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Barickman sex offender registration measure approved by committee

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) that makes it clear sex offenders must report to law enforcement when they lose a job, has advanced in the Illinois Senate.

"Although state law requires that sex offenders report a 'change' in employment, there was a recent appellate court ruling that losing a job is not the same as a change in employment," Barickman said.

"Members of the Pontiac Police Department and the McLean County State's Attorney's office brought this to my attention. This bill aims to clarify an ambiguity in the existing law."

Under Senate Bill 2912, a registered sex offender who loses his or her employment must report in person to the law enforcement agency where he or she last registered within three days of losing a job. This mirrors the requirement for a change in employment.

"Clearly, the original intent of the law was to assure that sex offenders notify police when they lose a job, just as they must when they change jobs," Barickman said.

The bill was approved by the Senate's Criminal Law Committee Feb. 19 on an 8-1 vote and now goes before the full Senate.

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Fog blamed for multi-car pileup on I-57

The Illinois Department of Transportation reported a 20-car pileup on I-57 Thursday evening that shut down traffic in the northbound lanes. The accident happened near Peotone around 5 p.m.

A State police spokesperson said there was a report at the scene that at least one car was lodged under a semi-truck and that a tanker truck was on fire.

Smoke from the fires and fog reduced visibility.

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State Police Travel Advisory >

A word of caution for area motorists: flooded roadways are posing treacherous driving conditions in east-central Illinois and parts of Indiana.

Illinois State Police District 21 at Ashkum and District 10 (Pesotum) are urging motorists to use extreme caution during their travels tonight and into Friday. Flooded roads from rain and thawing snow are being reported in many areas. Standing water on low-lying roads have township officials posting signs and barricades. Several counties have reported flooded roads.

Iroquois County Highway Supervisor Joel Moore reports Stockland Township highway crews have put up barricades. The Woodland area and several routes in the southern parts of the county are experiencing run-off from farm fields. Moore says many roads not usually flood-prone are experiencing flooded conditions.

As always if you experience a flooded road, turn around and find another route.

Flooding-related driving tips:

• Do not drive through flooded areas
• If a road covered by water seems shallow enough to cross, do not attempt to do so. It could be fatal.
• If your car stalls, do not attempt to push it out; seek higher ground

Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicles with their lights activated on the roadways. Authorized emergency vehicles include police, fire, EMS, and other emergency vehicles. It is the law to proceed with due caution, change lanes if possible, and reduce your speed. Move over and slow down.

A complete list of road closures can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation website www.illinoisroads.info and www.gettingaroundillinois.com or 1-800-452-4368.

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Emergency landing near Bourbonnais, pilot uninjured

The pilot of s small plane escaped injury Wednesday when an emergency landing took place in a farm field near Bourbonnais.

The plane went down at 4150 West Avenue, according to the Kankakee County Sheriff's Department. The plane was leaking oil and smoking when the pilot brought the vehicle down.

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Hoopeston man pleads guilty to murder

A Hoopeston man facing a new trial on murder charges has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated battery.

Steven Miller was facing a new trial, but instead pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the September 5th, 2005 shooting death of his wife, Eva.

In April of 2006 Miller was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. But the Illinois Appellate Court reversed the case and sent it back to Vermilion County for a new trial.

Miller's new trial was set to begin when he decided to plead guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated battery.

Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey then sentenced Miller to 20 years in prison on the second-degree murder charge and 25 years on the aggravated battery charge.

The 39-year-old Miller must serve 50-percent of the 20 year sentence for second-degree murder before gaining eligibility for parole. And he must also serve 85-percent of the 25 year sentence for aggravated battery. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Miller was given credit for the 8 years, 5 months and 13 days that he has already served in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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