most common way to obtain it is to come to their office in person.

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Social Security also encourages new parents to apply for their child's card at the hospital. Myers notes it's the most convenient way for parents to get that step out the way during those hectic first weeks, and many hospitals, in fact offer to take care of all the necessary paper work for you.

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Myers explains all information can be obtained online. However, applications for cards cannot be submitted electronically yet.

For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumbers.

Red Cross Says Blood Donations Down; Local Chapter Hoping For Help

Blood donations are drastically down across the state and the Red Cross is asking for more people to step forward and donate blood.

Very few of the nation's population are blood donors. Carl Baker, Executive Director of the Mid-Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross, explains the process is simple and can greatly help others. In fact, one pint of blood can help save up to three lives.

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Blood drivers are done twice a week at the Red Cross office in Decatur. They are done on Tuesday and Thursday with walk-ins welcome. Baker notes, that's not the only opportunity to donate. Various drives are done across the area throughout the year.

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The Red Cross is the supplier for forty percent of blood products in the U.S. Recently, the Red Cross issued an urgent alert for people to donate.

Check out RedCrossBlood.org to find a blood drive near you. To set up an appointment, you can also call 1-800-REDCROSS.

County Board Discusses Animal Shelter At Length Thursday

Discussion of the new DeWitt County Animal Shelter dominated much of Thursday's DeWitt County Board meeting.

Board Member Terry Hoffman placed a motion to proceed with the sale of the Haynes building and lots, which holds county documents. Danny Ballenger argued he had passed a motion to table work being done at the new facility but Hoffman believes Ballenger only tabled the formation of a committee. Board Chair Sherrie Brown wants to move ahead with the sale.

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The motion failed so Hoffman moved discussion to the topic to renovating the animal control facility. Ballenger told Hoffman most of the bidding contractors will not work with him because they want to work with people who want the project to move forward and succeed.

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County Clerk Dana Smith settled the dispute of the Ballenger's tabling by listening to the last week's audio during a recess. She says the motion was to table a committee until a new Board Chair is appointed. Ballenger feels Hoffman wants the shelter to fail. Despite voting against the property, Brown says she doesn't want to see the shelter fail, rather she wants it to move forward.

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The animal shelter discussion lasted over a half an hour thanks to a brief recess in the middle of the meeting. To hear the entire discussion, click below:

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Clark Rallies Past Furyk to Win Canadian Open

 width=Tim Clark carded a 5-under 65 on Sunday to rally past Jim Furyk and win the Canadian Open by a stroke.

Clark claimed his second career win on the PGA Tour at 17-under-par 263. His last win came at the 2010 Players Championship.

Furyk (69), a 2-time winner of this event, had a chance to force a playoff with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole, but he could not convert to finish a shot off the pace at 16-under. Justin Hicks (64) finished in third place at Royal Montreal Golf Club at 13-under, while Matt Kuchar (65), Michael Putnam (66) and Gonzalo Fernandez- Castano (66) shared fourth at minus-11.

Canadian Graham DeLaet (68) and Dicky Pride (636) tied for seventh at 10-under 270.

Rangers Sign Brassard

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LeBron, Cavs Notes

 width=>>James Going Back To "23" With Cavs

(Cleveland, OH) -- LeBron James is taking back the number 23 jersey he started his career with. James made the announcement on his Instagram account, saying it's only right he goes back to the number. LeBron wore the number 23 through high school and for his first seven seasons in Cleveland before leaving to sign with the Miami Heat. He wore the number six while leading the Heat to two championships in four years.

>>Report: Spurs And Cavs To Open Up NBA Season

(Undated) -- The NBA season will open up with a rematch of sorts. "The Boston Globe" is reporting the Cavaliers will host the Spurs on TNT in the season opener. San Antonio beat the Heat led by LeBron James in the NBA Finals this past season, but James signed with Cleveland during the offseason. Last year, Miami hosted the Bulls to kick off the action.

Gordon Wins Brickyard; Edwards Leaving Roush-Fenway Racing

 width=>>Gordon Gets Record Fifth Brickyard Win

(Speedway, IN) -- Jeff Gordon is celebrating another victory at the Brickyard after winning Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gordon's record fifth victory in the 400-mile race comes 20 years after his win in the inaugural event. The four-time series champion passed Kasey Kahne with 17 laps to go and held off Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth in the closing laps. Those three Toyota drivers finished second through fourth while Joey Logano was fifth and Kahne ended up sixth.

>>Edwards To Leave Roush-Fenway

(Indianapolis, IN) -- Carl Edwards will part ways with Roush-Fenway Racing after this NASCAR season. Roush confirmed the long-expected news Sunday. Edwards has been with Roush-Fenway for 11 years but is believed to be poised to join Joe Gibbs Racing next season in a new fourth car. No announcement on that will be made until at least September due to contract issues. Edwards was a two-time Sprint Cup Series runner-up with Roush-Fenway, posting second-place finishes in 2008 and 2011. He has 23 wins with the team.

Bears, Packers, NFL Notes

 width=>>Bears Hoping For Big Things With Allen On Defense

Jared Allen insists it's about more than just one player when it comes to Chicago Bears and their defense.

Never mind that he was the big prize, the shiny new centerpiece in an offseason rebuild.

For a team aiming high after finishing 8-8 a year ago, there is no bigger symbol of hope than the 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive end. And that symbol was on display Friday as the Bears conducted their first training camp practice.

Allen says the "collective whole" and the "energy of each individual" will determine how well the defense performs this season after struggling a year ago.

>>Bears' Tucker Has Chance To Make Mark On Defense

Given the overhaul, this sure seems like coordinator Mel Tucker's big chance to make his mark on the Chicago Bears' defense.

Tucker shrugged off the idea even though he has a rebuilt roster that now includes Jared Allen and is no longer running former coach Lovie Smith's defense.

He insists it's "a 'we' thing" and "not my stamp or any particular coach's stamp or any particular player."

The Bears are looking for more from a defense that ranked among the worst in franchise history a year ago and are hoping to get back to the playoffs for just the second time since the 2006 team's Super Bowl run.

 width=>>Packers Sign Nelson To New Extension

(De Pere, WI) -- The Packers are locking up one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets. Green Bay has signed wide receiver Jordy Nelson to a contract extension. The terms of the deal have not been released, but ESPN reports it to be for four years and worth 39-million-dollars including an 11.5-million-dollar signing bonus. The 29-year-old had 85 catches for over 13-hundred yards and eight touchdowns last season.

>>Big Ben Contract Extension Won't Come Until After The Season

(Latrobe, PA) -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't be getting a new contract before the season. Pittsburgh president Art Rooney the Second in an interview on the team's website explained he communicated the organizations plan in a direct conversation with Roethlisberger. "Big Ben's" contract ends after the 2015 season. In the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette," Roethlisberger's response was quoted "As I put my faith and trust in them, when the time is right we'll get it done. Now I can just concentrate on football." He is 32 years old and threw for over 4,000 yards last season with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

>>49ers Running Back James To Miss Month

(Santa Clara, CA) -- The 49ers backfield took another hit over the weekend. According to ESPN, running back LaMichael James will miss around a month with a dislocated left elbow, but he should be ready for Week One of the regular season. San Francisco has already lost halfback Kendall Hunter for the season due to a knee injury. The Niners still have starter Frank Gore and second-round pick Carlos Hyde out of Ohio State to round out the position.

>>Cardinals Peterson To Just Play Corner

(Glendale, AZ) -- Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson will narrow his focus this season. Head coach Bruce Arians discussed on Sunday how Peterson will only play defense and no longer handle punt returns or play wide receiver. After returning four punts for touchdown as a rookie, the LSU product hasn't had the same success in that role the following two seasons. Peterson caught six passes for 54 yards and had four rushes for 21 yards last season.

>>Vikings Sign Contract Extension With Tight End Rudolph

(Minneapolis, MN) -- Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph will be wearing purple and white for a long time. The team announced a contract extension with Rudolph on Sunday. Fox Sports reports the extension is for five years and worth 36.5-million-dollars. Rudolph had 30 catches for three touchdowns in only eight games last year. He was drafted in the second round by Minnesota in 2011.

Six Inducted Into Baseball's HoF

 width=There are officially six new members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The 2014 class was inducted on Sunday. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine [[ GLA-vin ]], first baseman Frank Thomas, and managers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre [[ TORE-ee ]] make up this year's star-studded class.

Maddux was a four-time NL Cy Young winner with 355 wins for the Cubs, Braves, Dodgers and Padres. Glavine won two NL Cy Young Awards and had 305 career wins with the Braves and Mets. Thomas was a two-time AL MVP with 495 career home runs. La Russa won three World Series titles with the Cardinals, A's and White Sox and ranks third in all-time managerial wins with 2,728. Cox was a four-time Manager of the Year with the Braves and Blue Jays and ranks fourth on the all-time wins list. Torre won four World Series titles as manager of the Yankees and was also skipper of the Mets, Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers. He ranks fifth on the all-time wins list.

>>10 Ejected Following Minor League Brawl

(Reno, NV) -- A wild minor league brawl between Triple-A affiliates from the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday resulted in several ejections. The Reno Aces and Albuquerque Isotopes were involved in two bench-clearing incidents with the second ending with 10 ejections. Isotopes infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena took exception to being thrown at by Aces pitcher Mike Bolsinger and both benches cleared. When play resumed, Arruebarrena struck out before shoving Reno catcher Blake Lalli and throwing his helmet at a member of the Aces who charged at him. Reno ended up winning the game 7-3.

Cards Beat Cubs Sunday; Sox Can't Sweep Twins

 width=>>Holliday's Homer Enough As Cards Drop Cubs

(Chicago, IL) -- Matt Holliday's first-inning homer was all Adam Wainwright needed as the Cardinals blanked the Cubs 1-0 at Wrigley Field. Wainwright improved to 13-and-5 after seven shutout innings and Trevor Rosenthal notched his 32nd save. St. Louis has won two straight since a four-game slide. Kyle Hendricks lasted six-and-a-third innings and fell to 1-and-1 for Chicago. Anthony Rizzo had a pair of hits for the Cubs, who have lost four of five.

>>White Sox Downed By Twins

(Minneapolis, MN) -- Scott Carroll pitched six innings of one-run ball but the White Sox were edged 4-3 by the Twins yesterday in Minnesota. Ronald Belisario took the loss while Adrian Nieto hit a solo homer. Chicago failed to cap the four-game sweep. The Sox have tonight off.

Illini Set Non-Conference Basketball Schedule

 width=Illinois has finalized its nonconference basketball schedule and will open Nov. 7 with an exhibition against Quincy.

According to a news release Friday, that will be followed by home dates on Nov. 14 against Georgia Southern, Nov. 16 against Coppin State, Nov. 21 against Austin Peay and Nov. 24 against Brown.

Previously announced games in the Las Vegas Invitational and against Miami in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge will be followed by a Dec. 6 home date against American.

A previously announced game against Villanova on Dec. 9 in New York City and a date with Oregon on Dec. 13 in Chicago will follow.

Illinois will host Hampton on Dec. 17 and travel to St. Louis to play Missouri Dec. 20. Kennesaw State will come to Champaign Dec. 27.

Accident At Clinton Lake Turns Deadly

Department of Natural Resources officials and the DeWitt County Coroner’s office are investigating an accident that happened Saturday afternoon at Clinton Lake.

Details of the accident haven't been released, however, the accident claimed the life of 26-year-old Kurt J. Larson of East Debuque. Larson was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:10 pm.

The accident is under investigation with the autopsy scheduled for this morning.

DeWitt County Sheriff indicated via Facebook several agencies were involved in responding. "What most people did not see yesterday was the heroic efforts of the first responder community to reach this victim. Weldon Fire Dept, DeWitt County Ambulance Service, DNR Police, Sheriff Deputies, and Clinton Police pulled together in an instant to mount a difficult rescue."
"Several of them abandoned their vehicles and RAN through thick, dense woods to search for the boat, and then actually went into the water to aid the victim."

This story will be updated.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

July 25, 2014

Jail Population: 37
Summons Served: 0
Warrant Arrests: 0

July 26, 2014

Jail Population: 37
Summons Served: 0
Warrant Arrests: 0

July 27, 2014

Jail Population: 39
Summons Served: 2
Warrant Arrests: 0

Audrey Schneider, 54, Bloomington was issued a Citation for Speeding 78 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Schneider posted her IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.

Denise Huff, 44, Mahomet was issued a Citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Huff posted her IL Driver’s License as bond and was released.

Daniel Price, 34, Wapella was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery/ Bodily Harm. Price unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.

Megan Leary, 21, Bloomington was arrested and charged with Driving Under Influence and Possess Drug Paraphernalia. Leary was issued Citations for 3 Counts Driving Under Influence and Wrong Way in a One Way. Leary posted the necessary bond and was released.




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Emerald Ash Borer Found In Two More Central Illinois Counties

The emerald ash borer, a destructive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America, has been confirmed in Peoria and Tazewell counties.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) today announced the detections occurred in residential areas of the two central Illinois counties. In Peoria County, arborists discovered the beetle first near Dunlap and then subsequently in Peoria. In Tazewell, IDOA staff made the find in Minier using surveillance traps.

The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia. Its larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die. Since the first detection of the pest near Detroit, Mich., in 2002, it has killed an estimated 250 million ash trees.

