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9-1-1 Service continues, Rep. Hays bill seeks Governor’s signature

House Bill 1811 co-sponsored by State Representative Chad Hays to make sure funding continues for 9-1-1 centers is on its way to the governor.

Hays is hopeful the votes will be there as he explained what the bill is all about.....

Hays addressed lawmakers on the floor saying the funding source for 9-1-1 services has fallen due to the number of landline telephones dropping.

Hays said communities have stepped up to help themselves. This measure would help 9-1-1 systems from struggling even more and in some cases, closing.

The bill co-sponsored by Representative Hays is essentially identical to Senate Bill 1839 which amends the Emergency Telephone Act and extends the expiration date until the end of 2020.

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Illinois trooper from Pontiac Post dies following crash

Authorities say an Illinois State Police trooper has died and his canine partner was injured following a crash involving a semi-truck along Interstate 74.

37-year-old Ryan Albin died after being injured in the Wednesday afternoon crash near Farmer City. Police say the driver of the truck and a passenger declined medical treatment. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Police report Albin's canine partner Biko was in the rear of his police vehicle. The dog was injured and taken to a veterinarian's office with what were described as minor injuries.

Albin joined the state police in 2006 and was assigned to District 6 in Pontiac as a canine officer. State police Director Leo Schmitz says: "Our hearts are heavy with grief."

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Concert tickets available for Ford County Fair

Tickets will be available in advance at the gate for Friday’s Easton Corbin and Walker McGuire Concert at the Ford County Fair.

It’s a 7:30 pm performance at the Melvin Fairgrounds. Advance tickets are $20. They’re $25 at the gate.

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Thursday activities at the Ford Fair >

The popular Tractor Pull at the grandstand is scheduled for 6 pm this evening. The Children’s Tractor Pull is also at 6 o’clock at the Dance Building

Carnival Rides open at 6 pm and 4-H events include the Open Beef Show and Jr. Rabbit Show.

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Buckley woman faces 8-year prison term for theft

35-year-old Kimberly Allen of Buckley is looking at an 8-year prison term when she’s sentenced in September. She pleaded guilty (Tuesday) in Champaign Circuit Court, admitting she wrote 38 checks on the account of a vendor she fabricated.

The business, where she had worked, lost $144,568.

Co-defendant Adam Hall of Gilman was sentenced to just under five years for his part in the crime.

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