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Momence man among 2 killed In Beecher crash

An investigation is underway following a deadly crash in the Will County town of Beecher. State police say two vehicles collided head-on yesterday (Tues) morning on Route one, just south of Delite Inn Road. Both drivers were killed. The victims were identified as Robert Lindner of Sauk Village and Thomas Rehmer of Momence.

Police report Lindner was southbound. He passed another vehicle then crashed head-on into the Rehmer vehicle.

Freak accident kills Kankakee woman...

A 50-year-old Kankakee woman was killed in a parking lot mishap in suburban Crete (IL). Carla Arnold was pinned underneath a vehicle at the Amazon Fulfillment Center parking lot. Emergency responders said another driver, looking for a parking space, didn’t see the victim.

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Livingston County: Rauner lauds safety bills

PONTIAC — Gov. Bruce Rauner made a stop in Pontiac (Monday) talking about two under-the-radar laws he signed this year.
At Pontiac City Hall, Rauner spoke about changes they sought to help police departments hire officers and for first responders to better alert residents while they are on the road. Both laws take effect Jan. 1.

House Bill 0305 enables departments to hire officers who have 60 credit hours toward a bachelor's degree. Currently such candidates can only be hired if they hold an associate's degree or military experience.

Pontiac Police Chief Jim Woolford said "We felt it was important to have highly educated officers, but we also were losing candidates who were in four-year schools who had not yet graduated.”

House Bill 3469 allows a wider variety of emergency officials to use a siren, whistle or bell while driving. Some officials are restricted to flashing lights rather than sounds under current law.

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Wedding sentenced to 55 years for triple-homicide in Newton County

A 2016 triple murder in Newton County, IN brings a 55-year prison term for 25-year-old Sebastian Wedding. Superior Court Judge Daniel Molter sentenced Wedding Monday for his role in the three murders that took place in Sumava Resorts.

As part of a plea agreement, Wedding pleaded guilty to playing a role in the murders.

It was last August when law enforcement was called to the northern part of the county to find three people dead --- Justin Babbs, Kimberly Spears and Richard Thomas.

All three had died as a result of multiple stab wounds. Wedding and Derrick Cardosi were arrested in connection with the stabbings.

Cardosi will face trial in January.

In the courtroom Monday, several people offered testimony. Wedding himself, was remorseful for the killings, which included one of his best friends.

Wedding was facing a maximum 60-years. Judge Molter said he stayed away from the maximum sentence due to a confession letter Wedding wrote, convincing the court that he not want this tragedy to happen.

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IL Department on Aging Assists Seniors for Medicare Open Enrollment

Free help available via Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

The Illinois Department on Aging’s (IDoA) Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is reminding seniors of the free counseling assistance available to Medicare-eligible individuals and their caregivers during Medicare Open Enrollment occurring October 15th through December 7th.

With over 300 SHIP offices across Illinois, the agency stands ready to refer clients to their closest site, which can schedule an appointment to assist them with open enrollment. Take advantage of the caring, expert counselors ready to help you make sense of the complicated Medicare system to make the best choices for your healthcare. “We’d urge seniors to make an appointment at their earliest convenience, because as during every open enrollment season, we anticipate it’ll be very busy with people seeking help,” said Sandy Leith, the SHIP program’s director.

During open enrollment, eligible adults can adjust Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug coverage, move from original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan - or vice versa - switch between Medicare Advantage plans, join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, or switch or drop existing drug plans; all of it can be overwhelming and confusing.

SHIP counselors work through the Medicare.gov system to help seniors and people with disabilities make the best choices for their individual situation. Contact SHIP, by calling 1-800-252-8966, weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information about SHIP, including a list of SHIP locations, visit the website, at: http://www.illinois.gov/aging/ship/Pages/default.aspx.

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Gov. Rauner continues Built in Illinois tour

Applauds Nucor Steel for its excellence in steel production

BOURBONNAIS — Gov. Bruce Rauner today continued his Built in Illinois tour with a visit to Nucor Steel, an award-winning national leader in steel production. Nucor’s leaders are deciding between Illinois or Ohio for an expansion of existing merchant bar operations.

The governor was joined by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, and state Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst, R-Kankakee. The tour highlights the importance of the manufacturing industry to the Illinois economy as part of National Manufacturing Month.

“Nucor’s steel production is an important part of our state’s manufacturing base and we very much want them to grow here,” Rauner said. “We have a lot to offer, including the best workforce in the country and a distribution network that is second to none.”

Nucor is the largest and most diversified producer of steel products in the country. Additionally, it is the largest recycler of any material in North America. Nucor employs more than 1,000 Illinoisans.

“We want to see companies like Nucor Steel thrive in Illinois,” Rauner said. “That’s why my administration is trying so hard to get government out of the way of business growth.

“We need to create a climate that helps Illinois companies compete successfully so they can start up and grow and hire people,” he continued. “Cutting red tape and burdensome regulation is one way government can help fuel the engine of prosperity.”

Manufacturing is the second largest industry in Illinois. Ninety-two percent of the state’s exports are manufactured products. Nearly 600,000 Illinoisans are employed by over 12,000 firms whose products account for 13 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.

“Nucor has always been a great corporate citizen in Kankakee. An expansion at their facility will create jobs and grow our local economy and that is why it is vital we all work to make this happen,” Durkin said. “We are committed to our employers and job creators in Illinois and will fight to keep them in state — and that is what we will do for Nucor.”

“The American steel industry is fundamental to this country’s manufacturing base, strategic infrastructure and national security,” Parkhurst said. “Nucor Steel, our local steel company, plays a vital role in our community by developing a sustainable society, generating employment, adding tax revenues and creating industry innovations.”

Recognizing the importance of the manufacturing sector to the state’s economy, Rauner proclaimed October Built in Illinois Month.

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