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Retaliation ? Issue in federal lawsuit over Paxton Police Chief’s firing

A federal lawsuit filed in Urbana on behalf of former Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane alleges the veteran officer was fired illegally by Mayor Bill Ingold. The suit claims retaliation for Bane’s action taking the city to court for overtime pay he believed he was entitled.

The eight-count complaint alleges that the mayor’s August 29, 2017 termination of Bane’s employment violated the Illinois Wage and Hour Act, prohibiting employers from retaliating against an employee for complaining to the employer about unpaid wages.

The lawsuit also alleges the city violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Whistleblower Act and the Illinois State Official and Employee Ethics Act by firing Bane.

The Ford County Record reports the lawsuit also alleges that the city violated its own ordinances by firing Bane without giving him written notice of the reasons he was being fired. The city also allegedly violated Bane’s constitutional rights for not providing him a post-termination hearing.

Mayor Ingold nor the City Council has commented on the suit. The Record reported the mayor has never publicly disclosed why he fired Bane, who had been the city’s police chief since May 2006, saying only that “it was clear a change in leadership was needed.”

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Six Sam's Clubs Closing In Chicagoland

Six Sam's Club locations in Chicagoland are among the dozens closing around the country. Walmart announced yesterday that it was shutting down over 60 stores, leaving thousands of workers out of a job. The closures include stores in Batavia, Matteson, Naperville, Romeoville, Streamwood and Wheeling. The big-box retailer said the closures are part of an effort to better align its locations with its strategy.

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Temperature dives, Winter returns

Spring on Thursday, winter (today) on Friday. That's how forecasters are describing the temperature swing that is, once again, leaving Illinois in the ice box.

Most folks across the state saw near record warmth to close out Wednesday and start the day Thursday. By the end of the day today (Friday), the state will see temperatures 20 degrees below normal.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chuck Schaffer says pretty much the entire state will drop from highs in the 50s and 60s.

The Weather Service says eastern and southeastern Illinois could see the worst of the snow.
Schaffer says the quick return to winter will mean a bit of ice or slush or snow for the rest of the state.

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Kankakee, Tri-Point High Schools engage in AP pilot program

Lt. Governor unveils program to help rural high school students prepare for college

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti (Thursday) unveiled a new Advanced Placement (AP) pilot program that will give students at rural Illinois high schools access to online AP classes to better prepare them for college.

A new initiative of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC) that Sanguinetti chairs, the AP pilot program kicks off today with classes for 75 students at 10 high schools in rural areas across the state. Sanguinetti held news conferences at Altamont High School in Altamont and Central A&M High School in Moweaqua to announce the program.

“AP classes help prepare students for college and can even make college more affordable, but unfortunately access to AP classes is extremely limited in rural areas,” Sanguinetti said. “This pilot program will test the feasibility of expanding AP classes through distance education so that students in rural Illinois will get the same opportunities to learn as their counterparts in the urban areas of our state.”

Participating schools in the pilot program include: Kankakee High School, Altamont High School, Knoxville High School, Illini Central High School, Tri-Point High School, Pope County High School, Orangeville High School, Quincy High School, Central A&M High School, and Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School.

“Concern exists that small rural schools have greater difficulty preparing students with the skills necessary for successful college careers because of the lack of AP or specialized coursework,” said Dr. Bobbi Mattingly, Superintendent of Regional Office of Education #11. “Distance education has the potential to provide more choices which in turn better prepares rural youth to attend college.”

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Flu death confirmed in Indiana

The White County, IN Health Department has confirmed one death in the county due to the flu.

A 91-year-old man from Reynolds, Indiana has died because of the virus. State health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Indiana is now at 25, since October. A report from the state health department shows 16 of the deaths occurred among people age 65 or older and seven other deaths in the 50 to 64 age group.

The flu season is abnormal, according to health officials.

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