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Illini Collapse Complete, Snubbed by NIT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The same collapse that cost Bruce Weber his job will keep Illinois out of the postseason.

Illinois (17-15, 6-12 Big Ten) was left out of the NIT on Sunday. Athletic Director Mike Thomas said after he fired Weber on Friday that the Illini wouldn't be part of the lower-level College Basketball Invitational or collegeinsider.com tournaments.

Weber was fired after his team collapsed over the season's final six weeks.

Some Illinois players reportedly wanted to skip the NIT even if Illinois had gotten a bid.

The snub completed a collapse in which Illinois sank from a likely NCAA tournament bid in mid-January. But after beating then-No. 5 Ohio State, the Illini lost 12 of 14.

This is the second year in the last five that Illinois has missed the postseason altogether.

 

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Man Murdered, another Wounded in Kankakee Shooting

A man was murdered and another seriously wounded Saturday afternoon in Kankakee.

Police reports 24-year-old Tyrone D. Kennedy of Kankakee, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Eighteen-year-old Darrien Kennedy was listed in serious condition.  Both men suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Kankakee Police were searching for the gunman after answered a call to the 900-block of N. Harrison Avenue.

Police arrived at the scene at 1:55 p.m. after receiving reports of multiple gunshots. The victims were found seated in a vehicle. No motive for the shootings was known early in the investigation.

Kankakee Police investigators are asking anyone with information to call 815-933-0426 or contact Crime Stoppers at 815-93CRIME.

 

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Cameras OK’d in Kankakee County Courts

The Chief Judge of the 21st Circuit in Illinois has announced cameras will be allowed in Kankakee County Courts.

Chief Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott announced Friday that news cameras will be allowed in criminal trial courts in Kankakee County under a pilot program approved by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court gave his blessing to the trial program earlier.

The 21st Circuit becomes the second circuit in Illinois approved for cameras in the courtroom and will join the 14th Judicial Circuit where extended media coverage has already been implemented under the experimental program. The 14th Judicial Court covers the Quad Cities area.

While the 21st Circuit is comprised of Kankakee and Iroquois counties, Bradshaw-Elliott asked that the experimental program proceed only in the criminal courts in Kankakee County to provide a model before it is expanded to other courtrooms in the circuit.

There is currently no set date for the program to begin.

 

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Probation for Teen who set Fire to Former Clock Factory

PERU – A Peru teenager has been sentenced to five years ofprobation after pleading guilty tosetting afire that destroyed part of a building that was once home to a clock factory in northern Illinois.

The 15-year-old boy was sentenced Tuesday in LaSalle County Juvenile Court. He also was sentenced to 240 hours of community service. Judge Daniel Bute ordered the boy released to his mother. LaSalle Countyprobation officials had requested 90 days in a state youth lockup. The boy says he is “sincerely sorry.”

The boy is accused of helping setfire to the Westclox building on New Year’s Eve. Officials say three dozenfire departments responded to the blaze. Thefire caused more than $400,000 in damages.Many residents in nearby homes wereforced to evacuate.

 

 

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Mobile Home Destroyed by Fire, No Injury

A dryer fire may be to blame for a blaze that destroyed a home in the Watch-E-Kee Trailer Park east of Watseka this (Thurs) morning.

No injury was reported. The home is listed as a total loss, according to Watseka Fire Chief Dave Mayotte.

A renter, Beth England, called 9-1-1 just before 7:30 am.  She stated the dryer was on fire, then left the structure.  Firemen found the trailer fully involved .  The cause is under investigation.

Sheldon Concord, Crescent City,, Milford, and Martinton provided mutual aide.  IMH ambulance was also at the scene.

 

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