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I-74 crash results in serious injuries

A head-on collision involving two trucks along I-74 in Champaign County this morning (Thursday) has left serious injuries. Illinois State Police report the east bound lanes were blocked and traffic was re-routed off the Interstate.

I-74 west bound traffic in the area of the crash was also reported down to one lane due to debris from the crashed semis. State Police say this will be a lengthy closure and clean-up process.

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Judge denies murderer's request for sentence to be overturned

A Ford County judge has denied a convicted murderer's request to have his 17-year prison sentence overturned.

A motion filed (March 24) asked a Judge (Paul Lawrence) to reconsider the sentence given to 34-year-old Ryan A. Nibbe of Gibson City. Nibbe was convicted of second-degree murder in January in connection with the August 2013 beating death of 44-year-old Timothy Robertson of Gibson City.

The defense attorney called the sentence "excessive," and asked for no more than 10 years.

Nibbe will be required to serve at least half of his prison sentence.

State's Attorney Matt Fitton had argued for a 20-year sentence, noting Nibbe's extensive criminal history and that he continues to show no remorse.

94.1 WGFA

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Momence man dies in industrial mishap

An employee of Kanga Roof in Bradley was killed Tuesday morning in what’s being called an industrial accident The victim was 35-year-old Thomas Morris of Momence. Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said Morris pronounced dead just before 11 am Tuesday after the forklift he was operating overturned and fell on top of him. The incident remains under investigation. The incident occurred at the company's location on Kinzie Ave. in Bradley. An autopsy was planned. 94.1 WGFA
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Kankakee County talks more budget cuts…

An expected deficit of $4-million has Kankakee County officials talking more cuts. Following a meeting Tuesday afternoon, County Board Chairman Mike Bossert said he doesn’t know where it’ll end, but discussions will continue to find ways. The Board is approving eliminating meeting per diems for board members. Bossert says it’s a just small step considering the big-picture, but something that has to be done. Freezing salaries of elected officials and other department leaders has support from finance leaders. There was no support for cutting pay. Health care costs are a major issue. There was talk of eliminating health care coverage. The county and city of Kankakee are dealing with the loss of millions of dollars in sales tax revenue from the revenue-sharing program ruled illegal earlier.
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Rain likely to Soak Illiana

Significant rain is expected to soak areas of East Central Illinois and West-Central Indiana over the next three days. The National Weather Service says 2 to 3 inches of rain is likely, which will likely cause some flooding of rivers and streams. Some areas could see around 4 inches of rain before the system moves out of the area late Friday.

There is a slight risk of severe weather with large hail and some damaging winds Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and night. The greatest threat of severe storms is on Thursday afternoon into the night.