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A word of caution for area motorists: flooded roadways are posing treacherous driving conditions in east-central Illinois and parts of Indiana.

Illinois State Police District 21 at Ashkum and District 10 (Pesotum) are urging motorists to use extreme caution during their travels tonight and into Friday. Flooded roads from rain and thawing snow are being reported in many areas. Standing water on low-lying roads have township officials posting signs and barricades. Several counties have reported flooded roads.

Iroquois County Highway Supervisor Joel Moore reports Stockland Township highway crews have put up barricades. The Woodland area and several routes in the southern parts of the county are experiencing run-off from farm fields. Moore says many roads not usually flood-prone are experiencing flooded conditions.

As always if you experience a flooded road, turn around and find another route.

Flooding-related driving tips:

• Do not drive through flooded areas
• If a road covered by water seems shallow enough to cross, do not attempt to do so. It could be fatal.
• If your car stalls, do not attempt to push it out; seek higher ground

Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicles with their lights activated on the roadways. Authorized emergency vehicles include police, fire, EMS, and other emergency vehicles. It is the law to proceed with due caution, change lanes if possible, and reduce your speed. Move over and slow down.

A complete list of road closures can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation website www.illinoisroads.info and www.gettingaroundillinois.com or 1-800-452-4368.

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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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