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Exelon threatens to close three Illinois nuclear power plants, including Clinton

CLINTON - How much bearing do Illinois' nuclear power plants have on the economy?

The three plants that Exelon says are losing money – Quad Cities, Byron and Clinton – employ 2,300 people with a payroll of $193 million, meaning they're important to their local economies, says Sean McGarvey, president of North America's Building Trades Unions.

Exelon is threatening to close the plants unless state law readjusts the electricity market in such a way that nuclear power is given credit for not emitting carbon pollution. David Kraft, a nuclear power foe with the Nuclear Energy Information Service, is not worried.

The six nuclear plants in Illinois generate 48 percent of the state's electricity, and 90 percent of the state's non-carbon electricity. {IRN}

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Snowstorm numbers adding up

Snowfall amounts in the Chicago-land area range from 14 -18 inches for the most part. Additional snowfall, lake-effect snow, may add to the total amounts.

The inches piled up in the Windy City puts this 2015 winter storm among the top 10 all-time for Chicago. More than 1,000 flights were cancelled at Chicago's airports.

Kankakee totals appear to be from 7.5 to 10 inches. Peotone recorded 13 and 14.5 inches. Joliet had 16 inches. In Livingston County, Pontiac measured just under nine inches. The Ashkum and rural Clifton areas had about six inches.

Several Kankakee County schools are closed today.

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports most local roads are snow covered this morning, while many primary roads are passable with caution.

Several flights at Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington were canceled or delayed.

Rauner ready to take action in snow emergency
Regardless of freezing roads, evacuated homes and canceled flights, Illinois' first responders are in place and ready.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is confident the state can help local emergency responders if freezing temperatures make travel harsh into Monday, but as late as Sunday afternoon there were no requests for state assistance.

Cancellations are posted at www.wgfaradio.com on the cancelation link.

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FORMER BANK VICE PRESIDENT TO SERVE TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR RECEIVING KICKBACK, FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS

A former vice-president of the State Bank of Herscher, David Rabideau was sentenced Friday to 24 months in federal prison for receiving a $75,000 kickback for procuring a real estate loan and for two counts of filing false tax returns.

U.S. Senior District Judge Harold A. Baker ordered that the 44-year-old Rabideau of Clifton be taken immediately into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service. Rabideau was also ordered to remain on supervised release for three years following his release from prison, and to pay restitution to the State Bank of Herscher in the amount of $100,000, and restitution to the IRS in the amount of $36,585 for unpaid income taxes.

Rabideau pled guilty to the offenses on Aug. 11, 2014, and had remained on bond pending sentencing. According to court documents, Rabideau had served as a branch manager, vice president, and secretary of the board of directors for the State Bank of Herscher in Kankakee, Ill. Rabideau also served as one of the bank's primary loan officers.

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Danforth teen subject of missing person

A 15-year-old Danforth teenager has been missing since January 3rd. Law enforcement and the Polly Klass Foundation are hoping the public can provide info to locate Hailey Wells.

Hailey is a Caucasion female, 5-6, 165 pounds. She has blue eyes, blond-dyed red hair and a mole on the right side of her neck with multiple ear-piercings.

She may be in the company of an adult male.

If located, call the Iroquois County Sheriff's Department at 815-432-4918 or contact the Polly Klass Foundation at 800-587-4357.

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Winter Storm Watch issued by NWS

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE
SUNDAY NIGHT.

SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER THE AREA SATURDAY EVENING AND
CONTINUE AT TIMES THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. THERE'S POTENTIAL FOR GREATER THAN 6 INCHES NORTH OF INTERSTATE 88...AND POSSIBLY IN EXCESS OF 8 INCHES SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 88.

PERIODS OF SNOW COULD LEAD TO REDUCED VISIBILITES UNDER A MILE AND SNOW COVERED ROADS...MAKING FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

NORTHEASTERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE ACROSS THE AREA ON SUNDAY...AND THIS MAY LEAD TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

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