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Gas prices may be affected by refinery shutdown

Indiana’s BP Whiting Refinery has shut down two major units for maintenance work. Officials say the refinery could be down for more than a week.

Reuters reports the refinery will greatly reduce production over the next 10 days, after shutting down its massive 290,000 barrel-per-day Crude Distillation Unit (Pipestill 12) and a 110,000 barrel-per-day gasoline producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit.

The work was scheduled. Fall maintenance work is beginning at Whiting.

BP’s refinery on Lake Michigan, which supplies seven states in the Midwest, can produce up to 430,000 barrels per day, so the repairs are likely to result in a steep drop in production. Any disruption at the BP Whiting Refinery typically results in the rise of gas prices, which average $2.20 a gallon in the Gary metro and $2.38 in Chicago, according to GasBuddy.com.

In this case, the idled units would keep gas prices high a little said Patrick DeHaan, a GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst.

“Not likely to push prices higher, rather will prevent prices from dropping as much as they otherwise would have as we transitioned back to winter gasoline and demand weakens,” he said.

Local gas prices are posted at $1.94 to $1.99 per gallon.
The Whiting Refinery, which stretches into Hammond and East Chicago, also operates two other crude distillation units and another cat cracker unit.

The crude distillation unit that’s being worked on is the largest of the three at the Midwest’s largest refinery.

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#10 School board listens, Football coach stays, parent banned

The Iroquois West Unit #10 school board took action Monday concerning its high school football coach and a parent who were involved in an alleged altercation after a recent game.

After hearing from sides and concerned-parents, the school board ruled football coach Matt Wasilewski will remain as coach while a parent, Mike Reed, will be banned from school activities and school grounds for one year.

Sources informed WGFA News an altercation between Wasilewski and Reed stemmed from a recent game between Iroquois West and Dwight on September 9th. Dwight won the game 30-20.

The school board listened to statements from both men and witnesses to the altercation, which, according to testimony, was started by Reed when he put his hand on Wasilewski. Assistant coach Mike Barkley told the school board he tried to step between the men to defuse the situation.

Gilman Police investigated the incident. No charges have been filed.

Superintendnet Linda Dvorak said the school board is standing behind Wasilewski. The third-year coach will remain in his position.

Reed admitted he was mad about the situation. He apologized for the incident.

The school district now wants to work toward improving sportsmanship within the district. Future talks with all concerned, school officials, prants and other fans, will focus on the Illinois school code policy.

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Armed robbery in Watseka

Watseka Police are asking for the public's help in finding an armed robber.  It was early Sunday when the armed robbery was reported at the Gas Depot on West Walnut Street.  The incident occurred just before 3 am.

Police Chief Jeremy Douglas said a black male with a slender build and wearing a mask entered the business producing handgun.  He ordered the clerk to empty the register.  The suspect then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

No injury was reported.  Watseka Police ask anyone with information to contact police  at 815-432-4918.  Callers can remain anonymous.

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Monee man’s Jeep collides with semi, serious injury

A jeep collided with a Kenworth truck-tractor Monday in Kankakee County, severely injuring the Jeep’s driver. 20-year-old Zachary Gonzalez of Monee suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Provena St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

The driver of the truck tractor...57-year-old Jack Spurgeon of Brook, Indiana...was not injured, according to a Illinois State Police report.

Police reported the Jeep was eastbound on Kankakee County Road 12000 N, approaching the Route 1 intersection. The jeep’s driver did not stop at the stop sign. He collided with the northbound truck.

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New Chief Justice selected for Illinois Supreme Court

Justice Lloyd Karmeier has been named the Illinois Supreme Court’s new chief justice.

The Nashville, Illinois resident will be installed during a ceremony at the Supreme Court Building in Springfield October 31st.

Justice Karmeier will take over when the 3-year term of current Chief Justice Rita Garman of Danville ends next month.

Chief Justice Garman extended her congratulations to Justice Karmeier on his selection to be the chief justice. Justice Garman said ‘’I have known Justice Karmeier for many years and hold him in the highest regard.’’

‘’I have always appreciated his thoughtful legal analysis and his judicial temperament. Justice Karmeier is one of those rare individuals who can graciously offer and accept constructive criticism,’’ she added.

Chief Justice Garman noted as she leaves the leadership role on the Illinois Supreme Court ‘’there are several projects and initiatives that have begun over the past three years, but are not yet fully realized.’’ And Justice Garman added that she knows that ‘’these projects will be in capable hands.

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