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Kinzinger says Farm Bill will happen

GIBSON CITY – U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger believes Congress will soon reach an agreement on the Farm Bill.

The Republican lawmaker said Friday farmers need not worry. He expects an approval vote within a week or two, adding protection for the dairy industry is the only thing left to decide.

Kinzinger toured DuPont's Gibson City's soybean processing facility Friday afternoon.

Without a Farm Bill, the local soybean growers that sell more than $170 million of soybeans annually to DuPont will have a harder time making growing decisions, since some provisions in the bill deal with conservation practices and crop insurance.

The Farm Bill covers many programs, ranging from food stamps to farm subsidies. The last extension of the bill expired on Sept. 30 and provisions such as the dairy industry stabilizations expired at the end of the year, causing fear among consumers that milk prices may spike.

But, Kinzinger said he believes Congress will pass an extension if they can't come to an agreement on the bill soon.

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Trucker killed in I-57 crash at Kankakee

A Hazel Crest (IL) truck driver was killed Saturday morning when his rig plunged from I-57. Illinois State Police reported the semi-trailer landed on top of the truck tractor.

State Police reported 49-year-old Jeffery Foster was northbound just after 9 am. The driver lost control of the truck just north of the 312 exit and entered the median. The vehicle drove between a viaduct and fell to an area below the interstate. The semi-trailer landed on top of the truck-tractor.

The cause is under investigation.

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Truck driver killed in I-74 crash

Illinois State Police were investigating a crash early Saturday on Interstate 74 that took a life.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson reported the accident was under investigation. The victims' name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

A state snowplow driver notified state police after he reported seeing a vehicle crash on I-74 between St. Joseph and Ogden. That was shortly before 1 am Saturday.

State troopers found a semitrailer truck had gone off the right side of the road, ran into a line of trees and stopped partially submerged in a pond.

There were no passengers, state police said. The driver's name was not released pending notification of family.

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• Fairbury man gets five years in DOC

A Fairbury man was sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after a guilty plea for two Class 2 felony charges stemming from a 2012 standoff with police at his rural Fairbury home.

56-year-old Arnold Munz pled guilty to two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. Four other charges were dismissed, including aggravated discharge of a firearm toward a peace officer.

Another man testified that he was at twice by Munz.
The defense presented evidence from two doctors, one of which claimed Munz suffers from a seizure disorder. The testimony showed the seizures can lead to a state where Munz isn't able to remember events, which has been a claim of his since the incident.

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Gibson City man convicted of 2nd-degree murder

A Ford County jury took just a little over two-hours Thursday to convict a Gibson City man of second-degree murder and aggravated battery in the death of another man he punched last year in Gibson City.

The jury of seven men and five women reached a guilty verdict after the two-day trial for 34-year-old Ryan Nibbe. Nibbe was accused in the death of 44-year-old Timothy Robertson.

Nibbe testified, admitting punched Robertson twice during an incident July 28 at an apartment in Gibson City. A second punch caused Robertson to fall on the sidewalk, fracturing his skull, according to police reports.
Robertson died on Aug. 5, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Nibbe was acquitted of one count of aggravated battery pertaining to the incident inside the apartment.
The maximum sentence for second-degree murder is 20 years. The aggravated battery charge carries a maximum of 10 years.

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