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Nicor seeks $208M rate hike

Illinois residents may be bracing themselves for a rate hike from Nicor. Nicor is seeking a $208 million rate hike with the Illinois Commerce Commission.

It would be Nicor's first rate increase in nine years and would increase household's heating bills by an estimated 8 percent. The annual heating bill for an average Nicor household would increase by approximately $52, the company said.

Nicor filed its request on March 10 with the ICC. According to the published report, Nicor needs to pay for large-scale investments The company is making infrastructure improvements, replacing aging gas pipes, spending about $250 million a year.

The ICC can take up to 11 months to decide on Nicor's rate-hike request, so any increase would not be felt until the end of next winter.

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Police Stand-Off in Hoopeston ends peacefully

A 27-year-old man is under arrest after an overnight police stand-off in Hoopeston ended peacefully early today (Tuesday). Apolinar Solis Jr. faces child endangerment charges.

Hoopeston Police report officers responded to a home in the 300 block of Dice Street shortly before 8:30 last night regarding a Facebook post stating a subject was threatening to hurt himself and his children.

Solis refused to come out of the home when requested by officers to do so. Other officers responded to the scene, including the Special Operations Group from the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department. Solis surrendered to authorities about 3:30 this morning.

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Arrest made in 2016 Kankakee County murder

A Pembroke Township murder-suspect is awaiting extradition back to Kankakee to face charges for the shooting death of a Hopkins Park man. 55-year-old James Beals was arrested in Benton Harbor, Michigan last week.

Beals is charged with the October 2016 murder of 46-year-old Ralph Ledet. He was found shot several times alongside a township road.

The following day, investigators found the bodies of three other men inside a home at 15500 E Road. Ledet also lived at the home.

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Pembroke Township Crosses Digital Divide with Access to WiFi Internet Service

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Ranking Member of the Oversight Committee’s IT Subcommittee, unveiled a successful joint endeavor to bring WiFi connectivity to Pembroke Township and Hopkins Park. She made the announcement alongside a coalition of local business and community leaders. This marks the first time Pembroke Township will be connected to high-speed wireless Internet service.

“Like many people living in rural and emerging communities across the country, Pembroke residents have limited and spotty Internet coverage that has hindered their ability to connect online with family, friends, businesses and interests around the world,” Rep. Kelly said. “Through the concerned efforts of a highly motivated grassroots coalition, residents are now ‘on the grid’ and enjoying wireless connectivity that will help this community thrive. We are grateful that Pembroke Township is working to close the ‘Digital Divide’ and that Pembroke families can enjoy all the advantages of Internet access.”

Rep. Kelly also thanked Cambium Networks and Cyber Broadcasting, who worked together to bridge a ‘digital gap’ in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, where a small residential area lacked WiFi connectivity.

According to Congresswoman Kelly, Tim Nugent, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, first mentioned the project to Riverside Healthcare and the National Bank of St. Anne, both of whom immediately offered to assist.

“We wouldn’t be here today without grassroots community leadership, Cambium or Cyber Broadcast. This project would not have succeeded without the support of Riverside HealthCare and the National Bank of St. Anne, who lent support to maintain the WiFi tower and connectors for the first two years,” she added. “I look forward to replicating this type of project in communities across Illinois. All families deserve expanded and improved WiFi connectivity.”

Rep. Kelly also expressed thanks to members of the Pembroke Library Board and Head Librarian Veronica Thurman, who worked with the companies to make sure the equipment was installed and tested. She also acknowledged Fred Carter and Dr. Jifunza Carter, of the Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living, for allowing the needed equipment to be installed on their land to offer the Pembroke community this service.” {article submitted}

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Aroma Park man dies in tractor accident

An Aroma Park man died on Saturday when a tractor he was operating on his neighbor’s property overturned, pinning him underneath.

47-year-old Thomas Wanamaker was operating the tractor to try to pull a concrete post from the ground when the tractor flipped backward, pinning Wanamaker underneath it.

Wanamaker was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:40 a.m. An autopsy is scheduled.

The accident occurred on Sandbar Road about a mile south of Illinois Route 17.

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