The quarantine currently includes 49 Illinois counties and is intended to prevent the artificial or "human-assisted" spread of the beetle through the movement of potentially-infested wood and nursery stock, including ash trees, limbs and branches as well as all types of firewood.

The emerald ash borer often is difficult to detect, especially in newly-infested trees. Signs of infestation include thinning and yellowing leaves, D-shaped holes in the bark of the trunk or branches and basal shoots.Anyone who suspects an ash tree has been infested should contact their county Extension office, their village forester or the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The counties under quarantine are Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cook, Cumberland, DeKalb, DeWitt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Macon, Marion, Marshall, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Moultrie, Ogle, Piatt, Putnam, Rock Island, Shelby, Stark, Stephenson, Vermilion, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.

Area Unemployment Rates Released

The June summary of unemployment in central Illinois were released earlier this week.

The most positive news in the report came in Macon County. While seeing a slight increase in unemployment from May to June, Macon County's unemployment dropped over 3-percentage points from this time last year. June's unemployment came in at 9.2%, but this time last year, unemployment was 12.5%. May unemployment rates in Macon County were 9.1%.

In other areas of central Illinois, DeWitt County had a slight decrease from May to June. May rates were at 6.8%, down to 6.7% in June.

Logan County unemployment remained steady at 6.9%.

Unemployment rates dropped slightly in Piatt County. 6.5% unemployment in May became 6.4% in June.

In McLean County, unemployment jumped from 6% in May to 6.4% in June, less than a half-percent bump.

Unemployment jumped in Champaign County as well. Rates in June registered at 7%, up from May's 6.4%.

Peoria County unemployment remained steady at 8%, unchanged from May to June.

Sangamon County's unemployment jumped just slightly. June's rate of 6.2% was up just slightly from 6% in May.

Hardin County saw the largest change in unemployment from May to June. A whole percent jump moved unemployment rates to 10.8% in June, which gave Hardin County the state's largest unemployment rate as well.

Henderson County registered the state's biggest drop in unemployment. June's 5.7% was down from May's 6.9%, just short a full percent drop in unemployment.

Brown County continues to maintain the state's lowest unemployment figures, with a 3.5% unemployment rate.

The total state unemployment rate was 7.1%. Nearly a whole percent below the national average of 6.3%.

Joakim Noah To Address Chicago Street Violence

Chicago Bulls player Joakim Noah will address ways to curb Chicago's gun violence.

The 2014 NBA defensive player of the year founded his Noah's Arc Foundation to help young people. In a news release, the foundation says Noah will hold a news conference Friday at a community center to provide new tactics to combat gun violence. He plans to work with community organizations.

Noah founded the foundation in 2010 with his mother, Cecilia Rodhe. She's a sculptor and art therapist.

The foundation says its goal is to give young people more opportunities to make an impact on themselves and the community.

Group Calls On State To Jumpstart Fracking

Business and labor leaders in Illinois are calling on state officials to jumpstart the fracking process. Mark Denzler, with the Illinois Manufacturer's Association, says oil companies are starting to pull out because the state has stalled for more than a year on getting the rules in place.

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The state still hasn't approved the rules to oversee the industry and Mike Carrigan with the AFL-CIO, says that's keeping thousands of people out of the workforce.

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The state has stalled on getting the rules in place that will govern the industry, but Denzler says the holdup is keeping farmers and landowners from striking it big.

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The state's Department of Natural Resources is still putting the final touches on the rules that will govern the fracking industry. Based on their original timeline, businesses could've started drilling for oil sometime this summer. Now there's talk that the rules won't be approved until after the November election.

Quinn Says Rauner Ad Shows Pattern of Dishonesty

Gov. Pat Quinn has blasted a new commercial by his Republican opponent in which headlines from news stories appear doctored.

Speaking to reporters at a Thursday campaign event in Chicago, the Democrat called the alterations "clearly wrong."

Bruce Rauner's 30-second commercial called "Headlines" overlays what appear to be newspaper headlines over images of Quinn. The headlines criticize Quinn's record on jobs, schools and a troubled anti-violence program. But a review of the ad reveals several cases where the purported headlines don't match the headlines media outlets actually used.

Citing the ad, Quinn told reporters Thursday his challenger has displayed "a pattern of dishonesty" during the closely contested race.

Rauner's campaign says the phrases in the commercial were simply condensed because of time and space constraints.

Rauner Campaign Ad Uses Made Up Headlines

The Republican candidate for Illinois governor's most recent campaign ad is being called into question for tailoring headlines from news stories to look more critical of his opponent.

Bruce Rauner's (ROW'-nurz) 30-second commercial called "Headlines" overlays what appear to be newspaper headlines over images of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. They criticize his record on jobs, schools and a troubled anti-violence program.

But a review of the commercial finds several cases where the so-called headlines don't accurately reflect the source cited.

Using quotes and headlines in campaign commercials is a commonplace practice. But political analyst Thom Serafin says Rauner's commercial's construction detracts from the points it's trying to make.

Rauner's campaign says the phrases in the commercial were condensed for time and space constraints.

Man Robbed By Fake Police On Illinois Interstate-55

Illinois State Police say a driver was robbed on Interstate 55 near Litchfield by men who impersonated police officers.

According to reports, the man told police he was pulled over around 10 p.m. Tuesday by a sports utility vehicle with a flashing red light on its dashboard.

The man said that when he stopped, three men wearing ski masks held him at gunpoint as they robbed him of more than $5,000 in cash. The robbers then tied him up with duct tape and left him in his car along the highway.

The man told police that one of the robbers wore what looked like a police uniform.

No arrests have been made.

Seven-Year-Old Dies After Bike, Car Accident

Illinois officials say a 7-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car while riding his bike.

According to reports, the Peoria County coroner says Blake Seifers died Monday of multiple injuries.

The Livingston County sheriff says the Rowe boy was biking Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a car. He was taken to a Pontiac medical center before being flown to Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria.

The sheriff says no tickets have been issued and the investigation is ongoing. He declined to release the name of the driver.

Local Lawmaker He's Learned A Lot About GOP Gubernatorial Candidate

 width=A local lawmaker has had a change of heart when it comes to the Republican gubernatorial candidate.

In the primary election, State Senator Chapin Rose did not support the Republican party's candidate for the upcoming election for Governor, Bruce Rauner. Over the past several months in communicating and working with Rauner, Sen. Rose says he finds the Chicago businessman "refreshing".

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Rauner has received a lot of criticism over his stances on education, including some from Sen. Rose during the primary. But Sen. Rose says Rauner's beef is not with downstate schools nor suburb school districts, it's actually with the Chicago Public School system.

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According to Sen. Rose, he has learned Rauner has a great deal of passion about turning around CPS, and has invested a lot of his own wealth into charter schools. Sen. Rose says this is nothing new for Rauner, he's been doing this for many years now.

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Sen. Rose says Rauner has been wildly successful with his business ventures, which Sen. Rose feels means Rauner is a very detail oriented person. He feels the budget figures presented by Rauner would be studied and studiously researched.

Sen. Rose admits there are issues they do disagree on, but he views that as OK. He feels Rauner is already more engaged and interested in the issues than Gov. Quinn.

Champaign County Fair Readies For Big Weekend

The Champaign County Fair is continuing its successful run through Saturday.

The fair is celebrating is 162nd year and shows no signs of slowing down. Fair President Mike Kobel explains the biggest events of the fair will take place this weekend. A couple concerts featuring contestants from The Voice and American Idol will be presented tonight. Tractor and truck pulls conclude the fair Saturday night.

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Kobel says the 12-person Fair Board works hard each and every year to make the Champaign County Fair one of the areas best. He notes the board is full of hard working individuals who take pride in the product the Champaign County Fair puts out.

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The fair brings out great community support for Champaign County. Madison Frerichs, Miss Champaign County Fair 2014, says she particpated in order to give back to the community. As a University of Illinois student, she wants to work to create more cohesion between the County and the U of I.

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The fair continues through Saturday night. For more information, you can find them at www.champaigncountyfair.com.

County Board Brings Forward Motion To Fill Vacant Seat; No Action Taken

The majority of the DeWitt County Board requested its Chairwoman appoint the widow of a fallen Board member to his vacant seat Thursday night.

Christina Pruser is the widow of the recently passed Tom Pruser, who represented District B on the DeWitt County Board. Dustin Peterson, Chairman of the DeWitt County Republican Party, made a recommendation to the Board at Thursday night's meeting to have Mrs. Pruser fill the vacancy left by her late-husband. He noted the Board should have declared the vacancy for the District B seat within three days. As of last night, Peterson explained the committee had yet to be notified by Board Chair Sherrie Brown.

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Even without notification, the committeemen of District B fully support Christy Pruser to fill the vacancy on the Board. Peterson believes Mrs. Pruser will work hard to fairly represent the people of District B.

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Ballenger says it's the Chair's responsibility to take the recommendation of the committee, not to screen the potential Board Member. But Brown arues she has planned to speak with Pruser, not interview her. Board Member Doug Tucker agreed with Ballenger that the appointment needed to be taken care of Thursday night.

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Brown moved on to the next item on the agenda without any decision being made. At the end of the meeting, Ballenger make a motion for the Board to formally request the Chair appoint Pruser. The motion passed 6-2-1 with Terry Hoffman and George Wismiller voting no and Brown abstaining. Keith Koons and David Newberg were absent Thursday Night.

Brown made no comment after the motion for the request passed and moved onto the next agenda item.

NASCAR Travels To Indy On Sunday

 width=After a week off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action on Sunday with the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Jeff Gordon leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 12 points for first place in the standings.  Brad Keselowski currently sits in third place with Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five.

Putnam, Petrovic Share Lead in Canada

 width=Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic fired matching 6-under 64s on Thursday to share the lead at the RBC Canadian Open.

Petrovic has one career win on the PGA Tour, while Putnam is seeking his first win on tour.

Kyle Stanley and amateur Taylor Pendrith each carded a 5-under 65 at Royal Montreal Golf Club to share second place.

Former Masters winner Charl Schwartzel headlines a group of 11 players tied for fifth at 4-under 66. He is joined by Justin Hicks, Charlie Wi, Greg Chalmers, Nick Watney, Robert Allenby, Troy Merritt, Bo Van Pelt, Dicky Pride, Jason Bohn and Joel Dahmen.

Bears, Rams, Packers Notes; Legal Trouble Plaguing NFL Stars

 width=>>Bears Place Two On PUP

(Bourbonnais, IL) -- The Bears will be down two safeties when they take the field today for the start of training camp. Chris Conte and Craig Steltz were placed on the physically unable to perform list for medical reasons. Conte is coming off of shoulder surgery and is expected to be out for the first preseason game against the Eagles. Steltz was expected to be ready for camp following offseason groin surgery, but also landed on the PUP list.

 width=>>Rams Hold First Full Training Camp Practice Today

(Earth City, MO) -- The Rams are set to hold their first full practice of training camp today at Rams Park. Veterans arrived in camp yesterday while the rookies have been on hand working out since Tuesday. The Rams will open the preseason on Friday, August 8th at home against the New Orleans Saints.

 width=>>Packers Report To Camp Today

(De Pere, WI) -- The Packers report to training camp today at St. Norbert College. The first practice will be held tomorrow. Green Bay begins preseason play August 9th against the Titans. In other team news, the Packers signed linebacker Korey Jones and released linebacker Shaun Lewis.

>>Packers Could Play In London

(Green Bay, WI) -- The Packers could play a game in London in the future. Team president Mark Murphy said yesterday the NFL wants to see the Packers play in London and he would be excited to see it happen. Murphy added the Packers would not be willing to give up a home game because "it's too important to the community."

>>Reggie Wayne Arrives To Training Camp In Style

(Anderson, IN) -- After being cleared to practice, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne was back to his usual tricks when arriving to camp yesterday. After traveling to camp via helicopter last year, the 35-year-old Wayne decided to top yesterday that by arriving in an IndyCar driven by professional driver Ed Carpenter. Wayne is coming off a torn ACL suffered in week seven last season and will be entering his 14th season in the NFL, all with the Colts.

 width=>>Ravens' Rice Suspended Two Games

(New York, NY) -- The NFL is suspending Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games without pay following his offseason arrest on assault charges. Head coach John Harbaugh says the team knew the suspension was coming.

Even though Rice avoided prosecution after he was charged with assaulting his now-wife, Janay, at an Atlantic City casino in February, the NFL said he violated the league's personal conduct policy. Rice is also being fined an additional game check. He will be eligible for reinstatement following the season-opening games against the Bengals and Steelers.

>>Report: Lynch To Holdout

(Seattle, WA) -- The Super Bowl champs might have their first bit of controversy on their hands. Former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson and close friend of Marshawn Lynch said on the NFL Network the running back was planning to hold out. ESPN confirmed the report. Lynch has two years left on the four-year deal he signed and wants more guaranteed money this season. He didn't go to any of Seattle's voluntary workouts this offseason, but did show up at the mandatory minicamp. Seattle's first day of training camp is Friday.

>>Falcons, White Reach Extension

(Flowery Branch, GA) -- The Atlanta Falcons are rewarding wide receiver Roddy White with a contract extension. The two sides have agreed on a four-year deal that will keep the 32-year-old under contract through the 2018 season. NFL.com reports the pact is worth 30-million-dollars with escalators. White was entering the final season of a six-year, 48-million-dollar deal. The four-time Pro Bowler dealt with a high ankle sprain for the bulk of last season, but still managed to catch 63 passes for 711 yards and three scores in 13 games.

