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24 Hour Enforcement Patrol Beginning November 26 to Honor Fallen Trooper & Make Roads Safe

Springfield– Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today that ISP districts statewide are gearing up for the holiday travel period, beginning with the Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, and lasting through the New Year. This year, a special enforcement memorial operation is being dedicated to fallen Trooper Kyle Deatherage, who was killed in the line of duty on November 26, 2012, while conducting a traffic stop.

All ISP sworn personnel are committed to working Operation Kyle, and will be aggressively patrolling Illinois roadways for 24 consecutive hours (Nov 26 - Nov 27) in remembrance of fallen ISP Trooper Kyle Deatherage.

"There is no greater tribute than the commitment of all sworn officers showing their respect, dedication and commitment to Kyle and the safety of every driver and passenger during this 24 hour period," said ISP Director Hiram Grau. "His life was tragically taken from his family and police family two days before Thanksgiving and Operation Kyle will be a strong reminder to the motoring public that safe driving saves lives," Grau added.

Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the busy holiday driving period, and continues through the New Year. Beginning on Tuesday, November 26 through Sunday, December 1, ISP officials expect high traffic volumes on interstates and roads throughout the region. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, is expected to be the busiest. Illinois State Police will implement periodic saturation patrols until the New Year to enforce ISP's Fatal Four mission: Speeding, Seatbelts, DUI and Distracted Driving.

ISP statewide campaigns are targeting Fatal Four violators and are also coordinating efforts with IDOT, local police and sheriffs. Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays where driving related incidents involving alcohol fatally impact college students and young adults gathering for the holidays.

"Operation Kyle will kick off the enforcement period, and officers will saturate the interstates, conduct road side safety checks and participate in other traffic enforcement details to identify ISP Fatal Four moving violations. A special emphasis will be placed on DUI enforcement and holiday DUI patrols will be designated statewide," said ISP Division of Operations Colonel Michael Zerbonia.

"Our number one goal during this 24 hour enforcement period, and through the holiday season, is to raise awareness and reduce the number of fatalities on Illinois roads and highways. Sobriety checkpoints will also be enforced and DUI violators risk arrest and severe penalties," Zerbonia stressed. Officials also stressed that fines have increased to $120.00 for texting while driving.

Motorists who consume alcohol should consider an alternative means of transportation. A DUI arrest can cost thousands of dollars in attorney fees, court costs, insurance fees, fines and jail time. A DUI arrest can result in a permanent criminal history record.

Weather conditions can also be a factor, and Illinois State Police urge motorists and out-of-state visitors to plan ahead, follow the rules of the road, and take the necessary safety precautions during this holiday driving season.

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Indiana tornado victims urged to report damage

State homeland security officials in Indiana are urging Indiana residents to report storm damage from last week's tornado outbreak as soon as they can.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security needs damage reports from homeowners and local governments to determine whether or not the state will seek federal disaster aid.

Homeland Security spokesman John Erickson says the agency wants to make sure that people whose power was knocked out by the storms "have an opportunity to report their damage."

At least 28 tornadoes touched down in Indiana on Nov. 17, making the outbreak the state's third-largest on record.

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Candidate Filing Period begins…

Candidates were lining-up today (Monday, 11/25) to file petitions in advance of the March 18th Illinois Primary Election.

Candidates who were standing in line when the office opened will be placed in a lottery – if necessary – to determine which candidate's name appears first on the ballot.

Candidates only have Monday through Wednesday to file petitions this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday. The County Clerk's office will be closed on both Thursday and Friday. Monday, December 2nd is the last day to file candidacy petitions.

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Bourbonnais Sportsplex purchase stirs criticism

Could the Bourbonnais Park District be abolished ? That's something the citizens watchdog group OUTRAGE is talking about as it responds to a news story last week, that the park district plans to lease the former Hidden Cove Sportsplex.

The plan to lease what's been recently known as Legends Sportsplex comes after voters last year voted NO to have the park district take over the facility. Yet, now the plan is to lease it and eventually own it in 10 years.

Should the matter go back on the ballot to abolish the park district, it would take organizers over 4,000 signatures to place the question on a ballot. In November of 2012, voters rejected the idea of the park district taking over the facility by 2-1 margin.

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Local home-building company provides disaster assistance

                                                    All American Homes

It's a first step toward rebuilding after a disaster. And in Watseka, Designer Homes & Development are one of the home-building firms that can provide more-immediate help to those who lost their home.

Juanita Muller says the All American Disaster Relief Program can be an affordable solution – and with discounts. Muller says often times, home can be built and be ready to move in within 100 days.

And there's also priority scheduling for disaster victims, meaning disaster-victims get moved to the front of the waiting list.

And weather isn't a big factor like it could be for other builders. Designer homes are built in a controlled environment and delivered to the job site. Construction is completed a short time.

Randy & Juanita Muller have been Designer Homes reps for the last 15 years.

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