The National Weather Service is alerting motorists of the likelihood of central Illinois roads could becoming slippery overnight (Friday) when rain starts falling before the temperatures start rising over the weekend.
There's a weather alert for freezing rain for most of the WGFA-listening area. The freezing conditions are expected between about 10 pm. thru 4 am Saturday.
There's also a chance of freezing rain before 7 a.m. Saturday, but it will turn to rain as the temperature rises to a balmy 49 degrees. Saturday also calls for breezy southerly wind of 14 to 20 mph.
A chance of rain continues Sunday, with a high temperature expected near 50 degrees.
The Kankakee woman convicted in the death of a four-year-old foster child in her care will be sentenced today in Livingston County. A jury found Heather Lamie guilty of causing great bodily hard to Kianna Rudesill. The little girl died of injuries, which prosecutors, and the jury agreed, could not have been caused by the girl herself.
Lamie is facing natural life in prison with the conviction of the first-degree murder charge and up to ten years on the child endangerment charge. Both are felonies. The child endangerment charge would be an extended sentence because it resulted in the death of a child.
A relative of Kiaana's said no one won in this case. Bobbie Farley said after the conviction, "Thank God we got justice for Kianna and thank God for a state's attorney who finally listened to our requests."
The victim's family extended its appreciation to Livingston County State's Attorney Seth (Uphoff) and prosecutor Scott Ripley for giving Kianna a voice."
Uphoff said he believed the jury reached the correct verdict, with the evidence presented. He said the defense made the best case they could, but they still couldn't overcome the evidence presented in court.
The key to the verdict, the S-S said, was all the state's experts held a unanimous belief a child of Rudesill's size couldn't cause the type of injury that proved fatal.
Rep. Kate Cloonen has been declared the winner of the 79th District House seat in Illinois. Republican challenger Glenn Nixon has conceded the 2014 race.
Provisional ballots now counted, Cloonen's victory is by a 121 vote margin
The Cloonen win assures House Speaker Mike Madigan and the Democrats a super-majority in the state House.
The hotly-contested race was a repeat of the 2012 election, also won by Cloonen by a mere 91 votes. Cloonen was up by 12 votes on Election Day, but provisional and late absentee ballots were still out. They were counted on Tuesday.
Rod Copas is out as Chairman of the Iroquois County Board.
Copas, who was on his way out at the end of the month, stepped aside early. He told the Times-Republic, he'll be unavailable for a few weeks and didn't want Board Vice-Chair Kyle Anderson to have to get in touch with him for any decisions.
Copas is still a board member until November 30th.
Copas lost a re-election bid in the March Primary Election. His term ends November 30th. The County Board holds its re-organization meeting December 1st when new members are seated and a new Chairman and Vice-Chair are voted in by the board members.
Elks, Kiwanis clubs share honor in leading Watseka Christmas parade
The city of Watseka's annual lighted Christmas Parade finds two popular organizations sharing the honor of grand marshal. The Watseka Elks Lodge and the Watseka Kiwanis Club will lead the parade on Friday, November 28th.
The parade steps off at 7 pm, beginning at the Glenn Raymond School and following the usual parade route. Parade announcer will be Jake Ray of WGFA Radio. The announcer and parade judges will be stationed at Santa's House on Walnut Street.
The Elks Lodge and Kiwanis were chosen for parade marshal honors for their community service traditions, the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce announced.
The Elks Coats for Kids program has distributed more than 150 coats per year to kids in need for the past three years. They host annual Bingo for Cancer Fighters, a fundraiser benefiting families affected by cancer, as well as a children's carnival.
The Kiwanis club also focuses on helping the children of the community from its annual peanut sales, serving lunch at the local fishing derby and volunteering in many area events.
Santa will be receiving children of all ages after the parade and will be in his downtown house from 10 am.'til noon Saturday, November 29, and again 10 am.'til noon Saturday, December 20.