>>49ers' Aldon Smith Says He's Remained Sober

(Santa Clara, CA) -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith says he has remained sober since he was arrested for DUI last September. The "Sacramento Bee" reports Smith expects to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell soon to discuss his situation. He pleaded no contest to three weapons charges and DUI this offseason, and will spend 11 days in jail. Smith missed five games immediately following his arrest to check into a rehab facility, but the league has yet to address or levy any penalty.

>>Ravens' Ross Suffers Torn Achilles

(Owings Mills, MD) -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Aaron Ross is dealing with a torn Achilles. He was hurt during Thursday conditioning testing. Ross is a former first-round pick of the New York Giants and won two Super Bowls with the G-Men. He played in the first four games last season before the Giants placed him on injured reserve with a back problem.

>>Browns' Gordon To Appeal Suspension

(Berea, OH) -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is appealing his one-year suspension from the NFL for a failed drug test. ESPN reports Gordon will appeal in a meeting with league officials on August 1st. The 23-year-old ran into more off-the-field trouble earlier this month when he was arrested and charged with DWI in North Carolina. Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards last season with more than 16-hundred-yards despite being suspended the first two games of the season due to another drug policy violation.

>>Jags' Blackmon Arrested For Pot Possession

(Tulsa, OK) -- Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon is facing more legal trouble after being arrested Wednesday night in Oklahoma for pot possession. A Tulsa television station reports police stopped him for a traffic violation and smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. Police searched the car and found marijuana, taking Blackmon into custody. The former Oklahoma State star has since posted bail and been released. Blackmon is already serving an indefinite suspension for repeated violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He was previously arrested twice for drunk driving. Jacksonville drafted him fifth overall in 2012.

NBA Notes

>>Jordan's Record Contract For Sale

(Undated) -- The original copy of Michael Jordan's 33-million-dollar contract has hit the auction book. The most valuable single-season contract in NBA history is estimated to be worth 30-thousand-dollars, but bidding has topped 28-thousand with a week to go. The contract was signed for the 1997-98 season which led to a sixth championship for Jordan and his last with the Bulls.

 width=>>"CP3" Says He Could Sit Out If Sterling Still In Charge

(Las Vegas, NV) -- The Clippers biggest star is trying to exert some power. Chris Paul told ESPN.com if Donald Sterling still owns the team when the 2014-2015 NBA season starts, he would consider sitting out. Paul already talked about the possibility with head coach Doc Rivers and will discuss it with LA's other two big name players, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Sterling is trying to hold up the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer in the courts.

>>Cleveland Paper Hiring LeBron James Reporter

(Cleveland, OH) -- An Ohio newspaper is looking for a reporter to cover a very specific beat. The "Cleveland Plain Dealer" is apparently searching for a journalist to cover nothing but LeBron James as he returns to the Cavaliers. An ad posted on the website for the Northeast Ohio Media Group reveals there's an opening for a reporter to cover James on the court, in the community and in the business world. At least five years' experience working as a reporter is required with a background covering professional basketball preferred.

>>Cavaliers Sign Top Pick Wiggins

(Cleveland, OH) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have top overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins in the fold. The former Kansas star has been signed to a contract, preventing him from being traded for 30 days. Wiggins has been mentioned as a possible trade piece with Minnesota for Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love. Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in his first and only season with the Jayhawks. The Cavs also signed second-round pick Joe Harris.

Baseball Notes

 width=>>Cardinals At Cubs Tonight

(Chicago, IL) -- After a travel day Thursday, the Cardinals are in the Windy City tonight to open a three-game series with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Joe Kelly is slated to take the mound for St. Louis, while Chicago counters with Travis Wood. The Cardinals are looking to snap a three-game losing streak.

>>Shelby Miller To Start Tomorrow

(Chicago, IL) -- Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller will make his return to the starting rotation tomorrow. The right-hander served a short stint in the bullpen, but the Cards have elected to move him back into the rotation and he will start Saturday against the Cubs. Carlos Martinez is moving back to the pen.

 width=>>Cubs Show Interest In International Prospect

(Chicago, IL) -- The Cubs will have a huge presence tomorrow for the workout of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo in Miami. The right handed free agent is believed to have a chance to impact a big league roster soon with his speed and surprising power. Castillo draws comparisons to Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett.

 width=>>2014 Class To Be Inducted Into Cooperstown Sunday

(Cooperstown, NY) -- The 2014 class is set to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine [[ GLA-vin ]], first baseman Frank Thomas, and managers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre [[ TORE-ee ]] make up this year's class. Sunday's ceremony is at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.

Maddux was a four-time NL Cy Young winner with 355 wins for the Cubs, Braves, Dodgers and Padres. Glavine won two NL Cy Young Awards and had 305 career wins with the Braves and Mets. Thomas was a two-time AL MVP with 495 career home runs. La Russa won three World Series titles with the Cardinals, A's and White Sox and ranks third in all-time managerial wins with 2,728. Cox was a four-time Manager of the Year with the Braves and Blue Jays and ranks fourth on the all-time wins list. Torre won four World Series titles as manager of the Yankees and was also skipper of the Mets, Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers. He ranks fifth on the all-time wins list.

>>Twins Cancel Knoblauch Hall Plans After Arrest

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Minnesota Twins are canceling an upcoming Hall of Fame induction for former second baseman Chuck Knoblauch [[ NOB-lock ]]. The moves comes after he was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly assaulting his ex-wife. The Twins were scheduled to honor Knoblauch in a ceremony on August 23rd at Target Field. The team says it has no plans to reschedule at this point. The four-time All-Star and former American League Rookie of the Year was convicted of hitting a previous wife back in 2010 and received a year of probation. The 46-year-old is due in court this time on July 30th.

>>M's Re-Acquire Morales From Twins

(Seattle, WA) -- Kendrys [[ KEN-drees ]] Morales is headed back to the Emerald City. The Mariners have re-acquired the 31-year-old designated hitter from the Twins for reliever Stephen Pryor. Morales signed with Minnesota as a free agent in June after rejecting Seattle's 14.1-million-dollar qualifying offer in November. He hit a team-leading .277 last year with 23 home runs and a club-high 80 RBI. Morales is batting .234 with one homer and 18 RBI in 39 games this season.

>>Athletics Designate Reliever Johnson For Assignment

(Oakland, CA) -- Struggling reliever Jim Johnson's days for the Oakland Athletics may be numbered. MLB.com reports the team has designated the 31-year-old right-hander for assignment. The A's acquired Johnson in December from Baltimore in exchange for second baseman Jemile Weeks and minor leaguer David Freitas. Johnson is 4-and-2 with two saves and a 6.92 ERA in 38 games this season. Oakland owes Johnson the remaining 3.66-million-dollars on his 10-million-dollar contract for this year.

Sox Win; Cubs Crushed

 width=>>White Sox Sink Twins

(Minneapolis, MN) -- Hector Noesi had his second straight strong start helping the White Sox defeat the Twins, 5-2, in the opener of a four-game series at Target Field. Noesi made it through seven-and-two-thirds innings and allowed two runs to improve to 5-and-7. Adam Eaton compiled three hits and two RBI for Chicago, which had lost three of its previous four. Minnesota's two runs came from a home run by Danny Santana in the eighth inning. It was one of only three hits for the Twins, who have dropped five of seven. Phil Hughes took the loss. He left in the fourth inning after taking a ball of his right ankle. X-rays revealed no broken bones.

 width=>>Padres Dominate Cubs

(Chicago, IL) -- Rene Rivera homered and drove in three runs to help the Padres blast the Cubs 13-3 at Wrigley Field. Rivera collected three hits while Seth Smith and Will Venable also had three hits each. Chris Nelson chipped in two RBI in the win with Alexi Amarista driving in two. Tyson Ross stuck out 11 over six innings to improve to 9-and-10. The Padres collected 14 hits and have won four of five. Edwin Jackson allowed four earned runs in five-plus innings before leaving with a right hand cramp. Jackson fell to 5-and-11 with the loss. Chicago has dropped five of its last six. Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena [[ loo-EECE val-BWAY-nuh ]] plated a run each in the loss.

MLB National League
Philadelphia Phillies 2, San Francisco Giants 1
Miami Marlins 3, Atlanta Braves 2
Milwaukee Brewers 9, New York Mets 1

MLB American League
Toronto Blue Jays 8, Boston Red Sox 0
New York Yankees 4, Texas Rangers 2
Oakland Athletics 13, Houston Astros 1
Kansas City Royals 2, Cleveland Indians 1 (14 inn)
Detroit Tigers 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 4
Baltimore Orioles 4, Seattle Mariners 0

ISU Womens Soccer Player Selected As Missouri Valley Confrence's 'Woman of the Year' Candidate

 width=More than 120 NCAA female student-athletes representing multiple sports across NCAA Divisions I, II and III have been selected as 2014 Woman of the Year honorees by their athletics conferences and by independent schools. 2014 Illinois State graduate, Anna Stinson, is one of them.

The top-30 honorees will be honored, and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 19.

Stinson excelled on the field and in the classroom for the Redbirds, starting all four years at midfield and winning numerous academic awards. In addition to being named an NCAA Woman of the Year finalist, Stinson was also a three-time MVC Elite 18 Award recipient, a 2013 Senior CLASS Award finalist, three-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District V choice, a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honoree, 2014 Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award recipient and 2013 National Soccer Coaches of America Association Scholar All-Region pick.

On the field, she anchored the Redbirds' midfield as a four-year starter. She was the named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team selection (2011), a four-time All-Missouri Valley Conference performer (Second Team in 2013, First Team in 2012 and 2011, Honorable Mention in 2010), an MVC All-Tournament Team choice (2012), an MVC All-Freshman Team selection (2010) and a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honoree.

Stinson exited ISU with 19 career assists, which is fourth on the program's all-time list. She also added 12 goals.

University of Minnesota Reaches Milestone With Neutrino Detector

The University of Minnesota is celebrating a milestone in creating an experimental particle detector that it says could eventually yield important information about the beginning of the universe.

More than 700 undergraduate students built the detector over four years in a large warehouse in Minneapolis. The structure located in far northeastern Minnesota is designed to detect sub-atomic particles called neutrinos. The neutrinos are shot out in an invisible beam to the detector from 500 miles away at a U.S. Department of Energy lab in Chicago.

University scientists are hoping that learning more about how the neutrinos behave will help them better understand how the universe worked during its early formation.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, a Department of Energy representative and others will gather in Orr Thursday to mark the completion of the 14,000-ton detector.

Insurers Owe More Than $8-Million In Refunds In Illinois

The federal government says more than 108,000 Illinois health insurance customers will benefit from more than $8 million in refunds because of a provision of the nation's health care law.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday.

The law requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect on medical care and quality improvement or return the difference to consumers and employers.

The money won't necessarily be a check in the mail. Employers can apply rebates in a way that benefits workers or take a discount on future premiums. Individual policyholders owed a rebate will either get a check, a reimbursement to their credit card account or see a reduction in future premiums.

Red Cross In Desperate Need For Blood

Blood donations are drastically down across the state. Ben Corey, with the American Red Cross, says the organization needs at least 80-thousand donations in order to shore-up their supply.

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One pint of blood can save up to three lives, so the shortage means more than 240-thousand-people could go without the blood they need. The Red Cross has issued an urgent alert for people to donate. Check out RedCrossBlood.org [[ Red-Cross-Blood-dot-org ]] to find a blood drive near you.

Online System To Offer Pheasant Hunting Permits

State officials say permits for controlled pheasant hunting in Illinois will soon be available.

In a Wednesday news release, state officials say 16 of 20 pheasant hunting sites are operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The others are operated in a private-public partnership.

The state's reservation system for online permits opens Aug. 4. That's for 15 of the state-operated sites.

The agency's director is Marc Miller. He says it's time for pheasant hunters to start planning.

The daily permit fee for the controlled pheasant program is $30 for resident hunters and $35 for nonresident hunters.

Ex-1970's Radical Buys George Will's Champaign Home

A house that conservative political commentator George Will sold to the University of Illinois has been bought by former 1970s radical James Kilgore and his wife.

The University of Illinois Foundation sold the home to Kilgore in April for $119,500.

Will is from nearby Champaign. He sold the home to the foundation for $10 so it could sell it and raise money. Will's father owned the home.

According to reports, Will isn't bothered that Kilgore bought it.

Kilgore could not be reached for comment.

Kilgore served six years in prison for his role in a bank robbery that left a California housewife dead while he was a member of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army.

Patients Asking About Marijuana

Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state's new medical marijuana program.

Doctors are gauging whether marijuana's benefits outweigh its potential for abuse. Nursing homes are deciding whether residents will be able to keep it in their rooms. One hospital briefly considered applying for a marijuana dispensary permit. And hospice organizations are searching for guidance on marijuana for dying patients.

Medical professionals find themselves at the center of a quickly changing legal landscape with minimal scientific research to back the claims of marijuana fans.

Dr. Martha Twaddle of the Barrington-based hospice organization JourneyCare says families are already asking: "What about marijuana?" She says she tells them there isn't yet enough evidence that benefits offset the risks.

Emails Raise Questions of Politics In 2010 Program

A published report is raising questions about the role of politics in Gov. Pat Quinn's scandal-plagued anti-violence program that's under federal investigation.

Reports indicate a suburban Chicago mayoral race factored into determining funding that went to service providers.

