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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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Watseka ‘Cops for Kids’ reaches out to 10 families at T-Giving

Watseka Police like being part of the community. And reaching out – as friends—is what it’s all about.

Members of the local police department look forward to their annual Shop-with-a-Cop program benefitting local young people. That’s coming up next month.

But last evening, WGFA News did a ride-along, as members of the city’s finest reached out to 10 families delivering a Thanksgiving meal. It was in cooperation with Berkots Super Foods, according to WPD Chief Jeremy Douglas......

Chief Douglas also welcomes donations from the community businesses to support Cops for Kids.

Officers John Lee Hall and Ryan Garfield find the giving-back program very rewarding.........

Recipients of the T-Giving Meals were surprised by the knock at the door from the WPD, but also so appreciative for the holiday gift.........

Patrolman Garfield said it's nice to mingle with the community and show the officers are real-people too.......

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Officers delivering T-Giving Meals included: John Lee Hall, Curt Marcotte, Vince LaFoon, Lt.Josh King, Ryan Garfield, Scott Muench, John Marshino and Det. Ashley Butt.

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Murder suspect pleads ‘not guilty’ to bartender’s death >

A Coal City man is pleading not guilty to the murder of a bartender from a biker bar in Joliet last week. Thirty-two-year-old Jeremy Boshears entered the plea (Monday) in Will County court. He denied responsibility for the death of 24-year-old Kaitlyn Kearns of Mokena, whose body was found in a barn in rural Kankakee County, near St. Anne. She had been reported missing by her father after she left work at Woody’s Bar in Joliet Monday (11/13) morning.

Authorities reported Kearns died of a gunshot wound to the head. Prosecutors say the two met at the bar and had been dating for about two weeks.

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