The highest oil prices in four years have driven up the price of gasoline according to the latest report from GasBuddy.com. The price of a gallon of gasoline has risen nearly eight cents in the past week in Illinois for an average of $2.60.
That’s more than the national average of $2.52, up three-and-a-half cents over the week.
GasBuddy reports the average price in Illinois is nearly 17 cents more than one year ago and more than 17 cents higher than one year ago. Nationally, gas prices rose nine cents during the month and 18.7 cents from one year ago.
The National Weather Service has extended a Winter Weather Advisory until noon today (Friday, January 12th). Mixed precipitation has changed to all snow across much of our area and one to two inches of snow is possible.
Indiana school districts... North and South Newton and Benton School Corporation and Rensselear Central are closed due to weather conditions.
Roads and sidewalks across much of the region are coated with ice and snow, so travel is hazardous whether you are walking or in a vehicle. The precipitation is expected to diminish and move out of the area by midday.
For the latest road conditions visit http://www.gettingaroundillinois.com or call 1-800-452-4368 for Illinois road conditions.
A federal lawsuit filed in Urbana on behalf of former Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane alleges the veteran officer was fired illegally by Mayor Bill Ingold. The suit claims retaliation for Bane’s action taking the city to court for overtime pay he believed he was entitled.
The eight-count complaint alleges that the mayor’s August 29, 2017 termination of Bane’s employment violated the Illinois Wage and Hour Act, prohibiting employers from retaliating against an employee for complaining to the employer about unpaid wages.
The lawsuit also alleges the city violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Whistleblower Act and the Illinois State Official and Employee Ethics Act by firing Bane.
The Ford County Record reports the lawsuit also alleges that the city violated its own ordinances by firing Bane without giving him written notice of the reasons he was being fired. The city also allegedly violated Bane’s constitutional rights for not providing him a post-termination hearing.
Mayor Ingold nor the City Council has commented on the suit. The Record reported the mayor has never publicly disclosed why he fired Bane, who had been the city’s police chief since May 2006, saying only that “it was clear a change in leadership was needed.”
Six Sam's Club locations in Chicagoland are among the dozens closing around the country. Walmart announced yesterday that it was shutting down over 60 stores, leaving thousands of workers out of a job. The closures include stores in Batavia, Matteson, Naperville, Romeoville, Streamwood and Wheeling. The big-box retailer said the closures are part of an effort to better align its locations with its strategy.