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Sheldon apartment fire forces evacuation

The state Fire Marshall will investigate a suspicious fire that chased tenants of a Sheldon apartment building from their homes Wednesday morning.

There was no injury. Damage was limited to the outside west end of the Sumner Apartments, long known as the Webb Apartments along Frontage Road, south of Route 24.

Sheldon Fire Chief Stan Molter said a caller reported flames coming from the 2-story building. That prompted a quick decision for a box-alarm, not knowing the seriousness of an 8-apartment complex.

Molter reported the fire, which appeared intentional, was limited to an outside stairwell. There was no inside damage with the exception of a little smoke.

Concord, Watseka and Kentland, IN answered the mutual aid call around 2:30 am.

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Congressman Shimkus unimpressed with Obama speech

Congressman John Shimkus says President Obama's speech sounded more like a campaign speech. Shimkus reacted after the state of the union address Tuesday night.

Shimkus said the president is "very good at giving in essence campaign speeches. And this is more like a campaign speech, like he's running for office again versus addressing the needs and issues of the country.''

Representative Shimkus noted one area near the end of the President's speech. ''His basic comment was 'I want to do what I believe is in the best interest of America'. It's not inclusive. It's not let's work together to move the country in the right direction. You know he ended up saying 'I'm committed to doing what I think is best. And I think that's what drives people crazy about this President. He's pretty arrogant,'' added Shimkus.

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Davis, Kinzinger unimpressed with State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON - Illinois Republicans didn't seem phased by President Obama's State of Union address.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Channahon said the President failed to offer any practical solutions to Americans problems which sounding as though he was still campaigning.
"I had hoped to hear that the President was ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work on the serious challenges we face," Kinzinger said. "Unfortunately, the American people heard nothing new from President Obama. We heard him ignore the fact that we have a divided government and once again continue to push for spending money we don't have on big government that doesn't work".

"I hope that the next two are productive and we can govern as the American have asked, seeking common ground. Governing can be messy, but right now governing is necessary. Let's focus on 2015, not 2016."

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville said President Obama has a lot of big and bold ideas, but he hasn't laid out a plan to act on them. He said it's time for the president to back his words up with actions, especially when it comes to equal pay for women.

"The President ought to look at his own White House where he pays women an average of 18 percent less than men," Davis said, noting women make an average of $4,000 per year more than men in his office. "The President talks, but talk is cheap when his actions don't match his rhetoric."

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Slick roads pose hazard for motorists Tuesday

            I-74 eastbound messed up due to crash

Several area roads have posed problems for motorists today. Slide-offs have been reported in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties. Black ice appears an issue as overnight re-freezing has left secondary routes very slick.

Illinois State Police and other emergency units were on the scene of a two vehicle crash involving a semi tractor trailer on Interstate 74 near Tilton this morning (Tuesday).
Traffic was moving slowly through the area and there was also a spill involving diesel fuel. Firefighters are on the scene, and the Vermilion County's Hazardous Materials team has also been called to help deal with the diesel spill.

No injury was reported.

State Police are urging motorists to use extreme caution in accident areas.

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Paxton teen arrested in pot-growing operation

A 17-year-old Paxton teenager could be charged as an adult in a case where police uncovered a marijuana-growing operation. The operation was in the teenager's home.

The case is under review. Police are asking Ford County State's Attorney Randy Yedinak to charge the teen as an adult.

Police reported finding numerous items believed to be used for growing cannabis in the home earlier this month.

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