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7-year-old killed in snowmobile accident

A seven-year-old Kankakee boy was killed in a weekend snowmobile accident in Kankakee County. The boy is identified as Cale Osterhoff, the son of Chad and Jennifer Osterhoff.

Cale was first-grade student at St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradley where counselors are available today.

Illinois State Police and the County Coroner's office are investigating. The accident happened Saturday night near 2000 E and 4000 S Road. Coroner Bob Gessner said the boy's father was driving the snowmobile when it ran into a ditch and flipped. The boy was riding on the back. The victim was wearing a protective helmet.

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State Police report weekend DUI arrests

                                              District 21 Weekend Arrests

ASHKUM, IL- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of: Antoine L. Crockett, 38, of Kankakee; Nathan C. Brantley, 53, of Kankakee; and Eli J. Welch, 27, of Kankakee all for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

An Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County Sunday morning observed a vehicle speeding and crossing the center line. The driver, Antoine Crockett, failed a Field Sobriety Test. Crockett was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. He was also issued a citation for speeding, improper lane usage, failure to wear seatbelt, and illegal transportation of alcohol.

Also on Sunday morning, a Trooper observed a vehicle cross the center line multiple times. The trooper stopped the vehicle and the driver, Nathan Brantley, admitted to drinking and then failed a Standardized Field Sobriety Test. Brantley was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and also cited for improper lane usage.

Eli Welch was also arrested for DUI after a traffic stop for speeding in Kankakee County. The trooper had Welch perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests which he failed.

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Illinois Chief Justice Garman wants more public education

Illinois Chief Justice Rita Garman wants to focus on education in her three-year term.

Chief Justice Garman took the post in October and on Thursday she laid out her agenda before members of the Chicago Bar Association. Supreme Court Director of Communications Joseph Tybor said she is asking lawyers to make public education efforts part of their work, especially if members of the media report case information incorrectly or get terminology wrong.

Chief Justice Garman also wants improved educational programs for judges.

Chief Justice Garman also cited a need to continue emphasizing civility and professionalism in the legal profession, improved technology, continuing to with the cameras and microphones in the courtroom trial, and prompt judicial decision-making.

Chief Justice Garman also quoted U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor who said, "We don't accomplish anything in this world alone. Whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something."

Chief Justice Garman said improvement in the system is going to take the work and cooperation of everyone. {article submitted}

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Ford County judicial seat filings begin

Three candidates for a judicial vacancy in Ford County filed nominating petitions today at the State Board of Elections in Springfield.

Today is the first day for filings. Petitions will be accepted until next Monday.

Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton of Paxton, attorney Ellen Lee of Paxton and Ross Sorensen of rural Buckley, have all filed nominating petitions.

The three candidates, all filing to run in the Republican primary election on March 18, 2014, are seeking to succeed Judge Steve Pacey in the 11th Judicial Circuit. Pacey announced his resignation earlier this month. His last day on the bench will be Dec. 31.

The circuit includes Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford counties.

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Morning commute: more snow and ice

A light snowfall Sunday night leaves area roadways slick again today. And a few accidents have resulted.

Transportation officials report scattered slick spots for the Monday morning commute in most of Central Illinois.

A fresh 2-inch snowfall recorded at 94.1 WGFA.

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports scattered slick spots on many highways and roads. Motorists are urged to use caution. IDOT maps indicate roads are snow or ice-covered for areas along I-57, I-55 and U-S 41 and I-65 in Indiana.

More snow showers are possible for later Monday afternoon. The high will be 26 degrees with wind chill values between 4 and 14 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Warmer temperatures are in the forecast for Tuesday, with sunny skies and a high of 31 degrees. The temperatures are expected to finally rise above the freezing mark on Wednesday, when the high reaches 38 degrees.

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