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Chebanse man sentenced to 8 years for burglary

Larry Collins of Chebanse has been sentenced to eight-years in prison for a Class 2 felony charge of burglary. Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott imposed the sentence after Collins pleaded guilty in Kankakee Circuit Court.

A Kankakee man was sentenced to three-years in prison. Steven Evans entered a guilty plea to burglary. He was sentenced by Judge Clark Erickson.

Judge Erickson also ordered Timothy Lane of Kankakee to eight-years in prison. Lane pleaded guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. He was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and court fees.

A Class 4 felony conviction for Possession of Cannabis sends a Kankakee man to prison for three-years. Jonathan Rowe entered a guilty plea before Judge Erickson.

A Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine conviction also sends Demetrius Wells to prison for seven-years. Wells pleaded guilty to the Class X felony (last week) in Kankakee Circuit Court. Judge Erickson also ordered a $3,000 drug assessment fine.

A Three Rivers, Michigan man has been sentenced to four-years in prison for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Taries (Tuh-Reese) King had a previous conviction for the Class 2 felony. Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott sentenced King after he plead guilty in Kankakee Circuit Court.


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U of I plans Assembly Hall work starting in 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- University of Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas says construction should begin in March 2014 on the long-planned renovation of Assembly Hall.

Thomas said Thursday that the $160 million project still needs university trustees' approval but would modernize the 50-year-old saucer-shaped building. Air conditioning would be added and concourses widened. Courtside student seating would be increased and suites added.

The athletic director said the arena's capacity would drop from 17,200 to about 15,200.

The work would be done in phases so the school's basketball teams aren't forced to play away games elsewhere. Work would end in 2016.

Thomas said about three-quarters of the money would come from donations. He said a plan to sell naming rights is still being worked on.

Thomas hopes to take the plan to trustees in May.

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State Trooper Killed in I-94 Accident

NORTHBROOK, Ill.— A semi-truck has slammed into an Illinois State Police squad car in Chicago's northern suburbs, killing a state trooper.

The Illinois State Police says Trooper James Sauter was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place late Thursday on Interstate 294 on the edge of Northbrook.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The 28-year-old trooper joined the Illinois State Police in June 2008.

In a statement released Friday, State Police Director Hiram Grau expressed his "deep sadness" over the trooper's death and offered condolences to his family.

He said Sauter left a "legacy of courage, honor and duty."

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USDA to release first look at 2013 crop estimate


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The USDA is releasing its first estimate of the 2013 crop size in its spring planting report.

After a year dominated by worst drought since the 1950s, farmers are looking ahead to the next crop. Some analysts are expecting slightly more corn and soybeans to be planted than a year ago.

Farmers planted 97.2 million acres of corn last year, the most since 1937. Some analysts are expecting corn acres at around 97.5 million acres.

Darrel L. Good, an agriculture economics professor at the University of Illinois, says more acres are available for planting because farmers enrolled 2.6 million fewer acres in the conservation reserve program last year.

Thursday's USDA report is based on about 80,000 farmer surveys and is the first indication of planting intentions for this year.

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CERTS Training in Kankakee County