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$25-million to U of I for Ag research

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The UI will get $25-million for soybean research. Senator Dick Durbin (D) made the announcement on campus Friday. He says the federal grant will allow UI experts to study and improve yields, which will ultimately increase the food supply in Africa. The five-year grant comes from the U.S. Agency for International Development. 94.1 FM, WGFA
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Iroquois County phone system hacked

Iroquois County was an apparent victim of a phone hack. Now, AT&T is working with the county to correct a $1,755 bill.

The county's October AT&T phone bill showed 192 international calls to Latvia, resulting in the $1700-hundred dollar bill. The system was hacked into in September, according to county Finance Director Anita Speckman. She told the county board's policy & procedure committee (this week), AT&T's fraud division confirmed someone hacked into the phone system on September 11 and made the international calls.

During the investigation, it was learned the system was also hacked two more times, on September 24th and 25th. The charges will be removed from the county bill.

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South Carolina man charged with aggravated DUI in officer's death

A 33-year-old South Carolina man has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence in the death of a Pontiac police officer.

Jason C. Collins, of West Columbia, is being held at the Livingston County jail on initial charges of aggravated DUI related to the Wednesday night death of Officer Casey Kohlmeier.

The 29-year-old Kohlmeier died when his squad car was struck in the Interstate 55 cross-over median just north of Illinois 23 in Livingston County. The officer's K-9 partner Draco, also died in the crash.

The Livingston County State's Attorney's Office filed the charges today.

Collins was taken into custody by the Illinois State Police Zone 5 investigators when he was released from an area hospital, according to a statement from the Illinois State Police.

The charge alleges Collins was driving a pick-up truck north on I-55 near Pontiac when he left the roadway and struck Kohlmeier's department SUV.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Rutherford plans stops in Vermilion County

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford will be holding a 'Meet and Greet' event at the Hoopeston American Legion on Sunday, November 3rd. The event runs from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. The event is free and the public is welcome.

On Monday, November 4th, Rutherford will be the guest speaker at a Vermilion County GOP Breakfast. The event is at the Turtle Run Banquet Center in Danville. It begins at 7:30 am.

Vermilion County GOP Chairman Mike Marron hopes for a good turnout. ''As we head into campaign season, we want to make sure that candidates know that Vermilion County is a 'must stop' destination,'' says Marron.

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Pontiac officer killed in accident

* Flags at half-staff today in Pontiac

The Livingston County Coroner's Office is investigating the death of a Pontiac police officer who was killed in a crash along Interstate 55 Wednesday night.

Reports say an accident near a ramp on Interstate 55 led to the officer's death. The name has not yet been released.

Few details are available, so it's not known if last night's weather played a role in the accident.

Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke and the State Police are handling the investigation.

Flags are at half-staff in front of the police and fire department in Pontiac.

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