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NWS predicts a drier, less harsh winter

As the leaves color and fall, you might be remembering what we went through last winter.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is extending some good news: It should be a drier and less harsh winter in Central Illinois.

NOAA came out with its winter temperature and precipitation outlook on Thursday. In NOAA terms, winter is December, January and February.

Meteorologist Chuck Schaffer said one of the contributing factors to that prediction is the impact of an El Nino, a warming of water in the Pacific Ocean that affects wind and weather patterns.
Schaffer said, "It's not an El Nino yet; It's expected to be weak."

Schaffer said there is nothing to suggest Central Illinois will receive above- or below-normal precipitation, leading to an "equal chance."

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Police hunt after a vehicle is stolen in rural Vermilion County

Police in Vermilion County were joined by state authorities late Tuesday afternoon searching an area near Potomac for a man who was driving a stolen vehicle.

The search began mid-morning at Illinois 136 and a rural road west of Potomac, when a Vermilion County sheriff's deputy on patrol saw a Jeep that had been reported stolen.

The Jeep's driver took off down a gravel road. The deputy found the vehicle abandoned several miles away.

Search dogs and a State Police plane were brought in to assist.

Two suspects were in custody late Tuesday afternoon. Detailed charges have not been announced.


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Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort closing its door

It's been a popular fitness resort for some 30 years, tucked in the quiet farm ground of rural Iroquois County. It's also been a relaxing comfort zone for many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey...even though celebrity visits were kept quiet.

Today, the Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort near Gilman has been sold. A news release states the facility will close November 30.

The news statement points out the new owner is a family-owned corporation in the nursing home, senior healthcare and rehab industries. Plans call for major renovations which will begin soon after the closing.

The Heartland Spa is encouraging people to use any gift certificates before the November 30 closing.

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I-57 bridge work shuts down traffic

The Illinois Department of Transportation continues its road work project, replacing a bridge over the Kankakee River.

Southbound traffic was flowing again this (Tues) morning after being shut down Monday night. Northbound traffic will be closed tonight from 7 pm 'til 6 am Wednesday. Motorists should be aware of detour signs and be alert for work crews.

The project is part of a $19 million bridge rebuild program through the Illinois Jobs-Now Program.

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Road construction projects total $4.2 mil for Kankakee County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced capital investments of more than $4.2 million for construction projects in Kankakee County.

Work will completed on Illinois Route 1/17 from Route 114 at the State Line west to Grant Park at Routes 1/17. Milling, aggregate shoulders, sidewalk ramp updates are part of the scheduled work detail. The cost is listed at $2,369,

Work in the Manteno area will cost $1,879,182 on Illinois Route 50. Just under four miles of milling and resurfacing will be completed from north of St. George Road to north of 6th Street in Manteno.

The projects are part of the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which is the largest construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation.

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