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Emergency landing near Bourbonnais, pilot uninjured

The pilot of s small plane escaped injury Wednesday when an emergency landing took place in a farm field near Bourbonnais.

The plane went down at 4150 West Avenue, according to the Kankakee County Sheriff's Department. The plane was leaking oil and smoking when the pilot brought the vehicle down.

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Hoopeston man pleads guilty to murder

A Hoopeston man facing a new trial on murder charges has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated battery.

Steven Miller was facing a new trial, but instead pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the September 5th, 2005 shooting death of his wife, Eva.

In April of 2006 Miller was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. But the Illinois Appellate Court reversed the case and sent it back to Vermilion County for a new trial.

Miller's new trial was set to begin when he decided to plead guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated battery.

Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey then sentenced Miller to 20 years in prison on the second-degree murder charge and 25 years on the aggravated battery charge.

The 39-year-old Miller must serve 50-percent of the 20 year sentence for second-degree murder before gaining eligibility for parole. And he must also serve 85-percent of the 25 year sentence for aggravated battery. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Miller was given credit for the 8 years, 5 months and 13 days that he has already served in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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I-55 rest stop death under investigation

Livingston County authorities are investigating the death of a 61-year-old man at an Interstate 55 rest stop just south of Pontiac.

Coroner Mike Burke reports no foul play is suspected. The death of the man, whose identity was not released, is being treated as an isolated incident.

The man arrived at the northbound Limestone Rest Area about 2:40 p.m., the incident occurred about 3:15 p.m., and the man was pronounced dead at 4:05 p.m. at the scene, Burke said.

Illinois State Police troopers, Duffy Ambulance and the Pontiac Fire Department were called to the scene, but the man was found with no signs of life, Burke said.

An autopsy has been ordered.

Identification is waiting until the notification of next of kin.

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Former Gibson City teacher named President at SIU

SPRINGFIELD — The Southern Illinois University board of trustees named a former Illinois state superintendent of education as the school's president on Monday.

Youngstown State University President Randy J. Dunn will be SIU's eighth president, replacing Glenn Poshard, who is retiring in June despite having a contract that runs to 2015.

"Randy Dunn has both the skills and the background to ensure that SIU continues to live up to its mission of providing a quality education for thousands of students, serving as an academic and economic engine and meeting the health care needs of individuals and families in central and southern Illinois," board chairman Randal Thomas said in the news release.

SIU, which has campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville as well as medical and dental schools, will pay Dunn $430,000, according to university officials.

Dunn's first job out of college was teaching fourth-grade reading at Gibson City Elementary School. Dunn spent four years at the Ford County school, leaving in 1983 for a principal's gig in Paw Paw.

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Iroquois County’s 9-1-1 struggles with finances…. Emergency responders balk about political involvement by County Board Chairman

A room full of fire and police, and other emergency responders have taken issue with Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas' call to 'dissolve the ETSB (Emergency Telephone System Board).'

Copas addressed an audience in Watseka Tuesday night, reading from a prepared letter about his plan to dissolve the ETSB and allow the 9-1-1 Board to manage the system.

But Cissna Park police chief Dick Corke said that's just putting the control of this into one person's hands, referring to the County Board Chairman. It's politics and it doesn't belong here.

9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble has explained the two governing boards go hand in hand. The discussion about the emergency system is fueled by the loss of landlines and that means revenue, which she said has nothing to do with how the boards work together to handle personnel and equipment............. # 61

It was pointed out 'there's no cost savings to combining the two boards, which has professional emergency personnel making decisions.

There was also more discussion about a public safety tax to generate monies for the 9-1-1 system. No decisions were made.

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