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Schwer Church Fire alerts area departments

IROQUOIS COUNTY -- Several area fire departments are on the scene of a church fire in Schwer. No injury was reported, but there is substantial damage done to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1130 N and 1812 E Road, northwest of Milford.

The fire started in the bell tower of the church. The cause is unknown. One of the church's trustees, Bob Buhr, tells WGFA News a few parishioners noticed the fire as they were leaving the church around 12:30 pm after a funeral. Buhr said much of the main church was damaged along with the church annex. Firemen were busy trying to save the parish hall.

Firemen from Milford, Cissna Park, Stockland, Wellington, Woodland, Sheldon, Watseka and Hoopeston were on the scene, according to Milford Fireman Fred Hines.

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Cloonen Visits Bunge as Part of Manufacturing Month

KANKAKEE, IL – On Tuesday, state Representative Kate Cloonen visited Bunge Oils of Bradley as a part of her continuing series of business visits to promote Illinois' Manufacturing Month. The visit was organized by The Kankakee County Economic Alliance.

"Our district has a number of worldwide companies such as Bunge Oils, and it is important that I meet with these companies to discuss ways to make Illinois more business friendly, enabling our companies to flourish and create jobs," Cloonen said. "I would like to thank Bunge for their time and the Economic Alliance for their active work in our community. I look forward to this partnership with the Economic Alliance and Illinois manufacturers as we work together to promote job growth in the 79th District."

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------------ ALERT: SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS AND WATCHES -------------

.FIRST WIDESPREAD FREEZE IS POSSIBLE TONIGHT.

.MUCH COLDER AIR MOVES IN TODAY & TONIGHT BEHIND A COLD FRONT. CLOUDS ARE EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY DISSIPATE THIS EVENING ALLOWING TEMPS TO FALL TO OR BELOW FREEZING BEFORE CLOUDS RETURN AROUND SUNRISE.

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Rita Garman to take chief justice post this week

Outgoing Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride is being remembered for his push to bring cameras into courtrooms and lobbying for a pilot project to allow electronic filing of documents.

Kilbride's three-year term expires this week. He'll be replaced by Justice Rita Garman and resume his associate justice post.

The Democrat was first elected to the high court in 2000. He practiced law for two decades in Rock Island.
Even with his push to modernize the courts, he told the Quad Cities-Times ( http://bit.ly/1i6Rp4P) for a story published Sunday that some things haven't changed since the days of Abraham Lincoln.

Kilbride started the cameras pilot project a year ago. It opens trial courtrooms to news photographers and electronic news media to cover cases. More than two dozen counties have participated.
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Information from: The Dispatch, http://www.qconline.com

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Police investigating fatal crash in Livingston County

A Streator man is dead following a single-vehicle accident in northwestern Livingston County late Wednesday.

Sheriff's Police said 30-year-old Matthew Dunning was dead at the scene after being partially ejected and trapped under the overturned pick-up truck he was driving. Livingston County Coroner Michael Burke reported the accident was discovered just before 10:30 pm.

Dunning was apparently northbound on Livingston County Road 900 East when his truck went off the right shoulder, crossed into the ditch on the opposite side, and came to rest on its top in standing corn.

The crash occurred near County Road 2800 North in Newton Township.

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