Quinn started the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative in 2010 to help curb neighborhood violence. Earlier this year, state auditors detailed problems with mismanagement and misspending. Critics have claimed it was a political slush fund. Quinn dismisses that claim and says he addressed problems.

The now-defunct program is under investigation by Cook County and federal authorities as well as a legislative panel. The newspaper cites over 2,000 emails the Quinn administration turned over to the Legislative Audit Commission.

Local Lawmaker Says Conceal Carry Law Complicated

A lawmaker who helped push through a bill that allows Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons is suggesting the law is too hard on gun owners from other states.

According to reports, state Rep. Brandon Phelps says the law is "too complicated" when it comes to out-of-state gun owners. The law requires people who have permits from other states to get an Illinois permit as well.

The Harrisburg Democrat says Illinois should recognize permits of other states the way states like Wisconsin and Michigan recognize the Illinois permits.

He says Illinois should follow the lead of many other states that have reciprocity agreements that allow gun owners with permits from other states to carry the weapons in the states they are visiting.

University of Illinois Trustees To Consider Increasing Arena Budget

When University of Illinois trustees meet in Chicago they will consider adding $4.5 million to the budget for the renovation of the State Farm Center in Champaign.

Trustees also will consider a raise for head basketball coach John Groce (GROHS) at the Thursday meeting.

The agenda for the trustees' meeting includes the potential increase in the basketball arena's renovation budget from $165 million to $169.5 million. The agenda indicates the extra money is needed for a new scoreboard, video boards, a marquee and other items.

Work on the arena has started and is expected to be finished in late 2016.

The raise for Groce would increase his pay to by $100,000 a year to $1.7 million. His contract would also be extended by a year through 2018-19.

Richland CC Hosting Information Session on Carbon-Dioxide Compression and Storage

Area residents wanting to learn more about carbon capture and storage are encouraged to attend an informational session next week in Decatur.

Richland Community College is engaged in the Department of Energy's efforts to find alternative uses for carbon dioxide. According to Dr. Douglas Brauer, Vice President of Richland Community College, there are several local companies who are gearing towards better storage methods for carbon dioxide.

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According to Dr. Brauer, central Illinois has three of these types of projects going on. He says ADM was one of initial partners in this pilot. Now Richland CC has come on board and he explains they are now part of an effort to compress the carbon dioxide and store it underground.

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The concept of carbon compression and storage is still an emerging industry. According to Dr. Brauer, conveying to the community the emergence of this technology along with the basics of the industry are a major component to the informational session next week.

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The informational session is July 30-31. It is a two day informational session that includes a tour of ADM and the ways it is being implemented there. Dr. Brauer indicates things take place on the campus at the National Sequestration Educational Center.

For further information, visit nsec.richland.edu.

DeWitt County HRC Up For Technology Upgrades Through Contest

If you're interested in helping the community but don't know where to start, a local organization has an easy way to do so that requires no monetary donations nor an abundance of time.

The DeWitt County Human Resource Center has been nominated for a monetary giveaway towards electronic upgrades to nonprofit groups across the midwest. According to HRC Executive Director, Lynn Scoville the "Make My Nonprofit Run Better" sweepstakes, sponsored by RK Dixon would allow HRC to improve an area of their organization that is severely behind.

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According to Scoville, the application process asked for what each organization's goals would be should they receive funding as a part of the sweepstakes. She explains they have goals of having mobile devices for their workers to use along with basic upgrades for computers.

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As it relates to technology, HRC faces many current challenges and a major roadblock in the future. Scoville explains because of a harsh winter, they have had to redirect funds that were initially intended for technology. They also face having to go to the electronic medical records like all healthcare providers.

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To vote for HRC in the RK Dixon sweepstakes, visit www.mmnprb.com and search "Clinton" or DeWitt County". Voting began Monday and lasts a week.

Votes can be submitted once a day per device. Scovill encourages voting from as many devices as possible and thanks the community for the support they've already received.

You can also access the website from the Encore Thrift Store's Facebook page, where they have posted the link.

Motion to Appoint Fallen Board Member's Widow To Fill Vacant Seat On This Week's County Board Agenda

The DeWitt County Board Thursday night could name the replacement for the late Tom Pruser.

Pruser's seat on the Board has been vacant since his passing in late June. Tonight, the County Board's agenda features a motion to appoint Pruser's widow, Christina, to the fill his unexpired term. She would represent District B, with the term to expire November 30, 2014.

Dustin Peterson with the DeWitt County Republican Central Committee will address the board. It is the Republican Committee's recommendation to appoint Christina Pruser to fill the vacant seat. The item on the agenda was not asked to be placed there by the Republican Committee, nor was any Board member approached by committee.

Dr. Harold Weinberg will once again speak before the Board as well.

As reported earlier this week, the County Board will read and discuss a letter from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency dated from Tuesday. Details of the letter submitted and it's pertinence to DeWitt County can be read here.

At last week's meeting, an item on the agenda called for discussion of selling the Clinton Lake Marina. That was put on by Keith Koons, who was not present for last week's meeting. The discussion item returns to this week's agenda.

Tonight's meeting is set for a 7 pm start time in the County building.

RBC Canadian Open Preview

 width=The PGA Tour travels north of the border this week for the 105th edition of the Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club. The Canadian charge will be led by Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Mike Weir, Stephen Ames and Adam Hadwin. Weir finished second at this event in 2004 and tied for fifth in 2008. Ames tied for eighth in 2009 and seventh in 2005. Hadwin finished tied for fourth in 2011. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $5.7 million, with the winner receiving $1,026,000.

World No. 7 Matt Kuchar headlines the field. Kuchar won the RBC Heritage in April and is currently sixth on the PGA Tour money list. Also in the field is 2-time champion Jim Furyk, who is ranked 10th in the world. Furyk finished fourth last week at the British Open following a final-round 65. He is still looking for his first win since 2010. Furyk finished second at the Wells Fargo Championship and The Players Championship in May.

NHL Notes

>>Rangers Agree To Deal With Kreider

(New York, NY) -- The New York Rangers agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Chris Kreider on Wednesday.

 width=Kreider had 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 games with the Rangers this past season, ranking second among NHL rookies in power-play goals with six and fifth in goals.

During the Rangers' playoff run, the 23-year-old Massachusetts native recorded five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 15 games.

Kreider has skated in 89 career NHL games, registering 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points. He also has 22 points in 41 Stanley Cup playoff games.

>>Avs Re-Sign O'Reilly

(Denver, CO) -- Forward Ryan O'Reilly has a new two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. The "Denver Post" reports he will make 5.8-million-dollars in the first year and 6.2-million the next. O'Reilly won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy this past season for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of play. He led the Avs with 28 goals and added 36 assists for 64 combined points.

Bulls Working To Acquire Kevin Love

 width=>>Report: Bulls Offering Package For T'wolves' Love

(Chicago, IL) -- The Chicago Bulls are making a strong push to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love. SheridanHoops.com reports the Bulls are offering a package of Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic [[ nee-koe-luh MEER-oh-titch ]] and Doug McDermott for Love. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have also been linked to the highly coveted big man. Love averaged over 26 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last season for Minnesota. He has made it clear he has no intension of re-signing with the T'wolves. He will be a free agent after this coming season.

>>Jameer Nelson To Visit Mavs Thursday

(Dallas, TX) -- Free-agent point guard Jameer Nelson is set to meet with the Mavericks Thursday in Dallas. The "Dallas Morning News" reports the Mavs are trying to use their 2.7-million-dollar trade exception to sign the veteran. Nelson was waived by the Magic at the end of June after spending his first 10 seasons in Orlando. The 32-year-old averaged 12.1 points and seven assists in 68 games last season.

Bears, Rams, NFL Notes

 width=>>Rams Report For Camp Today

(Earth City, MO) -- The rest of the St. Louis Rams report for training camp today after the rookies arrived on Tuesday. The Rams will hold their first practice tomorrow and they will continue through August 12th at their facility in Earth City. St. Louis opens the preseason on August 8th with a home game against New Orleans.

>>Fisher: Michael Sam Not A Distraction

(Earth City, MO) -- Rams head coach Jeff Fisher responded to Tony Dungy's comments concerning whether or not he would have drafted Michael Sam. Fisher said on "Mike & Mike" yesterday that Sam has not been the distraction that Dungy thought he would be. The veteran coach called Sam a "very passionate athlete" who is "very focused on trying to make this football team."

>>Bears Have High Expectations As Camps Open

 width=Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery understands expectations are soaring. He's not backing away from them, either.

The Bears are aiming high, hoping to return to the playoffs after missing out for the sixth time in seven years, going into their third training camp under Emery. Practices start Friday.

Emery said Wednesday the goal remains a championship." He said the Bears are "very accountable as an organization to make the necessary adjustments to stay on path toward our goal."

That will hinge largely on how a rebuilt defense that now includes five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen comes together. The Bears couldn't stop anyone last season, and it added up to an 8-8 record and a spot in front of the TV when the postseason started.

>>Chiefs Sign Charles To Contract Extension

(St. Joseph, MO) -- The Kansas City Chiefs are avoiding a potential holdout by star running back Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs have signed Charles to a two-year contract extension. The "Kansas City Star" reports he will earn 18-million-dollars in new money. Charles had two years left on his original deal. He rushed for nearly 13-hundred yards and also had nearly 700 receiving yards last season, while leading the NFL with a combined 19 touchdowns.

 width=>>49ers' Vernon Davis Reports To Training Camp

(Santa Clara, CA) -- The holdout by San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis appears to be over. Niners safety C.J. Spillman posted a video on the social networking site Instagram of Davis returning to the team's locker room, and all of his teammates celebrating. Davis stayed away from the 49ers' voluntary offseason sessions and then he held out of the team's mandatory minicamp last month. He is the fourth-highest paid tight end in the NFL, and wants a new contract. Missing the workouts cost Davis a total of 270-thousand-dollars. If he continued to hold out he would have been subject to several fines, including 30-thousand-dollars per day, and potentially a partial signing-bonus forfeiture.

>>Jets Ink Jason Babin

(Cortland, NY) -- The New York Jets are adding veteran pass rusher Jason Babin [[ BAB-in ]] to their defense. Babin's agents took to Twitter to announce the two sides have agreed to a deal. The 34-year-old defensive end started all 16 games for the Jaguars last year and recorded seven-and-a-half sacks. Babin was drafted in the first round of the 2004 draft by Houston and has also played for Seattle, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Tennessee.

>>Patriots' Gronkowski Cleared To Play

(Foxboro, MA) -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is a go for training camp. Pats head coach Bill Belichick says "Gronk" has been cleared to play by doctors and will not be placed on the physically unable to perform list. The former Pro Bowler was limited to just seven games last season after returning from offseason back surgery and then suffering a torn ACL. After playing in all 16 regular-season games in each of his first two seasons, he has played just 18 of 32 since because of multiple surgeries on his forearm, back and knee.

All Locals Lose

 width=>>Padres Roll Cubs

(Chicago, IL) -- Tommy Medica [[ MED-ih-cuh ]] went 3-for-5 with two RBI to help guide the Padres to an 8-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Yangervis Solarte [[ yahn-HER-viss so-LAR-tay ]] tallied a pair of hits and drove in a run. Chris Nelson and Carlos Quentin batted in a run as well for San Diego, which has won three of four. Ian Kennedy improved to 8-and-9 after striking out six in six innings. Tsuyoshi Wada [[ soo-YO-shee WAH-dah ]] got rocked for five runs in just four-plus frames of work as he took the loss for the Cubs, who have lost four of five since the All-Star break. Luis Valbuena [[ loo-EECE val-BWAY-nuh ]] hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to account for all of Chicago's runs.

>>Cobb Deals Rays Past Cardinals

(St. Louis, MO) -- Alex Cobb struck out 10 in seven shutout innings as the Rays blanked the Cardinals 3-0 at Busch Stadium. Cobb improved to 6-and-6 with the win and Jake McGee notched his ninth save as Tampa won its seventh straight. Evan Longoria and Brandon Guyer drove in a run and Desmond Jennings went 3-for-5 in the victory. Lance Lynn fanned seven and allowed one earned run in six-and-a-third innings, but fell to 11-and-7 with the loss. The Cards have lost three in-a-row.

 width=>>Royals Edge White Sox In Ninth

(Chicago, IL) -- Mike Moustakas scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning when Tyler Flowers dropped the throw to the plate as the Royals edged the White Sox 2-1 at U.S. Cellular Field. Moustakas came around on Nori Aoki's [[ ah-OH-kee's ]] bloop single to center. Eric Hosmer lofted a sac-fly in the first for Kansas City, which took the final two games of the three-game set. James Shields pitched seven innings of one-run ball, but Wade Davis got the win in relief and Greg Holland posted his 26th save. Zach Putnam took the loss for Chicago. Adam Dunn singled in the lone White Sox run in the bottom of the first.

