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Livingston County murder trial underway

Jury selection began Monday in the Livingston County murder trial of a former Cullom woman charged in the 2011 death of a foster child in her care.

31-year-old Heather Lamie, who now lives in Kankakee, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of endangering the life or health of a child. The charges are for the death of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill of Bloomington.

If convicted of the murder charges, Lamie faces natural life in prison. If convicted of the endangering charge, she faces 2 to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors said the trial could last two to three weeks.

Rudesill was a foster child in the Lamie home when the Cullom Fire Department was called to the residence on May 3, 2011, for a child having "seizure-like" symptoms.

The child was taken to OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac and later flown to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, where she died the following day.

A Peoria County coroner's jury ruled the death a homicide in August 2011. Her death certificate states the cause of death as blunt trauma of the head.

Lamie was indicted on the murder charges in June 2013.

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Dry, cool weather greets fall season

Autumn arrives later today. And weather observers say the cool weather makes it obvious. Temps are expected to climb slowly this week, reaching about 78 degrees on Friday.

And some good news is that after all the rain from last week and damaging weekend, there is no threat of precipitation the entire week in Central Illinois. The National Weather Service reports temps will remain seasonal.

Sunshine and temperatures around 77 degrees are also expected for the weekend.

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Rt. 1 crash injures four people

Four people were injured Friday night in a crash on Illinois Route 1 in Vermilion County. Route 1 between Westville and Georgetown was closed while emergency personnel handled the situation.

State police provided initial reports of a car and a truck involved. One person was pinned beneath one of the vehicles.

Two of the injured people were air-lifted from the scene by helicopters. The injured went to Carle Hospital in Urbana. Names of those hurt were not immediately available.

Emergency personnel on the scene included Westville and Georgetown Firemen and Georgetown and Tilton Ambulance personnel.

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Iroquois County’s Joel Moore elected to statewide post

Iroquois County Engineer Joel Moore is the newly elected secretary-treasurer of the Illinois Association of County Engineers. And. He's in line to become the association's president in 2017.

Iroquois County's Engineer for the last eight plus years, Moore takes office in 2015 and is expected to advance to vice president in 2016. In 2017 he would become the first president of the organization from Iroquois County.

Moore has served as a district director of the organization, representing seven area counties.
The county association works with the Illinois Department of Transportation on changes in road regulations on county and township levels. There's also coordination with the Illinois Municipal League.

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Wind farm opponents organize in Fairbury

Opponents of a proposed Livingston County wind farm are hosting an informational meeting (Saturday) in Fairbury.

The purpose is to get information to the public about the dangers of wind farms.
The event is from 1 'til 4 p.m. at the North Park Pavilion.

Livingston County officials are considering a wind farm proposal from Invenergy, a Chicago-based company, that could add 136 turbines across 30,000 acres of farmland. The turbines would cover areas in 10 townships.

The towns of Forrest, Fairbury, Strawn and Chatsworth would be impacted by the proposed Pleasant Ridge Wind Energy Project.

The opponents want to make people aware of the known health problems and land problems that have been created for farmers.

A copy of the application for the proposed Pleasant Ridge Wind Energy Project is available online at www.livingstoncountyil.gov. Livingston County zoning administrator Chuck Schopp said the permit will eventually be sent to the county's Zoning Board of Appeals to consider.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment at public hearings. There is no time frame on when the review will be completed.

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