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Grain rescue in Newton County, IN >

A Mount Ayr man was rescued from a grain bin (Wed) on the West end of Rensselaer Street in Mount Ayr. The victim had been trapped in the grain bin for approximately forty minutes prior to 911 being called as bystanders attempted to rescue the victim.

The victim, who was not identified, was awake and talking when air-lifted from the scene, according to Morocco Fire Chief Corrie Myers.

At 10:39 am this morning, Newton County 911 received the emergency call just before 10:30 am concerning a man trapped in a grain bin. The man was conscious. Assistance was requested from surrounding departments as well as Indiana District 1 Technical Rescue Team to aid in the rescue.

Responders were on the scene at 10:52 am. Several civilians were reported to be inside the grain bin with the victim who was trapped from the waist down.

At 11:52 am the victim was extricated from the grain bin and medical crews tended to the victim. The victim was transported from the scene to the trauma center at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois by Lifeline Helicopter.

Departments on-scene include, Morocco Volunteer Fire Department, Newton County Emergency Management Agency, Newton County Ambulance Service, Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire Department, Rensselaer Volunteer Fire Department, District 1 Technical Rescue Team, and Lifeline Helicopter.

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Minor injury in Iroquois County semi crash

A Danforth driver was treated for a minor injury (Wednesday) in Iroquois County when his car collided with a tractor trailer on Route 49 at County Road 1170N.

50-year-old James Pratt was driving passenger car pulling a recreational trailer. The semi driver, 59-year-old Danny Robinson of Brazil, IN, was backing out of a private driveway on Rt. 49 when he backed into the path of Pratt’s car. Robinson was cited by Illinois State Police for improper backing on a roadway. The accident happened just before 7 am.

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Governor To Sign School Funding Package

After almost a year of fighting over school funding, Governor Bruce Rauner isn't even waiting two days to sign the state's new school funding agreement into law. The governor will put his signature on the plan to create a new funding formula this afternoon at 2:30 in Chicago. The governor and Democratic lawmakers say the plan is 'historic,' though critics say there are a lot of things that they don't like about the package.

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School Bus crash, St. Anne woman faces DUI

A 27-year-old St. Anne woman faces several traffic charges, including DUI, after a crash Tuesday between her car and a school bus.  Briana Bobrokowski crossed the centerline of Illinois Route 1 in Kankakee County, hitting the school bus. Nineteen children on the bus were not injured.  They were relocated to the St. Anne Elementary School and released to their parents.

Bobrokowki was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and reckless conduct.  She also is charged with driving without insurance, improper lane usage, leegal cellphone use, driving in the wrong lane, failure to signal and failure to reduce speed.  The bus driver was not injured.

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Barickman supports historic school funding

Springfield – A historic bipartisan agreement to replace the state's broken school funding formula with a more fair and equitable evidence-based model has now passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly, according to State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).

"My goal has always been to put together a school funding reform measure that fairly and equitably funds all schools," said Senator Barickman. "The Governor’s signature is now the only remaining step to making that happen and replacing our state's antiquated system for funding schools."

The new agreement utilizes an evidence-based model to distribute funding to schools, a requirement of the recently passed budget. If signed into law as anticipated, schools will soon begin receiving their state funding.

Senator Barickman was the first legislator to introduce evidence-based school funding legislation back in the spring of 2015. The legislation was an attempt to fix the state's woefully outdated funding mechanism with a system that sends dollars to where they are needed most, and where the funding has the best chance of ensuring the success of students. Barickman’s legislation provided an alternative to competing bills that preserved the status quo of taking funding away from some schools and redistributing it to others.


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