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Chatsworth Man Accused of Hunting Illegally

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police have charged a Chatsworth man with several hunting violations.

68-year-old Alan Sterrenberg is accused of illegal hunting. He was cited this past weekend. IDNR officials say they received an anonymous complaint of a subject hunting deer from his all-terrain vehicle in Northern Ford County.

Two officers caught Sterrenberg driving along side of a standing cornfield in his vehicle with the front window propped open and his loaded and uncased shotgun sticking out the front of it. Sterrenberg was also observed earlier by an officer as he was hunting outside of the UTV without the required blaze orange clothing on.

Sterrenbger was cited for Unlawful transportation of an uncased loaded firearm, Hunting by Aid or use of a motor vehicle, No Blaze Orange upper garment while firearm deer hunting.

His Polaris Ranger and his shotgun were subsequently seized as they were directly used in the unlawful hunting acts.

The DNR reports in 2016, Sterrenberg had also been stopped by the same two officers after they had received complaints of unlawful hunting from a UTV.

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Vermilion County fire kills one

— Officials in Vermilion County are investigating a fatal fire that occurred early Monday morning west of Danville.

County Coroner Jane McFadden is investigating. An autopsy is to be completed today.

Kickapoo firefighters were called to a fire in Batestown around 5:30 am. They arrived to find a mobile home engulfed.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal's office is on the scene. Mutual aide came from Oakwood, Fithian-Muncie-Collison, Catlin, Sidell, Westville, Bismark and Georgetown.

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Thoughts ? IN-CITY COPS

More Illinois cities are exploring requirements for their police officers to live within city limits. Police chiefs in Elgin, Rockford, Kankakee and elsewhere think officers living where they patrol helps with relations.

Kankakee interim-chief Price Dumas has proposed an in-city program for officers. Incentives would pat officers rent for them to live in the city limits.

State law bans placing residency requirements on officers after they've already been hired. The city of Springfield approved residency last year for new city employees but the requirement for police was struck down in October during contract arbitration.

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IDOT survey online

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS LOOKING FOR YOUR FEEDBACK ABOUT THE STATE’S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. >

THE ANNUAL SURVEY AIMS TO GET A READ ON WHAT I-DOT CAN DO BETTER. SPOKESPERSON KELSEA GURSKI SAYS IT COVERS SEVERAL TOPICS.

"We ask for thoughts on how IDOT does with maintenance, drivers commuting behaviors and their habits," Gurski said. "We also ask what they think of our website service and AMTRAK services."

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE SURVEY IS AVAILABLE ONLINE. YOU CAN FILL IT OUT AT: IDOT DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.

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Season’s first snowfall likely tonight

Road crews in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana are bracing for the first significant snowfall of the season. Area from Chicago to Rockford could see two inches or a little more.

LaPorte and St. Joseph counties, in Indiana, will be under a winter storm watch beginning Friday night and lasting through Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy and blowing snow is possible, the NWS said, with wind gusts of 20 to 35 mph. Drivers should plan for difficult travel conditions, the weather service said. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are possible, with localized heavier amounts expected.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

Snow is expected to fall mainly before noon Saturday in Lake and Porter counties, while LaPorte County could see a transition to lake-effect snow flurries Saturday afternoon and evening.

Snow plow drivers are reminding motorists to slow down, especially during the first snowfall of the season.

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