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Illinois lawmakers are looking to rush through legislation that would change the dynamic of a controversial plan to erect dozens of wind turbines in central Illinois. >>>

The bill has yet to pass House muster, but Illinois’ state Senators discussed it in committee Thursday with the plan to send it quickly for a vote once it’s given to their chamber.

It would restrict wind farm regulations outside of a municipality to the county alone, excluding townships.

Amy Kurt with EDP Renewables, the company looking to build in Douglas County, says allowing smaller governmental units to restrict wind farms could hurt the whole industry.

Residents of Murdock Township in Douglas County are suing to apply tougher restrictions on an EDP wind farm project there.

Mahomet Sen. Chapin Rose saw both sides of the wind farm argument, but said the process to subvert an ongoing court case isn’t something lawmakers should ever do.

The wind farm is scheduled to continue construction this spring.

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Unemployment numbers rise in region

New unemployment numbers show the jobless rates have been rising across East Central Illinois. The January numbers are latest figures available from the Illinois Department of Employment Security and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Iroquois County -- the January unemployment rate of 6.6 percent is up from 5.2 percent a year ago. The unemployment rate in Vermilion County rose from 6.4 percent in December to an even seven percent in January. Champaign County’s unemployment rate rose one percent to 5.4 percent.The City of Danville’s jobless rate climbed from 6.6 to 7.1 percent. Kankakee County continues to boast a growing number of jobs, among the leaders in the state.

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Rep. Bennett out of hospital following crash

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City is out of the hospital and back home recovering. Bennett was involved in a serious traffic accident last week in McLean County. He’s expressing his thanks to emergency responders, doctors and nurses who came to his aid.

Bennett noted that if his constituents need anything they can still contact his offices in Watseka, Pontiac and Springfield.

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NWS Update: Tornado watch canceled, high wind warning remains

The National Weather Service has canceled the tornado watch issued earlier this (Thur) afternoon. Storms have "rapidly pushed to the northeast."

The high wind warning remains. University of Illinois Willard Airport in Savoy recorded a gust of 48 miles per hour.
Tighten down those outside objects and driving is quite a challenge; winds have blown vehicles off the roads, especially in the open, rural areas.

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