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20-year sentence for murder plea

Judge Clark Erickson sentenced a Kankakee man to 20-years in prison (Tuesday). 32-year-old Edgar Watkins Jr. pleaded guilty as his bench trial was set to begin in Kankakee Circuit Court.

Watkins pleaded guilty to one count of felony first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Johan Rowe. Rowe was killed in October of 2014.

Watkins could have received 51 years in prison had he been convicted of the original felony charges — two counts of first-degree murder and one count of being an armed habitual offender.

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Rock thrown from overpass, police seek suspects

Illinois State Police are trying to figure out who threw a rock the size of a bowling ball off an Interstate 55 overpass in Logan County early Monday morning, smashing through the roof of a vehicle just outside Atlanta and nearly hitting two people inside.

The rock weighed nearly 10 pounds.

Police issued a stern warning about the incident, saying punishment can include felony charges and jail time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call State Police at (217) 786-6677.

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Dixon fire victims identified

Authorities have identified the victims of an early morning house fire in rural Dixon that left two adults and four children from one family dead.

The Ogle County Sheriff's Department identified the victims as 39-year-old Timothy Shaw, 37-year-old Melissa Shaw, 17-year-old Ethan Shaw, 15-year-old LeAnne Shaw, 12-year-old Hailey Shaw and 11-year-old Dylan Shaw.

Autopsies conducted Tuesday determined the victims died from smoke inhalation.

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle says the roof of the home collapsed and there wasn't much of the residence remaining after firefighters put out the blaze. Authorities say an initial investigation by the sheriff's department and the State Fire Marshal does not indicate foul play.

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IDOT, ISP to Motorists: Survive the Thanksgiving Drive

             Enforcement effort to keep Illinois roads safe during high-travel period

SPRINGFIELD – As thousands of additional motorists prepare to visit loved ones and celebrate Thanksgiving, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are reminding drivers and passengers to Click It or Ticket to reduce the risk of traffic-related injuries.

“Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, and with that comes an increase for crashes and related injuries, especially for those who are unbuckled,” said Priscilla Tobias, Director of IDOT’s Office of Program Development. “IDOT is committed to supporting the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization to help ensure friends and family members arrive at their Thanksgiving celebrations safely. Help us make zero fatalities a reality by buckling up and obeying traffic laws.”

IDOT is partnering with the Illinois State Police and more than 150 law enforcement agencies to increase patrols and checkpoints throughout the state. The enforcement effort began Nov. 17 and runs through the early morning hours of Nov. 27. A high concentration of patrols will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., when seat-belt use declines and a higher percentage of alcohol-related crashes and fatalities occur.

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Dugan vs Parkhurst for state rep ?

The possibility of a political race for state representative in the 70th District next year could unfold today (Tuesday).

Former state rep Lisa Dugan is expected to announce her bid for the office she held for 10 years. An announcement is expected in Kankakee. A news conference is scheduled for noon at Kankakee Community College.

The office is now held by Republican Lindsay Parkhurst, who unseated Democrat Kate Cloonen two years ago.

Parkhurst, R-Kankakee, was elected the 79th District state representative in 2016 and is completing her first full year on the job. Should Dugan announce, and if both get thru any primary challenge in March, the two would meet in November 2018.

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