— Strong storms in Illiana ahead of a cold front and could bring damaging winds and hail this afternoon.
A first round of the storm moved across central-Illinois just before 9 a.m., turning the sky black. According to the National Weather Service, the storm could bring penny-sized hail and winds around 40-50 mph.
This afternoon weather activity could create storms and bring damaging winds in excess of 60 mph winds and large hail — quarter-size or greater.
Tonight’s low is expected to be 55 degrees. Friday is forecast to be sunny and 76 degrees.
An increase in employees health insurance is adding to budget struggles in Iroquois County. The County Board’s Finance committee has scheduled yet another special budget hearing August 30th to wrestle with money issues. The FY 2013, it appears, is $388,000 in the red.
Budget cuts in the neighborhood of 7.5 percent are needed to pull numbers together. Current revenues are listed at $4,648,000 dollars.
Finance Director Anita Speckman reported Tuesday the county needs more revenues. She said the employees health insurance is expected to increase 15-20 percent.
Department heads have met with the budget leaders a few times since mid-July. A few departments have requested pay increases.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Lawyers for Drew Peterson have withdrawn a motion for a mistrial, allowing the former Illinois police officer's murder trial to go ahead.
The defense attorneys' move (THIS MORNING) follows several blunders by prosecutors seeking to prove that the 58-year-old Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. He's also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but never has been charged in her case.
Peterson told the judge today (Wednesday) he does not want a mistrial.
Judge Edward Burmila admonished prosecutors Tuesday for violating his order not to discuss whether Savio asked for an order of protection against Peterson. Peterson’s attorneys called the prosecution’s actions unfair and asked for a mistrial.
The prosecutor who mentioned the order apologized to the judge.
Weekend Accident Claims Woman’s Life in Livingston County
FAIRBURY – A 25-year-old Fairbury woman has died following a two-vehicle crash in Livingston County. It occurred in Indian Grove Township Saturday..
The Peoria County Coroner’s Office says Elizabeth Reis was pronounced dead at a Peoria hospital, following the crash south of Fairbury.
Reis was reportedly driving west on County Road 500 North and was struck by a northbound vehicle on County Road 2200 East, after officials say she failed to yield. The other driver involved and some passengers have all been released from the hospital.
Piper City’s Chelsea Wycoff’s Rabbits net nearly $10,000
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The "Sale of Champions" at this year's Illinois State Fair was a record-breaker.
Acting Agriculture Director Bob Flider says buyers at Tuesday's sale paid record prices for five animals. The annual auction of prize-winning state fair junior livestock brought in more than $159,000 for the producers and Illinois' 4-H and Future Farmers of America education programs.
The grand champion wether raised by 18-year-old Caleb Whitcomb was auctioned off for $17,200. The sheep's sale broke the previous record by nearly $5,000.
But the auction's big ticket item was the fair's grand champion steer. The crossbred shown by 16-year-old A.J. Line of Seaton sold for $52,000, which topped the previous record by $800.
12-year-old Chelsea Wycoff of Piper City drew a standing ovation from the crowd at the Sale of Champions. Her pen of California Rabbits earned $6,500, which she then donated to Easter Seals. Chelsea’s rabbits were donated and sold again for another $3,400…the total resale amount going to Easter Seals.