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Momence bank robbery brings 3-year prison term

23-year-old Karriem J. Muhammad of Park Forest was sentenced to three years in prison (Thursday) for his role in the robbery of the Municipal Bank in Momence last year.

Muhammad and his cousin, 30-year-old James J. Muhammad of Chicago, were arrested shortly after the incident occurred November 24, 2017.

According to police, no weapon was shown. Ty home Witnesses helped police locate the cousins. A bank bag found in the vehicle contained $5,312.

James Muhammad’s next court date in June 18.

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Mahomet Aquifer Task Force meets

The Mahomet Aquifer Task Force meets Friday in Monticello to discuss potential action to ensure the long-term protection of the aquifer.

State Sen. Chapin Rose will join members of the task force at the Livingston Center. Rose, who is a member of the task force, has been trying to push through new bills in the Illinois Legislature that would strengthen state oversight on natural-gas storage sites near the aquifer.

The goal is to help prevent gas leaks like the one inspectors found at a Peoples Gas storage facility near Mahomet in late 2016. It prompted a lawsuit brought by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan last year.

The aquifer is the primary source of drinking water for about 500,000 central Illinois residents.

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Coon Creek fish kill source identified

Investigators with the Illinois EPA and Department of Natural Resources are reporting a mid-May chemical discharge in Iroquois County that led to a fish kill has been identified.

Liquid nitrogen was discharged into Coon Creek and then spread about 12 miles to the mouth of Sugar Creek. Officials are calling it an accidental spill. It has been contained.

There’s been no word whether anyone’s being held responsible.
Up to 150,000 fish and other wildlife were killed.

The incident was first reported by officials in Woodland.

The discharge is believed to have occurred near the Indiana state line, between Stockland and Sheldon.

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Storm activity forces clean-up

Some residents in Champaign County are cleaning up debris following strong thunderstorms which rolled through the St. Joseph community last (Thursday) evening. Some power poles and trees were down along with some minor structure damage.
There were no reports of any injuries.

Three-quarter inch hail was reported about five miles northeast of Danville and trees toppled southeast of Danville. A large tree also fell across East Main Street on Danville’s east side.

Wind gusts were estimated at 60 miles per hour.
Ameren work crews were called out to restore power to several hundred customers.

In western Indiana, Fountain County officials reported two power poles were blown down near Perrysville.

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Illinois Senate approves budget

Illinois state Senators have approved a budget with one day to spare. The 1,245-page bill was voted on just hours after it was revealed. Critics say the $38.5 billion budget overspends and doesn't address any reform needs. They approved it 56-2. The House could vote on it today.

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