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Illinois Chief Justice Garman wants more public education

Illinois Chief Justice Rita Garman wants to focus on education in her three-year term.

Chief Justice Garman took the post in October and on Thursday she laid out her agenda before members of the Chicago Bar Association. Supreme Court Director of Communications Joseph Tybor said she is asking lawyers to make public education efforts part of their work, especially if members of the media report case information incorrectly or get terminology wrong.

Chief Justice Garman also wants improved educational programs for judges.

Chief Justice Garman also cited a need to continue emphasizing civility and professionalism in the legal profession, improved technology, continuing to with the cameras and microphones in the courtroom trial, and prompt judicial decision-making.

Chief Justice Garman also quoted U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor who said, "We don't accomplish anything in this world alone. Whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something."

Chief Justice Garman said improvement in the system is going to take the work and cooperation of everyone. {article submitted}

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Ford County judicial seat filings begin

Three candidates for a judicial vacancy in Ford County filed nominating petitions today at the State Board of Elections in Springfield.

Today is the first day for filings. Petitions will be accepted until next Monday.

Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton of Paxton, attorney Ellen Lee of Paxton and Ross Sorensen of rural Buckley, have all filed nominating petitions.

The three candidates, all filing to run in the Republican primary election on March 18, 2014, are seeking to succeed Judge Steve Pacey in the 11th Judicial Circuit. Pacey announced his resignation earlier this month. His last day on the bench will be Dec. 31.

The circuit includes Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford counties.

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Morning commute: more snow and ice

A light snowfall Sunday night leaves area roadways slick again today. And a few accidents have resulted.

Transportation officials report scattered slick spots for the Monday morning commute in most of Central Illinois.

A fresh 2-inch snowfall recorded at 94.1 WGFA.

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports scattered slick spots on many highways and roads. Motorists are urged to use caution. IDOT maps indicate roads are snow or ice-covered for areas along I-57, I-55 and U-S 41 and I-65 in Indiana.

More snow showers are possible for later Monday afternoon. The high will be 26 degrees with wind chill values between 4 and 14 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Warmer temperatures are in the forecast for Tuesday, with sunny skies and a high of 31 degrees. The temperatures are expected to finally rise above the freezing mark on Wednesday, when the high reaches 38 degrees.

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Winter Storm hits Illiana hard

The official start of the winter season is yet to arrive, but the Illiana area took a big hit over the weekend. Snowfall amounts varied, ranging from 3.5 and 4 inches, all the way up to six, seven and even eight inches.

Snow plow operators have had a busy couple of days. Tow truck drivers have had their share of calls too; pulling vehicles from ditches. The pre-winter storm blanketed the area Friday night and eventually let up Saturday afternoon

WGFA 94.1 measured 6.2 when it was over. The Milford area checked in with 4.5 to five inches. A Buckley report registered 8 inches. Reports registered with the National Weather Service (NWS) show 5. 6, 7, and 7.5 inches in Livingston and McLean counties.

In Vermilion County (Illinois), the Emergency Management Agency, says 8.3 inches of snow was measured near Danville.

The intensity tapered off to the north and NW Indiana. Reports from Kankakee County and eastern Will County and Newton, Jasper and White counties in Indiana ranged from 4.5 to 2.5 inches.

Transportation officials and law enforcement have been reporting main highways and secondary roads in the area are in fair winter driving condition. Caution is the word. Scattered slick spots exist and re-freezing is keeping secondary routes very slippery.

Illinois road conditions are available online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com Indiana road conditions are available at www.trafficwise.in.gov or by calling 1-800-261-7623.
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Winter Storm Warning > Update: Friday, 12/13 11:00 am

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON SATURDAY....

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

TIMING...SNOW BEGINNING THIS EVENING AND LASTING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.

ACCUMULATION...TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 5 TO 8 INCHES BY LATE SATURDAY MORNING.

SNOWFALL RATES UP TO ONE INCH PER HOUR AT TIMES,ESPECIALLY THIS EVENING.

MAIN IMPACT...REDUCED VISIBILITY IN SNOW ALONG WITH ROADS BECOMING SNOW COVERED,MAKING TRAVEL SLOW AND DIFFICULT.

OTHER IMPACTS...THE SNOW WILL BE WET,MAKING IT HEAVY AND HARD TO SHOVEL. THEREFORE USE EXTRA CAUTION WHILE SHOVELING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS,

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL,KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD,AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

94.1 WGFA