MLB National League
Milwaukee Brewers 5, Cincinnati Reds 1
Colorado Rockies 6, Washington Nationals 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
San Francisco Giants 3, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Atlanta Braves 6, Miami Marlins 1

MLB American League
Minnesota Twins 3, Cleveland Indians 1
New York Yankees 2, Texas Rangers 1 (5th)
Toronto Blue Jays 6, Boston Red Sox 4
Oakland Athletics 9, Houston Astros 7
LA Angels of Anaheim 3, Baltimore Orioles 2

MLB Interleague
New York Mets 3, Seattle Mariners 2
Detroit Tigers 11, Arizona Diamondbacks 5

>>Rangers Ship Soria To Tigers

(Undated) -- Closer Joakim Soria [[ wah-KEEM SORE-ee-uh ]] is heading from Texas to Detroit. The Rangers have traded Soria to the Tigers in exchange for right-handed pitchers Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson. Soria is 1-and-3 with 17 saves and a 2.70 ERA in 35 games this season with the Rangers. The 30-year-old right-hander has 177 saves and a 2.51 ERA in 359 career games with Kansas City and Texas.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 7-24

July 24, 2014

Jail Population: 37
Summons Served: 1
Warrant Arrests: 0


Jared Parker, 16, Oreana was issued a citation for Reckless Driving. Parker was issued a notice to appear and was released.

Investigation into the scene of an accident that occurred on 7/23/14 at 1100 A.M revealed that Kenneth Peterson, 53, Lincoln was traveling southbound on Kenney Road (County Highway 7) when a vehicle was driving northbound in the southbound lane. Peterson went onto the right shoulder and the other car passed. Peterson went back to the left and partially in the ditch. Peterson attempted to steer back onto the roadway. Upon entering the roadway, the trailer, which was loaded with corn, tipped to the left and rolled onto its side, causing the tractor portion to also roll onto its driver’s side. Peterson’s vehicle sustained damage to the passenger side, the roof and the front. The vehicle was towed from the scene. There were no reported injuries and the driver refused medical treatment.



Seniors Use Roommate-Finding Agency To Cut Costs

Thousands of aging Americans are taking part in home-sharing programs around the country.

The programs, usually nonprofit, help seniors save money and find companionship.

Organizers say the principal goal is to allow the elderly to stay in their homes rather than move to assisted living or a nursing home.

The programs are not just for seniors, but the typical participant is a divorced or widowed woman over 60 who has extra room in her home and trouble meeting expenses.

Another person who can't find affordable housing shares the rent or mortgage.

The need appears to be growing as baby boomers age and foreclosures and rising rents limit seniors' options.

One New York woman says she'd be on the street if she hadn't taken in a fellow senior.

Quinn Signs Billion Dollar Construction Plan

The state is about to invest a billion-bucks into improving roads and bridges.  Governor Quinn approved the capital construction plan this morning, giving the green light for about 200-projects to go forward this summer.  Quinn says that'll put just over 14-thousand people to work.  The construction deal was rushed through the legislature in the final hours of session before they wrapped up back in May.  Both Democrats and Republicans supported the plan.  It allows them to show face at dozens of ribbon cutting ceremonies just ahead of the election.

Rauner Videographer Kicked Out Of Quinn Event

A security guard for Governor Quinn has been caught on video kicking a videographer out of a public event. The videographer was getting tape for Bruce Rauner, Quinn's opponent in the November election. The 16-second video of the incident shows a clearly agitated security guard.

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There's no way telling what happened before the camera started rolling, but Bruce Rauner's campaign is not happy about the incident. A spokesperson says the videographer was on a public street in Chicago and he had a right to attend the event. He adds that the Rauner camp doesn't treat Quinn's people like that when they show up to GOP backed events. But, Quinn's team says the Rauner plants have become more aggressive at his events lately and have become a security concern.

Fire-Damaged Illinois State Building Set To Reopen

A Springfield state office building damaged by a small fire appears ready to be back in business after a one-day closure.

Secretary of State's Office spokesman Dave Druker says the Howlett Building was closed to business Tuesday after a fire occurred about 1:15 a.m. that day in a mechanical room.

The building is part of the Illinois State Capitol complex.

Druker says firefighters quickly put out the blaze, but the air conditioning in the building wasn't working and crews needed to work on mechanical issues.

The building houses between 750 and 1,000 employees of the secretary of state's office and is frequently visited by members of the public. Among the services, motorists can purchase license plates and vehicle stickers there.

Druker says the building was expected to reopen Wednesday.

AT&T Springfield Center Closing, Ending 188 Jobs

AT&T Inc. plans to close a call center in Springfield and cut 188 jobs starting next month.

According to reports, the job cuts will begin Aug. 3.

Details about the layoffs come from a notice the company filed with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Illinois law requires that a company laying off 50 or more people notify the state.

Dallas, Texas-based AT&T had already said earlier this summer that the call center's work would be consolidated at other locations in Illinois.

The call center opened in 2001.

Rule Changes Coming In 2014-15 Deer Hunting Season

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is announcing a number of changes for the upcoming deer hunting season.

Department Director Marc Miller says 20 counties will be removed from the late-winter season and the number of firearm permits available in some counties will also be reduced.

The changes followed recommendations from department biologists. The biologists reviewed deer hunting harvest numbers, deer-vehicle accident data, looked at disease reports and surveyed Illinois deer hunters.

Miller says the changes reflect the department's commitment to managing the state's deer population "to provide recreational opportunity while being mindful of public safety and the rights of property owners."

Two Illinois Gang Members Plead Guilty To Conspiracy

Two Illinois gang members have pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute drugs.

Reports indicate 26-year-old Aeiral Yarbrough and 24-year-old Deona White pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday. They face up to 20 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

They were charged as part of a crackdown by prosecutors on the Zone 4 street gang in October. Fourteen men were indicted on various conspiracy charges and 10 await trial. Two other men pleaded guilty to similar conspiracy charges last month.

The crackdown was part of the city's Don't Shoot anti-gang initiative. Peoria officials have said the city has more than 10 active street gangs and more than 400 known gang members.

Lincoln Shutting Down Railroad Crossing As Development of High Speed Rail Continues

One local community is continuing in its development of the new Illinois High Speed Rail effort.

The High Speed Rail development was created as part of the state's stimulus efforts and Lincoln is one of the town's that will benefit from the projects. Mayor Keith Snyder explains part of the effort will create additional sidings and new fencing along the rail line that runs through the heart of the community.

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There may be some delays when the sidings and fencing is put in. Mayor Snyder explains the Lincoln City Council has initiated several initiatives that will allow for better flow at the depot, and they've also decided to close a crossing at Pekin Street, on the north side of the downtown area.

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There are seven railroad crossings within ten blocks in Lincoln. According to Mayor Snyder, Pekin Street was the least used crossing, resulting in only having to go a couple blocks down to cross the tracks. The Mayor hopes the new additions will be more inviting to visitors in the community.

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Mayor Snyder feels the end result of all the planned changes will depend on Amtrak's ability to deliver in terms on on-time performance. He says there have been issues on numerous occasions of Amtrak being behind schedule and delayed along the corridor of St. Louis to Chicago, that runs through Lincoln.

NFL Notes

>>Ex-Cowboys Running Back Robert Newhouse Dies

(Rochester, MN) -- Former Dallas Cowboys running back Robert Newhouse is dead. The 64-year-old passed away Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota due to heart disease. He was picked out of Houston in the second round of the 1972 NFL draft and played 12 seasons for Tom Landry. Newhouse became the first running back to throw a touchdown in the Super Bowl when he tossed a 29-yard pass to Golden Richards in Super Bowl 12. Newhouse was inducted into the University of Houston Athletics Hall of Honor in 1977. He's also the fifth leading rusher in Cowboys history.

 width=>>HRC Unhappy With Giants' Hiring Of Tyree

(East Rutherford, NJ) -- The Human Rights Campaign is not happy with the New York Giants' hiring of David Tyree. The pushback comes because of Tyree's past comments in which he expressed anti-gay views. Tyree was hired as the team's director of player development Tuesday. He stated in 2011 that he would trade his famous Super Bowl helmet catch if it meant homosexuals would stop being married. That same year, Tyree put out a number of tweets saying that there is no scientific evidence to support that people can be born gay and that he's met "former homosexuals."

>>Chargers Extend Danny Woodhead

(San Diego, CA) -- The San Diego Chargers are rewarding running back Danny Woodhead with a contract extension. The two sides have agreed on a new contract that runs through the 2016 season. Woodhead had one-year and 1.75-million-dollars left on his deal before the extension. The 29-year-old had a career year in 2013, catching a career-high 76 passes for 605 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 429 yards and two scores.

>>Texans' Johnson Reportedly Visits Texans' Facility

(Houston, TX) -- Houston Texans star wide receiver Andre Johnson may be getting ready to show up to training camp after all. ESPN.com reports the longest-tenured Texans player visited the team facility on Monday to learn the new offense. It's still uncertain if Johnson intends to be on hand for the start of training camp when veterans report on Friday. He skipped all voluntary and mandatory offseason workouts after voicing his displeasure in May with the prospect of returning to the Texans for another rebuilding season. Houston went just 2-and-14 last year. The Texans drafted Johnson third overall in 2003.

>>New 49ers Stadium Honored For Green Building Strategies

(Santa Clara, CA) -- The new "green" home of the 49ers is getting a high honor. Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium is the first professional football stadium in the country to receive LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, recognizes various building strategies, including sustainable site development, water and energy efficiency, and materials selection. The new stadium opens August 2nd with a San Jose Earthquakes soccer match against Seattle.

>>Browns Set Deadline To Select Starting Quarterback

(Berea, OH) -- The Cleveland Browns are setting a deadline to name their starting quarterback. First-year head coach Mike Pettine [[ PET-in ]] says he expects to make a decision between Heisman Trophy-winning rookie Johnny Manziel [[ man-ZELL ]] and veteran QB Brian Hoyer by the third game of the preseason. The Browns traded up to take Manziel with the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft. Hoyer led Cleveland to two straight wins last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Bulls, NBA Notes

>>Bulls Sign McDermott

The Chicago Bulls say they have signed Doug McDermott, their first-round draft pick and last season's college player of the year.

Terms of the deal involving the 6-foot-8 forward from Creighton weren't released.

The Bulls acquired 22-year-old McDermott after Denver drafted him with the 11th overall pick, then quickly traded him to Chicago.

 width=As a Creighton senior last season, McDermott averaged a nation-leading 26.7 points, becoming one of eight players in NCAA history to score more than 3,000 career points.

The Bulls also announced Tuesday's signing of free-agent guard Aaron Brooks. The 6-foot, six-year NBA veteran last season averaged 9 points while splitting time with Denver and Houston. Terms were not disclosed.

>>Bulls To Make Push For Love

(Chicago, IL) -- The Bulls are reportedly making a late push to acquire Kevin Love from the Timberwolves. While the Cavaliers are still viewed as favorites to land the All-Star, ESPN reports that Chicago is trying to get into the mix. It's believed Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler could be moved in such a deal.

>>Cavs Make Minor Deal In Push For Love

(Cleveland, OH) -- The Cavaliers have once again made a small trade that could lead to a mega-move. According to Yahoo! Sports, Cleveland acquired the unguaranteed contracts of John Lucas, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy from the Jazz for the guaranteed contract of Carrick Felix, a future second round pick and one-million-dollars. This will help the Cavs with flexibility in their pursuit of Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. Minnesota wants to move J.J. Barea and potentially Kevin Martin in any Love move.

>>USA Basketball Select Team Revealed

(Colorado Springs, CO) -- Rookies Doug McDermott and Marcus Smart are among 13 players named to the USA Basketball Men's Select Team. Golden State's Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green, Utah's Trey Burke, Chicago's Jimmy Butler, Orlando's Victor Oladipo [[ oh-lah-DEE-poh ]] and Tobias Harris, Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee and brother Miles Plumlee of the Suns, Cleveland's Dion Waiters and Charlotte's Cody Zeller were also selected. The 13 players will train with the U.S. National Team from July 28th through 31st in Las Vegas as the national squad prepares for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

 width=>>LeBron Apologizes To Neighbors With Cupcakes

(Fairlawn, OH) -- LeBron James is trying to make amends with his neighbors now that he's back in Ohio. James sent a group from a local bakery on Tuesday around his immediate neighborhood to deliver cupcakes and apologize for traffic jams created by the interest in his return earlier this month. The boxes of cupcakes were accompanied with a card apologizing for the inconvenience. James bought the property in 2003 and owns a 30-thousand-square-foot mansion on the land.

>>Top Basketball Recruit To Play In China

(Guangdong, China) -- A top basketball recruit is picking playing overseas for a paycheck instead of playing in college for a scholarship. Yahoo! Sports reports five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay [[ MOO-dee-aye ]] has signed a one-year, 1.2-million-dollar contract with the China Basketball Association. The 18-year-old chose to play for the Guandong Southern Tigers rather than for coach Larry Brown at SMU. Mudiay has taken out significant insurance policies to protect future earnings against injury.

Cubs Make Moves, Cuban Prospects Progressing

>>Cubs Designate Barney; Activate Bonifacio

The Chicago Cubs took another step toward the future, designating second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment.

Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio was activated from the disabled list Tuesday to take Barney's place on the roster. Bonifacio had been out since June 13 because of strained right oblique.

The 28-year-old Barney won a Gold Glove in the 2012, when his 141 consecutive games without an error tied a major league record. But he regressed noticeably at the plate and, with the recent promotion of Arismendy Alcantara and other infield prospects on the way, he no longer fit the master plan.

 width=In other moves, pitcher Kyle Hendricks was recalled from Iowa and pitcher Zac Rosscup was optioned to the Triple-A club. Hendricks was the scheduled starter for the game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

>>Cubs Announce More Moves

(Chicago, IL) -- The Cubs are making some more organizational roster moves. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is being promoted to Triple-A Iowa while fellow outfield prospect Albert Almora will join Double-A Tennessee. The Cubs are also optioning Mike Olt to Iowa while recalling Tsuyoshi Wada.

