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Smoking down in Illinois, but not consistent

The University of Washington is reporting smoking has declined in Illinois, but not all counties are seeing the same kinds of reductions in the number of people lighting up.

Studies show there were marked differences throughout the state in the numbers of people who smoke, with the rates in counties ranging from nearly 15 percent on the low end in DuPage County to nearly 28 percent in Alexander County.

Champaign County had one of the lowest rates, at just over 17 percent, and Vermilion County had one of the highest at nearly 27 percent.

The percentage of Illinoisans who smoke fell from nearly 25 percent in 1996 to just under 20 percent in 2012.
The research looked at both the overall prevalence of smoking, which included just social smokers, and daily smoking in all U.S. counties from 1996 to 2012. It found smoking has declined nationally, mostly in the last decade, but there were dramatic differences among communities, with the most significant smoking declines seen in more affluent counties and larger population centers.

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Clifton progresses with Code Book

It has been 30 years since the village of Clifton has updated its Code book. The code book is the collection of laws and ordinances that defines how a municipality will operate.

But Clifton is a step closer to getting that job done now that the planning commission has voted to recommend that the village spend $10,000 with a group called Municode to collect and update all the ordinances and put the code on the internet.

That process could take another year to comlete.

"The code needs a complete overhaul," said Clifton Planning Commissioner Larry Mahoney last night.

He was talking about the village code book for Clifton, last revamped in 1984.

Since then, by Mahoney's reckoning, it's possible as many as 125 or 150 ordinances have never been properly signed into law or collected in any code book that would be available to the citizens or to the village officers who are supposed to enforce it.

James Bonneville, a representative of Municode, said his group will work to make sure all Clifton ordinances are compliant with state statutes, that obsolete, redundant, or conflicting entries are identified so that the Village can make any substantive changes that they want to make.

The Planning Commission recommended the village hire Municode to do that work, which may take more than a year to complete and cost around ten thousand dollars.

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National Agriculture Week (Ford & Iroquois)

Area farmers and the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau are celebrating National Agriculture Week. The spring planting season is drawing near. And as farmers prep their equipment, motorists are reminded that slow-moving farm equipment will soon be traveling along area roads.

Last year farmers in Ford and Iroquois counties bounced back from the 2012 drought by producing 86.7 million bushels of corn. They also raised 17.9 million bushels of soybeans. And the corn grown during 2013 represented an 81-percent increase over the drought-stricken crop in 2012.

Ninety-four percent of the farms in Illinois are family-owned, and passed from generation to generation. In Ford and Iroquois Counties, the Farm Bureau reports over 357 farms have been recognized as Centennial or Sesquicentennial Farms – meaning they have been owned by the same family for more than 100 or 150 years.

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Livingston County crash kills Odell man

An Interstate 55 crash south of Dwight Tuesday morning killed 33-year-old Jeffery Legner of Odell.

Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke said the one-vehicle crash happened just past 5 am. Legner was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 5:08 a.m. by Deputy Coroner David Murphy.

State police reported Legner was northbound on I-55 when his pickup truck lost control on the slick highway and overturned in the median. State Police reported there was a fresh layer of snow on may roadways. Dwight Fire Department and emergency medical services responded.

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Ohio man dies in Indiana I-65 crash

A three vehicle crash on Interstate 65 in Jasper County, Indiana Tuesday claimed the life of a 41-year-old man from Fairfield, Ohio.

The victim was identified as Zaza Eristavi (Air-is-TAH-VEE).

State Police at Lowell reported a semi pulling a rail container was stopped in the right lane of I-65 north, about 6 miles south of the Rensselaer exit. The truck was stopped due to a crash further ahead. The semi was hit in the rear.

A pickup pulling a trailer loaded with three vehicles driven by the victim (Zaza Eristavi) was northbound in the right lane when he failed to slow down and hit the back of the second semi trailer.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jasper County Coroner.

The other two drivers involved were not injured.
The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed from 6:30 am until around 12:15 p.m.

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