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IDOT completes Route 45-52 bridge work in Iroquois County

The Route 45-52 road closure east of Chebanse is back open. The route, neat the Iroquois-Kankakee County line, had been closed for several weeks while a box culvert was replaced.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) at Ottawa said the road was re-opened to the public about a week ago.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Motorist Alert: Township Road Detour Signs Stolen

Motorists travelling in the Danforth – Douglas Township area in Iroquois County should be aware of missing detour signs in a construction zone.

Four stop signs and 2-3 detour signs alerting drivers of the road work were apparently stolen overnight (Monday). Danforth Township Road Commissioner Gary Perzee says it poses a dangerous situation, in that the road construction in the areas of 900 E and 1900 and 2000 N. roads will remain under construction for about another month.

Perzee said the stolen signs are a cost to the township. And it obviously poses a risk to the motoring public.

The road work there involves replacement of a box culvert at 1900 and 2000 N. Perzee says it'll be at least another month before that work is completed. He believes the missing signs are the result of thieves scrapping out the aluminum. Perzee questions the conscious of those responsible, the approximate $25 worth of scrap could cost someone their life in the construction zone.

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Piper City man accused of stealing $20,000 from his elderly father

A Piper City man is facing charges for allegedly stealing about $20,000 in Social Security and pension payments from his elderly father.

38-year-old John F. Weller Jr.is jailed in Ford County on a $100,000 bond. He's charged with a felony - unlawful financial exploitation of an elderly person.

Weller Jr. was acting as the "representative payee" of Social Security and pension benefits for his father, John F. Weller Sr.

The benefits totaled $1,500 per month in Social Security payments and $259 per month in payments for the elder Weller's pension. During a 13-month period starting back in April of 2012, Weller Jr. allegedly never deposited the funds in his father's bank account and also allegedly did not pay his father's utility bills.

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Korean War 60th Anniversary July 27th

Saturday (July 27th) marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War – often considered the forgotten war. Local Veterans gathered and reflected on the occasion.

The Korean War Memorial in Danville lists 36 names, which includes eight missing in action. The memorial is displayed on North Hazel Street in Danville.

Illinois Route 1 is recognized as the Korean War Highway, legislation that was sponsored by former State Representative Bill Black of Danville.

Korean War weapons, uniforms and other mementos are on display at the Vermilion County War Museum in Danville.

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Record low temperatures recorded in Central Illinois

The National Weather Service reports record low temperatures were recorded in several parts around Central Illinois Saturday night.

WGFA Radio's NWS observation point recorded 47 degrees early Sunday. The record low for the 27th is 46 in 1920. That same year 51 degrees was recorded on July 28th.

Record low temperatures were recorded in Lincoln, (48), breaking the old mark of 50 set in 1920; in Peoria (51), breaking the record of 53, last set in 1994; and in Springfield (48), breaking the previous mark of 53, set in 2004. In Normal, the low hit 51 degrees.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Lincoln believe the unseasonably cool temperatures will continue.

The temperatures will get warmer as the week goes along. Expect the middle 70s on Monday and then by midweek, temps are likely to be around 80 degrees, but it is still not your typical late-July temperatures.

There could be some rain in the forecast as well. Monday night and Tuesday could bring some showers and thunderstorms.

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