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Nicor’s Anderson says Natural Gas Prices at Record Low

BLOOMINGTONNatural gas prices are down to 22-cents per therm.  And that’s about the lowest since Nicor Community Service spokesman Bernie Anderson started working for the company 32 years ago.

The price atthe pump has been falling forthree weeks, and natural gas prices are someof the lowest right now.

Bernie Anderson said prices are at 22 cents atherm, for various reasons.

“I guessthe biggest thing impacting it right now is stillthe slower economy, and did winter ever show? More drilling,the government let up on regulations so you have more drilling going on,” Anderson said. “And,the new thing isthe fracking, so you’re putting a lotof gas intothe market.”

Fracking isthe processof cracking rocks that holdthe natural gas by pushing water intothe Earth.

Anderson said it is possible to lock in lower prices for several years. He saidthe price could still drop lower, but he doesn’t know how much.

Anderson saidthe lowest he’s seen in 32 years with Nicor is 19 cents.

 

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AMBER ALERT Issued in Illinois

Illinois State Police issued an Amber Alert today (Thurs) for two children abducted in Peoria.

Anyone with information is urged to call 9-1-1.
 
The EAS alert stated a CHILD ABDUCTION EMERGENCY AT THE REQUEST OF THE PEORIA POLICE DEPARTMENT.
 
TWO CHILDREN WERE ABDUCTED FROM 330 SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON STREET IN PEORIA AT 1020 AM TODAY.
 
MORIAH MILAN...A 1 YEAR OLD BLACK FEMALE...2 FEET 6 INCHES TALL...
WEIGHING 24 POUNDS.  SHE WAS WEARING A GREEN SHIRT...BLUE JEANS...
GREEN COAT...AND PURPLE AND PINK REEBOK SHOES.
 
AUDERMAR PETERSON...A 2 MONTH OLD BLACK MALE. HE WAS WEARING A BLUE AND WHITE OUTFIT. HE HAD A WHITE BLANKET WITH BLUE STARS.
 
THE CHILDREN WERE TAKEN BY THEIR NON CUSTODIAL MOTHER...NYWAY
ABBAA...A 20 YEAR OLD BLACK FEMALE...5 FEET 9 INCHES TALL...WEIGHING
180 POUNDS. SHE WAS WEARING AN AFRICAN HEAD SCARF...PINK SHIRT...AND
GRAY PANTS.
 
THE VEHICLE WAS LAST SEEN NORTH BOUND ON HAMILTON...IN DOWNTOWN
PEORIA. THE VEHICLE IS A GREEN MERCURY WAGON...WITH ILLINOIS LICENSE
PLATE...P...4...8...7...9...8...1.
 
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL 9-1-1 AND ADVISE THEY HAVE
AN AMBER ALERT REPORT. THIS CONCLUDES THIS AMBER ALERT ISSUED
BY THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE.

 

Courtesy:  NWS, www.iqesda.com

 

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Wilson Industrial Sales Plans Expansion in Rensselaer

Wilson Industrial Sales Co. Inc., which provides chemicals and fertilizer to customers in the agricultural and industrial markets, will relocate an operation in Newton County to a 10,000-square-foot facility in Jasper County.

Building construction already has started and the company plans to invest $2.2 million in the project, according to the state's economic development agency.

Wilson Industrial Sales employs 35 people in Northwest Indiana and it has started hiring additional logistics, administrative and sales associates.

Read more: Wilson Industrial Sales Plans Expansion in Rensselaer

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USDA projects record corn crop, fall in prices

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects a record corn crop this year, topping the previous high by 11 percent.

That could be good news for livestock producers relying on corn for feed and consumers who could see a slight drop in food prices.

For farmers, lower prices are also likely. Corn for December delivery was down 9 cents per bushel Thursday to $5.07. It was trading as high as $6.60 in September.

The USDA expects farmers to turn in 14.8 billion bushels, up 2.4 billion from the current year and 11 percent more than the previous record of 13 billion bushels in 2009.

Farmers are expected to harvest 5 million more acres and get a record 166 bushels per acre, 2 bushels above the average of the last decade.

 

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Rural Post Offices get Good News, Will Remain Open

Several area postal service offices will remain open, according to a new report from the Postmaster General.

Officials revealed Wednesday a new plan to keep thousands of rural post offices open but with shorter hours.

General Patrick Donahue announced the agency is leaning away from closing 3,700 low-revenue post offices and instead planning to whittle down staff and maintain part-time post office presence in rural areas, with access to retail lobbies and post office boxes.

That’s good news for communities in Iroquois, Ford and parts of Kankakee counties.  Several area towns, including Papineau, Iroquois, Thawville, Woodland and others hosted Town Hall meetings last year to protest the planned closings of rural facilities.

Residents of rural towns -- including many locally -- spoke loud and clear about plans to close their post offices, and the U.S. Postal Service listened.

The agency, responding to tremendous backlash from small towns across the county, announced Wednesday that it is shelving its plan to close thousands of offices, despite the decaying state of its finances.

Some area mayors and postal customers are expressing delight in the announcement. Woodland Mayor Russell Williams said he was dumbfounded and pleasantly surprised to hear the news.

Eleven local post offices had been identified by the U.S. Postal Service as being on the chopping block -- two in January 2011 and nine more in July. They included Buckingham, Campus, Claytonville, Goodwine, Iroquois, Papineau, Stockland, Thawville, Union Hill, Wellington and Woodland.

 

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