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Catalytic converters target of thefts

It's happening again. Catalytic converters are being stolen often. And Kankakee County Sheriff's Police report most of the reported thefts are occurring in the Momence and St. Anne areas. The Sun River Terrace neighborhood is also a popular area.

Police say Chevy Cavaliers are the popular hit.

Sheriff department spokesman Ken McCabe says people need to be aware of their surroundings and pay attention to suspicious activity.

McCabe said guys working on a vehicle, making noise with power tools and hanging around casing out a vehicle is a sure sign 'someone's up to no good.'

Those noticing such activity should get a description, license plate number and notify police.

The converters in question contain gold, platinum, rodium, and palladium. That is turned into a cash refund.

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Vermilion wind ordinance meeting lacks quorum - again

A majority of Vermilion County board members failed to show up Thursday for a meeting of an ad hoc committee considering changes to the county's wind-farm ordinance.

The lack of participation is frustrating the public members of the committee.

Fourteen board members voted this summer to form an ad hoc committee to consider changes, due to concerns of the current ordinance. Those 14 were then assigned to the panel along with members of the public.

The committee has met five times since then but has failed to have a quorum for three of its meetings, including Thursday, when its work was supposed to be finalized.

Five of the 14 board members were there Thursday along with several members of the public. Despite numbers, the group moved forward with presenting specific proposals for ordinance changes.

The committee plans a final meeting in January before taking recommendations back to the county board.


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McLean County judge appointed to vacancy in 11th Judicial Circuit

                 Position includes Ford, Livingston counties

An Associate Judge from Bloomington will fill a vacancy in the 11th Judicial Circuit, which includes Ford and Livingston counties. The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed a McLean County judge J. Casey Costigan. He'll fill the seat of Chief Circuit Judge Elizabeth Robb who retires December 31st.

The 11th Circuit also includes Logan, McLeran and Woodford counties.

A news release from the Illinois Supreme Court confirms the appointment.

Costigan, a Bloomington native, expressed his appreciation for the confidence of Chief Justice Rita Garman and the Supreme Court.

Costigan's initial appointment as an associate judge was in 2006. He was was reappointed as an associate judge on two successive occasions — in 2007 and 2011 — during which his bar approval ratings exceeded 97 percent.

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Gasoline to average $2.60 in 2015

                                        Prices dip locally to $2.33

Gasoline prices across the U.S. are expected to average $2.60 a gallon next year. That's the prediction from the Energy Department.

That's 23 percent below the projected average for this year and the lowest since 2009. If this prediction holds true, the price drop will save U.S. drivers $100 billion over the course of the year.

In its most recent short-term energy outlook, released Tuesday, the Energy Department cut its gasoline price forecast for 2015 by 35 cents a gallon. It was the second cut of more than 30 cents a gallon in two months.

The average national price of gasoline fell to $2.66 a gallon Tuesday, according to AAA, 61 cents less than last year. The national average has fallen every day since Sept. 26.

Locally, gas prices have been reported as low as $2.33 in Clifton and $2.49 in Momence.

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CTA transfers 5 buses to River Valley Metro

River Valley Metro Mass Transit District is gaining five buses, thanks to a partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority. An intergovernmental agreement will transfer five buses from the CTA to River Valley Metro.

River Valley Metro states these five 2006 buses will be used to replace older ones in the current River Valley Metro fleet.

Ken Munjoy, Executive Director of Marketing for RVM said the agency is also considering expanding some services. River Valley Metro currently has 12 routes with over 350 bus stops in Kankakee County. The agency also provides service to Momence, Midway International Airport and the Metra Station at University Park.

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