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Gasoline to average $2.60 in 2015

                                        Prices dip locally to $2.33

Gasoline prices across the U.S. are expected to average $2.60 a gallon next year. That's the prediction from the Energy Department.

That's 23 percent below the projected average for this year and the lowest since 2009. If this prediction holds true, the price drop will save U.S. drivers $100 billion over the course of the year.

In its most recent short-term energy outlook, released Tuesday, the Energy Department cut its gasoline price forecast for 2015 by 35 cents a gallon. It was the second cut of more than 30 cents a gallon in two months.

The average national price of gasoline fell to $2.66 a gallon Tuesday, according to AAA, 61 cents less than last year. The national average has fallen every day since Sept. 26.

Locally, gas prices have been reported as low as $2.33 in Clifton and $2.49 in Momence.

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CTA transfers 5 buses to River Valley Metro

River Valley Metro Mass Transit District is gaining five buses, thanks to a partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority. An intergovernmental agreement will transfer five buses from the CTA to River Valley Metro.

River Valley Metro states these five 2006 buses will be used to replace older ones in the current River Valley Metro fleet.

Ken Munjoy, Executive Director of Marketing for RVM said the agency is also considering expanding some services. River Valley Metro currently has 12 routes with over 350 bus stops in Kankakee County. The agency also provides service to Momence, Midway International Airport and the Metra Station at University Park.

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Kankakee Walgreens robbed at gunpoint

Kankakee police are searching for two people who robbed the Walgreens on N. Kennedy Drive early Wednesday.

According to police, the pair, which included a man armed with a handgun, robbed three customers before taking an undisclosed amount of money and merchandise from the store. It happened around 3 am.

No injury was reported.

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Monday: Enrollment deadline for Get Covered Illinois

State health officials are encouraging Illinoisans to shop around the state's new health insurance marketplace.
Get Covered Illinois will have counselors on hand at some Health Departments Monday, the final day to enroll or re-enroll to have insurance by Jan 1. Even if you enrolled last year, you might be able to find a better deal.

The number of insurance plans has more than doubled from last year to more than 400.

Get Covered Illinois will have in-person assistance available on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The open enrollment period for 2015 will run through Feb. 15.

More information is available at www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov or by calling (866) 311-1119.

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Iroquois County emergency dispatch service agreement stalls

                 Legal minds not good enough for County Board

The Iroquois County Board Tuesday sent an earlier-agreed-on contract for dispatch services back to committee for further review. A two-year contract agreed on just last Thursday by the Finance committee apparently wasn't good enough to satisfy a group of board members who've delayed progress on the matter for several months.

Finance committee Chairman Keven Hansen, despite being part of a meeting last Thursday when the agreement was reached, said Tuesday more time is needed to look at the contract before signing off.

Several board members questioned whether Hansen consulted with former Board Chairman Rod Copas in a telephone call outside the Tuesday meeting room. The same past-Copas supporters all voted with Hansen to send the contract proposal back to committee.

Hansen couldn't explain what his concerns were about the contract, despite being asked repeatedly to talk about what his issues were...even though his committee OK'd the contract three business days earlier.

Three attornies, including Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine, were OK with the pact last Thursday. The ETSB lawyer, John Kelly, and the County Board's union lawyer David Hibben were OK with the pact last week too.

Devine said some modifications made to the contract actually gives the county the authority to handle union negotiations, since the dispatchers are moving toward union support thru the FOP. The county also gets to oversee finances of the dispatch center.

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