>>Giants Broadcaster Suffering From Muscle Disease

(San Francisco, CA) -- San Francisco Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow is revealing his battle with a muscle disease. He tells the "San Francisco Chronicle" that he's suffering from a degenerative muscle disease that causes weakness in the fingers, legs and feet. The condition is not fatal, but will require him to use a cane and a motorized cart. The veteran of 14 major league seasons as a player recently took a fall coming off the team bus in Colorado and tore the rotator cuff in his shoulder. Krukow has no plans to stop broadcasting.

>>Yankees Acquire Chase Headley

(Bronx, NY) -- The Yankees are bringing third baseman Chase Headley to the Bronx. New York has acquired the 30-year-old from the San Diego Padres for infielder Yangervis Solarte [[ yahn-HER-viss so-LAR-tay ]] and minor league right-hander Rafael De Paula and cash. Headley is batting just .229 with seven homers and 32 RBI for the Padres this season, but hit .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBI as recently as 2012. He is set to be a free agent after this season. Solarte is hitting .254 with six homers and 31 RBI in his first year with the Yankees. MLB.com ranks De Paula as the Yanks' 15th best minor league prospect.

Rizzo Blasts Cubs Past Friars; Southern Illinois Native Leads Rays Past Cards

 width=>>Rizzo Blasts Two As Cubs Blank Padres

(Chicago, IL) -- Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of solo homers as the Cubs shut down the Padres in a 6-0 win at Wrigley Field. Rizzo now leads the National League with 25 bombs this season. Arismendy Alcantara also went deep while Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with two RBI for Chicago. Kyle Hendricks scattered five hits over seven scoreless innings to get his first win as the Cubs ended a five-game slide. Eric Stults fell to 3-and-12 after allowing three runs in five frames for San Diego. Brooks Conrad had a double while Seth Smith reached twice as the Padres lost their seventh in ten games.

>>Royals Cruise To Win Over White Sox

(Chicago, IL) -- Mike Moustakas [[ moo-STAHK-iss ]] went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI as the Royals picked up a 7-1 win over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Raul Ibanez and Omar Infante [[ in-FAHN-tay ]] each drove in a run for Kansas City, which snapped its four-game losing streak. Bruce Chen threw five innings of one-run ball to improve to 2-and-2. Scott Carroll got rocked for five runs in five-plus frames to fall to 4-and-6 for the White Sox, who have won two of their last three. Adam Dunn went 2-for-4 with a solo shot and Alexei Ramirez recorded a pair of hits in defeat.

 width=>>Rays Rough Up Wainwright, Cardinals

(St. Louis, MO) -- The Rays got to Adam Wainwright on their way to a 7-2 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Tampa Bay scored five times in the fifth and chased the St. Louis ace as Yunel Escobar ripped a two-run double. Matt Joyce added two hits and an RBI as Tampa won its sixth straight. Evan Longoria added a solo homer later in the game while southern Illinois native Jake Odorizzi pitched five-and-two-thirds innings of two-run ball to improve to 6-and-8. Wainwright fell to 12-and-5 after pitching four-and-two-thirds innings and allowing six runs, four earned. Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday each hit a solo homer for the Cards, who have lost three of five.

MLB National League
San Francisco Giants 9, Philadelphia Phillies 6 (14 inn)
Pittsburgh Pirates 12, Los Angeles Dodgers 7
Miami Marlins 6, Atlanta Braves 5
Milwaukee Brewers 4, Cincinnati Reds 3
Washington Nationals 7, Colorado Rockies 4

MLB American League
New York Yankees 2, Texas Rangers 1 (14 inn)
Toronto Blue Jays 7, Boston Red Sox 3
Cleveland Indians 8, Minnesota Twins 2
Baltimore Orioles 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2
Houston Astros 3, Oakland Athletics 2 (12 inn)

MLB Interleague
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Detroit Tigers 4
New York Mets 3, Seattle Mariners 1

ISU DB Named To FBS Kick Return Watch Award Watch List

 width=Illinois State junior return specialist and defensive back Josh Burch was named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Kickoff Returner Award Watch List, as announced by the CFPA on Tuesday. The initial watch list includes 40 returning performers, vying for the top kickoff returner award in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Burch played in six games for the Redbirds in 2013, before suffering a season-ending knee injury. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native averaged 29.7 yards per kick return on 11 attempts, which set an ISU single-season record for average yards per kick return (with a minimum of 10 returns). He also tied a school record and became the fourth player in school history to return a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, when he went end zone to end zone in the win over the Sycamores. For his efforts, Burch earned CFPA National Kick Returner of the Week honors.

Information Courtesy of GoRedbirds.com

Former Illinois Offensive Lineman Dies In Workout With New School

Campus officials say a football player at Winona State University who recently transferred from Illinois has died while working out with teammates.

 width=Winona State said in a news release that 22-year-old Shawn Afryl died Monday during a workout at Maxwell Field on campus. Information about his cause of death was not immediately available.

School officials said the 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman had recently enrolled after his transfer.

Illini coach Tim Beckman said in a statement that his players were saddened to hear of the death of a "great teammate."

Winona State coach Tom Sawyer said Afryl had shown maturity and leadership in his short time at the Division II school.

Afryl is a graduate of Niles West High School in Skokie, Ill., in the Chicago suburbs.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for 7-23

July 21, 2014

Jail Population: 42
Summons Served: 5
Warrant Arrests: 2

July 22, 2014

Jail Population: 38
Summons Served: 10
Warrant Arrests: 0



Joshua McGhee, 30, Clinton was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Driving Under Influence of Alcohol and Driving Under Influence/ BAC 0.08. McGhee posted the necessary bond and was released.

McKenna McAtee, 22, Normal was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging her with Operate Uninsured Vehicle/ Failure to Appear. McAtee posted the necessary bond and was released.

Rory Polk, 30, Bloomington was issued Citations for Illegal Transportation Alcohol, No Valid Driver’s License and 3 Counts Driving Under Influence of Alcohol. Polk was arrested and charged with Driving Under Influence Alcohol. Polk posted the necessary bond and was released.



Illinois Postpones River Bridge Closure Until 2015

Commuters between St. Louis and southwestern Illinois are getting a break.

Reports indicate the Illinois Department of Transportation has delayed until next summer its planned closure of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge linking St. Louis to Illinois' East St. Louis.

Fix-ups to the Mississippi River span were to begin next month, forcing its closure for two to three months.

But the transportation department says a bid for the work came in "considerably higher" than anticipated, and the project will be revised and rebid later this year.

Illinois officials estimate that some 12,700 vehicles cross the bridge each day.

Law Gives Ex-Cons Hope For Finding Work

People who've served time in prison are getting a second shot at finding a good job. Governor Quinn signed a law making it illegal for employers to ask about an applicant's criminal history until the person has been selected for an interview.

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Governor Quinn says people shouldn't be penalized if they've paid their debt to society.

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Congressman Danny Davis says that's not just good for the economy, it'll also help keep people off the streets.

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The whole idea is to make sure that employers are considering people based on their skills and qualifications when it comes to handing out jobs, not criminal history. Supporters of the law say it'll give people the opportunity to turn the corner and make a proper living.

State Board of Education Seeking Volunteers For Bilingual Council

The Illinois State Board of Education is looking for seven new members to serve on its advisory council for bilingual education.

The council was established more than 40 years ago by state law. It recently contributed to recommendations for teacher standards, qualifications and evaluations. Officials say that developing recommendations and advice for the state board concerning English learners is a key point of the council's focus.

The new members would serve three-year terms and be expected to attend four meetings per year, and participate in additional gatherings and special projects. Bilingual program directors, superintendents, parents, university faculty and members of community organizations have served as council members.

Candidates must apply to the state board by July 28. The new terms begin in September.

Court OKs Expedited Appeal of Term Limits Case

An Illinois appellate court has agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a ruling that banned a question on term limits from the November ballot.

The Chicago-based First District Appellate Court issued its order Monday.

Supporters gathered signatures to put a measure on the ballot to limit legislators to eight years.

But a lawyer for top Democrats sued, and a judge ruled last month the measure didn't meet constitutional requirements to be on the ballot.

The Illinois Supreme Court said last week it wouldn't hear an immediate appeal.

Supporters then asked the appeals court for an expedited process, because state election officials must approve the ballot by Aug. 22.

Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) is leading the effort. He's made it a major issue in his race against Gov. Pat Quinn.

Rauner Continues Push For Term Limits

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) says he's continuing his efforts to impose term limits on Illinois legislators.

Rauner spoke Monday in Chicago and has made term limits a major piece of his campaign against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. He says "voters deserve a voice."

Rauner is leading a committee that gathered signatures to put a measure on the November ballot. It would limit legislators to eight years in office.

But a lawyer for top Democratic lawmakers sued, and a Cook County judge ruled last month the initiative didn't meet constitutional requirements to be on the ballot.

Last week the Illinois Supreme Court said it wouldn't hear a direct appeal.

Rauner says they're asking the state's appellate court to hear the case on an expedited basis.

Report Shows More Illinois Children Living In Poverty

A new report says the number of Illinois children living in areas of high poverty has increased by about a third since 2000.

The annual survey released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation estimates 347,000 Illinois children live in areas of concentrated poverty. That means more than 1 in 10 children live in neighborhoods where the poverty rate is 30 percent or higher.

This year's Kids Count survey also found some encouraging news about Illinois. There's been a long-term decline in births to teenage mothers. Other health and education indicators are hopeful. And Illinois improved on 11 out of 16 measures.

The report says Illinois ranks 20th among states for overall child well-being. The state's child poverty rate in 2012 was 21 percent, compared to 16 percent in 2005.

Springfield Parks Consider Fixing Wind Turbine

The Springfield Park District is taking steps to fix a dysfunctional wind turbine in Southwind Park.

The district director says the district has asked companies to submit proposals for repairing and upgrading the issue-prone turbine that is currently not working.

According to reports, funds to pay for the turbine's installation in April 2011 included about $100,000 from the park district and a $50,000 grant. The director says the company that produced the turbine is no longer in business.

He says the district won't know how much the fixes will cost until it finishes collecting companies' proposals at the beginning of August.

Jury Convicts Man Accused In Wife's Shooting Death

A former Baptist missionary accused of shooting his wife to death on Valentine's Day of last year was found guilty of first-degree murder.

According to reports, the jury deliberated for about 90 minutes Monday before finding Nathan Leuthold guilty in the death of 39-year-old Denise Leuthold.

Leuthold was accused of shooting his wife in their Peoria home so he could pursue an affair with a 21-year-old Lithuanian woman whom he and his wife sponsored to study in the U.S.

Leuthold's attorney argued that someone broke into the house, that prosecutors didn't prove their case against his client, and that there was no proof Leuthold and the Lithuanian were having an affair.

Leuthold faces between 45 years and life in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 10.

Catherine Conti To Officiate Big 12 Game

 width=224 height=225 />The Big 12 made history on Monday with the announcement that a female referee will officiate an upcoming college football game.  Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced that Catherine Cat Conti will be a zebra for the game between Kansas and Southeast Missouri State on September 6th.  Conti will be the first woman to officiate a game involving a Big 12 team.  Conti has been an official since 2000 and worked in the Southland Conference of the FBS last season. </p>						</div>

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NFL Notes

 width=>>Giants' Wilson Cleared To Return After Neck Surgery

(East Rutherford, NJ) -- New York Giants running back David Wilson is medically cleared to begin training camp. He took to social media to post the news after a CT scan on his surgically-repaired neck came back clean. Wilson had a fusion of the vertebrae in January to repair a herniated disc, putting his career in doubt. He was hurt in a Week Five game against Philadelphia. The Giants are set to open training camp today.

>>Giants' Chris Snee Retires

(East Rutherford, NJ) -- New York Giants offensive lineman Chris Snee is calling it a career. Snee announced his retirement on the team's website on Monday. The 32-year-old made four Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls as a member of the Giants. New York selected him in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Snee is the son-and-law of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, and is the father of three of Coughlin's 11 grandchildren. Giants president John Mara says Snee "was one of the greatest offensive linemen in Giants history, and he'll be on that Ring of Honor someday."

>>Lions To Honor Late Owner With Uniform Patch

(Allen Park, MI) -- The Detroit Lions will pay tribute to longtime owner William Clay Ford this season. Players will wear a patch on their uniform with the letters WCF inside a black football shape with two stripes in the Lions' colors of blue and silver. Ford passed away in March. He bought the team in November 1963 and became sole owner in January 1964. The Lions will debut the patches in their regular season opener September 8th on "Monday Night Football."

Blues Sign Draft Pick, Defenseman

 width=>>Blues Sign Two

(St. Louis, MO) -- The Blues announced two contract agreements on Monday. Second-round pick Ivan Barbashev agreed to an entry-level deal and ex-Canucks forward Jeremy Welsh inked a one-year two-way contract. A third contract signing is expected to disclosed soon involving former Minnesota defenseman Nate Prosser.

>>Report: Wild's Vanek Testifies In Gambling Case

(Rochester, NY) -- Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek is being linked to a gambling case in New York. WHEC-TV reports Vanek was in federal court in Rochester on Monday regarding the June arrest of three men on gambling and money laundering charges. Vanek's agent told the "Minneapolis Star-Tribune" that he is a witness in a federal case, but is not the subject of any investigation or prosecution. The 30-year-old signed with the Wild earlier this month. He tallied 27 goals and 41 assists in 78 games combined with Buffalo, Montreal and the Islanders last season.

