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Illinois State Police Consolidations…

…Ashkum, Pontiac Targeted to Close

SPRINGFIELD — The Quinn administration is moving forward with plans to consolidate state police dispatching offices.

And…Ashkum and Pontiac are among those in the plan to close.

The plan, which calls for downsizing telecommunications operations from 21 offices spread across the state to four more centralized facilities, will leave Illinois with the fewest number of dispatching centers of any of its neighbors.

According to a review of states surrounding Illinois, the four remaining state police dispatch offices are fewer than what is in place in Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Kentucky.

Read more: Illinois State Police Consolidations…

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Barn Fire in Livingston County Investigated

FAIRBURY – A barn southwest of Fairbury was destroyed by fire on Thursday night.

Firefighters responded to the blaze, at the Derrick Steidinger farm, around 7:30 p.m. along Livingston County road 1925 East.

There were no reports of injuries and some cattle were safely removed from the barn.  The cause of Thursday’s fire is under investigation.

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Farmers ready to hear governor's drought plan

WALTONVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southern Illinois farmer and rancher says his 300 acres of corn are a bust and he's eager to hear the governor's plan for dealing with drought.

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to visit 71-year-old James Laird's farm near Waltonville  today ( Monday 7/16).  

Laird says he'll likely mow down all his corn, chop it up and feed it to his cattle. Almost a third of the nation's corn crop has been damaged by heat and drought.

Laird hopes his 300 acres of soybeans pull through.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced a streamline approach to getting drought-affected farmers and ranchers federal help that could include emergency loans with lower interest rates.


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Cullom Man Faces Sex Charge

PONTIAC – Bond was set at $250,000 Monday for a Cullom man chargedwith predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Livingston County prosecutors say 33-year-old  Kevin Cripe committed a sex actwith someone under the age of 13. If convicted, Cripe faces a life sentence in prison, because of a prior criminal sexual assault conviction in DuPage County.

An August 8 preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Cripe.


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Firefighters Battle Blaze at Momence Farm Business

Welders may have triggered a fire Wednesday in rural Momence.

The Van Drunen Farms, along Route 114 in Kankakee County, was the scene where about a half-dozen fire departments fought the blaze.   

Momence firefighters were being assisted by Grant Park, Aroma Park, St. Anne, Manteno and Peotone.

No serious injury was reported.


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