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Davis, Kinzinger unimpressed with State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON - Illinois Republicans didn't seem phased by President Obama's State of Union address.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Channahon said the President failed to offer any practical solutions to Americans problems which sounding as though he was still campaigning.
"I had hoped to hear that the President was ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work on the serious challenges we face," Kinzinger said. "Unfortunately, the American people heard nothing new from President Obama. We heard him ignore the fact that we have a divided government and once again continue to push for spending money we don't have on big government that doesn't work".

"I hope that the next two are productive and we can govern as the American have asked, seeking common ground. Governing can be messy, but right now governing is necessary. Let's focus on 2015, not 2016."

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville said President Obama has a lot of big and bold ideas, but he hasn't laid out a plan to act on them. He said it's time for the president to back his words up with actions, especially when it comes to equal pay for women.

"The President ought to look at his own White House where he pays women an average of 18 percent less than men," Davis said, noting women make an average of $4,000 per year more than men in his office. "The President talks, but talk is cheap when his actions don't match his rhetoric."

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Slick roads pose hazard for motorists Tuesday

            I-74 eastbound messed up due to crash

Several area roads have posed problems for motorists today. Slide-offs have been reported in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties. Black ice appears an issue as overnight re-freezing has left secondary routes very slick.

Illinois State Police and other emergency units were on the scene of a two vehicle crash involving a semi tractor trailer on Interstate 74 near Tilton this morning (Tuesday).
Traffic was moving slowly through the area and there was also a spill involving diesel fuel. Firefighters are on the scene, and the Vermilion County's Hazardous Materials team has also been called to help deal with the diesel spill.

No injury was reported.

State Police are urging motorists to use extreme caution in accident areas.

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Paxton teen arrested in pot-growing operation

A 17-year-old Paxton teenager could be charged as an adult in a case where police uncovered a marijuana-growing operation. The operation was in the teenager's home.

The case is under review. Police are asking Ford County State's Attorney Randy Yedinak to charge the teen as an adult.

Police reported finding numerous items believed to be used for growing cannabis in the home earlier this month.

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Missing Newton County teenager found

A missing teenager from Goodland, Indiana has been located. Her father has been arrested.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office at Kentland reports 15-year-old Vanessa Hurd was found Friday afternoon in Kentucky. She's now in protective custody.

Her father, Travis Hurd, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

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ONU ranked ‘friendly place’ among college campuses

Olivet Nazarene University is among the friendliest college campuses in the United States, according to rankings released late in 2014.

The Christian liberal arts university placed 13th among 589 colleges in student friendliness rankings compiled by Niche, a content service that provides insight and reviews on neighborhoods and schools. Olivet placed higher than all other Illinois colleges and universities as well as larger institutions including the University of California-Davis and Texas A&M University. Olivet's main campus is in Bourbonnais, 50 miles south of Chicago.

Rankings were based on 84,115 opinion-based survey responses from 55,204 current college students and recent alumni.

"My first day at Olivet, I was sitting alone in the dining room because I didn't know anyone yet," said Becca Mooi (junior, social work major, Frankfort, Illinois). "In less than five minutes, an upperclassman started a conversation with me. One of the things I love best about Olivet is how students you don't know go out of their way to be kind and even open a door for you."

"Big smiles and friendly waves are common at Olivet," said Micah Forshee (freshman, engineering major, Grand Blanc, Michigan). "The students make Olivet such a warm and pleasant place to be."

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