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Ill. Supreme Court to allow cameras in courts

CHICAGO (AP) -- A spokesman says the Illinois Supreme Court will announce a policy for allowing cameras in trial courts on an experimental and limited basis.

Joe Tybor said says the court will make its announcement Tuesday.

Illinois has allowed cameras to be present during Supreme Court and Appellate Court hearings since 1983. At the time of that decision, the court continued the ban during trials because of fair trial concerns.

Tybor said Monday the new rules for cameras will be on a limited and experimental basis to determine whether media access and fair trials can co-exist.

Broadcasters have long advocated the use of cameras and tape recorders during criminal trials in Illinois, pointing to the public's right to know.

Illinois is one 14 states that currently don't allow cameras during criminal trials.


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Illinois Senator Mark Kirk Suffers Stroke

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A spokesperson for Sen. Mark Kirk says the Illinois Republican has suffered a stroke and has undergone surgery.

The 52-year-old Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital in Illinois over the weekend. He was later transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where tests showed that he had suffered a stroke.

He underwent surgery early Monday morning to relieve swelling around his brain.

A statement from Kirk's office said the surgery was successful and that doctors are "very confident" in his recovery based on his age and health.

Kirk was elected to the Senate in 2010, winning the seat formerly held by President Barack Obama.

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Watseka Public Aid Office Closing

The Illinois Department of Human Services has announced the closing of its public aid office in Watseka. The February 2nd closing date will force people in need of help to travel to Kankakee for services.

The DHS records show the move will affect an average of 800 clients a month and five state employees who operate the DHS Family Community Resource Center for Iroquois County, which is located on E. Walnut Street.

The action is another cost-cutting move by the state of Illinois to streamline services.


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Special Weather Statement: Wind Advisory

The National Weather Service has a strong wind advisory in effect for a large part of central Illinois.  The weather statement calls for strong wind gusts to 40 miles per hour today (Mon). Westerly winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour are expected during daytime hours.  Winds this strong will make travel hazardous for high profile vehicles traveling along north to south roadways.  Any loose outdoor items may be tossed around by the stronger gusts. Also, damaged or weakened branches or trees could fall into power lines and could cause outages.  The winds are expected to diminish by evening.



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Tornadoes Reported in Arkansas, No Injuries >

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Strong winds and tornadoes have been reported in Arkansas as storms move through parts of the South and Midwest.

The National Weather Service says it received reports of possible tornadoes in Arkansas, Dallas, Lonoke, Prairie and Cleveland counties Sunday night. There were no reports of any injuries.

The storms also brought hail and strong winds as they moved from Arkansas and into Illinois, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The storms were part of a system expected to threaten parts of the South and Midwest overnight. A tornado watch was in effect for parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Thunderstorms and lightning in Iroquois County produced just under an inch of rain at WGFA north of Watseka.  Minor flooding and ponding on low-lying roadways was reported. 

There was .70 recorded at Chatsworth. .69 at Crescent City, .56 at Milford and one-inch in Kankakee.

94.1 FM, WGFA