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Police say ground search complete; no new details released

Illinois State Police say no new details were released following a large scale ground search Sunday morning in the village of Sheridan in LaSalle County which involved at least 100 law enforcement and fire personnel.

The search was conducted as part of an ongoing investigation into the June 14 murders of two Dwight residents. 30-year-old Kelli Denker and her mother, 60-year-old Donna Denker were found shot to death in their home.

State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond reported the search lasted about five hours. The Illinois State Police, Dwight Police, Morris Police, fire departments from Mutual Aid Box Alarm System Divisions 15 and 25 and the LaSalle County Sheriff's Office all participated.

Officials searched a 26-acre site near the village of Sheridan, she said, but did not offer further comment.
Last week, Bond said the purpose of the search would be to locate evidence that may assist in the Denker homicide investigation and recent burglaries in Grundy County that occurred around the same time as the murders.

Rewards totaling $10,000 have been offered in the murder case.

Dwight Police Chief Tim Henson asked that anyone with information about the crime call the Dwight Police Department at 815-584-1975 or Grundy County CrimeStoppers at 815-942-9667. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Senator Jason Barickman’s Mobile Office Visits Local Communities

Staff from Senator Barickman's office will be holding mobile office hours Tuesday in several communities. This is an opportunity to speak with staff members regarding any questions or concerns with state government.

WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Colfax 9:00am - 10:00am at Colfax Library
Gibson City 11:00am - 12:00pm at Moyer Library
Paxton 1:30pm - 2:30pm at Paxton Library
Cissna Park 3:00pm - 4:00pm at Creekside Community Center

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Update: Momence accident kills 1, injuries 2

A 33-year-old woman was killed Sunday near Momence in a motorcycle accident on Illinois Route 114. Two others were injured.

Gloria York of Momence was pronounced dead. Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said she was a passenger on the back of a motorcycle. Gessner said a preliminary report show the motorcycle she was on got entangled with another cycle as the rider tried to pass it on Route 114.

York was not wearing a helmet, Gessner said. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

The two others that were hospitalized are in critical condition.

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Momence woman killed in weekend accident

Illinois State Police investigated a bicycle accident Sunday that left a Momence woman dead. Details are not yet available. The accident happened on Illinois Route 114, east of Momence.

The woman killed was reported to be a passenger on one of two bicycles riding together. The bikes may have bumped each other while passing another vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Governor Quinn Announces Completion of Cutting Edge Broadband Network

$100 Million Illinois Century Network Construction Brings Ultra-Fast Access to 55 Counties, including Iroquois, Ford, Kankakee, Livingston

Governor Pat Quinn Friday announced the completion of a nearly $100 million, four-year project to install more than 1,000 new miles of high-speed fiber-optic broadband infrastructure across 55 Illinois counties. Supported by the Governor's Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the project created nearly 700 jobs expanding access to high-speed broadband services for schools, libraries, hospitals and internet providers throughout Illinois. The network is part of the Governor's agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward.

Iroquois, Ford, Livingston, Kankakee, Vermilion and Champaign counties all benefit.

"High-speed internet access is a proven economic engine," Governor Quinn said. "This expansion of Illinois' broadband backbone will create jobs and drive economic growth for generations to come."

"Investing in technology strengthens our public education system," Illinois State University Board Chairman Rocky Donahue said. "I want to thank Governor Quinn for his vision, leadership and partnership with ISU on this project."

To finish the project, engineers, equipment operators, technicians, splicers, laborers and electricians worked together to bury more than 1,000 miles of new fiber optic cable, and "light up" about 750 miles of existing "dark" fiber. All told, about 1,800 miles of fiber-optic cable are now in use across Illinois because of this project.

The new network directly connects approximately 400 anchor institutions, including community colleges, universities, libraries, health facilities, K-12 schools and public safety agencies. Local internet providers can connect to the network to extend Internet service into communities with few or nonexistent high-speed options.

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