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Watseka meth arrest opens door to further investigation

Watseka Police say more arrests are expected following an investigation into a trailer fire earlier in the month. City Police, the Watseka Fire department and the Iroquois County State's Attorney's Office are following up on leads after Todd Cook was arrested on drug and weapons charges Monday.

Cook was arrested on an Iroquois County warrant for Math manufacturing, possession of Meth, and 2-counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.  Cook was then hospitalized for some undisclosed reason.

Watseka Police reported Cook's arrest on Monday came after a two-week investigation was completed. 

It was January 4th when the Watseka Fire department responded to a trailer fire in the 200-block of N. Chicago Street. Investigtators learned the fir was the result of a Meth lab being operated.  Evidence collected from the scene led to Cook's arrest this week.  Police said the investigation is continuing.

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Snow triggers traffic accidents in Kankakee County

Today's (Wed) NWS forecast for snow turned into an un-expected blitz in parts of Kankakee County. Several traffic mishaps were reported after huge snowflakes fell in Bourbonnais and western sections of the county.

Visibility was limited to less than a mile for a while. Sheriff's Police reported up to nine simultaneous accidents along a stretch of CR 1200.

State and township road crews from the Essex-Herscher area to Bourbonnais, Kankakee and St. Anne reported slick roads and accidents. No serious injuries were reported.

The NWS confirmed a narrow band of intense snowfall from NW Illinois near Dixon-Sterling to Rensselaer, Indiana.

Accumulations of 1-2 inches were forecast for today and tonight.

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Sheldon apartment fire forces evacuation

The state Fire Marshall will investigate a suspicious fire that chased tenants of a Sheldon apartment building from their homes Wednesday morning.

There was no injury. Damage was limited to the outside west end of the Sumner Apartments, long known as the Webb Apartments along Frontage Road, south of Route 24.

Sheldon Fire Chief Stan Molter said a caller reported flames coming from the 2-story building. That prompted a quick decision for a box-alarm, not knowing the seriousness of an 8-apartment complex.

Molter reported the fire, which appeared intentional, was limited to an outside stairwell. There was no inside damage with the exception of a little smoke.

Concord, Watseka and Kentland, IN answered the mutual aid call around 2:30 am.

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Congressman Shimkus unimpressed with Obama speech

Congressman John Shimkus says President Obama's speech sounded more like a campaign speech. Shimkus reacted after the state of the union address Tuesday night.

Shimkus said the president is "very good at giving in essence campaign speeches. And this is more like a campaign speech, like he's running for office again versus addressing the needs and issues of the country.''

Representative Shimkus noted one area near the end of the President's speech. ''His basic comment was 'I want to do what I believe is in the best interest of America'. It's not inclusive. It's not let's work together to move the country in the right direction. You know he ended up saying 'I'm committed to doing what I think is best. And I think that's what drives people crazy about this President. He's pretty arrogant,'' added Shimkus.

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Davis, Kinzinger unimpressed with State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON - Illinois Republicans didn't seem phased by President Obama's State of Union address.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Channahon said the President failed to offer any practical solutions to Americans problems which sounding as though he was still campaigning.
"I had hoped to hear that the President was ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work on the serious challenges we face," Kinzinger said. "Unfortunately, the American people heard nothing new from President Obama. We heard him ignore the fact that we have a divided government and once again continue to push for spending money we don't have on big government that doesn't work".

"I hope that the next two are productive and we can govern as the American have asked, seeking common ground. Governing can be messy, but right now governing is necessary. Let's focus on 2015, not 2016."

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville said President Obama has a lot of big and bold ideas, but he hasn't laid out a plan to act on them. He said it's time for the president to back his words up with actions, especially when it comes to equal pay for women.

"The President ought to look at his own White House where he pays women an average of 18 percent less than men," Davis said, noting women make an average of $4,000 per year more than men in his office. "The President talks, but talk is cheap when his actions don't match his rhetoric."

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