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Ameren offers payment plan

Ameren Illinois residential customers who have fallen behind on their utility bill may benefit from programs and assistance being offered by the utility company.

Customers with overdue bills have a chance to pay them off and avoid any consequences of having their service cut off.

For a limited time, eligible Ameren Illinois customers with past due balances can establish a repayment plan by making a 10 percent down payment. Starting April 1st, customers with outstanding balances will be required to pay 25 percent of the amount owed before they can establish a monthly payment plan. To establish a payment plan, customers can call Ameren Illinois Customer Service at 1-800-755-5000.

Customers may also set up an agreement by visiting AmerenIllinois.com.

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IDOT welcomes comments on historic bridge replacement project at Milford

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is in the process of replacing the Illinois Route 1 bridge at Milford. But the 75-year-old structure is labeled a "historic structure," so interested organizations with any desire to save the bridge can write IDOT.

IDOT's District 3 office in Ottawa welcomes letters of interest through May 2. Direct comments to IDOT, District 3, 700 E. Norris Drive, Ottawa, IL 61350. Calls can be made to 815-434-8569.

Upon approval, the bridge could be relocated rather than be demolished.

The Route 1 bridge, built in 1939, carries the CXS Railroad over the highway. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The structure is in critical need of repairs. Phase one of the project could begin as early as this fall. Phase two involvers a plan to build a new bridge.

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Semi-train colission in Iroquois County

The driver of a semi was treated for non-life threatening injuries after his semi was hit by a freight train Friday in rural Iroquois County.

36-year-old Joseph Freeman of DeKalb failed to stop at the railroad crossing at County Roads 600 N and 1800 E.  The box trailer portion of the semi was struck by the Union Pacific train, which was headed southwest at a private drive, according to Sheriff's Police.  

Cissna Park Fire EMS and IMH EMS answered the call.  Freeman was treated at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. No other injury was reported.

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House fire claims two young lives in Champaign

Two people died from injuries in a weekend house fire in Champaign.  22-year-old Christian Sheehan and 26-year-old Sara Shuler were identified as the victims.

The cause is under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshall and the Champaign County Coroner's office. An autopsy will be performed today (Monday).

The Knapp Funeral Home of Cissna Park is handling arrangements for Christian Sheehan. 

Champaign firefighters responded to the fire at 1802 Cypress Drive at 4:15 Saturday morning.  Sheehan was pronounced dead at 5:12 am Saturday at Presence Covenant Medical Center.  Miss Shuler was pronounced dead just before 6 pm at Carle Hospital.

Other details about the fire are under investigation.

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Semi fire shuts down I-65

Indiana State Police shut down I-65 in White County Sunday evening after a semi fire. Police said the semi carrying auto parts caught fire around 7 pm.

Traffic was backed up more than nine miles.

Emergency crews were able to douse the blaze and one lane was re-opened about 8:30 pm. The northbound lane was closed again around 10 pm to complete the cleanup effort.

No one was injured.

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