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Kankakee man indicted in murder for hire case >

A federal grand jury indicted a Kankakee man this week on two-counts of using interstate commerce facilities in commission of a murder-for-hire plot.

32-year-old Joshua Bisping allegedly attempted to hire an undercover agent to kill his ex-wife. Bisping was arrested June 5th after a week long investigation by federal agents and Kankakee Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force agents.

If convicted, Bisping faces up to 20 years in federal prison. He'll be arrainged in federal court in Urbana July 23rd.

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Motorcycle accident kills Gibson City man

A Gibson City man died after crashing his motorcycle in Iroquois County.

Illinois State Police report 70 year-old Rodney Cote was driving on Illinois Route One at around 6 am Thursday. His bike left the road, went into the ditch and he was thrown off. Cote was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead by the Kankakee County Coroner.

State police are investigating the accident.


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Illiana Expressway foes say process is flawed; file lawsuit >

Three conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago that says the Illiana Expressway approval process has been flawed and the road shouldn't be built.

Lawyers say the Federal Highway Administration should not have approved an environmental study that paves the way for the 47-mile road because the study was based on flawed population and employment projections.

The lawsuit also states the route is contrary to land-use plans developed by regional planning groups in each state.

The proposed Illiana route would stretch from Interstate 55 near Wilmington to Interstate 65 near Lowell, Ind.

Also, the lawsuit contends that the Illinois and Indiana departments of transportation " ... failed to establish the need for the road and properly evaluate alternatives to the proposed tollway route.

Illinois Department of Transportation officials, who recently fast-tracked the $1.3 billion Illiana and recommended it be a tollway constructed through a public-private partnership, were reviewing the lawsuit Thursday and declined comment.

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Meeting planned for Dwight Correctional Center

Livingston County Sheriff marty Meredith is hoping a meeting next week with state officials will kick-start his plan to reopen  a part of the women's prison at Dwight. 

The sheriff's plan is to use a portion of the prison grounds to house county jail inmates from neighboring counties and federal inmates.  Meredith says up to 40 jobs could be created.

A July 18th meeting is scheduled with state officials and members of the Livingston County Board.

 

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Rep. Pam Roth stepping down from Illinois House seat

Another political figure is stepping aside. State Representative Pam Roth announced today (Wed) she's resigning from the state legislature.

The Morris Republican is moving to Texas with her family.

Roth said her husband has been offered an employment transfer that's too good to pass up.

The Republican party will choose a successor.

Roth was appointed to her seat in January 2011 after state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, moved to the Senate shortly after defeating former state Rep. Careen Gordon.

Roth won re-election in November of 2012.

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