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ShowBus involved in accident, 2 passengers injured

                                          Cause: distracted driver

A distracted 16-year-old driver in Iroquois County faces a charge of Improper Lane Usage following a traffic accident that involved a ShowBus, carrying eight passengers.

Illinois State Police reported two of the eight passengers on the 15-passenger bus were treated for minor injuries at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. All three drivers were also taken to IMH with minor injuries.

The accident happened just before 3:30 Thursday afternoon on Illinois Route 1 at County Road 1200 N.

Police reported the un-identified 16-year-old was northbound when the car crossed the center line and hit the ShowBus. The 16-year-old driver then lost control and hit a third vehicle, a pickup truck driven by an Indiana man.

Milford Fire and Ambulance responded to the call.

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Early holiday break for Bradley-Bourbonnais High School

Students at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School won't be back in class until January following a Wednesday night fire in the school's laundry room. The school went on an early holiday break and postponed Fall semester final exams.

Classes were cancelled Thursday and Friday. Superintendent Scott Wakeley said extensive smoke and water damage needs to be cleaned up. Power also needs to be restored.

There was no injury. A few students were evacuated from the building Wednesday night.

School is scheduled to resume January 8th.

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Defense motion filed to move Iroquois County murder suspect's trial

The defense attorney for accused murderer Andrew Condon is questioning whether his client can get a fair trial in Iroquois County because of pretrial publicity ?

Kankakee attorney Ed Glazar Jr. filed an expected-motion (Thursday) in Iroquois County Circuit Court seeking a change of venue for the jury trial of Condon.

A ruling on the motion is expected January 22nd.

The 34-year-old Condon has pleaded innocent to two counts of first-degree murder in the October 2012 fatal shooting of 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin. The Danforth man was killed at the Shell gas station in Gilman where he was employed.

Glazar claims media accounts, specifically newspaper articles that have been published about the court case since Nov. 14, 2012, have prejudiced potential Iroquois County jurors.

Condon remains jailed in Iroquois County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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Rain, fog, flooding notice for Iroquois, Ford counties

Ford and Iroquois counties are on alert for possible flooding. Some areas could experience 2-4 inches of rain. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from late Friday night until early Sunday morning.

The forecast calls for two to three inches of rain, with higher amounts possible in some areas. This rainfall, combined with the melting snow and saturated ground, will cause flooding due to excessive runoff.

You should monitor the weather conditions and be prepared to take action if there is flooding in your area. Precautions include securing outdoor items so they are not swept away and not driving over flooded roadways.

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Traffic Safety Reminders for Motorists in 2014

                                     Speed Limit & Cell Phone Ban Enforced

(CHICAGO/SPRINGFIELD) – Illinois State Police Officials issued traffic safety reminders today regarding the new 2014 traffic laws that become effective on January 1, and will most likely have an impact on motorists driving throughout Illinois.

Public Act 98-0511 which amended the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/11-601 changes the existing legal speed limit from 65 mph - 70 mph on all rural interstates. The Act also allows eight counties (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, McHenry, Lake, Madison and St. Clair) with heavily congested highways to opt out and maintain the current 55 mph speed limit.

In addition to the rural interstates, speed laws have been strengthened on all streets, highways, and roads throughout Illinois. Speeding 26 mph over the posted limit is now a Class B misdemeanor and speeding 35 mph or more over the posted limit is a Class A misdemeanor.

Public Act 98-0506 bans the use of hand-held cell phone devices behind the wheel. Bluetooth headsets, earpieces, and voice activated commands are permitted. The only exemptions from this law apply to law enforcement officers or first responders; drivers reporting emergencies and drivers using electronic devices while parked on the shoulder of a roadway.

Motorists who violate this Section shall be fined a maximum of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense.

Penalties for distracted drivers who injure others or cause fatal crashes by the use of a cell phone would face a Class A misdemeanor, which could result in fines up to $2,500 and less than a year of jail time. Drivers involved in fatal accidents could be charged with a Class 4 felony, which carries fines up to $25,000 and up to three years of jail time.              {sumbitted info}