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Two arrests in Murder of U of I student

Police in Champaign have announced the arrest of two suspects in connection with the murder of a 20-year-old University of Illinois student.

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh led a press conference today announcing that several agencies played key roles in the quick arrests of the suspects. An arraignment hearing was to be held this afternoon.

The arrests are in connection with the death of Vicente Mundo, whose body was found Saturday by a person walking their dog near Savoy. Investigators report they developed information concerning Mundo and his friends. Authorities report Daniel Gonzalez and Reginald Scott made various admissions. Mundo's vehicle has also been recovered, and another vehicle belonging to Gonzalez has been seized along with other potential evidence.

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10-Year-Old Girl escapes tragedy in fall thru ice

Emergency responders are reminding thrill-seekers to mindful of potential disaster if you're enjoying the outdoors. Frozen ponds or lakes are not always frozen-enough. And --- the heavy snow may be hiding a bad situation.

The Lockport Township Fire Protection District responded to a call on Monday of a 10-year-old female who fell through the ice. The incident occurred in Lockport when the child, who was sledding with friends, fell through the ice up to her waist. The 10-year-old was quickly removed from the water and taken to a nearby home where the re-warming process was started. She was taken to the hospital in good condition.

The Lockport Township Fire Protection District would like to remind everyone to use caution around any body of water. This weekend's heavy snow event camouflages what may be thin ice that cannot be seen.

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Bourbonnais Police acquire body cams

The Bourbonnais Police department is the first law enforcement agency in Kankakee County that'll be equipped and using body cams. The Daily-Journal reports the high-tech cameras are part of a pilot program.

Police Chief Jim Phelps said the department received a $1,700 donation from the Bourbonnais Friendship Festival committee. Six of the cameras were purchased at $850 each.
Phelps said the company out of Seattle, Washington has equipped many police forces in the U.S.

Phelps tells the D-J body cams are becoming a regular piece of equipment for police forces and believes body cams one day will be mandated by law.

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University of Illinois student found dead

Authorities in Champaign County are investigating a possible homicide after a local University of Illinois student was found dead.

The body of Chicago native Vicente Mundo was found Saturday morning about ten miles south of Champaign in Tolono Township. Mundo had been missing for nearly a week when he was discovered.

Police say his car, phone and other belongings he was carrying at the time of his disappearance are still missing.

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Exelon threatens to close three Illinois nuclear power plants, including Clinton

CLINTON - How much bearing do Illinois' nuclear power plants have on the economy?

The three plants that Exelon says are losing money – Quad Cities, Byron and Clinton – employ 2,300 people with a payroll of $193 million, meaning they're important to their local economies, says Sean McGarvey, president of North America's Building Trades Unions.

Exelon is threatening to close the plants unless state law readjusts the electricity market in such a way that nuclear power is given credit for not emitting carbon pollution. David Kraft, a nuclear power foe with the Nuclear Energy Information Service, is not worried.

The six nuclear plants in Illinois generate 48 percent of the state's electricity, and 90 percent of the state's non-carbon electricity. {IRN}

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