Bulls Ink Hinrich To 2-Year Deal

 width=The Chicago Bulls have re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich to a two-year deal.

The Bulls announced the move Monday, along with the signing of second-round pick Cameron Bairstow. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Hinrich will make $2.7 million next season. The contract includes a player option for the second year. The person requested anonymity because the team does not publicly comment on contract details.

Hinrich has spent nine of his 11 seasons with the Bulls.

The steady veteran averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 assists in 73 games last season. His presence will help give the Bulls a little bit of insurance should Derrick Rose's knee issues return.

Rose is set to play this season after missing most of the last two years.

>>Hornets Finalize Deal With Marvin Williams

(Charlotte, NC) -- A deal between the Charlotte Hornets and free-agent forward Marvin Williams is complete. Yahoo! Sports reports it's a two-year contract worth 14-million-dollars. The 28-year-old Williams averaged 8.1 points and 4.3 rebounds the last two seasons with the Utah Jazz.

Cards, Cubs, Sox Notes

 width=>>Sox Pitching Coach, Cooper, Suffering From Vertigo

Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper has vertigo and will miss Monday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.

Manager Robin Ventura says it is possible Cooper, who also missed Sunday's game before he knew he had vertigo, might miss a few more days.

Ventura says Cooper is "not feeling too good."

Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen filled in for Cooper on Sunday and was expected to do the same Monday.

Cooper, 58, has been the White Sox's pitching coach since July 2002. He also missed 13 games over two separate stints last year with diverticulitis.

 width=>>Rizzo Earns NL Weekly Honor

(New York, NY) -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is being honored as the National League Player of the Week. Rizzo hit three homers over the weekend in Arizona, going 5-for-11 with 14 total bases in the three-game series. He's tied for the NL lead in homers with 23 this season.

>>Cubs Open Series Against Padres

(Chicago, IL) -- The Cubs are back home to start a three-game series with the Padres tonight at Wrigley Field. Chicago sends Kyle Hendricks to the mound for his second start. He allowed four runs in six innings in his first outing. San Diego counter with Eric Stults. First pitch is set for 7:05.

 width=>>Cardinals Begin Series With Rays

(St. Louis, MO) -- The Cardinals will send Adam Wainwright to the hill tonight against the Rays in a short two-game series. Lance Lynn will get the ball tomorrow night. St. Louis took two games from the Dodgers in their first series since the All-Star break and sit a half game behind the Brewers in the National League Central.

>>Wacha Gets Positive News

(St. Louis, MO) -- The "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" is reporting that Michael Wacha [[ WAH-kuh ]] got good news from his MRT and C-T scan on Monday. It was the third test done on Wacha's right shoulder within the last month. The organization is hoping the 23-year-old can begin a throwing program in two weeks. Wacha is 5-and-5 with a 2.79 ERA but has not been on the mound for the Cardinals since June 17th.

>>Giants Sign Uggla To Minor League Deal

(Philadelphia, PA) -- The San Francisco Giants are taking a flyer on slumping slugger Dan Uggla. The "San Jose Mercury News" reports the Giants have signed the 34-year-old to a minor league deal just a week after he was released by the Atlanta Braves. He is expected to report to Triple-A Fresno. Before his release, the Braves suspended Uggla one game for reportedly arriving to Wrigley Field only about an hour before first pitch. Uggla is hitting just .162 with two home runs this season. Atlanta still owes him more than five-million-dollars for the rest of this season and 13-million in 2015.

Sale Leads White Sox Past Royals

 width=Chris Sale struck out eight over seven innings to help the White Sox beat the Royals 3-1 at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale improved to 9-and-1 after his one-run outing and Jake Petricka earned his fourth save. Adam Dunn plated two runs while Gordon Beckham added an RBI for Chicago, which has won three out of four. Jeremy Guthrie allowed three runs in six frames to fall to 5-and-9. Danny Valencia plated the lone run for the Royals, who have dropped all four games to start the second half of play.

MLB National League
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
San Francisco Giants 7, Philadelphia Phillies 4
Miami Marlins 3, Atlanta Braves 1 (10 inn)
Milwaukee Brewers 5, Cincinnati Reds 2
Washington Nationals 7, Colorado Rockies 2

MLB American League
Texas Rangers 4, New York Yankees 2
Boston Red Sox 14, Toronto Blue Jays 1
Minnesota Twins 4, Cleveland Indians 3
Baltimore Orioles 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2

MLB Interleague
Detroit Tigers 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 3
Seattle Mariners 5, New York Mets 2

Gov. Quinn Takes Action To Protect Mahomet Aquifer

Governor Pat Quinn has directed the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to take further action to protect the Mahomet Aquifer from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). As a result, today the IEPA is seeking information from the DeWitt County Board in order to authorize the State to block PCB dumping in Clinton.

Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

Illinois law allows the IEPA to modify a landfill permit upon the discovery that a decision was made using false or misleading information.

This morning the IEPA sent a letter to the Dewitt County Board seeking to confirm that federally regulated concentrations of PCB waste at the Clinton Landfill were never in fact authorized locally. This request is being made after considering information from concerned citizens and local officials that call into question the extent of the DeWitt County Board's 2002 siting approval.

In the transcript of a public hearing on the landfill permit from 2002, representatives of the Peoria Disposal Company testified to the DeWitt County Board that the Clinton Landfill would not accept PCBs at federally regulated concentrations. Following that public hearing, the DeWitt County Board approved the location for the landfill, and the county board's action was the basis for IEPA approval of subsequent permitting requests from the company.

In May, the Governor sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging the administration to deny Peoria Disposal Company’s request for federal authorization to dispose of toxic waste in the Clinton Landfill.

The Mahomet Aquifer is a system of river basins and surface waters that supplies water to portions of Cass, Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Menard, Peoria, Piatt, Tazewell, Vermilion and Woodford Counties.

Over 100 Participate In Tuesday Disaster Drill In DeWitt County

 width=The gathering of emergency responders, emergency preparedness organizations and numerous others Tuesday morning simulated a cropduster crash on the 4H Fairgrounds in DeWitt County.

The simulation was a test to the preparedness of the various groups and agencies that would all be involved in an event like this. Chief Deputy of the Lincoln Police Department, Mike Geriets says the day an emergency arises isn't the time to get to know other agencies and what they can offer, it's doing drills like the one Tuesday that gets you familiar with everyone.

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Syngenta provided the drill with around 15 volunteers from their Wapella location and according to Mary McElvein with Syngenta, the Tuesday drill was of great interest to them because it involved an agriculture related disaster.

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 width=The mock drill took place at the 4-H Fairgrounds, however, the drill called for the accident to take place at the field adjacent to Three Star Restaurant in Clinton. The drill moved locations because officials felt shutting down Route 54/Route 10 would seriously disrupt the flow of the city through the morning hours.

Over 100 officials and volunteers were a part of the Tuesday morning mock disaster.

Central Illinois Town Gets $18-Thousand For Rural Development

Illinois' senior U.S. senator is announcing that more than $19,000 is heading to central Illinois for a rural development project.

Dick Durbin is a Springfield Democrat. His office says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the $18,750 grant to the village of Ashmore to support water and waste infrastructure construction projects and planning. The grant is expected to fund an engineering report on costs and options for addressing deficiencies in the village's storm water drainage system.

Durbin says the investment will "help create local good paying jobs" as well as protect public health, safety and welfare.

University of Illinois Close Rockford Psyhciatric Clinic

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is planning to close its psychiatric clinic early this fall.

According to reports, officials began notifying patients last month.

College of Medicine spokeswoman Cynthia Hall says the clinic has been struggling financially in recent years. She cites a continual decrease in funding from the state as a reason for the decision.

She says the teaching opportunities at the clinic are limited and the university felt it was best to redirect resources.

The clinic has been open for more than 20 years. It serves roughly 2,000 patients.

Bear Hug Removes Four Suspects In Beating At One Time

Police say a man halted a home invasion and beating by removing four women from the scene with one "giant bear hug. "

The incident in South Peoria allegedly began about 6:45 p.m. Thursday at a home where a public assistance money card that had no balance was sold for $80.

According to reports, police reported a woman was injured by several suspects who entered the home and used an iron to hit her - causing a facial laceration.

A witness in the home told police he emerged from his bedroom to see four women beating the victim.

The man told authorities he ejected the suspects from the living room - all at once - using a "giant bear hug maneuver."

Peoria Murder Trial Focuses On Internet Searches

An investigator testifying at the trial of a former Baptist missionary accused of killing his wife says the Internet search history on the suspect's computer included queries on various ways to kill someone.

Nathan Leuthold is accused of shooting his 39-year-old wife, Denise, in their Peoria home on Valentine's Day in 2013.

Leuthold has pleaded not guilty and says he found his wife's body after a break-in.

Leuthold's attorney countered Friday's testimony by saying that the computer was not protected by a password and anyone could have used it to make those searches.

According to reports, searches included how to kill a person by electrocution and injection as well as methods of suicide.

The testimony was presented by William Lynn, a Bloomington cybercrime detective.

Rest Stop Killing Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

A man suspected of two summer murders has pleaded not guilty.

Reports indicate Terence P. Doddy has been charged with first-degree murder as part of a 15-count Winnebago County grand jury indictment.

Other charges include robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Doddy, 36, is charged with the June 30 killing of high school friend Todd Hansmeier, 37. He is a suspect in the July 1 slaying of Tonya Bargman, 44, of Monticello, at a rest stop at Paw Paw along Interstate 39.

Doddy was apprehended July 4 after a police chase near Beloit, Wisconsin. Police say he was driving Barman's car.

A public defender was appointed for Doddy, who is being held without bond.

He could appear in court again today (Monday).

Man Acquitted of Trying To Kill Decatur Officer

A jury in central Illinois has cleared a man of charges that he tried to kill a Decatur police detective wounded during a raid last year.

According to reports, 33-year-old Dennis Kendall was acquitted Thursday in Macon County of two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

But jurors convicted him of armed violence, unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Authorities said Decatur police were trying to batter down Kendall's door in January of last year when a gunshot was fired from inside, wounding detective Jason Hesse in the leg. Hesse survived.

Kendall later surrendered.

Kendall's attorney argued his client didn't know it was police trying to force their way into his home.

Social Security Makes Country's Veterans Priority

Local Social Security offices want to inform veterans regarding special credits from benefits.

Jack Myers, with Social Security, notes he fields many questions regarding extra benefits for military service. He says there is great potential for veterans for more benefits. Social Security will look at a person's entire earnings' history. The thirty-five best years of earnings will, then, be calculated.

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Myers explains military wages have been covered by Social Security since 1957. Extra earnings were also added through 2001 to the records those with military service. Research is done into those earnings as soon as a veteran applies.

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If a veteran's service was prior to 1967, Social Security will need to see their DD214 form. The form does not need to be seen to receive benefits if service was after 1968. Myers assures beneficiaries their offices look into this information.

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The Social Security website has a fact sheet for veterans according to Myers.

You can find all the information on www.socialsecurity.gov. Those without internet access can call 1-800-772-1213.

DeWitt County Board Begins Discussions For Baseline Testing of Clinton Landfill

The DeWitt County Board spent a good length of time discussing possible baseline testing of the Clinton landfill.

Board Member Terry Hoffman had a representative from Patrick Engineering speak at a recent meeting. Hoffman wants to see a baseline testing scope of work from the Landfill. Board Member George Wismiller believes it is a good idea to routinely check the water and a baseline test would be the first step in the process.

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The representative asked if Wismiller was concerned with testing the entire county or the area around the landfill. Board Member Danny Ballenger and Wismiller both voiced their desire to have all of DeWitt County tested. A county-wide testing could become very expensive.

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The Board was told to look at the data they already had first. A paper study was recommended and it would need to be done before a physical testing of the water.

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The Patrick Representative says he will work with DeWitt County to create a scope of testing. He will also attend meetings held by Senator Chapin Rose to discuss these issues.

To hear the entire discussion, including words from Dave Remmert, Director of the DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County Health Department, listen below:

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DeWitt County, Area Agencies Set For Tuesday Mock Disaster Drill

If you're in or around DeWitt County Tuesday morning, you may notice or hear a lot of emergency response vehicles.

A mock disaster will take place at the 4-H Fairgrounds north of Clinton Tuesday morning. According to Emergency Management Agency Director for DeWitt County, Teresa Barnett, the drill is a culmination of efforts among several agencies, of which the Dr. John Warner Hospital is the lead.

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According to Barnett, the written simulation calls for a crop-duster to crash and bring down several utility lines and poles, and for the disaster to take place at Three Star Restaurant in Clinton. Because Three Star Restaurant is located at a very busy and central location in Clinton, the decision has been made to transport the action to the 4-H Fairgrounds.

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Despite not being in the location the scenario calls for, Barnett does not see that being a problem. She feels the purpose of the scenario has less to do with location, and more about what the goals of the drill are. She says it is all about life, health and safety.

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CENCOM Coordinator for DeWitt County, Tony Harris explains his office is going to play a very important role in this drill. On top of being the notification system for all agencies involved, he explains he wants to find out if his office will be able to handle the abundance of phone calls they would receive in a scenario like what will be played out Tuesday.

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Starting at about 9 am, the exercise will begin. Barnett says things should be wrapped up before noon.

