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Rep. Bennett to seek re-election to Illinois House

State Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, will seek his second term in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2016.

Bennett, who represents the 106th Illinois House District, recently filed some 1,900 petition signatures obtained from registered voters in support of his re-election with the Illinois State Board of Elections. Illinois election law requires candidates seeking nomination for state representative to file a minimum of 500 signatures from likely Republican registered voters.

"I am very thankful for the support I received from approximately 1,900 voters agreeing to put my name on the ballot so that I may run for re-election as their state representative," Bennett said. "I will continue to advocate for all residents of the 106th District. There is certainly much more work to be done for taxpayers.

Bennett was first elected state representative after receiving 80 percent of the vote in the November 2014 general election.

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Hogs killed in Vermilion County crash

An Oklahoma truck driver suffered an undisclosed medical problem early Wednesday, driving his semitrailer into a ditch on Interstate 74 in Vermilion County. Reports listed 53 hogs died in the accident. The driver of the truck was treated & released at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Illinois State Police reported the accident happened at the entrance ramp on the western edge of Vermilion County.

53-year-old Larry Hardwick of Warr Acres, Okla., was westbound about 2:45 am when he said he suffered a medical problem. His tractor truck, which was pulling a semitrailer loaded with about 99 hogs, rolled in a ditch.
About a third of the hogs died in the crash.

Hardwick was issued tickets for improper lane usage and driving a commercial motor vehicle while impaired by illness.

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State budget mess has cities, counties demanding action

Illinois mayors and county leaders are starting to stomp their feet over the continuing budget impasse.  Unpaid bills, due to the state's inability to forward reimbursement payments has local officials being forced to take action that's hurting their own people and crippling the local budget plans.  One city is threatening to turn off the lights because of an unpaid bill.

Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders met Tuesday.  There was no resolution.  The blame game continued.  Another meeting is expected.

Three counties have sued the state over emergency-service tax disbursements.  Mayors are saying we're sending  a message.

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Rain changing to snow, 2 inches possible

Light rain is changing over to snow this (Wednesday) morning, creating the potential for slow, sloppy roads. Motorists should be prepared for a slower commute. Kankakee, Will counties and northwest Indiana are reporting a little more snow accumulation.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for Will and Coo counties and Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper counties in Indiana.

Reduced visibility and light, slushy accumulations on roads are possible.

Intermittent snow showers are expected throughout the remainder of the day.

Forecasters said an inch of snow is expected on grassy surfaces with up to 2 inches possible.

Temperatures are expected back in the 50s this weekend.

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Red Cross asks for blood donations this holiday season

                                 Be part of something meaningful by giving blood

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year with real meaning by donating blood for hospital patients in need.

Holiday activities, severe weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can pull people away from their regular blood donation schedules. This creates a greater need for blood donations this time of year, especially around the winter holidays.

Healthy donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can now use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Kankakee County, Illinois
12/24/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Dr.
12/31/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Dr.

12/30/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 698 N. Locust St.

12/28/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine

Livingston County, Illinois
12/28/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church

12/28/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dwight Fire Department, 111 S. Prairie Ave.

12/23/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple St.

12/23/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., VFW, 531 Lincoln Ave.

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

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