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Rail spur near Manteno under study

The Daily-Journal is reporting a proposed $8 billion railroad study is being looked at to help with congested rail lines in Cook County. Under consideration is a privately-funded railroad that would wind around and bypass the busy lines within Cook County and the surrounding area.

The Great Lakes Basin Railroad would be a 278-mile rail spur. It would be a freight line, running just north of Manteno.

The D-J article questions whether the proposal is another proposed development similar to the Illiana Expressway or the South Suburban Airport ?

A schedule of public hearings are planned by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The goal of these hearings is to prepare an environmental impact statement. A hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 11 at the Manteno Sportsmen's Club.

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'Active meth lab' results in arrest of Gibson City couple

A 51-year-old man and his 34-year-old wife were jailed Thursday after police in Gibson City said the couple was found with a working meth lab in their home. And – reports claimed seven children were present in the home.

Kelly Burrows and Marlina Burrows were arrested when authorities executed a search warrant at their home on State Street in Gibson City. A month-long investigation led to the arrests. Gibson City Police, the Kankakee Area MEG unit and the Illinois State Police meth response team were all involved.

Kelly Burrows is charged with suspicion of manufacture and delivery of methamphetamine, possession of meth-manufacturing materials and multiple counts of meth-related child endangerment.

Burrows' wife, Marlina, was arrested on suspicion of meth-related child endangerment.

Charges were expected to be upgraded.

The DCFS is involved with the investigation. Seven children, ranging in age from 2-13, were present at the home.

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I-74 crash claims driver’s life

A 19-year-old Danville resident died of injuries sustained in a roll-over accident on I-74 near Fithian.

Jerrell Deshon Hall was pronounced dead just before 4 am today (Thurs) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Hall died of multiple blunt force injuries. He was thrown from the car he was driving.

Illinois State Police report the accident also injured two other Danville men.

20-year-old Jontell James Robinson and a 17-year-old, whose name is not being released, were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

According to a police report, the accident occurred just after 1 am. Hall was driving eastbound on the interstate when the car ran off the road, went through the wires in the median and overturned on the shoulder of the westbound lane. Hall was not wearing a seat belt. He was thrown from the car.

The report said the passengers were wearing seat belts.

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Danville crash injures four

A Danville man was air-lifted to an Urbana hospital and three others were injured in a crash Wednesday near the Vermilion Regional Airport. Both drivers were charged. The crash closed Bowman Avenue for about an hour.

24-year-old Caleb Drollinger was transferred from Danville to Urbana. Vermilion County Sheriff's Police identify the other driver as 28-year-old Tabitha Clawson of Georgetown. Clawson was treated and released. Two other passengers in Drollinger's car were injured.

Clawson was cited for disobeying a stop sign. Police also cited Drollinger for operating a vehicle under the influence of cannabis.

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Clifton’s Russell & Marilyn Rosenboom receive national ag honor

Russell and Marilyn Rosenboom, of rural Clifton, were recently honored as agricultural leaders. The Rosenbooms were among 100 honorees in the country who were announced on National Agriculture Day, March 15.

The program, known as Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives, is a focus on leaders who are changing rural communities and agriculture for the better.

The 100 Fresh Perspectives program was launched as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Farm Credit system of borrower-owned credit cooperatives created by Congress in 1916 to serve farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

The official announcement states, the Rosenbooms "have shared their passion for agriculture, a dedication to mentoring and helping young farmers and a solid example of a husband-and-wife farming partnership for more than 10 years."

They joined the Cultivating Master Farmers program in 2005 as Master Farmers and, "with a willingness to share both their farming background and their personal challenges" they have helped to mentor more than 50 young farmer couples in Illinois and with interns from Parkland and Blackhawk junior colleges. Beyond that, they also have helped farmers in Australia, Holland, Germany and Denmark.

The Cultivating Master Farmers program "is designed to unite different generations of Illinois farmers through the exchange of ideas, knowledge and production experience" and is sponsored by 1st Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit of Illinois, GROWMARK, Illinois Farm Bureau, Monsanto and Prairie Farmer.

"It is an inspiration to see young farmers we have been associated with through the program grow in their successful farming careers," the Rosenbooms said. "The Cultivating Master Farmers program provides us an opportunity to share more than 56 years of farming experience with many young farmers and couples. We benefit from their eagerness to learn and adapt new technology to raise the bar higher."

Russell and sons Rick and Randy farm 5,400 acres in Kankakee and Iroquois.

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