A Friday night fire did heavy damage to a storage shed near Allerton. No injuries were reported. Several volunteer fire departments from Champaign and Vermilion counties assisted the Sidell Fire Department.
The cause remains under investigation. Officials believe the fire started in an area of the building which was being used as a workshop.
Caution is the word if you're travelling to parts of southern Illinois. Illinois State polcie have issued an advisory into Monday night. Snowfall could total reach up to 10 inchyes from St. Louis over to Carbondale.
Freezing rain, icy roads, and white-out conditions can lead to hazardous driving situations. State police at District 10 said unnecessary travel is not advised during the approaching winter weather.
A Livingston County Judge today (Friday) sentenced a former Cullom woman to life in prison for the death of a foster-child who was in her care.
31-year-old Heather Lamie (Luh-ME) of Kankakee told the judge before she was sentenced, that "she loved 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill; that she never hurt her."
Before Livingston County Associate Judge Mark Fellheimer handed down natural life in prison sentence — mandated by law because of Kianna's age — Lamie said she wished she would have been more responsive to a bruise Kianna suffered near her ear during a fall the day before.
Judge Fellheimer upheld the murder verdict and said he did not have the authority to reduce the charge, even though the defense asked the court to acquit Lamie, saying there was insufficient evidence she committed the crimes. He said if the judge was not convinced of that, he asked the verdict be reduced to second-degree murder.
The judge also denied a request for a new trial.
Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff maintained that Lamie was the only adult in the Cullom house when Kianna suffered blunt force trauma to the head on May 3, 2011. Kianna died the next day. Lamie was indicted on murder charges in June 2013. A jury returned two guilty verdicts on Oct. 7: murder and endangering the life or health of a child.
State Representative Kate Cloonen is announcing her "Coffee with Kate" schedule for the month of March. Constituents of the 79th District are encouraged to attend these events to share their questions and concerns on legislative issues.
Cloonen will meet with constituents Friday, March 13 at 8 am at Joey's Diner in St. Anne.
There's also an event planned for Friday, March 20 at Bill's Diner in Bradley. It's also from 8-9 am.