They remind the public this is a drill of their agencies' preparedness and not a real life occurrence.

NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar Notes

 width=>>Brickyard Week Opens Up

(Speedway, IN) -- NASCAR fans are getting set for this week's 400 at The Brickyard from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After a week off, the Sprint Cup Series comes to Indiana to see who will kiss the bricks. Qualifying is set for Saturday afternoon with the green flag dropping Sunday at 1:00.

 width=>>Rosberg Extends F1 Points Lead With German GP Win

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg widened his lead in the Formula One world championship point standings by winning Sunday's German Grand Prix.

Rosberg, a 29-year-old German, won on his home soil for the first time with a superb performance. He started on the pole and led all 67 laps around the Hockenheimring circuit. Rosberg claimed his fourth win of the season and the seventh of his F1 career.

Two weeks ago, Rosberg suffered his first retirement of the season in the British Grand Prix due to a faulty gearbox. Since then, he got married to his long-time girlfriend Vivian Sibold and signed a new multi-year contract extension with Mercedes before winning the German GP pole and race. Germany also won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final last week.

Rosberg became the first German to win at Hockenheim since Michael Schumacher's victory here in 2006. Last year, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won his home race in Germany, which was held at the Nurburgring.

Rosberg now holds a 14-point advantage over teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton, who finished third. Hamilton started 20th after crashing in the second round of Saturday's qualifying session and then receiving a five-spot grid penalty for an unapproved gearbox change.

Valtteri Bottas from Williams made his third straight podium appearance with a second-place run. Bottas crossed the finish line 20.7 second behind Rosberg.

Vettel, the four-time and defending F1 world champion, finished fourth, followed by Fernando Alonso from Ferrari. Vettel's teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, placed sixth.

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg took the seventh spot, while Button and Magnussen were eighth and ninth, respectively. Hulkenberg's teammate, Sergio Perez, completed the top-10.

F1 is back on track next Sunday with the Hungarian Grand Prix.

 width=>>IndyCar In Toronto Races Two In One Day

(Toronto, Ontario) -- After rain postponed action Saturday, the IndyCar Series ran both Honda Indy Toronto races yesterday. Sebastien Bourdais captured victory in Race 1 for his 32nd career win. Mike Conway won Race 2 in Toronto. The series heads to Lexington, Ohio on August 3rd.

>>Ex IU Rower Among Those Killed In Plane Crash

(Bloomington, IN) -- Indiana University is mourning the loss of former rower Karlijn Keijzer [[ Car-line Kite-zer ]]. The university announced she was among the victims of Thursday's Malaysia Flight 17 crash in Ukraine. Keijzer was a member of the 2010-11 women's rowing team. She was 25-years-old.

McIlroy Captures First Open Championship

 width=Rory McIlroy is celebrating his first Open Championship victory after holding off the field at Royal Liverpool. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland captured his third major and is now just a victory at The Masters away from completing the career grand slam. McIlroy completed the tournament at 17-under-par, becoming just the seventh wire-to-wire winner in Open Championship history. He joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to have won three different majors by the time they were 25.

Spaniard Sergio Garcia made a push in Sunday's final round, but finished two shots off the pace at 15-under. Garcia's round of 66 put him in a second-place tie with American Rickie Fowler. Jim Furyk also went low on Sunday, shooting a 65 to stand alone in fourth place at 13-under-par. World-number-one Adam Scott finished at 12-under-par, in a tie for fifth with Marc Leishman. Phil Mickelson was tied for 23rd at five-under, while Woods struggled to a round of 75 on Sunday. He finished at six-over-par for the tournament and in 69th place, his worst finish at a major.

Bulls Add Brooks To Bolster Bench

 width=259 height=194 />The Bulls are bringing in guard Aaron Brooks.  The 29-year-old will add depth in the backcourt after averaging nine points and 3.2 assists per game while splitting last season with the Rockets and Nuggets.  Brooks is a seven-year vet who has averaged just over 11 points in his career. </p>						</div>

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NFL Notes

 width=>>Rams Ready For Camp

(St. Louis, MO) -- The Rams will open up training camp on Friday with their first public practice. The rookies reported to camp today with the veterans join them on Thursday. St. Louis will also scrimmage on August 2nd before kicking off the preseason on August 8th against the Saints.

 width=>>Packers Ready For Camp

(De Pere, WI) -- Green Bay opens up training camp on Saturday at St. Norbert College. The Packers will have family night on August 2nd followed by an off-day. Green Bay will begin its preseason slate on August 9th against the Titans.

 width=>>Bears Report For Camp Thursday

(Bourbonnais, IL) -- The Bears are set to report for training camp in Bourbonnais on Thursday. The team's first practice is Friday morning. Chicago will have its first preseason game on August 8th against the Philadelphia Eagles from Soldier Field.

>>Rams' Dunbar, NBA's Green Arrested

(Miami, FL) -- St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and former NBA player Donte Green are both facing charges after their arrest outside a Miami nightclub. Each were arrested and charged with battery and disorderly conduct after a conflict between the two. Dunbar was released after being suspended for the first four games of last season due to a violation of the league's PED policy. He then re-signed with the Rams and finished with 39 tackles and no sacks.

Wacha To Receive Another MRI; Astros Can't Sign First Overall Pick

 width=>>Wacha To Get MRI

(St. Louis, MO) -- Righty Michael Wacha will undergo a follow-up MRI on his shoulder today. Wacha hopes to begin a throwing program after seeing the results of the test. This is the third MRI for Wacha over the course of a month.

>>Astros Fail To Sign First Overall Choice

The Houston Astros have failed to sign the first pick in this year's draft.

The Astros say they didn't reach an agreement with high school pitcher Brady Aiken before Friday's deadline.

The left-hander from San Diego's Cathedral Catholic was just the third prep pitcher to be selected first overall when he was taken last month. Aiken was also the first high school lefty to be drafted in the first five picks since Adam Loewen went fourth overall to Baltimore in 2002. The UCLA recruit has a fastball that hits 96-97 mph.

All Locals Lose

 width=>>Dodgers Dump Cardinals

(St. Louis, MO) -- Adrian Gonzalez singled in the winning run in the top of the ninth to lift the Dodgers to a 4-3 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Juan Uribe [[ yoo-REE-bay ]], Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier all singled in runs for Los Angeles, which avoided the three-game sweep. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez left the game in the ninth after getting hit by a pitch for the second time in the contest. J.P. Howell got the win in relief of Clayton Kershaw, who allowed three runs in seven innings. Kenley Jansen picked up save number 28. Trevor Rosenthal took the loss. Peter Bourjos tied the game at three with a two-run homer in the sixth.

>>D'backs Edge Cubs, Sweep Series

(Phoenix, AZ) -- Josh Collmenter tossed seven innings of one-run ball as the Diamondbacks clipped the Cubs 3-2 at Chase Field to complete a three-game sweep. Collmenter improved to 8-and-5 while David Peralta went 2-for-4 with two RBI as Arizona won its fourth in five games. Addison Reed notched his 23rd save in the win. Jake Arrieta [[ air-ee-ET-uh ]] allowed three runs over six-and-two-thirds innings but fell to 5-and-2 for Chicago. Anthony Rizzo hit his 23rd homer and Arismendy Alcantara doubled in a run as the Cubs lost their fifth straight.

 width=>>Astros Beat White Sox

(Chicago, IL) -- Matt Dominguez and Jose Altuve [[ al-TOO-vay ]] each hit a two-run homer as the Astros dropped the White Sox 11-7 from U.S. Cellular Field. Dominguez knocked in four runs for Houston, which avoided the three-game sweep. Marwin Gonzalez added three hits and two runs batted in for the 'Stros. Tony Sipp picked up the win. Jose Abreu had two hits, a run and an RBI for Chicago. Daniel Webb took the loss.

MLB National League
Miami Marlins 3, San Francisco Giants 2
Atlanta Braves 8, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Colorado Rockies 3
Washington Nationals 5, Milwaukee Brewers 4
San Diego Padres 2, New York Mets 1

MLB American League
Toronto Blue Jays 9, Texas Rangers 6
Detroit Tigers 5, Cleveland Indians 1
Boston Red Sox 6, Kansas City Royals 0
Tampa Bay Rays 5, Minnesota Twins 3
LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Seattle Mariners 5
Oakland Athletics 10, Baltimore Orioles 2

MLB Interleague
New York Yankees 3, Cincinnati Reds 2

Media Tabs Jacksonville State To Win Ohio Valley Conference

 width=Jacksonville State is picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship by media covering the league.

The Gamecocks received 118 total points and nine of a possible 14 first-place votes in the league's preseason media poll, which was released Friday. Tennessee State earned four first-place votes and was second in the poll. Two-time defending champion Eastern Illinois received the other first-place vote and was picked third. They were followed in order by Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee Martin, Murray State, Tennessee Tech, Southeast Missouri State and Austin Peay.

Jacksonville State running back DeMarcus James was named preseason offensive player of the year. The preseason defensive player of the year is Tennessee State end Anthony Bass.

A preseason poll from the league's head coaches and sports information directors will come out Monday.

ISU Punter Named To Award Watch List

 width=Illinois State senior punter CJ Laros was named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Punter Award Watch List, as announced by the CFPA Wednesday. The initial watch list includes 38 returning performers, vying for the top punter award in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Laros was the lone punter for the Redbirds in 2014 and averaged 39.8 yards per punt on 70 attempts. The Austrailian import from Canberra placed 28 of those punt attempts inside the 20 yard line and elicited 15 fair catches. He had 10 punts over 50 yards, including a career-long 63 yarder at Missouri State when he averaged a season-best 49.1 yards on seven punts against the Bears to earn CFPA National Punter of the Week honors.

Information Courtesy of GoRedbirds.com.

Clinton Police Weekend Report









DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

July 18, 2014

Jail Population: 38
Summons Served: 8
Warrant Arrests: 2

July 19, 2014

Jail Population: 41
Summons Served: 2
Warrant Arrests: 0

July 20, 2014

Jail Population: 43
Summons Served: 1
Warrant Arrests: 0


Tahseen Naser, 45, Decatur was issued a Citation for No Valid Driver’s License. Naser was arrested for Contempt of Court. Naser posted the necessary bond and was released.

David Whitney, 34, Clinton was arrested and charged with Failure to Appear or Pay for the Conviction of Criminal Damage to Property. Whitney unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.

Brooke Gibbons, 35, Bethany was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging her with Theft Control Intent <$500/ Failure to Appear. Gibbons posted the necessary bond and was released.

Debra Baker, 40, Champaign was issued a Citation for Speeding 71 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Baker was issued a promise to comply and was released.




DeWitt County Sheriff's Office Investigating Theft of Elderly Wapella Woman

The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to identify thieves that stole over $1000 from an elderly women in Wapella on Sunday, July 20th at 12:30 PM.

The victim reported that one of the suspects knocked on her door and told her that he had concrete left over from a nearby job and offered to fix the victim’s concrete sidewalk. The white male demanded cash payment up front. After the elderly victim produced $400 in cash from the inside of the residence, the primary suspect diverted the victims attention, while another suspected entered the home and stole additional cash. The suspects left without completing any work.

Eyewitnesses reported that the suspects were driving a black dodge truck. There were 3 white males between the ages of 30 and 40 years old in the truck, along with a boy under the age of 10. The suspects would have been parked along Rt51 in Wapella at about 12:30 PM on Sunday, July 20th. The Sheriff's Office is the public's help to identify these suspects.

Tips can be submitted by phone to Crimestoppers at 217-935-3333, or by submitting an online tip at dewittsheriff.com. A cash reward of up to $1000 may be available for information leading to an arrest.

Clinton City Council Member Blasts DJWH CEO

A Clinton City Council member Monday night blasted the practices and decisions of John Weninger, interim CEO of the Dr. John Warner Hospital.

Tom Edmunds has been outspoken in recent months about what is happening at the city owned hospital. In recent public forums, Edmunds called for the hospital board to seek out other opinions for hospital management firms, however, in the haste of the Board, no other options were sought, and an attempt to hire Alliant Management Services was rejected by the City Council.

It is Edmunds contention had the hospital Board sought other opinions, Alliant could be running the hospital at this time. Instead, it is now under the tutelage of Weninger, and Edmunds did not have positive remarks towards the interim director. He says Weninger's analysis of the hospital lab has not matched up with what the leader of the lab has come up with.

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Last week, Director of Business Development, Sandy Rice was released of her duties. Weninger allegedly said the Hospital could not afford business development, but according to Edmunds, Rice had to spend some of her final hours with the hospital explaining what all she did.

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Edmunds also questions the CEO's actions towards employees. According to Edmunds, Weninger will "play one employee against another" and "talk bad about employees, the Board, the City Council and the Mayor". In a meeting with Edmunds, he says Weninger even talked poorly of Mayor Carolyn Peters.

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It was several weeks ago, Weninger presented to the Council the financial condition of the hospital, and Edmunds says his analysis was flawed and left out many major details. Edmunds says contrary to what the CEO presented, the Hospital is actually in very good standing.

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Edmunds explains he's been approached on many occasions about what the City Council can do, and state statutes do not allow them much authority in dissolving the Hospital Board or removing Board members without first the action of the Mayor.

He's calling for a slow down in cuts and see how the current cuts play out.

He encourages the public to make their beliefs and opinions known to hospital board members and the Mayor.

Hear the full presentation from Tom Edmunds below:

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