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McLean County judge appointed to vacancy in 11th Judicial Circuit

                 Position includes Ford, Livingston counties

An Associate Judge from Bloomington will fill a vacancy in the 11th Judicial Circuit, which includes Ford and Livingston counties. The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed a McLean County judge J. Casey Costigan. He'll fill the seat of Chief Circuit Judge Elizabeth Robb who retires December 31st.

The 11th Circuit also includes Logan, McLeran and Woodford counties.

A news release from the Illinois Supreme Court confirms the appointment.

Costigan, a Bloomington native, expressed his appreciation for the confidence of Chief Justice Rita Garman and the Supreme Court.

Costigan's initial appointment as an associate judge was in 2006. He was was reappointed as an associate judge on two successive occasions — in 2007 and 2011 — during which his bar approval ratings exceeded 97 percent.

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Gasoline to average $2.60 in 2015

                                        Prices dip locally to $2.33

Gasoline prices across the U.S. are expected to average $2.60 a gallon next year. That's the prediction from the Energy Department.

That's 23 percent below the projected average for this year and the lowest since 2009. If this prediction holds true, the price drop will save U.S. drivers $100 billion over the course of the year.

In its most recent short-term energy outlook, released Tuesday, the Energy Department cut its gasoline price forecast for 2015 by 35 cents a gallon. It was the second cut of more than 30 cents a gallon in two months.

The average national price of gasoline fell to $2.66 a gallon Tuesday, according to AAA, 61 cents less than last year. The national average has fallen every day since Sept. 26.

Locally, gas prices have been reported as low as $2.33 in Clifton and $2.49 in Momence.

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CTA transfers 5 buses to River Valley Metro

River Valley Metro Mass Transit District is gaining five buses, thanks to a partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority. An intergovernmental agreement will transfer five buses from the CTA to River Valley Metro.

River Valley Metro states these five 2006 buses will be used to replace older ones in the current River Valley Metro fleet.

Ken Munjoy, Executive Director of Marketing for RVM said the agency is also considering expanding some services. River Valley Metro currently has 12 routes with over 350 bus stops in Kankakee County. The agency also provides service to Momence, Midway International Airport and the Metra Station at University Park.

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Kankakee Walgreens robbed at gunpoint

Kankakee police are searching for two people who robbed the Walgreens on N. Kennedy Drive early Wednesday.

According to police, the pair, which included a man armed with a handgun, robbed three customers before taking an undisclosed amount of money and merchandise from the store. It happened around 3 am.

No injury was reported.


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Monday: Enrollment deadline for Get Covered Illinois

State health officials are encouraging Illinoisans to shop around the state's new health insurance marketplace.
Get Covered Illinois will have counselors on hand at some Health Departments Monday, the final day to enroll or re-enroll to have insurance by Jan 1. Even if you enrolled last year, you might be able to find a better deal.

The number of insurance plans has more than doubled from last year to more than 400.


Get Covered Illinois will have in-person assistance available on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The open enrollment period for 2015 will run through Feb. 15.


More information is available at www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov or by calling (866) 311-1119.

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